Universal Studios Singapore for family

[ Media Invite ]

Far Far Away in Shrek’s kingdom, we found Universal Studios Singapore (USS). It was here that we embark on a Easter Egg Hunt earlier. The next best thing after the Fun egg hunt, we get to experience USS’ rides earlier.

There are seven worlds in Universal Studios, but there is only one ride which you cannot miss (Pop by USS interactive map here)
Uss Map, USS 7 worlds

Before the crowd stream in at 10am, we dashed with Cheekiemonkies towards the Transformers 3D ride. (Normal waiting time can be 45mins + of winding queues)

Transformer The Ride rocks ! We spin, drift and smash through buildings ! We must protect Allspark at all cost. After a while, we are absorbed into the 3D Transformer world, and completely lose our orientation.
Transformer 3D ride Singapore, Uss Transformer

Transformer The Ride is the coolest 3D ride that we have ever experienced, that’s us in the blue Autobot (Evac) trying to run away from Decepticon! (Experience 4.5/5)

(image credit USS)

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee gladly welcome photo-ops with humans. They look cool.
Group photo with Transformers
Bumble Bee at Universal Studios

In the background, the blue and red Galactica, not so cool anymore, since it will be dismantled soon. (experience 5*/5, catch hair raising video clip here)
Galactica closure, Galactica last ride

Daddy role play as Treasure Hunter with the smaller kids. Creepy crawlies, cobras and crocodiles waiting to ambush passengers.

Everyone is thrilled to throttle their own car.

(Experience for kids 3.5/5)

Tall, muscular and sexy Egyptians at Ancient Egypt.

Those who have seen Mummies will be able to identify the Egyptian demi-gods.

In terms of interaction, you cannot get a wetter experience than Waterworld !
For best exposure experience, grab a seat in the Blue Zone.

The spectators will get a chance to spray water at the actors too.

.. but the actors got pails! Pity those who are seated in the front rows as they become fair games and torrents of water were splash in their direction!

Our kids remarked that they will love to sit front row again. Crazy but wacky fun, even Daddy’s DSLR was not spared from the water attack.

Watch our video below on how Boon Yee and Boon Xin got drenched.
How to get wet at USS Waterworld

Acrobatics and all sorts of boats engage each other, there are plenty of pyrotechnics.

(Experience 4.5/5, for water fun and cool interaction)

Even Jurasic Park’s Rapids Adventure is less “wet” than Waterworld. We had expected a lot more splash and thrills.

If only the fall is steeper and longer…
pimp myspace with Gickr
(Experience 4/5)

Poor T-Rex terrorised by kids, they can always entertain themselves.

Jurassic park or Lost world, a pity the queue for Canopy Flyer is so long!
(Experience 4.25/5, but we refuse to queue 1 hour for a 1 min ride)

Shrek 4D, follow Shrek as he raced with Donkey to save Princess Fiona.
(Experience 3.75/5)

(image credit USS)

Madagascar carousel, we got to Move-It Move-It with the nasty Auntie, Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, penguins and King Julian.

(Experience 3.25/5)

We float around in a crate, and discover the Madagascar stars hiding in the shipwreck.

(Experience 3/5)

Minions everywhere, even Boon Yee is in Yellow! There is a dedicated Minion outlet in “Hollywood” now.
Minions Souvenirs Universal Studios

Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, it would be fun if we can help Big Bird shoot down the enemies.

(Experience 3/5)

We have been playing at USS since 9am, kids are tired but we are determined to catch
Hollywood Dream Parade at 5pm.
Dream Parade USS, Dream Parade timing

King Julian and casts

Everyone from Shrek production also appear, dragon included.

Jurasic Park, and casts.

Bye bye Monroe, we meant Hollywood Dream Parade. Do take note Hollywood Dream Parade is only available during weekends (schedules on USS website)

(Experience 4.5/5, the parade performers drum up the atmosphere)

Video : Universal Studios rock!

Thank you for the invite, USS !
Universal Studios Singapore

Additional Tips :
– make Transformer 3D your first ride!
– take note of ride’s height limits here, ushers are very strict
– we ran out of time to complete Lights, Camera, Action!(New York), Revenge of the Mummy(Egypt) and Enchanted Airways(Far Far away)
– follow Universal Studios for latest updates on Website, Fanpage and Instagram

– Carpark is expensive, one whole day at RWS can cost $28, we blog about alternative carpark and Adventure Cove here
– our Sea Aquarium experience
– USS’ 1st Easter Egg Hunt adventure
– More USS photos available on our Fanpage album

Volvo invited us for some Cross-country Adventures

[Media Invite]

We did not ask Yi to pose Victory, but he automatically flash a V for Volvo!

Last week, Volvo has sent a First-class ticket for SengkangBabies to indulge in Scandinavian adventure, on their cross-country V40.

Adventures start early for our kiddos, kids were eager to dismantle the bikes for some cycling fun πŸ™‚

V40 is a handsome hatchback, the side and rear profile offers an eye-catching rugged exterior. No, we do not need the scenic Scandinavian landscapes to imagine the Fun Factor.

*image credit

Video : ..but in case you need to experience the Scandinavian lifestyle on a V40…

Volvo’s product specialist Robin, highlighted some of the features of our V40. Daddy is most impressed with the safety features (look under this page 4 & 5 about “Safety”). The Swedish designers are so passionate about safety they even engineered a pedestrian-airbag, so that nobody will smash into your windscreen!

Volvo’s IntelliSafe (Radar and camera system) will detect impending collision with cyclists and e-brake automatically. Read more about Volvo’s IntelliSafe Technology.

After learning more about the V40, off we go to attempt a 0-100km in 8.5s seek our Adventure. Kids are chirpy and they love their panoramic roof πŸ™‚

All too soon, we reach our destination S.E.A Aquarium (RWS’ Marine Life Park), shall we take a photo before we embark on our fishy Adventure πŸ™‚

Pirates and Starfish ambushed us.

Kids are beaming non-stop, every fish tank got some surprises πŸ™‚

Did you see the friendly Dolphins? We wonder whether the dolphins are checking us out, or the other way round? Love the bobbing Jellyfish, cute and mesmerizing !

With so many variety of fishes, no wonder Boon Yee is learning how to scuba.

We have heard so much about Open Ocean. But when we stand infront of the paranomic Glass Wall and peep into the deep blue…. [speechless]

Video : Majestic Manta Rays gliding around. So Graceful !!

Shark Seas, get up close to the top predator. Kids ask whether our diver friend is safe?

Need we ask Boon Yee and Boon Xin whether they enjoy themselves?

More photos (total 192!) are available on our Fanpage. Do pop by Twitter #VolvoAdventure to find out who else were having fun with their Volvo πŸ™‚

Thank you Volvo for the adventures, we had a fun family morning. In case you need additional manpower to review your XC90, keep SengkangBabies in mind :p

More information :
– Volvo website and Fanpage
– Marine Life Park Sea Aquarium

*disclaimer – some of the Volvo features listed above might not be available on a V40, please check with your friendly Volvo sales.

** Do you wish to compare Adventure Cove Waterpark, Sea Aquarium and River Safari?

Our Adventure Cove Waterpark experience

Before the school holidays end, we decided to swim with some fishes. We had some close encounters before at Krabi’s Hong island, and Daddy thought Rainbow Reef would be interesting.

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)’s newly open Marine Life Park has two attractions, SEA Aquarium (World’s largest aquarium) and Adventure Cove Waterpark (water themepark).
adventure cove map
*Adventure Cove Waterpark Map credit

We arrive at 1000 to beat the crowd, but some 300 families had the same idea! After “setting up tent” at BluWater Bay, the kids help themselves to the water tubes.
adventure cove waves

The waves can be very strong, kids (swimmers or not) must wear life jackets. If kids are tired with waves hopping, relax at Seahorse. (Wading pool)

(There is a cheaper waves-generator at Jurong East).
adventure cove wading pool

While Mummy brings the smaller ones to Seahorse, Daddy brought Wei and Kang to snorkel with 20,000 fishes ! Rainbow Reefs is a must-go when you visit Adventure Cove.

It will definitely be more fun if the kids know how to snorkel.
adventure cove rainbow reef

No worries, the sharks are not here, but over at SEA Aquarium. Both of them want to dive again πŸ™‚
rainbow reef snorkeling

Video (Link) : Rainbow Reef is too cool !

Not to worry, if our kid cannot swim yet. The view from the glass panel is interesting too πŸ™‚
adventure cove blogger review

Stingrays will impress the kids with their gracefulness. $20 fee applies for closeup interaction, fortunately our kids are contented with viewing from a distance.

Yi is happy with his stingray portrait, and Wei ask whether his $4.50 BBQ stingray rice is from same family :p
adventure cove rays

Dolphins might come on-board later.

Lunch, recharge. Kids are hungry but refuse to leave their water play! That speaks volumes of the FUN at Adventure Cove Waterpark.

Price wise, expect $10 to $16 per meal. We brought in some buns, staff are not so strict on food-import, as we witness families with hugh pot of curry :p
adventure cove F&B

The smaller kids will love Big Bucket Tree house! Abundant slides, ropes, and splashes kept them coming back for more.
adventure cove big bucket splash

The older kids will play hide and seek among the ropes and nets. Xin went down the slide so many times the lifeguard recogonise her.

The selling point for Adventure Cove Waterpark are the different S.L.I.D.Es. As we went during school holiday, queues from 30 to 60 minutes are not uncommon.
adventure cove photos

Daddy try only two slides, and he told us he loves the green-landscaping. Daddy is not a thrill-seeker haha. All the Rides are listed here.

We need to keep our spectacles and slippers in these cylinders. Unfortunately, some revelers will become blind like bats, thus discounting the fun factor. Do take note underwater cameras are not allowed on the slides.

We paddle down the Lazy Adventure River twice. Easy to navigate, just sit on the tube and let the current push us along.

You must watch our River video below, one loop will easily last 20 mins!
adventure cove lazy river

Windows and openings will allow you to get upclose to stingray and catfish habitats! We even venture into a dark tunnel. Go on a weekday, so that you can spend more time (less congestion) to appreciate the “exhibits”.

Hot dogs, ice cream is available at mobile F&B outlets.

Video (Link) : We did mention we love Adventure River, catch us cruising the river of FUN !

Feedback and recommendations :

1) Tickets for adults and kids are $29 and $20 respectively. It is almost $100 for a family of four, not including F&B. We always feel Singapore attractions can accommodate more family-friendly pricing (maybe run a $50 whole-family-package once a year)

2) As with most water themeparks (and even swimming pools), usage is subject to lightning warnings. Maybe Adventure Cove Waterpark can do partial refund for affected users, as a goodwill gesture.

3) Car park fees for a whole day will amount to $20.
We suggest that you might want to park at Beach-carpark for a maximum of $8. (updated 2015Jan – Sentosa entrance per car is now $7 weekends, we ended up paying $18 for carpark fees. Beach Carpark might not be feasible anymore)

4) You can actually walk 15 min from Vivocity over to Sentosa via Boardwalk.
how to go to adventure cove
** For point 3 and 4 (including carpark rates), click Sentosa link.

5) Lockers will be $10 or $20 for the whole day, unlimited open/close. We might recommend that you leave your non-valuables luggage at Bluwater Bay’s deck-chairs.

6) Leave weekends and holiday periods to tourists, unless you love to queue. It is no fun to shiver for 45min waiting for the next 2min slide !!

7) Above photos are taken underwater (Dicapac) and our Nikon D5000 (not waterproof)

SengkangBabies came, conquer and enjoyed ourselves. We only wish we had visited on a weekday πŸ™‚ .We LOVE Adventure Cove Waterpark !

More details and photos about Adventure Cove Waterpark :
– our Fanpage album
RWS Homepage
RWS map

** Do you wish to compare Adventure Cove Waterpark, Sea Aquarium and River Safari?

** Read our Legoland Waterpark comparison too