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Gardens by the Bay East and Marina Barrage
WHERE 18 Marina Gardens Drive
WHY If you love greenery, this is the place to be. Start at Gardens by the Bay East, where you’ll catch magnificent city views of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer, soak in the sights and smells of a huge variety of flora, and spot butterflies and dragonflies. Make your way to the Marina Barrage via the Marina Bridge, then let your little ones indulge in some water play at the fountains. You may also want to check in at the interactive Marina Barrage Sustainable Singapore Gallery ― here, they’ll learn about Singapore’s efforts to be environmentally sustainable. As this is a popular route, do keep an eye out for cyclists, especially on the weekends! (Photos: Gardens by the Bay)
Ang Mo Kio-Bishan Park
WHERE Intersection of Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
WHY Head a little up north and you’ll find this fantastic park which was recently redeveloped. Your peewees will love scootering along beautifully landscaped walking paths and bridges, while exploring ponds, lawns and even climbing structures. Go in the late mornings or early evenings, and there’ll be lots of people walking their dogs. Need to take a break? Hop into one of the eateries located within the park, like Grub, Canopy, or even McDonald’s.
Fort Canning Park
WHERE Along River Valley Road
WHY This quiet hilltop park, which plays a huge part in Singapore’s history, is a tranquil respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. Explore the Battle Box (an underground bunker used as the British Army headquarters during World War II), look for real-life cannons and explore the spice garden. While there are uphill paths, and some stairs (it’s on a hill after all!), the brick paths are well-maintained and scooter-friendly. (Photos: NParks)
East Coast Park
WHERE East Coast Park Service Road
WHY It’s easy to see why this 15km stretch of beach is one of Singapore’s most popular family hangouts. Even toddlers will feel safe scootering about on pedestrian paths that have minimal obstructions while taking in the balmy sea breeze. There’re plenty of eateries along the way, and do make a pit stop at Marine Cove, where your mini-me will have a ball of a time at the huge (and free!) play area. Don’t miss the Road Safety Park either, since it’s where your little ones will have to stop at the “petrol station” for a quick refuel. It’s a great place to teach junior road safety rules, too!
WHERE One Fullerton, Fullerton Road
WHY Explore Merlion Park on foot (while your peewees whizz around on wheels), and visit landmarks like the Esplanade, Clifford Pier and, of course, The Merlion. Start at the Esplanade, then make your way down Jubilee Bridge, a pedestrian bridge where you can stroll safely as you enjoy the sights of the Singapore River. Along the way, you’ll also come across plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can seek relief from the heat with your brood. (Photos: Marina Bay, iStock)
WHERE Nicoll Drive
WHY This smaller but no less captivating coastal park boasts 3.3km of palm-fringed, sandy beaches, backed by cycling paths, BBQ pits and cafes. It’s not as crowded as East Coast Park, so your little ones will love riding their scooters from one playground to the next, and you can keep an eye on them easily. Pack some sand toys, as they won’t be able to resist building sandcastles. Oh, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for planes that will land at Changi Airport nearby. The kiddos would be jazzed to hear the roar of the plane engines, while trying to spot our national carrier. For dinner, ride your scooters over to Changi Village ― about 10 minutes away ― where you can have your pick of tasty hawker fare.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
WHERE 1 Cluny Road
WHY With 74 hectares of greenery and wide open spaces, this popular World Heritage Site has much to offer the kiddos. Junior would love speeding along the trails on his kick scooter, while you enjoy a picnic on the lawn nearby. Check out the turtles in Symphony Lake, and stay on to catch a free performance at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage in the evening (check the schedule here). Do note, however, that scooters aren’t allowed in the Jacob Ballas Children’s Gardens ― so save that for another day! (Photos: NParks)
Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk
WHERE Access from Tebing Lane
WHY If you’re living in the north-eastern part of Singapore, you’ll have to check out this little gem. Start from Tebing Lane, where there’s ample parking space, as well as a number of eateries, like Whisk and Paddle. Walk down a short flight of stairs and you’ll be on a long stretch of boardwalk overlooking the Serangoon Reservoir where your munchkins can speed away on their scooters. You’ll come across a rust-coloured bridge called Sunrise Bridge about 20 minutes away ― cross this if you’re keen to proceed to Coney Island! The route is extremely scooter-friendly, plus your mini-mes won’t feel tired because they’ll be soaking up the amazing views.
WHERE Singapore River, Robertson Quay
WHY It isn’t just a touristy spot, Robertson Quay is great for families, too! Zip around on your scooters on this historical wharf along the Singapore River and you’ll observe river taxis plying this route. Junior will especially love going over the Alkaff Bridge, which will be bathed in colourful lights as dusk falls. If you’re in luck, you’ll come by the ice-cream man on his bike ― who doesn’t love a traditional ice-cream sandwich when it’s blisteringly hot? Otherwise, pop into one of the many eateries along the Quay, or make your way to a nearby mall like Robertson Walk Shopping Mall or Liang Court to fill those tummies. (Photos: Robertson Walk Shopping Mall)
WHERE Sembawang Road
WHY Facing the Johor Straits and boasting a gorgeous beach with stunning views is Sembawang Park, another beautiful neighbourhood park. It. Ride your kick scooters along the tracks, as you watch anglers cast their fishing lines into the sea. Make a pit stop at the unique “Battleship” playground, a play structure modelled like a warship to pay homage to the area’s links to Singapore’s naval history. When you feel peckish, order great grub at Beaulieu House, a Chinese-Western restaurant housed in a historic seaside bungalow with an incredible view of the sea.
Vivocity to Sentosa
WHERE 1 Harbourfront Walk
WHY You should be familiar with the waterfront area just outside the mall if you and your brood is fond of camping out at this popular local mall on weekends. This long stretch is ideal for your little ones to zip around on their kick scooters, while you have ready access to the comfort of air-conditioning in case it gets too hot! Want to venture further? Head to Sentosa via the 670m-long Sentosa Boardwalk ― besides lovely views along a sheltered walkway, you can check out the Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar, plus, get free entry to Sentosa at this entrance (valid till the end of 2017).