Time flies by way too quickly—it may feel like the December holidays were just over, but in reality, the March holidays are just around the corner! For parents, this means fretting over where to bring the kids to keep them entertained for a week and that in itself is no easy task.
It can be quite a chore to find activities that kids will gladly put down their electronic devices for, but don’t worry, we have you sorted with this list of 16 kid-friendly outdoor activities in Singapore that will keep your children away from their iPads and phones this March holiday.
ADMIRALTY PARK PLAYGROUND
Admiralty Park Playground is heaven on earth for children and all of you who are children at heart. The sprawling playground features hilly terrains filled with 26 slides, bridges, burrows and a plethora of other fun structures that will leave the kids entertained for hours on end!
Admiralty Park Playground
31 Riverside Road
Nearest Station: Woodlands
If your kids love theme parks and water, Adventure Cove would be the perfect destination for your family during the March holidays. The park features high-speed rides, thrilling slides and a winding lazy pool that the children will love. The place even has a corner for you to watch the manta-rays and tropical fish swim by; it’s the perfect spot for a nice family photo!
8 Sentosa Gateway
Tel: +65 6577 6000
Daily: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
Chinese Garden—this gem in the west is not just another park in Singapore. The beautiful gardens are chock full of activities and there is plenty of room for exploring. With its gorgeous pavilions, towering pagodas, and large grassy lawns, Chinese Garden is a great place to have some playtime with your children.
1 Chinese Garden Road
Mon to Sun: 6am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Chinese Garden
BUILDING SANDCASTLES AT THE BEACH
This age-old activity still works like a charm — kids love building sandcastles and it is one activity that can keep them occupied for hours. Singapore is also no short of clean beaches such as Palawan Beach and East Coast Park, so having a day out at the beach building sand castles and getting a tan would be a safe and fun option this March holiday.
EXPLORING SUNGEI BULOH WETLAND RESERVE
This hidden gem at the northwest side of Singapore is teeming with different species of animals. The natural habitat is known to be home to a large variety of plants, birds and other animal inhabitants, making it the perfect place for the kids to immerse themselves in nature and to learn a little more about Singapore’s wildlife.
301 Neo Tiew Crescent
Daily: 7am — 7pm
Nearest Station: Kranji
Singapore is well-known to be a concrete jungle, but did you know that we still have our fair share of farms? Most of these places are tucked away in the North side of the country and it is a great opportunity to bring your kids away from the hectic city life to let them see another side of Singapore. We are sure that they’ll love the adorable animals!
Some farms to check out are Hay Dairies Goat Farm and The Animal Resort.
Hay Dairies Goat Farm
3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4
Tel: +65 6792 0931
Wed to Mon: 9am – 4pm
Nearest Station: Kranji
The Animal Resort
81 Seletar West Farmway 5
Tel: +65 6482 1160
Tue to Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Fernvale
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Singapore’s famous and futuristic Gardens by the Bay is a massive, gorgeous space that is home to the renowned Supertrees. Aside from that, the gardens have an abundance of trees and plants just waiting to be discovered and it is the perfect place to bring your kids to immerse themselves in nature.
18 Marina Gardens Drive,
Daily: 5am – 2am
Nearest Station: Bayfront
Are your kids dying to learn how to drive but they are underage? Bring them for a round of go-karting and let them feel like little adults! Round up your whole family and have a race to see who’s the better driver!
One place you can go to go-kart is The Karting Arena.
The Karting Arena
200 Turf Club Rd, #01-01B The Grandstand
Tel: +65 9627 6771
Tue to Sun: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Sixth Avenue
Test how well your kids can balance themselves on wheels by teaching them how to inline skate! Once they’ve gotten a hang of it, you guys can zip around and take part in friendly races with each other.
You can learn how to inline skate at Inlinex Henderson.
201 Henderson Road, #07-05 APEX
Tel: +65 6858 2887
Mon to Fri: 12am – 8pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru
JACOB BALLAS CHILDREN’S GARDEN
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden was designed specifically with children in mind and its main aim is to educate and instil a love for nature in children. The whole garden is a learning environment that will teach kids more about Mother Nature as well as allow them to have fun at the same time.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
481 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 1800 471 7300
Daily: 8am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens
Kayaking is a fun-filled activity that will train kids to not only paddle a kayak but also to have teamwork. There are different programmes out there for kids of different ages and capabilities, so you don’t have to worry about your kid not being able to manage.
One place that does a great job in teaching kids how to kayak is the Singapore Canoe Federation.
Singapore Canoe Federation
Kallang Water Sports Centre, 10 Stadium Lane
Tel: +65 6344 6337
Nearest Station: Kallang
The beauty of kite flying is that it really shows you and your kids that hard work does pay off. After labouring over your kite and putting it together, you get to reap other benefits by watching your beautiful creations take off in the sky. Singapore also has plenty of open areas for you to fly your kites, making it a convenient activity.
People from the kampung days really knew what’s up when it came to keeping kids entertained; kampung fishing is a classic activity that the older generation did when they were kids, and this simple yet thrilling activity will with no doubt keep the children entertained for hours. The look on their faces when they successfully catch a fish is absolutely priceless!
One place in Singapore that you can bring the kids over too for some kampung fishing is ORTO. For only S$12, your child will get a plastic tank and a fishing net (returnable) to catch small fishes.
#01, 81 Lor Chencharu, 01
Tel: +65 6257 8858
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10am – 8pm
School Holidays (Tue to Fri): Timing varies, refer their Facebook for updated timings
Nearest Station: Khatib
The Pokemon craze has not died down just yet! Pokemon Go is the perfect activity to keep your kids active and alert while they have fun. Bring them around Singapore for a Pokemon hunt and let them explore our sunny little island as they run around trying to catch ‘em all!
If your kids are animal lovers, the perfect place to bring them to would, of course, be the Singapore Zoo. The Zoo has a plethora of different animals to check out and the interactive exhibitions allow kids to be able to learn more about the animals while having fun.
80 Mandai Lake Road
Daily: 8.30am – 6pm
Tel: 6269 3411
Nearest Station: Kranji
HSBC TREE TOP WALK @ MACRITCHIE
The tree top walk is perfect for those of you who have very hyperactive kids! Take your little bundles of energy on a walk here and let them submerge themselves in the lush greenery. The view from above is also pretty magnificent and some shots of your kids here would look great as your new phone wallpaper.
Tree Top Walk @ Macritchie
601 Island Club Road
Tel: 1800 471 7300
Mon to Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Marymount