Here's our list of the best free things to do for families in Singapore! From going out to staying in, there is something for everyone!
Singapore is known as an expensive country to live in, especially so for families. That's why we have prepared this list of the best free things to do for families, so that you can play without burning a hole in your wallet too!
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Admiralty Park - The "Best" Outdoor Playground For Kids
We share a lot about Admiralty Park's Outdoor Playground, we believe that this is THE ONLY playground to go if you only have time for one! With 26 different slides and 3 different zones, the park caters for different age groups and for varying degree of adventure.
It ranks so highly with our team that it tops our list of Top 10 Outdoor Playgrounds in Singapore!
Outdoor and Water Play At Jurong Lake Garden
With both nature and wet play, the Forest Ramble and Clusia Clove at Jurong Lake Garden is also a great place to consider for free outdoor play! One major complain though, there is limited shade at the play areas and it can get hot rather quickly too! Or just splash into the wet zone to cool down!
Explore the Nature Playgarden at Hort Park
Combing play with nature, the Nature Playgarden at Hort Park is the place to be for kids to connect with nature! The playgarden is part of NParks’ Biophilic Playgarden Plan which is specially designed for pre-schoolers, and centres around the concept of biophilia, which refers to the nature of humans to connect with other living things.
There is no structured learning as the play area encourages kids to engage in open play with lots of nature elements too!
Walk With Dinosaurs At Jurassic Mile, Changi
The Changi Jurassic Mile is a permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs that includes more than 20 different pre-historic creatures displayed along the one-kilometre cycling and jogging path.
This is a free Jurassic Park adventure for the family, and one NOT to be missed! You may walk or cycle, the path is connects East Coast Park to Changi Park
Ride Around Singapore Through The Park Connectors
The Park Connector Network connects Singapore, this includes the Round Island Route, a 150km park connector that goes around Singapore. Here are our selection of the 8 best cycling routes and nature trails in Singapore!
You can even combine different experiences together, example visiting the Jurassic Mile from East Coast Park through the Changi Park Connector! And don't worry about not having a bike, here's a list of the best bicycle rentals in Singapore too!
Go on a Nature Walk at these Family-Friendly Trails
On the topic of trails, if your kids are not yet riding, you may wish to head out to explore these 8 Nature Walking Trails for families to experience an "out of the city" trip and reconnect with nature.
Time to get off the devices, and into the wild (maybe not that wild).
Visit The East Coast Park
East Coast Park is one of the most popular spots to go for play, sun, sea and food. The playgrounds at Coastal PlayGrove and Marine Cove provides kids with ample of play time. Families can choose to dine at one of the many F&B establishments in the area or simply enjoy a picnic along the beach!
Sailing with DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme
Set sail on the SB20 (a 4-men crew boat, which is commonly used for racing) and the SM40 (which has an impressive height of about 4 storeys), and experience the view of Singapore's Marina Bay from a different perspective.
The DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme is part of the bank's commitment to enliven the bay. Slots are highly popular and registration is required.
Visit The Fire Station Open House (Virtually)
Popular with families is the Fire Station Open House where families can learn about the daily operations of a Fire Station, the different roles of SCDF and the Civil Defence system manned by personnel on round-the-clock standby. While the open house is current suspended, parents may still try to book a virtual tour!
Ride the Playground Train at Tiong Bahru Park
The Train Playground at Tiong Bahru Park is a consistent feature in any top outdoor playgrounds, it will not disappoint with its quirky design, different play elements and definitely because it includes sand play too! It is also one of the few playgrounds with a flying fox! It's just 5mins from Tiong Bahru MRT and there are shaded areas for families to rest in too!
Visit Sentosa's Magical Shores (FREE)
An interactive experience on Sentosa's Siloso beach, the captivating Magical Shores spans across 400m of the beach, and will provide the family with excitement through interactive light art on the beach and music filling the air!
Visit Sentosa's beaches
While you are at on Sentosa, why not visit the beaches on Sentosa. From the Siloso beach to Palawan beach, the kids may engage in sandplay while parents enjoy a leisure stroll. Or visit one of the many beachfront restaurants too - we really recommend the restaurants along Siloso Beach!
Be Bewitched at Jewel Changi Airport
A trip to Jewel Changi Airport is not just about a trip to the Mall but a full experience! The family may choose to visit one of the many attractions, including the Canopy Park, the Manulife Sky Nets, or simply marvel at the HSBC Rain Vortex! There are also lots of retail and F&B options within the mall too!
Splash Around Oasis Waterpark @ Yishun
Located within the HDB blocks at Yishun is the gem! The Oasis Waterpark is free, its fun, and it comes with 3 main playing areas and bathing facilities too! It may require a little effort to get to, but we assure you that it will be worth it!
Splash Around at Gardens by the Bay Waterpark
Another must-go water play is the Water Play @ Far East Organisation Children's Garden located at Gardens by the Bay. Not only is the water play area huge, the entire play venue includes a toddler and sand play area too!
Splash Around at Singapore Sports Hub - Splash 'N' Surf
Located at Singapore Sports Hub is the Splash 'N' Surf water playground with slides and water play for the young and young at heart! It is suitable for young kids, and perfect for a family outing with the nearby mall and stadium adding more activities for an entire day of fun!
Visit a Neighbourhood Playground for Family Fun
If getting wet is not your thing, but free fun is! You should simply head down to one of the nearby neighbourhood playground for family fun! Need help searching? Try our list of playgrounds in the North, East or West? How about our Top 10 List of Outdoor Playgrounds? There's definitely one playground near you - so you can't say you don't know where to go!
Catch the Magical Garden Rhapsody Musical Performance at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit, and even more so is the magical musical performance, Garden Rhapsody! Happening every evening at the SuperTree Grove, there are 10 different shows planned for 2021, so there's always a reason to head down again!
Visit a Kids-Friendly Museum
Did you know that there are over 50 museums in Singapore? Go an edutaining trip this weekend with our list of Top 7 Kids-Friendly Museums in Singapore! Most of the museums are free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents too!
Take part in a NLB Workshop
The National Library Board organises regular workshops and events at the libraries around Singapore. This includes storytelling in various languages, workshops for kids and families, and more! Most events are free, with some requiring registration.
Go Volunteering with your Little Ones
When volunteering, your little ones learns about empathy and appreciation, the recipient receives help and you get to do a meaningful activity as a family. That's a win for everyone involved! Here are a list of 5 places to volunteer in Singapore that are suitable for kids.
Zoom Down The Slide@T3
The Slide@T3, Singapore's tallest indoor slide, starts from Level 1 and slides down to Basement 3 at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Simply present your Changi Rewards e-card at the Terminal 3 Information Counter to redeem 10 free slide rides!
Chill Out At ST3PS
You can catch a free movie, free performance or even free LIVE sport matches at ST3PS, the chill-out / community zone, ST3PS located at Terminal 3 Basement 2. There are F&B options and a supermarket to make your trip complete too!