When it comes to a family holiday, there are certain requirements to be met for everyone to have a good time.
What appeals to the parents, won’t always be a selling point for the kids. For them it’s all about exploring, finding the latest adventure and experiencing the world through exciting activities.
Parents want to have fun too, but not at the expense of missing out on some much needed luxury, or down time.
Luckily, there is a place where these competing desires merge, and Singapore may just be the quintessential family destination.
Its welcoming atmosphere is manifested in a hundred different ways and where the warmth of the place extends beyond its tropical weather.
If there’s one thing kids and parents can usually agree upon, its taking some time out for the beach. The small island of Sentosa features beautiful palm tree lined beaches on its southern shore.
The adventure continues at Universal Studios Singapore. With its amusement rides and shows, few theme parks beat the energy and magic of discovery than at this kid and adult friendly playground. Be sure to check out the duelling ‘Battlestar Galactica’ roller coasters for the ultimate thrill rides.
More information: www.sentosa.com.sg
Back in the city, the magnificent Singapore Flyer slowly rotates along with the beat of the city. Climb aboard one of its 28 air conditioned capsules for the 30-minute rotation around the big wheel and take in the stunning views stretching across the bustling metropolis and surrounding islands.
For a real treat, try the Premium Sky Dining Flight, where you can enjoy a 4-course menu (western or Chinese menu), served by your own in-flight host, matched with magnificent skyline views in the comfort of a spacious capsule.
More information: www.singaporeflyer.com
The Singapore Zoo is another family attraction that excels at creating a fun filled day out. Occupying 28 hectares of lush tropical grounds, the zoo is considered one of the world’s best wildlife parks.
A must-do when visiting the zoo is the jungle breakfast. Enjoy a full buffet as you watch the orangutang’s descend from the trees for their morning feed. An orangutang expert provides a fascinating talk on the animals and afterwards you can pose with an orangutang and guide for the ultimate holiday happy snap.
More information: www.zoo.com.sg
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Gardens by the Bay
In the shadow of Marina Bay Sands, this is one attraction for kids and parents alike. Explore the incredible nature park with its futuristic-looking Supertrees that tower over the gardens with open-air walkways to scale.
You will also find glass conservatories, greenhouses and beautiful gardens to stroll. Don’t miss the butterfly sanctuary and a great family friendly food hall with a variety of options, including great coffee from Hill Street Coffee Shop.
More information: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
MINT Museum of Toys
Another one for the whole family – see how many of these toys you can remember as you take a nostalgic walk back in time with these vintage and collectable items.
This extensive collection is, of course, in mint condition, and displays include toys, action figures, vehicles, soft toys and much more. Marvel at over 50,000 items, spread across six levels, each level with a theme of its own.
More information: www.emint.com
Singapore is easy to navigate on foot, but the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) train is an inexpensive way to get around, and underground stops are located across the city. Purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited travel for one, two or three days. Singapore’s roads can be congested, with the MRT a quick and convenient way to get around.
More information: www.smrt.com.sg
Singapore Airlines have multiple flights daily from all Australian capital cities, including Canberra, excluding Darwin. Qantas fly daily from multiple cities, as do Scoot, a low coast carrier alternative.
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