With National Day coming up, it’s that time of the year when we start reflecting on all the reasons we love living in Singapore with kids. From the year-round sunshine to the awesome local food we here at HoneyKids are all thankful for the rather lovely life we get to have here with the kiddos, so we’ve been busy thinking about what we love best about raising a family in Singapore…
Selina, mum to Maxton and Grayson
I’m not ashamed to admit my greatest loves are the laksa and chicken rice on tap. But seriously, I think this city is built for families, and when it comes to giving kids opportunities to play, learn and be entertained, Singapore takes it to the next level. Our go-tos are the Keppel Centre for Art Education at the National Gallery, Gardens by the Bay (of course) and ArtScience Museum – and we’ve just discovered The ArtGround. This city is like a merry-go-round of cool places to hang out with kids, with new exhibits and festivals for families popping up every week. I want to do it all! Kids have got it GOOD here – and this gives me endless excuses to indulge in some kidulting myself.
Kate, mum to Harrison and Vivienne
I love the variety of experiences and exposures that my kids get to have here. There’s such a array of amazing arts, culture, food, language and people to interact with and because it’s safe and easy to get around there’s hardly any barrier to expose them to it, even as young as they are!
Ilona, mum to Zygi
Zygi’s 18-month-old bestie bows his head and says “arigato” for thank you. We love the international community in Singapore and the lessons they teach us. Our local cafe scene is like a United Nations creche, so every morning we chat to parents from all over the world, all with interesting stories. We love the international community in Singapore.
Ania, mum to Oliver and Lucia
There are so many things we love about Singapore – where to start? We feel so blessed to live in such a fun, friendly, safe, convenient, smiley, international place. We feel lucky that our kids have exposure to friends from so many cultures and backgrounds, this gives them a special perspective that builds acceptance, empathy and understanding – a great way to start building on that dream of world peace… We are also a big foodie and travel family, so the vast array of different cuisines and holiday destinations available from here are great. Lastly, the strong culture of mutual respect and personal achievement is something important to us and one we want to instil in our kids.
Dawn, mum to Tessa and Gemma
We love that there is so much to do in Singapore! There is always something going on and we’ve recently had lots of fun checking out an art festival at Pasir Ris Beach (the kids got to learn slime making!) and finding new exhibits at the museums around the island. We also love that Singapore is so multicultural, and with that comes fantastic food from around the world (although if anyone finds an exceptional African restaurant do let me know – we’ve failed on that mission so far!). We’re also very lucky to enjoy condo living: the kids are never short of good friends. Extra happiness: the parents have all become great friends of ours too!
Tracy, mum to Jack, Angelica and Rafferty
As a mum to three kids of varying ages, the year-round good weather is a huge bonus when it comes to getting out and about with the large, medium and small child in tow. Arguments over who gets to sit next to me in the taxi are so much easier to deal with when the sun is shining! There’s also the close proximity to all the amazing travel destinations on our doorstep. We’ve never let having kids curb our wanderlust so feel incredibly lucky to have introduced our mini globetrotters to some phenomenal Asian destinations. Also: Singapore Slings.
Brynie, mum to Isabella, William & Penelope
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Angela, mum to Xavier and Marcel
I love the preschool options that are available here. When we lived back home in Australia, the only drop-off care option available for us for little ones from 18 months was daycare, a long and exhausting day for little people. In Singapore we had the opportunity for our boys to attend a fantastic local Montessori school, initially just for three hours a day, where they could learn, play and interact with peers who live within the surrounding area. I’m really grateful that they have been provided with such a wonderful introduction to learning.
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