When the school holidays come around, you’ll be planning on where to take them on a trip. But what if you are unable to travel out of the country for some reason and yet you want to do something together with the kids? Fret not - there are in fact many options available within the country. You would by now be familiar with the term ‘staycation’. Staycations are popular with Singaporeans for a quick break and they can be equally fun as overseas trips.We bring you a list of options for the coming holidays:
1) D'Kranji Farm Resort
Located in the west part of Singapore, D’Kranji Farm Resort is a working farm where children can learn about the various fruits and plants unique to Singapore. In addition, Prawn Fishing (Oceania) is a fishing village where fishing and prawning are taught on-site. Hourly charges apply, including rental of equipment and bait. Visit the Swiftlet Garden Museum where one can learn about swiftlets, the bird species responsible for producingthe edible bird’s nest we are familiar with.
After a day of sightseeing, hop over to the Nopphawan Massage and Spa where trained masseurs will work away your body aches and knots with traditional therapies. If you wish to explore further with your family, take a short drive to the nearby Hay Dairies Goat Farm and Jurong Frog Farm.
2) Hard Rock Hotel @Sentosa
Rock ‘n roll enthusiasts can view the 120 pieces of memorabilia exhibited here. Children will enjoy themselves at the free-form swimming pool or at the Kids Club which is brimming with activities for kids agedthree and above. Activities include arts and crafts, storytelling sessions, music and more.
For hotel guests, there’s a complimentary all-encompassing music amenities programme called “Sound of Your Stay”, where you can download songs for free or jam on a Fender guitar. Nearby places to explore include Universal Studios Singapore, Madame Tussauds Singapore, Trick Eye Museum and S.E.A. Aquarium, where the family can spend quality time together.
3) Marina Bay Sands (MBS)
The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) area needs no introduction. At The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, children get to play at Fidgets City, its indoor playground, or the Skating rink at the other end of the mall. You and your kids can also enjoy the sampan rides in the heart of the MBS.
Visit the Sands Skypark Observation Deck, 57 storeys up, for a panoramic view of the city or relax in the world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool. Catch a Broadway hit or world class entertainment at the MasterCard Theatres. Other attractions include Gardens by the Bay, the ArtScience Museum and the nighttime laser show at Marina Bay Sands. You’ll definitely not run out of things to do at MBS with your family.
4) Fullerton Hotel
Formerly the General Post Office until its conversion to a luxury hotel in 2001, Fullerton Hotel offers enticing food packages where families can enjoy sumptuous food and experience food different from the usual fare. Try the chocolate buffet or sumptuous afternoon high tea. Families can also head down to the Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade and other nearby city attractions. Or take a river cruise and learn about the history of some of Singapore’s landmark bridges around the city area.
5) D'Resort @ Downtown East
Located far from the heart of the shopping precinct, D’Resort @ Downtown East is Singapore's first nature-inspired resort with an integrated Wild Wild Wet water park experience. It offers themed rooms where families can choose between the Amazonian and Underwater options. Kids aged 12 and below get to explore at the eXplorer kids indoor playground. Bowling enthusiasts and beginners can try their bowling skills at the Orchid Bowl or belt out some karaoke hits at the Party World KTV. Up for a movie? Catch the latest blockbuster at any of the five cinemas at the Cathay Cineplex.
6) Rider's Lodge
You don’t have to travel to Australia or Europe to get a taste of countryside living. Located at Turf Club Road, this 40-room hotel has accompanying stables and provides horse riding lessons for guests. Horse lovers get to ride at affordable prices and beginners can take horseback riding lessons. For other kid-friendly activities, the Grandstand at Turf City offers choices like enrichment and play options like Bricks 4 Kidz, LPN Art School and Fidgets World.
7) Wanderlust Hotel
A former 1920s school house in the heart of Little India, Wanderlust Hotel is an experimental boutique hotel which provides a choice of nine loft rooms with five varying themes. Children get to explore the artsy installations such as 'Typewriter', 'Bling', 'Tree' and 'Space'. French casual dining is available at the in-house restaurant Cocotte. Other nearby attractions may be found at Little India, Mustafa Centre and Kampong Glam.
8) Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
For a relaxing beachfront holiday, Rasa Sentosa is only a short 15-minute drive from the city. Located right next to a beach, children get to build sandcastles while parents kick back and relax to the sound of soothing waves. Your kids can also enjoy themselves on the water slides and fountains in the swimming pool, or at one of Singapore’s largest kid's club, CoolZone. Other attractions include arcade games and the Flying Trapeze, an outdoor playground.
9) Village Hotel Changi
Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life at this charming hotel in Changi. Get to enjoy the cool sea breeze and seafood dining nearby. Stroll along the Changi Boardwalk or take a short boat ride fora rustic island getaway at Pulau Ubin where you can explore one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems at the Chek Jawa Wetlands on the island. Don’t dismiss the nearby Changi Airport; Visit the airport via the hotel’s shuttle bus where more dining and kid’s activities are available at the Airport’s Terminal 3.