9 free activities to do with kids in Singapore + budget tips

A few days in Singapore with your family can be quite pricey, as Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Yet Singapore really doesn’t have to be as expensive as some people think. Singapore also has quite a lot of activities you can do for free with your kids. Below are nine free activities you can do with your kids in Singapore.

Singapore with kids
Gardens by the Bay with family Singapore

free activities in Singapore with kids #1 the many playgrounds in Singapore

Throughout the city you have playgrounds, where kids can have a great time. One of the nicest playgrounds we found in the
Pasir Ris Park
, where you have two large playgrounds located and where it is also great walking in the park.

Buy a delicious lunch from one of the many large supermarkets and bring a change of clothes and you can also have a nice lunch with the family here in the grass while the kids are playing.

Other free playgrounds include the
Jacob Ballas Children Garden
at the Botanical Gardens and the playgrounds at Garden by the Bay. If you want to know more about this then also read this blog about the
botanical gardens of Singapore
.

free activities in Singapore with kids #2 the water playgrounds

Singapore has a tropical climate, so it can get very hot in the city. One advantage is that you have water playgrounds at various points around town, where kids (and sometimes parents) can play and cool off.

Perhaps the most fun water park in Singapore is the big pirate ship at the
Palawan beach
. Several slides ensure that you can spend quite an hour or two cooling off for free here with your kids.

Sentosa Island Singapore water playground with kids
Singapore with kids

free activities in Singapore with kids #3 light and music show at Gardens by the Bay


Gardens by the Bay
is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, and the large trees look great during the day. But come there in the evening when it is dark outside, these trees are fully illuminated and you have a beautiful view. At 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., there will then also be a free light and music show.

free activities in Singapore with kids #4 day at Sentosa Island beach

Kids generally love the beach and in Singapore you have on
Sentosa Island
a number of beaches, where your kids can easily spend a day having fun.

For example, we found the Palawan beach to be absolutely outstanding. Nice, clean beaches, where it was not too crowded so our daughter was able to have a good time.

The walkway, with viewing tower is also fun to climb with your kids. You also have here the southernmost tip of Asia. You can perfectly combine this activity with the large water playground (pirate ship) located near Palawan beach.

free activities in Singapore with kids
free activities in Singapore with kids

free activities in Singapore with kids #5 water and light show at the Marina Bay Sands


Marina Bay Sands
is Singapore’s most famous hotel complex, with stunning architecture. Located on the waterfront, this hotel hosts a free light and water show every day for all Singapore tourists. Every day you can see this show of about fifteen minutes at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday also at 10 p.m.

free activities in Singapore with kids #6 Sentosa Nature DIscovery pad

The
Sentosa Nature Discovery trail
is located on Sentosa Island and is completely free to visit for families with kids. It’s a hike you can do with different routes. You walk through a tropical forest and along the way there is also a waterfall. The trail is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

free activities in Singapore with kids #7 The temples of Little India and Chinatown

If you are looking to spend a few hours with your family soaking up culture, the temples in the Little India and Chinatown districts are ideal to visit. The temples are free to visit and the many gods depicted on some of the temples are interesting to see.

Especially the Sri Marriamman temple in Little India looks spectacular from the outside with the hundreds of figures depicted on the temple. There are also a lot of great things to see inside.

Of course, you are supposed to walk around here respectfully and in silence, since most people come here to worship the gods, and these people take religion very seriously.

free activities in Singapore with kids
free activities in Singapore with kids

free activities in Singapore with kids #8 mascot Merlion

Merlion is the country’s mascot, and this half lion, half fish can be seen in various places around the city. Merlion comes from the two English words Mermaid and Lion and can be found on many souvenirs around town.

The most famous statue of Merlion (spitting water) is the statue near the Fullerton hotel and from here you also have a beautiful free view of the Singapore skyline.

A nice place to take beautiful photos with your family. It can be crowded here, as it is a popular Singapore attraction. By the way, Merlion park is also free to visit.

Around the lake you can also take a great walk, provided it is not too hot and muggy.

free activities in Singapore with kids

free activities in Singapore with kids #9 the shopping malls of Orchard road

The street where as many as 22 shopping malls can be found is Orchard road. By far the most beautiful shopping mall is the Ion Orchard Road shopping mall, which has a very special architecture and is a sight in itself.

One advantage of the various shopping malls is that most of them are very much geared toward kids. For example, there are often special low children’s toilets and sinks, toilets for parents with a special child seat in the toilet area, nutrition and care areas with drinking water, care products and sometimes even a microwave.

In addition, it is nice and cool and you will also find a playground for the kids in most malls. At the shopping malls Vivo City Mall and Paragon you have an excellent playground in the kid’s plaza and at the 313@somerset shopping mall there is a playground at the food court ‘Food Republic’.

As you can see, you can explore Singapore just fine on a small budget. Below this article, also read our other articles on Singapore.

Singapore shopping mall with kids

free activities in Singapore with kids: transportation

The metro in Singapore is a fantastic system and, in fact, almost all sights in the city can be reached by this mode of transportation. Kids up to 7 years old can ride the subway for free. Bring your kid’s passport the first time you take the metro and get a free metro card for your kids.

free activities in Singapore with kids: Food and drink

If you don’t want to spend too much money with your kids for meals, there are plenty of big supermarkets in Singapore, where you can do your own shopping and especially for breakfast and lunch, it’s a fun and cozy option to go shopping and have a picnic somewhere on the beach or in the park with your kids.

In addition, at the various shopping malls you usually have a food court, where you can also eat for not too much money. Our hotel was in the Central business district of the city and was 100 meters away from Lau Pa Sat the food court, where we had a great outdoor meal every night at the various international joints for little money.

The Little India and Chinatown neighborhoods also have plenty of inexpensive restaurants to eat at with your family.

Free activities in Singapore with kids
free activities in Singapore with kids

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