Not a fan of long haul flights, especially with baby in tow? Here are 8 holiday ideas with toddlers approved by mummies and daddies like yourself. With most destinations accessible within 2 to 3 hours tops, these ideas are both time and cost efficient!
1. Eco-Adventure Resort in Bintan (Mangrove Walk, Campfire, and More)
For our overworked and overstimulated parents, this Eco-resort offers serenity and a place of retreat for the family. This is also a good choice if you’re seeking holiday ideas with toddlers, but don’t want to get on a plane. Imagine waking up to gentle breeze, a walk along the shores, and yummy home cooked food by local kitchen staff of Loola Adventure Resort.
On the resort site, there are also adventure and games for your kids to partake in – talk about high elements challenges, rock climbing, a safe water garden, morning mangrove walk, and even a campfire prepared for you at night!
We’d recommend spending about 3 nights here, so you can truly enjoy all its amenities and slow living. For small families, the chalet rooms will cost $125 per pax per night (minimum 2 nights). But if you’re intending to extend the invitation to extended family or friends, we’d recommend the Isla Villa or Sabine Villa ($150 pp) experience! However, these villas a minimum pax of 7 to 8.
2. Quick Getaway at Desaru Island (Ostrich, Fruit & Crocodile Farms!)
If you think Desaru Island is only about pristine beaches, then we’re here to bust that myth! This is great especially if you’re looking for holiday ideas with toddlers who are terrified of planes.
Located at Kota Tinggi, this island is bustling with superb family-friendly activities, guaranteed for a short but sweet getaway. You may either opt for a 90-min ferry from Tanah Merah ($118 pp, 2-way), or book a private charter service (~$300 for 2 ways).
We’d recommend spending about 3 days here – ideal to discover places such as the Adventure Waterpark, Ostrich Farm, Fruit Farm, and even a Crocodile Farm!
3. The World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland (Newly Revamped)
Hong Kong Disneyland now boasts the world’s first and only Frozen-themed land. For parents looking for holiday ideas with toddlers who absolutely love Elsa, this will be a dream come true for your little tots.
As Hong Kong Disneyland most recently commemorated their 17th anniversary, this also comes with a huge revamp that will not disappoint. With the grandeur of fireworks, toddler-friendly rides and live performances, we suggest strategising your game plan to maximise your days here! Two days would be ideal.
Although, we’ve also heard that food prices are incredulous here. While it’ll be a magical experience, a lunch here can for 2 adults and 1 toddler can easily cost up to $100++. We suggest booking tickets and meals via Klook to save more!
4. Dusit Thani Laguna: All-in-1 Family Funcation Package
If you don’t wanna risk with your toddler potentially crying on a flight, then perhaps a staycation is something you’d like to consider. Nestled in the East at Changi, Dusit Thani Laguna is paradise resort that’ll make you instantly feel like you’re in Bali!
With their Family Funcation package (minimum 2 nights stay), families can not only enjoy the resort’s amenities but also breakfast and daily buffet dinner, as well as activities such as kids’ golf. This package is good for families with 2 adults and 2 children who’re aged 11 years and below.
With all of the good deals bundled in this package, its price isn’t too hefty actually – ranging from $464 to $585 per night, depending on date.
5. $2 Entry: Water Playgrounds in Singapore
If you don’t see a point in dropping a couple hundred bucks on staycays, we have an alternative for you which only costs $2 (or less) per pax. The fun still remains – you can be prepared to spend half a day frolicking in the water and soaking up the sun.
Here are 9 public swimming pools in Singapore that’ll be guaranteed to keep your toddlers occupied. With raving reviews from parents who’ve visited, we recommend Seng Kang Swimming Complex and Jurong West Swimming Complex, simply because of the sheer size it boasts. Plus, there are also wading pools for your younger ones!
6. Enriching Holiday Camps & Workshops
For parents who are looking for holiday ideas with toddlers which are engaging and enriching, check out this list of vendors who run year-end holiday camps and workshops annually!
Activities like baking classes at Baker’s Brew (~$58), as well as art jamming at Art Nooq ($35) is awesome – it’s low commitment, affordable, yet still allows for quality time!
Of course, if you’re looking for some activities who do not have to involve you, you’re in luck – there are also some camps which span across half-day or 5 days (your choice)! Definitely sounds like some me-time that you’re gonna get.
8. Tiny Away Escape @ Lazarus Island
Did you know? You can now stay on Lazarus! This is all thanks to Tiny Away Escape which recently set up their base on the off-shore island for Singaporeans who’re looking for a quick lush escapade, just 15 minutes away from our main land.
Prices start from $284 per night and includes 2 beds, 1 bath. While the interiors do look comfy, we’d like to forewarn that this is definitely not an experience for those who demand the ease of access. With it being an off-shore accommodation, it will be a challenge finding gas to cook. So if you’re intending to camp out here – do bring your own equipment for your own little barbecue!
9. Experience a Fishing Village Getaway at Kukup
A stone’s throw away from Singapore, Rainbow Homestay is a fishing village getaway in Kukup that’s accessible by bus. Though only 2 hours away, its ambience will transport you back to 1950’s Singapore – definitely one that’ll be eye-opening for your kids!
Not to mention, homestay owner, Mr Wu’s hospitality also extends to homemade zi-char dinners, fireworks, BBQ seafood and steamboat. With the mangrove and fishing jetty in walkable distance, this is a great retreat. We’d recommend a 3 day 2 night stay to fully enjoy the experience!
At only $175, you get the immersive experience which includes lodging, food, and transport from the jetty. Sounds enticing already? You can contact Mr Wu at +60 19-771 3238 (Mr Wu).
Now, who says a memorable holiday activity has to cost a bomb? If air tickets have been surging, these are some alternatives that you can consider for both a mental and physical escapade. We hope this list of holiday ideas with toddlers has been helpful for you. Now get packing!