A popular destination for families, Singapore as a destination, has often been written about from a point of view of general tourism. However, try seeing it from the eyes of a kid. You might just find it a lot more exciting! Be it a teenager or an infant or a tweenie, Singapore for kids can be awesome.
Here are the top 5 suggestions that make Singapore for kids a great trip option –
1) Singapore Zoo
A truly interactive and fun experience for the kids. What sets this experience apart are the lovely animal interaction zones within the zoo. This is not the classic zoo with caged animals. The zoo has large open enclosures with animals roaming around freely, some actually so close to you that you can touch them.
The Orang-utans are a treat to watch and feed. Breakfast with the Orangutans is an interactive feeding session at the zoo that is recommended to start your day with. Besides this, there are several other interactive feeding sessions for quite a few other animals that are held at different times and for the kids, this is an extremely fun activity.
The Zoo is spread over and it is recommended that you carry ample water for the kids. There are enough canopies and shades around the park to rest yourself. Head to the Wet Play area for a good cool down.
Here is the official site that gives you details on the shows, events and entrance fees.
2) Jurong Bird Park
Zoo is a natural attraction for the kids but the Bird Park is unique and absolutely a treat, for the kids. From the Flamingos to Lovebirds to Toucans and more, this park offers sights to some of the most beautiful living creatures.
Similar to the Zoo, there are a lot of shows and interactive zones within the park, where the kids can spend time in close proximity to the birds.
The Penguin Encounter Centre offers feeding sessions to the Penguins while the High Flyers show and the “Birds of Prey” show are quite interesting to watch.
Don’t miss the Lory Loft, where you can buy some nectar and hold it out for the birds to feed on. The kids will have them eating out of their little hands. The high interaction opportunities between the animals and the kids make the Jurong bird park are one of the key aspects of Singapore for kids.
Enough has been said about this park across most websites and blogs. Though at the Sentosa Islands, this park needs at least a complete day dedicated to it. This is a fun space for kids of all ages and can bring out a kid in you as well.
Divided into 6 big zones, this place offers entertainment from Behind-the-scenes to rides to science and discovery – enough here to tire you out.
The Mummy Ride, Transformers 3D and Shrek 4D are some of the oft spoken and well rated attractions of this place. Singapore for kids is incomplete without a tour of this place. Hence, remember to set aside a good one day while here.
This site gives you information on the tickets and all the visitor information required to spend the day here.
4) Sentosa Island
A complete family place, there is something for everyone here. This island has 6 key zones – Siloso point, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Cove, Serapong, Beaches and the Resort World – each offering something from wildlife to rides to play areas and restaurants.
The butterfly park is a small enclosure that allows everyone to be in close proximity to the fluttering beauties. They allow you to hold and interact with them. Besides this, the laser and light show as well as the underwater world are quite popular.
Distances between these zones, involve a hop on and off buses between these places and sometimes, a lot of time can be wasted just waiting in the queues for the same. Hence, plan and map your areas of interest here on the site before you head there so that you can spend more time at the attractions than just moving around. Each attraction within the park is priced differently and hence, you will need to plan your tickets and visits accordingly. Click here for more visitor information on this.
5) Science Center
Another attraction of Singapore for kids is the Singapore Science center. Once in, getting the kids to move out from here is going to be a challenge here. Extremely interactive and full of learning, as parents and guardians, you would not mind them spending time here either.Every sphere of science is wonderfully explained through interactive models – be it Robotics, Solar system, Human bodies, Plants and habitats.
Besides the science galleries, plan some time for the fun “Snow City” and “Omni Theatre”. You might just bump into the pre-historic ages when here.
Travel Tips for Singapore for kids:
Singapore is an extremely kid friendly place. Strollers and Prams can be easily carried around – whether on the main roads or within the attractions or even whilst using public transport.
Water, Water and Water – Carry lots of it for though easily available, it is probably more expensive than a Soda.
Extra pair of clothes is recommended at all these attractions. Each of them offers a wet play area and Kids being kids will definitely enjoy the experience at every one of them.
Pre-plan your routes in each attraction for there is lots to cover in a day.
Flat comfortable shoes and cotton clothes are best recommended in Singapore.
Each of the official websites, as linked in the blog, offer you the tips on public transport. It is highly recommended that you use the MRTs (Underground) and buses to reach these attractions. The same are quite frequent and affordable.
Visit a Singapore Visitor Centre at any of the locations with the city to know of the latest events and package deals to any of these attractions. They are extremely tourist friendly and would give you the best tips of getting around to these places.
If you have traveled on any of the Singapore Airlines flights or Tiger Airways, keep your boarding passes handy when in the city. You may be able to avail some good tourist deals at any of the attractions.