Singapore with our children was fantastic, its very clean, green, safe and strikingly futuristic yet traditional.
Singapore is one of the most family-friendly destinations in Asia. Most people in the tourist areas speak English so there’s no need to worry about the language barrier.
Singapore average temperature is 24 – 34 degrees so if your feeling too hot, In most the shopping malls have a kids level with a play area.
The transport is cheap and it’s easy to get around but accommodation is very expensive, you should also check out Airbnb for cheaper options.
Here are a few of our favorite things we enjoyed doing in Singapore:
Gardens by the Bay
This was an ideal place for us to spend the afternoon and into the night.
This is both inside air conditioning and outside. You can also walk along the tops of the man-made vertical flower gardens and gaze over the stunning gardens and city.
The two domes are air-conditioned and filled with trees and flowers which make for incredible art-work as well as a massive vertical flower mountain “including a waterfall“ which you end up walking around the top of.
Once outside you can take a walk around the lake and through the many paths letting it take you to a kids area where they can run around in a splash area to keep them cool in the heat, then make your way to the OCBC Skyway which is 22 metres high and surrounded by panoramic views of the Gardens and Marina Bay skyline.
The gardens themselves are free and you can walk around and see many attractions for free However, you do have to pay for the conservatories and the OCBC Skyway, it’s around $28/$15 (adult/child 3-12) for the conservatories and $5/$3 for the skyway. Basically, everything is stroller friendly.
We all loved this, so much to see and do. 10/10
This is one of the best ways to take in the sights of the Robertson Quay, Clark Quay, and Marina Bay “Plus no walking”.
Particularly atmospheric by night, when Singapore’s skyline is beautifully lit up, these 40-minute cruises run every 15-20 minutes between the iconic structures of Marina Bay and the vibrant nightlife of Clarke Quay, with running commentary giving you some entertaining background history. You can hop on and off at several different locations, but your best bet is to catch the boat at the Promenade Jetty, in front of the Singapore Flyer – that way you catch a glimpse of the lit-up Gardens by the Bay. The boat then loops around Marina Bay, taking in the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands hotel, and the Esplanade before cruising past the grand Palladian edifice of Fullerton Bay Hotel and the impressive skyscrapers of the CBD (Central Business District) that make up most of Singapore’s skyline. The slightly more expensive cruises depart at 7:30pm and 9pm to coincide with laser shows on the Marina Bay and include a Singapore sling or juice per passenger.
Lots to see loved this experience 10/10
Singapore Night Safari
This was GREAT, you sit on a tram while it takes you around each animal … not much walking at all…. you can see why I liked it so much.
There are over 2,500 nocturnal animals from 130 species to check out.
The journey starts with a tribal performance and continues on board a tram as you get to experience 7 geographical regions of the world. There are also walking trails, aviaries, and a live show.
If your children can stay up late without having a meltdown this you should definitely come here.
This was a really good experience, 9/10
Singapore Botanic Gardens
One of Singapore’s largest green spaces, complete with the world’s most extensive orchid garden. West of Orchard Road, gleaming malls give way to the lush vegetation, themed gardens and three tranquil lakes that make up the vast Botanic Gardens. A boardwalk runs through a dense patch of ancient rainforest that predates the Gardens.
If you are looking for things to do in Singapore with children then you might want to head straight to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. It’s an interactive play area which also includes learning experiences to help kids learn how plants provide for their daily needs. Make sure to stop to have lunch at one of the lovely restaurants.
Great gardens to walk around, 8/10
This is mainly walking “pram friendly” and no shortcuts you have to follow the path, at the end there is an area where you get on a boat which was a highlight for us.
This is located next to the zoo and is dedicated to riverine environments and the animals and fish who live in them. The focus is on ten rivers: including the Amazon, the Mekong, the Nile, the Ganges, the Mississippi, the Yangtze, the Mary.
Each river has a distinct feel with animals and fish particular to that river. For example, the Yangtze zone had a giant Panda.
We enjoyed this experience, 7/10
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bid Park is Asia’s largest bird park with over 5000 birds! It’s another option for family day activities in Singapore.
There are opportunities to feed the birds, giant aviaries and live shows to add to the experience. There is also the chance to see rare and endangered birds at the Breeding and Research Centre. There is a kids playground. It consists of a dry play area with swings and obstacles, and a wet play area with fountains gushing water and splish-splashing features.
A good experience, 7/10
Take a walk.
A popular waterfront sightseeing walk. Start your walk from the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, shopping, and restaurant complex, and walk north alongside the Marina. You’ll cross the Helix Bridge, from which you get excellent views of the Singapore skyline. Heading west along the Marina Promenade, you’ll pass Gluttons’ Corner – one of Singapore’s best open-air food courts, as well as the gleaming Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay – a performing arts center that looks like giant metal golf balls. Head south along the Esplanade Bridge to the famous Merlion statue (half-fish, half-lion) that spews water into the bay and is lit up twice-nightly as part of the Marina Bay Sands’ sound-and-light show. Cut west to the south bank of the Singapore River and wander past the 19th century Cavenagh Bridge and sculptures by the likes of Salvador Dalí and Botero. Continue along Boat Quay, where bars and restaurants line the river. Cross the Elgin Bridge to the north side of the river and double back along the waterfront, past the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Theatre and the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore Sling.
If you can’t afford to stay at the Marina Bay Sands ($500NZ a night) and enjoy that amazing views of Singapore in the infinity pool which is 340-meter-long, here is another option.
The Singapore Flyer:
built over a three-story terminal building, the Flyer is 150 metres in diameter, 165 metres high, and travels at 0.21m per second (it is some 30 meters taller than the famous London Eye!) With breathtaking panoramic views that are so radically different during the day and at night, it’s hard to choose the best time to take a ride. You will get to see such city sights like the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay & Gardens by the bay, Empress Place, and the Padang.
A good way to see Singapore, 6/10
You will literally spend all day here, so get here early to beat the traffic.
KidZania allows children to role-play adult jobs and earn currency for their hard work.
Every KidZania is themed as a child-sized replica of a real city, including buildings, shops, theatres, as well as vehicles and pedestrians moving along its streets. In this city, children aged 4 through 14, ( however there are things for 2 onwards )
Work in branded activities such as bottling Thai branded milk, ketchup, worked in a dentist office, make burgers at a McDonald’s and get seated on the next AirAsia flight out of KidZania!
The children earn KidZos (KidZania’s currency) while performing the tasks, and the money is kept in the KidZania bank for children to spend at the gift shop and on KidZania’s activities.
Children wear electronic bracelets that allow parents to keep track of their kids remotely, which is great if you have a little runner like our Leo.
We found it absolutely amazing. The kids had the chance to put out fires as firemen, become policemen, drive little cars around a track and full them put with gas, and even perform an endoscopy!
They also took part in many other activities and that was only the tip of the iceberg of all the total experiences available.
Their favorite part was that they got paid for all of this and then they were able to use the money to buy other experiences such as a makeover, even Leo had a makeover like his big sister.
This is aimed more at kids over 4 years old, Leo (2.5 years old) became a little overwhelmed from some of the tasks. Also, some of the tasks were only able to be completed by children aged 4 and over.
The kids loved it, 7/10
Firstly to get to Sentosa Island you can get on a cable car which the kids will love, it’s a great way to start your adventure.
Sentosa Island is massive, there is so much to see and do, you could easily spend 2 days here.
Sentosa is broken up of different sectors like Resorts World Sentosa is an area that takes up a big chunk of Sentosa Island. This is where you will find the biggest places to visit in Singapore for families – Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium. It would be easy to visit Sentosa Island and only come to this section of the island.
In addition to these attractions, you can also visit:
* Southern Most Point of Continental Asia – a fun walk over a swinging suspension bridge
* Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom – an interesting little butterfly park, bird aviary, and insect museum.
* Tiger Sky Tower – Singapore’s highest observatory tower rising 131 meters above sea level
* Tricky Eye Museum
* Sentosa Merlion – 37-meter tall structure with activities inside.
* Fort Siloso Skywalk – An eleven story skywalk among the trees to Fort Siloso
* Combat Skirmish LIVE – combat laser shooting and other activities
* Wave House Sentosa – learn to surf and some other fun water activities.
* iFly – indoor skydiving
* Nature walks
* Underwater World – an aquarium
* Sentosa Segway Tour
* Madame Tussauds Singapore
* The Flying Trapeze – learn how to master the trapeze.
*Sentosa Island is also home to three beaches: Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong.
So much to see and do here, 10/10
This is one of the largest aquariums in the world, we spent hours upon hours here, we are all fascinated in sea life.
The aquarium is quite extensive with many undersea displays including long tunnels to start and finish the experience. There are also touch tanks, aquariums under the floor and activities for kids. You can even sit at the restaurant having lunch right next to the glass of the aquarium.
LOVE LOVE LOVE 10/10
This park consists of 7 themed zones – The Lost World, Madagascar, Sci-Fi City (including Transformers), Far Far Away (Shrek theme), Ancient Egypt (including The Mummy) and New York (including Sesame Street).
Each themed zone has its own attractions, shopping, eating establishments and street entertainment around the theme. There are rides, street performances, live shows and movie characters.
Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island
Adventure Cove Waterpark is a fun water park located in the Resorts World Sentosa part of Sentosa Island with water slides, kid water play areas, wave pool, a water-based obstacle course, a slow-moving river to tube around in and snorkeling with fish over a reef.
There is also Dolphin Island Marine Life Park within its boundaries where you can wade with stingrays or play with dolphins (both at an extra charge and with a minimum height requirement of 122cm and 115cm respectively).
This park is best visited with kids over 122cm