There are plenty of ways to entertain the kids in Singapore, says Skye Wellington of HoneyKids Asia. For a small place, Singapore fits lots of fun. Packed within it are tonnes of options bursting to bring a smile to your dial. The problem is not what to do, but what to do first.
For A Bit of Culture
Malay Heritage Centre
Check out traditional Malay culture at this Kampong Glam district institution.
Asian Civilisations Museum
This is the first museum in the region dedicated to pan-Asian cultures and civilisations.
This intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Straits Chinese heritage objects and visual artworks.
Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
Every Saturday morning the kids can sit in a real fire truck, operate a real fire hose and chat to some real fire men.
Lacing up some Ronald McDonald school is a great equalizer. With everyone looking silly, you’re off to a good start in a quest for laughs.
This quaint mode of transport is the vintage version of a taxi. Trishaw Uncles run 30 to 45-minute tours daily. A night tour through Chinatown is the business.
Port of Lost Wonder
Aargh, this watery pirate ship is buckets full of fun.
Jurong East Swimming Complex
With water slides, a wave pool and a kid’s pool for around $1, you’re on to a winner.
The Great Outdooors
The promenade and paths of Labrador Park provide some quality scootering options for little and big kids.
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s garden in the city is lovely to explore and there’s a great Children’s Garden for water play, sand play, climbing and exploration.
Themed gardens, play areas, greenhouses and wide meandering footpaths, makes a visit to the ‘gardening hub’ feel like an escape. Add on a tranquil one-kilometre walk from Kent Ridge Park via the Canopy Walk.
When It Rains
Amped Trampoline Park
Trampolining at Amped will have the kids bouncing off the walls. But you will need to book in advance.
Central Public Library
The NLB book-banning fiasco notwithstanding, My Tree House in the basement of the Central Public Library is a great place to take the kids and lend some literature.
This immersive playground for kids where they can pretend to shop, visit the doctor or be a policeman is more fun than a normal indoor playground.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
This majestic temple, located in the heart of Chinatown, is both a feast for the eyes and a rich cultural symbol. Head inside to check out the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa weighing 3.5 tonnes and composed of 320 kg of gold donated by devotees.
Haw Par Villa
Explore the amazing, and incredibly mind-boggling, world of Chinese folklore, legends, and history at this kooky national attraction.
Jurong Frog Farm
Listen to an American Bullfrog Choir, and get the chance to pet, feed and take a photo with a frog. Book ahead if you’re visiting during the week.
Skye Wellington is the editor of HoneyKids Asia