Activities and fun things to do this weekend with kids in Singapore
Are you looking for inspiration for your weekend? Check out all the new restaurant openings or choose a café with a playground (always call ahead to make sure the resto and the playground are open!). Packing the kids off to a green park to play is always a fun thing to do on weekends or check out our 101 things to do with kids list. But if you need more inspo, here’s our weekly roundup with great activities from ice skating at CHIJMES, to free arts and crafts activities, free treats and carnival games at SDC’s carnival, farm visits and more!
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Read on for some great family weekend activities!
8. Join a Little Critters Workshop
Ever wanted a perfect pet? Get creative and make your own pet critters in this interactive art and drama workshop by SDC – s
Deets: 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 18 Dec 2021, 1 , Singapore Discovery Centre
#EverydayCreativity Virtual Festival by Playeum (FREE*!)
A free virtual festival for kids, teens and adults, #EverydayCreativity by Playeum comprises 15 experiential digital workshops, talks and play sessions that champion everyday creativity and its role in our daily lives. Look out for the free, interactive activities and play sessions for kids, or the fireside chats for teens (while parents might enjoy the workshops). *Attendance is free however, donations are welcomed and will be put towards not-for-profit Playeum’s various programmes to benefit children from marginalised backgrounds.
Deets: 18 November – 11 December 2021, Online. Click here for a full event schedule and registration details
Otah & Friends Camp Stardust at National Museum
Otah & Friends Camp Stardust at the National Museum is the fourth and biggest outlet! Look out for plants and animals from the National Museum of Singapore’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, explore the forest with its maze, ball pit, ropes obstacle course. Get ready for your best storytelling for when you gather around Otah’s campfire! Tickets from $19.
Deets: now till 3 January 2022, National Museum of Singapore
Dreamseeds Arts Festival
Club Rainbow Singapore (CRS)’s annual event Dreamseeds Arts Festival champions inclusivity in the arts. The 5-day virtual event is packed with concert performances, film screenings, workshops, and an interactive virtual art gallery featuring artwork from CRS’s beneficiaries who have worked closely with local artists to create thoughtful artworks inspired by the world around them. Sign the kiddos up for online workshops like the Mixed Media Collage Fun ($6), Fruit Bag stamping ($6) and other online crafting sessions. Register for next weekend now!
Deets: 27th November to 1st December 2021, online.
Get Curious! Stories of You and Me
This Children’s Season, explore the Stories of You and Me through museum gallery treasure hunts, Character Tours (we like the sound of the Mama Shop Owner one!), performances, and installations! Visit specially created installations for kids 3-12 yrs old to explore how home and school experiences have changed over the years ($10 deposit but refundable). Go on an Artefact Hunts with friendly otters Dennis and Family (from $6) explore the galleries, solve riddles to discover little-known facts behind the mysterious artefacts, and complete the hunt to redeem a prize! Limited spaces available, so register now. If you aren’t heading out kids can also enjoy virtual tours and online workshops from home.
Deets: 20 November – 22 December, various timings, National Museum of Singapore
Children’s Season 2021 (FREE*!)
Go on a hunt for Fantastic Critters at the museums! Collect your copy of the Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet at any of the participating museums, and complete the activities listed in the booklet to collect specially designed critter stickers. Collect all 15 critter stickers to redeem limited edition prizes from the Museum Roundtable. The Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet also includes a listing of holiday programmes at the museums for you and your family to enjoy. *Booklets are free but museum entry applies.
Deets: 20 November – 31 December 2021, onsite locations and on I Love Museums Facebook
Explore Gallery Children’s Biennale (FREE!)
Take the kiddos on an inspiring multi-sensory experience at the National Gallery as they explore nine on-site installations of the Gallery Children’s Biennale that explores the theme “Why Art Matters”. These installations complement the digital format of Gallery Children’s Biennale launched in May 2021. Children are encouraged to touch, move, and interact with the installations, fostering skills such as curiosity and critical thinking as they learn through play. Look out for the impressive giant cardboard city titled Head/Home plus kids can try their hand at making their very own cardboard homes at the makerspace. Complementary on-site children’s programmes such as sessions by master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran, sonic exploration workshops and somatic movement workshops are on offer too. Pick up an art pack ($5 each) so your little ones can deepen their understanding of the art on display!
Deets: 6 Nov – Dec 2022, National Gallery Singapore
Arts in Your Neighbourhood (FREE!)
Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back at Bukit Merah, Jurong, Marine Parade, Serangoon and Tampines this November with a series of physical and digital programmes, including pop-up installations, interactive self-guided family-friendly art trails and online performances that celebrate the stories of the residents within these neighbourhoods. As everyday spaces are transformed into art canvases, AYN creates multi-faceted arts experiences for all. Here we are invited to reimagine what the heartlands could look like as we celebrate the stories of residents and neighbourhoods across Singapore through the arts. Admission is free for all events.
Deets: 11 – 28 November, various locations, www.artsforall.gov.sg/ayn
Have a day at the beach
Looking for some beach action? For some serious sandcastle building and chill time to recreate that holiday feeling, check out our roundup of the best beaches here (and remember to book your entry in advance!). For sunloungers, cafe food and more while you are at the beach, head to our list of the best family beach clubs!
Inflatable slides and carnival rides at D’Ultimate Xcape
Check out the new D’Ultimate Xcape @Downtown East from 5 November and you’ll be treated to inflatable slides and bouncy fun, Uncle Ringo carnival rides and carnival games! Read all about this new activity one here
New magical ‘mushroom forest’ play area (FREE*!)
The Visual Arts Space at The Artground is a fun space for children aged 9 and under to play, imagine and explore. There’s a brand new theme Fungus Humongous (newly reopened on 27 October), where you’ll get to explore a magical forest – look out for huge fallen trees, giant mushrooms, colourful slides and other fun to crawl, climb, and slide on. Prebook a group ticket (admits up to 2 pax from the same household) for a refundable deposit of $15 for access to Fungus Humongous exhibition within specific time slots on weekdays and weekends. Other crafts, workshops and activities are ticketed separately.
Deets: 27 Oct – 20 Feb 2022, The Artground, 90 Goodman Road #01-40 Blk J
New Therapeutic Garden: Slide, Glow in Dark Paths (FREE!)
The Therapeutic Garden @ Jurong Lake Gardens is now open! It’s the first therapeutic garden in Singapore with dedicated sections for children with special needs. Look out for a butterfly maze adjoining the children’s section of the therapeutic garden, play equipment at the Sounds Zone (xylophone-and percussion drums help kids with smoothing sounds), a wheelchair-friendly crawling trellis, a swing chair plus a glow-in-the-dark labyrinth with pathways showing imprints of the animals and insects found in Jurong Lake Gardens!
Deets: Jurong Lake Gardens, near Chinese Garden Road
Take a ferry from Sentosa to Lazarus!
Thinking of taking a trip to Lazarus Island? New ferry services between Sentosa Cove Village and Lazarus Island are now available! It’s just 15 mins to get from Sentosa Cove Village jetty to the rustic eco-destination of the neighbouring Southern islands (if you are going from Marina South it is 30 minutes). For more deets on ferry times, prices and a guide to Lazarus make sure you read this!
Take the kids to the Trick Eye Museum
Have you taken the kids to the Trick Eye Museum? This is where you’ll have a blast taking lots of pictures of the optical illusions. There are six themed zones to explore with plenty of 2D and 3D scenes. Remember to go with a fully charged phone so you can take pics at each eye-tricking scene!
Deets: 20% off when you book online: $21.25 (adults); $17 (children), 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa
Have an ice cream at kid-friendly Mylo’s at Gardens by the Bay
Get out and get active! Take the bikes for a cycle around Gardens by the Bay or just go for a nice long walk (kids can bring scooters). You’ll then have earnt a delicious gelato at the new kid-frienldy (and dog-friendly) cafe Mylo’s which is right next to the Active garden (lots of exercise equipment to have fun on) and the musical instruments for kids to play with.
Read More: Best new restaurant openings in October
Head to Uncle Ringo at Punggol Container Park
This cool park is teeming with charming riverside restaurants, is home to the famous Uncle Ringo funfair and has some cool plant nurseries for you and the kids to check out! The last time we went, it looks like they’ve added even more rides that are set to open in the coming weeks – including a bumper car track! Read our full guide to Punggol Container Park here.
Deets: Uncle Ringo is open every Thursday to Sunday, 5pm to 8pm till end of 2021
Try the new self-automated Trampoline Park @ Forum
We’ve spotted a fun new trampoline park at Forum The Shopping Mall! Located at B1, this cool new play area is entirely automated and operates on a self-service basis – just have your credit card ready, tap and let the kiddos run wild inside! Check out the ticket pricing here.
Spring Rolls Trampoline Park @ Forum, B1 Atrium, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884
Spend a morning at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
How much do we love the Singapore Botanic Gardens? We love the amazing playgrounds for kids (Jacob Ballas treehouse and slides, and the new playground COMO Adventure Grove), the stunning scenery for morning walks, animal spotting (owls, otters, black swans and monitor lizards) and the cafés for a smoothie or lunch. Read up on all the highlights plus where to grab a bite to eat in our updated guide to the Botanics here!
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All event information is supplied by third parties so always check with the venue in case of any changes before you make plans for your weekend!