Planning a shorttrip? Take a look at our destination ideas that will bring your mini-mes closer to their favourite toy and Marvel characters!
Not keen to go outdoors and brave the searing heat? No worries, explore the latest kid’s edutainment park or taste interesting food! If you just want to stay in one spot and chillax, Sentosa has a brand-new hotel that’s perfect for a family getaway!
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue When: Till 22 September What: Put yourself in the shoes of Lewis Carroll heroine Alice for a day and explore the Wonderland exhibition. Inspired by beloved children’s book, Alice in Wonderland, visitors will view displays featuring elements of science, mathematics, logic and creativity. Junior won’t just inspect static works, they will be given a physical interactive tool to make their entire journey even more engaging. On entering the museum, the Lost Map of Wonderland will trigger different video, audio and interactive content. At The Queen’s Croquet Ground, for instance, it will even bring their mini-masterpiece ― artwork ― digitally to life and project it on a large wall for everyone to admire. A series of complementary workshops, Hat-trick of Clever Tricks, will also be held during the exhibition period. Photo: Marina Bay Sands Price: Book your tickets ― $12/child, $16/adult ― here.
2. Singapore Cable Car’s 45th anniversary
Where:Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Road When: Check the different timings here What: Singaporeans can look forward to a year-long series of fun events and promotions One Faber Group is putting together till April 2020 to celebrate Singapore Cable Car’s 45th birthday. Ranging from a brand-new multimedia night show to yummy F&B creations, highlights include Miraculous, a light show staged at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9pm daily and Explorer Passport, a self-guided exploration activity at five cable car stations. Foodies won’t want to miss the food-and-drink stalls at Satay Night Live on 8 June, while durian lovers will want to mark the Mao Shan Wang Durian Feast date, 10 August, on their calendarsl. Make sure to catch the Light Up of Façade at Faber Peak when you board the cable car from Sentosa to Mount Faber ― keep looking in the direction of Mount Faber to enjoy the special light installation. Photo: Singapore Cable Car Price: Check all promotions here.
3. Kiztopia at Marina Square
Where: Level 1, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard When: From 15 June, 10am to 9pm What: Good news, parents who are sun-shy and of going outdoors ― a mini-kid’s theme park will be opening in June at Marina Square! Kiztopia is a kid’s edutainment park boasting 18 unique play zones, an indoor driving school, role play rooms, augmented reality studios, function rooms and a café.More than just a place where kids can have fun and go wild, each play zone has specific learning objectives to help kids develop their personalities, as well emotional and motor skills. From August, the edutainment park’s team of professionalswill also conduct special classes and train kids in rhythmic gymnastics, speech and drama, cooking, science, as well as robotics. Pssst, you now have a new venue ― they have function rooms as well as the café ― to host birthday parties and events! Photo: Kiztopia Price: Single entrance ticket ― admits one adult and one child ― from $28/hour
4. The Peranakan Gallery at Orchard Road
Where: Level 2, Claymore Connect Mall, 442 Orchard Road When: Daily, 11am to 10pm What: Mention “Peranakan” and its rich culture and delicious food are the first things that’ll come to mind. Now, you won’t need to head east toJoo Chiat when you can bring junior somewhere more central ― Orchard ― for a look and taste of Straits Chinese culture and chow! The Peranakan Gallery is at once a museum, a shop and a restaurant where the main exhibit is the Tok Panjang, an elaborate banquet table that represents a typical Nonya-Baba household. Besides showcasing exquisite Nonya ceramics and Chinese porcelain, you can actually sit down and enjoy a Tok Panjang banquet to complete your Peranakan experience. The restaurant serves an authentic Peranakan feast comprising over 12 signature items from $48 to $68 per person, minimum of two persons (order a day ahead). Photo: The Peranakan Gallery Price: $8 per child, $15 per adult. Free for visitors who present a hotel key card or a receipt from any Claymore Connect outlet
5. Buds by Shangri-La
Where: Level 1 (Tower Wing), Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road When: 9am to 9pm (indoor area), 9am to 7pm (outdoor area) What: Aspiring bakers and gardeners will enjoy Buds at Shangri-la’s “Grow with Us” and “Bake” activities. At the “Bake” activity, kids will don aprons and make their own kueh pie tee, Thai basil chicken wrap, Almost Mimosa (orange juice and ginger ale) and more. The hotel’s pastry chef will guide junior in mixing the ingredients ― including plants grown in the hotel’s backyard ― and cooking the dishes. Each child will be presented with a Junior Chef certificate on completing the activity. Children who take part in the “Grow with Us” activity will receive a comprehensive Buds drawstring activity bag that includes an eco-friendly pot, gardening gloves, as well as a packet of seeds, grip-friendly pencil, wooden ruler and wooden spatula. Not only will the little ones learn about different types of yummy herbs such as Thai basil, mint, cilantro and tarragon, they will find out how to grow them using the tools they’ve been given. Each potted plant will be displayed in the hotel’s gardens, along with the wooden spatula the kiddos has decorated. Photo: SmartParents Price: “Bake” costs $58 per session per child, $150 for three sessions per child. “Grow with Us”, which is exclusive to Buds Explorer members, costs $2,288 (per child and adult pair) and Family Buds ($3,388/two children and two adults).
6. Village Hotel at Sentosa
Where: #02-01, 10 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa When: Ongoing What: If you can’t go too far, get set for the newest family-friendly staycation experience at Sentosa’sVillage Hotel this vacay. Opened by Far East Hospitality in April, this hotel goes beyond family suites and children’s pool as every guest below age 12 is given “Village Important Kids” (VIKs) treatment, including priority check-in. Book a Family Room and the hotel will tailor your room amenities to your children’s ages. For example, babies will get a tub and cot, while children’s toiletries are presented to toddlers. Family rooms are also child-proofed with corner protectors and door stoppers. The hotel organises pool games, face-painting sessions and balloon sculpture giveaways for their young guests, while adults can join aqua zumba classes in the Pamukkale Pool or cycle around Sentosa on recommended trails.Photo: Village Hotel Price: Rates for the Family Room start at $370++. Bookhere or call 6881-8888.
7. Ocean Fest: The Noisy Ocean! at SEA Aquarium
Where: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island When: Till 30 June What: Visitors to SEA Aquarium will learn more about ocean sounds and the effects of noise pollution at the attraction’s annual ocean festival. Till 30 June, installations, musicals and displays will reflect this year’s “The Noisy Ocean” theme. Don’t miss the Celebration of Sound, a performance featuring dancing puppets and instruments made of recycled materials that’s held every weekend and on public holidays in front of the Open Ocean Habitat; Sound Reactive TV, which allows you to hear the different sounds made by sea creatures; Sound Box Blasting, in which you’ll enter a box to experience what underwater blasting and drilling feels like; and the Healthy Reef Installation, which uses custom-made instruments to recreate fish sounds. Photo: Resorts World Sentosa Price: $36/adult, $79/family (2 adults + 1 child), book here.
8. Toy Story 4 at Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay
Where:Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay When: 15 to 30 June, 10am to 9pm What: You probably can’t wait for Toy Story 4 this month if watching movies is on your to-do list. And if your rugrats are mad about Buzz Lightyear and Woody, do bring them to Children’s Festival 2019 at Gardens by the Bay, since the Supertree Grove will be transformed into Toy Story land. Besides looking out for the Pixar movie characters appearing as whimsical cloudscapes, your little ones will get a thrill discovering exciting carnival games, obstacle courses, as well as self-driving race cars. While strolling around the gardens, you’ll also listen to the popular soundtrack, admire movie-themed decorations and gasp at the special Toy Story 4-inspired edition of the Garden Rhapsody light and music show from Disney’s all-time-favourite movie! Photo: Gardens by the Bay Children’s Festival Price: Free
9. Aviva Superfundae
Where:The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay When: 15 June, 10am to 9pm What: Brace yourself for a lorry-load of merriment at Aviva’s Superfundae!Not familiar with the carnival? Similar in concept to the Prudential’s month-long festival at Marina Bay, Superfundae is a large-scale outdoor day-long carnival at Gardens by the Bay focusing on fun bonding. This year’s festival will bring back old-school games such as Tug of War, Whack A Mole and Cartwheel Race. Get ready to whoop it up when you explore the five themed zones ― Circus Centre, Speedy Zone, Dream Castle, Pirate Island and Jungle World ― with your kids!Photo: Aviva Price: $19.90 per ticket, book here
10. Black Tap at MBS
Where: #L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue When: Daily, 11am to 11:30pm What: Keen to scarf down Shake Shack-style burgers but can’t bear to queue? Then try Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, which serves award-winning New York burgers and ginormous milkshakes ― without the extra-long waiting time! This American diner, which expanded its menu called the Impossible 2.0 in April featuring 20 gourmet burgers and craft burger salads, has even rolled out several Singapore specials. Local creations include the Chilli Crab Sandwich ($25++) ― a whole battered and fried soft-shell crab in the eatery’s signature potato bun, served with homemade coleslaw and six mini-fried mantou. Gula melaka fans will want to slurp the Straits Shake ($22++) ― drizzled with coconut cream and palm sugar, the vanilla-based milkshake has toppings of pineapple jam biscuits and chocolate gems. Popping by Marina Bay Sands for the Wonderland exhibition? Junior might want to sample the limited-edition Wonderland Shake ($22++), available till 22 September. The strawberry-based milkshake boasts white and blue pearl candies, ruby heart-shaped sprinkles, a “mushroom” vanilla cupcake and strawberry syrup. Photo: Black Tap Singapore Price:From $22, full menu here
11. SEA LIFE Malaysia
Where:Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia When: Daily, 10am to 6pm What: Not that you need an excuse to visit Legoland with the fam, but you now have one more reason to make it part of this month’s holiday plans! Sea Life Malaysia, brought to you by Legoland Malaysia Resort, is a new attraction conveniently located next to the popular Legoland theme park. Opened in April, Sea Life is the first and only interactive aquarium in the region boasting unique Lego elements. Featuring some 13,000 marine life creatures from 120 species and 11 habitat zones, kids will enjoy an interactive and educational journey through storytelling sessions. Your little one will also touch coastal marine creatures at the Rookpools and explore the 180 deg ocean tunnel, home of the Black Tip Reef Shark. By the way, junior will have a blast spotting the mini-Lego figurines and sea creatures within the different displays! Photo:Legoland Malaysia Resort Price:RM95 ($31.16) per adult, RM74 per child, book here
12. Carnivale of Stars at Hong Kong Disneyland
Where: Lantau Island, Hong Kong When: Till 26 June What: Looking for a short and satisfying family trip that includes fun theme parks? Consider a magical vacation at Hong Kong Disneyland Resorts! Now that it’s staging its annual “Carnivale of Stars” Springtime celebration, Mickey and friends will prance around in colourful spring costumes, while your offspring can take part in “Disney Character Egg Hunt”, an Easter-themed event starring cartoon/comic characters like Bo Peep and Slinky Dog from Toy Story, as well as superheroes The Wasp and Captain Marvel from the Marvel universe! Your mini-dynamo will get a kick jumping on a S.H.I.E.L.D combat vehicle, then using an EMP blaster to battle enemies in the theme park’s newest attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle. Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland Resorts Price: A standard ticket costs HK$639 ($111.80), book here