KidZania Singapore – Review, Guide and Promotions

We’ve been planning to visit KidZania Singapore since it was opened in April 2016. But I bet it would be super crowded during the initial months so we decided to wait.

Last weekend, we made an impromptu trip to KidZania, and what a surprise! The place was quieter than I’ve expected. At most of the establishments, Edison hardly had to queue. It must be due to the exam period. So, if exam doesn’t bother you, then October could be the best month to visit KidZania Singapore.

Introduction to KidZania Singapore

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If you’re entirely new to KidZania (else, you can skip this section), KidZania is a place where children can experience the ‘real world’ through role-playing activities such as working, earning a salary and buying things.

KidZania operates just like a real city complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a working economy and recognisable destinations in the form of ‘establishments’ branded by local and international brands. These establishments are designed to educate through experiences, foster the development of life skills, and empower our children to pursue their dreams.

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Located on Sentosa Island, KidZania Singapore is an 81,000 square feet kid-sized city with over 90 professions. Best of all, it’s the first KidZania in the world to house a full-wing fuselage of a Boeing 737.

Before You Go In

I’d advise you to purchase your tickets online to enjoy 5% discount. Use Maybank Credit or Debit cards to enjoy 10% discount.

When you arrive, proceed to the check-in counter with your e-tickets to get your wrist tags. All the visitors will need to be tagged. This is a safety feature to ensure that children can only leave the premises with an authorized adult.

Getting into Kidzania

Children aged 4 and above will receive 20 kidZos in cash and an ATM card containing 30 kidZos (currency used in KidZania) for their initial spending.

Tips: Kids should wear covered shoes and pants if they want to try activities at the Climbing Building, Mountaineering School and Stadium.

First Thing When You Go In

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First thing first – head to the bank to activate the ATM card. Once the card is activated, you can start using it across ATM machines within the city. Your kids can also deposit their earned kidZos into the card.

KidZos are recognized at every KidZania city throughout the world. This means you can use the cash in other countries too. However, every city has their own bank and ATM card. Thus, you may not be able to use the card in other countries. For instance, KidZania Singapore uses Maybank and KidZania Malaysia uses CIMB Bank. Therefore, if you wish to use your kidZos in other countries, please bring the cash.

Remember – parents are not allowed inside the establishments. But not to worry, the friendly Zupervisors will assist your kids to activate their ATM cards and during subsequent their role-playing activities.

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Sunday Garden Party at Atmosphere by the sea

What’s your ideal Sunday? My ideal Sunday would be a mix of sumptuous buffet lunch, sunshine, sea, great family fun, and activities for the little ones. If this is what you like too, be sure to continue reading and find out more about Sunday Garden Party. It certainly tops our list as the BEST family fun-filled Sunday activity.

Sunday Garden Party at Atmosphere by the sea

There is always something unique about Sentosa that excites us. Even though it’s just minutes away from CBD, the moment we drive into the island, it automatically puts us on vacation mode. And there, you’ll find Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa – the only beachfront resort in Singapore.

Sunday Garden Party at Atmosphere by the sea is a fun-filled dining package offered by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa for families to enjoy Sundays at the resort. It includes a seafood buffet spread with a children’s buffet corner, alongside children’s activities. In addition, diners will enjoy complimentary access to the resort’s swimming pool, children’s slides and splash pad, as well as free parking on a first come, first served basis.

The feast starts from noon till 3pm. From 1pm onwards, a host of activities ranging from magic shows to balloon sculpting is available for the little ones. After lunch, families can have some fun in the water. Towels and shower facilities are also provided by the resort.

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As soon as I stepped into the restaurant, my eyes were immediately drawn to the seafood tower full of fresh catches such as prawns, lobsters, crabs, crayfishes, mussels, scallops, and king crab legs that take the limelight.

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The buffet spread was sumptuous and more than adequate, with cleverly-designed stations for Japanese sushi, deep-sea oysters freshly flown in from the French coast, a selection of over 12 types of gourmet cheese imported from France, a live carving station with succulent barbecue and grilled meat that never disappoint, a salad station, a delightful children’s buffet corner with pasta, nuggets, marshmallow and gummies, a dessert and fruits section, gelato, as well as drinks.

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I tried a variety of food, and I must say that the barbecue and grilled meat and seafood were exceptionally delicious. For dessert, I had a couple of macarons and a huge slice of cheese cake that simply melted in my mouth. The pandan flavoured gelato was a standout for me. Its rich, fragrant, and unique taste is the best that I’ve ever had.

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Diners can choose to sit in an indoor (air-conditioned) or outdoor setting. If you’re worried about the heat, you can choose to dine indoor comfortably. Else, you can sit outdoor with a backdrop of lush greenery and views of the majestic South China Sea. The kids can run around freely too.

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Soon, the magic show started at 1pm. This was his first time watching a live magic show, and he was totally fascinated by all the ‘magic’ he saw that day. The balloon sculpting session came next, keeping the children thoroughly enjoyed throughout the lunch.

And the fun didn’t stop after lunch!

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Diners are given a colored wrist tag each that gives them access to the resort’s swimming pool, children’s slides and splash pad. Towels and shower facilities are also provided, in addition to life jackets for the kids.

The resort employs a particle physics based water management system to keep the water in the pools in its natural and most pristine state to protect young skin. Only the minimum statutory amount of chlorine is added, as opposed to the four to five chemicals used in a commercial pool. This minimizes the risk of allergic reaction or respiratory problems triggered by chlorine. This also eliminates eye irritation, and is gentle to the skin and hair.

The Sunday Garden Party at Atmosphere by the sea is available at S$138++ per adult. One child below 12 years dines free with every paying adult, and S$28++ applies for each additional child. For reservations or enquiries, please call (65) 6371 1966 or e-mail fbreservation.sen@shangri-la.com.

Easter and Mother’s Day Garden Parties

The Sunday Garden Party will be made extra special during the Easter holidays and Mother’s Day. On 5 Apr 2015, the Easter Garden Party will fete families to a superlative buffet spread of festive specialities. On 10 May 2015, the Mother’s Day Garden Party will offer special activities for the ladies, and on top of that, diners will enjoy a 10-minute shoulder and foot massage.

The Easter and Mother’s Day Garden Parties will be available at S$158++ per adult. One child aged 5 years or below dines free with a paying adult; $38++ applies for each additional child below 12 years and includes free-flowing soft drinks and juices.

I simply couldn’t ask for more! The Sunday Garden Party at Atmosphere by the sea is a perfect family-fun getaway. If you’re looking for a special place to spend a fun-filled Sunday afternoon with your family, do check out the Sunday Garden Party. Great food, great fun, great service, and great family time – it will never disappoint you.

Disclosure: This was an invited media tasting. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are honest and are my own.

8 Things We Love About Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

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We enjoyed our staycation at Rasa Sentosa so much that we want to make it an annual vacation. Here are EIGHT things that we truly love about this resort.

1. Huge, beautiful and comfortable guestroom

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As shared with you in my last post, the guestroom in Rasa Sentosa is very spacious, beautiful, and comfortably furnished with fine amenities, as well as complimentary mini-bar.

Little Edison was giggling over the bathtub. To him, bathtub is a must in every hotel. I love the balcony, and I really enjoyed the natural outdoor surroundings. During the day, the pool is bursting with activities, and at night, it looks so serene.

2. Sumptuous buffet spread at Silver Shell Café

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The buffet breakfast was sumptuous, and we also tried the outdoor breakfast by the beach. The breakfast selection is amazing, from American, Japanese to Chinese, and the usual cereals, fruits and drinks.

The highlight of the restaurant is their Kids Corner, with a variety of kids-friendly food items, plastic plates and cutleries, and at a level that is comfortable within their reach. Edison was truly excited, he felt like a big boy being able to select and pick-up his own food.

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Have I mentioned about the colourful marshmallows, yummy cupcakes and tempting gummy bears that are available during the buffet lunch and dinner? And we left the resort feeling well-rested and well-fed!

3. Not just kids-friendly, but also baby-friendly

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Rasa Sentosa is not just kids-friendly, but also very baby-friendly. If you’re travelling with a baby or infant, you’ll be delighted to hear this. Baby Zone, the latest addition at the resort, provides complimentary baby food for different stages of infancy during lunch and dinner.

Other items such as milk bottle sterilisers, hot water, a microwave and baby dining utensils, complete with baby wipes and diapers, provide a hassle-free experience for travelling parents who are in search of essential baby care.

Now, who said you can’t travel because you have a baby? 🙂

4. Amazing facilities at the children’s club Cool Zone

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Most of the time when we travel, we end up spending more time to tend to our children rather than enjoying a full holiday experience. I’m glad that Rasa Sentosa recognizes this fact, and a range of recreational facilities are thus provided to address our need.

Children aged 5 to 12 can enjoy a full day of fun at the Cool Zone. Spanning 100 square metres over two storeys, the Cool Zone encompasses a Game Zone, Craft Zone and a Toots Club. It’s also the largest children’s club provided by a hotel in Singapore.

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Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

The highlight of the Cool Zone is the giant tree house slide, which winds all the way down from level three of the resort into a pool of colourful balls on level one.

Full-day children’s activity programs inclusive of lunch and dinner are also available. There are at least 10 activities daily from building sandcastles, collecting seashells, kayaking to having fun with pedal boats, splash pad, treasure hunt and costume making. In the evening, there are movie nights or play time with Wii and Xbox 360.

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Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

Children also get a go on the Flying Trapeze – the first of its kind in Singapore – and try their hands at being acrobats. The Mini Toots Club, on the other hand, caters to children aged 4 and below who are accompanied by their guardians or parents. There is also a playground with slides amidst the resort’s landscaped gardens.

5. Chilling out at the outdoor swimming pool and water slides

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Love the line-up of frog water fountains!

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Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

Children can splash around at the water slides and children’s pool under a canopy, or the fun splash pad. A water management system is installed to keep the water in the pools in its natural state, where only a minimum amount of chlorine is added to minimise the risks of allergic reaction, eye irritation and respiratory problems triggered by chlorine.

6. Going the extra mile to ensure guests’ comfort during their stay

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Rasa Sentosa is like a little paradise to me. They’ve certainly gone the extra mile to ensure guests’ comfort through all seasons. Whatever you can think of or need, they’ll have them prepared for you.

Wet laundry? No problem. There is a 24-hour self-operating wash-and-dry machine that you can use to wash your clothes at a very small fee. This is on-top of the usual laundry service that is provided by the resort.

Need some ice? There is an ice and water dispenser machine at every floor. Need an exercise? They have a well-equipped gym surrounded by nice greeneries here.

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If you checked-in early and your room is not ready, or you’re waiting for your flight after you’ve checked-out, you can relax at the lounge that is furnished with coffee machine, internet stations, books, newspapers and TV. You can also take a shower in the Refresh Room.

Awesome, isn’t it?

7. CHI, The spa, is every woman’s dream come true

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Apart from all the above fun-filled experiences at Rasa Sentosa, a good body massage is good in many ways. Try their signature Singapore Massage (only available at Rasa Sentosa) which incorporates different massage methods from Singapore’s three main cultures – Chinese, Malay and Indian – to deliver a tension-relieving and relaxing experience.

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Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

8. Trapizza, the alfresco dining on the beach

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I love cosy dining in an outdoor setting while overlooking the beachfront. It’s very relaxing and romantic. Trapizza provides a selection of traditional thin-crust wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts in addition to a children’s menu. There is also a children’s playground by the beach.

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Thank you Rasa Sentosa for the memorable stay and fun-filled weekend.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, 098970, Singapore
Tel: (65) 6275 0100
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/rasasentosaresort/

 

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Birthday Staycation at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa has always been on our staycation list, and I’m glad we finally managed to check them out again during the Sept term break, as well as to celebrate our boy’s birthday.

It was a glorious weekend with perfect weather to head to Rasa Sentosa Resort, which is just half an hour drive from home. The main reason why I love this place is because it is the only resort in Singapore with a beachfront location.

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I can stroll along the beach after breakfast, spend some couple time with V while leaving Edison at the Cool Zone (kid’s club provided by the resort), enjoy a wide selection of food, and then have fun with the various activities available at the resort.

All the spacious guest rooms in Rasa Sentosa Resort are either sea-facing or overlooking the pool, landscaped garden or lush tropical greenery of the hill. Each room is fitted with a private balcony for guests to enjoy the natural outdoor surroundings. A majority also provides a connecting room option.

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We stayed in a Deluxe Pool View Room located on the 5th floor. The room size is very spacious and comfortable even after we put up a Murphy bed for Edison.

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Awesome pool and garden view from our room

The room is tastefully design, and one thing that is worth mentioning is the plush cushions featuring the hand-sewn frog mascot of the resort, Mr. Toots, which is a huge favourite among children. The hotel has also prepared a Mr. Toots plush toy and birthday cake for Edison, and he was extremely delighted.

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Hi Mr. Toots!

I love the attention to details and thoughtfulness of the hotel staffs!

Unlike other hotels that impose charges on mini bar items, Rasa Sentosa Resort provides complimentary mini bar to their guests that includes fruits, snacks, soft drinks and bottled water.

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The bathroom looks absolutely stunning! It has a separate standing shower and bathtub, complete with plush towels and premium Shangri-La toiletries.

In my next post, I will share with you EIGHT things we love about Rasa Sentosa Resort. So please stay tuned!

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, 098970, Singapore
Tel: (65) 6275 0100
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/rasasentosaresort/

Disclosure: This is an invited media stay. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are honest and are my own.

 

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Staycation at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa (Part 2)

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Perhaps the most beautiful part of this hotel room is its bathroom. It has a bathtub and standing shower, complete with premium Shangri-La toiletries including facial cottons, junior tooth brush, bath salts and hair band.

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The bathroom has a real ‘wow factor’. Take a look!

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The other attraction of this resort is the Children’s Club Cool Zone, one of the largest kids club in Sentosa that offers more than a hundred square meters of fun with crafts, games, kids’ meals and a three-story tree house slide.

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Admission to Cool Zone is free for in-house guests, and for children aged 5 to 12. It offers children’s meals and three activity centres (Toots Club, Craft Zone and Game Zone) that are fully supervised by the hotel’s experienced recreational team. So, you can basically leave your kids with them, then sneak out and have some fun!

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Cool Zone features a huge slide that winds from level three of the resort down into a pool of colourful balls on level one. Little Edison couldn’t get enough of the slide! I call it a ‘paradise for kids’. They can spend the entire day here, interact with other kids, participate in the activities planned for them, and get their complimentary meals as well.

In addition to the Cool Zone, there are water slides, children’s pool and a fun splash water playground. Families can also enjoy The Flying Trapeze and Sea Sports Centre to maximize the fun.

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We booked our room under the Rasa Family Fun package, and it includes buffet dinner at Silver Shell Cafe inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks, chilled juices, house wine or beer. I must say that this is one of the best buffets that I’ve ever had.

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I didn’t take any pictures of the food because I was too focused in my meal. I had three big plates of chilli crabs all by myself, and got myself nearly drunk from the wine. Thankfully, we didn’t need to drive home that night. So, we had a fantastic drinking session that night.

Lastly, we mused at the relatively high price tag for the room – at SGD560++ per night. If you book a room at RWS, you’ll be given free tickets to the Universal Studios, which I think is more worth it. Again, we have been to the Universal Studios many times and we don’t feel like going there again.

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So, Shangri-La is indeed a perfect choice for us. We really enjoyed our stay. Good food, impeccable service, great fun and fantastic bonding time with the family. The resort is big and beautiful, you’ll never feel crowded and rushed.

Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098970, +65 6275 0355, Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/rasasentosaresort/

 

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