Singapore is a fantastic destination to visit with kids, with world class attractions, this amazing city will stun you - if you are looking for a family friendly holiday that's safe, clean and packed with fun family things to do - then Singapore is your next family holiday destination. Singapore is approximately a 6 hour flight from Perth.
Put the day aside and wander the beautiful gardens, splash around at the free water playground and explore the Children's Garden playground, dine in one of the many cafes and restaurants found in the park and explore the magnificent Flower & Cloud Forest Domes. This is a must do if you are in Singapore with or without kids! Especially if you are staying at Marina Bay Sands, it's just a short walk away.
Art Science Museum
An absolute must if you are visiting Singapore. Singapore Zoo s one of the few places in the world you can see a white tiger, you can also see polar bears in the Frozen Tundra, wander through the Australian Outback, check out the Reptile Garden, splash in the water playground, experience the live shows and more.
Adventure Cove Sentosa Island
Whether you are a thrill seeker family or not, there is something for the whole family at Adventure Cove Sentosa Island.
Enjoy big water slide thrills, a lazy river takes you past 16 different scenes including dolphins and stingrays, wet maze, elevated obstacle course, waterslide playground, toddler splash pool, wave pool and more.
S.E.A Aquarium Sentosa Island
For just a few more dollars than it costs to enter Perth's AQWA you will enter an underwater world of discovery, with 49 different habitats, over 100,000 marine animals over 800 species.
S.E.A Aquarium will take you around 2-3 hours to explore so is perfect for a half day activitiy while you are in Singapore.
Not to be missed is the centerpiece at S.E.A Aquarium Singapore - the Open Ocean Habitat. This aquarium is so big you will find yourself just wanting to sit here for a while to take it all in. It is truly incredible.
Kids under 4 enter free
Universal Studios Sentosa Island
Food at your hotel will most likely be on the more expensive side. Just note also that alcohol is very expensive in Singapore too. You are better off heading out of your hotel and eating where the locals eat. Here are a couple of places we enjoyed.
Located only minutes drive from Marina Bay here you will find hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars. You are bound to find something to suit your tastebuds with cuisines from all over the world! There is a great water feature in the middle, lots of kids were enjoying cooling off here. You can catch a taxi here or use the MRT.
If you are dining at Clarke Quay with kids it’s best to do so early and leave by around 9pm as this is a popular night life location with lots of popular bars located here - it gets pretty noisy later in the night with loud music playing from each of the bars.
We dined at the Wings Bar – this bar pays tribute to the golden age of aviation in the 1940's. Look for the big plane out the front of Wings – they specialise in wings and ribs. If you dare you can try wings so hot you need to sign a waiver before they can serve them to you. Some said the hottest wings were around 420 times hotter than Tabasco sauce! The food prices were very reasonable here.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands - Hawkers & Local Cuisine
If you want to try the local cuisine the Hawkers & Local Cuisine Food Hall is a great place to go. You will get very cheap meals here (~SGD$7-12) and it’s a great way to taste the local food.
They also have a couple of great juice and smoothie bars here too. And if you are after something Western head over to the other side of the ice rink to Kraze Burgers.
Theres is an ice rink right next to the food hall (SG$7 for an hour for adults & SG$6 an hour for kids - skate hire SG$3 or if you are staying at Marina Bay Sands show your card and you get your skate hire free). The ice rink operates 11.30-8.30pm daily (closed for maintenance 5-6pm).
Marina Bay Sands
We stayed at the amazing Marina Bay Sands. You won’t believe this hotel as you drive up to it - it has 3 towers with a ship on top! It’s a 5 star hotel and is quite pricey, and it was very nice but there are probably better places to stay with kids. This hotel lacked any facilities or services for kids.
If you do stay here it’s really well located so you can go to the Gardens by the Bay, eat at the Marina Bay Sand Hawkers & Local Cuisine (only a short walk from the MBS) or go to the Art Science Museum.
You are also well located to the Millennia Walk (you can walk here from the MBS) & Orchard Rd shopping precincts here.
At the top on the 52nd floor is the Infinity roof top pool the kids will love swimming on top of the world! Kids must swim in a designated section of the pool however.
Robertson Quay Hotel
We highly recommend considerting the Swissotel Stamford as a place to stay in Singapore with kids. We had a habour view room with two queen beds, which was perfect for two adults and two kids (you can hire rollaway beds if you have more kids).
The hotel features two pools, one a little shallower for younger children. There are several restaurants within the hotel and the staff were so lovely to our kids. Right next door is a large shopping mall right next to the hotel with a food mall, small supermarket and lots of shops. McDonalds is right next to the hotel too, we loved getting an 80c icecream cone at the end of each day.
It's well located with an MRT station right next to the hotel, only 15mins in a taxi to Sentosa Island and a short walk to the Marina Bay where you can find hawkers, restaurants and see the nightly laser show (which you can also see from your Harbour view room)
Taxi’s are not too expensive in Singapore and if you are only visiting for a short time this is the best way to get around. 10 min trips in the taxi cost around $7-8, and our 30 min drive to Singapore Zoo only cost about $25.
Or you could catch the MRT this is a really cheap way to get around, and the MRT will take you to lots of popular tourist places, like Harbour Front (to get to Sentosa Island), Clarke Quays, Orchard Road (great for shopping), Gardens By the Bay (Bayfront), Chinatown and more!
And your holiday doesn't end when you get to Singapore's Changi Airport, there is plenty of fun for the kids. With an children's playground, butterfly garden, entertainment deck, family zone, enchanted garden, photo zone, swimming pool (small fee if you are not staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel), movie theatre and more! Find our more about the family facilities at Changi Airport here...
Make sure you head up to Level 3 and check out the M&M's store too! There are lots of large M&M characters to have your photo taken with!
We really enjoyed Singapore, we have been twice now and can't wait to visit again. It is a little more expensive than a trip to Bali or Thailand, but it's a safe, clean, friendly destination with world class attractions, service, shopping & dining. It's a fantastic place to holiday with family, there are so many fun things to do and see we will definitely be going back again and again!
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