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#1 10YearsLater

Posted 06 October 2019 - 05:28 PM

We are heading to Japan end of December and have planned our flights so that we’ll get one full day in Singapore (arrive 29 December, depart 31 December).
We’ll have an 11 yo and an almost 2 yo.
We want to do a day of activities centred around our 11 yo. It’s kind of ‘her choice’ for the day with the exception of an evening stroll around the gardens.

She wants to do universal studios but I’m leaning towards something different. She could be easily swayed as long as it’s a fun activity. We do plenty of cultural/ natural activities throughout the year so I’m ok with it being a bit of commercialised fun for a day. I’m thinking perhaps the aquarium or the science/art museum which I know she’d love.

If you’ve been there and think universal studios would be an unforgettable day out for an 11 yo, I’m happy to hear it but equally happy for other suggestions.

#2 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 06 October 2019 - 05:35 PM

Do universal if that’s what she wants. At 11 she is the perfect age for most the rides. Your almost 2 year old won’t be able to go on many though, but there are 1 or 2 that really young kids can do with an adult, plus lots of live shows for all ages (waterworld was great). It’s not a huge park, so it’s doable in one day. We did it with a 3 and 4 year old in half a day. Plus Sentosa Island is fun to see as well and there is a free bus all around Sentosa, so you won’t have to go far if you get sick of universal, it’s a quick bus ride to the beach, or just wander and see the nice gardens. It’s definitely a great spot if you only have a day.

Get the queue jumping tickets so that you’re not waiting long, the waiting will be hard on the 2 year old.

The zoo is really good too, and also can be done in a day.  But there isn’t much around it other than other zoos and aquariums.

We love Singapore, you should spend more days there ;)



#3 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 06 October 2019 - 05:41 PM

Also, one of the things we loved about universal studios was the air conditioning!! They even have these huge outdoor coolers, and plenty of ice drink stands and restaurants. You’re never too far from relief from the heat. If you’re not used to hot humid weather, it’s a good choice.  Allow extra time for drink-stops to cool down. Especially with young kids. :)

#4 just2ofus

Posted 06 October 2019 - 05:44 PM

I loved Adventure Cove as an adult - my son and I still talk about how much fun we had that day!

#5 two_ones

Posted 06 October 2019 - 06:04 PM

View Postjust2ofus, on 06 October 2019 - 05:44 PM, said:

I loved Adventure Cove as an adult - my son and I still talk about how much fun we had that day!


Came in here to mention Adventure Cove as well.

We went last year with then 7yo and 4yo. The eldest still says this was the "best day of his life"

Fun for adults too, plus toddler friendly pools.

#6 ~strawberry~

Posted 06 October 2019 - 06:37 PM

Adventure cove was a massive hit with both adults and our 9 & 11 year old kids. Great range of activities for various age groups, and not super crowded.

#7 -Belinda-

Posted 06 October 2019 - 06:58 PM

Adventure Cove was my best day in a 3 week trip includingmalaysia legoland - perfect weather for water slides at every thrill level plus snorkelling reef and litlle kids stuff. Garden setting and lots of shade. DD was near 10 and DS just 8. my kids not really into movies so didnt do universal.

Art Science museum also very good.

#8 brownowl

Posted 06 October 2019 - 07:39 PM

We loved Adventure Cove... possibly more than universal studios (although we have been three times before to different universals... so depends on if this is the first time)... we didn’t think the Art Science museum held enough interest for our 11 year old.. we were our very quickly. Gardens by the bay was great...

We spent two weeks in Singapore recently, so saw so much. We have previously been to Japan a few times - are you going to Universal or Disneyland there? Universal in Japan is much bigger and has Harry Potter World so you might be better to save universal for there.

If it’s your first time in Singapore I’d highly recommend going to a Hawker market for dinner - our favourite was the one in Chinatown..

#9 Poppie1

Posted 06 October 2019 - 08:49 PM

Maybe kidzania? Gardens by the bay was beautiful and the kids garden there was great!

#10 10YearsLater

Posted 06 October 2019 - 08:51 PM

Ok, I really like the sound of adventure cove! Now I’m trying to convince 11yo and husband! I think it’ll be easier with the toddler.

#11 10YearsLater

Posted 06 October 2019 - 08:55 PM

View Postbrownowl, on 06 October 2019 - 07:39 PM, said:

We loved Adventure Cove... possibly more than universal studios (although we have been three times before to different universals... so depends on if this is the first time)... we didn’t think the Art Science museum held enough interest for our 11 year old.. we were our very quickly. Gardens by the bay was great...

We spent two weeks in Singapore recently, so saw so much. We have previously been to Japan a few times - are you going to Universal or Disneyland there? Universal in Japan is much bigger and has Harry Potter World so you might be better to save universal for there.

If it’s your first time in Singapore I’d highly recommend going to a Hawker market for dinner - our favourite was the one in Chinatown..

Not going anywhere like that in Japan. We head straight to Niseko for 2 weeks of skiing.

I do think adventure cove will be better with our 2yo.

I’m excited about the eating around Singapore. Good options for vegans?

#12 Charli73

Posted 06 October 2019 - 09:03 PM

View PostPoppie1, on 06 October 2019 - 08:49 PM, said:

Maybe kidzania? Gardens by the bay was beautiful and the kids garden there was great!

We just got back from Singapore this week...

Kidzania is so expensive it really would be a waste of time for an 11yo, plus adults pay $50ish to get in and can’t do anything but wait. It’s better for 5-7yo but that’s about it. I wish we had spent money elsewhere..

Adventure cove was amazing, wave pool was my favourite, and my kids loved Universal Studios, I think 11 yo would love it. There’s a Sesame Street part area the 2yo would love I think, rides cater for all ages.

Art science museums was very good too, very interactive, it’s cheaper certain days of the week so look into that too. Maybe cheaper Tuesday’s?

We love Singapore, it was our second time there.. most places would cater for vegetarians, not sure about vegans.

Make sure you get the Marina Bay sands light show if you can and the Gardens by the Bay light shows, both are in the evening but spectacular!

Even the airport has had a facelift, the kids loved the jewel top floor and hedge maze upstairs and I could not stop taking photos of that indoor waterfall!

Edited by Charli73, 06 October 2019 - 09:15 PM.


#13 rainycat

Posted 07 October 2019 - 09:49 AM

We are off to Thailand in November and have 4 nights, 3 days in Singapore. My kids will have just turned 10.  We plan to do Universal Studios, Singapore zoo and River safari. We also plan to do the Gardens by the bay in the evening.
I’m wanting to squeeze adventure cove in too after reading this thread.
I’m wondering if it’s worth buying the jump the queue pass for universal studios seeing as we aren’t going at a busy time of the year.

Edited for spelling

Edited by rainycat, 07 October 2019 - 11:47 AM.


#14 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 07 October 2019 - 10:42 AM

Weekends are always busy so the fast pass is a must. DH and I did a weekday and got fed up with queuing as we realised we wouldn't be able to do all the rides in a day, so got a fast pass.

#15 BusbyWilkes

Posted 07 October 2019 - 10:50 AM

Adventure Cove is Great.

For your 11 year old, it's not really "her choice" day though, if she has already told you what she wants to do and you're going to "convince" her of a different option.




#16 FloralArrangement

Posted 07 October 2019 - 11:24 AM

We have two stop overs in and out of Singapore over summer. First stop we’re doing hawker centre, maybe river cruise and lighting show. On the way back through we’re doing universal. I’ve read to avoid huge queues get there at 10am go left through Madagascar first and by the time you’re getting to the rides even rushed into the queues aren’t as hectic.

All 7 of us are going so Universal will suit everyone. There are some great Singapore/Universal/Changi vlogs on YouTube . There’s a brand new playground place in the top of Jewel at Changi.

Edited by FloralArrangement, 07 October 2019 - 11:24 AM.


#17 10YearsLater

Posted 07 October 2019 - 11:38 AM

View PostBusbyWilkes, on 07 October 2019 - 10:50 AM, said:

Adventure Cove is Great.

For your 11 year old, it's not really "her choice" day though, if she has already told you what she wants to do and you're going to "convince" her of a different option.

Thanks for the unsolicited parenting advice. There’s always one isn’t there 🙄

My 11 yo is unaware of all the options and has only heard about universal studios. Since showing her, she’s now definitely ‘team adventure cove’. Didn’t actually need to convince her. Just showing her the website was enough. It is my husband who needs convincing...

Edited by ~9YearsLater, 07 October 2019 - 11:39 AM.


#18 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 07 October 2019 - 11:52 AM

Adventure cove looks fun, but what will the 2 year old do?
We took our 3 and 4 year olds to a different water park, lego one in Malaysia, and they were borderline too young, any younger and it wouldn’t have been fun at all. They had to wear life jackets (supplied, so wasn’t a problem) and they were only just big enough for the water fun-park bit, any smaller and the water jets and slightly deep bits would have been a real drowning risk. Even as it was my 3 year old frequently face planted at the end of the small slides and needed help to get up and out of the way of the other kids so he wasn’t trampled. We floated with them along the river on the rings, but that was quite deep too, so had to hold onto them. They were too small for the waterslides, and we had to supervise them constantly, so DH and I couldn’t really do the waterslides either. There was a toddler play area, but it was so hot and humid that no one wanted to just sit and play with a little creek of water, you needed to be swimming or in the water play area to stay cool.  And my kids were toilet trained, messing around with swim nappies and potential poo accidents isn’t fun. One of you will have to be with the 2 year old, within arms reach, at all times. Check the heigh limits for all the slides etc.
Just some things to keep in mind :) will definitely be fun for the 11 year old.
Universal studios is a bit better for a 2 year old IMO, Less stress about the water and more options for little people.

#19 threeinnyc

Posted 14 October 2019 - 05:01 AM

Highly recommend it for both of your kids: Universal Studio, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Flyer, oh we also enjoyed the duck/boat tour.




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