20 August 2018

Wild fun for kids during the September 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!
Kids at Junior Wetlands, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
From films to family walks, nature camps, workshops and night walks. Plus a family visit  Pulau Ubin. Learn about our marine life and shorebirds, monkeys and dragonflies and damselflies. Here's highlights of activities specially for kids and the family...

FREE activities

1 Sep (Sat): Beneath the Waves - films, art, talks and more!
Come for a day of marine films including Chasing Coral, Remember Chek Jawa, Birth of a Marine Park! A great opportunity to meet a broad range of marine folk: advocates, artists, scientists, agencies and social enterprises. And learn more about marine and sustainability issues in Singapore.

1 Sep (Sat): Celebrate International Primate Day with the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore)
Celebrate International Primate Day with the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) (JGIS). Screening of “Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks to People” followed by at talk by Singapore's own primate expert Dr Andie Ang.

8 Sep (Sat): Birdwatching 101 at Sungei Buloh
Migratory bird season is here again. Every year, thousands of birds escape the cold north to spend the winter months in the warmer southern parts of the earth. Singapore, especially Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, is a favourite stop-over for these birds. Want to know these birds but don't know how to get started? We are conducting a workshop for the novice. Limited to 15 participants (suitable for 16 years and above).
Common greenshanks (Tringa nebularia)

8 Sep (Sat): Ecolife 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.

8 Sep (Sat): Fun walk along the Southern Ridges
Take your family on this FREE leisurely stroll through the Southern Ridges, a soothing sanctuary of greenery that is steeped in history and home to some of nature's greatest gifts of flora and fauna. Highlights of the free tour include the Henderson Waves, Sembcorp Forest of Giants, Forest Walk and Singing Forest.

9 Sep (Sat): Love MacRitchie Walk by Toddycats - Venus Drive
Join the NUS Toddycats of Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in discovering the forest! Learn about amazing plants and animals living in our backyard as part of the Love Our MacRitchie Forest movement. Come join this FREE walk to learn about the conservation issues surrounding the proposed Cross Island MRT Line (CRL) through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Other activities

1 Sep (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. $5 registration fee and participants to purchase the Young Naturalist Passport at 50cents.

1 Sep (Sat): Dragons and Damsels in Our Wetlands - a guided tour for kids
Did you know that dragonflies are among one of the most ancient winged insects in the world? With body structures that have remain largely unchanged since the Jurassic age, these fighter jets of the insect world help to keep the population of insects in check, and are an indicator for the health of our environment. Learn how the plants and animals have adapted to this wetland habitat, discover the differences between dragonflies and damselflies, and challenge yourself to identifying the many species of ‘dragons’ and ‘damsels’ that can be found here! Suitable for children in K1-P6. $6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult

1 Sep (Sat): Nite Wild Critter Watch at Singapore Botanic Garden
By Cicada Tree Eco Place, specially for families and kids. This lovely old garden created almost 200 years ago still retains its original primary rainforest patch. Although now totally surrounded by housing, busy roads and more development, this lush garden is still home to our smaller species of wildlife. The well-vegetated ponds here are nurseries for several species of frogs, and both insect and fruit eating bats roost in the garden’s palm trees. As dusk falls, kids learn to use our bat detector to hear their echo-locating calls. $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for participants’ kids aged 6 yrs and below.

2 Sep (Sun): Rural Nature and Kampong Culture Walk on Pulau Ubin
By Cicada Tree Eco Place, specially for families and kids. The island of Pulau Ubin has the last of Singapore’s bygone village ‘kampong’ culture. Here you will experience a quaint kampong vibe and the laid-back lifestyle of the people living and working on their tropical island home, and see retro architecture. Much has remained unchanged and it still seems like a walk into the past, back to 1960’s Singapore. We start our walk into the rural countryside on Ubin’s Sensory Trail, bypassing bountiful kitchen gardens and fruit orchards. We peek over fences to look at wooden kampong houses and their outdoor kitchens and toilets. $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for participants’ kids aged 6 yrs and below.
Ubin kampung views near Ubin Jetty

4 Sep (Tue): The Gruffalo - a kids' drama workshop
Join us as we follow the journey of the Gruffalo! Creative play through nature can be used to nurture an appreciation for life in children. Participants will be encouraged to explore nature through dramatization and be aware of its rich biodiversity. Suitable for children in K1 – P4 Levels. $10 per child.

4 Sep (Tue): The Adventures of Sara the Botanicosaurus - a mandarin guided tour
Sara the Botanicosaurus is hungry! Mummy promised to cook up a good lunch if Sara brings home some fruits and vegetables from the Farm and Orchard at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. However, Sara is not very sure what the produce looks like. Come and help Sara find the ingredients for her lunch! This programme is conducted in Mandarin. Suitable for children in K1 – P6 Levels. $6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult.

5 Sep (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). $25 per child. Includes all materials, tea breaks and lunch. Charges subsidized by Mitsubishi Corporation.

7 Sep (Fri): Nite Critter Watch at Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk
By Cicada Tree Eco Place, specially for families and kids. This location is very good for a wild night critter walk and that’s why we keep going back there. As dusk falls, we will go to a nearby location to await the possible appearance of a family of Buffy Fish-owls living in the woodland habitat here. While there, we also look out for emerging bats and observe their acrobatic feeding flight. Kids will get to use our bat detector to catch their calls. We then head off to explore deep into the mangrove forest via the extensive boardwalks to look for other nocturnal critters who live in the swamp, such as the Dog-faced Watersnake, Spotted Wood-owl and more than 5 species of cute geckoes. $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for participants’ kids aged 6 yrs and below

8 Sep (Sat): Sara Goes Carbon Footprinting - a guided tour for kids
Join Sara and her new friend, Rana the Frog, to learn about carbon footprints and the many things that all of us can do to make a difference for our home, Planet Earth! Participants will also be introduced to some useful multi-purpose trees, and learn how to reuse and recycle objects from home and nature, transforming them into useful items for decorative or practical purposes! $8.50 per child (includes $2.50 "Sara Goes Carbon Footprinting" workbook) and $6 per accompanying adult.

Go wild on your own!

You can also explore on your own! Check out the many DIY Trail Guides on 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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