Here’s our ultimate list of fun things to do with kids in Singapore (and a lot of these kids’ activities are FREE!)
Who’s ready to banish boredom? Check out our ultimate list of can’t-miss activities in Singapore no matter what age your kids are. Yearning to explore the great outdoors and get kids off their screens? There’s outdoor obstacle courses, water play fun, go-karting and playgrounds galore. For when it’s raining or too hot outside there are plenty of indoor activities for kids too, like visits to the aquarium, kid-friendly museums and art galleries galore!
NB Before you go: Do take note that due to the current pandemic some activities may not be open at this moment so always call ahead to check.
Here are 101 things to do with kids in Singapore…
Outdoor Activities for Kids
1. Explore Singapore’s leafy parks (it ain’t called the garden city for nothing!)
We round up our faves here, from the best parks to fly a kite, to parks that offer herb gardens and treehouses to explore — all for free, of course. Download our free nature scavenger hunt printable to get the kids excited about exploring nature!
2. Check out Lakeside Garden, Jurong
Pack the sun hats and head to this free kids’ playground of animal-inspired play areas (zip lines, dens, swings, slides, mini trampolines and rope courses). Bring swimmers and cool off at the Clusia Cove water play area afterwards (as of September 2020 currently under maintenance).
3. Go crocodile spotting!
Yes, Singapore is home to plenty of wild crocs. Bring your binoculars and plenty of water and head over to Sungei Buloh with a treasure hunt checklist – makes it more fun for kids to tick when they spot something: snakes, monitor lizards, birds, monkeys, butterflies, dragonflies and if you are lucky, crocodiles! Watch our video on Sungei Buloh here.
4. Explore the new Nature Playgarden at HortPark
Bring hats (as it is not very covered) and go early to avoid the hottest part of the day. Here kids can enjoy unstructured play and let their imagination run wild (while getting their hands dirty) amongst nature. There are nine different play features built with natural materials.
5. Take a step back in history and explore the Battle Box at Fort Canning Park.
After taking in the history of this underground bunker, walk through the park and look for other World War 2 artefacts. Check out nearby new Jubilee playground after you are done. Read all about the Jubilee playground features (and where to get coffee nearby) here!
6. Catch a bumboat to Pulau Ubin
The boat ride itself is a lot of fun, then when you get there hire bikes and ride around the entire island, exploring the few original villages that still remain. Have lunch and a refreshing coconut at one of the local seafood restaurants.
7. Slide on over to Admiralty Park
Go early as it gets hot and busy! Perfect for kids of all ages (we spotted teens having loads of fun here too) this playground has a zip line and swings but mainly lots and lots of 27 different slides! And it’s all FREE!
8. Make a beeline for the Singapore Botanic Gardens
This UNESCO World Heritage Park is where families head on weekends, whether to feed the fish at the Botany Centre, look for turtles in Symphony Lake, or roll down the giant hill in Palm Valley. There are often free concerts at Swan Lake in the evenings, too.
9. Take the kids to the recently revamped Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
This place is so amazing it deserves an outing unto itself! At Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden (you can only enter if you’re with kids!) you’ll find a treehouse with slides, a water play area, sandpit, mini maze, zip line and climbing structures plus a kid-friendly cafe on site for refuelling. Just remember — this one is closed on Mondays!
10. Unleash your little explorers on the Forest Adventure ropes course
Head to beautiful Bedok Reservoir and marvel at your mini monkeys in action as they navigate the suspended obstacle course. Watch our video of kids climbing the ropes here.
11. Hop over to Jurong Frog Farm
Ever wondered where they got all the frogs for Frog Porridge from? Now you have your answer! Here you can learn about the life cycle of frogs, and even hold one if you dare. Our preschooler rates this an all-time favourite field trip! Read more about SG Farms here.
12. Take a walking tour of Singapore’s street art scene
Plan your route with our super comprehensive guide and you’ll find the kids excited to spot the next wall art, getting some culture and physical activity all in one!
13. Organise a beach clean-up
There are regular events held by Trash Hero (check their Facebook), or bring your own gloves and a big bag and educate the kids about reducing plastic as you choose a patch of the island to clean up yourself with the kids.
14. Stroll (or scoot! or bike!) along Robertson Quay
Along the way, stop off to grab a coffee at Toby’s Estate or Common Man Coffee Roasters. If you’re here for lunch check out some of the kid-friendly restaurants in the area (some have healthy kids meals, others are right near playgrounds). And of course snap a pic for the ‘gram on Alkaff Bridge.
15. Take a “hike” at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Boost your kids’ sense of accomplishment as you summit Bukit Timah Hill (it’s Singapore’s highest peak and quite a number of steps, so better for older kids unless you don’t mind carrying the little ones half way). Just don’t feed the monkeys (and keep snacks hidden)!
16. Visit Universal Studios
The Transformers Ride as well as the Battlestar Galactica ride are firm favourites with older kids, but there are some fun rides for young’uns too with a Madagascar-themed lazy river ride and merry go rounds as well as live Elmo shows for the whole family.
17. Go rock hunting!
Paint rocks, sign them then hide them around Singapore (Rob Quay and West Coast Park are good areas). If you find another rock, you get to keep it (first snap a pic of it and post to the Facebook group to thank whoever hid it for you!). Read all about how to get your kids started with Rock Hunting in Singapore here.
18. Ride the “train” and play in the sandpit at Tiong Bahru Park
When you’ve had your fill of the “choo choo train playground,” head to the Wet Market to gorge on pau at Tiong Bahru Pau (or grab a croissant at Tiong Bahru Bakery). Read our guide to Tiong Bahru here.
19. Make your way to MacRitchie to do the Treetop Walk
The 250m free-standing suspension bridge offers a bird’s eye view of the forest canopy and is a fun stroll for mini adventurers. If you fancy a day of it there’s also kayaking.
Read more: Team Sassy Mama’s fave parks in Singapore
20. Cool off at one of Singapore’s mega water parks
You can find crazy slides, bucket dunking and massive amounts of fun, all from as little as $8 (or free for little ones!). Check out our list of the best waterparks in town! Don’t fancy splashing out the cash to cool off? No problem! Check out the Best FREE wet play areas in Singapore here!
21. Cruise to St John’s Island for a beachside summer picnic
St John’s Island is just a short boat ride away and makes a fun day trip for beach lounging (but be warned: there’s not much shade). Or download the DIY trail e-guide and get your little adventurers on a nature hunt to seek out dolphins, reptiles and migratory birds! Read more here.
22. Take a Pony Ride
Take the little ones (as small as 3 years old) for a short pony ride at Gallop Stable – there’s one at both Horse City and Pasir Ris, and rides are $10.
23. Rev your engines at Go karting
Maximum Drift takes kids as young as 5 years old, while older kids from 9 years old can zoom at The Karting Arena which is a 500 metre electric karting circuit with loops and hairpin bends.
24. Look for wild animals!
Singapore may be a sparkling city but let’s not forget there once was jungle everywhere and plenty of wild animals still live in this city! We have spotted wild crocodiles, monitor lizards, hornbills and our favourites – otters – which are such a delight to watch. Oh and there are snakes, too. Read here for the best places to look for these animals in the wild.
25. Hire bikes and ride all (or part of) East Coast Park
Keep your cool with the refreshing sea breezes and then have a meal at the East Coast Lagoon Hawker Centre for Chilli Crab, Stingray and satay. The cycling path is 15km in all!
26. Take an evening spin on the Singapore Flyer
Watch the sun set over Singapore and take in the view as the city lights flicker to life.
27. Sail the Singapore River in a water taxi
Pick one up in front of the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel at Robertson Quay and get off at the Promenade in front of the Singapore Flyer. Bring the scooters so the kids can scoot all the way back to Clarke Quay for a well-earned drink (for all of you!).
28. Go wakeboarding at Singapore Wake Park
Sporty kids as young as 6 and teens alike will love Singapore’s first and only cable-ski park. Get pulled along East Coast lagoon by a suspended motorised cables – instructors are on hand to help. If this group of first timers can do it, anyone can!
29. Check out the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
Feed these slow moving creatures and marvel all things turtle at only $10 per ticket. Click here for tips on how to encourage your kids’ interest in nature and animals!
30. Eat ice cream the Singapore way
That is, between a slice of rainbow coloured bread! Find this treat being sold by the Ice Cream Uncles on Orchard Road – probably the only “street food” left in Singapore.
31. See how organic veggies are grown at Bollywood Veggies
Here you can join a rice planting activity or just stroll around the 10-acre farm admiring the cocoa trees, pandan and myriad of edible plants. Enjoy a meal in the on-site restaurant, Poison Ivy Bistro whilst you’re there.
32. Wander ’round super-cool Kampong Glam
For boutique browsing in Haji Lane to your heart’s content! Reward your little walkers with a treat from one of the cafes in the neighbourhood. Click here for the rundown on SG’s best independent boutique shopping!
33. Practise your road smarts and cycle at the Road Safety Park at East Coast
Because we all know how crazy taxi and bus drivers can get, and it’s important to teach our kiddos street smarts where we can!
34. Fly at the Megazip Adventure Park
Teens love this spot, home to the Megazip – the 75-metre high, 450-metre long, 50 km/ph flying fox guaranteed to give thrillseekers a ride. Also check out Climb Max, the 3 level, 40-foot-high adventure course; the Parajump, a 50-foot leap of faith; or the North Face, one of the highest climbing walls in Singapore!
35. Channel your inner Dr. Doolittle at the Singapore Zoo!
Pack the swimmers so the kiddos can cool off in the water-play area after a morning spent looking (and feeding) the animals.
36. Cool off at the Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay
Here you’ll find water fountains (bring swimmers!) and an adventure playground with treehouses, rope walks, and a 130m nature trail. (NB: The park is closed every Monday). Read more here.
37. Go skateboarding at SCAPE
The vibe is just right for cool teens to hang out — younger kids can take classes as well, otherwise you might need to keep a safe distance.
38. Check out the Toa Payoh Crest Playground
Is there a medal for city with best free playgrounds? Seriously our little red dot is a serious contender! This playground recreates a swampy style playground thanks to its looping terrain, plus rope bridges and stepping stones, obstacles and tunnel slides.
39. Head over to Hay Goat Dairies
Here you can see goats being milked and possibly sample the goods!
40. Visit the Central Fire Station
Head in on a Saturday morning and let the tinies learn about firefighting (and maybe even take a ride on a fire truck!).
41. Spend a night under the stars and go camping at Changi Beach Park
Don’t forget to register with NParks first!
42. Fly a kite at Marina Barrage!
Bring the swimsuits so the kids can jump around in the water play area afterwards.
43. Stay up late to watch the light and sound show ‘Spectra’ at Marina Bay Sands
This free 15-minute outdoor light and water show is staged to the symphony of music, displayed over the water at the MBS promenade at 8pm and 9:30pm. Get there early to bag the best spot!
44. Check out the relatively new Cyclist Park at East Coast Park featuring obstacle courses and bumpy hill courses.
45. Treat the kids to a Trishaw ride around town
All the better if yours has flashing lights and blaring music! Click here for more information on tour routes and timings.
46. Get up early and head to the Zoo for breakfast with the Orangutans!
47. Take cheesy pictures with the kiddies in front of the big Merlion at Merlion Park
Afterwards, stop off for lunch at one of the restaurants at Collyer Quay.
48. Go Zorbing!
That’s right, mamas, bouncing around in a giant ball feels just as silly as it looks. This wacky trend from New Zealand (pictured at the top of this article) has recently landed on our shores; at ZOVB Singapore you can bounce down a hill, splash into the water, and bump into your friends while playing BLOOP.
49. Go on a Monkey Walk with the Jane Goodall Institute of Singapore
Learn more about our cheeky friends.
50. Make the trip to Pasir Ris Park
Kids of all ages will love exploring this huge adventure playground. Burn that last bit of energy by riding bikes around the gardens (the wide flat paths are fantastic for beginner cyclists!). There’s fishing and kite-flying, too!
51. Visit the open air, free to enter Haw Par Villa
This is one of the most unique tourist attractions in the world, let alone Singapore! Built in 1937 by the Tiger Balm founders as a kind of religious theme park, Haw Par Villa’s more than 1,000 vivid statues and tableaux are at turns terrifying (not recommended for small children), enchanting, and hilarious.
52. Head to Jurong East Swimming Complex
Let your tykes hurl themselves down one of the 3 big water slides, bob around in the wave pool, or float down the lazy river. Splish Splash!
53. See how far your kids can trot by tackling the 10km Southern Ridges
Connecting Kent Ridge Park with Mount Faber Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, this hike includes the Henderson Waves — the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.
54. Let the minis run wild at West Coast Park
Here’s an adventure playground with 8 play zones, space for scooting and cycling, grass for flying kites, go-karting for the big kids and even a sea breeze to keep everyone cool! Phew!
57. Get up close and personal with our feathered friends at Jurong Bird Park
The “High Flyers” and “Kings of the Sky” shows are uber popular with our kids. Don’t forget the bathers, either so the kids can play in the water play area!
58. Play tourist for the day and book a Duck Tour of Singapore
See the city and take a thrill ride at the same time!
59. Check out the River Safari
This stroller friendly, mostly covered walkway takes you on a journey to admire different animals from dugongs to monkeys. The free ranging monkey enclosure is a highlight as are the famous pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai. You can get discounted tickets on Klook.
60. Pretend you’re on holiday by spending the day at one of Singapore’s 14 beaches!
Pack a mat and set up on the beach, or if you want shade and lunch choose between the various back restos nearby – Coastes is a fave as kids can play in the sand and sea and Ola Beach Club is great for older kids thanks to all the water sports on offer. Tanjong Beach Club has volleyball and a pool.
61. Take the cable car to Sentosa then have a go on the Skyline Luge
Whizz down outdoor tracks in a luge. Children must be at least 6 years old and 110cm tall to ride the Luge alone, or little ones (as long as they can walk unassisted) can ride tandem.
62. Wander the stunning neighbourhood of Joo Chiat on the East Coast
This is where you’ll find the famous pastel Peranakan shophouses on Koon Seng Road, along with a number of beautiful temples – perfect for memorable snaps of the kids against pretty backdrops.
63. Look for kingfishers and other wildlife at Bishan Park
One of our favourite parks for family outings with the dogs in tow. Check out the playgrounds (from this newly opened playground) to an inclusive playground. There’s often free yoga on a Saturday morning, check our weekend planner to see if there’s anything on when you are there.
64. Spend the day in a different part of Singapore
Seletar has a water playground, nature trails, and even an animal petting farm, or you could just bring the kids to the Wheeler’s Estate restaurant so they can play at the playground in your view while you enjoy a meal or drink dining alfresco.
65. Go explore Coney Island with its rugged beaches ( nothing like the expansive sandy beaches of Palawan or Siloso but still fun). Explore this stunningly green forested island on foot or by bike along the 2.5 km Coney Island Park Connector around the Serangoon Reservoir (but beware: some paths on Coney Island itself can be shingly and loose). A hit with birdwatchers (so pack binoculars), you might spot one of 80 species of birds on Coney Island Park, including the resident male Baya Weavers, Oriental Magpies, or flocks of parakeets.
Indoor/rainy day Activities for Kids
66. Visit Jewel at Changi Airport
Nope, we still haven’t gotten bored of spending long hours at Jewel bewitched by that stunning indoor vortex waterfall, shopping, eating and playing at Canopy Park (on Level 5) where there are slides, hedge mazes, entertaining mirror mazes and enormous bouncing nets. Read here for ticket prices and what to expect at Jewel, Canopy at Changi Airport.
67. Cool off at the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome
Head to this indoor, climate controlled conservatory within Gardens by the Bay to marvel at the beautiful rare flora and fauna and the indoor waterfall (used to be the tallest indoor waterfall in the world until Jewel’s indoor waterfall vortex came along). Note that there’s an extra admission cost.
68. Explore SuperPark with teens or toddlers
This indoor play centre at Suntec City is huge with sports, a rock climbing wall, trampolines, ziplines, a soft play area, a giant ball pit, and sliding mountains. You’ll also find pedal cars to race around the track, foosball and air hockey tables, super bowling and more! Read our full review here.
69. Get the thrills of skydiving without mum and dad getting grey hairs with fright at iFly Singapore
Older kids love this spot on the Sentosa Beachfront. Make sure they’re ready for this — it’s not for the sensitive, it gets loud and windy in there!
70. Discover our nation’s history at the interactive National Museum of Singapore
Sign the kids up for an interactive tour to keep them entertained and check if there are any special kids activities, arts and crafts sessions or workshops.
71. Have a cultural morning at the Chinatown Heritage Centre
Get a glimpse into the lives of Chinatown’s early migrant residents. The museum is small enough to be easy to navigate, and kids will love looking into the past with the carefully recreated interiors of 1950s shophouse tenants depicting their lives. And grab a cheap Michelin-Starred hawker lunch afterwards!
72. Get your bounce on at fab indoor trampoline parks all over Singapore
If you are going with little ones look out for special timings where only small kids get to bounce.
73. Spend a quiet morning at My Tree House at the National Library
This is the world’s first green library (and loads of fun for littlies!). Or, head over to the [email protected] with an Augmented Reality room, which brings stories to life. Plus there’s the Tinker Truck makerspace (geared towards children ages 3 to 9) for crafting and puzzle activities. Many of the libraries have fun workshops for kids from coding to crafts plus STEAM for teens (but book ahead as registration fills fast).
Read more: Best libraries for kids in Singapore
74. For a very different clime, take the kids ice skating
There are two real ice skating rinks in Singapore – Kallang Leisure Park on the East Coast and JCube in Jurong. The Rink hosts special dance evenings every Friday and Saturday night with tunes and flashing disco lights.
75. If it’s too hot to contemplate going outside or if it’s raining, pop into an indoor playground.
Joy of Toys is good for littlies, while Waka Waka is great for young kids through to 8 year olds. See our video of Singapore’s best indoor playgrounds here.
76.Visit Singapore’s largest Buddhist temple
Marvel at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple (conveniently close to Bishan Park!) and take photos of the kids in the grounds with the mini stone statutes.
77. Take your kids shopping at a neighbourhood wet market
They will see everything from live frogs to weird and wonderful fruits and veg. Click here for our guide to Singapore’s wet markets, but make sure you get there early, as most stalls close by noon.
78. Visit the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
And learn more about Singapore’s civil defence history.
79. Get ‘hands on’ at the Singapore Science Centre
Here older kids will have fun making discoveries about electricity and more, while younger kids can spend a whole day at KidsSTOP, the interactive science centre for kids with tonnes of buttons to push. Then head outside to the adjacent splash pad.
80. Spend the day at the S.E.A Aquarium
Gaze at sharks, learn about jelly fish, touch some marine creatures in the touch pond, and then sit back and watch the aquarium through spectacular floor to ceiling glass windows.
81. Get cultured at the Asian Civilisations Museum
The ACM combines a stellar location and a truly in-depth exploration of Asia’s rich cultural heritage along with fab kids’ programs like Saturdays @ ACM and free lunchtime concerts.
82. Take a tour of the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Don’t forget to cover your shoulders and knees! Then head across the street for lunch at Maxwell Hawker Centre (one of our faves).
83. Eat dim sum in Chinatown
Preferably during Chinese New Year so you can see all the decorations or during the Mid-Autumn Festival to enjoy the colourful lanterns.
84. Get educated at Images of Singapore on Sentosa
And let the kiddies learn about the history of Singapore — in a fun way!
86. Take the kids bowling
There are lots of Bowling alleys in town, some with bumpers on the lanes to help kids with their aim and some have special 5-hole balls and ramps to help younger kids slide that heavy bowling ball down the lane.
87. Show your munchkins the toys of your childhood at the Mint Museum of Toys
Keep an eye out for the Spiderman exhibition!
88. Try the cheapest Michelin-starred lunch in the world at Hawker Chan
Here a plate of Hong Kong soya sauce chicken with rice or noodles will set you back around $2! Not sure what to order when you are at a hawker? Peep our guide to the best hawker dishes in town.
89. Roll on into HiRoller
Teens and older kids will have a blast at the newly opened and largest indoor roller skating rink in Singapore.
90. Take the kids rock climbing
Check out our roundup of rock climbing centres for kids -some are indoor with themed walls or augmented reality areas, others feature outdoor climbing walls for adrenaline junkies. Kids as young as 2 can get involved but this is also a super idea for teens.
91. Check out how far Singapore has developed at The URA Centre
This spot is actually fascinating for kids with its bird’s eye view of large-scale architectural models and a look at the history behind Singapore’s urban renewal.
93. Show the kiddos how to eat their lunch with their hands from a banana leaf!
After Mustafa head to The Banana Leaf Apolo Restaurant for delicious Southern Indian signatures like fish head curry. (They’ve got Northern staples, too.) Read up on what to order at Indian restos for kids here.
94. Have a spot of afternoon tea
Singapore is filled with wonderful afternoon tea buffets, but perhaps our for a fancy afternoon out with the kids include Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore, which has a dedicated kids’ menu and lots of gluten-free options. Click here to see all our top picks for afternoon tea in Singapore!
95. Give back to the less fortunate
We all know how lucky we are to live in safe, beautiful Singapore, but it’s also worth reminding our kiddos of their good fortune (while also fostering gratitude and reducing entitlement). Check out our roundup of all the places kids can volunteer in Singapore!
96. Take the kids to FutureWorld at the ArtScience Museum
One of our fave permanent exhibitions, a highly interactive experience awaits for toddlers, big kids, and even snap-happy IG addicts. On Fridays kids enter free!
97. Catch a kid-friendly flick
We love all the child- and baby-friendly movie options in Singapore that mean you never have to feel bad about your kids making noise. Golden Village offers both “KidsFlix” and “Mums & Babies” screenings (featuring less-dim lights and changing tables in the theatre – check Facebook for details), while Shaws has just introduced Singapore’s first dedicated family hall, “Dreamers” at Jewel Changi Airport.
98. Marvel at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Whether your kids love dinosaurs or butterflies, they’re bound to be amazed by this extensive natural history collection, which actually originated with Stamford Raffles himself!
99. Get a Mama-Child Mani-Pedi
Hey, kiddos wear flip-flops all year round, too! Teach them early about self-care and treat yourself to a little indulgence. We’ve even rounded up the most kid-friendly nail salons that specialise in kids’ nail services!
100. Visit the Air Force Museum
Filled with interactive exhibits, 3D models, and – best of all – super cool multi-player flight simulators – this FREE museum is a big hit with aspiring pilots.
101. Treat yourselves to brunch, you’ve earned it!
Whew! If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of our list, clearly it’s time to recharge. Singapore’s famously decadent brunch buffets may be renowned for their free-flow Champagne, but kiddos love them just as much due to special features like face painting, bouncy castles, and ice cream buffets with endless toppings. Check out our fave brunches in Singapore here!
Anything else you think the kids will go wild for in Singapore? Email us pronto at [email protected]
Lead image (Zorbing at TOVB Singapore) via Rebecca Teoh