Four-day Itinerary for Families
Day One – Outdoor fun and adventure
Start the day with breakfast, Singapore-style (Dine)
Enjoy soft-boiled eggs, warm kaya (local jam made from eggs, sugar, coconut, and pandan leaves or gula melaka (palm sugar)) toast and fragrant local kopi (coffee) at Ya Kun Kaya Toast or Killiney Kopitiam Singapore. Starting out as humble coffee stalls, these long-standing local cafes are known for their traditional breakfasts, now available in numerous outlets across the island.
See the city on a thrilling ride (Tour)
After breakfast, both adults and kids can enjoy a fun DUCKtours ride in a remodelled WWII Vietnamese war craft that cruises on land and water as it goes by places of interest like Marina Barrage and the Civic District.
Lunch with a view (Dine)
Families can tuck into café favourites like pastas, pizzas and burgers at Faber Bistro – a cosy corner of Mount Faber Park on Faber Peak – while enjoying a view of the city. Other recommended dishes include Climb to Faber Peak Platter (chicken wings, prawn twister and crispy calamari) – good for kids to share, FB Lovely Crayfish Spaghetti, Baa Baa Bob (braised Murray Ridge rendang lamb shank with achar and rice cake) and desserts like Mocha Rocker (mocha chocolate mud cake with chocolate sauce, marshmallows and chocolate pearls). There's also a Sunday brunch menu.
Go on a nature trail (Explore)
Henderson Waves, Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge connecting Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill Park, offers families who love the outdoors a chance to explore the area's lush greenery and spot birds as well as small wildlife. From Mount Faber, visitors can hop onto a cable ride to HarbourFront and Sentosa, and enjoy a panoramic view from above.
Build a terrarium (Workshop)
Head to nearby HortPark where the whole family can learn to create (and take home) their personalised terrarium (a sustainable bottled garden) at a hands-on workshop. The workshop requires a minimum of 20 pax and at least one month advanced booking.
Experience Singapore's largest mall and lifestyle destination (Shop/Dine/Play)
Visitors can round off the day at VivoCity. There's something for everyone: a Cineplex (Singapore's largest), stores such as Toys "R" Us, VivoMart, and TANGS, an outdoor playground and rooftop wading pool for kids, along with a wide variety of local and international dining options, such as Jamie's Italian, Food Republic food court, Marche Movenpick, and Sushi Tei. Later, families can step outside for a stroll along the 300m waterfront promenade and hop on the Mini Express Train (operates till 10pm daily) for a fun ride. Tickets are S$6 per ride per person; kids under 90cm in height must be accompanied by an adult (no additional charge for accompanying adult).
Day Two – Multi-sensory experiences
Discover a wet market and eat a traditional hawker breakfast (Explore/Dine/Play)
Families can spend the morning exploring Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre. On the ground floor is a bustling wet market selling everything from fresh produce and meat to flowers and clothing. The second floor houses food stalls serving popular traditional hawker breakfast favourites like chwee kueh (steamed rice cake with preserved radish), soon kueh (shredded bamboo and turnip in tapioca flour skin dumpling), and char siew (barbecued pork) wanton noodles. A five-minute bus ride away is Tiong Bahru Park where the main attraction is a large sandpit and train structure good for kids five years and older, swings, merry-go-round and a mini maze.
Get an educational insight into marine life (Tour)
After breakfast, families should consider the unique S.E.A. VIP Tour. During the tour, a guide will give visitors an insight into the marine life at S.E.A. Aquarium – home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species – as well as exclusive back-of-house access to Dolphin Island for an immersive and interactive experience. Tours are conducted in English; for other languages, trade should write in or call to enquire. Rates start from S$88 per adult and S$58 per child (ages 4–12). Reservations for the tour must be made at least two working days in advance. The aquarium is also open to visitors who prefer to explore on their own (Cost: Adult S$34, Child and Senior Citizens, S$24).
Make your own pancake lunch (Dine)
Slappy Cakes, the award-winning American pancake house, serves pancakes all day and lets parents and kids have fun making their own. The choices are endless: visitors can choose their batter flavour (classic buttermilk to zucchini), fixings (strawberries, granola and more), and toppings (lavender honey to maple syrup).
Fun at Universal Studios theme park (Experience)
After lunch, families can enjoy the afternoon on rides, shows and attractions based on movie blockbusters and popular television series at Universal Studios Singapore. It is advisable to start with the less vigorous rides first like Madagascar: A Crate Adventure – a gentle river boat ride through a tropical jungle setting – or Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase to meet Elmo and favourite Sesame Street characters. Later, families can proceed to more thrilling rides such as TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle (USS Singapore was the first to launch this ride), Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Battlestar Galactica, and the only ride unique to Singapore USS, Puss in Boots' Giant Journey roller coaster. While other rides are available in USS theme parks around the world, 18 of the 24 movie-themed rides in USS Singapore have been modified to give visitors a special experience.
Spend an adventure-filled day on Sentosa (Experience)
From MegaZip Adventure Park visitors can choose from an aerial rope course or free-fall simulator), the Skyline Luge (a fun downhill ride on a three-wheeled cart) to Wave House (6,500sqm beachfront venue offering exhilarating wave rides), Sentosa offers an action-packed day for the whole family.
Satay and grills (Dine)
Visitors can tuck into satay (grilled meat on skewers), barbecued chicken wings and sumptuous seafood at Satay by the Bay, a semi al fresco hawker centre located within Gardens by the Bay. There are Halal-certified stalls as well as contemporary ones like Wholly Crab, which offers mixed seafood (crab, mussels, prawns) in a bucket.
Catch a stunning music and light show (Experience)
Visitors will be mesmerised by the music and lights of the daily Garden Rhapsody light show that transform the Supertrees at the Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay into a dazzling spectacle. There are two nightly shows at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.
Day Three – An action-packed itinerary
Beancurd breakfast (Dine)
Families can start the day with a bowl of smooth and silky tau huay (soybean curd pudding) – a light breakfast favourite among locals. 51 Soya Bean makes theirs fresh daily and besides the traditional flavour, its tau huay also comes in flavours like almond, strawberry and mango. Visitors can head to the outlet at 313@Somerset on Orchard Road.
Leaps and Jumps (Play)
BOUNCE Singapore, a trampoline park and adrenaline arena in Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, is filled with jumping zones and an obstacle course for family fun and bonding. Try the Free Jumping Arena, the Big Bag (a large inflated air bag that catches jumpers as they fall), or basketball with a twist at the Slam Dunk section – the bouncy surface boosts jumpers when shooting hoops. The minimum age for entry is three years old. A family package is available Mondays through Fridays at S$75 for four jumpers (maximum of two adults).
Lunch on a farm (Dine)
Close to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is Dempsey Hill, where unique eatery Open Farm Community is located. With its focus on fresh, organic produce (much of it sourced from its 35,000sqft farm filled with herbs, fruits and vegetables), a menu of seasonal dishes, including a "Little Diners" menu for kids, two sand playgrounds, and a lawn bowling alley, this is a great place that combines a relaxed lunch with fun activities for all ages.
Go cable wakeboarding at East Coast Park (Experience)
For an adrenaline-packed afternoon, visitors can learn how to wakeboard at Singapore Wake Park, the only cable-ski park facility in Singapore. Here, families can pick up the finer skill of knee-boarding, wakeboarding, wakeskating and double-skis "cable-style". The various wakeboarding cable systems mean that kids as young as six can join in the fun. Instructors also focus on one rider at a time, so safety is assured. Older participants (10 years and above) can opt for the Full-size Cable, which allows more freedom, especially for those with wakeboarding experience.
Dinner at Marine Cove (Dine/Play)
After wakeboarding, families can enjoy an early dinner over at Marine Cove at East Coast Park – the venue has numerous dining options and family-friendly amenities. Eateries include McDonald's restaurant, Halal-certified My Briyani House, BABAlicious Peranakan restaurant and Hill Street Coffee Shop offering local hawker favourites, among others. Kids will also enjoy playing at the 3,500sqm outdoor playground with an eight metre-tall lighthouse tower.
Indulge in sweet treats (Dine)
Families can end the evening on a sweet note at popular local cake company, Chalk Farm. An array of luscious cakes and tarts greet diners at its outlet in Parkway Parade mall, also in the East Coast. Irresistible treats include 24Karat Brownie, salted caramel macadamia carrot cake, red velvet cake and cakes with Asian-inspired flavours such as pandan and adzuki beans.
Day Four – Modern vs tradition
Roti prata breakfast (Dine)
A popular local breakfast staple, this flaky Indian flatbread dish is crispy on the outside but soft to the bite. It is often served with fish, chicken, mutton curry, but can also be enjoyed as a sweet treat – served with sugar or combined with fruits and sweeter ingredients like ice cream or chocolate – which kids will love. Try prata at Mr and Mrs Mohgan Super Crispy Roti Prata or Mr Prata.
See heritage sites on a trishaw (Tour)
The Bugis and Little India Trishaw Expedition is a unique 30min expedition using an old-school mode of transport: trishaws. Visitors will be taken on a ride through the streets of Bugis and Little India and see heritage sites such as Rex Cinemas, one of the country's oldest theatres, and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple; iconic wet market Tekka Centre; colonial-style Ellison Building, built in 1924 by Isaac Ellison, a leader in Singapore's Jewish community; traditional Chinese temple, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple; Fu Lu Shou Complex (famous for selling Taoist and Buddhist paraphernalia); and Bugis Village, with its conservation shophouses of stalls selling all manner of goods. Visitors will also learn the intriguing history behind Selegie and Serangoon Roads.
Try modern Singapore cuisine (Dine)
Wild Rocket is known for its creative menu of Western favourites with a local twist. Chef-owner Wilin Low remains inspired by the flavours of his childhood. Located at the Hangout@Mount Emily, a backpacker's hostel, it boasts a relaxed atmosphere and a menu that changes every few months. Some new items include har ji (dried shrimp roe) spaghetti with bottarga (salted, cured fish roe), prawns and kaffir and 48hr beef short rib with green curry. There's also a two- and three-course set lunch.
Play with art and science (Experience)
A permanent exhibition at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Future World offers interactive indoor fun for all ages. Showcasing 16 stunning digital art installations that respond to behaviour, current exhibit highlights include "Universe of Water Particles", a seven metre-tall virtual waterfall, and "Crystal Universe" – 170,000 LED lights arranged vertically to give the illusion of stars in space. Families can also design a hopscotch game in the Park zone, and draw marine animals as they come to life in a virtual ocean at the giant Sketch Aquarium.
Visit the Night Safari (Experience)
No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to Singapore's famous Night Safari. The world's first zoo dedicated to nocturnal animals, the safari leads visitors on an after-dark experience of the Singapore Zoo where they can observe more than 1,000 animals in their natural night habitats. Before embarking on the safari, families can dine at a range of eateries there. Options include Bongo Burgers, Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant which serves local dishes like chicken rice, ice kachang and Indian dishes like biryani and chicken tandoori, Safari Sizzles for hot dogs and fried snacks, and Italian gelato at Casa Italia.