With a year-round of sunshine, you best believe Singapore is the ultimate playground for families to get out and have some fun under the sun. Whether you've got an active toddler, a curious kid or a moody teenager, the city is peppered with a plethora of things to do with children including visiting farms, skydiving indoors and immersing in a digital world. Time to burn that all that energy and let your kids run riot at these family-friendly activities in Singapore.
Gather the kids for some fun at Jewel Changi Airport’s massive indoor wonderland. Burn your energy by weaving through various mazes, bouncing on nets, sliding down an art sculpture, and admiring the stunning views of the HSBC Rain Vortex and Shiseido Forest Valley from above a glass bridge. Alternatively, take a breather at a misty garden, pose for a selfie with the many animal topiaries, and stop and smell the roses at a floral fantasia. Check out our ultimate guide to Canopy Park here.
This Olympic-sized rink maintains its frosty temperatures all year round, making it the perfect spot for some fun away from the sun. Aspiring figure skaters, ice hockey players and rookies can learn the basics of gliding and turning. There are also adorable ice skating aids in the form of penguins and seals for the extra confidence boost.
Surrounded by the lush greens of Gardens by the Bay, this outdoor playground has one mission in mind: to get everybody drenched. There are water tunnels, stepping springs and various jets your pint-sized terrors – or your mischievous side – can use to hose everyone else down. Even toddlers can get in on the aquatic action, with a safe play zone you’ll feel comfortable letting them roam around in.
Marina Barrage attracts couples and families all year round thanks to its breathtaking 360-degree view of the bay area. Pack a picnic basket and a kite for some family fun. Don't have one? Browse through the cavalcade of colourful creations at the shop on the grounds. Then, help your kid unleash his or her kite into the air and let it sail in the bay's gusty winds.
Let the kids try the grown-up world for size and fake it – hopefully – until they make it. Featuring scaled-down ‘real-world’ venues, the edutainment centre allows kidults to run the city and test out career paths such as firefighters, dentists and radio broadcasters.
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. Got a pre-schooler in the house? Specifically designed for kids aged three to five, KinderGym is equipped with a safe, multi-sensory environment to give them their jumping fix.
Let the little ones climb to their hearts’ content at this multi-activity play centre. A range of rock walls are available, including two speed-climbing, auto-belaying walls. Those as young as five can try to balance on the two-storey indoor high elements obstacle course, with the help of a parent, who are encouraged to climb with their younger kids. But the highlight at Let ’em Play is Singapore’s first augmented reality rock climbing wall. Challenge another player to hit as many bats as possible, climb a set route or pass a ball back and forth – all while hanging onto the wall, of course.
Located in the North-Eastern part of Singapore, this peaceful park offers four unique themes with something in-store for visitors of all ages. The Nature Cove features a picturesque view of the waterway, with areas for families to spend lazy Sundays on the grass. At the Recreation Zone, little ones can let loose with activities like water play and sand play, while the rest of the family gets a workout at the fitness corner. The Heritage Zone offers gorgeous greenery along the stretch of the old Punggol Road where families can take a walk down memory lane, and the Green Gallery consists of a peaceful trail along the park's natural terrain. If you want to get active with your family, go for the cycling or inline skating activities, or admire the views from the Rope Bridge and Kelong Bridge.
Saddle up – horse riding isn’t just for trust fund babies or polo players. Learning to ride at Gallop Stables starts from as little as $65 (per 30-minute session). The little ones can enjoy a 20-minute pony ride ($45) which is suitable for three years and up. Alternatively, opt to go on a supervised riding for an hour ($85) on the Fairways Green Track or Fairways Sand Ring.
Parents, relive your childhood and bask in nostalgia while introducing your kids to time-honoured characters like Tintin and Popeye at this private museum showcasing a collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys. With rare, one-of-a-kind pieces from more than 40 countries – some of which date back to the mid-1800s – it’s easy to get caught up in past in this five-story shrine to toys.
While the grown-ups will appreciate the history of this modest-sized mound in the heart of the business district, the kids… well, they don’t need any excuse to tumble around in a park as verdant as this, do they? As they explore the many nooks and crannies of Fort Canning Park and its many colonial-era relics, learn more about the paramount roles it played in the defence of the island and even before the British arrived, when it served as the residence of Malay royalty.
Even though Singapore’s farming industry is way past its heyday, Hay Dairies still sticks around with a small herd of mixed goats, churning out fresh goat milk daily. Drop by in the morning to catch the goats being milked (from 9 to 11am), then bring a few bottles home at the end of the day. It's also a great opportunity for the young ones to meet, erm, other kids.
For kids with a heart of steel, Forest Adventure is an obstacle course which includes 44 wobbly crossings and 3 breath-taking zip lines across the water. Not to worry parents, safety is their first priority, a briefing will be conducted after your kids are strapped in the harness before taking on the challenge. There are different level of fear factor tailor-made to varying ages, so if the high elements are too much for your kids, start off with easier obstacles and path your way up slowly.
Be blown away, or in this case, up, by this wind tunnel which gives the thrilling sensation of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. Under the watchful eye of iFly's team of pros, kids can have a ball pretending to be Superman.
One of the world’s first ‘open concept’ zoos – residents live in landscaped enclosures instead of traditional cages – this 28-hectare attraction is home to more than 4,000 animals, including the world’s largest colony of orangutans, the exotic white tiger and the Hamadryas baboons. There are plenty of animal shows that will have the kids grinning from ear to ear, but go beyond at Rainforest Kidzworld where kids are introduced to the world of zookeeping including feeding, handling and interacting with farm animals.
Established in 1852, the Gardens are a tranquil respite from the city buzz. Highlights include the National Orchid Garden with the world’s largest collection of orchids. There is also a swan lake where families can feed the black Australian swans, and picnic while enjoying an outdoor concert at Symphony Lake. Let the kids run riot at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden where they can enjoy an exciting and interactive learning experience. Along with the theme 'All Life on Earth Depends on Plants,' the young ones will discover the wonders of life sciences and develop an appreciation for nature and the environment.
Escape the hot and humid Singapore weather to experience the cold and snow at Snow City. Gather the family and dress up in matching winter gear – don't worry, these are available for rent – and stomp around in the snow. Slide down a 60m snow slope, take photos with life-sized snow sculptures in the artic playground or get toasty in an igloo home.
It's impossible to spend less than a day at Resorts World Sentosa. Make a beeline for the kid-friendly rides at Universal Studios Singapore and meet the adorable characters from Madagascar, Shrek and Sesame Street. For a splashing good time with the family, pack your swimwear and head over to Adventure Cove Waterpark. Take the camera for some wacky family portraits at Trick Eye Museum and Madame Tussauds. Plus, your kid can have an early career start at Kidzania too.
The stunning lotus-shaped building is an iconic landmark in the Singapore skyline and also a place where art, science, culture and technology come together. Take your kids on an artistic adventure at the musuem's permanent exhibition, Future World – Where Art Meets Science. Together with digital art installations by teamLab, a trip here will light up your kids’ creative bulb where they can watch their 2D crayon creation transform into animations, create thrones out of colour-changing blocks, and go down an interactive slide.
If your mini-me happens to be a bookworm, then this makes the perfect wonderland – or woods. This children's bookstore offers a feast of pictorial treasures, including works by award-winning French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé – known simply as Sempé – plus quirky graphic novels, the popular 1980s Malaysian series Lat, pop-up versions of The Little Prince, and of course, classic children’s books like Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are. Keep your eyes peeled for the next reading where your little bookworm will sure enjoy.