16 fun family activities to beat the heat [Photo Gallery]

If your brood loves air-conditioning because they always feel hot, you’ll all enjoy these awesome activities in cool comfort!  

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08 Sep 2017

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Sure, the outdoors are great, but we all have those moments where all we want to do is sit back and chill in air-conditioned comfort.

This doesn’t mean that you have to hole up at home!

We list 16 super-fun places that not only entertain the entire family, they are also air-conditioned.

From museum visits to cuddling up to furry friends, scroll through the photo gallery for great family-bonding ideas!

1. Snow City
1. Snow City
08 Sep 2017

1. Snow City

WHERE: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, 6560-2306

WHAT: If you adore the cold, check out Snow City, Singapore’s first permanent indoor snow centre. The kiddos will have a blast exploring the arctic snow playground, placing their hands on intricate ice sculptures, and zooming down an exhilarating 60m-long snowy slope. Up to 150 tons of special “snow” (liquid nitrogen combined with water) covers the sub-zero environment, produced on site with a specially-designed snow gun! (Photo: Snow City)

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost $12/child and $15/adult for an hour of play. 

2. Play Nation
2. Play Nation
08 Sep 2017

2. Play Nation

WHERE: 58 Prinsep Street, 6336-9578
WHAT: Introduce your little ones to board games and digital console ones at Play Nation, a cosy café serving simple Western fare, like fish and chips and chicken chop. Play classic board games like Ticket to Ride and Monopoly, or pit your Xbox skills against your young ’uns in the latest games. (Photo: Play Nation)
HOW MUCH: A board game package starts at $6.50 per person an hour and includes a free flow of drinks. A console game package starts at $7 per person an hour, including unlimited drinks. 

3. SEA Aquarium
3. SEA Aquarium
08 Sep 2017

3. SEA Aquarium

WHERE: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888

WHAT: Let junior explore the amazing world under the sea. Home to more than 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species, the SEA Aquarium features marine life from the Java Sea to the Bay of Bengal, and even the Red Sea. Your little one will spot huge manta rays, hammer head sharks, and of course, Nemo and Dory! Don’t miss the centrepiece of the aquarium, the Open Ocean Tank, featuring the world's largest viewing panel (36ms wide and 8.3m high). (Photo: The Resorts World Sentosa Blog)

HOW MUCH: Tickets are priced at $18/child and $30/adult. 

4. Future World at the ArtScience Museum
4. Future World at the ArtScience Museum
08 Sep 2017

4. Future World at the ArtScience Museum

WHERE: Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue, 6688-8888

WHAT: If you haven’t done so already, you need to check out the permanent Future World exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. Featuring digital installations, your sweetie can watch his adorable doodles and scribbles come to life on the big screen, and even enter an awesome “crystal universe” illuminated by 170,000 LED colour-changing lights. (Photo: Marina Bay Sands)

HOW MUCH: A family package costs $36.80 for two adults and two kids. Psst, every Friday (except during school and public holidays), up to four children under 12 years enter for free with every adult ticket purchased! 

5. Central Public Library
5. Central Public Library
08 Sep 2017

5. Central Public Library

WHERE: 100 Victoria Street, 6332-3255

WHAT: The Central Public Library is home to a dedicated children’s area known as My Tree House, the world’s first green library for kids. Your little bookworm can grab some fascinating reads, pick up environmental awareness tips or attend storytelling and games sessions. He will be in awe of the huge tree house canopy ― it’s made with recycled bottles, while the steps and surrounding platform are built with recycled timber. Interested in the weather? Check out the Weather Stump that’s updated every 5 minutes ― it marks the temperature, wind speed and rainfall recorded at the Marina Barrage over a 24-hour period. (Photo: National Library Board)

HOW MUCH: Free admission.

6. The Cat Café
6. The Cat Café
08 Sep 2017

6. The Cat Café

WHERE: 241B Victoria Street, 6338-6815

WHAT: Let your brood cuddle up to adorable feline friends at The Cat Café, home to 15 to 20 furry cats. The café serves fresh coffee, tea and assorted pastries. Do note, however, that kids under age 6 aren’t allowed. Those aged 6 to 12 must be supervised by an adult at all times. (Photo: Cat Café)

HOW MUCH: The $15 per person admission fee includes a complimentary soft drink.

7. We are the Furballs
7. We are the Furballs
08 Sep 2017

7. We are the Furballs

WHERE: #07-07 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, 6509-1186

WHAT: Doggie lovers, listen up! We are the Furballs is a dog-petting café located in a quiet corner on the top floor of Bugis+. Pooches you’ll meet include Bui Bui, an adorable French bulldog, and Slinky, the long-haired dachshund. Buy a packet of doggie treats ($3) and you’ll be an instant hit with the pups. (Photo: We are the Furballs)

HOW MUCH: Fees start at $9.50 for students and $10.90 for adults. Kids below age 10 aren’t allowed here. Those under 13 years must have adult supervision. 

8. Eat Play Love
8. Eat Play Love
08 Sep 2017

8. Eat Play Love

WHERE: #01-07 Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, 6444-6400

WHAT: If your sweetie loves art-and-craft activities, those little hands will get busy at Eat Play Love, a whimsical little café filled with vintage and nostalgic items. You can enjoy Thai delights and simple Western fare, while junior parks himself at the craft corner . You can also purchase simple craft kits such as a sock monkey kit, and foil art. (Photo: Aliwal Arts Centre)

HOW MUCH: $5 per hour for unlimited use of art materials at the craft corner.

9. Amazonia
9. Amazonia
08 Sep 2017

9. Amazonia

WHERE: #03-08 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, 6235-4522

WHAT: Indoor playgrounds aren’t just great for kids with boundless energy, they offer respite to every parent from the sweltering heat. Amazonia won’t disappoint –impressive features range from a huge six-storey high jungle play gym with ball pits, trampolines, tunnels and slides, to a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course with a nine-hole indoor putting course. Littlies will be enjoy the dedicated toddler play area, which boasts interactive play panels, a ball pit and a mini-slide. (Photo: Amazonia)

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost $22 for toddlers aged 1 to 3 and $33 for kids aged 3 to 12. Babies under age 1 enter free when you spend at least $10 at the bistro. Adults pay $1 (for the first two adults accompanying a child). 

10. The Rink
10. The Rink
08 Sep 2017

10. The Rink

WHERE: Level 3 JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, 6684-2374

WHAT: Here’s a new (indoor!) sport your peewees would want to attempt! The Rink offers little ones as young as 3 a chance to try ice-skating! This activity can increase muscle strength, flexibility and agility, plus, it’s a great way to bond as a family. 

HOW MUCH: A two-hour long skating session costs $19.50 for kids and $21.50 for adults. Prices include skates, as well as glove and sock rental. You can also rent penguin, snowman and seal skating aids. (Photo: iStock)

11. Catch a movie
11. Catch a movie
08 Sep 2017

11. Catch a movie

WHERE: Various cinemas

WHAT: Watching a movie is a great way to connect with your little ones, even as you share fun, laughter, and of course, popcorn! Junior will get a kick out of this year’s animated movies like Cars 3 and The Lego Ninjago Movie. (Photo: iStock)

HOW MUCH: Look out for promotions ― for instance, Golden Village’s daily deal for children under age 12 is free admission (movies before 2pm) with two paying adults!

12. Gardens by the Bay
12. Gardens by the Bay
08 Sep 2017

12. Gardens by the Bay

WHERE: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 6420-6848

WHAT: Experience a temperate climate’s cool, dry air at Gardens by the Bay. The huge air-conditioned glass greenhouse known as the Flower Dome features themed gardens showcasing exotic plants from the Mediterranean, including Spain and Italy, as well as South Africa and California in the west coast of America. Junior has plenty of space to run around in, and will even learn about flora around the world. Still have time? Check out Cloud Forest, a cool and moist conservatory presenting plants from the tropical highlands such as orchids, pitcher plants and ferns. Also gawk at at the world’s tallest (35m high) indoor waterfall, before attempting the Treetop Walk, if you’re stout of heart. (Photo: Gardens by the Bay)

HOW MUCH: Admission for the two conservatories is at $12/kids and $20/adults. 

13. Kidzania
13. Kidzania
08 Sep 2017

13. Kidzania

WHERE: #01-01 Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View, 6653-6888

WHAT: Reckon junior has what it takes to be a chef, fireman and even a radio deejay? Your kids can do a dry run of their future careers at Kidzania, a huge indoor playspace in Sentosa. When they do a good “job”, they’ll be paid in KidZo, KidZania’s own currency, which they can use to purchase souvenirs.

HOW MUCH: Admission is $25 for tots aged 2 and 3, $58 for kids aged 4 to 17, and $35 for adults. (Photo: Kidzania)

14. Madame Tussauds
14. Madame Tussauds
08 Sep 2017

14. Madame Tussauds

WHERE: 40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Island

WHAT: Get star struck at Madame Tussauds where you can have your family photos taken with life-like wax figures of Hollywood icons like Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio, music mavens such as Jay Chou and Michael Jackson, and sports stars including Tiger Woods and David Beckham! You can also spot familiar local personalities like Gurmit Singh and Fandi Ahmad. (Photo: Madame Tussauds Singapore)

HOW MUCH: Buy your tickets online from $15/child and$25/adult.

15. KidsSTOP
15. KidsSTOP
08 Sep 2017

15. KidsSTOP

WHERE: Singapore Science Centre, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, 6425-2500

WHAT: Catering to kids from 18 months to 8 years, KidsSTOP has four interactive zones to engage your little one’s imagination and creativity, while encouraging hands-on learning. There’s a playground for your kiddos to go wild, as well as discover amazing things about the world around them, such as dinosaurs and the human body. (Photo: KidsSTOP)

HOW MUCH: Admission prices start at $5/kids from 3 to 12 and $2/adults, senior citizens enjoy free admission.

16. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
16. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
08 Sep 2017

16. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

WHERE: Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, 6601-3333

WHAT: If junior really digs dinosaurs, you shouldn’t miss the three 150-million-year-old diplodocid sauropod dinosaur skeletons at the incredible Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. This attraction has plenty of hands-on interactive exhibits, plus, loads of information and collectibles about Singapore’s natural life in the past. There’s also a dinosaur light show that is being screened at half-hour intervals throughout the day. (Photo: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum)

HOW MUCH: To avoid disappointment, get your tickets online ― they cost $9/child and $16/adult.  

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