Because we used to live in Singapore (and every family member has a good friend there), we might be a bit biased but according to the kids (aged 9, 7, 3), these rank top on their list of must-dos:
Science Centre Singapore
Located in Jurong, the Science Centre is unlike your regular science book. It presents the sciences in a fun and interactive way where kids of all ages can learn through discovery.
The Science Centre is a very good size for very young kids. It is small enough for them to possibly see everything in one visit, but at the same time, big enough to allow them the opportunity to experience lots of things. Among their favorite exhibits are "The Human Body" and the Tesla Coil Show at the Atrium.
As always, the IMAX movie at the Omni-theatre was a big hit. This time, we saw "Wild Ocean." Although the film's focus was environmental issues, having been filmed in South Africa, it gave the viewers a peek into the South African culture and beautiful landscapes. I'd say it's well worth seeing.
Also in the compound of the Science Centre is Singapore's first permanent indoor snow centre. With temperatures of about -5˚C, the Snow Chamber is 2-storeys of snow where you can go snow-tubing, snow-boarding, or skiing.
Cameras are not allowed inside the chamber. But they do have their own photographers taking your photos as you slide down. However, if you have other areas in mind where you'd like your photo taken (eg. near the igloo), all you need to do is ask the photographer. Viewing of taken photos is by the exit without any obligation to buy.
It'd be important to note that it's possible to buy "combo" tickets for Science Centre-Snow City, depending on how you'd like to go. Recommended time allocation for the whole Science Centre (incl. 1 hour in Snow City): whole day. Operating hours: Science Centre 10am-6pm, Omni-theatre 10am-8pm, Snow City 9:45am-5:15pm. The whole centre is closed on Mondays except school and public holidays.
*note: Schedule correct as of time of publishing. Subject to change without notice. For more accurate info, please call the Centre direct.
Jurong Bird Park
Also in Jurong, the Bird Park is great for kids. For those who want to make the most of this place, one full day is recommended although it is possible to enjoy it for half a day. Before going, here are some tips to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable day:
- Ensure that kids have hats and sunblock; shades/hats for the adults to keep the glare away.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. Although there's a Panorail, the best way to explore is by walking.
- Pack insect cream/spray. Singapore is very good at keeping mosquitos to the minimum but the park is situated in a secondary rainforest, so best to go prepared.
- Singapore has passing showers so an umbrella might come in handy.
- If you have small kids, strollers and wagons are available for rent.
The Penguin Expedition is another highlight. Five penguin species can be seen swimming or just posing for your camera. And if you're lucky enough, you can catch them at their feeding time.
The Bird Park is open daily 8:30am-6pm.
*note: Schedule correct as of time of publishing. Subject to change without notice. For more accurate info, please call the Park direct.