September 21, 2017

Things to do in Singapore with Kids (December 2017)

9 FUN THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE WITH KIDS



Universal Studios, Sentosa Island- One of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

Your little ones will be charmed to get their most loved characters very close. Prepare to pause dramatically with Elmo, shake hands with the cast from Madagascar or get wretchedly near your most loved Minions for the family collection. Keep in mind to appreciate energizing shows and have an elating time on the rides. You need almost a full day if you want to enjoy this place. It has a lot for all age groups. My personal favorite was  4D movies from transformers.

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  • S.E.A Aquarium, Sentosa Island

S.E.A Aquarium on Sentosa Island – One of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

The S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island, Singapore is the best I’ve ever been too. Although one more good option in S.E ASIA is the Oceanlife seaworld in Bangkok.

It’s one of the biggest aquariums in the world and is beautifully organised. From moray eels, stingrays, jellyfish, dolphins, sharks and a huge variety of colourful fish and coral, there is so much to appreciate at this aquarium.

Prepare to be blown away by the size of the Open Ocean and if you want an extra special experience in Singapore, you can stay in an Ocean Suite room with underwater aquarium views. Pretty impressive!

S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

S.E.A. Aquarium – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

You can book tickets online at 10-40% discount from our partner sites and skip queue.

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  • Breakfast with the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo

Breakfast with the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Enjoying a buffet breakfast with the Orangutans and watching their antics at Singapore Zoo is one of the coolest things to do in Singapore with kids. It’s a wonderful experience and is the only place in the world you can do it. You can even get up close and have your photo taken with them.

Meeting the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

After breakfast, take some time to explore the Zoo. It’s set in the lush Mandai Rainforest and is home to more than 2,800 animals. Singapore Zoo is so beautifully designed so you can’t really notice any of the fences. It feels like the animals are right beside you.

And for some sections, like the Fragile Forest, you can get pretty close to lemurs and flying foxes. It was the first time I’ve ever seen a mouse deer! Totally cool.

It was an amazing experience for our girls to observe wildlife so closely. We weren’t too sure about them seeing the rhinos “wrestling”. We were like childish teenagers, could not stop giggling at their adult play they put on display for us.

The Night Safari and River Safari are also highly recommended by us as one of the top things to do in Singapore with kids.

Breakfast with the Orangutans – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids


  • Adventure Cove Water Park, Sentosa Island

Adventure Cove Waterpark – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Adventure Cove Water Park is one major tourist attraction on Sentosa Island

We spent a fun afternoon tubing down the river, getting dunked in the kid’s water area, taking on the challenge of the high-ropes course and maze, swimming in the wave pool, and zipping down water slides together. They also have a cool snorkelling experience, which we did not get time for.

Adventure Cove is a fun and relaxing way to hang out as a family in Singapore. It is on Sentosa Island so if you get bored there is plenty more for you to do on the island. We don’t think you’ll get bored though, our kids didn’t want to leave!

Adventure Cove Waterpark – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Adventure Cove Waterpark, Singapore – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Adventure Cove Waterpark – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!
Definitely one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!


  • Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

Gardens by the Bay is amazing. A multi-award winning horticultural destination that spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, and is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden.

The Far East Organisation’s Children’s Garden has interactive playgrounds and water gardens, which we did not get time to visit, but comes recommended.

There are two domes with man-made natural environments within them. The bonus of visiting these domes is that they are cool environments so offer refreshing relief from the heat. Take a light cardigan or scarf in with you.

The Cloud Forest is shrouded in cool mist and houses the world’s largest indoor waterfall flowing 35 metres over a structure built to look like a mountain.

Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Here you’ll find plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. You can walk up and around the inside of the mountain to learn more about the habitat, get close to beautiful gardens and the waterfall and have beautiful views out over Marina Bay.

The Flower Dome is listed as the largest glass greenhouse in the world by the 2015 Guinness World Records. Stroll through here to see plants and flowers from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.

There was a beautiful display for Chinese New Year, which changes seasonally. We were happy to see an Australian section and the familiar boab tree from our road trip through WA.

And don’t miss spectacular Supertree Grove which is also within Gardens By the Bay and we recommend going for a walk along the elevated boardwalk connecting the tops of them.

This will give you amazing views of the gardens, the Singapore skyline, Marina Bay Sands, and the Singapore Flyer– it looks like a full, and expansive Garden of Eden.

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!


  • Rhapsody Light and Sound Show

Rhapsody Light & Sound Show at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kid

The nightly Rhapsody Sound and Light Show had just started down at Gardens by the Bay. The 16-storey, solar energy harvesting towers wrapped in climbing plants and flowers and glowing lights changed colours in harmony with each other. It was very pretty.

It’s busy, but in Singapore fashion, your space is not invaded and you don’t feel anything but open spaces.

The show is on daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm in Supertree Grove. If you only do one night activity in Singapore, do this. Definitely one the most amazing things to do in Singapore with kids! Admission is Free.

Rhapsody Light & Sound Show at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

Rhapsody light show gardens by the bay

Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids


  • DUCKtour on Marina Bay and Colonial area

Ducktour – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

We love a good aqua duck tour and so do the kids.

This DUCKtour is a relaxing way to spend an hour in Singapore. The remodelled WWII Vietnamese war craft vehicle takes you out on Marina Bay waters passing the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the famous Merlion Statue.

Back on land, you drive through the picturesque and surprising old colonial area. The buildings are stunning and look like they were just built – the paint is so fresh and clean and the grounds so orderly and beautiful.

The commentary on the tour is excellent and we learned a lot about Singapore’s culture and history.


  • Walk around Chinatown and visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre

Chinatown in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

We visited Singapore only two weeks before the Chinese New Year festivities so it was an even bigger explosion of colours than normal.

The markets were filled with brightly coloured decorations and lucky charms, which complements the painted facades of the traditional shophouses.

Chinatown in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

Chinatown, Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

The Chinatown in Singapore is the prettiest and cleanest I’ve been too, yet it still maintains that hustle and bustle Chinatown flavour. Follow the smells of durian so you don’t lose your path in the criss-cross of streets and markets, medicine halls and textile stores.

Chinatown in Singapore

In the middle of Chinatown is the Chinatown Heritage Centre which is worth a visit for an insight into the Chinese migrant history. They’ve converted three shophouses into a replica museum of how migrants lived with each other in the 1950’s. It was amazing to see a room smaller than my small kitchen, that housed a family of eight.

When Chinatown gets a bit hectic and hot for you, sit under the shade of the trees in the square and watch groups of Chinese men playing intense games of checkers!

Chinatown, Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids


  • Marina Bay Sands Light Show

Marina Bay Sands light show – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

You’ve probably seen photos of the impressive Marina Bay Sands Hotel (MBS) on facebook and instagram. It’s the one with the three massive columns and the surfboard shaped top with the infinity pool.

This show is on every night at 8pm and 9.30pm and the best place to view this spectacle is from Merlion Park, right next to the famous Merlion Statue.

The famous Merlion Statue – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

Marina Bay Sands light show – one of the best things to do in Singapore

To get there, jump on the MRT to Raffles Place Station and from there it’s an easy walk to Merlion Park.

An excellent resource to engage you kids in their trip to Singapore is the Leap & Hop Singapore travel book They are my favourite kid’s books filled with quizzes, guides, and ways for your kids to engage and interact with their expereinces in Singapore.


 


WHERE TO EAT IN SINGAPORE WITH KIDS

Prepare to not want to stop eating.

Singapore cuisine is made up of a diverse influence from Malaysia, India, China, and of course, the Brits. There are so many delicious cuisines and dishes to try. Here are a few of our tips on where to eat in Singapore.

Hawker Markets

Newton Hawker Market – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

The Hawker Markets are where the street food carts gather. They were taken off the streets and put into one area to make them more hygienic. Each stall is given a licence and grading. A is the best and harder to get for the older markets. B is good, C is okay and D is terrible. You can reserve your seat in a hawker centre by

Each stall is given a licence and grading. A is the best and harder to get for the older markets. B is good, C is okay and D is terrible.

You can reserve your seat in a hawker centre by choping. That is throwing any object on the chair to claim it – packets of tissues are preferred.

Hawker markets are where the locals come to grab tasty, cheap local food. Singapore is on the expensive side for Asia so the hawker markets are the place to come eat and help reduce your daily travel budget.

Satay under the Stars – Boon Tat Street Night Market

Boon Tat Street (satay under the stars) one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

We love eating like the locals when we visit a new destination, and Boon Tat Street for “satay under the stars” was awesome.

In the middle of the Financial District of an evening, Boon Taat Street turns into an outdoor meeting place for lovers of satay from all around the city. Grab a table, a cold Tiger beer, and a plate of chicken and beef satay sticks.

Pop inside to the hawker market to buff out your table with delicious local favourites like carrot cake, barbequed chicken wings, and Southern Indian curries. Yum! And cheap. These were our favourite hawker markets in Singapore.

Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

Maxwell Road Hawker Centre is the place for Hainanese Chicken Rice – a famous Singapore dish. There are quite a few stalls here selling it, but the one to taste is Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. You’ll recognise it by the line snaking out around the door!

Hainanese Chicken Rice – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

Traditional Singapore breakfast

Traditional Singapore breakfast

On the edge of Chinatown and the Financial District, you can enjoy a colonial-influenced breakfast in one of the oldest cafes in Singapore, Kaya Kun Toast.

It consists of runny eggs and kaya toast with a mug of strong traditional coffee (kopi) sweetened with condensed milk. This is a sweet breakfast and total opposite to my normal morning green smoothie.

 

Chilli Crab

Chilli Crab – a famous dish in Singapore.

The most recommended Singapore dish for our trip was chilli crab! It comes in a pot of thick, chilli sauce made from tomato puree, ketchup, sambal, and a variety of spices and sauces.

Grab your apron and gloves and get messy!

Singapore chilli crab is a winner. We had our first taste at Long Beach Dempsey Restaurant with some other delicious share plates of bamboo clam, beef in ginger and oyster sauce (my favourite) and fried rice.

The Newton Circus Hawker Markets are known for their seafood and chilli crab and are a local’s favourite too. I think we got the wrong store as we found it quite expensive compared to the other hawker markets we visited.

Zaffron Kitchen

Zaffron Kitchen, Indian restaurant in Singapore

On East Coast Road is the town of Katong, which was the location of many villas and mansions of the wealthy elite in the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries.

The best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. The butter chicken was to die for!

Plus, the restaurant was so family friendly. A kids menu and a really cool kiddies corner – lots of toys and movies.

Arteastiq Boutique Tea House

Arteastiq boutique Tea House in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids

If you’re craving an English tea experience head to Arteastiq Boutique Tea House in the Mandarin Gallery on Orchard Street. This was such a great place to relax after a busy three days.

Arteastiq has a comprehensive medley of artisanal tea to choose from and delicious savouries and sweets. We had delicious pots of Osmanthus Ooolong Tea and a yummy lunch of Tuscan Sun-Porcine et Polenta and Aphrodite-crabcake benedict.

Arteastiq Boutique Tea House in Singapore

If you love art, there’s a small studio room next door you can sit and do a little painting while sipping on tea!

Slappy Cakes

Slappy Cakes – places to eat in Singapore with kids

Slappy Cakes is a one-of-a-kind dining experience where guests can make their own pancakes right at their table! I recommend the buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, pecan nuts, shredded coconut, chopped banana and maple syrup!

Slappy Cakes – places to eat in Singapore with kids


 


10 famous dishes to eat in Singapore:

  • Fried Carrot Cake (cubes of rice flower and radish fried to crispy perfection)
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice (silky smooth steamed chicken on top of fluffy rice)
  • Chilli Crab (cooked in a tangy, spicy sauce)
  • Satay (beef, chicken pork or mutton)
  • Fish Head Curry (stewed in a tamarind based curry)
  • Bak Kut Teh (herbal pork based soup)
  • Rojak (an Asian salad)
  • Roti Pruta (filled with anything from eggs to onions to strawberries, dipped in curries)
  • Char Kway Teow (flat rice noodles, eggs, prawns and cockles)
  • Laksa (spicy gravy, smooth rice noodles topped with prawns & cockles)
    There you have it. Now you can eat your way around Singapore!


WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE WITH KIDS




 

Boss Hotel – great place to stay in Singapore with kids
Boss Hotel
We stayed in the Boss Hotel, just off the famous shopping street, Orchard Road. Location was great, an easy walk to all the brand stores and the lavender MRT station which then took us everywhere.

The rooms were very spacious, we had free wifi and a buffet breakfast every morning, and the pool area great for cooling off after a hot day exploring.

Check out some more recommendations of places to stay in Singapore with kids from our facebook and instagram community:

  • Lanson Place Apartments: Close to Somerset MRT station and Orchard Road, serviced and well-suited to a family of six.
  • Orchard Parade Hotel: Easy walk to Orchard MRT Station and ION Orchard Mall
  • Festive Hotel, Sentosa Island: Sentosa is where all the family fun action is!
  • Royal Plaza on Scotts: convenient location near Orchard MRT; cinemas next door for rainy days; free mini bar and Nespresso machine too. Rooms are of reasonable size.
  • Marina Bay Sands: You know the infinity pool! Definitely, on our list when we return.
  • Park Royal on Pickering: quite a new hotel, rather eco-friendly and has sky gardens with great views and is also in the heart of things. 2015 cup winner on Booking.com for one of the most booked.
  • 5Footway Inn, Bugis: Hostel. Great for a group of friends.
  • Swissotel Merchant Court: Opposite Clarke Quay. Booking.com says excellent choice for couples.
  • Grand Copthorne Waterfront: Located on the river with river views.
  • Shangri la Rasa on Sentosa: Amazing! Booking.com says excellent choice for families.
  • The Carlton Hotel: Opposite Raffles. 21015 one of the most booked on Booking.com
  • Conrad Centennial: Located within Marina Bay – a regular stayer!
  • Rendezvous Hotel: a restored colonial building in the Arts and Heritage Centre
    All above properties have high ratings and reviews on our partner site, Booking.com

GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE WITH KIDS

MRT Singapore
riding the MRT
We recommend walking around Singapore when you can – the city is small enough in some areas. Otherwise, the MRT makes it super easy and cheap to get around Singapore with the kids – they’ll love it. Only $1.50 per ride, which is reduced if you continue to top up your original ticket.

Taxis are fairly cheap in Singapore as well. Although taxis are easy to find but if you use Uber/Grab then life gets much simpler.


WI-FI CONNECTION IN SINGAPORE

Singapore is colourful. You’ll want to share those photos through Instagram and Facebook. We were blown away by the incredible deal we discovered through Sintel. It’s a tourist only simcard for travellers. A

A 5-day tourist sim data card comes with 100GB of data for only $15. Yes, that is 100GB for only $15, not a typo!!! Unbelievable! Love Singapore.

You can also register for free public Wi-Fi service with your foreign mobile number at any [email protected] hotspot and receive your login details via SMS. We never have roaming switched on so did not utilise this.

We will highly recommend you to take travel insurance to keep your family covered in any unforeseen circumstance and for a peace of mind family trip.

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