When I’m thinking of the ideal location for a family holiday, casinos generally aren’t at the top of my list BUT Macau is the exception. The clever folks at The Sands Cotai Central have made sure the little ones are well catered for. A group of hotels have gotten together at The Sands and host a range of DreamWorks activities, there are daily meet and greet sessions with characters from some fave DreamWorks movies; Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and my sons favourite How to train your dragon. Meeting Toothless up close was the highlight of his whole holiday.
There is a daily parade where all the characters dance their way through The Sands shopping centre AND there is Shrekfast, a DreamWorks themed breakfast, there are Kung Fu Panda buns, dragon eggs, Shrek gingerbread men and loads and loads more but the highlight is the visit from the DreamWorks characters themselves. Each character comes out at makes the rounds to each table for a cuddle and a photo with each child. Shrekfast was a real highlight of our stay and not a lot more expensive than a standard hotel breakfast which is of course no where near as fun!! My son often asks if he can have breakfast with Shrek and Fiona again.
We stayed at the Sheraton in their kids suite room which is decked out in adorable DreamWorks gear. The kids room is well thought out with bunk beds, kids DreamWorks toiletries, a wii, and even a kids sized Shrek robe. My son LOVED the room. The hotel swimming pool cabanas are themed with different DreamWorks characters such as Madagascar and How To Train Your Dragon. There are occasional kids activities held at the pool such as craft and games.My son also enjoyed a gondola ride at the Venetian directly opposite the Sheraton and the dragon show in the bubble theatre at City of Dreams.
Getting to Macau is easy with a 50 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong adding to the entertainment factor for kids. Food for fussy kiddies is easy to come by with the usual fast food giants available as well as other familiar options like the Hard Rock Café nearby. The Strip area is easy to get around with free shuttles provided by most of the casinos but we found it easier to just walk the area.
Its also well worth a visit to the Kids Cavern toy shop at Sands Cotai Central. Its one of the most amazing toy shops we’ve seen.So if you find yourself in Macau with your kids or the opportunity presents itself to visit, I’d highly recommend it. My son raves about his DreamWorks holiday.