Singapore is world-famous for being a foodie paradise and a shopping wonderland. But with plenty of outdoor activities and great dining outlets for the young, it is also an ideal place for a family holiday, whether you have a week or a long weekend to spend here. Take your family on a memorable trip and bond with your loved ones over unforgettable activities and interesting family-friendly attractions in Singapore.
Singapore may be a little red dot on the map, but there are plenty of child-friendly spaces for young ones to run around and explore to their hearts’ content.
The Far East Organization Children's Garden at Gardens By The Bay is a one hectare play area for kids that comprises a treehouse and forest canopy trail and interactive water tunnels for an afternoon of frolicking.
There is also the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first Unesco World Heritage Site. This 2-hectare sized play garden has a treehouse structure and a suspension for kids to explore and also hosts educational activities such as plant potting to encourage children to have a better appreciation for nature.
For an educational experience, bring your kids to KidsSTOP, a science-themed fun zone at the Science Centre Singapore that’s filled with interesting exhibitions and activities to encourage learning through play.
Of course, you will want to allocate a day for exploring the award-winning Singapore Zoo that is home to over 300 species of animals. With well-designed animal enclosures, your family will have a fun time discovering the exotic animals ranging from lions and rhinos to flying foxes and kangaroos.
For more animal interaction, head to Gallop Stable at Pasir Ris Park where you can sign up for pony rides or riding lessons. There’s no better way to encourage your kids to develop a love for nature than by helping them form a bond with these gentle four-legged animals.
Make a splash
When the temperature rises on this tropical island, it’s time to go on a water adventure for some thrills as you cool down. Wild Wild Wet at Downtown East in Pasir Ris is one of Singapore’s largest water parks with plenty of water rides, slides and tubes to whizz through. There are also gentler rides if you (or the little ones) prefer to take it easy.
On Sentosa, check out the Adventure Cove Waterpark™ at Resorts World Sentosa™. This exhilarating aquatic park features exciting rides such as Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster. You can also take your kids snorkelling over a coral reef where they may even get to touch some friendly fish or rays while floating in the water!
Finally, to get an unparalleled view into the deep blue sea, visit the S.E.A Aquarium™ which is just around the corner from Adventure Cover Waterpark. The Aquarium houses over 100,000 marine animals across 800 species ranging from blobs of exotic jellyfish to magnificent sharks and giant manta rays. This is one visit to the aquarium that will leave you and your children in awe with the wonders of nature.
Since this is also at RWS, mention that and say how they can hop over to another awesome experience just around the same place.
Dining out made easy
It’s not always easy to keep the young ones occupied while you dine out, which is why you will want to take note of these restaurants that are well prepared with kid-friendly activities so you can feed the entire family with minimal fuss.
At Nook: DIY House of Pancakes in Bukit Timah, have fun creating your own pancakes out of flavours such as Dark Chocolate and Funky Banana and yummy toppings like rainbow sparkles and fruits. Older children will love custom-making and cooking their own pancakes at the griddle on your table - but be sure to supervise younger ones with this.
Over at EatPlayLove Cafe, which serves Thai and Western cuisine, at the Aliwal Arts Centre in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood, there is a Craft Corner available at just $5 per hour on weekends where children can get occupied with creating their own works of art while the parents eat.
If your kids just can’t sit still, Treehouse Cafe at the Grandstand on Turf Club Road is a good place for a meal as it has a children’s play area in the shape of a treehouse right in the middle of the restaurant. This means that while you dine on comforting fare such as pizza or sanndwiches, you'll be able to keep an eye on junior at the same time, for a worry-free meal!
So pack your bags and head to Singapore with your family for an adventure-filled, activity-packed vacation that will satisfy both the young, and the young at heart.