Because staycations are a lot less hassle than vacations.
Want to spend some good ole family time with the kids, but no bandwidth to hop on a plane for a trip overseas? No worries, we have plenty of options here in Singapore that cater to the kids, so that you can keep them entertained while getting a little shut-eye or me-time yourself. Check out this list of kid-friendly/family friendly rooms for your upcoming staycation!
From themed family suites in a dedicated floor to Buds — an interactive indoor and outdoor play space for kids spanning some 1,872 square metres, the little ones will have a ball of a time at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.
At Buds, there’s the Explorer Zone (for kids over 4 years old) which is filled with sand pits, nets, slides, ball pits and mazes; the Toddler Zone (for kids under 4 years old), which has swings and slides, an interactive piano floor, a ball pit and vintage kiddie rides; and the Outdoor Playground which features a giant pirate ship structure offering challenging climbs and slides, and a water play zone with splash pads. Buds encourages the little ones to learn through play in a creative, self-directed and experiential environment along with their parents, which is a great chance for bonding. Besides the awesome play space, there are three different activity rooms: Stage (music studio), Muddy (art studio) and Bake (baking room), not to mention a special Friday night activity called Superhero Fridays. Kids get to experience being a superhero (superhero cape and mask included) and participate in themed games, while you get to have a mini date night with your partner.
When the kiddos are tired, they can retire to whimsical and fun rooms. The Deluxe Family Rooms’ alcoves house a tent, along with a set of welcome toys and storybooks, while themed suites have adorable children’s rooms featuring different thematic designs (such as Treetop, Castle and Safari) that are connected to their parents room by a ‘secret’ passageway. Kids get to receive personalised letters which include a puzzle to solve. Upon solving it, the passcode obtained will unlock an in-room treasure chest that holds a surprise. Which kid wouldn’t be thrilled?
Buds by Shangri-La is located on the first floor of Tower Wing (indoor) and first floor of Garden Wing (outdoor) at Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, 258350, tel: 6213 4833.
Nestled in Sentosa, Festive Hotel is a walkable distance to attractions like Universal Studios Singapore and SEA Aquarium, which will leave your kids jumping for joy. It is also just a tram station away from the beach, which is a great opportunity to take them out for a picnic and sandcastle day at the beach. Festive Hotel’s Deluxe Family Rooms are also extremely spacious — the 35 – 37 sqm space includes a living area, king-sized bed, a sofa bed and a loft bed. More space for the kiddos to run around! For a special touch, you can request for kids tailored bathrobes too! The hotel facilities also include a kids pool (it’s the only hotel in Resorts World Sentosa to have one), so your little munchkins can have a splashing good time. Still bored? Hop over to the Kids Club at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, which has a host of programmes and activities for kids from three years old and above to keep them entertained.
Festive Hotel is at Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go camping with your kids in the comfort of a hotel room, a perfect way to avoid the mozzies! The Ritz Kids programme comes with a Ritz Kids Night Safari sleeping tent in the room, which includes a single-sized premium mattress, feather duvet and a standard pillow. Young kids between the ages of 4 to 12 can also embark on a little adventure around Ritz Carlton’s lobby to collect animal stamps on their Adventurer Passport, which they can use to redeem a free scoop of ice cream. Infants and toddlers below the age of 4 will also receive a set of mini bath amenities as a welcome gift. For convenience, mummies and daddies can also request for baby cots, prams and bottle sterilisers. To entertain the kiddos (aged between 4 to 11), head over to the Ritz Kids Playland, a themed play area filled with games, storybooks, toys, and a special movie theatre, with craft activities available during weekends. Or rent DVDs from the concierge and have a movie marathon! What fun.
Send your kids on a whimsical adventure with Furama’s themed rooms. Explore cool themes such as Pirates, Underwater and Castles, and watch them channel the inner actor/actress in them. Kids being kids, will definitely be thrilled to see the bunk beds. Every room also has an Xbox console to keep your whole family entertained. Aside from the fabulous themed room, kids will also love the outdoor swimming pool that the hotel has. If you’re dining at The Square@Furama, keep your little ones entertained at the Children’s Play Area, where they can look forward to popular cartoon video screenings, activity sheets and free-play toys. At level one is a dedicated children’s play room, PAWS, where kids can challenge themselves on the Dome Climber, build their own village with blocks and Lego, play make-believe with friends and more.
Furama Riverfront is at 405 Havelock Road, 169633, Tel: 6333 8898.
This nature-inspired resort has lovely themed rooms that will spark the adventurer in your kids. Choose from the Amazonian Jungle, Underwater or M&M’s themes and enjoy a special kids check-in counter and welcome pack. There’s also a cool treasure box full of surprises, which junior can unlock after playing an in-room game. They will also enjoy clamouring up and down their bunk beds. For a splashing good time, head over to the nearby waterpark Wild Wild Wet (if you booked directly with the resort and you’re a NTUC Plus! Member, you get complimentary unlimited access to the park). Or sign up for their activities, such as Urban Farming, kayaking to a floating kelong restaurant, art jamming and cycling to hidden gems in the East. Sounds too fun to miss.
D’Resort @ Downtown East is at 1 Pasir Ris Close, 519599, tel: 6582 3322.
Treat your kids to a homely staycation with Swissotel’s Kids Rooms, where even the bed sheets are kid-friendly. Each room is colourful, bright, and also thoughtfully designed for the little kiddos. There will be age-appropriate amenities, toys and games are available, such as Xbox and board games for the children to have fun with. Swissotel Merchant Court has also dressed up the toilets with cute towels and mats to make bath times more fun. With a room so amazing, your kids will surely have a whale of a time.
Swissotel Merchant Court is at 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281, tel: 6337 2288.
By Emilia Tan, February 2019
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