We've got the deets on all things kid-related in Singapore's shopping district.
When it comes to shopping for couture or high-street fashion, your best bet is Singapore stalwart Orchard Road, the Little Red Dot’s answer to Paris’s Champs-Élysées. But did you know there’s heaps of things for kids to do, too? We’re talking entire shopping mall floors dedicated to kids, nature trails, delish noms that’ll have your picky eaters begging for seconds, indoor play centres and more. Yep, Orchard Road is definitely kid-friendly and we’ve got all the deets for a fun-filled day for kids of all ages. You’re welcome.
Yep, Orchard Road is tourist central so you’ll probably need to start your day early. Our fave breakfast spot is Tiong Bahru Bakery at Tangs Department store for their flaky, buttery croissants and uber-strong coffee. Kids will love sitting by the window – it has a great view of ION Orchard and all the foot traffic on Orchard Road. For the fluffiest pancakes ever, we stan the Wild Honey Canadian Pancake stack at Wild Honey at Mandarin Gallery. Don’t forget to make a reservation because it can get quite packed!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 310 Orchard Road #01-16B TANGS Orchard, Singapore 238864; Wild Honey, #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, 238897 Singapore
Go for a nature walk
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In fact, if you ever want to see one of us IRL, feel free to head over to the Gardens on the weekends – we’re the ones running after our kids! We love the nature trails, especially the Rainforest Trek which showcases more than 300 species of plants and an actual six-hectare jungle. Yup, it’s our fave spot of green in this concrete jungle. We can’t get enough of it!
1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569. Daily 5am-midnight.
If you’re in the Dhoby Ghaut area, be sure to check out Fort Canning Park and get a mini history lesson as you explore the old barracks. The tombstones by Fort Canning Green is a creepy spot worth paying a visit to and a great place for photo opps. And, if you’ve got older kids, we recommend planning ahead and catching Shakespeare in the Park or Films at the Fort during the evening for an unforgettable night.
Hill Street, Canning Rise, Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road, Singapore 179618
Do some shopping (obvs)
After dragging the kiddos through yet another Zara (because each Zara is different, guys), they deserve a treat! Paragon Shopping Centre‘s fifth level is filled with stuff for tots. We’re talking designer clothes, organic snacks, a giant Mothercare and even one of our all-time fave toy stores – The Better Toy Store. Forum The Shopping Mall is another favourite with its kids’ fashion stores and educational toy stores. If you’re feeling brave (and generous), there’s an exceptionally large Toys ‘R’ Us at both Paragon and Forum The Shopping Mall – you’ve been warned! For crafty kids, hop on over to Plaza Singapura for our favourite black hole, Spotlight.
While you’re still at Forum The Shopping Mall, skeddaddle over to Jamie’s Italian for a healthy, wholesome lunch the little ones will love. They even have cute activity packs that include stickers, crayons and colouring sheets! Meanwhile, Picnic at Wisma Atria is perfect for kids who can’t decide what to eat – there’s a bevy of choices, including delish burger joint Omakase Burger and Taiwan Treasures for Taiwanese beef noodle soup. We also love the fact there’s a small area for kids to play in, including a ball pit, a small slide and even a foosball table.
Jamie’s Italian, The Forum 583 Orchard Road #01-01/04 Forum, Singapore 238884; Picnic, Wisma Atria, #03-15, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Play it up indoors
After that post-lunch food coma, why not burn off some calories at an indoor play centre? For the younger kiddos, your best bet is the Hip Kids Playground at Forum – it’s got a ball pit and toddler-friendly climbing structures that’ll keep the l’il ones entertained for at least an hour. If you have the time, trek over to buds by Shangri-La at Shangri-La Singapore for an interactive play experience that includes crazy elastic climbing structures and mini cannons – kind of makes us wish we were kids ourselves!
For those interested in pretend play, Little Planet at The Centrepoint has a mini-farm, marketplace, kitchen, cafe, fishing pond and castle to spend the afternoon make-believing at. Got an older kid? They’ll love jumping the day away at Bounce at Cineleisure or immersing themselves in one of the worlds in the Sandbox VR (Virtual Reality) experience at Orchard Central. If you feel like you’ve already spent too much, there are free indoor playground options at Paragon Shopping Centre and 313 Somerset, and also a skate park at Somerset.
In the mood for a mid-afternoon snack? Just walk down Orchard Road and you’ll spot ice-cream uncles selling $2 ice-cream sandwiches – the quintessential Singapore sweet treat! For something different, the crispy bun with condensed milk from Tsui Wah at The Heeren is worth a try, too! Need a coffee? We suggest heading to Lady M at Orchard Central for its selection of crêpe cakes and a latte – it’s also a great place to chill and relax, especially after a long day on your feet.
Try something different
Get the most awesome view of Singapore at ION Orchard‘s ION Sky. Take the lift up all the way to level 56 and you’ll find yourself 218 metres into the clouds. You’ll get amazing 360° panoramic views of Singapore and a cool multimedia experience – we’re talking fun shows like Adventures in Food Wonderland by Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends and The Transformation of Orchard Road by Dick Lee! Tickets are free with every $20 spent in a single receipt. For a cool photo opp, make your way to Emerald Hill where you’ll see a row of picturesque shophouses. Have fun and snap away!