With so much to do in Singapore, it is a no-brainer to find attractions that can keep the kids entertained all day. The city is full of opportunities for exploration and adventures: there are plethora museums with amazing interactive collections, incredible water parks, fun zoo and birds parks, not to mention the rich history of the city that can be experienced through a walk in the neighborhood alleys and vast green parks.
Singapore is also well known for its reputation of an expensive city. We can’t argue with this statement but don’t despair – with a bit of courage and luck you can still find free and cheap activities to do.
Here is our list of budget friendly kids activities to do in Singapore:
1. See a concert at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Live performances make children appreciate the real beauty of music and the craft of its creators. Head to Singapore Botanic Gardens for an absolutely free live performance session. Live concerts are held all year around, usually on the weekends. See their website for detailed information and don’t forget a picnic blanket. Make sure your kids are comfortable and settled so that they can perceive the music fully.
2. Stroll promenades
Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade is a nice place to hang out with a whole family. During the day you can walk and enjoy looking at the bay, while at night the place gets lit up with thousands of lights. Revisit the iconic lion statues and take photos with kids.
If you are feeling particularly active, take kids for an evening run and enjoy the awe-inspiring views while getting into shape.
3. Explore bustling Singapore neighborhoods
Teach the kids the history of their native city by visiting unique neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little India. Culture, authentic food, and street shops will surely impress your family. When the cleanliness and rules of Singapore become too much check out Little India for a bit of havoc and fun.
4. Be inspired to learn to skate
See wild tricks and reckless turns at Somerset Skate Park. Exploring ramps, graffiti walls and watching skaters darting by is a great and engaging way to entertain the kids. They might even get inspired to learn to skate themselves.
5. Chill at the park
There is no shortage of parks in Singapore. Pack the picnic blanket, the sunscreen and the insect repellent and head to any park within the vicinity. You will have a great time with kids, enjoy the fresh air and wonderful scenery. Our favorite parks for a picnic are Marina Barrage, Fort Canning and Hort Park.
6. Ride bikes
Singapore Park Connectors are great for biking or scootering. The connection system was created for bike lovers and aims to connect all the green spaces and parks in Singapore so that your kids can ride bikes away from the main roads. The system is not finished yet so you might still have to cross busy roads via overhead bridges.
7. Explore indoor playgrounds.
Find adventurous attractions, diverse facilities and state of art play equipment at the best indoor playgrounds in town. Once you get a fairly priced pass to 2 hour play session you can forget about the headache of looking after your kids because they will be too happy playing.
8. See sunset at the beach
Have dinner at one of the nice restaurants in the city and then head for some entertainment organized by nature. The best spots for sunset watching in Singapore are Changi Point Coastal Walk and Jewel Bridge at Sunset Strip, Punggol Waterway Park.
9. Watch birds and wildlife at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Great scenic views and the chance to spot wildlife makes this nature reserve an excellent choice for a weekend visit. Trails are easy for kids and there is enough leg room for groups of people to walk together. If you and the kids ever get tired of the city make sure to check out this popular respite away from the urban landscape.
10. Take a hike.
Hiking might not be the first activity that comes to mind in a busy bustling city, but Singapore landscapes are so diverse, you can easily find trails for any level. When jogging and gym visits become too repetitive and you need to get the children involved, try hiking at one of these popular places: The Southern Ridges, Fort Canning Park and Macritchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park.
11. Watch a free movie under the stars
Experience good old days of drive-in cinema with Movie Mob. The movie screens appear overnight at various locations around Singapore. Pull on in, park at designated area, adjust the audio and enjoy the nostalgic feeling of watching a movie under a starry sky. Don’t forget the picnic blanket, snacks, and pillows for kids who will get sleepy towards the end of the movie.
12. Walk Southern Ridges
Southern Ridges is a 9-kilometer trail that connects parks along the southern ridge of Singapore. It is a man-made trail in the middle of beautiful nature. People also recommend walking at night when the trail is lit by led lights which might not be ideal for kids, but for an evening walk before going to bed it can be a relaxing and entertaining activity.
13. Go thrift shopping
Show your kids that style does not have to be expensive and go on a treasure hunt to the vintage and secondhand shops. You can set a certain shopping goal or just wander around in search for the best find. Here are some of our favorites: Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Stores, Something Old, Something New and Junkie’s Corner. Whether you are looking for a rare piece of furniture, embellished leather jacket or beaded necklace with history – Singapore thrift shops will be entertainment like no other – for you and the kids.
14. Admire street art at Haji Lane.
Even though the price tags at the boutique shops located in this tiny, hidden lane are not budget friendly, you can still walk around, admire and take photos of the street art. The cool cultural vibe of the street’s restaurants, shops, and coffee houses will fill the kids up with joy and excitement.
15. Stroll around Gardens by the Bay.
This is the classic tourist attraction that never loses its relevancy. The gardens are free and absolutely stunning to walk through. They present a beautiful synchrony of nature and human creativity. There are lots of benches to sit on and even a water play area for kids. It takes the entire day to explore, but you can always come back whenever you feel like your kids need a boost of inspiration.
Singapore is an expensive city. But as every urban jungle, it has something to offer to everyone. With the right approach and bit of a research, you can find amazing places that are absolutely free or very cheap. Kids don’t care how much you pay, it is how much fun they are having that really matters. And as far as fun, entertaining kids activities Singapore delivers fantastic value. From beautiful gardens to cultural districts – it is definitely possible to enjoy this city on a shoestring budget.