Picking out the perfect destination to visit with kids can be a tedious task because as a parent we constantly look for safety, hygiene along with lots of attractive places that can keep the little ones engaged…Now, let’s look at it this way, everyone has a different taste when it comes to places to visit, but if you prefer Southeast Asia, we got Singapore in our mind for you. It not only is one of the famous modern island city-states in the world, but also a popular travel destination with plenty of fun things to do with kids. Singapore certainly ticks all the boxes of holiday places suitable for kids as it has tourist attractions where you can hike with your children; sight the giant supertree groves; and of course have an ultimate adventure in places like Sentosa Island. But wait, we offer more reasons in our blog that can also assist you as a travel guide when you plan a holiday with family to Singapore.
During family holidays, we often prefer open nature parks to spend time under the sun with kids. And on your trip to Singapore you’ll find one ideal place to appreciate nature- Singapore Botanical Gardens (SBG). What’s best is that the entire nature-themed park complex houses different attractions. Singapore Botanic Gardens is a tropical garden and the only to receive a UNESCO tag and to rank the best garden in Asia…mind boggling isn’t it?
Note – SBG opens all week from 5 am to 12 am
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden (JBCG) is another attraction for children in Singapore that is a must visit. Located inside the Botanical Garden, this place doesn’t allow adults unless you have a little one clinging to you. It offers an interactive learning space for kids that feature different interactive activities to help children below 14 explore and learn about plant life.
Note – JBCG opens Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm
You can also visit the National Orchid Garden (NOG) that displays a series of large orchids, over 60,000 plants to be precise. And a Heritage Museum that exhibits various plants and it also has different sections for interactive learning using multimedia platforms. These are just a few highlights of Botanical Garden; the only way to get the details is to experience it by visiting.
Note – NOG and museum opens all week from 8:30/9 am to 6/7 pm
If you find Botanical Garden to be too tourist-friendly and seek for a calm and relaxing hotspot instead, visit Ang Mo Kio Park. This is, in fact, one of the most famous parks in Singapore, (not as famous as the Botanical, FYI) it stretches over 62 hectares, which is somewhat close to Botanical Garden which is 74 hectares. Surrounding the beautiful greenery, the park houses lovely ponds and charming bridges, for sure, not just children, even adults will feel like a kid here.
The park is divided into two parts, one being the Pond Gardens which has a water playground and a flat-roof restaurant, Grub. The second part of the park has a ‘Dog Run Area’ and children’s park equipped with exciting activities for kids. But the best attraction amongst all is the Kallang River that extends wide starting from the Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. In this part of the park, you can savour in a few restaurant outlets and pamper your body with a massage at Aramsa – The Garden Spa.
Find a mini Disneyland in Singapore at Thomas Town and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town two of the best places to take preschoolers. It offers an interactive session with few of the popular animated friends like Bob the Builder and Hello Kitty. These two parks provide the children with a series of play-learn activities along with shows and interactive games with their favourite cartoons. Basically, it provides a learning experience for everyone.
This attraction is divided into two sections, first being the Thomas Town that consists of Thomas themed train rides, Bob the Builder area and dancing with Angelina. It also has play areas for kids and live shows. For Hello Kitty enthusiasts, you can visit the Hello Kitty’s house where your kids can participate in live shows and challenge in some fun indoor activities for kids. There are also activities where both the parents and kids can participate together.
A visit to Gardens by the Bay is a proof you’ve actually been to Singapore besides, how can you not visit this star attraction. Unquestionably, it is one of the most admirable tourist spots that even outshine the skyscrapers of Singapore. And I’ll tell you what treasures you can explore while vacationing with kids. Gardens by the Bay have 12 best attractions that will keep you on an imaginative loop. You probably must know Supertree Grove, well; this spot receives an unimaginable amount of tourists year round. These iconic vertical garden trees measure about 25 and 50 metres tall and it literally comes to life at night with an exhilarating light display. Speaking of which, the 28-metre-long OCBC skywalk offers panoramic sights of the Marina Bay skyline and vistas of the massive garden.
Cloud Forest is also a splendid place to visit with kids that offer an eye-popping sight of various plant species. You can explore the pitcher plants, orchids and ferns amid the cool mist-filled dome. Inside, you can also witness a 35-meter tall waterfall and stroll along the Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk. Similarly, the flower dome is also worth a visit, it houses a variety of flora from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. Gardens by the Bay also have other interesting places for tourists with kids like Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes. You can simply stroll along the 440-metre boardwalk near the lake and hope to see a dragonfly because they mostly lurk amid the lakes and water plants. Heritage Gardens is another attraction you should visit that displays history and culture of Singapore.
Note – Each attraction have different timings however the main entrance remains open for visitors all week from 5 am to 2 am
Never experienced wildlife safari at night? Well, guess what looks like Singapore has covered that up for you as well. Night Safari offers a different approach to appreciating nature by sighting night crawlers that we hardly see in our daily lives. Here, you can get a ticket for a 40-minute open-sided tram ride that will traverse the forest. During the journey, the night safari covers the entire forest where you get to sightsee uncaged wild nocturnal animals that rule the forest by night. Make sure to keep your wide eyes attentive because with even one blink may lead you to a missed opportunity situation.
There is also a Wallaby Trail inspired by the Australian highland forest and VIP buggy and walking tour organized by the park. This is perhaps one of the best rides for kids because it comes with a guide who will tell you everything your inquisitive children or even you may have in mind. (If you are a group of 7, great because the tram can hold up to only 7 people). If you are looking for more light and sound action, the safari also has a non-stop night show where the animals like the serval and hyena will amaze you displaying their behaviours. Night Safari is an ideal place to visit for young kids older than 10 as some kids younger as 10 may get a little too difficult to handle.
Note – Opens all week from 7:15 pm to 4 am
Now, here’s the thing, Bumboats are ideally used for river taxis and cruise services and it is the cheapest means for a sightseeing activity. But before reading further let me tell you this, you may find most of the Bumboats to have eyes and faces painted on the rear of the boats; this is because it is believed that it foresees danger. Nevertheless, if you are simply in need to pass from one destination to other, River Taxi-Jetties are the best and cost-efficient means. It starts at Esplanade and Robertson Quay, making pit stops at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Clemenceau.
Similarly, the Bumboats service two rides – Singapore River Cruise and Singapore River Explorer. They both are proven best for families to explore downtown Singapore. This 40-minute ride offers an audiovisual guided tour and it takes you to some of the famous tourist sites where the boat may stop for awhile and departs after every 15 minutes from places like Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay. In order to see the stunning night lights of Singapore, a nighttime cruise is a great way to enjoy the light show of Marina Bay that can be experienced from a whole new angle.
Note – A 40-minute Bumboat Singapore Cruise costs around 1200 rupees for adults and 730 rupees for kids, however, for one stop it costs 145 rupees per head.
No doubt, Zoo’s are the ultimate best place for kids and perhaps even grownups if you wish for a little wildlife escapes. Thanks to the waters of Upper Seletar Reservoir, it offers the zoo animals and the visitors a sense of natural space. Featuring around 11 zones, each represents different wild species kept in spacious enclosures suitable to their habitat. In Singapore Zoo, you’ll also find the first tropical born polar bear named Inuka, Australasia exhibit that has kangaroos and agile wallabies, the Primate Kingdom that has around 39 species of primates and Reptile Garden for the Komodo dragons. The zoo also offers informative and entertaining shows making it a worthy experience for kids.
You can explore Splash Safari Show to see the Californian Sea Lions do their stunts on the 10.30am and 5pm slot and learn about the dangers and prevention of deforestation in the Rainforest Fights Back Show in 12.30pm and 2.30pm slot. But that’s not all, for kids who want something more thrilling, visit the iconic Zoo-rassic Park section of the zoo and explore over 20 dinosaur species that you had only see in movies. Perhaps, it is the best feature in the entire park that has animatronic life-like prehistoric creatures where you can learn about their mass extension through a guide while exploring through Dinosaur Valley.
Note – Opens all week from 8:30 am to 6 pm
Like Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park also is one of the most visited places in the city for wildlife enthusiasts. If you are an avian lover, bring your kids to JBP where around 8,000 bird species are available along with some fun exhibits and interactive shows for kids. This 20.2 hectares aviary is managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and it is one of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. Apart from glimpsing at the beautiful feathered creatures, you can also get an opportunity to feed them. One of the colourful attractions is the 30-metre-high Waterfall Aviary which is the biggest walk-in aviaries housing around 600 birds.
Another star attraction is the nine stories high walk-in lory flight aviary that houses around 15 beautiful lory species. Make sure to also visit the Penguin Coast to meet cute and cuddly flightless birds. Other must visit attractions also include the Flamingo Lake and Pelican Cove. Like the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park organises exciting shows for the kids like High Flyers Show. But if that’s not enough, take your kids to Birdz of Play. This amazing attraction arcade games and other kid-friendly things to do in the Dry play area and Wet play area.
Note – Opens all week from 8:30 am to 6 pm and Wet Play Area opens from 11 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 5:30 pm on the weekends.
One of the iconic structures in Singapore, a ride in this flyer is a must do while on your trip to Singapore. This observation wheel is the second largest in the world after the High Roller in Las Vegas standing 165 metres high. It consists of 28 air-conditioned capsules giving some awe sights to sigh. During the ride, a 30-minute movie is also played, Journey of Dreams that exhibits the making of the flyer. Awesome things to do in and around the flyer terminus are in abundance, you and your little one can enjoy in XD Theater that will take you on an adventurous ride through this 10-seater motion simulator.
Experience the next big thing by flying a plane through flight simulator that features cockpit and fully-functioning avionics. During this training, you can choose from over 24,000 airports to fly in and out of, what fun! While the kids enjoy flying the plane, you can relax in the Kenko Reflexology and Fish Spa. You and your kids can also get a Joyscoot and ride along the Marina Bay.
An iconic structure with wavelike shaped glass panes is probably the signature facade of the ‘MINT’ Museum of Toys. MINT as in, Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys certainly captivates even the grown-ups by seeing their favourite toys displayed in the museum. This popular museum has around 3,000 toys from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. Toys like Astro Boy, Dan Dare, Pre-war Japanese toys, Disneyana toys, Batman collection, Popeye, Bonzo the Dog, Teddy Bear including a collection of Chinese doll. You can also find comics dating back from the 1920s like the Adventures of Tintin and a number of Chinese comics.
Of course, shopping for toys here is not allowed, but you can bring your kids to show what toys were available during your time. Basically, you can have a childhood memorabilia with your kids in the ‘MINT’ Museum of Toys. All the toys displayed in the museum are a lifetime collection of Chang Yang Fa who was an alumnus of St Andrew’s School. We can say that this is an ideal place to spend time with kids amid the five-storey contemporary building which also includes a fun collection of tin boxes and enamel signs in the museum’s restaurants.
Note – ‘MINT’ Museum of Toys was designed by Chan Soo Khian and it received many international awards. Note – Opens Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Snow City is probably one of the most visited attractions in the whole of Singapore during warm days. Kids, as well as adults, love visiting Snow City, I mean why wouldn’t anybody, its snow in the middle of a tropical paradise and it offers exciting activities for kids and grown-ups. However, truth be told, don’t expect something super fancy, it is a rather miniature attraction. This place features many themes like the Dino World that displays many ice sculptures built by Jeffrey Ng, a celebrity ice sculptor.
Further, you’ll come across the Snow Chamber, which is the main feature of the place. It has a three-story high large snow-covered slope which is about 60-meters long and it has few things to do here. Take a snow tube and slide down the slope, this is the sole best activity to do here but for a kid, it would mean a lot. Snowman’s World is also another point of interest that is equipped with a small play area for kids but you can have some photography sessions making every moment count. There is also a food court and a souvenir shop.
Note – Open on weekdays from 10am to 6 pm and weekends till 7 pm.
An obvious destination often bookmarked by Singapore vacationers to take your kids to is Sentosa Island. Offering an abundance of fun activities, it’s like this island just off the main island is dedicated to only theme parks, adrenaline activities, kid-related entertaining shows and calming beaches. The family-friendly attraction here revolves around some big names like Universal Studios and it also houses some luxurious hotels in case you wish to stay. Resorts World Sentosa covers a larger chunk of the island where attractions you can visit are the Universal Studios that has 7 themed zones. They are Madagascar, The Lost World, Far Far Away, Ancient Egypt, New York (Sesame Street) and Sci-Fi City. S.E.A Aquarium, on the other hand, is one of the largest aquariums that stores an extensive collection of fishes. Apart from that, the island also has Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island where basically everything that defines fun exists.
Sentosa Island also has educational activities for kids like the KidZania where the children can do real-life jobs and get paid. The whole concept teaches kids to work and earn to get whatever you want, simply awesome isn’t? This island is popular for all the right reasons because the sights mentioned are just starters, there are varieties of such jam-packed and fun-filled activities. Try the Skyline Luge and Cable Car both offering nice sights of the ocean and park below. There is also a 75 metre high and 450 metres long Zipline that traverses a jungle landing you straight to the beach. Port of Lost Wonder is also another favourite with kids, it has wading pools and slides making it a nice place for young kids and for you if you wish to avoid the crowded rides. And for a break from the activities, visit the 4D Adventureland for a 4D movie break. Sentosa Island also has three beaches – Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong.
Note – Opens all week from 10 am to 7 pm, however, some of the attractions have different timing.
So here’s the thing, if Sentosa Island is expensive or too much to deal with, you can always visit Wild Wild Wet Water Park in Singapore. This is one of the largest water parks in Singapore and it has many adventure and kid-friendly water sports. Opened in 2004, this tourist spot receives many visitors year round and is voted one of the most popular family attractions. This place has adrenaline-pumping rides for the daredevils and relaxing fun rides also. Amongst the many rides, some of the most thrilling ones are Vortex that drops you at an extreme speed. Freefall is another heart-pumping ride that drops you at a speed of 50 feet per second. Kraken Racers is rather a fun thing to do with a group of friends similarly to the Royal Flush.
For younger kids aged around 10, Professor’s Playground is a suitable area to dance and splash water, kids may easily lose track of time while here. This playground offers rides like splashing buckets, spraying fountains and as many as six slides. Professor’s Playground is relatively safe since the water is not more than 0.3 metres deep you can allow your kids to loiter around the area. The Kidz Zone is another ideal place for kids that features straight and curved and also funnel slides. Check out Splash Play, another best place to leave your kids free with all sorts of activities.
Note – Children less than 1.2 m in height are strictly not allowed on some ride.
Go-Karting is another well-known attraction in Singapore and probably one of the best things a father-son can do. Located in the Bukit Timah area, this attraction has three parts. Kartright Speedway has a 750m long track and you’ll have to register as a member before speeding the kart here. The Karting Arena is a 500 m long karting track offering 11 fun twist and turns. The electric engines motors offer a smooth ride with better acceleration and a thrilling experience. This is a perfect activity for kids where you can ride for approximately 7 to 12 laps. KF1 Karting Circuit, on the other hand, features a 960 m long track, but this is ideal for the experts who enjoy the speedy rides.
Note – Children should be at least 9 years old and 1.4 m tall. Note – Opens all weekdays from 11 am to 10 pm and weekends on Saturday from 9 am to 10 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm.
One of the kids-friendly places in Singapore, Discovery Centre is an interactive place that exhibits all sorts of attractions for the kids. Here you can explore a five-minute show where the Merlion sings and raps about this homeland Singapore in So Singapore Theatre. You can also visit the Gateway section of the centre and see videos on how Singapore came into existence. There is also Army Museum where you can take your kids to appreciate all the operation undertaken by the Army. You can also hop on a SAFTI bus and tour around SAFTI Military Institute.
To explore the great outdoors, you can rent a pedal boat and go for a calming ride around the Discovery Centre Lake. The centre also has different portals where you can learn and play interactive games and follow the life story of a girl in Crisis Simulation Theatre that went through a tragic episode of her life during the bomb explosion at the Raffles Place MRT station. Besides that, there are also other fun educational activities like Battlefield Command, On-Location Reporter, Crossfire Paintball, Dream Lab, Digital Dance Studio and many more.
Note – Opens all week from 9 am to 6 pm
By far Singapore can be considered a go-to destination for all sorts of occasions. And for a family trip with kids, well, your vacay can’t get any better. As mentioned in the blog, there are just so many wonderful attractions for kids, a weekend holiday is not enough. So why not plan a trip to Singapore with Tour My India and for sure you’ll not be let down as we provide you with the best Singapore tour packages and travel deals. In order to know more, you can always call us at ( +91-9212553106 / 07 ) or send us a mail with your queries at ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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