12 November 2012

Biodiversity for kids during the year end school holidays

Exciting nature activities for kids are lined up for the year end school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's biodiversity!
M.A.D. (Make A Difference) for Wild Pigs by Cicada Tree Eco Place
Learn how to make a difference for Wild Pigs! Party with the Pangolins, learn about night animals, butterflies, and forest giants to garden plants. Join events specially for kids from a kids Garden Party to exploring the Chek Jawa boardwalk, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and lots more! Many for free.

Free events

18 Nov (Sun): M.A.D. (Make A Difference) for Wild Pigs
A FREE education programme by Cicada Tree Eco-Place Where do wild pigs live in Singapore? Are there wild pigs that live in other parts of the world? What do wild pigs look like? What do they eat? What may eat them? How many piglets do they usually have? What dangers do they face? How can we live with them? What can we do to conserve them? If we should meet a with a wild pig, what should we do? If you're a kid between the ages of 5 and 10 years, and would like to learn more about wild pigs, then join us for an evening of fun and learning. Take home with you a better idea about wild pigs that live in our midst. Pre-registration required.

1 Dec (Sat): Workshop for kids - We Love the Night Life!
Who loves the night life? Bats, snakes, frogs, toads, owls and night jars! Join our lesson to find out more - we will start with a talk showcasing native nocturnal wildlife, followed by an art and craft session where kids can make and keep paper souvenirs of our nocturnal animals. The event will end with a night walk at HortPark where we will try and spot nocturnal wildlife. Suitable for kids 5-10. Pre-registration required.

8 Dec (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 boar, 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. Pre-registration required.
Wild boar crossing! Getting close to nature

8 Dec (Sat): HeART for Nature - FREE workshop for kids
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 required.
Photo courtesy of Vanessa Chang

9 Dec (Sun): Greet our Forest Giants! a workshop for kids
Kids will learn about the animals and plants that live on and around beautiful forest trees planted along the Southern Ridges. These forest trees form the Sembcorp Forest of Giants - and arboretum project undertaken by NParks as part of its efforts to enhance biodiversity within urban areas. Pre-registration is required. Suitable for kids 5-10. Pre-registration required.

24 Nov (Sat) and 15 Dec (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 is required.

MORE events

17 Nov (Sat): Party with the Pangolins
Pangolins are critically endangered because of habitat loss and poaching. To find out more about pangolins and how to protect these cute critters, sign up for Cicaca Tree Eco Place's educational workshop! It is specially tailored for children between 5-10 years. Come join us and experience a day of exciting fun-filled activities. Try to spot a pangolin on our Night Trail! $10 per child. Each child will receive a button badge, a pangolin jigsaw puzzle and an information booklet. Pre-registration required.

18 Nov (Sun): Jacob Ballas Children's Garden Carnival
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden turns 5! We are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Singapore’s most popular children’s garden with a Carnival and raising funds for a new extension to the garden. Come join us for a fun-filled day of games, food and entertainment!

20 Nov (Tue): Children's Treasure Hunt - a guided tour
A giant prehistoric dinosaur has left its eggs in the Singapore Botanic Gardens! Children will discover some interesting members of the plant kindgom in this guided tour ending in a treasure hunt. Suitable for children in K1 - P2 levels. $8.50 per child (includes $2.50 "Sara, The Forgetful Dinosaur" Workbook). Pre-registration required.

24 Nov (Sat): NSS Kids' Fun with Forest Butterflies at Dairy Farm Nature Park
Be inspired by 11-year old Tan Teong Seng as he points out the fabulous forest butterflies at Dairy Farm Nature Park. Forest butterflies are a different set from the parkland variety, each wonderfully adapted to life in their respective niches. This trip is co-guided by Lena Chow. A fee of $5 per child (member) or $10 per child (non-member) will be collected on the spot. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in at no charge. Pre-registration required.

26 Nov (Mon): Let’s Discover Plants and Animals - a guided tour for kids
Apart from plants, we often come across many animals in the Gardens, such as, birds, frogs, squirrels, butterflies, dragonflies, ants, earthworms. Be amazed by the many different types of animals in Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden! Learn fascinating facts about wildlife in the Garden and pick up tips on respecting them in nature and our environment. You may even have the chance to get up-close-and-personal with an oriental whip snake and a monitor lizard too! Suitable for children in K1 - P6 levels. $6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult. Pre-registration required.

28 Nov (Wed): A Trail Of Colours - guided tour for kids
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.

30 Nov (Fri): Storytime with Sara at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Join us for 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. 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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