15 Sep Travelling to Singapore
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” Anon
Miss I was 3 when we took her to Singapore. I have always found Singapore to be such a clean and safe place to visit. Previously we have stayed at Marina Bay Sands and although we had a great time there, we felt that with a child it was a better choice to stay on Sentosa Island. After speaking with some of our lovely friends who live in Singapore we chose to stay at The Shangri La and it did not disappoint. Singapore is usually seen as a stopover destination but I would always be left wishing that we stayed longer. This time we stayed for 5 days and still I wish it was longer.
Where to stay:
The Shangri La on Sentosa Island was perfect for us. We had a rainforest room and unbeknown to us had some monkey visitors in our room the first day. This was to the delight of Miss I who wanted to play dominoes with them. As we were jet lagged after an early morning flight and didn’t read the sign on the balcony door not to open it as the monkeys will enter the room…a little too late. The room was well appointed, clean and large enough to have impromptu dance parties (Miss I loves to dance). We were located a short stroll to the cable car which took us to the Butterfly Park and other fun attractions. They have a fantastic kids buffet breakfast station with every selection that a child could possibly want. The pool area is also well catered to children with a splash park, several slides and many more shallow pools. Miss I would have happily stayed the entire time in the resort but we had sights to see.
Things to do:
The Butterfly Park– a really nice interactive park where the butterflies fly around and land on you. The can also witness the different stages that the butterflies go through and watch them feeding. As an adult I probably would never have ventured here but I’m so glad that we did. Miss I was learning about the life cycle of the Butterfly at preschool prior to our holiday and she was absolutely memorised by the giant butterfly’s flying freely around us and feeding off the fruit left out for them.
Universal Studios– a short bus ride from Shangri La, the day we arrived the ques were incredibly long so hubby treated us to the VIP experience, completely worth the extra money in my opinion and especially with young children who do not enjoy waiting in hour long ques. This day was phenomenal, we did not once wait in the line and were whisked through to ride on any ride we wanted too. We took some of our favourite rides twice. This is a great park and a lot of fun. Also included was character meet and greets that are not otherwise available. I cannot recommend the VIP experience enough if budget permits.
Art Science Museum– The future world exhibit was sensational and for some much needed time out of the heat and humidity this is a great place to go. Miss I followed a giant whale around the whole exhibit dancing on its back and tail. The crystal lights were beautiful and the giant light cubes were fun. We spent half a day here looking, learning and playing.
Gardens by the Bay– This huge nature park is walking distance from Marina Bay Sands resort and is home to the famous super-sized trees. Not to be missed is the sky show, choreographed lights and sounds at the Garden Rhapsody amidst the Supertrees. The park also houses the Flower Dome, Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes, Children’s Garden and Cloud Forest. You can easily spend a few days exploring the park. It is so hot in Singapore, if you have children I would recommend the Far East Organisation Children’s Garden. They have a toddler play zone with swaying bridge, interactive fish fountains and water tunnels. For older children who love jungle adventures the Rainforest Tree house is perfect to keep them entertained.
Where to eat:
We had huge days in Singapore so mostly ate room service or at the particular attraction that we were visiting that day.
The one place I will recommend is Open Farm Community. This is a farm to table restaurant with a kid’s menu that is fresh, healthy and inventive. The ambience is great, staff friendly and amenities clean and well looked after. This restaurant also has lots to keep young and old entertained with the likes of sandpits, table tennis and bowling.
I hope everyone gets to experience all that Singapore has to offer one day. We will certainly be back.