Wondering where to take the kids this long weekend? Here’s our weekly roundup of weekend events and activities and what’s on in Singapore! This weekend, admire the light projections at Marina Bay; take the kids to ACM’s puppetry storytelling and drama performance, or catch the NYE fireworks. It’s your last chance to catch the Immersive Disney Animation exhibition or if you have little tots take them to the playspace at The Artground while the December promo offer is on!
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Best things to do and where to go this weekend with kids in Singapore!↓
Leading up to the epic annual New Year’s Eve countdown party at Marina Bay, you can catch beautiful light projections that will be displayed on the facades of the ArtScience Museum, the Merlion and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore from 26 December. This light projection show is part of the Brightening Lives campaign that celebrates original artwork from our local community and showcases stories of hope and empowerment. More info here.
Deets: 26 – 31 December 2023, ArtScience Museum, Merlion and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Celebrate the year’s end with catchy musical beats at the Asian Civilisations Museum‘s drama and storytelling sessions. Kids will enjoy exploring the variety of musical instruments from the museum’s collection. There’s a performance at 11.30 am and 2.30pm and a puppetry storytelling session from 1.30–2.30pm. Then get hands-on and create your own drum spinner at the craft station to take home (11am–3pm)! Free admission to museums and programmes.
The NYE fireworks that are part of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown promise a 12-minute grand finale of firework displays alongside music! Here’s where to catch a view for free. If you don’t fancy heading into town to battle the crowd you can always see the heartland fireworks at Our Tampines Hub or if you live in Sentosa watch the Sentosa fireworks for free.
The Artground has unveiled its new indoor playground at One Holland Village featuring a unique concept that guarantees fun for little tots (best for crawlers and tots up to 5). The curious garden has a treehouse, toadstools and gnomes that seek to ignite creativity. There are weekend art-based programmes where parents, grandparents and children can connect through art activities. Head over in December for the special promo price of $10/family up to 5 pax while in January the usual pricing kicks in of $5 per person.
The Artground, 7 Holland Village Way #01-20 One Holland Village, Singapore 275748
If you can’t get enough of bouncy castles, head to the exciting water play zone at X’mas With A Splash, featuring Christmas-themed obstacles and inflatables, including huge Arctic-themed bouncy castles, snow slopes, a water play area and more. We love that there are changing facilities near the water zone, making it easy to wash up after play! Parents, do note that kids will have to be at least 120cm for the water play area. As there is no age limit for the activities, we also recommend to keep an eye out for your little ones to ensure they have fun while staying safe! There are also three dry bouncy castles for the kiddos who prefer to stay dry. Purchase your tickets here.
It’s your last chance to check out the Immersive Disney Animation experiential exhibition at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands which celebrates the art, technology, music and creativity behind Disney’s iconic animated films such as Frozen, Encanto, Zootopia, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and The Lion King. Follow a swirling pixie dust ‘wish trail’ through the galleries, where you’ll get to see exhibits from Walt Disney Animation Research Library, including a series of animator’s character sketches, and an interactive drawing table that teaches visitors how to draw their favourite Disney characters. The highlight is the 360-degree gallery with scenes, characters and songs from Disney animated films. Immersive Disney Animation is presented by Base Entertainment Asia in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Get tickets ($33 – $78) here.
Calling fans of PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer! You can find all these themes at pop-up indoor play space ‘The World of Nickelodeon’ at Let’s Play @ Marina Square. Look out for immersive exploration themed around Nickelodeon characters with multiple bouncy castles and ball pits. You can put out fires with water guns like Marshall or drive an excavator like Rubble. Challenge your active little ones to train to be a ninja at the TMNT Ninja Training obstacle course, have fun with games at the SpongeBob Games Zone (inclusive of bike bubble making), and play with playdough or get artsy at Dora’s Colouring Hub. Plus, look out for meet-and-greets with characters like the Paw Patrol pups. Fun for ages 2 to 6, but ages 3 to 5 will get the most out of it. Tickets are from $28. Bring socks.
Deets: until 14 January 2024, Let’s Play @ #03-208/209 – Marina Square
SkyPark By Kiztopia @ Cineleisure is the latest indoor playspace by Kiztopia for kiddos aged six and up, so it’s a similar indoor playground concept to SuperPark being aimed at older kids or mixed ages. SkyPark By Kiztopia @ Cineleisure offers an action-packed indoor adventure-scape of thrilling challenges including rock climbing and high-element obstacle courses like that at X-SCAP8 also on Orchard Rd. Here’s what to know about SkyPark before you head down.
Deets: Sun to Thurs, 10am – 8pm; Fri, Sat & Sun, 10am – 9pm; Orchard Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road, #04-04/05, Singapore 239695
Spend the afternoon at Kiztopia’s newest indoor playground at Jewel Changi Airport. This aviation-themed wonderland is located inside Toys “R” Us and features trampolines, obstacle courses and even a funnel slide that ends in an ocean ball pit. Kids can explore a giant plane structure and snap a photo with a larger-than-life boarding pass. We’re pretty sure that this will be your aviation-loving kiddo’s new favourite playground! More info here.
The Keppel Art Centre for Education has had a revamp, and we love the immersive spaces that encourage kids to learn through play. They can learn about the core elements of art through a digital art experience and even create abstract art with shapes and colours and watch it be projected onto the wall. Curious little inventors will love the Makers Studio, where they can try their hand at creating 3D Art or build giant wooden sculptures. Just be sure to book your slot ahead of time to avoid disappointment!
Get outdoors with the kids this weekend, and embark on an animal quest at Jurong Lake Gardens. Head to the Visitor Counter at Entrance Pavilion to pick up a quest set, then start exploring! Look out for local fauna like the smooth-coated otter, water monitor lizard, buffy fish owl and more. Just remember to bring your kids’ favourite colouring tools along. It’s completely free! More info here.
Take the kids to the National Orchid Garden and enjoy free admission from now until 1 January 2024. Get up close with their gorgeous orchids and snap plenty of Insta-worthy pics. More info here. Check out any of these parks in Singapore for a fun family day out.
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Want to beat the heat? Head over to the newly opened kidzPLAY at SkyGarden, a revamped water playground at NEX. This pirate-themed water park features a majestic pirate ship, a giant octopus with water-spouting tentacles, three water slides, water fountains and more. Kids will have a blast cooling off and bouncing away at the sunken trampoline. Don’t worry – there are sheltered benches where you can finally enjoy your coffee and afternoon snack in peace while the kids play. Click here to find a water playground near you.
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Space Fest @ EXPO, the largest indoor space-themed carnival ends this weekend. Get excited for over 20 family-friendly carnival rides and games by Uncle Ringo. There will also be fun photo ops as well as interactive craft activities for kids from ages 2 and above. Another highlight is the live stage performances @ Space Beats on weekends making this a super family affair. Get your Space Pass to enjoy the carnival rides on a credits basis. Preload your Space Pass with credits online (more value) or at the door to enjoy rides and games in the hall.
Get all the frosty, festive vibes at Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland! Hop on the first-ever Merry-Go-Round on Ice, slide down Singapore’s Longest Snow Slope and take some Insta-worthy family pics for your Christmas card. Plus, did we mention that there’s ‘real’ snow?
Changi Festive Village is where to head for a candy-themed carnival full of games, bouncy castles and carnival rides, plus go-karting. Don’t miss the snow house with ice slides, an igloo and real snowfall every 30 minutes! More on Changi Festive Village here.
Deets: until 31 March 2024, Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Level 1
Yes, we are in the tropics but amazingly, there is snow in Singapore over the festive period! Take the kids to see snowfall of ‘real’ at these spots or for some foamy fake snow fun head to the snow show at Tanglin Mall this holiday season! Tanglin Mall’s free Snow Splendours avalanches and snowfall sessions are on daily — avalanche timings: 7:30pm (weekdays); 7:30pm and 8:30pm (weekends & PH), snow timings: 7:45pm (weekdays); 7:45pm and 8:45pm (weekends & PH). Bring a change of clothes as the kids will get very wet! More info here.
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The lasagna-loving cat and Singapore’s favourite Mr Kiasu make an unexpected collaboration we never knew we needed at the National Library Board’s first-ever character-themed pop-up library at Centrepoint! Expect Instagrammable murals that showcase the friendship between Mr Kiasu and Garfield and over 120 Mr Kiasu and Garfield comic books. In fact, the pop-up library is actually modelled after the home-grown comic book character Mr Kiasu’s cosy home!
Deets: 23 October 2023 to March 2024, 10am – 10pm, 176 Orchard Road, #01-33K, The Centrepoint
Does your kiddo love fire engines? Did you know you can take them to see a working Fire Station on the weekend for free? Selected Fire Stations are open for visits on Saturday mornings over two time slots – 9am to 9:50am or 10am to 10:50am. Both timeslots are guided tours. Tots will love this experience where they can learn about the cool Emergency Vehicles and their capabilities, watch a demo on donning the full firefighting protective gear, and see how the equipment is used (nothing beats seeing those massive sprays in person!).
We love finding new playgrounds around town and the latest one is at The Gillman Barracks beside Carpark A, in front of Block 9. Climb the tower via the climbing wall or cargo net, zoom down two slides or come down via the fireman’s pole! See our video here.
Deets: Open daily, 9 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937
Camp Road Interim Playground just off Tanglin Road is a small play area with a nature playground with logs and tree stumps to balance on and jump across. There’s a short slide and wide spaces to run around shaded by trees. Look out for the longer colourful slide near the bucket swing, and older kid’s swing plus there’s also an old-fashioned chair seat swing. We love that there’s an inclusive element to this playground with the wheelchair swing. Further down you’ll come across reflexology paths in pretty white and black stones and a bee hotel!
We are so excited that Tayo Station playground at Downtown East has reopened with an expanded kiddy road circuit, where kids can drive through a realistic cityscape with pedestrian crossings, traffic lights that work and even a garage! Plus, look out for tube slides and a two-storey play structure. Little ones will love the sensory play areas, while older kids can dash up the race ramp and get competitive with a basketball competition. Tickets and more info here.
Deets: Tayo Station, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 3 E!Hub, Downtown East, Singapore 519599
Singapore’s first-ever dedicated children’s museum, the new Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG), offers young kids a creative way to learn about Singapore’s history thanks to the engaging exhibitions. Young toddlers can explore the Play Pod – a fun area for free play – while older kids can wander the streets of old in Singapore at The Marketplace, discover spices, design stamps, and admire bird life. Plus, there’s a brand new exhibition called LKY100 – The Boy Who Became Prime Minister where kids can get an insight into Mr Lee’s personality through murals and artefacts on display at the exhibition in CMSG’s Discovery Room. Book ahead here.
Deets: Children’s Museum Singapore, 23B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Mums and dads, do your kids love vehicles and aeroplanes? Have you taken them to the free outdoor playgrounds at HDB Dakota Breeze? There are three unique playgrounds to look out for (plus fitness areas and two rooftop gardens)! Head to the Dakota Heliport where kids can climb up and zoom down the slide. Have a go on the seesaw, then board the special climbing structure aeroplane, buckle up and imagine soaring off the runway! Read more here.
Deets: Dakota Breeze, 92A Jalan Satu, Singapore 392092
Check out the new maxi drift bumper cars at Timezone Jurong Point! These drift cars are designed to be child-friendly and can accommodate up to two passengers onboard each car. Zoom around the 11-metre by 20-metre track at this mega Timezone — the second largest in Singapore, with 130 games on offer. We reckon it will be super popular with kiddos’ birthday parties or for a fun afternoon escaping the tropical heat!
Deets: $12 per bumper car ride, Timezone Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, JP1, #02-45
Part of the family beach club, Shangri-La’s Palawan Sands, the newly opened HyperDrive is a fully electric and indoor go-karting experience! This three-level racetrack offers an integrated gamified experience that will transport drivers into a virtual game. Look out for 308 metres of thrilling straightways and 14 exciting turns. Families can join in the fun with dual karts for double the excitement with the little ones. To go-kart alone, kids must be at least 130 cm tall. Read more about go-karting in Singapore here.
Deets: HyperDrive at The Palawan @ Sentosa, Palawan Beach
The giants are here! Little Lyn, Reef the Chief, Curious Sue, and Dreamer Dee – collectively known as Explorers of Sentosa, have landed on the shores of Palawan Beach in Sentosa! The family of four giant sculptures were made using reclaimed wood by internationally renowned Copenhagen-based recycling artist Thomas Dambo, and each took approximately 700 hours to build. With the help of an interactive online treasure trail map, visitors can join the search for the Explorers of Sentosa, an experiential mixed-media installation, by first discovering “breadcrumbs”, which contain codes to unravel clues that would lead them to the sculptures. The sculptures will be free to view and situated along Palawan Beach till 2024.
If you have little dino fans and are in the Gardens by the Bay area, head over for a meal at the newly opened Jurassic Nest dinosaur-themed food hall. You’ll find 18 dinosaurs including a T. rex and Brachiosaurus, which will come alive, roaring to original soundtracks (approximately three minutes each time). Catch the dinosaur ‘show’ with free admission every hour from 12pm to 8pm. You’ll also find Michelin-starred brands serving up a range of Asian cuisine, from Hawker Chan’s Chicken Rice and Tsuta Ramen to Mama by Putien. Catch the other static dinosaurs scattered across the food hall while you dine on your favourite foods. Don’t miss the new educational trail that takes you around the gardens on a prehistoric adventure to learn more about the unique diets of herbivorous dinosaurs! Check here for opening times.
A visit to the Science Centre Singapore is all the more appealing now that water play is back on; plus, the Fire Tornado exhibit is finally back in action too! Come face to face with one of the most terrifying and spectacular phenomena as you marvel at the fire tornado and its flaming vortex that takes place in a specially built chamber. The column of fire reaches over 600 degrees Celsius and makes quite a spectacle while bringing science to life for kiddos! Read our guide to the Science Centre here.
Deets: 2:30pm, weekends, school & public holidays, Science Centre Singapore
Kids will love splashing around the animal-themed play space at the free rooftop water playground at Tampines 1 mall. There’s also a dry play area with a slide and a wash area to clean up afterwards. See more pics of this water playground here. This new water park is free to enter. Read all about Singapore’s free water play areas here.
Treat the kids to a play at Jurong Lake Gardens’ playground, Forest Ramble. The water play is open, and the main playground is lots of fun, with structures to climb on and a long slide too. There are 13 different adventure play areas to explore at Forest Ramble, with mini trampolines, rope obstacle courses and other equipment that is nature-inspired based on the actions and motions of the animals that inhabit the freshwater swamp. More info on the Jurong Lake Gardens here.
Deets: Open daily (except Mondays) Clusia Cove and Forest Ramble at Jurong Lake Gardens
Looking to get the kids out walking? Make it fun by spotting street art along the way! Check out our most comprehensive list of recommended street art murals sorted by neighbourhood here. Head out with a fully charged phone (for all those cute pics) plus a paper and pencil for the kids so they can search out “treasures” that you can challenge them to find.
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There’s a new dinosaur-themed water playground at Causeway Point with a Toddler Dino Zone, Adventure Volcano and Crater Zone. Kids will have a blast zooming down the two long slides, running through the dinosaur ribcage with water jets and watching the volcano erupt (with water!). In the evenings, the Dino-themed Wet Playground comes alive with neon lights! Entry is free, and no pre-booking is required. If you’re excited to see what’s in store watch our video here.
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Beate is our Managing Editor. Beate spent her childhood in Kenya before moving to the UK. She arrived in Singapore in 2009 purely in search of sunshine #truestory. Beate (pronounced Bay-ah-ta) is a mama to two, so life is a constant balance between small-person entertainment and hunting down the best stories in town. When not at her screen you’ll find her lusting over travel stories, snorkelling, or experimenting in the kitchen!
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