As previously discussed in my last blog post, most of us will be spending the Christmas period in Singapore rather than spending it abroad. This is the time where the majority of expats would be home (where ever that may be) or on vacation with the family.
So if you have been in Singapore for sometime now, you may think you have seen it all, but let me tell you there is so much more to see. Here are some hidden gems of Singapore and a guide to what to do in Singapore during school holidays.
Family-friendly things to do in Singapore
Coast to Coast trail
It is time to explore this beautiful island city and head out on Singapore’s Coast to Coast trail. Download the app and following the map to guide you to the checkpoints that you can have fun checking in at every checkpoint along the way. Otherwise, you can follow the online Trail on your own. It is 36km from start to finish, and some areas are closed, so check before you go. You may want to do it over a few days, which could be a good challenge for the whole family.
Recommendation If you are planning to walk about 10km per day, I would suggest going early because most of the pathways are uncovered and can get very hot.
Sembawang Hot Springs
Before you get too excited, this is no onsen in Japan or hot springs in
Rotorua. You can not bath your aching body in these hot springs. Even though it is a somewhat strange attraction, it is worth spending a few hours here if you are in the neighbourhood. The Sembawang hot springs have been around since they were first discovered back in 1909, and at the time of writing this blog they are open from 7 am to 7 pm daily.
Recommendation Stop for lunch at Sembawang Eating House Seafood Restaurant.
Why not make these school holidays a memorable one? Sure there is plenty of fun stuff to do in Singapore, but why not lead by example and show the kids how important it is, to make our beaches safe and clean to swim. Educate our children by registering here and follow the guidelines and check out the areas that need a helping hand.
Recommendation Why not combine this little lesson with Save the planet storybook workshop, or visit ArtScience Museum’s exhibition Planet or Plastic?
The Forest Adventure is at Bedok Reservoir Park, Singapore 479244, closed Monday and Thursday, but open every other day from 930am to 630pm. Treetop and zip Courses vary in age and cost, so you are best to check online and book with Forest Adventure here before you go. This adventure park is a great day out for all ages.
Recommendation If you are in the area and you still want more than head over to PA PAssion WaVe where you can hire kayaks for the afternoon on the water.
Cruise To Nowhere
It might seem crazy, but what is the expected norm in 2020 anyway? A cruise to nowhere seems just as logical as Daycations and Staycations during this unusual year. Dream cruises are offering two and three-night trips aboard their cruise ship, where you can use all their facilities while you are out at sea. Sure you may not be able to leave the ship, but it does have that overseas trip feel about it.
Recommendation spots are filling up fast, so you better book soon.
Yep, drift karting is here in Singapore and can be found at ORTO Yishun 81 #01-15 Lorong Chencharu. 769198 and open between 10 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday and open until 9 pm on weekends. Enjoy the fun with the kids and see how well you drive along the path at a decent speed, who knows you may even beat the kids at their own game. Book your tickets online here.
Recommendation Check out what else is in the area here for a full day out.
So you may have seen on my post my favourite Walks in Singapore that I mentioned the Green Corridor (which I love by the way). Here is a continuation (if you choose to go this way) that will have you start at the Clementi Forest and end at the Bukit Timah Railway Station. In other words, you can begin at one old railway track and end at another. The hike takes approximately 1 hour and I would highly recommend older children on this walk and to not head there after a downpour because it can be very muddy.
Recommendation The word is out that this beautiful natural forest may not be around for much longer, so it is time to explore before the Clementi Forest is no more!
Splat Paint House
Want to get creative these school holidays? Head over to Splat Paint House 207A Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574346 and anyone from the age of 6 onwards can get their hands dirty. Please choose from one of the many packages on offer as they cater for all ages.
Recommendation Book into the art attack art camp for 6 to 13-year-olds these school holidays. The Splat Painthouse is not your average art class!
If you have never had the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon sipping tea and eating gorgeous heavenly treats, then this is the time to start. You can choose from the many well-known traditional style High Teas such as Raffles Hotel or try something a little different at National Kitchen by Violet Oon where it stays true to it’s Singapore Heritage. There is something for everyone on every budget. Whether you prefer High Tea in the Park or one of the TWG Tea locations the can be fun for all ages. Wants something specially designed for the children or at least the children at heart? Then book an afternoon at Platform 1094 Where all your Harry Potter dreams come true!
Recommendation Arteasiqu not only has high tea but art jam classes, why not combine the two?
Singapore Discovery Centre
There is plenty to do at the Singapore Discovery Centre. Check visiting times here before you arrive because different activities are open at varying times. You will find a few free Christmas activities as well as exhibitions (which you will need to purchase tickets before you go) and a few laser games and paintball challengers to choose. Whether you are there for outdoor activities or prefer indoor exhibitions, this place will have you entertained for hours.
Recommendation 2020 is a time of frequent changes; please check online before you go to avoid disappointment.
Something For The Animal Lovers
The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum
The live turtle and tortoise museum is more of a family’s collection than a museum. Located at ORTO, 81 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769198 opened f Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm daily. The Live Turtle and Tortoise museum currently hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the most extensive collection of turtles and tortoises in the world. Book tickets online here before you go.
Recommendation Combine your day out with a visit to Orto where you can do a whole lot of other activities.
Animal Resort is not the largest place to visit but it fun as you get the opportunity to roam around and feed the animals (I am not sure who the enjoyed this more, the adults or the kids if I am honest). Your ticket will allow you to visit The Animal resort at 81 Seletar West Farmway 5 Singapore 798061 and between 10 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 5 pm. Book your tickets here which will cost you $8 for adults and Children $3.
Recommendation Do not make last-minute bookings as they take at least one working day to get back to you. I would suggest a week in advance if you can.
Hay Dairies Goat Farm
Hay Dairies Goat Farm is located at 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859 and opened Wednesday to Monday 9 am to 430pm each day. Arrive between 9, and 1030 am and watch the milking of goats this free farm tour is fun for the entire family. You can purchase hay and feed the goats yourself.
Recommendation There are also educational packages (for a fee) where it also includes a more in-depth explanation of the goat farm history along with some goodies to take home.
Bukit Timah Saddle Club
Have you ever wanted to learn to ride a horse but you haven’t had the time? Or you weren’t sure where to go? There are many benefits in learning to ride a horse which includes balance, core strengthening, timing, rhythm and promotes coordination. So, check out Bukit Timah Saddle Club or Singapore Polo Club both offer lessons for children over the school holiday period. Classes range from 6 years old and above, contact them for more details.
Recommendation Adults can have lessons too!
I know you will be surprised to see that I have opted for river safari over the Singapore Zoo. I am probably presumptuous here by saying that by now we have all been to Singapore zoo at least once so far! But how many of us have been to the lesser-known river safari? I personally prefer the River Safari because it is a little different from your average zoo, with animals and information about river animals (except the Pandas! Which although aren’t known to be lurking in any rivers that I know of).
Recommendation Want to buy tickets then book your River Safari tickets online. Remember if you are thinking about seeing the other zoos in this area, it is more affordable to buy them all at the same time.
W Hotel Sentosa
The W Hotel has always been known for its quirkiness, and this hotel does not disappoint. Another Sentosa Island resort but this time you have the bonus of Sentosa Cove at your doorstep. Of course, the main drawcard of this funky hotel is the huge pool and slide with the fun outdoor area, including DJ. The kids will love taking photos with the iconic W dotted all around the hotel, so will the big kids I promise!
Recommendation Book a room with a balcony you won’t regret the little extra you pay for the luxury.
Marina Bay Sands
I know, I know it has been reviewed a million times, and I am sure most of us have stayed here at least once since they first arrived. But it had to be added; just for the pure, iconic status, this place has to offer. With the infamous infinity pool, most fabulous location and fantastic restaurants, staying at the Marina Bay Sands makes you feel like you are on vacation. Head down to Marina Bay Sand and enjoy a crazy shake, spend the evening checking out the Supertrees and be a real guest in this city you call home.
Recommendation Treat you and the family to dinner at the Spago for a special treat.
The Village Hotel Sentosa right next to Imbiah Station is a great location to spend a few days with the kids. This fun hotel offers a pretty fantastic pool which includes a lazy river that will have the kids entertained for hours. From movie nights to Scavenger Hunts this hotel caters for families. Check out the benefits of staying at this location here.
Recommendation, The Village Hotel, offers other locations which all have uniquely different experiences awaiting you. Check them all to pick the one right for your family.
Taking Glamping to a whole new level, the Fullerton Hotel is offering families a Glamping Package to remember these school holidays. Otherwise, the hotel is offering a funtastic package which includes a range of tours. All packages have your children taking home something special to remember their staycation. No matter what your package choose, there is plenty to do for the entire family.
Recommendation Book your spot on tours early, they fill up fast!
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore
Fancy packing your bags and getting away? Well, I am sure we are all feeling a bit the same way at the moment. Shangri-La’s staycation option is the perfect little getaway for the family these school holidays, located on Sentosa Island; you can choose to stay at the resort the entire time or spend your time exploring Sentosa for the day. Who really needs to go exploring when the resort offers a kids club, pool slides and multiple play areas for the kids.
Recommendation The Shangri La at 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350 has a fantastic kids club, and Themed family suites are also a great option.
To Keep The Kids Entertained
Craft Atelier in Joo Chiat
Craft Atelier in Joo Chiat is offering taster sessions these school holidays. If your child is ready to start something new then now is the best time from upper cycling food wrappers to Christmas quilling this place has it all. All sessions are 2 to 3 hours long, so just enough time to drop off the kids and get a little holiday shopping done. Located at 426A Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427644, Craft Atelier is open from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday, and 10.00 am to 6.00 pm on Saturday and Sundays.
Recommendation If you find the taster is not enough to sign up to one of the full-day sessions.
Hungry Mummies Cooking Classes
Do you have a budding chef amongst you? If so, this is perfect for keeping your child busy these school holidays. Hungry Mummies Cooking Classes cater for 7-12-year-olds and classes last 2 hours. You will find the courses located at 58 Telok Blangah Heights, Singapore, 100058 and more information can be found on their Facebook page here. If your child would prefer to become the next Cake boss, they also offer baking classes.
Recommendation This cooking school also offers classes for teens to check online for more details.
Okay, so this might be a kids dream right here! Bouncy Paradise is precisely that, Singapore’s largest bounce house. A two-hour ticket will get you loads of fun at any age. You find the location at 200 Pandan Gardens (PeopleUp Enrichment Hub) opens from 10 am to 8 pm on weekends and during school holidays. Book your ticket to bouncy paradise online here
Recommendation Wear socks with grip will make life easier for the kids when they are trying to climb if you have socks with grips on the bottom even better.
There is more to your local library than borrowing books. If your children are between 4 and 6 or 7 and 10 years of age, join the librarians in a half-hour storytelling session diving into some fun facts and stories. Jurong Regional Library has now introduced a teen library service. Being the first Library in Singapore to introduce this service, it is a library by teens for teens.
Recommendation Singapore Boardgames Meetup Group will teach new board games to teenage board game lovers. For more events, check out the Singapore library website here.
Bounce Singapore is a fun way the kids can let off some steam these school holidays. Bounce Tramp Camp is for kids from 3 years old and onwards. You will find Bounce at Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road #09-01
Singapore 239695, Opening hours are 10 am to 7 pm daily with Friday and Saturday opening until 9 pm. Book your tickets to Bounce here.
Recommendation The three-day camp will have your kids wanting more, and if that is the case then why not try the Flight Academy (6 years and above) where your child will have individual coaching which will have them learning more technical tricks and tips.
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