Children are a lot more adaptable than some of us give them credit for. With some guidance, the experience of immigrating to Singapore could spark a new sense of inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge in your little ones. There is a multitude of reasons for why Singapore consistently tops global rankings of the best countries in the world to start a family — and it doesn’t just stop at our education system. Our sunny island is filled with many places where your children can run free while learning something new. Take them there and watch as their faces light up.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Some fresh air and exposure to nature may do your child good, so look no further than the Singapore Botanic Garden. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Botanic Garden is home to the first and largest garden in Asia dedicated to children up to 14 years of age, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. The only adults allowed into the garden are those accompanying children to ensure the latter’s safety. At the Children’s Garden, your child will be able to have fun interacting with nature while learning about the ecosystem.
The Children’s Garden is open from 8 to 7pm from Tuesdays to Sundays and admission is completely free. Located just minutes away from Orchard Road, you can easily access the Children’s Garden through the Bukit Timah gate via the Botanic Gardens station. Alternatively, parking spaces are also available should you wish to head there by car.
Children’s Garden At Gardens By The Bay
The Children’s Garden at the Singapore Botanic Garden may be the biggest there is, but the one at Gardens By The Bay is nothing to scoff at either. Open to the public for free from Tuesdays to Sundays, the garden offers the Water Play and Fish Fountain areas for your kids to play to their heart’s content. Sensors in the Water Play area are able to detect movement, creating water effects that are sure to send a thrill down their little spines. The garden is also open on Public Holidays except whenever these holidays fall on Mondays. You can get there via the MRT by alighting at Bayfront MRT Station, taking Exit B, and following the underground linkway.
Explore Sentosa With Your Little Ones
Head down south to Sentosa with your entire family. Sentosa is easily accessible by car, Harbourfront MRT, bus, and even on foot. If your child does not fear heights, you may even prefer getting to the island via cable car, where your family could enjoy an aerial view of Singapore. A two-way ride on the cable car costs $35 per adult and $25 per child.
Sentosa offers a wide variety of fun for children, including Animal & Bird Encounters, Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, and KidZania Singapore. The Animal & Bird Encounters feature daily programmes, featuring close encounters with lories, parrots, and other animals beginning from 2 to 5.30pm. KidZania Singapore charges an entry fee of up to $62 per child while admission is entirely free at the Animal & Bird Encounters. Cap off your day by watching the show-stopping, award-winning nightly musical fountain show, Wings of Time!
If your child has a particular love for animals, the Singapore Zoo is the perfect destination. The zoo is home to nearly 3000 animals, with over 300 different species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. To enjoy all that the Singapore Zoo has to offer within one day, get there as early as possible and plan with your child which animals they would like to see most of all. Check out the Rainforest Kidzworld, where children may ride a pony for a small fee of $6 as well as interact with animals they can feed by hand. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit for your child to cool off on hot days at a Wet Play Area, featuring an animal-themed water slide and spray shack.
Admission to the Singapore Zoo costs up to $35 per adult and $23 for children aged 3 to 12.
Children’s Activities Organised By National Library Board
There’s no better way to while the hours away indoors than by taking your child to the nearest library. Check with a librarian for any events planned especially for children. Most libraries offer riveting storytelling sessions as well as Children’s Specials during the school holidays. The latter offers hands-on craft sessions, experiments for kids to partake in, as well as exercise their creativity by creating their own board games.
On days when nothing has been planned, kids could still enjoy a wide selection of books and other reading materials in the children’s section. Entry to these public libraries are free, so be sure to take your children there as often as you like. Your little budding bookworms will love it. Do note that opening hours may vary and libraries are usually closed on public holidays.