Travelling with your family is all about creating lasting memories, ensuring the safety of your children, and having a whale of a time. It can also be highly stressful for parents unprepared to “let it go”.
Thankfully, this is where Singapore excels in. Known for their safety, high standards, and quality, attractions in Singapore are equipped to welcome your loved ones. From an art gallery to a natural history museum to a fully-operational fire station, these places of interest can capture every child’s imagination.
For an unforgettable family holiday in Singapore, bookmark this list of kid-friendly places in Singapore put together by the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Singapore team.
Address: 1 St Andrew's Road, Singapore 178957
Telephone number: +65 6271 7000
Opening hours: 9:00am to 7:00pm daily (Closes 9:00pm on Fridays)
For this year’s Children’s Festival titled Small Big Dreamers, the National Gallery Singapore has pulled out all the stops in a bid to engage children in both the art of play and the play of art.
Fancy some rainbow-coloured pool noodles? Or want to tangle with tangram-like tiles and Velcro pieces? These are just some of the everyday objects that Dutch art collective, We Make Carpets, has availed to kids to create playful works of art. Find this artistic play zone at the Supreme Court Wing, Level B1, of the Koh Seow Chuan Concourse Gallery.
You can also explore five interactive installations with a cast of fun characters inspired by renowned local artist Lee Wen's book: A Waking Dream and his best-known performance series, Journey of a Yellow Man. Learn about the eclectic artist’s life and art through five different installations located at City Hall Wing, Level 1–3.
Happening from now until 9 September 2018, remember to make a trip to Small Big Dreamers before it’s gone. Don’t fret if you miss it, however, as the Gallery also holds regular kids' programmes – just be sure to check out the session timings before visiting.
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Address: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Telephone number: +65 6425 2500
Opening hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm daily (Closed on Mondays)
The world of science can often be startling and surprising. Especially when it is presented by the Singapore Science Centre.
Don’t miss Phobia, the Science of Fear exhibition, which tantalises visitors with the mysteries and myths surrounding our most common and spine-tingling fears.
Another highlight that will a-maze the kids (pun intended) is Professor Crackitt’s light and mirror laboratory – a life-sized labyrinth of mirrors filled with infinite reflections and endless hallways. With so many reflections and identical hallways to choose from, you’re bound to lose your bearings. Be careful not to “run” into yourself on your way out!
A perfect ending to your Science centre sojourn is a show at the Omni-Theatre, Southeast-Asia’s first 8K 3D Digital Dome Theatre. Featuring astronomy-related topics such as Aurora: Lights of Wonder and Space Next, the experience will leave you and your kids more than a little starstruck.
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Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Telephone number: +65 6581 9128
Opening hours: 1:00pm to 7:00pm on weekdays,
10:00am to 7:00pm on weekends
Which kid doesn’t enjoy a splash in the sun? Welcome to Wild Wild Wet, Singapore’s largest water park. There is a range of rides and attractions catering to all ages – from the gentlest and shallowest Splash Play area or Professor’s Playground, to the adrenaline-pumping Ular-Lah, Royal Flush, and Free Fall, one of Asia’s longest free fall water slides.
For parents who prefer to relax while their older kids run wild, consider renting a cabana. Equipped with a mini-bar, locker, sofa seats, towels, and a float, it’ll be the perfect shelter for a lazy afternoon siesta.
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Address: National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
Telephone number: +65 6601 3333
Opening hours: 10:00am to 7:00pm daily (Closed on Mondays)
If you have a dinosaur lover or natural history buff in your hands, make a stop at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum to discover the diverse flora and fauna in Southeast Asia. The museum, one of the most immersive museums in Singapore, features over 2,000 natural history specimens on display in 15 different thematic zones.
Highlights of the museum located at the National University of Singapore campus include three diplodocid sauropod fossils. These were once among the largest and heaviest animals to ever walk the Earth. The fossils are more than 80% complete, and two of the skeletons come with skulls.
At the mammal zone, you can gawk at the skeletal remains of a 10.6 metre long female sperm whale. The first sperm whale to ever be sighted in Singapore, this giant mammal was sadly found washed ashore in July 2015 off Jurong Island.
Get directions to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Address: 62 Hill Street, Singapore 179367
Telephone number: +65 6332 3178
Opening hours: 10:00am to 7:00pm daily
(Open house takes place every Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am)
Completed in 1909, the Central Fire Station was Singapore’s first official fire station. It is also the oldest surviving fire station in Singapore.
Interestingly, the building’s distinctive red and white facade were painted green during World War II to prevent it from being targeted by Japanese aircraft. Though the building was eventually hit by bombs, the station remained functional.
Pop down to the Central Fire Station Open House every Saturday at 9:00am. Here, you can learn about the daily operations of a fire station, catch the firemen in action, and discover the roles of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
Round off your fire station tour with a walk through the Civil Defence Gallery, an interactive museum showcasing the heroic feats of the SCDF through Singapore’s history.
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