We love that Singapore is full of child-friendly restaurants. Many dining spots around our little island offer children’s menus and provide colouring sheets that help keep our little ones occupied while waiting for the food to arrive. Some, such as Lenas at Serangoon’s NEX mall and Eatplaylove Café at the Aliwal Arts Centre in Kampong Glam, even have play corners just for kids.
Family-friendly dining spots such as Brussel Sprouts at Sentosa’s Quayside Isle, Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre and Vineyard at HortPark even have outdoor play areas where kids can run around in the sun while parents enjoy a spot of al fresco dining.
Singapore’s paid indoor playgrounds invariably also have a little café attached, offering some form of beverages, cakes, chicken nuggets and fries. They are perfect for parents to take a break while the kids scamper about the playscapes.
Family-friendly Restaurants and Cafés with Indoor Playscapes in Singapore
When it comes to restaurants and cafés with an indoor playscape, the options narrow down considerably.
Little Day Out scoured around Singapore to pick out a few family-friendly restaurants where the adults can settle down to a proper meal while keeping the kids entertained at an indoor playground, in air-conditioned comfort.
Enjoy your meatballs and chicken wings while watching the children play at the “carousel” in the middle of IKEA Alexandra’s restaurant.
Where: 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965
Nearest MRT: Queenstown
Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ, WestWay
Serving up delicious Korean barbeque, the Ju Shin Jung restaurant along West Coast Highway has a castle-themed children’s play area that includes a ball pond. The menu is on the high-side (as with most Korean restaurants) but the lunch special at $10.90++ is good value.
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Where: 27 West Coast Highway, #01-18, Singapore 117867. Tel: +65 6464 0872
Nearest MRT: Haw Par Villa
Descend past Alpine scenery as make your way to this “restaurant-in-a-market”. With favourites like Swiss rösti and crepes, there is something here for the entire family to enjoy. Marché 313 @ somerset’s play area for kids, “Heidi’s Home”, is decked out in wood, transporting kids away to an Alpine hideout. There is even a baby food warming station available. Brilliant!
Where: Level 1, Discovery Walk, 313 Orchard Road
, Singapore 238895. Tel: +65 6834 4041
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Various McDonald’s outlets have “Play Places” for kids. This one at Kallang has an indoor Play Place with a playscape just for kids.
Where: 200 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore 397726
Nearest MRT: Kallang
NTUC Foodfare, Clementi Mall
Billed as food court for 3-generation families when first opened in July 2011, this family-friendly food court has kid-sized tables and chairs, as well as a small playground sporting a see-saw.
Where: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West #04-20/22, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Clementi
This kitchen superstore along Bukit Timah Road also has a cafeteria-style bistro where a padded corner has been set aside for children.
Where: 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore 589472. Tel: 6219 7077
Nearest MRT: Clementi
Tree House Café
(Editor’s Note: Tree House Café has since closed.)
This family-friendly restaurant at The Grandstand not only has a two-storey play area for children but even organises monthly family activities. The menu covers both East and West with dishes such as Slow-cooked Wagyu Cheek and Curry Chicken sharing the menu.
Where: 200 Turf Club Road #01-17, The Grandstand, Singapore 287994. Tel: 6469 0282
Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens
This grand colonial bungalow at Rochester Park used to house Seb’s Bistro. It has now been taken over by La Viva Spanish Tapas & Bar. Nonetheless, The Playhouse, an indoor playground co-located with the restaurant at Rochester House is still there.
Where: 7 Rochester Park, Singapore 139218. Tel: 6773 1312 (La Viva) / 6776 6683 (The Playhouse)
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista