This activity-packed island city-state is the perfect place for family fun. Karla Courtney finds the top places to entertain the kids.
Singapore has many parks that offer a range of experiences. You can hike the hills of Fort Canning Park, play in the interactive Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, marvel at the beauty of Gardens by the Bay or hang out with the locals at Pasir Ris Town Park. Cool down at Jurong Bird Park’s Birdz of Play water play area or Singapore Zoo’s Kidzworld wet play area. Don’t miss the zoo’s Night Safari, which allows you to enjoy the wildlife with a guided tram tour.
The Science Centre Singapore tackles a range of topics – from space and climate change to genetics and kinetics – in engaging interactive exhibits. KidZania is a realistic indoor mini-city where children can “work” in a range of roles, including bank manager, firefighter or – the ultimate dream job – candy design trainee.
Play with your food
Singapore is world-renowned for its hawker food scene, which offers a casual dining experience the whole family can enjoy. There are many hawker centres to choose from but the Tekka Centre in Little India and Newton Food Centre (also called Newton Circus) are among the best.
Play at an amusement park
Resorts World Sentosa is where it all happens. It’s home to Universal Studios, the S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark with its Wet Maze obstacle course. If you’re not staying on Sentosa Island, you can catch the Singapore Cable Car over for a fun ride with amazing views of the city. There’s a range of discount packages that include the cable car ride as well as combinations of Resorts World parks. Another major kid-pleaser is Legoland, just across the border in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and a little less than an hour by bus from central Singapore.
Play at sleep
The Resorts World Sentosa precinct has a lively, laid-back atmosphere, a range of hotels and loads of activities for kids. At the Festive Hotel, you can book a Deluxe Family Room that comes with a loft bed for the kids, while the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore has super-spacious rooms and a great pool. In the city, check in to one of the themed Whimsical loft rooms at Wanderlust hotel – the Tree and Space options are fabulous.