Sentosa Island, often referred to as ‘Singapore’s Playground’, is absolutely jam-packed with awesome, family friendly activities, experiences and places to explore. For anyone heading to Singapore with kids, Sentosa Island, visited by over 20 million people annually, is a must. From getting there, staying there and all the must see attractions, here is our ultimate guide to Sentosa Island with kids:
Located less than 1km off the east coast of Singapore, getting to Sentosa Island is easy…… once you decide how, that is. Even before you set foot on the island and find yourself faced with the dilemma of what to do first, you have another decision to make. How do I get on to Sentosa Island? Drive, sail, walk or ride? You can catch a taxi, a bus, a hotel shuttle, a ferry, a cable car, the monorail or simply walk along the boardwalk. It is currently free to enter on foot, $4SGD on the monorail and $33 for an adult round trip on the cable car. If you’re staying on Sentosa, most hotels have a free shuttle service which will take you to and from the island.
Once on Sentosa Island public transport around the island is free. There are several bus routes which do regular loops around the island, with stops at all of Sentosa’s hotels, as well as a monorail and ‘beach trams’ which run solely along the beaches.
Where To Stay
As you would expect with anywhere so packed full of tourist attractions, there are a plethora of hotels to choose from on Sentosa island. Our top places to stay on Sentosa Island with kids are Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (Read our full review here) and W Singapore Sentosa Cove (Read our full review here). Both are extremely family friendly, have wonderfully spacious and comfortable rooms, fantastic facilities and top quality restaurants.
Things To Do On Sentosa Island With Kids
From adrenalin junkies to beach bums, exciteable kids to their tireless parents, backpackers to retirees, there is something for everyone on Sentosa Island!
Our top picks:
There is good reason our kids called KidZania “the best place ever”. It’s just fantastic! KidZania is essentially a mini world just for kids. A theme park of sorts where kids have the opportunity to take part in various role play activities. They choose a ‘job’ and learn all about the profession before taking on the role. Some of the jobs on offer include pilot, police officer, surgeon, candy maker and scientist. We would recommend allowing a full day for your visit as there are over 60 different activities to choose from, each going for around 20 minutes. To anyone visiting Sentosa Island with kids, we highly recommend a visit here. Our kids LOVED it! Read our full review of KidZania.
Trick Eye Museum
So much fun! This 4D museum brings art to life with the clever use of optical illusions. There are 6 themed rooms, each housing a collection of unique paintings in which you can ‘step in to’ and become part of the art work. I’ll just let our photos do the talking:
Skyline Luge Sentosa
Take the Skyride, a 4 person chair lift, to the top of the Luge tracks before hopping on a gravity driven sled and zooming down a 1.4 km purpose built track. Choose either the Jungle trail or the Dragon trail, controlling your speed with the handlebars as you go. Fun for the whole family with children under 6 years requiring an accompanying adult. As we had 3 kids under 6 a lovely staff member rode with one of them. We each had two rides but our kids loved it so much and would have happily done it for hours!
At 37 metres tall, the Sentosa Merlion is a giant replica of the original statue at Merlion Park on the mainland. This half lion, half mermaid is said to protect the prosperity of Singapore. Unlike the one on the mainland, visitors are able to enter the statue and climb to the top for panoramic views of Sentosa Island. A great time to visit is after dark when the majestic Merlion is illuminated by a series of coloured lights.
Sentosa Island is home to some of the best beaches in Singapore, including Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong. Our top pick is Palawan Beach. Popular with families and children, Palawan Beach is calm, clean and picturesque. There is a suspension bridge you can cross which puts you at the southernmost point of Continental Asia. Be sure to climb the viewing towers for great views of Sentosa Island and the South China Sea. The path along Palawan Beach is dotted with eateries, shops and playgrounds and at one end you will find the Palawan Pirate Ship, a fantastic free water park for kids.
Resorts World Sentosa
An integrated resort on Sentosa Island, Resorts World Sentosa includes many attractions (including Universal Studios and The Trick-Eye Museum) as well as a casino and numerous hotels, restaurants and shops. Even if you are not staying in the complex, it’s definitely worth a visit. The whole precinct is buzzing with people and you will often find a mix of street performers, music and activities set up for kids. There are many family friendly, quality restaurants to choose from and a variety of shops including our kids favourite – Candylicious.
Here’s a list of other top rated attractions on Sentosa Island that we didn’t have time to visit this time around:
This huge theme park features 24 movie-themed rides set out across 7 different zones, including Hollywood, New York, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. If rides aren’t your thing, there are also many shows and attractions to enjoy around the park. We didn’t visit Universal Studios this time around as having already been to the one in LA on our USA trip, we wanted to use our time to explore some different options.
Located within Resorts World, S.E.A Aquarium is home to over 800 species of marine creatures in 49 different habitats. When this aquarium opened in 2012 it was given the title of the world’s largest aquarium. There are glass tunnels to walk through as you watch sharks swim above your head, touch pools and lots of fun kids activities throughout.
Adventure Cove Waterpark
Also located within Resorts World, Adventure Cove Waterpark boasts 6 exciting waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a wet maze and several children’s play areas.. You will also find Ray Bay where you can wade, feed and interact with dozens rays, and Rainbow Reef where you can snorkel amongst over 20,000 colourful, tropical fish.
Mega Adventure Park
This adrenalin fuelled park promises exhilarating, action-packed fun for the wild at heart. Activities include: MegaZip – a 75 metre high, 450 metre long flying fox; MegaClimb – a treetop, aerial obstacle course; MegaJump – essentially a giant leap allowing you to experience the free fall feeling of a skydive; MegaWall – strap on a harness and climb a 15 metre wall then abseil back down; and MegaBournce – bungy assisted trampolines designed to enable you to perform acrobatics and gymnastics mid-air.
Sentosa 4D Adventureland
This small theme park includes a 4D movie, 4D roller-coaster (Extreme Log Ride) and an interactive 4D shooting game. The special effects on the Extreme Log Ride are said to be fantastic and well worth the visit.
Singapore Cable Car
Besides being a way of access to and from Sentosa Island, the Singapore Cable Car offers fantastic views and a fun and unique experience. You can also visit the peak of Mount Faber on the same ticket and there is the option of Skypass + buffet packages (which there are some great discounts for via below link).
What child doesn’t want to have their photo taken with their idol? From popstars to movie stars, sports stars to royalty, the wax figures at Madame Tussauds are so life like, you may just be able to trick your friends back home in to thinking you really did meet a celebrity.
We would have loved to have had more time to try out more of the multitude of amazing attractions dotted throughout Sentosa Island. We’ll definitely have to come back one day and tick some more of the list!
So there you have it – our ultimate guide to Sentosa Island with kids! Next time you find yourself in Singapore with kids, be sure to head to Sentosa Island, at least for a couple of days. There’s a good reason they call it Singapore’s Playground and I can tell you quite honestly that we enjoyed our time here just as much as the children. Really, whether you are visiting with or without kids, you are going to have a fantastic time!
Disclaimer: We were sponsored guests at some of the highlighted attractions in this post. This post also contains affiliate links. All experiences shared and opinions expressed in this article are our own.