If you have but a few days in central Singapore with the kiddos, and you’ve exhausted all the traditional tourist haunts, sticking to central Singapore and still branching out and finding new experiences is quite possible. Here is a list of a few select places to take the young ‘uns and have some fun.
- Robertson Quay
The three quays (Boat, Clarke, Robertson) all have their own distinct appeal and clientele. Boat Quay is for high-pressure seafood meals in exchange for killer views of downtown/Marina Bay Sands. Clarke Quay is for the party peoples. Robertson Quay is their laid-back cousin, best for families, and well worth a visit. From Clarke Quay, keep walking upriver a little further, and you will hit a classy stretch of bars and restaurants on a picturesque stretch of riverfront. Families stroll the languid, shaded walkway at all times of the day. Find an alfresco dining joint by the path or a courtyard and let the little ones get some energy out while you sip wine and watch some kind of sporting event.
- The Cat Museum, Muses, and Mansion
Tucked away in the top three floors of a shophouse in Bugis is Lion City Kitties, better known as The Cat Museum. It’s really not a museum (though I’m not sure what other title would apply), it’s a place that rescues cats and adopts them out. Bring the kids and have yourselves a purrty good time.
The place itself is just pawesome. They usually have around 30 cats roameowing around its three floors, and all you do is pet them and allow yourself to be transfurred to a happier place. The top floor is reserved for the owner’s personal cat fleet, all named after celebrities. Kids of all ages are welcome, but only those above the age of six will be allowed in the room with the tiny kittens. And be sure to obey the petting chart.
- Mint Museum of Toys
It’s right around the corner from the Cat Museum. This is an interesting stroll through modern toy history, and by extension, contemporaneous pop culture history. The adults will appreciate the nostalgia and historicity of it all, and the kids will enjoy discovering the usefulness of all these non-touchscreen thingamajigs. You’ll enjoy showing your kids the primitive (by their standards) Ultraman figures, Mickey Mouses, ray guns, wind-up drummers, and a furry Superman.
Fun game: find the creepiest dolls you can find (easily done) and try to convince your kids that the kids of old who played with those dolls did not have constant nightmares (not easily done).
You can do all three in a day pretty easily. These are some nice ways to get away from the throngs of tourists and just enjoy a few of Singapore’s hidden gems. Enjoy!