More than just a short-stop over destination for families
Singapore has a lot of attractions that appeal to a wide range of ages. This makes Singapore among the top family-friendly destinations in the world. Singapore has a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that everyone in the family can take part in.
This post is part of our series Discover South East Asia – see more of our great suggestions for Singapore and beyond
Planning to go to Singapore anytime soon? These are seven things that you can do to enjoy Singapore with your kids:
Here’s how to fit them all in with our 5-day Singapore Itinerary for Families.
Visit the Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay has become one of the most recognizable attractions in Singapore. This nature park built on reclaimed land is made up of different zones. The most popular is the Supertree Grove, which is made up of gigantic tree-like structures that serve as vertical gardens.
There are also climate-controlled conservatories – the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. While the structures look great as they are during the day, they become otherworldly when the lights turn on at night. You may want to visit an hour or so before the sun sets so you will be able to experience the best of both worlds.
Go to the Singapore Discovery Centre
Singapore has become a leader in edutainment in recent years. The Singapore Discovery Centre is proof of that. Multiple exhibits can be found in the entire building, which seek to educate and entertain people.
One of the exhibits in the Discovery Centre tells of the country’s recent history in an interactive way. It has theatre performances, interactive quizzes and a “future’ exhibit. Apart from that, you can also find the Crisis Simulation Theatre, the Harmony Circle, and a mock television studio.
Check into KidZania
If your kids are still below 10 years old, they will love a stop at KidZania. This massive complex plays host to entertainment attractions that also seek to educate young children. It is designed like an actual kid-sized city where children can take on roles like a nurse, a banker or an engineer. There are a total of eighty role-play activities in KidZania Singapore. (Update: Singapore KidZania is now permanently closed)
Explore the Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands may be famous for its public cantilevered platform at the top of the three supporting structures but it offers way more than that. As an example, the large Ferris wheel Singapore Flyer offers a scenic high-altitude view of the city beneath. There are also swimming pools, shops, hotels and theatre facilities in the Marina Bay Sands.
Stop by the ArtScience Museum
The first thing that you notice about ArtScience Museum is the gorgeous building it is housed in. Designed like a lotus flower, the entire museum has 21 gallery spaces with both permanent and touring exhibitions displayed. But more than that, the entire family will be fascinated by the exhibits from the fields of media, architecture, design, and technology.
On a budget? There are some great tips for free activities around Singapore here
Go on a night safari
If you think that you cannot experience a safari in an urban jungle like Singapore, think again. The Singapore Night Safari is one of the world’s best facilities of its kind. Your kids will be able to enjoy the sight of animals roaming around in their natural environments.
There are also walking trails that can be found in the safari as you set out to look at the 1,000 animals in the entire attraction.
Spend a day at the Universal Studios Singapore
Another great highlight located on the resort island of Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore is among the most visited attractions in the country. The theme park houses a total of 24 rides that have been neatly organized into seven zones. Due to the multiple entertainment options in the whole theme park, the family can spend an entire day here.
Start your visit by strolling through Hollywood Boulevard. The famed avenue in California has been recreated perfectly that you would think that you are in America. This is also where you will most likely be doing your shopping. Another zone that is a must on your list is The Lost World. Based on the cinematic universes established in the movies “Jurassic Park” and “Water world,” it features lots of rides and shows.
Got a few days? Try this 3 day Singapore itinerary
Singapore has to be one of the most action-packed places to go for a family vacation. Many people just fall in love with Singapore and consider living there as an expat.
There are lots of high paying jobs available for foreigners in Singapore. In fact, the majority of the population in Singapore are foreigners. To start with, you can register yourself as a tuition teacher to earn a handsome living in Singapore as teaching is a high paying profession in Singapore.
Related reading: Our Global Parenting Interview with Singapore expat Mariam
How to get to Singapore
With one of the largest and most renowned airports in the world Changi Airport, its the ideal stopover city and accessible from almost all corners of the world in a direct flight. We recommend Skyscanner to search for the best flight options.
- If you can get a great deal with Singapore Airlines it’s one of our family-friendly favourites – find out why here.
- If you are coming to Singapore from Malaysia, there’s a great guide on how to take the bus here.
Where to stay in Singapore
We had an amazing time staying at the W Singapore on Sentosa Island. Sentosa is an ideal location to base yourself to explore everything that this city-nation has to offer and is close to many of the attractions listed here. You can see a great detailed guide to Singapore family accommodation here.
With so much on offer, do yourself a favour and stay for more than just a short stopover, you will find enough activities to keep the kids happy for at least a week – or maybe even longer!
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