With its exclusive casino and luxury shopping Marina Bay Sands has become the playground for Singapore’s rich and famous, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed by the average person. Within this ultra-modern shopping mall you’ll even find activities that kids will enjoy. Here are some suggestions.
One of the top family-friendly attractions at Marina Bay Sands is its 600 square metre ice skating rink. The ice may be synthetic, but it’s still slippery and lots of fun. Plus you can say you’ve been ice skating in the tropics! Rates are a reasonable S$7/hour for adults and S$6/hour for children, plus another S$3 to rent a pair of funky plastic-blade skates. MBS Skating Rink is open daily from 11:30–20:30.
Marina Bay Sands is large enough that there’s an artificial river running through it, and it’s possible to take a boat ride around the mall. The boats are designed to look like sampans – traditional wooden Chinese fishing boats – and are paddled by men wearing traditional costumes right down to the conical hat. The sampan ride past boutiques, art displays and a giant bowl fountain lasts about 25 minutes and costs S$10 per person. Sampan rides are available daily 11:30–20:30 and are suitable for children over two.
Kids – or anyone with a sweet tooth – will be in heaven at Au Chocolate Confectionery. With a window where you can watch the master chocolatier at work, huge bins filled with gummy candies and a toy train running above your head, this is Singapore’s version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The candies and house-made treats are all for sale, or sit down for a meal at the Au Chocolat French Bistro which has a children’s menu. Open daily, 11:00–00:00.
If you’re looking for something completely free to do with the family head to Marina Bay Sands for the nightly Wonder Full sound and light show. It may only last 15 minutes, but the visual effects and holograms projected on a wall of water are unbelievable. There are multiple shows each night and it can be seen from anywhere outside Marina Bay Sands, so don’t worry about coming early to get a good seat. Wonder Full showtimes Sunday to Thursday are at 20:00 and 21:30 while Friday and Saturday shows are held at 20:00, 21:30 and 23:00.
Last but not least, do check out what special exhibits are on at the Marina Bay Sands arts venues. The ArtScience Museum recently hosted an exhibit celebrating the Harry Potter series and the Marina Bay Sands Theatre has hosted some wonderful family-friendly shows like the Lion King Musical and Nutcracker Ballet.
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 15th November, 2014.