Our Family Travel Blogger laps up Singapore's sizzle with her son.
After several weeks of travelling to remote places in Indonesia, my 13-year-old son, Lucas, and I, were keen for contrast. I chose Singapore as a safe, easy city to explore with an abundance of attractions.
We arrived at Singapore’s Changi Airport. I mused that we could probably just stay there for our holiday, as the swimming pool, massage places, butterfly garden and cinemas provided plenty to do. The spacious walkways are decorated with visual displays to please the senses while the Skytrain whizzes you and your trolley between terminals. No wonder it has been voted the world's best airport for the third year in a row by Skytrax's World Airport Awards. However, the lure of Singapore Zoo dragged us away.
I’m pro- zoo's as visiting them can inspire both children and adults to protect animals and their natural habitats. They're a window to a world that may otherwise seem too distant to care about. However, the animals need to be able to express as many natural behaviours as possible. Most of the animals seemed stimulated and content as we walked around the zoo.
The star of the sea lion show was charming. He eagerly anticipated his next instructions and entertained the crowd by soaking those in the splash zone, catching frisbees and swimming on his side, so his flipper looked like a shark’s fin. The show ended with a little boy throwing his watch into the tank, the sea lion retrieved it and then passed it back to the enchanted child.
With multiple shows; and animals from minute hairless mole rats, giraffes, piraña to orang-utans, lions and monkeys spread over sixty-nine acres, the zoo trip easily filled the day. There were also River and Night Safari options.
The following morning we walked to the local MRT Station, Singapore’s fast and efficient train system. I had no idea what to do next, but the man at the information centre gave us maps, directions to Universal Studios and travel cards. When we headed towards the escalator, Lucas spotted a sign threatening a $500 fine for bringing drinks into the metro! That would have taken the sparkle out of the day, so I quickly disposed of my cola. We laughed at what stereotypical tourists we were, dressed in our new Singapore Zoo tee-shirts and intensely studying our maps.
As soon as we arrived at Universal Studios, I remembered how I love this stuff as much as Lucas. The Water World show felt like being inside a futuristic computer game, complete with explosions, stunts, villains and heroes. My biggest highlight though was watching Lucas’s face while he met some Minions from the Despicable Me movie. He looked like nothing could make his joy more complete.
We couldn't cover the rides and activities in a day, so I was glad Lucas had spotted that the 6-month pass cost only marginally more than the day pass. What a great excuse to come back to the city. But next time with a lesson learnt.
When it was time to leave, we entered our locker number about fifty times to retrieve our belongings, but it wouldn’t open. The staff came to help. It turned out that although we’d remembered the number, neither of us had noticed which of the multiple storage areas we’d placed our possessions. And the resort is vast.
By Family Travel Blogger, Trish Johansen. www.intrepidparents.com