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Singapore Family Vacation – Best Things to Do in Singapore with Kids

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A Singapore family vacation may surprise you. This exciting, fast-paced city is best known for its diverse culture and ultra-modern tastes. Singapore has a contemporary, Western appearance that may feel less intimidating than other Southeast Asian countries, especially for westerners who are first-timers to the region. Often a destination for business travelers, Singapore also makes a great choice for families. Here are 10 fun things to do in Singapore with kids.

Sentosa Merlion on Sentosa Island

Sentosa Merlion Fountain on Sentosa Island (Photo credit: sepavone, Depositphotos.com)

1. Sentosa Island

No Singapore family vacation would be complete without a visit to Sentosa Island. Of course, you must visit the Sentosa Merlion in Sentosa Park. This half-fish, half-lion is the national symbol of Singapore. Climb to the top of the 121-foot-tall iconic attraction for 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

Reach Sentosa Island via the high-flying Singapore Cable Car, rental car, or the Sentosa Boardwalk. Along the Sentosa Boardwalk you’ll find plenty of dining choices as well as beautiful scenery. On weekends, shop the Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar open-air market. For kitschy fun, take the kids to Madam Tussauds Singapore to see wax figures of famous folks or the Trick Eye Museum for mind-blowing pics to post on Instagram.

Merlion in Sentosa Park

Merlion in Sentosa Park (Photo credit: TKKurikawa, Depositphotos.com)

You might also plan a beach day with the kids on Sentosa Island. Palawan Beach and Siloso Beach both provide picturesque places to cool off from the Singapore heat.

Read on to discover even more Singapore family attractions on Sentosa Island including S.E.A. Aquarium, Universal Studios Singapore, and Adventure Cover Water Park.

Child feeding an elephant at the Singapore Zoo during a Singapore family vacation

Feeding an elephant at the Singapore Zoo (Photo credit: FamVeldman, Depositphotos.com)

2. Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is a fabulous attraction for families. To enjoy the zoo properly, plan to spend most of the day there. The zoo specializes in animal displays that are open, using moats and hidden fences to keep the animals in their enclosures. Truly, you’ll feel a part of the exhibits rather than just a spectator.

Families will particularly love the opportunity to feed a variety of animals at the zoo. Every day visitors can feed more than 20 different creatures, from jaguars to manatees. Pay a nominal fee for the food and then wait your turn to share snacks with the animals. You can even sign up to eat breakfast with orangutans at this zoo!

If you have the time, then plan to stay for the zoo’s Night Safari. This overnight adventure gives families a chance to view nocturnal animals. Expect a walking tour, guided tram ride, and Creatures of the Night show. You’ll see Asian elephants, native fishing cats, pangolins and more.

S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore with kids

S.E.A. Aquarium (Photo credit: goinyk, Depositphotos.com)

3. S.E.A. Aquarium

Animal lovers will also want to visit the largest aquarium in Asia, S.E.A. Aquarium. More than 100,000 sea creatures make their home here in over 50 habitats. Look for hammerhead sharks, clownfish (like Nemo!), Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins, and so much more. Kids can play peek-a-boo with moray eels in the South China Sea zone by crawling into a cave and then popping their heads up in an underwater dome. Don’t miss dining at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora for an under-the-sea dining experience. For a truly unique experience, book the Ocean Dreams experience for a sleepover surrounded by fishes and other sea life.

An exhibit at the Science Centre Singapore

An exhibit at the Science Centre Singapore (Photo from VisitSingapore.com)

4. Science Centre Singapore

Another popular Singapore family vacation attraction is the Science Centre Singapore. This expansive science museum features more than 1,000 displays covering a variety of science topics. Many exhibits are interactive, allowing kids and adults of all ages to play as they learn. Families can delve into fears in the Phobia The Science of Fear exhibit, explore nature in the Ecogarden, or watch science-focused movies in Singapore’s only IMAX theater. Take a break from Singapore’s warm weather in Snow City, the centre’s permanent indoor snow exhibit.

The National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore (Photo credit: richie0703, Depositphotos.com)

5. National Museum of Singapore

The nation’s oldest museum, National Museum of Singapore, is where to go to learn about Singaporean history and culture. Kids will especially enjoy the Growing Up exhibit, with its display of toys and stories about what it was like to be a child living in Singapore during the tumultuous years of the 1950s and 1960s when Singapore sought and eventually gained its independence. The museum offers an array of downloadable guides and educational resources for children of various ages.

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore (Photo credit: mrsiraphol, Depositphotos.com)

6. Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore offers 28 rides, shows, and attractions. Movies, TV shows, and comic books come to life in themed zones at this theme park. Young children will enjoy the Sesame Street Show and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure water ride. Meanwhile, intrepid teens and grown-ups will want to ride roller coasters like Puss in Boots Giant Journey and Battlestar Galactica.

Adventure Cove Water Park for Singapore family vacation

Adventure Cove Water Park (Photo from VisitSingapore.com)

7. Adventure Cove Water Park

In addition to waterslides, splash areas, a water maze, and a lazy river — Adventure Cove Water Park offers exciting animal interactions. For an extra fee, park goers can go snorkeling with over 20,000 tropical fish in Rainbow Reef. Or, get up-close to feed and touch rays in Ray Bay.

The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay (Photo credit: bloodua, Depositphotos.com)

8. Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is a fantastical urban park made up of three impressive waterfront gardens. They encompass 270 acres of beautifully landscaped green space. Onsite, you’ll find the world’s biggest greenhouse, Flower Dome. The Supertree Grove (shown above) includes 18 modern tree-like structures that house a variety of plants. Gardens by the Bay is a must not only for botanical garden enthusiasts, but also for families seeking time in nature in this entirely urban country.

The Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel in Singapore

The Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel (Photo credit: joyfull, Depositphotos.com)

9. Singapore Flyer

Take a 30-minute spin on the Singapore Flyer, one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels. Enjoy incredible views of the city from every angle aboard this observation wheel.

You can even book a one-hour, four-course dinner to enjoy during two full rotations of the Singapore Flyer. Choose a Western, Oriental, or Vegetarian meal option. Note: a private dining capsule must be booked for families with children younger than age 7.

Chicken satay is a popular dish for children in Singapore

Chicken satay is a popular dish for children in Singapore (Photo credit: szefei, Depositphotos.com)

10. Family-Friendly Dining in Singapore

Singapore is well known for its culinary talents. You will find eclectic and delicious cuisine with Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Western influences. Seek out kid-friendly Singaporean foods like satay — skewered and grilled meat like chicken, beef and pork. Your kids will also surely enjoy kaya toast, a breakfast dish of toasted bread topped with butter and a coconut egg jam. There are many American-style restaurants for picky eaters, too.

Kaya toast, a popular breakfast dish in Singapore

Kaya toast, a popular breakfast dish in Singapore (Photo credit: trongnguyen, Depositphotos.com)

Be sure to visit the plentiful food courts and hawker centers throughout the city. Not your typical mall fare, these fast food vendors offer a lively experience and some of the best food in the city.

An outdoor food court in Singapore

An outdoor food court in Singapore (Photo credit: joyfull, Depositphotos.com)

Hotels for Families in Singapore

There is no shortage of high-end hotels in Singapore. An alluring option is Marina Bay Sands, renowned for its incredible rooftop infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the city.

For the ultimate in luxury, book a stay at the Raffles Hotel Singapore. It is well-known for its sumptuous décor, famous guests (like Queen Elizabeth), and its signature cocktail — the Singapore Sling. If you can’t afford the nightly price tag (and who can?!), then plan to shop the Raffles Arcade or order one of their famous cocktails at their Long Bar instead.  

For parents seeking additional space for a good night’s sleep and kitchens for easy snacks and meals, book an apartment hotel. Both Treetops Executive Residences and Fraser Suites Singapore score high ratings from family travelers.

Travelers on a tight budget will appreciate the teddy bear-themed Beary Best Hostel in Chinatown. Private rooms are available for families with two to 10 beds.

Kids swimming in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel pool on a Singapore family vacation

Singapore skyline view from Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Photo credit: FamVeldman, Depositphotos.com)

Why Singapore with Kids

Singapore is an incredibly clean and safe nation, making it a great choice for parents traveling with kids. Furthermore, children are particularly welcomed in this family-focused country.

Additionally, although four official languages are recognized in Singapore, English is the primary spoken tongue. This makes communicating with locals easy to do.

Singapore’s small size makes navigating the sites a cinch, too. In fact, Singapore is only 281 square miles in total. To put that in perspective, the entire island nation is about one-fifth the size of Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S.

No matter what you choose to do in Singapore with kids, I bet everyone in your family will love this multicultural city-state!

meiji shrine child kimono

Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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Things to Do with Kids During a Singapore Family Vacation

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About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Singapore looks so amazing! I had no idea it was such a family-friendly area. It always looks so dangerous in all the action movies I’ve seen. LOL

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Ha! I guess I haven’t seen those movies. Then again, I don’t watch many action movies. 😂 Truly Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world.

  2. Such a beautiful place.I really want to visit Aquarium and science museum.Thanks for sharing

  3. Such a great post and I completely agree with all of it! We love Singapore so much and it has so much offer. Some tourist attractions to food to shopping. It’s such a one stop shop for the whole family.

  4. I live in New Zealand and we often travel through Singapore. But we never properly explored it, for the lack of time. It has been on my list forever. I always thought, even after staying there for a few nights that I could live there. The variety of experiences you mention here is mindblowing. I love it and can’t wait to plan our family vacation properly.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Stella – I hope your family can spend some more time in Singapore sometime! Truly so much for families to love about this little nation!

  5. I’d want to stay for the night safari at the zoo. We saw one in D.C. that was fantastic!

  6. I love family-friendly cities/countries since my son loves parks and playgrounds. This is such a great guide for families when visiting Singapore. So many things to see and do!

  7. Pati Robins says

    oh wow there is so much to do !

  8. It is so cool that you can book the Singapore Flyer for a meal! That would be an amazing family experience! I have never been to Asia – all over Europe, yes, but not there. Time to remedy that! Blessings!

  9. Singapore is full of attractions which you can visit with family and kids.Singapore zoo is one of the best places which my son too enjoy visiting.Sentosa is amazing too.

  10. Oh Singapore is a great vacation country/city for family, for friends, solo travel (as I have done). It has it all!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I would think Singapore would be a great spot for solo travel since it is so safe and easy to navigate!

  11. Emman Damian says

    I miss Singapore! I love the gastronomic scene here! I love the Singapore Zoo too! Very clean country!

  12. A friend of mine lived in Singapore for several years and I have wanted to visit since hearing her stories about the city. It’s too late for me to visit with kids but it’s still on my travel wish list! The Gardens by the Bay sound incredible!!

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