Kids love to get out and have a great time with hands-on activities. Resist the urge to spend your free time indoors and check out what you can do outdoors!
I Only Have... 1 HOUR:
Trail of Colours Guided Tour
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Bukit Timah Core
Cost: $6 per child and $8 per accompanying adult
Call 6471 9961 to register
Suitable for children from K1 to Primary 1, the Trail of Colours guided tour is one of the Botanic Gardens' monthly scheduled programmes. On August 15 from 10am to 11am, children will be able to learn about colours and different parts and function of a flower. They'll also learn about the colourful blooms that complete the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Best enjoyed by kids aged 5 to 7.
I Only Have... 3 HOURS:
Changi Museum War Trails: World War II
Tel: 6214 2451
Cost: $30 per child; $45 per adult
Email [email protected] to make a booking
Learning happens when you're outdoors too, especially if you want your kids to get a feel of wartime action. To begin your World War II experience, head down to the pick-up point at Pasir Ris MRT (Exit B) from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays (excluding public holidays). You'll cover various key sites of World War II action like the Changi Museum, Changi Beach, Changi Village, Johor Battery and the entrance of the Selarang Barracks. End off with a stop outside the Old Changi Prison to view its remains. Best enjoyed by kids aged 6 years and up.
I Have... 5 HOURS:
80 Mandai Lake Road
When: Open daily from 8.30am to 6pm
Cost: Rides and admissions vary; check www.zoo.com.sg/whatsnew/kidzworld.htm for details
Have you been to the zoo lately? Rainforest Kidzworld is the new and special attraction that serves up both education and fun for the whole family. Beat the heat at the water play area, which is themed like a wet animal wonderland. The massive bucket tipping over is a huge highlight there for the kids. Take pony rides or horse carriage rides, with picturesque views of Upper Seletar Reservoir. Kids can also get interactive at the Kampung House-you'll never know what's lurking in the cupboards, drawers and rooms. If you're lucky, you might chance upon the keeper preparing food for the animals at Kidzworld. Best enjoyed by kids aged 3 years and up.
I Have... The Whole Day:
Various National Parks across Singapore
Apply for camping permits at www.axs.com.sg
Camping doesn't have to happen only at night! Anytime in the early hours of the morning to late evening works if you want to beat the scorching sun. The most popular sites to pitch a tent are East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park and Pulau Ubin. All sites have amenities like public toilets, and barbecue pits. With the cool breeze and other interesting things for the kids to explore- like fishermen at work in sampans bobbing by the sea-it's a nice way to relax away from the malls and enrichment classes. In the evening, fire up that barbecue grill for some classic BBQ fare under the stars. Just remember to apply for camping permits online! Best enjoyed by kids of any age.