Family holidays are one of the most exciting things to do in the summer and there are many destinations to choose from in Asia. Two of the most popular are Singapore and Hong Kong, which both offer a plethora of family-friendly activities, hotels and resorts. Here is a head to head comparison of what each location offers so that you can decide what is best for your family. No matter which one you choose, both Singapore and Hong Kong have all the elements required for an unforgettable “family vacay” of a lifetime.
Theme Park Madness
Theme parks are a quintessential part of any family holiday and both Singapore and Hong Kong have their own unique offerings. Universal Studios Singapore is a “thrill a minute” Hollywood movie theme park featuring 24 rides with eight of them being exclusive to Singapore. This includes TRANSFORMERS the Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Revenge of the Mummy, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. You can get the most bang for your buck by pre-booking a Universal Studios tour with HotelQuickly’s sister company eOasia which includes tickets to the park along with roundtrip shuttle service from the Singapore Flyer for one set price.
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For some people, there is only one name that matters when it comes to theme parks and that name is Walt Disney. If this is the case, Hong Kong is where you will want to go. Hong Kong Disneyland aka the “magic kingdom” is a world-class amusement park inspired by fairy-tales, dreams and Disney movies. You can get up close and personal with the Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, and Cinderella or watch Broadway-style shows. You can also enjoy thrilling rides in seven zones including Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch, Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and visit a few attractions you won’t find at any other Disney park. Again, you can book your Disney & Tour Package to include your park passes and roundtrip transfers.
Wet & Wild Water Parks
Because both Singapore and Hong Kong are islands, you may want to beat the heat with some water activities. When in Singapore you can take the kiddies to Wave House Sentosa to try their hand at surfing. Perfect for every skill level you can choose to ride waves in a safe and controlled environment. Next visit Wild Wild Wet which is Singapore’s largest water park with serpentine slides, a wave pool, river rides and swim shops that offer something thrilling for everyone in the family. Not to be outdone, Ocean Park Hong Kong combines the best of an amusement park and a water park under one roof. You can ride roller coasters, go on a cable car, enjoy water rides and explore a marine park with live animal enclosures and an oceanarium in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong.
Wicked Cool Science & History
For some families, there is nothing better than combining the power of learning, with some fun and engaging activities. Be sure to take the kids to the Singapore Science Centre and the Singapore Discovery Centre when you visit. There’s never a dull moment as you learn about Singapore’s colorful history through displays, workshops and hands-on activities. Look for more than a thousand interactive exhibits spanning 14 galleries at the Science Centre, while the Discovery Centre boasts an army museum, a paintball arena, a digital dance studio and much more that has been designed to inspire and educate kids of all ages. Alternatively, the Hong Kong Museum of Science located right next to the equally excellent Hong Kong Museum of History are both worth visiting. The Science Museum showcases four floors of science-inspired fun in 18 galleries with more than 650 exhibitions on display with most of them being interactive. Look for robotics, virtual reality demos as well as the twin-tower Energy Machine which is a fantastic display of audio-visual effects demonstrating various forms of energy.
Brain Power vs. Body Power
One of the best family-friendly activities to become popular are the group puzzle solving games such as the Escape Hunt Experience in Singapore. Suitable for anyone from the age of 7-70, the challenge begins when your group is locked inside a room with only an hour to come together as a team and solve a series of interactive puzzles. Keen observational, logic and deduction skills are all that is required to participate.
If you require a more physical activity while in Hong Kong, consider learning Wing Chun Kung Fu and Mixed Martial Arts. This is a practical self-defence class and eOasia offers both adult and kid-friendly classes exclusively created for those between the ages of 5-14 years old. Your children will learn how to react in real life situations using martial arts techniques while honing their ability to focus, balance and react. This is a great way to engage your kids physically while giving them a chance to increase their self-awareneshttps://hotelquickly.eoasia.com/en/hong-kong/hong-kong/activities/1457-m-g-k-wing-chun-m-m-a-mixed-martial-arts-class-for-kids-around-hong-kong/s, self-control and self-confidence.
Kid Friendly Resorts
No trip to either Singapore or Hong Kong would be complete without having an exceptional hotel base from which to do all your family-based activities. Location is prime and picking the best hotel can mean the difference between having a good family getaway or an excellent one. One of our favorite family-friendly hotels in Singapore is the D’Resort @ Downtown East which is a nature-inspired resort, featuring an integrated water park experience. Located in the lush greenery of Pasir Ris Park, just 10 minutes away from Changi International Airport, it gives you everything your family needs including free Wi-Fi. They even have an underwater themed room (Rainforest Family) which has playful bunk beds and a treasure chest of toys and goodies. In Hong Kong, we recommend the Disney Explorers Lodge for its ideal location and world-class amenities. This kid-friendly resort is an adventure in itself with exotic rooms furnished according to the four unique tropical destinations of Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa. Enjoy international cuisine from the five continents, a large outdoor pool, and easy access to the Disneyland theme park.
Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”