A kid’s guide to Sin­ga­pore

Frothy self­ies, su­per­hero cafes and brekkie with apes... 11-year-old Archie Thom­sen shares his tips for an awe­some fam­ily hol­i­day.

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Par­ents spend a great deal of time plan­ning hol­i­days and de­cid­ing what will en­ter­tain the kids. Well, if you’re head­ing to Sin­ga­pore, this first-hand ac­count from Archie Thom­sen, aged 11, tells you ev­ery­thing you need to know. The thing I love about Sin­ga­pore is that it’s a real mix of old and new, al­though there’s prob­a­bly more mod­ern build­ings than any­thing else. It’s a multi-eth­nic city and coun­try, with a pop­u­la­tion made up mainly of Chi­nese, In­di­ans and Malays, as well as a lot of for­eign­ers, known as ex­pats, who work there.

Sin­ga­pore is very hot and hu­mid, so make sure you’re stay­ing some­where with a pool. Some ho­tels even have them on their roofs. Which is pretty cool. Here are some of my very favourite things to do.

1. ArtScience mu­seum

The lo­tus flower-shaped build­ing that houses this mu­seum is part of the Ma­rina Bay Sands com­plex – that’s the wa­ter­side build­ing you can’t miss with three tow­ers topped by a gar­den with a huge in­fin­ity pool. I keep ask­ing my mum if we can stay there . . .

There’s an ex­hi­bi­tion called Fu­ture World which has a na­ture and cities theme. It’s in­ter­ac­tive so in each of the rooms you be­come part of the ex­hi­bi­tion. In one room there are tem­plates to colour in, you scan your pic­ture and it ap­pears on the walls as part of the art work.

The fi­nal room is my favourite: a maze of tiny lights that is meant to rep­re­sent the galaxy. You can con­trol with an iPad by choos­ing a con­stel­la­tion and then swip­ing up to send it into the lights. Epic. See marin­abaysands.com/mu­seum.

2. Satay Street

Satay Street is great. It’s a hawk­ers mar­ket that springs up ev­ery night in Boon Tat St. The road is com­pletely closed off to traf­fic, and set up with ta­bles and stools, and all the ven­dors come to sell you their food. The Tiger Ladies – who sell the fa­mous beer of Sin­ga­pore – wear blue T-shirts and can be a bit pushy.

The satay come with cu­cum­ber and rice cakes and you dip them in a spicy peanut sauce. I can eas­ily eat 12 of them. I re­ally love the murthaba, which is an In­dian-

PHOTO SALLY WEBB

Archie Thom­sen and his sis­ter mar­vel at the ArtScience Mu­seum.

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