From science enrichment and ice-skating to go-karting and nature walks, the western tip of Singapore is chock-full of options when it comes to family-friendly spaces and activities.
Tip: you’ll need more than one weekend to cover them all.
1. All-day play at Jurong Lake Gardens
This sprawling 90-hectare park near Lakeside MRT is one of the best places for the little ones to expend their energy and for you to reconnect with nature. The Forest Ramble children’s playground features a whopping 13 adventure stations ranging from tall slides and bridges to trampolines and rope swings. Canines will also love the 2,200sqm grass field where they can run freely. While the kids play, you can take a walk along the water’s edge. And when hunger pangs strike, an on-site café offers a convenient spot to refuel.
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2. Experience winter at Snow City Singapore
Can’t travel? No problem. Simply head to Snow City, Singapore’s first permanent snow centre for a sub-zero winter experience. Here you can try snow drifting (think bumper cars on ice), slide down a 60m-long icy slope, be wowed by life-sized snow sculptures, enjoy story-telling sessions and more. When you need to thaw from the cool temperature, you can head outside for some rock wall climbing. Snow City is located right next to the Singapore Science Centre so you can cover both spots in a day!
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3. Geek out at Science Centre Singapore
Immerse yourself in the world of science at this iconic attraction in the west. Adults and kids alike will be enthralled and enriched by the myriad of exhibitions, with topics ranging from wildlife and insects to environmental science and emerging technologies. Check out their website for updated information on workshops and demonstrations that you can sign up for, as well as films screening at the Omni-Theatre, an awe-inspiring dome-shaped that delivers digital movies and planetarium shows in 3D.
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4. Learn to ice-skate at The Rink
At Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice-skating rink located within JCube shopping mall, you and your family can pick up the basics of gliding on ice or even try your hand at figure skating with instructions from trained coaches. Be sure to book your tickets and time slot in advance to avoid disappointment at this popular location.
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5. Get a thrill at KF1 Arena
Speed monsters and competitive kids and adults will love this one. At KF1’s circuit at Upper Jurong Road, you can challenge your family in a friendly race. You can even install a mobile application that tracks your times. All karts are single-seaters. Riders need to meet the minimum height of 155cm and wear covered shoes. Do check the track’s event calendar on the site before heading down as the venue is occasionally closed for private events.
Image source: KF1 Facebook page