In case you’ve ever wondered whether you know Singapore as well as you should, here’s your chance to master it. Kidlander picked 5 places that can best provide you and your child a unique, but truly Singaporean experience.
Most of us will have only experienced the combination of a dirt track for our school’s annual cross-country run, but this established park built around Singapore’s oldest reservoir can be quite a sight to soak, especially on a quiet picnic. Now it can be a completely different story when you notice the 800 kids, who usually run their 4.8km here — at the same time as you and your children lounge.
Serangoon Gardens is a successful marriage of old and new; traipse through old-school provision shops and indie fashion outlets all housed in one little street, not to mention that it is one of Singapore’s most beloved hawker centres, which is complements the trendy, new Serangoon Village, which holds upmarket cafes and a rooftop garden for your child to play while you relax. It’s an all-in-one district experience worth exploring every inch with your family.
Once what used to be the dwelling of drag queens and raunchy cabarets, Bugis Village is now home to Singapore’s permanent pasar malam. Have daddy put junior on his shoulders while you all explore fruit stalls, finger foods, fashion, toys, electronics, and even a couple of surprises that betray the village’s history.
Beach Road Army Market
Besides being the default location for army supplies (great for stocking up on utility knick-knacks for a road or camping trip), the Army Market has also sprung up a number of vintage clothing and toy shops over the years. The hawker centre below also holds some of Singapore’s best-kept food secrets, including Belgian waffles, a pizzeria, and the very well-known, Ah-Balling glutinous rice balls.
Every child has a natural instinct to be curious towards mysterious things, so keep a lookout for flashing strobe lights, outlandish stage costumes, and speed-talking dialect that will most likely be auctioneering at your neighbourhood Chinese temple or open field. If you’re lucky, there may even be a traditional Chinese puppet theatre at the side wings. 7th-month getai shows are a unique cultural experience during this period that has even inspired movies and theatre acts, and the atmosphere holds a certain magic that will mesmerise any child.
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