Planning a trip to Singapore Zoo with the kids? Check out our guide to all the things to see and do at this family-friendly attraction!
Sure, Singapore is best known for its fab hopping malls. But despite this, Singapore Zoo and its many activities consistently ranks as one of Singapore’s must-see attractions for good reason. Even kids and adults who might usually prefer an air-conditioned indoor play centre love this iconic attraction! From breakfast with the orangutans to the Night Safari, there’s quite literally something to do every single second of the day here. As long as you have the stamina…
Whether you’re a visitor to the island or a resident looking for an escape from city life, we’ve compiled a complete guide to exploring Singapore Zoo with kids. Filled with all the best things to do and see, it’s guaranteed to help you and your rangers-in-training make the most of your time trekking through the wilderness. Pack the sunblock, hat, face mask and insect repellant (a must-have because mozzies are everywhere!) and prepare a wet weather plan too. Top tip: check out our guide to wellies and rain coats for a zoo adventure complete with puddle jumping!
A complete guide to Singapore Zoo with kids
(No) thanks to Covid-19, visiting the Singapore Zoo with kids just got a bit trickier. You’ll need to book your visit in advance, even if you’re a member. Entry to Singapore Zoo is now time-based, which means you’ll need to book a time slot for your fam. Also, visits are limited to Thursday to Sunday and only five guests per group! Since visits are limited, the folks at Singapore Zoo request that visitors arrive no later than 45 minutes from their selected time. If the park’s capacity has been reached, you might have to wait till there’s an available slot – eek!
Some experiences, feeding programs, and animal exhibits are currently closed. The Play Area at KidzWorld is temporarily closed (until 30 Sep 2020), as is the elephant feeding, breakfast with orangutans, pony rides, Falabella grooming and rabbit petting experiences. If you plan on catching a show, take note that all shows are operating at a limited capacity. This means if the show is full, you won’t be able to get in – so get in while you can!
How to get around
With 28 hectares to cover, you’re going to need to be strategic in your approach. Download the handy-dandy Singapore Zoo app so you can have the map on hand at all times, and pick which parts of the zoo you really want to see. Do yourself a favour and jump on the guided tram ride for an early overview of what’s in store. And if you still find yourself with tired little legs to carry? Strollers and wagons are available for hire. Also, if you have your carseat with you, you can leave it with the friendly folks at the Stroller, Wheelchair, Electric Scooter and Wagon Rental centre, right by the entrance.
The deets: Guided tram ride (unlimited rides): Adults $5, Child (aged 3-12) $3. Strollers $9, wagons $15.
THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS AT SINGAPORE ZOO
Breakfast with Orangutans
What’s better than a buffet breakfast to get you out of bed? A buffet breakfast with the orangutans, of course! Dine among the great apes while enjoying local and western food on the jungled terrace of Ah Meng Restaurant to get your day off to a swinging start (currently unavailable).
The deets: Daily, 9-10:30am, animals appear between 9:30-10am. Adults $35, Child(aged 6-12) $25 plus zoo admission fee.
Get to know the zookeepers
If you happen to be chaperoning aspiring zookeepers, give them a taste of the real thing at Rainforest Kidzworld. Keeper Encounter will see them mingle with animals (horses, ponies and falabellas), practise their grooming skills on a rabbit and feed the goats. By the end of it, they’ll even be able to tell you what a falabella actually is! (currently unavailable)
Feed the animals!
Catch the animals at their most animated during their feeding times. It takes some planning, but it’s well worth it – especially if you make it (early!) to the elephant (currently unavailable), giraffe, goat and white rhino exhibits. Here you have the chance to get in on the feeding action yourselves and find out about the animals from the zookeepers. You’ll need to book your session online and arrive 15 minutes before feeding time.
Kids can giddy up for a pony ride with walk-a-long guides (currently unavailable). Or hop aboard the zoo animals’ tamer counterparts on the vintage merry-go-round, the Wild Animal Carousel. Be sure to check ahead for when the carousel is closed for cleaning.
The deets: Pony Ride: Child (1.2m and below) $6; Wild Animal Carousel, Single Ride, $4, single ride; $8, 3 rides, $12, 2-in-1 Rides (3 Carousel Rides + 1 Pony Ride)
Make a splash
As addictive as the animals are, there definitely comes a time in the day when a stop at the wet play area (currently closed) is a good – and cooling – idea. Pack swimmers and make the most of the zoo’s animal-themed water park!
Catch a show
If all the exhibits start to make you miss your own furry friends at home, find a seat in the Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre for the Animal Friends Show. The cast of domestic animals are trained to entertain, and will even stick around for autographs, or at least photographs, afterwards. Be wowed by the agility and dexterity of the rainforest creatures at Rainforest Fights Back and get that reptile-loving kid a slithery surprise photo op!
If it’s larger-scale entertainment you’re after, lumber over to the Elephant Presentation to see the gentle giants (currently unavailable). If you’re sitting front and centre, watch out when they raise their trunks, you’ll have to duck from the spray! Or if you love a little (or a lot of) wet fun, the quirky antics of the California sea lion at Splash Safari Show are sure to delight.
Go on a tour
If you’re not keen on walking around Singapore Zoo with kids, hop aboard a tour buggy on the Wild Discoverer Tour. You’ll be chauffeured around the animal exhibits in style, where you’ll get the lowdown on how to care for them and also how to feed the rhinos and giant tortoises. Or how about getting up close and personal with scaly creatures at the RepTopia Tour? (suspended until further notice). Only if you dare!
If after all that you and your little chimps are still after more, keep your eye on the online registration calendar for half-day and even overnight camps (currently unavailable) offered at the zoo. Kids will get to be junior zookeepers or avian keepers, and can even spend a night sleeping among the animals. You might want to keep this on the down-low though, unless you can handle six months of, “Can we go yet?”
If you’re still going strong come nightfall, the Night Safari is THE park for nocturnal adventuring, from 7pm till 11pm. By this stage, you’ll definitely want (need!) to put your feet up, so jump on the free Guided Tram Ride. You’ll journey through the seven geographical regions that make up the park, and see the inhabitants of each. Opt for the special private buggy Safari Adventure Tour and get to meet and feed the elephants (currently unavailable). Or if you prefer to wine and dine, the Cocktail Safari Express serves cocktails and canapés (yes, please!). Or why not get all romantic with a candlelit dinner aboard the Gourmet Safari Express (currently unavailable)?
Even if you’re not joining a tour, definitely make time to see the Creatures of the Night Show where nocturnal critters like otters and hyenas spring into action. Entry is free, so make sure to find your seats early before they’re all snapped up!
Ask any of the HoneyKids mums and they’ll tell you that a Zoo membership is worth it. Better yet, get the Friends of Wildlife membership card, which will give you access to all four awesome wildlife parks (River Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo and Night Safari). Members get to enjoy awesome discounts on food, merch, rides and rental items and more. If you plan to visit the zoo more than once a year (because, trust us, you will), you’ll definitely make use of all the perks!
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