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March Fun and Free Experiences to try with your kid in Singapore

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Singapore has a good number of activities that are fun and free that importantly offers good bonding time for the family. Whether you are taking a weekday off, or looking for fun stuff to do over the weekend, check out some of our suggestions.

We get it. It is not always the prudent or practical thing to do, to keep spending on attraction, sight or retail mall just to keep the kids engaged. Well, take note (or bookmark on phone) fathers! Searching for fresh and exciting activities for the kids to do that is fun and free (or not cost too much money) is not hard to do in Singapore.

Remember though, Singapore is mostly hot and humid, so do bring along hydration, snacks and plan your route from point-to-point. Also, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, so remember to maintain social distance, wear a mask and check the websites or Google Map these places to see if they are open before making your way there.

Cycle or scoot at Labrador Park

Labrador Nature Reserve (and more commonly known as Labrador Park) is a part of the Southern Ridges, that includes Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park.

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Credit: NParks website

Labrador Park combines the only main island rocky sea-cliff, is home to many species of birds and butterflies, historical military hardware (such as artillery and machine gun posts) as well as fishing along the shoreline. There is a jogging track that does around the reserve that offers quite a scenic view.

Get your kid on a bicycle or scooter, put on your running shoes and don’t forget to take pictures!

Information about the reserve, access and things to do can be found here.

Have a splashing time with waterplay at Gardens by the Bay

Almost every kid will enjoy waterplay time. The Far East Organization Children’s Garden open daily from 9am to 6pm except for Mondays. The waterplay area offers three separate areas for kids from 1 through to adult! There is a main area that has orchid-shaped splash buckets and the motion-activated sprinklers. There are fish fountains located closer to the amphitheatre (rest area) for smaller kids. There is also a toddler play area next to the Children’s Garden Café. This play area includes a small climbing fame, jump pads and riders.

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Credit: Far East Organization Children’s Garden website

There is a shower area, toilets and lockers located within the Far East Organization Children’s Garden so remember to bring towels, a change of clothes and a one-dollar coin to operate the locker.

Spend an afternoon doing the Coast-to-coast hike

This fun and free activity might be more suited for the older kids. The Coast-to-coast trail (C2C) is a 36km trail that connects nature areas, parks and park connectors across Singapore. Depending on your preference, you can start from Jurong Lake Gardens, visit the Lornie Nature Corridor, and end at Coney Island Park, or do it in reverse.

There is both an online trail guide or a C2C mobile app that can guide you as you make your way through the hike.

Credit: NParks Coast to Coast Trail Guide

Explore the trail and learn about local biodiversity at the same time. At each of the 10 checkpoints along the C2C Trail, our AR-enabled animals will spring to life. These animals will share with you more about our local flora and fauna.

There are hidden fruit characters and flowers hidden along the trail. You can earn points when you find a fruit, check-in at the checkpoints, play simple in-app games or upload pictures on your social media. Earn more points to participate at special events to redeem for attractive gifts.

More information can be found here.

Fun and free sun and sea at Sentosa

Make use of the free entry to Sentosa until 31 March 2021 to explore all the various attractions on the island. Cool off or wind down at any of their three beaches – Siloso, Palawan and Tanjung.

Explore the “Southernmost Point of Continental Asia” at Palawan or get some swimming done and sandcastles built at Siloso.

Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

If heading there on a weekend or public holiday, remember to do a beach booking. This can be done at the respective beach websites linked above.

Remember to bring lots of water, sunscreen, a beach mat and slippers. Toilets are spaced out, so it might be easier to bring diapers for the little ones, or remind the older ones frequently.

Musuem-hop and catch a slice of culture, history or science

Our museums are free all-year round for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Make an adventure out of exploring as many museums in an area as possible in one day. Map out which museum to visit first, and what specific exhibit or item to see.

To get a sense of our history, combine visits to the Singapore National Museum, the Asian Civilisations Museum and National Gallery Singapore.

The Malay Heritage Centre, Indian Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall can provide a sense of different interpretations of how history unfolded through the various communities that make up Singapore. 

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Credit: Singapore Sports Museum website

Make up your own set of ‘lesser known’ museums in Singapore with a trip to the Singapore Sports Museum, the Air Force Museum and the Singapore Discovery Centre. These places offer different experiences but all provide learning moments for both father and children alike.

Check out their respective websites to see what exhibitions and activities are available before making your way there.

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