ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SINGAPORE’S FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay is one of the top family attractions
The Cloud Forest … chance to cool off in the middle of the day

By LINDA JAMES | Updated APRIL 7, 2022 | SEE & DO

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If you’ve been wondering what the top family attractions are in Singapore, keep reading! There are so many fun things for kids to do in Singapore from the historic such as the Battle Box Museum to the cultural (Buddha Tooth Relic temple) and adventurous, both indoor and outdoor – Sentosa Island

This is handy due to the temperatures, which range from 25C (77F) and 31C (87F). You can plan your days around outdoor activities in the morning and afternoon and spend the middle of the day in air conditioning.

There are also a lot of night activities in Singapore for kids. While the city topped the most expensive cities in the world list for five years, it is one of the most family-friendly destinations in Asia. There are loads of family attractions in Singapore that are free such as checking out the Supertree Grove and Far East Children’s garden at Gardens by the Bay to walking across the Helix Bridge and visiting the Merlion.

It’s also clean, green, organised, the main language spoken is English and it’s one of the safe places to travel with kids. On top of that, Singapore is one of the best cities to visit because it has a fantastic public transport system. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system (subway) is so efficient with frequent services as well as a lot of stations so there’s bound to be one – or even two – where you want to go.

That said, Singapore is such a compact place that’s it’s also very walkable, which is why I’ve organised the following list of Singapore family attractions by area with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities as well as some free things to do with toddlers to teens to help you plan your Singapore travel itinerary and stay on budget.

Check out my articles on places to eat and hotels in Singapore for families for eating and accommodation ideas. I’ve also created some itineraries that will give you a comprehensive overview of what things to do in Singapore in 3 days as well as a guide for a one-day tour in Singapore if you’re only in town on a quick stopover. There’s also a detailed guide on how to plan a trip to Singapore.

The subway system will get you to many Singapore family attractions
The MRT system … will get you just about anywhere you want to go

I try to update this article as often as possible but due to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, you should always use the more information links I’ve provided to double check opening times and availability.

Changi/Pasir Ris

Changi Airport notched up the title of best airport for 8 years in a row (only being beaten in 2021 by Hamad International in Doha and Tokyo Haneda). One of the primary family attractions has been the Jewel shopping centre, which opened in 2019.

It has become one of the most popular Singapore tourist activities. So it’s not surprising that more people are choosing to visit and stay in the Changi area. If you’re not though, it’s a bit of a hike from the city centre by public transport although using the Grab ride app can be quite economical, especially for families.

Changi Beach

This is one of the best beaches in Singapore. The water is calm and clear and the beach itself stretches for 3.3km. If you get to the Changi Point end, there’s a 2.2km boardwalk that provides a great view of the coast. There are bikes to hire, and benches and shelters for picnics. There’s also an onsite bistro for food or the Changi Village Hawker Centre is a quick 7-minute drive away.

Address: Nicoll Dr and Changi Coast Rd
Cost: Free
Open: 24 hours
Getting there: near Changi Point Ferry Terminal, 6 min walk; buses – 109,19,2,59,89,9
More information: Singapore National Parks Board

Changi Village Hawker Centre

If you’re staying in or visiting the Changi area, this is the place to go for authentic street food such as satay bee hoon or nasi lemak.

Address: 2 Changi Village Rd
Open: Monday to Thursday 6am-2am, Friday 6am-midnight, Weekends all day
Getting there: Nearest MRT is at Changi Airport so best to combine subway and bus eg Tampines MRT and 19 bus

Jewel shopping centre

This is one of the most popular attractions in Singapore – even the locals agree with many of them travelling out to Changi Airport just to shop and hang out at Jewel. It’s definitely one of the cool places to visit in Singapore. There are a stack of free and paid activities for kids such as the Rain Vortex, Shiseido Forest Valley and Canopy Park .

Address: Changi Airport
Open: Daily 24 hours (though many close at 10pm)
Cost: free (fees for some activities, experiences)
Getting there: Public Stn C (T1), 10 min walk
Jewel has many things for kids to do in Singapore
Rain Vortex … could watch it a million times and not get bored

Pulau Ubin

This makes it on to my “cheap things to do in Singapore” list and, if you’re a family that’s into all things nature, this is the place for you. This island is only a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. It has a really rich and diverse flora and fauna as well as some local monkeys and is one of the last examples of an authentic kampong (traditional village) in Singapore. Don’t forget plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent (sandflies can be bad).

Address: near Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Open: Seven days, 9am to 5pm.
Cost: $S4
Getting there: 10-minute bumboat ride from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Each boat carries 12 passengers and the captain waits until it’s full. If you don’t want to wait, you can pay $S40 for the whole boat.
Getting around: Bike rental ranges from $S5 to $S20 (whole day). There are also taxis available.
More information: Singapore National Parks Board

Splash @ Kidz Amaze

What I like about this water playground is that it’s all indoors. It features a three-storey high tower with slides and a splash bucket at the top. There is a toddler play zone that is a bit quieter for younger kids. At this one, there weren’t any specific things to do with infants, but the Kidz Amaze at Toa Payoh has a specially designed infant and toddler zone.

Address: 9 Sentul Cres, Level 3
Cost: Weekdays – under 2 months free, $S16 for under 14yrs, accompanying adults $S4.
Open: weekdays 1pm-7pm, weekends 11am-7pm
Getting there:  near LRT Sam Kee (Pw1), 4 min walk, Damai (PE7) 10 min walk, Punggol Mrt (NE17/PTC) 12 min walk; buses – 382G, 39
More information: Splash

Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East

While it’s not as big as the water park at Adventure Cove in Sentosa, it’s also not as expensive and it still has a good selection of activities such as a wave pool, slides and a lazy river and a large water playground as well as rides for younger and older kids.

Address: 1 Pasir Ris Cl
Open: Weekdays noon to 6pm, closed Tuesday
Cost: Weekdays $S26 for 13yrs and above and $S19 for 3-12s. Under 3s are free; weekends $S35 and $S26. You can also get a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for $S80 weekdays and $S112 weekends.
Getting there: near Pasir Ris MRT (EW1), 18 min walk; buses - 21,354,358,5,89
More information: Wild Wild Wet

Bugis/Kampong Glam

Malay Heritage Centre

A visit here will give you a good insight into the history of the Malay culture in Singapore. It’s compulsory to remove your shoes before entering.

Address: 85 Sultan Gate
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10am–6pm, closed Monday
Cost: Singaporean residents free; others – adults $S8, students $S5 and children under 6yrs free
Getting there: near Bugis MRT (EW12|DT14), 9 min walk, Nicoll Highway MRT (CC5)      , 11 min walk; buses – 10,100,107,133,57,80,961
More information: Malay Heritage Centre

Sultan Mosque

The golden domes of this mosque are hard to miss. It’s a beautiful building and will evoke memories of “Jasmine” for your kids. There is a strict dress code.

Address: 3 Muscat St
Open: Daily 9am-1pm; 2pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Getting there: Near Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14), 7 min walk; buses – 100,57,80,851
More information: Sultan Mosque
Sultan Mosque Singapore
Sultan Mosque … can be seen for miles

Chinatown

If you’re visiting Singapore for the first time, this is a must-visit! It’s one of the most popular Singapore tourist sights. It has it all – culture, history, shopping, entertainment, fun and food – including a stack of family attractions! This is definitely the place to go in Singapore if you have limited time. 

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

This is one of “the” sites to visit in Singapore.  While only built in 2007, the temple gets its name from the left canine tooth of Buddha, which was retrieved from his funeral pyre and is displayed on the grounds. Admission is free as are two-hour tours conducted by volunteer guides. As with all temples, there is a dress code.

Address: 288 South Bridge Rd
Open: Daily 9am-6.30 pm
Cost: Free
Getting there: Near Chinatown MRT station
More information: Budda Tooth Relic Temple
Buddha Tooth Relic temple Singapore
Buddha Tooth Relic temple … even the kids will be impressed

Chinatown Heritage Centre

This is one of the good places in Singapore to visit with kids who have an interest in history. The centre is housed in three restored shophouses on Pagoda St that provide an insight into life in Chinatown in the 1950s. It’s been on my “Singapore places of interest” list for some time and I finally got to go last trip. When I was there, they had some great free activities they were doing with children.

Address: 48 Pagoda St
Open: Daily 9.30am-6pm, temporarily closed
Cost: $S14
Getting there: near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 4 min walk, Outram Park (EW16/NE3), 9 min walk; buses – 143, 33
More information: Chinatown Heritage Centre

Chinatown Complex

This is reportedly the biggest hawker centre and probably the best place to go in Singapore to try the local food – from chilli crab to frog porridge and dim sum. Even if your kids are not fans of chilli or spice, you’ll find something here to whet their appetites – and the prices are VERY cheap!

I would probably suggest though that you make this your last stop of the day for dinner when it’s not so hot. We went in the middle of the day and, with no aircon, it was pretty steamy. However, some stalls are not open at night so check before you go.

Address: 335 Smith St
Open: All day
Getting there: Near Chinatown MRT (NE4) – walk 1 min from Exit B; buses – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961#, 970 and CT1

Chinatown Food Street

This is a section of Smith Street that was renovated especially to cater to the tourism market. It features a range of dining options from shophouse restaurants to street hawker stalls. There’s an overhead glass shelter for rain protection and the area is permanently closed to traffic.

Address: Smith St
Open: Monday to Saturday from 11am, steamboat and BBQ 5pm-11pm
Getting there: near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 6 min walk, Outram Park MRT (EW16/NE3), 8 min walk; buses - 143,147,80
More information: Chinatown Food Street

East Inspirations

If you’d like your children to experience an authentic Chinese tea party, this antique/vintage shop in Chinatown is the place to go. Mr Cheong and his family will share their knowledge of Pu-er tea and give you the opportunity to taste tea that has been aged for more than 20 years. Each session lasts about 1.5 hours and there are four per day.

Address: 256 South Bridge Rd
Open: 11am Monday to Saturday
Cost: $S28 per person ($S15 per person for groups of 5 or more).
Getting there: near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 2 min walk; buses – 143,147,80
More information: East Inspirations

Food Playground

Of all the fun things for children to make, this would have to be one of the best – cooking their own Singaporean food! And the best part about it is getting to eat it afterwards. Different dishes are prepared and cooked on different days – you’ll find complete menus on their website. There are no age restrictions but probably better for children aged 10 and up.

Address: 24A Sago St
Open: Monday to Sunday 9.30am-12.30pm
Cost: $S99 a person 
Getting there: near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 7 min walk, Outram Park MRT (EW16/NE3), 8 min walk; buses - 143,147,80
More information: Food Playground

Littered with Books

Take a little time out of your Chinatown exploration and escape the heat as you browse the shelves in this two-storey, renovated shophouse. The indie bookstore has a good range of children’s and young adult fiction.

Address: 20 Duxton Rd
Open: weekdays noon to 8pm, weekends 11am to 8pm
Cost: free to browse
Getting there: near Outram Park MRT (EW16/NE3), 8 min walk, Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 11 min walk; buses – 143,147,166,655,80,970
More information: Littered With Books

Maxwell Food Centre

After seeing the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, visit this hawker centre to go to Tian Tian, one of the must do’s in Singapore for Hainanese chicken rice. This is one of my favourite dishes – it appears quite simple and plain but a lot of work goes in to producing a quality product.

I’ve eaten chicken rice from a lot of vendors and this is one of the best and cheapest at $S5. Like all hawker centres, there’s no aircon so you might go at the end of the day but beware they often sell out then close up.

Address: Cnr South Bridge and Maxwell Rds
Open: weekdays 8am-10pm, weekends 8am-3am
Getting there: near Tanjong Pagar MRT (Take Exit G, walk 6 minutes to Maxwell Rd); near Chinatown MRT Station (NE4) - take Exit A to Pagoda St, walk to South Bridge Rd; buses – 100, 143, 568, 80 (Walk 1 minute from bus stop B05269)
More information: Maxwell Food Centre

Mei Heong Yuen

This is one the kids are sure to love – icy cold desserts! Close to the Chinese Heritage Centre, you could pop in here to try the hugely popular snow ice, which comes in a stack of flavours such as banana chocolate and mango strawberry.

Address: 67 Temple St
Cost: varies
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 9.30pm
Getting there: near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 3 min walk ; buses – 143,147,526,61,80
More information: Mei Heong Yuen

NUS Baba House

You probably can’t imagine anything worse than taking very young children through this historic house – both for it and them! However, the exterior alone is stunning so I suggest you swing by and grab some Insta-worthy pics of you and the fam in front of it (even more so if you have some Insta-obsessed teens). The interior might have to wait for another day (trip) but, if your kids are a bit older, it could be worth using it as a prompt for a discussion about the Peranakan Chinese culture.

Address: 157 Neil Rd
Open: Bookings only
Cost: Free for Singaporean residents, others $S10
Getting there: near Outram Park MRT (EW16/NE3), 8 min walk; buses – 143,147,167,400
More information: NUS Baba House
Chinatown Street Market Singapore
Chinatown Street Market … the place to pick up souvenirs

Chinatown Street Market

The kids will love this market. It has a stack of souvenirs and trinkets. It’s also home to The TinTin Shop if your kids are fans.

Address: 28 Pagoda St
Open: Daily 10am-10pm
Getting there: near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 1 min walk, Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15), 7 min walk; buses – 10,100,655,97,97E

Sri Mariamman Temple

This is oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, built in 1827. The grand tower entrance is 6 tiers of elaborate and ornate decoration, which continues inside. Remember to remove your shoes before entering.

Address: 244 South Bridge Rd
Open: 5am-11.30am, 5pm-8.45pm
Cost: FreeGetting there: Near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 6 min walk, Outram Park (EW16/NE3), 10 min walk; buses - 143, 568, 61, 80
More information: Sri Mariamman Temple

Thian Hock Keng

Also known as the Tianfu Temple, this is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore, built in 1839. Beautifully decorated with detailed sculptures and carvings of dragons and phoenixes, it’s interesting to note that not one nail was used in the original building.

Address: 158 Telok Ayer St
Open: Daily 7.30am-5.30pm
Cost: Free
Getting there: near Telok Ayer MRT (DT18), 3 min walk, Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 9 min walk, Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15) 10 min walk, Raffles Place MRT (EW14/NS26), 10 min walk; buses – 10,655,97,97E
More information: Thian Hock Keng Temple

Tong Heng Confectionary

I’m extremely partial to egg tarts and this is one of the best places to find them in Singapore. The pastry is buttery and the custard filling has just the right amount of wobble. However, if egg tarts are not your thing, Tong Heng has a variety of other traditional dishes – both sweet and savoury – you can try such as mooncakes and pork buns.

Address: 285 South Bridge Rd
Open: Daily 9am-6pm
Cost: varies
Getting there: near Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19), 2 min walk; buses – 143,147,80
More information: Tong Heng Confectionary

Eastern Singapore

The locals will tell you there’s a lot of rivalry between those who live on the western side of the city and those who live on the east as to which side is better. Personally, I think they’re both great so if you have time, see both!

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

The hawker centre is popular for its satay and barbecued seafood, chili crab, satay, mee goreng and popiah – and the fact that they come with an ocean view.

Many of the stalls open from 4pm and close late so you could easily eat here after a visit to East Coast Park, which has a huge amount of kids’ activities.

Address: 1220 East Coast Parkway
Open: Daily from 4pm
Getting there: Bedok MRT (EW5) is a 32-minute walk away; buses – 197, 36, 47, 48

East Coast Park

This park is huge and has cycle and walking paths, bicycle and rollerblade hire stalls, play towers, a water play area, a skate park, and barbecue and camping areas. It also gives you a great view of the A380s landing at Changi.

Eventually the Park Connector will link all of th trails and parks around the island.

Address: East Coast Parkway, East Coast Park Service Rd
Open: 24hrs a day
Cost: Free (individual activities may have a fee)
Getting there: Buses are the best for this one – the 14 and the 36
More information: Singapore National Parks Board
East Coast Park Singapore
East Coast Park … loads of activities for kids

Forest Adventure

I love treetop adventure parks and this is one of the most popular Singapore kids’ activities. There’s a kids’ course for those aged 5 to 9 with 2 zip lines and 22 crossings; a grand course with 3 giant zip lines and 44 obstacles; and a junior course for the in-betweeners. There are height requirements for each one and adult supervision is required for some ages. It’s a good idea to book before you go as there are limits on the number of participants.

Address: Bedok Reservoir Park
Open: weekdays 9.30am-6.30pm, closed Thursdays; weekends 9.30am-6.30pm
Cost: Prices vary but the grand course starts at $S50.90 for adults, $S40.90 children
Getting there: near Bedok Reservoir MRT (DT30), 15 min walk; buses - 23,5,518,67
More information: Forest Adventure

HarbourFront

Mt Faber

Aside from panoramic views of Singapore from this 105-metre peak, you’ll get to visit one of the 7 Merlions of Singapore (you could start a competition with your kids to find the other 6).

There is a cafe called Arbora and the more upmarket Dusk Restaurant, which, as its name suggests, is the place to be as the sun goes down to catch the changing view.

Take a walk along the 274m-long Henderson Waves bridge that connects Mt Faber and Telok Blangah Hill Park and ring the Bell of Happiness to be blessed with happiness, peace and harmony. There’s also a Wishing Bell wall where your kids can hang bells in the hope their wishes will come true.

Address: 109 Mount Faber Rd
Open: 24 hours
Cost: free
Getting there: near HarbourFront MRT (NE1/CC29) 5 min walk to the Marang trail at the base of mountain; buses - 143,145,188E,65,97E; cable car from HarbourFront
More information: Mt Faber Leisure
Mt Faber bells Singapore
Mt Faber … commemorate your visit by leaving named bells behind

Singapore Cable Car

This is where to go in Singapore if you want great views. There are two lines – one to Mt Faber and the other to Sentosa Island (with four different stations). Both routes offer spectacular views of Singapore. You can get a range of different packages, some include tickets to the various family attractions on Sentosa Island.

Address: HarbourFront Centre
Open: Daily from 8.45am-10pm
Cost: Mt Faber roundtrip – adults $S33, children 4-12 $S22, under 4 free; a Sky Pass, which includes both Mt Faber and Sentosa, is $S35 for adults, $S25 children
Getting there: near HarbourFront MRT (NE1/CC29), 7 min walk, take Exit B towards HarbourFront Centre, cross the link bridge (beside KFC, level 2) to HarbourFront Tower Two; buses – 10,143,188,30,97,97E
More information: Singapore Cable Car

VivoCity shopping centre

This centre has a reputation for being the most kid-friendly in Singapore. It has a great free kids’ playground on level 2 that might come in handy if you’re spending time shopping (the centre does have some good deals to encourage tourists).

There are two areas – each aimed at a different age group – with slides, swings, ladders and ropes and even a wet play area. It also has a rooftop water feature that has paid activities.

Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk
Cost: Level 2 free
Open: Daily 10am to 9pm
Getting there: near HarbourFront MRT (NE1/CC29)
More information: VivoCity

Little India

This is one of the most vibrant areas in Singapore – and one of the oldest. There is so much history and culture on display that it’s easy to get lost in just wandering the streets. Today it’s also a fascinating blend of old and new as heritage temples and spice and silk stores trade in streets popping with contemporary street art.

Central Sikh Temple

This stunning white marble temple is a perfect contrast to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, which is one of the most colourful. Built to mark the 518th birthday of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, it houses the Granth Sahih, or holy book.

Address: 2 Towner Road
Open: daily 6am-8pm
Cost: Free
Getting there: near Bendemeer MRT (DT23) walk 11 mins, Farrer Park MRT (NE8) walk 14 mins; buses – 133,23,31,64,65
More information: Central Sikh Temple

Mustafa Centre

The kids will love this shopping centre! It’s packed full of all sorts of paraphernala – souvenirs, electronics etc. If it doesn’t have what low-priced item you’re looking for, you probably can’t get it anywhere! This 24-hour mall goes up and down and round about forever. You should go just to see it!

Warning though – it’s very tight for space so keep an eye on your kids, they could get lost in there and also hold on to your personal belongings. There have been pickpockets.

Address 145 Syed Alwi Rd (cnr Serangoon Rd)
Open: 24 hours
Cost: free to browse
Getting there: near Farrer Park MRT (NE8) 

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

This is one of the most stunning, colourful temples I’ve seen and a “must visit” place in Singapore. It’s also one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore and is dedicated to the goddess and destroyer of evil, Sri Veeramakaliamman. Remember to take your shoes off before entering.

Address: 141 Serangoon Rd
Open: Daily 8am-noon, 4pm-8.30pm
Cost: FreeGetting there: near Jalan Besar MRT (DT22) 8 min walk, Little India MRT (NE7/DT12) 8 min walk, Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14) 15 min walk; buses – 131, 139,147,64
More information:  Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Tekka Centre

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat while you’re in Little India, the hawker centre on the first floor has stalls selling Indian and Chinese vegetarian meals as well as North Indian and Malay food. It serves up favourites such as biryani (spiced rice with slow-cooked meats), thosai, and murtabak.

The rest of the centre is jam-packed full of stores selling everything you could ever want and then some. Great fun to browse with the kids.

Address: 666 Buffalo Rd
Open: Daily from 6.30am–9pm
Getting there: near Little India MRT (NE7|DT12); buses – 131,139,147,166,65

Marina Bay

Marina Bay is one of the best family attractions in Singapore. There are so many famous places here. It’s definitely a must-see.

ArtScience Museum

This is one of the top things to do with kids in Singapore with kids and one of the city’s excellent museums. They’ll be fascinated by the exhibitions, which focus on the future and Disney. Your ticket allows you same day re-entry so you could spend most of the day here.

The museum’s mission is to explore the intersection of art, science, culture and technology and the innovation this creates.

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave
Open: daily 10am–7pm
Cost: general admission free, selected exhibitions at a costGetting there: near Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16), 10 min walk; buses – 133,655,77,97,97E
More information: ArtScience Museum
Far East Children's Garden Singapore
Far East Organisation Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay … a lot of fun

Far East Organisation Children’s Garden

This is one of the most popular family attractions in Singapore – and it’s not hard to see why. There’s a range of activities for different age groups with both wet and dry play areas. The 130m Adventure Trail, designed for kids aged 6 to 12, has 14 different obstacles. It includes 2-storey tube slides as well as rope and balance beam gear.

This, combined with the Tree Houses and suspension bridge, is guaranteed to put your kids through their paces. The toddler play area is right in front of the cafe so you can get your caffeine fix while you watch your little ones play. When it’s time to cool off, the younger kids aged 1 to 5 have the Fish Fountain while the older ones have free reign of the rest. All of this makes it one of the fun places in Singapore.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dv (Gardens by the Bay)
Cost: Free.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-7pm
Getting there: near Bayfront MRT, take exit B and cross the Dragonfly Bridge. Follow the signs or take the shuttle.
More information: Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

This would have to be one of the top 5 attractions in Singapore for kids – and everyone else. The whole complex is pretty amazing and definitely should be on your “must do” Singapore list. The first time we visited, we only did the free activities. The Supertrees are amazing – I don’t think I’ll ever be bored with them.

Since then, we’ve been inside the Floral Fantasy, the Cloud Forest and the conservatories. Next trip, I plan to do the OCBC Skyway. I strongly recommend paying for the shuttle service at $S3 for a two-way ride from Bayfront Plaza to the Flower Dome. It runs at 10-minute intervals every day from 9am–9pm with the last ride at 8.45pm. It’s worth it when you’ve been walking around the gardens for most of the day.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr
Open: daily 5am-2am but individual attractions have specific times
Cost: Supertrees are free; there are admission fees for the domes
Getting there: Near Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16), take Exit B and follow the underground linkway, then exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay; buses – from Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15), take Exit C and head to International Plaza Anson Road to bus stop 03223. Take bus 400 and alight at bus stop 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive; on foot from Marina Bay Sands Hotel, cross the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) open daily from 8am-11pm or walk through underground linkway via Bayfront MRT
More information:  Gardens by the Bay
Supertree Grove Singapore
Supertree Grove … don’t miss the Garden Rhapsody show

The Garden Rhapsody Light and Sound Show

One of my favourite kids’ activities in Singapore, there’s something magical about lying below the Supertrees and watching this spectacular show. And it really does need to be viewed while lying down so make sure to take a scarf or jacket to lie on. It generally is crowded but there’s really no need to get there super early as there’s loads of space.

Open: Daily 7.45pm and 8.45pm. Times are adjusted for special events such as Christmas.
Cost: free
Getting there: as above for Gardens by the Bay

Helix Bridge

If you’re going to or from the Singapore Flyer and the ArtScience Museum/Gardens by the Bay, walk across the Helix Bridge. You’ll get a great view of the city skyline and sights such as the famous Singapore landmark, the Merlion.

This forms part of an 11.7km promenade route that will eventually link Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Sports Hub and is the longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.

It’s so called because it resembles the double helix structure of the DNA molecule symbolising “life and continuity, renewal and growth”.

Open: 24 hours
Cost: Free
Getting there: near Promenade MRT (CC4/DT15), 10 min walk; near Bayfront North Jetty,        5 min walk, Promenade Jetty  7 min walk; buses – 106,77,97,97E
More information: Wikipedia

Singapore Flyer

This is one of those fun things to do with kids in Singapore. It provides spectacular views of Singapore though probably not as amazing as the Singapore Cable Car.

Address: 30 Raffles Ave
Open: Thursday to Sunday and public holidays 3pm-10pm
Cost: $S33 for 13 years and over, $S21 for 3-12s, under 3yrs free
Getting there: near Promenade MRT (CC4/DT15), take Exit A and walk for 8 mins; buses – 36, 36A, 36B, 70A, 70M, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 162M, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 700A, 857 (bus stop 02171 opposite the Ritz-Carlton)
More information: Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer … for those who dare!

Spectra Light and Water Show

Just slightly eclipsed by Garden Rhapsody, this show is still one of the 10 best things to see in Singapore. The 15-minute show features dancing fountain jets and laser visuals projected onto the water accompanied by an impressive soundtrack.

You can watch it from almost anywhere on the waterfront near Marina Bay Sands hotel, however, you can also take a cruise specifically to see it or book a table at one of these Marina Bay Sands eateries: Le Noir (L1-84, Bay Level), Dallas Cafe & Bar (L1-85, Bay Level), JustIN Flavours of Asia (L1-83, Bay Level).

Open: usually every evening
Cost: Free
Getting there: near Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16); buses – 97,106,518,133, 502, nearest stop 03509
More information: Spectra Light & Laser Show

SuperPark Singapore

This is one very large indoor activity park with 20 “activity stations” divided into 3 zones – the Adventure Area for younger kids, the Game Arena for team sports and the Freestyle Hall for the die-hards! There’s no sitting around here.

Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, Tower 1, #02-477 Suntec City   
Open: weekdays 10.30am-8pm; weekends 9am-9pm
Cost: 2hr session adults $S29.90, children $S19.90
Getting there: near Promenade MRT (CC4/DT15), 7 min walk, Bugis (EW12/DT14), 14 min walk, City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25), 14 min walk; buses – 10,100,522,591,97
More information: SuperPark

Northern Singapore

This area is home to some of Singapore’s top 10 family attractions. It is a bit of a hike from the city centre but using Grab can be an economical option with a family.

Former Ford Factory

This houses the National Archives of Singapore exhibition titled Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies and where British forces surrendered to the Imperial Japanese Army on 15 February, 1942.

There are special activity guides available for children, differentiated by age.

The free guided tours have 20 places available each day (except for public holidays).

Address: 351 Upper Bukit Timah Rd
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-5pm, closed Monday
Cost: Free for Singaporean residents, $S3 for others
Getting there: near Hillview MRT (DT3) 18 min walk; buses – 170,184,754,961
More information: Former Ford Factory

Night Safari

Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo are all in the same place so it’s easy to combine them though doing all three in one day would be a big undertaking. The zoo closes at 6pm and the River Wonder at 7pm so you could easily transition to the Night Safari.

This award-winning, 35ha wildlife park has almost 900 animals in 7 geographical areas, which you can cover in a 40-minute tram ride (with English commentary). This gives you a good overview of what’s where and will help you decide exactly what to do.

After the ride through the park, find a seat in the amphitheatre to watch the Creatures of the Night show and do some walking trails where you can get up close to the animals.

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd
Open: Daily 6.30pm to midnight.
Cost: $S53 adults, $S36 children aged 3 to 12 when you book online directly at Night Safari. There are also multi-park deals that include Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park
Getting there: near Khatib MRT (NS14) then take the Mandai Khatib Shuttle, Choa Chu Kang MRT (NS4) then take bus 927, Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16) then take bus 138More information: Night Safari

River Wonders

This is a very popular family attraction. While the name suggests that boats might be the main form of travel, they’re not. You still walk around this park but it does include a boat ride on the reservoir (no height restrictions). The park is designed around the Rivers of the World.

The 10-minute Amazon River Quest, which costs an additional $S5 for adults and $S3 for kids, is really a theme park ride and children have to be a minimum height of of 1.06m.

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd
Open: Daily 10am-7pm
Cost: $S36 adults, $S24 children aged 3 to 12. Get a discount if you buy online directly at River Safari. Residents - adults $S34.20 and $S23.40. There are also multi-park deals that include Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
Getting there: near Khatib MRT (NS14) then take the Mandai Khatib Shuttle, Choa Chu Kang MRT (NS4) then take bus 927, Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16) then take bus 138
More information: River Wonders
Orangutan Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo … love the lack of enclosures

Singapore Zoo

Hands down one of the best things to do with kids in Singapore. This 28ha zoo is an open, meaning there are no cages. Instead, the animals – some 2530 animals of them – are housed in landscaped enclosures surrounded by hidden moats.

There are tigers, penguins, polar bears and Komodo dragons. As with most popular family attractions, it’s a good idea if you can get there early. When I was there, you could do breakfast with the orangutans but I understand it’s been cancelled due to Covid.

The kids can feed the animals and there are four different 20-minute shows to catch. Unfortunately Rainforest Kidzworld – a large water play area that has all the fountains and slides your kids – and you – could need to stay cool has been suspended.

There’s also a hop-on, hop-off tram that patrols the park, which we used to get our bearings and work out our plan. Make sure you pack lots of water and sunscreen.

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd
Open: Daily 8.30am-6pm
Cost: $S44 adults, $S31 children 3-12yrs. Get a discount if you buy online directly at Singapore Zoo. Residents - adults $S31.20, children $S20.80. There are also multi-park deals that include Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park. The zoo tram costs $S5 for adults and $S3 for kids for the day and is included in some of the multi-park passes.
Getting here: Getting there: near Khatib MRT (NS14) then take the Mandai Khatib Shuttle, Choa Chu Kang MRT (NS4) then take bus 927, Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16) then take bus 138
More information: Singapore Zoo

Splat Paint House

Budding artists can get their paint on at Splat Paint House. Participants get a quick info session and then they’re let loose on the canvas. This is a pop-up though so the address could change.

Address: 207A Upper Thomson Rd
Open: weekdays 3pm-9pm and weekends 11am-10pm
Cost: Starter package is $S43 includes one canvas, paints, coveralls, safety glasses and gloves.
Getting there: near Upper Thomson MRT (Te8), 8 min walk, Marymount MRT (CC16), 10 min walk; buses – 162,52,855
More information: Splat Paint House

Orchard Rd

Orchard Road has to be one of the best places to visit in Singapore for shopping so if you’d like to make the most of it, plan your day around some kid-friendly activities so that it’s fun for everyone! 

Amazonia

On level 3 of the Great World City shopping centre, this indoor playground features a four-storey high jumbo wave slide and is a fun family attraction. Amazonia is one of the best things to do with babies. It has a self-contained space with a soft play area with a mini-slide, interactive play panels and swings, and a toddler-friendly ball pit.

For older kids, there’s a separate Snowball ball pit, which is much bigger and deepr and has vacuum ball tubes for interactive play. They’ll also enjoy the interactive AI Gaming Zone and trampoline basketball court. There’s a bistro on site so this would be a great place to break for lunch to get out of the sun and into the aircon.

Address: Great World City Shopping Centre, 1 Kim Seng Prom #03-113
Open: Monday to Thursday 9.30am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 9.30am-9.30pm, Sunday 9.30am-8pm
Cost: $S27 under 3yrs (including adult); $37 over 3yrs (including adult)
Getting there: near Tiong Bahru (EW17)  20 min walk; buses - 14,16,175,195,5,75,970
More information: Amazonia

Bounce Singapore

In the Cathay Cineleisure mall, this is the place to take the kids to get rid of all that pent-up energy. Let them bounce around to their hearts’ content while you put your feet up with a coffee. There are 28 trampolines as well as tumble tracks. There’s also an adventure challenge course, X-Park, for older kids. Each session lasts 50 mins. Multi-visit passes are available.

Address: Cathay Cineleisure Mall, 8 Grange Rd #09-01
Cost: 1st session $S25.90, 2nd session $21
Open: Monday to Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 9am-7pm
Getting there: near Somerset MRT (NS23), 6 min walk, Dhoby Ghaut MRT (NS24/NE6/CC1), 16 min walk; buses – 123,143,167,190,502  
More information: Bounce Singapore

Cathay Cineplex

This movie theatre is in the same building as Bounce. With 12 screens, they have all of the latest releases covered. There are student rates available on some days so make sure your kids pack their student ID cards.

Address: Cathay Cineleisure Mall, 8 Grange Rd, levels 4, 5, 6
Open: daily 8am-10pm
Cost: $S9 weekdays, $S13 weekends/public holidays
Getting there: near Somerset MRT (NS23), 6 min walk, Dhoby Ghaut MRT (NS24/NE6/CC1), 16 min walk; buses – 123,143,167,190,502 
More information: Cathay Cineplex

Lockdown Escape

In the Orchard Gateway complex, Lockdown Escape will challenge your kids’ minds rather than their bodies as they try to figure out how to get out of the room in less than 60 minutes. There are 4 different themed rooms such as Bearcraft: Dream World and Bears of Justice. There are also virtual reality escape rooms.

Address: Orchard Gateway complex, 277 Orchard Rd #02-02
Open: daily 1.30pm-10pm
Cost: weekdays $S22, weekends $S25
Getting there: near Somerset (NS23), 1 min walk, Dhoby Ghaut (NS24/NE6/CC1), 11 min walk; buses – 143,502,65
More information: Lockdown Escape

Food Republic

If you want to sit out the midday heat and grab some lunch in air-conditioning, head to Food Republic at 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Rd. While the prices tend to be a bit higher than most hawker centres, it probably reflects the rents in big shopping centres.

Ice Cream Stands

As you walk along Orchard Rd between Ion Orchard shopping centre and the Takashimaya department store, you’ll notice little ice cream carts with brightly coloured umbrellas. Their main fare is the traditional Singaporean ice cream sandwich. Often in the West, ice cream sandwiches are made with some sort of chocolate-covered biscuit or wafer but in Singapore, they’re actually made with bread sweetened with pandan flavour – in all colours of the rainbow – though some do offer wafers!

The ice cream comes in the usual flavours such as vanilla, chocolate and mint but you’ll also find durian, based on the popular but very divisive fruit known as the smelliest in the world. I haven’t yet tried it but I can attest to the fact that it smells (in fact, it’s often banned from hotel rooms!).

Address: Orchard Rd
Open: most usually in the afternoon
Cost: about $S1.50
Getting there: near Orchard MRT (NS22)

Newton Food Centre

If you’re in Orchard Rd and want to try some truly authentic hawker food, head to Newton Food Centre, about an 18-minute walk or 5-minute Grab ride away. Featured in the Hollywood hit “Crazy Rich Asians”, this is one of Singapore’s most popular centers, with about 100 hawker stalls.

Get your fill here with a huge range of dishes on offer from seafood to laksa and shaved ice (a kid favourite).

Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave North
Open: Daily noon-2am
Getting there: near Newton MRT (NS21|DT11), 6 min walk; buses – 124,143,170,48,67,972M
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens … loads for the kids to see as well as a dedicated children’s garden

Singapore Botanic Gardens

These gardens are some distance past the shopping precinct so if your kids are fading a little, it’s probably best to jump on a bus and ride a couple of stops. That’s the beauty of buying a travel pass or EZI Link card.

You could spend an entire day in these gardens, if not several. However, your kids will love checking out the koi in Swan Lake as well as playing in the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden – all places to visit in Singapore for free. On the weekend, this is one of the most popular places in Singapore as people turn out in droves to have picnics and wander through the gardens.

Address: 1 Cluny Rd (there are other entrances though)
Open: 5am to midnight; Orchid Garden 8.30am-7pm daily (last entry 6pm)
Cost: Open gardens are free; Orchid Garden for residents is $S5 adults, children below 12 are free; non-residents $S15 for adults and children below 12 are free
Getting there: near Orchard MRT; buses - 7, 105, 123, 174, 174E
More information: Singapore National Parks Board

Riverside

When visiting places in Singapore, it’s easy to see a lot by walking. This is one of the best areas to see on foot. I suggest starting with a river cruise then on to Fort Canning Park. Your walk then is downhill to the National Museum 5 minutes away and on to the toy museum in 12 minutes.

Battlebox Museum

Take a 30-minute guided tour and then explore this underground bunker to your heart’s content. The Battlebox was built 9m inside Fort Canning Hill in 1936 as a former World War II British underground command centre in the heart of Singapore.

The Malaya Command, the army that defended Malaya and Singapore in WWII, was headquartered here and it was also the site of the British decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February, 1942.

The restored underground command centre reveals the history behind that decision through a range of exhibits and artefacts.

Address: 2 Cox Tce
Open: Friday to Sunday and public holidays, 9.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Thursday closed
Cost: 30-minute guided tour
Getting there: near Dhoby Ghaut MRT (NS24/NE6/CC1), 7 min walk, Fort Canning MRT (DT20), 10 min walk; buses – 106,143,166
More information: Battlebox Museum

Fort Canning Park

This is one of the best places in Singapore for history buffs, however, your kids are sure to enjoy the park too. There’s a playground opposite the Fort Canning MRT that features a variety of slides built into the hillside as well as swings, climbing nets and see-saws. If your lot are more adventurous and head higher up, you’ll find the Forbidden Spring. Here there’s a small wading pool for kids to run around in.

Address: 170 River Valley Rd
Cost: free
Open: daily
Getting there: Near Fort Canning MRT (take Exit B, turn left to Jubilee Park. You can also take the covered escalators); Clarke Quay MRT (take Exit E, turn left and walk along Coleman Bridge. Turn left again at the end of Coleman Bridge and head towards the pedestrian overhead bridge on River Valley Rd. Cross the overhead bridge); near Dhoby Ghaut MRT (take Exit B, cross Penang Rd, turn left and take the tunnel to Fort Canning Park)
More information: Singapore National Parks Board
Fort Canning Singapore
Fort Canning … check out the Battlebox Museum and the kids’ play areas

Mint Museum of Toys

One of the more unusual things to do with kids in Singapore is this museum full of vintage and collectable toys – 5 storeys of them organised by four themes: Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites and Collectables. There are more than 50,000 toys from the 1840s to the 1970s, which were collected from more than 40 countries by collector and enthusiast Mr Chang Yang Fa.

Address: 26 Seah St
Open: Daily 9.30am-6.30pm
Cost: Adults $S25; children 7-12 $S15 – includes guided tour
Getting there: Near City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25), take Exit A, Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14), take exit C, Esplanade MRT (CC3), take Exit F; buses – 7,32,51,61,63,80,145,175,197,851 stop 01029; 56,57,100,107,961 stop 01611
More information: Mint Museum of Toys

National Museum of Singapore

This museum has a range of permanent galleries with activities and displays designed to keep your children fascinated such as the History Gallery, which has a large wooden ship as well as a variety of multi-sensory experiences.

Address: 93 Stamford Rd
Open: Daily 10am-7pm
Cost: Free for Singaporean residents and children 6yrs and under; others $S15 adults and $S10 students
Getting there: near Bencoolen MRT (DT21), walk 350m, Bras Basah MRT (CC2), walk 250m, Dhoby Ghaut Station MRT (CC1/NE06/NS24), walk 450m, City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25), walk 600m; buses – 106,124,162,166,175,502
More information: National Museum

Singapore River Bumboat Cruise

This is great fun for kids! And a must-do for any trip to Singapore. The bumboats, also known as tongkangs or sea-going barges, will give you a very different perspective of the historical area of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Marina Bay. They also provide a huge number of photo ops as you pass places such as the Art Science Museum, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Merlion Park.

Doing the 40-minute ride late in the afternoon or early evening also gives you the opportunity to see the sunset and the night lights. There are also more expensive cruises that allow you a very special view of the Spectra Laser and Light show when it’s operating again.

Address: Clarke Quay Jetty Ticket counter, 3E River Valley Rd
Open: 9am to 11pm
Cost: $S25 for adults and $S15 for children 3-12
Getting there: near Clarke Quay MRT (NE5), about 5 mins walk, Fort Canning Station (NE5) about 5 mins walk, City Hall MRT (NS25/EW13) about 10 mins walk; buses – 143,147,197,33,54,61 
Singapore Bumboat
Bumboats … take a ride on the river and view the sights

Sentosa

This is hands-down one of the best things to do with kids in Singapore. Sentosa is home to some of Singapore’s top family attractions and is one of the top 10 things to do in Singapore for many people.

The Fun Pass is a good option if you plan to do a lot in Sentosa. You buy tokens based on how many attractions you want to see. These can also be used to buy food and beverages and can be topped up at the various ticketing counters. If you pay extra, your pass can include entry to Universal Studios.

There’s a fantastic transport system on Sentosa with free bus and beach shuttles that run around the island to and from the various cable car and Sentosa express stations.

Cost: 60 token Fun Pass $S60, 90 token $S90 (includes 5 free tokens); 120 token (includes 10 free tokens) $S120
Getting there: Sentosa Express – take the North-East or Circle line to HarbourFront station, take Exit E to VivoCity and go to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express; cable car - walk to Exit B in HarbourFront train station. Follow the directional signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at HarbourFront Tower ll.
More information: Sentosa Island

Adventure Cove Water Park

If you want to keep your kids busy all day, this is the place. It has rides and slides along with Rainbow Reef, which has 20,000 tropical fish. You can even have a close encounter with the rays at Ray Bay between 11am and 3pm for an extra $S18 for adults and $S16 for children, who must be at least 5 years old and 107cm. Then there’s Adventure River, which takes you through a jungle, a grotto and an underwater tunnel. Skip the line Adventure Express passes cost $S15.

There are height restrictions for the slides with a minimum at 107cm and children under 122cm must be accompanied by an adult. However, there’s a wet maze that doesn’t have any height restrictions as well as Seahorse Hideaway, which has wading pool with water fountains for toddlers.

You can also hire a cabana, which includes locker hire and some other perks. Prices vary according to where they are. Cabanas at Bluwater Bay cost $S108 for 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm or $S166 for the whole day.

Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway
Open: Friday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Cost: One-day ticket is $S38 adults 13-59 and $S30 for 4-12yrs. Online prices for residents are $S32 and $S24.
Getting there: Sentosa Express – get off at Resorts World Station, walk to the Merlion statuette, past the Candylicious store on the left, keep left and cross a small bridge to arrive at the Maritime Experiential Museum. Follow the signs to Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Cable car – disembark at Imbiah station. Take the Sentosa Express and get off at Resorts World station. Directions as above
More information: Adventure Cove

Beaches

There are three man-made beaches at Sentosa: Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong, all of which are open daily until 10pm. Before Covid, they were all open access but now you need to book a timeslot on the weekends either 8am-1pm or 2pm-7pm.

Cost: all of the beaches are free but many activities are not

Getting there: For all of the beaches take the beach shuttle from Beach Station (accessible for either Sentosa Express or public bus) to the beach you want

Palawan is probably best for families because the activities here are geared more towards children. It has the suspension bridge that takes you to continental Asia’s southernmost point.

More information: Palawan Beach

Siloso is great for older children who like a bit of action but be warned, it’s also the busiest. The main activities here are Mega Adventure Park, iFly Singapore, water jetpacking at Ola Beach Club and bungee jumping at AJ Hacketts.

More information: Siloso Beach

Tanjong is the most peaceful beach although it’s also home to Tanjong Beach Club where the hip and trendy go. Most of the activities here are aimed at adults.

More information: Tanjong Beach

Dolphin Island

If you want to interact with dolphins here, it will come at a cost. There are a range of “experiences” from the Dolphin Discovery where you get into the water with Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins to the Dolphin Encounter where you’re out of the water.

Open: Saturday to Tuesday 10am-5pm
Cost: Dolphin Discovery - $S90, Encounter - $S35 and observer (for those accompanying but not participating) $S20
Getting there: Sentosa Express – get off at Resorts World Station, walk to the Merlion statuette, past the Candylicious store on the left, keep left and cross a small bridge to arrive at the Maritime Experiential Museum. Follow the signs to Adventure Cove Waterpark. Dolphin Island is within the waterpark.
Cable car – disembark at Imbiah station. Take the Sentosa Express and get off at Resorts World station. Directions as above
More information: Dolphin Island

Fort Siloso

This will interest any kids who are into history. This fort was part of Singapore’s defences during WWII and the museum has a collection of memorabilia

Open: Fort Siloso and Surrender Chambers 9am-6pm, exhibits open 10am
Cost: free
Getting there: From Beach Station get Sentosa Bus A, C or the Beach Shuttle to Siloso Point.
More information: Fort Siloso

Fort Siloso Skywalk

The skywalk is on the way to Fort Siloso and gives you the opportunity to walk among the treetops. It’s 11 storeys high and 181m long.

Open: Daily
Cost: free
Getting there: From Beach Station get Sentosa Bus A, C or the Beach Shuttle to Siloso Point.
More information: Fort Siloso Skywalk 

GoGreen Cycle

If your kids have a lot of energy, put it to good use and hire the GoGreen rental bikes. You can cycle all around Sentosa with the cycling map. You’ll find them at the Segway® Eco Adventure counter at Beach Station and at Segway Eco Adventure at Siloso Beach.

Open: Daily 10am-7.30pm
Cost: $S15 for 1hr or $S18 for 2hrs
Getting there: Hire one at Beach Station or take the beach shuttle to Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure at Siloso
More information: GoGreen Cycle

GoGreen Segway @ Eco Adventure

If your kids would like something a little more unique, try the Segways. You can either do a 30-minute trip exploring Palawan and Siloso beaches or a quick 800m Fun Ride.

Cost: Funride $S25 a person
Open: Daily 10am-7.30pm
Getting there: Hire one at Beach Station or take the beach shuttle to Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure at Siloso
More information: GoGreen Segways

HeadRock VR

Try 8 extreme attractions virtually such as standing on the edge of a high-rise building, dodging crazed zombies or travelling into the depths of a jungle. Younger kids will love the interactive media indoor playground called Hello My Dino!

Address: 80 Siloso Rd
Open: Daily 11am-7pm
Cost: Hello My Dino! (1 adult and 1 child $S30
Getting there: Take the beach shuttle to Siloso Point
More information: Headrock VR

Hydrodash

It’s time for a family challenge! This floating water park gives you the chance to climb, leap, slide and bounce through an obstacle course and cool off at the same time.

Open: weekdays noon–6pm, weekends, public and school holidays 10am–7pm
Cost: 5-6yrs, 1 hour, includes 1 adult ticket and access to kids area in zone 1,$S13; 7yrs and above, 1 hour, includes access the open section in zones 2,3,4 $S18
Getting there: Get the beach shuttle to Palawan Beach
More information: Hydrodash
Jellyfish SEA Aquarium Singapore
S.E.A. Aquarium … get up close to sea creatures

Ifly Singapore

This is definitely my preferred way to experience parachuting – in a massive indoor wind tunnel. Kids must be at least 7 years old. Make sure you’re here an hour before your scheduled “jump” for pre-flight training. 

Address: #01-01 43 Siloso Beach Walk
Open: Daily 10am-9.30pm
Cost: Range of packages but the Challenge is $S109 if you book two days in advance and even cheaper at $S89 if you go off peak
Getting there: a short walk from Beach Station
More information: Ifly Singapore

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Now’s your chance to get a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo or Lady Gaga! There’s also a Marvel Universe 4D Cinema and a VR Racing Experience.

Open: Thursday to Monday 10am-6pm
Cost: adults $S30, children 3-12yrs inclusive $S18
Getting there: Sentosa Express, get off at Imbiah Station, public bus 123 to Village Hotel, cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: Madam Tussauds Singapore

Magical Shores

This light and sound show transforms Siloso Beach into a kaleidoscope of colour and music at dusk. If you’re staying on Sentosa or have the time to stay later, this is definitely a must-see.

Open: Session 1 7.30pm-8.45pm, session 2 9pm to 10.15pm
Cost: free
Getting there: Take the beach shuttle to Sentosa Beach
More information: Magical Shores

Mega Adventure Park

The kids will be exhausted after they try the 36-obstacle treetop rides of MegaClimb or take flight on the 450m MegaZip. There’s also MegaBounce, a bungee trampoline, and MegaJump, a parachute simulator.

Address: Sentosa Beach or Imbiah Lookout counter
Open: Monday to Sunday 11am-6pm
Cost: Individual prices from $S15 with a combo, zip, jump and climb ticket for $S75.
Getting there: Take the Sentosa beach shuttle, get off at the 3rd stop or take the cable car to the Imbiah Station.
More information: Mega Adventure Park

Nestopia

You can let the kids loose in this indoor centre and watch them climb around 17 play sections with obstacle courses that feature three giant nests 7.5m off the ground. There are also two huge slides for those with tired legs.

Open: Wednesday to Friday 2pm-6.45pm, weekends, public and school holidays 10am-6.30pm
Cost: 1hr play $S10
Getting there: take the beach shuttle to Siloso Point
More information: Nestopia
Sentosa suspension bridge Asia Singapore
Sentosa suspension bridge … the kids will love it

Sentosa 4D Adventureland

Choose from four 4D experiences here, which last about 15 to 20 minutes, including one taken from “Journey 2” – the movie starring the Rock.

Address: 51B Imbiah Rd
Open: Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm. Sunday to Thursday 10am to 7.30pm.
Cost: a 4-in-1 combo ticket is $S39.90 for adults and $S29.90 for kids.
Getting there: take the beach shuttle or cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: 4D Adventureland

Sentosa Nature Discovery

This nature trail has interactive exhibits, sculptures and a lookout point, which give you a chance to catch the endangered Magpie Robin or a variety of insect-eating plants, migratory birds and butterflies. The Geology Gallery tells the story of the formation of Singapore and Sentosa. One of the interesting things is that Sentosa is like the main island of Hawaii – it contains eight different habitats including coastal rainforests, rocky seashores and wetlands.

Open: Daily 9am-5pm
Cost: free
Getting there: Take the Sentosa Express or cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: Nature Discovery

Singapore Cable Car Sky network

Make your visit to Sentosa extra special by taking the cable car all the way to Faber Peak. There are a stack of entertainment and dining options there as well as some pretty spectacular views of Singapore. There are six stops on Sentosa, which give you access to just about everywhere when combined with the free buses.

Open: Daily 8.45am-8.30pm
Cost: Sentosa line round tip – residents adults $S3, children $S2; others – adults $S15, children $S10
More information: Singapore Cable Car

Skyhelix Sentosa

If you don’t get a chance to take the kids on the Singapore Flyer, then you should not miss these open-air gondolas, which rotate as they go up to 79m. You’ll get fantastic views to the Keppel Bay area and the Southern Islands.

Open: Daily 10am–9.30pm
Cost: adults $S18, children $S15
Getting there: Take the Sentosa Express or cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: Skyhelix 

Skyline Luge Sentosa

This luge is great because you control the speed, going as fast or as slow as you like. Children must be 6 years and over and taller than 110cm to ride on their own. Consider getting the Skyride-Luge ticket so you can take the chairlift to the top and then luge down. It’s a quick trip but is great fun. Helmets are a must so if you don’t want to share, take some hotel shower caps with you.

Address: 45 Siloso Beach Walk
Open: daily 10am-9.30pm
Cost: 2 luge and skyrides $S24 per person up to 5 (plus a free ride) for $S30
Getting there: You can go to either Imbiah Station via the cable car or beach shuttle or to the Siloso Beach Counter at Beach Station
More information: Skyline Luge
Skyline Luge Sentosa Singapore
Skyline Luge … one of the better luges I’ve been on

Skypark Sentosa by AJ Hackett’s

Your older teenagers (or perhaps you) will love this! They can bungee jump from the 50m Skypark Sentosa Bungy tower or take the Giant Swing that’ll hurtle them towards the beach at 120km/h. Your less adventurous and younger kids can walk along Skybridge, a 40m walkway with see-through sections.

Cost: $S15 from skybridge, bungy jump $S89 and giant swing $S59
Getting there: take the beach shuttle to the Mega Adventure stop and walk to Sky Park by AJ Hackett.
More information: Skypark Sentosa

S.E.A. (South East Asia) Aquarium

One of the most popular family attractions in Singapore tourist, this aquarium has more than 100,000 marine animals including sharks, clownfish, rays and seahorses. The kids can also go to the touch pool where they can get hands-on with sea stars and cucumbers.

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway
Open: Daily 10am-7pm
Cost: $S41 for adults 13-59 and $S30 children 4 to 12. Online prices for residents $S37 and $S27
Getting there: Go to Resorts World Station and walk down the Sentosa Boardwalk to Resorts World Sentosa
More information: SEA Aquarium

Southernmost Point of Continental Asia

Walk along the suspension bridge at Palawan Beach to this tiny islet and you can say you’ve been to the southernmost tip of Asia. Two viewing towers give you an uninterrupted view of the South China Sea.

Open: daily 9am-7pm
Getting there: take the beach tram from Beach Station or walk along the beach

Trickeye @ Southside

A lot of fun for the whole family, you use an augmented reality app to interact with the exhibits in the Trickeye Zones. If you have teens who like to post to their Instagram accounts, they’ll love the Rainbow Garden.

Address: 80 Siloso RdOpen: Thursday to Monday 11am-7pm
Cost: Adults 13yrs and above $S32, children 4-12yrs $S28
Getting there: Near Siloso Point Cable Car Station
More information: Tickeye Southside

Universal Studios Singapore

While this theme park is much smaller to its United States’ counterpart, it’s still very crowded with queues of up to two hours common on weekends. The best strategy is to save this for a weekday (not school holidays though) or get there early or later at night to avoid the crowds. If you have to go on a weekend, buy an express pass to skip the line.

There’s the usual rollercoasters and rides such as Revenge of the Mummy in 7 different zones with names such as Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City and New York. While there are height restrictions on many rides, some specially cater for children from 80cm such as the Madagascar boat ride. The kids can meet and greet their favourite characters on the street and there are shows such as Elmo’s TVTime and the Shrek 4-D Adventure – perfect for taking a break and resting your legs.

Rides will be closed down if there’s any rain, which is common in Singapore, but they do provide pass-outs so you could leave and return later.

Open: Thursday to Sunday, noon-7pm
Cost: Adults (13-59) $S81 and children (4 to 12) $S61. Online tickets for residents are $S77 and $S58. The annual passes are good value if you're planning to visit more than once.
Getting there: Go to Resorts World Station and walk down Sentosa Boardwalk to Resorts World Sentosa
More information: Universal Studios

Western Singapore

Jurong Bird Park

This is a fantastic park to visit especially if your kids are fascinated with birds. They have some impressive species such as flamingoes and the Philippines eagle, which likes to nab monkeys. In the Wings of Asia section, you can even get up close and personal by walking among them. There are two shows – the Kings of the Skies and High Flyers, which are a about 20 minutes long. Just keep in mind though that shows can be cancelled if there’s rain. The park also includes both dry and wet play areas so don’t forget to take along swimwear. There’s an unlimited hop-on, hop-off tram you can ride to save little legs.

Address: 2 Jurong Hill
Open: 8.30am-6pm
Cost: Online tickets $S28.80 for adults (13 and over) and $S18.90 for 3-12s. Residents $S25.60 and $S16.80.
Getting there: Take the East-West MRT line bound for Tuas Link, and alight at Boon Lay (EW27). From the Boon Lay bus interchange, take bus 194, which will take you straight to Jurong Bird Park
More information: Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Lake Gardens

These 90ha gardens are the third and newest of the national gardens and include Lakeside Garden, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, and Garden Promenade. It’s a nature lover’s paradise with aquatic plants and dragonflies as well as squirrels, long-tail macaques and smooth-coated otters.

The gardens have an abundance of things for kids: 2.3-hectare Forest Ramble, a huge nature-themed play space with 13 different installations from zip lines, slides and swings to suspended bridges, obstacle courses and miniature trampolines in the shape of lily pads.

There’s also a play area that resembles a coastal shore, with low sandy dunes and shallow water for the kids to play in and the sensory zones of the Therapeutic Garden are designed especially for children with disabilities, who can also visit the Butterfly Maze.

Address: Yuan Ching Rd
Open: 24 hours
Cost: free
Getting there: near Chinese Garden MRT (EW25), 14 min walk; buses – 154,154B,49
More information: Singapore National Parks Board

Haw Par Villa

This Asian cultural park – also known as Tiger Balm Gardens (it was built by the founders of Tiger Balm) – is one of the Singapore tourist spots that has a very chequered history and sparks controversy about its suitability for kids. Full of sculptures and dioramas that represent various myths and legends, it includes an area called the 10 Courts of Hell, which are gruesomely graphic or educational depending on your own context. 

Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd
Open: Daily 9am-10pm.
Cost: Free. There is a 1-hour guided tour that costs $S10 for adults and $S5 for children aged 7 to 12 and a night tour on Fridays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm that plays up the scary side - $S20 for adults and $S10 for 7 to 12s.
Getting there: near Haw Par Villa MRT (CC25) 7 min walk; buses – 10, 30, 30e, 51, 143, 188, 200 to stop 16019 or 175, 176, 589 to stop 16229
More information: Haw Par Villa

Singapore Discovery Centre

As the name suggests, this is all about discovering Singapore – its history and its people. There are a number of permanent exhibits as well as a 4D simulator ride in which visitors can “join” the defence forces and take on invaders and the iWERKS theatre, which shows 2D and 3D movies on a 5-storey high screen.

Address: 510 Upper Jurong Rd
Open: weekdays noon-7pm, weekends 11am-8pm
Cost: Residents free; others $S10 13yrs and over, $S8 3-12yrs for entry to one permanent exhibit; movies are $S7 for adults/children
Getting there: near Joo Koon MRT (EW29), 12 min walk; buses – 192,974,99
More information: Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Science Centre

Kids get to find out more about all sorts of science activities as well as watch shows s about fire tornadoes, chemistry and the solar system. There are permanent exhibitions that teach about climate change and 3D printing.

Address: 15 Science Centre Rd
Open: Friday to Sunday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Cost: Half-day session adults $S12 (including a $S5 Curious Shop voucher), children 3-12yrs $S8. Residents $S6 adults and $S4 3-12s.
Getting there: near Jurong East (EW24/NS1) 11 min walk; buses – 160,198,51,718
More information: Singapore Science Centre

Snow City

Given that Singapore is also known as the “little red spot” for its heat, it’s probably not surprising that it is home to a 3000sqm “snow city”. The snow is a little sparse on the ground. It has a no photography policy to encourage visitors to pay for a venue pic. Entrance includes rental of a jacket and boots but insulated pants and gloves come at an extra cost. Socks can be bought.

Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd
Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, weekends/public holidays 10am-5pm
Cost: For 1-hour snowplay session and 1 bumper car ride $S21 for all aged 3 and over.
Getting there: near Jurong East (EW24/NS1)    13 min walk; buses – 176,198,66
More information: Snow City

Conclusion

There’s one thing for certain – you’ll never be at a loss for things to do in Singapore with kids! And many of them are free. When planning your trip, try to sit out the midday heat in airconditioning and make sure you pack swimwear for the many water play activities. Also check out my itineraries and hotel and area guides for suggestions on great places for families to stay.

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