Do your part and stay home as much as possible during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period. When restrictions ease, head out and enjoy all that Singapore has to offer! Remember to observe good hygiene measures and practice safe distancing. Stay safe!
1. Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle
Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle is run by three generations of the Tan family, who transformed the business from a cottage industry to a pottery paradise. It also houses the oldest surviving dragon kiln in Singapore and received the National Heritage Board’s “The Stewards of Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Award” in June 2020.
It offers a multitude of activities, from pottery workshops and guided tours to paw-stamping for your pets to make their own customised bowls.
The pretty ceramics are available for sale online and there’s an even larger collection in its physical store!
Address: 85 Lorong Tawas Singapore 639823
Operating hours: Opens daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm
2. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Home to more than 500,000 species of Southeast Asian animals and plant specimens, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum traces the history of life on earth through interactive displays which younger kids can also enjoy.
Awe the little ones with the three sauropod dinosaur fossils and other interesting animals that landed on Singapore’s shores, such as the sperm whale, leatherback turtle and pangolin to name a few.
There are 15 different thematic zones ranging from plants, mammals and amphibians to dinosaurs, making it a fun, educational trip for both adults and children. Book your tickets early here.
Address: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
Operating hours: Tues – Sun: 10:00am to 6:00pm (Last admission at 4:30pm)
3. Horse Riding at Gallop Stable
Get up close with ponies and horses at Gallop Stable where you can either ride on these majestic animals or take a class at The Grandstand. Lessons range from pony trails for kids as young as three years old who’d love an introductory encounter with the horses to advanced courses.
The pony trail takes you through the off-road track through Bukit Timah where you can enjoy the lush greenery and wildlife in a fun and safe way, though it’s always good to have some first-aid supplies ready just in case!
Other than riding with the horses, kids can also try their hands at feeding the bunnies! There are also photo shoot packages available and even an option for staycation on the farm. Sounds like a nice escape from the hustle of the city, doesn't it?
Visit the website to find out more about the activities.
Address: 100 Turf Club Road, 287992
Operating hours: Tues – Sun: 8:00am to 8:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
4. Wag & Wild
Wag & Wild is the biggest dog water park in Singapore spanning over 19,000sqft of space. Swim and bond with your dog for a day out under the sun.
These are low impact activities that stimulate the different muscle groups in dogs while being gentle on their joints. Given the hot weather in Singapore, getting them into the pool is a clean and refreshing way for the dogs to cool down. What’s more, Swimming and playing in the pool with your dogs is a fun way to mentally stimulate them. They can release all their pent-up energy, an effective method to prevent behavioural problems. Strict vaccination rules apply for the furkids to ensure their safety and enjoyment.
Before you head down, be sure you’ve got all your swimming essentials ready!
Bookings must be made in advance. Each slot is an hour long, with a 15-min grace period to clean up your dog before leaving the park.
Address: 2 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-13, Singapore 608512
Operating hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sat & Sun: 10:00am to 7:00pm (Closed on Thursday)
5. Jurong Lake Gardens
Comprising Lakeside Garden, Chinese & Japanese Garden and Garden Promenade, the Jurong Lake Gardens at the South West of Singapore occupy 90 hectares worth of space, roughly the size of 170 football fields. There are nature trails, playgrounds, a dog run park and a water play area where you can experience water movements as though you’re at the beach.
Not all the parks are open as they are still in various phases of development, but Lakeside Garden alone is large enough for you to explore. Kids will love the Forest Ramble, a nature playgarden and the largest outdoor play area in the heartlands. There are also various events and activities organised such as performances, terrarium workshops and yoga sessions, so check out the website for what’s on and plan a day out for an enriching time with your family.
Address: 50 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618661
Operating hours: Varies from different facilities. Visit the website for more information.
6. Electric Go-Karting at The Karting Arena
Powered by electricity means you can get your adrenaline rush at The Karting Arena without the fumes and smoke. This go kart circuit, located at the North West, is run by Singapore’s professional race car drivers, so you know this is for serious fun-seekers and petrol heads.
The electric-powered karts have superior acceleration and are built on a lighter race chassis for better handling.
If your family is the competitive sort and has a need for speed, this may just be the activity to get everyone on the track for a good challenge.
For those not karting on the tracks, there are simulators like the old school Daytonas to relive those days spent in arcades.
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-01B The Grandstand, South Car Park, Singapore, 287994
Operating hours: Wed – Fri: 1:00pm to 8:30pm, Sat & Sun: 10:00am to 9:00pm. (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).
7. Ice hockey at The Rink
There is a small but vibrant community of ice hockey players in tropical Singapore and they are committed to growing the sport by making it more accessible to those who would love to give it a shot.
The association runs a Learn to Skate programme and ice hockey course in Singapore which provides you with a solid skating foundation before progressing to skills and dexterity training to enjoy the game.
The programme is available for both kids and adults. Get your skates laced up, pick up a stick and let’s get the puck going.
Address: The Rink at Jcube
Operating hours: Check with organisers on the schedule.
The list of things to do in the West of Singapore is indeed endless - beyond what we have shared, you can even consider jogging or cycling at West Coast Park or maybe get on an adventure to find out some of the unique street names in this area. We reckon you will be spoiled for choice to entertain your little and furry ones. Let’s go!