2 Day Singapore Shopping Tour with Kids
by Richelle Bobadilla
(Muntinlupa City Philippines)
|Hello, I'll be going to Singapore with my husband and kids ages 5 and 2 on June 23 to 27. My husband will be attending a 2 day seminar, so I would like to spend the days without him shopping. But with two kids in tow, where is the best place to shop for clothes, bags, perfumes and toys which is kid-friendly (stroller friendly) and safe? Thanks.|
I'll address 2 concerns related to your questions: transport and shopping locations.TRANSPORT FOR SELF-GUIDED SINGAPORE SHOPPING TOUR
1) Many of the kids-friendly malls in Singapore are located near MRT stations. So it's easy to use the trains as your main mode of transport.
2) However, be warned that trains tend to be very crowded during peak hours (roughly 7am-9.30am and 5pm-8pm). So if you plan on travelling during these times with a stroller, be aware that it can be a hassle, especially when you have 2 young children.
During these times, it's best you join a taxi queue or ask your hotel to phone-book one for you.KIDS-FRIENDLY SHOPPING MALLS IN SINGAPOREDAY 1'S SHOPPING SUGGESTIONS
1) FORUM THE SHOPPING MALL RECOMMENDED!
Address: 583 Orchard Road
Nearest MRT: Orchard Station
This is without doubt one of the most worthwhile stops for parents visiting Singapore with young children.
A mall with Toys R Us
will necessarily attract other children-friendly shops - and that's what Forum the Shopping Mall is. Expect the wares here to be on the higher end of the spectrum.
2) TANGLIN MALL
Address: 163 Tanglin Road
Take a 10-minute walk against the traffic on Orchard Road from the Forum and you'll arrive at Tanglin Mall, which is a possible follow-up shopping spot after the Forum. Expect family-friendly shops here as well.More for Day 1?
These two malls and the intervening shops between them should nicely occupy you for a day. If not, take a taxi down to Vivo City Mall
, which is one of the largest malls in Singapore. There's a nice water-playground on Level 3, so take some change of clothes for your little ones if you plan on letting them loose here.DAY 2'S SHOPPING SUGGESTIONS
Take the MRT to the heartland towns of Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio.
1) AROUND TOA PAYOH MRT STATION
Upon exiting the train station, you'll find a handful of shops at Toa Payoh HDB Hub
But the interesting nooks and corners are found along the plazas around HDB Hub (Blocks 177 to 190). Take your time here to browse and you'll be rewarded with some good bargains. Ladies' stuff abounds - clothes, shoes, accessories and the like. You'll also find some really usable (and cheap) stuff for children.
2) AROUND ANG MO KIO MRT STATION
Shopping in Ang Mo Kio is similar to Toa Payoh's in many ways.Ang Mo Kio Hub
is positively worth your time. And like in Toa Payoh, do venture out of the main mall to the plazas (Ang Mo Kio Blocks 702 to 720) for some good bargains.Remember to get hold of a free Singapore map when you arrive at the airport. It'll help you navigate around the places mentioned above.
Have a nice Singapore shopping tour with the kids.