Singapore, as a tourist destination, is known as a dining and shopping Mecca. The small but mighty island nation in the Pacific prides itself with its almost limitless options of delicious food and luxury or budget consumer goods. All the foodies and shopaholics can eat and shop to their heart’s content.
However, the city-state also has plenty to offer young guests who are looking for fun and adventure. There are plenty of destinations and sights for families with young kids. Here are a few to add to your travel itinerary.
Get Lost in Changi
Changi Airport is the best place to get lost in. Travelers will not have to leave the transportation hub, the largest and the busiest in the region, to find memorable experiences.
Changi Airport has many attractions suited for all ages and interests. The most awe-inspiring feature of the aviation center is the HSBC Rain Vortex, an indoor waterfall said to be the tallest in the world. The stunning man-made wonder flows 40 meters from the top of the facility down to the basement. Seeing it during the daytime is amazing; the cascading water creates rainbows when the sunlight catches it. However, wait until the sun has set to witness its magic. The waterfall becomes a screen for the light and sound show.
Aside from the Rain Vortex, Changi Airport has amenities where children can explore and play. There is a hedge maze and a mirror maze to run around, a giant net eight meters above the ground for bouncing, a spectacular structure with slides, a park where fog emerges from the ground, and so much more. If they get hungry, there are dozens of restaurants to buy food. If they get tired, there are several lounges where they can lie down and nap.
That is just the airport. Once you step outside of the transportation hub, there is more to see.
Straight Out of the Big Screen
Singapore does not have a Disneyland, but it has an equally exciting film theme park. Universal Studios Singapore is a popular tourist destination for children who love the “Transformers,” “The Mummy,” “Jurassic Park,” “Shrek,” and a lot more.
Similar to Disneyland, the park has many movie-themed rides. For the fairy tale lovers, the Far Far Away 4D adventure, based on “Shrek,” allows visitors to physically live out the action of the Oscar-winning animated movie. In the “The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle” based on “Transformers,” visitors will join the Autobots, including Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, in their fight against Megatron and the evil Decepticons.
There is also a recreation of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a meet and greet with popular television and film characters.
Under the Sea
Singapore is located in the heart of Southeast Asia, a region rich in biodiversity. SEA Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa is proof of that.
The destination offers over a hundred thousand different marine animals. Your kids would not just find Nemo. They will see so many animals swimming in tanks above and around them — as if they walked straight into the ocean.
There is even a section that houses over 200 sharks, including hammerhead and silvertop sharks.
Art and Science Collide
ArtScience Museum says exactly what it offers: an exhibition where art and science collide. The museum is housed in one of the most eye-catching and impressive architecture in the city-state, a building that looks like a lotus flower and represents the “Welcoming Hand of Singapore.”
The outside is impressive, but wait until you get inside. The museum hosts world-renowned touring exhibitions. There is something new to see on each visit. But its permanent exhibitions are also very inspiring.
“The Deep,” for example, has the largest collection of deep-sea creatures in Southeast Asia. There is also a showcase of ideas across different fields and from individuals worldwide who won the Nobel Prize.
However, “Future World: Where Art Meets Science” is its most popular exhibit. It is a digital and interactive art installation that revolves around the themes of nature, town and park, and, of course, science.
Children who love arts and science, or even those who do not, will find the museum fascinating and learn a lot from the visit.
Singapore is the perfect destination for all types of tourists. Whether you are looking for authentic regional food, want to blow your budget on a shopping spree, hoping to relax and commune with nature, have the energy to party all night long, or seeking kid-friendly adventures, the city-state has plenty to offer.