9 kid-friendly Singapore places that will make you believe you’re overseas

March 17, 2020
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    The rapid spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus around the world has disrupted everyone’s travel plans. But you can still have fun with the family at these kid-friendly Singapore places that remind us of destinations overseas.

    Get creative with your Instagram shots and you could recreate that holiday mood!

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  • St John's Island
    2 / 10 St John's Island

    If you’re putting travelling plans Down Under on hold, think of St John’s Island as the Rottnest Island of Singapore.

    Rottnest Island is a nature reserve in Perth, Western Australia, home to the quokka, the world’s happiest animal.

    St John’s Island may not be able to claim the smiley critters as residents, what our very own idyllic island has, is a family of cats.

    You’ll love the unspoilt beaches and white sand that’s not crowded with beach-goers. Kiddos can get to run free along the shore and you can explore the rest of the island by foot.

    You’ll want to bring food along with you as there are no shops or eateries on the island. This is one of the most underrated kid-friendly Singapore places, in our opinion.

    Read our guide on transportation and staying over at St John’s Island here.

    (Also read: Coronavirus: Tips for pregnant women, babies and kids)

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  • Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
    3 / 10 Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

    Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is much smaller in scale compared to the Natural History Museum in London, but it is just as impressive, nonetheless.

    Located within the National University of Singapore, the museum boasts three diplodocid sauropod dinosaur fossils that are 80 per cent complete, and over 2,000 natural history specimens on display. Some of the exhibits are interactive and loads of fun for kids.

    Visit its website here

    (Also read: Hand sanitisers or antiseptic wet wipes: Which gives better protection against Covid-19?)

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  • Sundial Garden
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    This perfectly symmetrical garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens looks right out of a courtyard in Italy! It makes an Instagram-worthy spot for your #staycay snaps.

    Once you’re done exploring the Sundial Garden, you can take a stroll around the rest of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

    Since it’s best to avoid crowded places due to the coronavirus outbreak, the great outdoors is just the place to be now, plus you get to enjoy a good dose of vitamin D.

    Visit its website here

    (Also read: Coronavirus: Why you should switch off air-con, get outdoors with kids)

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  • Sembawang Hot Spring Park
    5 / 10 Sembawang Hot Spring Park

    If you’re dreaming of a holiday to Taiwan or Japan to soak in the hot springs, why not take a trip down to Sembawang Hot Spring Park, which reopened early this year.

    Arrive there early and you may just get the cascading pool all to yourself for a delightful foot soaking sesh before the crowd arrives. You can also cook eggs using the fresh spring water in the tubs provided.

    Visit its website here.

    (Also read: This ship-themed playground in Sembawang is so cool we want to be kids again)

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  • Bukit Timah Saddle Club
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    Step out into Singapore’s countryside at the quaint Bukit Timah Saddle Club, where you can pretend you’re in the countryside of a European country.

    Let the kids learn how to ride a horse and get on the off-road track trail to see a different sight of Singapore’s Greenland.

    Visit its website here.

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  • Fort Canning Park
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    Doesn’t the Pancur Larangan (Forbidden Spring) in Fort Canning Park remind you of the Tirta Empul Temple near Ubud, Bali? The temple is famed for its holy spring water.

    The only difference is that you can’t step into the recreated 14th-century Javanese-inspired bath for a cleansing ritual.

    Complete the Balinese vibes at the Sang Nila Utama Garden, which resembles the Bali gates of heaven.

    Check out the Jubilee Park too, where there are swings, slide and play structures for kids to burn away their energy.

    Visit its website here.

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  • Gardens by the Bay
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    If you’ve had to cancel your trip to Japan to see the cherry blossoms because of the coronavirus, don’t fret, you may still be able to catch the sakura right here in Singapore!

    The Sakura Matsuri event is back again and the Flower Dome is filled with 20 varieties of cherry and peach blossoms, complete with Tori gates.

    Look out for regular new attractions at Gardens by the Bay, one of the most kid-friendly Singapore places.

    Visit its website here.

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  • Ion Sky
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    Taipei has Taipei 101, South Korea has the Lotte Tower, Shanghai has the Pearl Tower, and London has The Shard. Back home, we have the Ion Sky if you’re looking for a place to have a 360-degree view of the city from above.

    Located on level 56 of Ion Orchard, the observation deck runs educational and engaging multimedia shows that will entertain the kids. Catch the brand new digital projection light show about nature, called Timeless Beauty, or watch the cute characters in Adventures in Food Wonderland by Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends.

    Spend $20 per person at the mall to redeem a ticket. You can enjoy free parking at Ion Orchard from noon to 2pm and 6pm to 10pm daily, until further notice.

    Visit its website here

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  • Snow City Singapore
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    Make your kids’ winter holiday a dream come true without having to travel out of the country at Snow City Singapore. No wonder it’s on our list of at this kid-friendly Singapore places.

    The latest attraction includes the Drift on Ice with real snowfall experience, a 60-metre-long slope, bumper car rides on ice, and snow sculptures.

    Where: 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433

    A version of this article first appeared in Asiaone.

    Photos: The Straits Times (Sembawang hot springs, Gardens by the Bay, St John’s Island, Bukit Timah Saddles Club), Lianhe Zaobao (Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum), Silverkris.com (Botanic Gardens) and 123RF.com (mother and child)  

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