What to do in Singapore with kids when you are on a tight budget? This was a question we asked ourselves over and over again when we were planning our trip to Singapore. Singapore is known as one of the most expensive cities, especially with the Aussie dollar being low at the moment.
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Singapore is known for an abundance of things to do with kids and we had the added issue of time constraints and money. Did we want to spend more here and miss out in another place or keep to our budget? We decided to try to get the best of both worlds on our trip to Singapore.
There is no point going to a place and not seeing some of the sites that the city has to offer. If you know you are going to a place and there is a big ticket item you want to do you need to save for that and that is what we did with one activity we did in Singapore with kids.
Here we have some of the Singapore activities with kids we did. We tried to keep our spending down so we could save money. So here are our best places to visit in Singapore in 3 days on a budget.
Day 1 Singapore Itinerary
Breakfast at the zoo with the orangutans
Breakfast at the zoo with the orangutans was something both the girls wanted to enjoy so we asked family for money to help with that experience for them. For Christmas, the girls were given money from family to put towards doing this.
- Adult ticket to breakfast at the zoo is: $61.13
- Childrens ticket to breakfast at the zoo is: $43.06
Where is the Singapore Zoo?
The address you will need is: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826.
You can take public transport out to the zoo or a grab.
What time is breakfast with the Orangutans?
You can enter the Singapore Zoo anywhere from 8.30 onwards but you should get to the Ah Meng restaurant where your breakfast will be served just before 9.00 to get seated and some breakfast before the orangutans make their entrance just before 9.30.
Singapore Zoo Entry
If you have breakfast at the zoo you will then be able to wander the zoo at your own pace. After we finished breakfast we spent around about 4 hours wandering the zoo and looking at the animals.
*If you are hot and need a rest the reptile enclosure has air conditioning in there and ou can watch the reptiles while you are in there.
Tips for the Singapore Zoo:
- Make sure you do take some water with you. See if you can freeze it at your hotel to keep it cooler for longer.
- Take plenty of sunscreen and a good hat
- Think about getting an insulated drink cooler to keep your water cold
- There is a little train that goes around the zoo. It costs $5S per person
After visiting Singapore Zoo for a few hours you may want to go back to your hotel and have a rest after your early morning.
Singapore Zoo opening hours:
8.30am – 6.00pm (Last entry is at 5.30pm)
Singapore Zoo is open every day of the year.
Day 2 Singapore Itinerary
The weather in Singapore was very hot when we were there and it was early on in our trip so we slept a little later than usual. We normally headed out at about 9.30.
Time to burn off some energy with a visit to Bounce Singapore. We had an awesome time where all 4 of us bounced and laughed for a couple of hours. If you are looking for the best family activities Singapore has to offer then this would be one! Well, as long as you all jump!
|Admission||1st Session||2nd Session|
- General admission is for jumpers over 110cm in height
- Junior Jumper is for kids above 3 years old and under 110cm in height
- For a student discount, you must have a valid student card
- The student session is not available during weekends or public holidays
- The Family Jumpers is for 4 jumpers with a maximum of 2 adults
Where is Bounce Singapore?
The address you will need is: Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road #09-01
Bounce Singapore can be a little tricky to find. There are signs on the escalators that will take you to the lift. It is on the 9th floor so keep an eye out for the signs in the shopping complex.
When is Bounce Singapore open?
Monday to Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 9 am – 10 pm
Tips for Bounce Singapore:
- You need to purchase special socks for Bounce Singapore
- There are food and drinks on site
- You can hire a locker if the whole family want to jump
- There is a sitting area if you don’t want to as well
Bounce Singapore is a quick walk from the Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road. Bounce Singapore is also one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids with air conditioning even though you do work up a sweat.
Lunch on Orchard Road
Bounce Singapore is located in a shopping mall with plenty of food outlets inside. You can choose one of them or you can head to the huge food court at the Food Republic and get some amazing food. Another great alternative is to find yourself a Singapore hawker centre for a variety of foods
Gardens by the Bay – Day visit
During the day you can have a look at the huge ‘trees’ that are Gardens by the Bay.
Entry is free and it is a great place to just sit and have a cool drink and let the kids run around for a little bit. You can also pay to go up the trees and you can even have a meal there. These we found were well out of our budget while we were in Singapore.
The Singapore Flyer by night
The Singapore Flyer will give you amazing views over the city of Singapore at night. It takes around 45 minutes to do a lap of the Singapore Flyer. we decided to do the Singapore Flyer at night as we were hoping it was not as busy. We arrived just in time for one of the last entries.
|Adult (13 years and older)||$33|
|Senior (60+ only for citizens)||$24|
Where is the Singapore Flyer?
The address you will need is: 30 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039803
What time is the Singapore Flyer open?
8:30am – 10:30pm Last Admission is 10:15pm
Tips for the Singapore Flyer:
- You can go during the day or at night. We like the night time rides the most
- You will have to go through some checkpoints so please make sure you have time
- You cannot take food and drinks on board
- There is limited seating within the pod
Day 3 Singapore Itinerary
Spend the morning relaxing at your hotel
If you are staying at the lovely Holiday Inn Express Katong you can go down and have a look at the old style shop houses along the main road after your amazing breakfast.
Merlion Park is where you can get some great pictures with the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands behind you. You can grab some lunch here and do some shopping or you can get a boat and see the city of Singapore from the water.
Gardens by the Bay – Night Visit
What a way to finsih your stay in Singapore with attending the night light show at Gradens by the Bay. Entry is free and you can find a nice spot to sit and enjoy the show.
Top tips for Gardens by the Bay night show
- Grab some drinks and some snacks so you can all sit and have a relaxing time
- Take a blanket if you can to sit on but you don’t have to as the grass is fine
- If you want great night pictures don’t forget your tripod
- Make sure you are ready for the extremely long wait at the taxi rank at the end
This is what we did in Singapore during our visit and we tried hard to save where we could. We did not eat fast food or drink as we found it was too expensive. Some nights we had street food and some nights we had a noodle cup.
There are so many things to do in Singapore with kids the costs can blow out so quickly. We added up some of the activities on offer and they came to hundreds of dollars. In this, you can look up an alternative and go to that if you do not like what we did.
So, we picked the things that were really important to us and we did those knowing that we can return in the future. For that trip, we will set another budget and stick to that
Where to stay in Singapore:
We have stayed at and recommend Holiday Inn Express for your accommodation in Singapore.
Holiday Inn Express Katong – Located in the traditional area of Singapore, only 5-10 minutes from the city centre by car. In the Katong area, you will be staying where the first settlers built their houses. Holiday Inn Express Katong has adjoining family rooms, free breakfast, washing machines and clothes dryers. The friendly staff will help you with all your tourist information needs.
For more information and booking details please click >>HERE<<
Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road – Located right in the middle of the city and just a few steps from the famous Orchard Road. You will find shopping centres, food courts and attractions right at your fingertips. Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road offers an outdoor setting area on the ground floor and the 4th floor. Rooms feature comfortable beds, adjoining rooms, a cafe and a gym.
For more information and booking details please click >>HERE<<
Both Holiday Inn Express locations in Singapore offer Free Breakfast, Wifi, Laundry facilities, communal are in the lobby, cable tv channels, and friendly staff. They are brilliant places to stay in Singapore for families.
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How to get to Singapore:
Singapore by plane: Singapore Changi Airport is the 6th busiest airport in the world and rated the worlds best airport for the last 7 years running. Singapore Changi is the home base airport for Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Scoot, and Jetstar Asia Airways . Changi is located 20 kilometres from the downtown area which is easily reachable by train, bus, taxi and Grab.
Singapore by bus: Travelling by bus to Singapore is convenient, comfortable and cheap. All buses to Singapore come from Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur and closer direct towns. Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by bus takes around 6 hours including stops at immigration and food breaks.
We use and recommend 12go Asia for all our public transport needs
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Bec Wyld is a mother, wife and once reluctant traveller. Bec has been to over 30 countries across the globe. I have planned and stressed in all of these places. Becs writing can be found on Wyld Family Travel and as a guest poster and contributor on many other travel websites including Lonely Planet Kids