The weekend is here again and you might have run out of ideas on how to keep your kids occupied. If you want to avoid the shopping malls and keep your children off that phone or tablet playing games, here are some great places you can try!
1. Chill out at a park
Living in urban Singapore, it's good to get some fresh air in some of the beautiful parks here, such as the Botanic Gardens, Punggol Waterway and Pasir Ris Park. Enjoy a picnic or a ball game, cycle or roller blade with your kids, fly a kite...........
[caption id="attachment_1726" align="aligncenter" width="581"] East Coast Park/Beach[/caption]Visit the National Parks Board's website for more information! https://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/
The libraries are a great place to keep your children occupied for hours if they are into reading. There are 26 libraries in Singapore so it's convenient too. Story-telling sessions are organised as well.
[caption id="attachment_1863" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Public library[/caption]The libraries are open from 10am to 9pm daily, except on public holidays (libraries located in shopping malls open at 11am).
If you are a Singaporean or PR, you can borrow up to 8 books using your NRIC card at no charge. If you are a foreigner, just sign up for an annual membership and you can start borrowing.
Visit http://www.pl.sg/ for more information on activities and information on using the library.
3. Go Swimming
Kids love to water so take your kids to one of the many public swimming complexes. Other than the regular adult and children's pools, there are 4 public swimming complexes with fun features like water slides and wave pools to enjoy - they are Sengkang, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East and West and Pasir Ris swimming complexes. The best part? The entry fee is just $0.50-$2 each time!
For a list of public swimming pools, visit http://www.ssc.gov.sg/publish/Corporate/en/participation/hotspot/sports_facility/swimming_complex.html
Singapore is an island in the tropics so we are surrounded by water and good sun most part of the year. Soak in the sun, sand and breeze at East Coast Park, Changi Beach or the beaches on Sentosa island (Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong Beach).
Other than the regular beach activities like volleyball, sandcastle building, playing frisbee or soaking in the sea, there are cycling and roller blading rental facilities along the beach as well. You can also try camping and pitching a tent, or book a barbecue pit for a barbecue session by the beach.
East Coast Park and Changi Beach: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Sentosa island beaches: http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/beaches/
Book a barbecue pit: https://e-station.axs.com.sg/NParks/Internet_Payment/index.php
5. Visit the Museums
Most museums are free for citizens and permanent residents (bring your ID!) and tickets are $10 at most for adults and minimal for students and seniors (bring your ID too!) - the National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civiliasations Museum, Pernanakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum or Reflections at Bukit Chandu. Special exhibitions may require a further entry fee, but that is normally kept to a minimum too. :)