Looking for family-friendly activities to do in Singapore? Here is our curated list of the top fun things that make exploring the country much more fun for the whole family.
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Singapore Botanic Gardens
If what you’re after is an outdoor exploration activity that doesn’t have you panting by the end of the day, then head right to Singapore Botanic Gardens. There, with only a five-minute drive away from the bustling boulevard of Orchard Road, the garden offers you a sense of ease and lushness. It has been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2015 and is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the list.
The park is split up into many themed areas highlighting the wonders of certain types of flora. Examples include the Ethnobotany Garden, which showcases over 300 species of plants that have deep roots in the cultures of the Malay Archipelago, Indochina and South Asia; the National Orchid Garden, which has over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display; and the Ginger garden, which boasts several hundred species of ginger and other plants from related families.
For kids, there’s the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, which is dedicated to building knowledge in children about the ecology of plants. Kids will discover and learn hands-on about our environment on a farm, an orchard and a forest.
The garden is open every day from 5 am to midnight. Admission is free.
When planning a visit to the Singapore Zoo, you’ll want to carve out a whole day. The last time we were there, there was so much to see and we spent a good seven hours walking through the park and enjoying the animal shows.
Be sure to get the “Behind the Scene Tour” pass to learn about how the zoo cares for the animals and observe the feeding sessions closely, with plenty of opportunities to take pictures with the animals.
Note: The zoo is currently operating at a limited capacity. Visitors are required to book a time slot before arrival.
The Green Roof at Marina Barrage
Boasting a size of four football fields, The Green Roof at Marina Barrage is a big open recreational park that wows everyone who visits with a sweeping view of Singapore’s cityscape on one side and the vast South China Sea on the other.
There, you’ll find the space packed (especially during weekends) with crowds of people either flying brightly-coloured kites or gathering for picnics. It’s a popular spot and visitors are recommended to call the park’s information centre before heading there, to avoid disappointment because it may be temporarily closed when the capacity limit is reached.
The Green Roof is open from 8 am to 9 pm on Monday to Thursday, while on Friday to Sunday, it is open from 8 am to 10 pm.
Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport
Before flying out of Singapore, make sure you get to spend your precious last dregs of vacation time at this 14,000sqm recreational wonderland called Canopy Park, located on the top floor of Jewel Changi Airport.
Visitors can play in an array of exciting attractions, including giant art sculpture slides, a 250-meter-long net 8 meters above the ground that you can bounce in, an impressive indoor garden displaying seasonal flowers from around the world and Singapore’s largest indoor hedge maze, with a watchtower at its core.
The canopy park opening hours are from 10 am-10 pm on Monday to Thursday and 10 am-11 pm on Friday to Sunday. With the covid-19 restrictions, the park is only limited to fully vaccinated adults and unvaccinated children aged 12 and below.