Looking to get the kids off of the computer and into the great outdoors? From jungles to parks, water play to wildlife, check out our favourite outdoor adventures around Singapore for families...
Summer is well and truly upon us , so if you are looking for some fun activities in the great outdoors for kids here in Singapore then you have come to the right place! We have scoured the island for the some seriously awesome activities where you and the kiddos can run wild and free in the great outdoors. We’ve got all kinds of kids covered, from rollercoaster junkies to difficult teens, water babies to mini-explorers: we’ve found something for everyone. So whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a family picnic, the best places to use your scooters or a rustic island adventure, make a note of these action-packed family-friendly picks the whole gang will love.
(Psst: don’t forget to check out our 100 indoor activities too for when the storms roll in and the sun goes back behind the clouds!)
Take your mini-Mowglis for a treetop extravaganza over at Forest Adventure where you’ll find three fun-packed aerial adventures for the whole family to choose from. Courses are designed for brave little people who measure above 1.1 metres (around five years old) and kids and adults alike will have a ton of aerial fun checking out trapezes, wobbly logs, zip lines and Tarzan swing.
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir Road, 479244, t. 8100 7420; www.forestadventure.com.sg
Take the family on a journey back to the kampong days and experience a lovely rural way of life over at Pulau Ubin. It’s cheap and cheerful getting there via bumboat, and even the most energetic family members will meet their match spending a day bike riding around the island, spotting unusual residents such as wild boar, otters and hornbills. Check out our full guide to all things Pulau Ubin before packing a day bag and setting off on your rustic adventure.
We never tire of making the most of a sunny day and taking ourselves off for the thrills, spills and beach action happening over at Sentosa Island. Universal Studios Singapore is a perennial big hit with kids of all ages, and we’re big fans of cooling off at the Palawan Pirate Ship which is now free for all. Whizz down the Luge, head into the skies at iFly, catch the surf at Wavehouse or just spend the days building sandcastles at one of the lovely beaches: whatever you decide to do we can guarantee it’ll be a massive, sunny hit! Take a look at our mammoth guide to where to eat, play, shop and stay on Sentosa before you cross the boardwalk.
Pack a picnic and head west to the beautiful Chinese Garden for gorgeous architecture and landscaping, plus a ton of space for busy little legs to run, run and then run some more! Head to the top of the seven story pagoda, modelled on northern Chinese imperial styles, where you can feast your eyes on amazing views of Jurong Lake and beyond.
Chinese Garden, 1 Chinese Garden, Singapore 619795; www.nhb.gov.sg
Developing green fingers here amongst the urban buzz of Singapore can be tricky, which is why we love the ‘gardening hub’ of the Lion City aka Hort Park. With themed greenhouses and beautiful gardens galore, kids (and grown-ups) of all ages will love nature spotting and being in the great green outdoors. Look out for regular Gardeners’ Day Out family events, and don’t forget to take a hike over the Canopy Walk to make sure that energy levels are nicely depleted by the end of the day.
Hort Park, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578, p. 6471 5601; www.nparks.gov.sg
Now we here at HoneyKids have collectively been to a fair few zoos around the world, and we all agree that when it comes to the best zoo in the world, Singapore can’t be beaten! We love how the zoo have incorporated natural barriers into the animal enclosures so that depressing bars and cages are something you will never see at this ethically minded attraction. Chuck the kids into the fab water play area for a cool off once you’re done with the animals. It’s also worth checking out the annual membership for families deals if you have die-hard wannabe zoologists.
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826; www.zoo.com.sg
Kranji Reservoir Park
While this one might be a tad out of town, we think it’s well worth packing the kids into a taxi or jumping in the car and heading over to Kranji Reservoir. You’ll find two fishing grounds, picnic spots galore and a ton of cool wildlife – bring the binoculars and try and spot the flying lemurs!
Kranji Resevoir Park, Lim Chu Kang, Singapore 49199; www.nparks.gov.sg
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay has long been an affordable favourite of the HoneyKids team: head over for fun in the domes and don’t forget to pack the swimmers for the free water play fun! Bring your scooters so the kids can whizz around the gorgeous gardens, and make a pit stop for hawker-style food at the wallet friendly, super delish Satay by the Bay!
Children’s Garden, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953; www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Coney Island Park
Singapore’s newest rustic, green space is the perfect choice for a leisurely day of cycling, picnicking and spotting the local wildlife residents. Kiddos will love the all-natural Casaurina Exploration Playground, and there are also a whopping five beach areas to pick from for a family sandcastle building competition. Before you pack that picnic, check out our Coney Island guide to get the most out of your big day outdoors.
Coney Island, accessed from Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Road, 828694; www.nparks.gov.sg
Jurong Bird Park
Flock over to Jurong Bird Park for a thoroughly feathery fun day out amongst over 400 species of birds. Our little chicks also give a big thumbs-up to the Birdz of Play area where you’ll find a dry zone bird-themed adventure playground, and a wet zone where the kids can make a big splash in the water playground.
Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925; www.birdpark.com.sg
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
This family friendly nature reserve is home to over 40% of Singapore’s undisturbed flora and fauna so take your binoculars in the hope of spotting the mischievous macaques, the immeasurably cute colugo and the alien-looking pangolin amongst the 3,043 jungly hectares. The trails are well laid out and easy to navigate and the reserve gets extra brownie points for welcoming the family dog as a visitor too.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589318; www.nparks.gov.sg
Ditch the city and head to MacRitchie Reservoir which has the added charm of being in a central location making it easy to get to. Challenge the kids to the MacRitchie treetop walk – a free trail on top of the world – and look out for the cheeky macaques along the way. If you have water sport fans in the famalam then rent a canoe or kayak for an hour or two. Keep an eye on the NParks website for regular guided tours which are perfect for families, and usually free!
MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore 298717; www.nparks.gov.sg
Haw Par Villa
For a fun, and free, journey into the myths and legends of Chinese culture, Haw Par Villa is definitely the place to head for a large dose of legend, turtle feeding and monstrous statues! Built in 1937 by Burmese brothers Boon Haw and Boon Par (part of the Tiger Balm dynasty) the park was designed to create a journey through Chinese folklore and history. Kids will love (or run away screaming from) the gruesome 10 Courts of Hell: these, along with the enormous mythological statues, are worth making the visit for alone! The park has recently been given a big face-lift so expect even more vivid colours and crazy creatures than ever before!
Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore, 118628; www.stb.gov.sg
Sungei Buluh Wetland Reserve
If you’re the rugged kind of family who love getting outdoors whenever you can, Singapore’s first wetland reserve might just be your thing. Home to cool wildlife spots including water monitors, mudskippers and, if you’re really lucky (or unlucky), the ferocious estuarine crocodile, Sungei Buluh Wetland Reserve is bound to offer the whole family a day packed with adventures.
Sungei Buluh Wetland Reserve, #01-00 Visitor Centre, 60 Kranji Way, Singapore 739453; www.nparks.gov.sg/sbwr
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Wander through the lush tropical rainforest, meander through the spectacular National Orchid Garden and gander at the resident swans and turtles at Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the lovely Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden (closed Mondays) for the most awesome treehouse slide (don’t forget your bucket and spade for the sand pit), and then cool the kids off in the water play area.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569; www.sbg.org.sg
East Coast Park
Hire a family bike and see how much of the 42km length you can complete before legs turn to jelly or you need to cool off for a swim! Head to the Parkland Green are for great family-friendly dining options and don’t forget to pop enormous adventure playground, Marine Cove, on your ‘to do’ list – there are swings, people! Use our handy guide to East Coast Park for all the hidden gems and must sees to make the most your time there.
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