Wondering what to do in Sentosa? Our guide to Sentosa for kids ensures days and days of fun!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international travel seems to be on hold for the foreseeable future. Which means Sentosa is as close as you’re going to get to a tropical island escape in Singapore these days, mama. But with its idyllic beaches, beautiful resorts, and endless attractions, that’s hardly a bummer! Our ultimate guide to Sentosa for kids covers all the fun things to do in Sentosa – from Sentosa’s best beaches, to its myriad attractions, to our favorite kid-friendly restaurants. And of course we share all our top picks for a Sentosa staycation!
Sentosa is super easy to reach – it’s under 10 minutes by car from the CBD, and while there’s normally a $6 toll to get onto the island, there’s currently free entry to Sentosa through 30 September 2020! You will find ample parking at Resorts World (free with a $50 minimum spend at select restaurants), as well as at various garages and hotels around the island. Quayside Isle – home to a number of restaurants, shops, and even international schools – also has its own carpark.
Sentosa is easily accessible by public transport: there are multiple bus lines (though the 123 line is your most direct route), along with the Sentosa Shuttle Bus on weekends and public holidays from Tampines Hub. You can also take the MRT to Harbourfront Station, then switch over to the Sentosa Express Monorail ($2-$4), which makes stops at three stations on the island (Resorts World, Imbiah Station, and Beach Station). There is also a complimentary shuttle bus that drives in loops around the island, and of course taxis and ride share cars are usually easy to nab, too.
Of course the most scenic (if not efficient) way to reach Sentosa is by Cable Car – you can ride onto the island from either Mount Faber or Harbourfront, then switch to the on-island Sentosa line if you want to explore further. Unlimited ride tickets are priced from $24.50 for adults/$17.50 for kids 12 and under, though you can usually score various deals and ticket bundles on Sentosa’s website and elsewhere.
There is SO much to do in Sentosa for kids, it really depends what you’re after. Want to spend a day at the beach? See below! Want a healthy dose of history? Visit Fort Siloso or the Imbiah Battery. After an adrenaline rush? Go bungy jumping or try out iFly. Keen to learn more about wildlife? Visit S.E.A. Aquarium or the Butterfly Park. And of course there are theme parks like Universal Studios and Adventure Cove. See below for our favorite Sentosa attractions, organized by category (we’ve noted which ones are FREE!). NB: Given the ever-changing restrictions due to Covid, always be sure to check the website or call to confirm that an attraction is open (and operating under normal hours).
Sentosa Theme Parks:
- Universal Studios Singapore: Rides, shows, and characters that are great for kids 3 and up. It’s especially a blast at Christmas.
- Adventure Cove Waterpark: One of the best waterparks in Singapore, with rides, slides and animal encounters for all ages. Temporarily closed
- HydroDash Floating Aqua Park: Slides and inflatables just off Palawan Beach
- Madame Tussaud’s Singapore: The world-famous wax statue museum with local & glocal celebrities
- HeadRock VR: A cool Korean virtual reality mini-theme park arcade. Fun for kids ages 6+.
- Trick Eye Museum: One of the most Instagrammable spots in Singapore, with lots of fun optical illusions and photo ops that kids of all ages will love.
Sentosa Adventure Attractions:
- AJ Hackett Sentosa: There’s a bungy jump, giant swing, and sky-high walkway from the global company that started it all.
- iFly Singapore: Don special flight suits and go airborne in the world’s largest themed wind tunnel (for kids ages 7 and up).
- MEGA Adventure Park: Hop on the 450m zip line or do the treetops ropes course at MEGA Climb. There’s also a trampoline and a parachute simulator. Some of these adventure activities are open to brave kiddos as young as 2!
- Nestopia: This beachfront adventure playground and obstacle course at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa is a big hit with kiddos – and parents love that they can watch from nearby Trapizza.
- Skyline Luge Sentosa: The first luge ride in Southeast Asia offers four different tracks both during the day and at night. Children must be 6 years old or 110cm to ride the luge alone (otherwise they may ride in tandem with an adult).
History & Nature:
- Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom: The free-flying butterflies and insect displays set within a rainforest make for a fascinating experience for budding naturalists.
- Fort Siloso (FREE!): A must for history buffs, this was the site of the Japanese surrender to the British in WWII. You’ll find military paraphernalia and weapons, the remains of fortified tunnels, and wax figures of Japanese and British soldiers.
- Fort Siloso Skywalk (FREE!): This 181 meters-long trail provides a scenic treetop trek en route to Fort Siloso – 11 stories above the ground!
- GoGreen Cycle: Rent a bike, grab a map, and start exploring Sentosa with your kids! (NB: Tandem bikes and child seats are not available)
- GoGreen Segway Adventure: Take a breezy and scenic 30- or 60-minute ride along Sentosa’s beaches! Kids must be age 10 and at least 105cm tall.
- Imbiah Trail & Sentosa Nature Discovery (FREE!): This 2.3km nature trail features interactive exhibits, sculptures and a lookout point, along with different flora and fauna along the route.
- Imbiah Bridge (FREE!): This 25m elevated boardwalk links the Nature Discovery Trail to the Imbiah forest.
- S.E.A. Aquarium: Pricey, but worth it for the wondrous displays of sea life (more than 100,000 marine animals!) that are sure to wow your kids. A nice by-product of social distancing is that it’s far less crowded than usual, too.
Sentosa has three beautiful public beaches that are wonderful for swimming (if you don’t mind the sight of oil tankers in the distance), sand-castle building, and even walks with your dog: Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach.
Check out our ultimate guide to the best beaches in Singapore for more deets, but in brief: Palawan is neat because it’s the southernmost point in Continental Asia (and has a really cool rope bridge); Siloso Beach has kid-friendly restaurants like Coastes and Ola Beach Club; and Tanjong Beach is where you can laze the day away in a rented cabana at Tanjong Beach Club (advanced booking required).
Swimmers should note that in July 2020 there have been multiple Box Jellyfish sightings in the waters off Sentosa – and in fact a little girl was even stung. So you may want to steer clear of the water and stick to a beach club or hotel pool for the time being.
- You can find every kind of cuisine to suit every taste and budget on Sentosa. At ResortsWorld, there are kid-friendly chains like Din Tai Fung, McDonalds and Slappy Cakes to go along with celebrity chef restaurants and Michelin winners like Cat Cora’s Ocean, Table65, and Curate.
- Coastes ranks among our favorite beachfront dining options due to its laidback vibe and extensive menu – what’s better than feeling the sand between your toes while you munch on breakfast waffles (or sip a margarita)? And kids can build sandcastles tableside while you wait for your food!
- FOC Sentosa is another cool beach club with delicious food (the menu was designed by a Michelin chef!) that’s also super welcoming to kids and pets. As a bonus, you can also book beach beds online!
- Ola Beach Club (pictured above) and Tanjong Beach Club also offer kid-friendly all-day dining, along with swimming pools and day beds. Ola has fun water sports like Stand Up Paddleboarding, banana boats, kayaking and more, to boot!
- Rumours Beach Club is another one of our faves with kids, as they’ve got three swimming pools (including a dedicated kids’ pools), lots of beachfront, and bookable beach beds.
- Trapizza at the Shangri-La Sentosa is another family fave, due both to its crowd-pleasing menu of thin-crust pizzas and pastas, and its on-site playground and beach.
- Quayside Isle offers up breezy waterfront dining at some of our favorite local restaurants and cafes, including Greenwood Fish Market, Blue Lotus, Joe and the Juice, and Sabio by the Sea.
- And if you’re a brunch lover, Sentosa hotels like the W, Capella, Sofitel and Shangri-La all have stunning buffet options – many of which can be combined with passes to their gorgeous swimming pools, kids’ play facilities, and even free parking.
Psst! Check out www.sentosa.com.sg for lots of 1-for-1 dining deals!
Even before Covid struck, a Sentosa staycation was always a popular move due to its idyllic beaches and sprawling resorts that almost feel like Thailand-minus-the-plane-fare. Given the news that international leisure travel may be off the table until at least 2021, we have a feeling Sentosa’s going to get a lot more popular for hotel stays. At least we won’t have to battle with international tourists?
Check out our guide to kid-friendly staycation hotels for more deets, but for our money, these are the best Sentosa staycation hotels with kids:
- Capella Singapore: Stunning villas, wonderful restaurants, and a luxe/tranquil vibe.
- Equarius Hotel: Close to Adventure Cove, and rooms have direct pool access.
- Festive Hotel: The only RWS hotel with a dedicated kids’ pool and it has spacious Deluxe Family Rooms.
- Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa: Singapore’s only beachfront resort, with beautiful rooms, a kids’ club and amazing playground (Nestopia), and a fabulous kids pool (with water slides!).
- Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa: A quiet location with lovely rooms, delicious food, an onsite kids’ club, and Family Suites.
- W Singapore: Has a massive pool and a fun vibe for parents, along with complimentary daily activities for kids.