Planning a trip to Singapore? Wander Cubs Founder, Florentyna has shared her experiences and travels around Singapore with her family. Read on to learn more!
We will update this blog for more exciting attractions and restaurant suggestions as we make another visit again.
Hotel: We stayed in the Shangri-La on Orange Grove Road.
We didn't choose the Shangri-La in Sentosa because we quite like our quiet holidays and i knew Sentosa would be packed during China's Golden Week (First week of October).
This was our second stay here and we chose the Horizon Tower Wing which has been newly renovated earlier this year. Our room even had a massive white board to keep my little one busy while we were getting ready or just taking a rest.
The service was amazing, they remember you by the second or third day and the food was delish. If you wanted a little afternoon tea snack, they even serve scones and tea on the top floor free of charge!
Although we have chosen not to stay in Sentosa, it meant we had to taxi pretty much everywhere. You could also choose to take the trains around the city easily as the hotel is walking distance to the main shopping district on Orchard Road.
Strollers are available to rent there however they were basic umbrella strollers that could fit up to 15kg. They are on a first come first serve basis
Hotel Playroom: Buds by Shangri-La
Suitable from infant to 12 years old
We loved this playroom, it's brand new, clean and staff was great. They are open to public and on the weekends it was really packed. They allow one parent with one child only, but it could still get packed really quickly.
They had a maze style playground, climbing walls, massive ball pit, slides, sensory music room, infant and toddler play area, a massive outdoor splash pad and more. Hotel guests pay $28SGD for 3 hours of fun
If you require a babysitter, you can book them through the hotel front desk and bring the babysitter with you to the playroom. Buds cannot provide you babysitters but their staff are really tentative and engage with the children while they're playing as well.
My word of advice, if you look at the first picture above with the green netting on top, the children were able to run around there, my husband being 6ft+, his head was stepped on by a running child unknowingly and it was quite painful. Luckily, he's okay and i have mentioned it to the staff there. I hope they have signs up.
Where to go:
Universal Studios Singapore
worked really well for our 3 year old, you get rollercoasters, indoor rides, live performances all within 7 zones. In comparison to other themed parks, this is quite a small but enough fun for a day's visit.
Get your tickets here on Klook
, they give you a much better deal and walk in via barcode scan
BUY THE FAST PASS - don't hold back, you will need this. Waiting in line could be up to 80 minutes! It just wasn't worth it in the heat and with our kids moaning and groaning. You cannot buy it on Klook, but you can purchase it at the front gate where people line up for admission tickets, OR best is to enter the park first, and immediately on your left, there is a Universal Studios shop which has a fast pass ticket counter with less people lining up.
At the time we had went, it was $110SGD for the Universal Express (1 time access per attraction) or $140SGD for the Universal Express Unlimited (unlimited access per attraction)
Bathrooms are clean and everywhere
Park opening hours are from 10am - 6pm
I have made up a list of attractions per zone that was suitable for my preschooler by height (he is 105cm tall), feel free to copy this down! They do check the height (with a ruler!)
New York Zone
Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase
Show: Sesame Street Show and Trick or Treat with Sesame Street (was very good, we went during October, unsure if there are other shows in other themes throughout the year)
Restaurant: KT's Grill (Irish-American Food) and Loui's Pizza
Ancient Egypt Zone
The Lost World
Amber Rock Climb
Restaurant: Food Court (was really hectic and we waited almost half an hour in line for food)
Far Far Away
Puss in Boots
Magic Potion Spin
Show: Donkey Live (Interactive show for one or two chosen children to get to speak to the Donkey from Shrek on a screen)
King Julien's Beach Party Go-Around
Madagascar, A Crate's Adventure
If you were interested to watch any of the live performances, I couldn't find any of the show times on their website, and had to get a list when i arrived to the park. Any of the staff on park grounds can pass you the timetable.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Night Safari, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park
You can get a day pass to all four of these attractions but i do not recommend that if you're going with your little ones. You will have to walk quite a lot if you really wanted to go through all the animals. Again, we bought our tickets from Klook.
We are very impressed with the animals that we got to see and how beautiful and happy they are. Lions, white tiger, brown bears, hyaenas, coyotes, you name, it they have it. Highly recommend to go to the Wildlife Reserves and the Night Safari. We haven't done the other two but will write a follow up post when we do.
If you go to the Night Safari, I found that their website wasn't too clear about what you do there, there are timed sessions on the website, but that is for if you wanted to sit on the tour buggy with over 50 other people. We chose to walk and it was a fun adventure for our little one to walk at night looking for the animals. The downside of walking would be that you couldn't walk through the elephant zone and when you reached larger animals ,you had to look from a bit further away. However, we were able to walk through bat cages, and cat caves. Wasn't scary at all, would love to go again.
Gardens by the Bay
I was a bit worried that my little one would get bored here but nope! He loved it! We were looking for all the colourful flowers, cactuses, crystals and waterfalls. The night lights was something not to be missed! Bring those swimmers and head over to the children's garden, another splash pad fun!
Other attractions to visit
- Clarke Quay for bars, restaurants and night clubs
- Little India for some Indian culture and food
- Restaurant: The Banana Leaf Apolo
- Kidzania, an indoor interactive activities great for children over 4. They do have some activities for under 4 but we thought we'd wait another year. Role playing was available too!
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Singapore Discovery Centre, paintball, 3D Movies, Zorbing
- Wild Wild Wet Singapore, Singapore's best water park
- Legoland Malaysia
- Art Science Museum