With its world-class theme parks and diverse array of family-friendly attractions, Singapore is a great destination for both the young and the young at heart. Whether you’re looking to hop on a rollercoaster or go on a water-themed adventure with the little ones, there’s bound to be something that will grab your attention.
Here's our top recommendations:
Universal Studio Singapore (USS)
Located on the island of Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore is the international-acclaimed theme park and the first to be opened in Southeast Asia. It features 7 movie-themed zones such as Madagascar, Hollywood, The Lost World and more. You can ride the world's tallest pair of duelling rollercoasters on the "Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon" or soar above the canopy at the Lost World with the Canopy Flyer.
Families with children can check out Far Far Away USS which is a park zone for junior rollercoaster rides, a 4D adventure and live animated shows.
Resorts World™ Sentosa. 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269. +65 65777 8888.
Daily 10am. (Closing times vary)
Adventure Cove Water Park
Home to various sea creatures and 14 water rides, Adventure Cove Waterpark is an aquatic theme park that features a range of high-speed water slides, a water tornado ride "Pipeline Plunge" & "Riptide Rocket" which is Asia's first hydro-magnetic coaster. Marine life enthusiasts will be able to take a watery adventure at the park’s Rainbow Reef, an abode for schools of tropical fishes, or have a close encounter with hammerhead and silvertip sharks at the park’s Shark Seas habitat.
Youngsters can hone their sense of direction at the Wet Maze, an intrepid experience that features a maze with challenging obstacles on the first floor and a rope course on the second level.
Resorts World Sentosa®. 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269. +65 6577 8888.
Singapore Science Centre
Science Centre Singapore is a four-decade-old educational establishment that promotes creative learning in a dynamic environment. With a wide array of enrichment programmes, exhibitions, live shows and movies, this is a great place to inspire youngsters with aspirations of becoming fledgling scientists. Get in a snowball fight with the little ones at Snow City; marvel at nature in the Ecogarden; and pay a visit to the Omni-Theatre—Singapore’s only IMAX dome to feature state-of-the-art digital planetarium software. Those looking to overcome their fears with the knowledge (and power) of science should pay a visit to Phobia: The Science of Fear. This exhibition covers a range of phobias, from being buried alive to fears of public speaking.
Science Centre Singapore. 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081. +65 6425 2500.
Wild Wild Wet
With over 15 attractions for both kids and the young at heart, Wild Wild Wet is a great place to experience thrills and spills with the entire family. First opened in 2004, the water park has since expanded to over twice its size and launched two new rides. Vortex—an 18.5-metre-high, 360-degree water slide—will certainly appeal to adrenaline lovers. Thrill-loving families who’re looking to bond and engage in some healthy competition with their loved ones should head over to the Kraken Racer, which features competitive mat-racing for up to four people. The park even boasts a white-water rafting experience with Ular Lah—a super flume ride that challenges you to brave the rapids with five other companions.
Downtown East. 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599. +65 6581 9128.
Mon-Fri 1-7pm; Sat-Sun 10am-7pm.
Experience different cultures
Malay Heritage Centre
Built 160 years ago by Sultan Ali, the son of Sultan Hussein Shah, Istana Kampong Glam was once the royal seat of the Malay sultans in Singapore. Beautifully restored to its former glory, the Malay Heritage Centre sits within these well-preserved grounds and is a must-visit for anyone interested in understanding the history of Singapore’s Malay community. The Centre’s museum is a rich showcase of Malay heritage and culture in Singapore, with historical artefacts, interactive multimedia and colourful exhibits from Singapore's national collection as well as contributions from the community.
Chinese Heritage Centre
First established as a non-profit organisation in 1995, the Chinese Heritage Centre was reconstituted as an autonomous research centre of Nanyang Technological University in 2011. It has remained self-sustaining, depending on fund-raising from private donors and government grants. As the first and currently the only university research centre in the world outside China, the Centre specialises in the study of the overseas Chinese. The Centre has occupied a unique position serving as a bridge between the University and the community and is the only one-of-its-kind platform to launch research and community outreach projects. Set within Nanyang Technological University in Jurong West, the Centre’s historic surroundings are perfectly suited to its cause. It is housed in the former Nanyang University Administration Building, which was built in 1953 and was gazetted as a National Monument in 1999. Nanyang University (or ‘Nantah’), as it was then known, was the first and only Chinese university outside China, and was founded by overseas Chinese.
Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am–5pm
Last admission at 4.30pm
Closed on public holidays