Top Singapore Family-Friendly Attractions

19 February 2013

In amongst the skyscrapers and busy streets of Singapore are awesome attractions that will entertain and educate the kids, making this fantastic Asian destination the perfect city-break option for a family holiday. Here at Flight Centre, we thought we'd put together some great family-friendly attractions.

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Singapore Zoo
The kids will love visiting the world's best rainforest zoo, Singapore Zoo, home to 2,800 animals that roam freely in open and natural habitats. Dare to go on a Night Safari or take a "backstage tour", giving you VIP access to exhibits and a behind-the-scenes look at how the animals are cared for. Play and learn in Rainforest Kidzworld, comprising a farmyard animal area, Wild Animal Carousel Ride and Wet Play Area. Check the website for special children's events and shows, and details about scheduled closures.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens, the only botanic garden in the world to open from 5am until midnight every day of the year, offers free admission into an oasis of cool, green open space, lush rainforest and, for a small fee, the National Orchid Garden, boasting 1000 colourful species and twice as many hybrids. The kids will love the freedom afforded to them between flights to run, play, and feed the swans while you relax in the beautiful surrounds. Enjoy a traditional breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea in the food court, the café or the Ginger Garden Restaurant.

Chinatown and Little India
Singapore's Chinatown is a popular stop for bargain hunters and those seeking affordable, authentic snacks or meals. Check out the night market and dine in any one of many small restaurants in the area. Get a glimpse into Singapore's rich history at Chinatown Heritage Centre, where the shops and street scenes of 19th and 20th century Singapore have been recreated. The kids will be just as excited to pick up a souvenir and experience Little India, vibrant with colour and pungent with the smells of spices, flowers, and delicious food served at convenient eateries.

Museum of Shanghai Toys
"A place where dreams come true", the Museum of Shanghai Toys is the first museum in the world to exhibit vintage oriental toys. It's an extensive collection, located at 83 Rowell Road, Singapore, which has been a labour of love for founder of the museum, Marvin Chan. Take a guided tour to learn about vintage oriental toys that date back as far as the early 1900s, and be taken back to your own childhood as the kids marvel at old-school wind-up cars and aeroplanes, china dolls and teddy bears.

Universal Studios Singapore
Located in Resort World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore is Asia's first movie theme park, providing the ultimate in sophisticated entertainment for kids and adults alike. Discover seven fun-filled movie-themed zones, including the Lost World, Waterworld, Ancient Egypt, Madagascar, The Palace of Far Far Away, Hollywood, New York and a futuristic Sci-Fi City.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.