Play: Who says Singapore is boring?

Play with snow

One would normally associate Christmas with snow.

In tropical Singapore, it's a pretty hard task. But there is still Snow City if you need a bit of icy fun.

Ride down a three-storey-high snow slope on an inflatable sled. Keep your balance, because it is a slippery slope. Lean too much to one side, and you might find yourself going down body-first.

Granted, you can't ski or snowboard here any more. But given my sporting abilities, I'd spend most of the time tumbling down anyway. Better to stick to snow angels or just appreciating the periodic snowfalls.

There's also Singapore's largest snowman - at 5.2m tall.

Be warned though. At around -5 deg C, the place is really cold. You won't last a minute without a good coat and gloves.

But that's not stopping people like Ms Vanitha Marimuthu, 38.

Says the after-school care teacher, who took her 44 charges, aged seven to 12, there last Wednesday: "Most children in Singapore don't get the chance to see snow.

"When they first come, their faces light up with excitement. They jump up and down with glee. "It's a chance for them to experience a white Christmas, and even learn some things about snow and ice."

Get frosty

WHEN: 10am to 7pm daily during school holidays and public holidays (last admission at 6pm)

WHERE: Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road

HOW MUCH: $28 for adults, $23 for children, for two hours' snow play time, free use of winter jackets and boots.

Seeing is Believing: Unusual Stamps Exhibition

Remember when you collected stamps and your friends competed to see who had the coolest ones? I wish I had some of these quirky stamps then.

Some smell of coffee and chocolate. Others are made of wood, silk and lace. Some can play the national anthem or even narrate a poem!

WHEN: Until May 4, 1pm to 7pm (Mon), 9.30am to 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

WHERE: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23B Coleman Street

HOW MUCH: $4 for children, $6 for adults, free for Singaporeans and permanent residents


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