Get your little ones perked up before the school term returns with these fun-filled, hands-on activities.
Family holidays are the best for getting quality time with the whole brood, but they can be as frazzling as they are fun-filled, especially with the tiny tots in tow. Fret not, parents, we’ve got you — here’s a list of the most family-friendly experiences in Singapore.
Check in to family-friendly hotels
Live in the lap of luxury with the little ones at top-of-the-line hotels that offer kid-friendly facilities. Check in to Resorts World Sentosa’s Festive Hotel for their fun design — step through the hotel doors and you’ll be greeted with warm, vibrant pops of colour and cheerful décor. Pro tip: book a stay in one of the Family Deluxe King rooms, where the kids can live out their treehouse dreams with the spacious loft beds. Resorts World Sentosa also offers a Kids Club that holds storytelling and craft sessions.
Another option on Sentosa Island is Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, which also boasts a Kids Club, baby pool and babysitting services. Plus, the hotel’s located right by Siloso Beach, perfect for a beach getaway for the whole clan.
Alternatively, opt for a stay at the St Regis Singapore — here, the kids can take a dip in the tropical pool or unwind after a day of activities with movie rentals from the hotel’s DVD library. You can also request baby amenities such as playpens, bottle warmers and bottle sterilisers, as well as a babysitter to assist you during your stay.
Dine at kid-friendly restaurants
Refuel after a day of activities at family-friendly dining destinations such as EatPlayLove Café. The aptly named café has two craft corners for the little ones, where they can let their imagination run free and experiment with craft materials. EatPlayLove’s menu offers hearty, Thai-inspired dishes such as mango salsa fish and creamy tom yum spaghetti.
Kick back and relax at Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre, an oasis that’s the perfect place to chill out. Pick from their all-day breakfast menu or gourmet sandwiches — kids also get to dine for free on Mondays with every main course ordered. Other perks? Join the Kids Club for extra treats like mystery gifts, or head to Melba on the weekends to enjoy the café’s Bouncy Castle.
Most restaurants in Singapore offer kid-friendly dining facilities. Be sure to keep a look out for eateries that offer free dining for the young ones with every adult main course ordered.
Shop at the most well-equipped malls
Well-equipped for babies, that is. Busy parents know that shopping with the little munchkins is no mean feat. But fret not, plenty of malls in Singapore are armed with nappy-changing stations, kiddy cabs, and everything you need to have a fuss-free day out.
City Square Mall, for instance, has an interactive play fountain and eco-playground where kids can run around and have fun. There are also nappy-changing stations and child basins in most bathrooms, as well as kiddy cab and baby pram rentals for tired tots and parents alike.
Head to Westgate for the free rooftop playground, Westgate Wonderland, where kids can take a break if they get tired or bored of shopping. The mall also offers a kids shower room on level four, nursing rooms in basement one and level four, and free stroller rentals within the building.
Keep the kids occupied with educational tours
Edutainment’s the name of the game. Sign the young ones up for some fun tours that also make for great learning opportunities. Head to the Singapore Zoo to marvel at wildlife, and make the most of the experience when you sign up for any of their educational tours. The kids can get a taste of being zookeepers with the behind-the-scenes Animals in the Pink tour, which gives insight into how animal caregivers and veterinarians take care of the Wildlife Reserve’s furry friends.
For less fauna and more flora, sign up for any of the workshops, guided walks or tours at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Bring the kids on a garden ‘treasure hunt’ or attend a hands-on educational workshop to learn about the diverse plants that the Gardens are home to.
Snag kids-priced tickets at these popular attractions
Must-visit attractions such as the Universal Studios Singapore are probably already on your itinerary, but be sure not to miss out on kids’ priced tickets (one-day passes are SGD 56 for children aged 4 to 12) and kids’ events while you’re there. Start your day sunny when you get to Sesame Street — have breakfast with your favourite characters from the show, pose for family photos and play plenty of fun games.
Or, bring your energetic tots to Bounce Singapore, a trampoline park which offers obstacle courses, free jumping arenas and more. There, you can opt for the Junior Jumpers (SGD 17 for the first hour) and Family Tickets options (SGD 75 for four tickets, with a maximum of two adults). Alternatively, you can also time your trip around these annual family-friendly events.