Singapore – safe, clean and fun – is one of the best destinations in Asia to travel with children! Young kids are welcomed and loved throughout the city, often greeted with adoration and enthusiasm by the locals. Spend adventurous days on the kid-centric adventure island Sentosa, visit the city’s art spaces and museums and be wowed at their impressive programs for kids, then take time in nature at the main island’s Gardens by the Bay and old-fashioned island, Palau Ubin.
Many of Singapore’s museums and galleries have dedicated interactive exhibits for children. Among the best for kids are – The Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Science Centre Singapore & National Gallery Singapore.
Singapore has several green areas for kids. Gardens by the Bay is a top pick with a botanical garden dedicated to children, water play parks, tree houses, bio domes and a Skyway with impressive sights over the city. The Treetop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir full of forest canopies is great for adventurous older kids.
This sunny island is an adventure theme parks haven with Adventure Cove Waterpark, Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa 4D Adventureland, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Port of Lost Wonder and KidZania Singapore. Your kids will be entertained and occupied for days on this attraction-heavy island.
This quirky island is full of fun wildlife explorations and bike trails. Sensory Trail is a great one for kids, full of native plants and animals to spot. Older kids can embark on the bike trails to Chek Jawa, Singapore’s Wetland Reserve. Upon arrival, trail the quiet boardwalks and take in the serenity of the open shoreline.
Singapore experiences a hot and humid climate year-round and sightseeing activities run through all seasons. Other factors such as crowds and events can be more important to consider when deciding what time to visit, as Singapore travel doesn’t necessarily follow the usual parameters of high, low and shoulder seasons.
The largest crowds coincide with school holidays in Australia and New Zealand during June to July, and November to early January. May and June experience the highest levels of humidity and this can make sightseeing less enjoyable. However, there are some interesting festivals that fall around this period, such as the Great Singapore Sale and the Singapore Food Festival, both in July. November to January, despite crowds, is a good time to visit as the somewhat less intense humidity is more comfortable for sightseeing.
Late January to April and August to October, experience lower crowds (with no major holidays), besides the Singapore Grand Prix event in September. Some better accommodation deals can be made during this time, however this is no significant drop in rates during any particular period. Southwest parts of Singapore experience some heavy rainfall during monsoon season in August and October.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the Singaporean subway system and often the best way to get around the city. The Singapore Tourist Pass provides unlimited rides on all public transport (subway, bus and train) for $10 per day or $20 for 3 days. Information is available at available at thesingaporetouristpass.com.sg
Bus travel around Singapore is an efficient, affordable and easy way to get around. The main companies SBS Transit and SMRT have routes to all destinations across the island with fares approximately $1 to $3.
Taxi cabs are notoriously difficult to find during busy periods around Singapore, though they are reasonably priced and efficient. Meters start at $3 and charge approximately 22c for every 400m.
Ferry routes run regularly between Singapore’s Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin and other islands from the Marin South Pier for fares of approximately $3.
Car travel is an efficient way to get around Singapore, though more expensive. Smaller companies are often more affordable than international ones, particularly for local driving. Car rental rates begin at approximately $60 per day. Pay attention to restricted zones and heavy tolls, in operation around central Singapore area.
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