Expand your horizons and explore the best of Singapore’s cultural excursions with your little tots, tweens, and teens! From indoor adventures at museums and galleries to outdoor trails and historical walks, we’ve listed our top recommendations of cultural outings that Singapore has to offer for the whole family!
Put on your most comfy shoes and start exploring Singapore’s rich heritage through the walking trails by the National Heritage Board. Embark on these well-loved heritage trails and experience for yourself the untold stories behind the neighborhoods and streets of Singapore where locals live, work, and play. Explore the shopping district of Orchard Road or head back in time to the World War 2 Heritage Trail. Visit Roots' website for detailed information and download each neighborhood's trail booklet so you’ll be all set for a day of adventure with your kiddos!
Singapore Heritage Trails, Islandwide, www.roots.gov.sg/nhb/trails
Spend a day at the National Gallery Singapore where kids can explore the exhibitions as well as partake in the various activities offered. Every second Saturday and Sunday, kids can dive into the world of stories that make the artworks come alive. They get to listen to storytellers and journey through the various galleries. There are also Family Art Workshops scheduled every second Saturday of the month plus a whole range of drop-in activities! Also check out the new Gallery Kids! portal on their website for an interactive experience into the art on display.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew's Road, Singapore 178957, +65 6271 7000, www.nationalgallery.sg
Discover the cultural side of Singapore while you meet and capture Pokemon on the go! Find out the stories behind the poke stops located at Kampong Glam, Haji Lane, and Little India as are on board this tour. Get yourself engaged in virtual raids while immersing in the Malay and Indian culture of Singapore. What are you waiting for? Book now on Klook to catch ’em all! The cost of the tour is SG$100 and it is eligible for redemption of your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers.
Rediscover Singapore, www.rediscoversingapore.co/pokemon-go-cultural-walking-tour/
The Fullerton Hotel offers tours to guests and the general public. You can choose the Fullerton Monument Tour which takes you back in time to 1928 when the story of the Fullerton Building first began. Or, you can choose either the Maritime Journey Tour or the Fullerton Heritage Trail which is self guided. All tours are complimentary and can be booked directly through the hotel.
Fullerton Heritage Tours & Trail, www.thefullertonheritage.com/tours
Seize the opportunity to catch world-class touring exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum, where art, science, and technology all coincide in one space. The museum has collaborated with the American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, and world-renowned furniture designer Herman Miller. Its permanent exhibition, 'Future World: Where Art Meets Science' is a must-visit for the whole fam as you can immerse yourselves in a dynamic 1,500-square-meter digital universe of interactive art installations revolving around the themes of Nature, Town, Park, and Science.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974, +65 6688 8868, www.marinabaysands.com/museum
A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round from the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings. Beginning March 16 till December 14, 2019, the museum hosts full-day family programs on selected dates. These include intergenerational workshops, sensory playdates, and even a tour to discover interesting facts about Singapore and the world!
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, +65 6332 3659, www.nationalmuseum.sg
Take a stroll through Singapore's oldest monastery and marvel at its elaborate, ornate gateway. Cross over the bridge and it spans out onto an open courtyard. The seven-storey Dragon Light Pagoda is a sight to behold and we love the tranquil atmosphere of the whole vicinity. Also check out the wall carvings, rock garden, and collection of bonsai trees that line the walkways. Definitely a great cultural experience for the kiddos!
Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, 184 Jalan Toa Payoh, Singapore 319944, +65 6259 6924, www.shuanglin.sg
An iconic structure resembling a durian, the Esplanade is at the cultural forefront and sits right in the heart of Marina Bay. Spend a day with the kids here to embrace a full lifestyle experience - theater, performing arts, dining, shopping, and a kids' club, PIP's PLAYbox. There are ongoing kiddy workshops and events throughout the year so check their website for the full line-up.
Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981, +65 6828 8377, www.esplanade.com
The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall houses artifacts that shed light on the lesser known details of Singapore and Nanyang's involvement in the 1911 Revolution. Free guided tours of the Memorial Hall’s permanent galleries and special exhibitions are available daily. Have the kids bask in the Lunar New Year festivities at this year's Wan Qing Festival of Spring with auspicious Lion and Dragon dance performances, heritage tours and trails, and of course, craft activities!
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874, +65 6256 7377, www.sysnmh.org.sg/en
Boasting an impressive regional mecca of Asian artifacts, the Asian Civilisations Museum centers on educating its visitors on the material cultures that formed our beautiful continent. Kids can take their own journey via the museum's Fun Trails. Whatever you need to know about the history of Singapore the ACM will have an exhibition on it. From textiles to pottery and also the famous people who've graced our land, kids can spend a whole afternoon pottering between the different exhibits.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555, +65 6332 2982, www.acm.org.sg
Housing the tooth relic of the historical Buddha, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple constructed in 2007 also serves as a Chinese Buddhist cultural center. There's also a teahouse and museum that is well-known for its extensive collections of Buddhist culture, art, and history. The theater holds cultural performances, talks, and film screenings. Admission to the temple and weekly-guided tours are free of charge. Each tour lasts around two hours and guides you through the different floors and halls of the temple and museum.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple And Museum, 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840, +65 6220 0220, www.btrts.org.sg
The Indian Heritage Centre, under the management of the National Heritage Board and with support from the Indian community, traces the history of the Indian and South Asian communities in the Southeast Asian region. The four-storey building is an iconic, unique, and sustainable building that blends both traditional Indian as well as modern architectural elements. The architectural design for the facade is inspired by the baoli (or Indian stepwell) and seeks to create an urban forum for the celebration and appreciation of Indian culture. It houses 5 permanent galleries, a museum shop as well as programming and activity spaces. Admission information here.
Also known as Masjid Sultan, the grand Sultan Mosque located in the historic district of Kampong Glam is the center of activity for the Muslim Community in Singapore. The glass base of the dome is impressive, being made out of glass bottle ends. Visit the mosque during Ramadan and you'll be greeted with a night market and many food stalls. Want more? Hop onto the mosque's guided tour!
Sultan Mosque, 3 Muscat Street, Singapore 198833, +65 6293 4405 / 6293 4043, www.sultanmosque.sg
Experience the living and rich culture of this extraordinary group that has shaped the landscape of modern times. Don’t forget to check out the events calendar that is packed with fam-friendly activities. Bring your kids down to the Night Festival where the museum hosts culturally-infused Peranakan song and dance performances too. We especially love the Straits Family Sundays where you get to experience links to the museum’s current exhibits - a great way for the kiddos to learn about all about the babas and nyonyas.
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941, +65 6332 7591, peranakanmuseum.org.sg
Built in 1908, the Central Fire Station, also known as the Hill Street Fire Station, is Singapore’s oldest surviving fire station. Still an active station, it houses the Singapore Civil Defence Heritage Gallery which showcases the firefighting history of Singapore. In the past, the three-storey main building housed an engine house, living quarters for the firemen and their families, a repair shop, carpentry shop, training yard, and a lookout tower. The gallery is located in the oldest part of the station and features photographs of major fires, old firefighting equipment and uniforms, interactive displays, and audio-visual presentations. Kids will be thrilled to see a 19th-century fire engine up close and climb the 30-meter lookout tower. Book your visit here!
Central Fire Station, 62 Hill St, Singapore 179367, +65 6332 3178, www.scdf.gov.sg