The draw of Sentosa: Forget Machu Picchu, modest holiday goals are the way to go for travelling with kids

ST journalist Venessa Lee's children Leah Broom, 6 (girl in pink), and Micah, 10, (in white) join other children as they participate in a safari-themed city parade at Sentosa.
ST journalist Venessa Lee's children Leah Broom, 6 (girl in pink), and Micah, 10, (in white) join other children as they participate in a safari-themed city parade at Sentosa. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
ST journalist Venessa Lee and her children, Micah Broom, 10, and Leah Broom, 6, on the Imbiah Trail on Sentosa.
ST journalist Venessa Lee and her children, Micah Broom, 10, and Leah Broom, 6, on the Imbiah Trail on Sentosa. ST PHOTO: VENESSA LEE
A room at the Outpost Hotel at Sentosa.
A room at the Outpost Hotel at Sentosa. PHOTO: COURTESY OF FAR EAST HOSPITALITY
Pineapple Upside Down Cake at Native Kitchen.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake at Native Kitchen. PHOTO: NATIVE KITCHEN
Leah Broom, 6 plus years old, Primary 1 (girl), and Micah Broom, 10 years old, Primary 10 (boy) interact with Shashi, a 25-year-old greater sulfur-crested female cockatoo, who gives Leah a kiss on her cheek during an Animal Encounters at Sentosa.
Leah Broom, 6 plus years old, Primary 1 (girl), and Micah Broom, 10 years old, Primary 10 (boy) interact with Shashi, a 25-year-old greater sulfur-crested female cockatoo, who gives Leah a kiss on her cheek during an Animal Encounters at Sentosa. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
Shashi, a 25-year-old greater sulfur-crested female cockatoo, flies to Micah Broom's arm (left), from Leslie Gorrie, supervisor with Animal And Bird Encounters Sentosa, 30 (man in the background), during an Animal Encounters at Sentosa.
Shashi, a 25-year-old greater sulfur-crested female cockatoo, flies to Micah Broom's arm (left), from Leslie Gorrie, supervisor with Animal And Bird Encounters Sentosa, 30 (man in the background), during an Animal Encounters at Sentosa. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
Venessa Lee with Leah Broom (left), and Micah Broom (right) at the Animal Crafts Booth by MuzArt.
Venessa Lee with Leah Broom (left), and Micah Broom (right) at the Animal Crafts Booth by MuzArt. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
Children participate in a Safari-themed City Parade which happens at 1.30pm and 4.30pm.
Children participate in a Safari-themed City Parade which happens at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
Micah broom and Leah broom reading a book together in the hotel room with their mother Venessa Lee in another room.
Micah broom and Leah broom reading a book together in the hotel room with their mother Venessa Lee in another room. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Micah broom and Leah broom reading a book together in the hotel room.
Micah broom and Leah broom reading a book together in the hotel room. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
The lazy river pool in the hotel.
The lazy river pool in the hotel. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Micah broom and Leah broom with their mother Venessa Lee in the hotel lobby.
Micah broom and Leah broom with their mother Venessa Lee in the hotel lobby. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Micah broom and Leah broom playing in the lazy river pool.
Micah broom and Leah broom playing in the lazy river pool. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Micah broom and Leah broom playing beside the kid’s pool.
Micah broom and Leah broom playing beside the kid’s pool. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Micah broom and Leah broom playing in the lazy river pool.
Micah broom and Leah broom playing in the lazy river pool. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

SINGAPORE - A grown man is wearing a big unicorn float at the kids' swimming pool. It is as good a symbol as any for hands-on parenting in the Instagram age.

In one of three shallow pools, toddlers step on burbling mini- fountains or slither down the slides, while babies wobble towards their parents. Older children and adults drift in a serene, tiered pool.

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