5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to do with Your Family over the CNY Long Weekend



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Here’s a compiled list of things that you can do in Singapore with your little ones this Chinese New Year holidays!

Things to do in Singapore
Source: Nicholas Loo/Unsplash

Singapore has plenty to offer when it comes to family-friendly recreation but when you have been travel-locked for a while, the list of offerings might start to seem shorter by the day.

Worry not, with the Chinese New Year long weekend upon us, we understand that you might be looking for something to do that does not involve a trip to the Singapore Zoo (not that that is a bad idea). Hence, we’ve compiled this list to help you out!

1. Explore Antique Musical Boxes

Singapore Musical Box Museum
Source: Singapore Musical Box Museum

Venue: Singapore Musical Box Museum, 168 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068619
Date: Mon, Wed – Sat (closed: Tue & Sun)
Time: 10 am – 5 pm (last admission: 4 pm)
Fee: $12/adult | $6/student or senior
Free for children 6 years and below

Did you know that Singapore has a museum that houses hordes of musical boxes? The Singapore Musical Box Museum’s musical box collection hails from all around the world and some are centuries old. In this era where almost everything has been digitalized, these exquisitely crafted antiques, each with a story of its own, is a marvel to behold.

Pre-booking your visit date and time is required.

2. Embark On A Family Escape Adventure Trail

Island Wanderer Escape Adventure Trail
Source: @Island Wanderer

Venue: Around Singapore
Date: - 
Time: - 
Fee: Free - $20

Island Wanderer’s Escape Adventure Trails are a creation born from the combination of escape room-style puzzles and The Amazing Race-style use of iconic landmarks in Singapore. You will be given a mission to solve and a chatbox to provide you with clues, guiding you from landmark to landmark. If the idea of simply taking a trip to places of interest seems a little monotonous to you, add a little bit of spice to your day by signing up for an adventure trail with your family.

3. Escape to Greener Plains

Labrador Nature Reserve
Source: National Parks Board

Venue: Around Singapore
Date: Mon - Sun
Time: - 
Fee: Free

Not quite too far off the beaten path but an ideal activity to indulge in with the family nonetheless. Take a reprieve from the constantly bustling city and head out to one of Singapore’s green lungs (we’ve got at least one in every neighbourhood!) to get in touch with nature. Whether you want to enjoy a quiet walk along the Berlayer Creek boardwalk or muse about life as you stare out at the panoramic view of the coastline of Labrador Nature Reserve, it is up to you. 

4. Take a Walk Through the Yesteryears of Singapore

Images of Singapore
Source: Madame Tussauds Singapore

Venue: Madame Tussauds Singapore, 40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Singapore 099700
Date: Thu – Mon (closed: Tue – Wed)
Time: 11 am – 7 pm 
Fee: From $30

An experience a part of Madame Tussauds Singapore, Images of Singapore allows you to travel through time and explore how people lived in Singapore in different eras across a period of nearly 200 years! Walkthrough the different sets featuring special effects, from a humble Malay Fishing Village and Chinatown in the 1900s to the 21st century!

5. Go Sightseeing Like a Tourist

Singapore Big Bus Tour
Source: Klook

Venue: Varies
Date: - 
Time: - 
Fee: From $29.60

Have you ever taken a bus tour in Singapore and sat on the open-top deck? If not, why not take this opportunity to experience it at least once? Though we will completely understand if you’re tempted to go for it more than once.

For starters, you can check out Klook’s Singapore Big Bus Tour (Open-Top). It offers two tour routes, one which will bring you through ethnic districts like Little Indian and another that will show you the glitz and glamour of Marina Bay Sands and Botanic Gardens.

 

For Chinese New Year 2021 festive events and activities that you can enjoy with your little ones, check out this extensive list.

 


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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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