Want to bring the kids outdoors? Head to one of these natural spaces.
WORDS CHRISTEL GERALYN GOMES
If you’re convinced by now and ready to get out and about with your little one, the good news is there’s no shortage of natural spaces to explore in Singapore.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden in the Botanic Gardens
This part of the Botanic Gardens has been specially designed for the little ones with a tree house, a floating platform, a water play area and a maze. Look out for birds, millipedes and butterflies that can be freely found in the area.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This is one of the more unique natural places to visit as walking along the boardwalk will take you along the mangroves and all its incredible creatures. You’re likely to spot mudskippers, migratory water birds, crabs, fish and aquatic plants that you wouldn't see elsewhere!
A stroller friendly option if your little one is still in the pram. A great place for anyone who loves gardening and to get your bub smelling the different flowers and leaves. If you’re after a real treat for the senses, visit the herb and spice garden or if you’re keen for a bit of education, take your tot to the recycling garden.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Here you’ll get to choose from treks and walking trails of varying levels of difficulty. The nature reserve is home to over 500 species of animals and 800 species of plants. There is also a playground for children. This is best explored when your child is old enough to walk and climb on his or her own.
Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Beautifully laid out, this is a wonderful place for a stroll and to stop and look at the flowers. It is stroller friendly and suitable for children of all ages. Make sure you follow the calls of the birds and head towards the water. Look up and spot the large nests of the water birds there. Also, listen for calls of the frogs and try to spot the terrapins in the ponds.
If you want to visit farms without having to leave Singapore, this is the place to go. Your little ones will love seeing the goats at Hay Dairies – and trying goat milk!
Punggol Waterway Park
Take your binoculars along for this trip and go bird watching! You can easily spend all day here with the park being divided into four areas: the Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery. Bring a change of clothes as well if you’re planning to get wet at the children’s water playground.
Best when your child is old enough to cycle – this is for anyone looking for a true experience of rustic countryside, a world away from the bustle of mainland Singapore. There are mangroves to be explored here as well and you can take a walk along the water on the very long boardwalk. The best part – your child gets to experience a boat ride to and from the island! Pack sunblock and mosquito repellent.