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While we really appreciate that our readers are both local and foreigners living in Singapore, when we went down to Tanglin Mall on Friday night for the “snow experience,” I was reminded that it is the time of year many families are enjoying (I hope) having Grandma and Grandpa in town for extended visits. As such, I decided to do a top pick of blogs we’ve done over the last 12 months that are great activities to do with the “oldies” – taking into account some grandparents find the temperature in Singapore VERY intense, as well as the fact some aren’t all that mobile.
First up, until the 1st of January, drag them down to Tanglin Mall for the snow. Kicking off at 7.30pm, you can have dinner in the food court beforehand and make an evening out of it.
Marina Bay Sands has loads of things to do, as we wrote in this blog and this blog, with the Art Science Museum perfect grandparent fodder, as is a Fish Spa at Kenko Fish Spa. I also utilise any visitors in town to accompany the boys on the “boat trip” in MBS, so add that one to the list as well.
Indoor playrooms are a must during the rainy season, and there are playgrounds all over the island. The playgrounds we’ve written about include Polliwogs on Robinson Quay (but the original is on East Coast, I just haven’t done a blog on it yet), Amazonia at Great World City, Bambini at Dempsey, Fidgets at Turf Club, Kids Amaze in Jurong, and The City in Liang Court. With The City, some friends went recently, and kids must have socks with pads on the bottom, or you have to buy them. There has obviously been an incident, and they’re making sure the kids are safe. The final indoor playroom option (SingKids) is at Changi Airport Terminal Three!
Sentosa and Vivo are awesome for Grandparents – with both very energetic or slightly easier adventures. You have the brand new Oceanarium, the Boardwalk, Tanjong Beach, breakfast at Coastes, and Vivo has plenty of options: including SingKids and the train. There is also Underwater World, Surfing and the Megazip. That’s just the stuff we’ve written about to date, but there’s so much more to do on Sentosa!
You obviously have the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park as options, but slightly more unusual adventures include Kranji Farms (a car really is necessary), Farmart, Pasir Ris Kids Kampong, and one of my favourites – Haw Par Villa.
Great urban adventures include Little India, China Town and Bugis Junction for some poking around fun, but if the grandparents love a walk, keep Boat and Clarke Quay in mind for an early morning adventure the kids will love. You really do see Singapore in a different light.
We’ve always loved the Botanical Gardens, and have about four recommended adventures here, here, here, and here. Other great outdoor options include West Coast Park, Bishan Park one and two, the Chinese Gardens, the Japanese Gardens, and Gardens by the Bay (East), which incorporates Marina Barrage. Water playgrounds are also plentiful, with further options including NEX, IMM, POLW and 112 Katong on East Coast. There are many more, but these are the one’s we’ve covered to date.
For another indoor and outdoor waterpark option, don’t forget Singapore Science Centre. This is a particularly good one to do with the Grandparents, because it is vast, gives them an opportunity to share knowledge with the grandkids, they can cool down indoors or be outdoors, and it’s just a great day out. Our boys always love going there.
And finally, if your parents are interested in a little bit of the local culture, don’t forget the temples. I’ve visited two with the boys – not always successfully – but they really are beautiful and worth a visit.
A final point, Pasir Ris Park is still being upgraded, so check it out before you venture there, but another park we love is closed for upgrading too – Woodlands Waterfront Park – we’d thought you’d appreciate knowing in advance, because we had to deal with two very disappointed lads when we went recently.
I am now officially out of adventures, so the week over Christmas and New Year is time for new adventuring with my boys, so I have new things to blog about. After nearly 12 months of doing this blog, we’ve done so much, but there is still a tonne of great activities to do – both the well-known stuff and off the beaten track. Off the beaten track is always my favourite thing to do.
With that, from our family to yours, we’d like to wish you a very very Merry Christmas (if you’re celebrating it), Happy Holidays, and here’s to 2013 – we hope it’s a wonderful and successful year for everyone. We’d also like to say thanks so much for supporting our blog. We sure do appreciate the lovely comments and feedback we get online, as well as the face-to-face feedback. We hope we get to meet more people who follow our blog in 2013.