It’s our final day at Singapore, which surprisingly was difficult to plan for because we didn’t know what exactly we wanted to do or visit for our last hurrah.
Eventually I decided to take the kids to KidZania Singapore, an indoor theme park which promises an interactive learning experience where kids could become whatever they wanted to be—a doctor, a fireman, a pilot, etc.
We got on the Sentosa Express again, stepped down at the last station, and walked all the way to the large building with an airplane sticking out of its front. Thinking that it was going to be some sort of playhouse x 1000, I told Jayson I’d take the kids myself, while he tours his mom and sister around the island.
What I didn’t expect were the different “pretend” stores, offices, and factories that the kids could line up and join classes for. Each class is about 20-40 minutes depending on how many kids are joining, and they get to role-play and learn about all kinds of things.
I’m not just talking about being a fireman or a policewoman. They get to learn what it’s like to manufacture Paddle Pop ice cream and Grow milk; bake pizza at Pizza Hut and cook chicken at KFC; clean water at Spritzer and produce films at Discovery Channel. 😱 It’s absolutely insane that I found myself constantly asking, Where were you all when I was growing up?
One thing’s for sure—you can’t enjoy KidZania in just an hour or two. Devote an entire day for the kids to experience and learn about each role.
Parents won’t have to worry about being bored too. There are lounges and various tables and chairs you can sit on and work at while the kids are having fun.
While I couldn’t sit down most of the time, I made sure I got to have a quick lunch break at Toast Box at Resorts World Sentosa, which was the same place Jayson and I had breakfast at when Holly was just two years old. The kaya toast and the delicious half-boiled eggs are still as scrumptious as how they were 7 years ago. 😍
If we ever decide to visit Singapore again, we’re definitely gonna be back both for KidZania and all of the other activities we’ve done the past three days. And for Toast Box. 😋
We took the MRT back to Chinatown because we wanted to do some last-minute shopping. My mother- and sister-in-law had their eyes on a value store where you could get $1 chocolates.
After having dinner at a food court in Chinatown Central Plaza, we walked back to the hotel and rested before visiting Merlion Park. We decided to take a 6-seater Grab car to the park so the kids wouldn’t have to walk.
The Merlion Park is a huge tourist attraction and one of Singapore’s major landmarks, so I knew there were going to be tons of people taking photos and videos against the statue. And if you’ll turn the other way, you’ll see the infamous Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel in beautiful lights against the night sky.
But despite the crowds, the merlion is just as majestic as it was when we visited this same spot years ago. It’s definitely something you wouldn’t want to skip on while you’re at Singapore—sort of like how you wouldn’t want to skip on taking a photo with the Hachiko Memorial statue while in Shibuya.
We’ve had so much fun the past four days that deep down we knew we wanted to come back. For sure there are many other places and activities we could do while in Singapore, so I’m hoping that it’ll be achievable once the kids are bigger and can handle themselves.
Planning this trip has been a lot of fun too. I used Trello to visualize each day’s activities and save important information like our tickets, directions to the attractions, and opening hours so we know what time we’d need to leave the hotel.
Agoda has always been our go-to site for hotel deals, so I owe it to them for helping us to discover and book at The Quay Hotel. I was pleased when Jayson said it was the perfect hotel—less crowded, strategically situated, and just plain enjoyable to stay at.
While I purchased our tickets to Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Zoo, and the River Safari on their websites directly, Klook gave me the chance to book tickets for KidZania Singapore and the SAEX bus to Singapore Zoo. The site lists pretty good deals for tickets to other places like Gardens by the Bay, so I recommend it for tourists looking to book with convenience and at a good deal.
Where are we headed next? We’ve got a family visit to Bacolod this coming October, and my cousin’s wedding next year in Manila. Manila should be interesting, as it’ll be the first time we’re visiting the metro as a family. Look out for new Blue Suitcase posts then! ✈️ 🧳