Nov 20, 2020
IT SURE HAS BEEN an interesting year for families. While most did get to spend more time together, the circumstances were far from ideal––even the Brady-est of Bunches weren’t immune to lockdown fever.
Thankfully, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. With many countries in Asia enjoying lighter Covid-19 restrictions, we’re looking forward to celebrating the holiday season in an almost-normal fashion (bar the overseas vaycay, of course). In honor of International Children’s Day, which falls on November 20, we take a look at some fun kids’ activities to enjoy through the next month or so––none of which involve logging into Zoom.
An island-wide treasure hunt with Doraemon
While unfortunately you can’t actually travel to a different non-pandemic time period, this new exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore lets you make-believe you can. From now until December 27, Doraemon’s Time-Traveling Adventures in Singapore invites you to follow the robotic manga cat through the galleries on a route through local history. See future-retro gadgets once produced in Singapore, snap selfies with life-sized Doraemons around the museum, and get to know more about the city you call home.
An online component of the event––Let’s Jalan-jalan!––features an island-wide scavenger hunt where you learn about lesser-known neighborhood stories and win Singapore-themed Doraemon collectibles based on iconic household items from the 1970-90s.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Farm life gets eggciting in Bangkok
In a megalopolis like Bangkok, there’s not much opportunity for kids to get their mitts dirty––particularly with 2020’s Lady Macbeth–style emphasis on sanitizing. But at Farm de Lek, 90 minutes from the city center, urban life is a distant memory as families get hands-on in an all-day “farm classroom” program.
Activities include barnyard-animal tending, gardening, swimming in a pond, and playing in a big wooden treehouse. Ice cream, herbal juices, snacks and lunch are provided, with pony rides, kayaking, ATVs and SUP-boarding available for extra. Kids get to take home an egg courtesy of the onsite chickens, alongside an appreciation for organic farming, animal husbandry and food sustainability.
Programs are from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Children 3 to 14 years: Bt800/950
Advance bookings essential.
Smart-cycling and storytelling in West Kowloon
The new West Kowloon Cultural District is a literal breath of fresh air––specifically the open spaces of the Art Park, which provide some seriously stunning views over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. A track around the edge is fine for strolling, but a whiz around on the park’s rental SmartBikes is way more fun. Bonus: you can even bring the fur family, since this is a pet-friendly zone (Hooman By The Sea café even has cute doggie snacks).
To add some culture into the mix, the district’s weekend program until mid-December includes Cantonese-language stories with local poet and storyteller Yuen Che-hung. During these interactive sessions, a soundscape created by local musicians weaves a world in which children are invited to make up their own stories and contribute to a freestyle poem by “Uncle Hung.”
SmartBikes: HK20 per hour
Family Bikes: HK120 per hour
Children’s Workshop: Musical Storytelling with Uncle Hung
November 28–29, 2020 (Saturday–Sunday)
December 5–6, 2020 (Saturday–Sunday)
Children 4–6 years: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Children 7–9 years: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: HK180 (1 child and 1 adult)
Local culture and camping in Bali
It’s hard to imagine a more magical place to grow up in than Bali, especially when the local kids’ play center hosts things like parrot–meeting sessions and traditional dance lessons. For something that really takes the childhood-experiences cake, however, Parklife in Canggu is again hosting their new “urban” camping night this December.
Think campfire stories, star gazing, games and something called a marshmallow party. Each tent fits up to four people, so it’s possible for families to squeeze in––or there’s a minding service for children over seven if the kid wants a night without the olds cramping their style. If a sleeping bag’s not your bag, Parklife’s full-on December lineup will have something less rustic in store. Slip n’ slide, anyone?
Rp400,000 per tent. Date TBC.
Walk-in admissions: Rp50,000 per child, babies under 12 months free.
Memberships and child-minding available.
Meet a giant robot in Yokohama
No, your eyes don’t deceive you, that really is a 18-meter, 25-tonne Gundam statue in Yokohama Harbor, and he really does move. The much-awaited Gundam Factory will finally open on December 19 and you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate how cool its titular figure is.
Not only can you marvel at a life-size, dancing robot who performs several times per day, you can access the Gundam Laboratory, with special presentations and events, a Gundam-themed cafe and a store with-limited-edition Gundam figures and merch.
Gundam Factory Yokohama
Children 6 and under free
Children 7 to 12 years: ¥1,100
Adult / 13+ years: ¥1,650
Adult / Child (7 years old and over): ¥3,300