Our visit to Pororo Park Singapore

There are a total of 11 Pororo Parks in the world; 7 in Korea, 3 in China and Pororo Park Singapore is the 1st Pororo Park in Southeast Asia. Pororo Park integrates entertainment and education elements in an indoor playground setting. From arts, science, cooking to magic tricks, children can enjoy hours of fun and craft classes through Playing And Learning Skills (PALS).

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Lauren is no stranger to indoor playground but Pororo Park was Alexis’ 2nd visit to an indoor playground. Her first was to Kids’ Amaze’s Toddler section but that was not comparable to Pororo Park. Alexis was ecstatic when she got into the Sharkpool. She stayed in the pool of balls for 30mins! Each time we tried to lift her up, she would struggle and drop herself back in. Even after enticing her to try other sections of the park, she would eventually walk back to the Sharkpool.

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I personally found Pororo Park Singapore catered more for the younger kids. (below 8 years) There are many sections that I thought might excite younger children more. Nevertheless, older kids can explore the play gym and also pick up  some skills from the classes conducted in the park.

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Pororo House

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Interior of Pororo House

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Interior of Pororo House

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A brick and built section in the park

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A small playground for younger children

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For those who likes to play pretend, there is a supermarket in the park

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The toddlers’ section

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Alexis playing at toddlers’ section

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Play gym

For Lauren, she is a Miss Congeniality. I did not have to worry much about her as she was making new friends at the park. There was a play gym and a theatre that conducts classes and that kept Lauren really busy. Lauren attended a K POP dance class.

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Lauren at the K POP dance class

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There was also a train ride that ran every hourly. Do call your child back to have a short ride; kids always enjoy rides. Me being the kiasu mum, I queued on behalf of the girls while they were playing.

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For children who like craft works, there is a room for handicraft works. There are different classes daily and parents can go to their website to view their schedule.  There is also a theatre for shows and dance lesson.

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Handicraft room

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Theatre’s schedule

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What I liked was there is a nice café to let parent have some refreshments while waiting for the children. The park is also equipped with a kids-friendly restroom and a nice baby room. (good for breastfeeding mum)

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We spent slightly over 2 hours at the park and that was good enough to tire the girls out. Bring your kids down and their ticket prices are as follow:

 

Admission Rates

2 hours playtime:

Age Group Non-Member Annual Member Partners
Children aged 2 to 12 years $33.50 $23.50 $28.50
Children below 2 years $24.50 $16.50 $20.80
Accompanying adults $6.00 $2.50* $3.50*
Babies below
1 year
Free Entry
Additional
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$5 per block of 30 minutes (or part thereof)

*Up to 2 adults. Additional accompanying adults will be charged normal admission rate.

Credit and Debit card holders / card members of these following partners will enjoy Partners’ admission rates.

 

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Pororo Park Singapore is conveniently located at 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 

+65 6250 9700

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Sew much fun with Sew Into It

One of the activities Lauren had done during the March holiday was a sewing class organised by Sew Into It.  I personally chose the class because I wanted to incorporate some conductive activities in the week long holiday.  Activities that would challenge her mentally and keep her learning.. I know it is only one week but Lauren needs to be constantly engaged.

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After attending the class with Lauren, I would strongly encourage mummies to bring their kids for a try. You will be amazed at the developmental benefits children could gain at learning to sew at this young age.

Sewing requires concentration and focus, problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.  It challenges the left brain thinking and is a great way to express ones’ creativity and individuality.

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Studies have shown that children who learn to sew gain many mental and physical developmental benefits. There are various tasks involved in sewing a simple project, such as following pattern instructions, fabric selection, color coordination, sizing and fitting. All these help stimulate creative thinking, promotes self-esteem and perseverance. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self confidence. And, the tactile nature of sewing helps strength a child’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Sewing also provides children an avenue to express their creativity. It is a productive way for kids to use personal time and create independent work.

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My preselected Ellie the Elephant

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Lauren’s pigeon

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Choice of fabrics

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Samples of Animal softies

I booked the Animal Softie Workshop for Lauren and myself. It was a 3 hours session with fabrics and designs selected beforehand. The class size was capped at 6 students who were managed by Amy, Karen and 2 assistants.  Students were supervised closely by the attentive teachers on operating the sewing machine and the basic sewing techniques.

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Lauren impressed me with her ability to operate the sewing machine on her own. (Karen was standing next to her watching her) It was her first time sewing anything. In fact she did way better than me.. *ashamed*

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Amy and Karen also shared how to handsew the finishing of the softie at the end of the class. Lauren did prick her fingers a couple of times but she said “life goes on…”

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So after 3 hours, our animal softies were completed!!! Obviously Lauren was a better handicrafter than Mummy (look at Mummy’s weird looking elephant…) I like to defend myself by saying maybe left handers take more effort in any handicraft… That is my personal excuse. :p

 

Sew Into It has many workshops for adults and children. You can visit their website here to find out more about their workshop schedule.

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Sew Into It is located at

Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road #02-32 S(080333)

Contact no: +65  87779924

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Some exciting activities for your child this March holiday

March school holiday is approaching. No, there won’t be any overseas holiday for us this year but to make sure Lauren gets to enjoy her 1 week of rest. I am going to plan fun activities for my girls. There are sooooo many activities available, too many for me to list down all. Thus I am listing down those that I think are suitable for my girls.

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Hmmmmm….I am wondering where Mummy will bring us this March Holiday?????

 

 

 

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Kids Fiesta 2016: FUNTASY ADVENTURE

Hosted by SmartsParents, they are back bigger and better. This year, get to experience Singapore’s 1st outdoor ice skating rink. Children will get to meet their favourite cartoon characters and to enjoy over 30 amazing activities like Electric Scooter Park and Mega Bouncy Castle.

Entry to event ground is free but children will need a fun pass to join the activities.

Venue: The Float Marina Bay

Date/Time: 12 and 13 March 4pm to 10.30pm

Cost: $25/pass

Get your fun passes here !

 

 

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Gardens By The Bay- Children Festival

Head down to Gardens By The Bay this March holiday with your kids and be entertained by thrilling performances and fascinating stories, explore your creativity by taking part in hands-on craft and be a part of other exciting activities, suitable for children of all ages.

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 – Sun, 20 Mar 2016

  • 2 pm – 6.30 pm (Weekdays), 10 am – 7.45 pm (Weekends)
  • Various Locations
  • All programmes are free, except for the battery-operated train ride and food. Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply.

Visit their website here for more details.

 

 

 

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ACT3 Drama Academy March Holiday Workshop

Through the use of Drama, the workshops for 2 to 7 year-olds will connect your children to the Arts and initiate in them a love and passion for it. Also, together with Oliver’s amazing and effortless stories as inspiration, the Drama Teachers will encourage your children to participate actively thereby empowering them and drawing forth an ability to think and create.

And for the older ones, they have a specially crafted workshop for the 8 to 10s that will surely bring out the winner in your children as they discover ways to speak effectively and logically to convince and persuade others!

Venue: ACT3 Drama Academy, 126 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229707

Time/Date: From 14 March to 1st April. Various Timing

Cost: From $60

Register your child here

 

 

 

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Sew Into It – Kids Sewing Workshop

Regardless of age, all of us have a favourite animal, be it a dog, cat or elephant. That is why Sew Into It has come up with a range of delightful animal softie workshops to cater to your specific preference and age (minimum 6 years old). Perfect for any setting and even on the go, these softies are sure to add fun and colour to your day with their quirky designs. What is more, you get to customize your fabric choices from their assortment of lovely fabric designs! They believe it is important that your softie bears your personal touch since it is likely to be your trusted companion for life.

You’ll learn to operate a sewing machine, sew curved lines according to seam allowance, attach appliques (for softies with appliques only), stuff your softies as well as close a gap.

This a Level 1 workshop: no prior sewing experience needed.

Date: 16 March (Wed, 2pm)

Venue: Sew Into It (333 Kreta Ayer Road, #02-32)

Cost: $60-70/pax (Inclusive of all workshop materials)

Sign up for the workshop here

 

 

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SPUR BOX  Festive Baking Class: Pop Pop! Cake Pops!

This 90 minutes culinary and crafting class is suitable for children 2 to 7.

All materials provided. Children below 5 should be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult do not need a ticket.

Venue: PoMo Shopping Mall #05-01, The little Arts Academy

Date available: 28th Feb, 6th Mar, 13th Mar, 14th Mar, 20th Mar

Time slots:
10:00am – 11:30am
1:00pm – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Class includes:
1- Storytelling – Rabbits and Eggs
2- Cakepop moulding and decoration.
3- Craft – Easter bunny

Sign up here

 

 

 

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SPUR BOX Little Artisans March Holiday Programme

1 Shoe Making [14 March] – Learning of sewing techniques and how to create a pair of leather shoes!

2 Soap Making [15 March] Learn about colours and scent. Learn about the different essential oils. Get to make fancy soap in popsicle shapes or rolled swissroll shape.

3 Pottery [16 March 18 March] – Learn about the different clay and materials. Learn how to operate a turntable and get a hands on experience on how to handle the clay to form pottery items such as plates, bowls and vase.

4 Silk Screen Printing [17 March] -Children get to learn about shapes and how to use shapes to form a print. They will learn how to silk screen print on a canvas tot bag.

5 Bread Baking [18 March] – Learn how to knead a bread and bake a delicious raisin bread to bring home.


This programme is suitable for age 4 – 9. Children below 4 and above 9 are welcome to join too! Children below age 5 should be accompanied by a family adult or you can opt for their craft elf services. No charges for accompanying adults.

Spur Box provides dedicated assistance service to your child should he/she requires it. A designated craft elf will be assigned to your child to ensure that he/she receives the help they need.

There will be a 20-30 minutes refreshment break in each class. Light refreshments will be provided.

This programme is held on 14,15,16,17,18 March. There are two time slots available : 9:30am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 4:30pm for all the 5 days.

Only bread baking is at PoMo Shopping Center #05-01, the rest of the programme will be held at Orchard Central, #10-01

Each class is $90. All 5 days @ only $400.

Sign up here at Spur Box website

 

 

 

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Sentosa Kidz Flea

Let your kids be a day of an entrepreneurs or  what they call PLAY-trepreneurs. Set up a stall and sell their preloved toys, books, clothes, accessories or even their handmade handicrafts.

Venue: Merlion Plaza

Date: 12-19 March 3-8pm

Register and find out more information here

Even if you are not going to set up a stall, it will be good to bring your kids down to Merlion Plaza this  March holiday to support other PLAY-trepreneurs.

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Polliwogs March Holiday Work Fun “Drop Off”

Calling all parents looking for some educational fun for your kids during the March Holidays!

Join The Polliwogs for a whole new experience where children are one step closer to achieving and discover their dream occupations! Bring home lots of HANDS-ON activity products and meaningful insights.

Double the FUN when kids also get to enjoy UNLIMITED PLAYTIME + BENTO LUNCH when they sign up for the workshop! *Ease your worries and leave your kids to them! Drop-off services available

Venue: Polliwogs Suntec/ Vivo City

Date: 14- 18 Mar 11am – 1pm

More detail of sign up here

 

 

 

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Pororo & Friends Adventure to Asia 3 day Camp

Join Pororo and friends at the 11,000 sq ft Pororo Park Singapore this March Holiday for a 3 day camp. Learn about Korean and local culture and participate in lots of games and win attractive prizes. Lunch included.

Venue: Pororo Park 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 

Date: 14 – 16 Mar 9am -1pm

$280 for 3 days or $120 per day

Details on Pororo Park Website

 

 

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SmartKids Asia Kids Fair

3 full days of activities, stage performances, trial classes and more across 5 SMART zones created to excite and entertain you and your family.

Lots of Trial classes and kids get to meet their favourite cartoon characters.

Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 6

Date: 18 – 20 March 11am -9pm

Register on their facebook page here


Some theatre productions for the kids:

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is played out in an interactive and engaging style, with fun, music, puppetry and physical theatre.
Fast-paced and full of laughter and adventure, there’s something here for young and old alike – with clear messages about the perils of lying, and maybe some unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Fun wordplay and subtext will appeal to and tickle the adults, plus clear storytelling for the younger ones, and broad comedy and interaction for the very small ones.

Venue: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel

Date:
Mon, 15 Feb – Sat, 19 Mar 2016
Mon – Fri: 10am
Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm
Cost: Standard Ticket $35
Get your tickets here (Sistic website)
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PLAYtime!
Bunny Finds the Right Stuff
directed by Daniel Jenkins

Let the little ones enjoy the magic of theatre through music, movement and interactive fun in this charming story of friendship. Bunny Finds the Right Stuff is an immersive theatre production especially designed for children aged two to four.

This production is adapted from the children’s book Bunny Finds The Right Stuff written by award-winning author Emily Lim and illustrated by Neal Sharp.

Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Date: Fri, 26 Feb – Sun, 13 Mar 2016
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 9.30am & 11am
Sat & Sun: 11am & 4pm
Get tickets here

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Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!”

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” is an extraordinary piece of theatre for children, young people and families. It is stimulating, creative, and has social and literary breadth.Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” incorporates strong visuals, creative puppetry, unique staging techniques, and rewarding interactivity.

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” is a play with strong educational value. It:

  • Deals with friendship, self-discovery, respect, team work and trying your best.
  • Encourages creativity in thought and action, as well as maintaining a positive outlook.
  • Stimulates imaginative play and thinking outside of the box.
  • Nurtures in your child the joy of books and reading by linking the page to the stage.
  • Introduces children to the musical as a theatrical genre, and vaudeville as a theatrical style.

Venue: Ulu Pandan CC Theatrette

Date:Sat, 27 Feb – Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11am/ 1pm

Get your tickets here

 

 

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he chomps away on his journey to metamorphosis! Starting out as a baby caterpillar eating anything and everything along the way, he changes into a beautiful butterfly at the end.

Venue: Drama Centre Theatre
Date: Sat, 5 – Sun, 13 Mar 2016
Mon – Wed, Fri: 10am
Sat: 10.30am & 4pm
Sun: 10.30am, 2pm, 4pm
Get your tickets here

Woah… That’s a lot of activities for a 9 days break.  Do follow us to see our updates on the activities that we have done. Ciao…

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Our 1st Run- My Little Pony Run 2016

For those who has been following my instagram, you would know that Lauren and I just completed our 1st run. My Little Pony Run at Palawan Beach, Sentosa.  There were 3 catergories, 6km Besties Run, 4km Fun Run and 1km Pony Run. Of course I signed up for the 1km. Lazy Mummy has not been exercising for a loooonnng time. 1km was the best I could do.

Lauren was counting down the moment I told her we were going for a Little Pony event. She did not understand what a 1km run would mean and all she was looking forward was an outing filled with Little Ponies.

 

Honestly a few days prior to the event, I kind of regretted signing up for the run. Firstly because I was too eager to sign up then and forgotten to look at the time. I got to be there at 8am on a Sunday. Weep… Sundays are my only days to sleep late. Secondly, many years ago I signed up for a 200m run and asked my hubby (then BF) to go and watched. That was a HUGE mistake because I came in last and till date I am still being mocked over this incident. I got a feel I might be last again and the history will repeat itself.  But then even with all these deterents, I went ahead because Lauren was so looking forward.

 

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We arrived at Palawan Beach carpark to see everyone in the Green Tshirt. It was quite a nice sight to see so many families bringing their kids for such an event.  I was very impressed with the turnout and many parents were like myself who were there just because their kids.  I saw Mummies and Daddies dressing up for the event, that was really heart warming. Like a mum and daughter pair who dressed up in Little Pony theme (Imagine the heat) to run a 4km race. Thumbs up to the pair.  Especially the mummy who went through so much effort for your girl. There were also many parents running with infants and toddlers in their strollers. We will do that the next time with Papa and Alexis.

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Our 1 km race was the last race so we had time to walk around the carnival. The event organiser had planned quite a fair bit of activities for everyone.

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Lauren was glued to the Little Pony’s cartoon being aired at one of the booth.. while Alexis walked around the carnival.

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Finally when it was our turn to run. I was filled emotions when the emcee said everyone has to hold their child’s hand and raised it up together when we crossed the finishing line. Lauren turned and looked at me and said “Never let go of my hands, Mummy. ” I dont know why I turned into a Emo Nemo but probably the thought of kinship and what Lauren said.  I held her hand throughout the run, once in awhile I let go of her hand, thinking of a selfie but Lauren would insist that hands were not supposed to be let go during the race. Thus I do not have photos during the run.

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I think because we did not prep for the run, Lauren was very nauseous after the run but she felt better after getting the medal. LOL.. It took her sick feeling away.  It was really a great experience and because of this we are looking forward to more runs and together as a family.

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I did some reserach and found some upcoming kids friendly run.

 

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Sunday, 10 April

NTUC Income RUN 350 2016
5:00 am at F1 Pit Building
Half Marathon, 10 km, 800 m Kids Dash

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Sunday, 24 April
Snoopy Run 2016
7:15 am at Singapore Sports Hub
5 km

Snoopy Run website


 

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Sunday, 8 May
Mileage Family Run 2016 (Part 1 – Mother’s Day)
7:30 am at West Coast Park
5 km, 2 km (Strollers race), 1 km (Kids)

Sunday,19 June
Mileage Family Run 2016 (Part 2 – Father’s Day)
7:30 am at Pasir Ris Park
5 km, 3 km (Strollers race), 1 km (Kids)

Mileage Website


 

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Saturday, 21 May
Bubble Glow 5K Run
06:00 pm at Gardens By The Bay
5 km

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Sunday, 22 May
Cold Storage Kids Run 2016
Flag-off TBC at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay
1.6 km, 800 m
Cold Storage Kids Run website


 

Saturday, 28 May
ISCA Run 2016
6:30 am at OCBC Square
10 km, 5 km, 500 m (Kids Dash)
ISCA Run website

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Staycation at Equarius Hotel Resort World Sentosa

Every December Kel and I will plan a family holiday. Unfortunately this year due to several reasons, we needed to be in Singapore. We know it is school holiday and Lauren will be busy with Primary 1 next year.  Thus we wanted to make her school holiday as exciting as possible even though we are just going to explore our own sunny island.

 

While planning, we realized that a staycation in Sentosa may do the trick. We booked a 3D2N stay at Equarius Hotel. The last 2 staycations we had in Sentosa were at Festive Hotel and Amara Sanctuary Resort. We were not pleased with our stay then.  A friend recommended Equarius Hotel and here we are..

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The girls were so excited watching mummy brushing her teeth..

The standard at Equarius Hotel is wayyyy better than Amara Sanctuary Resort or Festive Hotel. The room was huge, clean (very important factor for me) and smell really nice..  The bathroom was big enough for the entire family to be inside. The girls in the tub, me cleaning their bottles and papa watching after them. OK the only not so good was the distance from the attractions. Equarius Hotel is supposed to be the SPA hotel so tranquillity is their business, away from the busy streets and attractions. If you really want to walk from Universal Studio back to the hotel,  it will probably take you 20 to 30 mins. There is a hotel shuttle bus every 15 mins that will bring you around the hotels and to the casino. You can drop at the casino and walk to the attractions. For us, it was not easy even with the shuttle bus arrangement as each time we had to unload all the stuffs from the stroller (the stroller was full of stuffs above and underneath) and load again.  Most of the time we just drove to the East carpark but you will incurred extra carpark charges as the hotels’ carpark (West) and attractions’ carpark (East) are not linked. You can get the complimentary parking from hotel but you are only entitled to one complimentary carpark pass a day for hotel guests so if you have to go in and out of the carpark then one complimentary carpark pass is definitely not enough.

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We spent Day 1 at the Adventure Cove and Alexis got to play on the water slides too!! There are many activities and you will really need 1 full day there, especially so if you plan to include Dolphin Island.  Lauren’s favourite activity in Adventure Cove was the Rainbow Reef.  Initially she was really scared because the staff told her the water at the Rainbow Reef is 3 metre deep. Upon hearing the 3 metre, Lauren came up with all sorts of excuses to not get into the water… eg. the goggle was too tight, the water was too cold (the water was indeed quite cold)… bla bla bla.. I was very upset with her as we queued for awhile.. So I used a little “Mummy’s angry”  tactic and soon Lauren was in the water. She was so engrossed that Papa had to keep pulling her back. When she was up, she told me the fishes were so colourful and beautiful.. This is definitely a must try even for adult.

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Papa and Lauren then went on to Dolphin Island. Of course Lauren loved this particular section of the visit.. She is an animal fanatic and dolphin is one of her favourite animals. The whole session took 90min.  Out of the 90min,  the actual dolphin interaction was only 30min while the rest were pre and post interaction briefings and choosing of photographs taken during the session.  The trainer briefed them on the hand signals to interact with the dolphin and the ways to stroke and handle the dolphin.

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Lauren was very much in love with WaWa, the dolphin she was interacting.  She kissed and kept giving WaWa the hand signal to talk to her.

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Alexis, Aunty and Mummy continued the water play while waiting for Papa and Lauren. For parents bringing young toddler, these are the attractions that are suitable for younger kids. Do note that an accompanied adult needs to be with them at all time.

  1. Adventure River

    Grab a tube and take a leisurely ride down Adventure River, floating through 14 stunning scenes including a lush jungle garden, a mysterious grotto and an underwater tunnel with a sea of marine life swimming above and around you.

     

  2. Big Bucket Treehouse

    Get wet and wild at the Big Bucket Treehouse! Share the rush of the giant bucket tipping over gallons of fun in an action-packed wonderland of interactive water plays. It’s the coolest place for kids to be.

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  3. Bluwater Bay

    You’re sure to catch a wave at Bluwater Bay where the surf’s always up! Come share the rush in this giant wave pool and have a swell of a time with the family

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Lauren was sulking when we told her it was time to leave..

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Our day 2 was kept for Universal Studio. Lauren was super excited about USS. She woke up very early and pestered us to get ready. She even proposed to skip breakfast and lunch. Honestly when you are out with a 6 years old and a 13 months old toddler, how fast can you be.. So by the time we were done with getting dressed and food, it was past 12noon. We bought the Universal Express passes on top of the regular tickets and those were our BEST INVESTMENT EVERRRRR!!!!!  Please… do yourself a favour, if time is an issue, please get the pass.  You can always check out the crowd inside the park before deciding if you want to get the express pass. There are many shops selling the express pass inside. Due to the fast track queues from the express passes, we completed all rides (except Battlestar and The Mummy due to Lauren’s height) within 4 hours.. In fact, we took a couple of rides twice or thrice.  We walked past the long snaking queues with all the envies of the others queuing.. FYI, most of the rides need 50-60min of queuing if you do not have express pass during peak season.

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Before you leave the park, if you do plan to come back soon, especially Singaporean. Please upgrade your ticket to the 6 months season pass. We did that to all our tickets and now I can just bring my girls as and when we want.

 

Day 3: Honestly to explore Sentosa properly and if you have the luxury of time, I will suggest a 4 days stay. Resort World Singapore will take you 3 days to fully enjoy all the attractions, not forgetting Sentosa Island also has tons of activities for you to explore. This time round we skipped S.E.A Aquarium and Trick Eye Museum as we were very worn out from the walking and Alexis was starting to get very cranky.  Papa and Mummy decided to go for a SPA session at ESPA to unwind. The ESPA is heavenly….. We do not have the time to stay and enjoy most of the facilities although we very much wanted to.

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We ended our staycation with  The Luge ride inside Sentosa Island, Lauren needed this before agreeing to go home. We saw the soon-to-open Kidzania Singapore next to the Beach Station.  Sentosa is going to be “The Place” to go the next school holiday.

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