Last Updated: November 16, 2018
As you become a parent, there is no way to run away from the responsibility of looking after the well-being of your kids, and one of the aspects of ensuring your children’s growth is ensuring that they are well-fed.
Thanks to the five-day work week we have here in Singapore, parents who are working adults can spend the full weekend with family and kids. With that, I believe most of us agree that one of the ways of bonding together with our family is to spend an afternoon or evening out at a fun, kid-friendly restaurant.
As such, I have compiled a list of 20 kid-friendly restaurants and cafes in Singapore which not only serve up good eats, but are also equipped with facilities and entertainment to keep the young and energetic ones occupied during a night out with the entire family.
E-Sarn has been around Singapore for more than a decade under the lovely Boss and Thai Founder, Madam Achara. She had her very first place at Farrer Market hawker centre, selling simple Thai dishes like beef noodles.
The Grandstand outlet of E-sarn Thai has a simple kids play area for customers of the restaurant, which comes with soft mats and a little slide. You can watch over your kids if you seat yourself along the corridor at this Thai restaurant.
E-sarn Thai: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-13, The Grandstand (formerly Turf City), Singapore 287994 | Tel: +65 6468 4484 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 10pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook
IKEA prides itself as a family-loving brand, and I’m sure families love it too. With two branches located at Alexandra and Tampines, each of these family-friendly wings of IKEA is where both parents and their kids rejoice upon finding affordable Swedish dishes, special kids’ menu, high chairs and play areas all in one place.
Smaland is the name given to the supervised play area at the entrance of the store, where parents can drop their kiddos while they head in for their adult furniture-shopping duty. Delicious kid-sized versions of IKEA’s signature meatballs, pasta and even baby food jars are also available for the little tots.
IKEA: 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965 | Tel: +65 6786 6868 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily) | Website
Serving dishes made with ‘responsible ingredients’, GRUB attracts long queues of customers who want to try out the new bistro in a scenic location.
Grub is located right smack in the middle of Bishan Park, so your kids can run around the natural green spaces. Grab a seat outside by the benches, and you can keep an eye out while your children frolick in the grass. There’s also a kids’ menu at GRUB, so it really is very family-friendly.
The only downside is that Grub doesn’t accept reservations, so be prepared to wait in the humid Bishan Park.
GRUB: 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park, Singapore 569983 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon- Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays) | Website
Marche Movenpick Suntec City is an absolute winner for both parents and kids. Your child will get a firsthand experience of the bustling European market atmosphere, and they’ll get to watch the chefs prepare the dishes at each market stall.
A fantastically kid-friendly restaurant, there is a nifty two-storey playhouse tucked at a corner of the marketplace eatery.
With features such as a suspension bridge, a low rock-climbing wall and a stairway that connects the kiddos to the Cub Scout hideout on the second floor, it’s up to your child’s imagination of what he can do at this giant-sized playhouse.
Marche Movenpick Suntec City: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, Tower 3 East Wing, #01-612 to 614, Singapore 038983 | Tel: +65 6337 3134 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun) | Website
If you’re looking for something a little different — such as letting the young ones play at the beach while you relax with a cold drink with your spouse, Trapizza at Shangri-La is where you should be. Nothing beats an al fresco chill-out, with the cool palm breeze kissing your face.
Nonetheless, this bistro is also great for a morning of fun, play and entertainment for the kids and the family, on the weekends. The whole family can head to the beach for a paddle before the noon sun sets in. After which, parents can unwind over a slice of pizza and a glass of cocktail, while the kiddos cavort in the play gyms.
Located right next to Dempsey Hill, Open Farm Community showcases a relatively new concept of farm-to-table dining here in Singapore. The restaurant seeks to provide a platform for families to explore food, through sharing about in-house vegetables and fruit orchards, gardening workshops as well as dining.
You’ll be surprised by the restaurant’s interesting activities that engage both the young and old. One of which is lawn bowling that is held in an open-space area next to the al fresco dining venue.
Open Farm Community: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819 | Tel: +65 6471 0306 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 4 pm & 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Thu), 12noon – 4pm & 6pm – 12midnight (Fri), 11am – 5pm & 6pm – 12midnight (Sat & Public Holidays), 11am – 5pm & 6pm – 11pm (Sun) | Website | Facebook
Mention District 10 Bar & Restaurant and you’ll most probably think of working adults hanging out after hours, and not so much of a restaurant for families. However, the branch here at UE Square is an exception. Come the weekend, the restaurant blows up its bright and colourful bouncy castle, giving your kids somewhere to let loose while you chill out for a while.
The laid-back, family-friendly space is perfectly designed for families to feel right at home. Kids will be captivated by the bouncy castle on the outdoor patio. For the younger tots, a special playpen with toy cars, colouring books and pencils will keep them occupied.
This is the perfect choice for children’s parties, lined with play pads to ensure the safety of the kids. The 240sqm play area provides plenty of room for them to run freely and explore their surroundings.
District 10’s special kids menu offers delicious options like Roasted Mini Chipolata With Fried Eggs And Fries (S$9), Black Angus Mini Burger With Fries (S$9) and Fish Fritters With Sautéed Vegetables (S$9).
District 10 Bar & Restaurant: 81 Clemencau Ave, UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-15/16/17, Singapore 239917 | Tel: +65 67384788 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Mon – Wed), 11.30am – 12midnight (Thu), 10am – 12midnight (Fri & Eve of Public Holidays), 10am – 11pm (Sun & Public Holidays) | Website | Facebook
At PS. Cafe’s outlet at Harding Road (Dempsey Hill), the soft lighting and relaxing music coupled with an unimpeded view of the surrounding greenery makes this restaurant the ideal place to hang out with your loved ones.
The food is sumptuous and unbelievably generous in terms of their portions. The Double Chocolate Blackout Cake (S$16) is surely heavenly gratification for all chocolate lovers and those with a sweet tooth. It’s very popular amongst kids as well.
Located at Suntec City Mall, Cool De Sac is a children’s entertainment centre like no other. It showcases a variety of educational play stations ranging from plush toys, LEGO, art and craft as well as interactive games. That sure maked it a play haven for kids of all ages!
Living up its motto “Eat well. Play smart.”, Bistro Cool by Cool De Sac serves up high-quality dishes at affordable prices. Let your little ones enjoy the range of edutainment stations while you relax with your spouse at the adjoining bistro.
With fresh ingredients used in preparing their dishes, parents do not need to worry about letting kids choose their own meals. Cool De Sac is no doubt, wholesome for the whole family.
Huber’s Bistro was flourishing well at Dempsey Hill, so much that it moved down the hill to a bigger place. The ‘newly colonized’ area is an expansion of the bistro, adding on to the two-storey butchery that Huber’s occupies at the top of the hill.
Nestled in nature, the bistro now has a casual, more al fresco themed ambience to it. It even has a soft-fall playground next to it, where you can park your young ones as you and your spouse relax over your weekend brunch and date.
Jamie’s Italian is celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s first entry to Singapore. With two branches located at family-friendly shopping centres The Forum and VivoCity, the restaurant has a specially-curated kids’ menu — presented in the design of a classic red ViewMaster.
Featuring a lineup of homemade Italian favourites ranging from varieties of pasta and delectable desserts, your whole family can pick and share from a menu consisting of a plethora of delights.
Special highlight goes to the Jamie’s Italian VivoCity branch which has a free outdoor waterplay area on Level 3 for the kids to have a great time after dining at the restaurant. Kids can even rent a paddle boat from S$8 to splash around in.
Jamie’s Italian Singapore: 1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity, #01 165-167, Singapore 098585 | Tel: +65 6733 5500 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 9pm (Mon – Thu), 12noon – 10pm (Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun) | Website | Facebook
EatPlayLove is a Thai-Western cafe situated within the Kampong Glam area. Besides serving Thai-infused Western fare at affordable prices, EatPlayLove specialises in craftwork and craft-making. The cafe has a Craft Corner where both parents and kids can get their creative juices to work and be rewarded with their very own DIY masterpieces to take home.
At a wallet-friendly rate of S$5 per hour (S$5 for two hours on weekdays), EatPlayLove provides free-flow art materials for the young ones to design and construct their little works of art, while their parents take a breather and dine in peace.
Art and craft materials available include foil art, paper puppets, DIY dolls & monsters as well as EatPlayLove’s bestselling range of shrink plastic. The latter offers the investigative kiddos the freedom to draw, cut, bake and create their showpiece.
Tucked away in Goodman Arts Centre, away from the bustle of the city is Cafe Melba, an ideal place for a laid-back meal with either friends or family. An Australian-inspired cafe, the cafe serves up classics as well as gourmet coffees and luxury teas.
What I love most about Cafe Melba is the layout of the restaurant. Diners have the freedom of choosing whether to dine indoors or out on the widespread lawn — excellent for you to lay your mats for a picnic with your fam.
Cafe Melba also blows up its bouncy castle on weekends, and parents can keep your eyes on your kids in the midst of your al fresco dining. With a wide range of beverages, you and your child can choose from a series of indulgent milkshake flavours like peanut butter, to healthier drinks that include carrot, beet and celery juice which are quite refreshing.
Not forgetting the special kids menu which consists of scrumptious yet, well-tailored portions of mains. It comes with juice and an ice-cream, and kids get an activity sheet together with colour pencils to pass the time.
A little-known fact about Quentin’s The Eurasian Restaurant is that it is fantastically kid-friendly, with excellent service as well as an indoor play area. With life-sized toy cars, slides and ball pools along with an extensive library of books, the kiddos can really go wild here while you catch up over a meal with your significant other.
Topping it well, Quentin’s serves up hearty Eurasian food. Signature mains here include the Cambrang Bostador (S$18.50). Not to forget, the Sugee Cake (S$6.50) is a must-try at this authentic European restaurant.
Quentin’s The European Restaurant: 139 Ceylon Road, Eurasian Community House Level 1, Singapore 429744 | Tel: +65 6348 0327 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Tue – Fri), 11am – 2pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun) | Website | Facebook
Picotin Express has three outlets islandwide, but I’d like to specially highlight its branch at Bukit Timah, which is equipped with features and amenities that make it a unique dining arena.
Nestled within the lush green Champions Public Golf Course, the restaurant unveils an al fresco deck, offering you an escapade from the bustle of your daily chores.
A highlight of Picotin’s outlet at Bukit Timah is the mini golf course for the kids. The other Picotin Express branches also serve up a wide range of drinks, ice-cream, pizza and pasta, sure to please the appetites of these young ones with developing tummies.
Tucked away in lush greenery at the heart of the Bukit Timah is one of the most unique venues — Riders Cafe grants you the privilege of dining up-close with horses.
With an old world charm and a relaxing ambience, the cafe not only appeals to fans of the equestrian variety, but also to folks of all walks of life seeking a breather from our fast-paced city life.
Head down on a Sunday and with just S$10, kids can enjoy pony rides at nearby Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Other special features of the cafe include an outdoor playground and watching horses from the restaurant’s outdoor deck.
Note that the cafe is full on weekends, hence do call one or two days beforehand to make reservations for your weekend dining and fun at Riders Cafe.
If you’re looking for a dining place where both you and your kiddos can play with your food, to your hearts’ content, Slappy Cakes is your answer. This is a cool place where you and your young ones can have fun doodling, flipping and then eating your own pancake creations.
With five flavours of batter (Buttermilk, Wholegrain, Peanut Butter and Zucchini) to choose from, both you and your child can have the freedom to design and savour your own DIY pancakes. Best thing is, kids will not complain about food they’ve made by themselves!
Slappy Cakes: 200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand, #01-20/21, Singapore 287994 | Tel: +65 6465 1814 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm (Mon- Fri), 8am – 9.30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays) | Website | Facebook
Vineyard at Hortpark has a more sophisticated and serious setting that seems suitable for business meetings or in-depth discussions amongst adults. Yet, with the arrival of the weekend, the place is transformed into a kiddie utopia.
Featuring in-house activities including the bouncy castle, archery zone, bowling, balloon sculpting as well as a kids’ corner, this place is indeed gorgeous for a weekend out with the kiddos. It’s one of the best places for quality time spent with the young ones through eating, playing as well as educational reading.
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There are different themes each month with fun-filled activities for the kids too. Spend some good quality time together as a family and pick up some new skills. Some of the activities kids can get involved with include face painting, themed crafts, a play area with games and of course, two bouncy castles.
Get ready to put on your most stretchy buffet pants because Andaz Singapore has introduced an S$35++ Lazy Breakfast Semi-Buffet on weekends and public holidays, from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Apart from being spoilt for choice with their staple breakfast buffet line-up of waffles (great for the little ones!), assorted cheeses, fresh juices, egg station (cooked-to-order!) and Asian delights, diners can also choose one main from their special menu.
You can pick from classic Eggs Benedict, hearty Smoked Salmon Bagel, a decadent Breakfast Burger or even a spoil-yourself Steak And Egg (requires a top-up of S$10).
The buffet spread even includes gluten-free options, so no family member is left out. The kids will lap up the comfort food like tater tots, mini pastries and noodles, while the adults can enjoy a tipple or two with their alcohol add-on option.
Luxuriate in the chill weekend vibes by opting for free-flow booze (additional S$35) that includes Prosecco, wines, beer, and access to the DIY mojito station!
With one of the best hotel buffet deals in town, you’ll be kind on your wallet while satisfying you and your family’s hunger at the same time!
Buffet price: S$35++ (with the option to top-up an additional S$35 for free-flow alcohol)
Alley On 25: 5 Fraser Street, Andaz Singapore, Level 5, Singapore 189354 | Tel: +65 6408 1288 | Buffet timings: weekends and public holidays, 11.30am to 2.30pm | Website