Last Updated on November 14, 2020 by Travels with Kids
Our awesome 5 day Singapore itinerary with kids gives a great introduction to this attraction-packed city-state located at the equator! With a fascinating cultural diversity, gorgeous public art and super creative and different places to see (think the Jewel Terminal at Changi Airport) Singapore is a great place to spend time with your family.
If you are new to traveling with kids then Singapore is a great place to try as a first-time family destination. There is so much to do and see, and it is easy to get around. If you don’t have enough time for Singapore in 5 days this can be adapted to a Singapore itinerary 4 days very easily, please see our suggestions on how to do this at the end of the post.
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What You Need To Know About This 5 Day Singapore Itinerary
Traveling with 3 children under 10 years of age we plan ‘achievable’ days and don’t try to do too much. Honestly, what to see in Singapore in 5 days will depend on you and your family.
Our days were designed to start early and then rest during the heat of the day. Contrary to our usual travels with children, we then would do another activity in the afternoon and early evening. This was specially designed to get the most out of our 5 day Singapore itinerary without spending too much time in the heat.
Without a doubt, there are many places to visit in Singapore in 5 days but we are not going to provide a comprehensive list of them (there are lots of other blogs that do that). Instead, we are going to just tell you what we did and why it was an awesome way to spend 5 days in Singapore.
In order to travel successfully with kids – allow them time to play! This 5 day Singapore itinerary does let them explore and play at their own pace. If you wanted to go slower and not have quite so many consecutive night outings then we would highly recommend adding an extra day and making this into a 6 day Singapore itinerary.
Day 1: Gardens by the Bay Domes + Arab Street, Singapore
Today head to the Gardens by the Bay Domes and explore both the Flower Dome and the Cloud forest Dome. As these are temperature controlled at a pleasant 23-25 degrees Celsius you don’t feel the heat of the day. Our kids loved playing in the Flower Dome while we sat on a bench. We then headed back to our recommended hotel, the Village Hotel Bugis which was conveniently located right next to Arab Street. We rested in the room before heading out in the afternoon to explore Arab Street, Haji Lane (and it’s amazing murals) and the Kampong Glam area. This area has some delicious restaurants where you can eat Turkish or Lebanese food. For current rates and information for the Village Hotel Bugis check here.
Day 2: Gardens by the Bay Supertrees + Little India, Singapore
We left the hotel by 7.30 am in a taxi to visit some of the outside Gardens at Gardens by the Bay and were in the Super Trees ticket line before it opened at 9 am. There were few people on the Supertrees Walkway but the sun was still beating down! From here we went to the Gardens by the Bay Water Park – which is completely free. We all loved getting wet and cool for a couple of hours as well as exploring the nearby Far East Organisation Children’s Playground. Then we went back for more water play! We took a taxi back to the hotel for a rest before heading to Little India for a typical dinner in a Hawkers Market.
Day 3: Marina Bay Sands + Art Science Museum
Now 2 days into our 5 day Singapore itinerary we were beginning to feel the heat and everyone was tired. The benefit of visiting the Marina Bay Sands and Art Science Museum was that it was entirely air-conditioned. We spent an active and fun day but didn’t have the ‘heat zapping’ experience of other days in Singapore.
For more details on how to get the best of the Marina Bay Sands and Art Science please visit Singapore with Kids. After returning to our hotel the Village Hotel Bugis by MRT we rested for a while before taking a taxi to the Singapore Zoo Night Safari to see nocturnal animals!
The first entry for the Zoo Night Safari is at 7.15 pm which means that it will be finished within the hour. For us, it was a 30-minute drive back to our hotel in a taxi. Keep in mind there are lots of mosquitos at the Singapore Zoo Night Safari and be sure to wear long sleeves and pants as well as using lots of insect repellent.
Day 4: Boat Tour On The Singapore River And China Town
A water taxi (known locally as a bumboat) is a fun and economical way to see some of the major sights of Singapore. We increased the number of places to visit in Singapore in 5 days significantly by traveling by water.
Singapore water taxis cover 5 stops and costs just $5 SGD per person (or $3.50 US). We took a water taxi from the Marina Bay Sands up to Clarke Quay, going past the Merlion and back again to Marina Bay Sands or potentially using a water taxi from point A to point B. This cost us $20 -$40 Singapore dollars, which would’ve been far more cost-efficient than taking a sightseeing tour.
However, when traveling with kids sometimes a tour is less stressful. here are two types of sightseeing tours to see the river. One is a hop on – hop off Duck tour, which is a land and sea tour, and the kids thought they were pretty cool because they saw them driving the streets of Singapore (cost about $170 SGD for our family)
There is also a typical Singapore River experience, titled the “Tale Of 2 Quays” which I did on a visit to Singapore pre-kids and found interesting. At an adult ticket: S$25, and child ticket S$15 (12 years and below), the cost would have been $80 SGD for the family with a duration of 40 minutes. One of my favorite things about that Singapore River tour was that it got us up close to the Merlion which was very memorable.
After doing the river tour hopefully, you are not too exhausted. Pop on the MRT for a convenient couple of stops to Singapore’s China Town. Our kids loved shopping in Chinatown! The parents enjoyed the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Chinatown Heritage Centre.
When traveling with kids you always need to assess how tired everyone is. This 5 Day Singapore itinerary certainly keeps you moving. Again, going back to our centrally located hotel, the Village Hotel Bugis, meant that we were able to have a rest and recharge before heading out for the evening.
You have two options for night light shows tonight:
We attended the early session of the Gardens by the Bay Light show and absolutely loved it. Apparently, you can do the early session of the Marina Bay Sands Light Show. Then the later session of the Garden Rhapsody but when traveling with kids there is only so much you can do. We chose just to do the one.
Day 5: Your Last Day In Singapore: Flexible And Changi Airport Playground
With 5 days in Singapore, we feel that you have had time to discover the amazing cultural diversity of this island state. We’ve left day 5 fairly flexible because it does depend on your flight time and you need to consider the kids were out late the night before. If you are leaving Singapore later in the day, we’d take the kids to the Jacob Ballas Gardens at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (closed Tuesdays). Let them run off some steam and have a really good play.
If Wow is more your thing and you still haven’t got enough of Singapore’s iconic city views why not have a go at the Singapore Flyer and farewell Singapore in style?
Don’t Forget The Changi Airport Playground
Remember the Changi Airport’s Jewel terminal is a destination in its own right. The top level of the Jewel Terminal is a giant playground. We always allow 3 hours prior to any international flight. So, in the case of Singapore, we’d recommend getting to the airport 5 hours before your flight so that you can enjoy this amazing playground. We’ve provided lots of tips to get the best of the Changi Airport playground in our post What To Do In Singapore With Kids. Without a doubt, Changi Airport kid’s activities are hard to beat!
Looking For A Singapore Itinerary For 4 Days
If you have just 4 days in Singapore with your family, then we would recommend limiting your activities to the very best of Singapore!
Day 1 Gardens by the Bay
Visit the Supertrees first! Followed by the Garden Domes in the middle of the day when the heat makes being outside impossible. Let the kids run off some steam at the water playground. Then, later in the afternoon, when it is cooler, let them play in the playground.
If you are still feeling enthusiastic, stick around for the Gardens by the Bay Garden Rhapsody Light Show.
Day 2 Chinatown then Marina Bay Sands & Art Science Museum
Today will be easier on the kids with the heat. Firstly, we’d allow them a bit of a sleep in before heading out to Chinatown. There you can eat an early delicious lunch on the Chinatown Food Stree before heading over to the Marina Bay Sands.
You can literally spend hours in the Art Science Museum at the Marina Bay Sands. Being that it is air-conditioned and interactive you will find that the time just flies by. Happy entertained kids make this an awesome excursion for everyone.
You can choose to get an awesome view of the city from the Marina Bay Sands. Go up on the observation deck OR go on the Singapore eye if you would prefer. Both cost around $25 SGD per person.
Day 3: Singapore Boat Tour, Little India, Then Arab Street And Kampong Glam
Today take a boat tour around Singapore’s rivers. See our Singapore in 5 days itinerary above before heading out to experience some of Singapore’s cultural diversity. First of all, visit Little India for an extraordinary glimpse into India in Singapore. From here Kampong Glam is very close. You can be wowed by the murals which grace the walls of the neighborhood. Do some shopping in trendy Haji Lane or Arab Street. Then, finish off the day with a delicious Turkish or Lebanese meal.
Even though your Singapore itinerary 4 days means you have to pick the highlights of this city, we’ve ensured you get to see the best.
Day 4: Your Last Day In Singapore: Flexible And Changi Airport Playground
Today we would leave flexible depending on your flight time. What we do have to say is that Changi Airport playground is a must-visit place for families traveling to Singapore. Definitely allow a couple of hours to explore the Jewel Terminal completely.
Singapore Malaysia Itinerary With Kids
Are you looking for an itinerary for Singapore – Malaysia? We can help you out! On day 6 of our Singapore itinerary, we were picked up in private vehicles and transferred over the Singapore Malaysia border. We arrived in the neighboring town of Johor Bahru, which happens to be the home of Legoland Malaysia. It was really easy to do.
On days 6 & 7 we visited the totally awesome Legoland Malaysia where the kids had an absolute ball. We have covered the in our Legoland Malaysia resort review. However, all I can say is – if you have a child under about 10 years – just do it.
It also makes for a very cool Singapore Malaysia itinerary with kids! Stay tuned, we are working on our next Singapore holiday with kids already!
Our Planned Itinerary: Singapore Malaysia
- A visit to Sentosa Island
- A stay on one of the Malaysian Islands like Pulau Sibu or Rawa Island. Our full round-up of the best islands to visit from Singapore is found here.
- From the Port in Mersing to Malacca is about 3.5 hours where we would spend a couple of days.
- From there it is another 3 hours’ drive to the Genting Highlands. Here we would love to spend a few more days before swinging back to Kuala Lumpur to end our itinerary.
What Are The Best Singapore Hotels For Families
You are really spoiled for choice with accommodation options in Singapore. However, you must know that Singapore is one of the most expensive destinations in Asia. There are plenty of high-end hotels to choose from in Singapore. However, finding an affordable family-friendly hotel Singapore requires a bit of research.
Luckily, we did a great deal of research when planning for our Singapore family vacation. Because of the hot climate in Singapore, we considered a pool a must, but also it had to have decent family accommodation and be close to public transportation. Read about our top picks in The Best Singapore Hotels For Families.
Verdict – 5 Day Singapore Itinerary For Families
We love Singapore for kids, there are so many things to do and see. It is easy to get around, modern, and clean. Our detailed post What to do in Singapore with Kids explains the many great attractions. In the meantime, we hope that we’ve given you some great places to visit in Singapore in 5 days.
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