From the beach to a city of snow, here are the 15 best venues for kids’ parties in Singapore. By Claire Turrell.
1 AMAZONIA FUN.
When you spy a T-Rex on a glow-in-the-dark golf course, you know you’re going to have fun. This indoor activity centre also features a jungle gym and space-themed shooting range, plus two new party rooms designed to look like a princess’ castle complete with carriages and an F1 track with race cars and a pit lane. Priced from $1,199.59 for 20 children, www.amazoniafun.com.
2 EXPLORER KID.
Have non-stop fun at one of the largest indoor playgrounds in Singapore. Build sandcastles in the sand pit, ride the huge slide in the obstacle course, discover the Mystical Forest… And that’s even before the party has started! If your kid is keen on theme parties, they can choose to turn into a band of pirates looking for treasure, do fun experiments in a mini science lab, or channel their inner princess in tutus and tiaras. Priced from $400 for 15 children, www.explorerkid.com.
3 PORT OF LOST WONDER.
Ahoy, matey! Book the Little Explorers party and choose from one of three themes: Pirates on Adventure, Sweet Princess or Hawaiian Aloha. After tucking into their party food, they can make a splash in the foam-filled bubble pool, before they’re given a ticket to explore the rest of the Port of Lost Adventure. Priced from $1,300 for 20 children, www.polw.com.sg.
4 SINGAPORE ZOO.
We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo… How about you, you, you? This super-cute corner of the Singapore Zoo has endless activities for mini party people. Book the Wild Wild Birthday Party package and your group will receive a sumptuous afternoon tea as well as enjoy four hours of fun playing in Rainforest Kidzworld’s water park, visiting the farm and going on horse rides. Priced from $25 per child for a minimum of 40 people, www.zoo.com.sg.
5 THE ROCK SCHOOL.
If you have a tot who just can’t sit down, celebrate their big day at The Rock School. The school offers an introductory class under the supervision of the guides, in which kids practise basic climbing and do a spot of bouldering. Priced from $30 per child for a maximum of 12 children per class, www.therockschool.sg.
6 JAMIE’S ITALIAN.
Forget cake—throw a Focaccia Party with the celebrity chef ’s team at VivoCity instead. Up to eight junior foodies will get to tour the restaurant’s herb garden, enjoy tasty treats from the menu and whip up a mini focaccia loaf to take home. Priced from $45 per child for a minimum of eight children, www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore.
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
7 SNOW CITY.
Your little one will have the coolest birthday party in town when you book a party package at Snow City. Besides a Cool Science show, the kids will enjoy one hour of snow play in which they can go for a ride on the snow slope, visit an Inuit’s igloo and try ice fishing. Priced from $38 per person for a minimum of 20 people, www.snowcity.com.sg.
At 16,000sqft, this is a one-stop wonderland for children. They can tackle the obstacle course, visit the Little Baker’s Cottage where they can cook up some sweet treats, or stop by the Arts & Craft corner. Budding Picassos will love the Fidgets Little Artists Party, where they can make anything from a DIY tote bag to a diorama craft box and leave with their very own mini masterpiece. Priced from $890 for 15 children, www.fidgets.com.sg.
9 COOL DE SAC PLAY CENTRE.
Whether your kids are feeling arty, adventurous or just ready to play, this family restaurant filled with activity zones is a must-visit. If you want to host a party there, the Colour Splash Party package features unlimited play time at the different play stations, designated party hosts, and delicious party food. But if you want to go all out, book the Royal Tea Party, where every little girl or boy can dress like a princess or prince, play themed games and decorate cupcakes; or the Galaxy Galore Party run with Thinkasaur, which features a host of science experiments. Priced from $1,330 for 20 children, www.cooldesac.com.sg.
10 WAVE HOUSE.
Surfer boys and girls will be thrilled with a birthday celebration at the beach. Wave House at Sentosa offers party packages for children, including the Surfers Fun in the Sun package, where kids can enjoy one hour of Flowriding before tucking into an array of mouthwatering goodies. You can also request a roving magician, or get face painting or balloon sculpting as an extra treat. Priced from $58 per child, www.wavehousesentosa.com.
—Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) in his 1959 book, Happy Birthday to You!
11 THE POLLIWOGS.
Mini martial-arts fans will love the Taekwondo Party run by The Polliwogs, which usually has children engaging in multi-sensory fun with its obstacle course and laser games. With the help of an experienced instructor, tots will learn how to do a palm strike, board break and tackle a piñata. Priced from $1,288 for 15 children, www.thepolliwogs.com.
12THE TIARA SOCIETY.
Move aside, Anne Hathaway—we’ve got royalty-in-waiting coming through. With the Classic Princess Party, children will be invited to dress up in the Grand Wardrobe Chamber, doll up with tattoos, glitter and eyeshadow at the Princess Activity Stations, and enjoy two hours of free play. Priced from $850 for 20 children, www.thetiarasociety.com.
13 LITTLE HOUSE OF DREAMS.
With floral arches, a white picket fence and candy-coloured sunshades, who wouldn’t want to celebrate their birthday here? Kids can tuck into a special lunch before whipping up their own sweet creations with a host of workshops, including cupcake baking and decorating, and “cake jamming” sessions. Priced from $19 per child, www.littlehouseofdreams.com.
14 PORORO PARK.
Party with Pororo the Litte Penguin at this edutainment park. Your child and their friends will be able to have fun and learn at the same time with the park’s art, science, cooking and music classes. Book the Pororo Magical Birthday Package to celebrate with food and games in the party room, before going on to enjoy an extra hour’s play time in the Park. Priced from $699 for 10 children, www.pororoparksg.com.
The theme park that helps little ones dream big hosts not one, but five unique parties for tots. You can be a nurse, popstar, secret agent, football star or runway model. Choose the Chika Zupermodel party and your tots will be shown how to rule the runway with their friends as they take part in photoshoots and an exclusive fashion show. Priced from $1,388 for 13 children and two adults, www.kidzania.com.sg.