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Free things to do in Singapore with children (there’s no catch, we swear!)

Who says that Singapore needs to be expensive all the time? From free concerts to art appreciation and a whole lot of outdoor fun, there’s loads of free things to do with kids. Put that purse away now and get exploring!

Jacob Ballas Children's Gardens 

1. Catch a Concert
The leafy Singapore Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon stroll but did you know, mamas, it’s also home to free concerts held regularly throughout the year on the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Unfurl your picnic blanket on the grass and settle in for the live performance (check the schedule here).

2. Art Appreciation
Every Friday between 6pm and 9pm, the Singapore Art Museum waives all entry fees, so why not let your big kids stay up late as you catch the latest exhibition, before heading across the road to check out the Chjimes chapel by night. Psssst… Citizens and Permanent Residents get free entry any time of the day all year round!

3. See an Exhibition
From 6pm every day, the National Museum of Singapore has free entry for everyone to the Singapore Living Galleries. While the museum closes at 8pm, two hours is more than enough time to absorb some of Singapore’s history. Psssst… free entry for Citizens and Permanent Residents here too!

4. Take a stroll
Bring the scooters for the wee ones and spend an afternoon strolling along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade. This easy walk (flat, wide paths are perfect for speed demons) has the added bonus of sea breezes and stunning views of Marina Bay Sands. Pick up the 3.5km trail from Bayfront MRT station.

5. Chinatown
A wander around the bustling streets of Chinatown is always a colourful delight for little ones. Head towards the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum to see this stunning Buddhist temple, or browse the interesting stalls at the markets.

6. Splish Splosh
Perfect for on a hot day, the super fun (free) water-play park at 112 Katong is a sprawling space filled with slides, swings, and fountains – and if you get there early enough you’ll even catch some shade. Not in the East? Check out our guide to the best water parks in Singapore – most are free too!

7. Get a Green Thumb
It would be remiss of us not to mention this long-time family favourite – with free entry all year round, Jacob Ballas Children’s Gardens on Cluny Road is a splash-tastic, garden wonderland for teeny tinies! Open 8am to 7pm daily, closed on Mondays.

8. Be a firefighter
Head to your local fire station (the Central Fire Station is one of our faves!) to see the fire trucks, meet the firefighters and maybe even get the chance to watch the firemen go down the pole! These free fire station tours are only open to the public on Saturday mornings, from 9am to 11am.

9. Literacy Love
What’s not to love about a quiet session at your local library with your minis? And with kiddos under 7 able to get their own membership card for free, it’s a cheap and cheerful way to enjoy new books with your kids. Check the Go Library website for the latest story-telling events for tots.

10. Take off
While Changi airport is generally reserved for holidays and farewells, the aviation gallery at Terminal 3 is open to the public – and free. This highly interactive, hands-on display teaches mini munchkins about aviation and how airplanes work. Fun!

For more play areas and parks – many of those are free too – head here. Plus for more ideas for family days out, head here.