Here we look at all the best family friendly tourist attractions in Singapore. We say it repeatedly, but there really are so many things to do with kids in Singapore, and here we prove it to you with our ultimate Singapore to-do list: 50 things to do in Singapore with kids.
Singapore is an expensive city, so where possible, we have also included links to buy discounted tickets online.
A Singapore family holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Singapore Zoo, one of the most popular Singapore tourist attractions. Often regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, the Singapore Zoo is set in a natural rainforest setting with spacious landscaped enclosures. Don’t miss Breakfast with the Orang Utans! Read our Tips on Visiting Singapore Zoo with Kids here.
Jurong Bird Park
The Jurong Bird Park houses over 8,000 birds from over 600 species and is set in a beautifully landscaped park, making it one of the most popular kids activities in Singapore. Visit the world’s largest walk-in aviary, feed the Loris, Ostriches and Pelicans and watch the fun shows, including Birds n Buddies Show and the Thunderstorm Experience.
There is an amazing variety of sea creatures to see at the SEA Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa – over 800 species are represented across the 49 different habitats. With over 100,000 marine creatures in all, it is hard not to be impressed – especially when you reach the grand finale: the Open Ocean – a panoramic marine vista complete with manta rays, sharks, and goliath grouper. No wonder this is one of the most popular places to visit in Singapore for kids.
Another of the most fun places to visit in Singapore for family is the legendary Night Safari, where you have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with hundreds of exotic nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Nestled in 40 hectares of lush secondary forest, subtle lighting facilitates the viewing over 1,000 nocturnal animals from 120 different species in the nighttime tropical jungle. Definitely one of the best things to do in Singapore at night with kids.
If you’re looking for really fun things to do in Singapore for kids, then you can enter the world of movie magic at Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park at Resorts World Sentosa. Head to this top Singapore tourist spot to meet some of your favourite kids movie characters, while riding movie-themed rides and roller coasters. Fun! You can read our full review of Universal Studios Singapore here.
Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adventure Cove Waterpark is where to bring kids in Singapore to get wet and wild. Six waterslides include the Riptide Rocket, Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic roller coaster (a slide that takes riders upwards), while a wave pool and the 620m-long Adventure River inner tube ride add to the fun.
Tanjong, Palawan and Siloso Beaches line the southern coast of Sentosa, and are where to go in Singapore with kids when you’re in need of some beach action. They may not rival those of neighbouring Thailand and Malaysia, but there are some cool beach bars, plenty of palm trees and lots of sand for building sandcastles.
Labrador Nature Reserve
In amongst the tropical rainforest of Labrador Nature Reserve, you’ll find war bunkers, WWII machine gun posts and secret tunnels, which can be explored via guided tour. It’s also one of the quieter places for kids to play in Singapore – there’s a great sandy playground, complete with maze for the kids to run off their energy in.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
Scream if you wanna go faster! Part go-cart, part toboggan, the Luge has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most fun Singapore attractions for kids. Here you can whizz down a 650 metre long paved track that begins at Imbiah Lookout and ends at Siloso Beach on Sentosa. There are plenty of hairpin bends and fast straight sections to keep the adrenaline junkies amongst you going back for more.
The Botanic Gardens is where to go in Singapore for family downtime. Take a break from the bustle of the city and enjoy the peace, tranquillity and beauty of the Gardens. One of our favourite places to visit in Singapore with family, the Gardens offer a huge variety of areas including lakes, fountains, sculpture gardens and plenty of well manicured lawns to run around, paths to scoot on, and turtles to feed.
Indoor Play Gym
Heat getting to you? Find yourself stuck in a tropical downpour? Head to one of many indoor play gyms to keep the little ones entertained. Some of the best kids indoor playgrounds in Singapore include The Polliwogs (Suntec City, Vivocity, East Coast Park), Cool De Sac (Suntec City), Royce Kids Gym (Liang Court) and Happy Willow (One North).
Gardens by the Bay
The 100-hectare Gardens by the Bay is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants and has become one of the most famous Singapore points of interest in recent years. Its many paths, suspended walkways, gardens and water features are fun to explore, while the climate-controlled conservatories make for a welcome break from Singapore’s heat and humidity. The Super Trees are super cool too. But the highlight for families is the fabulous water play area, which is one of our favourite free things to do in Singapore with kids – just remember to bring your swimmers.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Set within the Botanic Gardens, but with its own entrance, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is designed to provide a fun learning environment in a garden setting. Educational areas include the Sensory Garden, the Magic of Photosynthesis area, Plants Recycle and the Fantastic Forest. But really, kids will just love playing in the tree house, sandpit and water fountains at this kids playground in Singapore. This Singapore children’s garden was refurbished and expanded in late 2017 and new features include a flying fox, tree house and swing rope bridge.
It’s all hands-on fun at the Singapore Science Centre, a great option if you looking for interesting Singapore attractions for kids. There are more than 1,000 exhibits in twelve galleries, offering interactive fun and covering topic such as The Human Body, DNA, Energy, Viruses, Marine Life, the Solar System and Climate Change, plus newer scif-esque exhibitons covering Nano Technology and Infocomm Technology. The next door KidsSTOP offers more hands-on learning in a more play-based environment.
Another of the most fun places for kids in Singapore is this award-winning global ‘edutainment’ attraction, featuring 7,600 square metres of role-play fun. A realistic indoor ‘city’ allows children to choose between occupations and activities, and learn about key values and life skills through role-play. Save the day as a fireman, help the sick as a doctor, or protect the streets as a policeman. There’s even a full-winged fuselage of a Boeing 737 to marvel at.
Singapore Cable Car
The best way to get to Sentosa for kids is to ride the Singapore Cable Car. Start at Harbourfront to ride up to Mount Faber and take in the views at the top, before re-boarding the cable car to take the 12-minute journey across Keppel Harbour to Sentosa. The new Sentosa Line then takes you onward towards all the attractions of Sentosa at Merlion Station, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point.
If you feel like getting off the beaten path, then one of the best family activities in Singapore is to head to Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin is just a 10-minute boat ride from Changi and lets you step back in time and discover what Singapore was like fifty years ago, before the construction companies moved in. Hire bikes on arrival (children’s bikes and baby seats are available) and head to the Chek Jawa Wetlands – one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems where you can explore the mangroves and coast via boardwalks, and climb the lookout tower. Getting there via bumboat is half the fun. Read more about visiting Pulau Ubin with Kids here.
For an authentic shopping experience away from the organised calm of the air-conditioned malls, head down to a local wet market, one of the best places to bring kids in Singapore to get a feel for local life. This is a great introduction to local fruits and vegetables for kids, and most wet markets also have a large fresh seafood section to explore. Don’t miss the live frogs and turtles in the wet market in the basement of the Chinatown Complex.
Having a meal at a Hawker Centre – Singapore’s version of street food – is one of the culinary highlights of this city and should not be missed on a family holiday to Singapore. There are Hawker Centres all over Singapore, but Lau Pa Sat in the heart of the CBD and Makansutra Gluttons Bay next to the Esplanade Theatre are two of our favourites. You’ll find many of Singapore’s best-loved dishes on offer here, so take your time to wander around and take it all in before deciding what to chow down on.
Another fun off-the-beaten-path thing to do for kids in Singapore is to jump on the MRT and head west to find the beautifully presented Chinese Garden. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sprawling lawns, rainbow bridges, arch buildings, pagodas and koi ponds. Don’t miss the fabulous Bonsai garden and for something a little different, track down the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum.
If you’re looking for an active family outing in Singapore, then take a walk along the hiking trails and boardwalks that surround the MacRitchie Reservoir. The primary rainforest is home to more than 840 flowering plant and 500 animal species. The highlight is the HSBC TreeTop Walk, a free-standing 250m long suspension bridge which gives you a bird’s eye view of the plants and animals in the rainforest canopy from its 25m high position. It’s an 11km round walk to get to though, so not for the really little ones, but if you are visiting with older children then this is one of the best places to visit in Singapore with family for a back-to-nature experience.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in the far north of the island has a network of boardwalks that provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, making it one of the most interesting places in Singapore for family trips. Keep your eyes out for herons, kingfishers, mudskippers and crabs. You are pretty much guaranteed to see large monitor lizards along the way, and if you’re lucky you may spot an estuarine crocodile too.
Haw Par Villa
This strange and surreal statue garden in the West of Singapore is one of the most unusual kids attractions in Singapore. The garden is filled with hundreds of multi-coloured statues and tableaux depicting Chinese myths and legends. Photo opportunities abound for snap-happy mums and dads. The highlight is undoubtedly the 10 Courts of Hell, depicting scenes of bloodthirsty torture, which of course may not be suitable for younger children…
Palawan Pirate Ship
If you’re looking for what to do in Singapore with kids when it gets too hot, then head to Palawan beach and the fun water play area, the Palawan Pirate Ship. Here, young explorers will discover water jets, slides, fountains, chutes, water guns and pools – but beware the big bucket that tips a deluge of water down on everybody’s head once it fills up! Another of our favourite free activities for kids in Singapore.
Sentosa 4D Adventureland
There is plenty of 4D fun to be had at Sentosa 4D Adventureland. Ride the virtual 4D rollercoaster “Extreme Log Ride”, grab a motion-sensor pistol and try your luck at 4D interactive shoot-out game “Desperados”, or sit back and enjoy the interactive 4D movie, complete with seat vibration, leg ticklers and base shakers. Prepare to be tossed about, have wind blowing and water splashing in your face, and to shriek with laughter along with your fellow movie-goers.
A boat ride along the Singapore River is one of the best ways to take in the sights of the Colonial District, Marina Bay and the Quays, and is a fun way of sightseeing on a family trip to Singapore. Board the boat in either Robertson Quay or Marina Bay (near Merlion Park) to ride the whole river and enjoy the views.
Warehouse Sentosa is where to go with kids in Singapore to learn to ride some waves. This beachfront venue offering wave rides for all ages. Experienced surfers can ride up to a 10foot wave on the Flowbarrel, while younger kids (107cm and over) can body board and learn to stand up on the Double Flowrider. Younger kids can play in the sand while mum and dad sip on a mojito and listen to the DJs in the sunshine. Everyone’s a winner!
Make your way to one of the many Fish Reflexology spas to experience one of the more unusual attractions in Singapore for families and an interesting way to achieve soft pampered feet. Dip your feet into the tank and wait for the Garra Rufa fish to come and have a nibble! But don’t worry – the fish only consume dead skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow, so you won’t see your feet disappearing before your eyes! You will find Fish Reflexology spas all over Singapore, including at the Singapore Flyer.
Natural History Museum
The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum makes for a good fun educational morning or afternoon if you’re deciding what to do with kids in Singapore. Stars of the show are the three dinosaur skeletons – Prince, Apollonia and Twinky – but there are over 500,000 other specimens spread out amongst the twenty zones.
Another fun but educational museum for kids in Singapore is Fort Siloso on Sentosa Island to experience life as a soldier in the 1880s and World War II. The sole surviving coastal fort in Singapore is now a museum dedicated to the memory of soldiers who lost their lives trying to defend Singapore. The museum is visited via self-guided tour, with waxwork models and audio recordings bringing the scenes to life. Kids will be wowed by the 6-inch gun crew in action.
Battle Box at Fort Canning
Nine metres below ground in the centre of Fort Canning Park, Battle Box was the underground bomb-proof bunker of Britain’s HQ Malaya Command during World War II. Today the Battle Box has been turned into a war museum, with scenes recreated with waxwork models to allow visitors to relive the last few hours within the underground command centre prior to the British surrender. Visits to the Battle Box are by guided tour only, lasting approximately 45 minutes, making this one of the best places to go in Singapore for families wanting to learn more about the war in an immersive environment.
Chinatown Heritage Centre
The Chinatown Heritage Centre celebrates the early Chinatown residents and depicts the difficulties they faced. Divided between the maze-like warrens of three restored shophouses, the exhibitions explore the harsh conditions that forced many Chinese migrants to flee their home country in search of a better life in Singapore. One of the highlights if you’re visiting this top attraction in Singapore with kids, is the re-creation of cubicle living – the cramped conditions endured by many until the shophouses were demolished to make way for high-rise HDB housing blocks.
East Coast Park
East Coast Park, with its 15km of coastline, is one of the best places for outdoor activities for kids in Singapore, such as cycling, scooting or roller blading. There are plenty of child-friendly restaurants in East Coast Park to choose from and also a great hawker centre for some local food. There are several places to hire bikes if you don’t have your own.
Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum houses the world’s largest public collection of modern and contemporary South-East Asian art. With over 7,000 Singapore and South-East Asian artworks, the collection includes paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs. The dedicated Learning Gallery displays artworks that are particularly suited to children.
The trishaw was once a popular form of transport in Singapore. Today it is strictly the preserve of the sightseeing tourist, but it remains one of the most fun ways to go sightseeing in Singapore for children. Sightseeing company Trishaw Uncle employs a fleet of trishaw drivers to take you on heritage tours of the Bugis and Little India quarters of the city. These tours can also be combined with a Singapore River Cruise.
Captain Explorer DUKW Tour
Much more fun than a standard open-top bus tour, the Captain Explorer DUKW Tour takes you on an adventure aboard an authentic revamped Vietnam War era vehicle. You begin the tour with a drive around some of Singapore’s landmarks in the colonial district – Padang, City Hall, Esplanade – before splashing down into Marina Bay for views of the Merlion and the Singapore Flyer.
The Singapore Flyer was the world’s tallest observation wheel until the High Roller opened in Las Vegas on 31st March 2014. Regardless of it’s superlative status, the Singapore Flyer still stands at 165m tall, the the height of a 42 storey building and offers fabulous views across Singapore and the surrounding islands. My kids love riding the flyer and think it is one of the best things to do in Singapore with family.
MegaZip Adventure Park
There is plenty to keep adrenaline junkies happy at MegaZip Adventure Park Sentosa. The MegaZip flying fox whizzes you over the jungle canopy for over 450 metres before depositing you on Siloso beach, while Climbmax is an aerial obstacle course of wobbly bridges, cargo nets and tightropes set high amongst the trees. There’s also ParaJump, a free-fall parachute simulator, and MegaBounce – trampolining with secured elasticated ropes. Another of my kids favourite family things to do in Singapore.
Images of Singapore
Images of Singapore on Sentosa is one of the best places for kids in Singapore to learn about the history and culture of Singapore. Here you can walk through Singapore’s history and peek inside family homes during festival time. Multimedia presentations and a multitude of aging waxwork models help bring the exhibition to life and there are plenty of photograph posing opportunities for the snap-happy.
Speaking of waxwork models, the world’s most famous collection of Waxwork models, Madame Tussauds, is also on Sentosa. Like all the other Madame Tussauds, you can rub shoulders with the doppelgangers of celebrities from the world of sport, music, cinema and history. Unlike the other Madame Tussauds attractions, here you can also jump aboard the ‘Spirit of Singapore’ boat for a ride through a celebration of Singapore, featuring the F1 Grand Prix and the Singapore Airlines A380.
National Museum of Singapore
Probably the best museum in Singapore is the fabulous National Museum of Singapore, where you can get a full overview of the history of the country. Starting in the 14th century, the exhibitions take you through the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles and his influence, the difficult times of World War II and the Japanese occupation, and on to the building of modern Singapore. There’s plenty of hands-on activity, flashing lights and attractive presentations if you are visiting Singapore with children.
Singapore Discovery Centre
With a strong emphasis on patriotism, the Singapore Discovery Centre encourages learning through hi-tech interactive games, all promoting the values of Singapore – in particular the importance of racial and cultural harmony, and the need to defend Singapore from its enemies. Have a shot at being a newsreader, take part in a gameshow, boogy along to traditional dances in the dance zone or help to build a new city. There’s also a iWerks theatre for 4D simulation rides.
Trick Eye Museum
It’s all about photo taking at the Trick Eye museum. This fun interactive exhibition uses optical illusions to bring 3D murals to life when you step into them and take a photo. Wow your friends with your photos of you hanging from ceilings, shooting from a canon, flying on a broomstick or escaping from the jaws of a monstrous fish.
Another of the most popular Singapore kids activities is the River Safari. Tucked in between the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari, the River Safari offers a wildlife experience inspired by the world’s most iconic rivers. Housing over 6,000 animals, the River Safari is home to the world’s largest freshwater aquarium and also features beavers, crocodiles, tapirs, squirrel monkeys and more. The highlight for many is the Giant Panda Forest, home to Singapore’s two resident Giant Pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai.
Head over to Sentosa and take a guided Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure aboard a Segway® to take in the sights with minimum effort and maximum amounts of fun. A 30-minute adventure will take you along Palawan and Siloso beaches, while the 60-minute tour also takes in Tanjong Beach. Kids need to be 10 years or older to take part.
Release the inner Tarzan in you and head to Forest Adventure, the Singapore kids playground which will see you swinging through trees, flying along zip-wires and crashing into cargo nets at high speed. Set in Bedok Reservoir Park, Forest Adventure has two courses – the Kids Course for children aged five and up, and the Grand Course for adults and children aged ten and up. Strictly for the adventurous!
Want a good night’s sleep? Exhaust your children with an hour of trampolining at one of Singapore’s indoor bounce parks. With loads of interconnected trampolines to bounce between, basketball hoops to aim for and foam pits to launch themselves into, the kids will love exhausting themselves here. There are several trampoline parks to choose from – Amped in River Valley and Jurong, Skyhigh in Serangoon Gardens, and Zoom Park in Pandan Gardens.
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
Younger kids will love coming to see the huge variety of butterflies fluttering around in the natural rainforest setting of the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom on Sentosa. You can also have your photo taken with a parrot and check out all the insects in the insect museum. The exhibit is only small, so plan to combine it with another attraction on Sentosa. We think this is one of the best places to go with toddlers in Singapore.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
The magnificent Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is located in the heart of Chinatown and is another must-do for your Singapore to-do list. Try to visit when a daily ceremony is taking place in the 100 Dragons Hall on the ground floor to hear the monks chanting. The museum itself will be above the heads of most children, but the magnificence of the golden room surrounding the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber should inspire some awe, and you can set them to work counting all of the Buddha statues in the Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavilion on the roof.
This museum-cum-art gallery at Marina Bay Sands hosts an impressive line-up of international touring exhibitions from art and science; media and technology; and design and architecture. There’s nearly always something interesting on for the kids here, so if you are looking for things for kids to do in Singapore, keep your eye on their exhibition programme. Visit on a Friday, and up to 4 children under the age of 12 go free with every adult ticket purchased.
So there you have it, our ultimate Singapore to-do list: 50 Things to Do in Singapore with Kids. We told you there were lots of things to do with kids in Singapore, didn’t we! Have you visited Singapore with kids? What were your favourite family attractions in Singapore? Also don’t forget to read our Ultimate Guide to Sentosa Island with Kids.
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