Things to do with kids in Singapore
Singapore is one of the most family friendly places to visit in the world and a great place to start if you’ve never been to Asia before. It’s clean, modern and extremely welcoming but manages to retain some of the history and culture of other poplar destinations in South East Asia. The food is a fantastic mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay and ranges from tasty street vendors to high end restaurants. Here’s our top five list of things to do in Singapore with kids:
Located next to the famous Marina Bay Sands these (mostly) free gardens are home to the iconic Supertrees. Man made and MASSIVE these trees will amaze the kids and if you can face the queues you can walk across the Skyway – 22m high offering fabulous views of the bay and beyond. Try to time your visit for early evening – as the sun goes down, the lights go on and change colour in sync to music. It’s also home to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, huge glasshouses, one containing a spectacular indoor waterfall – well worth a visit! Make sure you visit The Children’s Garden water playground to cool off afterwards.
We could easily fill this destination guide with family friendly activities in Sentosa, it’s a tiny island jam packed with kid friendly hotels and activities and easily accesible from central Singapore via the cable car (a fun experience in itself), monorail or taxi. Universal Studios Singapore is probably the top draw for families with rides, attractions and shows easily rivaling its American competion. There’s also the S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and 4D Adventureland. If you can spare the time (and the cash, hotels are pricey!) Its worth basing yourself on Sentosa for a few days, there’s no chance of anyone getting bored!
For little animals lovers the night safari at Singapore Zoo is not to be missed. You can take a tram ride (and walk) through the natural habitats (rainforest, savannah and jungle) of some spectaular nocturnal creatures all roaming free! The lighting is designed to mirror a full moon, ensuring the animals are awake and active. This makes it tricky to get good pictures so put down the camera phone and just soak up the amazing atmosphere! Yes, you’ll need to keep the little ones up later than usual but embrace the jet lag and work it into your itinerary.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fantastic place to let the kids burn off some energy and enjoy the outdoors and is mainly free. Don’t miss the interactive Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden where kids up to the age of 12 can cross the swaying Suspension Bridge, shoot down the Tree House slides and explore the Melting Maze. Or just wander round the garden taking in the amazing natural beauty of the place, spotting the many sculptures dotted around.
For those of you looking for a more authentic Asian experience, head to Chinatown and spend some time exploring the hawker (food) stalls, markets and colourful shops. Most streets are pedestrian only, perfect for little feet when there’s so much to see and take in encourage them to soak up the culture Hindu temples and mosques sitting right next to Chinese temples. Give the kids a couple of SGD and let them practice their bartering for souvenirs!
Singapore only allows buildings to be constructed up to 280 metres high as a safety measure for planes landing and taking off from the Changi Airport.