Whether you have small children or teenagers, Singapore offers an abundance of fun and constructive activities to fill their free time. Here’s our roundup of some of the best.
The Big Three
Great for weekends or a birthday treat, these parks are enjoyable and educational.
Visit the renowned “open concept” Singapore Zoo for great live shows and a wide variety of wildlife.
Experience the thrill of encountering 1,000 nocturnal animals in the rainforest after dark.
Visit the largest bird park in the Asia-Pacific region, with live shows and the world’s tallest man-made waterfall.
Take some simulated flying lessons at Flight Experience, jump on the Singapore Flyer for a bird’s eye view of Singapore, try bungee jumping above Clarke Quay with G-Max or visit iFly Singapore the world’s largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving on Sentosa.
Visiting a farm can be fun for the whole family, and will give you an opportunity to visit parts of the island you might not otherwise see.
Highlights include a “look, listen, feel and feed the frogs” tour, and a 6,000-strong bullfrog choir.
Meet one thousand milk-producing goats. Visit in the mornings to see the milking demonstrations.
Walk around a 10-acre farm and discover where fruit and vegetables come from, then dine in the Poison Ivy Café.
A full-scale leisure destination, Sentosa boasts Singapore’s best beaches, historic Fort Siloso, Universal Studios and many other attractions.
Tip: take some time off work and visit Sentosa on a weekday, you’ll avoid the crowds and have a much better day!
Ubin is popular for cycling, trekking, camping, bird-watching, fishing and nature walks. It boasts a rustic village atmosphere, granite quarries, coconut and rubber plantations, mangrove swamps and traditional fishing kelongs. Get there by bumboat service from Changi Jetty.
Kusu boasts a Malay shrine, a Chinese temple, and views of Singapore from the island’s hilltop. The beaches and lagoon are good for swimming and picnics. It’s a 30-minute ferry ride from the Sentosa Ferry Terminal.
Forest and Fire Station fun
Forest Adventure is an aerial adventure course located on the shores of Bedok Resevoir. Offering a Grand Course and Kids’ Course situated along the banks of Bedok Reservoir, with views of the waterfront, it’s enjoyable for adults and kids alike. (While you’re there, check out the Berlin Wall. Yes, there is a piece of the Berlin Wall in Singapore!) Call 8100 7420 or book online.
On Saturday mornings you can tour local fire stations to learn about the life of a fire fighter and, of course, see the famous sliding poles in action. We like the historic Central Fire Station which also houses the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery. Tours are one hour long and start at 9am and 10am on Saturdays.
Singapore offers an impressively large selection of sports from shooting to cable-skiing. Check these out:
As its name implies, cable-skiing at SKI360, Singapore’s first cable-ski park, is waterskiing or wakeboarding where the participants are not pulled by a boat, but by an overhead cable, around the banks of a lake.
The art of fencing dates back to ancient Egypt and Rome, and is guaranteed to stimulate your mind, body and ego. Try it out at Fencing Masters.
• Hash House Horrors
Fun, messy, sweaty outdoor running for kids at Hash House Horrors!
Even in tiny Singapore, you can enjoy riding lessons in picturesque countryside at Bukit Timah Saddle Club.
If you’ve wondered what it’s like behind the wheel of a speeding car in a Formula 1 race, try karting at Kartright Speedway.
The largest cycling club in Singapore is ANZA Cycling.
Try Crossfire Paintball at Singapore Discovery Centre to encourage co-operation, teamwork and friendly competition.
Maxout Hydrosports is great for those who lust after the adrenalin of a ride behind a boat at 25km an hour.
• Winter sports
Believe it or not, cold-weather sports can be found one degree north of the equator! Visit Snow City for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.