To celebrate SG55, we've put together a list of 55 awesome things to do with the kiddos here in sunny Singapore...
Turning 55 years old is a pretty big deal. So to celebrate National Day and SG55, we’ve come up with a list of 55 things to do in Singapore with kids this summer, from the iconic to the obscure. We’re talking kid-friendly exhibits, gloriously green pockets of the island, cool activities for fussy teens and quintessential Singaporean fun for all ages and budgets. Happy birthday, Singapore!
SG55: best things to do with kids in Singapore
2. It’s always a hip hip hooray kinda day when we wake up and find the sun shining: the perfect excuse to hop on a bum boat for a family adventure over at Pulau Ubin.
4. Strap on your helmets, pump up your tyres and go on a family bike ride! Check out our article for our fave routes.
5. Dive under the deep blue sea with a fishy excursion to S.E.A. Aquarium, where you’ll catch Nemo and friends among the 800 species of marine life on display.
6. If you have small monkeys with seemingly boundless energy, then it’s time you challenged them to the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir. You’ll definitely spot real monkeys along the way, so don’t get them confused with your kids!
9. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is where you should be heading with small dinosaur fans and wannabe paleontologists. Browse the fascinating botanical and zoological collections before checking out the star players: the dinos! Admission is limited per session, so best to book to save tears.
10. For a quintessentially Singaporean day out packed with history, culture and colour, we say go on a temple trail around the island. So much gold, history, legend and adventure.
11. There’s never a dull moment at Singapore Science Centre. Bring out the inner geek in the whole famalam by checking out cool exhibits.
12. For a slice of larger-than-life adventure, head to Haw Par Villa theme park, where you’ll find legendary stories brought to life among huge folklore-inspired sculptures and statues. The Courts of Hell are an especially great alternative to time out if the kids are playing up…
13. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road and breath in the tranquil peace and quiet that is Singapore Botanic Gardens. Well, as peaceful as it can be with kids in tow… Look out for the resident swans and head to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden for playground action.
14. East Coast Park never lets us down when it comes to quality family time.
15. For an afternoon of giggles and optical illusions, head to the Trick Eye Museum, arm yourself with a camera and create some hilarious photos to flood your Insta feed with.
17. Head to the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo and see just what the animals get up to after dark.
18. Pack a picnic, bring a kite and spend a day in the fresh air atop Marina Barrage. Make it extra special by bagging a spot during the National Day weekend to get a great view of the aerial displays and fireworks.
19. For a real glimpse into Singapore’s history, head over to Fort Canning Park and set the kids free to run on the hills that were once the site of 14th-century Malay palaces. Visit the Battlebox, a British command centre located underground, for a World War II history lesson!
20. Soak up Singapore’s cultural history and go on a trip around Singapore with the help of our handy guide to all the areas that celebrate who we all are. Add to the fun by jumping on and off a public bus!
21. Kids who have aspirations for a future career as a pilot will adore the airport-themed play space with a view of an actual runway over at The Oval @ Seletar. Plenty of room for running and plane spotting!
23. Head to a pet cafe! Cuddles and coffee – what’s not to love?
24. Find out what life was like for a soldier from times of old over at Fort Siloso with a visit to the Surrender Chambers to witness historic surrender moments that changed life in Singapore during WWII.
25. In a flap over National Day things to do? Flock over to Jurong Bird Park for a thoroughly feathery fun day out among over 400 species of birds. We just wish the amazing water playground was open.
26. Go on a pram-friendly walk with the tiny tots and soak up some awesome sights with your exercise.
29. An oldie but a goodie (it’s been around since 1887), the National Museum of Singapore is one of the best ways to learn about Singapore. Make sure you catch Story of the Forest by renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab.
30. We don’t know about you, but our little ‘uns love watching and helping out in the kitchen at home. Encourage your mini masterchefs to have fun and learn about food with one of Singapore’s many cooking classes for children. Then sit back and patiently wait for the day they make you a five-course meal…
31. Coney Island is a rustic, green space perfect for a leisurely day of cycling, picnicking and spotting the local wildlife residents. Brush up on all things to see and do there with our handy guide to Coney Island before packing the kids off for a day of outdoor adventures.
32. While we all call Singapore our home, how much of it do we really pay attention to it on a daily basis? We say be a tourist in our city for day and board a River Cruise, and then a Hippo Bus or Duck Tour and rediscover just how stunning the Lion City is. Reopening on 6 August, just in time for National Day things to do!
33. Hike the Southern Ridges! You’ll spot awesome wildlife and have loads of photo opps for the ‘gram, too.
34. If you’re the rugged kind of family who love getting outdoors, then Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve might just be your thing. Look out for cool wildlife including water monitors, mudskippers and, if you’re really lucky (or unlucky), the ferocious estuarine crocodile.
35. Take a walk on the wild side. If you’re stumped for National Day things to do, heading to Singapore Zoo or the River Safari are guaranteed great days out.
36. Head west to the beautiful Jurong Lake Gardens for gorgeous architecture and landscaping, plus a ton of space for busy little legs to run, run and then run some more!
37. Our >essential guide to Universal Studios Singapore is just the ticket you need for a fun-packed, thrills ‘n’ spills day out at the island’s biggest theme park. Don’t forget to check the height restrictions to save yourself tears at the front of the queues.
38. Head over to Sentosa and enjoy a day if beach frolics, yummy eats and sunshine.
39. For a big splash of cheap-as-chips awesome, dive into one of the splashtastic public pools with water slides dotted around Singapore.
40. If the kids are bugging you for a day out then why not flutter your way over to Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom? Kids of all ages will be fascinated by all the bugs, beetles and butterflies on display. Creepy crawlies galore.
41. Go up, up and away for a bird’s-eye view of the city skyline by taking to the skies on the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest observation wheel. Or ditch the kids in favour of a date night with a difference: The Sky Dining packages are wheel-y great.
42. Take advantage of the free aircon and catch the latest blockbusters to hit the silver screen at a Golden Village cinema. Try Gold Class if you fancy a splurge!
43. Here’s an activity for the whole fam: pick your route and tackle obstacle courses and age-appropriate challenges over in the treetops at Forest Adventure. The braver among you will love the thrill of the 300m zip-line across the water (we recently navigated a particularly stylish Bridget Jones-esque moment when trying this out for ourselves…).
45. It has to be said: Singapore likes a theme. Whether it’s matching tees for the whole family, or a top-to-toe themed birthday bash, it’s something we’re all on board with. Especially for National Day things to do! Next step up: theme cafes!
47. teamLab’s Digital Life Canvas is well worth the trek through for a fun digital art experience. Tie in a visit to Rasapura Masters food court and you’ve got yourself a winning National Day things to do itinerary!
48. Hit the shops! Check out our guide to our fave family-friendly malls and go wild in the aisles.
49. For a feast that’s big on taste and light on the wallet, we say munch your way through as many of the delish local and international offerings available at Lau Pa Sat. Wash it down with a kopi or teh and then go for a wander snapping photos of this wonderfully iconic hawker centre.
50. Discover Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle where you’ll find the oldest dragon kiln in Singapore! Apart from the fascinating and humungous dragon kiln itself, we say spend an afternoon rummaging through its vast collection of pottery, or sign up for a pottery workshop.
51. Rub shoulders with the stars at Madame Tussauds where you and the littlies can strike a pose on the red carpet with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
52. Singapore totally knows how to do playgrounds: check out our – including that dragon playground!
53. Fancy some ice-skating? Slink on in to our guide to where the rinks are at before heading out for a chilly adventure.
54. Show off your competitive side and rock some jazzy shoes in the process at one of Singapore’s best tenpin bowling alleys for families. All together now: striiiiiiiike!
55. Get up close to some winged friends at the Butterflies Up Close exhibit at Singapore Science Centre.
So there you have it: 55 great ideas for National Day things to do with kids! Have an awesome long weekend, folks.