Children grow up so quickly and before you know it, you'll go from being the apple of their eye to just the holder of the family car keys. Spending some time with your kids can be loads of fun and doesn't necessarily mean paying for an expensive holiday. In fact, we've rounded up 100 exciting, educational and simply cool things to do with your brood before they grow up and want desperately to leave the nest. The good news is that you won't need to venture too far away from home to do these!
1. Visit the Science Centre.
A total-sensory experience for both the young and the young at heart, science is made cool again with interactive displays and larger-than-life exhibitions. Catch a 3-D move at the IMAX theatre to round off your visit and you'll be surprised by how much you didn't know!
Tel: 64252 500, Website: http://www.science.edu.sg/ssc/index.jsp
2. Ride the cable car to Sentosa.
(currently closed for renovations)
It might be easier just to drive across the bridge to Sentosa but taking the cable car is old school fun. A little thrilling especially when the wind kicks up, it's the scenic route not to be missed!
Tel: 6270 8855, Website: http://www.mountfaber.com.sg
3. Take a walking tour of Little India.
There's no better way to discover the nooks and crannies of this exotic little spot than with an experienced guide. Let your senses be tickled by the sights, sounds and smells while you discover 'Dhobis, Saris & a Spot of Curry' by The Original Singapore Walks.
Tel: 63251631, Website: http://www.singaporewalks.com
4. Watch the planes fly overhead at Changi Beach Park.
You won't find a better spot to chill out and count the stars while landing airplanes fly close enough to almost touch. Remember to bring a rattan mat and supper for maximum enjoyment!
5. Fly a kite at Marina Barrage.
Chase away the blues with fresh air and sunshine! Catch a breeze and let a colourful kite take flight at one of the few wide, open spaces on our little island.
6. Make a scrapbook of childhood memories.
Immortalize precious moments on paper and get the kids involved by letting them pick out the fancy bits and bobs. Check out shops like Laine's Papeterie, Spotlight and Made With Love for all your scrapbooking needs.
7. Swim with the dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon.
Get up close and personal with these highly intelligent creatures. Learn hand cues to communicate with them and get a fun ride you won't forget!
Tel: 6275 0030, Website: http://www.sentosa.com.sg
8. Hit the ice at Kallang Ice World.
Beat the heat at Singapore's only ice skating rink. It might take some practice to be Ice Capades-worthy but staying on your feet might be half the fun.
Tel: 6348 1123, Website: http://www.leisurepark.com.sg
9. Create your own family cookbook.
Fill the pages with family favourites both simple and complex. Who knows, it might end up being a priceless family heirloom!
10. Plant a tree.
Adopt and plant a sapling through the Plant-A-Tree Programme andgive it a name. You'll even get a certificate and a photo of your adopted tree to make it official.
Tel: 1800-4717300, Website: http://www.gardencityfund.com.sg/pat/index.htm
Every week we will be giving you 10 Things To Do with your kids in Singapore until we reach the magical 100, by which time you will definitely be spolit for choice!