Here are the best Kid-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Singapore with play areas, Kids Eat Free deals and healthy kids’ menus
Looking for the best kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore where the rugrats can run wild nearby, play in the playground or jump on a bouncy castle before your meal? We’ve already lined up all the places in Singapore where kids eat free but you’d be surprised just how many restaurants and cafés in town offer some kind of kids’ play area, whether that be access to sand, a lawn or a proper playground!
Many of these kid-friendly restaurants offer kids’ activity packs and great children’s meals, plus we make special mention of those offering healthier alternatives to the standard processed nuggets and chips. Our team was divided on what constituted a stroller-friendly restaurant (a lot of it depends if you are happy al fresco or not), so we only mention if a resto stand-out is especially unfriendly (lots of steps) or is super great for prams. So without further ado, here’s our round-up of all the best places in Singapore to take the family for a meal — where kids are welcome and there’s something special to make it kid- or baby-friendly.
NB: Many hotels offer dedicated kids’ areas once a week for Sunday brunch (and kids under 5 or 6 often eat free, which is great value at a buffet!). Click here for some of our top brunch buffet picks!
— Playground or Play area
— Healthy Kids’ Menu
— Kids Eat Free Deals
Huber’s Bistro in Dempsey has one of the loveliest shady playgrounds near a restaurant for kids. The play area is right next door to Huber’s Bistro (surrounded by a safety fence) and comes complete with swings, helter-skelter slide, climbing areas and a smaller slide. The bistro offers great Swiss-German beer and food (prepared with the great product from the Huber’s store next door). Huber’s Bistro makes the perfect location to bring the fam for a lazy weekend brunch or early dinner. Try their Charcuterie Platter of Parma, San Daniele, Salami and Mortadella ($14.80) or the 21 Day Dry-Aged Burger ($19.50). They do breakfast on the weekends like Croissant, Home Baked Ham and Coffee for $8.50 plus great sausage dishes; Weisswurst (Bavarian sausage), Pretzel, Sweet mustard and Beer for $11. There’s also some space for prams if parked al fresco.
Kids’ Menu: There’s no kids menu but you can order from the famous Sausage Menu; a pair of Wienerli and potato salad (you can swap this for fries) is a modest $7.90 or smaller child’s portion is $5. Do note, though, that Huber’s Bistro doesn’t open on a Monday and not until 11am on weekdays (9:30am weekends).
Huber’s Bistro, 22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679, Tel: (+65) 6737 1488, www.hubers.com.sg
Read More: Kids Eat Free Deals in SG
Oh how we love TBB Safari in Dempsey (part of the Tiong Bahru Bakery brand)! This safari-style glamping café is pitched in front of sister resto Open Farm Community. TBB Safari is open for early risers from 8am and offers Common Man Roasters coffee and amazing pastries, healthy breakfast bowls and sandwiches (though no specific kids’ menu). There are chickens and bunnies in the garden (plus 3,000 square foot of edible plants), and there’s a sand pit with slide and a chair swing nearby. Plenty of space for strollers (al fresco but lots of blowers). Older kids will enjoy the boules lawn and exploring the lovely grounds. Bring mozzie spray!
TBB Safari, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, www.tiongbahrubakery.com
Open Farm Community
Open Farm Community is set in the same lush green edible garden as TBB Safari (see above). It shares the same kid-friendly sand pit slide play area, and boules lawn for older kids but these are slightly further away and not visible from the seating area. Indoors is glam enough to attract the ladies that lunch crowd (though acoustics can be noisy so watch those yelling toddlers), and there’s some seating outdoors, too. On the dedicated kids’ menu there’s not a nugget or chip in sight — instead think posh kids’ nosh (priced accordingly) like open-faced Bolognese Lasagna or Rustic Fish Pie with fresh thyme from the garden.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, Tel: (+65) 6471 0306, www.openfarmcommunity.com
Carrotsticks and Cravings
Carrotsticks and Cravings is a healthy café and deli perched in Loewen Gardens near Dempsey. It’s a hit with preschoolers and mamas alike thanks to the wooden playground with slide and trampoline. They serve Turmeric Lattés and healthy, refined sugar-free dishes. Kids’ dishes include a Sourdough toastie with ham and cheese plus berries ($10), a picnic style pack of Hummus, veg crudites, bread, cheese and popcorn ($13); smoothies; and gluten-free pancakes ($14). Only outdoor seating.
Carrotsticks & Cravings, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845 Loewen Road, Singapore 248845, www.carrotsticksandcravings.com
Colbar at Portsdown offers some old school Colonial charm – it’s a casual rustic style kopitiam café set in lush greenery and the big draw here is the abundant open space for kids to run around or kick a football about right in view of the al fresco seating. The food is casual British pub fare with some Asian dishes thrown in, and all affordable enough to not warrant a separate kids’ meal – think chicken curry and rice ($11), Sausage Sandwiches ($7) and Omelette and chips all washed down with copious beer (for mama and papa only obviously).
Colbar, 9A Whitchurch Road, Singapore 138839, Tel: (+65) 6779 4859, www.facebook.com/pages/ColBar
Tree Lizard is known more for its lovely garden space where kids can run wild rather than for its dining cred of Brit Gastropub fare. There’s a fab kids’ playground and a huge lawn out front coupled with the unique fact that you can sit in the casual restaurant and have a clear view of your kids playing. There’s a helter-skelter slide, tunnel and rope-cobweb climber tunnel and there’s also a bouncy castle on the weekends, plus a stack of board games for wet weather entertainment. On the kids’ menu: $9.80 dishes like Spag Bol, Mac n Cheese, Pizza and Fish and Chips. On Sundays kids’ meals are 50% off with every paying adult.
Tree Lizard Dempsey, Blk 25 B1-01 Dempsey Road, Tel: (+65) 68343969, www.facebook.com/treelizard
P.S. Cafe is a perennial family favourite and notorious for weekend brunch. There’s no play area as such but there is an open rolling lawn in front of the al fresco seating area so the kids can scramble into the jungle while the adults chow down on hearty salads, pasta dishes, those famous truffle fries, burgers and huge slabs of cake. No kids’ menu here and only booster chairs (as opposed to full high chairs).
P.S. Cafe @ Harding Road, 28b Harding Road, Singapore 249549, Tel: (+65) 6708 9288 www.facebook.com/PS.Cafe
While there’s no play area nearby, Jones The Grocer offers a Sassy Mama-approved kids’ menu and a kids eat free promo from 2-5pm (with every adult main course, one kid’s item is free), so it’s perfect for an admittedly very early kids dinner if you are shopping nearby. The kids’ menu doubles up as a colouring placemat, too. Check out the massive fish and fountain in the pond in the carpark of Dempsey for some entertainment while you wait for your food.
Jones the Grocer, Block 9, #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697, Tel: (+65) 6476 1512, www.jonesthegrocer.com
Pizza in the park? This spot screams family friendly with every kid’s fave meal after a scoot or walk in the Botanics. Peperoni Pizzeria is part of the award-winning Les Amis Group, and has been going strong since the first Peperoni at Greenwood in 2004. Wood-fired pizzas and traditional pastas draw families here but it’s the kid-friendly atmosphere that keeps people coming back. Peperoni Pizzeria also holds pizza-making parties for kids, which sounds like a fabulous way to treat little foodies (and means no mess at home!).
Kids Menu: Peperoni Kids Meals are at $14 for a pasta or kids sized pizza with a soft drink/juice, and scoop of ice cream. Just ask for a colouring kit for your little ones to colour in.
Dine as a family and your kids eat for free! Quote “Sassy Mama” to enjoy this exclusive offer! Kids ages 12 years & below will enjoy a complimentary kids’ meal with every a la carte pizza, pasta or main ordered. Limited to first 50 redemptions for each outlet only while stocks last. Limited to a maximum of 2 kids. Offer valid on dine-in only, not takeaway or delivery. Valid at all Peperoni Pizzeria outlets island-wide. Other T&Cs apply. Visit www.peperoni.com.sg/blog for more information.
Peperoni @ Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Singapore 259569, Tel: (+65) 6467 7326. Check website for details on all 7 locations in Singapore, www.peperoni.com.sg
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When the original Food For Tots inside Botanics relocated we were pretty sad… they are now in Jacob Ballas (see below). Finally after a long wait another F&B spot, the casual Fusion Spoon has taken up residence here. There’s a padded playground outside and an indoor padded play area for smaller tots. No kids menu, just a huge variety of reasonably-priced halal Western and Asian fare like Nasi Lemak with Chicken ($8) and Malay Mee Rubus ($7.30).
Fusion Spoon, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Road, Botany Centre #B1-00 Singapore 259569
If you are out at the Botanics with the little ones, Bee’s Knees is the place to make a beeline to for a coffee (they open at 8am!) or a bite to eat. They offer a fun outdoorsy activity for kids – a simple worksheet to fill up by exploring the park – after which the kids are awarded with a badge, and a complimentary milkshake! The kids’ menu is $18 and includes a main like pasta or pizza, a juice and chocolate cookie. Only outdoor seating (prams can be parked nearby).
Bees Knees, 50 Cluny Park Road Singapore Botanic Gardens Singapore 257488, Tel: (+65) 9831 1106, www.thegarage.sg
With a prime position right inside UNESCO World Heritage site Botanic Gardens’ Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Food For Tots is one extremely kid-friendly café! The kids menu has plenty of affordable options for under 10-year-olds – from Yogurt and Fruit bowls ($6) to DIY Beef Burgers ($8), pancakes and babycinos at $2.50. The café is right next door to the sand play area but if you want to keep kids directly in view know that Food For Tots has a small play area best for toddlers inside the café with a book trolley and some simple games. Closed on Mondays (as is Jacob Ballas).
Food For Tots, 1H Cluny Road, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Food For Tots Café, #01-K1, Singapore 259569, Tel :(+65) 6338 4848, www.foodforthought.com.sg
House-made pizza and mini golf? You can see why Picotin Express at Green Fairways is so popular with families! This casual restaurant is perched on the edge of a 9-hole golf course where older kids or adults can practise their drive. There’s also a 36-hole outdoor mini golf next door that is part of Picotin (additional charges apply) which makes this a great choice for birthday parties too! After golf relax with a glass of wine ($14) or a Happy Hour Beer from $7 before choosing from the dinner menu (everything from steak to pizza). Also see the listing below for Picotin Express East Coast.
Kids’ menu: kids can tuck into the kids’ menu ($15) of pizza, pasta or sausage and chips with a drink and scoop of ice cream.
Picotin Express, 60 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286966, www.picotin.com.sg
This casual (no air con) cafe serves brunch of eggs and pancakes as well as salads and comfort food. There is no play area on site (and note that it’s on the second level so not ideal with strollers due to the steps), but it remains popular with families on the weekend thanks to its proximity to the kids’ pony rides at the Saddle Club.
Rider’s Cafe, 51 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286965, Tel: (+65) 6466 9819 www.riderscafe.sg
Thyme @Aliwal Craft Cafe is the sister restaurant to [email protected] Nestled in the heart of Bugis/Arab Street and formerly known as Eat/Play/Love, this whimsical little cafe has super cute decor, and a cozy and unpretentious vibe. The interior is filled with vintage and nostalgic items so get ready for a trip down memory lane. The main draw here for parents is the fully dedicated arts & crafts corner (available at $5 per child or a simple selection also available for free) complete with colouring sets and art supplies where kids can tinker around with upcycling an invention. That leaves the parents to have a quiet drink or a bite to eat in peace! There’s a huge European and Asian-inspired menu spanning everything from Malabar Fish Curry ($19) to Crispy Duck Confit ($22. A set lunch menu is at $10.90 while brunch sees dishes like Pancakes with Cream ($11) and Eggs Ben ($15). Just remember to call ahead on weekends to make sure they’re not hosting a private party.
Kids menu: For $11 kids will get a main dish like Pizza or Chicken nuggets. Fries and veg with a fresh orange juice and a side of fruits.
[email protected], 28 Aliwal Street #01-07, Aliwal Arts Center Singapore 199918, Tel: (+65) 6444 6400, www.thyme.sg
Kind Kones at kids mall Forum dishes out all-natural vegan ice cream free from dairy, refined sugar, soy, gluten, and other artificial additives. A cute kid’s colouring station with a free book exchange is handy to keep the kids busy while mama queues and there is a small dine-in area, too.
Kind Kones, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road B1-27, Singapore 238884, www.kindkones.com
Offering up a combination of inventive pizzas (with a low-carb cauliflower crust option!) and healthy alternatives like salads and protein bowls, CPK also has kids eat free meals when you sign up for their free VIP rewards program (it’s also an easy way to earn points that go toward major discount vouchers). Kids’ meals are otherwise priced between $10-$15 and include popular staples like pizza and pasta (always a huge hit with our kids); kiddos also get a fun colour-in placemat with activities like a maze and Mad Libs. If you go at off-peak hours it’s also quite stroller friendly.
California Pizza Kitchen, 442 Orchard Road, #01-18 Claymore Connect, Singapore 238879, Tel: (+65) 6836 0110, www.cpkgps.com
No kids play area here but this spot is popular with families thanks to the great kids meals and activity packs, plus it’s a fun place to celebrate birthdays as the staff sing Happy Birthday and you get a free birthday dessert on your big day.
Hard Rock Café, 50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #02-01, 249724 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6235 5232, www.hardrockcafe.com/location/singapore
Given Jamie Oliver is a health ambassador you can expect the kids’ menu at Jamie’s Italian to be nutritious and balanced. Priced at $12, every kid’s meal is served with a fresh shake-me salad and a drink of choice — unlimited fruity water or choose from a glass of milk or fruit juice. Children’s meals range from Margherita sourdough pizza with 7-veg sauce to fish stew or burgers with sweet potato fries instead of regular fries. Plus there’s colouring sheets and crayons to keep little tykes happy. Stroller friendly.
Jamie’s Italian, 583 Orchard Road, #01/01-04 Forum, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6655 7676, www.jamieoliver.com
Marché is a self-serve food court style Western restaurant where you can watch your meal being cooked in the open kitchens. Children under 10 years old can have a kids meal which includes a main of rösti, pizza or pasta plus a glass of juice or soft drink, a fun size ice-cream cone and a fun surprise. Multiple locations including 313 Somerset, Suntec and Vivocity. There’s often a small play corner for littler kids.
All these spots on Rob Quay have ample space to scoot along the river and most are stroller-friendly so you can park prams alongside your table if you choose the al fresco seating.
Three Buns by Potato Head is perched right next to the new mini playground on Rob Quay so the kids can play before chowing down on grass-fed Australian burgers. Mama and dad will be happy with The Bun DMC ($16) or locally inspired Red Man Burger ($28), while kids’ meals ($14) include mini beef burgers or a hot dog and a portion of fries with a little milkshake on the side.
Three Buns Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-01 Singapore 238252, www.threebuns.com
Ever popular Mexican Super Loco in Robertson Quay offers friendly service and a kids’ menu including ham and cheese quesadillas (great with a side of guacamole and corn on the cob!). Super Loco does a kids menu on the weekends (with colouring pencils) for Eggs & Soldiers ($7), Avo & Tomato Toast ($7), and Chicken Tacos ($6) plus a fresh fruit plate as a dessert option ($6). They also offer lots of fun and free themed kids’ activities geared around holidays like Easter, Dios de Los Muertos and New Year’s.
Super Loco, The Quayside,60 Robertson Quay #01-13, Singapore 23825, Tel: (+65) 6235 8900, www.super-loco.com
The Eastern Mediterranean riverside restaurant has a kids’ menu (on a colouring-in placemat) that encompasses fried fish ($14), Pasta Bolognese ($12) and burgers with chips ($14) with a side salad of leafy greens and radish as well with an option to add on a drink (orange juice) and a scoop of ice cream at $7. Their milkshakes ($16) are also a special dessert treat.
Summerlong, The Quayside #01-04, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252, www.summerlongsg.com
Les Bouchons, known for their Grilled Black Angus Rib Eye Steak ($39.80) with salad and free flow homemade French fries, has moved right beside the playground at Rob Quay. Kids will be happy with Nutella crepes ($8), or from the kids menu the mini Cheeseburger or Savoury Crepes ($12) both come with a juice. There are also a few toddler playthings put out on the weekend (but no shade cover over the play area so bring hats).
Les Bouchons, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-02, Singapore 238252, Tel: (+65) 6733 4414, www.lesbouchons.sg
Boomarang opens for brekkie at 7am so that’s a big plus in any parent’s book. The kids’ menu meals (printed on a colouring-in sheet) are all at $9 and range from French Toast with berries, Bacon and Eggs with Toasted fingers for breakfast to Chicken Schnitzel and Mac & Cheese for lunch or dinner. It’s popular with families, cyclists and groups of people watching sports on the big screen.
Boomarang, 60 Robertson Quay, 01-15 The Quayside (+65) 67381077, www.boomarang.com.sg
On the weekends there’s a bouncy castle on the patio of District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square. There’s al fresco seating, too so you can enjoy your Italian meal of pizza or pasta while the kids burn off some steam in view.
District 10 Bar & Restaurant, 81 Clemenceau Ave, UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-15/16/17, Singapore 239917, Tel: (+65) 67384788, www.district10.com.sg
Casual restaurant Little Creatures offers beers on tap and good Aussie fare. It’s open from 8am so great for parents with early risers for brekkie. There’s ample seating and to keep older kids happy there’s a fun selection of board games. The kids’ menu is $19 and fresh fruits are brought to your table as soon as kids order (goodbye whining!). There’s a choice of mains like pizza, chicken wrap or burgers, ice cream and a drink plus colouring pencils and word games on the kids’ menu.
Little Creatures, Mohamed Ali Lane 36 Club Street, Singapore 069469 www.littlecreatures.sg
Señor Taco has a lovely location in Chijmes with a small lawn out front where kids can run around and sit on bean bags while parents order food. There’s a kids menu’ offering Mexican bites (on a kids’ worksheet) at $14 for nachos, quesadillas, a scoop of ice cream scoop and a drink. On Sundays there’s an activity corner for kids with someone helping children make slime or do other activities ($5 per child).
Señor Taco, 30 Victoria Street, #01-19,CHIJMES, Singapore 187996, www.senortaco.sg
Within a shopping mall you probably won’t find a playground or bouncy castle, but if you’re visiting ArtScience Museum or attending a musical at MBS, these are our top kid-friendly picks:
Black Tap (L1-80) is a popular spot with kids thanks to their amazing crazy milkshakes (at around $22 – and over 1,000 calories – apiece, these are best shared!). You’ll also find a good selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads (no dedicated kids’ menu, though).
Din Tai Fung (#B2-63) is ubiquitous (with locations all over the island), and always a crowd pleaser with their award-winning dumplings and kid-friendly basics like buns and fried rice. There’s not a separate kids’ menu, but they do offer high chairs, booster seats, and adorable kids’ dining sets and cutlery with their cute little dumpling mascot.
DC Comics Super Heroes Café (L1-03) is like a comic book come-to-life with vibrant décor and Batman- and Superman-themed burgers, shakes, pizzas, waffles, and much more. The “Super Kids Menu” (for ages 12 and under) has dishes like the “Batboy Junior Burger,” “Kid Detective Mac and Cheese,” and “Young Justice Beef Hotdog and Egg.” Each kids’ meal is priced at $18.90 and comes with a choice of apple or orange juice. The entire menu is Halal; click here for more deets.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar (L1-82/B1-07) is a must for anyone who loves fried chicken, though their burgers and other BBQ delights are equally delicious. Their kids’ menu serves up mini versions of their most popular dishes, including a fried chicken drumstick, a crispy chicken biscuit, a little burger, and mac & cheese. Kids’ meals are priced between $12-$16 and come with a choice of drink and a scoop of homemade ice cream. Kiddos will also receive crayons and coloring sheets, and tend to love the classic rock tunes blaring on the stereo.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
[email protected] is a hidden gem for families come the weekend with the ‘Saturday Social BBQ’ featuring live music and casual food. For the kids, the lawn out back is set up with a bouncy castle and games, plus there’s often face painting and themed crafts.
While there’s no playground here as such, all these casual seaside spots offer al fresco seating where you can feel the sand between your toes where the kids can make sandcastles or splash in the waves before your meal.
Coastes is a massive hit with families thanks to the easy-going casual atmosphere where dogs and kiddos are welcome. There’s plenty on the menu for kids from waffles and fruit platters to hearty mains (meat sourced from Huber’s) but the big draw is the proximity to the sea and those beach beds ($20 hire).
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-05 Sentosa, Singapore 099000, Tel: (+65) 6274 9668, www.coastes.com
Trapizza, the casual Italian resto on Siloso Beach and part of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa offers pizzas while the kids play in the water play area nearby, run on the beach or explore the newly opened kids’ playground Nestopia ($18 per hour on weekends).
Trapizza, 10 Siloso Beach Walk, 098995, Tel: (+65) 6376 2662, www.shangri-la.com/singapore
Ola Beach Club is a few beach beds down from Coastes bang on the sandy beach with the benefit of a small pool where kiddos can cool off in. For older kids there are plenty of water sports on offer here from kayaking to paddle boards, banana boats or jetblade thrills in the sea. Check out our full review of Ola Beach Club!
Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099005, www.olabeachclub.com
Tanjong Beach Club
Enjoy brunch on the beach at this bar-meets-beach-club where kids can play in the sand and sea. Older kids will be happy with playing frisbee and there’s a pool too. Call ahead and book a cabana (brunch menu from 10am-4pm) if you plan to make a leisurely day of it.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942, Tel: (+65) 9750 5323, www.tanjongbeachclub.com
FOC Beach Club
Another popular beach spot thanks to the pool and access to prime beach for the whole family (dogs too) at FOC the Spanish inspired beach restaurant by the same peeps behind PIM PAM and FOC Hong Kong Street.
FOC Beach Club, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, 098943 Sentosa Singapore, www.focsentosa.com/
Wheelers Estate (sister of Wheeler’s Yard in Balestier) does breakfast, Australian style steaks, fish and chips and burgers, as well as picnics in their lovely outdoor garden. There’s a fab playground nearby where kids can swing and play in view of parents sitting out on the lawn.
Wheeler’s Yard, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, 798386 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6262 0001, www.wheelersyard.com
Nautical themed Bayswater Kitchen, complete with a boat-inspired bar, boasts a prime position on Keppel Bay overlooking the yachts and makes a lovely spot for al fresco dining. Foodwise there’s a kids menu with staples like Fish & Chips. Older kids will love the room at the back sporting a beautiful ping pong table and a foosball table. There’s indoor seating and some space for prams.
Bayswater Kitchen, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 098382 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6776 0777, www.bayswaterkitchen.com.sg
Kith @ Millenia Walk
Whether you’re in need of a coffee or something more substantial, Kith at Millenia walk makes a good pit stop offering a kids’ menu and a cute dedicated indoor children’s play area too (with plenty of pram space). There are a few Kith outlets in town: their Winsland House has a large open courtyard for kids to run around in just beside the cafe, and the Rob Quay branch has scoot space and some toddler playthings with outdoor seating.
Kith @ Millenia Walk, 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-49 Marina Square Shopping Mall Singapore 039594, www.kith.com.sg
Picotin Express is a go-to spot for brekkie for families in the East. On weekends there’s a bouncy castle to keep the kiddos entertained while parents tuck into a hearty brunch with options like full English breakfast ($22), American style pancakes ($12) and pain au chocolate ($2.5). By night Picotin Express is more akin to a modern Italian bistro (serving up Ribeye and Wedges, Snapper, Salads and Pizza), with idyllic leafy surrounds and makes a great choice for that lazy Sunday evening dinner when no-one wants to cook! If you are looking for a place to hold a private party, know that Picotin hosts functions, too, and the restaurant is equipped with a sound system and projector, and can host up to 200 people.
Kids’ menu: Kids meal sets are at $15 for main, drink and ice cream.
Picotin Express, 382 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427622, www.picotin.com.sg
La Barca is located in Goodman Arts Centre (where there are plenty of kid-friendly activities on the weekend and a free playspace, too). The restaurant itself is Italian and there’s a kid’s room in the little corner of the restaurant as well as bouncy castles with water slides on the weekends (so bring swimmers and hats!).
La Barca Ristorante & BAr, 90 Goodman Rd, #01-21 Block C, Goodman Arts Centre, Goodman Arts Centre, 439053, labarca-sg.com
Cafe Melba is all about family time. There are two branches — one in the East, and one in the West at Mediapolis. At East Coast there’s a huge lawn with a bouncy castle on the weekends, while at Mediapolis there’s plenty of scooting space and games on offer including soccer balls, a basketball ring, and a life-sized wooden noughts and crosses board! Both offer ample space for prams indoors. At East Coast every Monday, kids eat for FREE (with every main meal purchased) and the bouncy castle is up from 3pm, plus there’s an arts corners from 5-8pm.
Cafe Melba, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N#01-56, Singapore 439053, and Mediapolis, 1 Stars Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 138507; Tel:(+65) 6440 6068 www.cafemelba.com.sg
Zaffron is a fun spot for Easties looking for Indian fare where the kids can play indoors. A cute wooden wendy house awaits with kid-friendly toys (better for younger tots).
Zaffron, 137 East Coast Road, Singapore 428822, zaffronkitchen.com
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is an all al fresco backyard style barbecue joint specialising in roast meats. Expect picnic-style wooden tables and meaty feasts of Whole Roasted Hog ($12 per 100g), and Roasted Chicken which are shared for the table (so no kids menu). It’s only open Friday nights and weekends and they often have kids games set up on the pavement but on their special Camp Kido days there is a lot more on offer for kids — keep an eye on their Facebook for the next one.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, 66 Kampong Bugis, #01-01, Singapore 338987, www.kilokitchen.com/camp-kilo-charcoal-club
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