Today we are excited to share our new found love for Singapore and our tips on things to do in Singapore with kids. Before this trip, Singapore was never on our radar. I had this impression there was nothing much to do, that it was a sterile country mainly used as a stopover on the way to Europe and for a quick Singapore Sling. I even had a picture in my head of narrow streets with buildings and people piled up on top of each other. I’ve never been more wrong about a destination. I’ll happily admit my foolishness. Singapore is an incredible family travel destination. Rhapsody Light & Sound Show at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Garden Rhapsody Singapore is Utopia. I’m currently reading a book of Wayne Dyers about the Way of the Tao. The last chapter I read spoke about the power of quietly and humbly living your life. That’s Singapore! You rarely hear it singing its own praises and the people are unassuming and gentle. Singapore quietly goes about creating magnificence and peace by using Tao power. I’m super impressed with Singapore, especially as a place to visit with kids. Let’s look at why Singapore is a great family destination. Singapore is clean, organised and safe Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids You don’t see any police cars in Singapore. Teenage girls can walk around at night or ride the MRT (subway) and not worry. There’s no disorderly and drunken behaviour to be seen – even tourists seem to behave themselves (mind you alcohol is very expensive!!) Singapore is the cleanest and most organised place I’ve ever been, and I’ve been to over 50 countries! I did not see one bit of rubbish on our entire trip, even in the waters of Marina Bay. They have boats patrolling every two hours to pick up any stray bits of trash. And the government limits the number of boats in the bay to keep it unpolluted, how good is that! If you’re a family and desire visiting Asia for the first time but feel unsettled about the chaos of it all, Singapore is the perfect place to start. It’s a beautiful blend of East and West and takes away all those fears you may have of disorder and humid grime. You’ll still have the humidity, but it tastes better without the dirt! And you have zero language barriers which makes it easy for us, and our younger kids, to engage with the locals on any level. Singapore has fun for everyone There are so many fun things to do in Singapore with kids, and for us big kids, to suit individual desires of every family member. Outdoor activities, incredible food, great shopping, cultural neighbourhoods, history and adventurous kid friendly fun. Our girls were wowed by Singapore and are putting it on their, “Must Come Back list.” Singapore embraces harmonious living Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Singapore is the only country I’ve been where I feel as if they’ve worked out harmonious living. There’s this incredible blending of the concrete jungle with the real jungle, so much that you tend to see the trees lining the wide streets, more than the buildings that tower above them. Everything is thoughtfully designed, with an eco-friendly consideration. It’s a true lush garden city – so beautiful and peaceful. The traffic is there, but nowhere near as much as it’s fellow Asian cities and you just don’t notice any signs of chaos: no noisy motor bikes, no honking horns, no cranky pants, or shoving around on public transport, which runs so efficiently you don’t even need a timetable, the MRT runs every 5 minutes!! The government has a large level of control, but it seems to work. I love how the guide on our Duck tour spoke about the importance of racial integration that is represented through their sculptures, designs, and neighborhood arrangements. “We learn about each other’s culture and we become friends.” Okay, now we know why it’s great let’s look at the fun things to do in Singapore with kids. 1. S.E.A Aquarium, Sentosa Island S.E.A Aquarium on Sentosa Island – One of the best things to do in Singapore with kids S.E.A Aquarium on Sentosa Island The S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island, Singapore is the best I’ve ever been too. It’s one of the biggest aquariums in the world and is beautifully organised. From moray eels, stingrays, jellyfish, dolphins, sharks and a huge variety of colourful fish and coral, there is so much to appreciate at this aquarium. S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Prepare to be blown away by the size of the Open Ocean (you can see more in our video down below.) and if you want an extra special experience in Singapore, you can stay in an Ocean Suite room with underwater aquarium views. Pretty impressive! Grab your ticket to the Aquarium here You can get a combo tour with the Skyline Luge Sentosa here The aquarium is included on the Singapore City Card which saves you up to 50% on top attractions. Get yours here S.E.A. Aquarium – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! We loved the sharks S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! The underwater world from below 2. Breakfast with the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo Breakfast with the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! I had the pleasure of spending time with Orangutans in their jungle home hiking in Sumatra many years ago. I love any chance to hang out with them. Enjoying a buffet breakfast with the Orangutans and watching their antics at Singapore Zoo is one of the coolest things to do in Singapore with kids. It’s a wonderful experience and is the only place in the world you can do it. You can even get up close and have your photo taken with them. Meeting the Orangutans at Singapore Zoo – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! After breakfast, take some time to explore the Zoo. It’s set in the lush Mandai Rainforest and is home to more than 2,800 animals. Singapore Zoo is so beautifully designed so you can’t really notice any of the fences. It feels like the animals are right beside you. And for some sections, like the Fragile Forest, you can get pretty close to lemurs and flying foxes. It was the first time I’ve ever seen a mouse deer! Totally cool. It was an amazing experience for our girls to observe wildlife so closely. We weren’t too sure about them seeing the rhinos “wrestling” and Kalyra wasn’t quite buying the fact that they wrestled. Craig and I, like childish teenagers, could not stop giggling at their adult play they put on display for us. Breakfast with the Orangutans – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! The Night Safari and River Safari which we missed due to time, both came highly recommended to us by our community as one of the top family attraction in Singpoare. We have to go back!! (Wildlife lovers may also want to visit Jurong Bird Park) Get your breakfast and zoo pass here. The zoo is included on the Singapore City Card which saves you up to 50% on top attractions. Get yours here 3. Adventure Cove Water Park, Sentosa Island Adventure Cove Waterpark – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Adventure Cove Water Park was a favourite Singapore attraction for our girls. It’s a water theme park. We spent a fun afternoon tubing down the river, getting dunked in the kid’s water area, taking on the challenge of the high-ropes course and maze, swimming in the wave pool, and zipping down water slides together. They also have a cool snorkelling experience, which we did not get time for. Adventure Cove Waterpark – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Adventure Cove is a fun and relaxing way to hang out as a family in Singapore. It is on Sentosa Island so if you get bored there is plenty more for you to do on the island. We don’t think you’ll get bored though, our kids didn’t want to leave! Grab your ticket for Adventure Cove Water Park here Adventure Cove is included on the Singapore City Card which saves you up to 50% on top attractions. Get yours here Adventure Cove Waterpark, Singapore – S.E.A aquarium in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Adventure Cove Waterpark – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Definitely one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! 4. Gardens by the Bay Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Phenomenal Singapore attraction Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is amazing. A multi-award winning horticultural destination that spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, and is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden. The Far East Organisation’s Children’s Garden has interactive play areas and water gardens, which we did not get time to visit, but comes recommended. There are two domes with man-made natural environments within them. The bonus of visiting these domes is that they are cool environments so offer refreshing relief from the heat. Take a light cardigan or scarf in with you. The Cloud Forest is shrouded in cool mist and houses the world’s largest indoor waterfall flowing 35 metres over a structure built to look like a mountain. Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! That incredible waterfall Here you’ll find plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. You can walk up and around the inside of the mountain to learn more about the habitat, get close to beautiful gardens and the waterfall and have beautiful views out over Marina Bay. The Flower Dome is listed as the largest glass greenhouse in the world by the 2015 Guinness World Records. Stroll through here to see plants and flowers from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. There was a beautiful display for Chinese New Year, which changes seasonally. We were happy to see an Australian section and the familiar boab tree from our road trip through WA. Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids! Supertree Grove And don’t miss spectacular Supertree Grove which is also within Gardens By the Bay and we recommend going for a walk along the elevated boardwalk connecting the tops of them. This will give you amazing views of the gardens, the Singapore skyline, Marina Bay Sands, and the Singapore Flyer– it looks like a full, and expansive Garden of Eden. 5. Rhapsody Light and Sound Show Rhapsody light show gardens by the bay A don’t miss Singapore family attraction “Oh wow. That’s like the best thing I’ve ever seen” Kalyra stared up at the Supertrees with mouth wide open. The nightly Rhapsody Sound and Light Show had just started down at Gardens by the Bay. The 16-storey, solar energy harvesting towers wrapped in climbing plants and flowers and glowing lights changed colours in harmony with each other. It was very pretty. It’s busy, but in Singapore fashion, your space is not invaded and you don’t feel anything but open spaces. The show is on daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm in Supertree Grove. If you only do one night activity in Singapore, do this. Definitely one the most amazing things to do in Singapore with kids! Admission is Free. Rhapsody Light & Sound Show at Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Captivating attraction for kids Gardens by the Bay – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids 6. DUCKtour on Marina Bay and Colonial area Ducktour – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Family friendly Singapore We love a good aqua duck tour and so do the kids. This DUCKtour is a relaxing way to spend an hour in Singapore. The remodelled WWII Vietnamese war craft vehicle takes you out on Marina Bay waters passing the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the famous Merlion Statue. Back on land, you drive through the picturesque and surprising old colonial area. The buildings are stunning and look like they were just built – the paint is so fresh and clean and the grounds so orderly and beautiful. The commentary on the boat ride and tour is excellent and we learned a lot about Singapore’s culture and history. 7. Walk around Chinatown and visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre Chinatown in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Loved this Chinatown! We visited Singapore only two weeks before the Chinese New Year festivities so it was an even bigger explosion of colours than normal. The markets were filled with brightly coloured decorations and lucky charms, which complements the painted facades of the traditional shophouses. Chinatown in Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Incredible colors and architecture The Chinatown in Singapore is the prettiest and cleanest I’ve been too, yet it still maintains that hustle and bustle Chinatown flavour. Follow the smells of durian so you don’t lose your path in the criss-cross of streets and markets, medicine halls and textile stores. Chinatown in Singapore Get your good luck sticks In the middle of Chinatown is the Chinatown Heritage Centre which is worth a visit for an insight into the Chinese migrant history. They’ve converted three shophouses into a replica museum of how migrants lived with each other in the 1950’s. It was amazing to see a room smaller than my small kitchen, that housed a family of eight. When Chinatown gets a bit hectic and hot for you, sit under the shade of the trees in the square and watch groups of Chinese men playing intense games of checkers! Chinatown, Singapore – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Ready for checkers? Oh, and the girls’ favourite moment in Singapore was getting an ice cream sandwich from Uncles Ice Cream cart for $1.50. A scoop of ice cream in between slices of rainbow coloured bread. I skipped the bread and went for the mango ice cream. Uncles ice cream sandwich – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Best activity for kids – ice cream sandwiches 8. Marina Bay Sands Light Show Marina Bay Sands light show – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids Amazing free attraction in Singapore You’ve probably seen photos of the impressive Marina Bay Sands Hotel (MBS) on facebook and instagram. It’s the one with the three massive columns and the surfboard shaped top with the infinity pool. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to go to the top (next time) but we did take in the nightly light and laser show which was fantastic. This show is on every night at 8pm and 9.30pm and the best place to view this spectacle is from Merlion Park, right next to the famous Merlion Statue. The famous Merlion Statue – one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids The famous Melion Marina Bay Sands light show – one of the best things to do in Singapore Beautiful family friendly activity To get there, jump on the MRT to Raffles Place Station and from there it’s an easy walk to Merlion Park. An excellent resource to engage you kids in their trip to Singapore is the Leap & Hop Singapore travel book They are my favourite kids books filled with quizzes, guides, and ways for your kids to engage and interact with their experiences in Singapore.