EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES ON SENTOSA ISLAND
It is not all fun and games; there is a whole lot of learning to be done on the island too
Most of us head to the island for fun, frolic, thrills or some seaside chill, but did you know that the island has a whole lot of learning to offer. We're not talking about boring textbook stuff; this is real-world learning and getting up, close and personal with nature, science and modern technology. Many of these programmes exist within Sentosa's popular attractions, and several are free.
It is mostly for kids (pre-school and above), but these ultra-informative and cool learning programmes are fun for grown-ups.
Do note that all guests must wear masks, check in and out via SafeEntry and have your temperature screened before entering the attractions and restaurants. There are plenty of signs and floor markers to guide you along. Find out more about our safe measurement measures here.
Fort Siloso Learning Journey
By now, you all know that Fort Siloso is Singapore's only well-preserved coastal fort with an on-side military museum with tons of WWII memorabilia. Delve deeper into the nation's history with a 1.5 hour guided experience which includes historical anecdotes, a tour of the fort, surrender chamber, tunnels and get up close with ancient coastal guns, the remains of fortified military structures and watch an interactive video documentary.
Ideal for primary and secondary students, find out more about this via firstname.lastname@example.org. The tour includes a cable-car ride to Fort Siloso, so the learning experience begins with a bit of fun.
Free Day Tour at Fort Siloso
26 Oct - 31 Dec 2021
Learning Journey at Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
There is a lot to learn about beautiful butterflies and adorable crawly creatures at this mini-rainforest attraction at Imbiah Lookout. There are free-flying butterflies and insect display, plus so much more. The learning journey allows children to observe butterflies as they emerge from their cocoons, interact with talkative macaws and spot a free-spirited Indian star tortoise. It is a guided tour with plenty of educational activities too.
Find out more at https://jungle.com.sg/learning-journey-program-8/
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
Royal Albatross Tours
There is more to the 4-masted, 22-sail tall ship than just sunset cruises and special celebrations. It can also be the backdrop for an adventure-filled learning journey. When the ship is parked dockside, kids can hop on board to play make-believe pirates and be taken on a personalised guided tour filled with information on the complexities of sailing a Tallship in the world's busiest port.
Take a look at https://www.tallship.com.sg/activities/ for more details.
iFly Singapore Sports Education
There is so much more to iFly than just thrills and make-believe skydiving. For those who want first-hand know-how on the basic scientific principles behind skydiving, iFly runs programmes that combine science and physics with an indoor skydiving experience to help boost their understanding. Plus, students can tour the facilities, indoor fan deck, and more. Tours can be customised to a student's level of understanding. Get in touch with email@example.com for further information.
S.E.A. Aquarium’s activities
S.E.A. Aquarium’s activities Among all of Sentosa's attractions, it is the S.E.A. Aquarium that provides the most opportunity for learning. Home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 45 different habitats, there’s plenty to see and learn at the aquarium. We recommend the new Behind The Panel programme ($20) where you learn how aquarists take care of marine animals in a guided tour, and Check out what it’s like behind the scenes
There are also online activities for children ranging from pre-school to primary school. There are also guided tours (currently unavailable) led by educational facilitators that help kids understand marine life, biodiversity, ocean conservation and more. The guided tours are supported by learning materials and take-home activity sheets. There are also resources available on the aquarium's website that can help facilitate learning at home and in the classroom.
Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. or visit https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/sea-aquarium/explore
S.E.A. Aquarium™ Behind The Panel
03 Mar - 31 Mar 2021
Sentosa Nature Discovery
Not everyone knows that Sentosa has 26 heritage trees, insect-eating plants, migratory birds, butterflies and eight different types of habitat, including coastal rainforests, rocky seashores and wetlands. You will learn all of this and much more at Sentosa Nature Discovery --- a nature trail with interactive exhibits, sculptures and a lookout point.
Also check out the newly opened Geology Gallery, which is packed with information on the island's coastal forests, rock samples and fossils. Learning here can be free and easy, or write to email@example.com to organise a guided tour.
Sentosa Nature Discovery
Sentosa is home to over 80 different species of resident and migratory birds, and while we may have all spotted the island's resident peacocks, there is much more to see, and spot for birdwatching enthusiasts and those learning the ropes. The best birdwatching locations are along Sentosa's Imbiah trail, which has a birdwatching tower at the summit. Fort Siloso's heritage trees are also known to attract rare migratory birds.
The most commonly sighted creatures are the resident Great Billed Heron, Grey Heron, Collared Kingfisher, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Brahminy Kite, and White-bellied Sea Eagle; arm yourself with a camera, binoculars, and island maps and go forth.
Hiking around the island's walking trails can throw up many adventures; among these are the chance to get up close with several little creatures that call the island home. The Imbiah or Coastal trails offer nearly 5kms of nature discovery with the opportunity to spot squirrels, monitor lizards, bats, snakes, macaques and a variety of birds. Apart from the forested areas, Sentosa's coastal walk has its natural beaches with sandy and rocky shores.
During low tide, a wide variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, seagrass, seaweed, crabs, anemones, molluscs and fishes, can be observed on the beaches. Visitors have also spotted a family of otters frolicking in the sea on occasion.
By Priyanka C. Agarwal
Priyanka C. Agarwal is a writer, communicator and content creator with several years experience in print and digital media. She writes about food, travel, parenting and other adventures. Her work has appeared in the print and online pages of Silver Kris magazine, Time Out Singapore, Her World magazine, The Michelin Guide, The Peak and HungryGoWhere.com, among several others. She is a mother to two tiny gourmands and an experimental home cook who hopes one day, to author her own cookbook.
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