Sentosa Island is known as the ‘State of Fun’ because it’s jam-packed with fun and exciting places to visit. Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Singapore Cable Car, Sentosa 4D Adventure land, Tiger Sky Tower, KidZania Singapore and Skyline Luge are just some of the island’s compelling attractions. Sentosa is one of the best family-focused places I’ve ever been lucky enough to visit!
Our first stop was the Singapore Cable Car, which we caught from Mount Faber Station. Mount Faber is 100 metres above the sea and is called the ‘Mountain of Happiness’. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Mount Faber taking in views of Singapore or even dine in one of the cable cars! Make sure you purchase one of the little wishing bells in the gift shop, tie them on the fence and then ring the ‘Bell of Happiness’. And (just for the girls) an extra special treat … the view from the ladies loo is spectacular!
When we reached Sentosa, we headed straight to an amazing place called KidZania. When I first walked in I was quite shocked, because it is like an actual city where there are fireman putting out fires, police protecting the streets or security guard taking money to onsite banks.
Kidzania isn’t a playhouse, it is a place that allows kids of all ages to become part of the work force. You have to see KidZania Singapore to believe how amazing it is! Kids can make their own food at a functioning KFC and Pizza Hut, go shopping at a supermarket, fuel the car up at a petrol station or even make their own paddle pops at a Paddle Pop Ice-cream Factory. And if that isn’t enough fun, kids can even be pilots and fly a plane in a flight simulator inside a real Boeing 737!
When you first arrive, you’ll check in at the Qatar Airways flight desk and receive your boarding pass, temporary ‘visa’, a ‘credit card’ and 20 Kidzo dollars, the official KidZania currency. There’s a bank where kids can put money on their card, and when kids want to learn a skill, they earn money they can use to purchase food or activities. It is a great learning environment – and believe it or not, there are also parent ‘no go’ zones! Kids really are the bosses here and if I had a Kidzania near me when I was little, I wouldn’t ever have wanted to leave!
Our next stop was Universal Studios Singapore. I have been to Universal Studios in Orlando and LA and I think Universal Studios Singapore is the best so far! The park is divided into 7 different sections: Sci Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away, New York, Hollywood and Madagascar.
My favourite part was Sci Fi City, which is home to Transformers: The Ride 3D, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON, and Accelerator. The Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON has two different tracks – thrill seekers would take the blue CYLON track, while those who don’t love rollercoasters so much should go for the red HUMAN track.
To get the most of your time at Universal Studios Singapore, you really should spend a bit extra and purchase the Front of Line pass, as this will allow you priority access to rides. When some of the line-ups are up to 70 minutes, you will at least be able to fit as many rides in as you can. My all-time favourite ride is Transformers: The Ride 3D.
Being a huge Transformers and Camaro fan, this is always the ride I go to first. I was incredibly excited when I saw a replica Bumblebee Camaro from the third Transformers film – it is a great photo or Instagram opportunity! Madagascar and Far Far Away are popular kids rides and there are heaps of shows and meet and greets with Madagascar and Far Far Away characters.
The areas of Hollywood and New York don’t have any major rides but they have great shops and restaurants … if you’re looking for souvenirs, you’ll be able to find them in Hollywood or New York. Ancient Egypt has two rides – one is a dark, indoor rollercoaster and the other is a more family-friendly ancient Egypt adventure.
The Lost World is a giant Jurassic Park theme park and the River Adventure is a long river rapids ride where you can explore Jurassic Park and see the dinosaurs. I think this is the best Jurassic Park ride of all the Universal parks … and be prepared to get wet, because at the end of the river ride, your raft is taken up a lift before the doors open and you go straight down a steep slope. On a hot Singapore day, it is a welcome relief and you dry off really fast.
I just love Sentosa and I only wish I had more time to explore all the other amazing attractions you can find there. Sentosa is a colourful and vibrant place to visit with a relaxed yet fun-filled atmosphere. You can access all the attractions via very clean and reliable public transport or even the travelator – a really cool moving walkway taking you from Vivo City to Sentosa.
There are so many things to do in Singapore and Sentosa is just one of them. If you have a Singapore stopover, make the most of your time by visiting yoursingapore.com for information on places to explore and experience.
– Bella Tipping kidzcationz.com