Family-Friendly Things To Do To Celebrate Children’s Day

If you’ve not made plans for your kids during the Children’s Day weekend (October 7-9, 2022), here are some ideas with plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Some of these attractions won’t be around for long, so be sure to visit them while you can.
Ground-Up Initiative, Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, EcoTrail Singapore
Photos: Ground-Up Initiative, Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, EcoTrail Singapore

ORTO Leisure Park

Known as Singapore's first 24-hour leisure park, ORTO offers your family a break from the concrete jungle with prawning and fishing activities to take your kids back to the days their grandparents lived. To make the most out of your trip, the venue also hosts a trampoline park and the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum!

The whole park is slated to shut by mid-2023 so this is probably the last time you can take your kids there at its current location in Yishun.

You can also take part in public programmes and workshops run by non-profit society Ground-Up Initiative to connect your family with nature and have some quality bonding time together.

Where: 81 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769198


Enjoy the 2km EcoTrail Tour, which runs in 1.5-hour slots from 9am-5pm on weekends and school holidays. During this relaxed guided walk, you and your children will get to learn about various ecosystems, pet and feed chickens, and observe insects such as carpenter ants and praying mantises.

Where: 91 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769201

A ticket costs $23, which includes feed for the animals.

Mandai Wildlife Group and Science Centre Singapore
Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group, Science Centre Singapore

Jurong Bird Park

Spend the day in the West with some feathery friends at this iconic attraction that’s been around for more than 50 years.

Say hi to a variety of avian creatures from penguins to birds of prey, and even endangered species from around the region. Don’t miss the animal shows to witness their natural prowess in action. Children will love the opportunity to feed them at the African Treetops or Lory Loft.

The Jurong Bird Park will be moving to the Mandai Wildlife Reserve in 2023 and will be closed after January 3, 2023. Till then, enjoy the Heritage Trail and photo checkpoints where you can reminisce about the Bird Park. Remember to collect a Jurong Bird Park-inspired terrarium from the Feathers Shop.

Where: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925

Local residents enjoy 20% off tickets. T&Cs apply.

STEAM Festival

Spark your child’s curiosity about science in the spaces and places around us at the STEAM Festival at the Science Centre Singapore from 4 to 9 October.

Targeted at children aged two to six, the festival is full of exciting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities and experiences for young learners.

They can wander in immersive zones and try hands-on activities at the STEAM Play Yard. The best thing is, all tickets also include entry to a Sensory Theatre show and same-day entry to KidsSTOP™, an indoor play centre for kids.

Where: 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433

Book your tickets here.

Open Farm Community, Plus Collaboratives (Re-Route Festival), Pixar Putt
Photos: Open Farm Community, Plus Collaboratives (Re-Route Festival), Pixar Putt

Re-Route Festival

If you think you know everything about Little India, the new Re-Route Festival may shed a new perspective on this popular tourist district.

Get to know the less-known sides of the area with a range of programmes, including family-friendly activities. Join the Flower Garland Making Workshop to learn why they play an important role in Indian culture or participate in the parent-child Urban Explorer workshop to appreciate the historical buildings and landmarks in Little India.

Interesting installations are also dotted throughout the enclave, including the Re-Route Lookout Tower where you can view Little India from different vantage points.

Bonus: While you’re in the area, don’t miss the Deepavali light-up!

Where: Various locations in Little India

A Minion's Perspective Experience

Based on the popular Despicable Me and Minions movies franchise, this pop-up attraction has finally made its way to Singapore shores.

Explore eight thematic rooms, including Gru’s lab, The Girl’s Room and Minions Zone, and engage in interactive games and activities. This is also a fun opportunity to recreate your favourite scenes from the movies with your whole family!

Take lots of pictures in each room and don't forget to get your hands on some exclusive merchandise items on your way out of the exhibition.

Where: Resorts World Sentosa Waterfront, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269

Jewel-rassic Quest

If your kid is into dinosaurs, bring them to this awesome augmented reality (AR) experience with these larger-than-life prehistoric creatures!

Using the TimeLens device, be transported back to the Cretaceous period about 89 million years ago as you try to save the day and learn about the dinosaurs along the way.

Besides experiencing virtual dinos roaming around Jewel Changi Airport, you’ll be given a special mission to solve within 90 minutes.

Bonus: For more dino adventures, head over to the Jurassic Mile nearby.

Where: Level 1 Concierge, Jewel, 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666

Tickets are available from $22.50 for Singapore residents.

Open Farm Community Farm Tour

Has your little one ever asked you where food comes from? Take them on this unique sensory tour at Singapore’s first sustainable urban farm, where they can learn more about our food and its origins. They’ll get the first-hand experience to touch, smell and taste some local-grown produce and discover something new.

If that activity leaves you hungry, head over to the restaurant for a tasty family meal made from local and regional produce.

Where: 130e Minden Road, Singapore 248819

Pixar Putt

Scenes from your kids’ favourite Pixar and Disney movies come alive at this new mini-golf experience with 18 interactive holes inspired by the animation studios’ well-loved flicks. This pop-up event is suitable for kids of all ages and is all round fun for adults too.

Tee off on familiar characters and settings and see if your family can recall all of the movies that inspired this open-air event. A kaleidoscope of vibrant colours at each station will make for great photographs too.

Where: Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands

Tickets are available through October, with slots starting from 1pm on weekdays and 10am on the weekend.

    Oct 6, 2022
    Muneerah Bee
    Liew Xinyi
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