Sentosa Island is affectionately know as “Singapore’s Playground” and is the perfect place to head to if you are looking for fun things to in Singapore with kids. There are loads of things to do in Singapore with kids, but Sentosa Island has the largest concentration of family attractions in Singapore, making it easy to entertain even the most energetic of kids.
Choose from world-class attractions such as Universal Studios; visit the manta rays and sharks at one of the world’s largest aquariums, the SEA Aquarium; or simply choose to sip cocktails on the beach as your children play in the sand.
There are so many things to do in Sentosa with kids that you could spend several days here and never leave the island! And with a whole host of child-friendly hotels and restaurants on Sentosa, you would never need to. Here we give you the ultimate Sentosa Island guide for kids to help with planning your Singapore to-do list. We have included links to buy discounted tickets online where possible.
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa opened its doors to much fanfare in 2010, and now boasts six hotels, a convention centre, a 24-hour casino, several restaurants (including two from the world’s most Michelin-starred chef, Joel Robuchon) and three of the best family attractions in Singapore: Universal Studios, Southeast Asia Aquarium, and Adventure Cove Waterpark.
One of the best things to do in Sentosa with kids, and a must for mini movie lovers, Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park features movie-themed rollercoasters, rides and attractions, in addition to giving you the chance to meet some of your favorite cartoon movie characters. There’s something for kids of all ages here – even the really little ones will love Madagascar: a Crate Adventure River Ride, flying a Pterodactyl on the Dino-saurin’ Ride, and exploring ancient Egypt on the Treasure Hunters ride.
At the other end of the scale, more adventurous thrill-seekers can get their kicks on board Transformers The Ride – a hyper-realistic 3D thrill ride; pitch black roller coaster Revenge of the Mummy; and Battlestar Galactica – the world’s tallest duelling roller coaster ride.
You can buy discounted tickets for Universal Studios Singapore at Klook Travel here.
Southeast Asia Aquarium
With over 100,000 marine creatures from over 800 species spanning 49 different habitats, it is hard not to be impressed by the SEA Aquarium, one of the most popular things to do in Sentosa with kids. There’s a shipwreck to marvel at, tunnels to walk through and gaze at the sharks, touch pools for discovering knobbly sea stars, and then the grand finale: the Open Ocean – a panoramic marine vista complete with manta rays, sharks, and goliath grouper.
You can buy discounted tickets for the SEA Aquarium at Klook Travel here.
Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adventure Cove Waterpark is where thrill seekers go to get wet and wild. Six waterslides include the Riptide Rocket, Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic roller coaster (a slide that takes riders upwards), while a wave pool and the 620m-long Adventure River inner tube ride add to the fun. There’s even a small reef for snorkelling on at this family-friendly attraction in Sentosa.
You can buy discounted tickets for the Adventure Cove Waterpark at Klook Travel here.
Trick Eye Museum
Also within Resorts World Sentosa you will find the Trick Eye Museum. This fun interactive exhibition is perfect for snap-happy parents, using optical illusions to bring 3D murals to life when you step into them and take a photo. Wow your friends with your photos of your kids hanging from ceilings, shooting from a canon, flying on a broomstick or escaping from the jaws of a monstrous fish. Fun!
You can buy discounted tickets for the Trick Eye Museum at Klook Travel here.
Along the southern coast of Sentosa Island you will find three sandy beaches – Tanjong Beach, Palawan Beach and Siloso Beach. While they may not rival the neighboring Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian islands’ beaches, they are good enough to keep the kids occupied for a few hours, and if you head here during the week, you will find them surprisingly quiet.
But it’s not all about lazing about in the sand and drinking cocktails – there are also several fun family-friendly Sentosa attractions to be found along the beaches, including kids club Port of Lost Wonder, surfing playhouse Wavehouse Sentosa, the Luge, the Megazip flying fox, and even Segway Tours to be had.
Port of Lost Wonder
The Port of Lost Wonder is the highlight of the Sentosa beaches for most kids, with its star attraction, the Pirate Ship. Here, young explorers will discover water jets, slides, fountains, chutes, water guns and pools – but beware the big bucket that tips a deluge of water down on everybody’s head once it fills up! Definitely one of the more fun things to do in Sentosa for kids.
KidZania Singapore is an award-winning global ‘edutainment’ attraction featuring 7,600 square metres of role-play fun. A realistic indoor ‘city’ allows children to choose between occupations and activities, and learn about key values and life skills through role-play. Save the day as a fireman, help the sick as a doctor, or protect the streets as a policeman. There’s even a full-winged fuselage of a Boeing 737 to marvel at.
You can buy discounted tickets for KidZania Singapore at Klook Travel here.
This beachfront venue is where to head to in Sentosa Island for learning to ride some waves. Experienced surfers can ride up to a 10-foot wave on the Flowbarrel, while younger kids (107cm and over) can body board and learn to stand up on the Double Flowrider. Younger kids can play in the sand while mum and dad sip on a mojito and listen to the DJs in the sunshine. Everyone’s a winner at Wavehouse Sentosa!
Scream if you wanna go faster! Part go-cart, part toboggan, the Skyline Luge sees you whizzing down a 650 metre long, paved track that begins at Imbiah Lookout and ends at Siloso Beach. There are plenty of hairpin bends and fast straight sections to keep the adrenaline junkies amongst you going back for more. Start the fun at the chairlift, located next to Beach Station, between Siloso and Palawan Beaches.
You can buy discounted tickets for the Skyline Luge at Klook Travel here.
MegaZip Adventure Park
If you still need more adrenaline-inducing fun in Sentosa with kids, then head a bit further up the beach to MegaZip Adventure Park. The MegaZip flying fox whizzes you over the jungle canopy for over 450 metres before depositing you on Siloso beach, while Climbmax is an aerial obstacle course of wobbly bridges, cargo nets and tightropes set high amongst the trees. There’s also ParaJump, a free-fall parachute simulator, and MegaBounce – trampolining with secured elasticated ropes.
You can buy discounted tickets for MegaZip Adventure Park at Klook Travel here.
The guided Sentosa Segway Tour takes you on a tour of the Sentosa beaches, with minimum effort and maximum amounts of fun. A 30-minute adventure will take you along Palawan and Siloso beaches, while the 60-minute tour also takes in Tanjong Beach. Kids need to be 10 years or older to take part.
You can buy discounted tickets for the Segway Tours at Klook Travel here.
Fort Siloso is just a short walk from the western end of Siloso Beach. The sole surviving coastal fort in Singapore is now a museum dedicated to the memory of soldiers who lost their lives trying to defend Singapore.
If you’re looking for educational things to do in Sentosa Island for kids, then this is a good option to add to your Singapore to-do list. The museum is visited via self-guided tour, allowing you to experience life as a soldier in the 1880s and World War II. Waxwork models and audio recordings help bring the scenes to life – including a 6-inch gun crew in action. There’s plenty of outdoor space for the kids to run around.
Located in the centre of Sentosa Island, Imbiah Lookout is home to several more Singapore family-friendly attractions, including plenty of 4D fun at Sentosa 4D Adventureland, waxwork models galore at Madame Tussauds, and Singapore history attraction Images of Singapore.
Sentosa 4D Adventureland
At Sentosa 4D Adventureland, ride the virtual 4D rollercoaster “Extreme Log Ride”, grab a motion-sensor pistol and try your luck at 4D interactive shoot-out game “Desperados”, or sit back and enjoy the interactive 4D movie, complete with seat vibration, leg ticklers and base shakers. Prepare to be tossed about, have wind blowing and water splashing in your face, and to shriek with laughter along with your fellow movie-goers.
You can buy discounted tickets for the Sentosa 4D Adventureland at Klook Travel here.
Images of Singapore
Visit Images of Singapore to walk through Singapore’s history and peek inside family homes during festival time. Multimedia presentations and a multitude of aging waxwork models help bring the exhibition to life and there are plenty of posing opportunities for the snap-happy.
Like all the other Madame Tussauds, here you can rub shoulders with the doppelgangers of celebrities from the world of sport, music, cinema and history. Unlike the other Madame Tussauds attractions, here you can also jump aboard the ‘Spirit of Singapore’ boat for a ride through a celebration of Singapore, featuring the F1 Grand Prix and the Singapore Airlines A380.
You can buy discounted tickets for the Madame Tussauds at Klook Travel here.
Family-friendly hotels in Sentosa
If you want to stay close to the action, then you can take your pick of family-friendly hotels in Sentosa. For full-on family fun, our top choice would be the beachfront Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, with its fabulous kids club, and Singapore’s largest freeform swimming pool complete with water slides and splash pad for the little ones. (Click here to read our full review)
Also close to the beach, set up on a hill overlooking Tanjong Beach is another family-friendly Sentosa hotel Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, with its 33-metre midnight blue swimming pool and access to Tanjong Beach (click here to read our full review). Another family hotel in Sentosa with beach access is the fabulously designed Capella Singapore with its three swimming pools and plenty of lawn space to run around on.
There are six hotels within Resorts World Sentosa, if you want to be within easy walking distance of Universal Studios and the SEA Aquarium. The Festive Hotel is specifically designed for families, with loft beds in their family rooms, a kids swimming pool and water play area. The Hard Rock Hotel rooms all come with a pull out bed, making it easy for squeezing in the kids, and the hotel also boasts a freeform swimming pool with poolside cabanas for relaxing in after a hard day of fun.
A bit further away from the action, on Sentosa Cove, you will find the stunning and glitzy W Singapore. Its beautiful swimming pool is perfect for family fun, and it is just a short stroll from several family-friendly restaurants on Quayside Isle. Click here to find more Family Friendly Hotels in Singapore.
Family-Friendly restaurants in Sentosa
There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants in Sentosa, particularly along the beaches. Our favorites include Coastes, for sand-in-the-toes casual dining, and Tanjong Beach Club with its chilled vibe and beachside swimming pool.
Within Resorts World Sentosa there are several options, from fast food outlets to celebrity chef fine-dining restaurants. The Hard Rock Café always goes down well with the kids, but our favourite restaurant here is Din Tai Fung, with its delicious dumplings, fried rice and noodle dishes.
Quayside Isle, close to the W hotel, is also filled with family-friendly dining options. Of all the Sentosa Cove restaurants, Kith café with its all-day breakfasts, freshly squeezed juices and fabulous coffee is a great spot to take the kids for a leisurely brunch, while Sole Pomodoro Trattoria-Pizzeria dishes up great pizzas, and &Made is a good option for burgers.
To read more about these and other family-friendly restaurants in Singapore, read our guide to the Best Child-Friendly Restaurants in Singapore.
How to get to Sentosa
The most fun way to get to Sentosa is to ride the Singapore Cable Car. Start at Harbourfront to ride up to Mount Faber and take in the views at the top, before re-boarding the cable car to take the 12-minute journey across Keppel Harbour to Sentosa. The new Sentosa Line then takes you onward towards all the attractions of Sentosa at Merlion Station, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point.
You can also walk to Sentosa via the Sentosa Boardwalk from Vivocity shopping mall. It’s only about a ten-minute walk, but if you’re feeling lazy, you can ride the undercover travellators. Harbourfront MRT station is in Vivocity.
If you don’t fancy the walk across the water, or want to be whisked directly to the beach, you can also take the Sentosa Express from Vivocity. This monorail takes you from Vivocity (Sentosa Station) and stops at Waterfront Station (for Resorts World Sentosa), Imbiah Station and Beach Station, located between Siloso and Palawan beaches. Price is $4 per person (ages 3 and above).
You can also drive or take a taxi to Sentosa, with admission charges ranging from $3 – $6 per taxi, and $3 – $7 per car, depending on the time of day and day of the week.
Once on the island, all public transport is free of charge. Several bus routes link all the major attractions, and beach trams run along the length of the beaches.
And that concludes our Sentosa Island guide. Have you been to Sentosa? What are your favourite things to do in Sentosa with kids?
Looking for more options of things to do in Singapore with kids? Read our article 50 Things to do in Singapore with Kids.
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