Top 15 Child-Friendly Places in Singapore
Modern, clean, and organised, Singapore is one of the most family-friendly tourist destinations in Asia. Although Singapore was in the past criticised for having a lack of exciting franchise locations or distinct, colourful street culture, it is important to note that Singapore is rapidly changing and has been for the past 15 years. Today, it is arguably one of the best places in Asia for arts, culture, high fashion, food, and big-name events.
Now with everything Singapore has to offer, we’ve narrowed down the top fifteen attractions that will keep both adults and children entertained.
1. SEA Aquarium
Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, Singapore
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm
This attraction is perfect for those who want to see marine animals up close. The aquarium consists of over 1000 different kinds of species such as Hammerhead sharks, giant Moray eels, Clownfishes (Finding Nemo), sea nettles, poison Arrow frogs, and many more all coming from 50 different habitats. The attraction also has an “Ocean Restaurant” which is surrounded by a big aquarium as well. This way, tourists can eat and at the same time still see the sea creatures up close.
Location: KidZania Singapore, Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm
Imagine a city made for kids only. Kidzania is an educational attraction open to children aged 4 to 17 years old. Kids will be able to role-play actual jobs such as becoming firemen, doctors, performers, artists, investigators, journalists, police officers, and many more. To make it more realistic, Kidzania partnered with organizations and companies such as Maybank, Singapore Police Force, SUNSTAR, Discovery Channel, Yakult, and others to make the experience feel more real. For children 3 years old and below who aren’t old enough to appreciate the activities, there are playrooms for them so that they can enjoy as well.
3. ArtScience Museum
Location: 6 Bayfront Ave
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
Located in Marina Bay Sands, the museum is a fusion between art and science. The museum is shaped like an outstretched hand – or perhaps even a bunch of bananas – and provides the city with colourful and lively displays. The museum uses different technologies such as LED screens, laser lights, and the like. It also houses different types of interactive rooms wherein children can play and create art. There are also several touring exhibitions that are on display at the ArtScience Museum. In the past, this has included artefacts from the Titanic, items from the Harry Potter film sets, and art displays dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol. With such varied exhibits and a very interesting artistic space, the ArtScience Museum in Singapore is a great destination for both kids and adults.
4. Tiara Society
Location: 81 Clemenceau Avenue, UE Square, #01-32
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
Every little girl dreams of becoming a princess. Little girls can now become a princess for a day through Tiara Society, a modern day fairy godmother. They have makeover packages that include a gown, tiara, wand, and the like. To capture this once in a lifetime, they also have photographers to take photos of your little ones.
5. Mega Adventure Park
Location: Mega Adventure Park, 10A Siloso Beach Walk,
Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm
The park consists of attractions such as an obstacle course called MegaClimb, an extreme parachute simulator called MegaJump, a zipline called MegaZip, and a dynamic bungee called MegaBounce. The park may consist of extreme activities however they guarantee the safety of your children.
6. KF1 Karting
Location: KF1 Karting Singapore Turf Club,1 Turf Club Avenue
Opening Hours: 1-9pm, closed on Mondays
This is the largest and only internationally certified karting track in Singapore. This was designed by renowned F1 track designer Hermann Tilke, the track is 960m long which includes a 120m straight and 18 turns, and is uniquely situated under the Kranji MRT lines. The circuit is open to professional and recreational karters.
7. Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
Location: Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, 51 Imbiah Road,
Opening hours: 9:30am to 7pm
This is open to everyone but for sure, children will enjoy this place because of the hundreds of butterflies roaming around free. It houses other insects and plants as well. Kids may also learn more about the different species because they provide an interactive tour too.
8. Skyline Luge
Location: Skyline Luge Sentosa, Imbiah Lookout, 45 Siloso Beach Walk
Opening hours: 10am to 9:30pm
Skyline Luge a unique wheeled gravity ride that provides riders full control over their descent on purpose-built track. It’s open to both kids and adults. However, younger kids should be accompanied by chaperones in the ride.
Location: 09-01 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 10am – 10pm | Sat, Sun & P.H: 9am – 10pm
There isn’t a moment of stillness at Bounce Singapore, where you can jump off walls and fly through the air. This addition to the trampoline scene has three areas designed for different interests and various levels of difficulty, so young tots, older teens, adults and even fitness enthusiasts are catered for. After you get your muscles warmed up at the free jumping arena, be sure to show off your basketball moves, Spiderman climbing skills and ability to dodge balls at the Slam Dunk, The Wall and Trampoline Dodgeball arena respectively. Adrenaline junkies, head straight for the Leap of Faith – where you jump from a raised platform to catch hold of a trapeze suspended in mid-air, hence the name – for your heart-pumping fix.
Location: iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 9:30pm
People can now experience skydiving without having to jump off a real airplane. This is open to children as young as 7 years old who would want to know how it feels like to fall from 3,000 to 12,000 feet. iFly Singapore uses the proven training and safety system from the International Bodyflight Association (IBA) which is responsible for developing, education and enforcing safety and training rules for flight in vertical wind tunnels globally.
11. Singapore Zoo, River Safari, and Night Safari
Location: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 6pm; 7:30pm to 12am
Apart from skyscrapers, Singapore is home to not 1 but 3 award winning Zoological parks. The Singapore Zoological Gardens, River Safari and Night Safari are some of Singapore’s top attractions where you can get up close and personal with the animals in their natural habitats!
Visit Singapore’s award winning Zoo and see animals roaming freely in their habitats with over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Catch a glimpse of the otters and pygmy hippos in the underwater galleries, hand feed kangaroos at Australian Outback or for the early risers, experience Jungle breakfast with Wildlife – having breakfast in the company of orangutans.
The River Safari is home to giant pandas, manatees, monkeys, and piranhas. It is Asia’s first & only river-themed wildlife park with over 6,000 animals! River Safari, a $160-million newest attraction features state-of-the-art exhibit design, houses Southeast Asia’s largest panda exhibit as well as the world’s largest freshwater aquarium. Amidst venturing from iconic rivers to rivers, visit Kai Kai and Jia Jia in the Giant Panda Forest, check out the adorable monkeys at Squirrel Monkey Forest and wander into the Amazon Flooded Forest to witness an amazing underwater habitat for creatures such as the arapaima and the giant river otter.
And at night, catch a ride to the World’s first wildlife night park – The Night Safari, an eight time winner of the Best Visitor Attraction Experience, located at the Northern precinct of Singapore. The 40-hectare safari park can be explored either on foot via three walking trails or by tram and is home to more than 1,000 nocturnal animals from 115 species.
12. Universal Studios
Location: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm
The famous Universal Studios theme park comprises of different worlds such as Jurassic Park, The Mummy, Shrek, Madagascar, Transformers, and many more. Aside from adults enjoying exhilarating rides, children are definitely in for a treat as well. There are a lot of entertaining shows, gastronomic food, and fun activities for kids to enjoy too.
13. Wave House
Location: Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
Opening Hours: 1130am to 930pm
The centrepiece of Wave House is a flow barrel that produces obviously produces waves. This way people can surf and learn how to “flow.” Wave House Sentosa allows you to surf and bodyboard without the need for ocean swells – thanks to a special wave machine that pumps a thin sheet of water over a trampoline-like surface, recreating an endlessly breaking wave. Instantly fun yet tricky to master, flow-boarding has exploded in popularity and once you get your feet on the board, you will understand why. Admittedly, everyone who is new to Wave House Sentosa will do a lot of falling during their first-hour session, but thanks to the soft, bouncy surface, it is more surprising than painful. By the end of the first-hour session, most people can at least stand on the board although mastering the art of carving takes far longer.
Sessions at Wave House are an hour long and start from S$35 on weekdays and S$40 on weekends. In addition to this, they also have beach bars, live DJs and surf events that teenagers may enjoy.
14. Westgate Wonderland
Location: Westgate Mall, 3 Gateway Drive
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Westgate is a shopping mall that consists of a mega outdoor playground called Westgate Wonderland. The playground is similar to the world of Alice in Wonderland. It consists of giant flowers, ropes, slides, monkey bars, and many more. Aside from this, there are activities that children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy.
15. Wild Wild Wet
Location: Wild Wild Wet, 1 Pasir Ris Close
Opening Hours: 1pm to 7pm
Hidden in the deep east, Wild Wild Wet may not be as famous as Adventure Cove in Sentosa. This is considered as one of SG’s largest water parks. It includes a variety of water slides, swimming pools, floaties, and the like. It remains one of the most popular family attractions in Singapore. Aside from the adrenaline-pumping rides, tourists may also relax and chill.
Singapore’s family-friendly scene
Singapore is a kid friendly country. There are many activities and places that they can enjoy. However, it is essential that they are well rested and entertained. It may be a challenge for some parents to pacify their children especially when they are restless and tired therefore, choosing a place to stay in like Ace Residences Balestier, Sims Avenue, and East Cost is a must. Sentosa is around 20 to 30 minutes away by car which makes it really convenient.