Our 2 Days in Singapore Itinerary will help you see all the best sights in a short stopover.
Singapore’s location as the gateway to Asia has always made a Singapore stopover a popular choice with those looking to break their journey between Europe and Australia, or enroute to Southeast Asia.
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Fitting it all in
Nowadays with all the Singapore tourist attractions there are on offer, many people choose to make more of traveling to Singapore and opt to stay longer to enjoy all the fun Singapore tourist spots.
But if you do only have 2 days in Singapore, here we help you out with our sample itinerary for Singapore with kids.
There are so many things to do in Singapore with kids, that trying to narrow it all down to find the best of what to do in Singapore in 2 days can be tricky. But hopefully this Singapore trip plan will help you understand what you can manage to fit into your time.
We have tried to mix up some of the top Singapore tourist places for families, such as the Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios Singapore, with some more cultural places to go in Singapore, like exploring Chinatown and sampling some of the local Singapore cuisine.
Read on to see how to make the most of your two days in Singapore.
Singapore Stopover: Day One
On day one of our things to do in Singapore in 2 days itinerary, we are going to visit the Singapore Zoo and also get to see a bit of Singapore culture, visiting Chinatown and the Colonial District.
Morning – Singapore Zoo
Forget another boring hotel breakfast buffet – this morning you’re going to have breakfast with the orangutans at Singapore Zoo! Singapore Zoo is awesome, and is a Singapore must-see if you are visiting with kids.
Highly regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, this Singapore top attraction is set in a natural rainforest environment, and benefits from spacious, landscaped enclosures, making it a pleasant environment.
There is an enormous amount to take in here – 2,530 animals from 315 species are housed within the 28 hectares. But if you get to there for opening time and have breakfast with the orangutans, you should still have time to see everything you want before heading into town for lunch.
As the Singapore Zoo is set in a natural rainforest, you can expect it to be hot and humid so be sure to pack your swimming gear so you can have a quick cool-off play in the Rainforest Kidzworld water park before you leave.
Click here to read our article Top Tips for Visiting Singapore Zoo with Kids.
Lunchtime – Dim Sum
Grab a taxi (or order a Grab, the Singapore equivalent of Uber) from the zoo and get them to drop you in Chinatown for lunch. Chinatown is a bustling and fun part of town, and Yum Cha here is one of our favourite kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore.
Yum Cha is where to go in Singapore to enjoy a dim sum feast in an authentic setting. The menu includes a wide choice of Chinese dishes, but the majority of people flock here at lunchtime to indulge in a dim sum feast.
Tucked away at the top of a hidden staircase, this popular restaurant packs in local families and passing tourists, creating a buzzing and convivial atmosphere.
It is guaranteed to be bustling and noisy, so nobody will notice how much noise your kids are making!
New to Dim Sum? Click here to read our Beginner’s Guide to Dim Sum.
Afternoon – Chinatown and a River Cruise
You are now ideally located to explore Chinatown and introduce your kids to some local places of interest in Singapore.
Wander the streets to admire the beautifully preserved heritage shophouses, and shop for souvenirs amongst the street stalls and tiny boutiques on Pagoda Street.
Call in at the Chinatown Heritage Centre to take a journey through the lives of the Chinese immigrants who flooded into Singapore throughout the 19th century, and visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, one of the best places in Singapore to learn about Buddhism.
Don’t miss a visit to the wet market in the basement of the Chinatown Complex to see where the locals shop for their fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, spices and seafood. Keep an eye out for the buckets of live frogs, eels and turtles for sale!
In my book Singapore with Kids, I have included a step-by-step walking tour of Chinatown, complete with kids scavenger hunt.
The next item on our what to see in Singapore in 2 days itinerary is a River Cruise Singapore city tour. The best place to pick up the boat is Merlion Park.
Over this relaxing 40-minutes Singapore sightseeing tour, you will get to take in the sights of the Colonial District, Marina Bay and Central Business District.
Dinner – local street food
You can’t visit Singapore without enjoying a meal in a hawker centre, the city’s version of street food. It is an absolute must do in Singapore.
Strict government health and safety regulations mean you can happily bring your children here for a meal without worrying about the family suffering from ‘Delhi Belly’.
There are Hawker Centres all over Singapore, but two of our favourites for visitors thanks to their accessibility are Lau Pa Sat and Makansutra Gluttons Bay. Both are within easy reach of Singapore River.
Lau Pa Sat is located in the centre of the CBD, and attracts all the local office workers for both lunch and dinner. All of Singapore’s best-loved dishes are on offer here, with over 100 stalls to choose from.
Boon Tat Street to the side of Lau Pa Sat is locally known as ‘Satay Street’, and really comes to life after dark when the stalls start churning out clouds of smoke and vying for business.
Makansutra Gluttons Bay next door to the Esplanade Theatre is a quieter and more refined experience. With a smaller number of carefully selected stalls and alfresco ambience, Makansutra also offers views over Marina Bay from its outdoor plastic seating.
Famous dishes to try include Sambal Stingray, BBQ Chicken Wings, Satay, Char Kway Teow and Carrot Cake.
Singapore Stopover: Day Two
On the second day of our Singapore stopover itinerary, we are going to stick to Sentosa Island – Singapore’s ‘playground’ and home to many of Singapore’s best family-friendly attractions.
Morning – Universal Studios
Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa is one of the most fun things to do in Singapore with kids.
This fun Singapore theme park is divided into seven zones, including Far Far Away and Madagascar, and promises you a full morning of fun with movie-themed rollercoasters, rides and attractions.
You should also get to meet some of your favourite cartoon movie characters, such as Shrek, Elmo and Puss in Boots.
Highlights include the Shrek 4-D Adventure, Madagascar: a Crate Adventure, Transformers The Ride – a hyper-realistic 3D thrill ride, and Battlestar Galactica – the world’s tallest duelling roller coaster ride.
Book your tickets online (click here to buy discounted tickets to Universal Studios Singapore), arrive early and make sure you get the Universal Express Pass… and you should be done by lunchtime.
Lunchtime – noodles and dumplings
There are plenty of eating options inside Universal Studios, but why settle for a lackluster burger when you can indulge in some fabulous noodles and dumplings and one of Singapore’s best loved restaurants, Din Tai Fung?
Handily located between Universal Studios and the Southeast Asia Aquarium, Din Tai Fung dishes up a wide range of soups, appetisers, dumplings and rice dishes, but the restaurant is most famous for its Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai pork dumplings).
There are always plenty of high chairs, and the buzzing throng ensures that any noisy children will melt into the background.
Afternoon – Southeast Asia Aquarium or Adventure Cove Waterpark
Next up on our Singapore itinerary with kids is some aquatic fun. Here you can choose between the aquarium and the water park.
With over 100,000 marine creatures from over 800 species spanning 49 different habitats, it is hard not to be impressed by the SEA Aquarium, one of Singapore’s top attractions.
There’s a shipwreck to gaze at, shark tunnels to walk through, touch pools for discovering knobbly sea stars, and then the grand finale: the Open Ocean – a panoramic marine vista complete with manta rays, sharks, and goliath grouper.
If you prefer to get wet and wild, then one of the best places to visit in Singapore is Adventure Cove Waterpark, which is right next door to the SEA Aquarium.
The kids will love all the waterslides here, including Riptide Rocket, Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic roller coaster (a slide that takes riders upwards). There’s also a wave pool and a 620m-long Adventure River inner tube ride, and even a small reef for snorkelling on.
Why not finish your Singapore stopover itinerary on the beach? The beaches of Sentosa are lined with child-friendly beach bars and beach clubs, all offering casual dining with sea views.
Some even have swimming pools for everyone to cool off in after a hard day of activities in Singapore.
One of our favourites is the Tanjong Beach Club. This uber-cool bar serves up a slice of tropical paradise, with a beachfront setting and swimming pool looking out to sea. Mum and dad can kick back on a lounger while the kids splash in the pool or build sandcastles on the beach.
The bistro menu is largely seafood focused, but they do a pretty mean burger too, and have a small kids menu. (Closed Mondays)
Other good options include FOC Sentosa, Coastes and Ola Beach Club. Click here to read more about these kid friendly restaurants in Singapore.
And that’s it for our 48 hours in Singapore itinerary. But wait! There’s so much more to do in Singapore with kids – so check out our article 50 Things to Do in Singapore with Kids and make sure you book to stay longer in Singapore next time!
Where to stay in Singapore for 2 nights
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to family friendly places to stay in Singapore. You can read our full pick of Family Hotels in Singapore here. Some of our favourite family accommodation in Singapore is also highlighted below.
The Shangri-La hotel, Singapore
The Shangri-La Singapore is a gorgeous tropical resort located right in the heart of Singapore. It has a fabulous free-form swimming pool, beautiful landscaped tropical gardens, a good choice of restaurants, one of the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore plus an outdoor playground and water play area.
For families it also offers an entire family floor of family rooms and suites, including their very impressive themed 2-bedroom suites, which come themed as castles, submarines, jungles, space and more. You can read our full review here.
Festive Hotel Singapore
If you want to stay in the heart of Resorts World Sentosa to be close to the action of Universal Studios and the Aquarium, the Festive Hotel is a good choice for families in Singapore.
It has brightly decorated family rooms with pull-out sofa beds and welcome amenity packs specially for kids. It also has a fun free-form swimming pool, with separate kids pool and kids wet play area.Click here to check prices for the Festive Hotel Singapore.
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
The Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa isn’t quite as luxurious as it’s sister resort in the centre of town, but it is one of the most family friendly resorts in Singapore.
Located right on the beach on Sentosa, it is filled with fun family facilities, including a kids club, water slides, splash pad and even a trapeze! It has a good choice of family restaurants too. You can read our full review here.
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