DAY 1: OUTDOOR FUN & ADVENTURE
START THE DAY WITH BREAKFAST,
Enjoy soft-boiled eggs, warm kaya (a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs) toast and fragrant local kopi (coffee) at Ya Kun Kaya Toast (yakun.com.sg) or Killiney Kopitiam Singapore (killiney-kopitiam.com). Starting out as humble coffee stalls, these long-standing local cafés are known for their traditional breakfast, now available in numerous outlets across the island.
SEE THE CITY ON A THRILLING RIDE WITH DUCKTOURS (TOUR)
After breakfast, both adults and kids can enjoy a fun DUCKtours. Ride in a remodelled World War II Vietnamese war craft that cruises on land and water as it goes by places of interest like Marina Barrage and Civic District.
LUNCH WITH A VIEW AT ARBORA (DINE)
Families can tuck into restaurant favourites like the smoked duck and mushroom ragout at Arbora (onefabergroup.com/arbora), a hilltop dining restaurant perched atop the lush greenery of Mount Faber Park. For children, the kid’s menu with dishes such as golden chicken nuggets and beef bolognese is sure to whet the appetite of young ones.
GO ON A NATURE TRAIL AT HENDERSON WAVES (EXPLORE)
Henderson Waves, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge connecting Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill Park, offers families who love the outdoors a chance to explore the area’s lush greenery and wildlife. From Mount Faber, hop onto a cable car ride to HarbourFront and Sentosa, and enjoy a panoramic view from above.
BUILD A TERRARIUM AT HORTPARK (WORKSHOP)
Head to nearby HortPark where the whole family can learn to create and take home their personalised terrarium (a sustainable bottled garden) at a hands-on workshop. The workshop requires a minimum of 15 pax and at least one month’s advanced booking.
EXPERIENCE SINGAPORE’S LARGEST MALL AND
LIFESTYLE DESTINATION (SHOP/DINE/PLAY)
Visitors can round off the day at VivoCity. There’s something for everyone: a Cineplex (Singapore’s largest), stores such as Toys“R”Us®, Marks & Spencer and TANGS, an outdoor playground and rooftop wading pool for kids, along with a wide variety of local and international dining options, such as Jamie’s Italian, Food Republic food court, Marché Mövenpick and Sushi Tei. Later, families can step outside for a stroll along the 300-metre waterfront promenade and hop on the Mini Express Train (operates till 10pm daily) for a fun ride. Tickets are S$6 per ride per person; kids under 90 centimetres in height must be accompanied by an adult (no additional charge for accompanying adult).
DAY 2: MODERN VS TRADITION
EXPLORE LITTLE INDIA (DINE/TOUR)
Visitors can start the day with breakfast in Little India at Ananda Bhavan. Try the restaurant’s Masala Thosai, an Indian pancake stuffed with spiced potatoes. After breakfast, explore the Little India precinct on the two-and-ahalf hour tour, Dhobis, Saris & a Spot of Curry™ by Journeys. Visitors will tour the Tekka Centre, and have a meal at one of Little India’s oldest restaurants. Families are sure to enjoy exploring the wall-to wall shops at the Little India Arcade (littleindiaarcade.com.sg) where they will learn to tie a sari (traditional Indian womenswear).
LUNCH AT OLD CHANG KEE CAFÉ (DINE)
Located opposite the renowned Rex Cinema, the Old Chang Kee Coffee House @ REX on Mackenzie Road marks a homecoming as it takes the spot of Old Chang Kee’s first store in Singapore. The flagship store combines Old Chang Kee and other affiliated brand—Curry Times, Bun Times, and Dip ‘n’ Go all under one roof. The café’s wide selection of local delights will satisfy the appetites of both the young and old. Visitors can also admire the rattan chairs, plastic tables and other retro furniture decorating the Old Chang Kee cafe.
PLAY WITH ART AND SCIENCE AT ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM™ (EXPERIENCE)
A permanent exhibition at the ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands®, Future World: Where Art Meets Science (marinabaysands.com) offers interactive indoor fun for all ages. Showcasing 16 stunning digital art installations that respond to behaviour, current exhibit highlights include ‘Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries’, a seven-metre-tall virtual waterfall, and Crystal Universe—170,000 LED lights arranged vertically to give the illusion of stars in space. Families can also design a hopscotch game in the Park zone, and draw marine animals as they come to life in a virtual ocean at the giant Sketch Aquarium.
VISIT THE NIGHT SAFARI (EXPLORE)
No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to Singapore’s famous Night Safari. The world’s first zoo dedicated to nocturnal animals, the safari leads visitors on an after dark experience where they can observe close to 900 animals in their natural night habitats. Before embarking on a tram ride, families can dine at a range of eateries there. Options include Jungle Rotisserie; Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant, which serves local dishes like chicken rice, ice kachang (shaved ice with syrup, beans, jelly and other toppings) and Indian dishes like briyani (an Indian spiced rice dish with meat or vegetables) and chicken tandoori (chicken roasted with spices); Safari Sizzles for hot dogs and fried snacks; and ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s®.