Discover a side of Singapore few have seen with these family-friendly tours. Run by true experts—the people who work there day in, day out—these immersive experiences take you behind the scenes of Singapore’s major attractions.

A family feeding birds at Jurong Bird Park

Ocean Dreams
Tour operator: Resorts World™ Sentosa
A shot of aquarium display at S.E.A. Aquarium™ Photo by Resorts World Sentosa

Crawl into a sleeping bag and let the calming blue hues of the Open Ocean Habitat lull you to sleep during your Ocean Dreams experience at S.E.A. Aquarium™ in Resorts World™ Sentosa. The 2D1N tour includes a 90-minute after-hours guided tour of the entire aquarium, with the guides making stops along the way to explain more about aquatic life such as manta rays, coral reefs and sharks. You will even get a chance to feed the smaller fish during the tour. There’ll be fun games for the whole family and dinner is included. 

When you wake up the following day, the aquarium will have a little surprise in store for you—divers will swim over to your section, bearing banners that wish you a good morning.

If you’re signing up for this tour with your loved ones, be sure to sign up for the family package, which grants access to two adults and two children at a lower overall rate. Tours include sleeping bags and discounted rates to the Adventure Cove Waterpark™ (applicable after the conclusion of the Ocean Dreams programme). Reservations for this tour should be made two weeks in advance.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6577 7515.

Race Against Time – Science Behind a Botanic Garden Tour
Tour operator: National Parks
Clock Tower at Singapore Botanic Gardens Photo by Marklin Ang

Held every fourth Saturday of the month, Race Against Time – Science Behind a Botanic Garden Tour is a free 45-minute walk around the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ research facilities. The tour takes you to the Herbarium—which holds records of reference plant materials dating as far back as the 1790s—and to the Orchid and Micro-propagation laboratory, where you can learn all about the garden’s orchid hybridisation programme. Here, you can catch a glimpse of researchers performing experiments on small plants and flowers. The tour also includes a visit to the Library of Botany and Horticulture, which is a museum showcasing botanical specimens and botanical illustrations. Registration starts 15 minutes before the tour commences, and is limited to 20 people, aged nine and up. For groups larger than 20, enquire via email at least 14 days in advance.

For online bookings, find out more here or call 1800 471 7300.

Esplanade Tour
Tour operator: The Esplanade Co Ltd
Fish eye shot of the interior of the Esplanade Concert Hall Photo by Afur Wong

Peek behind the stage curtains and gain fascinating insights into the routines of stage performers on this tour at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. It grants you backstage access to the city’s largest performing arts venue, where you can find out how major productions like Les Misérables are brought to life.

The one-hour Esplanade Tour, which is conducted in English, is held every Monday, and takes you through the Concert Hall and Theatre, dropping by the orchestra pit, dressing rooms and artists’ lounge before ending with some light refreshments. Groups of 12 or more should make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6828 8377.

Wild Discoverer Tour
Tour operator: Wildlife Reserves Singapore Group
A family looking at a giraffe in the background

Get up close and personal with monkeys and creepy-crawlies when you sign up for the Singapore Zoo’s Wild Discoverer Tour. Jump aboard a buggy and be whisked through the zoo’s most popular exhibits, as a guide explains how they care for the various beasts. Then pop into the Fragile Forest to learn more about invertebrates like Madagascan hissing cockroaches and rhinoceros beetles. Finally, at the zoo’s Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, you’ll be treated to the cheeky antics of a hundred Hamadryas baboons as they are fed.

Tour groups are kept to a maximum of seven people, and the tour price excludes park admission, which must be purchased separately. Do make your tour reservations at least five days in advance.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6269 3411.

Panda Rise and Shine
Tour operator: Wildlife Reserves Singapore Group
A woman taking a picture of a panda in a River Safari enclosure

They’re big, they’re furry and they’re incredibly adorable. Giant pandas Jia Jia and Kai Kai are the River Safari’s stars, and on this tour, you will get to bid them a good morning before the regular visitors arrive. Panda Rise and Shine takes you to the back-of-house areas of the Giant Panda Forest, where you can watch the zookeepers perform morning check-ups on the loveable bears. Here, you’ll also get to help the staff prepare breakfast for the pandas before settling down for your own meal at Mama Panda Restaurant. Be sure to snap a photo with the pandas to mark the occasion.

The tour, which runs for about two hours, can accommodate up to six people, with children having to be at least seven years old. Take note that the River Safari will block off dates to accommodate its panda-breeding programme, so do check out the website for updated information. Tours are subject to availability and should be made at least one month in advance at

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6269 3411.

Bird’s Eye Tour
Tour operator: Wildlife Reserves Singapore Group
A family feeding birds at Jurong Bird Park

Enjoy a private buggy ride around the Jurong Bird Park on the Bird’s Eye Tour. Taking place over 60 minutes, the tour brings you to the best spots of the park, including the Lory Loft, the world’s largest lory aviary, and the Waterfall Aviary, which is home to a 30-metre-tall waterfall and more than 600 birds of all feathers. Get up close with ostriches, cassowaries, swans and more as you take part in feeding sessions.

The tour takes place three times a day, and reservations should be made at least five days in advance.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6269 3411.

Singapore Sports Hub Venue Tours
Tour operator: Singapore Sports Hub
Interior of Singapore Sports Hub stadium

Wear comfortable shoes for this one. The Singapore Sports Hub Venue Tour takes you on a 90-minute guided walk through all 35 hectares of the fitness and lifestyle hub. The tour gets you exclusive entry into the National Stadium when it’s not opened to the public. Your guide will also take you to the Singapore Sports Museum, where you can discover the history and evolution of our proud sportsmen and women through interactive exhibits.

If you’re looking to fit in a quick workout, put in your request in advance and your guide might be able to fit in a climbing session at the fully air-conditioned indoor climbing wall at Climb Central, over at the nearby Kallang Wave Mall.

Don’t forget to bring along a camera. As the Singapore Sports Hub is located right by the Kallang Basin, you’ll be able to enjoy and capture gorgeous waterfront views of the Singapore skyline from a different angle. The 90-minute tour takes place twice a day.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6653 8900.