An expat family in Singapore is our guest today, sharing tips and tricks to enjoy my favorite city in the world. So if you’re considering visiting Singapore with kids, read on!
We are a travel mad family of 4 with 2 kids aged 7 and 5. We currently live in Singapore but it’s not quite feeling like home yet as we only moved here 3 months ago! We are used to living outside the UK though as we moved here from the Middle East where we lived for over four years and we have also lived in the US. I worked out last year that I have spent more than a third of my life living abroad or travelling.
What to do in Singapore with kids
Since we moved here, we have already been blown away by the sheer number of things to do with kids in Singapore.
At the time of writing we have already explored the Botanic Gardens several times.
I’d highly recommend going to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden which is awesome for kids of all ages!
The Art Science Museum is incredibly interactive and currently has an exhibit with lots of lovely light exhibits and colouring to do.
Next month a Disney exhibit is opening which we are very excited about!
The aquarium and the zoo are some of the best in the world and are really well done – the zoo has loads of shade and is very tastefully designed.
The beaches in Singapore aren’t as stunning as on some of the nearby islands but they are still very lovely and our kids have loved them!
A couple of our favourite days out have also included the Singapore Flyer and Gardens By The Bay which has an incredible splash pad.
We haven’t even scratched the surface of all the brilliant parks there are here which have incredible playgrounds (one has 27 slides, another has a slide that needs an escalator to get to the top and 2 others are completely aeroplane / train themed!). As if that’s not enough, there are activities such as a science centre, pottery making and a dairy farm! It’s truly astonishing.
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In all the chaos of our pre-assignment trip to Singapore last week we had to factor in some time for this one turning 5! She bravely toured 2 potential new schools before requesting a trip to the @adventurecove.sg water park and a cake. I had no idea where to find cake so was relieved to see @hardrockcafesingapore who I knew would be able to oblige us with singing happy birthday and providing a candle. She was delighted with the day and later, out of guilt, we threw her a much bigger disco party than we would have otherwise lol. Belated happy birthday Thing 2! #thing2 #belatedhappybirthday #singaporebirthday #clarkequaysingapore #kidsofinstagram #expatkids #expatbrats #expatproblems #fearlessfamtrav #wanderlustkids #lpkids
Where to eat in Singapore with kids
Given all the kid friendly activities in Singapore, it’s no surprise that kids seem to be welcome everywhere you eat on the island. Our kids really enjoy the hawker markets – they love chicken satay which we call chicken lollipops because they come on a stick!
The Food For Tots café next to the children’s garden in the Botanic Gardens is very good although quite expensive and we have also liked a restaurant called Picnic which has a little play area and a variety of food. There’s a small chain of café’s called Baker and Cook which are popular with families and at least 2 of them are next door to playgrounds which is great for bored kids waiting for food!
On the whole most restaurants are kids friendly and have a kids’ menu and a quick google search will actually make your choice harder when you find so many places have play areas! It’s a great problem to have.
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Some weekends you need to say no to everything else and go on a little family adventure! If you were following me yesterday you’ll know we were at Universal Studios for a belated celebration of Mr Wanderlust’s birthday. Let’s be honest – the kids were even more excited than he was but he is like a little kid when it comes to going on all the crazy rides that they love and that just make me want to 🤮 While going to a theme park isn’t exactly my idea of a good time, we managed 7.5 hours of awesomeness and fun. And I had a blast because my top 3 favourite people in the whole world were happy. And sometimes that’s all you need. #universalstudiossingapore #themepark #birthdaytreat #familydayout #familytravel #travelstartsathome #showthemtheworld #lpkids #lppathfinders #familytravelblogger #adrenalinejunkies #crazykids #thingoneandthingtwo #happykidshappylife
Where to stay in Singapore with kids
We stayed in serviced apartments when we came to visit and when we first moved as we always find they offer good value for money with some extra space for everyone. Our favourites were the Village Residence and Clarke Quay, Orchard Scotts and Great World City. If you can afford to splash out a bit or are looking for a more resort feel, we are dying to check out the Shangri-La and the Festive Hotel on Sentosa. Both look so kid friendly I think we would struggle to leave!
Easy Short Getaways from Singapore with kids
The other reason we love Singapore is the amazing travel within easy reach. The islands of Bintan, Batam, Rawa, Batu Batu, Rimba, Nikoi, Sibu, Coney, Pulau Ubin and Kusu are all a short boat or longer ferry ride away (1 hour maximum), Malacca is a bus ride away and Legoland is just over the bridge in Malaysia. If you’re happy to fly, Penang, Langkawi, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur are quick flights away (less than 2 hours) while places like Bali and Thailand are less than 4 hours away.
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