We’re just coming right out and saying it—adulthood is the pits. For most of us it’s too much work and not enough play. It would do us good to relive the carefreeness of childhood, when our biggest concern was what snack to buy from the mamak store. All is not lost though, as there remain ways grownups can tap on their inner child—some nostalgic ways, some brand new—and have some unadulterated fun.
Go on a treasure hunt
If you can get a group of people together, Universal Studios Singapore (USS) has a Scavenger Hunt for a minimum of 30 people, which includes a day pass, as well as food and photo vouchers. You’ll be pounding the streets of New York and combing the ancient pyramids of Egypt.
Universal Studios Singapore │ Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway │ Tel: 65779977 │ Opening hours: Daily 10am–9pm │ Scavenger Hunt is $118 per person; advanced booking required.
Splash about in a water park
Splash about in a water park
This water park is so much about fun you don’t even need to know how to swim to enjoy yourself here. Wild Wild Wet, which reopened on 1 November after a playful revamp, boasts slides, rides and pools for all ages. Amongst the new features are water geysers at the tsunami wave pool and a river curtain at the Shiok River (which float on in a tube). For the really young at heart, we hear the Professor Playground will still be there.
Ride on a Segway
Ride on a Segway
This made our list because it’s so much fun and doesn’t hurt the environment. Double the thrill of riding on a Segway with a night time expedition that takes you through the twists and turns of Sentosa in search of the truth behind the island formerly known as Pulau Blakang Mati. The 90-minute experience includes a safety briefing and training.
Gogreen Segway® Eco Adventure Hub │ Address: 50 Beach View, Beach Station, Sentosa │ Tel: 97713591 │ Night rides: Daily 8pm, 9.30pm, 11pm and 12.30am; Sat same times with a 1am premium slot │ Night rides admission: $78–128 per person │ www.gogreenafterdark.com.
Stock up on old school snacks
There aren’t many things that can evoke as much nostalgia as food can. For a culinary walk down memory lane, look no further than Biscuit King. They’ve got everything from the colourful iced gem biscuits and crispy collons, to milk wafers and butterfly crackers.
Biscuit King │ Address: 130 Casuarina Road │ Tel: 64545938 │ Opening hours: Tue–Sat 11am–10pm, Sun noon–10pm
Run around a farm just like the old days
One of the few existing farms in Singapore is a joy to be in. They have scarecrows, vegetable plots, muddy paths and all sorts of flora and fauna. Team-building activities are also available for groups; you can sign up for an ‘Amazing Race’ style competition with detours and road blocks. Take off your shoes, put on your play clothes and have fun on the farm!
It's like 'Command and Conquer', just bigger
We know the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)-driven Singapore Discovery Centre largely for its cool battle simulators, and one of the newest ones is the Battlefield Command centre. It’s the first third-generation SAF game designed for the public and lets you take on roles like the commander or an apache fighter in battle.
Singapore Discovery Centre │ Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road │ Tel: 67926188 │ Opening hours: Tue–Sun 9am–6pm │ Admission: $10 (adult), $6 (child, 3–12 years old)
The MINT Museum of Toys
Revisit old toys
Go on a guided tour of the MINT Museum of Toys and see toys popular in Singapore’s past. Owner Chang Yang Fa claims his personal collection consists of over 50,000 items, including things you’ve forgotten about like Mr Kiasu collectibles. If you were (or still are) a McDonald’s Happy Meal fanatic, there’ll be lots to squeal over.
This is one childhood activity that hardly exists anymore. Relive it at Jurong Frog Farm, where frog and tadpole hunting packages are available for groups. While you are there, catch some frogs mating and even sample some frog meat.
Jurong Frog Farm │ Address: 51 Lim Chu Kang Lane 5, Plot 56 │ Tel: 67917229 │ Opening hours: Sat–Sun 9am–5.30pm; Tue–Fri by appointment only │ Admission: Package prices vary; frog/tadpole hunting an additional $6 for 30min
Go down Singapore’s tallest slide
As if Singapore Changi Airport didn’t have enough novelties, there is a four-storey high twister slide that starts at the Arrival Hall and ends at the second basement of Terminal 3. Every $30 you spend at the airport gets you tokens for two rides. If you have no tokens, there’s a shorter slide you can go on.
The Slide@T3 │ Location: Terminal 3 Arrival Hall, Singapore Changi Airport │ Tel: 65956868 │ Opening hours: Daily noon–10:30pm.
Paint with fruit and vegetables
You don’t need to be Picasso to get into this one. All you need are fruits and vegetables with textured insides and interesting shapes, like lady’s fingers, and a set of paints and drawing paper. Get your supplies from Art Friend.
Deena Shah is a foodie obsessed with Pinterest, travel narratives and evening dates with her trusty fixed gear bike, Solo.