Singapore is well known around the world as a very child-friendly and fun place for kids and families to explore together! This year, since many of us are unable to travel, if you are a resident of Singapore, you should plan your own Singapore mini-tourist vacation or staycation with your kids for the upcoming school holidays and check out all the Singapore tourist attractions that you normally wouldn’t because you would be off on some exotic vacation in another country.
Now that you have booked the perfect Staycation hotel, what comes next? Kids, unlike adults, can only be entertained for a short while with the fancy amenities, fine dining, and hotel pool. In addition to booking the perfect Singapore hotel, the key to planning an awesome Singapore staycation, daycation or even a fun school holiday outing is to choose places to visit that you wouldn’t normally do on a normal weekend.
Think out-of-the-box and plan a fun vacay right here in our own Little Red Dot. As a resident of Singapore, the likelihood is that you have been to at least one or more, or even all of the places on the list below (like me). The purpose is for you to use this list to plan a memorable tourist-style staycation school holiday and make long-lasting memories right here in Singapore.
Covid-19 Update: Many of the Singapore attractions listed below have special operating hours, capacity, and requirements due to Covid-19. Some areas within the attractions might be closed. To avoid disappointment, please make sure you check out the links for each of the websites before heading over for a visit – you will need to book in advance at most places.
Places to visit during a Singapore Family Staycation
Sentosa offers a wide range of activities that you and your family can enjoy and choose from. You can easily spend at least one or more whole fun-filled days here with your family.
Some things to check out at Sentosa are iFly Singapore, Singapore’s tallest iconic statue The Merlion, the Skyline Luge, 4D movie, Mega Adventure Park Madame Tussauds, GoGreen Cycles, and much more. For a truly scenic experience, you can take the Cable Car from Faber Park and see all the sights. There is definitely something for everyone at Sentosa and when trying to plan your Singapore staycation, try to plan the activities that your family has always wanted to do, but never had the time.
If you are planning to do an overnight staycation – you might want to consider making a reservation at one of the 8 hotels that are available in Sentosa and really get the full beach holiday experience.
(2) Night Safari
For kids, especially younger ones, staying up past bedtime is one of the highlights of being on a holiday. If you want to plan an fun evening activity for the family, make sure you check out the Night Safari. Exploring the zoo at night is a unique experience for both kids and adults alike! In addition to the guided tram ride, a few things you can keep a lookout for are the Fishing Cat Trail Zone, Creatures of the Night Show, Asian Elephants, and much more.
Make sure to read SuperMommy’s 20+ tips for visiting Night Safari with Kids to get you prepared with everything you need for your visit!
(3) Universal Studios Singapore
Get transported to the land of movies at Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa. Featuring seven themed zones – Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar there is something for everyone!
Universal Studios is a great place to make some long-lasting holiday memories with its many rides, themed character visits, attractions, food and more for the whole family to enjoy!
(4) Jewel at Changi Airport
Changi Airport is known to be one of the best airports in the world. In addition to being the traveler’s airport of choice, it has become a popular Singapore tourist destination as well. With the reduced airport traffic, this may be the perfect time for your family to experience all the fun the place has to offer!
While at Changi Airport, make sure to check out Jewel, the nature-themed entertainment and retail complex, with its very own indoor rain vortex! In addition to shopping and dining, Jewel also offers a wide array of family activities, including Canopy Park, Sky Nets, Changi Studio Experience, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden, Topiary Walk, Mirror Maze, and much more.
If you want that true beach water sports holiday experience, HydroDash is the place for you! Get ready to slide, leap, climb and bounce at HydroDash – Singapore’s first inflatable water park! Located at Palawan Beach Sentosa, this family-friendly water attraction provides splish-splashing fun for kids (ages 5 & up) and adults.
The floating water park is split into four zones with different difficulty levels – Level 1 is specially made for kids aged five to eight (each child has to be accompanied by one adult), and levels 2, 3 and 4 are for those aged nine and above. Great for the whole family!
(6) Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a must to visit for a Singapore holiday! The giant observation wheel offers 360-degree view of the city and on a clear day, you can even see parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. From the Flyer you can enjoy the astonishing panoramic views of the city, while getting to know the heritage, history, and culture.
As part of the Singapore Flyer experience, you can take your kids to the time capsule attraction where they will embark on a captivating and interactive journey with R65, the time-traveling companion. Travel back to the nation’s founding years fast forward to the city’s aw-inspiring future filled with aspirations and dreams.
(9) Snow City
If you desire a break from the warm tropical Singapore climate, dust off your winter clothes, and head down to Snow City! At Snow City you can experience the fascinating world of the Inuit Eskimos, sled through the snow mounds, and get to experience ice fishing first hand. Kids will love watching the snowfall and land on their heads, not to mention the fun playing in the snow.
Snow City is one place that is sure to cause a “chill” with the entire family and a perfect place for a staycation getaway.
(6) The Singapore Zoo
If you have kids, you have probably already been to the Singapore Zoo many times, but this time you can really go and explore. Singapore is known worldwide for its amazing zoo! The Singapore Zoo is home to approximately 2,530 animals from 315 species. Spend some time in Wild Africa with the cheetahs, white rhinoceros, and the giraffes, or take a walk down under to Australasia to see the wallaby and kangaroos. Make sure to visit all the different zones including the Reptile Garden, Primate Kingdom, Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, and more!
While at the Zoo make sure to watch one of the entertaining shows and animal feeding time!
(7) River Safari
If you are already at the Singapore Zoo, you might as well stop by the River Safari to check it out too. The Zoo and River Safari are located right next to each other, and it is easy to visit both in one day to get the whole experience.
The River Safari is the only “river-themed” animal theme park in Asia, which includes animal species from some of the major world rivers. Apart from viewing all the various zones, you can take a boat ride and be amazed by the sights, sounds, and animals of the Amazon.
(8) Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is an iconic Singapore tourist attraction that most of us have been to, but may have not fully explored. It offers a variety of attractions including the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, World of Plants, The Canyon, art sculptures, and lots more.
If you are looking for a fun kids activity at Gardens by the Bay, bring along your swimwear and check out Far East Organization Children’s Garden which consists of play delights, water play features, and educational programs in a lush green environment. Another must-see for the family, are the Supertrees, which were designed to provide shade in the day and come alive with lights and sounds at night. Make sure you also book in advance to take a stroll along the 22-meter-high Skyway and enjoy the panoramic views of the City.
(10) S.E.A Aquarium
If it is an underwater holiday experience you seek, then make sure you check out the S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. The S.E.A. Aquarium continually refreshes its marine life exhibits and recently revamped its educational content along with new immersive audio-visual experiences. Check out their fascinating marine life exhibitions with your kids such as the Shipwreck Habitat, Native Species, Coral Garden, Sea Jellies Gallery and so many others to explore!
For a true under the sea staycation experience, you might want to look into booking an Ocean Suite, where you have your own private view of the Aquarium. Another cheaper staycation alternative is the Ocean Dreams sleepover experience (not currently open), where you get a camping-style family experience.
(11) Science Center
Science Center Singapore is always a great place to take the kids for a fun day learning experience and explore different topics from climate change to kinetic forces. The whole family will be able to participate in hands-on activities, experiments, and exhibits.
If you are planning a day at the Science Center, make sure to also visit Butterflies Up-Close and the Omni-Theatre. There are also a number of special science shows throughout the day. A hidden secret of the Science Centre that even many locals are unaware of is the giant treehouse in the back which is surrounded by the lush greenery of the Eco Garden. This is the perfect location to enjoy a snack and burn off some extra energy for the kids.
If you have younger kids, you might prefer to go to KidsStop instead. KidsStop has over 20 exhibits relating to STEM and interactive play.
(13) The Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to spend at least half a day or more with the family. The Botanic Gardens is the first UNESCO Heritage Site in Singapore and the only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO list.
Start the day by exploring the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, which is the first garden in Asia dedicated to children and is located in the Gardens. The Gardens offers children a space for exploration, adventure and play, with a farm, an orchard, and a forest with its own stream and ponds.
Other areas to explore while at the Botanic Gardens are the National Orchid Garden, Sundial Garden, Swan Lake and so much more. While at the Gardens, stay and dine at one of the open-air restaurants or pack your own picnic-lunch for the complete nature experience.
(14) Wild Wild Wet
For those of us that are true tropical vacationers, a trip down to Wild Wild Wet at Downtown East might be exactly what your family needs to escape the heat and get wet at the same time!
Wild Wild Wet offers 16 impressive attractions within the arena with endless fun activities for the whole family! Kraken Racers, Free Fall and KidZ Zone may just be what you need for some great family bonding memories.
(15) Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird park that has close to 3,500 birds across 400 species. The Bird Park may not be as exciting as the Zoo for some, but still, a very unique and must-see Singapore attraction for the whole family to enjoy.
Be entertained by majestic creatures of flight. Witness the heat of the hunt as mighty eagles, falcons and hawks show off their moves during the Kings of the Skies Show or be part of the flock at the High Flyers Show. The Bird Park is popular for its large and captivating walk-in aviaries such as Lory Loft and the Waterfall Aviary, and other unique exhibits include Penguin Coast and Pelican Cove.
LEGOLAND is not in Singapore but close enough. Just adding this in, for the future once we are able to freely travel to Malaysia again. You can easily get there by bus or car from Singapore.
LEGOLAND is truly a unique experience for the whole family, especially for LEGO lovers, and includes three unique experiences. The LEGOLAND theme park includes 8 themed attractions, and over 40 shows, rides, and attractions – including Ninjago and Star Wars! The LEGOLAND water park is right next door and has a 300-gallon bucket, wave pool, Splash Safari, Slide Racers and more! Sea Life Malaysia is LEGOLAND’s newest attraction (opened May 2019) and is also located on the LEGOLAND property, and is a place where kids can view underwater sea life.
For the full LEGO experience make sure to stay in one of LEGOLAND’s themed hotel rooms, however a day trip is also very easy to coordinate from Singapore. And while staying overnight at LEGOLAND, you can also visit Hello Kitty Town and Lat’s Place. Here are some driving tips for LEGOLAND in case you have never been.
As a tourist, or even for us living in Singapore, sometimes it is hard to decide which attractions are a must-see and where to go on your limited amount of vacation days. If you have a little more time to spend on your Singapore holiday, try to check out some of the more local and off-the-beaten-path places, otherwise, this list of 15+ Places to Visit with Kids on a Singapore Staycation is sure to be a hit with the entire family.
Happy School Holidays! Hope you and your family have a super fun Singapore Staycation!