Singapore with kids. Pre kids I had only ever thought of Singapore as a place to go to swill back cocktails, throw monkey nuts on the floor at Raffles and blow a lot of cash in the shops on Orchard Road. Of course you can still do all of that with kids in tow, but Singapore has a whole lot more to offer for families.
Singapore with Kids – Luxury Accommodation & Amazing Family Days Out on Sentosa Island
Singapore is perfect for a family city break – it’s small (which makes it quick and easy to get around) but packs a punch with its fair share of hotels, restaurants and family friendly activities. We stayed for 4 nights. This gave us plenty of time to visit the attractions on Sentosa Island and have some relaxation time in our hotel.
Luxury Accommodation for Families Visiting Singapore with Kids
Accommodation (or anything else for that matter) does not come cheap in Singapore. You will be lucky to find a hostel for under £50/$75 a night. If you are there for a short city break like us, then spoil yourselves. Blow the budget and treat yourself to a few nights in a luxury hotel. We opted to stay at the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre. We’re big fans of the Holiday Inn chain after our wonderful stay in Phuket, Thailand so we had high hopes for our stay in Singapore.
Located close to Orchard Road (one of Asia’s most famous shopping streets) and only minutes from the Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations. Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre is the perfect base for families who want to explore as much as possible in a limited time frame.
Popular cultural districts such as Bugis, Chinatown and Little India, and attractions like the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay are all located within close proximity. Changi Airport is a short 25-minute drive away.
The hotel offers 324 guestrooms equipped with a 37-inch LCD TV, three-function showerheads, seven pillow options and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The Rooftop Pool is an added bonus, perfect for the kids to splash around whilst you relax with a cocktail….or two…or three.
We stayed in a twin room (2 double beds) on the 8th floor, just across from the pool. Our room was spacious, extremely clean and comfortable and decorated to a high standard. Perfect for a family of four. Had our kids have been slightly older then I would have purchased an adjoining room for extra space. Rooms were cleaned daily with an evening turn down service if requested.
Our room rate included buffet breakfast in the Windows on the Park Restaurant and access to the Executive lounge. Breakfast was really good with a huge amount of choice and the trays were regularly refreshed. Our only criticism is that the staff often appeared quite bored and disinterested in the guests. Orders for drinks were forgotten every morning that we were there.
Access to the Executive lounge gave us daily afternoon tea (2-4pm) plus canapés and cocktails (6-8pm) without any additional cost. The service is impeccable and you can even take breakfast (continental) in there if you wish. We absolutely recommend taking up this upgrade. Singapore is an expensive city and it saved us a fortune on snacks and drinks for us and the kids.
We tested out the evening buffet in the Windows on the Park Restaurant, which offered a fantastic array of seafood and South East Asian cuisine. At £25 a head it wasn’t cheap, but kids eat free making it pretty good value for families.
The hotel also boasts a further restaurant, Tandoor, serving traditional North Indian cuisine. We didn’t try it out on this visit as we wanted to eat at some local restaurants too, but our fellow guests told us it was great. Im sure we will have to go back for another visit to test it out for ourselves!
Overall we were extremely impressed with our stay at the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City. Our minor niggles with the serving staff at breakfast were negated by the sumptuous room, delicious food and fun had by the kids in the rooftop pool. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it to families travelling to Singapore with kids.
Amazing Family Days Out On Sentosa Island
A short journey from the main island of Singapore takes you to the magical world of Resorts World Sentosa. It’s home to Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Dolphin Island, Trick Eye Museum and K-Live. It also has its own hotels and villas, these were fully booked during our stay as it was Chinese New Year. If you are travelling during peak holiday times then book ahead, Sentosa gets busy.
We gave our kids the option of 2 activities over 2 days, they chose Universal Studios and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Entrance fees to both were pretty reasonable, we found them to be slightly cheaper than comparable attractions in the UK.
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios, Singapore is brilliant! The queues were horrendous (at best 30 minutes, at worst 90 minutes – it was Chinese New Year), the food and drink was fairly expensive (as per every other theme park we’ve ever visited) but we loved every minute of our visit.
The park is set around a large lake, as your circle it you encounter 7 zones, each has its own theme and relevant rides and shows. Hollywood, New York, The Lost World, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Madagascar and Far-Far Away. There is also an additional area called Water World that hosts an epic, action-stunt display every few hours. Don’t miss this show, its one of the best attractions in the park!
There is a good mix of rides to suit all ages in each area – families with little ones will love Madagascar, New York and Far-Far Away. Bigger thrill seekers should head straight for The Lost World, Sci-Fi City and Ancient Egypt to get their big ride fix.
Our favourite ride was the Jurassic Park water ride in the Lost World – rapids, dark tunnels and big drops will keep you all entertained, just make sure you take waterproofs if you don’t like getting wet!
The park also hosts a variety of parades throughout the day – not only are these a good opportunity to sit down and rest little legs for a while but they are also enormously entertaining. We loved the street dance show in New York where the dancers showed off their skills and invited members of the audience to join them on stage. Lots of fun!
If you are lucky enough to visit the park on a Saturday, or during a holiday season, then make sure you stay until the sun sets where you will be treated to a fantastic fireworks display over the lake. Its a perfect way to end the day.
Universal Studios, Singapore gets a huge thumbs up from us. We cant wait for our next visit!
Adventure Cove Waterpark
We were massively excited about our trip to the waterpark, we had read that it was one of the best in Asia. After visiting the Cartoon Network Waterpark in Pattaya, Thailand, our expectations were very high! Sadly we left quite disappointed. It’s not aimed at big kids.
The Adventure Cove waterpark is pretty big, with a lazy river running throughout the centre. There are a range of slides (none of the white knuckle thrill variety) that are better suited to families with kids under the age of 8. Bigger kids will get bored very quickly, ours lasted 3 hours before they asked to leave.
The bits that our kids really enjoyed were the tropical reef, where they got to snorkel with fish and the adventure pool area, where they crossed the water on rope bridges and got to jump off high ledges.
You can also choose to swim with dolphins or sharks (at an additional cost) if you wish. We chose not too, we try to avoid attractions that involve animals, however we really enjoyed watching the sharks through the glass.
Families with younger kids will really enjoy the waterpark. The rides are tame and there are plenty of seats and loungers to relax on if you need a break. Food and drink is fairly priced in the restaurant area, which makes it an affordable day out for all.
Singapore with kids, or without is a great destination. Put it on your itinerary now!
If you are thinking of visiting Singapore with kids for your next city break or a longer vacation, we definitely recommend it. It’s very safe, possibly the cleanest place we have ever been to, has excellent public transport and the people are very friendly. Your money wont go as far as it would in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, but you will have an amazing time.
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Disclaimer – In return for an honest, unbiased review we received a one day family pass for Universal Studios Singapore and 1 free night at the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City. All other costs were met by ourselves. As always, all opinions are our own. Singapore with kids.