If you have a whole day to spend with your kids, and are trying to squeeze in as many sights of Singapore as humanly possible, then Resorts World Sentosa is a great choice – you can easily spend three days to fully enjoy all there is to experience. But if you have just 12 hours, read on to find out just how you can maximize your precious day with your kids.
9am to 10am: Breakfast
Reach the Resort early and start the day with a hearty breakfast (you will need the energy for the day ahead). Try some traditional toast at Toastbox (Forum B1) or have a nice cuppa at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Forum L1).
- There are several ways to get to Resorts World Sentosa: the Sentosa Express from VivoCity, the RWS8 shuttle bus, taxis, and by car. To find out more, visit our website.
10 am to 2pm: Universal Studios Singapore
Be one of the first into the theme park when it opens at 10am to get your pick of attractions (and escape the queues). Early birds can escape the sweltering heat of Singapore’s afternoon sun. Segregated into seven fun-filled zones straight out of the silver screen, Universal Studios Singapore is a great place to keep fidgety kids entertained. Adults can take a breather at the numerous F&B outlets while the young ones enjoy the rides.
Must visit (for young kids):
- Madagascar: A Crate Adventure (Madagascar zone)
- Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase (New York zone)
- Canopy Flyer (Lost World zone)
- Shrek 4D Adventure (Far Far Away zone)
- Beat the queue? Buy your tickets online.
- Grab a map from our friendly customer officers and visit the park in the clockwise direction, starting with the Madagascar zone. Anecdotal statistics show that people tend to go counterclockwise.
- If you enjoy roller coasters, head to TRANSFORMERS: The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, and Battlestar Galactica, in that order.
- Download the Resorts World Sentosa iPhone app to check the wait times here.
2pm to 3.30pm: Lunch
Plenty of options here – more than 50 F&B options in the Resort alone. Lunch inside Universal Studios Singapore or explore the Resort for sustenance, your choice. Plus, you get to take shelter from the hot afternoon sun.
- Mel’s Drive-In (Universal Studios Singapore) Bright and cheery, a dining experience at Mel’s Drive-in is like eating in a movie set. This 50s-inspired diner serves Western favourites like burgers and hotdogs. Try the Angus Beef Burger Combo at $13.80.
- Fish and Crab Shack En route to the next attraction, the Maritime Experiential Museum, visit the Fish and Crab Shack located at the entrance of the Maritime Experiential Museum for lunch. It offers family-friendly dishes like fish and chips, and local fares like hor fun. Try the Zheng He Seafood Fried Rice with chicken floss at $12.90.
3.30pm to 6.30pm: Maritime Experiential Museum and S.E.A. Aquarium
Maritime Experiential Museum (1 hour)
In this multi-sensorial museum, you can smell, hear and see Asia’s rich maritime history and Singapore’s past as a trading port along the Souk Gallery. Featuring eight different ports with different sights, sounds and scents, you and your loved ones are in for one immersive experience.There are even activities and games for your kids to get their hands on. At the end, hop into the Typhoon Theatre where you board a 9th century vessel for a 360° multi-sensory theatre experience.
S.E.A. Aquarium (2 hours)
It doesn’t get bigger than this. Home to 100,000 marine animals from across 800 different species, in 42.8 million litres of water, the S.E.A Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium, making it one of the star attractions of the Resort. Be sure to visit the mesmerising Open Ocean habitat, viewed through the world’s largest viewing panel measuring 36m long and 8.3m high.
- Discovery Touch Pool (Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea zone)
- Open Ocean Gallery (Open Ocean zone)
- Sea Jellies exhibit (Ocean Journey zone)
- Grab a map before venturing out into the open sea (sorry, couldn’t resist).
- Be patient and wait for your turn at the Discovery Touch Pool.
- The aquarium can be pretty dark at certain areas, so please keep an eye on your children.
- To escape the crowds, come during less busy periods. That means not during school holidays or weekends. It can get REALLY crowded.
6.30pm to 8pm: Malaysian Food Street
Satisfy your inner glutton with some yummy Malaysian hawker fare at the Malaysian Food Street. Designed to mimic Malaysia’s old town ambience, you get to enjoy the likes of Claypot rice and satay, in an air-conditioned environment without the smoke.
- Claypot chicken rice with salted fish (serves 3 to 4), $15 and Char Koay Teow, $5
- The food street can get pretty crowded at times, so try to share tables with fellow visitors. It’s also a good way to know more friends.
- If you want to try more than one dish – strongly encouraged – split the job up and get another adult to buy the food. It’s faster this way.
- If you are getting the claypot chicken rice, make it your first order. It takes quite some time to cook, as it is prepared fresh upon order.
- As people are carrying piping hot stuff, do not let your children run around.
8pm to 9.30pm Candylicious and Crane Dance
This 9000sqf concept shop sells over 5000 kinds of candy. Be it jelly beans, gummies or chocolate, you will definitely find happiness in this wonderland. Great place to purchase souvenirs too.
And finally, complete the whirlwind of a day with Crane Dance at 9pm: a spectacular love story of two mechanical cranes. And be wowed by some groundbreaking audio and visual technology and amazing pyrotechnics.
Check out Crane Dance showtimes as it’s only available on selected dates.
Tips: For the best seats in the house, come 15 minutes before show starts.
Going out with your other half? Check out our Couple’s Day Out post!