It’s the time of the year that every child looks forward to – the year-end school holidays. Yet it can be challenging for parents to keep the young, energetic ones occupied. Don’t worry – we’ve done the legwork for you. These 10 things will keep you and juniors busy playing, learning and bonding as a family.
Pokémon Research Exhibition
Does your mini-me talk about Pokémon all day? Then take him to this real-life Pokémon Research Exhibition where he can play a scientific researcher for a day. As part of the experience, visitors will get to pick a real-life PokéBall, and find clues to deduce what Pokémon it contains. What more, they might also bump into the Pikachu mascot – so take the wefie stick along!
When: Till January 2, 2017
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium
What time: 10am – 7pm, daily
How much: $35 per adult and $23 per child (online price includes admission to the S.E.A. Aquarium)
Photo credit: Resorts World Sentosa
An “ice palace” that Queen Elsa will approve of? Yes. A Hi-5 Funtastic House? Yes. A magical forest of Christmas trees? Yes! This year’s Christmas Wonderland is bigger and better. Not only are there those new attractions that we toot about, there’s also the Instagram-worthy luminarie – aka Sculptures of Light – and more dining and shopping options.
When: December 2 – January 1, 2017
Where: Gardens by the Bay
What time: 3.30pm – 11pm, daily
How much: $4 per pax from www.christmaswonderland.sg (now on sale)
Photo credit: Christmas Wonderland
Kids of the 21st century certainly deserves a digital media playground like MOSH! This edutainment facility which showcases high tech multimedia technology from Japan is the first in Singapore that lets kids create a marine creature, fireworks, or launch a jumbo jet. It’s not expensive either – just $10 if you book from Sentosa’s website.
When: Till February 9, 2017 (tickets are valid for three months from purchase date)
Where: MOSH! 31 Beach View, #03-01 Palawan Kidz City
What time: 10am – 9pm, daily
How much: $10 per pax, from www.sentosa.com.sg/90daysoffun (U.P. $32 per adult)
Photo credit: MOSH!
Did you hear? There’ve been sightings of dinosaurs at the Singapore Zoo! But don’t worry – the T-rex, spinosauraus, triceratops are all just life-like animatronics. But kids will get to learn more about all these ancient creatures, as well as their peers that are still alive today, such as the Alligator snapping turtle and Giant Chinese Salamander. There will also be dinosaur-themed activities on weekends where kids can “excavate” dino fossils and snap photos with a friendly T-rex and Velociraptor.
When: November 26 – December 18 (activities are on weekends only)
Where: Singapore Zoo & River Safari
What time: 10am – 4 pm
How much: $39 per adult, $25 per child (promo price for admission to both Singapore Zoo and River Safari)
Photo credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
MARVEL’S Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Daddies and kiddos will marvel (no pun intended) when they come face to face with superheroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Vision, Falcon and Ant-Man, and get roped in as recruits into the Avengers’ combat support network. There will be original props, costumes, holograms and interactivity stations to learn the science and technology behind these characters. Warning: You can expect to turn into your favourite superhero and bust some villains – for real.
When: Till March 5 , 2017
Where: Singapore Science Centre
What time: 10am – 6pm
How much: $25 per adult, $18 per child (excl. admission to Science Centre Singapore)
WIN! We’re giving away three family sets of admission tickets (each set consists of four tickets worth $272) to Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition. Register by November 30.
Photo credit: Science Centre Singapore
“A World Full Of Stories”
There’s a hands-on exhibition specially for kids aged one to 12 at Playeum called “A World Full Of Stories”. It features installations by local and international artists to spur imagination and creative thinking within children. Kids will have a chance to create stories and fantasy characters, read books, hear stories, role play, and make their own finger puppets and puppet shows. They can even create their own chalk art, write and tell their own stories, and play dress up.
When: November 15 – April 30, 2017
Where: Children’s Centre for Creativity, Blk 47 Gillman Barracks #01-23
What time: 10 am – 6pm, Tue – Sun
How much: $22 per child with one accompanying adult, $10 per additional adult
Photo credit: Playeum
There’s something special happening at the Night Safari until December 10. Not only is the entire park is decked out in fairy lights and animal light sculptures, visitors will also get to meet the baby elephant, Neha, and her famous family. Kids will also enjoy the “Paw-some Parade”, where quirky costumed animal characters like giraffes, zebras, flamingos and elephants come out to say “hello”.
When: November 18 – December 10 (Fridays and Saturdays only)
Where: Night Safari
What time: 7.15pm – 12am
How much: $45 per adult and $30 per child
Photo credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Singapore Wake Park
The only place in Singapore to cable-ski safely is finally open. Kids six and over who are keen to wakeboard, kneeboard and cable-ski can now do it in a safe environment right here. This family-friendly park boasts two state-of-the-art overhead running cable system and obstacles that will suit both beginners and experienced wakeboarders.
Where: 1206A East Coast Parkway
What time: 10am – 10pm, Mon – Fri; 9am – 10pm, Sat, Sun & PH
How much: From $40 per hour
Photo credit: Singapore Wake Park
Merlion Magic Lights! – Trolls Edition
What do you get when you clone the Sentosa Merlion with a troll? A spectacular light show with Trolls singing and dancing all over the Sentosa Merlion, of course. Enjoy shadow play with Trolls props, and frolic at the Trolls-edition playground at iFly Singapore, level 2. Not just that, there are Trolls mural walls, ambience decorations, photopoints, and Trolls mascots.
When: From November 19 – December 26
Where: Beach Plaza and Merlion Plaza
What time: Until 9.30pm, daily
How much: Free
Photo credit: Sentosa
LEGO NINJAGO World
There are five new attractions at the LEGO NINJAGO World where you can train to become a ninja, like balancing on a spinning platform, and scaling a rock wall. But the most exciting item here is the new Maestro technology ride at the NINJAGO Training Temple, which features gesture-based technology. Riders will master the four LEGO NINJAGO elements: fire, ice, lightning and earth, experience 4D effects of heat, smoke, and wind, and use their hands to hurl “energy balls” at the enemies.
Where: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
What time: 10am – 6pm, daily
How much: RM144 (S$46.95) per adult and RM116 per child for 1-day theme park ticket
Photo credit: Legoland Malaysia Resort