We love living in Singapore because it's very family-friendly! Here is my list of our favorite things to do with our toddler. This list focuses on the Marina Bay and Orchard areas (where we tend to hang out a lot), but I also included some places outside of these areas at the bottom.
1. Future World at ArtScience Museum
This place is magical for both adults and kids! There are amazing interactive art exhibits that incorporate technology.
2. Cloud Forest - Gardens by the Bay
The feeling right when you walk in to Cloud Forest after a hot day of sightseeing is literal BLISS! Cloud Forest is located in Gardens by the Bay, right next to Flower Dome. Many people visit both Flower Dome and Cloud Forest together, but if I had to pick one, I would definitely choose Cloud Forest.
3. Skyway - Gardens by the Bay
Perfect place for a nice view of Gardens by the Bay. You can also see the Supertree Grove from the Skyway! If you don't want to pay S$8 to walk the Skyway, there is a free Supertree lightshow that happens daily at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm.
4. Sands SkyPark: Observation Deck + Infinity Pool
You have to book a hotel room at Marina Bay Sands to get access to the famous infinity pool. It's pretty awesome, but it is a bit crowded in the pool. If you can't make it to the infinity pool, the view from the observation deck is stunning as well!
5. Food Court at The Shoppes - Marina Bay Sands
The food courts in Singapore are delicious! My favorite is the pepper beef hot plate from Pepper Lunch (don't forget to ask for cheese and egg on top)! Senah loves the hokkien mee. Malls in Singapore all have somewhat similar food courts, but I like going to The Shoppes because it's one of the nicest malls here.
6. Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre
This hawker is loved by both locals and tourists. I love the laksa here! Some tips for visiting hawker centres in general: Tip #1: If there's a line, you line up too! Tip #2: A tissue pack is all you need to "chope" (reserve) a table. Tip #3: There are no highchairs at hawkers. One alternative is to bring a bib that has a catch-all pocket and put your baby's food in there so she can eat it by hand. It's not ideal but it works! Make sure you visit a hawker centre to experience local food!
7. Spectra - A Light & Water Show
There's two shows at 8 pm and 9 pm from Sundays to Thursdays and an additional show at 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It's beautiful and best of all, FREE!
8. Children's Garden - Gardens by the Bay
Great water play area to cool off in the heat and it's FREE! It's in Gardens by the Bay (near Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Skyway and Satay by the Bay hawker centre). Don't have a photo of the playground, but here's two swans!
9. Marina Bay at Night
The skyline here is breathtaking! Many of the office buildings have rooftop bars; if you can step out without your kids, check out Lantern, Level 33, Ce La Vi, etc. With the kids, just take a stroll around the bay and say hello to the Merlion statue (Singapore's mascot).
10. Pororo Park - Marina Square
This is one of the cleanest and nicest indoor playgrounds in Singapore! There's something about Pororo the Little Penguin that makes you immediately fall in love with him. Your child will learn how to say "Pororo" real fast. Socks are required.
11. Edge Buffet at Pan Pacific Hotel
We've tried several buffets in Singapore and we keep going back to Edge. Senah and I LOVE the pasta station!
12. National Gallery
National Gallery always has amazing exhibits. Check their website to see the latest exhibits.
13. Bingsu at O'ma Spoon - 313@Somerset
I haven't found very many decent Korean restaurants in Singapore, but the bingsu here is legit.
14. Nakajima Suisan Grilled Fish - Takashimaya
This is my favorite lunch place in all of Singapore. I don't even know what this fish is called. I always show them the above photo to order. The fish MELTS in your mouth!
15. Tai Cheong Bakery - Takashimaya
The flaky buttery crust and sweet-but-not-too-sweet egg custard filling is worth the long queue. We always pick up a box of egg tarts when we go to Takashimaya.
16. Orchard Road
Orchard Road is like Singapore's supersize version of Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. I recommend walking inside of Ion and Wisma and then venturing outside. Try taking a detour to Emerald Hills to see beautiful Peranakan architecture. (Senah is dancing to a street artist singing on Orchard Road.)
17. Buds by Shangri-la
Buds has a large play area with plenty of climbing, sliding and jumping obstacles for your little one. My favorite areas are the "baby karaoke" room and art room!
18. Little Planet - Centrepoint
Another great indoor playground. There's no cafe or restroom inside the playground, but I love how the play areas encourage imaginative play! Socks are required.
19. Sandy Dandy - The Forum
If you close your eyes and touch the sand at Sandy Dandy, you might forget you're at an indoor playground and think you're touching the soft cool sand in Phuket.
20. Dempsey Hill
Dempsey is my favorite area to eat. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants that have a nice ambiance here. Look up restaurants like White Rabbit, PS. Cafe, Little House of Dreams, Blu Kouzina (pictured), etc. Huber's Butchery & Bistro has an outdoor playground. There's an indoor playground next to Little House of Dreams called Go-Go Bambini.
21. Haji Lane
Haji Lane is where the cool kids hang out (I think). You will find many fashion bloggers taking photos in front of murals and inside of cute cafes. You can enjoy live music while enjoying drinks outside in the evenings.
Sentosa feels like one giant amusement park! We like S.E.A. Aquarium, Universal Studios and Siloso Beach. We haven't tried all the kid-friendly activities because many seem for older children. Click here to see more activities.
23. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Did you know Singapore is the greenest city in Asia? Singapore does a fantastic job with its gardens, parks and overall effort to be a green city! Singapore Botanic Gardens is spectacular but get ready to sweat!
24. Chili Crab at JUMBO
There are many options for chili crab in Singapore, but I think Jumbo has the best chili sauce! They have several locations; our favorite is the one at East Coast Seafood Centre because you can enjoy the ocean breeze while eating.
25. 328 Katong Laksa
Solid laksa! You can control your soup's spicy level here by adding (or not) packets of sambal.
26. Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo is overall, a great zoo. I don't know of anywhere else where can you sit under cover and watch elephants play in a tropical rainstorm.
27. Pulau Ubin
Take a short ferry ride to Pulau Ubin and rent a bike to explore the island. We liked walking the Chek Jawa and climbing the Jejawi Tower. If you're brave like Senah, you can even say hello to some wild boars (but don't get too close!).
28. Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Singapore really has the best and cleanest parks! Make sure to visit the 7-story pagoda and climb the spiral staircase.
I might have enjoyed this way more than Senah, but it's so fun and FAST!! There's multiple locations, usually located in malls.
30. Sunday Folks - Holland Village
It took me 1.5 years of living in Singapore to finally visit Holland Village, and I've been back weekly for the waffles at Sunday Folks. I've tried all the signature waffle dishes and my favorite is the sea salt gula melaka! There's quite a few cute brunch places nearby too, including a branch of the well-loved Tiong Bahru Bakery.
31. Founder Bak Kut Teh - Balestier
One of the best places to eat bak kut teh. There's several locations, but the original branch is located on Balestier Road! I love the peppery broth!
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