Kudos if your tween or teens are willing or keen to spend the weekend with you!
14-year-old Benjamin suggests aiming for activities where conversation will be lively and activity engaging, and avoid silent activities such as going to the movies. “Engage in activities that you know will spark joy and laughter, especially with each individual’s silly antics from time to time,” says Benjamin, whose personal favourite activity is Skyline Luge at Sentosa.
On the contrary, Hosanna shared that her family bonds best over movies as they debate about the movie plot and theories before and after each movie session. She personally relished her family tradition of a retreat at Changi Cove Resort, which her family does every couple of years.
“We touch base with one another, and plan for the year ahead together, getting in touch with each other’s goals and plans for the year so that we can help push each other to achieve those goals,” said Hosanna.
For families looking for the most current and thrill-seeking activities, here’s a list to earn your cool status as a parent.
Originated from Finland in 2012, SuperPark is the newest concept to take off in Singapore. It is a large indoor playground with sections built for fun games and activities that accommodates everyone in the family. Activities you can do include climb walls, bounce away on trampolines, fly on zip wires, whoosh down the tube slide, skate and scoot in a freestyle area built with ramps and rails for you to try out stunts. Kids get to try the obstacle course or the obstacle wall. Or play ball games such as shooting hoops, bat baseballs and bowling.
Although admission is free for those below 3 years, we think the park would be better enjoyed with children above the minimum height requirements of 120cm.
Venue: Suntec City Tower 1, Level 2 (North Wing)
Ticket Price: From $25
2. AJ Hackett & Wave House at Silosa Beach, Sentosa
Try these new exhilarating rides at Siloso Beach. When you’re done, you can enjoy a meal at the beach and bond as a family.
The company behind gravity-defying adrenaline rush sports, AJ Hackett, came to Singapore and built a 47m tower where you can:
● Bungy jump with the view of Siloso Beach.
● Swoosh through the air hanging on a giant swing 40 metres in the air, reaching speeds of up to 120km/h, faster than a car on the expressway!
● Conquer your fear of heights or simply enjoy the amazing view looking out to the sea from southern Singapore walking on the exposed Skybridge.
At Wavehouse, learn to catch a surf with flowboarding. The wave machine can create a full flowing, curling and barrelling sheet wave, reaching an approximate height of 10 feet. For beginners, there is a gentler flowride with gentler waves helping you to perfect your skills before your next vacation to the California beaches.
Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa (near Costa Sands Resort at the Beach Station)
Ticket Price: For AJ Hackett, ticket prices from $16-$199, depending on activity
For Wavehouse, ticket prices from $12 to $65, depending on activity
3. Go-Karting at The Karting Arena
With all the F1 excitement and the growing interest in motor sports, we know kids and teens would love to get behind the wheel. Even adults have fun at the karting arena. For fun karting, drivers must be at least 9 years old and 140cm tall. Those without a driving license can only go at a top speed of 30km/h but that means teens can still drive on their own.
Venue: The Grandstand, #01-01B, 200 Turf Club Road
Ticket Price: $20-$45
4. Wakeboard at Singapore Wake Park
Learn to wake board and improve your skills at Singapore’s cable ski park. There have different cable ski systems in separate areas where only rider will be allowed on the system ensuring a safe environment for kids or adults, beginners to professionals to practice and have fun without needing to rent a boat and plan a wakeboarding trip.
Venue: East Coast Park, near Jumbo Seafood/Car Park E1, 1206A East Coast Parkway
Ticket Price: From $32-$70, depending on activity
5. Ice skate
Ice skate even in humid, sunny Singapore. There has always been two ice-skating rinks – one at Kallang (Kallang Ice World) and the other at Jurong East (The Rink).
The Rink is Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice-skating rink with a 460-seat gallery. The minimum age to skate is 3 years. Skate boots are available on rent for you to use but you can bring your own. Young kids who need help walking on ice can rent skating aids from $11.
Similarly, Kallang Ice World was constructed to match competition standards with superior ice surface and quality finishes to elevate your skating experience.
Lessons are also available at both locations if this is a sport you are keen to pursue.
Venue: JCube | Kallang Ice World at Leisure Park Kallang
Ticket Price: The Rink – From $12 | Kallang Ice World -- From $15.