Things to Do with your Kids

Part 2

By Loo Pei FenEvents - 20 May 2009 12:00 AM | Updated 09 June 2010

Part 2

I Only Have... 1 HOUR:
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
Admission is free
A favourite hangout for Singaporeans of all ages, what's there not to like about the National Library? Books, magazines and newspapers are available for borrowing or reading on the premises. There are comfortable seats throughout the Library plus, all-day air-conditioning for maximum reading comfort.

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 the otherwise quiet library!

There are free exhibitions such as the history of our local street names, which takes social studies classes out of the classroom and into a different setting. There are also plenty of free and paid activities at the Library like story time and arts and craft. Just register online to make the most of that one hour with Junior.

Best enjoyed by kids aged 5 years and up.

I Only Have... 3 HOURS:
Horticulture Park (affectionately known as Hort Park)
33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road)
Admission is free

A gardening hub in urban skyscraper Singapore, Hort Park lets you enjoy free time beyond going to yet another shopping mall or new eatery. 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 3-hour sojourn "into the woods".

Hort Park is full of unique and amazing sights. The Recycling Garden shows how unwanted items like plastic drink bottles and boots are turned into garden accessories for the home. At Fantasy Garden, see characters from the Wizard of Oz set amidst lush greenery. And at Living Walls, admire vertical gardens growing on concrete walls. You'll never look at gardens the same old, boring way again.

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

I Only Have... 5 HOURS:
Hay Dairies
3 Lim Chu Kang Agrotech Park Lane 4
Tel: 6792 0931
Operating Hours: 9am to 4pm daily
Admission is free; $3 for an educational tour which includes a 200ml bottle of goat's milk, a souvenir and a 30-minute orientation

Farm visits don't only exist in countries like Australia or New Zealand. Worth the trek to Lim Chu Kang, Hay Dairies has been around for about 10 years. With 500 goats sitting on its 2 hectare farm, it's best known today for providing Singaporeans with bottles of fresh goat's milk. 

Watch the milking, pasteurizing, homogenizing and bottling processes that produce up to 250 litres of milk a day. Your kids are also in for a treat if you purchase some goat feed and interact the goats in the barn. They can also learn to identify the different types of goats in the farm.

Milking demonstrations are from 9am to 11am only, so be sure to arrive on time. Although your kids can't get to milk the goats on their own, it's still a great opportunity for them to learn where a bottle of milk comes from.

Best enjoyed by kids aged 3 years and up.

Bottle Tree Park
81 Lorong Chencharu (in Yishun)
Tel: 6759 5771
Operating Hours: 8am to 12am daily
Admission is free

You'll need the whole day to explore every nook here. Bottle Tree Park features 7 hectares of forest and scrubs transformed into a huge sanctuary. You'll find a mini-zoo, a restaurant, basketball and volleyball courts, a paintball field and a highly-popular fishing pond there. 
Start your day off bright and early with local breakfast fare such as toast and nasi lemak, then head to the foosball table for a game or two. Or teach the kids how to fish, a skill that builds up patience in the young ones. Choose from long kang (drain) fishing for kids ($10 per child which includes a tank and net), the regular pond fishing for adults ($50 per day per adult on Wednesdays only), or prawn fishing for both kids and adults ($14.50/hour; $29/2.5hours; $43.50/4 hours).

Barbeque pits are available for rent at the Park, and ordering raw food is a cinch with their set menus. Otherwise, indulge in the buffet or take in the cool evening breeze at the beer garden. With plenty of space to run about and explore, spending a fun-filled day here is a walk in the Park.

Best enjoyed by kids aged 3 years and up.