Although we have have been to Singapore before, it will be Intrepid Bebe’s first time. So I am excited to see a different side to Singapore. Last time we found it to be a very safe, clean, well organised, and friendly place, which sounds like an ideal description of a place to travel with young children.
For a place of less than 720km2 (compared to Australia’s 7.692 million km2 or the UK’s 243,610km2 ) Singapore has so much to offer young families.
So I thought I would share a few things we are keen to visit, and then I will report back on other things we discover while we are there. I will cover our accommodation once we get there, and discuss the other options I considered. I really could write an entire additional blog post and still not touch on all the great options for kids in Singapore, from Water parks, Science Museums, Zoos, Digger Adventure, its endless!
Open Farm Community looks like a fantastic set up, with stunning food, outdoor play space, monthly community markets, and even space or locals to grow their own. They also have lawn bowls and table tennis. We will definitely try and check it out!
Food for thought offers a socially conscious dining option in the heart the Singapore Botanical Gardens of with an outdoor play area which looks fab for small people. This video explains more. The gardens themselves offer monthly activities for children of all ages, from drama workshops, guided tours, planting activities. There is information for the coming two months on the site, so I will be sure to check back nearer the time.
The gardens also offer a host of activities such as tours for specific parts of the garden, musical performances, and plant sales (possibly not best to sneak them in your suitcase home, but a nice idea if you’re staying with air bnb hosts or friends).
Singapore Symphony Orchestra performing in the gardens
Children’s interactive water maze
Little day out is a website which offers lots of whats on when, so if you’re lucky enough to have a trip which ties in with Chinese New Year, a Children’s arts festival or a Pokemon fun run-you won’t miss out.
Another fabulous resource which i recommend is Bumble Bee Mum, there is so much inside info on Singapore as she documents her adorable sons adventures both around the city and beyond. Also Cheekie Monkie is a great Dad blog with loads of well presented info and hot tips!
the Children’s Centre for Creativity looks like an absolute must visit. The centre describes its self as Singapore’s first dedicated creative space for children and families,which encourages open-ended, exploratory learning and play. How could you not be excited? And it’s open Open from Tuesdays to Sundays: 10 am to 6 pm, so plenty of time to pop in, without having to adhere to a set schedule or time.
The Centre for Creativity is located in the Gillman Barracks which has a selection of galleries and eateries.
Singapore is so eclectic and diverse, I think it has something for pretty much everyone. If your little one is into all things motors, check out the Tuk Tuk Cafe . If they prefer their super heros (specifically of the DC Marvel variety) head to their very own Superhero cafe. If the family have a soft spot for le petite prince, you can’t miss it;s dedicated Creamery Cafe. Making your own pancakes sounds like an option few families could resist. We won’t be able to resist ca place which took it’s name by combining Melbourne and Asia, a culinary dream for sure, and they have their own kids club! If a vintage antique store crossed with a cafe appeals to anyone (me me me ), then definitely head on over. The Curious Palette doesn’t scream toddler friendly, but looks well worth a chance. And if live music, BBQs, and free kids activities are your thing head to Timbre (close to the Children’s Centre for Creativity).
There seem to be no shortage of pretty cool looking soft play facilities in Singapore, enough that you could probably average two a day and stay for a month (if you were so inclined/a masochist). A few which jumped out were:
Cool de Sac looks spacious, fun and good for a wide range of ages.
Giggles particularly for their sensory area, when perhaps you want your over hyped lil one to chill, but still what to get out of the hotel.
You can’t miss the iconic images from Gardens by the Bay when researching Singapore. It was certainly a highlight from our last trip, although we didn’t go to the children’s garden-not having children.
You could easily spend an entire day there, wandering around, learning, listening, taking in the smells. They have special events, regularly listed on their website, and the nightly light spectacular at 7.45pm.
The Children’s Garden contains, amongst other things, the toddler play zone for under fives, with play equipment, such as a sway bridge and stepping springs, and the Fish Fountain with an interactive landscape of water tunnels and fish sculptures. Then for older children there’s the Rainforest tree House, for 6-12 year olds located within a dense canopy of trees, the two tree houses of almost 8m high.
This page is my go to for Singapore Street Art, so if it’s your thing too, the Occasional Traveller is well worth a read.
I’m not going to cover Sentosa in this post, for fear of going on too long already, and as we don’t plan to go there. That said, for slightly older children it sounds like it has a lot to offer, with water parks, theme parks, an aquarium, and some beautiful looking hotels. So maybe one day!
We went to the buffet at the Straits Kitchen on our last trip, and although a little painful to make a reservations (perseverance is the key) it was a feast (literally). i have seen some incredible afternoon teas, and also some yum cha places I am keen to check out.
Photo: Elson Trinidad
I haven’t touched on too many food options, as one of the things we savoured most from out last trip was the fabulous food and atmosphere at the Hawker Markets. In all honestly, I can’t remember the names or locations of our favourites, so we will have to try and track them down (little India was great, I remember that much). There’s plenty of recommendations out there online such as here. Hopefully the open plan, quick, tasty and varied food, and the hive of activity will hopefully be a hit with bebe. That said I would love to hear recommendations of where to eat, and most importantly of course where to get good coffee!
Unless stated, the photos are from the individual establishments website/facebook pages. Article Copywrite @Intrepidbebe January 2017