Singapore is a great place for a family holiday with kids. It is a very clean, safe city and nearly everyone speaks English. It is considered to be more expensive than other Asian countries, but there are plenty of free things to do.
In this travel guide, we will show you some of the best things to do in Singapore, that won’t cost you anything. It will help you plan how to spend your time, whilst watching your budget.
Singapore is a great place to visit and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Furthermore, there is a great system of public transport, as well as many taxis and this makes it even easier to visit the many free things to do in Singapore.
If you want to visit Singapore on a budget, this is the perfect guide for you. We visited Singapore with the children at the start of our jungle adventure in Borneo.
Be mesmerised by Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a must-see visit in Singapore and is a great attraction for any age group. It is a nature park spanning over 100 hectares of reclaimed land next to the Marina Bay, showing off over 1.5 million different plants and trees.
Gardens by the Bay has 3 waterfront gardens and many more attractions including the Cloud Forest, sculptures, a children’s play park and splash pool and of course its famous futuristic trees, Supertree Grove.
The Supertree Grove is free to get in at night. It is then that the 18 supertrees (25-50 metres tall) come alive with a display of lights and sounds for The Garden Rhapsody Show. The show take place at 7.45 and 8.45pm and is truly amazing. It has got to be the best thing to do in Singapore.
We were fortunate to be in Singapore when they were doing the practice for the Singapore Heritage Day, so we enjoyed a full show of free fireworks too.
You can eat nearby at Satay by the Bay , which offers a wide range of different food options. We went for some very cheap food at the Hawkers’ market there. I’m lucky enough to have kids that will try everything!
Discover the delights of Singapore's China Town
Chinatown in Singapore is a great place to wander around. As well as the restaurants, you can see the beautifully restored colonial buildings and enjoy the bright lights and colours. You could visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, which tells the stories of thousands of years of culture.
It is claimed that the temple houses the actual left canine tooth relic of Buddha! The temple is open until 7pm and admission is free. Remember to wear respectful clothing.
You might also be tempted by the shops and stalls of the Chinatown Street Market, selling everything from technology to handicrafts.
We went to the Hawkers’ market to try some cheap, traditional food with local people.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 and is the only tropical botanic garden on the list.
The botanic gardens have free admission and is open until midnight. There are lots of different gardens to wander around and enjoy the different botanical plants. The children enjoyed spotting different plants, such as banana trees and wandering through the Rain Forest. As well as plants, we spotted chipmunks and lizards.
There is also the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, which covers 4 hectares. The children’s garden has four different zones. These allow children to play, have fun and learn about plants at the same time. It has nature play areas with swings and zip wires, tree houses, a farm, a forest and a suspension bridge.
I suggest going in the morning to avoid the heat, though there are plenty of sheltered areas.
Be dazzled by the Jewel at Changi Airport
One of the best free things to do in Singapore is to wander around The Jewel at Changi Airport.
The Jewel is Singapore’s new $1.7 billion nature-themed entertainment complex on the landside of Changi Airport and holds the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the 40-metre high Rain Vortex. This in itself is awesome and it really is worth leaving some time before your departure for a visit.
You mustn’t miss the light and sound show, which is from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm at hourly intervals. The light on the waterfall makes it even more stunning. There are a number of short trails to follow amidst the 2,000 trees of the Forest Valley.
You will also find a wide selection of paid activities for children, including nets, mazes and canopy walks. It is better to buy these together as a package if you want them to be more affordable.
Hit the beach in Sentosa
Sentosa is an island resort off the Southcoast of Singapore. It is known as the “State of Fun” and does bear a close resemblance to Florida! You can get there by road or cable car and there is a free monorail on the island.
There are loads of things to do on the island, most of which you have to pay for. It has a Waterpark, Universal Studios, a Zipline, Dolphin World, indoor skydiving and much, much more.
There are also a number of free options including Palawan Beach . We took the free beach tram, getting off at Beach Station and spent a fun day playing on the beach. The boys were very keen to catch some fish, but using only their hands were not very successful.
It is worth going early to get a lounger or some shade as it can get very hot. There are good changing and shower facilities and plenty of places to get a drink or food.
You could also take the scenic treetop walk to Fort Silso, which is 11 storeys above ground. Or you could visit the Silso Point Fort, which protected Singapore’s defences for decades.
If you are staying the evening, you could watch the Crane Dance (a light, water and sound show) at 8pm (10 mins) or the Lake of Dreams laser show at 11pm.
Go wild at the Wild Wild Wet Waterpark
We came back to Singapore for one night after our jungle adventure in Borneo. This time, we booked an overnight stay at the D’Resort in Downtown East (which is only about 10 mins from the airport) before flying back the airport.
Wild Wild Wet is an excellent waterpark, with a range of slides and rides for all ages. There are high speed rides and free-fall slides (think trap door!). It has a long lazy river and splash zones for little ones. The only disappointment for us was the wave pool, which was more of a ripple than a giant wave!
The showers and changing facilities are great and have payable lockers. However, the place seemed very safe and we just left our bags by the lounger. Loungers are free and they are nearly all in the shade. There are lots of kiosks to buy food, though quite a lot of people seemed to take their own.
If you enjoy looking at temples, sampling cheap authentic street food or just taking in the fragrant smells of oils, spices and flowers, Little India will give you a great taste of Singapore’s Indian community.
Here you will find The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, which is one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples.
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