Singapore? Boring? If you’ve ever found yourself using those two aforementioned words synonymously, then you’ve been clearly mistaken. In fact, the lush garden city has a plethora of exhilarating locations to spend your time, especially for teenagers and young adults. Be it outdoors or indoors, Little Steps has scouted the top 10 youth-centric places to hit up and hang out. Here we go!
East Coast Park is definitely the place to be when you want to head outdoors and hang out with your fab bunch of friends. With revamped areas like Cyclist Park and Raintree Cove and the newly established connector where you can walk with dinos all the way to the airport, there's just so much to see and do here! At Cyclist Park, you can explore two cycling circuits - Learner Circuit and Advanced Circuit - which allow beginners and experienced cyclists to practice various techniques. The Learner Circuit is a 280-meter long track, which includes gentle slopes, flat areas, and a BMX trail for novices to improve riding stability and stamina. The 500-meter long Advanced Circuit contains exciting features such as undulating tracks, sharp turns, gradual granite steps, and a narrow bridge for more confident cyclists to hone their techniques. If you want to just chillax, set a picnic at one of the pavilions at Raintree Cove. For a touch of glam, contact Glamping City and plan a movie night under the stars!
Don't miss the world's tallest dueling roller coasters Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™, indoor coaster Revenge of the Mummy, and TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle. Be prepared to scream your lungs out as you plan a day out with your best buds to Universal Studios Singapore! Want more? Soar high up in the sky above Jurassic Park™with your dino-proof flying vehicle at the Canopy Flyer and end off the day's adventure at the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure™ featuring a white water raft system with state-of-the art animatronics and a thrilling white water drop. Be prepared to get soaked!
Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/universal-studios-singapore/explore
Whether you’re 6 or 26-years-old, a trip to this extensive playground space will no doubt unleash your inner thrill-seeker. Be greeted by sights of every child’s wildest dreams – rows of slides adjacent to each other, designated swing areas, and an overall play space to keep you occupied for hours. Opened in late 2017, the playground is also accessible 24 hours, making late hangouts with friends possible.
Admiralty Park Playground, 31 Riverside Road, Singapore 730000, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/admiralty-park
The Coast-to-Coast Trail is a 36 km trail that spans across Singapore, stretching across nature areas, parks, and park connectors from Jurong Lake Gardens in the west to Coney Island Park in the northeast. Best part? This whole trail experience is completed with the first augmented reality app-enabled for mobile phones. The app creates an immersive experience leading you to challenge your friends across 10 checkpoints spread out along 18 parks, showcasing the biodiversity we get to enjoy in our garden city! Download the online guide and the app to begin your whole day's adventure. We guarantee you'll be as fit as a fiddle by the time you're done with the whole route!
Coast-to-Coast Trail, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/coast-to-coast
From going wild on a luge, surfing the biggest waves on the island, bungy-jumping off a tower, and exploring the newest aqua attraction on the island, Sentosa has it all to make for a top spot for adrenaline junkies and practically anyone looking for a day of fun. Not to be missed is HydroDash, the island's latest aqua park attraction, where you'll be greeted with thrilling floating obstacle courses. Head straight for the 3-meter-tall springboard or swing across the unsupported HighRoller bridge - whichever you choose, it'll be a great way to cool off in this blazing heat and challenge your balancing skills at the same time. The Luge's 680-meter descent via two downhill trails is a must when visiting the island. But of course, you've got to try your hand at jumping off AJ Hackett's bungy tower - no visit to Sentosa is complete without it!
How about some good old hiking and taking in all of nature that our little island has to offer? Get into a healthy lifestyle and head over to the Southern Ridges and Nature Trail that spans 10km and connects to Mount Faber Park and HortPark. The main highlight of this trail is definitely the Henderson Waves near Telok Blangah – a bridge for pedestrians 36 meters above ground with eye-pleasing aesthetics and even a light show every evening from 7pm. For history buffs, check out Reflections at Bukit Chandu featuring a small museum within a colonial building that will transport you back to the past and revisit the Battle of Pasir Panjang. Do note that this trail is only on foot. Cycling, skating, or rollerblading is not permitted.
Unleash your inner desire to become a Formula-One driver at The Karting Arena located at Bukit Timah! With electric karts that go at 30km/hour, we're sure you'll have a whale of a time zooming around the circuit with your pals. If it's your first time trying out go-karting, no worries as you can also take a test drive with the Racing Simulator to practice your driving skills first before the real deal. The Karting Arena is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so call early to book your slots especially if you're planning to head there during the weekend.
The Karting Arena, 200 Turf Club Road #01-01B The Grandstand, Singapore 287994, +65 9627 6771, www.thekartingarena.com
How about some bonding time of laser tag with your best buds? Head over to Laser Quest at either HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok or Tampines and get your adrenaline pumping as you run through the award-wining Laser Quest Arena, armed with top-notch laser guns and electronic vests. With two types of gameplay, solo and team mode, these games can be played with 2 to 20 players! Do note the limitations in the number of players per group in accordance with safe distancing guidelines. Advance bookings are recommended and can be done via the mobile app. Visit www.hometeamns.sg/bukitbatok/laserquest for more information and FAQs.
Laser Quest @ HomeTeamNS,Bukit Batok, Playpen, Level 2, 2 Bukit Batok West Avenue 7, Singapore 659003, +65 6705 9474, www.hometeamns.sg/bukitbatok/laserquest
Laser Quest @ HomeTeamNS Tampines, Our Tampines Hub, #03-03,1 Tampines Walk, Singapore, +65 6705 9410, www.hometeamns.sg/tampines/laserquest
Head to the forest with your pals and prep yourselves for 44 wobbly crossings and 3 breath-taking zip lines over the water! It's time for Forest Adventure, Singapore's largest treetop adventure park! Before you start off, you’ll be equipped with a harness and go through a 20-minutes safety briefing where you will learn to use your equipment and how to move on the course. While on the course, you are free to swing as you like as you will no longer be directly supervised by any instructors! Free play! Hoorah! The Grand Course is SG$50 per pax or SG$40 for students. There's also a Buddy Package for 4 persons at SG$190!
Trapped in a room with your group of friends and having to solve riddles and puzzles to get yourselves out - that's the way an escape room works and if you've yet to try it out, now's the time. Game plots range from historical events to anime and even horror or just a light-hearted cartoon theme, there's bound to be one that you and your pals can have fun with. Check out Xcape Singapore that spans 8000 square feet with 10 game themes, 52 game chambers, and located right in the heart of town. They have even launched Xcape RPG, the world's first Interactive Role Playing Murder Mystery Investigation Game! Cool!
Xcape Singapore, 161 Rochor Rd, Bugis Village, Singapore 188436, +65 6908 1918, www.xcape.sg