Five days out for active families in Singapore

Five days out for active families in Singapore

If your idea of the perfect family day out involves breaking into a sweat or experiencing the outdoors, you'll be spoilt for choice in Singapore. From outdoor adventures, like jungle bike rides in idyllic island Pulau Ubin and treetop adventures and ziplines near Bedok Reservoir, to indoor fun, like the huge trampoline parks located around the island, you'll be sure to entertain your kids while staying active during your visit to Singapore.

Pulau Ubin

Located off the north coast of Singapore, Pulau Ubin is a ten minute bumboat ride away from Changi Pier. Once here, you can choose to walk or rent a bike - either way, you'll be immersed in a rural and bucolic island paradise, evoking the Singapore of days past. You'll pass wild boar, monkeys and beautiful tropical birds - which if you're lucky, may include Oriental-pied hornbills - and if you choose to walk around the Chek Jawa Boardwalk, octopuses or fiddler crabs. If you're cycling, don't miss the Ketam Mountain Bike Park, an eight kilometre long trail that meanders through open meadow and thick jungle.

Forest Adventure (photo)

This treetop adventure course is the largest in Singapore, and is located around the stunning Bedok Reservoir, the perfect place to get active. The course takes you 2.5 hours to complete, and along the way will thrill and challenge you with more than 44 different obstacles, including three zip lines. If you're travelling with younger children, the course offers shorter versions, including a kids course and junior course. The highlight is the 300m long zipline, where you'll feel like you're flying over the jungle beneath you.

AMPED Trampoline Park

One of the best trampoline parks in Singapore, AMPED is located centrally in River Valley. Focused on creating a family-friendly experience, head first of all to the central court, where kids and parents can bounce together. If you're in need of a break or just want to shake things up, the park also hosts other activities - from a climbing wall and basketball hoops to a dodgeball court. It's the perfect combination of healthy activity and a huge amount of fun, and creates safe spaces for your children to run wild.

Skyline Luge Sentosa

Located on Singapore's favourite resort island, Sentosa, the Skyline Luge whizzes you out of the jungle to the beaches downhill. To get to the start of the Luge track, you can opt to walk or combine it with another fun activity - a Skyride - an open air ski-style chairlift, which gives you fantastic views around the island. There are four winding tracks to choose between - Dragon, Jungle, Expedition and Kupu Kupu (which means butterfly in Malay.) It's extra special too - and little cooler - to ride the Luge at night. It opens until 9.30pm and the track is colourfully lit up - if you're really lucky you'll even see nearby fireworks.

Zoom Park Singapore

For the largest trampoline park in Singapore, visit Zoom Park in Tampines. More than 80 different trampolines are housed in the building, which is divided into seven different zones. Don't miss the Xtreme Dodgeball Zone, where you can bounce and play at the same time - and if your kids are younger, there's a separate section for them to frolic with the same age group. The Wall Run zone is also worth a visit - it's a place where you can practice your parkour skills in a perfectly safe environment.

Wild Wild Wet

If you want an active day out while still staying cool, head to Pasir Ris' Downtown East resort complex and spend the day at Wild Wild Wet, one of Singapore's best water parks. You'll be spoilt for choice with water slides, wave pools and a lazy river. If you're travelling with toddlers, the water playground here is a great place to let them run wild, and with older children, the Kidz Zone recreates smaller versions of some of the bigger rides here, creating a safe space for your children to have an adventure.

Family-friendly hotels in Singapore

Family-friendly hotels in Singapore

Singapore is renowned for being a safe, efficient and family-friendly destination, and while most hotels will offer fantastic kids facilities, there are a select few which go above and beyond your expectations. From rustic villas in the rural north-west corner of the city, to the whimsical fantasy-land of Tanglin's Shangri-La Hotel, you'll be enthralled by some of the fantastic choices of family-focused hotels which will keep you relaxed and your kids entertained.

Gallop Kranji Farm Resort

Nestled in the greenest area of the city, Gallop Kranji Farm Resort allows your kids to get close to nature while enjoying the ease of the luxury facilities the hotel offers. The area is set in a verdant space 50,000 square metres in size, in an idyllic area of north-west Singapore surrounded by more than 100 farms. Wander around onsite vegetable, fruit and herb plantations, bee farms and bird nest farms, and in the day make use of the resort's shuttle service, which will ferry you to famous farms in the surrounding area, from Bollywood Veggies (a fruit and vegetable farm) to Hay Dairies (a goat farm.) Accommodation is in rustic but cozy villas and onsite restaurants prepare local and Western dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Very few hotels could rival the ‘Ritz Kids' facilities for guests with families. From its outstanding location in Marina Bay, this hotel offers in-room camping with mini-safari tents, an inhouse playground - Playland - with games, toys, books and their very own movie theatre. Feel free to pick from the concierge's epic selection of kids DVDs - they'll also be more than happy to book you family-friendly attractions around the city. Kids between the ages of four and twelve can have an expedition around the hotel with the Ritz Kids Adventurer Passport - the lobby on level three is home to secret animal stamps - if children find them all the prize is a scoop of luxurious ice cream.

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore (photo)

Located in the safe and leafy streets of Tanglin, the Shangri-La Hotel has some of the best kids facilities around. From their ‘buds by Shangri-La' indoor and outdoor playgrounds - an epic and colourful feat of architecture stretching 1,872 metres around the hotel - to their themed family suites, which need to be seen to be believed. It's hard to pick between the safari themed suite, where your kids can set up camp with a colourful and luxurious tent inspired bed, and the tower room, where an impressively-sized kids castle houses bunk beds. Each themed family suite is also home to a tunnel which interconnects kids and parents bedrooms. For luxury with more than a hint of whimsy, the Shangri-La Hotel is an ideal place to be your home away from home.

Furama Riverfront Hotel

In the historic area of Chinatown, near the Singapore River, Furama Riverfront Hotel embraces the concept of themed suites to brilliant effect. Striking wall murals combine with fantastical furnishings - choose between their Pirates, Castles or Underwater decorations to create a magical experience your child won't forget. All rooms also come with an Xbox console, and for outdoor fun, the pool area hosts an inflatable bouncy castle. Onsite children's play areas PAWS and Waka Waka are also worth a visit, followed by the complementary international buffet with plenty of kids favourites available for dinner.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

If you're looking for a family-friendly hotel with easy access to the water and white sands of resort island Sentosa, the Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is an ideal choice. All rooms feature stylish balconies which overlook expertly landscaped tropical gardens and a swimming pool. If your kids are into outdoor activities, particularly water sports, there's no better option in the city. The hotel has onsite water slides, kids pools, a water sports centre with kayaks, pedalos and stand-up paddleboards, and even a flying trapeze. The hotel is right next to Siloso Beach, with its own private section of beach open to hotel guests only.

Family-friendly farms to visit in Singapore

Family-friendly farms to visit in Singapore

Beautiful Kranji, an untouched area in the north-west of Singapore, is the perfect location for a day out with kids. A shuttle bus can pick you up from public transport links and ferry you around the area, with stops at this district's best loved farms. From organic vegetables and fruit to frogs, goats and cows, you'll be able to teach your children about the importance of where the food we eat comes from and incite their interest in taking care of the world around us.

Bollywood Veggies

Get kids acquainted with nature at Bollywood Veggies, Singapore's favourite urban farm, nestled in the north-west corner of the island. A visit to this idyll in Kranji will give your kids the opportunity to wander around, and see and touch their favourite vegetables, an educational experience that proves invaluable - showing children that food definitely doesn't grow in the supermarket. See limes, mangoes, onions and brinjal being carefully tended to, using the banana-shaped tour map to orient yourself, and afterwards enjoy a meal at the celebrated inhouse cafe, the Poison Ivy Bistro - their nasi lemak is dyed with blue pea flowers plucked straight from the plant.

Jurong Frog Farm

Book into one of the informative tours at Jurong Frog Farm, where more than 10,000 American bullfrogs are reared for sale. You'll witness an all-male frog choir, understand how frogs camouflage to blend into their environment and see first hand how frogs are raised here. This Kranji-based farm also runs story-telling sessions for kids - with sweet stories like ‘the Prince and the Frog Forest' - and lessons where children can learn about frog life cycles and how to take care of tadpoles. It's a fun introduction that simplifies the world of ‘herpetology' for little ones.

Hay Dairies (photo)

Introduce children to some four legged friends at Hay Dairies, a Kranji-based farm which houses goats, and supplies organic goat milk around Singapore. Kept in roomy barns with lots of fresh air and natural light, the goats are milked once a day, so make sure you time your visit accordingly to coincide with this - this takes place from 9am to 10.30am - to see this fascinating process in action. Children can also have a go at feeding the goats - purchase Alfalfa Hay from the farm at $5 per packet and enjoy a hands on experience. Don't forget to sample some of the farm's produce too - the fresh, creamy goat milk made here is on sale in natural and chocolate varieties, and there's no better way to refresh yourself after a trip round the farm.

Quan Fa Organic Farm

For a fascinating look into how vegetables and fruit are produced, the Quan Fa Organic Farm runs tours which are a great insight into the process. Bring your kids to see how seeds like sunflower sprouts are grown in the indoor area - and make sure you take the opportunity to taste them - and then wander outside to see rows of fresh lettuces being cultivated. The farmers running the tours explain the organic methods used here - like using ethical insect traps and fertilizers made of plant waste, instead of pesticides or chemicals. You'll also be able to see local greens like Red Amaranth and Kai Lan, which are housed in greenhouses. Finish your tour in the farm shop where you'll be treated to a complimentary bowl of fresh vegetable soup and you have the chance to purchase vegetables and herbs to take home with you.

Viknesh Dairy Farm

If you're interested in seeing how a cow farm is run, head to Kranji Marshes and visit Viknesh Dairy Farm. Visits are free from 9am to 6pm, and you're free to wander at your leisure - don't miss the cow shed where you can see furry friends up close and even purchase hay to feed them by hand. The farm also rears goats, so there's a chance to introduce your children to these curious creatures too. Owner Raja offers personal tours around the farm too, and for the bargain price of $3 per person, you can learn more about the processes used to rear cattle and try a glass of fresh milk at the end.

Last-minute Family Staying Concepts

Last-minute Family Staying Concepts

The mid-year summer vacations are almost here, but you have nothing organized at all. When you are tight on efforts and in anxious need of a break, do you really want to go through the trouble of looking for flight tickets and resorts to escape from here quickly?

The hotel Asia Square Tower (in photo) is not the common staycation location — for one, it's in the Main Business Region. Still, it was soothing to wind into the CBD on a Weekend to see loads of vacant car park many awaiting your modest buggy.

The hotel is also only an S$11 Grabcar drive away from Sentosa so I took the opportunity to head to the South East Asia Fish tank with my child for a jaunt in manufactured. When it came to supper, Lau Pat Sat reverse The Westin Singapore was nicely rare before 7pm. No need to jostle, sweat and feel frustrated with humankind.

And yes, there was nothing quite as untroubled as getting up without feeling the need to do end of the week tasks or seeing toys and games distribute all over the ground. The rest of the day approved in a soothing blur: Meals distribute — examine. Infinity share dip — examine. Viewing TV and eating biscuits while relaxing in Westin is well known 12.5-inch Incredible Bed (100,000 beds marketed, and keeping track of, according to a Walls Road Publication 2015 report) — examine, examine, examine.

You can understand why staycations are an evergreen favorite with Singaporeans as they are a practical, last-minute solution to select. Data from revealed that looks for staycations in Singapore increased by 87 % from 2014 to 2015. There was a 14 % surge in looks for staycations during the July vacations in 2016, as opposed to same search period last season (from Jan 1 to May 15).

This view is distributed by Arthur Kiong, CEO of Far Eastern Kindness. "We see a increasing pattern in the development of Singaporean family members looking for end of the week staycations as a cost-effective solution to an international vacation. Families, especially those with young kids, enjoy staycations as it is a vacation without the stress of organizing a vacation out of the nation," he said, including that Far Eastern Kindness resorts like City Hotel Changi have seen over 50 % increase staycation figures from 2013 to 2015.

With more choices in the staycation market now, here are some tips to keep a homebound vacation lovely and easy.

1. Find resorts with action offers. Not every hotel is able to offer water slips, but more resorts are combining a stay with family-friendly actions. The Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel offer The Fullerton Family Program, beginning from S$508++ for the Culture Space at Fullerton Hotel, which brings in Singapore Conventional Jubilee Goes for two grownups and two kids. The passes allow visitors to hop on and off traveling vehicles (such as those plying the Culture and Evening Opera routes) to get to destinations such as Competition Brewery or the Indian Culture Center. Best of all, you can hop on the vehicles just outside resorts.

2. Involve yourself in a neighborhood. Another way is to spend your energy in one location. Park yourself in a trendy store hotel in a buzzy neighborhood to understand more about it in detail. For example, hot new property M Social Singapore designed by Philippe Stracke is hit during Robertson Quay looking over the Singapore River. The hotel, starting July 9, is a trendy haven with its developer hits prefers replicated areas in loft-like duplex areas. Do not fear, youngsters are welcome here too — and it is the perfect location to platform yourself, whether you examine out newish areas such as Decker Barbeque and The Quay Kitchen & Bar or old favorites like Kith and Common Man Java Roasters. And by the way, the hotel is currently providing a dent marketing beginning from S$218++ every night for a limited time.

3. Hiking in the crazy. A staycation does not have to mean staying in a resort. If you have no hint of going about to do that, try Pesta Ubin's two day and one night family Characteristics Camping with Cicada Tree Eco-Place occurring July 3 to 4. Books are on side to message a covering and explain to you all about admiring the outside. Check out its web page ( to sign-up your attention. Singapore Zoo is also planning a Rest with Monsters — A Members of the family Event camp on July 25 to July 26. Each family gets a six-man covering and the all-inclusive program requires members on a behind-the-scenes trip from getting near with the animals to a food dinner