We decided to be tourist in our own country for the day. The kids, Grandma and my aunt headed off to the Singapore Flyer to get the ball rolling. We managed to get tickets for the Duck Tour, the Flyer and the Riverboat ride.
There were all these pushcarts selling little electronic devices, the kind of stuff that Matt loves. True enough he went off exploring and came back with an Angry Birds fan for Ally. Needless to say Max wanted one when he saw his sister’s, never mind the fact that he was actually petrified of the fan itself. The ever obliging father went off to get him one of his own, mean mommy here would have just told them to share.
We started off with the Duck tour and what better way to look like tourist the to paste these big bright orange stickers onto our shirts. It totally screamed ” we are tourists, come rip me off!”
We did the Duck tour in Gold Coast when Ally was a lot younger, it was a lot of fun and the guide was very entertaining. They even let the kids come up one by one to “steer” the boat and each child was given a Captain’s certificate. The Duck tour in Singapore doesn’t even come close, the ride itself was fine, it takes you around the old Parliament house and other historic sites in the vicinity and then goes down the water and takes you to the Merlion of course. Our guide was pretty dry, the children enjoyed looking at the sights and I think the most exciting part for them was when the boat went into the water from land. One thing to note, it is a rather noisy and bumpy ride, Max was a bit wary of the engine noise in the beginning but soon got used to it. I would say that kids between the 3-7 age group would enjoy the tour best. Our tickets for the day were free, given a choice, I wouldn’t pay for the Duck tour.
After the Duck tour we headed to the Flyer. Both the children have gone on before and Ally absolutely loves it. Max seems rather indifferent to the whole experience, he did enjoy walking around the capsule and looking at all the construction sites. I personally do not like the Flyer, my fear of heights might have something to do with that. I just plant my bum firmly onto the seat and let the other adults look after the kids. It’s one of those things that nice to do as a one-off experience. They changed the entrance to the Flyer dramatically, now you walk through an exhibition before reaching the flyer itself. There were some pretty cool interactive exhibitions which both the kids enjoyed.
I found the Flyer a pleasant way to spend 1/2 hour, even for someone with a fear of heights. I think kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the Flyer in their own ways. I do have to mention that the very first time we took Ally on it, she cried the ENTIRE 1/2 hour, I felt sorry for the people who had to share the capsule with us, I’m sure they were tempted to climb down just to get away from her crying.
Our last stop was the riverboat ride and my personal favourite. It starts from One Fullerton and goes along the Singapore River. It was about 6pm by the time we took the ride, the sun was setting and there was a nice breeze, in short, it was perfect.
It was actually great fun being tourist for the day, we all learned a little more about Singapore’s history and the children enjoyed their day out.