5 Cool Kid Activities for International Children’s Day

Capture your kids' imaginations by getting out of the house (if not the country).

By Bek Van Vliet Owen

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.

Singapore

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.

Free admission
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
nhb.gov.sg

Thailand

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
Adults: Bt450
Advance bookings essential.  
farmdelek.co.th

Hong Kong

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.”

Bike rental
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)

westkowloon.hk

Indonesia

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.

parklifebali.com

Japan

Meet a giant robot in Yokohama

Photo courtesy of @GunJap_Instagram

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.

Photo courtesy of @GunJap_Instagram

Gundam Factory Yokohama
Children 6 and under free 
Children 7 to 12 years: ¥1,100
Adult / 13+ years: ¥1,650
 
Gundam-dock Tower
Adult / Child (7 years old and over): ¥3,300

gundam-factory.net/en/

Food & Drink

ANGLO JAPANESE BEER (ABJ)

Co-founder Livesey and company take a traditional German gose (a salty/sour beer) and mix in sake ingredients and local peach to create a distinctly Japanese beer rooted in German traditions.

Hotels & Resorts

Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

No expense is spared at this sky-high five-star just a few steps away from the Petronas Towers.

Hotels & Resorts

This Maldivian Paradise Offers So Much More Than a Private Island

Whether you stay at Hurawalhi Island Resort or Kudadoo Private Island by Hurawalhi, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

Food & Drink

7 Terrific Meals in Singapore

There is not a more quintessential dining experience in the city than pulling up a plastic chair to tray full of food at a hawker center. Here, our abridged guide on what to order from the plethora of tasty plates dished out at these colorful outdoor food centers.