Top 5 Birthday Ideas for your Child in 2016

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Organizing kid’s birthday parties is a growing pain as expectations of a child’s birthday party have evolved over the last decade from a simple family dinner at Swensen’s with an ice-cream cake to lavish outdoor parties held in Bali’s Ku De Ta with a bouncy castle. The recent trend is to design parties that are tailored for both the child and parents. Why not? Parents deserve a break, and this gives the parent and child a perfect opportunity to have fun with each other.

A great birthday party starts with creative ideas. This article attempts to bring great ideas to parents who are keen to plan an educational yet fun birthday party for their child and themselves. This way, parents can save time in designing a birthday party and focus on execution. Each idea is designed around creating a fun yet interesting experience (that is not just focused on eating), allowing parents and their kids to interact and learn something new.

To help parents plan birthday parties better, we have provided a list of online tools at the end of this article, that can help you save time and provide a wider range of choices.

Idea 1: Swim with the Dolphins 

  • Venue: Dolphin Island, Adventure Cove, Singapore
  • Programs available: Dolphin Encounter, Discovery, Adventure, Trek, Observer, Trainer for a Day
  • Price: SGD 58 per child, up to SGD 388 per child (adult tickets are usually $10 above the children’s ticket)
  • Size of Group: 6 (depending on which program)
  • Min age: 4 years old and above, Children below 12 must be accompanied by an adult for certain programs
  • You’ll get to spend hours with the intelligent Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. This will be an up close and personal experience.  More importantly, everyone will get a deeper understanding of marine life, and to discover more about dolphins through “engagement learning”. The marine mammal trainers and hosts will share knowledge about dolphins, their habitats, diets, anatomies and migration patterns.
  • For those of your who have watched Dolphin Tale, you’ll get a kick out of meeting some of the trainers that have worked with Winter (this is not a joke) at Dolphin Island in Singapore.
  • Tickets are also valid for one-day visit at Adventure Cove Waterpark which could be a great after-party.
  • There are programs suitable for children who do not wish to swim (Dolphin Observer).

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Idea 2: Let’s go trekking, discover the rainforest

This birthday activity is particularly appealing to explorer-wannabes. To some people, a walk or trek along Singapore’s parks or nature reserves sounds like a fairly average activity but it can be really interesting if you had some thought to it – Picnics, trek vs bicycle tour, historic tours, bird-‘hunting’, botany discovery that ends with each child creating a discovery map of their trail. You can hire a tour guide or the Parent can create the walking or bicycle trail. The other Parent can prepare the food for the picnic and wait for the whole crew at the end point.


Recommended walks in Singapore (free entrance):

  • Lower Pierce Reservoir Park – A 45 min to 1 hour walk over 900m wooden boardwalk through a mature secondary forest. Trekkers will be able to sight native animals including native birds. You can find the guide and request for a tour guide on the link.
  • Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk  – A 45 min walk to experience aa rich mangrove flora and fauna. You’ll get exposure to a wide variety of habitats around the seamless loop and views of Keppel Harbour, Sentosa island and Labrador Nature Reserve
  • HortPark and the Southern Ridges – A 3 to 5 hour walk through Mount Faber (spectacular view), Forest Walk (elevated walkway), Henderson Waves (viewing migratory birds-of-prey), Alexandra Arch (unique architecture), Canopy Walk (boards depicting WWII-related events)
  • Fort Canning Park, Colonial History Trail, Sculpture Tour, Sketches of Nature – You can find guides and events (pre-booking required) to join on the link.
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens, Rainforest Trail – A 30 to 40 min walk through an ancient rainforest in the heart of the city, well-marked trails and shady trees
    and accessible living laboratory and museum of natural history. There is a good range of restaurants & cafes available to end the birthday celebration with style.

Idea 3: Paint & Splash 

There has been a growing number of art-inspired cafes in Singapore which provides a great venue for learning art. Plan a birthday party in an art cafe which provides 1 to 2 hours of private art lessons for the kids, while parents enjoy lunch or brunch over an aromatic latte. Parents could also choose to do a lesson with the child or individually, and have a sip of wine while finding inspiration for your artwork. You can contact these places below:

  • Cups N Canvas, 139 Selegie Road – This is a humble little shophouse nestled in the heart of Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut that serves excellent coffee and brunch. It has an art studio that is a great space to host a birthday party or group art lesson. All equipment is provided and each student could have an easel stand to work on. Art lesson (not jamming) is SGD 60 on weekends for 3 hours, excluding the canvas ($7 – 9). Please contact them directly for a quote for an event.
  • Arteastique333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery – It is known for its flavourful teas and has an art gallery that can hold up to as many as 30 customers. Arteastique provides a complimentary drink for customers who wish to art jam at their gallery. Art lessons are also provided. Art Jamming – SGD 48 for 3 hours of art jamming (no teacher). More party packages are available on the website.
  • My Art Space, Opposite Istana Park – A Waterfront studio set amidst the verdant flora and fauna of prestige location Istana Park in the heart of the city. It has regular workshops and classes at the art studio. It has a cafe next to the art studio as well. Art Jamming on Weekends – SGD 60 for 2.5 hours package inclusive of 1 canvas 16 x 20″, tools rental and unlimited acrylic paint, 1 free wet painting carrier and 1 fruit juice of the day.

Idea 4: Dance with Me 

Themed dance parties where you hire a host that plans and execute the whole party for you – The Fairies, Disco, Pop Stars or Bop until you Drop. The crew bring the whole kit and caboodle – costumes, wigs, stage make up and bubble machines. Parents can learn some new dances moves too.

  • Venue: The entertainers can come to you
  • Price: $550 for 20 kids for 2 hours
  • Service provider: Dance with the Flo


Idea 5: MasterChef

Cooking & baking are key skills for every child to explore and many of us have been inspired by Junior MasterChef. It might also be a good time for Parents to pick up these skills (if you don’t already have it). This activity cultivates creativity and it a very useful skill to pick up. There are several vendors that provide cooking or baking lessons for kids and you can contact them directly below.

  • Genius R Us – A variety of baking workshops are available for birthday parties with packages starting at SGD 788 for up to 15 kids. Contact them for pricing for child-and-parent classes. Located in City Square Mall & Westgate Kids Club.
  • Expat Kitchen – Kids will whip up a delicious savoury and a sweet treat while mastering mixing, measuring, kneading and tasting. For kids aged 3 and above, 1 to 1.5 hours from SGD 55 per child onwards.



Here is a list of other online tools that can help you plan that special birthday better:

  • Looking for interesting and cool venues for your birthday parties? Go to WeAreSpaces and Venuerific for more choices. You can book the venues or ask questions directly from these sites.
  • For your catering needs, you can use CaterSpot as it helps you design a menu for your event based on your needs and budget. This gives you a wider and more creative choices for your event.
  • Kid’s Party Planner, Party Mojo, that provides party packages but also rent of toys or equipment for your parties – Popcorn & Candy Floss machines, Ice-cream cart, bouncy castles and so on.
  • Balloons & Magic shows, by JNR Entertainment 


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