They don't call it Asia's favourite playground for nothing. For one little island, Sentosa is jam-packed with fun stuff for families. Check out our ultimate guide on where to eat, play and stay to help you plan an amazing day on sunny Sentosa!
We’re always dreaming of jetting off on a quick getaway here at HoneyKids. Don’t have time to pack your kaftan and bathers for a jolly jaunt overseas? There’s loads of family fun to enjoy at Singapore’s own tropical playground, Sentosa Island. Whether you are looking for some high-energy thrills, sandcastle building at the beach, a no-fuss staycation, or just something a little bit different from your usual outdoor activities, Sentosa has something fabulous for all ages and budgets. To make things easy peasy for you, we have put together all the best eats, attractions, beaches and hotels to help you plan an amazing day (or two) on the island…
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to Sentosa has never been easier since SBS Transit bus service 123 has extended its route to Sentosa Beach Station! Whizzing around the island between all that fun is also now more convenient: The Sentosa Intra-Island bus services has had its operating hours extended and more buses put on route. Hurrah!
There’s a gantry admission of between $2-$6 (dependent on the time of day) for each car/cab entering Sentosa and several parking lots can be found at Sentosa Cove Village Car Park, Beach Car Park, Imbiah Car Park, and Tanjong and Palawan Car Park.
Jump on bus 123 (which you can catch from the central region of Singapore, including MRT stations at Tiong Bahru, Havelock and Orchard), and be transported to one of three stops on Sentosa: Resorts World Sentosa, Merlion Plaza and Sentosa Beach Station.
By cable car
Make your journey to Sentosa an adventure and take in an aerial view of the island as you glide in from Mount Faber or Harbourfront Cable Car Stations.
The best things in life are free (until 31 December 2020, anyway, when it will cost you $1). Take a scenic stroll across the Boardwalk from VivoCity Shopping Mall’s waterfront promenade.
Get your cutie to guess what colour train will pull onto the platform at VivoCity (Lobby L, level 3) to whisk you over to Sentosa! The ride costs $4 per person and $2 for selected TransitLink concession card holders (under-threes are free), and runs between 7am and midnight.
ALL THE ATTRACTIONS
Great fun for all the fam, Adventure Cove takes water play to the next level. Bigger kids (and kidults!) will love the massive slides and water-coasters, while smaller kids (and the less brave among us) will be happy bobbing around on the lazy river, racing around the wet maze and jumping the waves in the main pool. Don’t forget to check out the colourful Rainbow Reef where kids can get up close and personal snorkelling with over 20,000 friendly fishy friends! (Kiddos will need to be over 107cm tall to join this one.)
Adventure Cove Waterpark, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269; Open daily 10am-6pm.
Home to more than 100,000 fishy friends in every shape, size and colour imaginable, the S.E.A. Aquarium will have even the littlest of littlies mesmerised by its the array of marine life. Check out Nemo and Dory and wander through the super cool shark tunnel (which houses over 200 sets of sharp teeth). To finish their under-the-sea adventure, kids should head to the rock pools where they can touch and hold some weird and wonderful creatures.
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269; Open daily 10am-7pm.
Universal Studios Singapore
Whether your kids are rollercoaster junkies or prefer a more sedate merry-go-round, Universal Studios Singapore is a one-stop destination for the entire brood to have mega fun. HoneyKids’ Junior Reporters have road-tested this theme park many times, and it always gets the thumbs up. Tip: Don’t forget to check out our Universal Studios Singapore Survival Guide before you head over to meet a Minion, hang out with Shrek and snap a photo with the Sesame Street gang!
Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8888; Open daily 10am-6pm.
Skyline Luge and Skyride Chairlift
Up for a little bit of family competition? Challenge the kids to a race down the Skyline Luge’s 628m Jungle Trail, 688m Dragon Trail or give the forest-based tracks, the 638m Kupu Kupu and the 658m Expedition a go. Full instructions on how to navigate the carts will be given before you whizz down the hill (and leave your partner or teen in your dust). Smaller kids can ride with grown-ups, and while we know your inner speed demon might make an appearance once you hit the slope, remember that the carts can be steered and controlled at a speed that suits you. After you’ve beaten the kids (Lewis Hamilton-style) down the Luge, hop on the Skyride chairlift to check out the really gorgeous Singapore skyline, before hurtling back down the hill again on the Luge. One time is never enough! Psst, the fun doesn’t stop after the sun sets, either. Illuminated by vibrant colours, the Luge comes alive at night and provides a whole new experience as you race down the tracks. Woohoo!
Skyline Luge and Skyride Chairlift, 45 Siloso Beach Walk Sentosa, Singapore 099003; Open daily 10am-9.30pm.
Sentosa Nature Discovery
Walk along this nature trail to discover the different trees and flowers that make up the eight habitats found on Sentosa. There are interactive exhibits and sculptures along the trail – you might even get a glance of the endangered Magpie Robin!
Sentosa Nature Discovery, Imbiah Station, Open daily from 9am-5pm.
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
If the kids are bugging you for a day out then why not flutter your way over to Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom over on Imbiah Lookout? With an abundance of cool-looking creepy crawlies, and a whole heap of gorgeous butterflies, kids of all ages will be fascinated by all the bugs, beetles and butterflies on display.
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, 51 Imbiah Rd, Singapore 099702; Open daily 9.30am-7pm.
Trick Eye Museum
Scorching sun? Rainy day? The Trick Eye Museum is one of our top picks for fun indoor activities in Singapore for kids. Step into some seriously funny photos courtesy of clever visual trickery. Kids will crack up at the sight of Dad as a world-class ballerina, and the family photo of all of you mountain climbing in your shorts and tees will surely be a keeper!
Trick Eye Museum, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138; Open daily 10am-9pm.
Mega Adventure Park
Wondering what to do with your tweens and teens in Singapore? If your kids are into high-flying adventure, Mega Adventure Park is where it’s at, and it’s all about the MegaZip. Fly like an eagle down a 75m high zip line at up to 60km per hour over the jungle canopy of Imbiah Hill! We’ve road-tested this one and it’s not for the faint-hearted, but boy, is it fun. Once your wobbly legs have recovered from the Zip, you can take on the ClimbMax, ParaJump, NorthFace and MegaBounce… if you have nerves of steel!
Mega Adventure Park, 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099008; Open Mondays to Thursdays at 1-7pm, and Fridays to Sundays 11am-7pm.
GoGreen [email protected] Adventure
If hurtling down a zip line is really not your bag, then how about trying out a Segway? For an introductory experience, and for those of you with younger kids (over 105cm in height) we recommend the Segway Fun Ride. Trainers will assist you as you make your way around this circuit full of twists and turns. For bigger kids, (10 years plus) then The Segway Eco Adventure is a fun challenge. You and your crew will get to explore the sights of the island during a scenic ride along the beaches of Sentosa on your Segway PT. Choose from 30-minute and 60-minute rides.
GoGreen [email protected] Adventure, 51 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa (Opposite Bikini Bar), Singapore 099001; Open daily 10am-7.30pm.
Sentosa 4D Adventureland
Rollercoasters are not everyone’s cup of tea. But with this 4D motion-simulated virtual rollercoaster ride, you’ll believe you’re flying to the top of a mountain, plunging back down into a valley and through white-water rapids. All the fun of a coaster without the fear! Journey to the centre of the earth in Journey 2 or saddle up and start shooting the bad guys in Desperados, a 4D interactive shoot-out game. There’s also the Haunted Mine Ride 4D for a spooky kinda ride the whole fam will love.
Sentosa 4D Adventureland, Sentosa 4D AdventureLand, 51B Imbiah Rd, Singapore 099708; Open Sundays to Thursday, 10am-7.30pm, Fridays, Saturdays, eve of public holidays and public holidays at 10am-9pm.
Tucked away beside the Koreatown foodcourt is the thrilling HeadRock VR! With parks open in the US, Japan and Korea, the first-ever VR theme park has come to Southeast Asia with 11 rides designed with kids (and kidults!) aged six and up in mind. Strap on the VR headset and jump into an immersive VR experience of shooting games and sports before moving on to adventure and exploration experiences like jungle rafting through the Jurassic period or zooming to new heights on the Skyscraper attraction. You can even get strapped into a harness to go diving into a volcano or go bungee-jumping into a jungle. Can’t do that in real life!
HeadRock VR, 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-38/39, Singapore 098138; Open daily 10am-8pm (last entry is at 7pm).
If you fancy something with a bit of history and love a child-friendly museum, then look no further than Fort Siloso. Entry is free (which helps if you’re saving up for an extravagant Christmas!), and you’ll get to learn why the Fort was built and just what life was like for a soldier from times of old. You will also get to explore the underground ammunition stores and check out the WWII guns. Then, be sure to finish your history lesson with a visit to the Surrender Chambers to witness the two historic surrender moments that changed life in Singapore during WWII.
Fort Siloso, Siloso Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099981; Open daily 10am-6pm (last entry is at 5.30pm)
If you are looking for the ultimate thrill-seeking experience for your over-sevens, it doesn’t get much more exhilarating than sky diving! No aeroplanes or parachutes are involved so kids get all the fun without any of the risks. First-timer packages come with a training session, complimentary flight gear, personal training from a flight instructor and a flight certificate to prove that you and your small team of skydivers have defied gravity!
iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099010; Open daily 9am-9.30pm (Weds 11am-9.30pm).
Families have been flocking to Madame Tussauds around the world for over 250 years to rub shoulders with likenesses of their fave stars, and now this popular attraction has made it to Singapore. You and the littlies can strike a pose on the red carpet with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, before hopping on to the Marvel 4D experience, where you’ll get to see your favourite Avengers up close and personal. You’ll get top marks for picking this great family day out!
Madame Tussauds, 40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa, Singapore 099700; Open daily 10am-8.30pm.
The Maritime Experiential Museum
Embark on a journey through the Maritime Silk Route through the museum’s interactive exhibits! Older kids will love admiring the ships, encountering pirates, and experiencing a typhoon in all its 4D multi-sensory sound and fury. You’ll have a whale of a time!
The Maritime Experiential Museum, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Climb and crawl all around at this exhilarating outdoor, open-air playground with challenging obstacle courses. Made out of three giant nests situated a dauntingly 7.5-metres off the ground, it may seem a little scary at first, but we can assure you the views are definitely worth it.
Nestopia, 6 Siloso Beach Resort, Singapore 098995
Wings of Time
Once the sun has gone down on your fun-packed day out, why not delay going home for a bit longer by heading to the Wings of Time show? This colourful outdoor night show (the only one of its type in the world!), is sure to be a hit with the whole family with its water displays, laser shows, fire effects and music. A spectacular way to end your perfect Sentosa day.
Wings of Time, 39 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa, Singapore 099958; Daily showtimes at 7:40pm and 8:40pm, showtime is 20 minutes.
Crane Dance and Lake of Dreams
If you fancy a light show that’s a little easier on the wallet, Sentosa has two free performances every night. Head to the Waterfront at 8pm for a classic love story between two mechanical cranes longing to be free. Or, if the kids are still up, catch a fire, water and light show designed by Emmy award-winner Jeremy Railton at Festive Walk at 11pm.
Crane Dance, Waterfront, daily at 8pm; Lake of Dreams, Festive Walk, daily at 11pm
This place is massive and is the place to head if you want to put your kids to work: small people can try out a huge array of careers in a mini replica city, which houses streets, shops, workplaces, fire stations, cafes and even a Paddle Pop factory! Not only is this place top-notch fun, but the kids will learn the value of money as they spend their paycheck in KidZos currency around town. Read our review on KidZania Singapore before heading over to find your little ones’ future vocation!
KidZania, Palawan Kidz City, Palawan Beach, Singapore 098008; Open daily 10am – 6pm. Last admission is at 4.30pm.
SUN, SEA AND SANDCASTLES
Palawan is the family-friendly beach which connects via a suspension bridge to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia (cool fact!). Plus, if you’ve got kiddos that adore animals, they’ll love to meet some monkeys, reptiles and birds at Palawan Amphitheatre’s 15-minute show.
Want to enjoy a weekend lunch by the beach? Siloso is lined with restaurants and bars but has a really chilled-out family vibe. And, if you want to get active, it’s also beach volleyball central. There’s also skim-boarding, kayaking, cycling, rollerblading and other family-friendly beach activities to pick from. Siloso isn’t just for sandcastles!
Tanjong Beach and Tanjong Beach Club
Take in the tranquillity and quiet of Tanjong Beach where you and the kiddos can build sandcastles galore in relative peace. This one gets extra brownie points: Tanjong beach is one of Singapore’s dog-friendly destinations and your four-legged family member can hang out off-lead and splash in the sea with the rest of your brood. No visit to Tanjong Beach is complete without dropping by the iconic Tanjong Beach Club, too. It’s all about brunching in style here and hanging out on the oversized beach beds in between dips in its infinity pool. Tanjong Beach Club is a bit of a scene on weekends, so morning and lunch sessions are best for fams.
We’re constantly on the hunt for great restaurants and cafes in Singapore that are kid-friendly too. Thankfully, Sentosa is bursting at the seams with options for all budgets: here are just some of the go-tos for families!
Situated bang on the beach and right next to the Luge, this is a popular pitstop for families owing to its perfect trifecta of sandcastle fun, paddling in the sea and kid-friendly food. Expect classic breakfasts and pub-style classics for weekend brunch, with a kids’ menu that always hits the spot: we’re talking burgers, pizzas and fish and chips! (Psst: Coastes has a fully stocked bar for that cheeky cocktail – or a bucket of beer!)
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk 01-06, Singapore 099000; Open daily, Sunday to Thursday 9am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-11pm.
The Kitchen Table
The Kitchen Table at the W Hotel is a top choice if you are happy to splurge a little on lunch. The whacky upside-down tables hanging from the ceiling and live cooking stations will have the small people intrigued. You’ll want to order delicious family faves such as wood-fired pizzas, seafood, dim sum and tandoori – perfect for sharing. We love this one for its top-notch location and pool!
The Kitchen Table, W Hotel, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374; Open daily, Monday to Thursday 6.30am-10pm, Friday to Sunday 6.30am-10.30pm.
Ola Beach Club
We’re definitely a fan of Singapore’s first Hawaiian-themed beach club. Bring the fam for a day out of water sports (hello, banana boat) or let the little ones play in the sand after a chilled-out brunch. We’ve got our eye on the ahi poke. Check out our recent review of this fun-tastic hub of awesome on the beach.
Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099005; Open 8am-11pm.
Din Tai Fung
Is there a kid in Singapore who doesn’t love Din Tai Fung? Quick, easy and always delish, this is our go-to when we have a dim sum and wanton craving. Did someone say hot and sour soup?
Din Tai Fung, 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-217, Singapore 098138; Open daily Sunday to Thursday, 10.30am-10pm, Friday and Saturday, 10.30am-10.30pm.
Not only is the view over the coastline of Sentosa a romantic dinner factor at Panamericana, but the delicious cocktails and excellent menu seals the deal for a fab date lunch or night (with or without the kids). Kickstart your meal with a Grown-Up Fanta (a Prosecco-based cocktail) and savour the smoky delights from the open oven including Colombian chicken, Kühlbarra Barramundi and rib-eye steaks. South American food, how we love thee. Plus, there’s plenty of green space for the kids to run around on while you enjoy a delish cocktail. Cheers!
Panamericana, Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892; Open Mondays and Wednesdays at 6-11pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 12-11pm, Saturdays at 11am-11pm, and Sunday at 11am-4pm (closed on Tuesdays).
Hard Rock Cafe
Sometimes you just have to have a burger. Well, you’re in luck: Hard Rock Cafe delivers the goods. Its classic American menu mixed with local faves is sure to appeal to even the fussiest eater, and the portion sizes are large enough to satisfy hungry teens who are all out of fuel after conquering waves and zip lines. Check out the cool rock memorabilia on display before ordering a huge ice-cream sundae for you all to share.
Hard Rock Cafe, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, The Forum #01-209, Sentosa Island 098138; Open daily 11am-1am (last food orders taken at 10.30pm).
MAKE IT A STAYCATION…
As you may have gathered by now, there is a ton of fun stuff to do on Sentosa. Far too much to cover in one day! So why not make a weekend of it and treat yourselves to a cheeky little staycation for a night or two?
Siloso Beach Resort
This eco-resort on the beachfront combines lush tropical greenery, rustic style and a lovely chilled-out atmosphere. This is top of our list for its stunning landscape pool, which is filled with 100% natural spring water! We’re also loving the idea of a luxe stay surrounded by nature. Be sure to look out for the friendly squirrels! The lovely views and spacious rooms here make this a great place for your overnight stay in Sentosa.
Siloso Beach Resort, 51 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099538
Nestled in the peaceful setting of Sentosa Cove, this modern, luxurious choice gets a thumbs up from us. It has huge rooms for the whole family to stay in, a delicious breakfast spread and an always-open swimming pool. Oh, and you certainly can’t miss its vibrant and colourful decor.
W Singapore, Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374
Hard Rock Hotel
This rock-n-roll themed hotel is a huge party zone for the whole family. The kids will love the themed floors and the amazing play pools. It might be hard to pry them away to enjoy the rest of the fun Sentosa has to offer.
Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
If it’s a touch of five-star luxury you’re after, and if you fancy staying in one of Asia’s top five hotels, then this is the choice to make. Spread across 30 acres of tropical greenery, this beautiful resort has three pools to cool off in once you have finished on the beach. Plus, Palawan beach is only a short walk away, and the kids will certainly love the 24-hour buggy service available. Here’s an idea: maybe ditch the kids altogether for a romantic weekend for two, or as a calm-before-the-storm babymoon treat (trust us, it’s pure bliss).
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa
With its beach-front location tucked away from the hustle and bustle, the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa makes for the perfect family staycation. If your kids love waterslides, the fun-packed pools will be a major hit with water babies. Tip: go for the babysitting service, so you and the hubby can have dinner in peace once the kiddos have exhausted themselves and are tucked up in bed for the night.
Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098970
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa
While its name might be a bit tricky on the tongue, a staycation here will leave you feeling relaxed enough to tackle anything. Kids will love spotting the free-roaming peacocks while having brekkie, and the pool here is heaven for a cool-off at the end of the day. Don’t forget to check out (and book in!) to the heavenly So Spa for a treatment (or two) to complete the perfect of your staycay!
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891
This cheery choice makes an ideal stay for families, and youngsters will be welcomed with an assortment of candies upon arrival! The hotel has a great family-friendly pool, a dedicated kids wet play area, interactive games and Cartoon Network in all of the rooms to entertain the kiddos with. Loft beds in the family rooms are an added bonus!
Festive Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269