As an expat Singapore resident from Down Under, you typically devise strategies to extract the best of the city. Here are two walks that do just that.
Tips for an exciting family holiday
Fat Mum Slim aka Chantelle Ellem is a popular Australian family blogger who visited Singapore with her husband and two young daughters. Here, Chantelle shares her trip highlights and advice for parents travelling to the Lion City.
Tip 1: Let the kids try being adults, getting a job and earning a wage at KidZania Singapore.
KidZania Singapore is a world made just for kids. As soon as the kids arrive, they’re given a bank account and some KidZania money to get started. They then take on jobs like being a surgeon, midwife, radio host, a fire-fighter and even a cook. While doing their work, they earn money which they can save or spend later. You’ll be amazed at how purpose-built this world is for kids.
Parents are asked to step back while their kids work and play, so get ready to steal some me-time and enjoy the quiet while you can.
You’ll need at least a few hours to make the most of your time at KidZania Singapore as your little ones could easily spend a whole day here role-playing. Make sure you factor that in when planning your adventures.
Tip 2: Enjoy one of Singapore’s newest eateries serving up delicious food fare, Picnic.
Can you please promise me you’ll try Picnic when you next visit Singapore? This newly opened venue is an indoor picnic area, with décor that changes seasonally. There are food trucks inside, loads of tables and the food is out of this world. We loved trying some fusion food, including a taco that combined Mexican and Indian flavours. We also ate the most delicious apple pie. It’s a must-visit, and a great place to cool down at after a hot day exploring.
Tip: Check out all the food trucks, and grab a few dishes to try–ask for the signature dishes, which are always on the menu and a crowd favourite for a reason!
Tip 3: Get active at BOUNCE Singapore, and burn off all of those dumplings!
BOUNCE Singapore is an indoor trampoline centre with loads of trampolines to get your bounce on. Sessions start on the hour, so make sure you arrive a little before the start to make the most of your time. You can purchase socks or bring your own.
This is a great activity to do as a family and there’s even an obstacle course for the bigger kids to try. Bring lots of water and enough energy to get busy bouncing. BOUNCE Singapore is conveniently located near the ever-popular Orchard Road, so you can pop down afterwards to shop up a storm or grab a delicious bite to eat.
Tip 4: Explore a whole new world and culture in beautiful Little India.
Little India is a great neighbourhood to visit. From the sights of fresh, colourful flowers hanging from the shopfront stalls, to the beautiful, exotic smells wafting through the air—it feels like you’ve stepped into India!
Make sure you bring your camera to capture the beautiful coloured buildings and stalls. Also, stop for some Henna art—this was the girls’ favourite part of the trip. Henna starts at just $5 and is beautifully done.
Tip 5: Discover one of the most beautiful zoos in the world and treat your family to breakfast with the orangutans.
Singapore Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in the world. With a great breeding program and natural habitats for the animals to call home, you will be amazed at everything you see as you walk around.
It offers a Jungle Breakfast where you can enjoy a buffet with some special guests–each family can stop for a photo with the Orangutans and it’s such a cool way to get up close with these majestic animals.
Tip 6: Cool off on Sentosa Island at Adventure Cove Waterpark.
At Adventure Cove Waterpark, you can relax and loll around on floating tubes as the water takes you through the whole park along the ‘lazy river’. Or, be adventurous and try one of their thrilling waterslides. There’s even a wave pool, where waves are produced every 15 minutes. There’s something for everyone—paddling pools for toddlers, a rainbow reef home to many tropical fish for those who like to snorkel, and so much more. It’s a great adventure for kids and adults alike.
Tip 7: Purchase a Tourist Pass to receive unlimited travel on Singapore’s public transport system.
Singapore’s public transport system, which includes bus services and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) are modern, safe, clean and easy to navigate. Signboards are also all in English, so getting to where you want to go is quick and convenient. You can buy a ticket with either cash or card for single trips, or purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass, and then hop on and travel to the many stops around the island.
The monorail on Sentosa Island is also a must-try when visiting, as it’s the easiest way to explore all the island has to offer.
Tip 8: Let the kids explore multicultural food at a hawker centre.
Hawker centres dot the island, so all you need to do is ask a local where their favourite is situated at and what to order. Hawker centres are affordable, have a great vibe, are clean and are also the best way to treat yourself to delicious multicultural cuisine. Generally, we like to walk around a centre, check out all the stalls, buy a few plates and then head back to a table and sample all the offerings. The whole family can be fed at a small cost.
Tip 9: Head to Sentosa Island for an adventure-packed day of family fun.
Sentosa is our favourite area of Singapore, simply because there’s so much to do. On this island, which is found just a stone’s throw from the mainland, you can visit the S.E.A. Aquarium, spend time at Universal Studios Singapore™, splash around at Adventure Cove Waterpark and indulge in delicious food at Din Tai Fung! Or you can just sit back on the beach and relax. There’s so much to do, so set aside at least a whole day to explore and fall in love with this tropical island.
Tip 10: Visit Haji Lane and indulge in the shopping!
Haji Lane is a beautiful part of Singapore’s Kampong Glam neighbourhood, with the Malay and Arab influence reflected in its architecture, food and shop offerings, as well as the locals present.
There are stylish boutiques to explore as you make your way down the colourful art-filled lane, as well as many eateries including a café where you can get your own selfie printed on your coffee. I picked up a beautiful leather handbag, and the girls made their own perfumes too!