Singapore may be best known for its world class shopping and gambling, but the city-state offers plenty of family-friendly holiday fun as well. With frequent flights operating across the country and English as the most common language, Singapore is remarkably accessible to Australian travellers. Here are some of the hottest attractions in Singapore for families to enjoy.
If your little ones love animals, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Singapore Zoo. More than 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles await to delight the whole family. Features include an elevated platform at the giraffe exhibit and underwater viewing of the otters and pygmy hippos to get you as close to the action as possible. To get even closer, book a breakfast with the orangutans or an elephant ride. For the older kids, the zoo also offers a night safari that includes a guided tram ride across seven geographical regions, to see the nocturnal animals that dwell within.
Science Centre Singapore
Young inquisitive minds will delight at the informative exhibits in the Science Centre Singapore. More than 1,000 individual exhibits are on display at the centre’s exhibition galleries, most of which are hands-on and interactive. Get up close and personal with anatomy in the Human Body Experience, learn about the wonders of nature with Exploring Nature’s Design, experience the principles of physics first hand in the outdoor Kinetic Garden, or spark your innate curiosity as Scientist for a Day. You’ll need more than a whole day to interact with all of the exhibits, so choose wisely.
Sentosa Nature Discovery
Just the experience of getting to Sentosa Island is entertaining for kids and kids at heart. Choose the Sentosa Express monorail from the VivoCity shopping centre on the mainland, or grab the cable car from Mount Faber. Once you’re on the island, the whole family can enjoy the Sentosa Nature Discovery. Start by interacting with the gallery exhibits to learn about science process skills: observe, classify, compare and infer.
After that, you’re free to meander on the Nature Walk to experience the eight different types of habitat found on Sentosa including coastal rainforests, rocky seashores and wetlands. More than 20 species of birds inhabit the island, as well as long-tailed macaques, squirrels and geckos. The full walk is 1.8 kilometres long, but little legs that tire easily need not go that far.
Resorts World Sentosa
Of course, no family trip to Singapore would be complete without ticking off at least one attraction from Resorts World Sentosa. Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A. Aquarium are calling your name.
Winner of the 2014 AsiaOne People’s Choice Award for best attraction, Universal Studios Singapore is hard to beat for film inspired entertainment. But that’s not all Resorts World has to offer. There’s also Marine Life Park, Dolphin Island and the Trick Eye Museum – not to mention countless shows and special events. With all of the family fun to be had at Resorts World, you might not even want to leave Sentosa on your Singapore trip.