How to Plan the Perfect Family Staycation in Singapore
Packing your bags for a Singapore local getaway? Need a family staycation after enduring endless days of working from home and home based learning?
We may all be adopting a different approach to the holiday season – with some families and couples hopping off to enjoy a local staycation, while others mark their birthday celebrations with the Singapore Rediscover Vouchers on Singapore’s top local attractions.
Whatever your circumstances, there are always fun and interesting things to do in Singapore!
As you get ready to go on an adventure in your own backyard, the teams at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road , Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, and PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Singapore have curated some of the best local experiences you can enjoy in Singapore.
Lean back, relax and consider these recommendations as you plan for your own staycation plans!
Best Places to Stay for a Family or Couple Staycation in Singapore
There are many reasons why you should choose a staycation at a serviced residence. As a home away from home, serviced apartments let you escape from the humdrum of everyday life for a couple of days up or even a week or two.
Perhaps you are entering a crunch time at work and need space to fully focus and be productive. Most serviced apartments allow you to work — at least for a couple of hours — while your children or significant other are engaged in other pursuits. Once you are done from your “work-cation”, you can join your family in exploring the city or simply chilling out.
Serviced apartments are also ideal for those renovating their homes. For those who decide to take a renovation vacation (aka a “reno-cation”), service residences serve as a short-term accommodation option until the dust settles.
Unlike smaller hotels (especially budget accommodations), most serviced apartments offer the luxury of space. That translates into flexibility for your stay as you can choose to have friends and family pop in and enjoy the facilities at any time.
Another plus is that each of our serviced suites come with a well-equipped kitchenette, which means you can whip up healthy meals for your loved ones with ease.
You may be surprised to know that our serviced apartments are also pet-friendly. To find out more about our extensive facilities, hop over here.
Need a break to rejuvenate your senses? Kick back and relax with your favourite book, movie or toy at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites (Beach Road or Orchard), or PARKROYAL Serviced Suites located at Beach Road. Our well-appointed serviced apartments offer a cosy and welcoming environment for you to steal away from the hustle and bustle of life, while being close to popular restaurants and retail establishments.
Do note that there is a minimum six nights stay for PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Singapore and Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard.
Best Day Activities in Singapore for Families and Couples
Now that you’ve got your accommodation settled, your goal is to take your marital or family bond to new heights during your local staycation. Unknown to many, Singapore is home to many hidden nature gems and Instagram-worthy spots waiting to be discovered.
Re-discover Singapore Via Kayak
Is cycling or driving down Singapore’s streets too mundane for your liking? To up your adrenaline level by a couple of notches, consider kayaking down the many hidden streams and waterways in the island city!
Make a riverine date with Kayak Asia — the water sports specialist organises regular trips on brightly coloured watercrafts along mangrove streams and river trails. To be safe, the tour operators will ensure that you and your family members can swim, and are familiar with kayak capsize drills.
With the wind in your hair, and the therapeutic sound of paddles slicing water, it will be a Singapoliday to remember.
Check out their upcoming expeditions here!
Be Tarzan for A Day at Forest Adventure
|Address||Bedok Reservoir Road|
||+65 8100 7420
||9:30am to 6:30pm, Tuesday to Sunday|
Set amidst the beautiful Bedok Reservoir Park, Forest Adventure is one of the top things to do in Singapore for adrenaline junkies or families with older children.
There are different courses for different folks – three to be exact. The Grand Course (minimum height 1.45m) comprises 44 obstacles, including 3 giant zip lines. The Junior Course (minimum height 1.35m) has 26 obstacles and 2 zip lines. And the Kids Course (minimum height 1.1m) has 16 obstacles and 2 zip lines.
As you work your way through the various obstacles, and finally take the leap to whisk across the air along the banks of the scenic Bedok Reservoir, you might find yourself energised with a brand new perspective on life.
Take Pretty Snaps of Peranakan Architecture at Joo Chiat
Looking to add some pretty heritage-infused colours to your Instagram feed? Hop down to the historic Joo Chiat area and take #OOTD shots with iconic Peranakan shophouses in the background!
Located near the intersection of Koon Seng Road and Joo Chiat Road, these buildings are painted in a pretty palette of pastel shades and feature quaint accented wall tiles alongside wooden window shutters. Taken from afar, the colours of these houses actually resemble the rainbow kueh lapis that many Singaporeans grew up eating and love.
While it is understandable to go trigger-happy here, do practise caution and be sensitive to the residents living in these houses.
Apart from pretty pictures, you can also bring home some tasty Nyonya morsels. Just take a short walk to Kim Choo Kueh Chang and indulge in some classic Nyonya dumplings and dessert. (For more places of interest to visit in the district, read this.)
Pro tip: Do visit in the early mornings or late afternoons to take advantage of the natural light.
Best Indoor Local Activities in Singapore
The year-end season in Singapore typically brings a higher incidence of rain and thunderstorms. As such, it is always good to have a list of fun indoor things to do in Singapore. Here are some cosy ideas to start you off on the right footing.
Unleash Your Inner Van Gogh
|Address||Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897|
||+65 6235 8705
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||11:00am to 2:00pm, 2:30pm to 5:30pm, and 6:00pm to 9:00pm|
Satisfy your artistic and tea cravings at Arteastiq, a budding artist’s haven located in the heart of the city. With free flow of paint, choice of canvas, and a free drink, you are at liberty to indulge your inner whimsy while setting your creativity free.
It is also a unique date night idea if you have a few hours to while away in the afternoon. Who knows? It might help you see and appreciate your loved one anew.
Get Intimate with Baba Culture at The Intan
|Address||69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231|
||+65 6440 1148
||7:00am to 10:00pm daily|
Get up close and personal with all things Peranakan at The Intan, a private Peranakan museum and Singapore’s only lived-in museum.
Once described as an “Ali Baba’s cave,” The Intan is the brainchild of antique collector and owner Alvin Yapp, who offers personalised tours rounded off with authentic Peranakan tea sessions and meals inspired by his mother.
Voted Best Overall Experience in Singapore's inaugural Museum Roundtable Awards, The Intan has been featured internationally on CNN Travel, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Come with an empty stomach and an open mind, and be prepared to feast on a kaleidoscope of rare historical artefacts, intriguing personal stories, and delicate teas and Nyonya delights.
Book your visit to The Intan with your SingapoReDiscover Vouchers here!
Fall in Love With Pottery
There are few activities as therapeutic and indulgently time-wasting as pottery. Who knows what magic may happen when it is just you, a lump of clay, and the potter’s wheel?
Fortunately for the connoisseurs of clay, you check out several popular pottery workshops here in Singapore. Try Mud Rock Ceramics, where you will get to learn directly from the people who make ceramics for top restaurants and Michelin-starred chefs around the world. Their claims to fame include even royal gifts—like a teapot for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II!
School of Clay Arts offers introductory workshops but it is a game of fastest fingers first as the slots are snapped up pretty quickly once made available.
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Indulge in Traditional Dim Sum at Si Chuan Dou Hua
To tantalise your taste buds after an afternoon of adventure, head to the delightful Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant located at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. The acclaimed Chinese restaurant serves authentic Sichuan and Cantonese delicacies prepared by a team of experienced chefs.
Popular dishes include "Chong Qing" Diced Chicken with Dried Chilli (not for the faint-hearted!), Smoked Fish with Mixed Spices and Minced Chicken Soup with Fungus. There is also an extensive selection of Cantonese and dim sum delicacies to choose from at this Bugis Chinese restaurant.
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