Every month we bring you what’s new on the island from local businesses and beyond! Here’s what we’re eyeing in August – from a new mall playground to ATV riding in Singapore and more!
New month, new finds! We’re so excited for some new openings this month – scroll down to read about the newest mall playground opening at Great World; a Singapore-themed kids’ book (perfect for National Day!) complete with prints for the kids’ room; fun Speech & Drama enrichment lessons in the heart of Orchard; a cool new kids’ ATV park in Kranji; news on the Tesla showroom in town; online tutoring services by Focused School; a fab wellness space; and how to rent gym equipment for your home (or quarantine) workout!
Playground opens at Great World
Great World’s new playground is called Great World Playland and it’s great for kids of all ages! From a hot air balloon to a galleon ship and choo-choo train, choose your mode of transport to ‘explore the world’. The playground has been designed for kids 3-10 years old. Little ones will have a great time exploring, climbing, and sliding with a long metal tube slide, climbing nets, a mini floor trampoline and tunnels to explore. Nearby, there’s Kith cafe so mamas and dads can get some coffee while watching the littlies play in full view.
Open: Daily, 10am – 10pm (closed during wet weather)
Great World, Level 2, Kim Seng walk 2 Singapore, Singapore 237994, www.facebook.com/greatworldsingapore
New Epigram Bookshop Pop Up
When Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop closed last month we were all pretty sad. But the good news is that Epigram Bookshop is back! It’s opening a pop-up book shop on Beach Road from 16 August. Opening hours are 11am-10pm daily (closed on public holidays). Look forward to all books Singaporean here – from cookbooks by local authors to memoirs, children’s storybooks and board books with a Singapore theme. If you are looking for a unique birthday present or a leaving gift memento of Singapore, you’ll find something for everyone in this little shop!
Epigram Bookshop, 267 Beach Road, Singapore 199545, www.facebook.com/epigrambooks
Indigrow’s A to Z of Singapore Culture Play Book with FREE Personalised Name Prints
If you haven’t checked out Indigrow’s A to Z of Singapore Culture Play Book, you absolutely must! It’s the perfect book to introduce Singapore to every child, filled with wonderful snapshots of our little red dot with a story in every letter so little ones can explore and celebrate Singapore. Inspired by the charming illustrations of the book, Indigrow is now designing custom, Personalised Name Prints! Buy the book and enter your child’s name (you can print it anyway you like!) and you’ll be sent a gorgeous digital print within a week – they’re perfect for your kids’ room or as decor around the house! Each letter highlights a character, place or element from the book – making it a beautiful way to embrace your child’s identity and Singapore at the same time.
Looking for an engaging English speech and drama class for your kiddos? Wonderlit is a new creative enrichment space that offers a boutique experience tailored to nurture and develop children to become accomplished readers and confident communicators! They cover everything from reading to writing, speaking and performing, aiming to help children embark on a journey of self-discovery, spark curiosity and fan flames of imagination. The hands-on learning at Wonderlit encompasses a curated phonics and reading programme and a speech and drama curriculum that meets international certifications for communication skills and drama performing, as well as fulfilling the demands of oral syllabuses in Singapore schools. The whimsical studio at Claymore Connect is a uniquely and thoughtfully designed space that promotes a positive learning experience for children of all ages (from 2.5 years old). Whether you’re keen on the Read, Speak, Perform or Coach programmes, we’re sure Wonderlit’s innovative curriculum will excite your little ones through drama and literacy activities.
Mud Krank ATV Park at Kranji
Do your kids love adventure? Have they ever tried quad biking? Give them the chance to rev their engines at Mud Krank! This new ATV trail riding facility in Kranji is the first of its kind in Singapore. Riders have to be a minimum of 4 years old and sessions start at $20 for 15 mins on weekdays (weekend prices differ). Head down for some off-roading fun in an open and safe yet thrilling environment!
Tesla Singapore Showroom
Thought of going electric for your next family car? Tesla has just opened its first showroom in Singapore at Raffles City! The showroom features the Tesla Model 3 (the only model currently available for sale in Singapore) on level one, giving you a firsthand look at the highly-anticipated electric vehicle. We haven’t been there ourselves, but we heard Tesla showrooms abroad are big on interactive displays so you may just spot some of that digital fun here. This is definitely a cool weekend activity for parents and kiddos who love cars!
If you’re looking for a private tutor, look to Focused School for online tutoring services that are effective and engaging for kids! Their experienced teachers are well-equipped to engage one-on-one with students of all ages and academic levels. They cover a wide variety of learning areas to ensure that your child receives a well-balanced education, with customisable learning programs that cater to your child’s unique requirements – which can be discovered via their comprehensive assessment tools. From Summer School programs to Academic Support and even Home Based Learning Camps encompassing Creative Writing, Drama, Art & Craft and English, you’re bound to find the right program for your kiddo! Contact Focused School for a free consult.
Focused School, [email protected], www.focused.school
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
Following a revamp earlier this year, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape has just reopened to welcome yogis and holistic wellness lovers alike in the heart of Orchard! The beautiful light-filled sanctuary at Delfi Orchard is a wellness ecosystem of curated services, products and cuisines that reflects COMO Shambhala’s healthy living philosophy. Their suite of holistic wellness services include yoga, coaching, meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage and sound therapy.
“The minute I set foot in COMO Shambhala’s Urban Escape (located along Orchard Road), I felt as though I stepped into a sanctuary of peace. The clean and minimal look, relaxing vibe, invigorating signature scent and friendly staff spark so much joy. As a complete wellness junkie, I am super impressed with their in-house experts such as a TCM physician, naturopath, nutritionist, micro-biome expert, life coach, soundscape practitioner, physiotherapist and osteopath who will advise you on the best position (for your spine!) during our many Zoom calls! I am so impressed with COMO’s Pilates and yoga teachers (I adore Pilates guru Ole!), all of whom noticeably have years of knowledge and expertise. My body, mind and spirit truly felt rejuvenated, restored and supercharged after an afternoon at COMO Shambhala’s Urban Escape. I cannot wait to go back!”
– Carlijn, Sassy Mama Partnerships Manager
Need professional equipment to really get a workout in? Gym equipment rental is becoming increasingly popular in Singapore thanks to stay-home orders and quarantine. Sweat Spot is one of the many gym equipment providers available now, and we love how easy it is to book a bike or exercise bench online (it’s often pretty well-priced too!). Want to look up some workout videos or studio streaming sites? Make sure you check out our Guide to Virtual Workouts