Just Press “Play”: 5 Cool Places To Take The Kids This June Holidays

5 fun places the kids will love, from a mini-winter getaway to dinosaur rides and gladiator ball fights.

By Annie Tan        17 June 2022

The school holidays are well underway, and you’re running out of ideas to keep your little ball of energy occupied, entertained and happy. Too late to plan a trip and you’re tired of the same old theme parks? Here are five ideas to get you started.

1. Get your ice cream fix

Photos: Museum of Ice Cream

Forget adulting and enjoy simple childhood pleasures with the kids at the Museum of Ice Cream Singapore (MOIC). Scale the dragon playground, leap off a diving board into the multi-coloured sprinkle pool, find your way out a of maze of ice cream cones, groove to tunes from a jukebox, and relax on a pink beach. First designed as a pop-up in edgy New York City in 2016, MOIC’s multi-sensory installations are head-turning pink, with bold touches of red and yellow that are Instagram- and TikTok-perfect. Did we mention the unlimited servings of ice cream in flavours such as bandung, pulut hitam and apple pie?

SAFRA members may redeem a free MOIC Milkshake (worth $14); more info at www.safra.sg/promotions/museum-of-ice-cream-singapore

Tickets from $42; 100 Loewen Road, Singapore 248837; www.museumoficecream.com/singapore

2. Make a splash

A cool idea to escape both the heat wave and sporadic afternoon thunderstorms – head to Singapore’s first indoor water playground. Sprawling over 23,000 sq ft, Splash @ Kidz Amaze has plenty of interactive features for a fun-filled afternoon. Speed down water slides and tunnels, dash through water jets, battle it out with water guns, and stand beneath a massive water bucket as it empties onto you. Older children will love the adrenaline rush, while babies and toddlers can join in the fun at the toddler wading pool.

Also happening at Splash @ Kidz Amaze this June holidays: the Minions Mini Fair, happening from now till 26 June. Fans of the little yellow characters can pick up Minions merchandise such as a children’s bowling play set, swimming vest, cookies, body wash and more. What’s more, spend a minimum of $30 and you’ll get a free play session with a giant inflatable 1.75m Minion!

SAFRA members enjoy up to 50% off entrance rates if you sign your child up as a Kidz Amaze member; more info at www.safra.sg/our-facilities/kidz-amaze/kidz-amaze-membership-and-entrance-fees

Tickets from $12 for SAFRA members and $8 for Kidz Amaze or SAFRA Junior Dependent member; SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Cres. More info at www.safra.sg/our-facilities/kidz-amaze

3. Let it snow

Photos: Changi Airport Group

Looking for more ways to escape the oppressive heat? Pack your favourite winter clothes and head straight to Changi Airport for your most fuss-free winter “vacation” ever – no immigration hassle, no Covid-related travel logistics. Located at Terminal 3’s Departure Hall, Peanuts Snow Hangout gives you sub-zero temperatures in sunny Singapore. Inspired by the adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and gang, this double-storey snow house features a snow slide, a snow luge ride and snow excavators to ignite the imagination of your little ones. Watch “snow” falling during a magical light and sound show and pose beside the ice and snow sculptures of Charlie Brown and Snoopy for the ‘gram.

Till 11 July; located at Changi Airport T3 Departure Hall. Tickets from $18, or $5 with $30 spent in a single receipt or $50 for supermarket purchases.

4. Pop-up wonderland

Photos: Biz Trends

If your youngsters are energy powerhouses, add Let’s Play @ D’Marquee to your hit list. This massive pop-up wonderland features eight massive bouncy castles with lots of slides and obstacle courses, as well as a bouncy challenge, ball pit and sandbox for them to channel all that excess energy. There are also different fringe activities each month, including gladiator ball fights where kids cushioned in padded inflatable tubes may bump and wrestle with each other unharmed, life-sized King Kong robots and dinosaurs they can ride and control, a virtual reality shooting game, bumper cars as well as mini train rides. It’s the best place to blow off some steam.

Tickets from $25; D’Marquee @ Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599, Tel: 6589 1688

5. Night at the museums

Photos: National Heritage Board

Re-discover the mystery and magic of your favourite museums as they come to life after dark. Themed “The Night Is Young”, this year’s Children’s Season includes many cool night activities that you can enjoy with the kids without depleting your annual leave. Explore the galleries of the Asian Civilisations Museum, Indian Heritage Centre and National Museum of Singapore while being regaled with stories of majestic birds, royal celebrations and mischief makers via a special Artefacts Alive! Night-time Storytelling and Craft Sessions. Alternatively, head to the Mint Museum of Toys for a special night-edition augmented reality (AR) experience of vintage toys, characters and collectables, or behold the dazzling iridescence of minerals and gemstones under dimmed lights at The Gem Museum.

Till 26 June; ticket prices, venues and information can be found here.

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