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Free March fun for kids and families

Events - 15 March 2010 9:00 AM | Updated 16 September 2010

Free March fun for kids and families

You don’t have to spend a bomb to have an amazing time with your kids this school holiday.

We’ve picked out a mix of both hidden gems and trustworthy classics on what you can do with your kids. The best thing is – they’re all free. So put on your walking shoes, grab hold of a sense of adventure (and your kids, of course) and off you go!


For a walk with Mother Nature…



33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road) 


Operating hours: Open daily from 5.30am to 7.30pm
Free admission
A gardening hub in urban, skyscraper-filled Singapore, HortPark is full of unique and amazing sights. Even if your kids aren't keen on greens, there is something breathtakingly refreshing as you make your way around the 20 themed gardens. You can also enjoy a free guided tour to make the most of your three-hour sojourn ‘into the woods’.

An awesome opportunity for the young ones to get some ‘green’ into their systems, HortPark can be enjoyed by kids of any age.


Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
11 Hindhede Drive
Operating hours: Open daily from 6am to 7pm
Free admission

A perfect escape from the urban jungle, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve also contains the highest point in Singapore, the hill in question measuring just over 163 metres. Take a hike on the winding forest trails and see if you can spot the macaque monkeys and flying lemurs. The reserve is also home to over 80 species of flora and fauna, as well as 160 species of animals. So bring water, a cap, comfortable walking shoes and set off!

Best enjoyed by kids aged 5 years and up. 


Labrador Park
Labrador Villa Road (off Pasir Panjang Road)
Free admission

Show your kids another side of Labrador Park that may not be covered during school excursions. Get on the walking trail with lush foliage, and take in the spectacular view of the South China Sea especially from the top of the hill. Labrador Park is also a hotspot for avid fishermen.  Be sure to bring your camera, water bottles and mosquito repellent!

Can be enjoyed by kids of any age.

D'Kranji Farm Resort
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2
Free admission but villa rates prevail

Bundle up the kids for a road trip to D'Kranji, Singapore's first ‘agri-tainment’ centre, where plenty of fresh air awaits you.  Experience kampong fun with a twist on five hectares of land filled with vegetables, tropical fruits and even a rice and corn plantation. It's perfect for the urban family craving a break from the daily schedule without breaking the bank.

Best enjoyed by kids aged 4 years and up.

For some educational fun…


The National Library Building

100 Victoria Street
Operating hours: 10am to 9pm from Monday to Sunday; closes at 5pm on eve of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year; closed on public holidays
Free admission
What’s there not to like about the National Library? Books, magazines and newspapers are available, along with comfortable seats plus all-day air-conditioning. And when the kids need a break from the books, visit the sky terraces and roof gardens. These are part of the architecture to keep the building green and cool. There's even an open plaza area in the middle of the building if they want to run about at the otherwise quiet library!

Best enjoyed by kids aged 5 years and up.


Jacob Ballas Children's Garden
1 Cluny Road, Bukit Timah Core, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Operating hours: 8am to 7pm daily; closed on Mondays (except when on a public holiday)
Free admission for children up to 12 years
Developed along the theme "All Life on Earth Depends on Plants", your kids will learn about life sciences and the environment in an interactive setting at Asia’s first children’s garden. Walk under the man-made waterfall, cross the suspension bridge, and splash around in playground and water play area. Just remember to slap on some sun block and bring along an extra change of clothes. This is good old-fashioned “getting out and playing” at its best.

Best enjoyed by kids aged up to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Fire Station Open House
Operating hours: Saturdays, 9am-11am
Free admission; groups of 10 or less do not need prior booking

Did you know all fire stations in Singapore offer open house every Saturday from 9am to 11am? The basics like roles and functions, and capabilities and routines of a fire station will be covered, plus  the more exciting parts where your kids will view a demonstration of equipment used by firefighters. The crowd favourite of the sliding pole presentation is also one of the programme's highlights.

Best enjoyed by kids aged 3 years and up.


Marina Barrage
260 Marina Way
Free admission

Let the kids be awed by the massive barrage, and be sure to take them to the green rooftop garden for a rolling view of the Singapore skyline. You can even pack a quick picnic basket while taking in the cityscape view on the garden. At the central courtyard, a fountain and community water playground means your kids can enjoy a splash in the hot afternoon.

Can be enjoyed by kids of any age.


For a little slice of culture…

Little India
Serangoon Road (main thoroughfare)

Free admission
Walk along Serangoon Road and take in the sights, sounds and smells of hole-in-the-wall stores with all kinds of wares. Find small transistor radios, slippers, clothing, flower garlands and foodstuffs there. Afterwards, head to Mustafa Centre (known just as ‘Mustafa’ by locals) on Syed Alwi Road, which stays open 24 hours daily. Check out six storeys’ worth of almost every consumer item available on sale. The kids will definitely be tired out with this excursion! Gentle reminder: Try not to lose them in the oft-crowded store...

Best enjoyed by kids aged 4 years and up.

Arab Street
Between Beach Road and Victoria Street(main thoroughfare)
Free admission

Culture and Kampong Glam will no longer be confined to the textbooks once you dig deeper into this area. There are vintage stores, kitschy homeware shops, and even a retro toy store that beats the pants off today's electronic gaming consoles. Show your kids the games from your time: Five stones and the sepak takraw ball are some relics of childhood you can share with them. Check out nearby Haji Lane for the one-of-a-kind fashion finds, and Bussorah Street to admire the beautifully restored colonial houses.

Best enjoyed by kids aged 4 years and up.


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