During family trips, memories are made. But when trying to decide where to travel, it can be hard to please everyone in the family. These places, which have something for people of all ages and types to enjoy, might just do the job.
The family travel experts at Rough Guides have come up with a list of the top 30 best places to go with kids. This will help you find places that are fun for both kids and adults. We’ve found a place in the world for every child and parent in 2023, whether they want a relaxed beach vacation or something a little more exciting.
15 of the Best Places to Take Kids This Weekend!
1. At Changi’s Jurassic Mile, you can walk with dinosaurs.
As you bike with your family down Changi Airport Connector, keep an eye out for the city’s biggest permanent outdoor display of life-size dinosaurs. At Changi Jurassic Mile, there are more than 20 huge dinosaurs, such as the tyrannosaurus rex, the velociraptors, and the parasaurolophus, which is about five meters tall. As you walk around the grounds, keep an eye out for dinosaur babies coming out of their huge eggs, and try to spot all nine kinds along the one-kilometer path for biking and running.
2. At Skyline Luge Sentosa, you can race down the hill.
This ride down from the top of Sentosa in a cart powered by gravity is like nothing else you can do outside. Since it’s good for kids and grown-ups, you’ll want to bring the whole family for a fun weekend outing. You can choose from the Dragon, Jungle, Kupu Kupu, and Expedition tracks. Some have twists and turns you wouldn’t expect, while others have simple, gentle hills. If your child is under six years old, riding in tandem with you will be a unique experience. No matter which trail you choose, the cool sea breeze will feel good in your hair.
3. Play among nature at Jurong Lake Gardens
Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore’s newest national park, and it covers a huge 90-hectares. It is called the largest natural wonderland in the heartlands. In addition to the plants and animals, the grounds are set up so that families and members of the community can come together to play, learn, and connect. Children can use up their energy by going through the different obstacle courses, jumping around on the underground trampolines, flying across a zip line, and climbing up a tower to go down a tube-like slide.
4. At ArtScience, you can get lost in a computer world.
The beautiful building in the shape of a flower is one of Singapore’s most famous landmarks. It is also a place where art, science, culture, and technology all come together. At the museum’s permanent show, Future World: Where Art Meets Science, you can take your kids on an art journey. Together with digital art pieces by teamLab, a trip here will get your kids’ creative juices flowing. They can watch their 2D crayon drawings turn into animations, make thrones out of blocks that change color, and go down an interactive slide.
5. Go to Marine Cove Playground to swing and slide.
The swings and slides on this 3,500-square-foot playground come in all shapes and sizes. At a three-story play structure that looks like a lighthouse, older kids can climb on wobbly net courses. Those who have young children with them should take them to the merry-go-round and grass maze.
6. Take a lil’ walk at Hindhede Nature Park
Hindhede Nature Park is next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and has easy trails and well-marked pathways that are great for families, children, and people who are just starting to hike. It is beautiful and peaceful, and it is also a great place to watch wildlife. The banded woodpecker, clouded monitor lizard, and plaintain squirrel all live there, so keep your eyes open when you go for a walk. The beautiful Hindhede Quarry, which is at the end of the park, is the main thing to see.
7. At SEA Aquarium, you can sing “Under the Sea”
Sing “Under the Sea” at S.E.A. Aquarium as you look at more than 100,000 marine animals in a brand-new underwater experience with updated educational material and immersive audio-visual programs. This goes well with the recent makeover the tank got, which added cool light effects and interesting soundscapes.
Don’t miss The Sea of Tiki. It’s a fun, themed place for the whole family, but you don’t have to wear similar Hawaiian shirts. Follow five famous tikis along an educational path and meet some of the most interesting marine animals in the tropics. Keep an eye out for a majestic volcano and the cute manta ray mascots who wear leis, which are Hawaiian flower garlands. Since the circuit breaker, the long-awaited dive feed is also coming back online.
8. Go down the slides at Admiralty Park
Take a wild ride down any of the 26 different slides in the Junior Play, Adventure Play, and Family Terracing Play main play areas. The Curved Roller Slide is an outdoor slide that is 34 meters long and has black tubes that look like a conveyor belt to make it easy to slide down. Aside from the slides, there is an accessible playground with a wheelchair swing and merry-go-round so that kids with and without special needs can play together.
9. Get out of control at Jewel’s Canopy Park
Wonderland at Jewel Changi Airport is a great place for kids and adults to play inside. You can use up your energy by getting lost in different mazes, jumping on nets, sliding down a piece of art, and looking at the amazing views of the HSBC Rain Vortex and Shiseido Forest Valley from a glass bridge. You could also relax in a misty garden, take a selfie with one of the many animal topiaries, or stop and smell the roses in a flowery fantasia.
10. Test your smarts at Science Centre
This kid-friendly institution was built to support all things scientific (yeah, science!). It has regular exhibits that show off the physical, life, applied, technology, and industry sciences. The center is also home to Singapore’s only circular movie theater, the Omni-Theatre, which has IMAX technology and is the only one of its kind in the country. At the Science Centre Observatory, there is also a 40-centimeter mega-telescope that lets kids get a better look at the stars.
11. Make a lot of noise at Universal Studios
This is an easy choice. Universal Studios Singapore is a great way to beat summer boredom. Teens can get their hearts racing on rides like the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclone, which is located in one of the park’s seven named zones. Don’t miss chances to meet characters like the Minions and the crew from Madagascar.
Don’t miss Tropical Thrills, where you can meet the king of fun at Aloha Talk with King Kahula and see your favorite characters, like the Minions and the Sesame Street gang, dressed in their best tropical island outfits alongside stilt-walkers and hula dancers.
12. Get some exercise at the Singapore Sports Hub
Where else besides the Singapore Sports Hub can kids get their energy out by doing things that are good for their health? In the Learn-to-Play program at the hub, kids ages 6 to 12 can learn a new sport. The plan changes every month, but kids can learn to play basketball, kin-ball, baseball, inline skating, and all the other sports they love. Splash N Surf has a water play area where you can have a splashing good time. If not, catch some waves on the Stingray and try out bodyboarding, skimboarding, and half-pipe surfing.
13. Cool off at Snow City
Even though it’s too warm for real snow to fall in Singapore, the city makes up for the lack of freezing weather with fake snow. The three-story winter wonderland is 3,000 square meters big and has a 60-meter-long snow slope, an ice gallery, a bumper car ring, and places to take pictures to remember the magic. The most recent addition to the center is a Winter Shooting Arena, where teens can have a paintball battle on ice. In the family-friendly Snow Chamber, younger children can play in an Inuit house, on a snow playground, or in a treehouse adventure playground. There is also an area for bumper cars, which is a lot of fun.
14. Hang out at Airzone on nets that are up in the air
People say that anywhere can be a playground, and that’s definitely true of Airzone, the world’s first indoor hanging net playground where kids and adults of all ages are welcome. City Square Mall’s play area is in the atrium, which is the space between the floors. Be ready to explore the different play areas, where you can jump in a ball pit, crawl through a maze, climb to the top and try out the slides, or just hang out on the nets that are hanging from the ceiling.
15. Learn about plants with Jacob Ballas’s
Singapore has the first park in Asia that is just for kids. The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is made up of different places to play and learn. There is a farm, an orchard, and a forest with a stream and ponds. The goal is to raise awareness and educate. The trampolines, treehouses, and flying fox slide give the kids a chance to burn off some energy. For a place to cool off, go to the close outdoor café that has shade and serves brunch all day long.
Everyone who goes to Singapore has to do this. Singapore never disappoints