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Guide to Singapore for Families

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Singapore is a family favourite. It's easy to get around, with a huge range of attractions to explore and tons of kids-friendly food experiences. These tips are my must-dos for a family's first trip to the Lion City.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

8 City Tips

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10 Places

Sentosa Island

Destinations

Resorts World Sentosa

Game & Entertainment Centres

Singapore Zoo

Zoos

River Safari

Gardens, Zoos

Night Safari

Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos

Jurong Bird Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens

Newton Food Centre

Restaurants

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Legoland Malaysia

Theme Parks, Water Parks

Lindene C's City Tips

  • Getting around is a breeze. The public transport system is well connected across the island, and if all else fails, taxis are inexpensive and plentiful (except when it rains!).
  • Singapore is a very safe country, but take the usual precautions with your personal belongings, just to be sure.
  • Buy a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited bus and train rides for 1-3 days. You can pick one up at Changi Airport or TransitLink Ticket Offices, or you can buy online.
  • Most restaurants include a service charge and GST – check your bill. If nothing is included, leave a tip at your discretion. It's not necessary to tip in hawker centres.
  • As the climate is hot and humid year-round, pack light, comfortable clothing and get used to the idea of feeling a little (or a lot) sweaty!
  • Because of the heat, try to plan your outdoor activities early or late in the day.
  • Most family-friendly tourist attractions and shopping centres have water parks within them, so take swimwear everywhere. This will be your saviour.
  • Many attractions, sights, and shops in Singapore don't open until 10-11 am, so head to playgrounds or museums if you need entertainment options before then.
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    Sentosa Island
    Destinations
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    Lindene C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to eat and relax at Coastes on a weekend, book ahead if you can. Otherwise there are plenty of other food options around the island.
    • Don't forget your swimwear!
    • It's worth getting to Port of Lost Wonder just before 10am, as they get the kids involved in opening the park. This also makes it easier to find a spot in the shade to set up camp.
    • If you think you'd like to spend a couple of days on Sentosa, it may be worth booking accommodation on the island.
    • A particularly fun Sentosa option is to swim with the pink dolphins at Underwater World. It's not cheap, but worth considering for a memorable treat.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Sentosa Island
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    Resorts World Sentosa
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Lindene C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Candylicious is a huge candy store within Resorts World – approach with caution!
    • The Trick Eye Museum is quite small and can get very crowded, so maybe check it out before you commit to buying tickets.
    • The food options are plentiful, and generally of a similar quality (aside from the high-end celebrity chef restaurants). Sentosa can get quite costly however.
    • If you think you'd like to spend a couple of days on Sentosa, it may be worth booking your accommodation on the island.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 9 Fun & Games in Sentosa Island
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Resorts on the beach at Sentosa 26/03/2017
    • Very good 25/03/2017
    • Resorts World Sentosa
    Address:
    8 Sentosa Gateway Resorts World Sentosa
    Sentosa Island 098269
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6577 8888
    Other:
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    Singapore Zoo
    Zoos
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    Lindene C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check show times in advance, as it's good to plan your day around them – kids love the audience participation and it's a welcome chance to rest weary feet with a cold drink.
    • There's a water park, which could do with a facelift as it's getting a little tired, but it still does the all-important job of cooling kids down.
    • Ah Meng Restaurant offers "breakfast with the orang utans" from 9 - 10.30 am. It's worth doing if you can, for the experience rather than the food.
    • The zoo is bigger than you'd expect, so do allow plenty of time.
    • Carry mosquito repellent if you're susceptible to bites.
    • A Park Hopper ticket package will get you discounted tickets to the Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari, and Jurong Bird Park. Packages of 2-4 attractions are available.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 796 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovey open air zoo 24/03/2017
    • must see, much higher standard of ZOO , space and environments the best i have seen 24/03/2017
    • Singapore Zoo
    Address:
    80 Mandai Lake Road
    Singapore 729826
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6269 3411
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    River Safari
    Gardens, Zoos
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    Lindene C Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A Park Hopper ticket package will get you discounted tickets to River Safari, Night Safari, the Zoo, and Jurong Bird Park. Packages of 2-4 attractions are available.
    • River Safari is a short walk from the Zoo and Night Safari.
    • Carry mosquito repellent if you're susceptible to bites.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 796 things to do in Singapore
    • More like and aquarium than a safari 22/03/2017
    • While not as many exhibits as the Zoo, still worth the visit 22/03/2017
    • River Safari
    Address:
    80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore Zoological Gardens
    Singapore 729826
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6269 3411
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Night Safari
    Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
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    Lindene C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A Park Hopper ticket package will get you discounted tickets to Night Safari, River Safari, the Zoo, and Jurong Bird Park. Packages of 2-4 attractions are available.
    • If you want to see the big cats (tigers, leopards, and lions), head straight for their feeding time at around 7.30 pm.
    • You can walk through the park instead of taking the tram, but it's included in the ticket price and your feet are likely to thank you at this time of night.
    • Carry mosquito repellent if you're susceptible to bites.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 796 things to do in Singapore
    • Worth a visit 26/03/2017
    • A little underwhelming ! 25/03/2017
    • Night Safari
    Address:
    80 Mandai Lake Road
    Singapore 729826
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6269 3411
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    19:15 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Jurong Bird Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Lindene C Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A Park Hopper ticket package will get you discounted tickets to Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and the Zoo. Packages of 2-4 attractions are available.
    • Check show times in advance – they're well worth seeing.
    • Opening time is 8.30 am, making this a great starting point to avoid the heat of the day before other sights/shops open.
    • The park has a fantastic big water park, perfect for cooling everyone off before you head to your next adventure.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 796 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing bird park (voucher) 26/03/2017
    • Excellemt experience 26/03/2017
    • Jurong Bird Park
    Address:
    2 Jurong Hill Jurong Bird Park
    Singapore 628925
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6265 0022
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Gardens by the Bay
    Gardens
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    Lindene C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You could spend roughly half a day checking out one dome and the playground, or almost a full day wandering around the whole site.
    • If you want to go inside the domes, try to time your visit during the heat of the day, as they're lovely and cool.
    • There are two fantastic water parks to cool kids of all ages down.
    • The outdoor gardens are free of charge, but it's worth paying the small entry fee to walk the Skyway – even kids love it, and the views of the Marina Bay skyline are great.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 796 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive and free! 26/03/2017
    • Stunning at night 26/03/2017
    • Gardens by the Bay
    Address:
    18 Marina Gardens Drive
    Singapore 018953
    Singapore
    Phone:
    65 6420 6848
    Other:
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    Newton Food Centre
    Restaurants (Chinese, Indian, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean, Malaysian)
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    Lindene C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Place a tissue packet on your chosen table in order to "chope" (reserve) it.
    • The lime juice is nice and fresh (rather than made from concentrate), and is super tasty and refreshing.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 7,810 restaurants in Singapore
    • Excellent Food, Prices and Local Cuisine 23/03/2017
    • good place to eat 20/03/2017
    • Newton Food Centre
    Address:
    500 Clemenceau Avenue North
    within walking range of Newton MRT station
    Singapore 229495
    Singapore
    Phone:
    08043237045
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    17:00 - 02:00
    Fri - Sun
    14:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Singapore Botanic Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    Lindene C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Botanic Gardens has its own MRT station. Just across the road from the station there are a few nice cafes and shops at Cluny Court.
    • Jacob Ballas Children's Garden opens at 8 am so it's a good morning option if the kids are up early.
    • If you catch a taxi there, specifically ask to be taken to the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden – otherwise you might find the walk too long from the other areas.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 796 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous 26/03/2017
    • Must see 26/03/2017
    • Singapore Botanic Gardens
    Address:
    1 Cluny Road
    Singapore 259569
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6471 7361
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Legoland Malaysia
    Theme Parks, Water Parks
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    Lindene C Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • There are two parks: the theme park and the water park, so choose carefully if you're only going for one day.
    • Be prepared to go on lots of rides with your younger kids, due to height and age rules.
    • There aren't many trees for shade inside the park, so be sure to pack hats, sunscreen, and water.
    • Don't forget your passports for the border crossing, and check Malaysian visa requirements for your country.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Johor Bahru
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The staff are very friendly, professional and well mannered 26/03/2017
    • 3Days2nites short getaway 25/03/2017
    • Legoland Malaysia
    Address:
    7, Jalan Legoland
    Bandar Medini
    Johor Bahru 79250
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    6075978888
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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