First published on 28 Feb 2012. Updated on 5 Mar 2012.
Ski and make snowmen
Jurong’s Snow City, South-East Asia’s only indoor ski slope, has an impressive range of kids’ courses. They can start off with basic ski and snowboard classes to sessions on how to make ice cream and snowmen. It’s not all focused on the cold; other activities throughout the year include storytelling, aerobic performances, jam sessions, treasure hunts, slides, games, a snow dragon and snow beast. But the opportunity to ski on this tropical island is still the standout attraction. 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd (6560 2306). Classes available 9.45am-6pm during school holidays. From $16. Ages 2 and above.
Learn to fly
Sentosa also offers the rare chance to fly high. Standing at 56.5ft tall, iFly Singapore is the world’s tallest wind tunnel, and kids aged seven and above can experience the rush of a skydive in perfect safety, supervised by professional instructors at the world’s largest wind-tunnel training centre. #01-01, 43 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa (6571 0000). From $75 for ages 7-12, and $85 for kids over 12.
A fairy-tale holiday
Disney on Ice’s newest show, Let’s Celebrate, is touring Asia and hits Singapore this month. The show features a whopping 52 Disney characters on the ice, from Mickey Mouse to The Nightmare before Christmas’ Jack Skellington. Themes range from beach parties to Halloween and Christmas. Best part? The under-two crowd gets in free. Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk. 15-18 Mar; Thu & Fri 3.30pm & 7pm; Sat & Sun 10am, 2pm & 6pm. $18.50-$88.50; free admission for children below 2.
Design an app
Run by the Singapore iPhone Apps website, this impressive two-day workshop teaches kids aged 9-12 to create their very own iOS game using the GameSalad programme, from designing a storyboard to learning animation effects. At the end of the course, the game will then be published to an app store for other iPhone users to get hold of for long after the holidays are over. Various venues (9299 6066, www.singaporeiphoneapps.com/appsolutely-for-kids-workshop). 15-17 Mar, 9.30am-5pm. From $449. Ages 9-12.
Swim with sharks and dolphins
No need for Malaysian islands or Thai getaways when you can swim with sharks or dolphins just a hop away on Sentosa. In Underwater World’s main aquarium, experienced guides lead kids aged 12 and above on 90-minute underwater tours that cross paths with grey sharks, eagle rays and much more. Water babies can also try an hourlong session at the Dolphin Lagoon with the intelligent and beautiful pink Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins, which involves learning basic hand signals and swimming with the dolphins as they perform tricks. The price for both includes a T-shirt and admission to the Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon. 80 Siloso Rd, Sentosa (6275 0030). By appointment, at least 3 days in advance. $120 to swim with sharks; $170 to swim with dolphins. Ages 12 and above.