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Thrilling rides, majestic wildlife, world-class entertainment – there's just so much to eat, see, and do as a family in Singapore.

Round up the gang and hit up all 10 of these amazing attractions around the Lion City that are great for everyone, from the young to the old. 

1. Unforgettable Rides and Familiar Characters

Enter the dazzling world of movies at Universal Studios SingaporeTM. Get a family snapshot with popular characters such as Puss in Boots (Shrek) and the adorable Minions (Despicable Me), explore all seven zones (Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar), and go on thrilling rides like Transformers (a 3D indoor rollercoaster), Battlestar Galactica (duelling rollercoasters – double the fun!), and the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure (which uses a white water raft system). 

2. For Mind-Boggling Fun

See what sort of tricks can be played on your mind with the fascinating 3D artworks that pepper the Trick Eye Museum. Be amazed as you step into over 100 optical illusion paintings and installations to become part of them momentarily for that picture-perfect Instagram shot.

3. A Day Out with some Adorable Critters

Situated between two other world-class attractions – the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari – the River Safari is the region's first river-themed zoo, where it’s home to a colourful array of intriguing wildlife, from graceful manatees to the giant Chinese salamander. Don't miss highlights like the giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the Giant Panda Forest, the Amazon River Quest (a 10-minute boat ride where you'll see animals like the jaguar), and the Squirrel Monkey Forest for a closer look at the free-ranging residents.

4. Play, Shop, and Eat by the Waterfront

Located opposite Sentosa, VivoCity is one of Singapore's largest shopping malls. You can find just about anything here, from international fashion chains such as Bershka and Zara to a smorgasbord of dining options. With a stunning variety of cafés, restaurants and takeaway outlets, there’s something for everyone here. In the meantime, keep the little ones entertained at the open-air playground on the second level, the water-based Sky Park on third level, or the Mini Express Train on the ground level.

5. Marvel at Views of the City from Sky-High Treetops

Gardens by the Bay is Singapore’s ultimate horticultural destination that boasts stunning waterfront views and breathtaking vistas of the city skyline from up above. Make your way up to the futuristic-looking Supertrees that are between nine and 16 storeys tall to take in the amazing bird's eye view of the Gardens and take a stroll on the OCBC Skywalk, a 128-metre aerial walkway that links up two of the Supertrees. After that, be sure to visit the Cloud Forest, home to flora that exists 2,000 metres above sea level as well as the world's tallest indoor waterfall. When tummies begin to rumble, head to Satay by the Bay for a family feast and tuck into delectable local delights such as satay (grilled skewered meat) and barbecued chicken wings.

6. Relax and Unwind at One of the City's Most Iconic Locations

Head to Marina Bay Sands and the Shoppes for some R&R. Fancy a spot of luxury shopping? Your favourite labels are here, from Tom Ford to Tiffany & Co. Or entertain the family with a play at the state-of-the-art MasterCard Theatres, where past shows include the renowned ‘Wicked: The Broadway Musical’ and ‘The Lion King Musical’. Another not-to-be-missed experience is the Sampan ride. Hop aboard this boat and enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the canal at The Shoppes as the boatman gently paddles the Chinese wooden vessel past rows of shops. When you’re done exploring the place indoors, head outside for picturesque waterfront views and the mesmerising Wonder Full light and water show.

7. Of Dam Visits and Kite-Flying

Marina Barrage is primarily a dam and a green facility that supplies water to Singaporeans and houses over 400 solar panels that power the lights around the barrage on a daily basis. That aside, it’s a hotspot for families looking for a day out in the sun, and activities such as kite-flying and picnicking are amongst the favourites. And when dusk begins to fall, ready your cameras to capture a beautiful sunset.

8. Visit the Country’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site

Now officially (and proudly) a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 150-year-old 60-acre green space that features a myriad of botanical and horticultural attractions. Step into the National Orchid Garden and be impressed by the world's largest orchid display before visiting the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, where the kids can learn a thing or two about shrubs, herbs and all things green.

9. Shop (and Dine) ‘Til You Drop

ION Orchard is the go-to shopping destination for high-end brands, street labels, and everything in between – Burberry, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, H&M, Fred Perry, local fashion label In Good Company are just some names to look out for in this massive complex. The array of restaurants and eateries is just as extensive, with casual brunch spots such as The Marmalade Pantry and finer dining options such as Salt Grill & Sky Bar and Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant. If you’re simply after a small bite, descend to the basement level for tasty snacks and treats at the ION Food Hall.  

10. Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Featuring over 8,000 Singapore and Southeast Asian artworks, the National Gallery is a newly-opened art venue that boasts an interactive artistic space specially for kids. The Keppel Centre for Art Education is a 1,000 square metre facility that comprises of four art zones, one of them being the Art Corridor – where the young ones can channel their inner Picasso and change artworks by moving certain elements around. See storybooks come to life at the Art Playscape, where kids can follow different trails to solve mysteries and find out about new fantastical characters.