School’s out and parents are looking for new, engaging activities to occupy the little ones.
If you are one of the few in such a predicament, you are in luck because we’ve got five ideas to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank.
1) Get hands-on at S.E.A. Aquarium
For the modern parent, an activity for junior that combines both fun and knowledge probably tops the list of holiday must-dos. This December is a good time to visit the World’s Largest Aquarium, as it is celebrating its first year with a series of entertaining and educational games – perfect for the young to get immersed in, in their quest for knowledge.
Discover the importance of recycling and why eating sharks fin is frowned upon through the classic game of Snakes & Ladders. Learn how to fold a sailboat, dolphin and seahorse at the origami stations, or go on a treasure hunt to test their historical and archaeological knowledge.
Or they could play Four-in-a-Row, the aquarium’s version of bingo to uncover little known fishy facts such as how to identify individual dolphins or which sea creature resembles a cow. There are prizes for the right answers.
And since it is Christmas, look out for the roaming carolers and street magicians when you are here.
Operating Hours: 10am – 7pm (extended till 9pm from 13 – 31 Dec, except 14, 27 and 29 Dec)
Price: $38 (Adult); $28 (Child, 4 – 12 years); $28 (Senior, 60 years and above)
2) Get wild and wet at Adventure Cove Waterpark
The younger kids would love this- an excuse to play with water without mum screaming her head off.
If getting drenched in gallons of water sounds like fun for the kids, head to the Big Bucket Treehouse. The huge buckets will dump loads of water over anyone standing below – and kids will squeal with delight in response.
Need something a little less boisterous? Bond with your kids by catching the waves together at Bluwater Bay. Or if the kids are not strong swimmers, they can still have fun by wading in the shallow pool at the Seahorse Hideaway.
The restless ones will relish the experience of zooming down the plunging drops and startling twists on Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster – the Riptide Rocket. Or they can scream their lungs out as they get spun around a giant funnel, sucked into a tube and spat out into the pool of the Whirlpool Washout.
One great way of fun learning for the kids is to try out the Rainbow Reef. Kids can snorkel amongst over 20,000 tropical marine life under supervision. They’ll get to learn more about the colourful marine life and hang out right next to them too.
Catch some highlights of the fun you’ll enjoy at Adventure Cove Waterpark:
Operating Hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Price: $36 (Adult); $26 (Child, 4 – 12 years)
3) A snowy Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore
Psst, Santa’s little helpers told us three little secrets why you should visit Universal Studios Singapore (again) this December. We’re going to share with you. Ready?
- Minions from Despicable Me, with Santa hat! Snap, Post, Brag.
- Special Christmas show brought to you by Sesame Street cast. You won’t find this on a regular day in the park.
- Snow! Or the next best thing to it in Singapore. Plus, you don’t have to dress in layers of thermal for it.
From now to 30 Dec, for every three after 6pm tickets purchased, you will enjoy three $5 food and beverage vouchers, three Gingerbread cookies and three Santa hats for $123 only.
Operating Hours: 10am – 8pm (operating hours extended until 10pm from 19 – 30 Dec 13)
4) Freeze your own ice cream at Just Like it!
Just Like it! serves a healthier alternative to the usual rich flavoured ice cream, which means that you can satisfy your sweet tooth now without piling on the pounds. Better still, burn a teeny bit more calories when you try your hand at making your own ice cream at the workshop on 21 Dec. Here, you will get to use liquid nitrogen to create “100% natural ice-cream, without stabilisers, additives and colouring”. Shop Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm daily Price: $12 per pax Workshop Date: 21 Dec 13, 10am to 11am Reservation details: email marketing@just-like-it or call 6238 6440.
[Edited: 19 Dec 2013]
5) Lights, fantasy, music! with LightSeeker
End the day by taking your kids to watch the musical, LightSeeker – Resorts World Sentosa’s third original production.
Revolving around the power of choice, watch the plot unfolds as a terrifying warrior attempts to capture the light from the mysterious Nova to increase the Emperor’s power.
Kids would appreciate the colourful elaborate set designs and the various acrobatic acts that have performers hurtling into the air. With the story told through a combination of live performance and a giant LED screen backdrop, it’s an immersive viewing experience for the whole family.
Save 40% on same-day LightSeeker tickets if you present your Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium or Adventure Cove Waterpark ticket at the Resorts World Theatre ticketing counter.
Catch some behind the scenes story of the musical: