A wide variety of cuisines to pick from? Check. Plenty of outlets to shop with abandon? Check. A little something entertaining for mummies and daddies to indulge in with kiddies? Check check check.
Here are 4 malls that have passed our family-friendliess check (was that one check too many?).
1. Suntec City Mall
Location: 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
Hour: 10 am – 10 pm
With outlets ranging from Indian, Chinese, Malay to Western, Japanese and Thai, the only problem you’ll be having when it comes to dining is deciding where you want to lunch at. If you have a little one in tow, Marche Movenpick might be a better choice.
All the adventures your tots could go on at the play area featuring a rock climbing wall, suspension bridge and a Cub Scout hideout in a playhouse! And if you need a Baby Service Station or a Baby Changing Table, you don’t have to run out panicking, you’ll find them in the restaurant.
Aside from the Marche Movenpick play area, little ones can find fun at paid indoor playgrounds like The Polliwogs, Cool De Sac and Superpark, as well as at the mini-scale playground at level three.
No mall visit is ever complete without some actual shopping and with almost thrice as much retail outlets as there are F&B outlets at Suntec City, you’ll have no worries.
Groceries, furnishing, electronics, beauty products, fashion accessories, sporting goods, stationary, and everything else you can think of, you can probably find it here.
Don’t just spend your wealth and leave, walk around the mini fountain at the Fountain of Wealth to catch some good luck. It may be a superstition but you never know, it might just work.
2. United Square Shopping Mall
Location: 101 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307591
Hour: 10.30 am – 9.30 pm
If the website is any indication, United Square Shopping Mall is “the one” for little ones. And with a multitude of toy stores, kids’ apparel outlets, animal rides, frequent events centred around kids, and a bunch of other play facilities, it is no wonder. Aside from entertainment, there are also plenty of educational activities little ones can pursue.
The mall does not just offer kids-centric products and services, it is also designed in such a way: walkway roomy enough for prams, adorable animal-shaped bins, color themed levels and a lavish nursing room.
While your little ones are busy being fascinated by the mall, get your shopping done from the wide range of outlets, then settle down at a restaurant, café or food court to indulge in anything between laksa and poke to quieten your grumbling tummies.
Before you pack up and leave for the mall, be forewarned that it can get a bit crowded during the weekends.
3. City Square Mall
Location: 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
Hour: 10 am – 10 pm
City Square Mall is paradise for mummies and daddies who need to get some shopping done.
First, prepare yourself for a filling day by fuelling up at a diner of your picking, be it a simple snack at a café, a quick but filling bite of pancakes, or a truly filling bowl of ramen.
Then, it’s time for daddies, mummies and kiddies to have some fun. Make your round through the park and playground at City Green, take a walk in the sky at Airzone and try your hand at the various games at Timezone arcade.
Finally, when your little munchkins have all run out of energy from all the excitement, you can start checking off your to-buy list. You can find a wide variety of apparel, fashion, toys, gifts, and other lifestyle goods here.
That’s not all that makes this a great family-friendly mall. City Square Mall’s amenities, which includes baby seats in toilet cubicles, diaper changing stations in both male and female toilets (because daddies change diapers for their babies too), nursing room, family room, and potty seats, is also what makes it the perfect destination for families.
4. Waterway Point
Location: 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
Hour: 10 am – 10 pm
An ideal family-friendly mall should in addition to the usual wide range of outlets, from clothing to furnishing, where you can fulfil all your shopping needs, have just as wide a range of dining options (you never know what you might crave, it may have been something Thai when you entered the mall but could change to Japanese nearer to lunch time) nursing rooms, something fun to engage in with your little ones, and a small play area to keep the kiddies entertained would be nice as well.
In which case, you’ll be delighted to know that in addition to all that Waterway Point has not one but three play areas. There is the Kids’ Wonderland, a whimsical little playground where rabbits and fairy-tale creatures come out to play among the mushrooms, The Cove, a water fountain play area that may be small in size but is big in fun, and Happy Park, an outdoor playground that has both water and dry play areas.