As long as I have the use of my voice, I will sing and read to my children.As long as I have the use of my legs, I will travel with them.As long as i have the use of my hands, I will hold theirs…and fly.” ~ David Sim.
As parents, particularly busy working parents, we treasure any opportunities to spend quality time and to create unique memories with our children.
As a Father, I’ve dared myself to ride all sorts of roller coasters with my daughter even though I’ve never tried that many as a child myself with my own parents. So that whenever she sees or experience a roller coaster, she can remember that she’s been on those with her Daddy first, before. Recently for Dana’s birthday, we treated her to an iFly indoor skydiving experience which she had always asked for. Guess what? She asked for her Daddy (yes, me!) to join her in ‘flying’! Now, here’s where I got a bit apprehensive. Flying? Sure or not? Especially so since I’m not exactly slender, svelte or agile.
As it turned out, their slogan of ‘Everyone can Fly’ holds true. Just like taking the roller coaster rides, here are 3 points I used to help myself overcome the apprehension which I’ll like to share with all parents out there:
Step Out…of our Comfort Zones:
The fact that our kids will always be younger than us, means that our mindsets will always have to stay open to new experiences. Some of these we may have tried as a kid, others may be totally new – like indoor skydiving! To stay relevant with your kids, we have to constantly step out of our comfort zone mentally (and physically). And when we do, it takes your bonding with your children to a totally new level. Try it!
While we may want to be all open-minded and cool, we have to be mindful that any physical activity carries risk, so it is important that such risks (if any) are mitigated as much as possible. At iFly, we were given through briefing and reminded to adhere to safety procedures throughout the flight. Right down to hand signals and wearing of goggles and ear-plugs. In fact, I dare say that indoor flying is safer than cycling or swimming!
Savour the Moment:
Finally, savour the moment. Don’t worry about looking silly, or clumsy or what other spectators and participants would think. Life is too short to live on others’ opinions. Firstly, no Dad looks silly doing fun things with their kids. Secondly, nothing is as important as what our kids think about us…especially when we’re doing something ‘cool’ with them!
Finally, my verdict on iFly? Well, indoor skydiving is simply a whole new sensation! I was simply amazed that it was so much safer and easier than common children’s sports such as cycling or swimming yet tons more exhilarating! It is also such a truly unique experience which kept us talking about it for a long time. In fact, right after finishing my indoor skydiving experience, I was so elated that I told Angie that everyone should try iFly at least once in their lifetime, with their kids! After all, we are young only once.
Watch this short video of our first indoor skydiving experience at iFly Singapore:
Read about our maiden iFly experience here:
Address: iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Singapore 099010
(Beside the Beach Station, down at Siloso Beachfront in Sentosa, Singapore. The Beach Station is a focal point for all transports including Sentosa buses, trams, trains and taxis. Should you wish to drive, there are over 600 parking lots located at the basement of the station).
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, & Thu- Sun 9:00am – 9:30pm; Wed 11:00am – 9:30pm
Contact Number: +65 6571 0000 Email: [email protected].
Skydiving Rates: Please visit iFLY’s website for the most updated rates and packages available as seasonal promotions may apply. Tip: It’s cheaper to book your iFLY flights online at least two days in advance. Do note the minimum age to participate in iFLY is 7 years old.
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Serene Chen says
Name: Serene Chen
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The most adventurous thing I tried with my elder gal is on roller coaster. I didnt expect her to be daring to try out.
I would love to try out on iFly with my gal to let her the feel of flying in the air. It will be quite fun.
In my life, I never have the courage to try parachuting or sky diving. it’s kinda sad as from my friends who tried told me its something one must try once in a lifetime. I hope I will have the chance to try iFly. I want to know how it feel to fly. Thanks.
Jason Lim says
Done speed boating with the kids. Awesome experience.
Hope the ifly adventure will help further expose them to exciting and challenging activities.
Debbie Ng says
Name: Debbie Ng
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The most adventurous thing I tried with my elder gal was on the Batman rides at Gold Coast Movie World. She is so daring & tried all the thrilling rides that her height permits.
I would love to try out on iFly with my elder gal to let her the feel flying in the air as she always ask me to let go iFly!
Adeline Tan says
Name: Adeline Tan huixiu
The most adventurous things I tried with my kids is ice skating together. My kids are 4yr and 2yr and is their first experience. We tried balancing ourselves with the ice skating pengiun balancer. We have so much laughter and fun.☺
Hope to try iFly to experience flying as my kids are fascinated and curious on why birds have the ability to fly. ?
Fb: Ada lq
The most adventurous thing that I tried with my sons were to take the mummy ride at uss with them. Even my six year old could do it.
I would want my first born to try this as he is born with a heart defect and I want him to know this will not be a hindering obstacle that stops him from trying out exciting things.
Mandy Goh says
My son has been asking to bring him to ifly since he saw it at Sentosa. Would like to give him this opportunity to let him have a go and discover his ownself.
The most adventurous and fun thing that I have tried with my child is baking together when she was only 29 mths old! You can imagine how messy my kitchen were after all the baking haha… But that was a very memorable activity. She helped me to mash the banana, sieve the flour and stir the mixture. Although I had a tiring time cleaning up but I think it is all worth it. Now she is older, she can do most of the steps herself.
Hope to win this iFly experience and create another memorable activity with her!
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Amanda Soh says
Name: Amanda Soh
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Last year, our family went kayaking in the mangrove during our holiday in batam.
I will wish to win this giveaway for my son upcoming 7 year old birthday.
Amanda Soh says
My son, Benedict has always ask me how does it feel to fly. I really have no answer to it. Everytime he see iFly singapore, he will ask to try. We never let him have ago due to budget problem.?
My girl’s the garang one, just like me! Used to be myself going on roaster coasters myself with the hubby waiting downstairs , waving at me as I zip past but now, I have my girl! Would definitely love to share this experience with her.
Most adventurous ride would have to be the one we tried at USS! Even I was alittle scared but the daughter, the moment we got down, told me : Lets go again!
Elizabeth De Cruz
SUNIL KUMAR says
Love to win this for KIds….Hope they Love to ENjoy at Ifly SIngapore
Lorna Tan says
would be a life changing experience, nearest to parachuting
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Ketty Lim says
Megazip with my youngest Daughter , she really loves adventure.
Last year she was 6 years old, can’t fly?, she was upset ??, hope I can win the tickets for her and fly together with her ???
The most adventurous or fun thing I’ve done with Josh is just having the chance to spend time together…when together, there’s no limit to what we can do: rollercoasters, water parks, climbing the pyramid at West Coast Park, travelling together etc…
We’ve also always wanted to try out skydiving, but my son is small for his age and doesn’t meet the requirements.
iFly would be the closest to flying he can get to do now, and I’d love to have the chance to ‘fly’ with him!
Edmund Tan says
The most adventurous thing I did with my daughter was learning roller blading with my daughter at the nearby CC. I was the only adult in class and I feel embarrassed whenever I fell, much to the amusement of the other children. As an adult, it is really malu to fall especially in front of other children and adults. Nevertheless, it is a good experience as both my girl and I bond by roller blading together at the nearby park during the weekends morning while the rest are sleeping.
I hope to win the iFly passes so that we can both escalate our courage to another level and to prove to each other that both father and daughter can fly. I am not worried for my daughter but rather for myself. Lol
Jeslyn Genevieve says
The most adventurous things I have done with my boys should be exploring different places in SG ourselves, bringing 3 boys around by public transport can be a both an exciting and tiring journey.. we just went USS recently, the rides were by far the most adventurous experience for them..
Hope to win this for the boys so that they can get to have a more thrilling experience than their previous adventures.
Eileen Khoo says
How much would my princess like to try to (i)Fly? As much as Princess Jasmine would like to fly away on the magic carpet…
Chuyan Kwek says
The most adventurous thing that I’ve done with my children is going white water rafting! Turned out I survived that and it’s now the most memorable experience as a family.
My husband and daughter would definitely love the iFly experience. Hence hope to win it 🙂
Esther Kam says
Name : Esther Kam
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The most adventurous thing I have done with my daughter is taking the roller coaster ride in USS. I remember the first time we went to USS , she wanted to try on the roller coaster. I was so afraid as I was really scare of heights but because of my girl I decided to give it a try although I was so reluctant. My heart was pounding so fast and my legs were wobbly as the queue began to move . My girl was so excited. We held each other hands tightly. When the roller coaster starts and move ahead , we screamed and screamed our lungs out ! The ride last for less than 5 mins!! When we got off the roller coaster both of us burst out laughing at each other. She was like “Mama let’s go again again!” It was really the best experience I had with my girl! She was not afraid at all and I’m so proud of myself that I overcome my fear of heights from that moment.
I wish to win this ifly Singapore tickets for my girl because she has asked me afew times to bring her there. She said she wants to feel how it’s like floating and flying in the air like a bird! It will be so exciting to try out this wonderful activity!
ANDY NEO says
Name: Andy Neo
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Think the most fun thing is when we took the luge ride at Sentosa. I have taken a few times during company team building but its the little one’s first try. I think she enjoyed it as she wanted to take the ride a second time! Fearless one!
Definitely hope to win the iFly tickets as it is an experience that we all wanted to try!! Imagine being able to fly…..at least in a controlled environment!! It would be so fun!!!