Singapore’s sweltering heat and humidity can take a toll on some, especially the seniors. Thankfully, Singapore has no lack of places or activities that can amply engage the entire family, and at the same time, are senior-friendly. If you’re planning a day out with the senior members of your family, here’s how we think your itinerary can look like with some of these beat-the-heat gems:
The Flavour of Dim Sum
Kick-start the day together with a sumptuous dim sum breakfast—air-conditioned style. Alternatively, you can opt for a dim sum lunch/high tea buffet, or indulge in a dim sum galore the entire day.
With a wide array of delectable bite-sized sweet and savoury local treats, such as the liu sha bao (bun filled with salted egg yolk) and har gao (steamed prawn dumpling), the older family members will find the lure of dim sum hard to resist.
Check out this list of some of Singapore’s to-live-for dim sum restaurants. With quality offerings ranging from premium to the old school, everyone in the family will be spoilt for choice.
- Make a reservation to avoid waiting or disappointment.
The Richness of Museums
With an extensive showcase of works from the past, museums present wonderful opportunities for the seniors to reminisce the past and pass on legacies to the younger generation. All in the comfort of an air-conditioned environment.
- Bring along a scarf or sweater as it can get chilly in the museums
- Research in advance to find out more about the museum’s exhibits, as well as special exhibitions/showcase, for a more productive trip
Here's a list of history-rich museums in Singapore you can visit.
The Wonders of Gardens by the Bay
Take a trip down and enjoy an array of fascinating features offered by Gardens by the Bay. To escape the heat and humidity, head straight to the Gardens’ two indoor conservatories — the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Enter a different world and be awed by the impressive displays of flowers and plants. For visitors who prefer not to walk, audio tours are also available.
To enjoy the outdoor in breezy comfort, opt to venture out when the sun is setting. Hop on down to the Children’s Garden for an engaging time, especially between the grandparents and grandchildren, at the water play feature. Take an evening stroll atop the famous vertical garden ecosystem, the Supertree Grove, and appreciate the night skyline view together. Enjoy a 15-minute display of music and light shows each evening.
Seniors aged 60 and above will be entitled to special rates for entry into the conservatories. For more information, visit Gardens by the Bay website.
- Bring along a scarf or sweater as it can get chilly in the conservatories
- Not forgetting the insect repellents too
- Wear comfortable shoes if you prefer to walk. Shuttle rides are also available
- Buy tickets online for ticketed features
- Pack a picnic mat if you wish to enjoy the light shows seated
And if you’d like to, bring along an umbrella too
The Wildness of the Night Safari
For the more adventurous families, you can opt to end your outing with a bang at the nocturnal Night Safari. Enjoy the wildlife reserve and exciting live performances sans the heat. Guided tram rides, which cover a large part of the enclosures, are available. Some trails, however, are only accessible on foot. There are sheltered stops, restaurants and restrooms throughout the park. Visit Night Safari website for more information.
- Buy tickets online to be eligible for discounted rates and to avoid waiting
- Bring along a scarf or sweater in case it gets chilly with the night breeze
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Bring along an umbrella as some of these paths or enclosures are unsheltered
- Have your insect repellents handy, and wear light-coloured clothes to deter the mosquitoes