It’s that time of the year again when children take a breather from school and devote a little more time to rest and recreation. Even better, it’s an opportunity for them to spend more quality time with family and loved ones. And what’s fun without some food involved? From camping barbecue parties to pizza workshops, take advantage of the month-long school holidays and hit up these family-centric joints.

Eat & Learn

Good eating habits start from young and a great way to get children on the right track is by teaching them where food comes from at these garden-to-table restaurants. Aside from scrumptious healthy food, they also interweave exciting activities to keep little ones on their toes.

Jamie’s Italian, VivoCity

Guided in a warm and inviting environment, aspiring chefs can put their culinary chops to the test by making their own pizza from scratch at Jamie’s Italian, VivoCity Pizza Parties ($45, available for a minimum booking of eight attendees), which include a garden tour and an introduction to various pastas. Children are also treated to nourishing meals from the kids’ a la carte menu such as the scrummy Fish in A Bag ($9.50/13.50), featuring blanched green beans, tomatoes and potatoes.

Come here for …
◊ birthday pizza parties
◊ an in-depth education on various ingredients

#01-165-167 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk. Tel: 6733 5500. Visit their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Open Farm Community

Explore Open Farm Community’s tidy edible garden and introduce budding farmers to the various herbs and plants that go into their food. You may also get a chance to watch real farmers at work. Then, settle down at the al fresco area for a tipple, where you easily keep an eye on your children at the various play areas. Even the children’s menu impresses with delights like a Rustic Fish Pie ($19), garnished with fresh thyme plucked from the garden.

Come here for …
◊ the sandpit and massive cow slide
◊ farm fresh eats
◊ lawn bowling

130E Minden Road. Tel: 6471 0306. Visit their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Bistro Cool

Part of Cool De Sac, an indoor edutainment centre promoting creative play, Bistro Cool offers tempting dishes for tots, such as mac ‘n cheese ($8.90) and Hawaiian pizza (9.90). It also gives you the opportunity to have an uninterrupted conversation with your other half while your tween runs amok.

Come here for …
◊ educational play zones for toddlers to tweens

#02-379/80 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6337 0205. Visit their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Dating with Munchkins

Dying for a nice date out? Fortunately for parents, Singapore is teeming with stunning restaurants offering a romantic setting while ensuring that your young ones are well taken care of. Enjoy an uninterrupted meal while your kid is being entertained next door—pure bliss.

Montreux Jazz Café

The chi-chi Montreux Jazz Café might be the last place you think of bringing the children, but their weekend Sunday brunch will prove you wrong. While the little ones stay busy with a slew of entertainment ($18, including a choice of main and MÖVENPICK ice cream), you and your spouse are given ample time to reconnect over free-flowing booze and raclette cheese, burgers and pies ($98, 11am-3pm).

Come here for …
◊ lively jazz performances
◊ separate dining areas for adults and kids
◊ dedicated entertainers for kids in an adjoining room
◊ movie screenings, imaginative play and board games

#01-02 Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road. Tel: 6733 0091. Visit their website.

The Halia

Surrounded by lush foliage in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens is more than just a great date night venue; it is perfect for family get-togethers too. Here, children can roam around freely at the al fresco dining area. The child’s set ($12, comes with juice or soda) features picks like homemade chicken and olive sausage with mashed potatoes and creamy crabmeat spaghettini with baby spinach.

Come here for …
◊ the garden atmosphere
◊ a back to nature outing
◊ mind-boggling menu puzzles for kids

1 Cluny Road (Ginger Garden), Singapore Botanic Gardens. Tel: 8444 1148. Visit their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Junior Jamboree

For the young at heart, having children means being able to clown around—without eliciting any eyerolls. After all, no one can blame you for having a butterfly painted on your face or joining in on a hopscotch match if it makes your kiddo smile, right?

Café Melba

Located at both ends of the island (East and West), Café Melba is one of the best child-friendly eateries in Singapore. On weekends, each café gets decked out and turned into a massive playground with a bouncy castle, soccer goalposts and space for friendly Frisbee matches. If you frequent Café Melba, do request for the free Kids Club Card. Five stamps entitle you to a free main course, while 10 stamps let you upgrade to a Gold Club Membership offering plenty of benefits and a free kid’s meal at each visit.

Come here for …
◊ free kids’ meals on Mondays at Café Melba Goodman (with every main course ordered)
◊ the bouncy castle and outdoor games

Block N #01-56 Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road. Tel: 6440 6068.
#03-01 Mediapolis, 1 Stars Avenue. Tel: 6352 2721.
Visit their website and Instagram.

Timbre @ Gillman

Super Social BBQ at Timbre @ Gillman offers a riot of fun every weekend. This month of June, the theme is Hot Rods, and everyone can have a go at remote-controlled car racing. There are also other fringe activities including two massive bouncy castles, face painters, bubble blowers and thematic arts and crafts. Pleasing to juniors is the wide range of grown-up dishes including mini apple and tuna mayo pancakes ($12) and minute steak and cheese frites ($12).

Come here for …
◊ live tunes by Timbre resident artists
◊ hot grill on grill action

Sat & Sun, 4pm till late. Gillman Barracks, 9A Lock Road. Tel: 6694 4201. Visit their website.

Tree Lizard

Tree Lizard is a hidden gem in Dempsey boasting a wide open lawn. Fitted with full height glass windows that overlook the outdoor play area, parents can keep an eye on their kids while relaxing in air-conditioned comfort indoors. They also have an extensive selection of board games for you to bond with your kids over. The menu never goes wrong, with classic items like fish and chips ($18.80) and spaghetti bolognese ($16.80).

Come here for …
◊ the sandpit and massive playground
◊ a wide selection of board games

#B1-01, 25 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6834 3969. Visit their website and Facebook.

Camp Kido

Trust the brains behind Camp Kilo Charcoal Club to come up with a snazzy Sunday series for children. Think hip blanket forts, nature walks and more. Held bi-monthly, Camp Kido is suitable for young campers aged five to 10 years old. Get your hands dirty and sink your teeth into juicy roasted meats, before partaking in myriad classic camping games such as burlap sack racing.

Come here for …
◊ a camping vibe in the city
◊ the Camp Kido platters and mocktails

66 Kampong Bugis #01-01. Tel: 9830 6252. Visit their Facebook, Instagram and website.

Pasarbella @ The Grandstand

The Grandstand, which proudly claims to be the largest family lifestyle destination in Bukit Timah, has opened a massive 12,000 sq ft playground within Pasarbella called Kidzland. Suitable for toddlers to 10-year-olds, the integrated play area will feature interactive game machines, DIY zones, a performance stage and a big-scale naughty castle. When you’re done, hit up the various stalls at Pasarbella for tantalising grub, from mouth-watering pizza at Rocky’s Pizza to macaroons at Bonheur Patisserie.

Come here for …
◊ the wide array of food options
◊ parent-child interactive play

200 Turf Club Road. Tel: 6887 0077. Visit their website, Facebook and Instagram.

The Ultimate Staycay

Didn’t manage to book tickets for an overseas escapade? Why not treat your spouse and children to a staycation right here on the little red dot instead?

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

Escape to sunny Sentosa this month with Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Family Fun Package ($495), which comes with goodies such as free buffet breakfast and dinner for two adults and two children below five years old, complimentary use of water sports facilities, and 15% off the resort’s a la carte spa treatments. A slice of paradise for parents and children alike, the beachfront establishment is famed for the sprawling Mini Toots Club. Here, children below the age of five are treated to a mini jungle gym with coloured ball pits and giant block puzzles. Parents with older children (five to 12 years old) can drop their child off at the fully supervised Toots Club, which offers a day of recreational programmes as well as complimentary lunch and dinner.

Prefer a day trip? The resort’s Silver Shell Café has a section that’s scaled down to children’s height for little ones to help themselves to a selection of mains, salads, sandwiches and sweets. It is also one of the few restaurants to offer a baby zone providing food for infants, bottle sterilisers, baby wipes and even diapers.

Come here for …
◊ a well-rounded family adventure
◊ the buffet catered to kids

101 Siloso Road Sentosa. Tel: 6275 0100. Visit their website and Facebook.

BONUS (For Adults Only)

The Lo & Behold Group Festival

Need a break to feel like a kid again? You heard that right. The Lo & Behold Group’s first ever festival (29 May-25 Jun) is targeted at tired-out grown-ups who just want to have fun. Think bottomless brunches, beachside revelry and quirky workshops—all in true Lo & Behold style.

Come here for …
◊ the back-to-school Archie and the Gang themed party
◊ the glamorous Hollywood Electroball
◊ the tea and gin workshop

Visit their websiteFacebook and Instagram.