Whether you’re visiting Singapore, a new arrival or rediscovering your hometown as a parent, there’s one place you MUST visit with your kids: you know we’re talking about Gardens by the Bay. There’s a reason why we’re happy to hang out here with the kids over and over again: from the free water play to the giant waterfall and rainforest in a dome, super fun floral displays and one of the most awesome playgrounds in town, it’s possibly the most amazing attraction for families in Singapore. Hayley Durack of Polkadot Photography captured all of our favourite things to do here: check out the beautiful photo gallery! (Pssst: she has a very special offer for HoneyKids readers, so read on.)
Every time we’ve come here there’s something new to explore, but we’ve shared our ultimate day out, guaranteed to burn off your kids’ energy. Mums and dads, you’ll absolutely deserve an icy beer and a feast of local dishes at Satay by the Bay at the end of all this!
Here’s our ultimate family itinerary for Gardens by the Bay with kids:
(have you ticked everything off your list?)
1. Start nice and early at the Cloud Forest: a rainforest inside a dome! Stand next to a massive indoor waterfall, check out the carnivorous plants made of Lego and wind your way down the rainforest past hidden sculptures, crystals and through misty lakes. This is a pram-friendly trail, so bring your little ones! (Pssst: bring a light jacket – it’s cool inside the Cloud Forest!)
2. The Flower Dome is a hop, skip and jump away, and its awesome flower displays change with the seasons and for cultural festivals in Singapore. Chinese New Year is always super fun and it gets even more spectacular when Christmas Wonderland is happening at Gardens by the Bay: think giant snow globes in the Flower Dome and nutcracker dolls bigger than your kids! Right now the theme is Autumn Harvest.
3. Time to let the kids burn off some steam! Let the kids loose in the Far East Organisation Children’s Garden playground. Look for the sandpit next to the water play area: there’s an awesome obstacle course, and Robinson Crusoe-style hanging bridges leading to a climbing web, other pockets for play and tunnel slides. Keep an eye on those kiddos as there are different places for them to pop in and out of along the way. Toddlers have a fantastic little playground of their own, with tiny bridges, swings and a fun tunnel to run through. Need a snack? There are light bites and ice cream at the adjacent Children’s Garden Cafe.
4. If you need to seriously refuel, head across to the Supertree Grove where you’ll find a range of family-friendly eateries (we like the Nasi Lemak at Hill Street Coffee Shop). Grab an ice cream and enjoy it on the lawn if it’s a lovely day!
5. Since you’ve been gazing up at those Supertrees, give in to the urge to do a treetop walk! Grab your tickets to the OCBC Skyway ($5 for kids; $8 for adults), zoom up in the lift to a walkway 22 metres above the ground and enjoy one spectacular view.
6. Back on land, find your way to the World of Plants to spot some exotic greenery and hop over some toadstools. So simple but SO much fun.
7. We hope you packed the kids’ swimmers and a towel, because by now the kids are dying to hit the brilliant water play park back in the FEO Children’s Garden! There’s a splash pad with gently bubbling fish fountains for the little ones: bigger kids can run through fountains and dodge the giant flowers that pour a buckletload of water on you if you stay still for too long!
8. Famished yet? Bundle up the whole gang and stroll over to Satay by the Bay: an outdoor foodcourt where you can grab satay sticks and prawns straight off the coals and other local treats. After a day like this, you deserve a feast – don’t forget the fresh coconuts!!
NEED TO KNOWS:
Gardens by the Bay has two sites: The Bay East Garden and the main attractions at Marina Gardens Drive (near Bayfront MRT and Marina Bay Sands). For all the favourites we’ve mentioned, head to the entrance at 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.
Outdoor gardens including the Supertree Grove, World of Plants are open from 5am to 2am! (Jetlagged and up at the crack of dawn? Now you know where to go!). Conservatories including the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are open 9am to 9pm.
Admission: Entrance is free for the Outdoor Gardens; Entry to the conservatories start at $8 for children and $12 for adults. Rates vary for local residents and foreigners.
Hayley Durack of Polkadot Photography captured these fun moments for us, and has a very special limited offer for HoneyKids readers! For bookings made until 31 October 2017, you can enjoy a 2-hour photoshoot for $375 (usually $750)! This includes a two-hour photo shoot in a location of your choice (including warm-up and cool-down) and could include portraits with your family, your partner, corporate headshots, new web imagery, or even a birthday party. You’ll receive a full set of edited, high-resolution digital images from the shoot (more than 80 photos, all on a USB and you can use the images to your heart’s desire!), plus one large archival wall print (11×14”) of your favourite photo. See more of her work and book your own shoot with Hayley at polkadotphotography.com.
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