22 February 2010

Connecting with Nature Week for kids - March holiday specials

Exciting nature activities for kids are lined up at our parks this March school holidays! Lots of fun ways to learn more about Singapore's biodiversity!
from the Cicada Tree Eco Place website.

There are special workshops on dragonflies, night workshops on frogs and toads, and bats! And walking tours for kids at the Southern Ridges and Kent Ridge Park. As well as an art exhibition.

In 21 Mar (Sun): Fabulous Frogs & Terrific Toads! kids above 5 years will learn about the diversity of frogs and toads in Singapore, their life cycle, where they live, what they eat, what may eat them, and the threats they face daily.

In 20 Mar (Sat): Bats are Beautiful! kids above 5 years will discover just how awesome bats are. Bats are important as they help pollinate plants that in turn produce fruit for us. Insect-eating bats help control our insect-pest numbers, while fruit-eating bats help disperse seeds that contribute to our forests. There will be a bat-watching session and a “wayang kulit” (shadow-puppet show) about bats.

In a special mini-workshop 20 Mar (Sat): Fly ... Dragonfly! with Robin Ngiam, kids above 9 years old will get an introduction to the ecology and biology of dragonflies, take a look at live larvae and a short visit to a pond to look for dragonflies. Dragonflies are fascinating insects that have existed for approximately 300 million years. The winged adults are diversely coloured from reds to blues and yellows. A dragonfly’s speed and agility makes it one of the fastest and most effective aerial predators. However in highly urbanised Singapore, dragonflies have become memories. But they are still around and well, waiting for a new generation to rediscover and appreciate them.

There will also be special walking tours for kids by NParks.

15-19 Mar: Southern Ridges Nature Tour for kids above 6 years old, explore this soothing sanctuary of greenery steeped in history and home to some of nature's greatest gifts of flora and fauna. Highlights of the tour include the Henderson Waves, Forest Walk, Alexandra Arch and Floral Walk.

13 Mar (Sat): Kent Ridge Park tour for kids above 7 years old, explore one of the few places in Singapore that is rich in both historical and natural heritage. In the guided walk through the forest, learn about interesting fauna and flora, while learning all about the fiercest battle fought during the World War II.

21 Mar (Sun): HortPark Garden Tour for kids above 5 years old, take a leisurely stroll around HortPark, Singapore’s one and only one-stop gardening hub. Learn all about plants and gardening as we take you through the various Theme Gardens and Display Plots.

As well as an exhibition of nature paintings and art visuals from 13-28 Mar, depicting HortPark and the Southern Ridges by Mr Tham Puisan and students from the NAFA Department of Media & Design.

At the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, there are MORE exciting nature events for kids during the holidays include:

13 Mar (Sat) and 14 Mar (Sun): MAD lesson on Monkeys with Cicada Tree Eco Place for kids aged 5-10 years. Come learn all about the two species of monkeys that live wild and free, and other primates in our wild places. And how we can make a positive difference in their lives.

20 Mar (Sat): Plants and Their Uses a guided tour for kids in K1 - P6 levels. Explore the plants in the Garden: study, smell and feel them and learn how plants play a key role in our lives. Also held on 17 Mar (Wed).

The Birthday Party a guided tour for kids in K1 – P2 levels. Sara is celebrating her baby brother's birthday party. At the last minute, she realizes she forgot the birthday present! Help Sara search for the perfect gift at the Children's Garden. Along the way, have a fun and memorable experience in this new Garden dedicated to children.

The Magic Seeds of Good Behaviour a drama workshop for kids in K1 - P6 levels. Discover nature and its creatures through story, dramatization and the use of props in this drama series! Centered on nature and creatures whose habitat are gardens and rainforests, each workshop will feature a creature and a character building value to educate children to emulate the good value in their lives.

Yet MORE outings for kids!

13 Mar (Sat): Young Naturalist Passport Camp at Sungei Buloh for kids 6-10 years old, this one-day camp includes 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.

15 Mar (Mon): Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with Cicada Tree Eco Place for kids 6 years old and above. Check out the migratory birds, fantastic diversity of native fauna and flora and the signs of old kampongs (villages) in the area.

There are also the regular mangrove walks at Sungei Buloh on Saturday and Sunday and the monthly guided walk at the Botanic Gardens Rainforest Trail.

More about nature happenings in singapore on wildsingapore happenings, with listings for happenings this week and happenings specially for kids and the family and happenings during the school holidays.

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