Few things in life can match the importance of quality time with a loved one. In an island as tiny as Singapore, things to do in Singapore with your kids can seem limited. Guess again! With numerous nooks and crannies to explore, there isn’t a shortage of kid-friendly activities to bond with your little ones. Here are 11 of our favourite things to do in Singapore with kids!
Best things to do in Singapore with kids
1. Relaxing at Marina Barrage
Opening our list of things to do in Singapore with kids is the de facto place for kite flying. Marina Barrage is one of the most popular places in town for relaxing picnics and flying multi-coloured kites. With zero obstructions, a wide open space and frequent gusts of wind, flying a kite here is truly an experience worth sharing with your little one. Wind down after kite flying with a nice picnic as you enjoy the magnificent scenery and company of loved ones.
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, S(018951)
Opening Hours: 24/7
2. Getting up close to exotic animals at the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari And River Safari
A zoo visit is easily one of the most popular things to do in Singapore with kids! Whether it’s the new Rainforest Lumina or the addition of special animal exhibitions, Wildlife Reserves Singapore goes to great lengths to ensure that each visit to any of its wildlife parks is never the same. Besides having a good time and getting entertained by the various animal shows, your kids will also learn to appreciate endangered animals like the Sumatran elephant and orangutan. Looking to head down soon? Make sure to buy your attraction tickets with us to save big!
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, S(729826)
Singapore Zoo: Daily, 8:30am – 6pm
Night Safari: Daily, 7:30pm – 12am
River Safari: Daily, 10am – 7pm
3. Chilling with cats at The Cat Cafe
Empathy is one of the most important life skills for a child to develop. Help them nurture this by letting them interact with rescued cats! At The Cat Cafe, kids above 6 years old are allowed to observe (and possibly interact with) their 15 rescued cats. Given that cats have a tendency to act on their own and go anywhere they please, this visit will teach your kids to be both patient and empathetic. Charging on a per entry basis, enjoy the company of the cats for as long as you please while sipping on coffee and munching on yummy cakes!
Looking to let your precious pet tag along? Check out our selection of the best pet-friendly cafes in Singapore!
Address: 241B Victoria Street, S(188030)
Mon: 3pm – 10pm
Tue – Sun: 10am – 10pm
4. Taking a ferry to Pulau Ubin
As one of the more adventurous things to do in Singapore with kids, be transported back to the good old days with a visit to Pulau Ubin and cycle or hike the day away! While many locals might know Pulau Ubin as one of Singapore’s last kampong villages, the island has plenty of must-see natural sights. These include picturesque abandoned granite quarries and an intertidal wetland area known as Chek Jawa that’s great for coastal boardwalk strolls. Bring along water bottles and plenty of sunscreen so your kids don’t get dehydrated or sunburnt by the harsh sun rays.
Ferry Terminal Address: 51 Lorong Bekukong, S(499172)
Ferry Operating Hours: Daily, 5:30am – 9pm
5. Visiting Sentosa, the State Of Fun
Packed to the brim with things to do, Singapore’s Sentosa is home to many entertaining kids activities. Looking for one of Asia’s best theme park? Check out Universal Studios Singapore. Want to learn more about marine life? Visit S.E.A Aquarium, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium. Visitors are free to go all-out or kick back and relax with the wide number of free and paid attractions to visit. Do refer to our handy guide on things to do in Sentosa guide if you’re planning a trip!
Address: Sentosa Island
Opening Hours: Attraction-dependent
6. Uncover nature’s wonders at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Pegged as Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park and acting as a rest stop for migratory birds, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is at the top of the list for nature loving parents looking for things to do in Singapore with their kids. If you’re lucky, you might spot the resident smooth otter family or milky stork!
Besides being a pit-stop for an unusually large variety of bird species, Sungei Buloh also holds one of the last few mangrove swamps in Singapore. Your kids will enjoy learning about the importance of mangrove swamps and the dangers of littering on guided walks around the wetlands.
Address: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, S(718925)
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am – 7pm
7. Attend the fire station open house
One of the lesser known things to do in Singapore with kids is to attend the fire station open house. Every Saturday morning, fire stations all around Singapore are open to the public for a tour as part of the weekly fire station open house! The busy SCDF firemen take great pride in their firefighting duties and are more than happy to give a grand tour of the station and show off their vehicles and equipment.
With many fire stations around the island, we recommend checking out the impressive Central Fire Station. Not only is it the island’s oldest fire station but it holds plenty of sentimental and historical significance. From jumping into the famous Red Rhino to enjoying water hose demonstrations, your kids are bound to have a blast exploring the ins-and-outs of a fire station.
Central Fire Station Address: 62 Hill Street, S(179367)
Fire Station Open House:
Every Sat: 9am – 11am
8. Exploring nature’s playground at The Far East Organisation Children’s Garden
Gardens by the Bay makes for a fantastic venue for fun things to do in Singapore with kids. Besides the spectacular Flower Dome and Cloud Forest attractions, make sure to pay a visit to the highly underrated Children’s Garden. A big playground designed to stimulate your child physically and mentally, the Children’s Garden contains treehouses, a water play area and an adventure trail for your kid to experience. Moreover, much like the rest of the entries in our free water parks guide, admission here is also completely free!
Address: Gardens By the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive S(018953)
Tue – Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun: 9am – 9pm
9. Expressing yourself at Make Your Own
Ever felt like learning something together with your little one? Why not try building a terrarium! Make Your Own’s Kids Moss Terrarium Workshop educates you and your child on the intricacies of creating and maintaining a terrarium. While they do provide the materials required to creatively construct a terrarium, the end product is entirely made by both of you! The best part about this meaningful activity is bringing your personalised terrarium home and displaying it as a happy memory.
Address: Block 4, Upper Aljunied Lane #01-06, S(360004)
Kids Moss Terrarium Workshop:
By appointment only. Make your booking here.
10. A taste of kampong life at The Animal Resort
Give your kids a peek into what life was like before the advent of air-conditioning or handphones with a visit to The Animal Resort! Located off the beaten path in Seletar, this spot has a retro charm that other places in Singapore lack. Get up close and personal with local quails, cassowaries, roosters, geese and more. Your kids are even allowed to feed the animals with pre-packed food or go stream fishing for a small sum.
Want more of the slower pace life? Head for a countryside adventure with our list of must-visit farms in Singapore!
Address: 81 Seletar West, Farmway 5, S(798061)
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 5pm
11. Combining creativity and play at Playeum
There can be both fun and educational things to do in Singapore with kids, especially with the programmes available at Playeum! As Singapore’s first dedicated creative space for children, there are plenty of interactive spaces that seek to inspire your kids’ imaginations.
Its latest exhibition is titled ‘I-Opener: Play with the Senses’ (runs till 26 April 2020) and exposes kids to the world of art and design through the eyes of artists with disabilities. Exploring the stimulating environment helps to mould the children’s minds, allowing them to be more in touch with their senses and emotions!
Address: Gillman Barracks, Block 47 Malan Road, #01-23, S(109444)
Tue – Sun: 10am – 6pm
We hope this guide gives you a better idea of the fun and educational things to do in Singapore with kids! For more ideas, check out our curated list on activities to do during the June school holidays.
Looking for a wet weather plan due to the unpredictable Singapore weather? Encourage your kids to develop a love for reading with these engaging kids books!
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