FUN, FAB, FREE!
Entertaining your little ones during the school holidays can burn a big hole in your pocket. JASSMIN PETER-BERNTZEN susses out great places to play that won’t cost you a cent.
Kidfriendly fun that won’t cost you a cent. Now who says entertaining your little ones can burn
There has never been a more exciting time to be a kid in Singapore. Just look at the number of family-friendly places that keep popping up around the island to keep you busy every weekend, plus the special activities that are planned during holiday and festive seasons.
The only complaint? It can get a little costly sometimes to take the brood out for the day.
But did you know that the Lion City is teeming with free stuff to do as a family? Here’s Young Parents’ round-up of the top 20 free things to do in Singapore with kids.
CHILDREN’S GARDEN AT GARDENS BY THE BAY
It’s all about having fun at this playscape, which has a dry and wet play area suitable for all ages. Junior will have a splashing good time with sway bridges, interactive stepping springs, water tunnels and ﬁsh sculptures.
Older kids will love scaling the two rainforest tree houses, running through tree canopies and hiking along the 130m long forest trail. If you’re really lucky, you might even catch a performance at the sheltered amphitheatre.
Featuring one of the prettiest rivers, Bishan Park is a great place to spot ﬁshes and stunning wildﬂowers, or ride your bikes and scooters along the open lawns.
There are plenty of playgrounds to try out as well, including a water play area and a treehouse adventure park with logs and ropes to climb on. Don’t leave without visiting the dog run for some free cuddles from your furry friends (ask the owners for permission ﬁrst).
FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSES
Kids up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays? Take them to the nearest ﬁre station between 9am and 11am for a free tour.
Your little ﬁremen will love spraying with gigantic hoses, climbing ﬁre trucks and “riding” motorbikes. If they are very lucky, they might even get to slide down the ﬁreman’s pole! Some ﬁre stations don’t host open houses; get the full list on the Singapore Civil Defence Force website. VISIT www.scdf.gov.sg
Escape into rural Singapore for some fresh air and one-on-one time with nature’s best. At Jurong Frog Farm, your little ones can jump into a frog pen with a net and gumboots to catch tadpoles or wrestle bullfrogs.
Head on over to Farmart Centre to cosy up to bunnies, hamsters and goats, then feed the koi ﬁshes and say, “hello” to the prawns in the pond.
If the kids like reptiles, they can pet a red-eyed Elongata Tortoise and majestic Alligator turtle.
Our little island is also home to fruit and vegetables farm, Oh’ Farms, plus a cow farm, Viknesh Dairy Farm, and goat farm, Hay Dairies.
VISIT www.kranjicountryside.com, www. ohfarms.com.sg, www.jurongfrogfarm. com.sg and www.vikneshdairy.com