Originally founded as a British trading colony in the early 1800s, the Singapore has grown into a huge city-state in Southeast Asia. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in this region of the world and is home to the busiest seaport in the world. Singapore is characterized by great shopping venues, a lively nightlife scene, and some of the world’s tastiest cuisine, all of which feature a combination of Chinese, Indian, and Malay culture. However, most people don’t realize that this is a great place for a family vacation.
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If you’re looking for some fun things for the kids that can be done for free, the following is a list of the top free activities for kids in Singapore:
Spend time at the beach – without a doubt, this should definitely be part of your agenda whenever you and your children are vacationing in Singapore. East Coast Park along the eastern shoreline features numerous free beaches. Patawan Beach is one of the better choices as there are a lot of beverage and food vendors here.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – this is one of only 2 virgin rain forests in the world that is situated within city limits. The kids will enjoy seeing many of the over 500 different species of animals and you may enjoy seeing numerous flowering plants (there are over 840 different varieties to see).
Henderson Waves and Mount Faber Park – taking a hike along the top of Mount Faber will avail you of numerous skyline views of the city. Then you can venture out over Henderson Waves, which is the link between the two parks and is also Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. You can finish your outing with a hike over the Canopy Walk which is a great adventure through some of the tallest trees in Singapore.
HSBC Tree Top Walk and MacRitchie Reservoir – although swimming is not allowed in the reservoir (it is one of the city’s drinking water sources), there are numerous nature trails to walk and explore. The Treetop Walk is famous for being Singapore’s first suspension bridge situated at the canopy level which is free-standing and traverses through the Secondary Forest.
Botanic Garden and Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden – oftentimes referred to as the Crown Jewel of Singapore’s parks, the Botanic Garden features dozens of activities that will keep any child happy when exploring the confines of it. Although the Orchid Gardens are not free and charge for admission, this section features over 6,000 Orchid species. You can finish your day out by visiting the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. The park features many informational exhibits, trees that have been approved for climbing, and water play areas, all of which are sure to please you and the kids.
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