As a follow up article to “How to have cheap fun in Singapore (outdoors)”, I now offer some ideas for indoor fun with kids in Singapore. This time round it is even better, because it’s for free! Generally, indoor fun is usually more expensive than outdoor fun, as very often admission charges prevail. However, there are still good and free offerings in Singapore for children. When this happens, must go have fun lah!
And the number one on my list is:
1. Museums of Singapore
Recently, 11 museums in Singapore has opened its doors to all Singaporeans and SPRs free of charge! I must say, this is the best family-friendly move from MCCY (previously known as MCYS) ever! And the museums often come up with fun activities for the whole family such as the Children’s Season to engage and educate the young and young at heart.
With this recent development, I brought my brood to the Singapore Art Museum, and I must say the children had fun interacting with the various installations:
Interacting with light and rhythm.
Pretending to lie on grass.
Underscoring the real meaning to enlightenment…
2. In-house entertainment package deals from shopping malls
Our family’s next favourite indoor freebie activity is to go get the in-house entertainment for children from various shopping malls, especially during the June and December holidays. I don’t say free here, because very often you would have to spend a minimum sum to get a play pass. But it is a good freebie to have, and mummy can get to satisfy her shopping urges while the kiddos get a go at various activities. Truly value for money here. The pictures below are taken from the most recent activity organised by United Square, but many other malls also organises for the holidays, such as Compasspoint and Park Way Parade.
Photo shoot with the cast ad crew of Treasure Island Adventure.
Playacting as pirates.
Having a go on the Viking.
3. Visit Ikea Smaaland
This is a childminding playground facility that took on a life on its own. We used to conveniently drop-off our children at Smaaland while we do our furniture shopping until the children requested to specially go Smaaland as part of their weekend activities. Good indoor fun plus an hour of worry free shopping for us adults. And yes, of course it is free. 🙂
4. Tampines Courts
Not to be outdone by Ikea Tampines, Courts Tampines has recently came up with a media lobby cum childminding service that is quite ingenious. Children can have their parents sign out ipads, Kinect, X-box game consoles, VCDs, DVDs and comic books for them, and there is no time limit at no cost. Though the temptation is great to shop longer, I only signed out an iPad for my boys for about thirty minutes, which is about the time it took for me to look for the wall fan I wanted. Well after all I don’t feel that good about entertaining them with gadgets.
5. The National Libraries
Actually this one should rank much higher in my rankings. Although we don’t go as often as we should compared to the options above, we would literally cart home one whole shelf of books after each visit and that would keep us intellectually satisfied for at least the next 3 weeks.
The National Libraries has really done a good job with self renewal. Firstly, the National Library at Bras Basah organises lots of activities for young children from time to time, ranging from fairs to skits to storytelling. The Children’s Library at the basement also has an impressive collection of children’s books arranged in attractive and interactive settings.
The community libraries has also done a great job at renewing its layout to make it really cool to read there. Take Sengkang Librry for example. Just looking at my girl curled up in one of these nooks make me smile.
NLB has really done something right! Check out their latest happenings here.
6. The Changi Airport
This one is really a no brainer. With its sprawling space and array of food choices, we could literally camp ourselves there the whole day. On normal days the children would just go to the great big slide or the children’s playground. The boys especially love the thrill of the slide, which is also free and they can go as many rounds as they want to get the adrenaline rush. They also love the fountain area and the wood print crayon rubbings they can make.
And then there would be the periodic tie ups that Changi Airport would do with fun stuff like Angry Birds. This would be when we would literally get the play passes and spend our whole day there.
7. Car Show Rooms
I kid you not. Car show rooms can be quite good fun for little children. Apart from ogling at gleaming new cars, the kids get to experience various features in new car models when we go for the test drives. And they get a kick out of trying out new gadgets found in certain makes like sunroof which we are not likely to get in real life. Sometimes as part of the promotional drive, car dealers even hold carnivals for children and adults alike, and of course it would be another great way to spend a fun afternoon.
No more excuses to say that Singapore is no fun with kids right? :p
- How to have cheap fun in Singapore (outdoors) (growingupfuninsg.wordpress.com)
- Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the opening of the Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum Exhibit in Singapore (ismailimail.wordpress.com)
- Singapore Purchasing – Inexpensive Purchasing in Singapore (zeebreakingnews24x7.wordpress.com)
- 10 fun things to do for young children at home (that doesn’t involve gadgets) (growingupfuninsg.wordpress.com)
- A Few Days in Singapore (lifesansborders.wordpress.com)