☁ What to do in Singapore for a toddler who's not in school yet

From time to time, I was asked: "How old is your daughter?", "Why she's not in school yet?", then followed by the question: "Must be bored at home, right?"

When hungrybaby turned 2, she went to a playgroup (pre-Nursery School) for couple of months. But for her (and mama) the 2 hours daily lesson was too overwhelming. So mama searched for activities around Singapore that can filled our days, the goal was to have more outdoor activities.

Diy weekly schedule

So we made DIY a weekly schedule, which had only one activity per day, such as Monday: Library, Tuesday: Mops, Wed: Park, etc... really simple and laid back schedule.

But after a while, after found out about meetup.com, mops, and other playdate options, the schedule became like this:
Schedules are subject to change, please check the provided links 


Yes, we are busier than before baby was still in school! But we really had a great time, we are grateful to meet wonderful mommies and toddler friends, and learn, share so many things about parenting too.

Monday
On Monday, we are resting at home in the morning, because practically we spent the whole day in the church on Sunday. Before & after church, mama and papa usually have choir practice, or committee meetings.

If we feel energize, we go to:
11am Playdate at Fun & Laughter (organised by Toddler's day out)
The perks of joining mommy group is, we paid cheaper entry fee. As we're coming as a group and on weekday (off peak time). It's only $6 (usual price weekday $18)

If we're resting at home in the morning, in the afternoon, we go to Library, or other indoor playground.
Indoor playground dates (above at Fidgets, The Playhouse, Fun and Laughter, and IKEA).
Kids above 90 cm can be dropped off at Ikea's playground Smaland for one hour


Cool things at the library www.nlb.gov

Fun and Laughter
180 Kitchener Road, #B2-32,
City Square Mall, Sg 208539 (Farrer Park MRT)

Fidgets
200 Turf Club Rd, #03-10,
The Grandstand, Sg 287994 
(Shuttle bus from Botanic Garden, Clementi, and Bishan MRT)

The Playhouse at Rochester Park
7 Rochester Park Singapore 139218 
(nearest MRT Buona Vista)

Tuesday
9.30-11.30am Mops (Singapore Mother's of preschooler - childcare provided)
Mops is a biweekly meeting, alternate with Mommy and Me music class, or outdoor play date.
In this meeting, mommies listen to parenting talk while having breakfast and kids are in the separate rooms (according to age) taken care by lovely teachers/sitter.

Mommy and me music class at Mops, watching Tokyo Ballet together, and Mops' art and craft session
Mops (Mothers of preschooler)
International Baptist Church, Singapore
81 King's Rd, Singapura 266358 (Farrer Road MRT)

2.30-3.30 JWT Gym playdate (organised by Singapore stay at home mum)
This playdate is a twice a month, at the first and last week of the month. This is an open gym without instructor. And we only pay $6

JWT Gym
Clemenceau Ave, 
UE Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 239917


or 2-4.30 pm Women's church meeting- KW at Gpo Orchard (childcare provided)
This weekly meetings is at my home church. You can find women's committee meetings at your own religious organisation. But if you're Indonesian, and a woman with kids (or not), you can come here and join the fellowship
Here's where baby find her Indonesian friends who speak in bahasa ibu, and eats yummy authentic food
Orchard Road Presbyterian Church
Jemaat berbahasa Indonesia
3 Orchard Road Sg 238825 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)


Wednesday
9.30-11.30 Toddler Hiking (organised by Outdoor Family-Bukit Batok Nature Kids)



At noon, if we couldn't make it to morning hiking, we go for a swim, or join picnic playdate.



Thursday
10-12pm Singapore Young Gardener at Queenstown Library 
The only library in Singapore with a garden also have volunteer program on alternate Saturday, kids are welcome.
On rainy days, they still have indoor activities!
Queenstown Library
53 Margaret Dr, Sg 149297

or 12 -1 pm Science Playdate (STEM workshop organised by Discovering Without Border)

STEM Workshop (Science Playdate)
Discovering Without Borders
15 Playfair Rd Level 3, Studio 1 (Tai Seng MRT)
(Available at other locations too)


Friday
10-12pm Parenting Workshop (organised by Discovering Without Border - childcare provided)
This is a monthly meeting of various great theme on parenting and education.

or 11-12 pm (followed by freeplay) Serious about preschool play party
This is a non routine event, but they also have perks of contests for members to win free tickets to kid's place like Pororo Park, POLW, etc, so we allocate the timing on Friday

Serious about preschool play party was held at various indoor playground
www.seriousaboutpreschool.com

Saturday
We go for a swim, cycling, or stroll at the nearby park, or sleep

At noon 2-3pm Dance class (At Recognize Studio)
Kids hip hop class

Sunday
Sunday school friends

The pink house in the weekly schedule means we're staying at home. Usually we spend time doing art & craft, play at the playground with neighborhood kids, and visiting elderly neighbor.

Yes, we stay at home too! Doing pre-schooler activities and visiting elderly neighbors

Other source of activities:
- There's a lot of mommy group at www.meetup.com, you can find a group that near your area.
Mommy groups at www.meetup.com
- Look for trial classes at coupon website eg.groupon, ensogo etc. We bought our dance classes here.
- Subscribe to website like www.supermom.com.sg, www.seriousaboutpreschool.com for children fairs, free trials, and contests.

Free trials we had at Julia Gabriel, Act 3 International, Wings to wings dance. We bought 4 dance classes at Magic Fiddler on groupon on sale (only $5 per class), and at a children fair from Supermom at the Float at Marina Bay.

- Singapore Government bodies have child friendly tours and galleries. 
Such as LTA, Health Promotion Board Singapore, Police Heritage Centre. We went as a group organised by Toddler's day out. Group booking is easier, but you can come by yourself too. Museums all over Singapore are known for their cool kids programs, especially on school holiday, where they have Children's Season.

Visit to Singapore Art Museum, LT Gallery, Health promotion board gallery, and Police Heritage Center.

Land Transport Authority LT Gallery
lta.gov.sg
1 Hampshire Rd,Singapore 219428 (Little India MRT)

Health promotion board Gallery
www.hpb.gov.sg/
3 Second Hospital Ave, Singapore 168937 (Outram Park MRT)

Police Heritage Centre Gallery
http://www.police.gov.sg/spfheritage/booking.html
28 Irrawaddy Rd, Sg 329560 (Novena MRT)
Updates on Singapore museums: https://www.facebook.com/ILoveMuseums


- In Singapore, children (especially pre-schooler) are spoiled with shows, musical, and festivals.
The Esplanade have their own toddler (2-4 years old) musicals. Shopping malls on holiday season with free shows of hi5, circus, Sesame street or popular cartoon characters, you can name it! Children festival as a part of Singapore's big event such as Sea Games, Asian Paragames, International Film and Art Festival, that you don't want to miss.

Toddler Musical at The Esplanade, hi5 show at United Square, Children's Film Festival at the Arts House, Asian Paragames Festival at Kallang Stadium, Playmobil at Palawan Sentosa and Dinosaur exhibition at Plaza Singapura

We will surely miss Singapore and all of the activities. Thank you for lovely memories! <3

Now we're starting  a new journey in Jakarta, hopefully we can find new community and playdates *finger crossed. Here's a sneak peak of what baby do daily (before school starts!) :
Baby already found new friends here, one of them has the same name as her, they bond automatically! Mommies too.
It was started with a smile :)

Cheers from Jakarta ^.^


Comments

Anonymous said…
Wonderful Mama with wonderful baby!!! Very thoughtful and helpful articleπŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ‘
You are brilliant, hungry mama:)

Missing you so much.
From G.W:)
hungry mama said…
Thank you GW! Sorry for the late reply... Hopefully someday we can go to other playdates, miss you so much!