Family-Friendly Activities in Singapore for Kids with Special Needs: Fun and Inclusive Ideas for the
Updated: May 17
In recent years, Singapore has taken significant steps towards becoming a more inclusive society, with a focus on making public spaces and attractions accessible to all. As one of the most family-friendly places in the world, parents and caregivers can have a plethora of activities catering to children of all ages and abilities. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor, learning a sport, taking a relaxing stroll, or appreciating the arts, here are some fun and inclusive ideas:
1) Promoting Inclusion and Wellness through Sports (Cycling)
Cycling is a great way to improve stamina while having fun. In addition, it also helps to develop hand-eye coordination and cognitive motor skills.
Cycle School SG has successfully coached children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism (mild spectrum), Aspergers (psychomotor), and Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) in learning how to cycle. Parents are also encouraged to participate together with their children under the guidance of the coach. Check out their website
2) Promoting Inclusion and Wellness through Sports (Running)
Running improves healthy growth and development. It releases endorphins, elevates mood, and expands social skills.
RunningHour is an inclusive sports cooperative in Singapore that aims to promote the integration of persons with special needs through sports. They have a group of fitness enthusiasts, and volunteer guides who motivate and assist special needs throughout activities.
Check out their website for more information on their upcoming activities/events.
3) Introducing Music form of therapy
Music is a wonderful way to develop creativity, improve motor, socialization skills, and enhance communication. It somehow acts as a tool to address emotional, cognitive, and physical needs.
Radiant Spectrum is one of the first music centers in Singapore that offered customized lessons tailored for special needs or individuals aged 4 to 20 years old. They have experience working with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, and non-verbal or selectively mute conditions. Visit their website
4) Experience The Joy of Outdoors
Nature can provide a calm, peaceful, and soothing atmosphere. With abundant greenery, parks are particularly beneficial for special needs rather than an overwhelming environment.
An excellent example is the largest Therapeutic Garden at Singapore’s Jurong Lake Gardens. Designed specifically for children with conditions such as mild autism, ADHD, and physical disabilities, as well as seniors with dementia, it provides curated features to promote a sense of well-being.
Explore the Children's Discovery Area and Butterfly Maze dedicated to engaging young visitors' senses of smell, touch, sound, and sight through play elements such as musical instruments, mazes, slides, and a labyrinth with glow-in-the-dark pathways and adorable floor imprints.
5) Tranquil zone in National Gallery
Art galleries can be a wonderful place for children to explore different forms of art and gain exposure to various styles and techniques, providing therapeutic and educational experiences. However, for those who may become overstimulated or overwhelmed while visiting, the National Gallery Singapore offers a place to decompress.
The Calm Room is located at Level B1 of the City Hall Wing, in the Spine Hall, and is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm, with a maximum of seven people (mask on) allowed at a time.
It provides a safe space to rest from sensory overload with soft, adjust-soothing ambient soundscapes and diffused, dimmable lights, along with special seating pods that help to alleviate stress. Additionally, sensory kits, such as fidget toys, and weighted blankets to regulate are available for loan, find out the list of the items in their kit on their website.
Written by Sharon Tan