Singapore’s top 5 destinations for children


Here are five best and most exciting child friendly places in Singapore that your kids will enjoy.

Take a look at the top 5 destinations for children in Singapore according to

Singapore Science Centre
This is one of my kids’ favourite places in Singapore. It’s great for a rainy day, but there is also a water play area so bring along their swim suits for a fun splash-about. Singapore Science Centre has many interactive activities for the kids which teach them science concepts and ideas. Themes such as climate change, the human body, the solar system and smart technology are explored in a creative way. There is usually a special exhibition which is always engaging and just as much fun for the parents.

You can choose from four different films at the Omni Theatre, which are all wonderful. Grab a combined ticket, or if you are staying in Singapore, buy a family membership, as the kids will want to return again and again.

The only downside is the food and beverage; McDonald’s is the only choice (actually there is a cafe inside but it is pretty basic). If you don’t mind giving McDonalds to your kids as a treat, then fine, otherwise pack a lunch as there is nothing nearby.

Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo is a special place for the whole family. Get there early in the morning (it opens at 8.30 am) to catch the monkeys at their liveliest, and organize your day around the different shows. The elephant show is not to be missed and we loved the polar bears too.

Bring the kids’ swimming gear as the new Rainforest Kidzworld has a water play area that is themed like a wet animal wonderland. There are challenging activities like a flying fox or the kids can tug their way across a stream using a water ferry.

Plan for most of the day at the Zoo, and if you have the energy, or are pushed for time, you can stick around for the Night Safari which is right next door.

Go-Go Bambini
If it’s raining or just too hot and sticky to contemplate a day outside, head to Go-Go Bambini. This spot is a kids’ heaven, and thanks to the great cafe, it is enjoyable for the parents as well.  For the parents, there are computers, international newspapers and magazines and really good coffee (rare here in Singapore). The food is excellent and there are plenty of items on the menu for the kids.

The play area is a multi-story climbing gym with safe areas for toddlers and lots of fun nooks for the older kids. It is located at Dempsey Hill which has become very fashionable with loads of great restaurants, bistros, furniture and antique shops and is a very pleasant spot for recreation.

Kallang Leisure Park
Kallang LeisurePark is a new complex, or rather an old one, renovated and extended to include a shopping mall with retail and eating outlets. It is home to some great leisure venues, including a cinema (FilmGarde), an ice-skating rink (Kallang Ice World), a bowling alley (Kallang Bowl), a karaoke centre and an amusement arcade.

So if you want everything under one roof, this is the place to go. We sometimes go ice-skating, then stop for some lunch at the food court (or excellent Japanese on the ground floor), then go bowling. The cinema is right there as well, so it is possible to really make a day of it and catch a film too. There are also excellent doughnuts at ‘Doughnut and Doughnuts’ which is our big unhealthy treat.

MacRitchie Reservoir 
This is a great place for a gentle walk with children. There are a couple of different routes to take; the first route goes through the rainforest, the second takes you on a boardwalk at the edge of the reservoir.

The rainforest walk is fun if you are new to Singapore as there are many macaques living here and they tend to hang out on the path grooming each other. You can watch the juveniles playing amongst the trees and the babies clinging to their mothers. Do NOT feed the monkeys however, and don’t carry any food with you as I have witnessed a monkey snatching an apple out of a man’s hand.

You may spot large monitor lizards by the water and other wildlife. There are over 12 hectares of primary forest surrounding the reservoir, and to walk right around the 11 km periphery would take up to 4 hours.

The HSBC Tree-Top walk along the Pierce Trail is quite interesting, although it is quite a  distance from the car park and thus not suitable for those with small children.

With children, be sure to start at the main entrance to the reservoir. That way, you can always walk a short distance through the forest and turn back if the children are unable to walk long distances. To be sure, MacRitchie is a great escape from the city. Which other city has virgin rainforests so close to the skyscrapers and office blocks?


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