Looking to get away with the family? Now that the VTL scheme is up and running, here we list the easiest cities to travel to from Singapore with kids...
Living in Singapore, you’re smack bang in the middle of some beautiful places to visit around Asia and beyond. We’ve got a list of the tried-and-tested cities to visit with kids. Because we want to make your life easier… and give you some travel inspo!
City breaks with kids: VTL Cities
1. Zurich, Switzerland
Being the largest city in Switzerland, there’s plenty to excite the kiddos in Zurich! Add WOW Museum to your list of things to do here as the little ones (and big ones) will be amazed by the unique museum with optical illusions. Once you’ve convinced the kiddos to leave the museum, head to Uetilbrg where you can indulge in stunning views of the city at 850 metres above sea level. The fun doesn’t stop there: you’ll also wanna chill with the fam at Zurich’s very own Botanic Gardens and Lake Zurich. Now go live like the Swiss! (Note: VTL to be effective on 8 Nov).
2. Rome, Italy
This eternal city will no doubt grab the littlies’ attention. Indulge in the world’s best Italian ice cream with the kids here as they admire Rome’s streets and architecture. Let them experience the first traditional, open-air puppet theatre for some kiddie entertainment, and don’t miss the gorgeous monuments with domes, temples and amphitheatres that’ll leave you and the kiddies in awe. Check out the marble foot street where you can snap funny pics of the fam next to a 7.6-metre tall giant foot!
3. Paris, France
This one’s a perfect destination to explore with the kids! From Disneyland, to serene parks and the popular Eiffel Tower, Paris screams fun-packed family adventures. It’s here where you can spoil your kids with delish chocolate and crêpes (yum!) and more pastries than you shake a wheel of Brie at. Take a stroll and surprise the munchkins with a giant playground with streams to play in at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, or bring them on a digital art adventure at L’Atelier des Lumières; a 3000 square-metre studio with 10-metre high digital art installations. Good luck asking the kids to leave!
4. Barcelona, Spain
Here’s a quick tip: you’ll want to grab the Barcelona all-inclusive family visitor card for this city because there’s so much to see and do here! Enjoy free visits to major attractions and discounts for tours or even free travel with the card. Boasting a vibrant, cultural heritage, Barcelona is home to world-class cuisine at both affordable and expensive price points. Take the kids for a relaxing beach day to the popular Barceloneta, or hit the zoos, museum, parks and sea aquariums for more memorable family adventures!
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
This one’s often said to be a kids’ fave city, because Copenhagen has been specially designed to be family-friendly! From bubbas to big ones, you can get kids stuff, fuss-free and it’s the ideal place for festive trips too. Did we mention there are 125 public playgrounds here – your kids will be spoilt for choice! Street food markets, an inappropriate amount of yummy ice cream and delish cafes – this one’s a winner!
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a fabulous city promising to impress the little ones. Cycle around the streets of this family-friendly city by renting a dutch bike, and visit the Nemo Science Museum for some hands-on fun with the kids to take part in exciting experiments. You’ll want to hop into a canal boat in Amsterdam too. You’re promised a gorgeous view of the city across a semi-circle network of waterways. Oh and did we mention the stunning tulip fields?
7. Munich, Germany
Munich is a great city to visit at any time of year, but it’s also a Christmas wonderland for kids. Time a trip to this gorge city in the winter to really set the mood. Bring your juniors to the must-visit Christmas markets for some fun traditional crafts, wine, culinary goodness and donuts (we love!). Even if you visit in the summer, you’ll have tons of pics to click with the tiny tots for the city’s eye-blessing views. Paddle-boats, Tollywood festival of the arts, zoos plus so much more to check out!
8. New York City, USA
Another winter fave is the city that never sleeps – New York! Dance, sing and laugh your way around this vibrant city famous for its Empire State Building, Central Park, Legoland, the best bus tours, and the list goes on… The activities and attractions are endless here, so the longer you stay, the better! Christmas, summer, spring or autumn – NYC should be on every family holiday bucket list!
9. Vancouver, Canada
If your little ones are science geeks, you don’t want to miss Science World in Vancouver with its exhibits, activities, shows and displays. Apart from attractions like Vancouver Aquarium, Aquabus and FlyOver Canada for a bird’s eye view of the city, Canada is also home to fab winter sports. Try ice-skating, skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing at several outdoor parks and centres for some winter fun. But psst – your kids will never forgive you if you skip Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival where tummies are promised over 60 unique hot chocolate creations. Vancouver here we come!
10. Berlin, Germany
Zoos, museums and Legoland? Berlin should definitely be on your kiddos’ bucket list! Whether it’s visiting the elephant gate at Germany’s oldest zoo as the little ones enjoy delish ice cream, or discovering the ancient paths of monster lizards and prehistoric finds at the Museum of National History, Berlin has tons of exciting activities and fun attractions to keep both you and the fam busy. Immerse in the architecture of the Charlottenburg Palace with lavish decor, and if you have Lego fans at home, you might wanna check out Legoland Berlin too!
11. Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is a great choice for a family trip! This one’s a colourful city with a rich culture perfect to be explored with tiny tots. Dress up in a Hanbok (a 1,600-year-old Korean celebratory outfit worn by men, women and children) and visit the mural village with loads of street art to be admired. And did we mention the scrumptious Korean cuisine? Don’t miss delish family-friendly food options when you visit this beaut city with the kids! (Note: VTL to be effective on 15 Nov).
12. Athens, Greece
Athens is a little bit further afield from Singapore, but it’s a great spot to take your culture vulture tweens and teens to explore. There’s loads of history to take in, such as climbing the Acropolis and the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The street food is delicious (we’re drooling over those souvlakis!), and the wine is cheap too. What’s not to love?
13. San Francisco, USA
The perfect city break with the kids, albeit 15 hours away, is San Francisco. Prepare yourself for the long journey, but we promise it’ll be worth it. The little ones will enjoy traipsing the hills of San Fran on the trams and checking out the sea lions at Pier 39. There’s plenty for tweens and teens to check out, too: Alcatraz and lunch at the Ferry Building is just one idea.
14. London, UK
London is a great launchpad for anywhere else in Europe. Bring the munchkins along and head to any of the museums (the Natural History Museum is sure to be a hit) or head to a Theatre Show instead. Wander around Covent Garden and catch the street performers, or visit the London Transport Museum if you’ve got a train enthusiast. One thing you can’t miss? Buckingham Palace early in the morning to watch the Changing of the Guards! There’s plenty to do with the kiddos in London, and once you’ve got the hang of the Tube and the bus system, it’s a breeze!
15. Sydney, Australia
For a more laid-back cosmopolitan experience, Sydney is a great city break for the family. Tiny tots will enjoy Taronga Zoo and, while you’re there, adventurous teens will get a kick out of the Wild Ropes aerial assault. The famous Manly Ferry offers a gorgeous view of Sydney Harbour, and once you reach Manly there’s loads of beach fun to be had. End the day with a walk at Circular Quay and snap some stunning photos. After all, this trip is sure to be a memorable one! (Note: VTL to be effective on 8 Nov).
If you’re willing to quarantine…
16. Hong Kong
A short four-hour flight away, Hong Kong is great city to take the kiddos. Getting around is easy by train, bus or taxi, but the best bit for kids is of course Hong Kong Disneyland. Got older kids? They’ll enjoy the thrill rides at Ocean Park instead. If the weather is nice, it’s beautiful to hike around The Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong, where you’ll enjoy gorgeous views of the cityscape. Check out our sister site, Honeycombers Hong Kong for more fun things to do in the city.
17. Danang & Hoi An, Vietnam
With flights from JetStar and SIlkAir, Danang is easy to get to from our little red dot. The food is fabulous, the beaches are incredible and the shopping (especially bespoke tailoring) is super cheap. A beach resort is a bit pricier, but totally worth the money for all the splashing family fun the kids will have.
18. Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is less than a two-hour flight away from Singapore, making it one of the easiest places to take the kids. You’ll be enticed by the powdery white sand and clean blue sea at all its 11 beaches (watch out for seasonal jellyfish!). Had enough of being a beach bum? There are some great adventure parks in the city for snorkelling, jetski island-hopping and cable cars.
19. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok’s great for family-friendly trips and activities. Explore its aquatic wonderland at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World or enjoy adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters at Dream World theme park. The littlies will never want to leave this city of endless fun! Looking for edutainment? Surprise the kids with Kidzania to unleash your kids’ potential through playing a range of popular jobs like doctors and firemen. Bounce away with the fam at Bounce Bangkok for even more fun times!
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