About Belinda Chee
Belinda Chee is a full-time mum and a part-time TV Host, Actress and Voice Over Talent. Having been a performer, a competitive swimmer and a TV personality, she is taking on parenting with the same gusto. An ordinary girl leading an extraordinary life, she makes the best of everything life presents to her. Her love for music and travel has now been passed on to her 4 year old daughter and they can't wait to travel the world together, singing as they go along! Follow her on her personal Instagram account and Facebook page.
When parents plan holidays with their children, there are many factors that come into play when choosing a travel destination. For one, is the country safe for their children to explore? Are there any fun activities that the whole family can do together? Because trust me, your child will not enjoy the trip if you only plan to hit all the major malls in the city (even if you do plan to buy them some toys)! Plus points are also given if the attractions are equipped with child-friendly facilities like baby rooms, parent-child toilets, play area, high chairs and the like.
That’s why everytime I think of a destination marks all the above criterias, I look no further than Singapore. For an island so small, there’s a whole lot of fun things to do for the entire family and I like how the child-friendly facilities are top notch! Most malls and attractions have very nice and spacious baby changing/nursing rooms and child-friendly potty toilets with low sinks. Not to mention, that there are definitely plenty of child-friendly eateries around that can fill your child’s tummy with yummy, kid-friendly menus.
One such eatery hidden in an area called Kampong Glam, is EatPlayLove. This café is located on Aliwal Street right next to the Aliwal Arts Center. They serve a Thai-Western menu with macaroni and cheese, and waffles for the kids, and tom yum soup and green curry for the adults. It’s known as a crafts café because they also sell all sorts of arts and craft materials, from paper dolls to sock puppets, and all the little knick-knacks you’d ever need to make an art project.
Plus, for SGD 5 per hour (2 hours on weekdays) your kids can make full use of the art materials provided at the Craft Corner to paint, draw, paste, and even make a pasta necklace! Definitely a go-to place to feed your kid’s tummies and their imagination!
Now if you want a view to go with your meals, there’s a relatively new place up on Mount Faber called Spuds and Apron. Located inside Faber Peak, with views overlooking Sentosa island and the Singapore skyline, you can take a nice drive up or opt to arrive in style – in a cable car!
This is especially convenient if you’re staying in Sentosa like we were. Danielle enjoyed her first cable car ride to Faber Peak and we thoroughly enjoyed the Asian-Western fusion menu served up at Spuds and Apron. Remember to end your meal with their signature dessert ‘Jar of Happiness’ and you’ll leave the place with a happy belly!
Alfresco dining is very popular in Singapore with lots of eateries located by the river. Robertson Quay might not be as popular as Clarke Quay or Boat Quay, but it doesn’t lack in choices of restaurants to enjoy with the entire family. In fact I think Robertson Quay might be better for families because it is not as packed.
We went to try out Brussel Sprouts at Robertson Quay because I was curious as to what Belgium food was. I am not a big fan of mussels, but if you are, well you’re in for a treat because you get to enjoy Brussel Sprouts’ signature mussels and clams in all sorts of sauces as well as a side of fat, yummy belgian fries! Kids below 10 gets a free kid’s meal with any purchase of a main meal! And just in case you’re wondering, no, they don’t serve brussel sprouts.
Dec 2017 update: We regret to inform you that Brussel Sprouts is permanently closed.
If Robertson Quay is not exclusive enough for your taste, head on to Marina at Keppel Bay to enjoy al fresco dining at its finest at Prive Café. Try their delicious Wagyu beef patty burger or their scrumptious all-day breakfast! The kids have their own menu and a little play area to keep them entertained while you take in the view of luxury yachts bobbing in the waters and imagine owning one for yourself!
Eating out with kids doesn’t have to be a struggle or a rushed affair, especially if you know of the right places to go to. I find that when I’m more relaxed and enjoying my food, Danielle tends to be more receptive and will end up eating everything on her plate! By herself! So take a break, bring your children on a culinary adventure and try out all these children-friendly eateries in Singapore!