Some of the best moments with our kids happen when we’re doing things together. Here’s our pick of the best parent-child bonding activities in Singapore. Why not make it a point to try them out with your little one this year? 

We all have fond memories from participating in activities together with our kids. Be it getting creative on an art project for school, or sweating it out together in yoga or a family fun run – these moments make for precious memories! Working together builds a sense of trust, patience, and a deeper understanding of each other’s strengths. Often, we also get a glimpse of new talents in our children during these bonding activities.


And because we’re each unique individuals, not every parent and child has to subscribe to the same bonding activities. Maybe Mum and Bub love dancing together, whereas Dad and Junior prefer whipping up a new dish! Here’s our pick of the best parent-child bonding activities in Singapore. Try one today!

SWEAT IT OUT

Looking to get in a good workout while taking care of your little angel? These classes allow you to sweat it all out while making sure Bub gets a good dose of fun!

1. Inspire Mum & Baby

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Inspire Mum & Baby had humble beginnings in Katong Mall over 11 years ago. Now, they’ve evolved to provide pre- and post-natal classes, aqua and swimming, baby, toddlers and kids, and also therapy. Among their wide range of classes are 2 that’d make a wonderful parent-child bonding experience, as well as get you in shape!

Mum & Baby Dancercise

Take your pick: Mum & Baby Dancercise or Mum & Baby Pilates are two post-natal fitness classes that help you bond with your little one while sweating it out! Move to the music together with Bub, as Dancercise takes the “work” out of working out. Not only does it stimulate Mums’ “happy hormones”, it’s also said to enhance interaction and play with Bub with lots of music and positive behaviour! Furthermore, it helps reduce Mums’ stress from early parenthood, and babies tend to have better sleep after each class.

When Tuesdays, 11am – 11.45am
Where 290 Orchard Road #14-11/12, Paragon Tower 1, Lobby F, Singapore 238859
Cost $45 for a trial session
Web Register here

Mum & Baby Pilates

If you prefer a more challenging workout, then Mum & Baby Pilates is the perfect class for you! Restore your core strength and build proper posture, while increasing your upper body strength to help carry Bub more easily. It’s also said to help speed up recovery from birth, and reduce any possible stress. Your little one will love the loads of playtime and songs, too!

When Thursdays, 11am – 11.45am
Where 188-2 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 436990
Cost $45 for a trial session
Web Register here

2. The Little Gym

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The Little Gym (Singapore) belongs to a franchise founded all the way back in 1976 in Washington, USA. This famed institution opened its doors in Singapore in 2003, and expanded with another centre in 2009. Specialising in motor skills development and recreational gymnastics amongst other things, The Little Gym (Singapore) is the most awarded facility in Asia. You know you’re in good hands!

Their Parent-Child classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your Bub’s critical first three years. Suitable for children ages 4 months to 3 years, these classes promote three dimensions of learning.

Three Dimensions of Learning

Get Moving! helps your little one with increased physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skills, and even coordination and balance. Brain Boost! aids in spatial and perceptual awareness, colours, language development, and initial problem solving. Last but not least, Citizen Kid! encourages independence, early socialisation, following directions, and cooperation.

The best part? You get to be part of every step of your Bub’s development. There’s nothing better than being there for their milestones. Plus, you get to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs, and even an ocassional adult-sized giggle!

Where FORUM The Shopping Mall, #B1-24, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884 or Marina Square, #03-163/164, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Web Register here

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3. Swish Swimming

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Swish Swimming is Singapore’s only dedicated indoor and outdoor swim school. Set amongst the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill, this Expat Living award winner was founded on the philosophy that swimming is an essential life skill. Their new dedicated swim school has several outstanding features, including: temperature controlled and salt water chlorination that’s gentle on young skin, dedicated teachers for special needs children, and more!

Their Mums & Bubs classes are a jolly group environment in which parents can enjoy a fun bonding time with their babies. Suitable for little ones 4 months onwards, the focus of the sessions is for your little one to become comfortable in water and to boost their water confidence. Babies will get to explore and extend their abilities in water, such as putting their face underwater, blowing bubbles, or even floating on their backs!

Parents will have fun experiencing the water with their Bubs, especially as classes are built around fun games and singing! You’ll also pick up water safety skills along the way, and learn techniques to prevent your little one from panicking in the water.

When Term dates here
Where 72 Loewen Road, #01-08, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 248848
Cost $34.24 (Weekday) & $36.38 (Weekend) for a trial lesson
Web Register here

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GET CREATIVE TOGETHER

Is Junior more of the artistic type? Here are some fun creative parent-child bonding activities to try next!

4. Epic Workshops

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At Epic, they believe that the best way to bond is through learning and creating things together. We couldn’t agree more! Through their many craft workshops in Singapore, you’ll get to learn a new crafting technique, brainstorm ideas, and build a deeper bond with your children. We’ve selected three craft workshops that we feel are best suited for parent-child bonding!

Classic Terrarium Workshop

Crafts such as painting and colouring can be done at home, so why not try something unique at a workshop? Epic’s Classic Terrarium Workshop is a great hands-on experience that’ll allow you and your little one to build your very own masterpiece from scratch! Together, you’ll learn about terrariums and how they’re self-sustainable, too. Don’t worry if you don’t have green fingers! There’ll be skilled trainers on site to guide you and Junior through the entire process.

When Call 6355 0329 / 8150 8866 for dates
Where 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #03-10 Mapex Building, Singapore 577177
Web Register here

Gel Candle Making Workshop

Love coming home to the scent of a lighted candle? Us too! To make things even more interesting, why not challenge yourselves and try your hand at crafting a gel candle? This is a great pick for kids as you’ll be able to customise your candle, and even add in cute figurines to make it extra special! Work closely with your child as the both of you craft your candle with figurines and even coloured sand. Plus, gel candles have an extra touch due to their intricacy and transparency!

When Call 6355 0329 / 8150 8866 for dates
Where 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #03-10 Mapex Building, Singapore 577177
Web Register here

Clay Figurine Making Workshop

If you’re looking for a craft activity for your younger child, this Clay Figurine Making Workshop is a great fit! Suitable for all ages, it makes for a great parent-child bonding activity. You’ll even get to bring home your creation as a memento! No art experience is needed, as you’ll both learn the basic techniques of hand moulding carving together. With step-by-step guidance offered, you and Bub will be expert clay makers in no time!

When Call 6355 0329 / 8150 8866 for dates
Where 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #03-10 Mapex Building, Singapore 577177
Web Register here

LEARN A NEW SKILL

There’s never an age limit to stop learning. There’s also never a time when it’s too early to learn! Learn something new together with your child for an experience like no other.

5. Coding Lab

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Founded by an MIT alumnus who worked in Silicon Valley, Coding Lab offers an MIT-inspired curriculum that challenges children to develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills. They feel that every child should learn how to code. Although it may seem daunting at first, with the right guidance, Coding Lab believes that every child can learn how to code.

It’s never too early to introduce your child to code! With the rapid advancements in technology, it’s no surprise that coding programmes such as those offered by Coding Lab are becoming increasingly popular. Plus, in their Junior Coders Programme, you get to learn alongside your kid! No prior experience needed for the both of you.

Junior Coders Programme

Junior Coders Programme is a specially curated coding programme for preschoolers ages 4 to 6. Learn to code scenes from their favourite stories, program a robot to hunt down fruits, and much more! Three themes are covered in this particular programme, namely:

Stories x Code: Bring your child’s favourite stories to life with code!
All About Circuits: Together with Bub, learn to make light-up circuits with conductible materials, and program them to work.
Coding with Crafts: Kickstart your little one’s coding journey with a mixture of off-screen, kinaesthetic, or craft activities.

When Schedule available here
Cost $55 per lesson
Where Trehaus Orchard, Claymore Connect #03-01, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
Web Register here

BAKE IT UP!

Love eating? Us too! How about learning to bake with your little ones? Whip up something sweet or savoury, and enjoy the fruits of your labour together.

6. Funsiamo

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Funsiamo, a popular premium DIY bakery in Taiwan, is opening its first overseas outlet in Singapore! Founded by Ms Brenda Hsieh, Funsiamo has taken Taiwan by storm, and is ready to make waves with the Singaporean public. It offers flexible baking schedules, and a vast array of recipes ranging from Rainbow Cake to macarons, fruit tarts, and even Hokkaido cupcakes!

Join your little angel for a special baking session! Put your heads – and hands – together to bake your very own Rainbow Cake. The best part? The process is completely DIY, allowing you to be as creative as you wish! Simply select your recipe, don your aprons, and follow the instructions on the iPad to get baking. Don’t forget to decorate your creation after it’s done in the oven!

Cost $100 for a 6-inch Rainbow Cake
Where Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-458, Singapore 038983
Web More information here

7. Creative Culinaire

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Creative Culinaire aims to spread the love of baking; both the act and its rewards. Equipped with a commercial kitchen, their cooking and baking classes are suitable for both beginners and professionals! This Christmas, Creative Culinaire has launched several parent-child bonding workshops for you to enjoy.

CNY Festive Goodies Class: Cornflake Cookies, Eggless Almond Blossoms, and Cashew Nut Cookies

Does your little one love baking? You too? Then head straight for this CNY Festive Goodies Class! Join Chef Judy and her team as they share with you the secrets of baking delicious CNY favourites including cornflake cookies, almond blossoms, and cashew nut cookies. What could be better than celebrating CNY with delicious snacks you baked with your child?

When 17 Jan 2019, 1.30pm – 6.30pm
Cost $128 per person
Where 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-04 Eng Hoon Mansions, Singapore 169767
Web Register here

My Sugar Addiction Series: Macaron Madness 

If you and Bub share more of a sweet tooth, then this is the class for you. Here, you’ll learn to make your very own macarons with your child! After this workshop, there’ll be no need to shell out money to purchase store-bought macarons again. Challenge each other to a a friendly baking competition, or help each other bake the prettiest macarons ever!

When 20 Jan 2019, 9am – 1pm
Cost $68 per person
Where 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-04 Eng Hoon Mansions, Singapore 169767
Web Register here

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There’s nothing more valuable than the quality time you spend with your children. Although anytime can be quality time, there’s something magical about working on something together. Not only do you get a deeper insight to your kids’ strengths and weaknesses, they get a glimpse of yours too! Parent-child bonding activities help to strength the bond between you and your little one, and will make for the best memories in the future.

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