1. Bake A Cake Together
Sure you can do this at home, but then you’ll have to deal with preparing everything and then cleaning up afterwards. At Funsiamo Baking Studio, everything is provided for you, so you just have to turn up, choose your desired recipe and get baking! Yes, no washing up necessary. That’s a win-win situation if we ever saw one. You can learn how to make all sorts of delicious, insta-worthy bakes, from tiramisu cake to fruit tarts and macarons. Let junior have a go at mixing ingredients and decorating the creation with you, before bringing it home and slicing it up to enjoy the sweet taste of an afternoon well spent.
At #02-458 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983.
2. Decorate Your Own Pancakes
For something with even less commitment but still super fun, visit a DIY pancake cafe like Slappy Cakes, where the whole family gets to try making their own pancakes in fun shapes and sizes. Choose from five different batters such as pandan, chocolate and buttermilk, then pick your fillings (there are sweet and savoury options) and toppings of choice. All that’s left to do is to let your creative juices flow! The kids are sure to have a blast, and you can take turns making pancakes for each other, or competing to see who can create the most unique shapes. You can even draw portraits of each other!
At three locations: #01-29 Resorts World Sentosa, #03-02 Plaza Singapura and #01-20/21 The Grandstand at 200 Turf Club Road.
3. Go On A Family Picnic At The Botanic Gardens
It might sound cliche and perhaps you’ve already done it before, but a real family-friendly day out that doesn’t cost very much is a simple picnic in a park, say at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This heritage site is a place we all love, thanks to its scenic surroundings, abundance of nature and breezy, green fields that are just perfect for sprawling. So take the gang there for an outdoorsy day, and pack a basket full of yummy treats such as sandwiches, iced tea, biscuits, and perhaps even wine. Don’t forget to bring along some garden games, such as rounders, a frisbee, or a football.
Remember to stop by the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, a spot dedicated to the kiddos with an aim to educate and instil a love for nature in children. It’s a fun space for exploration, adventure and play, with a suspension bridge, a farm, an orchard, tree-houses, and a forest with its own stream and ponds.
At 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569.
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4. Put Your Heads Together At An Escape Room
There are many escape rooms in Singapore and all offer a different, but no less exciting, experience. There’s Trapped Escape Room, The Escape Hunt and The Escape Artist, but we’re recommending new entrant Captivate Escape Rooms. It offers a cool 75-minute session (instead of the usual 60) that will send you and your fam on a thrilling adrenaline rush. Like the others, you’ll need to work together and utilise everyone’s skills to solve puzzles to ensure you get out of the room within the allotted time frame.
With seven different rooms to choose from, room themes include Kellar’s Magic Emporium, Alien vs Human and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). Each escape room holds up to 12 people in a team (Murder on the Singapore Express holds a maximum of eight), so if you come from a large family, you can even split into teams and go head to head with each other to see who escapes first.
Once you all resurface, you would have learnt so much about each other, had lots of fun (hopefully) and created special stories that you can regale over and over at gatherings in future.
At #06-28, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239924, tel: 9182 2552.
5. Join the Elephant Parade and Paint Your Own
The Elephant Parade is a social enterprise that runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. The life-size, baby elephant statues are exhibited in international cities and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation. Sure, you cannot buy the life-size elephants, but you can purchase the limited edition, handcrafted replicas in store, at Haji Lane’s store.
But why not go one step further to both help elephant conservation and get a unique piece of art by painting your own elephant! At just $49 per medium-sized elephant, let your creativity go wild at the painting corner in the store. Fun for both adults and little ones alike, you get to create good memories together and take home a very special creation at the same time.
At 30 Haji Lane, Singapore 189223, tel: 6909 7301.
6. Get Cool In Snow City
There’s no need to travel up to Japan during winter or far West to The Alps for some cold — just head to Jurong East for Singapore’s first indoor snow centre that offers a snow chamber with a sub-zero environment. Divided into five zones, you can enjoy an Arctic snow playground, snow field and snow slide, and even experience what it is like living as an Inuit.
Snow City’s famous slide will send you racing down a hair-raising 60 metre long, three-storey high snow slope. Children also get to meet special characters such as a snowy owl, polar bear and even a husky. Tickets prices are reasonable too — there are one hour and two hour snow sessions at $12 per child / $15 per adult and $18 per child / $25 per adult respectively.
At 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433, tel: 6560 2306.
7. Witness A ‘Miraculous’ Night Show and Family Dinner Out
Did you know Singapore’s cable car is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year? As part of the year-long celebration, One Faber Group has created a brand new multi-media night show called ‘Miraculous’. With two cheeky squirrels at the helm, the show is cast onto a heart-shaped Angsana tree at Arbora — Mount Faber’s newest restaurant which opened in October 2018. So if you’ve yet to experience Arbora, why not make an evening out of it and take the family out for some dinner to watch the epic sunset views from Mount Faber Peak. Then once bellies are full, turn to the tree to enjoy the Miraculous show.
The new nightly show is complimentary for all cable car riders, diners at Faber Peak and Faber Licence members and runs four times a day at 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm and 9:00pm.
At Arbora, Level 2, Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203, tel: 6377 9688.
8. Have A Purrfect Time At The Cat Cafe
If your family adores our furry friends but you don’t yet have any pets of your own, why not check in to the Cat Cafe at Boat Quay for some tasty bakery treats (don’t worry, they’re not made by the cats) and a hot cuppa joe? A minimum time frame of an hour is required to allow the kitties time to warm up to you, and that costs $12.
The good thing is you can then stay on for another 30 minutes after that at just $5. Alternatively, book out a three hour slot for your family to fully soak in the feline fun at just $24. The tasty treats and beverages also come in at a decent price, with cakes from artisanal bakers starting at $3.30 and premium tea and coffee starting at just $2.50.
At Neko no Niwa, 54A Boat Quay (Level 2), Singapore 049843, tel: 6536 5319.
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9. Have Mega Fun At The Mega Adventure Park
If you’re the kind of family that can’t sit still, then Sentosa has a whole host of awesome options for you. But we’re recommending the exhilarating Mega Adventure Park that comprises the MegaClimb, MegaJump, MegaZip and MegaBounce.
MegaZip sits at Imbiah Hill, 75 metres high, and is a fun zip ride that descends down 450 metres towards Sentosa beach, with adrenaline junkies reaching speeds of up to 60kph. The views are just breathtaking — you get to soar above the treetops with a panoramic view of the beach and ocean too. There are three wires running parallel, meaning you can pit against your family members to see who manages to descend the quickest.
As for the MegaClimb and MegaJump, these two are part of the high ropes adventure found within the jungle hilltops of Sentosa. The highest point of the high ropes challenge is 15 metres, which is where you’ll find the MegaJump: Take a leap of faith (with a harness on) and free fall to the floor.
Finally, for the little ones in your fam, the MegaBounce is an eight metres high set of 4 trampolines on the beachfront where children can enjoy some bouncing good fun too. You can purchase tickets for individual activities or a package combining two or three activities if you and your family are daredevils.
At 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099008, tel: 6722 3785.
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10. Take A Trip To Alice's Wonderland At ArtScience Museum
Brand new to Singapore’s ArtScience Museum is this whimsical Wonderland interactive exhibition that is perfect for a family-friendly day out. Based on the famous novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, you can all follow Alice down the rabbit hole and dip into the fantastical world of Wonderland. Join the Mad Hatter’s tea party, take a peek into the looking glass and enjoy the general magic by unlocking exhibition surprises as you journey through. Wonderland also includes over 300 artefacts and objects including first edition books, drawings, original costumes, films, magic lantern projectors, animation and puppetry.
Until Sep 22 at ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974.
11. Glamp Overnight At East Coast Park
Tired of the typical hotel staycations? Fancy getting the family outdoors for a mini adventure, but stuck for ideas on how? How about some glammed up camping! Along the East Coast Park you’ll find large white glamping tents that you can hire out for the ultimate luxury camping experience. There are two tent sizes that cater for families — one for up to six adults (the family suite) and another for up to eight adults (the jumbo tent).
Aside from the accommodation, you can pay for add-on packages, such as an outdoor picnic, birthday decorations or a romantic candlelight set-up. You can even customise a theme yourself. Whether it is just one night of fun or for a long weekend, get the family together for a unique staycay that also provides the fun activities that East Coast offers too.
At East Coast Park, tel 9651 1114. Go here for more information.