If you think you have to travel to find snow, think again! We in the tropics can have Jack Frost nipping at our noses with these wintry activities in Singapore. From a real ice playground and ice skating to the best spots to sip hot chocolate and eat fondue, Little Steps has the rundown on winter-inspired activities for families in SG. Be sure to wrap up and get ready to experience a festive Winter season…with all of the fun and none of the snow shoveling!
Head to Snow City to chill out and to view a giant snowman carved out of snow blocks weighing a whopping 2,800kg! Or check out its Dino World’ Ice Gallery - get up close to 20 realistic dinosaur ice sculptures including T-Rex, Styracosaurus and Velociraptor. Catch the Snow Show - and discover more about the properties of snow, ice and water. Wow!
The Rink, Singapore's first and only Olympic-size ice skating rink, is fun any time of year, plus there's a whole lineup for the festive year-end season! Ice skate with Santa, join the holiday ice camp, or have fun at the Christmas or New Year Countdown parties! Little ones can take a skating lesson or learn to skate with the help of adorable penguin and seal aids.
The Rink, 2 Jurong East Central,Level 3, Jcube, Singapore 609731, +65 6684 2374, www.therink.sg
Tucked away in the lifestyle enclave of Dempsey Hill, La Fondue is one of the few Swiss restaurants in Singapore. Diners experience the very best produce and dishes that wintry Switzerland has to offer, including (kirsch laden) cheese (some 32 in all!), chocolate, meat and seafood fondues plus pork schnitzel served in a cozy setting designed to resemble a ye olde Swiss ski chalet. En Guete!
La Fondue, 25 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill Green, Singapore 249670, +65 6474 0204, www.lafondue.com.sg
Hang out with Inuka, the first polar bear in the tropics, at his new home at the Singapore Zoo. Watch him dive into his pool, frolic on ice blocks, or chomp down on his favorite meal of fish and fruit at the Frozen Tundra. The icy enclosure is also home to raccoon dogs and a wolverine. Pack a cardi as the exhibit is chilled down to a pleasant 18 degrees Celsius!
Chocoholics love to keep this place a secret! This Parisian-style café tucked away off the main thoroughfare of Robertson Quay is owned by master chocolatier Laurent Bernard. Satisfy your chocolate cravings at this lovely haunt by indulging in the Guanaja Chocolate Soufflé or by imbibing the Valrhona Warm Chocolate - both are just sinfully divine.
Laurent's Café and Chocolate Bar, The Pier at Robertson Quay, 80 Mohammad Sultan Rd #01-11, Singapore 239013, +65 6235 9007, www.nibschocolate.net
If you live in the East, and trooping to The Rink in the West seems a daunting prospect, head to Kallang Ice World instead. It is smaller than its rival in the West, but will still give you and your pint-sized troopers all the chills and spills! Ice World hosts festive extravaganzas on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve every year. Lace up and skate to it!
Kallang Ice World, 5 Stadium Walk, #03-08, Singapore 397693, +65 6348 1123, www.kiw618.wix.com/kallangiceworld
Tanglin Mall is pulling out all the stops this holiday season once again with its glorious decorations and fun activities for all the family! The highlight is of course Santa's Grotto, and the mall's annual sprinkling of "snow" (their version of a foam party) for little tykes to frolic in. So get set to gather around the Grand Christmas tree for a really unforgettable shopping experience!
Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933, +65 6736 4922, www.tanglinmall.com.sg
What's cooking at ToTT this Christmas? A whole lotta is brewing this festive season, and ToTT has unveiled a series of courses to turn your holiday lunch or dinner into a feast fit for Mr & Mrs Claus! Learn to bake florentines and macaroons; serve a turkey with a Spanish twist and master the art of pulling off traditional favorites with finesse. Celebrate winter with a scrumptious meal!
Tools of the Trade (ToTT), 896 Dunearn Rd, Singapore 589472, +65 6219 7077, www.tottstore.com