Here we share all the best things to do in Singapore with kids to help you make the most of your family holiday. Hint: you are spoilt for choice!
Singapore is one of the best cities in the world to visit with kids. It’s clean, safe, and easy to get around, and there are so many things to do with kids in Singapore. You are completely spoilt for choice.
So if you are heading to the Lion City with the family in tow, here are some of our top activities for kids in Singapore.
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Singapore has an abundance of wildlife parks to explore – and what kid doesn’t love meeting amazing animals in real life? Here are your options when it comes to wildlife parks in Singapore:
Visiting Singapore with kids wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Singapore Zoo. Often regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, the Singapore Zoo is set in a natural rainforest setting with spacious landscaped enclosures.
Insider Tip: Start your day with their Breakfast in the Wild, and pack the kid’s swimmers so they can cool off in the awesome Kidzworld water play area.
The legendary Night Safari remains as popular as ever. Set within 40 hectares of lush secondary forest, here you have the unique opportunity to view over 1,000 nocturnal animals from 120 different species in their natural habitat.
Explore via tram or walk along subtly lit rainforest pathways.
Famously home to Singapore’s Giant Pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the River Wonders also has over 11,000 residents, representing 260 land and aquatic species.
Take a boat ride along the Amazon River and keep a look out for Jaguars, Brazilian tapirs and Giant Anteaters.
Asia’s largest bird park is home to over 3,500 birds from over 400 species, all housed in beautifully landscaped gardens.
There are eight walk-through aviaries to explore. Don’t miss feeding the Loris, Ostriches and Pelicans and watching the fun and educational shows.
There are over 10,000 marine creatures to admire at the SEA Aquarium on Sentosa Island. 49 different habitats are represented, with over 800 species of sea creatures.
Your visit concludes with a stop at the impressive Open Ocean aquarium, a panoramic vista teaming with manta rays, sharks, and goliath grouper.
Theme Parks & Water Parks
Universal Studios Singapore
Movie-themed Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa is often at the top of a family’s Singapore bucket list.
Meet some of your favourite kids’ movie characters, and scream your way around movie-themed rides and roller coasters. Lots of fun guaranteed!
Insider Tip: We always recommend getting an Express Pass if you are visiting with kids. Singapore is always hot and humid, and queues can be long. They are definitely worth it for a fun day out.
Adventure Cove Waterpark
A water park is the perfect place for the kids to cool off while having fun in Singapore’s heat and humidity. There are 13 rides and attractions to keep you entertained here.
Adrenaline junkies will love the Riptide Rocket, a hydro-magnetic roller coaster (ie. a water slide that takes you upwards), while those looking for something tamer can hit the wave pool or relax on the 620m-long Adventure River inner tube ride.
Visiting with younger children? Head to the Big Bucket Treehouse.
This floating obstacle course at Palawan Beach on Sentosa is another way to have fun while keeping cool. With varying levels of challenges, kids are encouraged to to climb, slide, leap and bounce their way around the course.
Wild Wild Wet
Singapore’s original waterpark, located in the east, is still a popular choice. There are water rides for the whole family here, from extreme rides like the Torpedo and the Free Fall, to tamer options within the Kidz Zone.
Meanwhile, Professor’s Playground water play area is perfect for little ones.
Kid Friendly Museums in Singapore
Museums don’t need to be boring! Many of Singapore’s best museums have interactive elements and family-focussed exhibitions to help kids enjoy their visits. Here are some of the best.
The ArtScience is our favourite kid-friendly museum in Singapore. Promising an exciting fusion of art, science, design, and technology, there’s nearly always something interesting going on here.
The permanent exhibition, Future World, is excellent. Created in collaboration with TeamLab, it’s a fully immersive, hands-on experience that will capture your kids’ imagination.
Insider tip: Tickets for FutureWorld are based on timed entry. So be sure to pre-purchase tickets to secure your timeslot.
National Museum of Singapore
If you’re interested in Singapore’s history then the fabulous National Museum of Singapore is the place to go. It gives you an overview of the country’s history in one go.
You’ll start in the 14th century, go through the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles, World War II and the Japanese occupation, and on to the building of modern Singapore.
There’s also plenty of hands-on activity, flashing lights and interactive presentations to keep the kids happy.
Specifically designed for kids, the Children’s Museum is the perfect place to cultivate the next generation’s love for art and culture. The excellent A Voyage Back in Time permanent exhibition is a great introduction to the history of Singapore.
Keep a look out for the creative and educational sessions, where kids can learn about different aspects such as plants, animals, and Asian civilisations.
Singapore Discovery Centre
The Singapore Discovery Centre is all about learning through hi-tech interactive games and exhibits.
The permanent exhibition Through the Lens of Time is an immersive journey from the past to present Singapore, well suited to teach kids about Singapore’s history and values.
There’s also the Black Lake Facility escape room, laser tag, paintball, an iWerks theatre and XD 4D simulation rides.
National Gallery Singapore
The National Gallery is huge, housing over 8,000 artworks from Singapore and the region. But don’t let that put you off visiting with kids. Their website has lots of suggestions for family -friendly itineraries and activities.
Insider Tip: Book a slot at the Keppel Centre for Art Education while you are here, and keep a look out for family art workshops and activities.
There are several war museums in Singapore, but Fort Siloso is the best suited to kids.
Here, at Singapore’s sole surviving coastal fort, you’ll learn about life as a soldier in the 1880s and during World War II.
Visits are made via self-guided tours, with waxwork models and audio recordings bringing the exhibitions to life. Best of all? It’s FREE!
Battle Box at Fort Canning
Another option for a family-friendly war museum, is better suited to older kids. Located nine metres below ground in Fort Canning Park, Battle Box was the underground bomb-proof bunker of Britain’s HQ Malaya Command during World War II.
Visits to the Battle Box are by guided tour only, lasting approximately 45 minutes. The tour recreates the last few hours experienced in the underground command centre, prior to the British surrender.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Most kids will be impressed by the magnificence of the golden room surrounding the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber and also the enormous prayer wheel in the Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavilion on the roof.
Insider Tip: Try to visit when a daily ceremony is taking place in the 100 Dragons Hall on the ground floor to hear the monks chanting.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Kids are always impressed with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and its impressive display of over a million specimens from the natural world of Southeast Asia.
The collection of dinosaur fossils in the Dinosaur Zone is always a hit, as is the Zoological collection which houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Singapore and Malayan animal specimens in the world.
Mint Museum of Toys
Take your kids back to the ‘olden days’ as you explore the museum’s collection of vintage toys.
With over 50,000 toys from more than 40 countries, you’re sure to discover some nostalgic toys that bring childhood memories.
Science Centre Singapore
It’s all hands-on fun for kids at the Singapore Science Centre, making it a must-visit for budding science enthusiasts.
This impressive museum is packed with interactive exhibits covering various scientific topics such as robotics, space exploration, and even dinosaur fossils.
It’s all about optical illusions at Trickeye Singapore. This fun interactive exhibition uses optical illusions to bring artwork to life when you step into them and take a photo.
Download the app to discover a hidden world and watch as your photos and videos come alive with hidden animals, magic, fireworks and other special effects.
Fun Activities for Kids in Singapore
Skyline Luge Sentosa
The Luge on Sentosa is part go-cart, part toboggan, 100% fun! Here, you get to whizz down a 650-metre-long, paved track, starting at at Imbiah Lookout and ending at Siloso Beach.
Want to go again? No problem, there’s a chairlift to take you back to the beginning again.
Mega Adventure Park
Do you have little adrenaline junkies to entertain? Head over to MegaZip Adventure Park on Sentosa, where you have a choice of four fun activities:
- The MegaZip flying fox, where you fly over the jungle canopy for over 450 metres before landing on Siloso beach.
- Climbmax, an aerial obstacle course of wobbly bridges, cargo nets and tightropes set high amongst the trees.
- ParaJump, a free-fall parachute simulator.
- MegaBounce – trampolining with secured elasticated ropes.
More zip lining and high ropes fun is on offer at Forest Adventure. Set in Bedok Reservoir Park, you’ll find two courses here – a Kids Course for children aged five and up, and the Grand Course for adults and children aged ten and up.
Skydive at iFly
Let your kids experience true free-fall conditions with an indoor skydive. It’s just like a real skydive… except you don’t need to watch your kids jump out of a plane!
iFly Singapore on Sentosa has one of the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnels, meaning thrills are guaranteed. Kids ages 7 and up can join in the fun.
All kids love trampolining and it’s a great way to burn off excess energy. There are a few indoor bounce parks in Singapore, each wth interconnected trampolines for bouncing between and fun features like basketball hoops and foam pits for jumping into.
Our favourite is Bounce, due to its easy location close to Orchard Road.
Indoor Play Gym
If the heat is getting to you or you find yourself looking for something to do with little ones on a rainy day, then head to one of the numerous indoor play gyms in Singapore.
Popular ones include:
- The Polliwogs (Clarke Quay, Vivocity)
- Amazonia (Great World City)
- Kiztopia (various locations)
- Pororo Park (Marina Square)
Who said indoor playgrounds are only for little kids? Superpark has something for kids of all ages.
The Adventure Arena will keep younger kids happy with trampolines, flying fox and tube slides, while sporty kids can have a go at basketball, baseball and archery in the Game Arena. Or head over to the Freestyle Hall for skating, trampolining and climbing.
Another indoor play zone for older kids (and adults), X-scap8 (pronounced escapade) has loads of fun activities. You’ll find obstacle courses, a high elements challenge, smash labs and golf simulators here.
If only all shopping malls had this! Airzone is an elevated playground, made up of nets that span four levels within a mall atrium.
There are bouncy nets spanning, interconnecting slides, floating ball pits and inflatables, to have fun on.
Sentosa 4D Adventureland
Got some time to kill while on Sentosa? Check out the 4D action fun at Sentosa 4D Adventureland. Prepare to be tossed about, have water splashing in your face, and to shriek with laughter along with your fellow movie-goers.
There are four different screenings to choose from, including a virtual 4D rollercoasters “Extreme Log Ride”, “Haunted Mine Ride” and interactive shoot-out game “Desperados”.
Famous worldwide for its waxwork models, here you can pose for photos with the doppelgangers of celebrities from the world of sport, music, cinema and history.
You’ll also be able to walk through the history of Singapore and jump aboard the ‘Spirit of Singapore’ boat for a ride through a celebration of Singapore.
Ready for more fun? Book into the Marvel Universe 4D movie or join F1’s Lewis Hamilton in the VR Racing Experience.
Museum of Ice Cream
This whimsically coloured indoor attraction is specifically designed to be Instagram-worthy, so if you have kids who like to strike a pose, this is for them.
There are 12 multi-sensory installations to engage with, all designed to teach you about the world of ice cream, including the giant sprinkle pool and the unicorn playground.
Oh and did we mention unlimited ice cream? Every kid’s idea of heaven!
Escape rooms are always good for family bonding and fun as you work together to find the clues and solve the challenges that will help you escape.
Board Game Cafe
If you need to chill for a couple of hours with some good, wholesome family fun, then check out one of Singapore’s board game cafes. You’ll find a good selection of board games to borrow, and there’s food and drink on offer too.
Check out our pick of the best board game cafes in Singapore.
Water Sports on Sentosa
If the kids love water sports, then you’ll love that Singapore is an island surrounded by water! Head over to Ola Beach Club on Sentosa to hire paddle boards and kayaks, or book a ride on a banana boat or donut.
Family Friendly Tours
We always recommend taking a tour in Singapore so that you get to know Singapore through the eyes of a local. But picking a kid-friendly tour can be tough. So here are some recommendations for Singapore tours to do with kids:
Self-guided walking tour
Our self-guided walking tours are a great way to take in the sights of Singapore for a fraction of the price of a sightseeing tour. They are perfect for doing with kids as they allow you to sightsee at your own pace, and you can stop and refuel as often as you please.
Singapore is flat, making it an easy city to cycle around. This bike tour takes you to see some of the main highlights and also some off-the-beaten-track gems.
You’ll get a good insight into Singapore’s history and culture, it will also help you get your bearings of the city as you cycle around.
Suitable for ages 10+.
A Sidecar Tour is definitely a fun and unique way to take in the Singapore sights, and kids ages 10+ can join in the fun.
Choose from four heritage neighbourhoods – Kampong Gelam, Joo Chiat, Tiong Bahru and the Civic District as you ride in a Vespa sidecar to take in the sights.
Suitable for ages 10+.
The Original Duck Tour
Much more fun than a standard open-top bus tour, the Original Duck Tour is perfect for kids. The tour takes you on an adventure aboard amphibious vehicle that is both a bus and a boat!
You begin the tour with a drive around some of the city’s landmarks in the civic district before splashing into Marina Bay for views of the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands.
Insider Tip: The duck tour can be booked in combination with Big Bus Hop on Hop off Tour for a discounted price.
A boat ride along the Singapore River is a relaxing way to take in the sights of the Civic District, Marina Bay and the Quays without tiring out little legs.
Board the boat at Marina Bay Sands or Merlion Park to ride the whole river up to Robertson Quay and back.
Another fun option for families, you get to take in the sights of Marina Bay while riding on a Segway!
Never ridden a Segway before? No worries; your guide will give you full instructions before you set off and will have you mastering it in around 5 minutes.
Suitable for ages 5+.
Chinatown Murders Game Tour
This fun tour is perfect for families as it’s a game and a sightseeing tour in one.
Participants learn the history of Chinatown through the characters and their stories, solving puzzles and cracking codes along the way. It’s a fun and interactive way to get to know Chinatown.
Singapore is renowned for its incredible local food, but if you are new to it, you may not know where to begin. Taking a food tour is the perfect solution.
We recommend this private food tour, which can be adapted to suit your family. You’ll explore the different neighbourhoods of Singapore and try plenty of delicious local cuisine along the way.
Great views are guaranteed at The Singapore Flyer, one of the world’s tallest observation wheels. The rotation only takes around 30 minutes, so no time for little ones to get bored, and you will be treated to fabulous views across Singapore and the surrounding islands.
Singapore Cable Car
If you’re taking the kids over to Sentosa, then riding the Singapore Cable Car is one of the most fun ways to get there.
Start at Harbourfront to ride up to Mount Faber and take in the views at the top. Then re-board the cable car to travel across to Sentosa, where all the attractions of Sentosa Island await you.
Beaches, Parks & Gardens
It’s not called the garden city for nothing. There are abundant parks and gardens in Singapore that are perfect for family picnics, afternoon strolls or letting the kids run wild. Here is our pick of the best.
Gardens by the Bay
It’s world-famous thanks to its iconic Supertrees and they are definitely cool to witness, and walk between high up on the OCBC Skyway. But there are many other areas to explore in Gardens by the Bay too.
The climate-controlled conservatories (Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and Floral Fantasy) make for a welcome break from Singapore’s heat and humidity and are fun to explore.
But the highlight for the kids is the fabulous water play area, the Far East Organisation Children’s Garden.
Insider Tip: The water play area is open Thursday – Sunday. Don’t forget to pack the kids’ swimmers and a towel.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is now overshadowed by the more famous Gardens by the Bay, but it is still worth a visit. It offers a huge variety of areas to explore, including lakes, fountains, sculpture gardens and plenty of well-manicured lawns to run around.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
The kids even have their own garden within the Botanic Gardens! The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is designed to provide a learning environment in a fun garden setting.
There are educational areas to learn about photosynthesis and plant recycling… but really, kids just love playing in the tree house, sandpit and water fountains.
The southern coast of Sentosa Island is made up of three beaches: Tanjong, Palawan and Siloso. There’s plenty of space to make sandcastles and splash around in the water, and you’ll also find plenty of family friendly restaurants and cafes too.
Alternatively, pick one of the many beach clubs, where you can hire a lounger and cool off in a swimming pool. Splash Tribe at The Palawan @ Sentosa is especially for families and has water slides and an infinity-edge pool overlooking the beach.
East Coast Park
East Coast Park, with its 15km of flat coastline, is one of the best places to take the kids cycling, scooting or roller blading. There are several places to hire bikes along here.
You’ll also find a large children’s playground, a skate park and even a wakeboarding park. There are plenty of child-friendly restaurants to choose from too, and you’ll also find one of Singapore’s best hawker centres here if you are up for some local food.
Pulau Ubin is a little island just off mainland Singapore that can be reached via a 10-minute boat ride from Changi.
Here you can get a sense of what Singapore was like 60 years ago, with its swaying palm trees and local village vibe.
You can hire bikes on arrival (children’s bikes and baby seats are available) and explore the island, before enjoying a local seafood lunch.
If you have active kids who like a hike, then check out MacRitchie Reservoir Park. There are several boardwalks and hiking trails here.
The highlight is the TreeTop Walk, a free-standing 250 m-long suspension bridge that gives you a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy. It’s an 11km round walk to get to though, so not for really young kids!
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is in the far north of Singapore and is famous for its birdlife. There are a network of boardwalks that you can follow and you’ll spot herons, kingfishers, mudskippers and crabs along the way.
Kids are likely to be excited by the abundance of large monitor lizards, and if you’re lucky you may spot an estuarine crocodile too.