Last weekend marked Liam’s & my 12th visit to Universal Studios Singapore within a span of 6 months. Oh my golly, TWELFTH.
If there’s anything new that I learnt from that visit apart from putting a smile on my super helper’s face by bringing her there on her birthday is that I managed to keep Liam happy for a long time despite his obvious complacency of having been to USS one too many times.
So here’s sharing 3 inexpensive ways you can entertain your toddler for a few hours at Universal Studios Singapore especially if you’ve been there a few times before. I know it worked for a good friend’s kid.
If you’ve managed to distract your toddler for the last 5 visits with theme park rides and live shows, and have convinced yourself and the kid why you DO NOT need to spend $12.90 on a bubble gun, congrats!
But we all know how much kids love playing with bubble gadgets, and how they just keep appearing in clear sight throughout the theme park… at the entrance of USS, near Character meet-and-greet areas and along the walkways.
The reason why I’ve been able to not get Liam one for the last 11 visits was because I always had the Bo with me. But of course that also meant I had some help in managing Liam’s tantrums whenever things don’t go his way. This time, I decided to get the boy one in agreement for his cooperative behaviour. I was going to manage both kids alone for a good duration and so I needed him to not push his boundaries especially at a busy theme park.
It was definitely the best $12.90 spent (additional bottles of bubbles go for $1 each but of course you can always refill the bottle it came with, with your own bubble solution). I got full cooperation from the 3 year-old for most of our time at USS because he was just too busy in his own bubble world. I didn’t have to worry about him getting his hands all sticky thanks to the ease of the trigger on the bubble gun. It was easy to get him excited about going on rides with my helper (since he had gone on them so many times previously) by allowing him to bring his bubble gun along. Plus the product longevity of it has been awesome! I’ve been using it at the playground and will continue to bring it along to our future outings to the park and beach.
I can’t express how pleased I was at getting that RESEALABLE pack of popcorn. Liam was only too happy to sit either on the pram or on the bench to savour it, allowing all of us to take that much needed break. There was also enough for us adults to share and I definitely preferred getting this for him over candy.
Why couldn’t I do the same with a healthier snack you ask? Well I could, but it wouldn’t have a similar effect on Liam since he rarely gets to munch on popcorn which he considers a treat. Plus, it’s resealable which meant I could give him a small portion to snack on and take the rest back home for the Bo and mum to enjoy. But of course if your child delights over an ice cream or cookie treat, go for that instead! 🙂
For us, street performances at USS are quite a highlight because Liam gets to see some of his favourite Sesame Street characters, cuddle them if he’s lucky to be seated in front and they usually sing songs that he’s already familiar with (and you know how kids enjoy singing along…).
While the street performances don’t last for too long to give you a leg cramp if you stand, getting a seat comfortably will give you maximum enjoyment. Your kid will also get to enjoy the performance more if he gets an unobstructed view.
I hope one of the 3 work for you!