One of the factors that I considered when I made our itinerary was that we were travelling with a preschooler. There are a number of activities to do in Singapore and not all of these would be enjoyed by a young child. And activities there are pricey. So to save money, time, energy, and a bunch of tantrums, we limited our itinerary.
I'd like to share with you some free things to do in Singapore when you're travelling with your kids. I am pretty sure there are more to this list. Let me know in the comment box, would love to hear from you. :)
1. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay has a diverse range of plants from all over the world. They have several key attractions like the Supertrees, Flower Dome, Cloud Forests, and more. Access to the outdoor gardens and children's garden is free while fees will apply for the conservatories and OCBC Skyway.
There are several gardens to be found here with their own themes - Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Supertree Grove, etc. A big space for the kids to run around. The outdoor garden is open daily from 5:00AM - 2:00AM.
|Gardens by the Bay|
The Far East Organization Children's Garden is a one-hectare area that caters to kids from 1 to 12 years old. This area is open from 9:00AM to 9:00PM. They are closed every Monday for maintenance.
Toddler Play Zone (for kids aged 1 to 5 years old)
Kids get hungry after playing. Grab light snacks at their Children's Garden Cafe.
|Children's Garden Cafe|
Water Play (for kids aged 6 to 12 years old)
This play area will delight all children who enjoy splashing water. The water play area is linked to sensors that detect movement of children which in turn create sequence of water effects. How cool is that! Bring along your kids'swimwear, there are lockers available.
Rainforest Tree House (for kids aged 6 to 12 years old)
We were unable to see this, unfortunately. I hope you can in your next travel.
- To get here via MRT, take the Circle Line and alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1). Take Exit B and follow underground link way. Exit and cross the Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.
- Manila and Singapore don't have time differences. However, when we went there this March, the sun was 2 hours late. I was taking pictures at 6:00PM but the sky looked like it was only 4PM. Visit the gardens late in the afternoon and wait for the Supertrees to be lit in nighttime.
- Bring strollers! One of my biggest mistake was leaving my son's stroller here in Manila. Big booooboooo! The place is really big and the legs of our little man tire easily.
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) is the most visited botanic gardens in the world. It is so huge, we were only able to visit the National Orchid Garden.
Here are the different gardens in SBG:
- National Orchid Garden; open 8:30AM-7PM daily
- Jacob Balla's Children's Garden; open 8AM-7PM; closed every Monday except when it falls on designated public holiday
- Ginger Garden; open 5AM-12MN
- Healing Garden; open 5AM-7:30PM; closed on Tuesdays except when it falls on a designated public holiday
- Fragrant Garden; open 5AM-12MN daily
- Foliage Garden; open 5AM-12MN daily
- Evolution Garden; open 5AM-12MN daily
While the rest of SBG is free, the National Orchid Garden has a $5 (SGD) admission fee for adults, and it's free for children 12 years and below. Here are some pictures I took in the National Orchid Garden.
|I didn't know Hubby was taking a picture of me while taking our son's picture. LOL!|
|The Cool House|
- Apply insect repellent lotion to your kids
- Bring along drinking water (they have a drinking fountain near the restrooms)
- Wear light clothing
Ah, Sentosa - Asia's favorite playground. It is a pretty wonderful little island full of activities to do. Who says you can't enjoy without spending?
Among the three beaches in Sentosa, the Palawan Beach is the most family-friendly. Here are some free activities you can do with your kids at Palawan Beach.
|Beach Tram that will take you to Palawan Beach|
Have close encounters with the animals at the Palawan Amphitheater on these schedules:
- Bird Feeding
- 2PM to 2:15PM
- Meet an Animal Friend
- 4PM to 4:15PM
- On the Wild Side
- Animal Performances at 5PM to 5:30PM
Kids and kids-at-heart will surely enjoy the animal show. Audiences were encouraged to join the show which made it even more exciting!
Check Sentosa's website for updated schedule.
|Me and my son had a close encounter with this adorable Siberian husky|
|A very entertaining animal show|
|One of the audience was courageous enough to carry Lucy, the python.|
Palawan Beach Front
Bring your swimwears and sunblock and head on to the beach! Should you get hungry, there's a 7-11 right after you alight the beach tram, across the restroom and locker areas. There's also a pocket playground for the little ones at the beach. But I bet the kids will choose the sands and water over the playground. :)
|Loving the sun and the sand|
|Restrooms and locker area|
- To get to Palawan Beach, take the Sentosa Express and alight at the Beach Station. Follow the signs leading to the Beach Tram loading and unloading bay
- At 3PM, the sun can be really hot - as if it was 1PM here in the Philippines! Plan your schedule ahead.
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