Top 16 places to visit with a family plus one you’ll definitely want to avoid
Visiting Asia with kids may seem intimidating; it was for me initially. You could be nervous about the language barrier, the food, the bathrooms or the crowds. I was worried about all of that and more. Well, put those fears aside and start with a visit to Singapore.
Because English is one of Singapore’s official languages, you’ll find that most people here speak English and Singlish. Singlish is the local slang, a mash-up of Singapore’s main languages which are English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. Another helpful thing about Singapore is that all street and public transportation signs are in English.
When it comes to food, Singapore is known for its Hawker Centers (think food courts) and award-winning restaurants. An unassuming-looking restaurant or street vendor in Singapore could actually be a Michelin Star venue! I encourage you to try some of the more unusual food in Singapore, but I’d advise you to steer clear of the official fruit. Durian is called the “King of Fruit,” and you’ll see it (make that smell it) all over Singapore. It’s a divisive food. Some folks love it, yet it’s banned in many public places in Singapore due to its strong fragrance. My daughter described it as a combination of onions and feet. We tried it, so you don't have to. Trust us on this one.
Although Singapore has many Asian influences, it also feels very Western. It’s a very clean and safe country due to its aggressive laws. You’ll see signs posted all over the place telling you what you aren’t allowed to do. For one, chewing gum is banned, and there are numerous laws involving litter and respecting public spaces. Breaking the law in Singapore could result in hefty fines, and in some cases, like graffiti, caning. It’s no joke. Don’t break the law!
Another important thing to know about Singapore, it’s hot! Because the country sits on the equator, the temperature doesn’t vary much. It’s hot year-round, day and night. The average temperature is 81°F, and high humidity is a constant. It rains nearly every day, if only briefly, and thunderstorms are common. Pack light clothing and pack extras. You’ll likely sweat through your clothing quickly. A packable, waterproof rain jacket or umbrella will come in handy, too.
Singapore is one of the most expensive places to live in the world. That means it can be expensive to visit, as well. Hotels and shopping can be pricey, but street food is affordable, and public transportation is cheap and efficient.
KidTripster Tip: There are many ways to get around in Singapore. Taxis are plentiful here. There’s an inexpensive and robust mass transit system. The trains and buses are well-marked and easy to navigate. It’s a far less expensive way to travel, and you can easily get to many popular neighborhoods and attractions by public transit. Because this city-country is surrounded by water, you also can explore it by boat via the traditional bumboats.
KidTripster Tip: Singapore is a great starting point for a multi-country Asian trip. Its airport is top-rated and known for its architecture, dining, shopping, and kid-friendly amenities.
There are a lot of things to do in this city-country. Here’s a list of those attractions that are worth your time and money… and one that’s not!
Photo courtesy: Visit Singapore
1/Gardens by the Bay
18 Marine Gardens Dr.
Put Gardens by the Bay on the top of your must-see list. Already a big tourist attraction, the Gardens also had a starring role as the venue for the wedding in the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians. Is this place worth the hype? We say, yes! It’s stunning, and it’s free to visit!
One of the most recognizable features of the Gardens is the Supertrees. The trees stand anywhere between 82 to 164 feet tall with the tallest being about 16 stories high. It’s free to wander amongst them and snap photos. However, if you want to go up into the trees and cross the skywalk, an admission fee is required. Depending on when you go, expect to wait in a line. A limited number of people are allowed up at any one time. And you only have 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other. If you loiter too long, you’ll politely be asked to move along. Skywalk cost: Youth (3-12) about $4; Adult about $6, depending on exchange rate. Tickets can be purchased in the Supertree Grove; however, check the website in advance for any special events that may require advanced ticketing.
Gardens by the Bay has several heritage gardens including an Indian, Chinese, Malay, and Colonial Garden. In spite of all the tourists here, it doesn’t feel all that crowded due to the large, open spaces.
Other things to see include the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The Cloud Forest is built around a 114-foot, man-made mountain and waterfall. You’ll spiral down from the top, amidst tropical plants including orchids. The Flower Dome is filled with ancient trees and colorful floral displays. Both conservatories require an admission fee. However, they are beautiful and worth the cost, especially since the rest of the garden is free to roam. Cost to visit both conservatories: Youth (3-12) about $11, Adult about $20, depending on exchange rate.
KidTripster Tip: Be sure to bring your swimsuits when you visit Gardens by the Bay. There’s a large water play area in the Far East Organization’s Children’s Garden. Your kids also will enjoy the adjacent playground. You’ll find shower and changing facilities here. There’s also a covered area for parents to sit while their kids play. Know that there’s no free WiFi.
Another highlight is the nightly light and sound show in the Supertree Grove. There are two shows - one at 7:45 p.m. and the other at 8:45 p.m each evening. This event is free. Just know that it can get crowded. Stake out your spot on the ground and then look up.
Photo courtesy: Visit Singapore
2/Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
10 Bayfront Ave.
Go 57 stories up to see Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. Although the hotel isn’t the tallest building in Singapore, it does offer a unique view of the city from its observation deck.
From high above, you’ll see Singapore landmarks like the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, and the Singapore Merlion. Hotel guests can access the SkyPark Observation Deck for free, but you don’t have to be a high-roller to take in this view. You just need to cough up the admission fee. Cost: Youth about $12; Adult about $17, depending on exchange rate.
While you’re up there, catch a glimpse of what may be the most photographed hotel pool on Instagram. The infinity pool sits on the 57th floor roof, and it’s only accessible to hotel guests.
6 Bayfront Ave.
I went to the ArtScience Museum with low expectations and came out with my mind blown! I just wasn’t expecting so much from a museum located at a hotel. This stellar museum showcases the intersection of art, science, and technology. And it’s all housed in a lotus-shaped building next to Marina Bay Sands.
The museum has some permanent attractions as well as temporary exhibits. The ongoing exhibition Future World: Where Art Meets Science is immersive and engaging, as is the exhibit Into the Wild, which is powered by Google technology. In both of these spaces, you can interact and engage with the art and technology on a multi-sensory level.
The museum attracts exhibitions by some of the world’s most famous artists and also appeals to the pop-culture and technology-obsessed guests. During our visit, we experienced the Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes exhibit celebrating 10 years and 20 films in the Marvel Universe. The popular exhibit allowed guests to wander Stark Tower, see Wakanda, open a light portal, dance with Groot, and much more. Another temporary exhibit at the time was Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests which showcased Jansen’s famous wind-powered, beach animals called Strandbeests. The creatures are constructed with everyday materials like plastic bottles. It was a great example of turning trash into treasure. Although these particular exhibits are no longer showing, I share this to give you an idea of the variety and quality offered at this museum.
The ArtScience Museum is an easy (and air-conditioned) place to spend an afternoon in Singapore. Cost: Varies depending on exhibits; discount tickets available for families.
KidTripster Tip: Do colorful lights, dancing water, and music interest you? And how does free sound? Each night, Marina Bay Sands puts on Spectra: A Light and Water Show. It’s a 15-minute showcase of lasers and dancing fountains set to an orchestral soundtrack. See the show Sunday through Thursday at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. For the best viewing, sit near the Louis Vuitton store. Warning, you might get wet if you stand too close. Also, be sure to look up towards the top of the hotel as the lights on the water are coordinated with the lights on top of the hotel.
Singapore's national icon is the Merlion which is a creature that has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The presence of this creature is quite prominent around Singapore. Most souvenir shops sell a wide variety of Merlion-themed merchandise.
There are only seven “official” Merlion statues in Singapore. One of the largest is located at Merlion Park. Standing at 28 feet tall, it spouts water into Marina Bay. While visiting Merlion Park, you may encounter large crowds. Part of the fun is watching the throngs of tourists, most armed with selfie sticks, trying to capture a photo at just the right angle. A popular photo is one in which it looks like you're drinking water from the Merlion. Give it a try!
Merlion Park also has a smaller statue known as the Merlion Cub. The Cub is impressive in itself, standing at over 6 feet tall.
Visiting Merlion Park is free and easy. It’s located in the Central Business District near the historic Fullerton Hotel. It sits across the bay from Marina Bay Sands; if you’re on that side of the Bay, it’s about a 15-minute walk along the water to the statue. For another perspective of the Merlion, you can board a bumboat that gets you up close to the statue from the water.
If you don’t make it to Merlion Park, there’s another giant Merlion located on Sentosa Island. The fun is trying to find them all.
KidTripster Tip: Merlion Park is a perfect spot for people watching. You’ll see tourists from around the world here. There are several restaurants, bars, and ice cream shops along the waterfront. We grabbed a cone and spent some time taking it all in.
5/Wildlife Reserves Singapore: Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari, Rainforest Lumina & Jurong Bird Park
Sometimes a zoo is just another zoo. Not true in Singapore. The Singapore Zoo is one of the most expansive zoos that my family has ever visited, and we’ve been to a lot of zoos! Wildlife Reserves Singapore operates the zoo and several other wildlife parks and experiences. You can visit one of them, a few of them or all of them, time permitting.
80 Mandai Lake Rd.
At the Singapore Zoo, you’ll find an array of local wildlife as well as animals that you’d see in most other zoos. The zoo is laid out nicely and easily walkable with plenty of places to duck into for shade and snack breaks. Believe me, you’ll need that in the Singapore heat!
Some of the signature exhibits include the free-ranging orangutans. Look up and you may see an orangutan climbing right above your head! This exhibit is the world’s first, free-ranging orangutan habitat. Explore the Elephants of Asia area to see elephants at work and play. Be sure to check out the Hamadryas baboons who live in the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia exhibit. You’ll see more than 90 baboons roaming the large exhibit. It’s fascinating to watch them groom, play, and even tussle with each other.
Zoos aren’t just about the animals. The Singapore Zoo’s Houbii Rope Course offers some adventure, too. There are two courses, depending on your child’s height. Parents can rest their feet while watching their kids climb above. Cost: Youth (below 110cm) about $15; Youth (110cm & above) about $18, depending on exchange rate. There’s also Kidzworld which includes a water play area, carousel, pony rides, and opportunities to touch animals. Cost: Varies.
If looking at animals isn’t enough for you, take part in an animal feeding. It’ll cost you a few extra bucks, but proceeds go to wildlife conservation. Some of the animals available to feed include goats, elephants, giraffes, and white rhinos.
With so much to do, it’s easy to spend a full day at just the zoo. Cost; Youth about $16; Adult about $25, depending on exchange rate. It’s an easy train ride from just about anywhere in Singapore with a special shuttle bus that takes you right to the entrance of the park.
80 Mandai Lake Rd.
While many zoos close their doors at sunset, this one is open after dark. Night Safari is a nocturnal wildlife park that’s home to over a 1,000 animals. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore, receiving over a million visitors a year!
As you wait to enter, you may see the Thumbuakar performance. It’s a dramatic show featuring pyro performers who dance while playing with fire. From there, head to the Creatures of the Night show to learn more about nocturnal animals and their habits. As you sit and watch, you may be surprised to see one of the animals walk right past you. The show includes some audience participation, like holding a giant snake on stage, if you’re lucky enough to be chosen (or unlucky, depending on your point of view).
There’s a 40-minute tram that takes you through the zoo providing commentary about the animals that you’re seeing. Some of the animals will be out and about and may walk right up to the tram, but most of the animals are in their cages. You also can see animals along a walking trail. Cost: Youth about $22; Adult about $34, depending on exchange rate.
KidTripster Tip: Night Safari is about the experience not the photos. It’s dark, and flash photography is not allowed.
80 Mandai Lake Rd.
There’s another night experience called Rainforest Lumina. It’s a multi-sensory night walk that opened at the zoo in 2018. Instead of actual animals, you’ll see animated ones called the Creature Crew. Light displays project animals on walls and rocks around the zoo. There are interactive elements throughout where your sound and motions make the animals jump and move.
Everyone gets to select a spirit animal at the beginning of the tour and put on a colored wristband representing that creature. At the end of the attraction, you’ll get to see your photograph morphed into your animal on a giant display wall. Cost: Youth about $12; Adult about $16.
80 Mandai Lake Rd.
Located right next to the Singapore Zoo, River Safari is dedicated to wildlife that call rivers “home.” The River Safari features rivers of the world like the Mekong, Yangtze, and Mississippi. You’ll see plenty of fish, but many other animals, too.
One of the best parts of the River Safari is the Giant Panda Forest where Kai Kai and Jia Jia live. You have a great view of the pandas as they eat and play. There’s also a resident red panda that allows you to get surprisingly close to it for photos.
KidTripster Tip: Be sure to pop into the Mama Panda Kitchen and order a Panda ‘Paus which is a dumpling that looks like a panda face. It’s cute and tasty.
Another notable experience is the Squirrel Monkey Forest in Wild Amazonia. You’ll get an up-close encounter with a roving troop of squirrel monkeys. You’re actually in their pen, and you may be surprised by just how close they get to you.
The River Safari offers many opportunities for kids to touch and interact with animals. Visitors also can get out on the water for a boat ride. The River Safari cruise travels the reservoir, but the Amazon River Quest takes you through the rainforest where you can catch a glimpse of the animals that live there. Cost: Youth around $15; Adult around $23, depending on the exchange rate.
Jurong Bird Park
2 Jurong Hill
The Jurong Bird Park is home to more than 5,000 birds and over 400 species. There are four, walk-in aviaries that bring you up close to the birds. From the very large to the very small, expect to see animals that you’ve never seen or heard of before.
KidTripster Tip: Look for opportunities to interact with the birds during their feeding times.
Jurong Bird Park has a play area called Birdz of Play. Pack along a swimsuit and let your kids cool off after a day of looking at birds. There’s a clean restroom and changing area next to the water playground. Snacks and souvenirs can be found here, too. Cost: Youth about $14; Adult about $22, depending on exchange rate.
The Jurong Bird Park is located separately from the Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Rainforest Lumina. There’s a shuttle bus that will take you to and from the main zoo. Taxis also can be found at the entrance of the zoo.
KidTripster Tip: You can’t possibly do all of the wildlife parks in one day. We split our visit over two days. On the first day, we spent several hours exploring the Singapore Zoo. In the afternoon, we walked next door to the River Safari where we spent a few more hours. Then we grabbed dinner at the food court outside the zoo and ended the evening with Rainforest Lumina. On our second day, we toured Jurong Bird Park and then spent the evening at Night Safari.
KidTripster Tip: If you want to visit some or all the parks, I strongly suggest purchasing a 2-park, 4-park or Park Hopper Plus ticket at the entrance gate or online to save money.
KidTripster Tip: There’s a lot of walking involved when visiting any of these parks. I recommend using the tram system in each park. For just a few bucks, the tram will save you and your kids a lot of steps. Or if you purchase a Park Hopper Pass, the tram is free.
All of the parks were enjoyable, but I highly recommend attending the two night events. My favorite was the Night Safari which offered an entirely different perspective on animals (and the zoo) after dark. My kids loved Rainforest Lumina. It was a unique and interactive experience where they were encouraged to shout, jump, and dance.
6/Science Centre Singapore & Snow City
15 Science Centre Rd.
Many locals suggested that we visit Science Centre Singapore. After visiting, I can understand why. It’s a huge space. It’s so big that you really need to stay close to your kids because we got separated a few times. The museum covers a lot of ground from the more expected topics like earth and marine science to heavier issues like bioethics and aging to fun stuff like an exhibit on quirky inventions and Phobia: The Science of Fear.
There’s also something called KidsSTOP, which is essentially a science center designed for kids under the age of 8. It’s a space that allows kids to explore science in a very hands-on way. Cost for 4-hour session at KidsSTOP: Youth about $10; Adult about $17, depending on exchange rate. Tickets costs less during off-peak times like midweek days.
KidTripster Tip: Like many places in Singapore, there’s a water play area here, so bring swimsuits and towels.
It’s easy to spend an entire day at Science Centre Singapore. Cost: Youth about $6; Adult about $9, depending on exchange rate. Like most things in Singapore, you’ll notice a lot of add-on costs to your visit. You’ll pay extra to do Butterflies Up-Close, KidsSTOP (as noted above), and Snow City. Some of the activities inside the Science Centre like the Laser Maze Challenge also will cost extra.
KidTripster Tip: Don’t waste your time or money at Snow City. It looks fun in the online photos. And after sweating your way through Singapore, the idea of a few hours in the snow may sound appealing. Trust us, don’t fall for it! Things we didn’t like? It costs extra, the provided snow gear is old and dirty, and no cameras are allowed inside. Staff photographers are ready to take your picture at every turn and then sell you a photo package before you leave. Beyond all that, it’s just not that much fun. The snow is very limited. It was worn down and dirty. We paid for an hour of play, but after just a few minutes, we were ready to leave. My 10-year-old daughter said, “Mom, I know why you’re not allowed to bring your camera inside. They don’t want you to take photos showing how lame it is in here.” Truth! Cost: about $13/person/hour. Admission costs includes use of a jacket and boots, however additional winter gear, like gloves and pants, is an additional fee.
Photo courtesy: Singapore Science Centre
Looking for action and adventure during your visit to Singapore? Hop over to Sentosa Island. From theme parks to ziplines to beaches, you’ll find a little bit of everything on Sentosa.
Getting there is part of the fun. Taking the Singapore Cable Car gives you a scenic view of Singapore and Sentosa Island. The ride lasts about 15 minutes, and its highest point is 300 feet above sea level. Catch the ride over from Singapore’s only hilltop destination - Faber Peak. While you’re at Faber Peak, ring the Bell of Happiness and then add your own wishing bell.
When you arrive at Sentosa, there’s plenty to do, and all of it is easy to get to. There’s another cable car that travels the length of the island. There’s also a monorail and shuttle bus system. It sounds complicated, but it’s a small island and easy to navigate.
We did the MegaZip at the Mega Adventure Park. The zipline is 246 feet up and nearly 1500 feet long. It starts on the top of a hill and ends on a beach - and it goes fast! Watch our KidTripster cub reporter here and then listen to her review. Cost: Varies by activity; discounted packages available online.
There are other outdoor activities like the Skyline Luge Sentosa and a waterpark.
You may want to take a break from the heat and head indoors. One place to go is the S.E.A. Aquarium, home to more than 100,000 marine animals of 1,000 species. The Ocean Gallery has one of the world’s largest windows, giving you a spectacular view of marine life. In other areas of the aquarium, you can walk amongst sharks and manta rays.
You’ll see some familiar tourist attractions on Sentosa Island, too, like Kidzania, Trick Eye Museum, iFly Singapore and Madame Tussauds. I’d skip those.
KidTripster Tip: Save money by bundling your activities. Resorts World Sentosa Attraction Packages are for sale at several ticket counters in Singapore and on Sentosa Island.
8/Universal Studios Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
No, it doesn’t have The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and no, it’s not the biggest or best Universal Studios location, but there’s a lot to do here for folks of all ages. My family enjoys visiting theme parks around the world, comparing and contrasting the parks. Having visited the Universal Studios locations in California and Florida, it was fun to check out the Singapore location which had several exclusive attractions. It’s a nicely laid out theme park - not too big, clean, and easy to navigate. It also has several shady places with benches to rest your feet, which is a big plus in the Singapore heat.
One of the attractions that we hadn’t experienced in the U.S. parks was the silly Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Race. It’s located in the New York section of the park. While you’re there, you’ll likely bump into characters from Sesame Street who are available for photos and hugs. There’s also the attraction called Madagascar: A Crate Adventure which is a cute, river ride adventure featuring the characters from the Madagascar movies. Afterwards, you may get a chance to “move it” with Alex the Lion and his friends during the Madagascar Boogie. In Far Far Away land, there are several Shrek-related rides and shows including a fun, kid-friendly roller coaster called Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey.
For the more adventurous, there are a few serious roller coasters like Battlestar Galactica (which is the world’s tallest dueling roller coaster), Revenge of the Mummy, and Transformers The Ride. In The Lost World section, get soaked in the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. You also can get up close to and interact with dinosaurs at Jurassic Encounter. It utilizes augmented reality and places you on the screen with dinosaurs.
The park has seven zones and 24 rides. Universal Studios is located on Sentosa Island. It’s easy to get to by cable car or monorail from central Singapore. We enjoyed our visit so much that we went a second time while we were in Singapore, but you can certainly do this park in a day. Cost: Youth about $40; Adult about $52, depending on the exchange rate. Discounts available online.
KidTripster Tip: The park offers a Universal Express Pass and a Universal Express Unlimited Pass at an extra cost. These passes allows holders to skip the regular line at many attractions and use the Express Lane. The regular pass costs an additional $21 per ticket, and you can use it once at each available attraction. The Unlimited Pass is an additional $36 per ticket and allows you to ride as many times as you want. You can purchase either pass online or at the park. We visited the park on a weekend and on a weekday. There were crowds and lines on both days. I recommend waiting until you’re on site to potentially purchase passes. You may find that you don’t need it. If your time is limited and the lines are too long, you can still purchase the pass once you’re inside the park. Check the guide map for a list of locations. We did utilize the Universal Express Pass on one of our visits, and it was definitely nice. We were able to go on many more attractions that day as we didn’t waste time waiting in lines.
Photo courtesy: Visit Singapore
No matter where in the world you are, LEGOs are fun! When visiting Singapore, get your LEGO fix with a visit to LEGOLAND Malaysia. The theme park is in Johor, just across the border from Singapore.
We’ve visited the LEGOLAND parks in California and Florida, and the Malaysia theme park has a similar layout and feel to the others. You’ll also find many familiar rides at this park like LEGO Ninjago and Driving School. This park also has The Great LEGO Race which is a LEGO virtual reality roller coaster. Riders wear a VR headset while riding the roller coaster. In all, there are 70 rides and attractions here.
Miniland is always a popular stop for our family. We particularly enjoyed the Miniland in Malaysia because it features famous sights from 17 Asian countries like India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Great Wall and, of course, Singapore’s Merlion.
KidTripster Tip: The sun can be intense here, but there are several air-conditioned locations around the park where you can escape and cool off.
Or to beat the heat, head to the water park, located just steps away from the LEGOLAND entrance. The water park has attractions for all ages from little kid playgrounds to big kid slides. There’s a wave pool and a lazy river where you can build your own LEGO raft.
Admission is affordable. Combo ticket to theme park and water park: about $36, depending on the exchange rate, when purchased online in advance.
KidTripster Tip: Stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel to maximize your time and get the full LEGOLAND experience. The hotel is just steps from the theme park and water park. Each hotel room is themed: Kingdom, Pirate, and Adventure. The hotel rooms have bunk beds, kiddie sinks, and, you guessed it, LEGOs. My kids loved this hotel! Even the elevators were fun with hanging disco balls and the song Everything is Awesome blaring inside. From the minute we arrived, it was LEGOs everywhere, starting with a giant play area in the lobby. There’s a hotel pool on the roof with floating LEGO bricks. The hotel has a few restaurants on-site, so you don’t need to leave the resort during your visit.
KidTripster Tip: Although the trip from Singapore to Malaysia isn’t that many miles, be sure to factor in the time that crossing the border may take. We’re talking around 2 hours! You’ll be passing through two border checkpoints each direction. Depending on the time and day, it can be slow-going. This delay can cut into your time at LEGOLAND which is why staying at the resort so appealing. You can get to LEGOLAND by catching a LEGOLAND-operated shuttle bus from Singapore, taking public transit, or hiring a taxi or car service.
Photo courtesy: LEGOLAND Malaysia
10/Haw Par Villa
262 Pasir Panjang Rd.
It’s truly hard to describe this place. Haw Par Villa is creepy and captivating at the same time. I promise that once you visit it, you’ll never forget it.
Built in 1937, it was originally called Tiger Balm Garden, as it was built by the creator of Tiger Balm. The park honors the Asian region, culture, and philosophy and is filled with 1,000 sculptures and dioramas.
The park is a mix of cute and weird statues; the longer you roam the Villa, the weirder everything seems! The kids enjoyed seeing all the crazy dioramas, but just be aware that there are several displays depicting violence and the occasional nude statue. The really graphic content, the Ten Courts of Hell, is kept in a separate building and features some pretty disturbing stuff - even for some adults. Don’t even bother going in there with your kids.
There are fish ponds in the park where - for a few cents - you can purchase a bag of food and feed the fish.
Plan on visiting for an hour or two. Cost: Free.
KidTripster Tip: It’s really easy to get here by train. Arrive at the Haw Par Villa Station, and you’ll see the park’s entrance just steps away.
In Chinatown, you’ll find bright lanterns, endless souvenir shops, and all kinds of places to eat. Some famous temples are located in Chinatown, like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a 5-story temple housing Buddhist relics. There’s also the Sri Mariamman Temple, which was built in 1827 and is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Be sure to look up to see its grand tower entrance with its elaborate and ornate detailing.
Another colorful neighborhood is Little India where you’ll also find food, shops, and temples. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples and a Little India landmark. You’ll want to visit the House of Tan Teng Niah, a brightly painted, historic Chinese villa that stands in the center of Little India. Stop here for an Instagram-worthy photo.
The largest landmark in Kampong Glam is the Sultan Mosque with its massive golden domes. It was built in 1824 for the first Sultan of Singapore. There’s lots more to see and do in Kampong Glam like shopping on Haji Lane.
KidTripster Tip: You don’t need to visit a particular neighborhood to find great shopping in Singapore. It’s everywhere. Expect to see a mall on every other corner, each deceivingly large with multiple floors of retail and food. These are great places to cool off and grab a bite, because even the mall food in Singapore is good.
KyAnn Lewis is a Portland, Oregon-based journalist, mom, and travel junkie. She’s the CVO (Chief Vacation Officer) for her family, always on the lookout for a good deal and a new destination to explore. She believes one of the most important things that you can give your kid is a passport.
This writer received some complimentary admissions for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions expressed are solely her own.