Picture of 3 Towers connected with a big boat like structure on the top, can be seen almost in all the souvenirs and pictures of Singapore.
Marina bay sands is not only an iconic building or luxury hotel complex, but a world in itself. During our visit to Singapore last year, we could not visit this amazing place, as we were running short of time. Given the overwhelming choice of attractions that Singapore has to offer, it’s almost impossible to cover everything in one visit.
Being our first visit to Singapore last year, our itinerary included the most popular attractions that the city has to offer.Check out the link to know more 10 Best Family friendly attractions in Singapore – City Guide.
This time we decided to explore rather than rushing from one spot to another and in our quest to do so we spend a whole day at Marina bay Sands complex. Before this, we never knew that this place has so much to keep you engaged, specially for kids.
Sharing our 1 day itinerary along with kids friendly activities which can be equally enjoyed by entire family.
How to reach Marina Bay Sands– You can reach Marina Bay Sands by take taxi , Bus or MRT.
We opted for MRT ( as it’s the most popular and fastest mode) only one thing to remember is to take train till Bay Front station and not the Marina Bay. We got confused by the name and reached Marina Bay but had to walk back to Bayfront station as its right next to the Hotel.
Art & Science Museum
Art & Science Museum is like no other Museum that we had seen before. While finalising the itinerary, I read some good reviews about it and it dint disappointed us at all, rather it amazed us.
This distinctive Lotus shaped building houses 2 permanent exhibitions – Future world: where art meets Science and Minimalism: Space .Light .Object
If you are travelling with young kids, I would recommend to visit Future world: where art meets Science only. This amazing digital museum with cutting edge interactive technology will not only engage your child but also mesmerize adults. We experienced something like this for the first time and were awestruck. The downside was it was just impossible to pull our kid, (who was so engrossed) out of the museum. I will share more detailed insights about this section of the Museum in my next blog.
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object, is more of an art gallery which displays artworks from across the world, with minimalism as philosophy. We couldn’t visit this part of the museum.
Timings: 10 am to 7 pm (last entry at 5.30 pm.)
Entry fee: different options are available depending upon what you want to see
It will take around 1 to 1.5 hour to visit the museum.
Before purchasing the tickets, opt for Sands reward program to avail the discount.
Lunch at one of the many restaurants
After spending around 2 hours at the museum, we were really hungry and it was time for lunch. There are many restaurants in the Marina bay sands mall including the celebrity chef restaurants to satisfy your gastronomic desires. The food court area of the mall itself is quite big with variety of offerings. We chose an Italian restaurant Da Paolo Gastronomia for our lunch. Food was great and service was quick. We loved the place so much that visited it again for the dinner the next day.
Explore the Shoppes Mall
Post lunch, it was time to explore The Shoppes mall. Marina bay Sands houses most of the luxury and hi end brands of the world.Be it Gucci, Cartier, Hermes, Burberry, Coach and the list goes on and on. There is a huge Louis Vuitton outlet right on the edge of the waters which you must checkout. Although we couldn’t afford to buy them it was good to window shop at least 😉
For kids, mall offers a digital interactive canvas where the interplay of visuals, music and lights create a magical effect and keeps children engaged. If you are too tired of walking around you can also relax there.
Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 11 p.m
Sampan Rides ( luxurious boat ride) at the mall – The shoppes is not only about hi-end stores and restaurants, It also has manmade canals which runs through its premises and offers picturesque boat rides. You can opt for a boat ride to relax and get a feel of Venice. Specially it’s a good activity to engage children and have a look around the lower floor of the mall.
Timings: weekdays: 11.30 a.m to 9 pm
Friday & Saturday : 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets : 10 S$ per person
Watch Sunset from Helix bridge – by the time we finished exploring the mall, our little one slept and we sat by the water-bed outside the Museum.The sit out area between the museum and mall offers a great view of Singapore skyline and their glistening lights reflecting against the water. You can walk around and witness an amazing view of sunset from the Helix bridge. It’s a great spot to capture some really cool pictures too.
Enjoy great view from Sands Sky-park observation deck – Who wouldn’t want to be on the top of the world and enjoy the great view. Since we missed it last time, visiting the Skypark observation deck was on top of our list this year. After enjoying the Sunset, we shifted to the main hotel building, You can reach Skypark observation deck from Tower 3. Needless to say the view from 56th floor of Marina Bay Sands is incredible and unforgettable. We enjoyed the 360 degree panoramic view of the Singapore skyline along with the special light and sound show.
This is something which one should not miss out for sure. At the deck there is a small outlet offering ice creams and cold drinks to keep kids engaged.
Timings: Monday to Thursday -9.30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday ,Saturday & Sunday – 9.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tickets: 23 S$ for Adults , 17 $ for Child (2 -12 years), 20 $ Senior Citizen (above 65 years)
Tips : Sands park rewards card you can get discount.
Enjoy your Drinks at Ce la vi restaurant & Sky bar –After a tiring but fun-filled day , we surely deserved a drink ,specially when the view and atmosphere was so cool. Best part, kids were allowed too. So we enjoyed our drinks along with Snacks at this happening Skybar. Although prices are on the higher side. But it’s surely worth an experience.
Witness mesmerizing Spectra – light & water show – If you still have some energies left or just want to enjoy the surroundings further, you can witness the last light and water show from the open amphitheatre (sit out area)of the mall. This amazing Light & water show is free of cost and is worth witnessing.
Timings: 8 pm-8.15 p.m
9 pm -9.15 p.m.
To sum it up, our day at Marina Bay sands was full of new and of course pleasant experiences. All of us including our little one had a great time.
- Sands Rewards card – Do opt for Sands rewards membership program (its free of cost), this will help you to earn discount for Museum entry and Skypark observation deck, also at restaurants. To get the reward card you can check at the counter or check in Marina bay sands website.
- Do carry your water bottle– this can save you some bucks and will also help environment. You can find water refill stations, at multiple places in the mall.
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56 thoughts on “1 Day at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore with family – Top things to do”
Nice post.. Welcome to Singapore..
I hope you enjoy your trip. 🙂
I moved here in 2018 and absolutely love it
Hey Himali thanks so much. We had great time in Singapore. Next time when I plan to come.lets catch up 😊😊
Yes Sure…. that would be awesome 🙂 Glad you had great time
Awesome Posome !!! I feel like visiting again after reading your post 😎 Super Content Di💜loved it 🥳😘
Thanks so much 😘😘 happy that you liked it
Awesome- I had no idea there was a science center! Our boys would LOVE to visit here! They have a Lego set of the hotel!
The Museum was amazing not only for kids but us too.i am sure you will have a good time 😊
I love the look of Singapore, can’t wait to visit too! The Marina Bay Sands is such a unique hotel, I’m sure photos don’t really do its scale justice either
Thanks so much ..you are absolutely right..sometimes photos can’t express what eyes can see 😊
I haven’t been to Singapore yet but got inspired! The view from the sky bar is amazing! Can’t wait to get there myself!
Thanks Anya,glad that it inspired you.hope you get to visit soon
I have never been in Singapore, but this looks like not only family day, but probably even I as a solo female traveler, would enjoy. The pictures are stunning!
Absolutely Albina ,it’s equally interesting and infact very safe for solo travellers too .I am sure you will have a great time
SIngapore is so beautiful! I’d love to visit Future world, I think my other half would love it too. And I might have to go back for the Minimalism side of things because I think I’d like that too!
Indeed Katherine..it’s equally interesting for kids and adults.i also wanted to explore minimalism but may be next time 😊
Oh wow, I had no idea that all of this was at Marina Bay Sands! I always just assumed it was a massive housing complex. Granted, I’ve never been to Singapore. But like you said, almost everyone is familiar with the 3 towers and boat-like structure. It looks like a playland for kids and adults alike!
Thanks Rachelle..even I use to think that there is not much till we explored the place this year..I dint mention but there is a nice night club and casino too😊
This is so great! We will be in Singapore next month and will keep all of these ideas in mind. Would love to have a drink at the Sky bar. The sunset from Helix bridge also looks amazing!
Thanks Hayley,glad that u liked it. Wish you a great time in Singapore..do share your experience at Sky bar😊
Perfect timing on this post for me! I’ve been in the process of booking a trip to Singapore, but have yet to settle on a date. Marina Bay Sands looks so fun, I can’t wait to visit here. I definitely plan on trying out that Italian restaurant as well.
Hey I am glad that this came on perfect Tim ng for you and you can make use of this info. Wish you a very pleasant trip.do share your experience once you are back ,😊😊
I would absolutely love to visit Singapore only if it was not that expensive 🙁 Your pictures are great though
Thanks so much 😊 I agree it’s on higher side than many other Asian countries..but there are many things you can enjoy for free too
I have a 2 day stopover in Singapore this year- thanks for the advice, I can’t WAIT to sip cocktails from Sky bar!!
Oh that’s great !hope you have a great time
Hey that’s great. Hope you have a great time in Singapore.
I miss home! This is probably the 1 big highlight in Singapore every traveller loves, and so do I !
Thanks so much Lydia ❤️
I’ve never been to Singapore but this looks great – especially those cocktails! 🙂
Thanks Bella..you bet they we’re amazing
I need to go back to Singapore, so much has been built since I was last there. The roof top looks amazing and it doesn’t surprise me that it is pricey, the view is worth it.
Thanks Anisa..for sure lot of things must have changed.. it was a great experience .hope you get to visit soon too
Looks like you had a great time! I love Singapore!
Thanks so much for comment Susan,I had an amazing time there
Lovelu pictures and great tips. Thanks for sharing. I have been to Marina bay sands and nostalgic now.
Thanks so much Priyanka. Glad that u liked it
The rooftop cocktail bar has such an amazing view of the Singapore skyline and the drinks look so yummy! The art and science museum looks like a lot of fun. The digital wall art definitely would be hard to tear yourself away from and it sounds like you could spend an entire day at the museum. Great tips for visiting Singapore!
Thanks so much Brianna..visiting Marina Bay sands was so much fun.we loved it
I’d love to visit the art and science museum that whole place looks amazing! Marina Bay Sands look really beautiful overall but that night view from the sky Bar is the best, I love the lights!
Thanks so much Lyne.glad you liked it.we had a wonderful experience.
Sounds like a great day! We too enjoy doing many things but also a variety of activities (a museum, an attraction, some shopping and a walk). Good to know that there are many kid-friendly options.
Thanks so much Lynn..ya that’s the best part..it’s got good options to keep the kids occupied
Beautiful! I love the Crystal Universe, so mesmerizing. That rooftop bar is stunning. I bet the views are out of this world!
Thanks so much..indeed it was an amazing experience
I had a layover in Singapore a few months ago, but when I tried to book the city tour there were no spaces left! So I ended up staying in the airport and watching movies, etc. But next time I will definitely be venturing out to see this beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!
Your welcome .glad you found it useful .actually it’s a great option even if you have layover for few hours.
I’d never considered taking kids to the Marina Bay Sands. Looks like there is heaps to see and do. As well as some amazing restaurants.
Ya it has lot of things for kids.you should try it next time
All of your pics are beautiful. I haven’t been to Singapore yet and after reading your post, I feel I have to make a plan to visit this place with my daughter. Glad you shared this.
Thanks so much.glad you found it interesting😊
A comprehensive post about Marina Bay Sands. I had no idea that there was so much there. I only went to the observation deck. It has so much more and the children looked like they were enjoying that illuminated floor.
May do Singapore or hongkong with kids 11 and 8 . Which is better ?
Hey I found Singapore to be more friendly as compared to Hongkong . Both have good attractions but I would go for Singapire😆 any day
I haven’t been to Singapore yet but there are lot of things to cover. Madhu, your one day list is amazing as it will help me cover more places in a day’s time!
Thanks so much.hope you get to visit n enjoy Singapore soon