Discover why Gardens By The Bay is the best kids playground in Singapore and why every member of the family will love all the Gardens By The Bay attractions.
They don’t call Singapore the garden city for anything. As soon as you land at Changi airport you are surrounded by lush greenery and bursts of tropical color in this beautiful destination.
The thing that makes Singapore really stand out though is the way they display all this green stuff. Nowhere in the world has the same creativity and fun when it comes to garden displays. And the best place to see this in action is Gardens By The Bay.
The really good part is that Singapore has made this one of the most child-friendly gardens you can visit! Check out our review of Gardens By The Bay with kids below!
Gardens By The Bay With Kids
The mistake I made before we headed into Gardens By The Bay, Singapore was to tell the kids about the Far East Organization Children’s Garden.
All the way to the gardens they asked and asked to go into the Children’s Garden first and all the way there we told them it was best to explore the rest of the gardens before we went to the Bay water park.
Luckily for us as soon as we started to walk through the Dragonfly tunnel and saw the Supertrees in the distance the Children’s Garden was forgotten…for a little while at least.
Your first glimpse of these whimsical 18 vertical tree-like gardens which reach up to 50 meters will do that.
Where Nature Meets Imagination
Gardens by The Bay have been created with a little bit of magic included.
No standard rose gardens and bored kids here. Each of the three waterfront gardens will have you seeing gardening in a whole new light. From the Cheshire Cat peeking out through a wall of succulents to meat-eating plants, there is something to keep every age group amused.
What is the best time to visit Garden by the Bay?
The gardens are amazing all year round so any time of year is perfect. They decorate for each season so you are sure to see something new every time you visit.
If you want to beat the crowds head to the Gardens on a weekday if you can. We also found that arriving early was great for avoiding the mass of visitors and the hot midday sun.
How long does it take to see Gardens by the Bay?
It is easy to spend a whole day in the Gardens with so much to see and do. There are places to eat as well as plenty of spots to just sit and relax in between exploring.
We would suggest at least an hour for each of the domes but longer if you really want to take in all there is to see.
Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
Although there are plenty of botanical gardens to wander around in Singapore gardens, some of the real show stoppers are the domes.
Gardens By The Bay Flower Dome
Gardens by The Bay Flower Dome is one of the two world’s largest columnless greenhouses.
Perfectly balanced to replicate the dry and cool climate of the Mediterranean you can explore flora from five different continents under the 3,332 glass panels of the dome.
Our children were excited to see familiar plants of the Australian bush with playful possum sculptures in-between the foliage and in awe of the totally exotic like the Suess looking Baobabs.
While you wander through olive trees that are thousand years old a giant timber dragon watches majestically over the whole dome.
They transform the dome each season and on our visit, Harvest festival was in full swing. Pumpkins of every size and shade were on display.
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Gardens By The Bay Cloud Forest
We couldn’t decide what was the most impressive in this tropical dome, the 35-meter indoor waterfall or the cloud walk.
The children had fun seeing carnivorous plants, both real-life and made from lego while the adults enjoyed the views from up high along the walkways.
In the Gardens By The Bay Cloud Forest, you can also find Crystal Mountain Cave which was fascinating for our little budding geologist.
The Supertrees in the Gardens By The Bay has to be the most iconic feature.
It doesn’t matter whether you stand at the bottom of these futuristic wonders and stare up the 16-storey structure or walk the 128-metre aerial walkway between the trees ( I suggest you do both ). They are going to impress you, by their sheer size and creation.
We loved seeing mans imagination and the beauty of nature coming together in the 162,900 plants that are used to create these trees.
Every evening at 7:45 and 8:45 pm, these trees come alive with the Gardens By The Bay light show, Garden Rhapsody. The best part is, you get to watch this beautiful show for free!
Gardens, Lakes and More
Even though the Gardens By The Bay attractions we have mentioned tend to steal all the limelight there are much more sights to see in the gardens.
There is a 440-metre wooden walkway around Dragonfly Lake. We spotted fish, dragonflies and much more, along with huge sculptures of lilypad and frogs.
You can walk to plenty of outdoor gardens too such as the Heritage Garden and World Of Plants. All these are free admission and open from 5 am till late.
Far East Organization Children’s Garden
The much anticipated Far East Organization Children’s Garden was our next stop. Set amongst cool, green foliage this children’s garden play area has something for all children ages from 1-12 years.
Gardens By The Bay Water Park
The water play area for 6-12 years was a big hit with my three children.
There are sensors throughout the area making the water move along with the children and different sequences that follows lively music played in the area.
A great way to cool down and burn off some energy while the parents relax for a while.
Gardens By The Bay Children’s Garden
The children’s garden was one of the highlights for my children. They followed a tree tunnel through a variety of fun challenges. Lots of fun was had with balance beams, rope bridges, and monkey bars.
Rainforest Tree House Play Area
Aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds this area includes rope bridges, treehouses, and slides. One treehouse reaches up to 7.5 meters high and the kids scrambled up ropes and let their imaginations run wild.
Toddler Play Area
Although we didn’t explore this section. We saw a fish fountain and fun play equipment suited for children up to 5 years old.
Far East Organization Children’s Garden Information
Admission to the Children’s Garden is free and makes for a great place to cool off during the warm days in Singapore.
There is a cafe located within the Far East Organization Children’s Garden that provides snacks and drinks although you are welcome to bring along your own food into the Gardens.
There are lockers available for hire, toilets, change rooms, children open showers and plenty of seats in the amphitheater under shade.
Far East Organization Children’s Garden Open Times
Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 7 pm
Weekends – 9 am to 9 pm
Things to Note: The opening of the park is weather dependent and the last admission is half an hour before closing. They do not allow scooters, rollerblades etc in this area.
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Information about Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay Map
You can plan your visit ahead and down a map of the gardens here.
Location of The Gardens By The Bay:
Gardens By The Bay address is 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.
How to Get to Gardens By The Bay:
Gardens By The Bay MRT
The Gardens By The Bay nearest MRT station is Bayfront. With signs guiding you to the Gardens.
Gardens By The Bay Taxi
We hired a taxi that dropped us at Marina Bay Sands Hotel so we could walk through to the gardens and have a look at the hotel.
We found Taxi’s in Singapore very cheap. Fares were always well monitored between any taxi we caught no matter what company and the drivers were always amazingly friendly.
We discovered a few local gems by chatting with our taxi drivers. There is also a taxi drop off point right inside the Gardens close to the information center.
What Are Gardens By The Bay Opening Hours?
Gardens By The Bay Timings are:
Conservatories are open 9am-9pm daily.
Outdoor Gardens are open 5:00am-2:00 am daily.
What Are Gardens By The Bay Entrance Fees?
Is entry to Gardens By The Bay free?
The Outdoor Gardens ( these include Supertree Grove, Sun Pavillion, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants and Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes) and Far East Organization Children’s Garden are free admissions.
The domes and Skyway are paid attractions.
Gardens By The Bay Ticket Prices:
Standard Rate –
Child (3-12 years old): $15
There are special rates for local residents.
Senior (≥60 years old): $8
Child (3-12 years old): $5
There are sometimes special monthly promotions that may have entry fees too.
All prices are in SGD correct at time of publishing but it is best to check any changes here.
Where to Get Gardens By The Bay Tickets?
Gardens By The Bay Tickets can be purchased online or at the Gardens at these locations.
Discounted tickets can be purchased online here.
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