It's easy finding things to do with the kids on a budget. We show you how to do a lot with very little!
I Only Have... 1 HOUR:
Storytelling at Bookaburra
583 Orchard Road #02-03/04 Forum The Shopping Mall
Cost: $5 per child
Call 6235 9232 to book a spot two days in advance
Want to beat the heat at a mall without window-shopping aimlessly? Head to Bookaburra on Wednesday or Friday afternoons at 4pm and let its storyteller, Siti, work her magic. Storytelling afternoons promise loads of fun with stories, interactive activities and a craft to take home. Well worth $5 per child! Best enjoyed by kids aged 3 years and up.
I Only Have... 3 HOURS
Edu Farmart Tour
67 Sungei Tengah Road
Tel: 6767 0070
Cost: $8 per person (inclusive of a packet of local farm fresh eggs)
Get acquainted with Uncle William- the Quail Man of Lim Chu Kang- who has made it his personal quest to educate and entertain children in life science through his farming experiences. Start off with a 45-minute guided tour around Farmart Centre. Then spend the next hour on a presentation of your choice: Quail Talk, Lotus Farm, Vegetable Talk or Frog Talk. You'll also have 15 minutes of free and easy time to explore Farmart. Best enjoyed by kids aged 4 years and up.
I Have... 5 HOURS:
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
11 Hindhede Drive
When: Open daily from 5.30am to 7.30pm
There are only two rainforests in the world within the city and Singapore has one of them! A perfect escape from the urban jungle, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is also the highest point in Singapore. Take a hike on the winding forest trails and see if you can spot the macaques and flying lemurs. The reserve is also home to over 80 species of flora and fauna, as well as 160 species of animals. Stop to have a bite under a shady tree (remember to clean up after yourself) for a truly al fresco dining experience. If you need help, rangers are on hand to assist. Amenities like public phones and restrooms are available too. So bring water, a cap and comfortable walking shoes and set off! Best enjoyed by kids aged 5 years and up.
I Have... The Whole Day:
Have your kids been bugging you for a pet lately from a shiny pet store? Or do you feel it's high time your kids learn to appreciate the little things in life? This is a great opportunity for them to realise the time, effort and commitment behind raising a pet, or being grateful for basic things like food, shelter and proper shoes. Various organisations such as SPCA and World Vision need full-day volunteers of all ages, so make it a point to start somewhere with the kids. A good website to start would be the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). Best enjoyed by kids aged 6 years and up.