If you want to avoid the crowds and indulge in some quality bonding and learning time with your kids, these are the places you ought to check out.
Catch A Movie
Long Long Ago 2 gives you and your kids a glimpse of the old days before modern Singapore where people lives on farms, mums had to cook pig feeds and kids played with fireworks. Drama happens when the farmers are wrenched from their farms into a block of flats – that part will entertain parents. At cinemas now.
Don't Go To KidZania
If you don’t want to squeeze with the crowd at KidZania Singapore, then your next best bet is the good ol’ KidsSTOP at the Science Centre. Kids can also roleplay and imagine themselves working as an archeologist, builder, pilot, surgeon and a cashier – and learn some science. Best of all, there’s no need to queue and parents can play and go snap-happy next to them and not have to wait outside. Admission fees: $10 (9am – 1pm, or 2pm – 6pm).
Surprise Them With A Staycation
Chill and relax at the relatively new resort at Downtown East which has 12 themed family rooms, bunk beds and secret door gifts for kids. Best of all it’s within the multi-entertainment hub of Downtown East which has a movie theatre, indoor playground, Wild Wild Wet and plenty of inexpensive restaurants. From $259 a night.
Go Bird Watching
If you haven’t been to the Jurong Bird Park since you were – what – in primary school, you’re missing out. The Bird Park has one of the best penguin expedition you’ve ever seen – with five different species of the birds. There are also huge birds of prey – eagles, hawks, falcons, and sea birds that measure almost three-meters wide from wing tip to tip.
Cycle At Coney Island
The compact island off the Northeast makes a good cycling track for families with young children. It’s just slightly over 2km from each end (around the size of Bishan Park II). So rustic, there are gravel paths only, flanked by thick vegetation and rows and rows of casuarina trees. We hear there’s a resident cow and some wild boars there too.
Learn About The Rivers' Ecosystems
The river-themed wildlife park house a variety of fish and river water creatures like giant alligators, catfish and manatees from every continent in the world. You can even go on a small cruise ride down the River Quest. But the highlight of the park is the Giant Panda forest where Kai Kai and Jia Jia live.
Get Close To Wildlife
The Singapore Zoo is a real treat for families. Set in a natural rainforest environment and fashioned in an “open zoo” concept. Get close and personal with wildlife, feed the goats, giraffes and penguins even. The best way to experience the animals is to follow the feeding times which starts at 9am. So go early.
Hang Out At A Kid-Friendly Club
The new five-storey Safra club is designed with young families and children in mind. It the first-of-its-kind three-storey high, 23,000 sq ft indoor water playground with plenty of interactive features for children.
Go Back In Time
Probably the last place to experience Singapore in the past, Pulau Ubin retains the rustic beauty and simplicity of the 1960s. Local residents still depend on wells for water, diesel generators for electricity and farming and fishing as a means of living. Rent a bike and go in search for fruit trees, wild boars and Chek Jawa Wetlands if the kids are up for it. Dine at the famous Ubin First Stop Restaurant or Sin Lam Huat for some simple homecooked fare.