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Universal Studios, Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore

While it is not as big as its United States counterparts, the Universal Studios in Singapore still makes for a fun day out with kids. It is located on Sentosa Island which for us was about a $10 SGD taxi fare from the Marina Bay area.  If you want to avoid the ticket queues, buying tickets beforehand online is preferable (and cheaper). Gates open at 10.00am and we would recommend arriving around 10 minutes beforehand (allow a bit more extra time if buying tickets on site).

There are seven zones at Universal Studios Singapore:

  • Hollywood
  • New York
  • Sci Fi City
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Lost World
  • Far Far Away
  • Madagascar

If you love adrenalin rides, we would suggest that once you enter the park go straight to Sci-Fi City  Here you can experience the Transformers and Battlestar Galactica rides before the queues begin. The Transformers is a 3D thrill ride and is definitely our favourite experience of Universal Studios Singapore so do not miss it! The Battlestar Galactica is a Human (red track) v’s Cylon (blue track) dual high speed rollercoaster ride where both depart simultaneously (the blue one is for the more adventurous riders).

You can then move onto the nearby Ancient Egypt zone which has the very popular Revenge of the Mummy ride which is an indoor rollercoaster and not for the faint hearted.

Another popular zone is the Lost World which has two very popular rides which can get long queues – the Canopy Flyer and the Jurassic Park Rapid Adventure (just be prepared to get wet on this one!). There are free lockers available around the park to store bags and valuables for the rides that you cannot take them on.

In the Far Far Away zone you will find the newly built Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey suspended rollercoaster ride which the kids really loved. They also enjoyed the Enchanted Airways and the 4D Shrek Adventure show here.

The kids will also love the the Madagascar Crate Adventure boat journey in the Madagascar zone. If you have been to Disneyland before this is a fun Madagascar version of the It’s A Small World ride.

In the New York zone, the highlights are the Sesame Street Spaghetti Chase ride as well as the Lights, Camera, Action special effects show hosted by Steven Spielberg.

As well as all the rides here, there is a Waterworld show very similar to those at the U.S. Universal Studios. If you have been to one of the U.S. shows I would bypass it here and keep going on the rides.  Please note there is no studio backlot here which is a big feature of the LA Universal Studios.

There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day with various characters from Sesame Street, Transformers etc. If you there on a weekend there is also a Hollywood Dreams Parade and fireworks on a Saturday night. A weekday visit is recommended though if you want to avoid the major ride queues. If you are going there on a busy day, an express pass may be worth purchasing. You can buy these from outside the entrance but the good thing is you can also buy them once inside if the queues look like they are going to be too long.

Our boys were 8 & 10 when we last visited Universal Studios Singapore and this park is perfect for kids their ages. Due to its smaller size, it is easy to walk around the entire park and there is plenty of entertainment to keep them occupied for the whole day. This Universal studios is mostly aimed at younger children and there are plenty of rides that they can go on by themselves so the adults can relax a little bit.

One more tip would be to make sure you take plenty of water with you. It gets quite hot standing in queues in the Singapore heat!

To find out more information go to www.rwsentosa.com

Also on Sentosa Island is the S.E.A. Aquarium (see review here).

For more family fun ideas see our Exploring Singapore with Kids blog here.

Open Ocean Tank at S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore

S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore

If you are staying in Singapore and looking for somewhere to take the kids out for a few hours, then the S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island is the perfect choice. As well as a great way to beat the Singapore heat and humidity, this aquatic journey will mesmerise the kids with its sheer size, vibrant colours and fascinating creatures of the deep.

We were lucky enough to go there when it was not too busy so we didn’t have to queue long for tickets. Upon entry you have to pass through the Maritime Experimental Museum which showcases Asia’s rich maritime history and Singapore’s past as a trading port.

Once you have wandered through the museum, it’s time to enter and explore the S.E.A. Aquarium which is home to more than 100,000 marine animals. The aquarium has 49 different habitats with viewing areas of all different shapes and sizes. Our main highlights of the aquarium were;

  • Open Ocean tank which houses the worlds largest ocean viewing window and is home to many gentle giants of the sea including Leopard Sharks, Groupers and Mantra Rays.
  • Shipwreck Habitat where you can observe a life sized ship wreck
  • Discovery Touch Pool which lets the kids (and adults too!) touch and feel friendly sea creatures like starfish and sea urchins.
  • Shark Seas which is a walk through tank where you are surrounded by a variety of shark species including hammerheads, silvertips and sandbar sharks.
  • Fish Feeding at the big cylinder tank was amazing to watch the fish go crazy when the diver went in to feed them – we saw the 11.00am feeding session.
  • Ocean Journey habitats which gives you the chance to experience the amazing kinds of sea creatures living deep in the ocean.

We really enjoyed our experience at S.E.A. Aquarium and loved that they had so many different viewing platforms and that each exhibit had informative fact and trivia placards about the different marine life inside. We would suggest allowing between 2-3 hours to walk around and really look at each exhibit to learn little bit more about what lies beneath us on the ocean floor.

For more information on S.E.A. Aquarium go to www.rwsentosa.com

Also on Sentosa Island is Universal Studios (see review here).

For more family fun ideas in Singapore check out our Exploring Singapore with Kids blog here.

Singapore

Family Fun in Singapore

Exploring Singapore with Kids

Singapore is a wonderful, clean, vibrant city and a perfect place to visit with kids. It has a great public transport system and taxis are easy to get and inexpensive. There are so many fun places for families to visit, whether it be theme parks, water parks, zoos or just exploring the different cultures that Singapore offers. The city also comes to life at night-time with lots of free family fun entertainment around the city.

If you don’t have a lot of time in Singapore then a good way to see the main sights is the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus. It is a good way for you to explore and visit all the different attractions such as Little India, Raffles Hotel, Boat Quay, Chinatown, Marina Bay, Clarke Quay, Orchard Rd, Singapore Flyer and the Botanic Gardens. The buses also have speakers for guided commentary available in selected languages. We purchased the pass that included a river cruise on a traditional Bumboat that went along Singapore River into Marina Bay giving great views of the famous Merlion.  For more information go to www.ducktours.com.sg

A good way to see the views of Singapore is to hop aboard the Singapore Flyer. While not cheap at $78 SGD for a family pass – if your budget allows, definitely check it out. It is the worlds largest observation wheel and offers stunning panoramic views of the city. To go around one rotation takes about half an hour and is open from 8.30am – 10.30pm.  www.singaporeflyer.com

The Marina Bay area is pretty special and you can take in all the stunning views of Singapore from the public Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. Pricing for this is $23 SGD per adult and $17 SGD per child but the views are pretty amazing. Another option if you can get a babysitter like we did one night is to go up to Ku De Ta Sky Deck and enjoy a couple of drinks  (you do not have to pay the Skypark admission fee) and get the spectacular views (especially at night). It is a good idea to check on the website www.marinabaysands.com to make sure the Skypark is open as it can be closed when the weather is inclement.

Sentosa Island is a must do when travelling with kids. It’s only a short drive, train, bus or cable car trip from the city and with so many things to do, you need more than one day here to see everything on offer. Just a few of the main attractions are:

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Universal Studios

To find out more information on things to do at Sentosa Island go to www.sentosa.com.sg

While Adventure Cove on Sentosa is the main  water park in Singapore, there a few other options. We have tried and enjoyed Wild Wild Wet (see review here) which is a bit further out-of-town but lots of fun. If travelling on a budget another option is Jurong East Swimming complex. For less than $2 SGD per adult and $1 SGD for kids, it is a much cheaper option and still has a swimming pool, wave pool, jacuzzi, lazy river, kiddy fun station and three water slides but is still a bit out-of-town www.singaporeswimming.com.

The Singapore Zoo is a world-class zoo and we would highly recommend it for families. It has plenty to keep you busy (see review here ) and you can combine tickets to take in the River Safari and Night Zoo or Jurong Bird Park.

Night time in Singapore is a whole new amazing experience, and the best part is that most of it is free! Gardens by the Bay provides a mesmerising 15 minute light show with accompanying music called Garden RhapsodyThis is not to be missed, the kids loved it as the huge Supertrees come to life with vibrant electrifying colours.  The shows are daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm with an extra show at 9.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  For more information go to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

We caught the 8.45pm show and then afterwards headed over to the Event Plaza at the Marina Bay Sands to catch another free entertaining display. This time is was the Wonder Full light and water show on the bay which transforms water into moving images and dancing fountains all accompanied to music and songs. You actually need to watch this show twice, once from the Marina Bay side and another time from across the bay along the Esplanade where the Merlion is. When you watch from the Merlion side you get the full effects of the laser beams and it is truly amazing! This is held daily (weather permitting) at 8.00pm and 9.30pm with an extra show at 11.00pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  You can watch a video about Wonder Full on the Marina Bay Sands website www.marinabaysands.com

Lastly, don’t forget to take the kids to the Bugis Street Markets.  This is a great place to buy cheap clothes, shoes, accessories and souvenirs. There are plenty of food and drink stalls as well as a huge shopping mall making it the largest street shopping location in Singapore. It is open from 11.00am to 10.00pm but wouldn’t recommend getting there before midday as they are still setting up the stalls until then. Best time to go is definitely at night. www.bugisstreet.com.sg

You can also check out our pinterest board on Singapore https://www.pinterest.com/rochwillo/singapore/

While in Singapore we have stayed at the Conrad Hotel (see review here) and the Hilton Singapore (see review here).

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

Review of Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo is a world-class attraction and definitely one of the best zoos we have ever been to. We visited in August 2014 and absolutely loved our visit there. This zoo is so clean with fantastic facilities and all the enclosures are well laid out and maintained. We took a taxi which took about 30 mins from the Marina Bay area. There are public transport options available, but you have to take a train then get on a bus so allow a bit more time to get there.

The Singapore Zoo opens at 8.30am and like most attractions in Singapore, it is best to get there as early as possible to beat the heat. One of the animal experiences that you can book online before you arrive is Breakfast with the Orang Utans from 9.00am -10.30am (extra fee applies).  Unfortunately we were not organised enough to pre book in time, but apparently it is a pretty amazing experience and we will definitely give it a try on our next visit.

Be prepared for a lot of walking throughout the day. There is a hop on/hop off tram service that will take you around the main part of the zoo – tickets for unlimited rides are $5.00 SGD for adults and $3.00 SGD for children. There is so much to see here, the star animal attractions being – Elephants of Asia, Hamadryas Baboons, Orang Utans, Australian Outback, Reptile Garden, Fragile Forest and Frozen Tundra.

There are also four different animal shows throughout the day;

One of the best parts of taking your kids to Singapore Zoo is the Rainforest Kidzworld area. Halfway through the day we came here so the kids could cool off and play in the water park and they loved it (don’t forget to bring some towels with you to dry off)! While the kids played, we grabbed something to eat and took advantage of the free Wi-Fi available.  There is also a carousel and pony rides available at an extra cost.

We left the zoo around 3.00pm and got a taxi back straight away, although have heard that wait times for taxis can get quite long after 4.00pm so keep that in mind too. Closing time here is 6.00pm.

Tickets to Singapore Zoo are $32 SGD per adult and $21 SGD per child. A tip though is that you can save up to 30% if you pre book tickets online. They also have park hopper packages available if you want to combine visits with the Night Safari, River Safari or Jurong Bird Park.

For more information go to www.zoo.com.sg