Not sure what to do for Dad this year, given that Singapore is a state of semi-lockdown?
Take heart, Father’s Day isn’t until 20 June, so – finger’s crossed! – some of the Phase 2 Heightened Alert restrictions may ease by then, if the Covid situation improves.* But even if you can’t do some of these fun Father’s Day activities with dear ol’ Dad on his special day, you can save this list of ideas to do with him once the coast is clear.
*Please note there will be further changes to the Covid-19 restrictions post the Phase 2 Heightened Alert on 13 June 2021. It goes without saying, the safety of everyone remains a top priority.
1. Take him to a driving range
Even if he’s no Tiger Woods, hitting balls at the golfing range is a low-stress activity for the sporty dad (unlike the frustration he might feel after playing 18 holes). Relatively inexpensive and with various locations around Singapore, this is a great way to celebrate Dad.
Here are several places to take your dad golfing:
Marina Bay Golf Course
Address: 80 Rhu Cross, 437437
Tel: 6345 7788
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
Orchid Country Club
Address: 1 Orchid Club Rd., 769162
Tel: 6750 2198
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Mon.); 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
Other driving ranges in Singapore.
2. Take him bowling
There is air conditioning. There is food. There are drinks. There is plenty of laughs. Bowling is not just for Dad… the whole family can enjoy!
Here are some places to take him bowling:
Address: 1 Orchid Rd., Recreation Clubhouse, Level 2, 769162
Tel: 6759 4448
Opening hours: 1o a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sun. to Thurs.); 1o a.m. to 12 a.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
Kallang Bowl at Leisure Park Kallang
Address: 5 Stadium Walk, #02-22, 397693
Tel: 6345 0545
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Sun. to Thurs.); 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
3. Take him fishing
There are several places to take Dad for a relaxing day by the water. Even if you don’t catch anything spending the day with Dad in a quiet waterfront spot is sure to create lasting memories.
The National Parks service recommends several places including Sembawang, Lower Seletar, Pasir Ris Town Park, Bedok Reservoir, Changi Beach Park and limited areas of West Coast Park.
For more information including some invaluable etiquette tips, visit the NParks website.
4. Take him ziplining
You might not think of this as your classic Father’s Day activity. But for the adrenaline rush junkie, head for the sky. Zipline through the trees out at Bedok or on Sentosa. Both venues offer breathing fun and views!
Mega Adventure Park
Address: 10A Siloso Beach Walk, 099008
Tel: 6480 7199
Opening hours: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon., Thurs. to Fri.); 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
Address: Bedok Reservoir Park, 479244
Tel: 8100 7420
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tues. to Fri.); 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
Admission: $39 (kids course and junior course), $50 (grand course)
5. Take him kayaking
For those who are less athletically inclined, kayaking requires surprisingly little skill. Regardless of your (or Dad’s) experience, you can rent kayaks and easily spend an afternoon leisurely viewing the Singapore skyline by boat. Canoes are available, too!
Water Sports Center
Address: 8 Stadium Walk, Water Sports Centre, 397699
Tel: 6653 8900
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. (Sat.); 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Sun.)
Admission: check rates here
6. Take him wakeboarding
Looking for the challenging side of Father’s Day activities? Wakeboarding requires a bit more coordination, but at the Singapore Wake Park, you are tied to a harness – which may help you to feel more secure! They also have three systems to accommodate everyone with different skill levels.
Singapore Wake Park
Address: 1206A East Coast Parkway, 449891
Tel: 6636 4266 (phone); 9772 2780 (whatsapp)
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
Admission: $50 (system A and B), $80 (system C)
7. Take him on a hike
Just because we live on a Little Red Dot, does not mean Singapore is lacking in beautiful and lush nature trails. After all, Singapore is also called the Garden City. Spend the day outdoors and admiring nature at any one of these hiking trails:
- Bukit Timah Nature reserve
- Bukit Batok Nature Park
- Admiralty Park
- Changi Walking Trail – Heritage Trees
- Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk
- Western Adventure Loop
- Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
The NParks website does a fantastic job describing what each trail offers and how to get there.
8. Or, take him to a sports bar!
Mind you, trying this activity depends on whether F&B dining-in resumes after 13 June. If it does, check out this sporty resto-bars:
An Aussie favourite, this packed on weekends bar not only offers a great selection of food but also screens live sports.
Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15, The Quayside, 238252 / 52 Circular Rd., 049407
Tel: 6738 1077
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)
With multiple, convenient locations, Harry’s is a staple for those who enjoy any and all live sporting action. You can even check what games are on with their online calendar.
Address: multiple locations
Tel: 6337 0657
Opening hours: see website
Miraculously built in Dublin and shipped here in pieces, this traditional Irish bar serves food, Guinness. and plenty of sports.
Address: 442 Orchard Rd., #01-02 to 05 Claymore Connect, 238879
Tel: 6735 0400
Opening hours: 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Sun.)
Originally by Kathleen Siddell / Last updated by Isabel Wibowo
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