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Article Contributer Holly Morton 

Universal Studios Singapore Review


Visiting Universal Studios with kids is probably on most families’ to-do list when visiting Singapore. Our kids were initiated to these film studio theme park monstrosities last year in Disneyland so knew what to expect. And those expectations were met – we all enjoyed Universal Studios even more than Disneyland despite visiting on a busy weekend. These would be our tips for other comfort-seeking family visitors
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Plan your visit

As always, try to visit on a weekday. You can save a few dollars by buying your tickets online, or as part of one of the packages offered for Sentosa. Have a look at the rides online to get an idea how many of your kids can do – many have height restrictions. Get there for opening time and start with the rides high on your list.

Express pass

Go for it if you are visiting on a busy day, have young kids in tow or don’t want to spend a full day in the park. There is really no way to do the park cheaply anyway, so just swallow the price and enjoy the rides.

See Water World

The Water World show is  one of the highlights. Having said that, I am a staunch critic of violent films and generally a party pooper when it comes to popular culture, sugary snacks and fast food and I have to say the show was pretty violent! There are people falling off boats and high places, people shooting at each other and trying to explode them. So it may be too much for the young and sensitive kids, but for the others it is a great way to see how films are made without actually hurting anyone!


Transformers. Transformers!

Transformers The Ride: Ultimate 3D Battle is maybe the best ride ever. Not for the faint-hearted though!


Not all rides are made equal

Some of the rides, especially those geared towards the youngest visitors are really not that great. If there are absolutely no queues, the kids will love doing all the rides but Madagascar – A Crate Adventure, Donkey Live and Treasure Hunters are really not worth a long wait. I have to note though, that  kids claim to love all  rides! Even Puss In Boots is  a bit of a disappointment with a very short ride time and more effort put into the decoration than the ride itself.

And final tip: there is a Starbucks near the entrance for those in need of a huge ice latte and a moment in an air-conditioned space.

Sentosa Island

Resorts World Sentosa


Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort (so called because it is a casino “integrated” with a holiday resort) located on Sentosa Island. It takes up a big slice of the island and is the first attraction you will find when arriving from mainland Singapore. It is home to a casino, many hotels, restaurants, food courts, shops, Trick Eye Museum and some of the biggest attractions on Sentosa Island – Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark, S.E.A. Aquarium and Dolphin Island – where you can meet dolphins.


It is a lively area full of people and things to do and eat. Have an awesome lunch at the Taiwanese dumpling chain, Din Tai Fung. They truly do serve the best dumplings in the world! There are also shows, concerts and free light shows in the evenings.

S.E.A Aquarium

This is the largest aquarium in the world and it could also be the best! It is an amazing aquarium full of marine life displayed attractively. There are over 100,000 marine animals of over 800 different species. It makes for an amazing spectacle.


A Favorite part is the tunnels that start and finish a journey through the aquarium. Vistors lovelooking at the fish that are under their feet – they have one tank under a floor made of glass. The touch pool is  a great hit. There are just so many massive displays.

The other big hit is  all the activities around the place for children. Vistors can make a fin and do a jigsaw and there are many informative displays where you can do things like touch sharks jaws. This is a great way to break up the aquarium and ensure you keep children  entertained and engaged. At each activity, children get a stamp on the sheet which is given on entry, and at the end the are  given a prize.


The S.E.A. Aquarium is just awesome and definitely an attraction to prioritise on your Sentosa Island visit.

Adventure Cove Waterpark

Adventure Cove Waterpark is a great looking water park with water slides, wave pool, kid water play areas, a water based obstacle course, snorkeling with fish over a reef and a river to tube around. There is also Dolphin Island Marine Life Park within its boundaries where you can wade with sting rays or play with dolphins (both at an extra charge and with a minimum height requirement of 122cm and 115cm respectively).


On entry, there is the opportunity to hop straight in a tube to ride around Adventure River which takes you around the park visiting many themed zones. It starts by taking you through caves which is a great way to feel like you have entered another world. It also goes through an underwater tunnel at one point full of fish. However the best part is the Rainbow Reef where you get to snorkel with many colourful fish. You should also try the Splashworks obstacle course.


Adventure Cove Waterpark is lots of fun, and I think it would be perfect for families with older kids.  There is a big tree house for kids to play on and a toddler pool, but generally I’d recommend this park for kids who meet the 122cm size requirement.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore – World’s Largest Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is a landscaped park and tourist attraction in Singapore managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore. it is located at 2 Jurong Hill Singapore-628925 within the Boon Lay Planning Area of the Jurong District and has an area of 50 acres. The idea of a permanent bird exhibit was first conceived by late Dr Goh Keng Swee, then Minister for Finance, in 1968. After a series of efforts and plannings the Park was opened to the public on 3rd January 1971, built at a cost of S$3.5 million. This Bird Park is one of the main Singapore Tourist Attractions.

Jurong Bird Park is a world famous bird zoo where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world. Have the pleasure of watching birds like Flamingos, Hawks, Hornbills, Cocktails, Macaws and Parrots under the guidance of well-trained guides at the Jurong Bird Show. It is currently the world’s largest bird park in terms of number of birds, and second largest both in number of bird species and land area after Germany’s Weltvogelpark Walsrode. Jurong Bird Park has 5,000 birds of 400 species, 29 are of threatened species.

Jurong Bird Park main attractions and things to do are: African Waterfall Aviary, Lory Loft, Dinosaur Descendants, Penguin Coast, Southeast Asian Birds Aviary, World of Darkness, Pelican Cove, Kings of the Skies Show, High Flyers Show and Lunch with the Parrots.


Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is often regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, and a day here is an absolute must for families visiting Singapore. Set in a natural rainforest environment, the Singapore Zoo is a model example of an ‘open zoo’ concept. Old-fashioned oppressive cages are notably absent, and in their place animals dwell in spacious, landscaped enclosures separated from visitors by concealed moats, or in glass-fronted enclosures. Do not miss the free-ranging orang utan enclosure, where you can watch the resident primates swinging and climbing above you to their hearts content.


There is an enormous amount to take in here – 2,530 animals from 315 species are housed within the 28 hectares, so here are our best Singapore Zoo tips to help you get the most out of your visit, particularly if you are visiting with kids in tow.

Get there Early

The best time to visit Singapore Zoo is when it opens at 8.30am – especially at weekends when it gets BUSY! The crowds don’t usually start to appear en masse until late morning, so if you can get here for opening, you can have done the majority of the park and be cooling off in the water park by the time the other exhibits get crowded. I would suggest buying tickets online before you go to avoid queues at the ticket counters for the same reason (although if you arrive early enough there aren’t usually any queues).

Breakfast with the Orang utans

Another reason the best time to visit Singapore Zoo is opening time, is that one of the highlights of a visit here is having breakfast with the orang utans. The Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife takes place in Ah Meng Restaurant every morning from 9am – 10.30am. A generous breakfast buffet is laid on, and the orang utans usually swing by for some breakfast of their own and to pose for photos with the crowd around 9.30am.

Feed the Animals

There are various feeding times throughout the day at Singapore Zoo, which are accompanied by live commentary of fun facts about the animals. With a few of these, you can join in with feeding the animals too, including the elephants, giraffes, goats and white rhino. One of my best Singapore Zoo tips is not to miss these, the kids will love it! Check the website for feeding times. Another feeding time highlight is Inuka the Polar Bear at the Frozen Tundra, even though you can’t get involved with the actual feeding. Times for this change, so check when you arrive at the zoo to make sure you don’t miss out.


Feed Yourselves

As with all tourist attractions of this type, the dining options at the Singapore Zoo tend to offer average food at above-average prices. We usually arrive at the zoo early, bring snacks for the kids to keep them going, and then leave in time to grab lunch back in town somewhere. However, if you do want to eat at Singapore Zoo, there are several options.

Singapore Zoo have recently revamped their entrance, and there are now a few dining options here, including the Ah Meng Kitchen, which serves up local favourites, the Chawang Bistro for hot dogs, pasta and soups, and the Wild Deli for sandwiches and pastries. Within the zoo itself, you are really limited to KFC (next to the water play area in Rainforest Kidzworld) or the Ah Meng Restaurant, which serves a selection of local and western dishes. Safari Scoops dishes up ice cream at a few locations, including the entrance, Rainforest Kidzworld and the Ah Meng Restaurant.

Watch the Shows

There are four fun shows to watch at the Singapore Zoo, each show with both a morning and afternoon session. The Splash Safari stars a Californian sea lion, who will wow you with his Frisbee-catching and ball skills, while the Elephants at Work and Play show demonstrates the gentle giant’s ability to both work hard and have some cheeky fun. At the Rainforest Fights Back, you are introduced to otters, snakes, macaws, lemurs and spider monkeys, while the Animal Friends show features the more familiar dogs, cats and cockatoos. All the shows are great fun, and informative so try to fit in at least a couple during your day (our favourites are the Splash Safari and Elephants at Work and Play).

Bring your Swimming Gear

It is hot and humid in the rainforest, and you will surely work up a sweat walking around the zoo. Luckily there is a great water-play area in Rainforest Kidzworld, complete with water fountains, water slides, water guns and the jumbo water bucket that releases a deluge of water on everyone’s heads at regular intervals. So another of my Singapore Zoo tips is to bring your swimming costumes. Don’t just pack swimmers for the kids though – pack them for everyone; if you need to get anywhere near the water play area, you will get wet! The on-site shop sells swimming costumes, towels and swim nappies/diapers too.


Use Wheels

Singapore Zoo is large, and the weather is hot and humid. Smaller kids will likely get tired pretty quickly, and nothing ruins a fun day out more than a whining child. If you don’t want to bring your own buggy, you can hire both strollers and pull-along wagons for your kids to sit in. There are also trams patrolling the park, with hop on-hop off tickets going for just $5 (adults)/$3 (kids aged 3-12).

Be prepared for all Weather

It rains in Singapore A LOT, and the Singapore Zoo is located right in the middle of the rainforest, so the chances of rain at Singapore Zoo are pretty high. You might leave your hotel in glorious sunshine, and an hour later there could be torrential rain. So don’t forget your umbrella – and you can also buy plastic ponchos at all the zoo shops. If it’s not raining, it will likely be hot and sunny, so also bring your sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and plenty of drinking water. Also don’t forget your mosquito repellant – those mosquitos love the rainforest!

Buy a Package

If you are planning on visiting the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and/or Jurong Bird Park within one month of each other, you can buy 2-in1, 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Park Hopper tickets at a discounted price.

You can also buy discounted tickets for Singapore Zoo online.

Night Safari

As the sun sets low and the sky begins to darken, there is another world full of action and excitement coming alive. In the stillness of the cool nights in Singapore, within a whopping nearly 100 acres provided by the Singapore Zoo, many animals begin their evenings with hundreds of eyes watching their every move. Almost one thousand animals comprising more than one hundred thirty different species live their days and nights out at the Singapore Zoo. The night safari in Singapore is one of the best ways to see what animals get up to when the sun isn’t beating down and the intense heat subsides.

The Singapore Night Safari consists of eight unique zones created to mimic the natural habitats of the many different species of animals. The geographic similarities of these professionally-made spaces offer an environment as close to the animals’ natural spaces as possible. During the Singapore tour at the zoo, visitors will witness environments such as the rainforests in southeast Asia, the river valley in Nepal, the dense and verdant jungles of Burma, the African savanna, the pampas in South America, and more. The Singapore tour offers two ways to explore these exotic environments. The Singapore Night Safari can either be enjoyed along the manmade walking trail or via the tram rides offered, or both. Either way, an adventure awaits!

One of the unique elements of the night safari in Singapore is that each evening a unique presentation of what animals naturally act like in the wild can be seen. Every evening there is a slightly different show as the varieties of animals come out. A large number of nocturnal animals can be seen illuminated by the moonlight as the tram takes guests through both the east and the west loop. As the Singapore safaris continue, the tram glides by a sizable reservoir and weaves through a number of different habitats. After visiting reconstructions of the foothills of the Himalayas and the beautiful Indian subcontinent, the guide heading your safari in Singapore will take you long a walking path that allows a closer look at the array of animals active during the night hours.

Singapore safaris are offered in two select itineraries. The first includes the Creatures of the Night show, an exciting tram ride, and a walk along the Leopard Trail. This first itinerary kicks off with a show by a tribal dance by the Thumbuakar, a tribe hailing from Borneo’s rainforest. After the exotic presentation the Singapore Night Safari moves on to the different areas in the Zoo including the Fishing Cat Trail, the Forest Giant’s Trail, and then heads to the Zoo’s amphitheater for the Creatures of the Night show. Afterwards visitors will enjoy a forty-five minute, narrated tram ride along a dramatically changing landscape. Along the Leopard Trail, civets, leopards, and flying squirrels are only a few of the many nocturnal animals out on the prowl during the Singapore tour.

The last part of the itinerary includes a hop back onto the tram to explore the Equatorial Africa, the Asian Riverine Forest, the Malayan Region, and the Burmese Hillside. At the very end of each of the Singapore safaris there is an opportunity for some souvenir shopping at the onsite retail stores. The second itinerary includes all of the same elements as the first, but is carried out in a slightly alternative order and if visitors choose, they can arrange their own custom itineraries based on their particular interests. This wild and wonderful Singapore tour includes a delicious dinner at a well-loved local restaurant offering a variety of both Asian and Western style meals.


The Singapore Night Safari offers another excellent attraction for those visiting the area. With only a limited time in the country, and especially on longer visits, many choose the Zoo as well as shopping on Orchard Road and a visit to Sentosa Island as things to do during a visit to Singapore. Though many have visited countless zoos, Singapore’s approach with the Night Safaris offers one of the most unique angles. With this nocturnal approach, this is one zoo that will live up to your expectations and more. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to escape some of the daytime heat while experiencing rare encounters with many exotic animal species.

Mint Museum Of Toys

Mint, known colloquially as the Museum of Toys, sits in downtown Singapore amidst finance buildings of steel, glass and chique clubs. Inside: a collection of over 50,000 toys from 40 countries, spanning most of the 20th century.

You’ll see Dan Dare, the Green Lantern, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Robby Robot, and countless other characters and childhood favorites. Most interestingly, some pieces will have estimated value tags-one Popeye character pushing a tin tank is apparently worth $14,000 USD, other tags will tell you if a toy is one of a kind, and if not how many others exist.

It’s an interesting museum set inside a modern building, but beware; with a $15 price tag for entry, it’s exactly what it claims to be and nothing more, a museum of toys.


Singapore Flyer

One of the unique facts of the Singapore Flyer is that there are 28 climate controlled glass capsules and it has a seating capacity of 28 people in each of the capsule. 

Singapore Flyer has a height of 165 meters and it is one of the world’s tallest giant observation wheels. It is taller than the London Eye by 30 meters. Surprisingly, Singapore Flyer is not circular in shape it is a polygon with 56 sides. 

The best time to take a ride to in the Singapore Flyer is late evening or dusk to get soaked in the beautiful hues of the sky with your loved one with a mesmerizing view of the softly lit towering skyscrapers in Singapore. 

You can be assured of a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Colonial District, Marina Bay and the neighboring Malaysia and green landscapes of Indonesia. 

There are various options you can select from the standard flight which can be upgraded to a High Tea Session or Champagne Night Flight with a glass of Moet and Chandon. A four course romantic Sky dining experience with personalized butler service is also an option though it is slightly overpriced but a life time experience. 

It is perched atop a three storey shopping area and a food court with various options which satiates your hunger post the ride. Rain forest discovery stroll after the on board experience of the flyer is a very relaxing way to unwind in nature’s landscape. 

Do remember to try out the experience of simulated jet flying or driving a simulated Ferrari car at some of the experience outlets located in the retail space. 


The Singapore flyer ticket prices starting from SGD 28 onward for per person also include the Journey of Dreams which is one of the latest 3D multimedia audio visual attractions depicting the history of the flyer in an interactive mode spiced up with fun element. 

Singapore Flyer tickets should be purchased from their ticketing counters or online from the official Singapore Flyer website only. 

There are many promotional packages which can be clubbed with the Singapore Flyer tickets during off peak flight time i.e. admission before 6.00 pm and purchased at a concessional rate. 
Singapore Botanic Gardens 

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 156-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s main shopping belt. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Gardens has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013, by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. It was declared the inaugural Garden of the Year, International Garden Tourism Awards in 2012, and received Michelin’s three-star rating in 2008.

The Botanic Gardens was founded at its present site in 1859 by an agri-horticultural society. It played a pivotal role in the region’s rubber trade boom in the early twentieth century, when its first scientific director Henry Nicholas Ridley, headed research into the plant’s cultivation. By perfecting the technique of rubber extraction, still in use today, and promoting its economic value to planters in the region, rubber output expanded rapidly. At its height in the 1920s, the Malayan peninsula cornered half of the global latex production.

The National Orchid Garden, within the main gardens, is at the forefront of orchid studies and a pioneer in the cultivation of hybrids, complementing the nation’s status as a major exporter of cut orchids. Aided by the equatorial climate, it houses the largest orchid collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids.

Early in the nation’s independence, Singapore Botanic Gardens’ expertise helped to transform the island into a tropical Garden City, an image and moniker for which the nation is widely known. In 1981, the hybrid climbing orchid, Vanda Miss Joaquim, was chosen as the nation’s national flower. Singapore’s “orchid diplomacy” honors visiting head of states, dignitaries and celebrities, by naming its finest hybrids after them; these are displayed at its popular VIP Orchid Gardens.

Singapore’s botanic gardens is the only one in the world that opens from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every day of the year. More than 10,000 species of flora is spread over its 82-hectares area, which is stretched vertically; the longest distance between the northern and southern ends is 2.5 km (1.6 mi). The Botanic Gardens receives about 4.5 million visitors annually.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 156-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s main shopping belt. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Gardens has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013, by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. It was declared the inaugural Garden of the Year, International Garden Tourism Awards in 2012, and received Michelin’s three-star rating in 2008.[1][2]

The Botanic Gardens was founded at its present site in 1859 by an agri-horticultural society. It played a pivotal role in the region’s rubber trade boom in the early twentieth century, when its first scientific director Henry Nicholas Ridley, headed research into the plant’s cultivation. By perfecting the technique of rubber extraction, still in use today, and promoting its economic value to planters in the region, rubber output expanded rapidly. At its height in the 1920s, the Malayan peninsula cornered half of the global latex production.

The National Orchid Garden, within the main gardens, is at the forefront of orchid studies and a pioneer in the cultivation of hybrids, complementing the nation’s status as a major exporter of cut orchids. Aided by the equatorial climate, it houses the largest orchid collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids.

Singapore River Safari


You can enjoy a boat ride on the Amazon River and a brief meet with the stars of the Safari named Kai Kai and Jia Jia the pandas in a fully climate controlled zone which is very exciting for the kids. The walk along the River Safari with various aquatic species in the aquarium lined across the path and the names of the rivers of the world is very informative for the kids.

Singapore Garden Of The Bay

It’s a visual feast living in Singapore, where the country’s architectural landscape gets nipped and tucked all the time. So much so that my friend from abroad said on a recent trip here: “This seems like a place where people don’t belong.” That statement is especially true of the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay.  The conservatories and supertrees (a sort of vertical garden) already look like something right out of a science fiction flick. Here, the plants belong. We are merely spectators.


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