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6 things that will convince you to go to Singapore

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1. Singapore Zoo

Singapore has some of the best ethical animal attractions in Asia including the amazing Singapore Zoo, which is renowned for its incredible exhibits including the Fragile Forest, home to free-range lemurs, the Frozen Tundra polar bear habitat and opportunities to breakfast with the Orang-utans.

There’s also the neighbouring River Safari that takes visitors through a Giant Panda Forest and Jurong Bird Park, where the kids can interact with a kaleidoscope of birds.

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2. Art and About

The brand new National Gallery Singapore boasts the world’s largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art, and keeps it fun and entertaining for the little ones with an interactive family gallery that our kids adored.

Future World: Where Art Meets Science at Marina Bay Sands’ ARTScience Museum turned out to be one of my kids’ favourite attractions. Created in collaboration with Japanese art and technology collective, TeamLab, FutureWorld is Singapore’s largest digital art gallery.

A fabulous educational playground for kids, the gallery comprises 16 ever-changing digital art installations that the kids can help evolve through their creative input.

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3. Gardens by the bay

The awe-inspiring Gardens By The Bay is another winner with my kids, the expansive urban oasis of gardens and steel SuperTrees lighting up the night in a futuristic display of music and colour that blew their minds

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4. Sentosa Island Adventures

Sentosa Island is all about families.

Take the Singapore Cable Car for birds eye views of Sentosa, speed down the Skyline Luge racetrack in a purpose built cart or brave the 75 metre high, 450-metre long, 60kph zipline at Megazip Adventure Park.

Cool off at water playground, The Port of Lost Wonder or on Wave House�s Flowrider. Get back to nature at the Butterfly Park, Insect Kingdom or incredible S.E.A Aquarium.

And of course, there�s the biggest drawcard of them all, Universal Studios Singapore and its seven zones of cutting-edge rides, shows, and epic attractions.

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5. The Locals in Singapore

Often referred to as a country where East meets West, Singapore's population is a harmonious blend of many different races, religions and traditions and offers a great introduction to a variety of different cultures to kids in a fun way. Here, Chinese and Hindu temples, mosques, and churches are often located right alongside each other.

In Chinatown, we visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple where we saw monks chanting, then witnessed a noisy and colourful ceremony in the stunning Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

Afterwards we explored the rows of little shops selling quirky Chinese knick-knacks.

In Kampong’s Arab Street we visited the stunning Masjid Sultan, an impressive Mosque that my kids thought looked like something from Aladdin, before delving into unique stores bursting with carpets, fabrics and colourful Middle Eastern trinkets.

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6. Hawker Markets

Singapore’s Hawker Markets are a must for families. Not only are they cheap, they offer so many different dishes and styles of cuisine that even the fussiest eater will find something to enjoy. Whether they’re extremely spicy or mild, Singapore’s signature dishes are irresistible.

Keep an eye out for a popular dessert called chendol, which my kids found hard to resist. Made from mountains of colourful shaved ice and strings of green jelly, it’s as delicious as it is refreshing.

When she’s not treading on Lego and being forced to watch Frozen on loop, Aleney de Winter is a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of travelling and eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting six-year old foodie son and daredevil three-year old daughter on her blog, Boy Eats World.

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