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SINGAPORE FAMILY HOLIDAYS - What is there to do in Singapore with kids?

singapore brochureSingapore is a squeaky clean Asian city that has all the hussle bussle of markets, exciting cuisine, great shopping and attractions that make it a top family destination.  Taking the kids to Singapore is easy, its just a seven hour flight from the East Coast of Australia and five from the west. English is widely spoken, ATM's are readily available and yes there is even junk food.

If you think you'd like to take the kids to an overseas destination but are a little worried about how you and the kids will handle other cultures, languages, foods and lifestlyes, then Singapore is a great starting point to your world of overseas travel.  Singapore is a beautiful blend of old and new, the river twists through the city moving from older areas like chinatown and little India through to the stunning new architecture of their cultural centres, stadiums and the city precinct.

Here's our list of top family things to do in Singapore:

Enjoy a Jungle breakfast at Singapore Zoo - The Asian elephants at the Singapore Zoo aren't particularly shy and really don't mind having an audience when they take their morning baths. These gentle giants certainly won't protest if you feed them a fruit or two before you tuck into your own buffet breakfast at Jungle Flavours, the largest of five eateries (for humans) at the Singapore Zoo. In fact, many of the other animals will want get to know you as well. Otters, pythons, and of course, orang utans, will all vie for your attention. 

Singapore Zoo's Night Safari - perhaps things that go bump in the night are more your style.  The world's first wildlife park built for night visits is nestled in 40 hectares of lush secondary forest and inhabited by 1,000 animals from 100 species. When the sun goes down, the wolves, racoons, owls, hyenas, and all their nocturnal friends, come out to play. Watch them strut their stuff at the Creatures of the Night show, where they will show you how they catch their prey and what it takes to survive in the animal kingdom.

Take the cable car to Sentosa Island, the first cableway in the world to span a harbour has innovative glass-bottomed cable car cabins that offer fantastic views of Singapore, Sentosa and passing ships. Once at Sentosa experience the many things the Island has to offer families, be sure to take a swim at one of the beautiful beaches, enjoy a beachfront bar, restaurant or cafe and dont miss the water and light show in the evening.  Also check out the
Sentosa Luge - Safe for all ages, the luge's unique steering and braking system lets you determine just how exciting or leisurely a ride you want it to be as you coast down the scenic hillside.
Sentosa 4D Magix - Southeast Asia's largest 4-dimensional theatre and multi-sensory cinematic ride which synchronises digital surround sound and life-like action on the giant screen with special effects like seat vibrations, gusts of wind, water sprays, aromas, and even leg ticklers.
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom - Marvel at the 1,500 live butterflies representing over 50 species as you and your family enjoy a quiet stroll through the lush greenery of the outdoor conservatory.
Carlsberg Sky Tower - At 131m above sea level, Singapore's tallest observatory tower affords panoramic views of the island and beyond. Up here, you can see Singapore from end-to-end, in air-conditioned comfort, day or night.

Take a tour in a Duck, Half-truck and half-boat, the aptly-named Duck is an amphibious vehicle that saw action in the Vietnam War. It is still used today by some military services, but down by the Singapore River, our Ducks are strictly for fun. Tours are led by “Duck Trainers” who will lead sing-alongs and regale you with stories about the landmarks, which include the Merlion and City Hall, to ensure that you and your family have a quacking good time.

Bond with the pink dolphins at Underwater World's Dolphin Lagoon. Definitely one for the family photo album, a trip to Dolphin Lagoon promises an unforgettable introduction to the world of the highly-intelligent Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin.   
 
Jurong BirdPark - Step into this 3,000sqm walk-in aviary and enjoy the experience of having a thousand colourful birds swirl around you in a naturalistic setting. With suspension bridges and an elevated boardwalk that's 12m above ground level, you will be right in the thick of things, with 360-degree views of everything that's happening around you. And the children will just love the central feeding tower where they can feed the birds.

Cruise Singapore River on board a vintage bumboat - Visit the iconic Merlion, a statue thats half fish and half lion. The relaxing river cruise will take you on a journey through time, offering views of the iconic Merlion, the Esplanade, century-old godowns and shop houses, colonial-style government buildings and grand bridges with their quaint light fixtures, as well as the modern skyscrapers that now dominate the city's skyline.  

Singapore Science Centre's WaterWorks - practically a water theme park in itself, both children and grown-ups get to experiment with the hands-on exhibits.  And the beauty of it is that the children won't even realise that they're learning about important concepts like water pressure and the natural water cycle. They would be far too busy throwing plastic balls into water vortices, creating their own rainbows and dodging water jets in the Water Maze. And at the end of the day, when they're all happy, tired and soggy, all you have to do is to put them into the Giant Dryer where they can learn about evaporation! 

Singapore is a tiny island linked to Malaysia by two causeway bridges. Singapore accommodation is of an excellent standard with all the facilities of top class hotels available.  Families will need interconnecting rooms in most properties.  The weather in Singapore is often warm and humid with average temperatures around 23 to 32 degrees.  Australians must hold a passport with at least 6 months validity and no visas are required for Australian passport holders for visits under 90 days.  The currency is the Singapore Dollar. 

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