Camping for children is not necessarily some major outdoor activity that would deter the less adventurous. Encourage your young ones to attend one of the many overnight and day holiday camps, which have activities ranging from pitching a tent at the zoo to practising yoga to tinkering with coding.
Lawyer Marilyn Chia, 45, has booked a tent at the Safari Snooze overnight experience at the Singapore Zoo next weekend, as a treat for her two girls, aged 13 and 16.
"This is the first time we will be camping in Singapore and we decided to try something different," she says.
The Straits Times susses out 15 holiday camps to consider.
CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY CAMP
Children will take part in activities that work on fundamental movements such as running, balancing, catching, jumping and throwing. There is a range of other sport camps to sign up for, too, such as badminton and archery.
Suitable for: Kids aged seven to 12
Where: Hougang Sports Hall, 93 Hougang Avenue 4
When: June 1 and 20, 8am to 1pm
Admission: $60 (ActiveSG credits can be used to offset 30 per cent of the fee)
If your child loves art, cooking, sport and drama, then Camp Asia's multi-activity day camp is the perfect one for him or her.
Divided into two groups - one for kids aged three to five and another for those six to eight - the kids will be kept busy with a packed programme that includes baking cookies, playing sports such as soccer and tennis, and getting crafty with painting and papier mache.
Suitable for: Kids aged three to eight
Where: Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane
Have a sleepover with the manatees next to their tank in the air-conditioned Amazon Flooded Forest aquarium exhibit, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the space and feed the silver arowanas. Tents will be provided.
There will be guided tram tours around the park and the Singapore Zoo too.
Buffet spreads are offered for dinner and breakfast.
Suitable for: All ages
Where: River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road
When: May 27, 4pm, to May 28, 11am
Admission: $800 (up to four people) or $1,025 (up to five people) a tent
This is billed as a digital detox camp as conceptualised by playgroup Sprouting Seeds and supported by Wow Kampung, a social enterprise by the non-profit Ground-Up Initiative. It will take place at Kampung Kampus, a nature- inspired educational campus.
Children will go on nature explorations, help with the harvesting and food preparation from the farm and try woodworking.
Suitable for: Kids aged seven to 12
Where: Kampung Kampus, Ground-Up Initiative, 91 Lorong Chencharu
When: June 19 to 23, 9.30am to 1.30pm (half day) or 9.30am to 3.30pm (full day)
Admission: $300 (half day) and $500 (full day) for bookings made by Sunday, after which it is $350 (half day) and $550 (full day).
Campers will go on guided nature romps around different parts of the island. Along the way, they might spot some of the island's non-human inhabitants including the buffy fish owl, greater mousedeer and oriental whip snakes.
The camp is organised by non-profit environmental education group Cicada Tree Eco-Group and is part of Pesta Ubin, a festival celebrating the culture and ways of the offshore island.
Suitable for: Families with children aged six to 12
Where: Ubin Living Lab, Pulau Ubin
When: June 10, 1.30pm, to June 11, 1.30pm
Admission: $100 an adult and $70 a child (includes tent, dinner and book on wild animals of Singapore)
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