An Element of Fun
Whether on land, in the water or sky high, Singapore’s abundant attractions keep the whole family entertained.
A highlight are the Supertrees in Bay South, 16-storey tall vertical gardens which collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the garden’s conservatories.
With its balmy year-round weather, laidback lifestyle and multicultural offerings, Singapore is the ultimate family destination. Its appealing combination of metropolitan convenience and sprawling greenery provide space for the little ones to run amuck, while grownups are spoilt for choice with an array of shopping, dining and outdoor pursuits.
For a unique marine adventure, it’s worth exploring Singapore’s lesser-known islands. Situated 5.6km from the city, Kusu Island is a great way to escape for the day and simply enjoy swimming in warm lagoon water and taking in stunning views of the mainland from the beaches and hilltops. Legend has it that a magic tortoise turned into the island to save two shipwrecked sailors and the tortoise sanctuary remains a highlight today, also a great story to tell the little ones.
Another island with an intriguing past is St John’s Island, a former penal settlement which has been transformed into a weekend hotspot perfect for picnics, trekking and sports. Located 6.5km south of Singapore, the island provides a tranquil setting and is home to a host of flora and fauna which will keep the kids entertained.
Sporty broods can work up a sweat at Forest Adventure, an aerial course comprising ladders, bridges, swings, nets, trapezes and zip lines with the verdure of Bedok Reservoir Park as backdrop. A dedicated kids course is available, while the older members of the family can gear up for the challenging Grand Course. It’s a liberating feeling swinging through the trees surrounded by nothing but wilderness.
A less arduous way to take in the verdant surroundings is a visit to Gardens by the Bay. The award-winning horticultural wonderland spans 101 hectares and is home to more than 250 rare plant species – the perfect backdrop for a picnic or an evening stroll. A highlight are the Supertrees in Bay South, 16-storey tall vertical gardens which collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the garden’s conservatories.
For a more hedonistic garden experience, the Garden Wing at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is the ultimate playground for grown-ups. After an eight-month facelift, the 158 spacious rooms and suites are set among 15 acres of tropical landscaping, with nature-inspired interiors. With a soothing cascading waterfall and Koi pond evoking a resort feel, it’s hard to believe that the hotel is only minutes away from the city’s famous Orchard Road. For the ultimate indulgence, three premier suites are available, each fitted with a decadent outdoor Jacuzzi, private barbecue grill and sun loungers on an oversized balcony.
Up in the Air
When it comes to an awe-inspiring view, nowhere does it quite like The Lion City. Offering mesmorising panoramas at 165 metres, Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest giant observation wheel, overlooking stunning Marina Bay. The latest flight experience, Journey of Dreams, provides a multimedia showcase of the story behind the iconic attraction, complete with revolving 3D rotating gear mechanisms, time machines and Asia’s first inflated Puffersphere using internal projection.
For a perspective encompassing the tropical foliage of Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge, Henderson Waves features seven undulating ribs which twist and turn through the forest. The harbour views from the 12-storey high structure are stunning and the surrounding trails are a great way to reconnect with nature.
Back in town, the Singapore City Gallery provides a quick history lesson on city planning and the metropolis’ physical transformation through the years. The piece de resistance is a massive central area model offering a unique bird’s eye view of the CBD, complete with a 270-degree panorama and light and sound effects. Complete the family outing with a bite to eat at the nearby Maxwell Food Centre or the chic Club Street eateries.