Most junior sportsmen develop their passions in school, where weekly physical education lessons introduce them to Singapore’s staple sports like badminton, bowling, long-distance running and soccer. If you’re keen on exposing your children to alternatives not readily available in the school curriculum, let them try these other kids-friendly sports in Singapore―they’re a fun way to get ahead.
Led by award-winning instructors such as Yodchatri Sityodtong and Mitch Chilson, the Little Samurai Children’s Program aims to instill values crucial to a child’s formative years, including confidence, discipline and focus, through martial arts. Your child will develop great mental strength and pick up self-defence tactics that will make any bully think twice.
Suitable for ages 6-13. To join, you have to sign up for membership at Evolve MMA, but 30-min complimentary trials are available.
Evolve MMA, #01-01 Far East Square, 26 China St., 6536-4525, evolve-mma.com
A thrilling yet precise sport, archery dates back to the times of ancient Greece. While it isn’t a largely strenuous activity, archery is known to be great for building accuracy and concentration, which can help a child perform in other aspects of life. The Archery Club of Singapore has a basic archery programme for both adults and children, which covers the safety procedures of shooting in a range, the setup and takedown of a standard recurve bow, as well as basic shooting techniques.
Suitable for ages seven and above. $80 for three two-hour lessons every Sunday. Includes equipment loan.
Punggol South Archery Centre, 6482-2812, www.archeryclubspore.com
Sailing is a great outdoor experience, and educates kids about boats and the sea. The OptiJunior (introduction to sailing) course at the Singapore Sailing Federation teaches children safety precautions, what the different parts of a boat are and how to use them, simple sailing knots, as well as other useful skills like being able to recognise changes in the weather, tides and water currents.
Suitable for ages seven and above. $353.10 plus $11.75 certification fee for 12 half-day sessions.
National Sailing Centre, 1500 East Coast Parkway, 6444-4555, www.sailing.org.sg
The only permanent go-karting destination in Singapore, Kartright Speedway lets out karts for 10 minutes at a time on their 750-metre-long, seven-metre-wide track. In addition to the regular Fun Karts equipped with 200cc four-stroke engines, the karting centre also offers two-seater karts for children aged five to nine years old, provided they are accompanied by an member who is over 21 years old. Kids aged 10 and above may ride on their own after registering for the junior membership.
Suitable for ages five and above. Kart rental is $25–$35 for a one-seater and $50–$65 for a two-seater.
Kartright Speedway, #01-05 Arena Country Club, 511 Upper Jurong Rd., 6265-3303, www.kartright.com
If your child has tried their hand at an indoor climbing wall, the next step is to introduce them to the sport officially. The Rock School offers various starter workshops, including The A, B…C’s for Climbing which is a two-hour session designed to teach your kids basic climbing techniques, as well as give them hands-on experience with top-rope climbing and bouldering. There’s even the Double Up! version of this structured workshop, which allows you to climb alongside your child―definitely a great family bonding activity. Need extra attention? The Rock School also conducts private one-hour sessions (though parents are invited to stay and watch) and makes an unusual but fun birthday party venue.
Suitable for ages four and above. Classes are $25–$58 for one to two-hour sessions with concessions for The Rock School and People’s Association members.
The Rock School, Bedok Community Centre, 850 New Upper Changi Rd., 6242-2106, www.therockschool.sg
Diana Tan recommends the best places to go and things to do in Singapore for various platforms, including inSing.com. When she’s not attending concerts, plays and wine dinners, the pop culture nut can be found in bed reading self-help books and admiring her K-pop album collection.