1. To get your bearings, ride the Cable Car for a view out of the glass cabins of Sentosa, the mainland and the CBD, with a few colonial houses dotted about the place too. The ride connects you to Resorts World Sentosa (casinos, hotels, Universal Studios) and Mount Faber, as well as linking to VivoCity, Singapore’s largest shopping centre. We enjoyed the round trip purely as an excursion.
2. The Tiger Sky Tower offers another way to take in the view, in a slowly turning seated observation tower that rises up and down.
3. Ride the Sentosa Luge downhill to the sea, then take the open-air Skyride chairlift back to the top. Younger children can ride in front of parents on the same luge. The chairlift is hair-raising with little ones, but super for those unafraid of heights.
4. The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom allows young children to see the wonder of butterflies emerging from chrysalises and watch as the creatures settle on their hands. A few extra exotic lizards and birds enhance the experience, and older children and interested adults will enjoy the scientific discoveries to be made.
5. Young children will want to stay for ages at Port of Lost Wonder, a stationary pirate ship on the beach that offers slides and waterspouts and shallow pools. Activities such as bubble parties and treasure hunts keep the kids entertained. (Parents: you’ll need swimwear even to wade in the ankle-deep water.)
6. Great fun for slightly older and braver children, and adults, is the MegaZip Adventure Park. This facility has zip lines, a Para Jump, plus a range of outdoor climbing activities, all set in the tropical jungle.
7. Performed in an open-air setting on the beach, Songs of the Sea is a spectacle of lights, fountains and fireworks that will delight all ages. The 7.40 and 8.40pm shows are perfectly timed to follow an evening stroll along the beach.
See www.sentosa.com for more details on the island’s offerings.