Parenting Tip Ep 11: Healthy Play Time For Your Child

Sentosa - Port of Lost Wonder

Do you fret over what to do with your child during your off days or on weekends?

Here’s a suggestion for you. Bring them out to venues where they can play, run around or even splash a bit of water (under close supervision of course!)

The benefits of outdoor play on your child’s development cannot be overestimated. Studies have shown and parents have attested to better social and overall development if they plan outdoor activities for their children. Well, it may require more effort and logistics to bring them out but would you rather they be cooped up at home safely with an iPad?

On 28 Feb, we brought our baby out to Sentosa. This is a tourist attraction in Singapore and while we have been there a few times, this was a first for our baby. Seeing her chubby little face lit up with delightful smiles and chuckles, we knew we made the right decision.

Visiting Sentosa on a weekday has its perks…less crowd and plenty of room for your children to splash around

We visited the Palawan Water Park known as Port of Lost Wonder. It is a child friendly water theme park and best of all, admission is free. You are only required to bring your own swimwear / swim diapers for your children and make sure you are properly decked in appropriate swim suit as well. From here, it’s all fun and laughter as parents and children bond together over water games.

The park welcomes children above 110 cm. As for the younger toddlers or babies, they can enjoy the fun if parents accompany them by their side. 

In sunny Singapore, this is really a cool place to bring your children to. More importantly, it is really beneficial for your children to participate in outdoor activities such as these which help to shape their physical development and creativity. 

How To Get There?

Palawan Pirate Ship Entrance: Admission is FREE

The Palawan Water Park is near to the beach station. You can take the Sentosa monorail from Vivocity (sentosa station) and once you reach the beach station, just walk for about 3 mins in the direction of palawan beach and you will see the water park.

If you are driving, you can park at the Beach Station Car Park for $0.02/minute. Please check this rate yourself as it might change with time.

Once you get there, admission is free and thus the whole family can enjoy healthy fun without burning a hole in the pocket. 

Conclusion

The inclusion of outdoor play activities for your little ones should not be overlooked. Children thrive when they are in environments that help to unleash their creativity. Instead of distracting them with mobile devices, it is a better idea to get out and engage in healthy play time. 

 

6 thoughts on “Parenting Tip Ep 11: Healthy Play Time For Your Child”

  1. Hey, an informative post on healthy play time with kids especially on weekend.. There are many other activities like going to zoo or amusement park, etc also which relates to healthy playtime with kids apart from just water parks, or may be just visiting a park with outdoor play activities games like cricket, football, golf, etc.

    1. Yes, water theme park is not the only option. In Singapore where I currently reside, it is a popular choice due in part to the hot weather here. Children and parents alike, can enjoy the cooling effect of the water. Another reason is free admission. 🙂

  2. I can only say one thing: I wish I’d lived in Singapore when my son (18 year old in a week time) was a toddler. What I love about your idea and the water park you introduce, is the fact that it’s free.
    UK has many facilities, but not always for free. The other limiting issue is, of course, the weather. So, when schools shut during Half Term, or in the six weeks of the summer months, can you imagine how expensive it can become to entertain your children with healthy activities, if you have to pay for them all the time?!?!
    So, well done Singapore, for thinking of younger generations of children and their families!

    1. Ha..free is always good. There are many such water parks in Singapore and a good number of them are located at the roof top level of shopping malls. These provide families with lots of fun without spending a single dime. When it comes to pro-family activities and venues, I have to agree Singapore did very well. However, the hot weather here is quite a challenge and it perpetuates across the entire year. We prefer countries with seasons but yea, we can’t have everything, right!

  3. Palawan Water Park tourist attraction in Sentosa, Singapore sounds a fab & healthy idea to drag kids away from their tablets and get some playful fresh air, bet you had a really enjoyable fun day splashing around. Don’t know about you but I still enjoy swimming and messing about in water, as much as when we were young.
    Nowadays we take our nephew & niece swimming or out for a day’s fun but to be honest they would prefer to stop at home & play on their tablets, it takes some persuading to remove them for a whole day, they treat it like cruelty – ha!!
    Simon.

    1. Hey Simon, yes we did have fun and it feels really good to come out of the house. With our baby being so young, our lifestyle revolves around her and for the first few months, we didn’t go anywhere. It was home, home and home. 🙁 Now that she’s a bit older, we thought it would be good to bring her out for some healthy play time. Kids for some reasons are mesmerised by mobile devices and I can imagine why they think of it as cruelty when we try to take those devices away from them. Lol. But seriously and for health reasons, we don’t feel right with letting children have access to mobile devices all the time. They will use them one day for sure but not when they are too young.

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