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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cultural Centres
The Museums and Esplanade
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.
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.
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.
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!