The Best Family Clubs In Singapore: Buds By Shangri-La, Trehaus and Maggie & Rose
Looking for a place where both grown-ups and Tatlings will look forward to spending weekends at? Here are three exclusive family clubs to check out.
Maggie & Rose
The idea behind this UK family club Maggie & Rose, founded by Maggie Bolger and Rose Astor, is to create a cool, luxurious space that kids love and where parents will be more than happy to hang out at. All the boxes are ticked in its Singapore outpost, which sits in a beautiful colonial building in Dempsey. The club is strictly for members and their guests only, with day passes available.
Guests enter through a secret door behind a wall of old-school biscuit tins filled with toys. The outdoor play areas include an impressive treehouse structure sheltered by foliage, a miniature train track and racing area littered with vintage-inspired toy cars and pony ride-ons. The indoor playground is located right next to the Brasserie—perfect for sipping on a cappuccino while being able to keep your eye on your little ones.
Classes are run by educators that range from Montessori and Reggio Emilia to play-based learning. There are three-hour drop-off sessions in mornings (afternoon sessions open when the morning ones are filled up) and under-an-hour sensory, art, drama and cooking classes, all grouped by age range. Class themes change weekly, so there is always something new. There are ad-hoc events such as book launches and drama camps too.
Maggie & Rose is a collaboration with Kids21 and sits right behind its biggest retail boutique. Besides its fashionable offerings, there is a tightly-curated edit of books, toys and furniture—and it is impossible for any parent (and kid) to resist!
16A Dempsey Rd | 6304 3510
Buds by Shangri-La
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is possibly the most kid-friendly hotel on our island, with its highly-popular themed family suites and its dedicated, interactive indoor and outdoor play space, Buds by Shangri-La. The indoor space has a special area just for babies and toddlers, while older children can be let loose within the expansive indoor playground, which has only one entrance and exit, so it’s easy to keep track of them. The outdoor area is currently under renovation until 2020.
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Buds by Shangri-La is open to the public, and it recently launched the Buds membership for kids who can’t get enough of it. There are different schemes to suit each family, with members-only privileges and experiences, in particular, the unique Plant to Plate activity.
Your little one will get to own a plant that will grow in the hotel’s lush grounds. It starts with a gardening session—little members will get to choose two herbs (tarragon, mint, cilantro or Thai basil), plant them and nurture their own little pot of herb, complete with a kid-decorated name label to claim their ownership.
While the hotel’s team of gardeners will look after the plant, kids are encouraged to check on it every visit and update their plant journal. After harvesting the herb, they will take part in a cooking class with the hotel’s chefs to learn how to prepare dishes with it as an ingredient, such as mac and cheese, kueh pie tee or Thai basil chicken wrap.
For an extra special treat, have a family staycation at the hotel's themed family suites, and book ahead of time to avoid any disappointment.
22 Orange Grove Rd | 6213 4833
The concept behind Trehaus is clever: It combines a co-working space, preschool, crèche and family club—all under one roof. Parents can choose to send their kids to the preschool or drop them off at the Kids Atelier (a notice of 48 hours is required). Alternatively, they can work alongside their little ones. On weekends, the space turns into a family club with enrichment classes, parent-child workshops and themed playdates, even though the play facilities and some classes are available on weekdays as well.
There are two types of classes available: The first are classes taught by the Trehaus coordinators, like a Bring Your Own Vehicle playdate, while the second are Trehaus-approved partners that hold a variety of enrichment classes in the space, spanning from STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) education, Chinese, art to coding. Classes by external partners are tested to ensure that they are the best in their category, which will also help take the guesswork out of the mix for parents.
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Parents can chill at the gorgeous café while kids are busy at classes or running free in the indoor play space, which includes an indoor playground, teepees that double up as reading nooks, toy library, an infant-appropriate play area and a quiet dark room for your little ones to take a nap—how useful!
109 North Bridge Rd #07-21 Funan Mall | 9843 8077