So your kids are tired of Pokemon Go, you’re not sure how you’ll keep them entertained (ideally away from screens) during the next school break? Don’t worry because Singapore prides itself on being a family-friendly destination, which means there are many activities that kids will enjoy all over the island. We’ve compiled a list of the best children’s activities in Singapore that are sure to be a hit with the kids, but will hopefully be fun for the adults too!
Go To A Waterpark
Being situated so close to the equator, it’s no surprise that Singapore has embraced the waterpark concept wholeheartedly. For the big kids, visit Adventure Cove Waterpark or Wild Wild Wet. Adventure Cove features South-East Asia’s first adrenaline-pumping, hydro-magnetic coaster, a lazy river that takes you through multiple zones including one where small sharks and manta rays swim overhead, and a freshwater snorkelling experience. Wild Wild Wet is Singapore’s largest waterpark and features thrilling rides like Torpedo, where riders experience a four-storey free-fall before racing through a series of turns at speeds up to 70km/hr. These parks will quickly squash any complaints that water parks are just for little kids. For the smaller ones, there are splash parks scattered across the city, including the rooftop of Kallang Wave Mall and the Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens By the Bay.
Singapore has many wildlife experience activities that are exciting for kids and adults. On Sentosa Island, there’s the SEA Aquarium, the largest aquarium in South-East Asia home to over 100,000 species of marine life. At the Singapore Zoo or the Night Safari, animal enclosures are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible to mimic the animals’ original habitats. There is also the River Safari where visitors can ride a small boat through several different zones that recreate ecosystems from around the world.
The trend of animal cafés has not skipped Singapore, and there are several pet cafés around the island. If you feel like cuddling some cats then head to one of many cat cafés on the island such as Cat Café Neko No Niwa in Boat Quay or The Company of Cats in Bugis. All of these places are cafés, so order your coffee and get ready for some adorable cuddles and cute Instagram pictures of the kids!
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Go Cycling On Pulau Ubin
This activity combines two-in-one, part natural history lesson and part cycling adventure. Pulau Ubin is one of Singapore’s last remaining traditional villages as well as being home to the Chek Jawa Wetlands. The island is really too large to explore on foot, so rent some bikes from Pulau Ubin Town once you arrive and see how many animals you can spot while you explore. You can get the ferry to Pulau Ubin from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
A nice, relaxing way to spend the afternoon with the kids could be with a visit to the beach. Singapore has a few different options for beach activities but the best ones are found on Sentosa Island. Unless your kids are really young, walk across the boardwalk because it’s much faster and easier than contending with the crowds at the Harbourfront Sentosa Express Station. The recently renovated boardwalk is shaded the entire way and there are even travelators and places to get lunch along the way.
If your kids insist that they are tired of cycling and walking everywhere, try a new outdoor activity – boating! Visit the Kallang Water Sports Centre at Singapore’s new sporting venue, the Singapore Sports Hub where you can rent kayaks, canoes and even pedal boats. Rentals are by walk-in only and some options may require passing the centre’s in-house certification, but it is still worth a visit.
Not real skydiving, of course. Visit iFly, the world’s largest indoor skydiving simulator. Do away with all the dangers and costs involved in learning how to actually jump out of a plane and have a completely unique experience. The entire experience will last about two hours and expect breathtaking views when you ‘take to the skies’ in the transparent wind tunnel that looks over Siloso Beach and the sea beyond.