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Travelling with children

Essex
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Travelling with children

Hi, I am visiting Singapore in a couple of weeks with my husband and three children (10, 7 and 2!) and probably staying on Sentosa as we stayed there a few years ago on our way to Oz and it was great for families. However, our visit this time is due to my husbands work so I will be on my own with the children during the day. Any tips whilst on Sentosa? Last time we did the Dolphins, Merlion etc and all had a great time.

Also, any good (and easy) day trips I could take them on - bearing in mind one is only 2 and the eldest 10!! Hard to please, but not impossible. Any suggestions or tips welcomed.

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1. Re: Travelling with children

There is a theme park, Wild Wild Wet. It's a water park which caters for the very young upwards. Check out the website www.wildwildwet.com

There's a water playground which is 0.3 metre deep and one that is 0.1 metre deep with various soft play equipment.

All your kids will love it, if you're confident with the older ones and swimming, so you can keep an eye on the 2 year old.

Cost Adult $13.00 SGD

Child $8.80 SGD

By the way i haven't been there yet, but I will be in a few weeks with a 2 and 5 yr old.

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Hi,

Our whole family loves the Singapore Zoo. It is lovely and clean. There is also a waterpark and a day playground where the kids can have some fun. You can check out the website for more info.

Just across from the Sentosa is Vivo city...huge mall with lots of shops and plenty for everyone. There is also a good play area there , but may be a little boring for the 10 year old.

You may want to consider going on the Singapore Flyer (its like the London Eye). But that's just a half hour ride.

There is also the Singapore Discovery Centre which I heard is quite good for kids of all ages...we will be bringing our kids later this week.

Hope you have fun!

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3. Re: Travelling with children

Singapore Zoo is a good choice.

Wet n Wild is too far and you will be manic trying to watch the kids. Also, it is not that easy to get too.

Boat trip on the river.

MRT train ride - do the loop.

Bird park at Jurong

Science park etc out near the Chinese Gardens.

Just get on a bus and see where it takes you.

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The wheel and Casino are due to be finished shortly.

i am not sagestig you take the kids to the Casino. the wheel when finished will be 42mtrs higher than the London wheel has 30 seat a/con carriages. great for your older children.they say you will be able to see malaysia from here.any singaporians reading this please post a reply.

p.s i noted there are children play grounds at vigo

city this is where the cruise ships leave. the traIn from sentosa will take you there. enjoy your holiday Grumphy

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5. Re: Travelling with children

Hi

As previous posters have indicated, there is defintely more to Singapore than Sentosa. The Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Flyer (Singapore's version of the London Eye) should appeal to your children.

My suggestion is for your family to stay on Singapore Island rather than on Sentosa Island where it is difficult to get cabs. Some centrally located hotels with easy access to public transport include the Pan Pacific Hotel (next to Suntec City and Marina Square malls and within walking distance to the Singapore Flyer),The Intercontinental Hotel (part of the Bugis Junction mall with subway station below), Swissotel Merchant Court (next to the Singapore River, Central Mall and Clarke Quay subway station) and Novotel Clarke Quay.

Cheers.

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6. Re: Travelling with children

Nobody has mentioned the orchids at the botanic gardens. Interesting for all ages. And the cable car and battle box may be worth considering (battle box depends on gender of 7 & 10 YO)

A bit further afield (may be a bit of a challenge with a 2 YO but plenty of bus-time for snoozing) is a day trip to Mellacca. Really interesting for the 7 & 10 YO for sure.

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7. Re: Travelling with children

No ones mentioned the WEATHER which is a bigger issue right now! Make sure you bring shower coats or grab some at Watsons/Guargian chemists when you get here!

I see someones mentioned Wild, Wild Wet - reme,ber however that it is ONLY open at weekends and quite a quest to get to from Sentosa Island.

Vivo shopping centre does indeed have a water play area and is located at Sentosa gateway so easy to get to for you.

The zoo is indeed an EXCELLENT choice, I live here and have annual family passes. My children ar 18, 7 and 3 so I can understand how it can be difficult to keep them all happy!

East Coast park offers lots to do - bike hire, sand castle making, roller blading but once again is mainly a weekend attraction - though evenings can be a buzz! There is a new area called "The playground" that has opened up there which will be worth a visit - a nice indoor play area will be invaluable if its raining!

The Bird Park on Jurong Island is good but once again a bit dependant on the weather.

Enjoy

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8. Re: Travelling with children

To reply on the Singapore Flyer (similar to London Eye), it was already opened on 1st March 2008. I had a chance to go there before the official opening (special company event) and it was a nice experience, even for a local. So, I guess it will be interesting for tourists as well.

Only half an hour ride where you get to see the city skyline and the marina.

However, since it is newly opened, the waiting time might be long. You can go to the website www.singaporeflyer.com.sg to book the tickets in advance.

Easiest way is to take a taxi there.

In case anyone else is interested, the casino will only be opened next year.

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If the day is too hot or the kids are not used to the hot and humid weather, you could take them to visit Ngee Ann City on Orchard Rd. There is a mini aquarium on the ground floor, a toy section for them to wander around in Takashimaya and who knows if they might like to try some new clothes (ok, if they're boys that may not be the case!) It is then easy to grab lunch in the sense that there is plenty of local fare around that area as well as the ubiquitous Mc Donald's and KFC not too far away which will be familiar for them.

In the afternoon your way to one of many tours around the island by boat as you will know that they're not going to be wandering too far away and can enjoy a riverboat ride past the main sights/sounds of the city.

Depending on their interest, there are also the museums to wander around looking at everything from the philatelic museum currently featuring A Rat's tail celebrating the year of the rat to public power at the National museum which is an exhibition especially designed for children to touch, feel, do and destroy - well not destroy but it is interactively geared towards children. check out the website www.museum.org.sg. The benefit of the museums is that they are indoors and airconditioned providing a more comfortable way to experience parts of Singapore until they become acclimatised (and for kids normally it won't take too long provided you can keep them interested in other things).

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10. Re: Travelling with children

Thank you for all your replies. We are leaving tomorrow and have printed off all your ideas. As the weather is looking a little wet (!) I'm sure they will come in handy. Thank you all again.