About Lindene C
Lives in Singapore, Singapore
Since Sep 2007
35-49 year old female
I just love the buzz of being in a new place and not knowing what I'm in for. I like to wander freely to soak up the atmosphere of a place, but I also like to check out some of the "must do" sights and experiences - they're "must do's" for a reason, right? I grew up in Australia, but I've lived in Singapore for a few years now. I love exploring the hidden gems of this fascinating city.
Game & Entertainment Centres
Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Theme Parks, Water Parks
Sentosa is one giant playground, perfect for a family day out. Start by catching the cable car from Harbourfront over to the island, enjoying the panoramic views of the harbour and Mount Faber (it's small, but still offers nice views). From there, take your pick from loads of family-friendly activities. If cooling off is your biggest priority, head straight for Port of Lost Wonder, a pirate-themed water park that does a fantastic job of keeping kids of all ages entertained. For family adventure seekers, try riding the waves at Wave House, navigating the hillside track at Skyline Luge, or (for those with children aged 7+) experience the thrill of simulated skydiving at iFly. For something a little more sedate, have lunch and a swim at Coastes, or check out the legendary (if perhaps a little underwhelming) Merlion at Imbiah Lookout.
Resorts World Sentosa is yet another giant playground within Sentosa Island. You can easily spend a full day (if not more) exploring the various attractions, all of which have one objective: fun. Universal Studios is clearly a favourite for the whole family, while S.E.A. Aquarium is both educational and fascinating. The Trick Eye Museum is something a little different, and good fun if you're keen on quirky photo opportunities, South-Korean style.
Of course, you can go to the zoo in many cities across the world, but if you're looking for a day of family entertainment in a beautifully natural setting, Singapore Zoo is well worth a visit. The overall feeling is of nicely landscaped enclosures rather than caged captivity, so it's a pleasant way for children to learn about the more than 4,000 animals housed there.
River Safari is right next to Singapore Zoo, so it's an ideal next stop if you're keen for double the animal action. This wildlife park is inspired by some of the world's great rivers, including the Mekong, the Yangtze and the River Nile, and children will learn about the various animals that call these rivers home, including endangered species. The park features more than 6,000 animals, including the major highlight: Kai Kai and Jia Jia, Singapore's own giant pandas. They'll soon win over even the most weary of travellers!
The Night Safari is a great way for real animal lovers to cap off an action-packed day of wildlife at nearby attractions. The tram ride will be a welcome rest for tired feet, as you're guided through seven 'geographical regions' of the world. Also, check out the Creatures of the Night Show, 20 minutes of interactive entertainment showcasing the behaviour of some of the world's best-known nocturnal animals – it's quite fun to see what these guys get up to under the cover of night.
Another well organised Singapore attraction for families, Jurong Bird Park gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with probably more birds than your kids know exist. With more than 5,000 birds across 400 species, there's plenty to see and talk about here. Just be sure to catch some of the shows – they're well worth the planning effort!
While some people say this is a little too artificial for their liking, Gardens By The Bay is still worth checking out for the ingenuity and uniqueness of its design. Interestingly, the Flower Dome set a Guinness World Record for being the largest glass greenhouse in the world, so there you have it – even non-gardening enthusiasts will find something of interest among the 380,000 plants here! It's also, perhaps surprisingly, great fun for kids. They've done a brilliant job of catering to all ages, with different areas marked suitable for those aged 1-5 years or 6-12 years, and The Children's Garden is an obvious highlight for the whole family.
Newton is a nice spot to experience the sights, smells, and tastes of a Singapore hawker centre in a family-friendly environment. There's plenty of space to set yourselves up, and it's all very clean, with loads of food options to please even the fussiest of family members.
The Botanic Gardens are a lovely peaceful way to start your morning, or to retreat to if you need a break from the big tourist spots without venturing too far out of the city. The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is great fun for the kids, with bonus educational elements and a wet play area. Parents might like to see the National Orchid Garden, or have a coffee in one of the cafes/restaurants while trying to grab a few moments of calm.
If you have the time, a day trip to Legoland Malaysia is well worth the effort for kids aged up to 12 years. The journey from Singapore takes 60-90 minutes by bus, hire car, or private driver. You could also make it a leisurely trip by staying in one of Legoland Hotel's themed rooms, which will make for some fun stories for the younger kids to tell their friends back home!