MH has rounded up some of our favourite family-friendly places. Will we see you there this weekend?
It’s hard to imagine that on our tiny island, we have loads of family-friendly places...so many in fact, that it’s sometimes tough to decide where to go. From dining options to playgrounds to activities for the entire family, where shall we head to next?
East Coast Park
The sun, the sand and the sea – all this and so much more makes Marine Cove a family favourite destination at any time of the week. A huge, and I repeat…huge attraction at the park is the children’s playground. The main attraction is no doubt the three-storey tower for kids aged five to 12. It is connected to three slides of different levels and a rope bridge. For the little ones, there are talking tubes, fun mirrors, slides and swings. And if you fancy a dip in the sea, cross over to the beach, build a sandcastle or simply bury your toes in the sand. Family-friendly amenities include a new standalone public toilet facility which incorporates toilets, sinks and shower facilities tailored to young children.
EAT WITH EASE
Silver Shell Café
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa
Here’s a place that caters to diners of all ages…and I mean, all ages! While mums and dads feast on an impressive line-up of a la minute local and international specialities that are available at the six interactive open kitchen theatres, the little ones can help themselves to their yummy favourites over at the dedicated kid's buffet corner with scaled-down-to-height counters. They’ll be able to choose from an array of starters, appetisers, salads, hot selections as well as fruits and desserts. If you have a baby in tow, there’s something for them too! The BabyZone provides baby food at no cost! This cosy zone is also fitted out with milk bottle sterilisers, a microwave, baby dining utensils, baby wipes and diapers! And if that’s not enough – the restaurant’s multi-themed dinners that vary daily will surely keep you coming back for more!
A LITTLE TASTE OF THAI
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Want authentic Thai street food? Long Chim has just launched its new Kid’s Menu so while you dine on some tantalising bites, the kiddos can too, with set meals of their own. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes have also made it to the kid’s menu – all in kid-friendly portions, of course. The kids can try the roast duck or crunchy pork on rice as well as grilled chicken with sweet chilli sauce. New additions include charred rice noodles with soy and chicken, rice noodles with Chinese broccoli and pork, and fried rice with egg. To end the meal, mango sticky rice or banana roti would be hard to pass up. To keep the kids busy while you take your time to savour every bite, help yourselves to some colour pencils and let the kids work on Long Chim’s colour-in Kid’s Menu. Now, where’s that red colour pencil?
ALL ABOUT FUN!
The perfect way to explore the state of fun would be to spend the weekend and just take your time discovering the island and having a whole lot of fun while you’re at it. Be amazed by the breathtaking views of the island and its surroundings from the cable car, which will take you from Sentosa to Mount Faber, Harbourfront Tower and back. The latest addition to the Cable Car Sky Network is the Sentosa Line which will bring you above the jungle, sand and sea and many other attractions. Want more Instagram-worthy views? Hop on board the Tiger Tower, or make your way up the Merlion and get snapping. Kids, both big and small are in for a treat with the new Palawan Kidz City, which houses Mosh! and Kidzania. And when the sun sets, treat the kids to an amazing display of water, laser and fire effects, set to majestic music and a panorama of breathtaking vistas over at Wings of Time. There’s no better way to end the day!
ONE WITH NATURE
Gardens by the Bay
Marina Gardens Dr
Nothing beats being surrounded by nature and all things green, especially in our concrete jungle. With so much to explore at Gardens by the Bay, a day trip is unlikely to be enough. Bring your scooters and bikes and enjoy a leisurely ride by the water or put on your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and explore all the gardens have to offer. Over at the Far East Organization’s Children’s Garden, let the kiddos cool down from the heat with water play features that are sure to put a smile on any little one’s face. The Toddler Play Area is perfect for kids aged one to five and has a swaying bridge and an interactive landscape of water tunnels. For the older ones, the Rainforest Tree Houses will have them exploring a 130-metre-long forest trail. Want even more fun? Head over to the cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest and take in the spectacular scenes before you.
SHOP, EAT & PLAY
Alexandra Rd and Tampines
Ikea – every family’s favourite furniture destination. Why? Because there’s everything anyone could want – toys for the kids, furniture and accessories to dress up any home and every room in the home, and food and drinks for when you need to rest those tired legs. That’s not all! For kids between the heights of 0.9m and 1.3m, make your way over to Småland – a magical forest with spider webs strong enough to climb and clogs so big you can hide inside. Take your time to shop while the kids jump, climb, run and bounce. There is also a silent and calm forest where they can watch a movie or just rest under an enormous spruce tree. With so much to keep every member of the family busy for hours on end, you know where to head to this weekend!
EAT & ENJOY
Turf Club Road
If you’ve been to PasarBella@TheGrandstand, you’ll know that there’s something for the entire family. And now with a recent expansion – the Northern Star – it has become an even bigger one-stop shopping and dining destination. From getting your hand on fresh produce, lifestyle products and personal services to digging into some satisfying treats, the traders on site will not disappoint. Planning a party for your little one? Head to Balloon Blasters and get some pretty impressive balloon designs as well as event support. If you’re doing up a room in the home, visit Gaya Alegria for some amazing pieces and loads of inspiration.