1. Open Farm Community
Nestled in lush greenery situated near Dempsey Hill, Open Farm Community opened its doors to public mid 2015. It is a collaboration between homegrown brand, Spa Esprit Group, chef Ryan Clift, and Edible Garden City.
Spotting an urban farm behind its backyard, Open Farm Community has a farm-to-table eating philosophy. Talk about freshness and supporting local communities! The restaurant is definably on my list to host a children’s birthday as it has many interesting sights and play area to delight the little curious minds.
Here’s why it is a great idea to hold a children’s birthday celebration here!
When sourcing for a location to host a birthday party, I usually take note of available parking spaces. Places with good availability of parking spaces are amongst the top of my chart. Best still, if it’s free. This means my guest saves on parking!
Parking spaces: 30
The first thing that caught my eye was the cow playground with sand. Wow, it has been a long time since I came across a playground with sand. I can already picture children running around, a little sweaty maybe, and just having a ball of time under the sand. Picture perfect image.
I’m not into Lawn Bowling, but I absolutely love the beautifully manicured carpet grass. What can you do other than Lawn Bowling? Take photos. It is a great photo spot to place your 1-year-old for some quick photos. Remember to bring along some photo props like a picnic basket, balloons, and a beautiful picnic mat.
Indoor and Outdoor Seating
Indoor seating – great, air condition! Perfect for me and all the other adults who rather bask in cool air, and chat in comfort.
The option of an outdoor space comes in handy if you intend to hire a bouncy castle for the little ones. Let’s be honest with ourselves, we don’t expect them to stay indoors with us. They will run outside, whether we like it or not.
Indoor seating: 70 pax ; Outdoor seating: 35 pax.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
2. Vineyard at Hort Park
If you are a nature loving person, Vineyard at Hort Park will not disappoint. Vineyard is a French-Italian restaurant situated in 9-hectare Hort Park, the first one-stop gardening lifestyle hub in Asia. Being situated in Hort Park, you get to enjoy a host of other facilities, as an extension of what the restaurant can provide.
Here’s why we it is great to hold a children’s birthday celebration here!
Availability of Parking Space
I love that Hort Park has plenty of parking space. However, parking at Hort Park is not free unlike that of Open Farm Community. Parking rates for weekdays and weekends are the same:
Mondays – Sundays & Public Holidays: $0.02/min from 7am to 10pm, maximum charge of $2 for vehicles entering from 7pm to 10pm.
Hort Park has a delightful Fish Pond, with really fat fishes in them. I actually enjoyed my walk from the car park to the restaurant, through the fishpond. I’m happy to know you can buy fish food from the vending machine – this means scoring brownie points with the children!
Hort Park Event Lawn
I always look out for good photo opportunity spots. Other than within the restaurant, you get to enjoy the Hort Park Event Lawn (if it is not booked). Similarly, it has beautifully manicured carpet grass. So bring along a picnic mat, balloons, and any props you need for a quick photo opportunity!
Indoor and Outdoor Seating
Vineyard at Hort Park spots indoor and outdoor seating as well. The indoor restaurant has a woody, yet rustic-elegant feel. It does zip you away from our daily city living to laidback garden feel.
I actually really like the barnyard-alike wooden planks running from one-end of the ceiling to the other end. It reminds me of the farms back in Australia, but a really polish and clean farm.
Similarly, the indoor seats are great for adults, and the outdoor sheltered space is perfect for our little ones + a bouncy castle. I love bouncy castles, but it wasn’t a big thing when I was younger. These days at little parties I plan, the appearance of a bouncy castle is like 90% of the time.
Indoor seating: 78; Outdoor seating: 48 pax.
33 Hyderabad Road, #02-02 Hort Park, Singapore 119578
3. Privé at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)
I stumbled across this space by accident. Privé ACM is a relatively new space that started business operations November 2015. If you are looking for a truly old Singapore (a bit more glam)+ vintage inspired restaurant to relive some childhood memories, or host some overseas guest for a birthday party, you could consider this space.
Here’s why I think it is great to hold a children’s birthday celebration here!
Interior of Restaurant
This restaurant spots a old-world-meets-new-world-charm of Singapore. It spots a striking emerald green and wood hue, and in my mind, images of the original Polar Café in High Street – opened on 30 November 1925. That era reminded me of big tulip-like skirts, tiny waist, and tight curls with bright red lipsticks.
A little vintage, a little classy, and a little dreamy.
Beautiful Outdoor View of Singapore River
I think the best time to hold your party would be between 3pm – 6pm. When the sun comes down, the Singapore river can be a really beautiful sight and photo spot.
The downside is that you probably won’t be able to have children running all over the place or have a bouncy castle. It would probably make for an excellent quiet-chat-over-canapés-tea-restaurant. Mostly, parents celebrating a 1-year-old birthday may find it a suitable location.
#01-02, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555