5 Offbeat Places in Singapore to Visit with Your Family

If you’re looking to do something different with your children, we’ve got you covered with some these offbeat family-friendly places in Singapore:

1. Touch the skies at Marina Barrage

Marina Barrage - Kite Flying

Adults and kids having lots of fun flying kites under the blue sky at Marina Barrage.   [photo: flickr/awee_19]

Marina Barrage is located at Marina South and is Singapore’s first city reservoir and it’s a very popular spot for kite flying.

This sprawling complex is a playground for kite flyers who came from across the island and made their way to the grassy roof and tried a hand in this sport. The strong winds make the situations ideal for this activity, in the stunning backdrop of Marina Bay Sands.

Admission fee: Free
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951
Telephone: +65 6514 5959
Getting there: Take bus 400 at Marina Financial Center along Marina Boulevard
Website: www.pub.gov.sg/Marina

2. Amaze at birdlife at Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Birdpark - Flamingos

Flock of brightly coloured Caribbean Flamingos in Jurong Birdpark.   [photo: flickr/Eustaquio Santimano]

Done with the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari?

Make your way to the colourful bird park spreads across 50 acres and is delicately placed on the Jurong Hill, which opened to the public in 1971. It has over 5000 birds of 400 species, including a few from the threatened species.

It has approximately 7 exhibits and conducts a number of shows. A flock of beautiful flamingos can be seen here, amongst pelicans and lorikeets. What better way than spending a day amidst these winged beauties and nature!

Admission fee: S$28 (adults), S$18 (children 3-12 years)
Address: 2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925
Telephone: +65 6265 0022
Getting there: Take bus 194 or 251 from Boon Lay MRT (EW27) station
Website: www.birdpark.com.sg

3. Experience nostalgia at the Children Little Museum

Children Little Museum

Stash of colorful retro paper dolls on display.   [photo: Children Little Museum]

This home of nostalgia is the perfect place to bond with your kids over toys you had during your growing up years.

Spoilt with delicate antiques and retro toys, the Children Little Museum is cosily tucked away in a 2 storey shophouse.

It houses delicate trinkets and gifts along with gramophones, radios, bulky telephones, old watches and a number of art-deco items. The life-size robot and the coloured kites hanging from the window warmly welcome its visitors.

Admission fee: S$2
Address: 42 Bussorah Street Singapore 199460 (beside Sultan Mosque)
Telephone: +65 6298 2713
Getting there: 8-min walk from Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14) station
Website: www.facebook.com/childrenlittlemuseum

4. Remember vintage toys at Mint

MINT Museum of Toys

Tin robots on display that are worth a mint!   [photo: flickr/Kris McCraken]

MINT, Museum of Toys was opened in 2007 with the sole purpose of showcasing the private collection of toys across generations.

Mint is probably the largest collection of rare and vintage toys and mementos from childhood. These are believed to be a compilation from over 40 countries including European countries, United States, Japan, United Kingdom and of course, Singapore.

In an age where children are immersed in technological relationships, it is always worth your time to take them for a walk down memory lane.

Admission fee: S$15 (adults), S$7.50 (children 2-12 years)
Address: 26 Seah Street Singapore 188382
Telephone: +65 6339 0660
Getting there: 8-min walk from Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14) station
Website: www.emint.com

5. Experience Chinese history at Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa Statues

Detailed and colorful statues on display at Haw Par Villa theme park.   [photo: flickr/chooyutshing]

This theme park is based on Chinese mythological folklore and was built in 1937. It has over 1000 statues and 150 giant tableaux, and tells tales of the Chinese culture and history.

The major attraction of the park is the Ten Courts of Hell which has elaborate representations of hell as in the Chinese beliefs. It consists of statues of Laughing Buddha and the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. It shares a different experience of Singapore, one which is key to most of the parents on this island nation.

Admission fee: Free
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118628
Telephone: +65 6736 6622
Getting there: Located right outside the exit of Haw Par Villa MRT (CC25) station
Website: www.wikipedia.org

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