Singapore is one of the easiest Asian countries in which to travel with children – it's safe and clean, with efficient public transport. Kids are welcome everywhere, and there are facilities and amenities catering to children of all ages. Oh, and don't be surprised if locals fawn over your little ones!

Animal Kingdoms

  • Singapore Zoo

Get up close and personal with orang-utans and cheeky proboscis monkeys at the Singapore Zoo.

  • Night Safari

At the Night Safari see antelopes trot past and watch interactive shows.

  • River Safari

Press up against giant manatees at the River Safari.

  • Jurong Bird Park

Feed brightly coloured parrots at the Jurong Bird Park.

Island Thrills

  • Sentosa Island

Whole days in the sun is what you get at attraction-packed Sentosa. Older kids will get a kick out of the rides at Universal Studios, while young tykes can frolic on the beach or get splash happy at Adventure Cove Waterpark.

  • Pulau Ubin

Bring out your little ones' inner Robinson Crusoe with a trip to old-fashioned Pulau Ubin. Getting there is half the fun: you take a bus to the eastern tip of Singapore and take a short jaunt on a rickety bumboat (motorised sampan). The island itself is bucolic bliss – rent bikes and go exploring.

Kid-friendly Culture

  • Science Centre Singapore

Fun exhibits showcase various physics and chemistry concepts at the Science Centre Singapore. The electrifying Tesla coil is hair-raisingly popular, and the Omni-Theatre rounds off the experience. (The darkened theatre is a great time for parents to take a quick power-nap too!)

  • National Museum of Singapore

Audiovisual displays, artefacts and child-friendly signs make this museum an engaging place for slightly older children (six and up). It's a highly evocative place, encouraging interaction and bringing Singapore's multifaceted past back to vivid life.

  • National Gallery Singapore

On Level 1 of the National Gallery Singapore you'll find the Keppel Centre for Art Education, a wonderful art facility dedicated to nurturing children's creativity and curiosity. Kids can make their own virtual ceramic pots at an interactive station. Check the website – youth programs are run throughout the year.

Botanic Blockbusters

  • Gardens by the Bay

As if the space-age bio domes, crazy Supertrees and bird's-eye Skyway weren't enthralling enough, Singapore's jaw-dropping botanical masterpiece is home to a one-hectare Children's Garden, complete with motion-sensor wet play zones and giant tree houses.

  • TreeTop Walk

Get right up into the forest canopy at MacRitchie Reservoir on this 250m-long pedestrian suspension bridge. Not for those afraid of heights.

  • Pulau Ubin

This small, relatively flat island is the perfect place to spend a day cycling and exploring. Kids will love the Sensory Trail and Chek Jawa Wetlands, both filled with plenty of flora and fauna. Kids bikes are available for hire, as are child seats and helmets.

Rainy Days & Wet Rides

  • Orchard Road

Where do you go when it's pouring down with rain? Mall-packed Orchard Rd, of course. You'll find cinemas, IMAX screens and plenty of indoor playgrounds. There's no shortage of quality food courts, cafes and underground walkways to keep you dry.

  • Science Centre Singapore

Inquisitive minds will be kept occupied at this geeky science museum; add a show at the Omni-Theatre and you've easily filled a day.

  • National Gallery Singapore

Head to the Keppel Centre for Art Education on Level 1 of the National Gallery Singapore to stimulate your little one's curiosity and creativity through interactive displays and programs.

  • Singapore Ducktours

The embarrassingly fun Singapore Ducktours transports visitors on a brightly coloured amphibious former military vehicle. The tour is informative, loud and over the top, especially when the vehicle drives off-road into Marina Bay!

Need to Know

  • Babysitting Hire a babysitter at NannySOS (www.nannysos.com.sg).
  • Transport Children below 90cm tall travel free on trains and buses.
  • Useful Websites HoneyKids Asia (www.honeykidsasia.com) and Sassy Mama (www.sassymamasg.com).