18 May 2017

Wild fun for kids during the June school holidays!

Exciting nature activities specially for kids are lined up for the coming school holidays! Free fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's biodiversity! Come for the Chek Jawa Open House, Festival of Biodiversity. Join night walks or nature camps, kids art workshop. Go kayaking with the kids, come for a kids' book launch.
Families are welcomed to volunteer at Pesta Ubin!
Here's Judy and her family who answered the call for volunteers!
Come for Pesta Ubin, Pulau Ubin Open House. Once a year only! Many Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge. Some do NOT require registration. Simply come to Pulau Ubin and join the fun! Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest! Don't say Bo Jio!

FREE activities!

Every day at Pesta Ubin, free games at Pulau Ubin

27 and 28 May (Sat, Sun): Festival of Biodiversity
Join us as we showcase Singapore's impressive and unique array of island biodiversity. Come for the Festival of Biodiversity Speakers Series (at Serangoon Public Library, NEX Level 4). In this series of talks, invited speakers from the local biodiversity scene will share fascinating insights on their journey to uncover and learn about Singapore’s rich natural heritage. Talk schedule here.

27 May (Sat): Launch of children's nature books and storytelling
Come for the launch of a new series of Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme children's storybooks. This year, three new children storybooks based on our local wildlife: dolphins, langurs and pollinators!

27 May (Sat): Ecolife family tour at Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park
This family tour introduces Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and its biodiversity through the use of interactive exploration themes and activities. Have fun working together to answer worksheets, conduct surveys and photo hunts, among other activities.

3 Jun (Sat): Balik Chek Jawa with the Chek Jawa community
FREE, no registration required, just come to Chek Jawa! Specially for Pesta Ubin, volunteer guides will be stationed all over the boardwalk to share about Chek Jawa's amazing wildlife. From monkeys to wild boar, birds to butterflies, crabs to mudskippers, and fascinating plants of the mangroves and shores, some of which are rare elsewhere. If we are lucky we may encounter otters or even a dugong. Also lots of activities for kids and the family at House No. 1, Chek Jawa's Visitor Centre. (There will be NO activities on the seashores).

10 Jun (Sat): Young Naturalist Camp at Sungei Buloh
This one-day camp encompasses a series of fun-filled and educational indoor and outdoor learning of the wetlands and nature conservation issues through worksheets, nature walks and hands-on activities. Suitable for children from 7 to 12 years.

10 Jun (Sat): I heART Nature Workshop for kids
This interactive free parent-child bonding session includes interesting art and craft activities and a short nature appreciation walk. For children ages 5 to 7. Child must be accompanied by 1 parent.

10 Jun (Sat) and 17 Jun (Sat): Ubin Quarry kayaking with Republic Polytechnic
The granite quarries on Pulau Ubin are closed to the public. Specially for Pesta Ubin, Republic Polytechnic student-volunteers are organising a kayaking experience for you to get up close and personal in our quarry.
Ubin Quarry kayaking with Republic Polytechnic

16 Jun (Fri): Nature Art with Kids by Alpana Anuja with NParks
Specially for Pesta Ubin, join Ms Alpana Anuja, an avid nature lover and volunteer with Acres and the Nature Society Singapore, on a walk at the Sensory Trail. Along the way, she will also guide participants to use watercolours to paint the flowers you see. Parents are welcomed to accompany their children for this activity.

17 Jun (Sat): Prawn and Fish Harvesting Demo at Sungei Buloh
Once again we bring you on a journey back to the past, where the history of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve as prawn and fish farms is one not to be ignored. The importance of mangroves as a spawning place and nursery for prawns and other life played an important role in shaping Sungei Buloh today. The traditional method of prawn harvesting will be demonstrated and how the tidal influence play a part in this activity will be brought to life.

MORE activities

Every weekend at the Living Fisher Village, Pulau UbinSpecially for Pesta Ubin, go for day or night kayaking, or mangrove boat tour. Or go Nature Mountain Biking with Sea Angel volunteers. Register to chope your spot. Every Tuesday and Thursday, learn about Ubin fish farms with Sea Angel volunteers.

26 May (Fri) and 2 Jun (Fri) and 24 Jun (Sat): Ubin Night Walk with Strix Wildlife Consultancy
Specially for Pesta Ubin, join this Ubin night walk under the umbrella of Strix Wildlife Consultancy led by Subaraj Rajathurai, the foremost nature guide in Singapore.
Oriental whip snake (Ahaetulla prasina)
Snakes are beautiful and will not harm if they don't feel threatened.

28 May (Sun) and 11 Jun (Sun): Wildlife Adventures - Interactive Kids' Workshop by Darel Seow with Asian Detours
Specially for Pesta Ubin, for ages 4 and up. In this interactive hands-on workshop, Darel will inspire and guide you in the creation of your own Pulau Ubin wildlife diorama. Use materials like paper and items found in the natural surroundings to create your own piece of wildlife adventure to bring home.

3 Jun (Sat): Night walk at Ubin with Better Trails
Specially for Pesta Ubin, learn how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. As you explore Pulau Ubin's Sensory Trail to Malay Kampung and back to Ubin Town, learn about the recreational impacts on Pulau Ubin. There will be stops to learn more about how the principles of 'Leave No Trace' can help to make better decisions and preparation to enjoy outdoor responsibly.

9 Jun (Fri) and 10 Jun (Sat) and 20 Jun (Tue): Discover Ubin with Strix Wildlife Consultancy
Specially for Pesta Ubin, join this Ubin walk by Strix Wildlife Consultancy led by Subaraj Rajathurai, the foremost nature guide in Singapore.
Free mangrove walk with Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative

10 Jun (Sat): Mangrove Kayaking @ Sungei Jelutong with Nature Society (Singapore) and Kayakasia
Specially for Pesta Ubin, a series of guided, self-paddled kayak tours on Sungei Jelutong to enjoy its fascinating mangroves. Experienced volunteer guides will explain interesting facts about mangrove plants, importance of our coastal forests, and what we can do to conserve these forests and why we conserve.

10-11 Jun (Sat-Sun): Family Nature Camp at Pulau Ubin with Cicada Tree Eco-Place
Specially for Pesta Ubin, and for families, this 2-day-1-night camping experience focuses on family bonding in the wild natural setting of Pulau Ubin! Enjoy the rustic setting of Ubin Living Lab, while Nature guides from Cicada Tree Eco-Place inspire and enthrall with nature walks on Pulau Ubin in the evening, night and morning.

11 Jun (Sun): 'Leave No Trace' Cycling Trail with Better Trails
Specially for Pesta Ubin, learn how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. As you explore Pulau Ubin's nature and heritage, learn about the recreational impacts on Pulau Ubin. There will be pit stops at different parts of the island to learn more about how the principles of 'Leave No Trace' can help to make better decisions and preparation to enjoy outdoor responsibly.
Cycling on Pulau Ubin

8 Jun (Thu) and 14 Jun (Wed): Nature Keeper Camp for kids
Designed to stimulate the interest of the young and inculcate in them an appreciation of our forests. This one-day Nature Keeper Camp aims to nurture young minds in active protection and conservation of our natural heritage. Suitable for children 7 - 11 years old (Primary 1 to 5)

18 Jun (Sun): NSS Kids' Fun with Herps at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
For children (4 to 12 years old). Herptiles comprise reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, crocodiles and frogs. Join us as we explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with the sharp-eyed guides from the Herpetological Society of Singapore to suss out the herps living in this mangrove habitat. Possible snakes include the Oriental Whip Snake, Paradise Tree Snake, Mangrove Pit Viper and if we are super lucky, even the King Cobra. Buloh also has populations of biggies like the Malayan Water Monitor and the Saltwater Crocodile.

23 Jun (Fri): MAD for Musang! for kids with Cicada Tree Eco-Place
Common Palm Civets or 'musang' live in urban Singapore. And yes, on Pulau Ubin too! If you are curious about what these small native carnivores look like, what they feed on, who may feed on them, and why they are important to humans, join us to learn more! MAD = Make A Difference! Specially for Pesta Ubin,
Common Palm Civets in Siglap Estate
Musang family!

Go wild on your own!

You can also explore on your own! Check out the many DIY Trail Guideson the NParks website. More about our wild places on wildsingapore. A tip to avoid the crowds on school holiday weekends, come early. That's when wildlife is more active anyway. And leave before it gets too hot.

MORE school holiday activities on the wildsingapore happenings blog.


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