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Here Are a Few Amazing Activities for Elderly in Singapore

Most of us may think that Singapore is meant for couples and families with kids. But the island city is equally welcoming to senior citizens and houses a range of activities that even old but energetic loved ones of the family can enjoy.

Let’s take you through some exciting activities that the elderly can immerse in when on their Singaporean voyage:

1. Soak in the botanical haven of Gardens by the Bay

Gardens By the Bay

A Singaporean and tourist’s favorite, this exquisite mix of nature and concrete is a wonder to watch.

What’s special: Whether you are at Bay East Garden or Bay South Garden, every nook and corner of this spread of over 250,000 botanical gems will inspire awe in you. Your elderly loved ones can genuinely behold the magnificence of the colourful flora and lush greenery. Not to forget, the Supertrees, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, all of which provide a blissfully relaxing setting.

Where: The gardens overlook the spectacular Marina Bay.

How much: The ticket price quoted for resident senior citizens is $15, while it’s $28 for non-resident senior citizens.

You can avail a wheelchair rental or shuttle service which take elderly members through barrier-free routes.

2. Satiate your craving for floral beauty at the National Orchid Garden

Photo courtesy of National Parks Board

Varieties of flowers adorn the gardens of Singapore, but the ones found at the National Orchid Garden will leave you spellbound.

What’s special: This sprawl of colourful floral gems can leave everyone delighted. The garden welcomes you with the cooling sensation of a nature-rich setting along with the scent of flowers teasing your olfactory system. Your eyes will be pleased to see the joyful hues of golden and yellow flowers in the spring, pink and red in summer, a mix of matured colours during autumn and cooling whites and violets during winter.

Where: It is situated atop Singapore Botanic Gardens’ tallest hill.

How much: Wheelchair rental is available for the convenience of senior citizens, who also get a special rate of just $1 for entry.

3. Spend an evening with some wild companions

things to do with elderly in Singapore - night safari

If some natural beauty is what senior members in your family look for, you can head to the Night Safari one evening. It’s the perfect place to witness some of the fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

What’s special: You can be lucky enough to get closer to a giant flying squirrel or Malayan flying fox while strolling through the zoo. The highlight is the performances that these nocturnal animals deliver in their natural habitat.

Still not satisfied? You can head to the River Safari, where riverboat rides, freshwater attractions, and the Pandas await to transport you to a never-seen-before world.

How much: You can use ramps or wheelchair rental services for your senior members, who are charged a discounted entry fee of $18.

4. Go back in time at the museums

Some elders visiting Singapore may have read or heard of Singapore’s centuries-old history. But for those who haven’t, Singapore houses a couple of museums that speak of Singapore’s richness and boldness.

What to see:

  • National Museum of Singapore and Asian Civilizations Museum are amongst the few museums that can interest everyone in your family. You can get a glimpse of Singapore’s cultural background and attend spectacular art festivals at these museums.
  • Don’t forget to have a look at how Chinese ceramics entered Singapore’s trade landscape at the Asian Civilization Museum. It’s quite a spectacle.

How much: These museums also have elderly-friendly services and provide special rates for admission.

5. Visit the heritage centres

What’s special: The centres store an amalgamation of a wide array of cultures, traditions, religions and races, all bespeaking Singapore’s rich history.

How much: Most of them have free entry for Singaporeans and travellers, along with elderly-friendly facilities; so, taking grandpa and grandma along shouldn’t be a problem at all. Here are a few heritage centres you should add to your list:

    • Chinatown Heritage Centre: If there is a place that speaks of the stories of Singapore’s pioneers, then it has to be Chinatown Heritage Centre.
      Where: Located on Pagoda Street.
      When: You can visit this place anytime between 9 am and 8 pm on any day of the week.
      From shopping and eating to historic tours, Singapore’s Chinatown has a lot in store for elderly vacationers.
       
    • Indian Heritage Centre: The history of Indian and South Asian communities in Southeast Asia is enclosed in this iconic four-storey building.
      Where: Located on Campbell Lane.
      When: You should go to this place between Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am. The guided tour is also available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm.  Do visit this place to see various exhibitions and programs that throw light on the community’s affluence.
       
    • Malay Heritage Centre: This heritage centre is the place to be in if you are looking for cultural exposure and learning opportunities for everyone in your family.
      Where: It’s set amidst the Istana Kampong Gelam.
      When: You can visit this place between Tuesday and Sunday (10am–6pm). You see a range of activities, programs, and exhibitions that speak the story of the Malay community in Singapore.
    • Peranakan Museum:Exhibitions, tours, festivals, and family fun await you at the Peranakan Museum, where you can meet the Peranakans, one of the warmest and loving communities in Southeast Asia.
      Where: It’s located on Armenian Street.
      When: You can visit this place any day between 10.00 AM – 7.00 pm if you wish to explore the unique art and culture of this community.

The list, however, does not end here. Here are a few other heritage places you should certainly visit in Singapore.

Name of Heritage Place Website Address
Chinese Heritage Centre – Nanyang Technological University chc.ntu.edu.sg 12 Nanyang Drive Singapore 637721
Civil Defence Heritage Gallery scdf.gov.sg 62 Hill St Singapore 179367
Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) nhb.gov.sg 32 Jurong Port Road Singapore 619104
National Archives of Singapore (NAS) nas.gov.sg 1 Canning Rise Singapore 179868
Police Heritage Centre police.gov.sg 28 Irrawaddy Rd Singapore 329560
Singapore City Gallery (URA) ura.gov.sg 45 Maxwell Rd, The URA Centre Singapore 069118
Singapore Discovery Centre sdc.com.sg 510 Upper Jurong Rd Singapore 638365
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall sysnmh.org.sg 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874
Ngee Ann Cultural Centre thengeeannkongsi.com.sg 97 Tank Rd Singapore 238066

 

6. Discover Peranakan Culture in Joo Chiat

Joo Chiat Peranakan culture - things to do with elderly
Rumah Bebe – Photo courtesy of visitsingapore.com

If you wish to get a genuine glimpse into the Peranakan* family home, Joo Chiat is a must go.

What to see:

  • Rumah Bebe and Katong Antique House are where you should head with your elderly loved ones. Don’t get startled by a cry of “Oh My God!” from them after they enter both of these spectacular home-turned-gallery.
  • This ancient house preserves vintage artefacts like kebayas, wooden kueh moulds, and enamelware, all of which are timeless pieces of arts to behold.

Where: It’s located on East Coast Road.

From the home’s layout to its treasure contents, everything of this place will transport you to a different timeline where you experience the warmth and hospitality of the Peranakans. Do book early to make the tour more convenient for senior members of your family.

*Peranakans are Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.

7. Check out Singapore’s skyline from Skypark

things to do with elderly in singapore

The thought of going up a towering skyscraper to get a view of the city may sound crazy to some people, but it’s worth a try. Visit Singapore’s Skypark to experience this.

What to see and do:

  • Singapore’s Skypark is a place which provides you with a beautiful view of the island’s skyline from the fifty-seventh level of Marina Bay Sands.
  • You can also take a relaxing dip in the rooftop infinity pool. It’s a place where you can experience luxury in its purest form.

Where: This massive structure overlooks the Marina Bay.

How much: Senior citizens can visit the Skypark by paying just $20, which also includes elderly-friendly facilities.

8. Go for a bumboat guided tour on Singapore River Cruise

A trip to Singapore would be incomplete without hopping on the river cruise around some of the most exciting places in the city.

What’s special: The itinerary includes routes that take you through the busy districts of the island. Starting from Clarke Quay and going past Merlion and Marina Bay Sands would just be a memorable short voyage for everyone, including your beloved elderly ones.

How much: You can enjoy this epic tour by paying a fee of just $25.

Hop on to this cruise in the evening as the weather cools down and the sky illuminates with Singapore’s nightlife.

9. Go on a lunch date at Yellow Pot

A lunch date can be an excellent option for your elderly loved ones to take a break from the outdoor activities. If you are looking for options, Yellow Pot is a place that’s perhaps made for this. 

What’s special:

  • Diners can get an exquisite spread of Chinese cuisines.
  • The heritage-style décor and a cosy atmosphere to share some relaxing time with their better halves.
  • The Escape to Kaifeng is a must-try that brings together chrysanthemum cordial and Tanqueray gin beautifully in a cocktail.

Where: Located on Six Senses Duxton, the restaurant is nestled in a beautiful boutique hotel along the shophouses.

Do add this to your list of eating places to try in Singapore.

10. Witness one of the most prominent marine ecosystems in the world

Sea Aquarium Singapore - things to do with elderly in Singapore

A tour of wildlife and aquatic ecosystem in Singapore can be topped by a visit to the S.E.A. Aquarium.

What’s special:

  • This facility is counted among the top marine habitats in the world. The massive aquarium is home to over a million aquatic animals, all of which can catch your attention at first sight.
  • You will be fascinated by the schools of different fishes, dolphins, and sharks coming close to you.
  • From diving programs to walking the seabed, your elderly loved ones can indulge in a range of adventurous activities when in the S.E.A. Aquarium.

Where: It’s located on Sentosa Island.

How much: Senior citizens can pay $18 for entry to this marine wonderland.

11. Get some thrill with the electric scooter or Segway ride

Some senior members are still young at heart and seek some thrill when on holiday. Singapore has it all, and the top of the list of thrilling things to do is the electric scooter or Segway ride.

What’s special:

  • After a brief training session, you can operate the eco-friendly, motorised device to zoom around Sentosa Island for a good two hours. Navigating through the sights and sounds of this part of Singapore can be a real delight, especially for senior citizens as they are given all elderly-friendly facilities. You can even get some lucrative discounts by booking your tour online in advance.

Where: It’s located on Sentosa Island, alight at beach station.

How much: S$59.80 for 2 pax from Sentosa Online store.

PLANNING TIPS

The above are just a few of the many places and activities that elderly travellers can enjoy in Singapore. But before embarking on the journey, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Booking the trip: While booking the trip, you must keep the comfort level of your elderly loved ones in mind. You might find cheap connecting flights to Singapore, but they prove more of a hassle than a convenience. You should book a direct flight to avoid the trouble of climbing staircases at airports while changing planes.
  • Pay attention to accommodation: Not all hotels in Singapore are elderly-friendly. You should go for a hotel that provides all amenities that elderly travellers would require for having a comfortable stay. These include hot water, elevator, wheelchair-accessible corridors and healthy food.
  • Choose attractions wisely: Just like your accommodation, the places you choose to visit should be convenient for the elderly members of your family. You should go to destinations that have a wheelchair and other facilities that senior members would require. You should also go to attractions that are relatively close to your place of accommodation.

Singapore is one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations and it rightly proves it with its plethora of activities that people of all ages can enjoy. If you are are looking to spend a memorable holiday with grandparents, make sure you include these places in your itinerary. All of you are sure to have the time of your lives.  

Travelling with family? Read here for more tips and help for planning the family trip.

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