Singapore day trips for a fun (and drama-free) holiday with the kids

With an array of kids’ programmes at top attractions like Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Zoo, a hassle-free family vacation in Singapore might just be possible with the help of these insider tips.

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  • Emily Wang
  • June 2019
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Planning a holiday for the whole family is stressful enough. Planning one that goes off without a hitch? That’s wishful thinking without a bit of planning.

To help kick things off, we’ve put together a four-day itinerary for your family to build amazing memories, and travel hacks that will help you stay sane.

1. Gardens by the Bay

Singapore Children’s Festival at Gardens By The Bay
The Singapore Children’s Festival takes place from June 15 to 30, 2019.

“Transporta: Gooey Oozy Madness” promises an afternoon of kooky fun. Taking place from June 15 to 30, 2019 at Supertree Grove Lawn, your kids will be acquainted with a wacky blob called Goo, who will teach them more about the concept of viscosity through light and multimedia installations and bouncy trampoline pits. Get your tickets for SGD$5 each here opens in new window, from exclusive ticketing partner Klook opens in new window.

Transporta: Gooey Oozy Madness at Gardens By The Bay
You’ll get great shots for the ’gram at “Transporta: Gooey Oozy Madness”, and your kid gets to decorate slime and jump on trampolines — it’s win-win for all.

More hours of fun await the kids at Supertree Grove opens in new window, the site of the Singapore Children’s Festival (free entry with your Gardens By the Bay admission ticket) from June 15 to 30. Inspired by Toy Story 4, the carnival includes activities like Bo Peep’s Adventure, an obstacle course for children. Because the kids are going to spend hours running around, keep them cool and hydrated with complimentary mineral water and handheld fans opens in new window.

Stay-sane tip!

Do your research beforehand — there’s nothing worse than taking your kids to an event that isn’t worth the hype. Read the peer reviews in your native language from other travellers who have purchased and completed the activity on Klook opens in new window so you get honest opinions on what to expect.

2. Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore
Kids and long queues are never a good combination so be sure to get an Express Pass that allows you to skip the queues at the top attractions.

Universal Studios Singapore can get crowded, especially on weekends, so get the most out of your day by investing in the Universal Studios Singapore Admission Ticket and Express Combo Package opens in new window, which gives the ticket holder one-time skip-the-queue access to most of the attractions at the park. Klook only sells legitimate tickets, so even if you don’t want to get the Express Pass, you can get a regular 1-Day Pass too opens in new window.

Singapore Cable Car
The cable car ride from Mount Faber to Sentosa takes approximately 15 minutes.

But the adventure could start even before you arrive at Sentosa. Rather than taking a cab or monorail to get there, opt for the scenic route. The 15-minute cable car ride from Mount Faber offers panoramic 360-views of Singapore’s southern precinct from a unique vantage point. The best part? You can use your Singapore Cable Car Sky Pass opens in new window to get around the island (alight at Merlion Station if you’re heading to Universal Studios Singapore).

Stay-sane tip!

There will be lots of walking at Universal Studios Singapore so bring a stroller or rent one on-site. Added bonus: If your kid falls asleep in the stroller, you can practise tag-team parenting — take turns using the Express Pass opens in new window to skip the queues to grownup rides like Battlestar Galatica while the other person keeps watch of the kiddos.

3. S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore
The S.E.A. Aquarium houses over 100,000 marine creatures from over 1,000 species across 50 habitats.

An afternoon at S.E.A. Aquarium opens in new window is not just fun and educational for the whole family – it will also help instil in children a deeper appreciation for marine life and conservation. S.E.A. Aquarium opens in new window also hosts special events such as “Ocean Fest: The Noisy Ocean”, which runs from now till June 30. Here, kids can learn about ocean soundscapes and the negative impacts of sound pollution on marine life through audio-visual installations and musical performances.

Ocean Fest: The Noisy Ocean, S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore
Meet the new mascots representing S.E.A. Aquarium’s iconic manta rays — Mika, Mako and Manja!

Stay-sane tip!

Most parent sites advise you to pre-book every activity but having to fulfil everything on that packed to-do list on a family holiday can be trying. Look out for flexible booking options such as open-date tickets on Klook opens in new window so you have the luxury of deciding which date best suits you and your family.

4. Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo has many fun activities for kids — let them try their hand at feeding giraffes and elephants.

If you’re planning to pay the Singapore Zoo opens in new window a visit over the next couple of months, keep a lookout for the themed trams at the Circle of Life Festival (from now till August 12), happening daily at 11am and 4pm. Here, musical performers will take visitors through Wild Africa, passing by the animals that can be seen in the live-action rendition of Disney’s The Lion King.

The Singapore Zoo Breakfast
The Singapore Zoo Breakfast allows you to get up close and personal with orangutans.

To make it an even more memorable experience for the whole family, get an early start with the Singapore Zoo Breakfast opens in new window, where you can grab priceless photo ops with free-roaming orangutans after tucking into made-to-order eggs and an assortment of baked goods.

Stay-sane tip!

Reward good behaviour by allowing your kid to pick a travel experience. It increases the chances of your child staying engaged. Plus, a fond travel memory beats a sugary treat anytime. Klook opens in new window allows you to browse and book experiences instantly so making arrangements at the last minute is fuss-free.

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