The Diwali holidays are just over so you are probably wondering why I’m writing this post when the children have just gone back to school. Well, it’s basically because I’ve just returned from a kid friendly holiday myself and thought I must share my newly found gyaan with all of you so that the next time you have a holiday coming up, you’ll have some idea of where to go and what to do.
1. It has a flight duration that is doable.
– 5 hours from Mumbai
– 4 1/4 hours from Chennai
– 5 3/4 hours from Delhi
2. It has great activities for children of all ages
The Jacob Ballas garden in the Botanic Gardens is great for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children. There are activity areas like the sandpit and tree house, a suspended plank bridge, scooters on hire for kids who want to zip around the place and a kid’s cafe for a quick bite.
(The Singapore Botanic Garden is really large and it isn’t really doable for infants so choose from one of the gardens you’d like to visit. Also make sure you have your mosquito repellent in place) The Singapore zoo is mind blowing as it strives to recreate the animal’s natural habitat. Who wouldn’t like to take a walk with the lemurs or poke his head in an igloo?
Sentosa Island , that magic land of activity truly has something for everyone. Once again choose wisely for it is really impossible to do everything at one time. My little grandson had a blast on the toy train and the cable car while his infant brother peacefully slept throughout in his carrier. Jurong Bird Park is the obvious favourite of children who love the 11am Bird Show.
3. Child friendly facilities
With its smooth and well marked pavements and walkways, Singapore is easy to move around with children in strollers as all places have ramps for easy access . Most restaurants and shopping malls welcome children and have nursing facilities too.
4. Public Transport is easy to use
Strollers can be taken into the train without folding, though bus rides require strollers to be folded away. But fear not, the bus driver gives you enough time to board the bus with baby and stroller in tow. And as for taxis, they too allow strollers to be folded away in the boot.
5. The Singaporean climate
The climate is what we are used to in India so there’s no need to equip yourself with different clothing or equipment.
Since English is spoken everywhere and signages are in English, it becomes very easy to shop around and see things in Singapore
Food, which is a major issue with us Indians is normally a deterrent to travel but in Singapore all kinds of food are available very easily so you don’t really have to carry your familiar thepla, paratha or Indian snacks.
Now aren’t these reasons enough to spend the Christmas holiday in Singapore with your children?
As a mother of two thirty-year old daughters and a grandmother of two, Sunita Rajwade has been there and done that. A hands on mom, she has seen two girls grow successfully through babyhood, toddler hood, adolescence and adulthood; solving their maths problems and contributing to their angst of growing up with a mom “who doesn’t understand”. But now as a grandmother, she’s being appreciated for her “wisdom” and “understanding” and would like to share her experiences of this wonderful journey from motherhood to grand-motherhood.
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