It’s the school holidays, and while Singapore may be small, we’re always full of fun options for the entire family.
TEXT: MORGAN SWYONG
As parents go on leave and children wave farewell to their teachers, December offers many opportunities to gather and have fun. Even without the Christmas-New Year double-header, there are still plenty of other activities to make December a thrilling month for kids of all ages. Here are some to kickstart your year-end plans, along with budget options to keep wallets happy.
STEP INTO YOUR DISNEY DREAMS
Suitable for all ages. Tickets needed for visitors aged 1 year old and above. Prams not allowed.
Whether you grew up learning about the circle of life from The Lion King, or your kid is a big fan of Elsa in Frozen, the Immersive Disney Animation event at Sands Theatres will tickle all your interest. Giant projections and clever sets help immerse visitors into their favourite Disney shows. Sing along with Elsa or be transported into iconic scenes from classics like Aladdin, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Encanto.
DIVE INTO MUSICAL WATER ADVENTURES AND CHALLENGES
Recommended for ages 10 and above (participants need to be above 125cm and 30kg). Children under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian.
Aqua Adventure at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, Singapore’s first integrated indoor water park, promises many hours of thrills. Featuring the longest indoor water slide in Singapore, the 114m double slide and 85-metre blackhole tube are must-try features. Other highlights include wet rope courses and a dry netted obstacle area.
Hype up your aquatic adventure experience with their Weekend Jams every Saturday, where you can splash into the rhythm with specially curated themed music. Upcoming jams to look out for include Reggaeton, Emo Nite, Disney Classics, and Christmas Special.
Also happening every weekend, try to outpace each other on the Climbing Wall and Aqua Course Speed Challenge for a gamified challenge. Thanks to the sheltered venue, you won’t have to cancel plans if it rains.
MAKE YOUR GREAT ESCAPE
Suitable for ages 13 and above.
Escape @ Science Centre features three fun escape rooms that will challenge you mentally and physically. In Museum of Mankind, you hunt down a plant to save humanity from aliens. In Shangri-la, you’re teleported to a mythical metaverse to restore an ancient artefact. Or perhaps you’d prefer to save your friend from a mad scientist?
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT
Laser Quest is suitable for ages 7 and above (participants need to be at least 122cm); TactSim admits those 14 and above.
Battle it out at Laser Quest at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok! It combines the games of Hide-And-Seek and Tag with high-tech laser guns, special lighting and high energy music. It can also accommodate up to 10 players per game.
Coined as Singapore’s first indoor PVP airsoft, TactSim at HomeTeamNS Khatib is perfect for the exceptionally thrill-chasing enthusiasts. Equipped with specially designed arenas to maximise your gameplay experience, put your teamwork and communication skills to the test. The adrenaline-filled competitive shooting sport comprises of various game modes and categories catered to all levels of airsoft enthusiasts.
TEE OFF AT BOAT QUAY
Suitable for ages 5 and up.
Kulnari brings together three unexpected elements: Miniature golf, mystery solving and a bar! The Kulnari team there has created a mystery game that runs in parallel to your golf game. Enjoy a cocktail (or mocktail) at the 9th hole and strategise your next leg. Located at Boat Quay, the experience recreates a 1920s Singapore setting. Finish the day with an optional invite to Quay House, where you can enjoy Asian tapas.
Suitable for ages 3 to 12.
If your young ones are into crafts, T-Play Khatib and T-Play Bukit Batok offer free sessions throughout the month when you visit the indoor playgrounds. Visit Peranakan themed T-Play Khatib to learn how to create some 3D fruits such as strawberries and grapes from now until Dec 10. T-Play Bukit Batok offers aviation and space themed fun, and from now until Dec 17, kids can learn how to create and design their own rocket and aircraft.
SCORE A TURKEY
Suitable for ages 9 and up.
Visit StarBowl at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok to score a different kind of turkey – that’s when a player scores three consecutive strikes. It’ll take some practice, but with its affordable prices, you won’t rack up a hefty bill. Since it’s open daily from noon to midnight, it’s extremely easy to book a session.
HomeTeamNS members get a special discounted rate starting from S$2.20 a game. (Note: Prices are not inclusive of shoe rental and socks.) To book, call: 6564 7500.
HIT NEW HEIGHTS AT A GIANT PARK
Suitable for ages 7 and up (participants need to be above 125cm ). Children 12 and below should be accompanied by a guardian.
With its gamification system and augmented play, Action Motion at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir is a popular destination for those looking for a physical challenge. Hit the Valo Climb bouldering wall for a fun interactive Augumented-Reality (AR) game play or clamber up the more traditional Ascend Lab climbing walls to work those arm and leg muscles. You can also take on the two-storey Rapid Action obstacle course and try to set the fastest times to get your name on the public scoreboard and earn points. This December, accumulate your points and exchange them for an array of cool gadgets and accessories.
MAKE A COLOURFUL SPLASH
Suitable for ages 6 and up.
At Splat Paint House, you don’t need to be an artist to create a colourful masterpiece. Ready your canvas, pour out some paint, and let the random nature of motion take over as you splash out your art. Use the supplied tools – and your creativity – to flick, splash or spray your designs. For an additional twist, ask about their UV paint parties. The splatters take on a neon life of their own, and after 48 hours, you’ll have your own painting.
CLIMB AND PLAY
Suitable for ages 8 and up. (participants need to be above 125cm and maximum 120kg). Children are recommended to be accompanied by a guardian.
Adventure HQ promises hours of thrilling fun. The stations include Singapore’s longest indoor slide, a two-tiered Indoor Challenge Ropes Course and an Urban Climb Wall. Don’t miss the Fossil Labyrinth, Singapore’s first 165m-long indoor artificial caving that challenges you to crawl and climb in the dark. Cloud Climbs is a netted structure visitors can climb up. Make it to the top and you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of Adventure HQ.