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KidZania is coming to Singapore!

KidZania Singapore will officially open its doors on 12 April 2016! Located at Palawan Kidz City and linked to the Beach Station on Sentosa Island, the 7,600 m2 park will have a variety of role-play activities for kids to try their hand at different occupations.

We are looking forward to KidZania Singapore because Anya had such an amazing time at KidZania in Bangkok. In fact, we were there from the time they opened right up to closing time! So tiring for the adults but Anya was over the moon. She did so many jobs while we were there – green tea factory worker, doctor, firefighter, fast food server, petrol pump attendant, convenience store cashier, pilot, postal worker, car designer, construction worker, milk factory worker, and sushi chef!

Tickets for KidZania can be booked online and that will save you some precious time (and a bit of money). To find out more on how to maximise your visit, check out the KidZania guide or head on over to Life’s Tiny Miracles to read their comprehensive post on KidZania.

KidZania Singapore
Palawan Kidz City, Sentosa
31 Beach View #01-01/02
Singapore 098008

Opening Hours:
10 am to 5 pm – Sun to Thu
10 am to 8 pm – Fri, Sat, eve of Public Hols, Public Hols, School Hols

Ticket Prices:
$25 – Toddler (2-3 years old)
$58 – Kid (4-17 years old)
$35 – Adult (18-59 years old)
$25 – Senior ( 60 years old and above)

Exploring Kranji Countryside

It’s the September holidays so we decided to explore Kranji Countryside with the kids! Our first stop was Hay Dairies where we watched the goats being milked, walked around the farm, and then drank some goat’s milk on the spot. The goats are milked before 10.30 am every morning so it’s best to drop by between 9 am and 10.30 am.

The kids didn’t mind the smell all that much and were quite fascinated with the milking process. They have seen cows being milked by hand when we were in Taiwan last year and even had a go at milking, but this was their first time seeing a mechanical process of milking.

watching the milking

watching the milking

leaving the milking area

leaving the milking area

walking around

walking around

what's up, kid?

what’s up, kid?

enjoying some goat's milk

enjoying some goat’s milk

the kids

the kids

If you have less than 20 people in your group, you can visit the farm anytime during the operating hours without prior booking and enjoy a free & easy tour. Groups of 20 or more will be charged an entrance fee that includes an educational tour package.

Hay Dairies
Contact: 6792 0931
Email: order@haydairies.com.sg
Address: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4 Singapore 718859
Operating Hours: 9 am to 4 pm (closed on Tues)


Next up was Jurong Frog Farm. We fed some frogs and took a good look at the frogs in all their various stages from tadpoles to adults. The frogs there are really well-fed! I love the colourful murals that add to the charm of the place and the kids had a good time feeding the frogs.

Jurong Frog Farm

Jurong Frog Farm

feeding the frogs

feeding the frogs

so fat!

so fat!

looking for my prince

looking for my prince

checking out the tadpoles

checking out the tadpoles

pretending to be tadpoles and frogs

pretending to be tadpoles and frogs

You can buy frog meat, frog legs, crocodile meat, hashima, fish, and even frog-themed souvenirs like raincoats and hairbands from the Royal Frog Shop located on the premises.

Jurong Frog Farm
Contact: 6791 7229
Email: events@jurongfrogfarm.com.sg
Address: 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 Singapore 718864
Operation Hours: 9 am – 5.30 pm (Sat, Sun & PH; closed on Mon; Tue – Fri by appointment)


After feeding frogs, we needed to feed ourselves and we headed to Poison Ivy bistro at Bollywood Veggies for lunch. The food there is pretty good and prices are reasonable. It was the Teacher’s Day weekend and the fabulous people at Poison Ivy had prepared special gifts for teachers who dine there and that was a pleasant surprise for me.

Bollywood Veggies

Bollywood Veggies

Warrior's Platter

Warrior’s Platter

plotting to steal bananas

plotting to steal bananas

a painful tree to climb!

a painful tree to climb!

lookout point

lookout point

family photo at Bollywood Veggies

family photo at Bollywood Veggies

After lunch, we took a walk around the place and admired the various fruits and vegetables being grown there. It was rather warm by then so it didn’t take long before the kids started whining about the heat and the walking. We decided to head back home, but not before buying a lime plant for me to feed to my Common Lime caterpillars. All in all, it was a successful and enjoyable jaunt around Kranji Countryside!

Bollywood Veggies
Contact: 6898 5001
Email: enquiries@bollywoodveggies.com
Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road Singapore 719026
Operation Hours: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm, Wed – Fri; 8 am – 6.30 pm, Sat, Sun & PH (closed on Mon & Tue, except public holidays)


Kranji Countryside is a lovely place to visit and is very different from the rest of Singapore. If you don’t drive, there’s a shuttle bus service that runs daily. The bus fare is $3 per head for a round trip. You will need to retain your ticket to hop on and off if you are planning to visit several farms using the bus within a day.

If you want to see more than just farms, you can consider doing a self-guided Heritage Trail of the area. The trail covers 14 historical and agricultural trail markers including Kranji War Memorial, World War II First Landing Site, and the farms mentioned above.

Bukit Timah Railway Station with the Kids

When we were in Secondary school, my friends and I spent many an afternoon walking beneath the Bukit Timah railway truss bridge on our way to McDonald’s at King Albert Park (KAP). If a train happened to be rushing past overhead, we always made it a point to count the number of carriages. No trains go by on the track now and KAP is gone too.

But we are creating new memories with our kids. The Green Corridor runs behind our place and we can comfortably walk to either the Bukit Timah railway bridge or the one at Rail Mall. We took a stroll to Rail Mall quite recently so we decided to visit Bukit Timah Railway Station over the Hari Raya long weekend.

We were actually planning to climb Bukit Timah Hill but the path is still closed to visitors. While we were walking from Rifle Range Rd (where we had parked) to Bukit Timah Railway Station, we met many other people cycling or walking across the bridge and along the railway tracks. It’s so encouraging to see that the place is far from being deserted or abandoned.

approaching the bridge

approaching the bridge

imagining the trains that used to rush by

imagining the trains that used to rush by

Adam being pensive

Adam being pensive

posing for a picture

posing for a picture

a beautiful day

a beautiful day

running towards the station

running towards the station

balancing on the tracks

balancing on the tracks

three kids and a sign

three kids and a sign

Central Fire Station Open House

All the fire stations in Singapore (except the one on Jurong Island) have an open house every Saturday from 9am to 11am and we visited Central Fire Station last Saturday. Also known as Hill Street Fire Station, Central Fire Station is Singapore’s oldest fire station (106 years old!) and the red & white brick building is simply beautiful.

There is no admission fee for the fire station open house and visitors will get a briefing on the roles and functions of a fire station, its capabilities and its routine, as well as the operational capabilities of the appliances in a fire station. There are demonstrations on equipment used by firefighters and some hands-on for the kids too. Anya and Adam loved the bit where the firefighters slid down the pole and they also had a blast putting out a ‘fire’.

It was an interesting visit for the kids and they had an awesome time despite the scorching hot weather. I must say I truly admire the dedication of the people at the fire station who have to do this every week and I was impressed by their enthusiasm and readiness to make the open house visit a meaningful one for the visitors.

Central Fire Station

Central Fire Station

quite a crowd!

quite a crowd!

learning about equipment in an emergency ambulance

learning about equipment in an emergency ambulance

rolling out the fire hose

rolling out the fire hose

not easy!

not easy!

putting on the fire jacket and other safety equipment

putting on the fire jacket and other safety equipment

loving his new helmet!

loving his new helmet!

in the Red Rhino

in the Red Rhino

getting a volunteer

getting a volunteer

watching firemen slide down the pole

watching firemen slide down the pole

with a friendly fireman

with a friendly fireman

saving a helpless victim from the fire

saving a helpless victim from the fire

Anya gets a go

Anya gets a go

Adam's turn

Adam’s turn

inside the ambulance

inside the ambulance

what an interesting visit!

what an interesting visit!

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – Fun at the Extension!

A few weeks ago, we visited Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and the kids had quite a bit of fun there but we didn’t stay long because it was so HOT! We went to the extension that has the new Visitor Centre and it’s located along Kranji Way. Their favourite bit was the Junior Adventure Trail just outside the Visitor Centre.

We covered only a very small area that day and didn’t really encounter any wildlife (except the mosquitoes) but before we left, the kids were already asking to visit again. Check out the NParks website for things to do at SBWR, information about guided walks, and worksheets for kids.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

lily pads

lily pads

so green

so green

they spent so much time here

they spent so much time here

1, 2, 3, pull!

1, 2, 3, pull!

the junior adventure trail is based on the mangrove root system

the junior adventure trail is based on the mangrove root system

racing through the roots

racing through the roots

jumping around

jumping around

inside the Visitor Centre

inside the Visitor Centre

escaping the heat!

escaping the heat!

posing on mudskippers

posing on mudskippers

one of the viewing pods

one of the viewing pods

sense of direction

sense of direction

the view

the view

daddy waiting below with the baby

daddy waiting below with the baby

mid-canopy walk

mid-canopy walk

Of Friends, and Birds, and Fish (or lack thereof)

On New Year’s Eve, we took the kids and one of our friends’ kids to Jurong Bird Park. They have an awesome SG50 promotion at the moment where you can get an annual pass for the price of a one-day ticket ($28 for local resident adult; $18 for local resident child/ senior citizen). It’s for a limited time only and I’m not sure when it ends but you can sign up online. So we are now Feather Friends of Jurong Bird Park!

The Lory Loft used to be one of our favourite bits of the bird park but it seems that the birds have gotten too good at eating the leftover food from the cups that are deposited in the boxes by the visitors. We couldn’t get any of the birds to eat our bird food! The kids really wanted to go to the wet playground at Birdz of Play but it is closed until 31 Jan so we really need to make another trip there next month.

After the bird park, we tried to catch some fish at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park but were wildly unsuccessful. It was a pretty fun experience though!

just chilling

just chilling

penguins wanna-be

penguins wanna-be

trying to feed the birds

at the Lory Loft

eat our food!

eat our food!

I scoff at your feeble attempts to feed me!

I scoff at your feeble attempts to feed me!

the bird on the right keeps plucking the tail feathers of the other ostrich!

the bird on the right keeps plucking the tail feathers of the other ostrich!

wary of the cassowary

wary of the cassowary

trying to get his head pecked

trying to get his head pecked

feeding time

feeding time

watching the show

watching the show

I'm so fancy, you already know!

I’m so fancy, you already know!

caged

caged

trying to catch fish

trying to catch fish