Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

We had a brief three days in Singapore on our world trip. While we barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in the city, we do have some tips on how to enjoy your Singaporean experience with kids.

Getting around
The best way to navigate Singapore is by taxi. They are very cheap and fast – but do not have children’s car seats. We took a Boostapak travel booster seat with us (it doubled as a backpack) to use in taxis. While it’s not as safe as a booster seats with a back or a five-point harness, it’s better than the alternative of nothing. Or, if you’re staying close to public transport, try that instead.

Climate
Singapore is hot and sticky all the time. Pack light clothes and a hat and sunscreen. The locals spend a lot of their leisure time in pools for a reason.

Where to eat
Singapore is extremely kid-friendly, including a lot of the restaurants. For ideas on where to eat out with kids, check out local Beverly Burgess’ blog. She eats out with her two young children extensively.

What to do

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
Sentosa

Sentosa Island is where Singaporeans go to play. The resort island is visited by around 20 million people each year, with attractions like beaches, golf courses, Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Water Park, Marine Life Park, the Merlion, hotels and restaurants.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

Sentosa can be reached by monorail or cable car from Mount Faber – the most scenic option. You could probably spend a good five days just on Sentosa with kids.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

On our outing, we took the kids on the Sentosa Skyline Luge, which was a big hit. The luge ride goes downhill, then, after the ride, a chairlift brings riders, luge carts, and the helmets back to the starting point.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

We ate at Slappy Cakes at Resort World Sentosa, where pancake mixture arrives in squeezy bottles so kids can make their own creative pancakes.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

A brief stop at Candylicious sent the kids into a sugar frenzy. They pushed mini carts around the store and picked a few small items each to take home.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

Cool down at Palawan Beach – the most kid-friendly beach on Sentosa. it can get very busy on weekends, but it’s a great spot regardless. Clean bathroom facilities, shallow, calm water, play equipment, and a Playmobil area with toys the kids could play with.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
Chinatown
A walk through Chinatown is a colourful experience. Market stalls assault the senses and kids can choose cheap trinket souvenirs. You might have a monk-sighting like we did (check out his giant phone!), and try some local food.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
We stopped by the Noodle Man, renowned for his authentic, hand cut noodles.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
Kids can watch him make their noodles from scratch. They taste so good you’ll order a second bowl.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

A Tang Dynesty-styled Chinese Buddhist temple in Chinatown that gets its name from the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic it houses. The temple overwhelms the senses with colour, incense and the chanting of buddhist monks.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

Gardens by the Bay
This attraction requires a full day to see everything. Consisting of three large garden areas, the main, and most popular, being Bay South garden, which houses the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertrees Grove and Children’s Garden.

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The Flower Dome is an indoor hothouse bursting with manicured gardens right out of a storybook.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me

The Cloud Forest takes visitors up an indoor mountain through a circular path, behind a waterfall.

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The “mountain” is clad in beautiful epiphytes such as orchids, ferns and peacock ferns.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
The Supertrees Grove is filled with tree-like structures with heights that range between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft). They are vertical gardens at the top of which is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees, giving a panoramic aerial view of the Gardens. The Skyway closes in inclement weather, which is unfortunately what happened on our visit.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
While kids will enjoy all of the features of Gardens by the Bay, a trip to the Children’s Garden will be a highlight of your trip. Perfect for kids aged one and up, the children’s garden is renowned for its fabulous water play area.

Travel Guide: Singapore With Kids via christineknight.me
There is a toddler zone for kids under 5, and a larger area for children 6 and over. With clean bathroom facilities and a shaded amphitheater, it’s obvious why this is a hot spot for families. Kids aged 6 -12 will also enjoy the Rainforest Tree Houses and the Adventure Trail nearby. You can visit this area for free, which is an added bonus in very pricey Singapore. Read more about our experience here.

Want more ideas on what to do in Singapore with kids? Find out where the locals go to play over here and the best hotels to stay in here..

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.
  • Great post & one I’ll have to bookmark for when the little guy is older. We’re heading to Singas soon – but I don’t have high hopes that my under 2 yr old will have the patience for many of these activities (so not looking forward to the flight!)

    • Thank you Trina! I’m sure he will surprise you with what an awesome traveler he is (and if he doesn’t there’s always stiff drinks ;))

  • This is great! The kids and I are off to Sentosa in 10 days – Raffles has duly noted the noodles and DIY pancakes. Sugarpuff has scheduled in a visit to the candy store. 🙂

  • Fantastic! My husband and I were only talking about maybe going to Singapore next year with the kids – this has some great tips! Love the make your own pancakes for the kids and the gardens look beautiful.

    • Thanks Emma! I’m sure you will have a fab time – hope this give you a few ideas to put on your itinerary!

  • Corinne Vail

    I have to say, Singapore is one of my favorite cities in the world. Everyone should visit the Gardens by the Bay…spectacular!

  • You packed in a lot during your short time in Singapore. My family loves that city, too. I agree that the luge and chairlift are a big hit with the youngsters. I personally loved seeing Gardens by the Bay at night. I wish we had gone to that pancake restaurant. My kids would have loved making their own creations. Thanks for linking up with #WkendTravelInspiration.

    • Thanks for dropping by Michele! Singapore seems to have a lot to offer families. Looking forward to our next visit.

  • eileen gunn

    I’ve only been to singapore for a quick stopover myself and before i traveled with a child. We really enjoyed the night zoo, which I believe is still there. There are some very fun suggestions here. the beaches look surprisingly nice! Thanks for linking up with #wkendtravelsinpiration

    • Yes the night zoo is still there – we were keen to go but ran out of time! Thank you for dropping by Eileen 🙂