Because there's rain, and then there's Singapore rain... Please note this post is not sponsored by ANY of the products or brands listed below.
Why: Kids + softplay (adults + coffee) = easiest few hours entertainment. Just. Remember. Socks.
Where: Various locations across the island. We can personally recommend the following:
Explorer Kid (cheapest we've found)
Amazonia (they sell wine)
Cost: Varies depending on location / age of child / day of the week. Check each website for more information, but in general expect to pay somewhere around $20 per child (plus extra if you forgot socks).
Why: Another easy way to kill a couple of hours or so, just remember to bring an extra layer as the cinema's here are VERY air conditioned (read: Baltic)
Where: Various locations across the island. The main players are:
Cost: Check the websites above for more info, but expect to pay somewhere around $15 per person for a basic no frills ticket.
3. Puddle Jumping
Why: FUN, and Peppa Pig. Also, no special equipment required and suitable for all ages. No raincoat? Pick up a cheap plastic poncho from Daiso, team it with sandals / Crocs and you're good to go.
Where: Anywhere! Parks and playgrounds are fun, but even a stroll around your neighbourhood should produce a puddle big enough for a jump or splash. For a full list of parks in Singapore check the NParks website.
4. Singapore Botanic Gardens / Jacob Ballas Children's Garden
Why: Obviously not for you if you don't fancy getting a bit damp (there are storm shelters but little else). However with the cooler tempeartures and just a light drizzle this place is brilliant for tiring out little cabin fevered legs.
Where: 1 Cluny Road 259569 (nearest MRT is Botanic Gardens)
Cost: Free (National Orchid Garden is not free)
5. National Gallery of Singapore / Keppel Learning Centre
Why: Even on a miserable grey day the National Gallery has all the light. And all the chocolate, banana and pecan brownies.
Where: National Gallery of Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road 178957 (nearest MRT is City Hall)
Cost: Keppel Learning Centre is free, exhibitions are ticketed (please check the National Gallery website for prices and to book)
Why: Because, energy needs burning off as quickly as possible
Where: Various locations across the island, the main one's being:
Cost: Varies per location, age of customer, day of the week etc. Please check each website for further information.
7. Rock Climbing
Why: Completely indoors and with a Starbucks opposite.
Where: Climb Central, Kallang Wave Mall 397718 (nearest MRT is Stadium)
Cost: Price varies depending on what equipment you require and whether you're booking classes. Check the Climb Central website for more information.
8. Cafe Hopping
Why: It's a Singaporean past time, and when in Rome - or Singapore - etc...
Where: You can barely walk one hundred metres in central Singapore without falling over coffee shops
Cost: $7 (ish) for a coffee in a franchise. Less, MUCH less, in a hawker centre.
9. National Museum of Singapore
Why: Beautiful building, great cafe and all (at least some) of Singapore's modern history in one place
Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, 178897 (nearest MRT is Bras Basah)
Cost: Free for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and children under 6. Ticket cost's apply for everyone else. Please check their website for more information.
10. Gardens By The Bay
Why: It doesn't matter what the weather is outside, the dome's are the same (rain free) temperature year round
Where: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive 018953 (nearest MRT is Bayfront)
Cost: Free however entry to the domes and the OCBC SuperTree Walkway is not. Please see the Gardens By The Bay website for more information on ticket prices.
11. Ice Skating
Why: Because if you think it's cold outside then...
Where: A couple of options on the island:
Kallang Ice World, Kallang Leisure Park (nearest MRT is Stadium)
The Rink, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 609731 (nearest MRT Jurong East)
Cost: Expect to pay in the region of $20 per person (incl. boot hire) for a 2 hour session
12. ArtScience Museum
Why: Future World, that's why.
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue 018974 (nearest MRT is Bayfront)
Cost: Price varies slightly depending on residency status, so check their website for deals. Plus, term-time only, kids go free with a paying adult on Fridays.
Why: Edutainment at it's absolute finest, and also free
Where: Various locations across the island. Please check for your local library, although the Central Public Library has an excellent children's section complete with a tree house!
Cost: Free to enter, however depending on your residency status there may be a cost associated with becoming a member. Please see the website for more information.
14. ION Sky
Why: Very centrally located, and an excellent bribe if you have shopping to do first
Where: 2 Orchard Turn, Level 56 238801 (nearest MRT is Orchard)
Cost: (slightly complicated, sorry!). Technically it's free, however you need to have spent $20 at ION Orchard to exchange a valid receipt for entry. This can all be done via the app, and the tickets are valid for 30 days (so you don't need to shop and use the ticket the same day). There are other terms and conditions, so please check the website for more information.
Why: Some animals don't mind the rain, and a tram pass means you don't even have to walk.
Where: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road 729826
Cost: You can manage a day out (for a family of 4) including food for less than $150, buying an annual pass will bring this down more, as ever, check their website for more information and promotions.
16. Make Your Own Pizza
Why: Healthy(ish) entertainment AND a meal prepared, either buy ready made bases from any supermarket or make your own
Where: At home (sorry)
Cost: Negligible with a well stocked food cupboard and fridge
Why: I've said it before, I'll say it again. Free soft play for an hour and meatballs. Just remember to bring ID if you want your kids to use the free soft play area.
Where: Tampines or Alexandra (check for free shuttle bus services to both from various local malls and MRT stations)
Cost: Free (to enter and to play in the supervised Smaland)
Why: Retro indoor fun for all the family
Where: Various locations across the island, a few of the big deals being:
Cost: From about $2.50 a game, but check each outlet's website above for exact prices
19. S.E.A. Aquarium
Why: Because it's probably the wettest place in Singapore where you don't get wet (see what I did there?!)
Where: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa 098269
Cost: Buy online to take advantage of promotional prices, but if you reside in Singapore (PR, EP, DP etc) remember to flash that ID card to get cheaper tickets anyway
20. Cookery Class
Why: Life skills...?
Where: There are various cookery schools across the island, but our tried and tested preference goes to The Providore where Finn took a great class with Namita from Indian Spicebox. Check The Providore's website for future classes and costs.
Cost: As above! Check the website.
21. Make Your Own....
Why: Because, Pinterest.
Slime (Borax free)
Where: At home (again, sorry)
Cost: A few extra ingredients on the shopping list later and the cost isn't terrible.
Other ideas include the Singapore Flyer, Diggersite, Kidmando, and various other museums found throughout the island. Maybe I'll do a part 2 at some point...