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The best places for kids in Singapore

We round up the top places in and around town to bring the little ones to – you can even make it a fun day out for the whole family

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Beat the heat at indoor playgrounds and jungle gyms, take an educational day trip out to farms and the marshlands (yes, these exist in Singapore) or have a picnic in one of Singapore's best public parks – there are plenty of family friendly activities to do in Singapore.

As much as you love your children, we know sometimes you just want to hang out sans the little tykes – here are some restaurants with a no-child policy for some me-time. Alternatively, here's how to explore the city in a day.

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The best things to do with kids in Singapore
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The best things to do with kids in Singapore

Had your breakfast this morning? Great, because you’re going to need all that energy to get you through the high-octane activities Singapore has in-store for the toddlers, pre-teens and teens. No matter what your kids are into – be it the arts, science, or sports – keep your pint-sized posse occupied with heaps of physical challenges, cool exhibitions and some edutainment fun. Plus, we believe that the school holidays should be used for exploration and the creation of fond family memories. Here are some of the best activities around town to do just that. RECOMMENDED: The best hiking trails for kids and the best kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore  

The best free activities for kids in Singapore
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The best free activities for kids in Singapore

Looking to keep the kids busy without breaking the bank? With plenty of family-friendly things to do around Singapore – even free ones – we've got you covered. Whether it's school holidays or a quiet weekend, there are a plethora of events and activities that will keep your tiny tots entertained. From cycling through East Coast Park and flying a kite at Marina Barrage to getting soaked at Far East Organization Children's Garden and Siloso Beach, here are the best activities for kids – absolutely free. RECOMMENDED: The best family-friendly activities in Singapore and the best kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore

The best family-friendly activities in Singapore
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The best family-friendly activities in Singapore

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. RECOMMENDED: The best places for kids in Singapore and the best kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore

The best kid-friendly restaurants and cafés in Singapore
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The best kid-friendly restaurants and cafés in Singapore

Looking for the best family restaurants in Singapore? Look no further than our list of themed restaurants, eateries with play areas and diners with menus specifically catered for the kiddos. These kid-friendly restaurants offer everything from mouth-watering Italian fare and finger foods to cute Gudetama-themed plates and fine-dining dishes. And for dessert, we've compiled a list of Singapore's best ice-cream shops for a sweet treat on a hot day. What are you waiting for? Get in on some delicious eats! RECOMMENDED The best free waterparks in Singapore and the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore

The best indoor playgrounds for kids in Singapore
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The best indoor playgrounds for kids in Singapore

School holidays or not, when the kids have to play, it's best to take them out of the house once in a while. While it's a no-brainer to allow the kids more screen time to keep them occupied, it's a slippery slope you don't want to start on. Instead of keeping them homebound, let them run riot in an indoor playground. Rock climbing, trampoline arenas and obstacle courses, sign them for a day of madness (and fitness) at one of these outdoor playgrounds.   RECOMMENDED: The best free playgrounds in Singapore and 50 best things to do with kids in Singapore

The best rooftop playgrounds in Singapore
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The best rooftop playgrounds in Singapore

Rooftop bars and infinity pools are aplenty in Singapore but our city is also home to many sprawling rooftop playgrounds that are a hit among kids with energy to burn (and parents seeking reprieve). Head to one of these spaces during your next family outing because they assuredly take the fun to the next level. RECOMMENDED: The best free playgrounds in Singapore and the best water parks in Singapore

The best free water parks in Singapore
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The best free water parks in Singapore

It's undeniable that the weather has been a bit unpredictable lately with temperatures remaining high despite some showers. Why not take the kids out to cool down at these free aqua playgrounds around the island? We've checked out where to go for the best sprinklers, bubblers and water fountains that are great for kids (and adults). Best of all – as they are in public spaces – there are absolutely no admission fees. RECOMMENDED:  The best public pools in Singapore and The best indoor playgrounds in Singapore

The best hiking trails for kids in Singapore
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The best hiking trails for kids in Singapore

Despite challenges like uneven terrain, wild animals and unpredictable weather, hiking is a really fun and popular activity in Singapore. But when you add the kids to the mix, it's best to put their safety first. Trust Singapore to think about the kids too and have some of the best kid-friendly trails around for when you want to bring the young ones hiking. Pack some sunscreen, their favourite cap, water bottle and maybe a light snack for when the tantrums kick in mid-hike.  RECOMMENDED: The best hiking trails in Singapore and the best secret and hidden parks in Singapore

The best kid-friendly high-element obstacle courses in Singapore
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The best kid-friendly high-element obstacle courses in Singapore

Instead of letting the little ones crawl all over your furniture, why not bring them to one of Singapore's high-element obstacle courses? These kid-friendly (think reasonable heights for different age groups and very safe) outing builds a child's confidence and is one that parents can even join in the fun too. RECOMMENDED: 14 kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore and the best trampoline parks in Singapore 

The best kid-friendly excursions in Singapore
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The best kid-friendly excursions in Singapore

School's out which means it's time to put together an extensive holiday plan. If you're planning to stay in Singapore, there are plenty of reasons to head out and have some family fun. From indoor activities to unleashing them in the great outdoors, these kid-friendly excursions are guaranteed to keep the little ones engaged and entertained.  RECOMMENDED: 50 best things to do for kids in Singapore and the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore and the best water parks 

The best edutainment places for kids in Singapore
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The best edutainment places for kids in Singapore

Learning doesn’t necessarily mean chaining your kids to the desk. Children make sense of the world around them through play – and that’s why we’ve taken a gander at some of the edutainment spaces and indoor play centres around town that allow the little Einsteins to pick up some skills while having a ball of a time. RECOMMENDED: The best indoor playgrounds in Singapore and the best family-friendly activities in Singapore

The best libraries in Singapore for kids
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The best libraries in Singapore for kids

If your pint-sized bibliophiles would rather get their noses stuck in the pages of a picture book than run riot at an outdoor playground, take your little bookworms out for a day at the library. Most public libraries in Singapore come complete with a dedicated children's section filled with books, interactive features and even DIY crafts for the curious tots, tykes and tweens. There are also storytelling sessions where families are welcome to sit in. Here are the best libraries waiting for your family's arrival. RECOMMENDED: The best edutainment places for kids in Singapore and the best and the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore

The best kid-friendly art exhibitions in Singapore
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The best kid-friendly art exhibitions in Singapore

They say creativity and imagination are developed at a young age, which probably explains why children scribble on walls with crayons and talk to their stuffed toys. If your child has an artistic streak, help cultivate this with numerous kid-friendly interactive exhibits, spectacular artworks and cool experiments in museums across Singapore. Colourful and light-hearted, they'll spark joy (and creativity) for the whole family. Here, art exhibitions in Singapore to get them cultured.  RECOMMENDED: The best edutainment places for kids in Singapore and The best free playgrounds in Singapore 

The best shops for kids in Singapore
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The best shops for kids in Singapore

Some of the pickiest customers are kids, they have their own idea of what they want - be it an outfit, a toy or a new plush toy - but they often can't articulate exactly what they're after. Do yourself a favour, before you tear your hair out from frustration, hit these stores (retail and online) to check out what they have for the little ones. RECOMMENDED: The best shops in Singapore

The best free playgrounds in Singapore
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The best free playgrounds in Singapore

These public playgrounds provide endless hours of fun and exercise. From splash buckets and natural streams to giant rope courses and eight-metre-tall climbing towers, the tykes will be occupied for an entire afternoon. Some of these play areas even encourage the adults to join in, so you can unleash your inner kid and feel like you're seven all over again.  RECOMMENDED: The best things to do for kids in Singapore and the best things to do on a rainy day in Singapore

The best trampoline parks in Singapore
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The best trampoline parks in Singapore

If we had our way, of course we'd rather be soaring and flying somewhere in a trampoline park in Singapore. Enjoyable for both the kids and adults, there's so much to love about letting loose and bouncing around a room with padded floors and walls without the fear of breaking bones and bruising badly from falling on hard surfaces.  And then there's also the more beneficial part of the sport – actually getting fit. Great for core strengthening and a thorough cardio workout, check out these trampoline parks in Singapore that have obstacle courses that allow you to parkour, free-run, bounce and flip around, while having fun. We warn you, there will be sweat.  RECOMMENDED: Best indoor playgrounds for kids and best rock climbing gyms in Singapore

The best public parks for kids
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The best public parks for kids

Besides The Botanic Gardens being a UNESCO World Heritage site, there are scores more public parks in this ‘City in a Garden’.

The best farms in Singapore
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The best farms in Singapore

Farms? What farms? The Little Red Dot is as famous for its agriculture industry as Jamaica is for bobsledding. But even though less than 1 percent of our land area is dedicated to farming activities, there’s an impressive variety of farms in Singapore. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly activity on the weekend or a getaway from the hustle and bustle, pick any of these for a breath of fresh air. 

The best places for toddlers under 5 in Singapore
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The best places for toddlers under 5 in Singapore

While there are plenty of places for older toddlers, tykes and tweens to run around in Singapore, there are also baby-safe play spaces and edutainment spots for babies and younger tots. No matter the weather, these indoor playgrounds are tailored for active crawlers and great for the pint-sized non-walkers to run, jump, slide and swing – all with the accompaniment of a parent or guardian, of course. RECOMMENDED: 15 best family-friendly activities in Singapore and 15 best free activities for kids in Singapore  

The best indoor pretend-play centres in Singapore
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The best indoor pretend-play centres in Singapore

Mum and dad – we know you've got a tough job filling up your kids' days with fun, entertaining and engaging activities. Thankfully, we're here to help. If you want to fully dispense with any kind play element and go full-on educational, why not check out the best museums in Singapore and the lesser-known secret museums. But, if you want the kids to engage in some productive, hands-on fun – read on.