Fathers who spend more time with their children record a significant boost in the latter’s physical and mental development, but just how do you cultivate strong father-child relationships? Whether you’re an adventurous dad or a foodie dad, we list some suggested activities you can take your little one out to this Father’s Day.
Do you and your little one geek out over all things science? If so, a trip to the Science Centre would do the both of you good. With so much to experience and learn in these places, you’ll have a ball of time exploring the exhibits and soaking up all the information on display!
Suggested activity: TinkerFest
Join your little scientist at Science Centre’s Tinker Fest, exploring the different science concepts through the play and experimentation of mind-blowing hands-on activities that will challenge you to see the world from a different angle. With activities and workshops that are carefully designed to facilitate critical thinking, nurture creativity and build character traits, the world of science will truly be a place of wonder for you and your little one this Father’s Day.
Date: 29 May – 4 June 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Hall E, Tinkering Studio, Science Centre Singapore
Price: Drop-in events and all-day activities are free (excludes admission to Science Centre)
There’s an endless list of activities you can sign yourself and your child up for when it comes to adventures. Be it something as simple as getting your sweat on with sports swimming or archery; or deciding on going camping out in the woods, the world is at your your feet! But this Father’s Day, we’d definitely recommend trying something new, for it may prove to be the best thing you and your child will have ever done together thus far.
Suggested activity: Night@ARMS
This Father’s Day, why not bring your child along to experience what it’s like back when you were serving your National Service, by spending a night out in the field! In this special two-day field camp, you’ll get to teach your child about building a “Basha” tent and field cooking, as well as go on a confidence walk and try out combat rations – just like our SAF soldiers! And for those Dads with their NS “war stories” to tell, this will definitely be the place for you to do so!
Date: 3 – 4 June 2017, 10 – 11 June 2017
Time: 1:30pm (Saturday) – 1:30pm (Sunday)
Venue: Army Museum of Singapore, Discovery Land
Price: $102 per father and child pair
This is probably one for the older kids, but for those father-child duos with an appreciation for the arts, then you should definitely pay a visit to your local museum! Spend a full day in checking out the art installations and exhibits on display, have a quick discussion with each other on what the exhibits mean to the both of you, and you’ll form a much deeper bond after it.
Suggested activity: Straits Family Sunday: Baba Of The House
Peranakans are just one of the many cultures found in Singapore, and in this special activity, you’ll get to find out just how life is like for Male Peranakans – also known as babas – in a traditional Peranakan home. In Peranakan culture, there are also some auspicious motifs that are only linked to males, and you’ll get to find out more about them. Kids will also get the opportunity to bring home a gift that they’ll make themselves for their dads!
Date: 11 June 2017
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Venue: Peranakan Museum
Price: Free admission
Green Thumb Dads
Have a love for gardening and hoping to nurture the same for your kids? With so many parks situated across Singapore, and with NParks organising a plethora of green activities (free and paid alike) throughout the year, all you’ll need to do is to just sign up! Before you know it, you’ll have a garden for you and your little one to work on together, right in your own backyard.
Suggested activity: A Planter For Daddy
If you’re taking the whole family out to the Botanic Gardens for some family fun during the Father’s Day weekend, why not try out this hands-on activity which will teach you and your little one how to make a personalised planter that requires minimal maintenance but will bring a touch of nature to your table at work! We also heard that the you can design a Frankenstein or a Minion planter, perfect for planting a smile on Dad’s faces!
Date: 17 June 2017
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Venue: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Price: $30 per child (materials and meal included)
Like most Singaporeans, if you consider yourself a foodie, then how about signing up for cooking lessons where you can introduce your little ones to some basic cooking skills? What’s more, you can whip up something yummy together for Mummy, which is always a plus point! If cooking is not up your alley, you can always take the family out for some cafe-hopping adventure around town.
Suggested activity: Be A Zuper Dad This Father’s Day
It’s time for the big man of the household to show off their superpower strength with KidZania Singapore, as they celebrate the multi-skilled superhero Dad this Father’s Day! But for the foodie father, we definitely recommend checking out the Bento Set Making with Okome, where you and your kids will get to showcase your culinary flare as you assemble your own bento set in different designs.
Date: 9 – 26 June 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: KidZania Singapore, #01-01/02 Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View, Sentosa
Price: FREE for Dads with every two walk-in kid tickets ($116) purchased