When it comes to eating out with your little ones, do you always find yourself on the verge of pulling your hair out?
It can be incredibly tricky dining out with your young children as you have to feed them, pacify them, entertain them before you can even dig into your now-cold plate of hearty handmade ravioli or premium wagyu.
Take heart that you're not alone! GET.com has rounded up this list of 10 kid-friendly dining spots in Singapore that'll keep your little ones' tummies and hearts full.
While your little ones are busy entertaining themselves, your wife/husband and you can finally tuck in without breaking a sweat!
In This Kid Friendly Restaurant Guide
1. Jamie's Italian
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Conveniently located in VivoCity, Jamie's Italian is a kid-friendly, casual Italian restaurant that your family can dine at for a fun-filled day or night out.
Besides offering a nutritionally-balanced selection of delicious food options on its rustic menu for both adults and kids, Jamie's Italian also offers an exquisite antipasti bar and ice-cold draft beers brewed exclusively for Jamie's Italian Singapore.
You'll be happy to know that Jamie's Italian provides high chairs for younger children, and colouring sheets and crayons to keep children entertained.
They've also got a mini terrace with a herb garden for those curious little ones to explore!
If you don't already know, Jamie's Italian is celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's casual Italian chain. You can be sure that your family is in good hands, especially since Jamie champions healthy eating and is no stranger to fighting for food education for every child worldwide.
1 Harbourfront Walk
Sunday to Thursday: 12:00pm-10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
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The Marché outlet at Suntec City is one absolute winner for families. Besides providing colouring sheets and craft sets to keep children occupied, the double-storey windmill-themed play area never fails to work its magic to enchant kids!
The play area is larger and better than the one at Marché 313 Somerset; expect to find a mini-bridge and a stairway leading to a hideout on the second floor.
Kids will love the blackboards, puzzles, wooden playhouses, wooden train tracks, treehouse and an almost-life-sized cow they get to "milk"! There's even a climbing wall for children who are physically more active.
If you can get your little ones away from the play areas to actually load up on food, Marché's Picky Kids Menu offers easy-to-eat sweet or savoury crepes, rosti with chicken cheese or pork sausage, or pizza.
Fret not if your child's still a toddler - the Suntec City and 313 Somerset outlets have baby stations equipped with a microwave oven for parents to reheat pre-packed baby food brought from home.
Marché Mövenpick Suntec City
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall
Monday - Friday: 8:00am-11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday & public holidays: 10:00am-11:00pm
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Who hasn't been to or heard of IKEA? It is famed for its gorgeous show rooms, flat packages, bouncy meatballs and ice-cream cones that retail at an unbeatable price of $0.50 each.
The family-friendly IKEA restaurant wing is where you'll find affordable Swedish-style food for all, special kids meals, high chairs and play areas all in one place.
While the adults are busy shopping at the store, children can be kept equally occupied within IKEA's in-house play facility, Småland - a magical forest with spider webs strong enough to climb and clogs big enough for children to hide inside.
It's the perfect play area for jumping, climbing, running and bouncing. Do check out Småland Conditions of Entry before making a trip down!
There is also a silent and calm forest where children can watch a movie or just rest under an enormous spruce tree. Whatever their choice, it is definitely adventure for the little ones!
At the IKEA store, there are also changing rooms for babies where parents can attend to the needs of their little ones.
IKEA Alexandra Address:
317 Alexandra Road
IKEA Alexandra Store Opening Hours:
IKEA Alexandra Restaurant Hours:
9:00am-10:00pm daily (Last order at 9:30pm)
IKEA Tampines Address:
60 Tampines North Drive 2
IKEA Tampines Store Opening Hours:
IKEA Tampines Restaurant Hours:
(Last order at 10pm)
4. Quentin's - The Eurasian Restaurant
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It is a harsh reality but not all restaurants are warm and welcoming towards diners with young children.
Quentin's made it into our list because it is ultra kid-friendly, boasts fantastic service on top of dishing out excellent Eurasian food at very reasonable prices.
It is recommended that the whole family head to Quentin's together as their portions are pretty generous!
Quentin's playroom for kids is air-conditioned and packed with lots of toys and books! Its kids menu is priced at $15++ with a selection of mains including usual suspects like fish & chips, chicken tenders, sausage & chicken nuggets and chicken stew. Each kid's meal comes with fresh apple juice and 1 scoop of ice-cream!
Quentin's The Eurasian Restaurant
Eurasian Community House
139 Ceylon Road
Tuesday - Sunday: Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner: 6:30pm-10:30pm
*Opened till midnight on Fridays
*Closed on Mondays
5. Cool De Sac
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Cool de Sac is a children's entertainment center like no other - it centres around children and their parents by establishing a space where the whole family gets to enjoy a healthy meal out together without compromising on their children's development through creative play.
Thriving on the notion "Eat well. Play smart!", expect to find educational play stations ranging from LEGO, arts and crafts, to interactive games for older kids and a plushy soft play area for younger ones at Cool de Sac.
The adjoining Bistro Cool by Cool de Sac commits to serving quality food whipped up with fresh ingredients that even the most health-conscious individuals would approve of.
Admission charges and other vital information can be found on their official website here. http://cooldesac.com.sg/location-info
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall
6. Scrumptious At The Turf
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Nestled amongst the slew of family-friendly eateries at The Grandstand sits Scrumptious At The Turf, a restaurant that offers fresh, hearty Western comfort food.
It is especially value-for-money on weekdays and the delightful food is something that anyone would appreciate.
Scrumptious At The Turf is a great place to take your kids to for wholesome food that doesn't necessarily translate into boring food.
Children will love the rack of little toys and puzzles, the gigantic chalkboard that they can doodle on and the light-hearted cartoons that screen perennially on their TV screen.
On top of having a play area for kids within the friendly and welcoming restaurant, kids get to dine for free!
But of course, the catch is that a child gets to dine for free with any adult main course ordered. You'll also be pleased to know that the mains are generously portioned!
200 Turf Club Road
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00am-10:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 09:00am-10:00pm (or later!)
*Closed on Monday
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Trapizza is a casual Italian bistro sitting on the ever popular Siloso Beach at Sentosa. Its open-air layout offers an ideal chill-out spot for beachgoers, tourists and families alike.
Besides indulging in wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, a selection of pastas, salads, snacks and desserts, families get to soak up the sun and dig their feet into the warm soft sand on a fun day out in the sun! A children's set menu is also available at Trapizza.
They have play houses on the sandy beach where kids can enjoy slides and sand play while parents chill out al fresco style, looking out for their kids at the same time.
10 Siloso Beach Walk
8. EatPlayLove Café
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If your kids are fascinated with arts and crafts of all sorts, you have to take them to EatPlayLove Café. Aptly situated in Kampong Glam, EatPlayLove Café oozes lots of whimsical vibes and is full of nostalgia.
You can also find old-school Singaporean snacks and toys that are sure to trigger that sentimentalist in you!
At just $5, each kid gets two hours of unlimited crafting fun on weekdays at this crafty café!
On weekends, public holidays or school holidays, rates sit at $5 for the first hour, and $2.50 for each subsequent 30-minute window.
You'll be surprised what your little children can dream up with the unlimited use of craft materials!
EatPlayLove Café serves a mix of Western dishes, Thai-inspired cuisine and sandwiches such as Macaroni & Cheese and Pineapple Rice.
If you intend to eat, go early, as their kitchen is closed from 3-6pm except on weekends and public holidays!
You might want to keep tabs on their Facebook page for latest updates, too!
28 Aliwal Street
Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00pm-10:00pm
*Closed on Tuesday
9. Café Melba
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Spacious grounds for children to run about? Check.
A kid-friendly menu that kids actually love? Check.
A big, bouncy castle on weekends and public holidays? Check.
Seriously delicious, thin-crust pizzas? Check.
Enter Café Melba, an Australian-inspired cafe located in the compounds of the Goodman Arts Centre that exudes laid-back charm and loads of joy for every child and parent.
On a regular day, board games, coloured pencils and activity sheets are available to keep your young ones in their seats!
Feel free to ask if your child needs high chair or if you need to park the stroller, they'll be more than happy to assist you.
Well, besides the alone-time or spouse-time you'll finally be receiving, Café Melba is where you should be looking if you (and your kids) yearn for wholesome, basic comfort food in a lush, family-friendly setting.
Word has it that their fluffy, non-greasy pancakes and wood-fired thin-crust pizzas are must-tries!
Goodman Arts Centre
10. Ocean Restaurant By Cat Cora
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If you don't already know, Cat Cora, a mother of four, made television history in 2005 when she became the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America.
It is therefore not difficult to guess that the food served in the Ocean Restaurant amid swimming, majestic sea creatures is expensive and exquisite down to the detail.
The Ocean Restaurant is popular among couples as it is romantic in its own right. Nonetheless, it remains a family-friendly restaurant with its offering of a children's menu, huge activity sheets and even coloured pencils for kids.
Now, that is quite unheard of in the realm of fine-dining restaurants, isn't it? I'm pretty sure the stingrays and fish swimming at an eye-to-eye level are a bigger draw for your inquisitive little ones!
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
Resorts World™ Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm daily
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