Singapore

Singapore is a very popular stopover to European destinations, but it is also a perfect destination for families in its own right. There are many activities and attractions to keep the kids entertained plus, Singapore is extremely clean and getting around is easy with one of the world’s best transport systems.

Where to start: 

Singapore’s official tourism board website is a fantastic place to start planning your holiday to Singapore. It has plenty of information about family fun, arts & culture, dining and shopping to give you ideas for your stay. The site can help you plan and print your own personalised itinerary for your stay in Singapore.

Another great website to check out is Singapore for kids

What is there to see and do: 

There is so much to do and explore in Singapore, it’s a fantastic destination for a family holiday or for a stopover en route to your destination we have included just a few of our top picks for you to do while in Singapore;

If your kids love adrenalin rushing theme parks, then you definitely have to include a trip to Wild Wild Wet or Singapore’s first Hollywood theme park; Universal Studios Singapore

Stimulate the kids’ curious minds with something educational and fun! A great day out for the whole family can be had at the Singapore Discovery Centre and add the Science Centre Singapore to your must visit list.

A visit to the MINT Museum of Toys is sure to be a treat, with over 50 000 vintage toys on display.

Wanting a day outdoors in the fresh air? Then there is still plenty to do. The Singapore zoo is set up as a sprawling open rainforest with  many animals to see and visit. The kids can check out the white tigers, go on a tram ride, explore the fragile forest or catch a show at the Rainforest Kidzworld amphitheatre.

Underwater World and Dolphin lagoon  has interactive dolphin and fur seal shows throughout the day.

Singapore is also home to the world’s largest bird park with 8000 different species of birds to lookout for.

You can’t visit Singapore without shopping up a storm with the plethora of shopping options available! Singapore is a great place to buy your electronics and gaming systems. For a full list of shopping malls click here

Sentosa Island is often referred to as ‘Singapore’s Playground’! You can stay on the Island or just visit for the day, there is so much to see and do! It has theme parks, wildlife parks, beaches, adventure rides, musical events, restaurants and museums just to name a few of the family friendly activities on offer.

Where to stay: 

The Singapore tourism board recommends the following hotels as family friendly:

  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
  • Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
  • The Festive Hotel

Country Facts

Currency:
Singapore Dollars
Flying Time:
From the Eastern states flying times are approximately 8 hours and from the West coast approximately 5 hours.
Language:
English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil
Official Tourism Site:
www.yoursingapore.com
Phone Details:
Emergency 999/995 (112 from mobile phones)
Time Zone:
Singapore is two hours behind Australia’s Eastern states.

Food & Supplies

Baby Food Brands:
Healthy times (organic baby food) Cerelac, Heinz, Heinz organic and Gerber the popular American brand (owned by Nestle) are all readily available
Formula:
Nan, Enfagrow/ Enfamil, Promise and Neslac formulas are available
Nappies:
Huggies, Pampers, Drypers and Mamy Poko brand (A Japanese brand very popular throughout Asia)
Other:
Huggies and Pigeon brand wipes available. Teething rusks are also available
Where to shop:
Toys R Us sell nappies and wipes, Watsons sell nappies and baby bathing products like shampoos. Carrefour and FairPrice supermarkets sell the range of baby products

Travelling

Getting There:

Singapore airlines, British airways, Qantas and Tiger airways are among the airlines that can fly you to Singapore.

Airport Facilities:
  • Singapore Airport

    There are ‘Baby Care Rooms’ with nappy change facilities and hot filtered water in a huge number of locations throughout the airport (too many to list here)

    Children's Play areas

    There are a number of play areas in the airport suitable for kids aged from 1 to 12. Play areas are located at:

    Terminal 1 - Level 3 Departure Transit Lounge West

    Terminal 2 - Next to Family Zone at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2

    Terminal 3 - Next to the SATS Special Service Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge Central, Level 2 Outside gate holdroom A16 - A20 at Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 2 and the B2 Mall

    In the budget terminal cinemas are located at the Departure Check-in Hall and the Departure Transit Lounge.

    Movie Theatre

    There are also several movie theatres at Singapore airport, they are located at:

    Terminal 1 - Next to the Food Gallery at Departure Transit Lounge East, Level 3

    Terminal 2 - Near the Sunflower Garden at Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 3

    Terminal 3 - Near the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 3

    Other entertainment:

    For a fee you can also use the swimming pool and facilities at the Ambassador Transit Hotel on Level 3 of Terminal 1

    Airport website http://www.changiairport.com

Getting Around:

Very few visitors hire a car in Singapore and it really is not necessary as Singapore has one of the best public transport systems in the world called the MRT. The stations are clean and have free toilets and there is a platform door between train and platform so your pram wheels won’t get stuck in the tracks. For more info on Singapores public transport click here.

Taxis are also very reasonably priced in Singapore.

Safety

Car Seat Regs:

Children under 8 yrs of age must be belted into an appropriate child restraint when travelling in front and rear seats of cars in Singapore. However car seats are not compulsory in Taxis although still highly recommended where possible. For more information on car seat and seatbelt laws in Singapore visit the  Singapore Police website