“Stay at home with your kids?”
Nothing to do!
“Go out and play?”
It’s waaayy too hot!
If that’s the standard dilemma going in your head every weekend, we feel you, mummies and daddies out there. We understand that while your best interests may be in providing quality entertainment for your children, the heat may take the wind out from under your sorching sail. With temperature soaring these days, the cool may be all that we think about. Read on to find out the 10 places we have curated in this article where the heat is far far away~
1. Learn to glide gracefully on the ice at the ice rink
There is no better way to fight the heat in Singapore than to visit an ice skating rink. Just slap on some protective winter wear, a pair of socks, gloves and ice skating boots (or you can rent them) and you would be ready to rock the rink!“What if my kids can’t skate” you say? Fret not, with skate aids to the rescue, anyone can skate. These skate aids are available at all the rinks in Singapore and available for rent in adorable characters- penguin, seals and even the classic snowman which is bound to be a hit with your child! Take a trip down and who knows, an inner professional figure skater in your child might emerge in the future.
Jcube’s The Rink ( http://www.therink.sg/ )
Skating admission with skate boots rental, gloves and socks per 2 hour session: $21.50 for adults, $19.50 for children (below 12 years old)
Kallang Leisure Park’s Ice World ( http://www.leisurepark.com.sg/entertainment )
Skating admission with skate boots rental, gloves and socks per 2 hour session: $21 for adults, $19.50 for children
2. Crashing a night event
This might require a little bit of research to be informed of the latest night event, but with the advent of the internet and social media, it should be easy peasy to find a night event of your particular interest! With Singapore’s temperature at its highest in ten years, few find it bearable to be under the scorching hot sun for even a short moment in the day. The best alternative to be outdoors to enjoy and breathe in some fresh air would be when the sun is down! We think that the annual Singapore Night Festival would be a good place to start. This coming night festival is the 7th edition with the theme: Bold and Beautiful. It is not every day that we can stroll along Bugis Bras Basah and find ourselves in awe by all the artworks of talented artists. It is sure to keep you entertained as local and international artistes transforms the familiar city you thought you knew into a whole new adventure. Do keep out for their activities and performances at their website.
Where: Bras Basah.Bugis
When: 21, 22, 28, 29 Aug 2015
Time: 7pm – 2am
3. Be awed by the exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum
Have you ever wondered what it looks like behind the scenes in creating the story of your favourite Dreamworks movies? Satisfy that wonder and curiosity by taking a peek into the “behind the scenes” at the ArtScience Museum’s Dreamworks Animation exhibition! The 3+ months long exhibition features three sections: Character, Story and World. You and your child will get to see first-hand artwork done by artists and many more. If you think you still can’t get enough of the Dreamworks characters, join in their workshops (e.g. animation workshop) to be fully immersed in the movie making experience.
Where: ArtScience Museum
When: Now till end September’15
Price: From $21
4. Get crafty at your own personal space
Why not spend your day at home while enjoying your time with you child? With some materials, you can get creative and have fun at home while saving yourself from the sun! Lollibox’s “Crafty Thursday” introduces you to cute crafts every week! It comes with a complete materials list, step-by-step instructions and easy pictures for you to refer to that is sure to bring out the creativity in your child and nurture your child’s artistic side for a holistic growth development. The sense of satisfaction derived from the completed work as well as the opportunity to bond with your child will be invaluable. Did we mention the convenience of doing all that at the comfort of your own home?
When: Every Thursday
5. Challenge yourself to try out new indoor sports
Hungry to try something new and energy-intensive with your child? This Trampoline Park is open to people of all ages! If your child is very active and loves physical activity, this is definitely the place you’d want to go! The 5,000 square feet park ensures you have enough room to bounce all day and participate in games such as dodge ball, basketball and more on the trampoline! Bring out the child in you and join the activity together as a family with your little ones instead of just watching them from the side. Are you excited yet?
Where: AMPED Trampoline Park (River Valley)
Admission: Starts form $12
6. Hop to a family friendly destination
Fancy a cup of aromatic coffee in a cozy environment yet worry that your kids might be bored out? We have a solution for you: Chillax Market! You can can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and have something delicious at the same time. They also have a section where you can shop for a range of items such as kids wear/toys. Let your child make friends and enjoy themselves at their play area for kids! The European concept “market” brings in more than 30 brands and is sure to keep you and your kids occupied for hours!
Where: The Grandstand
7. Gather ideas for the next home makeover at Ikea
Ikea is a popular venue for families, whether it is to shop for household items, to have photoshoot sessions (you know who you are) or to have a scrumptious meal! Children adore the indoor playground while parents get busy looking for ideas or household furniture at a lower price. And who can resist their hot dog buns and soft serve ice cream at under $2 for both!
317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965
60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
8. Immerse yourself in a book
If you are looking for a cooling and quiet place to spend a quiet afternoon reading books and also trying to develop a reading in your child, you could pay the Singapore National Library a visit. Being the largest library in Singapore, they have a wide range of books of various genres to satisfy you and your kids! You kids can immerse themselves in the world of imaginations at the children’s reading corner at the basement level. If you’d like somebody else to do the work for you (*wink*) the national library also conducts story telling sessions for children every Sunday and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month!
Location: 100 Victoria St, 188064
9. Take a stroll at Gardens by the Bay
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are attractions of the Gardens by the Bay where you can take a step closer to nature without having to experience the humid weather. Being one of the most popular attractions of Singapore for the recent few years, there is no doubt as to why they are listed as one of the “must-see” attractions around the world! The cooling temperature of the conservatory, accompanied by beautiful displays of plants (that are specially brought over from other parts of the world) is sure to keep you and your family mesmerized!
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr
10. Chilling at Changi Airport
Easily accessible via trains and buses, Changi Airport no longer is just a gateway for an overseas trip but an entire theme park on it’s own. We liken it to an aviation themed venue for a fun day outing. We love the wide range of eateries and shops with such huge variety of products and services that rivals some of the best and most comprehensive shopping malls in Singapore! Be amazed by the Kinetic Rain and the 12m tall slide at Terminal 1, have some fun at the Kids playground, with a corner for drawing and sketching (crayons and papers provided) at Terminal 3, idle away your time at the viewing gallery (we suggest Terminal 1 for the best view of aircrafts taking off and landing) or maybe catch a glimpse of Pilots and Cabin Crew in their gallant uniforms and gorgeous kebayas near the control centre of Terminal 3.
Fighting the heat has never been this fun! We hope you find our article helpful. Do let us know by dropping a comment below if you know of any other cooling places!
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