Jun 7, 2018

12 New Singapore Attractions for Kids that Opened in 2018


UPDATED: September 2018

We're into the final quarter of 2018 and while there are the usual places to bring the kiddos, there are quite a number of new places that have sprouted up this year to discover together as a family.


So more than just the malls and movies, here are 7 12 new adventures to take your pick from the next time the holidays or weekends roll along!


1. AIRZONE

The world's first indoor suspended net playground opened at City Square Mall in February this year and it is a super giant multi-layered hammock hanging more than 30m off the ground - complete with 40,000 blue and white balls in a bouncy pit!


The AIRZONE attraction is an elevated playground with distinct themed zones containing unique games and activities. Boasting 4 levels of activities, visitors start with the Play Zone on level 3 featuring a suspended ball pit, bouncy balls and giant Zorb balls. This level will provide an easy introduction to a unique "space walking" experience – fall and bounce around on the net or perhaps just lay down and experience the mall from a different perspective.


On level 4 a free roaming Games and Activity Zone offers "Airstronauts" the opportunity for creativity and imagination. On level 5, "Airstronauts" will go an adventure navigating an obstacle course of small paths and slopes in the Maze Zone. Finally, the highlight of the attraction will take "Airstronauts" on a fast track down a giant slide from level 6 to level 5.


Fun fact: Did you know that the netted structures in place are strong enough to suspend two fully laden Singapore passenger buses lying on their sides!


Address: City Square Mall, Level 3
Opening hours: Daily from 10.45am (Last admission at 9pm)
Admission: $20 (1-hour session) *Pre-book slot online for guaranteed entry
Website

2. Maritime Experiential Museum

Follow in the footsteps of four great maritime adventurers as you return to the Maritime Silk Route of eras past at the newly reopened Maritime Experiential Museum (MEM)!


While the previous exhibition space was a simple walk-through affair, the revamped galleries now feature 15 thematic galleries which allow one to  journey in the tailwinds of renowned seafarers, and even flee pirate invaders aboard a burning ship!

More interestingly, there are plenty of hands-on activities for kids like getting them to try being a mariner at the Learning to Navigate chamber - a highly interactive zone with four stations where kids will be able to see if they have what it takes to be a sailor by reading nautical charts, navigating with a mariner’s compass, and learning the art of knot tying.


Of special mention is the Rotoscope, a rotating digital screen that lets you zoom in on the different parts of the Jewel of Muscat, with details of what they are.


The final part of the exhibition features four ports of call where visitors can immerse themselves in an imaginative journey through Quanzhou, Oman, Calicut and Malacca, all major ports along the Maritime Silk Route that link China with the Middle East and Europe. Discover their heritage brought back to life through innovative use of multimedia as you see, touch and smell a variety of faithfully recreated exhibits like frankincense, perfumes and spices that were heavily traded in days of old.


Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm daily
Admission:
Special Opening Rate (until further notice) - Singapore residents: Adult $9; Child $6; Senior Citizen $5 | Others:  Adult $12; Child $8; Senior Citizen $5
Website

3. Marsiling Park

After a 22-month makeover, Marsiling Park re-opens with plenty of activity areas and amenities for families with kids. Popular elements of the park - such as the viewing tower, Chinese pavilions and stone bridge - have been retained and improved, including the addition of boardwalks which extend to the water at certain parts around the perimeter of the reservoir.


For kids, the main highlight of the park has got to be the inclusion of three new playgrounds - the first being a butterfly-shaped playground with climbing ropes!


There is also a ninja warrior-style playground located just opposite the butterfly playground, which might just appeal to older kids.


Got younger kids? Then head to the Fun Play area located at a short walk away (nearer to the car park entrance). Here, kids get to hit on play equipment with musical elements for an interactive play experience.


If you are feeling peckish after all the play, there is a 24-hour F&B outlet at the park. Teh Tarik Cartel serves a wide range of food, from fishball noodles and chicken rice to nasi bryani and roti prata. It even has a mini kids seating corner for children.

Address: Woodlands Centre Road adjacent to Bukit Timah Expressway
Park lighting hours: 7.00pm to 7.00am
Admission: FREE

4. Buds by Shangri-La

An interactive indoor and outdoor play space spanning 2,150 square metres in total, Buds by Shangri-La features specially curated installations and themed activity spaces to take kids on a journey of discovery through four key narratives: embracing nature, adventure, camaraderie and independence.


The centerpiece of the massive play area is the Explorer Zone which comes complete with a massive ball pit, tons of slides, trampolines, and bouncy nets.


Children under four years old will enjoy the specially designed Toddler Zone inside Buds, with swings and slides, a piano floor, and soft wall buttons that produce animal sounds, and a ball pit.


More fun comes in the form of additional activity areas which encourage even more fun learning. Kids can perform at Stage, and have a karaoke session with friends in front of a giant screen together with costume changes while budding artists can pop by Muddy where they can indulge in some artistic work.


But Buds is not all about indoor fun - there is also an outdoor element to it. Situated at a 5-minute walk away, the outdoor play area features a giant pirate ship playground with ropes, slides, ladders and a climbing wall as well as a water play zone with splash pads!


Address: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
Opening Hours: Indoor Mon – Sun 9am to 9pm | Outdoor Mon – Sun 9am to 7pm
Admission:
• Complimentary to Shangri-La Singapore hotel guests who book the Themed Family Suite and Family Deluxe Room. Unlimited playtime.
• For other Shangri-La Hotel, Apartment, restaurant and/or spa guests, entry is $28 per child (four to 12 years old), $18 for toddler (below four years old) inclusive of one adult. Unlimited playtime.
• For non-hotel guests, entry is $48 for child (four to 12 years old), $28 for toddler (below four years old) inclusive of one adult, for three hours. Classes and Special activities are charged separately
Website

5. Phobia²: The Science of Fear exhibition

What is there to fear? Embark on a journey of self-discovery and find out what phobia really is. 
This exhibition explores the topic of fear, from its historical and cultural significance, to the psychology and physiology of fear and how it affects our daily lives... including the fear of being buried alive!


Kids and adults alike can explore fear in all its weird and wondrous forms and learn how fear affects us physically, mentally, socially, and the role it plays in our everyday lives. From protecting us, exciting us, and even how it holds us back from achieving our dreams.


Claustrophobia? Check. Arachnophobia? Check. Coulrophobia? Check. That's the fear of clowns by the way. There is even a Scream booth to test one's scream level because you know, screaming is an impulse reaction that keeps us alive! A loud scream may serve as a defensive threat to scare away danger, or a way of alerting others that you are in trouble.


There is even a section dedicated to Teen fears, like FOMO (Fear of missing out on social media), and Didaskaleinophobia (Fear of school) and Nomobophobia, the fear of losing your phone!


Address: Science Centre Singapore, Hall B
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm daily
Admission: Entry to exhibition is included in Science Centre admission
Weekdays (School term): Free for Singaporeans & PRs | Others: Adult & Senior Citizen - $12; Child - $8
Weekends, School Holidays & Public Holidays: Singaporeans & PRs: Adult - $6; Child & Senior Citizen - $4 | Adult & Senior Citizen - $12; Child - $8
Website

6. Going Play-ces by Playeum

Located at Gillman Barracks, Playeum is a museum without walls which hopes to inspire children through self-directed exploration and learning and in the process, establish a culture of meaningful and impactful play.


The new exhibition opened on 15 May and will last all the way until 28 April 2019 and it is all about "A Wanderful Exploration of New Lands". Kids will be able to navigate and explore Play-ces through various landscapes such as the sea, jungle, city and beyond. Children will experience and engage with their imagination, while thinking about sustainability, innovation and the role of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) in everyday life and the future.


Interestingly, the indoor playground - if you can call Playeum that - have been transformed into 7 play spaces, each with a different purpose with different opportunities for the kids to explore, experiment and redefine. Whether it is re-imagining play and materials, to conjuring up art works with recyclable materials, kids can stretch their creativity and imagination to the limit!


One particular innovative play space is that of Jungaloo, where kids can step out of their urban comfort zone and into nature. Yes, that includes coming into contact with stones, twigs and soil!


The exhibition drives home important social messages - the necessity of creativity and play in 21st century learning skills, the need for sustainability and the impact children have as young citizens to respond to the challenges of the world they live in.

Address: Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444
Opening Hours: Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Cost: $22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10
Website

7. Sustainable Singapore Gallery

A one-stop showcase of Singapore’s sustainability story, the Gallery re-opened in early June with a complete revamp of its exhibits. Visitors can look forward to a multi-sensory experience as they journey through different zones covering environmental and sustainability topics such as climate, water, energy and waste.


The Gallery is organised into six zones, tracing Singapore’s response to climate change, our water management strategies, zero waste initiatives, and efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable, including investments in renewable energy. The interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits will appeal to the young and old.


The exhibit will also give ideas on how one's carbon footprint can be reduced. Kids can pick up energy-saving tips like air-drying clothes instead of using a dryer, and using electrical appliances that are more energy-efficient.


Do note that while admission to the Gallery is free, pre-booking is compulsory. Walk-ins are not allowed.

Address: Marina Barrage, Level 2
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm daily (Closed on Tuesdays)
Admission: Free but booking compulsory.  Free guided tours available for booking through PUB website HERE.
Website

8. Rainforest Lumina

Come nightfall, Singapore Zoo transforms into a dreamy whimsical landscape against a symphony of light and sound! Rainforest Lumina consists of a easy 1km walk with various interactive light and sound installations dotting the trail.


Consisting of 11 zones - of which 3 are interactive and will prove extremely popular with kids (& adults) - the trail will allow visitors to meet the Creature Crew, a group of unlikely animals heroes who will take visitors on a whimsical adventure along the paths of their enchanted world.


But do note there are NO real animals featured at Rainforest Lumina. Instead the experience is centered on virtual animals. 'Sing Like an Animal' is the first interactive installation for visitors where they can sing, speak or whisper into standing microphones to activate colourful splashes of  animation onto the backdrop of the White Tiger enclosure.


The most FUN interactive installation honour goes to 'Play Like an Animal' which will quite literally unleash the playful nature of the kids! Jump on the pads on the ground and watch the virtual animals launch high up into the air! It is perhaps inevitable that the monkies were competing to see whose animal flew the highest.


I may been been to the Zoo countless times in the day but entering the Zoo during night time is has a completely different feel to it. For sure, it feels way cooler and less humid but on top of that, the darkness that envelops the surroundings adds a certain mysterious element to the trail.

Address: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Dates: Now until Dec 2018
Opening hours: 7.30pm - 12am (7 entry timings)
Admission: Adult $22 | Child $16
*Purchase online to enjoy 10% savings on Regular days (Mon-Thur & Sun) and 5% savings on Peak and Super Peak days (Fri, Sat, eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday)
Website

9. Jurong Spring Playfields

Instead of just the usual kids' playground and fitness corner found at most HDB estates, the Jurong Spring Playfields incorporate playgrounds, fitness corners, a basketball court and open green spaces to encourage residents as well as families to go outdoors and keep fit together.


For starters, kids will not be disappointed as there are a total of THREE playgrounds to choose from! The ever-popular Vertical Playground is here, in all its cheery yellow glory... and with a slight twist too. Kids will be able to climb up to the top of the structure and descend quickly via a tube slide.


Just beside it lies a giant rope structure which promises to offer lots of climbing fun for kids.


Younger kids need not feel left out, thanks to a smaller playground designed just for them.


And while the kids are kept busy at the playgrounds, parents can work up a sweat storm too at the fitness corner which consists of resistance bands and even weights!

Address: In front of Block 549 Jurong West St 42, Singapore 640549
Admission: FREE

10. Jem Shopping Mall Dry & Wet Playground

The playground Jem Shopping Mall at Jurong East Central was closed for upgrading works and good news, it has re-opened! And even better news, it looks much MORE fun than the previous version!


Inspired by honeycombs, the sheltered outdoor playground is located on Level 5 and just outside of the foodcourt. Taking centrestage is the huge web canopy, where kids can climb to their hearts' content.


There is also an amazing water play area. Just hit the switch and watch streams of water cascade down into a mini pool!


This has got to be one of the more orginal playground designs that I have seen - a playground that combines both dry and wet play elements into one play structure.


Address: Jem Shopping Mall Playground, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549, Level 5 (Beside the foodcourt)
Admission: FREE

11. Tayo Station

Tayo Station at Downtown East is the first Tayo the Little Bus-themed indoor playground to open in Southeast Asia and outside of South Korea!


Brought to you by the same people behind Pororo Park at Marina Square and spanning over 10,000-square-feet-space, Tayo Station integrates indoor playground attractions, edutainment area and sensory play space for young children from 1 to 12 years old.


Activities for kids include the Tayo’s Road Circuit, Poco’s Hinoki Play, and Gani’s Playground, and many more that is created to entertain while offering a healthy level of challenge for the kids to overcome.



Families with younger kids can bring their little ones to the Toddler Zone specially designed to provide a safe and spacious area for toddlers and babies to crawl and tot around amidst colourful and fun murals as well as mini slides.


Head HERE for my full review!

Address: Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Hub, Level 3 (#03-112)
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am - 8pm | Weekends, PH & Sch Hols: 10am - 9pm
Admission:
WEEKDAYS (Unlimited Playtime) - Babies (below 1 yr): Free + Adults at $6 | Toddlers (1 to under 2 yrs): $16 + 1 free Adult | Child (2 to 12 yrs): $24 + 1 free Adult | Additional Adult: $6
WEEKENDS (2 hours Playtime) - Babies (below 1 yr): Free + Adults at $6 | Toddlers (1 to under 2 yrs): $20 + 1 free Adult | Child (2 to 12 yrs): $28 + 1 free Adult | Additional Adult: $6 | Additional Playtime: $5 per 30 min
*eXplorerkid Members are entitled to 10% off admission tickets, valid till 31 August 2019.
Website

12. Chandelier Playground @ Changi Airport T4 (Opening soon)

Standing at a massive 16 metres tall and 10 metres wide, this newest playground at T4 is Changi Airport's BIGGEST playground yet.... and the good news? It is for BOTH kids and adults!


Named Chandelier, the 5-storey crimson red playground is elegantly shaped in a double helix with a weaved tapestry steel core.


Kids - and the young-at-heart - can enter the structure via the sloping climbing nets that spiral all the way to the top. At the top (it's at a 5-storey height by the way), you can choose to enter a semi-dome rope structure just to watch the world go by.


Descent is via a fireman's pole in the centre of the structure that allows players to slide down at 2-metre intervals.


BUT THERE IS A CATCH. It is located in the TRANSIT AREA of Changi Airport T4. Which means you have to catch a flight out of Singapore from Terminal 4 in order to access it.

Address: Changi Airport T4, Transit Area
Admission: FREE, but accessible to transit passengers at T4 only
OPENING SOON




I'll update the list whenever new attractions open in Singapore, so do check back often!


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