Things to Do with the Kids - Fun Activities & Attractions this School Holiday

7 September 2021 by Farihin Joehari

The school holiday is finally here! While leisure travel is still prohibited, many local attractions and activities are business as usual, with social distancing and increased disinfecting measures. With peace of mind, you can have fun with the kids without leaving the country. Keep the kids occupied this holiday and treat them from an array of fun-filled attractions such as the Museum of Ice Cream, safari-themed playground to the yummiest kid-friendly restaurants that’ll whet any appetite.

Activities & Attractions

1. Adventure HQ

Calling all the kids (and adults) who love adrenaline-pumping activities, visit the Home Team NS Khatib’s Adventure HQ – a multi-installation indoor obstacle centre. Be jaw-dropped by the long 14m slide, artificial caving, two-tier challenge ropes and many more. But the must-try activity gotta be the Roll Glider, an aerial activity driven by gravity and body movement. Are you ready for an adventure?

Address: 2 Yishun Walk, S767944
Price: All-Access Pass from $40 onwards, closed on Mon

Read: 15 Best Hotel Staycation Offers to Use Your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers

2. Museum of Ice Cream

Hailing from the United States, The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is finally here in Singapore! Located at Dempsey, bring the kids to this whimsical attraction spanning 60,000 sqft which features a café, bar, retail store and 14 unique interactive installations. Don’t miss out on an Instagram shot at the iconic sprinkle pool and taste the local ice cream flavours – Pulut Hitam, Lychee Bandung and Taro Milk Tea.

Address: 100 Loewen Road, Dempsey, S248837
Price: From $38 for Adults, FREE for Kids aged 2 and below

3. Singapore Cable Car

Source: One Faber Group

Get a bird’s eye view of Harbourfront, Mount Faber and Sentosa Island from Singapore’s Cable Car! For the most breathtaking view, board before sunset and witness the golden Sun hue setting into the horizon. Don’t miss out on grabbing a bite at the famous Arbora Hilltop Dining or Dusk Restaurant & Bar and dine with a picturesque million-dollar view after your ride.

Address: Board from Mount Faber Station
Price: 35% OFF Cable Car Sky Pass here

4. Waka Waka

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From giant slides to challenging obstacles, Waka Waka is an indoor playground located at Annex@Furama. Suitable for kids aged 9 to 12 years old, let the kids run riot and unleash their energy at the Safari Play Area and be king of the jungle at this multi-level playground. Or test their coordination skills at the high-element zone of Adventure Cove. For toddlers, head over to the Toddler Area for some sensory play. After hours of fun, refuel at The Lion’s Den to feed their growing appetite.

Address: Annex@Furama, 407 Havelock Rd, #05-01, S169364
Price: $25 (Weekdays) and $28 (Weekend) Admission with Kids Set Meal Bundle here

Read: 14 Best World Virtual Travel Experience to Enjoy at Home – from Niagara Falls, Van Gogh Museum to Central Park

5. Ready, Set, Adventure on meWATCH

Scroll through endless kids programmes on meWATCH Kids anytime and anywhere. With an all-in-one entertainment hub, get free access to on-demand kids’ programmes catering from pre-school to pre-teens. Entertain the kids with various shows such as Mind Blown!, Groom My Room S11, 华文“浆”好玩, Skuad Cilik S4, and Karkka Kasadara.

Price: FREE!

6. NERF Action Xperience

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Let the kids run riot at NERF Action Xperience in Marina Square! Packed with multi-themed activity zones, blast away at the Zombie City with your team, conquer gravity-defying obstacles on The Glacier or train to be a marksman at the Basketball Challenge. Please note the SingapoRediscovers Voucher is applicable here.

Address: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-208, S039594
Price: From $39 onwards

Read: Best Things to See & Do in South Singapore

7. Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express

Source: Gardens by the Bay

Source: Gardens by the Bay

Go on a magical trip in the Orient Express and embark on a historical journey from more than a century ago. This pop-up attraction features two original train carriages that are classified as National Treasures of France and was shipped directly to Singapore and is the first destination outside of France. Be enchanted by some of the most extraordinary and opulent objects that date back to 1883. For the full experience, enjoy a luxurious fine dining meal or high tea starting from $78++ per pax. This exhibition ends on 12 Sep 2021.

Address: West Lawn of Gardens by the Bay
Price: Starting from $25 here

8. Forest Adventure

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Source: Forest Adventure - @camsmac

Challenge the kids to high-element obstacles at Forest Adventure, Singapore’s first treetop adventure course park. Allow the kids to muster their courage at the Kids Course (suitable for aged 5 to 9 years old) by conquering 22 crossings and two zip lines, before moving on to the Junior and Grand Course for the ultimate challenge. Swing like Tarzan and take the Big Zip for a 300m ride above water for an exhilarating experience they won’t forget.

Address: Bedok Reservoir Park, S479244
Price: $39 on Tues (save $11 on the Grand Course) and $40 for Students on weekdays for Grand Course (U.P. $50)

9. KF1 Karting

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Ready, set, go-kart! Live your F1 dreams at KF1 Karting and race your way to the finish line. With karts suitable for Novice (30km/h) and Advanced (50km/h), anyone can have a fun and safe experience. If you’d like a different adventure, come when night falls and partake in Singapore’s only venue for night racing. The KF1 Kranji Track (960m long), designed by Hermann Tilke, a renowned F1 Track Designer, gets your heart pumping and have you feeling like an F1 champion.

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Psst… they’re opening a new track at Singapore EXPO – be sure to check it out when it opens.

Address: Singapore Turf Club, 1 Turf Club Ave, S738078. It is within walking distance to and from Kranji MRT Station or Arena Country Club, 511 Upper Jurong Road, S638366. Opposite SAFTI Military Institute, walking distance to and from Joo Koon MRT Station.
Price: From $18 non-peak to $22 peak period for 30kph ride

10. Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Source: Trick Eye Museum

Source: Trick Eye Museum

Although the optical illusion murals may play tricks on you, their special promotional ticket prices are 100% real! From a 4D wonderland and an Augmented Reality museum, immerse yourself and have a day out with the kids through these optical illusion zones. Whip out your phone for a fun Instagram shot and create a memorable experience with the family.

Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-43/44, S098138
Price: SingapoRediscovers Vouchers are applicable here. Purchase your tickets online to enjoy 20% OFF; Adults (13 – 59 years old) $21.25 or Child (4 – 12 years old) $17.

11. Wild Wild Wet

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For a splashing good time, head over to Wild Wild Wet with your kids and let them run riot at the #1 Waterpark in Singapore. Located in Downtown East, put your courage to the test at the Free Fall and take a plunge at a near-vertical drop, compete at Kraken Racers at the four-lane mat racer slide, laze at the Shiok River and many more. Bond with the little ones at the Kidz Zone where they’ll get the same adrenaline-pumping experience with the pint-sized versions of the big rides. Ready, set, splash!

Address: Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, S519599
Price: Adult $32 and Child Day Pass $24 or $102 for 2 Adults and 2 Child Day Pass, during Peak periods.

Dining at Restaurants, Cafes & Beach Bars

12. Kind Kones

Source: Kind Kones

Source: Kind Kones

Here’s an inside scoop – head down to The Forum Shopping Mall basement, and you’ll find a vegan hidden gem. Give the kids a little sugar rush here at Kind Kones, without worrying they’ll go amok after finishing a scoop. The ice cream here are made in small batches to ensure quality and freshness. Let the kids try something new, Blue Planet – a mixture of coconut, cashew and almond milk that’s dyed using Blue Pea Flower and mixed with bits of Matcha cake.

Pair your scoops with their guilt-free Brownie Sundae, a flourless sweet potato brownie. Each scoop ranges from a standard $4.90 to a premium of $6.90. Or get 10% OFF when you buy their pints online using our exclusive promo code here.

Address: Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd, #B1-27, S238884
Opening hours: Daily 10am – 10pm

13. Picotin Express (East Coast)

Source: Picotin Express

Source: Picotin Express

One of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore, Picotin Express has an array of Western dishes from pasta to pizzas. Order a plate of the sublime Beef Ragu Pasta or Pesto Pasta if you’re craving Italian. For sharing (or not), some of their must-try are the Bashkir Pizza (mozzarella, tomato sauce, tandoori chicken, onions and coriander), Yili Pizza (tomato, mozzarella and pepperoni) or Azteca Pizza (tomato, mozzarella, honey baked ham with pineapple).

Don’t miss out on our 1-for-1 dining offers at Picotin Express East Coast and Bukit Timah.

Address: 382 Joo Chiat Road, S427622
Opening hours: Sun to Thurs 3pm – 1am (last order 10.30pm) and Fri to Sat 11am – 1am (last order 12.30am)

14. Coastes

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Source: Coastes

Bask in the sun at Sentosa with the kids and refuel at Coastes, an idyllic beach bar and restaurant adjacent to Beach Station. Bring Fido along too as they are pet friendly! While they have a range of delicious mains such as pastas and pizzas, we love their Coastes Chicken Wings ($10 for 6 pcs) - marinated with their signature secret sauce and oven-baked for maximum perfection. Affordably priced, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

Address: 50 Siloso Beach Walk Sentosa, S099000
Opening hours: Daily 9am – 10pm

15. Café Melba

Source: Cafe Melba

Source: Cafe Melba

Source: Cafe Melba

Located at Goodman Arts Centre in Mountbatten, Café Melba was awarded Silver for Best Family-Friendly Restaurant by Expat Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020. The 120-seater café serves an array of dishes from Melbournian to Asian cuisines. Unwind by ordering the all-day breakfast sets from $4. On Mondays, order a main meal above $22 and your child gets a FREE kids meal!

Let the kids jump to their hearts’ content at the bouncy castle in the open field, adjacent to the café. Do call the restaurant before visiting to avoid disappointment.

Book a Table here.

Address: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block N, #01-56, S439053
Opening hours: Weekdays 10am – 10pm and Weekends 8.30am – 10pm

16. Wildseed Café at The Alkaff Mansion

Source: Wildseed Cafe

Source: Wildseed Cafe

Source: Wildseed Cafe

Located at Mount Faber, Wildseed Café is housed in a picturesque colonial-style bungalow built in 1918. The building was once used as a venue for high society parties and is still known to hold intimate weddings. The building is now home to three eateries – UNA, TXA and Wildseed Café. Surrounded by sprawling greenery and vast space, it’s the best café for a weekend brunch with the family. Their menu also features kids meal set ($16) from Wagyu Beef & Pork Bolognese Linguine or Highland Pancake with Corn & Maple Syrup, which comes with a dessert and drink.

Book a Table here.

Address: Telok Blangah Hill Park, 10 Telok Blangah Green, S109178
Operating hours: Daily 8am – 4pm

17. The Coastal Settlement

Source: The Coastal Settlement

Source: The Coastal Settlement

Tastefully decorated with antiques such as vintage vehicles, paintings and nostalgic gadgets, step into the restaurant which might be mistaken for a museum. Or request for outdoor dining, in tropical foliage and lush greenery at their alfresco area where you get to be one with nature. Browse their extensive menu from local favourites, Western cuisine to kid’s meal. The café is pet-friendly too, so feel free to bring Fido along and let them have playtime with the kids outdoor.

Address: 200 Netheravon Road, S508529
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 10.30am – 11pm, Sat & Sun 8.30am – 11pm