5 Hour Activities


JACOB BALLAS CHILDREN’S GARDEN
481 Bukit Timah Rd.
+65-6465-0196
sbg.org.sg
free admission

SINGAPORE CABLE CAR
109 Mount Faber Road
+65-6377-9688
faberpeaksingapore.com
tickets $29 SGD, $18 SGD for children under 13

RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
8 Sentosa Gateway
+65-6577-8888
rwsentosa.com

S.E.A. AQUARIUM
8 Sentosa Gateway
+65-6577-8888
rwsentosa.com/SEAA
tickets $32 SGD, $22 SGD for seniors aged above 60 years, and children aged between 4 to 12

ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK
8 Sentosa Gateway
+65-6577-8888
rwsentosa.com/ACW
tickets $36 SGD, $26 SGD for seniors aged above 60 years, and children aged between 4 to 12

AMUSE THE KIDS

  • All about fun; visit the city’s most modern and most historic amusement parks
  • Climb through waterfall caves and giant tree houses at a children’s botanic garden
  • Ride the cable car to an island with shark aquariums, rainbow reefs and roller coasters

The old and new versions of Singapore’s amusements provide a telling contrast between the quieter decades of the ’70s and ’80s and today’s relatively freewheeling times. The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is set in the tranquil Botanic Garden, which has been an oasis in the city since 1859 and was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The little ones can explore the Waterfall Cave or climb into the giant tree house (complete with a colorful escape chute) while you sneak a peek at the famed orchids. Then hop a cab to Harbour Front and ride the Singapore Cable Car to the new entertainment quarter, Resorts World Sentosa. From your perch nearly 300 feet above the sea, you’ll see the immense and sprawling port with the city skyline just beyond. At the end of the line, you’ll land on the resort island of Sentosa which is filled with beach clubs, surf simulators, Segway tours, a Universal Studios, and more. The domed shark tank at the new S.E.A. Aquarium, which teems with hammerheads, silvertips, and sandbar sharks, gets our vote. Or if you want to stay cool, shoot through the loops and chutes of the region’s first hydro-magnetic coaster Riptide Rocket, or swim with some 20,000 fishes in Rainbow Reef at Adventure Cove Waterpark—either way, there’s enough here to keep your kids distracted for days.
Explore all the beauty of the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, located right on Bukit Timah Road. Then, hop on a Singapore Cable Car at Fable Peak, the park just north of the West Coast Highway. At the end of the cable car line, you’ll land on the resort island of Sentosa, filled with the city’s best family fun.

JACOB BALLAS CHILDREN’S GARDEN
481 Bukit Timah Rd.
+65-6465-0196
sbg.org.sg
free admission

SINGAPORE CABLE CAR
109 Mount Faber Road
+65-6377-9688
faberpeaksingapore.com
tickets $29 SGD, $18 SGD for children under 13

RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
8 Sentosa Gateway
+65-6577-8888
rwsentosa.com

S.E.A. AQUARIUM
8 Sentosa Gateway
+65-6577-8888
rwsentosa.com/SEAA
tickets $32 SGD, $22 SGD for seniors aged above 60 years, and children aged between 4 to 12

ADVENTURE COVE WATERPARK
8 Sentosa Gateway
+65-6577-8888
rwsentosa.com/ACW
tickets $36 SGD, $26 SGD for seniors aged above 60 years, and children aged between 4 to 12

EDIT LIFESTYLE
137-139 Tanglin Road, Tudor Court
+65-6836-5686
editlifestyle.com

PACT
181 Orchard Rd., #02-16/17/18/19 Orchard Central

KEEPERS
230 Orchard Rd.
+65-8299-7109
keepers.com.sg

HORSE’S MOUTH
: 583 Orchard Rd.
+65-6235-1088
horsesmouthbar.com

TAKASHIMAYA
391 Orchard Rd.
+65-6506-0458
takashimaya.com.sg

GET YOUR SARTORIAL FIX

  • Start at the west end and shop your way down this mall-lined road
  • Browse whimsical dresses, local handmade jewelry and worldly home decor
  • Men, get great gear at a local concept store and a menswear design collective
  • Find a city backstreet for 1920’s Peranakan mansions and stylish cocktail bars

To those who regularly shop in New York, London, and Paris, this mall-lined road can seem humdrum (who knew there could be so many Hush Puppies and Clarks stores on one thoroughfare?). But trust us, there are some worthy gems. Start at the west end with edit lifestyle, where the clothing and home decor reflects their international nature. Next up is Orchard Central, where you’ll find a concept store called Pact, which houses menswear from local label sifr, inventive food and beverages at Kilo, and acclaimed hairdressers PACT+Lim, among others. The stand-alone Keepers design collective is stuffed with Singaporean standouts, including gauzy dresses from Aijek and sharp suits for men by Q Menswear. At this point, a quick detour is warranted to check out the circa-1920s Peranakan mansions lining Emerald Hill Road, which runs right behind Keepers. Most shops stay open until 10 p.m., so you can end with a cocktail at Horse’s Mouth, stylishly tucked away below a ramen restaurant, or compose a gourmet feast from the smorgasbord of Japanese purveyors downstairs in Japanese giant Takashimaya’s food court.
We recommend starting your shopping journey on Tanglin Road. More specifically, start where Tanglin Road intersects with Tomlinson. Then, following Tanglin all the way down until it becomes Orchard Road. You’ll find all the best shopping along the way.

EDIT LIFESTYLE
137-139 Tanglin Road, Tudor Court
+65-6836-5686
editlifestyle.com

PACT
181 Orchard Rd., #02-16/17/18/19 Orchard Central

KEEPERS
230 Orchard Rd.
+65-8299-7109
keepers.com.sg

HORSE’S MOUTH
: 583 Orchard Rd.
+65-6235-1088
horsesmouthbar.com

TAKASHIMAYA
391 Orchard Rd.
+65-6506-0458
takashimaya.com.sg

BABA HOUSE
157 Neil Rd.
+65-6227-5731
nus.edu.sg/cfa/museum/about

PERANAKAN MUSEUM
39 Armenian St.
+65-6332-7591
peranakanmuseum.org.sg

HOUSE OF ANLI
163 Tanglin Road, #03-13
+65-6235-3851
houseofanli.com

SINGAPORE POLO CLUB
80 Mount Pleasant Road
+65-6854-3999
singaporepoloclub.org

REVIVE THE COLONIAL ERA

  • Get an intimate peek into the life of the Peranakans, the original Singapore settlers
  • At a local museum, let a guide lead the way or take yourself through the historic displays
  • Shop Belgian design and get inside a members-only polo club for drinks on the veranda

Once the ancestral home of a Straits Chinese (Peranakan Chinese) family, it is now conceived as a heritage house which facilitates appreciation, reflection and research into the Straits Chinese history and culture. You will be transported to a Straits Chinese family home in the 1920s, furnished with heirlooms from the Wee family (the previous owners of the house) and other donors. Artefacts are displayed in their original context at the NUS Baba House. If you can’t score tickets here, the excellent Peranakan Museum is a good alternative. Go for the extensive displays of everything from beaded slippers to ancestral altars and wedding chambers. Then hop a cab and head for House of Anli, a destination-worthy shop carrying lighting designed by its Belgian owner along with fine tableware, lanterns, and housewares worth carting home. The place can make anyone fantasize about pulling up stakes and moving to Singapore, guaranteed. Follow it up with a gin and tonic on the veranda at the Singapore Polo Club, complete with fans whirring lazily overhead and polo ponies in the stables. Although it’s a members-only establishment, it’s a closely held secret that nonmembers can dine there Monday to Friday.
To start your experience, head down New Bridge Road and turn onto Neil Road. Here, you’ll find the bright blue Baba House. Then, grab a cab up to the intersection of Loke Yew Street and Armenian Street for the Peranakan Museum. To get to the Singapore Polo Club, head down Thomson Road until you hit Mount Pleasant Road and you’ll find the equestrian center, complete with veranda bar.

BABA HOUSE
157 Neil Rd.
+65-6227-5731
nus.edu.sg/cfa/museum/about

PERANAKAN MUSEUM
39 Armenian St.
+65-6332-7591
peranakanmuseum.org.sg

HOUSE OF ANLI
163 Tanglin Road, #03-13
+65-6235-3851
houseofanli.com

SINGAPORE POLO CLUB
80 Mount Pleasant Road
+65-6854-3999
singaporepoloclub.org

CHIN MEE CHIN CONFECTIONARY
+65-6345-0419

12 CYCLE
B/80 Marine Parade Central #01-786
+65-6345-7112
2cycle.com.sg

MARINA BARRAGE
8 Marina Gardens Dr.
+65-6514-5959
pub.gov.sg/marina

BIKE THE BAY

  • Feel the breeze while you bike down the shoreline of East Cost Park
  • Fuel up on the best old school breakfast at an 80-year-old coffee shop
  • Go inside the Marina Barrage dam and check out a historic photo gallery

See Singaporeans practicing tai chi and fan dances with a bike ride through the breezy, palm-lined East Coast Park, which follows the shore and stretches all the way from Marina Bay to Changi Airport. Start early, before it gets too hot, and fuel up on the best old-school breakfast: kaya toast (bread slathered with coconut-milk custard and butter), thick coffee, and two soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce and white pepper at Chin Mee Chin Confectionary. It’s the last of a dying breed of kopitiams (coffee shops), and it’s been in the same spot for 80 years. Then pick up your wheels at 12 Cycle and pedal west toward Marina Bay. Out at sea, the endless line of cargo ships waiting to pull into port serves as a stately escort on your ride. Soon you’ll see the arc of a new bridge that links the park to Marina Barrage, a dam built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, topped with a spiraling green roof. Inside, a small gallery details the city-state’s efforts at environmental and water conservation—the old photos of the Singapore River in the 1960s are surprising, and we appreciate the air-conditioned respite it provides from the heat. Up top, on the rooftop, watch kite fliers and couples taking their wedding photos with one of Singapore’s most thrilling views (those 170-foot-tall supertrees and the Marina Bay Sands towers) as a backdrop.
Start your day with breakfast at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, which is easy to find on East Coast Road. It’s just a few blocks east of the intersection of East Coast and Still Road. Continue the experience by walking directly south. It’s easy to spot 1 2 Cycle’s bright green signage and rows of bicycles. Then, just cruise down the coast and you’ll hit Marina Barrage dam.

CHIN MEE CHIN CONFECTIONARY
+65-6345-0419

12 CYCLE
B/80 Marine Parade Central #01-786
+65-6345-7112
2cycle.com.sg

MARINA BARRAGE
8 Marina Gardens Dr.
+65-6514-5959
pub.gov.sg/marina