Whether it’s a Singapore stopover or an action-packed family holiday, there’s no denying that the Little Red Dot is one of our favourite destinations.
While there is a friendly rivalry between Singapore and Hong Kong, there’s no denying that it is a super fun stopover (or standalone holiday destination) to visit with kids. No one knows the city like the locals, so we asked the team over at Sassy Mama Singapore to give us all the info on where to eat, what to do and where to stay with the family.
There’s so much fun on offer for families in Singapore. You can visit the showstopper Gardens by the Bay, take the kids to the Singapore Zoo, run wild outdoors in the many free playgrounds then feast at kid-friendly cafés before hitting more attractions. There’s really something for everyone no matter your interests; culture, nature, relaxing, restaurant-hopping or something more energetic!
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Fun Things To Do With Kids In Singapore
Gardens And Parks
Singapore has no shortage of gorgeous parks, all over the island to keep your little ones outdoors in the fresh air. Can’t-miss locations, including the UNESCO World Heritage site Singapore Botanic Gardens just around the corner from Orchard Road; the National Orchid Garden is a must-visit, as is Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden (be aware that it’s closed on Mondays though). At this children’s park you’ll find a treehouse with slides, a water play area, sandpit, mini-maze, zip line and climbing structures, plus a kid-friendly cafe.
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No trip to Singapore would be complete without a trip to Sentosa. Adrenaline junkies will love the 450-m-long flying fox at the Mega Zip Adventure Park. If you are after a more relaxed vibe, head over to one of Singapore’s best beaches. Book a spot at one of the many beach clubs (like Ola Beach Club pictured above) with tables on the sand so you can watch the kids making sandcastles while you sip on a cold drink.
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Gardens By The Bay
Another not-to-miss attraction has to be the stunning Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, as it has become one of Singapore’s most iconic sights. Head over to see this free green park in person – it’s a great spot to go otter spotting – then end up at the free outdoor water play area complete with fountains and music (be sure to pack swimmers and sunscreen).
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Singapore Zoo And Animal Spotting
If you love hikes, it’s worth taking the family over to MacRitchie Nature Reserve or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – just pack mozzie repellent and watch out for wild monkeys! Speaking of animals, if you have little animal lovers, why not check out the Singapore Zoo, River Safari or Jurong Bird Park? You could easily spend a whole day there and tire the little monsters out before bed.
Culture lovers should check out one of the many museums in town, from our all-time favourite Future World at the ArtScience Museum, where a highly interactive experience awaits amongst other temporary exhibitions, to National Museum of Singapore and Asian Civilisations Museum, which offer in-depth explorations of Asia’s rich cultural heritage.
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Where To Eat With Kids In Singapore
When travelling with little ones, finding a kid-friendly restaurant with a playground on hand is always a good idea. Enjoy killer views across the skyline when you book a table at a rooftop restaurant, or on the other end of the scale, there are great affordable hawker markets to head to. Whether you fancy getting all dressed up and heading to a hotel for a traditional English-style high tea or you are craving dim sum because you know the kids will eat that with no fuss, there’s something for every taste if you know where to look.
Singapore’s dining scene has come a long way with new restaurants offering fun experiences. Dine up close to manta rays and sea life in the Aquarium or sit down to a meal at the countless Michelin-starred restaurants plus the cheapest Michelin-starred meal – a no-frills chicken rice dish at Hawker Chan. Don’t miss the Singaporean signature Chilli Crab, served with mantou steamed buns, found at hawker centres like Lau Pa Sat in the CBD or at more upmarket restaurants like New Ubin Seafood and Red House Seafood Restaurant.
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Family-Friendly Hotels In Singapore
There are lots of kid-friendly hotels in Singapore that will really make your holiday special. Book a room on beachy Sentosa where attractions like Universal Studios and S.E.A. Aquarium are nearby. Or do something really quirky and book a night for the family on a yacht! Some hotels are so family-orientated that your little ones won’t want to go home – think kids’ clubs, outdoor water splash pads complete with pirate ships, bunk beds and more!
Enjoy planning your trip to the Little Red Dot – fingers crossed you can travel there safely soon.
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Editor’s Note: “Sassy Mama’s Guide To Visiting Singapore With Kids” was most recently updated in November 2022.