6 things that will convince you to go to Singapore
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
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.
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.
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
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 Houseï¿½s Flowrider. Get back to nature at the Butterfly Park,
Insect Kingdom or incredible S.E.A Aquarium.
And of course, thereï¿½s the biggest drawcard of
them all, Universal Studios Singapore and its seven zones of cutting-edge rides, shows, and
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
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.
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
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