Don’t let the weather deter your family from enjoying outdoor activities. Grab the kids for some fun under the sun with walks in the parks, and amazing views of up-there and down-below, among others. Best of all, they won’t leave you having to break the bank.
Explore the Botanic Gardens
There’s a good reason why this 150-year old tropical garden is the Singapore’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Housing many attractions, trails and gardens in its sprawling 74 hectares, there’s plenty to see and do with your partner. What’s more, admission to all areas except the National Orchid Garden is completely free of charge.
Don’t leave without popping into the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. At 4 hectares, it is the largest children’s garden in Asia and features 4 new zones (forest, farm, orchard, and stream) and educational programmes to encourage kids to learn about different ecosystems. Check out our video.
Luge and Skyride at Sentosa
Hop aboard the Skyride, a chairlift ride that transports you to the top of the Luge slopes as you admire the scenic views of Sentosa. Then, race one another down one of four trails in the three-wheeled go-karts. Two rounds on the Luge and Skyride costs $23.50 per person.
Nature walk at Coney island
Coney island is the place to be for picturesque views, whether you’re sticking to the main path (2.4km), following the signs to the beaches, or carving your own path off the beaten track.
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Watch movies under the stars
Enjoy watching a film on a large screen outdoors. Films At The Fort and Movies At Sentosa are outdoor events with screenings of blockbuster movies at Fort Canning and in Sentosa respectively. There’s always good food and drink on offer, too! Sign up to respective mailing lists to keep yourself informed of screenings. Also check out Funzing for more pop-up cinema events, which can include venues like Blu Jaz in Bali Lane.
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Kayaking at The Water Sports Centre
For just $12 per person, you and your family can kayak around The Water Sports Centre. Located next to Kallang Basin, this is a perfect activity to burn off some energy. First-timers to the water sport can also opt for the more beginner-friendly pedal boats, while more experienced paddlers will be thrilled to tackle the 500-m-long Regatta course. Hours are from 7am to 8pm daily, but the last kayak rental is at 5pm, while the last pedal boat rental is at 6pm.
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A picnic at East Coast Park
Grab a basket and mat — that’s all you need for a relaxing day by the beach. Find a shady spot, and prepare to lounge or dip your toes in the water. Want to stay the night? Check out Glamping Society, which offers tents that sleep 2 people for $150.
Hiking at MacRitchie Reservoir
Immensely popular among hikers and nature lovers, MacRitchie Reservoir, located just off Thomson Road, is home to landmarks that offer stunning views like the TreeTop Walk and Jelutong Tower. Before tackling the trails (even the shortest is a 6km walk!), make sure you and your kids have water, and sunscreen and mosquito repellent on.
Kite Flying at Marina Barrage
Besides being a great tourist attraction, the Marina Barrage offers open skies and a cool breeze to visitors. Why not take a kite there on a clear day and enjoy an afternoon of kite flying, then chilling as the sun goes down? A great alternative for families who love outdoor activities, but aren’t quite fans of physical activity, and you’ll have plenty of time to bond while making that kite soar.
Enjoy a free concert outside the Esplanade
What’s better than a concert? Definitely one where you don’t have to pay a cent for the music! Head to the concert space outside of the Esplanade and support local, up-and-coming talents. Check the official website for more details on the performers and show times.