Top Kid-Friendly Attractions in Singapore



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Guide written by Diana David.

If you had suggested a vacation to Singapore during my pre-Mommy days, I would have laughed at you. After half a dozen trips there over a decade, Singapore has always seemed like a great place for business. For leisure, well, it's a bit like taking a vacation to Cleveland. It's just not first on the list with Angkor Wat and Katmandu beckoning nearby.

Our recent holiday involved three generations including two children aged 2 and 3. With Singapore aggressively courting visitors through its $1-a-night hotel stopover specials and value flights, plus frequent recommendations from friends with children, it catapulted to the top of our list. In fact, after four days there, we wished we had spent two weeks!

Our home base was the Grand Hyatt, centrally located on Orchard Road. They have family suites with two rooms and shared living room (but check, it may be cheaper just to get adjoining rooms) and the pool there has lovely tented beds. They even have special mini-van taxis to accommodate big groups.

Note: Be sure to read the Day Notes for the kid-friendly details on recommended attractions.

Ciao Bambino provides tips and advice around all things related to traveling with kids and is a guide to the best kid friendly hotels.

Author: Ciao Bambino!


Raffles Hotel Museum

Location:

1 Beach Rd
Raffles Hotel Singapore
189673 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6337 1886
fax: +65 6339 7650


Singapore Crocodilarium

Location:

730 East Coast Parkway
439172 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6447 3722
fax: +65 6344 1723


Day 1 - Singapore


Animals

Singapore Zoo

With kids, the highlight of Singapore is always the Singapore Zoo. It’s not just any zoo – more like its own country and we went to various parts of it for two days running! Thanks to advice from friends, we came prepared with swimsuits and towels for the kids rainforest water play area. After a breakfast with the monkeys, hand-feeding the elephants, tromping to see the white tiger and hopping the tram to view the kangaroos, the water park, the fountains and water slides were a huge and dousing relief for the kids. You can make a day of the animals by buying a Park Hopper 3-in-1 admission ticket to the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park all together. Prices are on the website and are admission only or for admission with tram, which is recommended if you have smaller children.

Night Safari

The night safari is the world’s first wildlife night park where kids can see over 1,000 animals in their nocturnal environment. The best way to see the safari is an open tram ride through eight different geographic regions. Once you are done, don’t miss the Creatures of the Night show.

Jurong Bird Park

As the world’s largest bird park, there something for everyone here. Older kids can sign up to be a Falconer and younger children will enjoy the bird feeding sessions, penguins and bird performing acts.


1

Singapore Zoological Gardens

Location:

80 Mandai Lake Road
729826 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6269 3411


2

Night Safari

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expert pick

Location:

80 Mandai Lake Rd
Singapore Zoo, at the western edge of the Bukit Panjang Nature Reserve, on the Seletar Reservoir
729826 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6269 3411


3

Jurong Bird Park

user rating

expert pick

Location:

2 Jurong Hill
628925 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6265 0022
fax: +65 6261 1869


Day 2 - Singapore


Local Flora and Culture

Botanical Gardens

If the weather is not too hot, spend the morning at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden in the Botanical Garden. It is a wonderful place to play and to learn about the local flora. Bring a picnic for lunch. On the local cultural scene, kids and parents alike rave about the museums.

Science Museum

The Science Museum has loads of fun things for small kids and events like a Snow City where kids can suit up in parkas for their first experience playing in snow in this tropical city state.

Asian Civilizations Museum

The Asian Civilizations Museum is at Empress Place opposite the Fullerton Hotel. For small kids they have an entire top floor with an interactive area where children can learn about the different civilizations that make up Singapore’s unique melting pot culture. The website has online games to give you a flavor of what’s to come.

National Singapore Heritage Museum

National Singapore Heritage Museum has been recently refurbished with offerings including art, workshops and performances related to the exhibit especially designed for children.

Cheng Ho Harbour Cruise

Children will enjoy the open air Imperial Cheng Ho Harbour cruise to the Merlion as an alternative to pounding the pavement.


1

Singapore Botanic Gardens

user rating

expert pick

Location:

1 Cluny Road
Main entrance at corner of Cluny Rd and Holland Rd
259569 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6471 7361
fax: +65 6467 7983


2

Singapore Science Centre

user rating

Location:

15 Science Centre Rd
Off Jurong Town Hall Rd
609081 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6425 2500
fax: +65 565 9533


3

Asian Civilisations Museum

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expert pick

Location:

1 Empress Place
179555 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6332 7798
fax: +65 6883 0732


4

National Museum of Singapore

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expert pick

Location:

93 Stamford Rd
#01-03 National Museum
178897 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6336 3670
fax: +65 6332 5642


5

Imperial Cheng Ho Cruises

user rating

Location:

1 Maritime Square
10-30 Lobby A, Harbour Front Center
099253 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +65 6533 9811
fax: +65 6535 7743


Day 3 - Singapore


Sentosa

Sentosa boasts a wonderful Aquarium that kids enjoy with picnic tables outside (just watch out for the monkeys!). The beaches here are mediocre, but you can bike along the beach, ride the sky-gondolas and there is even a luge.


1

Sentosa

Location:

Sentosa Island
099981 Singapore, Singapore

Contact:

tel: +1800 736 8672


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