Top 7 family activities in Singapore

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Looking for a quick getaway for a long weekend out of Thailand? With its flawless infrastructure, super-clean streets, and increasingly diverse list of cultural attractions, Singapore makes family vacations a snap.

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Cross over to the dark side. Singapore’s Night Safari features nocturnal animals from around the world. Unlike normal zoos, which only let you see these creatures while they snooze, the night safari lets you and your kids check out the inhabitants of the 41 exhibits when they’re at their most active. Don’t miss the Creatures of the Night Show, a 20-minute presentation where binturongs, civets and owls strut their stuff.

Hit up the amusement parks at Resorts World Sentosa. Just off the mainland, Sentosa Island  offers a dizzying array of attractions suitable for kids ranging from toddlers to tweens. The most famous of the bunch is probably Universal Studios, which has 24 adrenaline-packed rides inspired by movies like The Mummy or Jurassic Park. Equally worth exploring though are is the S.E.A. Aquarium, Asia’s largest, and Adventure Cove Waterpark.

Take a day trip to the zoo. In addition to activity #1, Singapore’s national zoo  has all kinds of inventive family fun to offer. The main zoo has elephant rides and a special kids zone… not to mention more than 2,800 animals. The River Safari, meanwhile, lets you check out 6,000 animals from aquatic habitats all over the world. Finally, The Jurong Bird Park has more than 5,000 feathered inhabitants, many with brilliantly colored plumage.

Learn something at the Science Centre. With 14 exhibits, including a fun one on optical illusions and an absolutely gigantic Omni Theater (Asia’s largest), the Science Centre  is perfect for keeping kids occupied during those inevitable rainy afternoons. There are also live animal presentations and tons of interactive gadgets for kids to play with.

Do a duck tour. Yes, it’s touristy, but touring the Lion City in an amphibious vehicle like the ones used in Singapore Duck & Hippo (http://www.ducktours.com.sg) really is fun for the whole family. You and your kids will get a quick hit of culture without having to worry about wearing out small feet during a long walking tour.

Check out the botanic gardens. Singapore’s sprawling botanic gardens are second to none . Visitors of all ages can check out the National Orchid Garden, which features more than 1,000 species of the spectacular blooms; a lake with Australian black swans (who love to be fed); a recreated patch of rainforest; and the Evolution Garden Walk, which contains the fossilized remnants of ancient flora.

Let your kid find their inner eXplorer. With more than 35,000 square feet of space, eXplorerkid  is the country’s largest indoor playground for children under 12. There’s a ropes course, bumper cars and a three-level obstacle course.

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