A guide to kid-friendly spots that won’t cost you anything.

Free and fun places to visit with your child


You can't put a price on love, but you can remove the dollar value from these free, funtastic tot-friendly diversions...

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Stroll among the lush surroundings of our very own Unesco site and then enjoy a free concert — held regularly year-round — at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Spread a picnic blanket on the grass, lay out your kiddo's favourite treats, then kick back. Check website for dates and times.

Photo: www.sbg.org.sg

Jacob Ballas Children's Gardens

The child-friendly garden wonderland will keep you coming back again and again, thanks to the Kidz Cafe, sand pit, play structures, maze- type play area, tree house and water park.
481 Bukit Timah Road, open from 8am to 7pm, closed on Mondays.

Photo: www.nparks.gov.sg

Science Centre Singapore

Twinkle, twinkle, little star... Take your tyke to the Omni-Theatre building between 7.50pm and 10 pm every Friday to gaze at the moon and stars through a series of telescopes.

Photo: http://www.science.edu.sg/

The Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore


Catch the latest exhibitions — free for citizens and permanent residents — with your little culture vulture. Special exhibitions may charge a nominal fee for adults, but will still be free for peewees 6 years and below.

Photo: http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/

Main photo: INGimages

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National Library

Instill a love for literature in your early learner with a trip down to the neighbourhood library to borrow books with his own free membership card, plus attend storytelling sessions, which are organised regularly.

Photo: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/

Central Fire Station

Start your Saturday mornings early at the Fire Station as your little thrill-seeker will get a chance to climb fire trucks, take pictures with firefighters and maybe even slide down the fireman's pole.
62 Hill Street

Photo: http://www.scdf.gov.sg/

Marina Barrage

Soak in the greenery when you picnic on the lawn, while your mini-dynamo burns off some energy flying kites before cooling off at the children's water-play area.

Photo: http://www.pub.gov.sg/marina

Changi Aviation Gallery at Terminal 3

If your mini-aviator enjoyed the movie Planes, he's going to love this trip. Fun fact sheets and a highly interactive display will teach your tot how airplanes work, plus the gallery — showcasing more than 600 miniature aircrafts hanging from the ceiling — is a visual treat for everyone.

Photo: http://www.changiairport.com/

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