Singapore is probably the premier family-friendly destination in Asia, thanks to the wealth of attractions catering to all ages, a clean and efficient public transport system and its relatively compact size. Teens will love the parks and active attractions, while even young families will have no trouble getting around as strollers and pushchairs can be used pretty much everywhere.S

    Some of the best things to do with your family in Singapore often take advantage of the great outdoors, be that on Sentosa Island just off the southern tip of Singapore or in the many fun and informative parks and museums scattered throughout the downtown area.

    If you are looking for some theme park fun with your family when in Singapore, you simply must spend the day at Universal Studios. Eighteen of the 24 rides housed within the amusement park were designed specifically for us here in Singapore, with highlights including the 3D ride Transformers, and the The Mummy roller coaster. Walking around the park is a treat in itself with movie magic at every turn.

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    Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, Singapore

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +65 6577 8888


    Singapore Discovery Centre

    All age, any weather attractions are on offer at the Singapore Discovery Centre, with everything from paintballing to 3D movies and even zorbing. Indoor activities include learning what goes into recording the news in mock television studio and a look back at Singaporean history and culture designed especially to be relevant to children.

    Location: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +65 6792 6188


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    These otherworldly structures spread out across Marina Bay will surely amaze children of all ages, especially come nightfall when they turn into a spectacle of light. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates and there are hundreds of trees and plants to discover.

    Walking around the park won’t cost you a cent but if you want to step inside the climate-controlled conservatories, or walk amongst the Supertrees, there is a fee. The main park area is open from 9am to 9pm.

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    Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 2 am

    Phone: +65 6420 6848


    Singapore Night Safari is a world-class attraction that not only provides entertainment and wonder to visitors, but also dedicated to conservation, rescue and research to help improve the lives of animals both in captivity and in the wild.

    Thousands of animals from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas can be seen in the spacious natural environments of Night Safari. These attractions alone help Singapore earn its well-deserved reputation as one of the most family-friendly destinations in Asia.

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    Location: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

    Open: Daily from 7.15 pm to midnight (Ticketing counter from 5.30 pm to 11 pm)

    Phone: +65 6269 3411


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    If the humidity and heat get too much for your children, cool off at one of Singapore’s best water parks. Wild Wild Wet Singapore promises an action-packed day of water-filled fun. There’s a good mix of adrenaline-filled slides, as well as plenty of gentle flumes and pools to please family members of all ages and tastes.

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    Location: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599

    Open: Monday–Friday from 1 pm to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +65 6581 9128


    KidZania Singapore is located at Sentosa Beach Resort, adding to the already-long list of family-friendly activities on the island. The complex promises to entertain as well as educate youngsters, with several different zones of fully interactive learning stations dotted around the indoor 'kid-sized city'.

    Some of the highlights out of the 80 or so role-play activities include a fully-sized fuselage of a Boeing 737, a replica bank and a mini-hospital where the kids can brush up on their triple-coronary bypass skills.

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    Location: Rakan Riang Pte Ltd 1 Cove Avenue, Level 3, Block B #03-02, Singapore 098537

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +65 6653 6888


    Palawan Pirate Ship

    Palawan Pirate Ship (previously known as the Port of Lost Wonder) is an attraction dedicated to families with young children. This Sentosa attraction lies right by the beach, features a whole host of play areas, themed slides and climbing frames, as well as plenty of restaurants and retail options to keep the adults happy.

    Palawan Pirate Ship organises games and activities throughout the day, both fun and educational for the kids, and also put on their highly recommended ‘Bubble Party’ on the weekends.

    Location: 54 Palawan Walk Sentosa, Sentosa Island

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm

    Phone: +65 1800 736 8672


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    Despite being just across the border in the southern Malaysian city of Johor, Legoland Malaysia is a popular family attraction for those in Singapore as the journey is little more than an hour.

    Designed for younger kids, with plenty of colourful Lego blocks available in different themed areas, toddlers can construct (and deconstruct) their favourite Lego models. There is also a Lego Kingdom which features an impressive Dragon-themed roller coaster perfect for thrill seekers.

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    Location: No 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar, 79250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday and school holidays from 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +607 597 8888


    Housed in one of Singapore’s most impressive architectural structures is an equally impressive range of exhibits which have been designed with some of the most cutting edge technology used in museums anywhere in the world.

    The name ArtScience is certainly apt here as the different galleries highlight the relationship between the arts and the sciences. Different exhibitions have different prices but you can purchase an All Access ticket for S$30 for adults and S$19 for children.

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    Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm (last admission at 9 pm)

    Phone: +65 6688 8868


    To get a bird’s eye view of Singapore there is no better option than a ride on the Ferris wheel in Marina Bay called the Singapore Flyer. The pods are kept clean and modern, allowing a scenic trip which measures 165 metres at its tallest point.

    It’s been a classic tourist activity since it opened in Singapore and is a fun activity at any time of day or night but particularly just after sunset when the lights of Singapore are lit up all around you.

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    Location: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +65 6333 3311

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveller

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