A visit to Singapore is not complete without a visit to this icon, half lion, half fish located on the waterfront overlooking Marina Bay Sands. If you position yourself right for...
Modern, clean and oh, so green, Singapore is one of the most kid-friendly spots in Asia. With an East meets West vibe, great parks and a surplus of family attractions, Singapore is an English speaking destination that offers families a taste of Asia in a safe and easy to navigate ...
Every traveler recommends learning a bit about a place BEFORE traveling there. So, here are some bite-sized lessons, in the form of easy-to-understand infographics that young kid...
With its funky East meets West atmosphere, sprawling green parks, safe clean streets, stroller-friendly sidewalks and an awesome array of family attractions, Singapore is one of ...
Safe, clean and extremely easy to navigate, Singapore is one of the most kid friendly destinations in all of Asia. With plenty of space, stroller-friendly sidewalks, plenty of clean and comfy baby care rooms and changing stations at its malls and attractions, it’s especially great for families with younger kids. And Singapore’s major attractions keep littlies in mind too. The brand new National Gallery Singapore boasts not only the world’s most impressive display of modern Southeast Asian art, but it makes viewing it fun and engaging for the little ones with an interactive family gallery and fun hands on activities designed to educate and entertain. And Future World: Where Art Meets Science at Marina Bay Sands’ ARTScience Museum, Singapore’s largest digital art gallery, is a series of ever-evolving digital art installations that your tots can grab their crayons and contribute to.
Singapore is home to some of Asia’s best ethical animal attractions, including the famous Singapore Zoo, renowned for its conservation work and incredible exhibits including the Elephants of Asia exhibit and Fragile Forest, home to the ridiculously cute free-range lemurs and its breakfast with the Orang-utan program. Singapore Night Zoo gives visitors a chance to see their favourite nocturnal animals in action, and the neighbouring River Safari is home to black and white beauties in its Giant Panda Forest. Jurong Bird Park is another favourite where kids can interact with thousands of exotic birds. In Singapore’s Chinese Gardens, the Live Turtle and Tortoise garden boasts the world’s largest collection of turtles and tortoises, with some of the friendlier ones walking around freely. And at Adventure Cove on Sentosa, the Rainbow Reef is the spot for kids to don a snorkel and share the water with over 100 species of marine animals.
Sentosa Island may be the ultimate playground for kids. Known locally as The State of Fun, your family could spend days exploring and still not pack in all the incredible attractions and activities. Here you can soak up the bird's eye views across Singapore and the harbour from the Singapore Cable Car, climb to the crown of the 37-metre tall Merlion, the symbol of Singapore, high-tail it at speed down the Skyline Luge or get wet and wild in the epic splash pad at waterpark, The Port of Lost Wonder. Animal lovers can flutter through the Butterfly Park or get up close and personal with 100,000 marine animals at S.E.A Aquarium. Then there’s the Sugar rush of a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World and syrupy sweet Candylicous. But the most irresistible attraction of them all is Universal Studios, with its seven fun-packed zones of move-themed rides and attractions.
There are plenty of action-packed thrills and adventures in Singapore for daredevil teens. Sentosa Island is a fantastic place for a day of adrenalin pumping fun. From epic thrill rides at its theme parks and wet and wild waterparks to the 450-metre long, 75 metre high zip line and simulated 15-metre parachute jump at MegaZip Adventure Park and the high-speed Luge, there’s plenty of non-stop fun. Kids might also like to test their skills body boarding and surfing at Sentosa’s Flowrider surf simulator. Back in town, Singapore Wake Park amps up the adrenalin with wake boarding, kneeboarding and water-skiing plus all the necessary equipment and supervision to tear up the man made lake. And a short bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin will have your teens at Ketam Mountain Bike Park, a 45-hectare park featuring 10km of mountain bike trails.
Singapore experiences high humidity and temperatures of 26 to 30 degrees Celsius pretty much all year around. The southwest monsoon hits from May to September and the northeast monsoon from November to March, bringing frequent rain and higher humidity. August to September is also problematic as Singapore is often blanketed by haze caused by annual agricultural burning in Indonesia. Singapore’s high season falls between December and June, peaking from mid-December until the end of the busy Chinese Lunar New Year period. It’s extremely busy during this time with many locals on leave, and prices are higher. June to early August can be a good period to travel to Singapore as it falls towards the end of dry season and along with good weather, the local kids are in school so attractions and family hotels and resorts are less busy and more affordable.
Singapore’s fantastic Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system is the easiest and most efficient way to explore Singapore with stations located within walking distance of many of Singapore’s major attractions. Trains and stations are accessible for wheelchairs, the visually impaired and strollers. You can buy single trip tickets, but if you intend to use the MRT during your visit, you can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass, a special EZ-Link stored-value card which will allow you unlimited travel for one to three days and includes travel on Singapore's bus system.
Singapore’s healthcare system is considered to be one of the best in the world with excellent hospitals and highly qualified staff, but the cost of medical treatment can add up so ensure you have an appropriate level of travel insurance for the entire family to cover costs in the event of an emergency. In Singapore, Dengue fever and Japanese Encephalitis are a risk, especially during Monsoon season. The mosquito that spreads dengue is most active during the day and more prevalent in urban areas, so ensure a child-safe insect repellent (with no more than a 20% concentration of DEET) is applied regularly from morning to night. Cases of Zika Virus have been reported so pregnant women should be cautious about travel as infection from the virus can cause birth defects. There are no essential vaccinations for travellers to Singapore, however we advise every member of the family should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations before travel.
Singapore’s national icon is the Merlion, a creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, and kids will love bringing a cuddly incarnation of the mythical beast home. A sparkling kid-size sari from Singapore’s Little India makes for a colourful memory of your holiday. Why not stock up on some of Singapore’s exotic spices and traditional sauces so you can recreate its fantastic food at home. Grab a box of the light and fluffy local Pandan chiffon cake for a sweet taste of Singapore at home. Head to Chinatown for cheap and cheerful decorative Chinese ornaments, calligraphy and lanterns.
The cuisine of Singapore is a melting pot of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian with something to suit every tastebud. Visit one of the city’s Hawker Markets for regional specialties in a fastidiously clean market atmosphere. Visit Satay Street for the city’s best skewered pork, chicken or beef satays, or get your fill of authentic Indian cuisine at Little India and Chinese at the city’s amazing Chinatown. A simple Hainanese Chicken Rice is a great dish to start your culinary adventures. More daring families might prefer to dive straight into a bowl of spicy Laksa, Fish Head Curry, Sambal Stingray or national favourite, Chilli Crab. When it is time for dessert, try Cendol with its shaved ice, wiggly green worms of rice flour jelly, sugary sauce and coconut milk. You’ll also find plenty of western favourites and most of the popular American fast food chains if your kids aren’t keen on Asian flavours.
A nation that is only a little over 50 years old, Singapore is a melting pot of people from many countries and religious backgrounds and its culture is based on an enviable ideology of racial and religious harmony. Temples, mosques, and churches, are often located alongside each other. While the people of Singapore have now acquired their own cultural identity, many people have retained the customs and practices of their heritage and public holidays fall on Christian, Muslim and Indian holidays. Like most Asian countries, Singaporean culture is based around a reverence and respect to older and more senior people. It is also important to remember when entering temples, mosques or churches to dress appropriately, covering shoulders, knees and/or hair. Singapore also has a number of unusual laws, which visitors should adhere to. These include a ban on chewing gum, spitting, littering and jaywalking.
By Asian standards, Singapore is a pricey option. Accommodation can be quite expensive, when compared to other Asian cities, though most offer free WiFi and breakfast. Airbnb is an affordable option for families travelling on a budget, with whole entire homes and apartments available at a fraction of the price of a hotel. Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) prices vary based on the distance travelled, but the most economical option for visitors is to grab a Singapore Tourist Pass, which offers unlimited travel within a designated time period. The price of eating out varies greatly with a fantastic meal at a Hawker Market setting a diner back as little as a few dollars, while restaurants can charge anything from 10 Singaporean dollars to hundreds. Activities and attractions are more reasonably priced and some, including the Singapore Botanical Gardens and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, are free.
Singapore is known for being an incredibly clean city, one reason for which being that chewing gum is practically illegal! In fact, people seen leaving their gum lying around in public can be fined, sentenced to community service or even beaten with a bamboo stick. Gum in Singapore may only be purchased for medical reasons with a prescription from a doctor or dentist and people visiting the country may only bring in a maximum of two packets per person.
Each year crews from around the world gather in Singapore for the annual Singapore Dragon Boat Racing Festival. The sport originated in ancient China with the death of the great poet Qu Yuan who drowned in the river. The furious paddling symbolizes the rowers trying to fend of man-eating fish as they attempt to rescue him. Even now ancient rites such as throwing rice dumplings into the river, showering the dragon heads and beating of the drums are still observed during the thrilling race.