With the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level being raised to Orange in Singapore last week due to the rising numbers of those infected with COVID-19, everyone’s on the alert and at best trying to avoid mass gatherings and crowded places. For most families, it means staying home as much as possible, which also equates the difficulty for little tikes to fully expend their energy. While going out might seem a little daunting, we’ve scouted the top places to avoid crowds in Singapore that’ll make bringing the kids out a little safer and less worrying. We’ve also added some activities that you could take on as a family to tide through this difficult time.
Exploring nature with the kids is such a great way to get some exercise and be away from the bustling crowds. In a concrete jungle such as ours, you'd be surprised as to the number of nature trails we have. From the Henderson Waves to Singapore Botanic Gardens, we've got a trail for everyone. There are also stroller-friendly locales perfect for letting the little bubs get some much needed fresh air.
Top 10 Nature Walks
East Coast Park
Coast To Coast Hiking Trail
Family-Friendly Running Trails
Cycling in the great outdoors with the whole family is perfect for some bonding time and be away from it all. There are several biking trails on our island ranging from easy to challenging routes that you could embark on with the kids. Opt for a leisurely ride around Punggol Waterway Park or head overseas to Pulau Ubin for some nostalgia. You can even explore Kranji Countryside for an eyeopening weekend adventure.
Top 5 Cycling Trails
Cycling Lessons For Kids
Best Places To Buy Bicycles
Sports Gear Guide
Best Skates, Blades, And Scoot Shops
Escape from the city and into the greenery by heading to the park with the kids. Pack a basket, fill it with yummy grub, slather sunscreen, grab the bikes and scooters and go! Find a shady spot to plonk and while you're at it, feed some ducks, or have a ball of a time at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden. Head to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and you might even get to see some otters! Want to glam it up a bit? Check out glamping packages by Glamping City or Society.
Best Picnic Spots In Singapore
If you're staying home with the kids, what better way to bond with them then playing a round of board games? Cast the screens aside and challenge them to a game of Monopoly or Pictionary. For the older kids, you might want to explore less crowded gaming cafés during off-peak hours too. Check out our guide below for the top picks!
Places To Buy Board Games
Top Gaming Cafés In Singapore
Skateboarding for the adrenaline junkies would be a great way to expend some energy whilst getting away from the crowds. From beginner's skateparks to those for extreme stunt skateboarders, our little island has got them all. Plan a day out at Lakeside Gardens, which boasts of an extensive area where it's perfect for beginner skateboarders. The ground is nice and smooth, plus you definitely won't run into hoards of people.
Best Skateboard Parks
Picking up a new hobby at this time with the kids might be a good idea too. From painting to craftwork, the sky's the limit. If you've run out of art supplies at home, head to Art Friend or Spotlight. If you know a specific hobby you'd like to embark on with the kiddos, check out our list of top hobby shops around the island!
Top Hobby Shops In Singapore
In times like these, having some kid-friendly, age-appropriate, educational apps for the kids to explore on your iPads or tablets wouldn't hurt. While our guide features apps that are perfect for travel, they are also useful to keep the kids occupied at home (of course not without a set time limit!). From your toddler’s first app to Garage Band for big kids to create their very own music, there's an app for everyone.
Top Apps For Kids
More and more parents are looking to homeschool their kids. With the coronavirus lurking in our midst, it might be a good time to explore the resources, videos, and ideas available to keep homeschooling fun and keep you sane over this period of learning. Check out our top picks of homeschool tips and resources on Pinterest! We've also got a whole range of indoor activities and DIY fun to keep the kids busy.
Homeschool Tips And Resources
Indoor Activities For Kids
Subscription boxes are a wonderful way to keep the kids occupied especially if they are at home. These activity sets are packed with goodness and focus purely on sensory play to enhance knowledge. How do these subscriptions work? Simply order a single or a series of boxes that will be sent to your kids each month. Every box is varied, so there'll be no repeated activities or materials. Ingenious!
Top Subscription Boxes For Kids