4 Days In Singapore With Kids – Day 1
There is no doubt that you could spend far more than four days in Singapore, however, this city is so accessible from Australia that you can easily do four days this year and then pop back again in the not too distant future. If you find yourself in Singapore as part of a work trip, stopover or exciting family holiday then have a read of the adventures we got up to during our four days in this fabulous city.
For us, Singapore was the first stop on a ten day trip. After our four days in Singapore we then travelled to Johor (Legoland), Malaka and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. We were packing a lot into our visit and had the opportunity to check out some fantastic attractions while we were there.
In a bid to not waste any time, we took a night flight from Sydney direct to Singapore straight after school and work. We flew a budget airline for around $900 AUD for two adults and two children. Our flight arrived in Singapore at 3:30am (Singapore time) and we took a pre-booked transfer straight to our hotel.
Catching some Zs after a night flight from Sydney
When arriving in a city after an overnight flight, and especially in the early hours of the morning, it is a good idea to pre-book a transfer to your hotel to take out the stress and worry about transport on arrival. Some hotels will offer a transfer service and other times you will need to book a transfer yourself. I used Skyscanner.com.au to make our booking.
Our first stop was the Concorde Hotel Singapore located on Orchard Road. Their 24hr reception made it really easy to check in at this crazy early time. For more information on this lovely family friendly hotel then check out my latest blog about The Concorde Hotel, Singapore and their newly renovated family rooms. After a few hours of sleep we enjoyed a lovely breakfast, a wander around the local area and a swim in the pool before checking out and heading to Sentosa Island. We took the MRT from Dhoby Ghaut station down to Harbour Front station. From Harbour Front station we could then walk across the board walk to Sentosa Island.
Sentosa Boardwalk on the left
If you are only taking a single trip on the MRT then it is cheaper to buy a single ride than a day pass, even for the kids. Be sure to have some cash on you as the machines we used didn’t take card for single trips. Also, keep your tickets as you can reuse them and get a reduced fare.
There are many ways to get onto Sentosa Island. You can catch the cable car from Mount Faber station or Harbour Front station, take the Sentosa Express from Sentosa Station located on level 3 of VivoCity shopping mall, grab a taxi or drive a private car onto the island, ride your bike or simply wander across on the board walk from HarbourFront. We took the board walk this time and found it a great way to get across. It only took us 10 minutes to walk it and, with plenty of shade, it wasn’t too hot.
Once we got onto the island it was time for lunch. We had tired kids so trying new food wasn’t going to be an option, so pizza it was and Tino’s Pizza Cafe delivered the goods! There are so many food options on Sentosa, from family friendly to Michelin Star. Something for everyone.
Vegitarian pizza from Tino’s Pizza Cafe
Before heading to our next hotel, we went straight to Madame Tussauds Singapore as we had just a few hours before it closed. We had our backpacks with us still and unfortunately they didn’t have a cloak room so we just kept them with us. Had we have had more time we would of dropped our stuff at the hotel first, but we didn’t and it all worked out fine. Our tickets included Images of Singapore Live and the Spirit of Singapore boat ride, so we did that first. I highly recommend doing this part of the exhibition as it goes through the history of Singapore with live actors that interact with the audience as you move through different eras. To finish off you take a short boat ride through modern Singapore. Then it was onto Madame Tussauds. I was unsure as to how much the kids would enjoy Madame Tussauds as they are young and not quite as up to date on their famous people as us older folk, however, they loved it and knew more people that I gave them credit for (probably more than me!). They had selfies with U.S. Presidents, Queen Elizabeth, Katy Perry and of course Taylor Swift.
I don’t think Jasper will have to look up for long.
Then we got to the Marvel exhibition and, well, that was just the best way to finish off! Jasper was delighted with Spiderman, Captain America and the 4D Marvel Experience. With Madame Tussauds done it was time to find our hotel, ditch the bags and race to our next activity, the Mega Zip.
Mega Adventure Parks Mega Zip was awesome! It’s a 450m long zip line that takes you from the jungle canopy of Imbiah Hill to the white sands of Siloso Beach finish point at 60kph!! Our favourite parts were the rainbow that photo bombed us, the incredible view over the water and that we could race each other as we set off. Matt and I each had a child connected to us which of course made it a friendly competition between the boys and the girls!
Getting ready to zip!
The sun had set but that didn’t mean the fun had to end for the day. Next stop was the Skyline Luge Sentosa. This attraction is great during the day but even better at night! We jumped on at the bottom of the hill and caught the chair lift to the top before zooming down through the brightly coloured tracks. The kids had a blast and it was the best way to end this massive day.
A bit of night time fun!
Stay tuned for Day 2 where I’ll include information on our budget friendly accommodation on Sentosa Island (yes, it is possible!) and more adventures on the island. Best way to stay connected is to follow our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram or subscribe below.
*We were hosted by Sentosa and Madame Tussauds to experience a range of activities they have on offer so that we could share this information with you. Our kids were aged 5 and 7 at the time of experience and as always, opinions are our own.
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