Singapore is a very kid-friendly city. It’s safe, it’s clean and there are so many activities you can do with your little one here as tourists. And a lot of these activities are available free of charge!
I’ve lived in Singapore for over a decade, both as a single person and as a parent. So I think I know a few things about Singapore and I’m ready to share my knowledge with you!
- How to get around Singapore with kids
- Weather in Singapore
- Taking the stroller vs baby wearing in Singapore
- Where to stay in Singapore with kids
- Activities in Singapore for Toddlers and young kids
How to get around Singapore with kids
First things first! There are three ways you can get around in Singapore:
1. Taking a taxi in Singapore with kids (no car seats required)
In Singapore, anyone below the height of 1.35m is required by law to be secured with appropriate restraint, booster seat, or adjustable seatbelt. You could be fined up to $1,000 and/or jailed for up to three months if you were found to be violating this law. Except, when you’re taking an official taxi, and if the person is riding in the rear seats of the car.
There are a few operators in Singapore, but the most common one is Comfort Del Gro (the yellow or blue cabs) and trans cab (the red one). Taxi can be easily booked via the official Comfort Del Gro app, or from ride-share apps like Grab or Gojek by selecting the “taxi only” option. And honestly, taking a taxi in Singapore is relatively cheap compared to other countries. If you’re traveling as a family unit, it might actually make more sense to take a taxi rather than public transport.
2. Booking ride-share cars in Singapore with kids (with and without car seats)
If for some reason you don’t want to take a taxi, you could still book a car via a ride-sharing app from Grab or Gojek app. With this option, you’re required to bring your own car seat, because ride-share cars are considered private cars. However, there have been some anecdotal experiences from the mom chat group I’m part of, where people were refused by ride-sharing drivers when they found out a small child is going to be riding the car, even when they brought their own car seat.
If you don’t have your own car seat with you, then you must book the family option which comes with a car seat for children. Only Grab has this option, called GrabFamily, and it tends to be more expensive than the regular fare.
Thus, with all this in mind, I don’t recommend booking ride-sharing cars with kids unless it is a last resort.
3. Taking Singapore public transport with kids
Singapore’s public transport is honestly the best in the world – clean, efficient, and very affordable. What’s even better is that children below 7 years old can enjoy FREE travel when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. This applies to both the bus and the train (known as MRT here).
If your child is over 90cm in height, they will need to get a child concession card that they can tap at the MRT gate / to board the bus, which you can apply for at the TransitLink Ticket office by showing their passport.
However, if your child is young enough, you could just carry them through the MRT gantry (or put them in the stroller and push them through together with you). From my personal experience, I’ve found that even though my toddler is over 90cm in height, no one has ever asked us to show the child concession card. For older kids, it might be a good idea to get the concession card so they can go in and out of public transport independently by tapping the card themselves.
Weather in Singapore
Singapore, as you might know, is located just one degree north of the equator. That means it’s very hot and humid here all year long. Expect a temperature of 28-34C during the day with a humidity level of 80-90%. With kids, you can’t take the chance of dehydration or heat stroke. Consider having the following with you:
- Sunscreen / hats / other sun covering – The UV index gets really high here, so you’ll want to make sure to protect everyone from getting sunburnt.
- Airy clothes – Again, it’s really hot and humid here so you’ll want to wear light and thin clothing. Think cotton t-shirt with shorts and sandals. If you don’t have a suitable outfit, I recommend dropping by a Uniqlo in Singapore to check out their Airism line, with specializes in clothing for hot and humid climates like that in Singapore.
- An umbrella – just a small foldable one will do. It rains a lot in Singapore, and you can still use an umbrella as extra sun cover even if it doesn’t rain.
- A bottle of water – you know what to do when you’re sweating a lot in hot weather… you hydrate a lot, so bring a reusable water bottle! There are lots of water fountains in Singapore for you to refill your bottle. And, Singapore tap water is safe to consume.
- Mini electric fan – when it’s breezy in Singapore, the heat is actually bearable. But when there is no breeze, that’s when it gets really difficult. Bring one of these for yourself and the kids. It’s not uncommon to see kids in strollers with an electric fan attached to them.
Taking the stroller vs baby wearing in Singapore
If you’re traveling with an infant or small child, you might be wondering if it’s more convenient to take the stroller or to baby wear. I personally prefer to take the stroller. It’s sometimes way too hot to be baby-wearing in Singapore.
Nothing beats the convenience of baby-wearing, but I find taking the stroller in Singapore is not too big of a deal. The newer MRT stations (such as those along the blue or yellow line) would have plenty of elevator access and room to push your stroller. The bus might get crowded, but there is still a dedicated area where you can stow away your stroller. The downside of taking a stroller is some of the streets in Singapore, especially in conserved areas with shophouses (Chinatown, Little India, etc), are not really stroller-friendly. But there are usually still ways to get around that.
On the other hand, while convenient, baby-wearing may not be the most comfortable way of transporting your child around because it’s really hot. That said, baby-wearing is still very popular in Singapore, so it’s very much doable. It’s just a matter of personal preference and what you plan to be doing that day. If you do plan to baby wear, I recommend getting baby-wearing gear that is suited for the tropical climate. Carriers like mesh Ergobaby mesh, Tula mesh, Chimparoo Trek Air, Baby k-tan breeze, or Konny baby might be better for this climate.
Where to stay in Singapore with kids
1. Shangri-la Orchard
I’ve stayed at Shangri-la Orchard for a staycation before (read my review here). I picked this hotel because I had heard countless great reviews from my friends, gushing about how family-friendly they are, and how it’s the perfect hotel to bring kids to… and they were right! It’s also perfect for visitors as it is located in the middle of the city, near Orchard Rd and Orchard MRT.
💡 Tip: You can read my full review on my stay at Shangri-la Orchard here, or click here to book Shangri-la Orchard
2. Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa
Another good option is the Shangri-la at Sentosa, which I have not stayed at but have heard from friends to be a very family-friendly hotel. It has great amenities for kids: a children’s pool, an indoor playground, a large water play area, and private access to the beach.
The only thing to note is the location of this hotel. It IS located on Sentosa island, which has a lot of activities for kids, but it’s away from the actual city itself and while shuttles exist on Sentosa, it’s not as good as it is on the main island. You might end up having to book a taxi whenever you want to get out of the island.
Activities in Singapore for Toddlers and young kids
Like I said before, there are so many activities you can do with your little one in Singapore, and a lot of them are actually available free of charge. I’ll indicate those that are free of charge with a “(Free)” tag on the title.
Even so, all paid attractions are free of charge for children under 3 years old, and most provide a discounted ticket for children under 13 years old. With each attraction, I’ve linked where you can buy the tickets from Klook, which tend to be cheaper than buying on the spot.
PS: Klook is the leading travel and experiences booking website in Asia. They are legit! I always book my activities through them as their prices are often competitive. You can read reviews from real people before booking. There is a grace period for free cancellation, usually within 24-48 hours’ notice.
Without further ado, here are some activities you can consider taking your toddler and children to while in Singapore:
1. Gardens by The Bay
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are honestly great attractions for both adults and children. The reason why I’m grouping them together is that they are located right across from each other, and often visited together. They are both enclosed, air-conditioned gardens – a welcome respite in a country as hot as Singapore – that provide space kids can safely run around in.
Meanwhile, adults and older kids can spend their time learning about the amazing flora and fauna from all over the world. I’ve taken my toddler to both places multiple times when I just need some time to relax.
Book tickets to Cloud Forest and Flower Dome here (be sure to select Standard ticket if you’re not an SG resident)
Floral Fantasy is one of the newest attractions in Gardens by the bay. Unlike Flower Dome which focuses on live flowers, Floral Fantasy features creative flower arrangements. If you love flowers, you definitely have to check this one out! Just like Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, this place is also enclosed and air-conditioned. Perfect to take kids out!
Book tickets to Floral Fantasy here (be sure to select Standard ticket if you’re not an SG resident)
Children’s Garden (Free)
Nearby the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome area (about 5 minutes walk south), there is a huge outdoor play area called Children’s Garden, which features water fountains and a playground. This might be of interest to you and your child if the weather is hot and it is not raining. There is a changing room and a toilet inside the premise. Just bring swimsuits, towels and a change of clothes for everyone! The best part is, it’s completely FREE. Yep – no tickets required.
💡 Tip: Children’s Garden is closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and open Thursday to Sunday (9.00 am – 7.00 pm). The last Admission is at 6 pm.
Marina Barrage (Free)
Marina Barrage Water Playground is another water play area provided for free by the PUB (Public Utilities Board), Singapore’s national water agency. It’s a little less exciting than the Children’s Garden, but my toddler loved it just the same – he did not want to leave! There is no changing area here at the playground, but there is a toilet at the PUB building nearby.
Also inside the PUB building, you can check out Sustainable Singapore Gallery to see the challenges and efforts Singapore is taken up to ensure the city remains clean, green, and liveable for its citizens.
At Marina Barrage, you can also go up the spiral walkway to the Green Roof, which is a large grassy field area that gives you an amazing view of the city. I recommend going here around sunset when the sun isn’t as strong anymore. You’ll see families and friends having picnics and people flying all sorts of kites.
2. Singapore Botanic Garden (Free)
Singapore Botanic Garden is a UNESCO heritage site and is located within the city area, near Orchard road. It showcases the best and most spectacular tropical flora set in a stunning landscape, and the entrance is free of charge. Keep in mind Botanic Gardens is mostly outdoors with almost no shelter, so take that into account and plan your visit accordingly. I recommend heading out here in the morning or closer to sunset, around 4-5 pm.
While the entire garden is great for kids, I will highlight a few areas that were built with kids in mind:
- Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden – A park dedicated to children. You can explore farms, nature play, and treehouses here. This garden is located inside the main botanic garden area, so you could take a stroll outside after too! Click here for more information.
- Gallop Extension – COMO Adventure Grove in the Gallop Extension is basically a large nature-themed playground where kids can climb, slide, swing or play in the sand. There is also a cafe nearby for some coffee and light bites, and a large grassy field where you can have a picnic. Gallop Extension is located away from the main Singapore botanic garden with its own entrance, so if you want to check out the rest of the garden, you might want to go elsewhere. Click here for more information.
3. Future World at Art Science Museum
If you want to stay close to the city, you can take them to check out the ArtScience museum. It’s located on the mall side of Marina Bay Sands (also known as MBS). In this museum, there is a permanent exhibition called Future World by the Japanese digital artist group teamLab, and it’s a huge hit with kids. There is a lot of digital play here where kids can interact directly with the exhibition, including a station where kids can draw, scan their drawings and have them be a part of the exhibition. It’s great for adults too!
4. Mandai Wildlife Reserve
Mandai Wildlife Reserve currently consists of three parks: Singapore Zoo, River Wonders (formerly River Safari), and Night Safari. Soon, this will become five parks when Jurong Bird Park moves here (to be renamed Mandai Bird Park), and another forest-themed park opens in 2023. Mandai is located in the north of Singapore, and quite frankly not close to anything else, so a trip here would definitely take most of your day.
Each park has its own admission ticket. I’ve included links to buy tickets for each of the parks below, which would be cheaper than buying from the official sources, but if you’re interested in visiting two or more parks, you might be better off buying the multi-park deal (please double check the prices against the single ticket though! Sometimes it’s still cheaper to buy separately)
At each park, you can rent a wagon or a donna trike to push your kids around in. There is a car seat drop-off point at the entrance of each park too!
Singapore Zoo is truly one of the best in the world. There are a lot of activities here for kids, including animal feeding and shows, so be sure to check the timing for those. The zoo spans a large area, and you’ll need to do a lot of walking. But your ticket includes a tram ride, so you could minimize the walking as little as possible. Expect to spend 4-5 hours here if you want to see everything.
Book tickets to Singapore Zoo here (select Standard ticket if you’re not an SG resident)
I highly recommend River Wonders as it’s mostly enclosed (so it’s weatherproof!). You can enjoy it rain or shine. I think River Wonders is actually my favorite out of all the parks. They have a really cool large aquarium with dugongs and large freshwater fish. They also have a panda exhibit, which houses the baby panda recently born in 2021. For older kids (1.06m or above in height), there is Amazon River Quest which is a boat ride where you can see the animals up close. Expect to spend about 3 hours here.
Book tickets to River Wonders here (select Standard ticket if you’re not an SG resident)
As the name suggested, the Night safari opens only from 6:30 pm onward. You take a guided open-air tram ride to see all the animals in their nocturnal habitat. There are also trails you can walk and the Creatures of the Night show. Expect to spend about 3 hours here including the show.
Book tickets to Night Safari here (select Standard ticket if you’re not an SG resident)
5. Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park has announced that its last day will be 3 January 2023 before moving to Mandai Wild Reserve
Jurong Bird Park is one of the oldest attractions in Singapore, first opened 50 years ago. I remember visiting this park when I was a child myself! But if you’re expecting a run-down park, you’ll be very wrong. Singapore does a great job maintaining and updating its attractions, Jurong Bird Park included. They did a major renovation which was a $10m makeover in 2006, so you’ll never guess this park was built in the 70s!
At Jurong Bird Park, you can expect to see all types of birds: Flamingoes, colorful blue and red Macaws, and even the ones you don’t expect to see in Singapore’s tropical climate – like penguins! They also do animal shows twice a day, which you can check out here, and animal feedings which you can book here (I recommend feeding the lorries – they are SO enthusiastic). I’ve taken my toddler countless times here and it’s always great fun.
Book tickets to the bird park here (select Standard ticket if you’re not an SG resident)
6. Sentosa Island
Sentosa is a small island resort in the southern part of Singapore. There are many activities on the island, but I will highlight the ones that are suitable for young children:
Singapore Cable Car
To start your journey into Sentosa, you could take the Mount Faber line cable car from Mount Faber station, which will take you down to Sentosa station. Once there, you can switch to the Sentosa line, about 5 minutes walk away, to continue your cable car ride in Sentosa.
The cable car is a cool way to see Singapore from above. It was such a hit with my toddler! We happened to go during one of their re-opening days (after renovation) and they were giving unlimited rides, and we spent almost the entire day riding the cable car back and forth.
A round trip on the cable car costs $35 per adult, but if you buy the ticket online it will only cost you $28. If you’re a resident of Singapore and you have a DBS credit card, they might have a credit card deal so be sure to check on that.
💡 Tip: Children below 4 years old can go on the cable car for free! This is one of the few exceptions where the attraction is still free for a 3-year-old. Also, there is a priority line for those who are bringing a stroller or small child – just make sure you get on the elevator to get to the platform of the cable car, which will bring you straight to the priority line.
SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
The aquarium at Sentosa is one of my favorites! They have showcased a large variety of aquatic life – starting with a shark aquarium, a jellyfish aquarium (my favorite), and a giant aquarium with manta rays, sharks, and other large animals. There is also a touch pool at the end where you can touch some of the animals – but not before washing your hands of course.
If your little one likes marine life, you might want to book the Dolphin island experience, which allows you to see and interact with the dolphins up close. There are options for not entering the water at all, entering only shallow water or full on swimming experience.
7. Indoor playgrounds
There are a lot of indoor playgrounds in Singapore. It’s a great option when the weather is not good outside, whether too hot or during the rainy season. Our favorite is Kiztopia at Marina Square, so much so that we even have an annual pass. It’s so popular that you need to book a timeslot, but usually, they are not too busy on weekdays.
8. National Gallery Museum (Free)
While National Gallery Museum is largely more catered towards adults, they actually have done a great job thinking of the little ones too. Check out the “GalleryKids!” website to see what’s available for kids at the museum.
I recommend stopping by Keppel Center for Art Education, where your little one can spend time drawing or enjoying interactive play spaces. And definitely check out what festival is on. National Gallery Museum hosts the Children’s Biennale, featuring playful and magical art exhibitions.
9. Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum is one of the underrated museums in Singapore. Inside, you can find cool fossils and learn more about the flora and fauna that can be found in Singapore and South East Asia. If your toddler is going through the dinosaur phase, there is a dinosaur zone with three diplodocid sauropod fossils on display that are 80% complete.
Although the location is a bit out of the way, it’s totally worth visiting.
Tickets MUST be purchased online before your visit, so make sure to purchase before!
💡 Tip: Children below 3 years old can go to the museum for free. Although the resident ticket says Singaporean / PR, it applies to pass holders issued by MOM or ICA too, meaning that if you’re in Singapore on EP or LTVP, you can get the cheaper ticket.
10. East Coast Park (Free)
East Coast Park is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon with your kiddos, either picnic, playing by the beach, or dipping into the seawater. Bring your picnic mat, some snacks, a swimsuit, and some towels!
East Coast Park is large, so here are some recommended drop-off points:
- Coastal Playgrove – A very tall playground with some amenities nearby: Burger King, coffee shop, and toilet
- Parkland Green – A nice little place with a large grassland area, some restaurants, and Starbucks. There is also a public toilet and shower area nearby, making it perfect for quick clean-up.
- Marine Cove – There is a McDonald’s here, a really nice outdoor playground, and a Skate Park
- Cyclist Park – A nice area for a picnic. There are some BBQ pits that you can book ahead of time, but I’m only highlighting this because I know there is a nice lagoon area near pit D38 where your little ones can swim safely.
11. West Coast Park (Free)
West Coast Park is the lesser visited cousin of East Coast Park, but I personally think it’s great for those of us with young children. Take a cab and get dropped off by McDonald’s, and you’ll see just next to it a great variety of outdoor playgrounds. There is even a pirate-themed playground.
Once you’re done with the playground, you can take a walk to the Promenade and just sit down and look at the container ships that come and goes into Singapore.
12. Forest Canopy Walk at Southern Ridges (Free)
I’m happy to report that the entire canopy walk from Hort Park to Mount Faber is stroller-friendly. Yes, that means you can even bring young babies here! My recommendation would be to start from Hort Park car park, then make your way to Floral walk, and eventually, you’ll start to see the canopy walkway. From there, it’s about 30-40 minutes walk to Henderson waves and Mount Faber. You can even continue down to Harborfront / Vivo city if you’d like.
If you want to walk the entire Southern Ridges, you could instead start from Kent Ridge Park, which will take you to Hort Park. However, I think this portion is not as stroller friendly as the canopy walk that starts from Hort Park. To start this walk, get dropped off at 16 Science Park Drive and take the trail next to the building. This trail will take you to Kent Ridge Park and Hort Park.
13. Bukit Chermin Boardwalk and Labrador Nature Reserve (Free)
To start this walk, you can get dropped off at this point at Keppel Bay Drive. From there, just follow the path along the waterfront and you’ll eventually reach the boardwalk and Labrador Nature Reserve.
At Labrador Park, I recommend checking out the Labrador Jetty or some of the WWII relics left at Labrador Park, such as the Labrador battery, The Casemate, and gunners of Labrador.
To get out of the park, I recommend taking the Berlayer Creek Boardwalk, which will lead you down a 1km walk to Labrador Park MRT Station.
14. The DUCK Boat Tour
If you’re keen on a tour 1-hour boat tour around the Singapore waterfront area, then you have to book the DUCK boat tour. The tour starts from Suntec, right outside the Esplanade MRT exit A. This is an amphibious tour, meaning it started off as a bus ride on land, which then splashes into the Singapore river to give you a tour around the waterfront area on the water. My 2-year-old absolutely loved this! He would not stop talking about it for days.
💡 Tip: Booking from the link above saves you 10% off than booking from the official website, but you need to book at least one day in advance.
Okay, that’s all I have on this topic! If you have any specific questions about taking your kids to visit Singapore, please feel free to comment on this post below. I will respond as soon as possible.