Want to have a slumber party with the fishes & manta rays? Sounds like fun, doesn’t it! Recently we got to have a family “Ocean Dreams” sleepover right next to all the marine animals at the Singapore S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa.
You can read all the highlights of our family’s exciting experience at the Ocean Dreams sleepover and some useful details & tips in case you too decide to experience this with your own family!
Ocean Dreams Experience Highlights
Let the Adventures Begin!
After many days of anticipation, it was time for us to experience some “ocean” dreams. At 6:30pm, after checking in outside, we were whisked away into the Aquarium to drop off our luggage and start our sleepover experience. We passed crowds of people that were leaving the Aquarium for the day, as we entered for our own late-night adventures.
Once inside, we were given a surprise warm welcome by the golden Sea Goddess who was floating inside the Aquarium and then were given free & easy time to explore on our own. With only 40 people spending the night, the halls and exhibits were all free for us to spend our time and really get to examine the marine life with unobstructed views.
In addition to having the whole place practically to ourselves, there was an activity scavenger hunt and educational activities set up for the Ocean Dream participants.
Once all the activities were completed, bedtime was approaching and it was time for some entertaining, underwater stories and tales by the Sea Goddess.
Up Past Bedtime, Late-Night Fun!
After all the activities, storytelling and exploring were finished, it was time to settle in and have some “late-night” fun of our own! We started off by changing into our pjs and enjoying our “supper” snack.
Boys will be boys and naturally they found a way to get their wigglies & energy out before bedtime. My boys, along with some new sleepover friends decided to use their blankets as capes to play an after-dark game of super heroes, while running around the tank.
Finally it was lights out time and the kids snuggled under their blankets and fell asleep mesmerized by the marine animals swimming by.
Rise & Shine – The Next Morning
Morning came and it was time to rise and shine with some “good morning” wishes from some surprise visitors in the tank.
Although the “dreaming” was officially over, the adventures did not stop there. We all headed over to Adventure Cove Waterpark to eat a hearty breakfast.
After breakfast we went back to the Aquarium to watch the feeding of the Manta Rays.
Then we got an exclusive top of the tank tour to visit the Open Ocean Habitat. No pictures allowed!
It was now close to 10am and the Aquarium would soon be opening to the public. We bid farewell to our ocean friends and heading home with lots of stories to share from our night at the Aquarium!
What is provided at the Ocean Dreams Experience
In addition to the entrance to the Aquarium, activities, tour and accommodations, as part of your Ocean Dreams sleepover, you will be provided with the following:
Two Meals: (1) Supper (chicken meatball sandwich, corn cup and milo) and (2) Breakfast (noodles, dumplings, spring rolls and fried chicken bites).
A Sleepover Survival Kit: The kids bag included a reusable water bottle, toothbrush, activity map and paper hat. The adults bag included a small bottle of water, washcloth and a small inflatable pillow.
Sleeping Gear: Lightweight sleeping bags and blankets are provided.
Accommodations: Each group is assigned a sleeping area facing the main tank (you do not get to choose which level). At night you will have access to the bathroom located near the Aquarium entrance of the “Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora”, which has ample toilets and sinks. Shower facilities are also available.
Ocean Dreams Night Time Sleepover Tips
If you want to make yourself a bit more comfortable for your overnight stay here are my following tips:
1. Pillow. Bring your own pillow from home. For those of us not used to sleeping on the floor with no mat, it will be an adjustment for both you and the kids.
2. Blanket. Bring a blanket if you tend to get cold at night (or if you don’t sleep with air condition). It is cold inside the Aquarium.
3. Warm Clothes. Bring warm clothes/pajamas to sleep in.
4. Socks or Slippers. Bring socks or slippers to walk around at night (especially if you tend to go to the bathroom a lot).
5. Ear Plugs & Eye Mask. If you are a light sleeper, make sure to bring ear plugs & an eye mask. Super Note: The lights are dimmed for the night, but the place is not dark and might be too bright for some. Just fyi, someone snored really loudly during our Ocean Dreams experience and you could hear it echoing off the tank at night (good thing I brought my ear plugs).
6. Cards, Games, Books. Bring things to entertain your kids with and do as a family before bedtime. This will help enhance your whole experience.
Super Note: Many people spending the night packed super light. We looked ridiculous with all of our things, but our family was really happy that we prepared in advance and were able to fully enjoy the night. Our boys even brought some books to read, stuffed toys and Pokémon cards to play with. This made them feel more like it was a sleepover and not a “roughing it” camp-out.
Ever since I found out you could get Resorts World Ocean Suite that looked into the aquarium I was definitely intrigued. An Aquarium suite was one of the places to visit on our kid’s bucket list, but something that is a bit out of our budget for a staycation. An Ocean Dreams sleepover was the perfect alternative for the whole family (and a more unique experience if you ask me). Instead of a tiny window looking into the Aquarium from an ocean suite, we had the full view of the tank in front of us!
Yes, we were roughing it a bit (especially me) having to sleep on the floor and not showering, but it was a lot of fun and definitely memorable. I mean come on – we had a sleepover inside an aquarium! Not many people can say that!
Future note to self: A slumber party at the Aquarium would also be a super cool birthday party “sleepover” experience – something to think about if you are looking for a unique kids birthday venue.
Overall our whole family had a blast. I definitely recommend doing this at least once when your kids are young.
If you want more details about the Oceans Dreams sleepover you can check out the RWS Website. Children are required to at least 6 years old to participate in the sleepover. Ocean Dreams is only offered on certain weekends every month and you need to make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance (so make sure you plan ahead).
Wishing you Happy Ocean Dreams!