14 May 2012

Biodiversity for kids during the June holidays!

Exciting nature activities for kids are lined up for the June school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's biodiversity!
Kids can easily spot all kinds of interesting wildlife
from the Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk.
Here's highlights of some of the many exciting nature events for kids during the school holidays. Many for free!


26-27 May: Festival of Biodiversity
This massive Festival brings together the passionate nature community to share the mind-boggling biodiversity from our forests to seashores, even our backyards and parks! FREE film screening, talks, exhibitions, games and more!
26 May (Sat): "Hardy Driftwood in A Wetlands Adventure"
The Hardy Driftwood animation series is set in situations familiar to children and highlights the adverse impact seemingly harmless actions can have on our environment. The series encourages the children to take positive actions to protect the environment through simple and practical solutions within their abilities. For kids aged 4 years and above. Free, pre-registration required. This event is part of the Festival of Biodiversity.

26 May (Sat): Prawn and Fish Demo at Sungei Buloh
Embark on this journey back to the past, where Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve used to be prawn and fish farms. Learn about the importance of mangroves as a spawning place and nursery for prawns and other life. 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. Suitable for older children.

2 Jun (Sat): Free Pasir Ris Mangrove boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs and 30 Jun (Sat)
There are fascinating mangroves at Pasir Ris Park! Easily explored through the boardwalks and it's open even at night! Here, we are sure to see lots of crazy tree climbing crabs, delightful giant mudskippers, cool monitor lizards and nesting herons. As the sun sets, we might spot some nocturnal animals like watersnakes. Suitable for kids and families, small groups only. Pre-registration required.

2 Jun (Sat): HeART for Nature - FREE workshop for kids and 9 Jun (Sat)
This FREE art workshop helps children to delve deep into their hearts to express nature in various themed art activities like drawing, fingerprinting, origami, puppet making. The children will also learn about our natural heritage. Suitable for children aged 5 to 8 years (with parental supervision). Pre-registration online.
Photo courtesy of Vanessa Chang

16 Jun (Sat): Fun walk along the Southern Ridges
Take your family on a 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. Pre-registration required.

16 Jun (Sat): Free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs
The Naked Hermit Crabs introduce you to Chek Jawa without getting your feet wet. Even though we are not going on to the shore, there is still much to see and enjoy. There are monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, spiders, rare plants, wild boars, mudskippers and lots of fruit trees. If we are lucky, we might even spot the Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Sea Eagle and the giant Atlas Moth. Suitable for kids and families, small groups only. Pre-registration required.


30 May (Wed): Storytime with Sara at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
A fun-filled storytelling session, specially designed for little ones. Children will explore Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden with Sara the Botanicosaurus and her squirrel friends, Fluff-tail and Twitchy. To conclude the programme, children will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with plants that are featured in the story, and even have the chance to rock the Suspension Bridge and play hide-and-seek in the Maze. Suitable for children in N1 – N2 levels. $6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult. 

2 Jun (Sat): Adventure with Plants - Sara at the Evolution Garden and 22 Jun (Fri)
In this guided tour for kids, join a giant prehistoric dinosaur, Sara, who lost her friends in the Evolution Garden. Travel back through time with Sara and help her search for her squirrel friends. By going through the thematic trail, you will also learn about some ancient plants which emerged on earth millions of years ago! Suitable for children in K1 – P2 levels. $8.50 per child (includes $2.50 "Adventure with Plants, Sara at the Evolution Garden" workbook) and $6 per accompanying adult.

3 Jun (Sun): NSS Kids' Fun at Tampines Eco-Green
Traipse across the open green grasslands and poke around the ponds of Tampines Eco-Green. It is filled with birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Learn how its habitats have a place in the great web of life. We may spot the Asian Golden Weaver, a beautiful escapee caged bird that is nesting in the park's Acacia trees. What's wrong with these foreign plants and animals? Why are we worried about them? Listen to their stories and find out. For children 4 to 12, $5 per child (NSS member) or $10 per child (non-member), pre-registration required.

8-15 Jun: Wiggles and Giggles - Singapore International Children's Film Festival
A combination of nature-themed films and guided tours at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, with 7 nature-themed and eco-friendly films paired with a guided tour of the gardens at the Jacob Ballas Children’s. The festival aims to provide kids with educational, enriching and value-affirming content through film and provide families with an enjoyable and enriching cultural experience. For children 3 to 9 years, $12.50 each (excluding ticketing fees), pre-registration required.

9 Jun (Sat): Young Naturalists Passport 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. Children will earn a stamp for every completed activity, and a full collection of stamps will earn them a series of cloth badges. Limited to 40 children between the age of 6-10 years old. Pre-registration required.

16 Jun (Sat): A Trail Of Colours - guided tour for kids and 20 Jun (Wed)
Our beautiful garden would not be complete without the colourful blooms! In this tour, children will be able to learn about colours and the different parts and function of a flower. Suitable for children in K1 - P6 levels. $6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult. Pre-registration required.

You can also explore on your own! Check out the many DIY Trail Guides on the NParks website. Explore the new Berlayar Creek boardwalk, check out our heritage trees, visit Pulau Ubin and more! 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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