For a small country, Singapore is packed full of fun things to do to keep your kids happy

If you’re feeling spoilt for choice, have a look at our top tips for visiting Singapore’s favourite family attractions.

Sentosa Cable Car

Kids Love Sentosa

When you cross the bridge into Sentosa the signs warn you that you are entering the “State of Fun.” Prepare to be dazzled. There’s so much for the kids to do here, you’ll have to either move in for a week or be selective.

If you’re planning to spend a day, aim to arrive in style on the Cable Car Sky Network. My kids would insist you then take the SkyLine Luge back down to Tanjong Beach. Be warned, the tagline is spot on. “Once is never enough”, so you’ll likely be taking the ski-lift back up and luging down again a few times.

Choose one of the big attractions. The main ones are Universal Studios, the S.E.A. Aquarium, Kidzania, Adventure Cove Water Park, and the Mega Adventure Park. Promise your kids you’ll come back another day to do the rest.

If you have time, visit one of the smaller attractions such as the Trick Eye Museum, the Wave House Sentosa FlowRider or iFly.

Try to save some time to wander around, check out the beach and have some dinner at one of the beachside cafes. If you have little ones, the Palawan Pirate Ship is a fun way to cool off and its free.

Gardens By The Bay

is Singapore’s top attraction, as rated by TripAdvisor. If you’re a keen gardener you’ll love the Flower Dome which also houses impressive seasonal exhibitions such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas and Japanese blossom season.

My family’s favourite is definately the Cloud Forest. Not only is it wonderfully cool, but the world’s largest indoor waterfall is a spectacular sight, and an obligatory photo opportunity.

Take some time to wander about in the gardens and visit the spectacular Super Trees. Brave the dizzy heights and walk along the impressive OCBC Skyway. Don’t forget your kids’ swim gear so they can cool off in the water jets at the Children’s Garden. 

There are plenty of places to eat and drink too. Bring your day to a close at the (free) light and sound show at 7 pm and 8 pm. For the ultimate guide to planning your visit, check out Top 10 Tips for the Best Family Day at Gardens By The Bay.

Singapore Botanic Gardens Walkway

The Botanic Gardens

If Gardens By The Bay is the flagship attraction of Modern Day Singapore, the Botanic Gardens are a nod to its elegant past.

Go for the day, take a picnic, and wander around this beautiful park. Let the kids play while you relax in the shade under a tree. Don’t miss The Learning Forest where your kids will enjoy wildlife-spotting from the tree top walks. Download a trail guide and let your little explorers lead the way. Enroll on a tour or workshop. Indulge in some delicious food at one of the many cafes

Check out our guide Top Tips for the best family day out at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Please note: The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is partially closed at the moment for renovations. We’re expecting great things when it reopens next year. The plans for the new garden include an adventure zone for kids up to 14 years. 

East Coast Park

If you’re feeling the need for a wide open space to let your little ones run, cycle or skate off some energy, head for East Coast Park.

You can take your own wheels, or rent from the booths on the park. There are some great playgrounds too, and places to barbecue. If that seems too much like hard work, there are plenty of family friendly cafes and restaurants to choose from.

If you’re feeling adventurous, checkout Singapore Wake Park, or book your kids in for some kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing at Water Venture East Coast. There are even places where you can camp overnight.

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is actually 4 different attractions. As well as the Zoo itself, there is the famous Night Safari, the River Safari and the Bird Park at Jurong.
 
Although the Night Safari gets all the hype, my family’s favourite is the River Safari. There’s a fun boat trip, and Singapore’s most loved residents, pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia live here. Check up the times of the Ranger Talks as your kids will love getting up close and personal with the animals. The covered walkways make this a great place to go in the rain.
 
Don’t forget to take your swim gear to the bird park as there is a fun water park for little ones. 

The Cultural Centres

 One of the most wonderful things about Singapore, is how people of different cultures live harmoniously alongside one another. It also means the expat or traveler can easily experience different cultures.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Little India and visit the famous Mustafas if you need to buy … well, just about anything. Enjoy the colours of the Muslim Quarter (also called Kampong Glam) in the hip Haji Lane and Arab Street. Our firm favourite is Chinatown. Especially its bustling market stalls, delicious chili crab, and marvelous Heritage Centre. Try to arrive in time to catch the Lion Dance, every Saturday evening at 6.45 pm in Pagoda Street.

The Museums and Esplanade

10 TOP things to do with kids in singapore
For a young nation, Singapore has big ambitions to promote arts and culture. Many programmes are geared towards children.

The National Museum is a great place to walk-through Singapore’s history, and there’s a great treasure hunt for kids. The Asian Civilisations Museum has special activities for families on Saturdays. The concert hall is housed at the Esplanade, the building that looks like a prickly Durian, and often has programmes aimed at children. There is also a free 30 minute concert everyday which is perfect for families. 

My family’s favourite is the wonderful Art Science Museum. The permanent exhibition, Futureworld is a truly interactive experience. Little ones will love creating 2D masterpieces that they can scan and see come alive in the light show projected onto the floor. Check out the programme of exhitions here.

Pulau Ubin

After spending some time in urban Singapore, nothing could be better than catching the bumboat to Pulau Ubin and taking a step back in time.

If you have little ones you can take a mini-bus taxi around the island, but otherwise rent some bikes and get peddling. You’ll see wooden buildings with restaurants and a few shops, all arranged traditionally like a 1960s Kampong.

The main attraction, though, is the nature and wildlife. Wild boar roam the island and watch out for those cheeky monkeys.

Sunday Brunch

You’ll soon discover Sunday Brunch is a big deal in Singapore. Most of the big hotels and many of the restaurants have plenty to offer. Our favourite family friendly option is the Kwee Zeen at the Sofitel in Sentosa. The variety and quality of the food will appeal to everyone, and if Mum and Dad are feeling decadent, they might enjoy the free-flow bubbles. Afterwards, relax by the pool and don’t forget your swim gear as the water is wonderful.

Singapore Flyer

 

If you want to experience breath-taking views of Singapore from the air, the best way is to take a trip on the 165m high Singapore Flyer. Your kids will love seeing familiar landmarks such as Gardens By The Bay, Raffles Place and the Merlion Park from a new perspective. Its also great to look out to Indonesian Spice Islands, and the Straits of Johor and see laid out before you the famous trade routes where the history of Singapore began.

So, if you thought Singapore was just a stopover on your way to Australasia, think again! There’s plenty to do here to keep you and your family happy!

What’s your favourite thing to do in Singapore with kids? Please share!

 

 

 

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