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 3: Time spent in front of the television set could be better used to stretch our minds and bodies. New experiences make family time that much more enriching for everyone and you won't have to stray too far from home to do it!
21. Pick up a new foreign language.
Learning a new language doesn't have to be purely academic. Learn through CDs or sign up for classes at a language school or community centre. With no pressure of exams or grades, kids might actually find it fun especially if you're learning too!
22. Go rock-climbing.
When you're not sure what to do and everyone's going up the wall from being cooped up, give them a real wall to climb! There are lots of indoor and outdoor wall-climbing facilities around the island where you can burn off all that excess energy including BorderX, a 5-storey high wall at Orchard Central!
23. Experience Chinese New Year in Chinatown. Chinatown becomes a hive of activity with New Year decorations and other paraphernalia on sale. Sample the sweet and savoury treats usually enjoyed at this one time of the year while taking in the vibrant festive atmosphere.
24. Eat fruits and vegetables practically off the vine at Bollywood Veggies. The largest local producer of organic bananas and papayas in Singapore, Bollywood Veggies is a fun introduction to farming. Buy fresh produce or wander around the farm and see how things are grown (for a small fee). You can even dine at the Poison Ivy Bistro that serves up, what else, but fresh produce grown right on the farm and cooked with local flair.
25. Watch a ballet under the stars.
The night sky provides just the right backdrop for the annual Ballet Under the Stars at Fort Canning Green. Gates open at 5pm so grab a picnic mat and pack something fabulous for an evening of dance and music.
Admission is free for children under 6 years old. Tel: 6338 0611, Website: http://www.singaporedancetheatre.com/index.asp
26. Rent some wheels and zip around East Coast Park.
Cruise around on a set of wheels with nothing but the wind in your face and the sun on your back. In-line skating, cycling or rollerblading - you choose your mode of transport and have a great day exploring.
27. Ride on the Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel.
After all that hype, it's every Singaporean's duty to go on this gargantuan structure at least once in their lifetime. As though the panoramic view of Singapore's lush landscape weren't enough, the Flyer also serves up retail therapy, dining pleasures and entertainment on a silver platter.
28. Visit the SPCA and maybe even adopt a pet. If you plan to get a new pet, consider adopting one of the many homeless ones at the SPCA. Of course, pet ownership is a big responsibility not to be taken lightly so learn from the experts about how best to care for your family's 'newest addition' and you're off to a good start. Even if you don't end up bringing home a new pet, a visit to the SPCA is special in itself particularly if you're an animal lover.
Tel: 6287 5355, Website: http://www.spca.org.sg/
29. Go prawning at Punggol Prawning. Punggol Prawning hooks you up with everything you need to catch your prawns and eat them too! Learn a thing or two from the assistants on hand and cook your catches on one of the barbecue pits provided for free to all anglers. Barbecue equipment and drinks are available for purchase on site.
Tel: 6310 1012, Website: http://prawning.sg
30. Play a round of miniature golf at Lilliputt.
You don't have to have a handicap to enjoy a round of golf at Lilliputt, Singapore's first themed mini-golf course. The kids will love the colourful 'mini tour' you get of our island's biggest attractions while playing the 18 holes. Just remember to bring socks to wear while you play!