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Singapore: A Family holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 4

This is the final blog in the Singapore series. We had such a great family holiday and our final day did not disappoint. We wandered down to Clarke Quay to catch a River Cruise that could take us the scenic route to the Marina Bay Sands. After a short wait for more tourists to arrive, we boarded the River Boat.

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The kids were really excited to get on the boat and I was really excited to watch them discover the cityscape from the water…. Continue reading Singapore: A Family holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 4

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Singapore Zoo: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 3

After a busy few days in Singapore I thought the kids would be tiring however, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact the kids were just building momentum and it seemed they had more energy than ever for our next adventure: Singapore Zoo.

To be absolutely truthful, I wasn’t personally very keen to go to the zoo. I felt that we had been to Taronga Zoo a few times and I thought a zoo is a zoo is a zoo. I thought that there might be more exciting things for us to do that might be more specific to Singapore, but I was out-voted, so Singapore Zoo it was.

The zoo is a little bit out of Singapore CBD but is easy and cheap enough to get to via taxi. The first thing that strikes you about Singapore Zoo is that it doesn’t feel like a zoo at all- it feels like you are wandering around tropical rainforest and you just happen to stumble upon animals in their natural habitat at regular intervals along your way- well that might be a slight exaggeration – there are still Sea Lion shows and Bird Shows, and trams that circle around the Zoo full of tourists but really, it is a very different experience to any other zoo I have visited. Continue reading Singapore Zoo: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 3

Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 2

I have often taken the girls to Kids at the House events at the Sydney Opera House and was curious whether Singapore had similar kids theatre. After some research, I purchased tickets to Out of the Box at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – an iconic ‘durian’ building on Marina Bay. The show is part of the theatre’s Playtime series targeted at toddlers and we were joined by a number of groups at the session we attended. Singapore is such a multicultural city and there were kids from a local mosque pre-school, as well as three or four other pre-school groups full of kids from a range of cultural backgrounds- we were the only audience members not there as part of a pre-school excursion, the only tourists and the only caucasions.

The show was centred around imagining the different things that a box could be e.g. a rocket, a car, a washing machine etc. Three actors engaged with the audience to sing songs and get the kids doing actions and dancing. The show was great and lasted about 40 minutes- just perfect for 2-4yo.

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After a brief catch-up with a great friend who has lived and worked in Singapore for many years now and who recently had a gorgeous baby boy we decided to head to the top of another iconic Singapore building, the Marina Bay Sands. Continue reading Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 2

Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 1

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. Continue reading Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 1