Singapore is such an easy city with a toddler. Almost everywhere is buggy friendly and easily accessible, including public transport. Restaurants are child-friendly and often have kids menus and high chairs. And there are so many things to do with your tots in Singapore. While you may not be able to ride the rollercoasters at Universal Studios or fly the zip line on Sentosa, no worries as we’ve found plenty of toddler-friendly activities and here are our top picks! Do check with individual websites on revised operating hours and days of operation in light of COVID-19.
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Often regarded as one of the best zoos in the world thanks to its natural rainforest setting and spacious landscaped enclosures, the Singapore Zoo is the best place to get up close and personal with all the animals from around the world. As tram rides and the water play areas are still closed at the moment, grab a map and plan a safari hunt with the kiddos instead! How about visitng the pandas at River Safari too? Still lots to do at the zoo. Do note that booking of time slots is compulsory so go online and do so before making the trip!
Wildlife Reserves Singapore, www.wrs.com.sg/en.html
The many paths, suspended walkways, and climate-controlled conservatories are fun to explore, but the absolute highlight of the 100-hectare Gardens by the Bay is the Children’s Garden. Toddlers love playing in the fish fountain, so be sure to bring your swimmers. There’s even an onsite café where mum and dad can enjoy a coffee and cake. Do note that the Children’s Garden is closed on Mondays. The Fish Water Playground is closed at the moment. Check their website for regular updates. Pre-booking of an entry time-slot for the Flower Dome also mandatory.
Gardens by the Bay, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Toddlers are always impressed with aquariums and the SEA Aquarium is sure to be a huge hit. There’s lots of space to run around and over 100,000 marine creatures from more than 800 species. The Discovery Touch Pool is always fun, but it’s the huge Open Ocean with its manta rays, sharks, and goliath grouper that will have them gazing in wonder. Book your slot HERE. Also check their website for the revised operating hours.
S.E.A. Aquarium, www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/sea-aquarium/explore
The Jurong Bird Park is a super fun day out for little ones, where they can interact with over 8,000 birds from more than 600 species. Feeding the ostriches and pelicans are always a hit, but the Lori feeding is sure to be the highlight. Buy a pot of nectar and standby for a flurry of birds to descend upon you! There are also fun shows to watch and even a monorail to ride around the park on. Safety measures have been put in place. Do check their website for more details before visiting.
Jurong Bird Park, www.wrs.com.sg/en/jurong-bird-park.html
If you want space for running around, the Botanic Gardens should be top of your list. There is a huge variety of areas to explore including lakes, fountains, sculpture gardens, and plenty of well-manicured lawns. You can feed the fish at the Green Pavilion, and keep a lookout for swans, otters, terrapins, and even giant monitor lizards. Bring a ball, bubbles, and a picnic. Want more? Check out The Learning Forest in this UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Singapore Botanic Gardens, www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg
There's plenty to do for the little ones at Lakeside Garde, located in the west of Singapore, along Yuan Ching Road. Children aged between 5 to 12 would love Forest Ramble, the largest nature play garden in the heartlands. The 2.3-hectare play area comprises 13 different adventure stations for little ones to explore and emulate the movement of animals that inhabit a freshwater swamp forest. If you simply want a relaxing stroll with the little tikes, head to Rasau Walk, a meandering boardwalk that brings you close to the water’s edge along the western part of Jurong Lake. Bring your scooters and bikes along too! The paths are smooth and easy to maneuver.
Lakeside Garden, www.nparks.gov.sg/juronglakegardens
What toddler doesn’t love a day at the beach? The southern coast of Sentosa Island is lined with three kid-friendly beaches (Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong) perfect for a day of sandcastle building and shell collecting. There are several family-friendly restaurants to choose from and even a free beach tram to save little legs from walking too far. Check out our Little Steps' guide to Sentosa HERE!
The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden within the Botanic Gardens has been the venue choice for playdates for the past 10 years. The Garden was designed to provide a fun learning environment, with educational areas such as the Sensory Garden and the Magic of Photosynthesis area – but really, kids just love playing in the treehouse, sandpit and water fountains. Check their website for safety advisories and revised operating hours.
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden,
Toddlers can’t ride on roller coasters at Universal Studios, so the Singapore Cable Car is the next best thing. Start at Mount Faber and take the 12-minute ride down the mountain and over the sea to Sentosa. Switch onto the Sentosa Line and you can end your fun journey on Siloso beach for some beach playtime. Definitely, the most fun way to get to Sentosa. Get your tickets HERE.
Singapore Cable Car, www.onefabergroup.com/how-to-get-there-cable-car
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