When it comes to a family holiday, there are certain requirements to be met for everyone to have a good time.
What appeals to the parents, won’t always be a selling point for the kids. For them it’s all about exploring, finding the latest adventure and experiencing the world through exciting activities.
Parents want to have light-hearted fun too of course but not at the expense of missing out on some much-needed pampering or down time.
Singapore is one place that ticks the boxes for both agendas.
If there’s one thing kids and parents can usually agree upon, it's taking some time out to spend on the beach. The small island of Sentosa features beautiful palm tree lined beaches on its southern shore and offers a wonderful juxtaposition to the bright lights of the city.
The adventure continues at Universal Studios Singapore. With its amusement rides and shows, few theme parks beat the energy and magic of discovery than this venue. Be sure to check out the duelling ‘Battlestar Galactica’ roller coasters for the ultimate thrill rides.
And that's just the entrée for the many family attractions available at Sentosa – for more information check out www.sentosa.com.sg
Back in the city, the magnificent Singapore Flyer slowly rotates along with the beat of the city. Climb aboard one of its 28 air-conditioned capsules for the 30-minute rotation around the big wheel and take in the stunning views stretching across the bustling metropolis and surrounding islands.
For a real treat, try the Premium Sky Dining Flight, where you can enjoy a four-course menu (western or Chinese) matched with magnificent skyline views in the comfort of a spacious capsule. Meals are served by your own 'in-flight' host. More information: www.singaporeflyer.com
The acclaimed Singapore Zoo is another family attraction that excels in creating a fun filled day out. Occupying 28 hectares of lush tropical grounds, the zoo is considered one of the world’s best wildlife parks.
A must-do is the jungle breakfast. Enjoy a full buffet as you watch the orangutans descend from the trees for their morning feed. An orangutan expert provides a fascinating talk on the animals and afterwards you can pose with them and a guide for the ultimate holiday happy snap.
More information: www.zoo.com.sg
Gardens by the Bay
In the shadow of Marina Bay Sands, this is another attraction for kids and parents alike. Explore the incredible nature park with its futuristic-looking Supertrees that tower over the gardens with open-air walkways to scale.
You will also find glass conservatories, greenhouses and beautiful gardens to stroll. Don’t miss the butterfly sanctuary and a great family-friendly food hall with a variety of options.
More information: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
MINT Museum of Toys
See how many of these toys you can remember as you take a nostalgic walk through time with these vintage and collectable items.
This extensive collection is, of course, in mint condition, and displays include toys, action figures, vehicles, soft toys and much more. Marvel at over 50,000 items, spread across six levels each with its own theme.
More information: www.emint.com
Singapore is easy to navigate on foot but the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) train is an inexpensive and efficient way to get around and underground stops are located across the city. Purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited travel for one, two or three days.
More information: www.smrt.com.sg
Singapore Airlines have multiple flights daily from all Australian capital cities except Darwin. Qantas fly daily from multiple cities, as does Scoot, a low cost carrier alternative.
For more information on Singapore, visit www.visitsingapore.com
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