Let’s face it, sometimes the mere thought of venturing to a restaurant with hyperactive, screaming toddlers in tow can fill even the most confident mamas and dadas with dread. However, eating out with the kids doesn’t need to be stressful; in fact, there are plenty of places in Singapore where it can even be fun.
Whether it’s raining cats and dogs, or the searing heat is just that little bit too oppressive, head to one of Singapore’s restaurants indoor playgrounds. There’s a great selection to choose from for mamas and dadas of all budgets. You never know… you may even get a rare opportunity to eat your dinner in peace.
Cool de Sac is more for your little ones than it is for you, but take one for the team mama and dada because your little ones will be in heaven in this place! Complete with extensive children’s play area, games, dressing up stations and arts and crafts to keep kids entertained for hours on end, mama and dada can relax and have a delicious lunch together without interruption. There is even a tweens zone for older kids.
Given the amazing array of stuff to do, it’s no surprise that there’s an entry fee for this place… but it’s well worth it.
Opening hours: Opening Hours: Sundays – Thursdays: 10am – 8pm; Fridays – Saturdays: 10am – 10pm.
The best thing about Charlie T’s is that it has a fab kiddies play area that features a television screening non-stop cartoons, books and colouring activities. The kids menu features all the usual suspects, including chicken goujons with fries and carbonara, while there’s also hearty fare on offer to keep mama and dada happy.
The Bank Bar + Bistro is right slap bang in the heart of the CBD. It is a great place to take your littlies on a weekend because not only do kids eat free with every full paying adult, there’s a great playroom equipped with toys and cartoons.
The bistro itself is very child friendly; however, they tell us that their building isn’t, and therefore they encourage parents to keep a close eye on their children at all times and request that kiddos do not run around the premises. There is also a child restriction policy in place. Children are welcome until 9pm Sunday through Thursday with no restriction, but no children under the age of 18 are permitted on the ground floor after 5pm Friday and Saturday, so get there early folks!
One of the best things about La Barca is that it is an all-weather venue that has both indoor and outdoor options to keep the kiddies entertained. Mamas and dadas should take note though, the playroom is only available at weekends between 10:00 and 18:00. The rest of the time, while children are welcome, the restaurant is more suitable for grown ups.
Zaffron kitchen is an Indian restaurant that serves a delicious mix of North and South Indian food in a modern and vibrant atmosphere. The menu is extensive, as are the activities on offer for the kiddos; there’s even a playhouse for fidgety kids in the back corner, complete with a vintage popcorn machine. Zaffron is also one of the few restaurants in Singapore to boast a dedicated nursing room for nursing mamas.
Melt- The World Cafe at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a great place to head with the littlies on Sundays. The family-friendly Sunday brunch offers mama and dada a perfect chance to get quietly sozzled while the kids enjoy a range of entertainment and activities. Visitors to the brunch can take advantage of the purpose-built children’s pool, which features bubble jet water features. Surrounded by family cabanas, it is shielded from the main pool to provide privacy and much-needed shade for post-brunch families.
Quentins in Joo Chiat is a fantastic family restaurant that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. One little-known fact is that Quentin’s has it’s own indoor play area where kids can go wild while mama and dada kick back and relax. The play area features a small ball pool, art and craft area, cars and a slide… plenty to keep the little ones entertained for a short while at least. What’s on offer for the adults? Good, hearty Eurasian food and hopefully a bit of peace and quiet while the littlies are occupied in the play area.
11.30am – 2.30pm / 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Tue – Sun); Open till 12 midnight on Fridays; Closed on Mondays.
Basilico at The Regent Hotel in Singapore is a great place to head for Sunday brunch with the kids in tow. An award-winning Italian restaurant, the Sunday lunch features a fantastic Italian buffet spread with favourites like antipasti, pasta and gelato (yum!). Come Sunday, the restaurant opens up it’s special kiddie’s playroom that comes complete with healthy snacks, bouncy castle, game consoles, arts and crafts and other fun activities.
The Silver Shell Cafe at the Shangri-La Hotel takes kid friendly to the max. The hotel has a large indoor play area with play equipment, activities and even computer games for the older kids, while the younger toddlers also have their own dedicated soft play room. There is also a water play area and outdoor playground available for the kiddos.
A dedicated BabyZone provides complimentary baby food for little ones at different stages of infancy during lunch and dinner. Other items, such as bottle sterilisers, hot water, a microwave, baby dining utensils, baby wipes and diapers, provide a hassle-free dining experience for families with babies.
Buffet breakfast 6.30am – 10.30am; Buffet lunch 12 noon – 2.30pm; Buffet dinner 6pm – 10pm daily.
This has to be one of the most child-friendly eateries in Singapore. It really does have it all… an activity corner, regular fun activities and workshops, retail space and even an on-site soft play area. If you’re looking for fun for all the family, head straight here. Treehouse Café regularly hold fun workshops and activities for kids, including pizza making and lego construction. Check out their website for the latest events.
Rochester House Cafe is a fabulous kid-friendly destination that has tons of stuff for kids to do. Whether they are dressing up, role playing and trampolining, or letting loose on the outdoor playground, you kids are in for a whale of a time. The play areas are especially great for older kiddos but the setup and the amount of littlies around means that you will need to keep a very close eye on your toddlers. All in all, it’s a great destination for your kids, but perhaps won’t be top of mama’s list for a relaxing afternoon out.