With school holidays approaching, I’ve been looking into fun activities to occupy Jetlag & Mayhem in Singapore. Plus my mum and dad are visiting so I’d like to show them a good time too. Singapore has SO MUCH to offer the family traveller but many of the top ticket items cost quite a bit of money e.g. Universal Studios, Singapore Night Safari. So I thought it might be useful to round up some of the brilliant Singapore activities that you can do for free. You are welcome.
- Pack swimmers and visit the Children’s Garden at Gardens By The Bay. Kids of all ages love splashing around the fountains with the Disney tunes blaring in the background. Wander to the famed Supertree Grove afterwards.
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- Watch ‘Garden Rhapsody’, the entertaining light show in the Supertree Grove, 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily.
- On the subject of light shows, you can also admire the lights, music and lasers of Spectra. Watch from either outside the MBS Shopping Mall or for a different vantage point, across the water close to the Fullerton Bay Hotel. 8 and 9pm daily.
- Check out the free family workshops at the National Gallery Singapore. The Keppel Centre for Art Education is a dedicated facility in National Gallery Singapore that offers museum programmes for children all year round.
- Admire the scale models of Singapore at the Singapore City Gallery If you’re lucky, you might even be able to see some of the behind the scenes staff putting together the scale models! Open 9 to 5pm, the gallery has been undergoing some renovation this year so check what’s on.
- Head to the tropical Botanic Gardens. The Gardens are extensive so you may want to be selective on which entrance you arrive at. The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden has a suspension bridge and nature play area. On the other side of the Gardens, kids will love the Learning Forest, where you can even clamber on top of the canopy web.
- If you can bear with the hot and sticky weather, there are so many lovely walking trails in Singapore. The MacRitchie Treetop walk is fun and due to the monkeys, not for the faint of heart! The Southern Ridges is a 10km connection through a number of different parks. Start near Henderson Waves for great views and Instagram worthy bridge poses!
- If your kids love looking at tankers then spend some time on the beach at Sentosa. We love Tanjong Beach as it’s dog friendly. Whilst on Sentosa you may also want to head to the Palawan Pirate Ship, a super cool free water play area.
- Take a picnic and head to East Coast Park, which has a scenic coastline stretching 15km from the city to the airport. There’s an easy, flat walking trail, playground and should you want to spend extra $, bikes for hire.
- Spot the kites from the elevated grassy plain of Marina Barrage. Completed in 2008, Marina Barrage comprises a main dam stretching from Marina East to Marina South, creating another reservoir for Singapore.
- There are so many playgrounds dotted across the city (in addition to the ones located in the Botanic and Gardens By the Bay mentioned above). Singapore Motherhood has an awesome roundup of the top 30. Top of my list for when Jetlag & Mayhem break up from school is Admiralty Park, which has the longest slide!
- Visit a fire station! Every Saturday from 9 to 11am you can visit one of 6 fire stations in Singapore.
- Budding astronomers will love stargazing at the Science Centre Observatory. Till 28 December, there are free admission every Tuesday and Friday 10 to 12pm to see the sun. Friday night Stargazing sessions will resume on 4 Jan 2019, 7.45pm.
- Get your kids interested in Singapore’s rich and vibrant culture. Have them pick an area – Chinatown, Little India or Kampong Glam and get them to lead you on a walking tour. Little India is especially colourful although it’s hard not to spend any money there as the shopping and food is so good!
- Go to Haw Par Villa, a slightly bonkers Chinese folklore ‘theme park’. The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends and history. Will reopen from Feb 2019.