Great kid’s days out in Singapore are not exactly short on the ground, but sometimes a mama and dada needs something offbeat to inspire the kiddos and knock their little one’s socks off. If you’re looking for a kid’s day out with a difference this weekend, check out one of these gems.
Six Unique Kid’s Days Out in Singapore
Kayaking Through a Mangrove Forest
Once a massive jungle, modern-day Singapore has been somewhat tamed. But did you know that you can still embark on an authentic jungle trek without leaving the island? Right in the North of Singapore a hidden treasure lies waiting for your kids to discover as they kayak through the wild Sungei Mandai Besar and Sungei Mandai Kechil rivers guided by ecological experts who will be on hand to explain interesting facts about mangrove plants, the importance of Singapore’s coastal forests, and what we can do to conserve them. This is one for older kiddos only. To participate, children must be aged 8 and over and any littlies under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Age range: 8 plus
Price: $20 per person
Register: The trips are organised by the Nature Society of Singapore. To find out when the next public excursion is and to book your family a spot, check out the National Society of Singapore website.
My Tree House at the National Library Singapore
Tell your kiddos that they’re heading to the library for the day out and you’re suggestion is sure to be met with rolling eyes and grimaces. However, Singapore National Library is a library with a difference. Complete with a fantastic treehouse structure at its centrepiece, the key focus of the library is on educating tomorrow’s citizens about conversation and the natural environment. The library features a fun shadow wall, a weather stump that charts the real-time weather information provided by the Meteorological Service Singapore and, of course, a massive range of books and magazines. Head over there on a Saturday or Sunday for the good old-fashioned storytelling sessions. For full details of what’s on for kids at the National Library Singapore, check out their program guide: National Library Singapore Kids Program.
Age range: 0-12
Learn more: Tree House National Library Singapore
Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle and Dragon Kiln
If you want to foster your kid’s budding creative side, the Pottery Jungle is a must visit. Take your littlies for a stroll inside the amazing Dragon’s Belly, the inner workings of Singapore’s last dragon kiln, or join in a hands-on pottery session. Meanwhile, if mama and dada don’t fancy knocking up a cup and saucer a la Ghost, there’s a jaw-dropping selection of pottery and ceramic ware available for you to peruse. If your kids want a spin on the pottery wheel, make sure you book classes in advance.
Once you’re done at Thow Kwang, don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around nearby Jurong EcoGarden, where you can let your kiddos loose among an amazing variety of wildlife.
Suitable age range: 3 plus
Price: Kids classes from $28 and adult classes from $35
Find it: 85 Lorong Tawas (off Jalan Bahar), Singapore 639823
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 5.p.m daily.
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The Live Turtle Museum
Feed the turtles and learn about this amazing species at the Live Turtle Museum. The koi feeding is a sight to behold and takes place from 1-1.30 p.m. daily. Take a picnic with you and enjoy an early dinner in the stunning Chinese gardens. Visit the Chinese Zodiac Garden and challenge the littlies to find their star sign. What an adventure!
Suitable age range: Children of all ages will enjoy looking at these amazing creatures and feeding them by hand.
Price: $5 for adults $3 for children below 6 years old
Learn more: Live Turtle Museum
Urban Farm and Barn
This place is a must visit for parents who want to cultivate some green-fingered kidlings. Not only is this the ideal place to head if you want to teach your fam about farming, it also gives your little ones a chance to get their hands dirty without mama getting cross. The biggest draw about the Urban Farm and Barn is the fact that you can rent your own little farming area where your kids can get a chance to grow their own fresh produce. If you fancy planting your own family veggies, you can rent trays of compost to pot in the farm’s shelves. Simply choose which products you want to grow from the various seeds on offer, help your little ones to plant them and let Mother Nature and the farm’s automated watering system take care of the rest! Return a few weeks later and reap your reward. Who knew farming was so easy?
Suitable age range: 3 plus
Price: You can adopt a vertical farm for S$50 for 1 month. The price includes 20 planting trays. Compost, fertilizer and seeds are sold separately. 40% of all profits go to the North West Student Support Fund, a fund to help needy students residing in the North West District. Cash only.
Find it: Bukit Panjang Hill (behind Blk 210 Petir Road Singapore 670210).
Learn more: Urban Farm and Barn
Take your little ones fishing…. Or, in this case, prawning. A fun activity for kids of all ages, prawning basically involves using nets, buckets or fishing rods to snag as many prawns as you can. It may sound a little tame at first, but once your kids get stuck in, it won’t be long until they’re hooked (see what I did there?). It’s pretty easy to catch a few prawns so you’re guaranteed a great BBQ treat at the end of a fun adventure. If you want the biggest and best prawning facilities, Hai Bin is the place for you.
Haw Bin Prawning
Suitable age range: 3 plus
Price: $18 per rod for 1 hour; $28 per rod 2 hour; $33 per rod 3 hour.
Find it: Jurong or Punggol
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Get in touch: Tel: +65 6447 8693
Have we missed out any awesome kid’s days out in Singapore? Leave a comment and tell us what we’re missing!
Looking for more ideas? Check out our guide to 101 fun activities in Singapore for kids.