OK, so ‘doorstep’ might be an exaggeration but, thanks to budget airlines, flights to Singapore can be affordable for a family. We were lucky enough to secure flights for $AUD300 return with Scoot and were invited to stay with great friends of ours who currently live and work in Singapore.
The flight from Sydney is eight hours so with two toddlers in tow it was essential to pack plenty of sticker books, small toys and, of course, the iPad to keep them entertained for the journey. There are few choices for kids on the in-flight entertainment and being a budget airline don’t expect any kids activity packs. Bring everything you need. We also brought a light blanket as these are also not complimentary on the flight and with air-con it gets chilly on the plane. All things considered, the girls did really well on the flight.
Singapore is very easy to get around. Taxis are very cheap and small kids can travel without carseats so it makes getting around as a family very convenient and super easy. Our friends live in Robertson Quay so we were very central to restaurants, transport and attractions- the perfect place to base ourselves and with our great friends as our fantastic hosts, even better.
Day 1: Alive Museum
We all know the benefit of local knowledge and the trip to this museum came at the recommendation of our wonderful hosts. It is a fun museum full of clever interactive artworks designed to enable visitors to capture fun photos – perfectly designed for sharing on Facebook and Instagram.
After lunch down Boat Quay, we returned to our friends’ apartment for a swim. Our friends have a gorgeous 9 year old daughter who was fantastic with our girls. She played for hours on end with them showing them her loom bands, introducing them to her pet hamster and generally showing them a good time. They immediately loved her and our four year old’s first drawing in her holiday journal was, of course, one of her with her new best friend.
Day 2: Universal Studios
Whilst there are limited rides for toddlers at Universal Studios in Singapore we easily spent five hours exploring the park. The girls were really excited to queue for their first ride: Madagascar however, once we were locked into the boat to travel around tunnels filled with robotic characters from the movie their faces changed. Looking through their eyes, the artificial movements and noises coupled with unexpected bursts of smoke and lights were quite scary- especially if you don’t know what to expect from a theme park ride.
The merry-go-round was a big hit, as was the Shrek 4D movie and the Sesame Street ride but the biggest treats were meeting and getting photos with the ‘real life’ characters roaming the theme park. The girls loved it!
The sticky heat in Singapore does get to you while roaming the park and it was great for the girls to have some respite playing in the dinosaur fountain. All of the excitement and the heat did get to them though so it was important to take regular time out to cool down, rehydrate and take a break from the crowds and stimulation. It was never too long before they were recharged and leading us on to the next exciting attraction.
We had a great time at Universal Studios, despite not being able to go on many of the rides. There was still plenty of colour and excitement for the girls and if you can afford it (it is pretty expensive) I recommend it.
We were in Singapore for a week so I will share the next few days in my next post.