Where are kid friendly places in Singapore

Stopover future: With children in Singapore

If you only travel through it is your own fault: high-tech buildings, night markets and almost real urban jungle make Singapore an experience. Jens Schröder and his family also spent a few days in Asia's most dazzling art world

Singapore, the friendly border official notes, is the only country in the world that provides a plate of sweets at passport control as a welcome gift for children. Maybe that's true. But Singapore is certainly the only country in which there is a cup-sized rubbish bin next to this plate with the inscription: “Only for candy wrappers!” The Singapore feeling then immediately continues. There is even a touchscreen on the airport toilet. He shows a photo of Mr Tongling, who was the last to clean. You can rate your performance by tapping on different smileys. It goes without saying that Mr. Tongling disinfects the touchscreen on a regular basis. Friedrich and Robert guess "Excellent".

Admittedly, the happy chaos that is so typical of other Asian metropolises was successfully tamed in Singapore. You can find that as you like. But: After a turbulent trip to Asia, the tidy metropolis seemed perfect for a gentle exit. Families with children have an incredible number of options here. It's raining for the first time. We decide to fight water with water and spend the afternoon at the South East Asian Aquarium on Sentosa Island. Friedrich makes friends with a giant grouper through a pane of glass. And the debate about why we shouldn't visit Universal Studios directly across the street remains short: the big roller coaster is closed for maintenance ... The real roller coaster in Singapore is one of the feelings for our children anyway. Friedrich had seen photos of a crazy building on the Internet: the hotel "Marina Bay Sands" with its three towers and an elegantly curved "surfboard" on top, home to a 150 meter long infinity pool.

"Much too expensive," we said, and thwarted the child's desire for luxury by booking a room in the backpacker hostel. Let them experience that it is also possible to stay overnight there, especially since in Singapore even cheap hotels are sparkling with sterility. By chance I see WhatsApp in the evening that Friedrich writes to Grandma from his bunk bed: "Not even a bathroom of our own. Robert and I are outraged!" Our long-planned final travel surprise is all the more powerful: The last night we will spend the night in "Marina Bay Sands". Official justification: We save ourselves the expensive ride on the Singapore Flyer ferris wheel, because the hotel is higher. And so the next day we lie at the infinity pool, which is of course a top swim for us parents too. Wrapped in bathrobes, we look at the skyscrapers of the financial district, over hundreds of ships at anchor on the Straits of Malacca, at the dark towers of clouds that will soon wash Singapore properly with warm rain. And in the foreground on our completely astonished children in what is probably the most spectacular hotel swimming pool in the world - in which more photos are taken than swimming strokes. Three days in Singapore are easy to fill with highlights. They are advertised so well that I don't need to list them here. The children also particularly like the ice rink in the Marina Shopping Mall, where you can slide over plastic sheets with real runners. And the visit to the Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road, which locals actually advise against due to the risk of being pulled over the table. But the lacquered boutiques of the mainstream brands haven't moved in here yet. Friedrich and Robert watch as traders type in the prices for cell phones on large pocket calculators and show them off. Two minutes later, they tap again, but for a completely different price. At the Apple store on Hamburg's Jungfernstieg, things are very different ...

On the last evening we take time for a revival. The children watch a film in the hotel while we parents drink two Singapore Sling cocktails each in the courtyard of the colonial "Raffles" hotel. Instead of dinner, which amounts to the same price. That's exactly how we did it 15 years ago, when we didn't even think about children. Was nice too. But not more beautiful than now. When we get back to our room on the 46th floor, the skyscrapers sparkle through the window. Far below, a color spectacle is projected onto the lotus-shaped structure of the ArtScience Museum. Asia sparkles. And the children are already asleep.

Experience

Singapore's botanical garden offers so many superlatives with two gigantic greenhouses, a 35-meter waterfall, suspension bridges and a grove of giant artificial trees that even children enjoy walking through them Gardens by the Bay to stroll. If you have little time, you should definitely prefer the cloud forest greenhouse.

Marina Gardens Drive 18, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

An island as a huge amusement park: On Sentosa Island we went to the world's largest S.E.A. Aquarium limited to the shark tunnel (approx. € 23 / adult, approx. € 17 / child 4–12 years). Other attractions include B. Universal Studios and Adventure Cove Waterpark.

www.sentosa.com.sg

Shopping

The most original souvenirs can be found in the street markets in Chinatown. Of course you have to go to the consumer palaces Orchard Road have also seen it once. But strolling in Singapore's new trendy district has us Tiong Bahru Made a lot more fun with inspiring cafes, restaurants and shops. A good overview map e.g. B. at www.thesmartlocal.com/read/tiong-bahru-cafe-hopping-foodguide.

We especially liked the designer shop Strangelets. There we discovered colorful plastic chickens and other fancy stuff.

Yong Siak St. 7, Tel. 0065-6222-14 56, www.strangelets.sg.

eat

Probably the most delicious cupcakes in town are in the Plain Vanilla Bakery. And that is by no means the only culinary temptation on hip Yong Siak Street.

Yong Siak St. 1 D, www.plainvanillabakery.com

In a show kitchen behind glass, the Open Door Policy modern fusion dishes made from high quality products. Ambitious bistro with a nice atmosphere.

Yong Siak St. 19, Tel. 0065-6221-93 07, www.odpsingapore.com

Only when the weather is good, but then great: The evening atmosphere on the terrace of the Jumbo seafoodwhen hundreds of cargo ships are anchored in the glittering water on the promenade. The branch in the East Coast Seafood Center is particularly popular with locals. Definitely try the famous Chili Crab! Don't let the charmless website fool you.

East Coast Parkway 1206, # 01-07 / 08, Tel. 0065-6442-34 35, www.jumboseafood.com.sg/outleteastcoast.html

Wall painting by the tattoo artist and a wide view from the rooftop bar over Marina Bay: In the sushi restaurant Kinki Japanese tradition mixes with shrill, loud urbanity. More suitable with older children - or for two escapades.

Collyer Quay 70, # 02-02 Customs House, Tel. 0065-6533-34 71, www.kinki.com.sg

Sleep

Backpacker nostalgics can bring their children to the IStay. Inn Singapore show how they will travel alone in a few years. The really very clean "Urban Art" hostel is ideally located on the edge of Chinatown.

South Bridge Rd. 211 A, Tel. 0065-6225-41 25, www.istayinn.com.sg

Surfboard on three towers, architectural mishap, 2500-room hotel factory - it doesn't matter, once in the infinity pool Marina Bay Sands Dive in and enjoy the amazing view. Everything is mega here, including the prices.

Bayfront Avenue 10, Tel. 0065-6688-88 88, www.marinabaysands.com

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