12.10.2012

Singapore for Kids : Holiday Planner



Welcome to Singapore!
Ever wonder what an overseas parent may plan for a holiday in Singapore?

As a small country, we do not have much natural attractions that could make us an obvious choice as a holiday destination for tourists. Travel magazines used to say that you can cover Singapore in just 2 days. Thereafter you should use Singapore as a springboard to explore the rest of Asia.


Nevertheless Singapore has progress much over the years and shedding the image of just being a city state for business travellers. In fact, in our humble opinion, Singapore is actually quite child friendly with many attractions suitable for kids. This makes it a top destination for families with kids to Singapore. The reputation of being a clean, green and safe country reinforces its status as a top family holiday hotspot.

The Wacky Duo gives you our take on how a 6 Days 5 nights holiday can be plan in Singapore. We present to you

Singapore for Kids- A holiday Itinerary for families with young kids.


Port of Lost Wonder

Day 1

Check in at Shangri La Rasa Sentosa Resort

The hotel has one of the best Children’s club spanning 100 sqm and over 2 stories. It consists of 3 activities zone (toots Club, craft Zone and Games Zone) . Adults can also indulge in the flying trapeze and sea sport centre

Spend the day and evening exploring the best of Sentosa

Plan the day at Sentosa, where the island 20 plus attractions await you.

For the younger kids, do not miss out Port of Lost Wonder. For the older kids, you can try the Wave house, megazip adventure park, ifly Singapore. For the history bluffs, explore Fort Siloso , images of Singapore. For the nature lovers, do not miss Underwaterworld Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon. Don’t forget to catch the Song of the Seas in the evening. You should at least plan activities on the island for 2 days.

Sentosa

Day 2

Continue your time exploring Sentosa. In the evening take the Cable Car to Mount Faber for a dinner with a view at the Jewel box. Make a pit stop at Vivocity to kick off your shopping. Vivocity has a wide variety of kid’s specific boutiques such as Mothercare,Fox, Gap, Cotton on Kids and Toys R Us ( Just to name a few). It also house Golden Village cinema should you wish to catch a movie.

Day 3

Pack your bags and check into Festive Hotel at Resort World Sentosa. This would be your hotel for the next 3 nights. Take the family room if travelling with kids. The loft bed as well as the extra sofa bed makes it a massive room that can accommodate 5.


Singapore Zoo

Leave Sentosa and explore Singapore. Take a trip to the heartlands with a trip to the world acclaimed Singapore Zoo. Incorporate a visit to the Night Safari for a whole day at the Zoo. Do bring the swimwear for kids as they would enjoy themselves at the Rainforest Kidzworld where a decent size waterplay area awaits.

If you prefer to be somewhere else in the evening, have your dinner at Dempsy hill. Lose yourself in eighteen blocks of old world charm and real world comfort. The dining options vary from International, Asian as well as Seafood. There is even a kid indoor playground, Go-Go Bambini that opens till 8 pm on Fri and Sat (Other days till 6pm).

Do not fret about the transport as taxis are found everywhere on this little island. You may even take the MRT to travel around as it is highly convenient

Day 4

Take your breakfast at Killiney Kopitiam at the heart of Orchard Road. Savour the way food and beverages prepared in a traditional way. Start your shopping at the shopper’s paradise known as Orchard Road. Be warned if you are a shopaholic, you may end up spending the whole day there! There are many brands ranging from high street to main street available at Orchard Road.

National Museum of Singapore
Spend the afternoon with an edutainment visit to the Museums for the kids. The museums are housed at the end of Orchard Road towards Cityhall ( Travel by MRT and stop at Cityhall) There you will be able to visit at least 5 museums; National Museum of Singapore( 93 Stamford Road)Peranakan Museum(39 Armenian Street), Singapore Philatelic Museum (23B Coleman Street) and Singapore Art museum( 71 Bras Basah Road) . Asian Civilisation Museum(1 Empress Place). For tim sum or afternoon tea, hop down to Chinatown or Haji Lane for a quaint shophouse dining experience.


National Museum of Singapore
After your museum tour, take a walk to Marina Bay. You may pass by monuments like the Victoria Theatre, The Arts house at the Old Parliament and the Old Supreme Court. Ideally you should pass through The Fullerton Hotel, a makeover of the old General Post office housed in the midst of the Central Business District. Visit the Merlion at one Fullerton; continue your shopping at Marina bay Sands. Bring your camera along as this trial promises great pictures with Singapore iconic landmarks.

Gardens by the Bay
Do take a walk to the Gardens by the bay in the evening to visit Singapore latest attractions. The kids would love the Biodomes and Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay. Thereafter visit the Singapore Flyer and explore Singapore from up in the sky. Take a photo of the F1 tracks around the Singapore Flyer. Have dinner at the no signboard seafood at the Esplanade for a taste of the World famous Chilli Crab. Do catch an arts performance at the Esplanade if time permits.


Singapore Flyer


Day 5

After an exhausting day, enjoy the facilities at Resort World Sentosa. Bring the kids to Universal Studios Singapore. You would probably end up spending the whole day there. If time permits, spend the afternoon at the gorgeous man made beach at Hard Rock hotel Pool or head down toSiloso Beach for a relaxing time at the beach. You could even go to the Southernmost part of Continental Asia while you are there.


Universal Studios Singapore
Finally, head back to the resort in the evening to visit the Maritime museum and catch the Crane Dance at RWS Waterfront. When the kids are tucked in bed, sneak out and be a high roller at the Casino (Disclaimer: do not leave the kids alone especially if they are young!)

Day 6

In the morning, head down to the eastern part of Singapore for breakfast at Katong. Enjoy the famous prawn noodle or Laksa found along East Coast Road. Have a heritage tour at Joo Chiat. If time permits, head down to the Famous Seafood Center or the Big Splash at East Coast Park for lunch and a stroll by the beach.

After that depends on your flight schedule, you can continue your shopping in town or even at Changi Airport. Take some time to explore the Airport as it has numerous play area for kids and a wide selection of tax free shops for adults to indulge.

Additional Tips for families with young kids


  • Singapore is stroller friendly. Bring your stroller along
  • There are baby chairs found in most restaurant and some food courts
  • Kids stuff can be found in most major malls. Some malls come with indoor playground for kids as well. Bring a swimsuit as some malls include wet playground!
  • Singapore is hot, hot, hot. If you doing alot of walking or activities under the sun, don't forget the sunblock
  • Taxis can be found everywhere, but do note they are in high demand during peak hours (6-930 am weekdays, 6pm to midnight everyday)
  • MRT can take you to most destination listed in the itinerary

We hope that this itinerary would be useful to both local and tourist alike. For locals, you can take it as a staycation and appreciate what Singapore has to offer. As for tourists, we hope you will enjoy yourselves with this suggested itinerary. There are lots more to do that we have not place in this segment. You can always refer to our segment ‘Explore Singapore’ for more ideas. Do come back and visit Singapore soon.

Happy Holidays!






1 comment:

  1. Awesome Blog. It is very informative for travel interest people. I am a tourist and have visited or used to visit various countries for my interest. Singapore is a nice country for visiting. It has many enjoyable places for kids. Your blog is very informative for me. I am also in search of the best enjoyable places for my kids. I must go Singapore after my dc cherry blossom tours with my 3 kids and my wife. I really thankful to you.

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