With its high standard of living, business friendly climate and the ability to live and work in English, the city-state of Singapore is a very popular destination for expats.
The standard of living is notoriously high and the healthcare facilities are second to none. Singapore has a very low crime rate and the streets are safe, even in the middle of the night. There is no shortage of expat groups and clubs throughout the city so, no matter what your nationality, you can always be sure of finding fellow expats somewhere in the city.
Given Singapore lies almost on the equator, it enjoys a tropical climate with no sharply divided seasons. It has a year-round high temperature as well as high humidity and large amounts of rainfall. Singapore is a great location in which to raise a family and the availability of high quality of education, low price of home help and strong security means that bringing up children here is often easier than it would be in your home country.
At White Lodge, our centres are situated in locations that are all easily accessible via a very reliable public transport network. Our welcoming and inclusive supportive community of schools and staff members means that all new children should find it easy to adjust to a new school environment and make friends easily. We are proud to be advocates for inclusion and provide a diverse school community that is unique in Asia.
We offer preschool programmes for children aged 12 months – 6 years at White Lodge to primary, middle education at Invictus International School and Special Educational Needs programme at Melbourne Specialist International School for children aged 3 to 21years.
Child Friendly places to visit in Singapore
Nature Playgarden at HortPark
This free outdoor playground is fabulous for preschoolers from three to six years old. Designed with natural material, offers nine play features for kids to engage with nature in a fun, free and unconstrained way.
Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay
It’s all about having fun at this playscape, which has a dry and wet play area suitable for all ages. Junior will have a splashing good time with sway bridges, interactive stepping springs, water tunnels and fish sculptures. Older kids will love scaling the two rainforest tree houses, running through tree canopies and hiking along the 130m long forest trail. If you’re really lucky, you might even catch a performance at the sheltered amphitheatre.
The rooftop here is the go-to place for kite lovers who want to see their dragon or Minion-themed kites soar high up in the sky. This windy little green pocket is also a great place for some scootering and has shaded spots where you can set up a picnic and enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens provide a haven within the chaos of the city. With trails to follow, multiple gardens to visit, and picnics to be had, there is loads to explore.
Haw Par Villa
Haw Par Villa is an unusual theme park on the West Coast for the not-so-squeamish! The park is based around Chinese mythology, folklore, history and legends, and has over 1000 statues and 150 dioramas. It’s become a bit of an institution for the curious among us. If you’re looking for something different, this is right up your alley.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park
MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a great spot for nature lovers. With hiking trails, a pontoon for kayakers, and a canoe shed, it is also a great place for recreational activities, both on land and in water. The trails are decked – great for little legs.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This ecological gem in the north of the island is great for nature lovers and burgeoning scientists. Trekking through the many trails is essential, while taking photos of crabs, shellfish, birds, spiders, and monitor lizards. Be sure to take notebooks and binoculars with you for the next project at school.
- Tiong Bahru Playground
- Battleship Playground at Sembawang Park
- Nautical-themed playground at Marine Cove
- High-rope one playground Woodlands Waterfront
- Airplane playground at The Oval, Seletar Aerospace Park
- Ship-themed playground at Canberra Street
- Eco-themed park at Rumah Tinggi
- Military-themed playground at Choa Chu Kang
- Admiralty Park, an adventure wonderland made up of 26 slides
- 112 Katong Playground
Changi Aviation Gallery
If your little one likes planes (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) the free gallery at Changi will transport you back in time, demonstrating the history of Changi and how it’s changed over the years to become a world-class airport. Equipped with a multi-sensory zone and interactive displays, it will inspire the youngest of aviators.
Beautiful Sunday is a new music series of free concerts that showcases our local musical talent. Held once monthly on Sundays, you’ll experience homegrown music groups covering jazz, orchestra and pop. For budding young musician inside your little one, this experience is a must.
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