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 spoilt for choice!
Part 2: Instead of turning into a family of couch potatoes, head out and try something new with the family. Whether it's getting creative, exploring somewhere new or even doing something touristy, it's really the time spent together that really counts.
|11. Watch a play or a musical.|
While big musical productions wow with costumes and amazing set design, there are lots of smaller local acts that deliver big entertainment too. Stories come alive and stimulate the imagination on stage with productions by The Little Company and Act 3 International that cater specially to the littlest ones.
The Little Company, Tel: 6221 5585, Website: http://www.srt.com.sg/
Act 3 International, Tel: 6735 8896, Website: http://www.act3international.com.sg
12. Scoop up little treasures at a street market.
Immerse yourself in bright lights and riotously noisy atmosphere of a street market. Wandering through the lanes of little stalls like the one in Chinatown or Bugis Village will yield surprising little treats that won't break your bank.
13. Race around in go-kart.
Driving around without a license is usually a parents' worse nightmare and a child's wildest dream. Give them the chance to run wild, but safely, at Kart World, one of Singapore's own permanent go-kart tracks. Burn rubber and race around the tracks F1-style for an afternoon of speed!
Recommended for kids age 8 and up. Tel: 6266 2555
14. Make your own family music video MTV-style.
No need to turn to expensive children's DVDs for your kids' entertainment. With video cameras and idiot-proof video software so readily available, making your own family music videos is a simple yet fun way to get even the babies in the family involved! Use props and costumes and your favourite songs to make the show extra memorable and entertaining.
15. Participate in a sporting event together.
Working out together is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle for both young and old. Thanks to sporting events like The New Paper Bigwalk and the Standard Chartered Marathon participation can be a family affair.
16. Ride a bumboat down the Singapore River.
The Singapore River was the life of our city and the humble bumboat was a common fixture, and one of the easiest ways to get around. Take a cruise down the river like the coolies did and admire the restored godowns and shophouses from years gone by.
Tel: 6336 6111/ 6336 6119, Website: http://www.rivercruise.com.sg/home.htm
17. Explore a neighborhood fire station.
Neighborhood fire stations (except Jurong Island Fire Station) open their doors to the public every Saturday from 9.00am to 11.00am. Get a tour of the fire house, watch demonstrations and pick up tips on fire safety and if you're really lucky, you'll even get to climb onto a real fire truck!
Registration online 2 weeks in advance is necessary for groups of 10 or larger. Tel: 6848 1519 Website: http://www.scdf.gov.sg/ Bookings are required for groups of 10 or more people.
|18. Fly through the trees at Forest Adventure.|
Work your way through the aerial course built among the trees. Dotted with ladders, bridges, swings, nets and more, you'll get a big kick out of the giant zip lines! A Kids Course is available for those who don't make the 1.4m height requirement on the Grand Course so no adventurer gets left on the ground.
Minimum height of 1.1m and maximum weight of 90kg allowed for the Kids Course.
Tel: 8100 7420, Website: http://www.forestadventure.com.sg
19. Take a food safari with Makansutra.
Variety is the spice of life and we've got lots of it especially when it comes to food! Let the Makansutra be your guide to exploring our country's food culture. Hop onto one of the organised food safaris by Makanasutra to get the best of the best. And if you have time, eat at the rest of the restaurants listed in the book at your own leisure.
20. Organise a garage sale.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Teach your little ones a thing or two about striking a bargain. Not keen on selling from your home? Set up shop with the back of your car at the Car Boot Sale which happens monthly. Check the website for dates and book your lot!
Car Boot Sale, Tel: 6345 6762, Website: http://sgcarbootsale.com