Are you heading to Singapore with the little ones? Then check out the below 3 day Singapore itinerary for families. It is packed full with attractions and activities to choose from for children of all ages.
Singapore is an amazing destination for families and it can be budget friendly too. I made sure to include some incredible activities and places to go to with children that are totally free.
GETTING TO SINGAPORE FROM THE AIRPORT
First, if you are looking for transfers from Changi airport to your hotel, you can book a cheap and reliable ride HERE.
Alternatively there is a Taxi stand, however depending on your arrival time it can get pretty crowded and the wait can get long.
Lonely Planet Kids offers a great guide for kids about Singapore City Trails:
And Lonely Planet Singapore Guide for parents:
GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE
Getting around Singapore is very easy and convenient. Here are the options
There are plenty of taxi’s in Singapore. They are all clean, air conditioned, the drivers speak English and do not attempt to cheat on fares like in some other countries in South East Asia. One of the most popular Taxi companies is ComfortDelGro. You can download their app to make exploring Singapore a breeze.
Taxi drivers will usually let you hold your baby in your lap, however when I need a ride I usually book Grab. Grab is just like Uber, just that Uber is not available in Singapore.
The good thing about Grab is that upon booking your ride via Grab app you can select extra features, such as baby and toddler seats. Usually they are slightly more expensive than the standard ride, but I always go for this option.
MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) subway lines conveniently stretch across the entire city thus making MRT a preferred way of getting around Singapore.
If you are looking to use the MRT just a couple of times, you can purchase tickets at ticketing machines at all MRT stations. They cost as little as S$1.40 – S$2.50 per ride, depending on how far you want to go. However if you plan to take MRT regularly it’s better to opt for a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP). This pass will allow you unlimited MRT travel for one day for $10, 2 days for $16, or three days unlimited travel for $20.
MRT stations and trains are super clean. Note that there are hefty fines for eating, drinking, spitting, smoking and carrying durian fruits on the trains and platforms. You are also expected to give your seat to the elderly and pregnant women. Singaporeans are really nice, each time I get on the train with my daughter there are several people who immediately offer their seats even though she is no longer a baby.
MRT also operates a huge network of busses that can literally take you anywhere on the island.
As in most cities worldwide, Singapore has it’s own hop on, hop off sightseeing bus tours. This is a great option for tourists as they take you to all the famous landmarks. Another popular attraction to discover Singapore is by joining a Duck tour. It’s a bus that can actually sail, so it allows visitors to explore famous sights on land and in the sea.
Another option can be renting a bike. There are plenty of shared bike operators, such as SG Bikes, Anywhere and Mobike. All you need is to download an app, scan and you are good to go. However if you don’t feel comfortable riding alone, there are small group bike tours with local guides that you can check out and book here.
And of course walking! Singapore is like a city in a garden and especially its city centre can be easily explored by foot.
There are plenty of amazing tours in Singapore that you can join if you like everything to be organised for you or are short in time. Get your guide has a variety of tours that can be booked in advance.
Okay so now that we’ve covered the options of getting around Singapore, let get to Day 1.
Singapore Itinerary for families Day 1
No trip to Singapore is complete without visiting the Marina Bay area and its iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. Actually the majority of the must see places in Singapore are located in and around this beautiful Bay. Moreover, everything is within walking distance!
Here’s what you can do here with children:
Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens are located just behind the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the majority of activities here are free. You only have to pay for the Could Forest, Flower Dome and going up the OSBC Skyway.
If short on time I would probably skip the Flower Dome, however you do not want to miss the Cloud Forest. Words can’t describe how incredible this indoor waterfall is. The water falls down from a 35 metres tall indoor mountain covered in lush exotic plants and flowers. Moreover there are pathways for visitors at various levels of the mountain surrounded by mist. I guess that’s where the name comes from- when you walk on those paths up high in the air through a cool mist it does feel like walking on clouds.
Supertree Grove and OSBC Skyway
If you want to enjoy splendid views of the surrounding Marina Bay Area make a trip on the top of the Skyway- a bridge that links the supertrees 22 metres above the ground.
There are a total of 18 supertrees in the Gardens by the Bay and 12 of them are located in the Supertree Grove. The tallest of them measures up to 16 storeys in height!
Some people recommend visiting the Supertrees Grove and going up the Skyway in the early morning when it’s not too hot, however I prefer late afternoons, right before it gets dark. The entire place changes into something magical. I like to time it well and get up the Skyway while its still kind of light and see the entire area come alive with amazing displays of lights and sounds of the night.
Know before you go:
1. If you are not familiar with the place it is easy just to show up and join what is usually a long queue to get on the Skyway thinking you can purchase the ticket when you get to the front- you can’t.
So if you haven’t already purchased a ticket in advance online or from a separate ticket booth nearby, you will be turned down and have to queue again after you actually get the ticket.
2. The Skyway bridge wobbles a bit so if you don’t have a head for heights maybe you should think twice before going up.
3. If you travel with a baby/toddler- strollers are allowed on the Skyway. The lift takes you up and down the Skyway.
FUTURE WORLD: WHERE ART MEETS SCIENCE AT ART SCIENCE MUSEUM
Future World: Where Art Meets Science is a permanent exhibition in Singapore’s Art Science Museum.
Art Science Museum is located in front of The Shoppes at Marina Bay and looks like a giant lotus surrounded by a huge decorative pool where thousands and thousands of purple lilies bloom. Really an Instagrammable place if you’re looking for one!
There are usually several exhibitions on display, some permanent some temporary, however if you travel with kids do go to their permanent exhibition called ‘Future World: Where Art Meets Science’. It is super- kids friendly and incorporates tons of interactive digital play. I’ve written a separate post on this digital playground/workshop/edutainment centre and you can read more about it here.
SAMPAN BOAT RIDE
Now The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is no ordinary shopping mall and definitely deserves a visit.
There is an actual water canal inside the mall on B2 level! Moreover you can hop on a red sampan boat and the Sampan man will paddle the boat along the canal, under arches, small bridges, restaurants, cafes and fancy boutiques towards the Rain Oculus and back.
The Rain Oculus is an eco friendly installation, a kind of a giant water fountain located 2 storeys above. This massive steel, glass and acrylic inverted fountain structure is 22 meters in diameter and 5.2 meters deep.
At certain intervals the water cascades down into the canal below, the spot the sampan boat is paddled around. Over 22,000 litres of water are released per minute so it’s a pretty impressive sight to say the least.
Know before you go:
– The ride takes about 10 minutes and costs $10 per person. (There is a 15% discount if you can prove that you were travelling with Singapore Airlines).
– B2, Canal Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
– Nearest carpark: Central (Orange zone)
DIGITAL LIGHT CANVAS
Digital light canvas is a multi-sensory digital installation which is so amusing for children.
It is located in the side of the mall nearest to the Helix bridge. This installation combines an LED floor and a 4D vision light sculpture.
Basically it’s an amazing giant circle digital screen on the floor over which kids and the kids-at-heart can walk and run on and observe various displays change right under their feet. The displays on the ground change and vary, for example you can watch shoals of fish gathering right under your feet, see diverse calligraphic art or beautiful blooming flowers. Lots of digital fun guaranteed!
Know before you go:
– Admission $5 per person, Free for children < 2 years old and ‘Future World: Where Art Meets Science’ ticket holders
– Tickets can be purchased at the B2 Retail Concierge Counter near Rasapura Masters.
– Location: B2-50, Canal Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
– Nearest Car Park: North (Green zone)
– Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 11:30am – 9pm; Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 11am – 10pm
– Children 6 years of age & below must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
FAR EAST ORGANISATION CHILDREN’S GARDEN
‘Far East Organisation Children’s Garden’ water playground is yet another reason why Singapore is so amazing for children!
It is so well located in Gardens by the Bay behind Marina Bay Sands hotel and despite its weird name offers lots of wet fun! I can guarantee your kids (and you) will fall in love with this place!
Do bring towels and swimwear because it is impossible to not get soaked! On hot and sunny days (which they all are in Singapore) cooling down in this mini waterpark is simply irresistible.
In addition to the large water play area there is a little place with mini fountains for the tiny tots (up to five years old) to splash in and an outdoor playground next to it (no water) with swings, slides, an obstacle course and climbing structures.
Know before you go:
– Free admission
– No shoes allowed but the surface is soft and non slippery.
– There is a separate changing area as well as public toilets. A cafe nearby serves a variety of snacks and drinks.
– Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Gardens By the Bay
– Suggested duration: ~1-2 hours
– Avoid going on weekends and public holidays.
KITE RUNNING @ MARINA BARRAGE
If you fancy a cozy picnic and some kite running, Marina Barrage is the place to go. It is built across the mouth of a 350- metre wide Marina Channel and actually is a reservoir. If you feel like stretching your legs it is possible to cycle or walk across the Barrage too.
While a reservoir does not really pop up in your mind when thinking about places to go to with children, Marina Barrage has a massive green rooftop which is perfect for picnics and one of the best places on the island to fly kites because of the gusty winds coming from the shoreline.
Moreover it offers beautiful vistas of Singapore skyline and various vessels in the horizon.
Know before you go:
– Free Admission
– Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive
If you’ve ever been on an Observation Wheel anywhere else in the world, you know what to expect. But like with most other things, Singapore takes this to the next level.
Singapore Flyer is the largest giant observation wheel in Asia. The cabins are spacious, air conditioned, clean and offer amazing panoramic views of Singapore.
If you are up for fancy dinner, Singapore Flyer offers Sky dining. Thats a 4 course menu with an in-flight host and magnificent skyline views. The dinner lasts two rotations which is approximately 1 hour.
Singapore Itinerary for families DAY2
Good news for kids who love animals! There are several amazing wildlife parks in Singapore. Here’s what you can expect:
Singapore Zoo is ranked as one of the Top 5 best zoos in the world for a reason. It’s like a massive animal paradise for children and though they nevertheless are in captivity, Singapore Zoo does take a good care of them all.
The Zoo is really big so I strongly recommend paying the extra $3 and get yourself a tram ride. Animal enclosure areas are arranged by themes and are far apart of each other so on hot and sunny days this tram is a life saver.
You will probably see all the animals you can think of and more. My daughter was expecting to see the dinosaurs, unfortunately that’s off the table even in Singapore.
Know before you go:
– Skip the queues and buy your tickets in advance here: Singapore Zoo. Entrance Ticket with Tram Ride
– Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore
- Nearest MRT: Khatib on the red line
Despite its misleading name, the River Safari is not just about fish and the rivers.
If you love pandas, this is a place to go! There is a large (and very cold) enclosure for two pandas who came to Singapore from China. The male panda is called Kai Kai (凯凯) meaning victorious and the female panda is called Jia Jia (嘉嘉) which means fine or beautiful.
Sometimes they hide away from visitors, but most of the times we see them chilling and snacking on bamboos. There is this super cute red panda too! I’m not sure if it has a name though.
River Safari is located next to Singapore Zoo. It’s a better choice on rainy days as most of the pathways are covered so you don’t really get exposed to the rain.
Amazon River Quest is probably one of the highlights of the park. For extra fee (Adult ticket – $5, Child ticket – $3) you can embark on a boat adventure journey which is designed to simulate a journey along the actual Amazon River. Please note there are height restrictions for children. Riders must be at least 1.06m to hop onboard. The last ride departs at 6 pm.
If your little travellers do not meet height requirements there is another boat ride where everyone is welcome. It is called a Reservoir Cruise and it will take you along Upper Seletar Reservoir.
Now the fun in River Safari does not end at close of business, because from 7.15 pm till 11 pm the park invites visitors for a Night Safari!
It is THE best nightspot for children. Night Safari is a guided 40 mins long tram tour. The tram takes you through 7 different geographical zones of the world and reveals their most fascinating nocturnal animals in their specially lit enclosures.
An important piece of advise- take and use a generous amount of insect repellent. Mosquitos love the Night Safari too.
River Safari and Singapore Zoo are located next to each other and are relatively far from central Singapore. The easiest access is by taxi or Grab, however you can also take MRT (subway in Singapore). The nearest MRT stop is Khatib on the red line. It’s not within a walking distance so there is a special shuttle decorated with animal stickers and plush toys between the MRT stop and the Zoo/River Safari priced $1 per person.
Skip the queues to save time, sanity and patience and get your tickets below:
Singapore Itinerary for families DAY3
What trip to Singapore without a visit to the island of fun? Yes, Sentosa is called the island of fun for a reason and is a great place to go to with kids.
The guide on how to get to Sentosa can be found HERE.
There are several beaches with outdoor playgrounds as well as many activities and attractions. Since moving to Singapore back in 2017 my daughter and I visited the vast majority of attractions on Sentosa. Some were somewhat okay, some really disappointing but there are some that we keep returning to.
I guess Universal Studios Singapore is Sentosa’s highlight and one of the most famous attractions. If you choose to go to USS you can easily spend the entire day there. Please note there are height requirements on many of the rides. I went solo with my daughter who was 95 cm tall (rather short in this case) and we were unable to enjoy more than half of the park. I have a blog post about going to Universal Studios Singapore with a toddler and you can read it here.
However if you travel with taller children then definitely USS is a great place to go.
There are several great attractions that we love and that are suitable for families with young tots and here’s our favourite. Check them out if you go to Sentosa with young children:
It’s true what they say- once is never enough! Basically what you get here are two fun activities in one place- the luge and the skyride.
The Skyline Luge was invented in New Zealand over 30 years ago and is a fun, wheeled, gravity ride that provides its riders, the young and young at heart, full control over their descent on specific tracks. Helmets are available and of different sizes including helmets for kids. Children under the age of 6 yrs can ride in tandem with an adult with an extra 4 SGD fee per ride. Can you spot tiny Thea riding in tandem with me in the photo?
To ride the Luge alone children must be 6 years of age and 110cm or taller.
There are four thrilling Luge tracks with added extra fun features such as hairpin corners, tunnels and downhill slopes that gently twist and turn for more fun.
Don’t forget to smile though, there are cameras along the tracks and given you like the photos you can purchase them.
In addition to the Luge down the hill, there is a Skyride that brings you back up to the top for another ride down. Minimum required height for the little ones is 85cm to ride with an adult or 135cm to ride alone.
Skyride is a 4-seater chairlift something like what you would use in a skiing resort. If you are not a big fan of heights it may not be your favourite part, however it is really safe and offers great views of the South China Sea and all the vessels and cruise ships together with birds’ eye view of Singapore skyline and Sentosa attractions.
Know before you go:
- To ride the Luge alone children must be 6 years of age and 110cm or taller.
- Children under the age of 6 yrs can ride in tandem with an adult for an extra 4 SGD fee per ride. The carts are spacious so it’s not really a big issue.
- For Skyride the minimum required height for the little ones is 85cm to ride with an adult or 135cm to ride alone.
- Unless you are short of time purchase at least three rides, because truly once is never enough.
ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK
If you and your kids love waterparks do go to the Adventure Cove Waterpark on Sentosa island. There is another waterpark in Singapore called Wild Wild Wet, but it’s located on the mainland Singapore thus adding time to the commute.
Personally I’ve loved waterparks since I was a little girl. There is just some magic with loads of water and thrill rides. Adventure Cove waterpark is great for all the family and on those hot and sunny days (which most of them are in Singapore) it’s a great way to cool down in style.
I took the photo below of the pool with fake waves from a cable car when we were approaching Sentosa.
I tried all the rides available however my all time favourite is the Lazy River which I highly recommend. Just grab one of the floats available at the shore and let the current push you all around in warm water. Please note there are minimum height restrictions applied to some rides, varying between 107-122 cm. However even the tiniest tots have options to splash.
There are some facilities onsite where you can dine Asian and Western favourites, also a shop that stocks up waterpark essentials and branded souvenirs.
Hope you have a fun splash!
So here’s the 3 day Singapore itinerary for families with children. Obviously there is so much more and do here, so my advice, if you can prolong your stay- do so.
If you have any questions or need some recommendations do not hesitate to contact me, I will do my best to help you out.
WHERE TO STAY?
Naturally when travelling we need a place to stay. Please note that Airbnb is forbidden in Singapore. There have been several cases where people were fined and jailed for letting their apartments for short term.
Unless you have friends or family who can host you, there are plenty of hotels island wide to suit every need and budget.
So, where to stay in Singapore?
The most sought after and one of the most expensive, is of course, the Marina Bay Sands hotel. I only have to agree that it is an amazing hotel from the inside out. The best part? The infinity pool on the top with amazing views over Singapore and the Bay. And you couldn’t ask for a better location.
When we moved to Singapore from Beijing back in 2017 we stayed at SO Sofitel in Tanjong Pagar area for about 10 days. During the entire time we were surrounded by attention and smiles and our baby daughter was showered with gifts. The location is perfect for exploring on foot too and is within 10 minutes walk to Marina Bay.
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