Singapore is a great place for families. The city is very geared up for children, with buggy-friendly pathways, escalators and elevators, and high-chairs provided in most restaurants. If you’re looking for a fun-filled family day out, then you will be spoiled for choice of things to do, with several world-class visitor attractions all on your doorstep.
The best way to start your day is with breakfast with the orang utans at the Singapore Zoo. Generally regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, a visit to the Singapore Zoo is a must for all families. The ‘open zoo’ concept makes for a thrilling visit, as the animals are free to roam in spacious landscaped enclosures, mostly separated from visitors by concealed moats. The Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife kicks off at 9am every morning, right after elephant bathing and feeding and is the only place in the world where you can breakfast with an orangutan!
Singapore Zoo — Photo courtesy of Marianne Rogerson
An alternative to the zoo is the Jurong Bird Park, a beautifully landscaped park with over 8,000 birds and the world’s largest walk-in aviary. Here you can enjoy Lunch with the Parrots at 12noon every day. Both the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park feature water-play zones, perfect for cooling off when the heat gets too much.
For the afternoon, make your way over to Sentosa Island – Singapore’s playground. This 500-hectare island resort is dedicated to family fun and entertainment, with free beach trams and buses between attractions making for fuss-free access. The beaches may not rival those of the neighbouring Asian islands, but they are certainly popular with local sun-worshippers and beach-sport lovers. The family-friendly bars and restaurants which line the sandy stretches are the perfect place to relax in between activities, or enjoy a bite to eat while the sun goes down.
Sentosa Beaches — Photo courtesy of Marianne Rogerson
Beyond the beaches, Sentosa is awash with visitor attractions. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly Universal Studios, with its movie-based rides, including river boat ride Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, water adventure Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, the cinematic Shrek 4-D Adventure and rollercoaster rides Revenge of the Mummy and Battlestar Galactica.
Also worth the visit is Underwater World – home to more than 2,500 fish and sea creatures from over 250 species. Don’t miss The Tunnel, where a travelator glides you through an 83 metre acrylic tunnel while the rays, sharks, fish and eels swim around you. The entrance ticket to Underwater World also includes entrance to Dolphin Lagoon, where several ‘Meet the Dolphins’ shows take place daily, with the resident Humpback or ‘pink’ dolphins entertaining the crowds with their flips and tricks.
Dolphin Lagoon — Photo courtesy of Marianne Rogerson
Other attractions to look out for on Sentosa include the part go-cart, part toboggan Luge; the Sentosa 4D Magix cinema, featuring water features, seat vibration, leg ticklers and base shakers; the 450m-long flying fox ride at MegaZip Adventure Park; and the Port of Lost Wonder kids club by the sea, complete with pirate ship water-play area.
If you have older kids in tow and you chose not to start the day at the Singapore Zoo, then you should definitely choose to end the day at the Night Safari. The world’s first night-time wildlife park provides guests with the unique experience of viewing nocturnal creatures in a tropical jungle at night. A 45-minute tram ride and various walking trails allow you to take in the jungle sounds and spot the animals.