Sentosa's best attractions for families

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With Singapore commonly described as clean, safe, and modern, it’s no wonder the city-state is a popular choice for family holidays and Singapore’s island playground, Sentosa, is bursting at the seams with fun places to take your kids.

There's more to Sentosa than just the Merlion

There’s more to Sentosa than the Merlion.

Opened in 2010, Universal Studios Singapore is the most impressive theme park in Southeast Asia. There are nearly 20 rides featuring favourite movie characters like Shrek, the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park, and the Transformers. Except for a few scream-inducing rollercoasters, most of the attractions are suitable for children six and up. Expect to spend a lot of time queuing for the best rides, so wear light clothes and drink lots of water! The family blog ‘The Wacky Duo’ has more useful tips for planning an outing to Universal Studios Singapore with young kids. A one-day pass costs S$68 for adults and S$50 for children aged four to 12.

Shrek and Donkey are waiting inside.

Shrek and Donkey are waiting inside.

For an adrenaline rush for less, try the Skyline Luge ride at Imbiah Lookout. First you take a chair-lift to the top of a hill (just like when you go skiing), then get into a luge cart which you ride downhill. The luge carts are very simple to control and you can go as fast or slow as you like. Everyone must wear a helmet and children under the age of six can ride with their parents. One ride costs S$12.50 per person or you can get a family pass for two adults and two children for S$32.

Ride up, luge down.

Ride up, luge down.

If your kids are animal lovers, a visit to Underwater World Sentosa should be on the itinerary. For a small aquarium it features lots of amazing animals including sharks, seahorses, jellyfish, and sea turtles plus a performance by the cute pink dolphins. Don’t miss the touch pool where you can “pet” starfish and harmless sting rays. Admission is S$25.90 for adults and S$17.60 for children age three to 12.

The safest way to meet a shark.

The safest way to meet a shark.

Of course, you don’t have to spend a small fortune to enjoy Sentosa Island. Palawan Beach is an ideal place for families to spend a hot Singapore afternoon and has soft sand for building sandcastles, a playground, and even a lifeguard on duty. Just as important, there are excellent changing rooms and an affordable foodcourt right on the beach. There are also free “Animal Encounter” shows every afternoon at the Palawan Amphitheatre featuring parrots and pythons.

The best things in life are free.

The best things in life are free.

This is just a small sampling of what Sentosa has to offer. You can find a full list of attractions, restaurants, hotels, and special events on the official Sentosa website.

Universal Studios Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore

T: (65) 6577 8888
www.rwsentosa.com

Skyline Luge
Imbiah Look-Out, Sentosa Island, Singapore
T: (65) 6736 8672

www.sentosa.com.sg

Underwater World & Dolphin Lagoon
80 Siloso Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore

T: (65) 6275 0030
www.underwaterworld.com.sg

Palawan Beach
Sentosa Island, Singapore

www.sentosa.com.sg

Last updated: 4th November, 2014

About the author:
Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.
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