Monday, September 16, 2013

Adventure Cove Waterpark - Tips for Parents with Young Kids

We brought Pei Pei and Hao Hao to Adventure Cove at Sentosa last Friday. Before we left home, I checked our bags two times. Swimming suits - checked. Sunblock - checked. Shower gel, towel, comb, -checked. Water bottles - checked. Umbrellas and rain coats - checked. Packets of fuel milk - checked.

All checked. I thought.

Oh yes, the sun was smiling at us when we reached Adventure Cove Waterpark!

The first thing that caught the kids' eyes were - the floats! Even before they changed into their swimming suits, they dragged DaDi to hunt for a big float.

I am glad that life jackets of various sizes are provided without additional cost. The light blue XS size is just nice for Hao Hao (just turns 4 years old) and Pei Pei (5 years old). They were geared up and were ready for the adventure! 

We started our adventure at Adventure River. As DaDi was slightly unwell, I was the only adult who went into water with two children. As I am a lousy swimmer who cannot swim more than 10 metres, I thought it would be easier for me to manage if I put two children in one float, instead of taking care of two floats.

When we went into the river, Hao Hao started panicking as his feet could not reach the bottom of the river (still too short). So we left Adventure River after 1 minute 59 seconds.

Next, we headed to Big Bucket Treehouse. 

We were there for barely a few minutes. Because the buckets of water reminded Hao Hao of his unpleasant experience in the zoo (read this post to find out what happened!).

Fortunately, I have done my homework before we went there. So I brought them to a place which I was sure both of them would enjoy - Seahorse Hideaway - a swallow wading pool with fountains.

Then I realised that my packing was not perfect. I forgot to bring toys for them to play in the water!!! (You hear the thunder?)

They saw two boys playing with water guns and boats, and they wanted to join the boys. I left it to them to ask the boys, and they did, in a polite manner. Initially, the boys refused. But their parents were very nice to convince them to share the toys with Pei Pei and Hao Hao. Who knows after a few minutes, the four kids were playing happily together!

The toys and new friendship made Pei Pei and Hao Hao stayed in the pool for almost an hour!

We then went to BluWater Bay, the timing was right, the waves were here! However, that was the end of our water fun as it started to rain heavily!

The rain stopped after we had shower and lunch. On the way to the exit, we passed by Ray Bay.

Pei Pei and Hao Hao were puzzled. Why stingray can fly?

There was a sign "Dolphin Island", but we could not go in as it will open on 30 September 2013 (p.s. To get up close and personal to the dolphins, it is $68 to$398 per adult depending on the type of program). We backtracked and walked up a staircase to see the dolphins from top. It is free!

Oh, you are asking about the thrilling water slides? Pei Pei and Hao Hao were not eligible to try, as the minimum height requirement is 107 cm or 122 cm depending on the types of slides.

Tips for Parents to Adventure Cove Waterpark with Young Kids

Preparation before you go:

Book tickets online or purchase from tour agencies in advance, as the tickets are sold out on some of the days.

Do study the map of Adventure Cove Waterpark and locate the places that are suitable for young kids (the places that I mentioned above), so you do not have to walk in wrong directions and waste your / your kids' energy.

If you are planning to go in the morning, do get the kids to sleep early at night to charge their batteries.

What do bring for the kids?
  • Toys e.g. water guns, buckets, containers (Don't learn from my mistakes!!)
  • Swimming suits
  • Sunblock
  • Shower gel, shampoo, towel
  • Water bottles
  • Rain coats (Not to be used under the fountain at Seahorse Hideaway)
  • Small snacks for recharging

How to get there?

We decided to take public transport instead of driving. Because the carpark charge at RWS is expensive! Considering $6 for first hour, and $2 for subsequent half hour on Friday. You may wish to park at the carparks near the beaches at a lower rate of $3 for first 4 hours, but do not forget to add $6 admission charge to Sentosa per vehicle! (Please note the rate quoted here is for Friday, you may click here for carpark charges at RWS, and here for carpark charges at other carparks in Sentosa)

I thought the kids enjoyed themselves taking MRT to Harbourfront station and  then RWS 8 bus from the bust stop outside VivoCity ($2 round trip).

For parents who want to try out the thrilling water slides:

Bring a kampong (village) of relatives and friends with you! So that you can take turn to take care of the young kids / try out the slides! But take note that the queues are very long, especially on weekends and public holidays, so do bring along nice folks who would not give you black face after you queue for hours.

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  1. Very helpful as I and my 2 boys are going there tomorrow :)

    1. Glad that you find this post useful! Have fun!


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