Exploring Singapore with Kids
Singapore is a wonderful, clean, vibrant city and a perfect place to visit with kids. It has a great public transport system and taxis are easy to get and inexpensive. There are so many fun places for families to visit, whether it be theme parks, water parks, zoos or just exploring the different cultures that Singapore offers. The city also comes to life at night-time with lots of free family fun entertainment around the city.
If you don’t have a lot of time in Singapore then a good way to see the main sights is the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus. It is a good way for you to explore and visit all the different attractions such as Little India, Raffles Hotel, Boat Quay, Chinatown, Marina Bay, Clarke Quay, Orchard Rd, Singapore Flyer and the Botanic Gardens. The buses also have speakers for guided commentary available in selected languages. We purchased the pass that included a river cruise on a traditional Bumboat that went along Singapore River into Marina Bay giving great views of the famous Merlion. For more information go to www.ducktours.com.sg
A good way to see the views of Singapore is to hop aboard the Singapore Flyer. While not cheap at $78 SGD for a family pass – if your budget allows, definitely check it out. It is the worlds largest observation wheel and offers stunning panoramic views of the city. To go around one rotation takes about half an hour and is open from 8.30am – 10.30pm. www.singaporeflyer.com
The Marina Bay area is pretty special and you can take in all the stunning views of Singapore from the public Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. Pricing for this is $23 SGD per adult and $17 SGD per child but the views are pretty amazing. Another option if you can get a babysitter like we did one night is to go up to Ku De Ta Sky Deck and enjoy a couple of drinks (you do not have to pay the Skypark admission fee) and get the spectacular views (especially at night). It is a good idea to check on the website www.marinabaysands.com to make sure the Skypark is open as it can be closed when the weather is inclement.
Sentosa Island is a must do when travelling with kids. It’s only a short drive, train, bus or cable car trip from the city and with so many things to do, you need more than one day here to see everything on offer. Just a few of the main attractions are:
- Universal Studios (see review here)
- Adventure Water Cove
- S.E.A. Aquarium (see review here)
- MegaZip Adventure Park
- Tiger Sky Tower
- Skyline Luge
To find out more information on things to do at Sentosa Island go to www.sentosa.com.sg
While Adventure Cove on Sentosa is the main water park in Singapore, there a few other options. We have tried and enjoyed Wild Wild Wet (see review here) which is a bit further out-of-town but lots of fun. If travelling on a budget another option is Jurong East Swimming complex. For less than $2 SGD per adult and $1 SGD for kids, it is a much cheaper option and still has a swimming pool, wave pool, jacuzzi, lazy river, kiddy fun station and three water slides but is still a bit out-of-town www.singaporeswimming.com.
The Singapore Zoo is a world-class zoo and we would highly recommend it for families. It has plenty to keep you busy (see review here ) and you can combine tickets to take in the River Safari and Night Zoo or Jurong Bird Park.
Night time in Singapore is a whole new amazing experience, and the best part is that most of it is free! Gardens by the Bay provides a mesmerising 15 minute light show with accompanying music called Garden Rhapsody. This is not to be missed, the kids loved it as the huge Supertrees come to life with vibrant electrifying colours. The shows are daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm with an extra show at 9.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information go to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
We caught the 8.45pm show and then afterwards headed over to the Event Plaza at the Marina Bay Sands to catch another free entertaining display. This time is was the Wonder Full light and water show on the bay which transforms water into moving images and dancing fountains all accompanied to music and songs. You actually need to watch this show twice, once from the Marina Bay side and another time from across the bay along the Esplanade where the Merlion is. When you watch from the Merlion side you get the full effects of the laser beams and it is truly amazing! This is held daily (weather permitting) at 8.00pm and 9.30pm with an extra show at 11.00pm on Friday and Saturday nights. You can watch a video about Wonder Full on the Marina Bay Sands website www.marinabaysands.com
Lastly, don’t forget to take the kids to the Bugis Street Markets. This is a great place to buy cheap clothes, shoes, accessories and souvenirs. There are plenty of food and drink stalls as well as a huge shopping mall making it the largest street shopping location in Singapore. It is open from 11.00am to 10.00pm but wouldn’t recommend getting there before midday as they are still setting up the stalls until then. Best time to go is definitely at night. www.bugisstreet.com.sg
You can also check out our pinterest board on Singapore https://www.pinterest.com/rochwillo/singapore/