Jurassic World at USS – dinosaurs run wild

[ Media Invite ]

In conjunction with Jurassic World movie, Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is letting the dinosaurs loose till 22 Aug 2018.

 

There are many photo opportunities for families, especially kids who are dino fans.

 

Visitors eagerly awaiting the appearance of the star performers. We see cages and walls and we instantly expect dinosaurs to tear them down.

Jurassic World: Roar!

Timings (daily 1300,1600 & 1830, extra performance 2100 on Fri and Sat)

This is the headline performance for Jurassic World.

The trainer asking for volunteers to feed the raptors.

We witnessed a child accidentally press wrong RED button. The rest is history.

Raptors, Pteranodons rampaged out of control. Everyone on stage ran away, who can contain the dinosaurs?

 

Just when we thought situation could not get worse, guess who made a grand appearance!

Although this Trex is still a juvenile, it took a fair bit of effort to control it. Not sure whether the “Taser” treatment works.

I do know dino fans will be busy clicking their cameras.

The Trex is tamed and ready for wefie 🙂
The dinosaurs’ entry are a treat for Dino fans, quite impressive and realistic.

Next up, we headed to “Raptor Training School”

Timings (Sun to Thu-1200,1400,1615 and 1800. Fri & Sat-1200,1400,1630 and 1900, Sat extra 1130 and 1930)

 

Instructor told trainees that you just need clicker and hand signal to handle Ferocious raptor docile.

After 5 minutes orientation, kids were ready to face down a hungry raptor!

 

I might not be as courageous as the kids if I encounter a real Jurassic raptor.

Anyway, just remember to maintain eye contact with the raptor, do not be scared of the 20cm dagger-like claws.

The trainers got younger and younger (Too cute with the safari jacket).

Raptor might find them too adorable to snack.

Friendly reminder, if you are standing outside  the “ring”, do not anyhow wave and attract the raptor’s attention.

Raptors are wild animals and must be treated with respect!

Last station : Jurassic Encounter (AR)

All day, first come first serve.

 

 

 

This was our favourite segment. Imagine a King-size Augment Reality experience at “New York Public Library”.

Immersive experience, dinosaurs big and small surrounded us, avoid the stampede, pat the triceratops. We felt like we were in the middle of Jurassic World production 🙂

Video AR from our Instagram. Do not let the Trex chomp you down, or become roti prata under the brontosaurus!

 

Special dino brunch for guests at KT Grill, Trex steak anyone?

We ended our tour at USS with Spaghetti and Transformer 🙂

Do book your tickets online to avoid disappointment, USS is always packed during school holidays.

Thank you RWS (Resorts World Sentosa) for the invitation, do follow them at Website and Facebook for the latest updates.

National Geographic’s Ocean Wonders at S.E.A Aquarium

[ We are running a Tickets Giveaway till 30Mar 2018, Facebook link ]

No more shark fin’s soup. Our family pledged that sharks should be admired in their natural environment, and not served up in bowls!

I visited S.E.A Aquarium with Boon Xin recently, and it was another opportunity to explore Marine conservation with the kids.

Hey President Trump, even my 9 years old girl knows about the impact brought by climate change. Pollution, excess harvesting are destroying our ecosystem and depleting the fish stocks.

Many animals will disappear from the wild in this generation. Not extinct yet, but it means the only place to see a tiger or whale shark might be in zoo or aquarium! So Sad.

From now till 20 May, Resorts World Sentosa is hosting the first ever National Geographic Ocean Wonders event featuring the Ocean Record Breakers exhibition, Marine Photography Adventure and the National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop.

The Maritime Experiential Museum™ is reopen after an extensive revamp.

We followed some of the pioneer explorers and visited ancient Singapore. When Singapore was still a fishing village, the time before Sang Nila Utama, when merchants (and pirates too) used to ply the sea around Singapore.

The pioneer explorers

Braving treacherous sea conditions, ships were the only means of transport for goods and human.  We could traced how spices were transferred from Asia to Europe, or Gold from Middle east to Asia. Cultures were exported via sea route too.

Trade, barter, economics, livelihood. Where the ships go, ports flourished and cities bloomed. This was the Maritime Silk Route.

Our girl understood more about the adventures and perils of an adventurer, and we had fun with the workshops.

 

Muscat was berthed outside last time, this boat was constructed with old workmanship and sailed all the way from Oman. Sailors used traditional navigational aids, no GPS or satellite back then 🙂

Photo below, can you guess where is the Head (aka loo)?

 

Left Muscat, and right Chinese Junk

Our junior explorers pickup some life skills in the workshop. We need to understand North East South West before we can start navigating.

Seamanship requires us to be resourceful and adaptable. The Ocean is a harsh environment and rope skills secured our goods and ourselves.

 

Kids had an opportunity to craft their own yacht, or sampan. Just make sure your boat can float 🙂

With all the skills they pick up, we were ready to explore the Marine Silk Road on a Chinese Junk. However, we did not expect Typhoon to be so devastating!

The 4D experience was supposed to allow us to follow China’s emissary to somewhere in the Middle East… (fast forward) the crew encountered a Typhoon and our Chinese Junk became a wreck.

In another corner, we noticed “Noah’s Ark”  (the huge wall of giraffe, elephants etc) has been transformed into a pirate cove.

The second part of our exploration was the exploration of S.E.A. Aquarium. The highlight was S.E.A Aquarium’s newest resident, the sand tiger shark.

Kids are invited to go on a photography adventure and take part in an Ocean conservation mission.

Boon Xin is looking out for her Sand Tiger Shark.

Mr Bala told us Sand Tiger Sharks are harmless to humans, but the rows of menacing teeth told us otherwise :p

S.E.A Aquarium
S.E.A Aquarium

Save our Oceans! Protect the Marine Animals.

Beautiful corals. I shared with Xin that Great Barrier Reef (Queensland Australia) is the largest living structure, and the only one which can be spotted from Space! Unfortunately, coral bleaching is threatening to wipe out the reefs, and a vast habitat for organisms 🙁

  

 

Chocolate Chip Sea star 🙂

I hope the kids will have a better appreciation of our ecosystem, and we can all play a part to conserve our Ocean.

No more Shark Fins! Sharks are more graceful when they swim, not in a bowl.

Some of the featured animals (and experiments) from National Geographic and S.E.A Aquarium.

How can the cute colourful frogs be poisonous?

I shared with the girl that Nature has a unique way to shout “Don’t eat me!”. Leave the most colourful and brightest animals alone.

 

We need to talk about Recycling in the same wave as Conservation, they goes hand in hand.  We are dumping too much plastics and by-products into the ocean. All these rubbish follow the currents and end up somewhere.

Marine animals which mistake plastic for food choke their stomachs and die a miserable (and suffocating) death.

Ocean Record Breakers exhibition, the name is self-explanatory.

We saw some of the monsters, and all are still living in our oceans. I would recommend the kids to stay clear of the Giant squids. They are sperm whales’ favourite snacks, and not the delicious version we see skewed at Old Chang Kee.

Wow, 18m squid is longer than our 11m buses!

I hope future generation will have an opportunity to see the majestic Orcas, Mola (sunfish) and whale sharks in the wild, not in aquariums.

The other fishes in S.E.A Aquarium does look cuter. But I told Xin puffer fish are actually voracious hunter, they will tear their preys apart!
So much for fugu.  

You can take part in a photo contest too, simply submit one of the featured animals in S.E.A Aquarium to Instagram (public profile). Tag @rwsentosa and #rwsoceanwonders And you might be one of the lucky winners every month 🙂

I showed the kids additional videos on how we humans are damaging the Ocean.
-Trawler and dredging basically scoops everything  off the seafloor, there  must be a more sustainable way of harvesting.
-Plastic Ocean!

Video (YouTube link) : Sea Aquarium, Conservation

Thank you for the education experience, S.E.A Aquarium, I hope my kids will appreciate Mother Earth’s fragile ecosystem more.  I hope they play a part to conserve our  ecosystem and marine habitat for future generations.

Workshop and Ticket details are available at this link http://bit.ly/SEAANatGeoOceanWonders , read RWS’s review too.
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