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The Best Free Things To Do In Singapore With Kids (By A Local)

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Traveling to Singapore is often touted as an expensive holiday since Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world. And what about traveling with kids in tow? Does that make the costs double or triple?

Don't worry, Singapore can be a very affordable travel destination! Mind you, this is coming from someone who has lived here their whole life.

Today I will show you the best things to do in Singapore with kids for free!

Free things to do in Singapore with kids

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This post is written by Keith, a Singapore resident and one half of the couple behind Zip Up and Go, a travel blog that takes you to explore the best nature spots and places to eat around the world.

We are a pair of regular folks who embrace budget to mid-range travel and share the spills with you! Be sure to check out our blog for similar articles here.

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Places to visit with kids in Singapore for free: map

In the map below you can find all the free Singapore activities with kids included in this post, as well as the recommended family-friendly hotels and places to eat.

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Where to stay in Singapore with kids

Where to stay Chinatown Singapore

In the table below you can find the best hotels in Singapore with kids. Further down in the post you can read more details about these hotels.

Hotel Mi Bencoolen☆☆☆☆7.7US$125Book here
Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel☆☆☆☆☆8.4US$350Book here
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore☆☆☆☆☆8.7US$300Book here
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort☆☆☆☆☆8.4US$380Book here
Sentosa Resorts World – Ocean Suites☆☆☆☆☆8.4US$1035Book here
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia ☆☆☆☆☆9.0US$600Book here

Note: Prices for these hotels depend on the time of year and how far in advance you book. Therefore, the prices mentioned above are a rough indication of the price per night to help you compare the different options. Use ‘click here' to see the latest prices on Agoda and Booking and book ahead to get the best deal.

Pictured above: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Why visit Singapore with kids

  • Singapore has 2 days dedicated to children, respectively Children’s Day on 1 October and Youth Day on the first Sunday of July.
  • The Singapore Kindness Movement is all about spreading kindness, and this is a great opportunity to educate the kids while on vacation!
  • Singapore was the birthplace of the World Toilet Organization, which means you can be sure toilets here are well maintained (aka clean!), including Nursing Rooms for you to tend to your child.

Singapore things to do with kids

Traveling to Singapore is often touted as an expensive holiday, since Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world. But don’t worry, Singapore can be a very affordable travel destination! This guide by a lifetime Singapore local will show you the best free things to do in Singapore with kids! #Singapore #FamilyTravel #Asia

6 fun and free activities to do with kids in Singapore

1. Nature Garden at Hort Park

Garden at Hort Park Singapore

Like to surround your child with nature? Make sure you do not miss this educational nature garden situated at Hort Park.

This garden is made up of outdoor playgrounds that are suitable for children between the ages of 3 to 6. But hey, even if your little ones are slightly older, what’s stopping them from having some fun?

The garden is made up of numerous sections, such as Building Huts, Singing Seeds, Magical Woods, The Stream, The Kitchen, The Big Fig Adventure, The Log Valley, and The Secret Den.

In each of these sections, children can learn about various aspects of nature, and get to observe species of plants and birds.

They can also learn to climb and improve their balance through some of the logs placed around the garden. Altogether it's a great place for your kids to improve their motor skills.

When they've had their fill of fun here, check out what else Hort Park offers and walk through the cute little themed gardens spread across the park.

Notes and tips for visiting Hort Garden with children

  • Hort Garden is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • As the area is only lit by natural light, please do not visit when it is raining and at night.
  • Pack some snacks and plenty of water for your kids and for yourself. There are no convenience shops around and only one restaurant (at the entrance of the park).
  • Hort Park is served by a number of bus services (51, 61, 93, 97, 100, 166, 963, which you can take from the nearest MRT station, Labrador Park Station (CC27, Circle Line)

2. Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay

Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay Singapore

This is an excellent addition to the playscape of Singapore. Why? It is super fun and best of all, it is free!

Can you imagine bringing them to a one-hectare playground that offers your child both a dry and wet play area? Children of all ages will be able to find something suitable for themselves and have a wonderful time.

The main aim of the garden is to encourage children to interact with nature through the integrated equipment and water play spread across 4 main zones.

All of these are set within the beautiful Gardens by the Bay, which in itself is an excellent choice for a day out and picnic in the park. Delve a bit deeper into the Gardens and you'll find more free treasures such as A Floating Baby sculpture, a couple of Dragonflies hiding in the lake of the same name, and a charming Water Lily pond.

There are lots of opportunities for the kids to have fun in the Children's Garden, including features such as stepping springs, swaying bridges, water tunnels, and treehouses.

For parents, you can join in the fun, or alternatively, you can opt to sit and relax under the canopy of the amphitheater. If you are there at the right time, there are free performances held here regularly too!

Notes and tips for visiting Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay

  • The Children’s Garden is closed from Monday to Wednesday.
  • Swimwear is not necessary, but do remove footwear before playing in any of the water features. And be careful on a sunny day: It's so easy to get a sunburn!
  • Shower facilities and nursing rooms are spread across the garden. Make sure to download a map to plan your trip accordingly.
  • Bring a picnic basket and a mat along. There are lots of open spaces for picnics!
  • Take the train to Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16, Circle and Downtown Line) and follow the signs to Gardens By The Bay.

3. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Located in the North-Western corner of Singapore, almost on the border with Malaysia, is this amazing wetland that is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Sungei Buloh is the first wetland and also the largest in Singapore and your children are sure to be amazed by the biodiversity. It is the perfect getaway spot from the city!

In this wetland reserve, your family and you can take part in nature walks (there are four of them — from 300 meters to 2 kilometers long), go crazy taking photos of the area, and watch birds feeding in some of the rarest mangroves in the world.

Along the longest Migratory Bird Trail, you will find 5 hides, which are essentially watchtowers, to observe the birds in their natural habitat.

During the months of September to March, bird species such as the Eurasian Wigeon, Black-Backed Kingfisher, and Himalayan Swiftlet pass through during their migration passage to feed on the rich supply of food.

Other residents of the reserve are the giant mudskippers, estuarine crocodiles, monitor lizards, and super cute otters!

It may be tempting to get close and personal to the animals, but since these guys are wild and untamed, make sure to keep a close eye on your kids and not allow them to poke or agitate the animals.

Respect for nature is of the utmost importance!

Notes and tips for visiting the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with children

  • Bring along insect repellents to prevent/reduce insect bites.
  • As the reserve is an open area, bring along raincoats or umbrellas in case of the occasional showers.
  • There are free educational sessions held regularly, so check out the main site before going.
  • From Kranji MRT (NS7, North-South Line), take the bus service 925 from right outside the station (do not cross to the other side of the road) and alight at Kranji Reservoir Carpark B. It is a pretty short walk into the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension’s Visitor Centre.
  • The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4. The Artground

The Artground with kids in Singapore

Wanna groom the next Picasso? Or maybe the next Warhol?

Art is something that does not have any age restrictions, and over here at The Artground is where you can bring your children to release their creativity and talent!

On the Ground Floor, kids can take part in interactive art installations. Each year, it hosts 3 different installations to keep the content fresh.

Another area of the Artground is known as Baby Space which, as you might have guessed, is the best spot for toddlers from 0-2 years old. Here they can explore funky art exhibits suitable for their young age.

The entire setup of the Artground is to bring children closer to the arts and provides an avenue for them to learn and express themselves.

Filled with unique and whimsical visual art pieces, this is the right place to bring your child to nurture their talents!

Notes and tips for visiting The Artground with children

  • The Artground is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • The activities here are more suitable for kids aged from zero to twelve.
  • Check out their website for an updated list of events and shows.
  • Take the train to Mountbatten MRT (CC7, Circle Line) and use Exit B. Walk about 7 minutes to Goodman Arts Centre.

5. Marina Cove @ East Coast Park

Marina Cove at East Coast Park Singapore

East Coast Park is one of the favorites for locals to enjoy a day out in the sun and be near the beach.

After going through a series of revitalizing, the area is now replete with eateries and most importantly for the kids, a huge outdoor playground!

This new installation boasts space of 3500 square meters, and right in the middle of it lies the 3 stories high tower.

There are rope bridges connected to the tower and kids can slide down 3 different slides. As they move inside the tower, they can climb their way up to the top of the tower using a funnel net in the middle.

Across the playground, children can also play on the swings and sensory play panels. This playground provides hours of fun for the young ones!

What's more, it's a great way for them to pick up motor skills, hand-eye coordination, as well as movement.

Notes and tips for visiting Marina Cove @ East Coast Park with children

  • Marina Cove is part of the larger East Coast Park. The whole family can rent bicycles or rollerblades and whizz through the 15 kilometers of coastline it offers (right up to Marina Bay or even Sentosa island!).
  • Food and drinks are widely available so there is no need to pre-pack.
  • There's a nice beach area called East Coast Beach. Shower facilities can be found across the par, so bring a change of clothes along.
  • Take a train to Bedok MRT (EW5, East-West Line) and board the bus service 401 from the bus interchange. Please note that this bus service is only available on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

6. Sentosa Island attractions

Yeah, we know, Sentosa Island is a number one destination for families in Singapore because of the Universal Studios. However, we suggest you exploring the island beyond the borders of the theme park and for free.

First of all, check out the local beaches — they are way more comfortable than the aforementioned East Coast beach. Shallow waters, extremely blue color of the sea, and clean almost-white sand — sounds like a perfect place for a family weekend on the beach!

You can choose from Siloso Beach or Palawan Beach located in 20 minutes walk from each other. Our pick would be Palawan Beach because it has quirky Curious Sue and Little Lyn sculptures and an interesting spot called the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. It's a win-win: You would be excited to see the local end of the earth, your kids (or kid) would be excited to cross the rope bridge.

If your kid is up to an easy hike with some ocean and city views, then head to Fort Siloso Skywalk — an absolutely free and fun thing to do with children on Sentosa Island. Don't be scared away by the flight of stairs, though: There's an elevator just around the corner.

5 fun but paid things to do with kids in Singapore

Avatar Garden by the bay

If your child is blessed with an ability to ignore everything that is huge, bright and brimming with high-pitch happy squeals, we envy you! We know, it sounds weird, but sometimes it seems like Singapore has too many kids activities you need to pay for.

If you don’t want to splurge on all things attractions, choose from these options:

  • Universal Studios (79 SGD / $57) or Singapore Zoo (45 SGD / $33) — both are immensely popular and adored by children. Pick what your kid would love more: Roller coasters and themed performances in Universal Studios or watching and feeding animals (which is, obviously, in the zoo). We slightly incline to the zoo because they have an incredible option of breakfast with animals!
  • Supertree Grove — everyone is mesmerized by the other-worldly beauty of these artificial trees when peering upwards at the sky, but can you imagine the range of emotions when you’re WALKING among their treetops? Strolling along OCBC Skyway (12 SGD / $8.8) is a great way to keep your kid entertained (if they aren’t afraid of heights, of course). It’s a superior place to watch the evening light show which starts at 19:45.
  • Flower Dome (53 SGD / $39) — one of the three covered gardens in Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome is a “dreams-come-true” experience for every kid who’ve ever helped their granny in the garden. Orchids, blooming sakura, tulips, succulents, and the like in the perfectly cooled space — what else do you need to escape the scorching sun of Singapore in the middle of the day?
  • Museum of Ice Cream (40 SGD / $30) — it might be a bit challenging to get here, but what you get is eating tons of ice cream (included in admission ticket) in an Instagrammable Barbie-like settings, delving into the history of the ice cream through the centuries, and literally plunging in the sprinkle pool in the end!
  • Skyline Luge (35.3 SGD / $26) — if your kid is higher than 85cm, then hop together onto a small sled, fasten your helmets and explore four trails weaving your way through the tunnels and slopes.

Recommended family-friendly hotels in Singapore

If you want to learn in details what area of Singapore to choose for your family trip, make sure to check out our Singapore neighborhoods guide. If you want something quick, here is my choice of family-friendly hotels in the city:

Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel

Check out the Fun-mily Escapade Package offered by Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel, which features super cute bedding, a tee-pee for the little ones, and amenities like plush toys and bathtub toys to keep them entertained.

Weekend treasure hunts are organized for kids below the age of 12, they will receive a special treat upon completion!

Book the Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

If you are looking for a family room that is huge, this is the hotel you have to stay in. The luxurious Themed Family Suites at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore are designed to cater to families.

And let me let you in on a tiny secret: the room is actually bigger than a standard 2-bedroom apartment in Singapore! Or choose the 2 bedroom suites for more privacy for both parents and kids alike.

Book the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

Water activities rule the day here and your kids are not going to leave the pool!

Once checked in, ask the concierge for the daily schedule as they organize activities such as “walk on water”, swimming like a mermaid or the whole family can join the aquatic exercise classes.

Book the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort

Sentosa Resorts World: Ocean Suites (underwater!)

I can barely think of anything more special than one of these Underwater Suites anywhere in Singapore.

The Ocean Suites at Resorts World Sentosa (part of the Beach Villa property) are a unique option for those who want to be pampered and sleep next to amazing underwater animals.

A top choice for marine lovers! Check out the epic underwater rooms here but be warned, these suites come with a hefty price tag…

Book the Sentosa Resort World Ocean Suite

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Yet another excellent option for families with kids in tow. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, will spoil your little ones with tons of kids' amenities such as special pool toys and cute pint-sized robes.

The family rooms offer a great deal of privacy and a play area so that all your family's needs are fulfilled.

Beyond the bedroom, kids can get access to activity books at Chihuly Lounge’s High Tea, and make sure to finish the day with a soak in the bubble bath complete with Ritz-style rubber duckies!

Book the Ritz-Carlton Millenia

Recommended family-friendly restaurants in Singapore

Bowls of laksa Singapore

Singapore is known for its incredible food scene but with kids it's important to find a place to eat that they will enjoy as well. Here are some excellent restaurant options for families (you'll find more recommendations in our foodie guide to Singapore).

Dempsey/Tanglin – Huber’s Bistro
22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679
Tel: (+65) 6737 1488,

Dempsey/Tanglin – TBB Safari
130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819

Botanic Gardens – Fusion Spoon
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Road, Botany Centre
#B1-00 Singapore 259569

Fairways Bukit Timah – Picotin Express
60 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286966

Robertson Quay – Three Buns
Quayside 60 Robertson Quay
#01-01 Singapore 238252

Sentosa – Trapizza
10 Siloso Beach Walk, 098995
Tel: (+65) 6376 2662

Final tips about visiting Singapore with kids

Singapore Gardens of the Bay

Singapore visa

Singapore has built up diplomatic relationships with the majority of the countries out there, which makes it very simple for you and your family to come and visit.

To be sure, check out the immigration guidelines to see if you need a visa.

Best time to visit Singapore

CE LA VI Singapore

The best time to visit Singapore is anytime. Really! We have tropical weather and although you can check out weather forecasts online, the truth is that the weather can be unpredictable.

As I wrote this article, it was scorching at 33 degrees Celsius, and the next thing I knew was that it started pouring. However, most of these showers are passing only, and clear skies will emerge soon after.

What to pack for your Singapore family visit

Make sure to pack light clothing and a change of outfit in your day pack. Toilets are easily found in most parts of the island and are considered good by international standards.

Don’t leave out the sunblock if you don’t want to be burnt and always have insect repellent with you. Remember your sunnies too!

How to get around in Singapore (with kids)

Metro in Singapore

Get around the island with public transport. My favorite apps to use are:

Of course, Google Maps is suitable too but the two apps mentioned above are more localized.

Wi-Fi in Singapore

WiFi is easily available everywhere, by logging on to the national Wireless@SG network at selected places. If you are out of range, chances are you can get free WiFi at cafes and restaurants.

If all else fails, go to the nearest McDonald's!

Find out a bit more about Singapore in our recently published post — 23 things to know before visiting Singapore!

Singapore attractions for kids: conclusion

I hope this guide of places to visit in Singapore for kids. Feel free to ask any questions you may have by leaving a comment or send me an email!

Also read my 1-day or 4-day Singapore itinerary and my other posts about Southeast Asia.

This post was updated in May 2024.