Singapore With Kids - 23 Fun Things to Do, Places to Eat & Accommodation


Every family vacation rides on a lot of expectations, and Singapore is sure to meet all of them, without hurting your wallet as well. If you're a first-timer to this Lion City and don't know where to take your little ones, you've come to the right place. Go through our list of things to do in Singapore with kids, and embark on a great journey! Here is your comprehensive guide to visiting Singapore with kids. 

Things to Do in Singapore With Kids

1. Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island, Singapore with kids
The much-loved Sentosa Island (Source)
Sentosa island is every traveller's dream come true, with attractions for the entire family! Accessible by bus, car, cable (this is highly recommended!) and the Sentosa Express, Sentosa is an adventure island located off the Singapore coast. From aquariums, water parks and beaches to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, this island houses it all. One day is indeed not enough to visit all the attractions it has to offer, but you can get off to a great start by travelling to the island via cable. If you're lucky, you may even be served lunch in the sky! Visit this attraction in Singapore with kids, they are sure to love this. The Wax Museum houses famous Indian and international stars. See if you can spot Jackie Chan here!
Timings: From 9:00 AM
Cost for cable ride: SGD 29.50 for adults, SGD 21 for children
Budget: SGD 48 - SGD 185

2. Universal Studios

Universal Studios, Singapore with kids
The iconic Universal Studios globe (Source)

Step aside Disneyland, for the Universal Studios is here! With seven unique zones and a variety of rides, this attraction at Sentosa Island promises a treat for your children. From Jurassic World to Madagascar, from Ancient Egypt to fairytale castles, from Transformers to Hollywood, this wonderland has it all. Attractions for everyone in the family, amazing souvenirs, theatres, live events and other showstoppers make Universal Studios, truly universal.

Timings: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Entry fee: SGD 76 for adults, SGD 56 for children

3. Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer, Singapore with kids
The Ferris Wheel of Singapore (Source)
Watch the island of Singapore like no other, from the sky! This magnificent Ferris wheel lies at a whopping 541 feet above sea level. Spot three counties at once - Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia with a panoramic vista, and enjoy the scenic beauty with your children. They are sure to love this joyride! And don't worry about motion sickness - the Flyer moves very slowly, and the ride lasts a half-hour; there is no need to panic about dizzying heights.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Entry fee: SGD 33 for adults, SGD 21 for children

4. Wings of Time Show

Wings of Time, Singpore with kids
The Wings of Time show is a hit among the kids visiting Singapore (Source)
A trip to Sentosa is incomplete without the Wings of Time show! Transport your kids to a mythical dimension and watch as their eyes go wide in wonder, as they enjoy the magnificent spectacle. Join Felix and Rachel, two inquisitive and adventurous kids, as they embark on an epic journey across time. This light, sound, laser, fire and water show is set against the Siloso Beach at Sentosa and is a must-watch for anyone visiting Singapore with kids. We won't give out spoilers here, but prepare to be blown away by the magic!
Timings: 7:40 PM - 8:40 PM
Entry fee: SGD 23 for premium seats, SGD 18 for standard seats

5. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore with kids
The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay (Source)
Singapore isn't called the Garden City for anything! The star attraction which takes the meaning of 'Urban Jungle' to the next level with its breathtaking futuristic concept garden. Located across Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay adds to the distinct Singapore skyline. The indoor gardens house exotic plants, and even have an ecosystem of their own, with lime exhibits as well. The Cloud Forest Conservatory houses the world's tallest indoor waterfall, masked by clouds. Signifying a beautiful union of modern technology and nature, the climate-controlled greenhouses complement the Supertree structures, which will take your children's imagination to new heights. Try to catch the lighting at night, for a sight, your kids will remember forever.
Timings:
Outdoor Gardens: 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Conservatories: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

6. Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo, Singapore with kids
The Singapore Zoo (Source)
Spread over a 70-acre area, Singapore Zoo is every animal lover's dream! Ranked among the top zoos in the world, there is no better place to begin your kid's journey into the fascinating world of animals. More than 3600 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and others are housed in this extensive facility. Animals are well-cared for, and exclusive zones within the zoo distinctly mark the habitat, habits and behaviour of the animals. Forget the movie: if your kids ask you about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, take them here! What better thing to do in Singapore with kids than spot elusive tigers, lions, bears, kangaroos and other exotic animals!
Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry fee: SGD 33 for adults, SGD 22 for children

7. SEA Aquarium

SEA Aquarium, Singapore with kids
The underwater SEA Aquarium - one of the world's largest (Source)
Explore the deep seas with your loved ones in the SEA Aquarium, a must-visit attraction when travelling to Singapore with kids. This immersive experience entails a visit to the deep waters, as you enter a revolutionary aquarium that mimics the ocean floor. Home to more than 100,000 marine species, the South East Asia Aquarium boasts of an eclectic ecology, complete with manta rays, bottlenose dolphins, hammerhead and nurse sharks, octopi, and the guitarfish. Teach your kids a valuable lesson about conservation as they have the time of their lives. Peek into the Open Ocean Tank which is home to the giant oceanic manta ray, and try to feel starfishes and friendly fish at the entrance. If you're lucky, you may be able to hold a giant python at the entrance!
Timings: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Entry fee: SGD 22 - SGD 34 for Singaporeans, SGD 29 - SGD 39 for foreign nationals

8. Trick Eye Museum

Trickeye Museum, Singapore with kids
The 3-D exhibit at Trick Eye Musem (Source)
Nothing can prepare your children for the wonder that is the Trickeye Museum! Prepare to have their world turned upside down as they fight dragons, visit enchanted castles and embark on an adventure, all within a building! The Trickeye Museum houses an incredible array of art pieces which use 2D, 3D and even 4D art to enchant the visitors completely. This seamless blend of art and architecture uses AR technology to transport patrons to the world of their dreams. Give flight to your children's imagination with this visual treat! PS: This museum in Singapore for kids is perfect because has an exclusive 'Please Touch' policy, so you don't have to worry if your kids tend to get handsy!
Timings: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Entry fee: SGD 21.25 (online) or SGD 25 (onsite) for adults, SGD 17 (online) or SGD 20 (onsite) for children and senior citizens

9. Wild Wild Wet Waterpark

Wild Wild Wet
Wild Wild Wet Waterpark (Source)
Timings: Weekdays - 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Weekends - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Entry Fee:
Adult (13 years and above): SGD 32
Child (3-12 years)/ Senior Citizen (55 years and above): SGD 24
U Live Member/ Pioneer Generation/ Toddler (below 3 years): Free
Family Package (2 adults and 2 children): SGD 102

10. Adventure Cove Waterpark

Adventure Cove Waterpark, Singapore With Kids
Bird's eye view of Adventure Cove Waterpark (Source)

Timings: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Entry fee: Adult (between 13 and 59 years): SGD 38
Child (between 4 and 12 years): SGD 30
Senior (aged 60 and higher): SGD 30

11. Garden Rhapsody Light and Sound Show

Garden Rhapsody, Singapore with Kids
Supertree Groves looks dazzling during the Garden Rhapsody show (Source)
Gape in wonder at this breathtaking light show and get transported to a new world at Supertree Grove, where solar-powered tree-like towers glow, shine, and change colours. Get dazzled by the music and lights and give the children something to talk about for years to come at the Rhapsody Light and Sound Show, featuring an LED light show against the 16-storey Supertrees. This is one of the best free things to do in Singapore with kids.

Timings: 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Entry fee: Free

12. DUCKTour

Singapore Ducktours, Singapore with kids
Singapore Ducktour Vehicle (Source)
Live the bird life and embark on an adventure of a lifetime with a DUCKTour. Built on a remodelled World War II Vietnamese amphibious war craft machine, this award-winning tour takes visitors on a splash into Marina Bay, passing through the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer and the Merlion Park. Back on land, patrons are driven through the Civic District to see the old Supreme Court, National Gallery, Cenotaph war memorial, Padang, and the Fountain of Wealth. This is a great history and culture lesson!

Timings: English guided tour - daily hourly departure from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Mandarin guided tour – daily departure at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM
Entry fee: Adult: SGD 43, Child: SGD 33, Toddler below 3 years of age: SGD 10

13. Chinatown

Chinatown, Singaopore with kids
The colourful Chinatown of Singapore (Source)
Timings: 7:00 AM – midnight 
Entry fee: Free

14. Marina Bay

Marina Bay, Singapore with kids
Marina Bay area (Source)
Timings: Open 24 hours
Laser show: 8:00 PM, 9:30 PM 
Entry fee: Free

15. Singapore Night Safari

Singapore Night Safari, Singapore with Kids
The Singapore Night Safari (Source)
Timings: 7:15 PM – 12:00 AM (daily)
Admission slots: 7:15 PM, 8:15 PM, 9:15 PM, 10:15 PM, 11:15 PM
Ticket counter: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Entry fee: Adult: SGD 55, Child (aged between 3 and 12): SGD 39

16. KidZania Singapore

Timings: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry fee: Adult (between 18 and 59 years): SGD 25
Child (between 3 and 17 years): SGD 62
Toddler (aged 2 years and below): Free (access to designated toddler areas only)
Senior citizen (aged 60 and above): SGD 24

17. ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum, Singapore with kids
The iconic lotus-shaped building of ArtScience Museum (Source)
Timings: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Last admission: 9:00 PM
Entry fee:
Single exhibition ticket: Adult: SGD 19, Senior/student/person with disabilities/child (between 2 and 12 years old): SGD 14
Double exhibition ticket: Adult: SGD 32, Senior/student/person with disabilities/child (between 2 and 12 years old): SGD 24

18. MINT Museum of Toys

Timings: Monday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM, last admission at 6:00 PM
Every last Saturday of each quarter-end: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Entry fee: Adult: SGD 20, Child (between 2 and 12 years): SGD 10, Senior citizen (aged 60 and above): SGD 10

19. Singapore River Safari

Singapore River Safari, Singapore with Kids
The giant panda Jia Jia is a major highlight of Singapore River Safari (Source)
Timings: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (daily)
Entry fee: Adult: SGD 30.60, Child (between 3 and 12 years): SGD 20.70

20. Jacob Ballas Children's Garden

Timings: Tuesday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, last entry at 6:30 PM, Monday: closed
Entry fee: Free

21. Pasir Ris Park

Pasir Ris Park, Singapore with kids
Beach coastline along Pasir Ris Park (Source)

This huge coastal park is ideal for a charming day out in Singapore with kids. Pack a picnic, visit Pasir Ris Park, and indulge in water sports, pony rides, skating, cycling, and even bird watching – a three-storey watchtower in the Mangrove Zone is a delight for budding ornithologists. The Mangrove Boardwalk is a comfortable hike, while the other trails are adventurous for older children. The play area boasts of state-of-the-art equipment too!
Timings: Lighting hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Entry fee: Free

22. Snow City

Timings: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM everyday
Entry fee:
1 hour snow play + 1 bumper car ride: SGD 24
2 hours snow play + 1 bumper car ride: SGD 79
1 bumper car ride: SGD 5
2 bumper car rides: SGD 9
3 bumper car rides: SGD 12
Rental rates for winter gear are extra.

23. Marine Cove Playground

Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry fee: Free

Where to Eat in Singapore with Kids

Central Area

1. Slappy Cakes

Slappy Cakes, Eating in Singapore with Kids
Slappy Cake Restaurant (Source)
Location: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road/26 Sentosa Gateway, Resort World Sentosa/Plaza Singapura, Orchard Road 
Cuisine: All-American fusion
Timings: Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM, Saturday, Sunday: 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Must-try: Buttermilk pancakes with fruit, nuts, and whipped cream

2. Arteastiq Boutique Tea House

Location: 333A, Orchard Road
Cuisine: Continental
Timings: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Must-try: Chocolate truffle tea, chestnut Mont Blanc tartlet, Panan Kaya lava cake

3. DC Comics Superhero Café

Location: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Cuisine: Continental
Timings: Monday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Must-try: Red Krypton Big Box Breakfast, Bat Girl Mini Salmon Burger

Tanglin

4. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari

Location: 130E Minden Road
Cuisine: French, continental 
Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Must-try: Quinoa farmer’s plate, almond croissant

5. Open Farm Community

Location: 130E Minden Road
Cuisine: Farm-to-table continental
Timings: Monday – Thursday: noon – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Friday: noon – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – midnight, Saturday, public holidays: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM – midnight, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Must-try: Singa’Smore, Garden Gnudi pasta, customizable local luncheon 

Chinatown

6. Maxwell Food Centre

Maxwell Food Centre, Eating in Singapore with kids
Maxwell Food Hawker Centre (Source)
Location: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Chinatown
Cuisine: Singaporean, Chinese
Timings: 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Must-try: Dim sum, Hainanese chicken rice

Telok Blangah

7. Bayswater Kitchen

Location: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Keppel Bay
Cuisine: American, continental
Timings: Tuesday – Friday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Saturday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sunday, public holidays: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Monday: Closed 
Must-try: Clams in a Pot, Sunday roast 

East Coast Park

8. SandBank

Location: 920 East Coast Parkway, Parkland Green
Cuisine: Continental
Timings: Monday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Tuesday – Thursday: noon – 11:00 PM, Friday: noon – midnight, Saturday, public holidays: 9:00 AM – midnight, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Plunge pool timings: opening – 7:00 PM
Must-try: Cheese quesadilla, French toast, Australian lamb grill

9. Zaffron Kitchen

Location: 135-137 East Coast Road
Cuisine: Indian
Timings: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Must-try: Dahi puri bites, Tandoori chicken, Palak paneer

Bukit Timah

10. Rider’s Café

Location: 51 Fairways Drive
Cuisine: Continental
Timings: Sunday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Friday, Saturday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Monday: Closed
Must-try: Homemade banana bread, croque madame, kabocha and kale

Where to Stay in Singapore with Kids

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Fullerton Hotel in Singapore (Source)
  • Marina Bay Sands: One of the most luxurious hotels in Singapore, it is home to the Sky Observation Deck where one can get unmatched views of the city. The kid-friendly pool in the rooftop is perfect for children to lounge while parents relax in the infinity pool. 
  • Village Hotel Bugis: The most attractive feature of this comfortable hotel is the kid-themed room option. Patrons can choose from fun themes like Cars, Princess Sofia, and Toy Story; the rooms come with brightly painted walls, kids’ channels on TV, a complimentary colouring book, baby bathtub, and special kid-sized bathroom amenities. 
  • York Hotel: Ideal for families for four, York Hotel offers comfortable rooms located close to Singapore’s main entertainment, shopping, and sightseeing areas.
  • Fullerton Hotel: Stay in style at this colonial building of historical importance – soak up the culture and grace of Fullerton Hotel in one of its child-friendly suites, with luxurious bedding, a rooftop swimming pool lined by Doric columns, stroller-friendly walking areas, complimentary colouring books, and ice cream vouchers.
  • Wanderlust Hotel: This whimsical boutique hotel is a surreal masterpiece – each room in this quirky hotel is styled uniquely, and no two rooms are the same. Choose from a range of monochromatic suites, black-and-white rooms, origami and pop-art themed décor, or surreal spaces. From spaceships and tree houses to giant typewriters and arcade-esque pixels, each room holds a special surprise at Wanderlust – this is a haven for the eccentric!
  • Shangri-La Rasa on Sentosa: Named one of Singapore’s best family resorts, Shangri-La’s Rasa is a beachfront paradise that has a host of family-friendly activities. The huge children’s pool has water slides and special play areas, kids’ bikes, kayaks, and an exclusive kids’ club with a huge treehouse, slides, ball pits, and a soft play area. Parents can also avail the crèche service to enjoy a quality time together.
  • Carlton Hotel: Located in the centre of Singapore, the Carlton is a comfortable bet for families – children below 12 years of age stay free when they share beds. The children’s pool overlooking the garden and sundeck is perfect for a relaxing evening after a day of sightseeing.

Getting Around Singapore with Kids

Singapore Metro, Singapore with kids
The MRT Train of Singapore (Source)
Singapore is well connected by rail and road. The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is the fastest mode available on land, which connects all major tourist attractions, within walking distance of an MRT Station. Daily tickets are available for one-time users, but tourists can also avail the Singapore Tourist Pass which allowed unlimited travel for a specified duration. The cards are to be bought at the Transit Link Ticket Office at the MRT Stations at Orchard, City Hall, Changi Airpot, Bugis, Bayfront, Chinatown, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East, Kranji, Raffles Place, Farrer Park, Tanjong Pagar, Harbourfront, or Somerset Station. The trains are absolutely safe to travel at night and are stroller-friendly as well.

Cost:
SGD 10 (single day), SGD 16 (two days), SGD 20 (three days)

Bus: Buses are the cheapest and most beautiful way to explore the city, and your children are sure to enjoy the experience. Most buses are air-conditioned as well. A Singapore Tourist Pass can be availed, for later payment.

Trishaw: A fun way to travel in Singapore with kids, a characteristic part of the Singapore experience. For a cost of SGD 40 for half an hour, trishaws can comfortably carry a family of three around major attractions.

It is advisable to avail an E-Z Link card at the MRT Station for SGD 12 to facilitate easy payment, especially when travelling in Singapore with kids.

Doctors in Singapore

  • The first thing to remember is to not panic if your child is injured.
  • General Practitioners are available in most neighbourhoods, and appointments are usually not necessary for consultation.
  • Prescribed medication can be purchased at the clinic.
  • Public hospitals like Singapore General Hospital and the Tan Tock Seng Hospital offer quality health care, while private hospitals like Mount Elizabeth Hospital are also available.
  • Emergency ambulance services of the Singapore Civil Defence Force can be reached at 995.
  • Pharmacies are available at malls and shopping centres.
  • It is better to have sunscreen and mosquito repellants on your person since Singapore is a tropical country.

Things to Keep in Mind When Travelling to Singapore with Kids

It is essential to keep the children safe, secure and healthy while on vacation. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
  • Keep a close watch on children while in heights, water or other adventure sports areas, and lookout for signs of discomfort or ill health
  • Chewing gum in Singapore is illegal. Keep this in mind, as chewing gum attracts a huge penalty
  • It is unlawful to litter. Keep a bag where your children can throw waste, like food wrappers or other plastics. Dispose of in bins
  • Always carry an umbrella because the climate is humid, and may rain
  • Clothe children in light, breathable fabric because of the tropical climate
Which places do you plan on visiting in Singapore with kids? What was your most unforgettable experience? Comment below and let us know!

This post was published by Nivedha Narayanaswamy

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