Have the holidays got your kids working up an appetite? These familyfriendly restaurants are perfect for hungry little ones

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Have the holidays got your kids working up an appetite? These familyfriendly restaurants are perfect for hungry little ones.
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For Outdoor Play
Open Farm Community
130E Minden Road

With a sand playground, a cow-shaped slide and even an edible outdoor garden, there’s plenty to do besides eat! There’s a dedicated kids’ menu featuring familiar favourites like lasagne and pasta. Plus, there’s an extensive list of beers, cocktails and mocktails embellished with herbs grown on-site.

Huber’s Bistro
22 Dempsey Road

Its spacious, padded playground fitted with slides and climbing areas for kids to play in is located right next to the bistro. They also serve kid-friendly items like sausages, fries and salads. Do your grocery shopping at Huber’s butchery while you’re there, and enjoy the walletfriendly bistro food.

Ola Beach Club
46 Siloso Beach Walk

From building sandcastles to splashing about in the sea nearby, there’s plenty to do at this seaside joint. Feel like you’re holidaying in Hawaii by tucking into dishes inspired from the region, such as Kalua Pig Taco ($25), Ahi Poke ($20) and Saimin Salad ($15).

#01-13, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay
Located in Robertson Quay, this has plenty of space outside for kids to run freely, or whiz about on their scooters or skateboards. Dining by the riverside is a real treat, and you and the little ones can tuck into tacos and quesadillas.
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For A Relaxing Afternoon
Poison Ivy Bistro
100 New Tiew Road

This sprawling 10-acre space has guided farm tours, potting sessions and hands-on activities to engage kids. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the bistro serves up local staples like Nasi Lemak ($15 for a set), Chicken Curry ($20 for a platter) and Samosas. Little ones get to choose from Fish and Chips, Spaghetti Bolognese and Curry with Rice.

Food For Thought At Botanic
Gardens #B1-00, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Road

This eco-conscious restaurant is great for a relaxing brunch and unwinding after a morning walk with the family.Food For Thought is known for their all-day breakfast items like French Toast ($9), Tomato Poached Eggs ($12) and Banana Walnut Pancakes ($14). Its outdoor playground has slides, climbing areas and a mini playhouse, and the kids’ menu includes items like Milk Chocolate Pancakes ($7) and Beef Bolognese Linguine ($9).

Slappy Cakes
#01-20/21, The Grandstand,200 Turf Club Road and #01-29, Resorts World Sentosa,26 Sentosa Gateway
If you’ve always wanted to make pancakes with your little ones but don’t quite enjoy the potential cleanup after, this is the perfect place to go. Prices start at $8.50 for a bottle of batter. Let kids flex their creative muscles customising their very own pancakes, with various flavours and toppings.
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For Indoor Play Areas
EatPlayLo ve Cafe
#01-07, 28 Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street

Savour Thai-Western delights like Thai Basil Chicken Rice ($9), Chicken Chop Grill ($11.50) and Mac and Cheese ($11.50). For $5 an hour, kids get a free flow of art materials at the Craft Corner of the cafe. From foil art, paper puppets, sock monkey kits and so much more, there’s plenty to do to keep your little ones occupied.

Cafe Melba at Mediapolis
#03-01, 1 Stars Avenue

Cafe Melba offers a calming environment for kids. Let them join the Kids Club, where they get to collect a loyalty stamp and a mystery gift. On weekends and public holidays, the restaurant sets up a bouncy castle and a giant tic-tac-toe game. Indulge in Australiasian perennial classics like all-day breakfast items.

Montreux Jazz Cafe
#01-02, Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road
Be entertained by live jazz and blues performances from international and regional acts, while tucking into hearty comfort foods like burgers, roast chicken and wraps. Let the kids enjoy their own entertainment in the kids’ room, run by a children’s entertainment agency.
For Hearty Meals
Long Chim
#02-02, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue

If your child is an adventurous eater, Long Chim is a great place to introduce them to Thai food. The kids’ menu includes Thai signature dishes such as roast duck on rice, rice noodles with soy and chicken, and grilled chicken with sweet chilli sauce. Each main comes with a drink for $15++.

Jamie’s Italian at Vivocity
#01-165/167, Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Dining at Jamie’s as a kid is bound to be heaps of fun. Not only is the menu presented in a Viewfinder so kids have more fun deciding what they want to eat, each child that dines at Jamie’s gets a little pack of card games. Children can also savour nutritious Italian classics like Spaghetti Vongole ($18.50) and Simple Baked Lasagne ($27).
For Enjoying The Outdoors
Vineyard at Hortpark
#02-02, Hort Park, 33 Hyderabad Road

With a bouncy castle, balloon sculpting and children’s bowling alley, this sophisticated space is a genuine kid’s utopia. Spend some quality time with the young ones while savouring tasty soul food like Roasted Pork Rack ($32), Braised Beef Cheek ($28) and Norwegian Salmon Confit ($29).

Brussels Sprouts
#01-12, The Pier At Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road
If you’re a huge fan of beer, rejoice as the restaurant has over 200 different brands for sale. Brussels Sprouts is also known for its seafood dishes: Mussels and clams are the main stars of the restaurant, so be sure to order them (prices start from $32 for a starter size, and $42 for a main size). On most weekends, the restaurant has a visiting balloon sculptor that comes in, and kids also get to eat for free with every paying adult on weekends and public holidays!