Looking for reasons to visit Singapore with kids in 2023?
Here’s TOP 7
My favourite reason to visit Singapore with kids: it is safe
Safety is of paramount importance to me. Therefore living in one of the safest countries in the world for three years was such a delight for me. To illustrate how safe Singapore is, I will share the conversation I had with the concierge man in our apartment building at 2 am in the morning. We had just moved to Singapore and to our new apartment. My one-year-old daughter was still jetlagged and stubbornly refused to sleep. I buckled her down in the stroller and took the elevator downstairs. The concierge man greeted me in the lobby. I looked through the windows into the dark and asked him for reassurance:
Me at 2 am: Singapore is safe, right? Can I walk around Marina Bay now?
I saw the confusion on his face, and then he suddenly smiled and said:
Concierge: Oh, yes, absolutely, it stopped raining!
See… I ask the guy about safety, having rape, murder, assault, a terrorist attack in mind… and yet, it’s Singapore, you just have to worry about having an umbrella when leaving home in the middle of the night.
So, if you are planning a trip to Singapore with kids, worry not, it’s safe in addition to many other good things here. This brings me to the second reason you should visit Singapore with babies, kids, tweens, and teens.
Singapore is green
Yes, there are so many beautiful green spaces that the island country calls itself a city in the garden. And it truly feels that way. There is so much greenery everywhere.
And I don’t just mean stunning, well-maintained parks with amazing playgrounds for kids. Speaking of which, I’ve written a blog post about Thea’s favorite outdoor playgrounds, that we recommend visiting, and you can read it by clicking the link below:
There is so much more than that, though!
For example, visit places like the Cloud Forest, the largest indoor waterfall with flora from all corners of the planet. Pathways in the mist that lead all around the dome leave you feeling like walking on the clouds.
Visit the Flower Dome, or stand in awe looking at the 18 of the Supertrees.
This city in the garden truly is one of the best (if not the best) places to raise young children and yet another reason to visit Singapore with kids.
Thea’s favourite reason to visit Singapore: plenty of activities for kids
I’ve seen some questions on Google regarding Singapore. For example, is Singapore worth visiting? Let me clarify. Not only is it worth visiting with kids or without, but it pretty much is the must-see place at least once in your lifetime.
So, when it comes to activities for kids in Singapore, you are absolutely spoiled with choice. If your little travelers feel like seeing animals, visit River Safari. Among thousands of various animals, you can meet Kai Kai and Jia Jia. The two pandas that moved to Singapore from China. Singapore Zoo is ranked as one of the best zoos in the world. Thea expected to see the T-rex. Unfortunately for the dinosaurs, and probably highly fortunately for humans, dinos are off the table even in Singapore.
I’ve written multiple blog posts that cover activities for kids in more detail, and you can check them out by clicking on the links below:
If you no longer need any convincing reasons, and are already planning a visit to Singapore with kids, here’s a blog post for you:
Singapore has its own island of fun
Yes, you’ve read it right. Just a bridge or a cable ride across from mainland Singapore lies Sentosa. Click here to access Sentosa cable car sky pass!
There are plenty of venues for kids and adults on the island. We used to frequent Sentosa when we lived in Singapore. From beaches to casinos, there is plenty of entertainment for the whole family. There are multiple hotels, restaurants, a water park, Universal Studios and plenty of action and not-so things to do on the island.
I covered it in more detail in the blog post that you can access below. I focused on things to do with kids, so casinos did not quite qualify as must-sees for children.
Convenient transport system
Singapore has an extensive and well-developed transport system, making it very convenient to travel around the city with kids or without. So, although places such as Singapore Zoo and River Safari are relatively far away from Central Singapore, it’s easy and cheap to get there.
The public transport is cheap and efficient, with bus routes and MRT (metro) stations on every corner of the island. I mainly used MRT to get around the island, and we’d sometimes go on a double-decker bus ride with Thea just for fun. She really enjoyed sitting in the front seat on the upper deck.
I recommend buying an EZ-Link card for a smoother and faster travel experience. Instead of purchasing a ticket every time you want to board a train, just scan the card. You can buy them at any MRT station, bus interchange, or 7-Eleven store. At the time of writing, the EZ-Link card costs SGD 15. SGD 5 covers the cost of the card (and is non-refundable), and SGD 10 is a consumable amount, and you will need to top it up as the card credit runs low.
For airport transfers you might want to check this: Private Transfer to/from SIN Intl. Airport
The second best airport in the world
Singapore’s Changi Airport was titled the world’s best airport for 8 years in a row! And rightly so. It was dethroned as the number one airport in 2021 when Doha’s Hamad International Airport took over.
I haven’t been to Doha’s new airport yet. I only had an extremely long and boring layover in its pre-renovated airport, and it was not a good experience.
However, I’ve spent hours at Singapore’s Changi, and highly recommend you don’t stay in a lounge or read a book at the gate.
There are so many things to do there. You almost wish for a delayed flight! Thea loves Changi, from the Jewel to its butterfly garden, the time just flies there. I’ve written about it in much more detail, and you can read all about Changi and things to do there with kids in the blog post below:
Should you decide to rest at the lounge, you might want to get a Changi Premium Lounge access.
Check out some of the activities that you can enjoy at Changi Airport with kids:
Singapore is a foodie’s paradise
Dishes for omnivores
Singapore is a foodie’s paradise with a diverse range of dishes to choose from and therefore makes it to the list of reasons to visit Singapore with kids. Importantly when you’re traveling with children, it’s good to know that many Singaporean dishes are not spicy. The whole family can enjoy the delicacies of Singapore. If you have no dietary restrictions, you can please your tastebuds with the dishes below:
Nasi Padang: This is a dish that originated from neighbouring Indonesia. It tweaked over time to suit the taste buds in Singapore. This culinary delight comes with rice, sambal, and various curries such as beef rendang and chicken curry.
Hokkien Mee: It is the best to eat this noodle dish at the hawker stalls in Chinatown. There you will find fresh noodles served in a dark soy sauce broth topped with prawns, pork slices, bean sprouts, and chopped onions.
Chicken rice: probably the most famous dish in Singapore is the Hainanese Chicken Rice. It is a simple dish that you can eat with your hands. It also is perfect even for small children! The chicken is boiled in water with ginger and pandan leaves. Then it is served on top of rice cooked in chicken broth which gives it a nice yellow color. To eat it, you simply take a piece of the chicken and use your fingers to pick up some rice from the bottom half of the bowl with some dark soy sauce or sesame oil sprinkled on top.
On the other hand, if eating meat is not your thing you’ll be pleased to learn that Singapore’s food scene is also vegan friendly. It has a wide range of vegan dishes and vegetarian cuisine to choose from.
In Singapore, you’ll find many vegetarian eateries. Some of them are purely vegan, while others serve both meat and vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian restaurants in Singapore are usually located in the city centre, so they’re easy to access by public transport or by car.
Singapore is also home to many vegan restaurants that offer plant-based meals free from animal products. By the way, there is also an annual Vegan Festival held every November! It is called Vegan Fest SG, which features stalls selling all kinds of vegan food and merchandise. If you’re in Singapore at the time, drop by!
Overall, these are just a few of the reasons you should pack and visit Singapore with kids. As you can see, it has various tourist attractions that will leave you in awe and wanting to explore more. It’s a city worth visiting for its natural beauty, food, shopping and so much more. Let me know if you have any questions about visiting Singapore and things to do there!
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