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Singapore: Outdoor Activities for Children

At first glance, there are not many activities for kids in Singapore. But although it is a huge metropolis, fit for business people and urbanites, there are many options for expat families, too. Find out about things to do indoors and outdoors and which activities for kids in Singapore are free of charge.
When the weather is great, it is time to go outside and explore the parks and playgrounds.

When the weather is nice, there is, of course, no reason to stay inside. If you have only seen the skyscrapers and concrete jungle of the city-state, you will be surprised at the vast number of parks, outdoor playgrounds, and gardens Singapore has. Keep in mind that accidents can always happen. Thus, it cannot hurt to know where the nearest hospital in Singapore is located.

Discover the Animal Kingdom

Singapore offers lots of activities for animal lovers. Various zoos, bird parks, safaris, and much more are available and a favorite pastime for expat parents and children. These are some of the highlights:

  • The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom allows you to explore the beauty and variety of insects. The park sets the scene with the sights and sounds of an authentic tropical rainforest.
  • A Night Safari is a very special wildlife park which focuses on nocturnal animals. The park is helping in the conservation of endangered species, including Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, red dholes, and many more.

Explorers and Nature Lovers

Singapore has a variety of parks and gardens which are the perfect environment for little explorers and outdoor-loving kids. Again, the list below is by no means extensive:

  • Admiralty Park has the Sungei Cina River flowing through it and offers beautiful landscapes, as well as various natural habitats with over 100 species of animals and plants.
  • Marina Barrage is the perfect spot for adults and children alike. The Singapore Sustainable Gallery is a sensory experience that showcases the country’s efforts to be more sustainable. You will also find lots of greenery here, including on the roof of the dam; the perfect spot to fly a kite. And if you want to include some culture in your visit, you can follow the arts trail, which features a variety of different artworks in the open air.
  • Gardens by the Bay are a collection of waterfront gardens aiming to educate both children and adults about nature. They are a must-see in Singapore.
  • The Chek Jawa Wetlands on Pulau Ubin are one of the richest ecosystems in Singapore with beaches, lagoons, mangroves, and more.
  • Singapore Botanical Gardens is the oldest public park and a major attraction in Singapore. Families love to spend their time there and benefit from the many events throughout the year.

Further Information

Of course, we have no way of listing all parks, recreation facilities, and playgrounds. After all, there are too many opportunities for leisure activities and sports in Singapore to name them all. Rest assured that it is unlikely you will be at a loss for fun things to do with your child. There are plenty of opportunities to pass the time. If you want to learn more, visit Singapore for Kids for a full directory.


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