It’s the National Day long weekend. We’ve sourced 20 best places to bring the kids, with special admission fees and packages to celebrate the occasion!
AIRZONE has recently launched its latest attraction, a wrecking ball, where children can swing on the ball 10 metres above ground. Of course, they will also love the weightless feeling of walking on the safety nets and trying out the slides. Other fun options include the classic favourite – the ball pit – as well as making their way through the maze.
For little ones below seven, please accompany them to ensure their safety. While dresses or skirts aren’t really recommended, should your daughter insist on wearing her Elsa costume out, just bring along a pair of shorts for her. Leave the heels behind and wear closed-toe shoes and socks.
Address: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #02-29, Singapore 208539
Opening hours: 11am to 9.30pm, daily. You can book the tickets from 10.45am onwards.
How much: Each session costs $20. After 8pm, the price is reduced to $18, and you can also book four sessions for $70. National Day special till 18 August: Save $54 off your party packages for a minimum of 15 persons. AIRZONE Flyer (2 hours) – $571 instead of $625 on weekdays, and $691 instead of $745 on weekends, public and school holidays, and AIRZONE Maximum (3 hours) – $865 instead of $919 on weekdays and $985 instead of $1,039 for weekends, school and public holidays.
#2. Canopy Park
Children will love the Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport, with its range of wonderful attractions. Besides being endlessly enthralled by the Jewel waterfall, they can also slide down the super fun Discovery slides. Doubling up as a sculptural art installation and a viewing deck, this multipurpose attraction is sure to keep your children busy for a while. After which, head over to the Foggy Bowls, and they can play with “clouds”.
Fun for the whole family continues as you navigate the mazes and balance on the Walking and Bouncing Nets. Be sure to dress comfortably in pants and shorts and covered shoes for your safety.
Address: Level 5, 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily for the Mirror and Hedge Maze and both Manulife Sky Nets. Canopy Park itself is open from 10am every day, and closes at 12am from Sunday to Thursday, and 1am on Fridays, Saturdays, and eve of public holidays.
How much: Canopy Park, UP: $5 for everyone, $4.50 for Singapore residents and $3 for CapitaStar Members and Changi Reward Members (get your tickets from the concierges at Level 1, 2 and 5; for Changi Rewards members, use the Jewel App). It’s free for children below 3 are admitted free of charge, just closely supervise them around the attractions. Entry to the Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze, Walking Net and Bouncing Net are chargeable. Prices listed are per person.
This National Day, between 8 – 12 August, Get Active with your kids and commemorate the nation’s birthday at KidZania. Event highlights include dancing to the latest K-pop hits at the Main Square, a dance fitness routine at the City Clock, and making your own National Day-themed parachute. As this is Singapore’s bicentennial year, every regular priced Kid’s ticket will net them 200 kidZos this month. Look out also for the National Day promo code online for 25 per cent off tickets.
Otherwise, head to KidZania Go! at Our Tampines Hub on the same dates as above, between 11am to 8pm. Admission is free, without minimum spending. Additionally, try out super realistic jobs like being a bank consultant with Maybank or an Research & Development Assistant at the Sunshine bakery.
Address: Palawan Kidz City. 31 Beach View #01-01/02 Singapore 098008
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm
How much: For August, annual pass holders can get $54 off, or get special prizes if they sign up or renew their Annual Pass from 9 -12 August. Seniors above 60 can get 50 per cent off admission with every usual-priced child ticket. 40 per cent off ticket bundles are also available. Book by calling 1800 653 6888, or email email@example.com.
Recently opened just a month ago, Kiztopia has created their own unique characters. Children will get to meet some of them, like the oversized bear Bell, who loves hosting his friends. Aside from dining on their favourite dishes like Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and Stacked Pancakes, your aspiring MasterChef can also learn how to replicate some of these dishes.
Otherwise, other activities include driving around, shop at a supermarket, dress up, bounce in the castles and more. Challenge their motor skills at the Ninja Warrior obstacle course, or head to the Augmented Reality (AR) zones to play different instruments, or shoot hoops. Meanwhile, toddlers have two spaces they can crawl around in.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-09, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 10am to 9pm, and Fridays to Saturdays, 10am to 10pm
How much: 1 hour $28, 3 hours $38. Admission is for one child and an adults. Unlimited play is $48. Book here for large groups or for the annual pass or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t worry, the kids don’t just have to stick to the Kid’s Freestyle Area, Gym and Adventure City, every part of this indoor park is great for them as well. Especially agile kids can try the Ninja Track, for Ninja Warrior-type challenges, or work up a sweat playing baseball, soccer, frisbee or basketball. One of the most fun areas is probably the Tube Slide, where you walk up the slide with said tube and slide all the way down.
Other super fun areas are the Pedal Car Track (yes, even for adults), where you pedal around the whole track, as well as the Sliding Mountain and the Flying Fox.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #02-477, North Wing, Singapore 938983
Opening hours: Weekdays 10am to 9pm, weekends, public and school holidays 9am to 9pm.
How much: For August, there’s a National Day special of $54 for two tickets for the first 54 pairs of tickets purchased a day.
Animal Safaris and Theme Parks
#6. Wildlife Reserves Singapore
With over 26 hectares of space filled with 2,400 animals spanning over 300 species, a variety of animal shows, you’ll definitely want to make a day of your visit to the Singapore Zoo. Look out for the newest resident, the fossa. At night, hang around to view the Rainforest Lumina in its second season. Additionally, children will love the Water Play area, riding on the Wild Animal carousel, pony rides, and interacting with rabbits and guinea pigs.
If you have the time, pop over to the River Safari and join a wildlife tour or watch the new Once Upon a River show. Finally, end the day with a tram ride around the Night Safari and interact with the nocturnal creatures.
Over the long weekend, make use of the Multi-Parks Pass and head to the Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird park with approximately 3,500 birds across 400 species. Entertain your children with the Lory Loft, Waterfall Aviary and Penguin Coast.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore Zoological Gardens, Singapore 729826; Jurong Bird Park: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6pm for the zoo and Jurong Bird Park and 10am to 7pm for River Safari, and 7.30pm to 12am for Night Safari.
How much: Get 54 per cent off admission tickets for single parks for this National Day period. See the rates here.
#7. SEA Aquarium
Explore the S.E.A Aquarium, that houses more than 100,000 marine animals across 50 different habitats. For example, you might see everyone’s favourite clown fish, a bottlenose dolphin and fierce nurse and hammerhead sharks.
Want to get up close and personal? Head to the Touch Pool, where your kids can touch starfish and hold them in their hands. Only for the non-squeamish, we think!
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm
How much: Enjoy the special National Day price of $54 for two adults if you’re both Singapore residents, or $54 for one adult and one child.
#8. Universal Studios Singapore & Adventure Cove
Enjoy exciting meet-and-greets with some of your favourite characters, like the adorable Minions, Sesame Street characters, and Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel. Also, if your kids are up for it, they can also converse with the talking Megatron. Otherwise, enjoy all their favourite rides like the Enchanted Airways, the Spaghetti Space Chase and Dino-Soarin’.
Toddlers can have fun cruising down the Adventure River, or splashing around the Seahorse Hideaway and getting wet at the Big Bucket Treehouse. Older kids can enjoy more of the rides, like the Wet Maze, Riptide Rocket, and the Dueling Racer.
Address: Adventure Cove Waterpark and Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm for Adventure Cove, and 10am to 8pm for USS.
How much: Enjoy special rates this National Day! Get a season pass here for just $50 and up at Adventure Cove, or pay $54 for two adults. At Universal Studios, get $54 off four adult tickets.
#9. Grand Park City Hall
Want to have prime views of the fireworks? A staycation is just what you need! Head over to Grand Park City Hall for great views of the Singapore skyline, and watch the fireworks from the relatively peaceful tranquility of your room – you are with your kids, after all. Of course, we recommend staying in the Family Suite, but take note that your children might never want to leave. The suite, comprising two bedrooms, one a child’s haven with books and toys. We suggest asking for a teepee too, to create a cosy corner for your little ones to amuse themselves. Should you be able to persuade your children to leave the room, more fun can be had at the swimming pool.
Furthermore, don’t worry about schlepping all your baby-related stuff for the staycation, the hotel provides all the essentials. These include a playpen, bottle steriliser, warmer and liquid detergent, a baby potty and toddler step stool. Upon request, the hotel can also arrange for baby bathtubs with non-slip mats, and even better, a children’s menu for pillow, bolster and blanket. Moreover, if you need a quick nap or spa treatment, babysitting services are also available ($30 per hour per child). Just make the arrangements 24 hours in advance.
Address: 10 Coleman Street Singapore 179809
How much: From $230 per night, and for this National Day weekend around $500 plus. Make your staycation even more special with an exclusive Welcome Kit (worth $400!) and Family Photography package when you book using the code GPCHMMF. Don’t worry, this is valid for the whole of August.
#10. Raffles Hotel
During the National Day long weekend, opt to stay in the newly reopened Raffles Hotel. Being an iconic landmark in Singapore, its colonial design dates back to 1887 and offers a unique staycation experience for those who have a fondness for Singapore’s rich history. Furthermore, make sure to order the iconic national drink, Singapore Sling, since it was first concocted at Raffles Hotel.
From 1 August to 31 October 2019, Raffles Hotel will be offering an opening stay package. Pamper yourself with a daily semi-buffet breakfast for two at the Tiffin Room and try out different facilities with the complimentary $100 daily experiential credit (accumulative). Also, you get to bring home a special commemorative Raffles heritage souvenir to remember your stay of at the iconic Raffles Hotel.
Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
How much: From $1,069 per night for this weekend. Click here or call 6337 1886.
#11. Village Hotel Sentosa
Located at the heart of Sentosa and only 15 minutes away from the CBD, Village Hotel Sentosa beach resort is the ideal staycation place for you and your children. Not only can you immerse yourself in the verdant greenery, you can also visit exciting attractions nearby such as S.E.A Aquarium, Trick Eye Museum and KidZania.
However, if you prefer to have a quiet retreat at your hotel suite, lounge at the hotel’s pools instead. The Pamukkale pool is great for relaxing on a languid day with pool terraces overlooking the picturesque horizon. Apart from that, children can splash around the play pool, water features and slides. What’s more, feast on the Native Kitchen Nasi Lemak and Bebek Goreng served up at Native Kitchen. Once you’re done filling your tummies, head off to the hotel’s gym to burn off some calories.
Address: 10 Artillery Avenue, #02-01 Palawan Ridge, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099951
How much: From $456 per night. Click here or call 6881 8888.
#12. Bee's Knees
Bee’s Knees provides a delicious spread and a relaxing family hang out spot during the National Day weekend. Its menu features a diverse range of items such as croissants, fruit bowls, pizzas, pastas and pancakes. Bee’s Knees also provides a children’s menu at $18 per pax. It starts off with a choice of either fries or soup of the day. Next, your child can choose between Bolognese Spaghetti or Carbonara Spaghetti for their main course. Additionally, the children menu comes with a juice and chocolate cookies.
Have we mentioned that Bee’s Knees is also pet friendly? Bring your beloved pets along for a stroll at Singapore Botanic Gardens before grabbing a quick bite at the restaurant.
Address: 50 Cluny Park Road, Level 1 Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Opening hours: 8am to 10pm daily
How much: From $11 and up. Book a table here or call 9815 3213.
#13. Slappy Cakes
Fun dining restaurant, Slappy Cakes, recently opened its newest outlet at Plaza Singupura last year. Slappy Cakes allows their customers to unleash their creativity and customise their own DIY pancakes at only $8.50.
Choose a batter of choice at the restaurant and draw out your favourite characters on the griddle. Fill it up with sweet fixings such as raspberries and banana, or savoury ones like blue cheese and crispy bacon. Finish it off with maple syrup or homemade chocolate hazelnut spread toppings.
Other than DIY pancakes, Slappy Cakes provides yummy mains as well. Highlights include Seafood Aglio Olio ($16), Black Angus Ribeye ($29) and Beef Goulash ($25 for two pax and $18 for one pax).
Address: Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #03-02, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm (Mondays to Fridays); 9.30am to 10pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
How much: From $8.50 onwards. Book a table by calling 6738 7207.
#14. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Dine at Tiong Bahru Bakery with its safari-themed restaurant at Dempsey. Your children will be thrilled by its entertaining outdoor playground and edible garden. Not only does the bakery serves a variety of coffee, tea, juices and beverages like San Pellegrino Pompelmo, it also provides scrumptious mains like a rainbow rice bowl, PB&B Pancake burger, Ebiko Crab & Prawn Toastie.
Moreover, do check out Tiong Bahru Bakery’s National Day limited edition special, ‘Singapore Stars’. The coconut sponge cake is laden with coconut lime mousse, strawberry and raspberry confit and comes in the national colours of red and white. Grab one at any of its outlets from 7 to 12 August.
Address: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm
How much: From $3.80 onwards. Book a table by calling 6877 4876.
Outdoor Parks and Playgrounds
#15. Jacob Ballas Garden
Being the first garden in Asia dedicated to children, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden offers numerous fascinating facilities for your children. It is designed for children aged 14 and below and combines elements of exploration and play with various themed zones*.
Highlights include the farm zone, which allows children to be close to nature and understand how our food comes from vegetable and fruit plots to the tables. The garden also comes with an outdoor cafe, Food for Tots that offers delicious food for both you and your children.
The cafe menu features all-day brunch items like the Smoked Salmon & Avocado Toast ($12) and Granola Yoghurt bowl ($11). The children menu, which caters to 10 and below contains dishes such as Pasta & Meatballs Nest ($9) and DIY beef burger ($10).
*Do note that children under 12 years old will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Address: 481 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays (except when it falls on Public Holidays) 8.00am to 7.00pm (Tuesday to Sunday, last admission 6.30pm)
How much: Free admission
#16. Gardens By The Bay
Check out Gardens by the Bay‘s Orchid Extravaganza that is happening from now until 15 September at the Flower Dome. Your children will be amazed at the beautiful displays, which is inspired by Singapore’s pop culture and its iconic landmark. The flower displays are created under the direction of local singer-songwriter Dick Lee and designer Yang Derong. More than 80 different types of orchids were used, with some inclusive of the heritage orchids such as Aranthera Anne Black and Dendrobium Tay Swee Keng.
What’s more, join in the free guided tours that are happening daily at 11am and 3pm. On 17, 18 August, and 7, 8 September, the guided tour timings will be at 2 to 5pm with multiple concurrent tours. Each tour will last 15 minutes and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Be sure to join in the National Day Concert at The Meadow on 10 and 11 August to celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: 5am to 2am
How much: From $20 (Floral Fantasy) and from $28 (Cloud Forest and Flower Dome). Click here for full rates
#17. Admiralty Park Playground
Crowned the ‘largest park of the north’, Admiralty Park features an incredible 26 slides for children to have immense fun, while providing a natural and beautiful environment for them. Admiralty Park consists of three main playing areas: Junior Play, Adventure Play and Family Terracing Play to suit different age groups.
The junior play area is more enjoyable for children two to five years old whereas older children between five to 12 years old will prefer the Family Terracing play area. The Adventure play section, open to all age groups, features two roller slides. In particular, the High adventure roller slide, reaches an astounding 32 metres and the LED lights will surely fascinate your children.
Address: 6A Admiralty Road, Singapore 732006
#18. Climb Central
Specially catered for families with youths, take up an introductory family climbing class at the newly opened Climb Central Funan. The class costs $42 per adult and $22 per child. If your child is aged between five to 12, they can still climb freely as long as they’re 1.1m tall and weigh at least 20kg. Don’t worry, there’ll be a briefing before they begin so your children will know the basics of rock climbing and its safety.
Additionally, the Starter Club is another option for your child if they are keen to learn more in-depth about climbing. The programme teaches your child on the basics of agility, balance and coordination across four sessions ($180).
Address: #B2-19/21, 107, North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
Opening hours: 10am to 11pm (Weekdays); 9am to 10pm (Weekends and Public Holidays)
How much: From $22. Click here for full rates.
#19. My Little Climbing Room
Suitable for children two to 12 years old, My Little Climbing Room is an exciting indoor climbing playground that provides engaging elements for your children.* Facilities include the Augmented Reality (AR) wall with white dots projected onto a wall and lights up when your children touch them. Once they touch all of these dots, the overall time will be recorded. Besides that, My Little Climbing Room also features a 4 metre high wall to help children to conquer their fears.
Also, your child can also check out the Obstacle wall that trains hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. Hula hoops and poles will be placed to block their path and it’s up to your children to overcome them and find a way up. Classes are available for children aged two to nine years old as well. Should your child wish to learn more about climbing, enroll them in a climbing class instead. Classes are subjected to availability and advanced booking is recommended.
*Harnesses are available for free rental and be reminded to bring a long a pair of grip socks for your child.
Address: 183 Jalan Pelikat, #B1-101 Singapore 537643
Opening hours: 2 to 7.30pm (Thursday, Friday); 10am to 7.30pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
How much: Each child’s ticket is inclusive of one complimentary adult admission. One ticket is $22 (three years old and above); $11 (below three years old); $5 (additional adult). Click here to book a class.
Spend some quality time with your children at Kidzland where they can win adorable plush toys, play a large variety of arcade games and enjoy their hearts out at the indoor playground. Kidzland is suitable for children up to 12 years with various play areas. It comprises an Arcade Centre for those who love video and action-packed games. It is also equipped with a Handy Craft area for your little ones who love to play with building blocks and kinetic sand.
Alternatively, entertain them at the Magic Pen, which comes with digital colouring tables, touch-screens and wall projectors. Children craving experiential play will love The Forest, with its jungle-themed playground filled with green plastic balls and a rainbow net.
Address: 02-14, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994 (inside PasarBella at North Carpark)
Opening hours: 10am to 9pm (Weekdays) and 9.30am to 9.30pm (Weekends and Public Holidays)
How much: From $20. Click here for full rates.