There are plenty of things to do for kids when they come to Singapore with visiting the Night Safari, the Singapore Zoological Gardens and the Jurong Bird Park as being among the top on the list. Highly recommended comes the three-in-one Park Hopper package that provides discounted admissions to all three parks. Tickets for adults are priced at SGD$69 while tickets for children between three to 12-years-old are priced at SGD$48.
The Night Safari is the world’s first dedicated night zoo which is located at the Singapore Zoological Gardens. It features over 1, 000 nocturnal animals of 120 species. Kids have an option of exploring the tropical rainforest either by walking or using a tram.
Why not go for your own leisurely walk so you can have time to photograph the different animals as you pass by them? The Night Safari will enable your kids to see animals within a safe distance including tigers feeding within less than a metre away.
The Creatures of the Night Show is not to be missed as it has a wonderful display of nocturnal animals and how they come alive at night. Try catching the first or the last slot so that your kids will have time to tour the entire park. Other attractions to watch out for include the walk through enclosure where your kids can get upclose to flying bats and squirrels.
Do note that a separate fee applies for tram rides. A tram ride costs an additional SGD$10 for adults and SGD$6 for kids. Going on off-peak days from Mondays to Thursdays is best as it tends to get crowded over the weekends with local families. Also try to avoid visiting during the local school holiday period in June and December.
Singapore Zoological Gardens is a must see attraction for children in Singapore. Acclaimed as one of the world’s most spectacular zoos, it adopts an ‘open concept’ by using rock walls, streams and vegetations as natural barriers. The zoo occupies an area of 28 hectares and is home to over 2,500 specimens from 315 species. 16 percent of them are endangered.
The zoo prides itself for its highly successful conservation initiatives and breeding programmes. Animals that have been successfully bred in captivity include orangutans and polar bears. Kids can look forward to pony and horse carriage rides, animal shows and a water-themed children’s playground.
The Jurong Bird Park is another attraction that kids in Singapore should not miss. This open concept park measures more than 20 hectares and is the largest of its kind in Asia Pacific. The park has a collection of more than 8,000 birds from 600 species. Kids will find the park both entertaining as well as educational. Some of the highlights of Jurong Bird Park include the award-winning Lorry Loft, the African Waterfall Aviary and the Birds of Prey Show.
The Lorry is the world’s largest walk-in Lorry Flight Aviary covering 3,000 square-metres and standing nine storeys high. The aviary houses over 1,000 free-flying lories who will interact with visitors when you offer them specially concocted nectar-mix.
Likewise, the African Waterfall Aviary is also the world’s largest walk-in aviary for species from that continent with more than 1,500 free flying African birds from about 50 species. It also features the tallest man-made waterfall in the world in a tropical rainforest setting.
If you’ve always been curious about how birds of prey hunt, the Birds of Prey Show will simulate their hunting skills. Watch majestic eagles, hawks and falcons swoop in serial loops and soar above the treetops. A single trip on the Panorail will cost SGD$4; adult entry SGD$18, child SGD$9.
If your kids have a curious mind about how the world works, try the Singapore Science Centre. This centre is reputed to be one of the top ten science centres in the world with eight exhibition halls and more than 850 interesting and engaging science exhibits to explain scientific concepts.
We recommend visiting during weekday afternoons as those times are generally the quietest. Avoid visiting during the Youth Science Fortnight in the end of May as visiting school children can number up to 100,000. Tickets are priced at SGD$10 for adults and SGD$6 for children between three and 12-years-old.
While in the Science Centre vicinity, why not pop over to Snowcity just next door? At Snowcity, your kids will get to experience subzero temperature and try their hand at skiing as well as snowboarding. Visitors are advised to wear warm clothings. Admission fee for snow play is SGD$18 for a single session of one hour and SGD$28 for a double session of two hours. Snowcity is opened Mondays through Sundays from 10:30-18:30.