Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Staycation, Part 2: The Activities

While it was to be a Father's Day celebration, we also wanted Kenan to really enjoy himself and experience something new during our stay in Sentosa. Out of so many attractions available on the island, we most wanted to bring Kenan to the Underwater World, because the little boy likes animals a lot and we believe he would really have fun there. Honestly, I was quite excited too because the last time I had been to Sentosa was about 10 years ago and I've never step foot inside the Underwater World. Can you imagine that!

Underwater World

By the time we arrived, it was already close to 5pm and just buying the tickets alone took us at least 15 minutes (there was a long queue). We spotted one poster about a promotion: When you now purchase an adult ticket (S$25.90, which is the usual price anyway), you will be entitled to a free cable car ride (two-way). However, this is not valid with any other promotions e.g. credit card (and I heard someone mentioned about having discount with her Passion Card). So we took the promotional package and added one more item to our itinerary.

The Underwater World showcases some 250 species from around the region, with interesting, and sometimes thrilling, exhibits - such as as the stingrays touch pool where visitors can touch the rays and to even feed them (you can purchase the feeds at a machine next to the pool). And I mean literally putting the feeds into the mouths of the stingrays with your bare hands. I saw some visitors, yes, including kids, trying to do that. But even if you have the courage, it appears not an easy task being able aim and put the feed into the mouths of the rays.

What truly captivated Kenan though, was the brightly coloured, multi-hued corals and fishes contained in a huge tank. He stood there for a long time and protested when we carried him away, having to hurry to the Dolphin Lagoon to catch the last show of the day.

By the time we got there, which was about 15 minutes before the show started, the seats were already fully occupied. So we had to stand throughout the show. Anyway, mid way through, Kenan already fell asleep.

Our next stop was the spectacular underwater tunnel. Thank goodness they have a travelator, because it was  tiring carrying Kenan (I had forgotten to bring the baby carrier!). We actually went two rounds-  the first time Kenan was still asleep. Then when we were about to make our way back up to the main hall, he woke up, so we decided to go another round for his sake.

Kenan found the colourful fishes and corals fascinating

 Leafy seadragon - I thought it really look like seaweed!

Weedy Seadragon

Cable Car Ride

The cable car ride was a great way to relax after all the walking. We were there in evening and caught the sunset. If I'm a tourist, it would have been great to make a stop to eat and shop around at Harbourfront and Vivocity, before heading back to the island. But since we really wanted to maximise our stay at Sentosa, we had a round trip and headed for dinner.

Father and son enjoying the ride

View of RWS from above

Story Telling Comes Alive! 

Since we were staying opposite the Imbiah Lookout, we decided to bring Kenan for this activity. We weren't sure if he will enjoy this, for we have never brought him to any storytelling events but we thought it would be a great way to get him interested in books... or stories, for that matter (he loves flipping through books and looking at the pictures but would walk shortly after I start reading to him! Am I that bad with my reading, I wonder).

We got there at 11am, only to find out that the storytelling will start at 11.30am (didn't do 'homework'). They have lined up wooden benches and already close to half the seats were taken. So like many kiasu Singaporeans, I 'chope' a seat while the husband took Kenan for a walk and explore the place.

The show promptly started at 11.30am, by which time, a big crowd had already gathered. The story we saw was Jack and the Beanstalk and to our surprise, Kenan was hooked! Especially when the giant appeared, he smiled and looked amused by it. The storytelling took on an interactive format where kids were invited on stage for games and throughout the session, the storyteller would engage the kids by asking them questions. I would highly recommend this activity - it's fun for the whole family!

Here are some details about the event:

Date: 28 May - 26 June 2011, from Wed to Sun
Time: 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5pm
Venue: Images of Singapore Forecourt, Imbiah Lookout
Admission: Free
Stories featured: Jack & the Beanstalk, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, The Enormous Turnip

For other kids/family activities on Sentosa during this school holiday, see here.


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