If you are finding it difficult to settle on a single destination for your family vacation, then you need to take a closer look at Singapore. While most of us may think that Singapore is all about a sprawling landscape of glass buildings, zooming automobiles and busy pedestrians, the island is a spectacular holiday destination for families. Here are the 10 Attractions SG family holiday destinations.
What makes Singapore a great place for the family holiday?
Fun-filled activities, budget-travelling, kids-friendly, safe and hygienic are few boxes that a holiday destination should tick. Singapore proudly does it. Tourists from all over the globe flock to this island city to get a taste of Asia. Let’s check out a few reasons why you should add Singapore to your bucket list:
Enjoyable weather: Singapore’s weather is enjoyably warm throughout the year. You don’t have to pack beanies and heavy coats for a trip.
Suits your pocket: Singapore’s currency is on par with most other currencies in the world, making it one of the most budget-friendly holiday destinations for small to large families.
Gastronomic Island:Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines that will completely satiate the foodie inside you. From street foods to lavish delicacies, the city’s food scene is just incredible.
Friendly and safe:The crime rate in Singapore is unbelievably low, making it an extremely safe place for vacationers. At the same time, the cosmopolitan nature of the city brings people from all over the world together, thereby creating an amicable aura for travelers.
Cultural diversity: Singapore is one of the most culturally diverse city in the world. It’s where you can find various international cuisines just along one street. It’s where East meet West, where you can witness the fusion of various cultures into one (Singlish is a great example).
Plenty of activities: Singapore is full of numerous theme parks and zoos that welcome both kids and adults. From water sports to wildlife watching to museum visits, you will never run short of things to do here.
The must-visit Singaporean attractions for families
Are you wondering what activities and attractions should you check out when in Singapore? Don’t let the never-ending list confuse you because here are the best picks of Singaporean gems you should definitely visit:
1. Little India
This buzzing ethnic area is the first place you should visit. It’s not very known, but this district was once home to cattle herders, brick kilns and a racecourse. But the area continues to preserve the traditional trades, although a number of modern eateries, garland vendors, arts groups and boutique hotels proliferated there over time. Located on 60 Bukit Timah Road, Little India is a fantastic place to shop, eat and witness the festive side of Singapore.
Travelling with kids? Here’s our recommendation for them in Little India
Visit the Indian Heritage Centre and learn about the history of the area. There are lots of Instagram opportunities here, and kids can have fun on the interactive kiosks.
Have a sweet treat for your kids. Eat traditional Indian pastries that you can only find in Little Indian.
Curry fishhead on banana leaf, mutton briyani, prata are few cuisines you must try when visiting this historic and vibrant district.
2. Kampong Glam
There was a time when this district was dotted with watering holes, charming boutiques and cute restaurants and cafes. These aspects are still evergreen as Kampong Glam flaunts its ethnic shopping enclave. The shop-houses here are like a gust of fresh air after the air-conditioned shopping malls that modern-day urbanscape is known for. The home of the former king sits strongly in a charming facade. You can visit the artisan shops selling blended perfumes or buy some trinkets and homeware from Mondays Off or walk down the aisles shopping for fabrics. It’s a convenient ten-minutes walk from Bugis MRT.
Here are a few things you should do when in Kampong Glam:
Take a walk on Arab Street and explore the vibrant fabrics market. It’s surely going to be different from visiting the ultra-modern shopping malls.
Have delicious local Malay food at Kampong Glam cafe or sample cuisines (Turkish, Lebanese, Peranakan, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian etc) from all over the world along Arab, Kandahar, Bussorah streets.
Try the famous Swiss rolls from the Rich and Good Cake Shop along Kandahar Street.
Visit Sultan Mosque to show your kids the marvelous domes, balustrades and minarets incorporated into its architecture.
Visit the Malay Heritage Centre near the mosque to learn about Straits Malay heritage and history.
A trip to Singapore will remain incomplete if you miss out Sentosa Island. This island itself has so many attractions that families will never get bored. Once you land on the island, make sure you extend your trip a little more because a whole new world of adventure opens for you. You can come across some of the most family-friendly accommodations here.
Here are a few things you should definitely do when on this fantastic island with your family:
You can hop onto a cable car and go over the city, enjoying its expansive view.
Visit the many attractions like 4D Adventure, Madame Tussauds, Resort World Sentosa, and not to forget, the famous Universal Studios Singapore. All of these activities will make you brim with happiness.
Visit the S.E.A Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the world, to spot over ten thousand marine animals of over eight hundred different species.
Drop into Adventure Cove Water-park for some water adventures, slides and snorkeling. Not to forget, you can even witness dolphins at its Dolphin Island Marine Life Park.
Hop over to Kidzania Singapore at Beach Station for a fun day of role-play activities for your kids!
4. Singapore Zoo
Have you ever thought that you would have breakfast with orangutans? Perhaps no. But you can see this happening at the Singapore Zoo. Whether you are looking for something savory or sweet, vegetarian or meat options, this place has everything you crave. There’s actually a lot more to do here. You should definitely:
Hop on the guided tram ride to spot a variety of animals. Don’t forget to click a few snaps with the animals when they appear between 9.30 and 10 am.
Visit the Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre for witnessing the Animal Friends Show.
Attend the Elephants at Work and Play Show between 11.30 am and 3.30 pm to see these giants put up a never-seen-before act.
Go for an overnight camp at the zoo with your kids to experience the wild in its true essence.
5. Gardens by the Bay
This sprawling garden is not an ordinary park. It has a breathtakingly beautiful waterfront and never-seen-before horticultural gems that nobody can miss. The height of these tree-shaped vertical gardens lies somewhere between nine and sixteen storeys. You can hop onto the walkway to move through the Supertree Grove, enjoying an amazing view of the garden.
Here are a few recommendations of activities you should be doing here:
Visit The Cloud Forest and the light and sound show at night, which is all you need for experiencing a fairytale-like setting right in the middle of the cityscape.
You can find a range of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal with your family after taking a stroll around the garden. Indochine, Pollen, Cafe Crema, Bakerzin and Satay By The Bay are must-try eateries dotting this place.
Visit the Flower Dome, OCBC Skywalk, Far East Organization Children’s Garden and Heritage Gardens, all of which will appeal to your kids greatly.
Chinatown is another must-visit Singaporean destination that families find extremely welcoming. From ancient temples to hippie bars, Singapore’s Chinatown is the place to be if you wish to meet new people and explore the traditional facade of the city. From being a Chinese immigrant camp to becoming Singapore’s largest historic area, Chinatown is a vibrant neighborhood that continues to preserve the city’s heritage.
Are you wondering about what to see here? You should:
Stroll on Chinatown Street Market between 10 am and 10 pm to shop in a plethora of stalls.
Check out Sri Mariamman Temple, Virtual Room Singapore, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Thian Hock Keng Temple and Peranakan Tiles Gallery, which are a few highlights of Singapore’s Chinatown.
Don’t forget to indulge in an old-school fare at Kok Sen Restaurant.
Visit the Red Dot Design Museum to see some amazing gadgets and gizmos.
Just head to Downtown East, and you will find this adventure park that will thrill both you and your kids.
The TurboTwister ride will shoot up your adrenaline, and you can’t help but scream as you spiral down the tube.
More speed and more twists and turns await you here than any other ride. Vortex, Kraken Racers, Torpedo, Royal Flush, Ular-Lah, Splash Play and Kid Zone are few places that will simply enthrall your kids to the core.
Don’t forget to check out Sun Paradise Plus, where you can pick up some exciting stuff for your next adventure. You are inevitably going to have a ball of a time here.
Eat at Breeze Cafe & Ice Cream Stop, which offers a huge spread of BBQ items for both kids and adults. The open atmosphere is just perfect for absorbing the essence of the theme park.
Shop at Sun Paradise, a shop located just at the entrance of the theme park, which is the perfect place for last-minute shoppers to get accessories for their next adventure.
8. Snow City
Transport yourself to a surreal world at Singapore’s Snow City, which is the first perennial snow centre in the city. This family-oriented centre of fun enjoys the average patronage of about 250,000 visitors from all over the globe! It has a built-in snow chamber that provides a snow experience throughout the year.
Let’s take you through some of the features of this place:
Oki The Inuit Boy, Be an Arctic Avenger, Nooka The Polar Bear and Ila The Husky are few of the many attractions of this place.
Thrill seekers can indulge in skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing and explore a snowy arctic landscape in a life-like setting.
It’s home to the Arctic Snow Playground, a place where young guests can immerse themselves in interactive sessions to know more about our ecosystem.
The Shaman’s Souvenir Shop beckons you to check out some of the most amazing Arctic souvenirs. Do pick up something here.
The Arctic Snow Slide is what adventure-seekers should definitely try. The thrilling and exciting ride down a snowy slope shouldn’t be missed by families with kids.
9. Night Safari
If your craving for some wildlife isn’t over at the zoo, you should head directly to the Night Safari for an amazing tour of the wild in the night. The Night Safari creates an incredibly beautiful natural habitat for one of the rarest animal species in the world. You get an opportunity of a lifetime to witness these nocturnal creatures romping in their natural ecosystems without a care of the world. The tour lasts for four and a half hours, but you will feel that it just started. You can never get enough of this adventure amidst such exotic creatures.
Here are a few activities that are highlights of the tour:
The guided tram ride that will take you through the breathtaking natural habitat of some of the world’s most fascinating mammals.
Do get on the Gourmet Safari Express to enjoy a candlelight dinner on a moving tram and the view of nocturnal creatures.
Attend the keepers’ chit-chat to know interesting quirks of different animals. Your wildlife-loving kids will surely love this.
Get a staycation experience with the camps organised here. Providing accommodation in tipi tents, a night at the camp will surely create an indelible memory.
10. Changi Airport
Last but certainly not the least, you should check out the attractions at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. It’s rare to see a country’s airport becoming an attraction itself, and Changi Airport is one such rarity. The airport has been voted as the World’s Best Airport by air travellers at multiple international polls and awards yearly, making it a destination for your bucket list.
The airport is so popular that countless Singaporeans flock there just to hang out. Whether it’s watching the planes flying or shooting the breeze with your family at one of the coffee shops, the experience is a far cry from the long waiting time that we go through at other airports.
Here’s how you get the maximum out of your time at Changi Airport:
Terminal 1: Visit the Cactus Garden, Kinetic Rain, Water Lily Garden or take a dip in the Jacuzzi.
Terminal 2: Visit the Orchid Garden and Sunflower Garden, spend some time enjoying various music collections at the Entertainment Deck and do some duty-free shopping.
Terminal 3: Catch the latest blockbusters at the Movie Theatre or take a ride on The Slide or visit the Koi Pond and Butterfly Garden to see some natural treasures.
Terminal 4: Witness the Peranakan Love Story, Petalclouds and Steel in Bloom, experience Singapore’s tradition at the Heritage Zone or enjoy a sumptuous meal at the world-class diners here.
Singapore stores plenty of experiences that travelers relish for years. Providing a mix of leisure, adventure and luxury, Singapore beckons people of all ages to come and sink themselves in the city’s undying charm and energy. There is so much to see and do that time is the only shortage you will experience.
To get the best experience while travelling to Singapore, you should plan early. Start looking for accommodations that suit your travel style. Make sure you keep the needs of your kids in mind while planning your itinerary. No matter what, you should definitely plan a holiday in Singapore to strengthen your family bonds.