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.

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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.

VISIT www.gar­dens­bythe­bay.com.sg

BIS­HAN PARK

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).

VISIT www.nparks.gov.sg

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

FARMS

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

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