Outdoor attractions in Singapore the kids will love
Don't be fooled by Singapore's concrete jungle status. The condensed city has over 350 parks, many of them accessible by connecting walkways called park connectors. There are public gardens, playgrounds, animal sanctuaries, beaches and theme parks, which offer the opportunity to experience the great outdoors while having fun as a family. And many of these amazing kid-friendly outdoor attractions are within easy reach of Millennium Hotels and Resorts' six luxury hotels in the Garden City.
For nature lovers
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden
Singapore Botanic Gardens extends over 74 hectares of lush landscape. Two of those hectares are home to Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, designed especially for children to learn, discover and have fun. The little ones will be intrigued with the Sensory Garden, a space that encourages learning and wonder through sight, sound, smell and touch. Be sure to pack a towel and swimmers too. The water play area is bound to beckon the kids on a hot day.
East Coast Park
Sprawling 15 kilometres along the coast and on 185 hectares of prime public space, East Coast Park has a theme of ‘Recreation for All’. Spend the day building sandcastles at the beach, fishing from the jetty, biking along the pathways, picnicking under the trees or challenging the kids to a game of beach volleyball. Book one of the 80 barbecue pits and stay late to watch the sunset. If you don't want to cook for yourself, there are many food venues and pop-up kiosks available. Close to the city, East Coast Park is sure to provide a full day of family fun.
Pasir Ris Park
Another of Singapore's favourite family parks, Pasir Ris Park is where you will find the Mangrove Boardwalk. The purpose-built boardwalk allows visitors to observe the audible forest's many residents: fish, lizards, snakes, crabs, mudskippers and birds. Hike to the top of the three-storey Bird Watching Tower to observe the forest from above. For a quieter display of nature, take the kids to the Butterfly Garden. Remember your camera. Keen photographers will love the many photo opportunities this public garden has to offer.
For animal lovers
The Animal Resort
Children love getting up close and personal with furry friends. The Animal Resort is the perfect place for kids to spend time with common and not-so-common animals. The resort is home to farm animals like chickens, ducks, horses, dogs and geese, but also the prehistoric-looking bird the Southern Cassowary. If your kids are into dinosaurs, they'll love the cassowary. The Animal Resort is more than just a petting zoo - it's a dog-training centre, pet-grooming school and kennel service all on one animal-loving site. Morning visits are recommended.
If you've spent time at the Animal Resort but are still looking for wild times, try the Night Safari. Part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the Night Safari offers a unique experience to visit the world's most beloved nocturnal creatures right in Singapore. Jump on the guided tram that takes you on a tour of various geographical zones from around the globe. The kids will be on the edge of their seats waiting and watching for the free-roaming creatures of the night.
For adventure lovers
Your choice of fun on Sentosa Island is endless. Comprising two golf courses, four nature parks, 27 attractions and three beaches, it's easy to fill a day or two here. If you're looking for extreme fun and adventure, hit Universal Studios. The movie-themed amusement park has a wide variety of rides and shows to accommodate most ages. Younger children will giggle their way around Madagascar while the big kids can practise their screams on roller-coasters like Revenge of the Mummy and Battlestar Galactica. If you'd rather be in the driver’s seat, head to the other end of the island for a go at the Skyline Luge. Zoom down the four-metre wide tracks in your very own 'luge', which has breaks and steering handles. Once at the bottom, jump on the Skyride chairlift and do it all over again. Mums and dads will love this one too.
Visit a different kind of forest at Gardens by the Bay. The Supertrees are giant man-made installations that look like upside-down umbrellas. There are 18 ‘trees’ in all: 12 at the Supertree Grove and two lots of three each at the Silver and Golden Gardens. Each tree is home to an abundance of plant species that have been chosen for their suitability for vertical growth, easy care, uniqueness and readiness to thrive in Singapore's climate. They look amazing, but the real adventure comes when you head 50 metres up to the top of one for stunning views of the city and surrounding Marina Bay. And if that's not enough to get hearts racing and eyes bulging, take a stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a Supertree-to-Supertree connecting pathway at 22 metres above the ground. Make it even more spectacular by visiting at dusk when the trees show off their colours during the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show.
Kids are often called little monkeys for their love of climbing, swinging and exploring. If that's the case in your family, swing over to Forest Adventure for an aerial escapade in the trees. Situated at Bedok Reservoir Park, Forest Adventures is Singapore's first tree-top adventure course. There are three courses to choose from: the Grand Course, the Kids' Course and the Mini Course. Each is suitable for different heights and ages, ranging from four to adult. Imagine wobbling on a rope bridge, swinging from trees, gripping a trapeze or skimming the air like a flying fox. Participants roam the course unaccompanied, but helmets and connecting safety lines are used at all times.
There are so many outdoor attractions in Singapore the kids will love, you could spend all your time in the lap of nature. Singapore is more than just a bustling city, it's a city in a garden.