It’s time for some fun in the sun with friends and family, but the holidays do not mean that you’ve to burn a big hole in your pocket to engage the kids. There’s plenty to do on the little red dot that is free and doesn’t cost a buck! Little Steps has rounded up some of our favorite island-wide activities that are sure to keep your kiddos entertained. So pack up a picnic basket, ensure you’ve got sufficient supplies for a day’s adventure, and start exploring!
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The North of Singapore is filled with lots of outdoor parks and reservoirs that are perfect for a day of family fun. First up, there's MacRitchie Reservoir, where the family can hike together on one of their many trails. We'd recommend the Green Trail (3km) for a short stroll or the Orange Trail (7km) if you're aiming to get to the Treetop Walk.
There are also many activities you can try at MacRitchie, including kayaking in the reservoir, fishing, and spotting of animals like turtles and monitor lizards along the hiking trails.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is also located in the North of Singapore, and is home to rich biodiversity. There are also trails you can explore and enjoy, while looking out for inhabitants like mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, birds, and more.
Another main attraction in the North is Choa Chu Kang Park. There are lots of free activities to check out here, such as checking out their fruit plantations, or cycling and skating around the park. There's even a kids playground where the little ones can climb and play games with other kiddos, making friends along the way.
The South of Singapore houses a bunch of shopping malls, but they do also have free outdoor activities. For starters, why not head to the Botanic Gardens, where you'll be surrounded by lush greenery. This serene space is super huge so there's much to explore, and you can even have a family picnic here. Although some attractions require an entrance fee, there are certain areas you can visit for free, such as the cactus gardens and the Como Adventure Grove, a fun playground for little adventurers.
Another popular attraction in the South of Singapore is Gardens By The Bay. Although both the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest require admission tickets, there are many other areas you can explore free of charge. There is the Supertree Grove, World Of Plants, Children's Garden, Sun Pavilion, and many more. The sheer number of free attractions available at Gardens By The Bay is bound to keep the family occupied for a whole day!
Marina Barrage, which is also pretty close by, is another free attraction you can check out. The rooftop is an amazing place to have family picnics or do some kite flying, and the barrage even has a Water Playground where the little ones can hang out. All in all, it's a nice place to wind down at the end of the day - just imagine nibbling on picnic food while watching the sun set.
If you're into history, you might like Fort Canning Park. There, you'll be able to learn more about Singapore's history by visiting important spots like Fort Gate and the Battlebox. For nature lovers, you might want to check out the Spice Garden and Raffles Garden. They also have a Fort Canning Park Playground where the kids can spend their time having fun and making friends.
There's lots to explore in the East side of Singapore. One of the bigger attractions is East Coast Park, where you can take a nice family stroll in the evenings when it's not so hot. If you have your own bicycles, it'll be perfect for the whole family to cycle for about an hour or two. There are also skate parks for kids and adults who wish to do some skateboarding or roller blading.
Further east is Jewel Changi Airport, where there are many free activities you can indulge in as well. Jewel has a beautiful rain vortex that has been known to mesmerize many kids. You can also sit at the Shiseido Forest Valley, located at the heart of Jewel, as you take in the indoor forest. If you're there at night, you might be lucky to be in time for the light show as well.
If you venture just right outside of Changi Airport, you might be able to spot Jurassic Mile, a park connector and cycling path that features more than 20 different dinosaurs. You don't necessarily have to be on a bicycle or skates to visit Jurassic Mile; you can simply take a stroll through this one kilometre stretch.
Singapore Sports Hub is also another family-friendly space with plenty of free activities for you to enjoy. Their 100Plus Promenade has a jogging track around the stadium that's great for families who wish to jog or skate together. There are also free sports sessions happening daily, such as yoga and cardio classes. If your kids are a little older, you might want to participate together. A list of upcoming classes can be found here. They also have a water playground where kids can splash around and play for free.
One of the most beautiful places to visit in the West of Singapore is the Japanese & Chinese Gardens. They are just side by side, and are separated by a mere bridge. Both gardens provide picturesque views where you can soak in the greenery and simply take a breather from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.
Families can come here to take strolls together, and kids can even bring their bicycles or scooters. There's even enough space to fly kites and play ball games if that's something the family enjoys doing together!
Another attraction found in the West of Singapore is Haw Par Villa. It was opened decades ago, but has since gone through an upgrade. This free attraction contains a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion. Located in Pasir Panjang, it features statues and surreal scenes from Chinese literature.
Another place families can head to in the West is Chestnut Nature Park. It's one of Singapore's largest nature parks, and contains both the Southern Hiking Trail and Northern Hiking Trail. There's also a Chestnut Tower observation deck for panoramic views of the park. If you and the kids are into mountain biking, drop by the park's Pump Track to try out some tricks and stunts together.
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