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Family day out at Sentosa

It’s Sunday and of cos we will not let a great weekend goes to waste!

Two weeks back, we have applied for the Sentosa Islander membership at only $50 nett for annual unlimited entry into Sentosa for up to 5 immediate family members if we all walk in (or take the tram in for free!) If you drive in, all the members on board in your car will enter Sentosa for free. 🙂 You can also submit your vehicle details and IU number for a quicker auto gate entry into Sentosa. Since we had the islander card, we had been into Sentosa thrice.

As usual, since it’s always raining mainly in the noon or late afternoons, a quick check with the weather forecast, and we have arrived in Sentosa at 10+am! We went to the more family friendly Palawan Beach and unload our stuffs pretty quickly. We had a big picnic mat, 2 chairs, sandwiches, fruits, tidbits and icy cold water! We also brought along a soccer ball, bubbles launcher and KD’s sand play bag. The highlights of the day is of course KD’s favorite, playing with sand! He learnt to fill the container with sand, turning it over carefully, burying items and uncovering them! Who say that you have to spend a lot when you come to Sentosa? I feel that the beaches here are much nicer, more conducive and relaxing!

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Tips:
1) If you mainly drive in, you can also choose to apply an individual islander card at only $25 nett. With an islander card in hand, it also allows u to drive in free with your car full of people! In our case, we wanted the flexibility and thus we applied the family islander membership and include the cards for my own mom and sister! Thus if we want, we can all sit into different cars to drive friends in together!
2) Parking in Sentosa is not expensive! If you do not intend to stay in Sentosa for more than 4 hours, you can may want to park in the more accessible Beach Carpark, it costs only $5 for 1st 4 hours.

Beach & Imbiah Car Park

Parking Rates:

7AM – 11.59AM 12PM – 2PM 2.01PM – 5PM 5.01PM – 6.59AM
Weekday $3 (1st 4hrs)
$1/hr thereafter
FREE $3 (1st 4hrs)
$1/hr thereafter
$1 per entry
Weekend & Public Holiday $5 (1st 4hrs)
$2/hr thereafter
$2 per entry

But if you intend to park for longer than 4 hours, Tanjong Beach Carpark is a really good choice! It only costs $3 for 1st 8 hours of parking! Yes!! ONLY $3!!

Tanjong & Palawan Car Park
7AM – 11.59AM 12PM – 2PM 2.01PM – 5PM 5.01PM – 6.59AM
Weekday $3 (1st 8hrs)
$1/hr thereafter
FREE $3 (1st 8hrs)
$1/hr thereafter
$1 per entry
Weekend & Public Holiday $3 (1st 8hrs)
$1/hr thereafter
$1 per entry

3) There were occasions where we drive in to Sentosa after 5pm and parked at the Beach carpark at only $2 per entry so that we can have dinner in Sentosa. 🙂 Explore, you will find your favorite food there too!

Tips on bringing your child out this rainy holidays

 

Not sure if any mommies faced the same issues as me. As i had only become a SAHM officially for 3 weeks, and it happened to be year end where it’s the rainy season.. it’s impossible and not healthy for the child to really stay at home all day, so part of our SAHM days include excursions and outings too.

However, it’s really not easy to cope to bring a child out and be trapped in heavy rain with thunderstorms.. so I have become experienced in planning the days too and would like to share some tips with fellow mommies for bringing your children out, especially for this rainy holiday season. 🙂

1) Make a list of places that you would like to bring your child to and the activities that you can do there. Have a mental note on how near and far the places are from your home.

2) Install the myENV App by the National Environment Agency on your iphone or search for the app on your android phone

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3) Check the Weather forecast every morning (it’s pointless to check at night for next day’s weather or any in advance cos our weather forecast had been “showers with thunderstorm” every day for now! haha)

Click to “3hrs” for the most accurate weather prediction for all the regions in whole of Singapore for the next few hours. The app will tell you the weather by the different regions up to the certain timing as displayed on screen. You can even click on the + to zoom in to see a more detailed map and its weather forecast.

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If the weather forecast report back a good result, you may bring your child out and leaves for home at least 30 mins before the time stated on the 3 hrs page (for example in the pic below will be till 6.00pm). Usually it works for me, so in the morning for example, i will check the weather forecast at 9am and 10am to check up till 1 to 2pm if it’s gonna be raining. If the results return to be clear, i will quickly bring KD out and come back within the 1 to 2 hours. If it is going to rain within the next 3 hours, then I will plan for my indoor activities with your him. 🙂

4) If where you are located is raining now, you can also click on “Current” to check the current weather of your destination to see if it’s feasible for you to brave the weather on where you are located to a more sunny place, hopefully.

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So far, that’s how i plan my days, at least for now. 🙂 We have been to a few farms at Choa Chu Kang such as Bollywood Veggies & Qian Hu Fish Farm, Luncheons in town, Visits to Science Centre, Relatives house visiting etc.

On stay at home days, i also use this method to plan a good time to bring KD down to the playground as well. I prefer to bring him before it rains so that at least the ground is not wet. 🙂