At the River Safari Singapore, meet manatees and monkeys, piranhas and pandas, as they congregate in and around the park’s waters.
There’s a saying: “What we learn with pleasure, we never forget” – and travelling often teaches us things that we cannot gain through traditional or formal education. What better way is there to grow as a family than by enjoying fun experiences together on a getaway in Singapore?
The science of life
Want to give your kids a little taste of adulthood and a whole lot of fun? Take them on an eye-opening trip to KidZania Singapore, a one-of-a-kind family edutainment centre where they can explore what it is like to live and work in a real city through role-playing activities and games. From learning the tricks of the trade of a food scientist to becoming a radio DJ for a day, not only will your kids be exposed to the exciting possibilities that the world has to offer, but they will also be empowered to pursue their dreams.
Besides cultivating their interests through simulation, instil in them a sense of curiosity by visiting the NEWater Visitor Centre as a family. There, adults and children alike can go on interactive tours and workshops designed to help participants understand the science behind what makes NEWater – or Singapore’s third national tap – drinkable. The exhibition also takes you along the journey of a water molecule that’s undergoing treatment!
Dive into new discoveries at the bay
Get a ‘wet’ dose of education mixed with entertainment when you visit the Marina Barrage, the country’s 15th reservoir that supplies around 10 per cent of Singapore’s water needs. Find out more about the city’s efforts to go green through the multimedia exhibits at the Sustainable Singapore Gallery, then head on up to the rooftop where you and your family can fly kites, catch the sunset or spot kayakers and dragon-boaters in action at the reservoir.
Think history is boring? Perhaps a stroll around Marina Bay will change your mind! Discover more about the heritage of your picturesque surroundings in the most unique way, as you and your loved ones visit some of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore such as the visually-stunning ArtScience Museum, the world-renowned Marina Bay Sands® and the architectural marvel that is Gardens by the Bay. Be sure to have your camera on-hand for plenty of photo opportunities!
Face-to-face with nature
A day out at the award-winning Singapore Zoo is nothing short of rewarding, with ample chances to nurture your kids’ love for nature and the animal kingdom. Step into the Fragile Forest for an awe-inspiring journey into the wild, where you will not only come across the many beautiful creatures that call the rainforest home, but also get to know more about their habitat’s rich biodiversity and complex ecosystem through educational exhibits.
What’s more, take your wildlife experience a step further with behind-the-scenes guided tours at the zoo. Children can become zookeepers for the day by participating in the Junior Zookeeper programme, where they will get access to areas in the zoo that are normally reserved for official zookeepers.
At the Jurong Bird Park, you can embark on a Bird’s Eye Tour to get up close and personal with the park’s colourful variety of feathered residents, whereby participants can engage in bird-feeding sessions and explore the park’s iconic attractions such as the Waterfall Aviary. Families can also sign up for the bird park’s overnight camps, which provide kids with the unique opportunity to explore the diverse world of birds even after night falls.
For an insider’s perspective at what goes into taking care of the River Safari’s giant pandas Jia Jia and Kai Kai, you can also join the Be a Panda Researcher programme, which allows visitors to gain hands-on experience in preparing food and conducting health checks for the safari’s most famous residents.
Looking towards the future
Before you depart Singapore, spare some time to wander around Changi Airport. As the world’s most awarded ‘Best Airport’, it not only houses a wide variety of shops and eateries, but is also home to some of the city’s best verdant spots – and over one thousand butterflies at the Butterfly Garden! Stroll into cosy individual enclosures full of the colourful winged creatures and learn more about their life cycle through interesting educational corners. You and your loved ones may even be able to witness one taking its first flight!