How To Make The Most Of A Stopover In Singapore: A Travel Guide For Parents
After a whirlwind wedding in America and three glorious weeks of stuffing my face with baklava in Greece, we made our way back towards Australia via Singapore, a thriving cosmopolitan island city-state off Southern Malaysia. Instead of hunkering down and depriving ourselves from sleep and quality food, we decided to make the most of our Singapore stopover.
By the time we landed at the main airport Changi, we had been on 3 planes totalling 23 hours in travel time. With just 72 hours in the city and jet lag weighing us down, I was surprised to see just how much we could fit in such a short visit, especially with a baby in tow.
The places recommended in this article are mostly places we have stayed or visited ourselves. None of the hotels in this guide are paid placements or have sponsored our visit in any way.
What Do You Need In Singapore With A Baby
Where To Stay With A Baby
Checking In: Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore
For the few days we stayed in Singapore we checked into the Luxury Swissotel Merchant Court. This hotel is ideally located by Clarke Quay and within walking distance to Chinatown and the CBD.
Cots are available upon request and electric kettles are available in the room, convent for boiling water.
Because we had a late flight, late check-out was granted for 2pm. After checking out we were able to spend the remainder of the day by the pool with access to changing rooms and showers.
WIFI & CONNECTIVITY
Whether you want to hop on instagram or send a quick text, Singapore has made it incredibly easy to find internet connection.
Our hotel provided a portable wireless hotspot which provides 24/7 Wi-Fi access for up to five devices. We were able to stay connected the entire time we were out exploring.
Visit: Gardens By The Bay
Along Marina Bay and in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown is home to the iconic supertree structures. Becoming part of Singapores iconic skyline, the enormous futuristic supertrees range in height from 25-50 meters. Lush tropical plants coat the steel structures and at night light up with colors of blue, green and violet light. Its free to walk through the outdoor garden, but you have to pay $8 SGD to walk along the OCBC Skyline. The Skyline is a walkway through the canopy of the Supertree Groove.
Cloud Forrest & Flower Dome
Even if you’re not an avid flower enthusiast like myself, a visit to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forrest is a must. The stunning architecture comprises of huge panes of glass within a massive steel grid. The cooled biodomes replicate cool-dry climate regions of the world to house flowers and tropical vegetation.
Step inside the Flower Dome to see a beautiful display of around 32,000 plants and some 160 different species.
The largest of the two domes, Cloud Forest replicates a “Cloud Mountain,” by using a descending circular path around a central column clad in vegetation and enormous waterfall. Aimed to mimic the different tropical mountain altitudes and the the plants within, each level consist of different themes.
Far East Organisation Children’s Garden
This garden oasis is ideal for children aged 1-12. Completely free it is the perfect place to let your little one burn off some energy or cool down on a hot day. Thoughtfully designed with children in mind, this area includes water play features, toddler play zone full of sway bridges, stepping zones, and rainforest tree houses for older children.
Fort Canning Park
Perfect for a morning stroll in the shade of gigantic green trees, its hard to believe you’re still walking through central Singapore. This massive green space is also one of the city’s most significant historical landmarks. Recently undergone a huge facelift, there are 9 new gardens and the Jubilee Park playground. Full of activities and attractions its great for children to explore and plenty of family friendly historical elements.
Little India is a rich ethnic district part of Singapore that largely functions as its own community. Where Indians use to trade cattle, this area largely remains untouched. When stepping into this part of town you immediately feel its distinct identity. With narrow streets and the hustle and bustle, the disorder is very unlike the Singapore you arrived into. You will be surrounded by plenty of religious sites, authentic Indian restaurants, shops, and market stalls.
Located beside Little India is the heart of Singapore’s Islamic community, Kampong Glam, also known as Arab street. Picturesque and packed full of boutique shops, hipster cafes, and street art, this up and coming hipster hood is Singapores Muslim Quarters.
Historically the area where Chinese immigrants settled in the later half the of 19th Century, no trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to Chinatown. With an abundance of good cheap food, Chinatown’s diverse food offerings are certain to satisfy your appetite. This is a great place to not only eat but explore as well. Home to multiple places of worship there are some pretty cool temples to check out such as the Buddha Tooth Temple.
Enjoy your visit to Singapore!