Freebie Alert! – Activities to boost your child’s SMARTs

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At Flying Cape, we know that parents are the best value-hunters around.  And the best things in life are free too, right?  So why not free children activities in Singapore?

This is not be just a random list.  We are educators at heart and believe that each child has unique interests and strengths.  So our list sorts the activities out by Multiple Intelligence.

Multiple Intelligence is the brainchild of Dr Howard Gardner of Harvard University and widely used by educators around the world since 1983 to help children develop to their fullest potential. You can take the Multiple Intelligence test here.

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We will update this list monthly so do check back when you are looking for something fun to do with your family.

Jump straight to activities for:

  1. Nature-Smart
  2. Body-Smart
  3. Music-Smart
  4. Logic-Smart
  5. Self-Smart
  6. Picture-Smart
  7. People-Smart
  8. Word-Smart

For Nature-Smart Kids:

1. Farm Visit @ The Animal Resort

Dates: All year, except Monday

Opening hours: 10am – 5pm daily, except Mondays

Address: 81 Seletar West Farmway 5 (S)798061

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All ages

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Do you or your child know what it feels like to personally interact with various freely-roaming, yet domestic animals of the 1960’s era? Most modern day Singaporeans don’t! So come down for this unique experience – join the Farm Visit educational tour at The Animal Resort to enrich your child’s nature-smart side!

Special Features
– 15 must-see checkpoints!
– Rarely-seen animals: Cassowary, Crown Cranes, Storks, and many more!
– For a small fee, enjoy the hands-on activity of feeding the animals!

2. Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Dates: Everyday, all year

Opening hours: 8am – 7pm daily, except Mondays

Address: 481, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769

Admission: Free

Suitable for: Children ages 4 to 14

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Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is Asia’s first garden built specially for children and was even opened on children’s day in 2007. The garden consists of a wide variety of plants, aiming to educate children about nature  especially via the senses of smell and touch. Build your child’s love for nature and for plants here!

Special Features
– Interactive installations!
– Fun-filled activities!
– Unique theme of ‘All Life on Earth Depends on Plants’!

3. Southern Ridges

Dates: Everyday, all year

Address: Henderson Road, Southern Ridges, Bukit Merah, (S)159557

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All ages

Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore. Image by yeowatzup CC BY 2.0

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The Southern Ridges Trail is one of the best walking trails designed by Nparks, Singapore. If you are looking for both a nature-Smart AND healthy experience, look no further! We challenge you to explore the 10 km of lush forests and canopy walks, and experience walking on the special structure, Henderson Waves, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge.

Special Features
– Fun, educational AND sporty!
– LED lighting from 7pm onwards, which makes the bridges come to life!
– Not only get to see various plants, but also many of the local birds in their natural setting!

4. Dairy Farm Nature Park

Date: Everyday, All year (No access to a small part of the trail (Singapore Quarry) from 3 Jan-10 Feb due to road repair works)

Opening hours: 24/7

Address: 100 Dairy Farm Road, Singapore 679057

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All ages

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This 63-hectare Dairy Farm Nature Park offers much more than your ordinary park. Within this unique park is a nature trail, a former quarry, and the park’s main attraction, Singapore’s first field study hub for schools: the Wallace Education Centre. It probably is the core for all Nature-Smart hobbies!

Special Features
– Sports activities such as hiking and mountain biking!
– Free art & craft workshop for some parent-child bonding! (Requires advance booking)
– Nature appreciation walk with many photo worthy spots!

5. Labrador Nature Reserve Park

Date: Everyday, All year

Opening hours: 24/7

Address: Labrador Villa Road, 119187

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All ages

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Event Info

For those who want an outdoor yet slightly more leisurely Nature-Smart activity, check out the Labrador Nature Reserve Park. Parents and children alike can take part in bird watching, sight-seeing, picnics and even fishing! The best part is that all these activities are within walking distance of each other.

Special Features
– The Labrador Nature Reserve Park is an important World War II rich in history and culture!
– Open air environment, meaning fresh air and lots of space for children to run around!
– The perfectly relaxing nature-smart place!

6. Healing Garden Tour

Date: Every 1st Saturday Of The Month, 9 am – 10 am

Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Nassim Gate

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All ages

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Event Info

Did you know that there are 400 varieties of plants that can be used medicinally? Bring your Nature-Smart Kids to the Healing Garden to learn about them! This garden is laid out systematically relating to component parts of the body such as the head, respiratory and reproductive systems. Your Nature-Smart Kids will also get to learn about the medical plants traditionally used in Southeast Asia.

Special Features
– Gather knowledge of plants used medically
– Huge and tranquil garden, a good time to enjoy your Nature-Smart Kids companion

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For Body-Smart Kids:

1. Far East Organization Children’s Garden @ Gardens By The Bay

Dates: Everyday, except Mondays

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Fridays: 10am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9am-9pm

Address: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, (S)018953

Admission: Free

Suitable for: ages 4 to 12 years old

Far East Organization Children's Garden

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Event Info

This outdoor playground has one mission in mind: to get everybody drenched. There are water tunnels, stepping springs and various jets your pint-sized terrors – or your mischievous side – can use to hose everyone else down. Even toddlers can get in on the aquatic action, with a safe play zone you’ll feel comfortable letting them roam around freely.

Special Features
– Cooling down while playing in a hot afternoon
– Just have FUN!

2. Singapore Sports Museum

Dates: Everyday, all year

Opening hours: 10am – 8pm on weekdays, 10am – 9pm on weekends, eve of Public Holidays and PH

Address: 6 Stadium Walk, Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore (S)397698

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All ages

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(Photo Credit: Singapore Sports Hub)

Event Info

Visitors at the Singapore Sports Museum will experience a fully immersive exhibition as they are taken through an educational experience that will transport them into a world of sports. Through exciting, engaging and interactive elements that they have never experienced before, visitors will have the chance to learn and develop their interest in sports.

Special Features
– Learn how the sports culture of Singapore has developed over time
– Inspiration to our next generation of Body-Smart kids

3. Military Themed playground @ Choa Chu Kang

Dates: Everyday, all year

Address: Between Blocks 818B and 818C at Choa Chu Kang Ave 1 (Keat Hong Mirage)

Admission: Free

Suitable for: Ages 4-12 years old

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For Body-Smart kids who love to role-play as soldiers in action, this Military Themed Playground will most certainly fit the bill. Your Body-Smart kids will be able to develop courage and improve body balance whilst they role-play as different military roles and attempt different obstacles at the playground.

Special Features
– Playground is made of weather-proof wood
– Unleash your Body-Smart kids’ creativity by role-playing of different military roles
– Build courage in your Body-Smart kids
– Definitely safe to play

4. Tiong Bahru Adventure Playground

Date: Everyday, all year

Address: 203G Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168729

Admission: Free

Suitable for: Ages 3 to 14 years old

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Fitness enthusiasts can warm up at the various fitness corners and exercise stations before jogging around the park. Alternatively, walk on the foot reflexology footpath for a relaxing foot massage. You can also bring your kids there to have a go at the swing and zip-line!

Special Features
– Learn how the sports culture of Singapore has developed over time
– Inspiration to our next generation of Body-Smart kids

5. Kinetic Garden @ Science Centre

Date: Everyday, all year

Address: 15 Science Centre Rd, Science Centre, 609081

Admission: Free

Suitable for: ages 3 to 14 years old

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Event Info

Allow your Body-Smart Kids to discover the inter-relationships between the different forms of energy and much more, through interactive and interesting exhibits like the Magic Swing and Sundial. Your Body-Smart Kids can find out their own weight simply by walking the plank! The Magic Swing is another feature your Body-Smart Kids can try. They will get to experience the back-and-forth transformation of potential to kinetic energy, whilst observing how energy can be transferred from the swing to a pendulum that is connected to the swing!

Special Features
– Body-Smart Kids learn about balance and energy
– Interesting exhibits like Magic Swing and Sundial your Body-Smart Kids get to know

7.  Wallholla Vertical Playgrounds

Date: Everyday, all year

Addresses:

West
Wallholla @ Choa Chu Kang Ave 1 – 815C Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, Singapore 683815
Wallholla @ Bukit Batok East Ave 4 – 266 Bt Batok East Ave 4, Singapore 650266
East
Wallholla @ Carpmael Park – Along Carpmael Road and Ceylon Road (Joo Chiat)
Wallholla @ Punggol Edgefield Plains – In front of Block 673A Edgefield Plains
North
Wallholla @ Bishan St 13 – 158 Bishan St 13, Singapore 570514
Wallholla @ Ang Mo Kio Ave 2 – Along Jalan Mengkudu, and Ang Mo Kio Ave 2
Wallholla @ Junction 8 Shopping Centre – 9 Bishan Pl, Singapore 579837, Level 3
Central
Wallholla @ Cambridge Estate – Along Cambridge Road

Admission: Free

Suitable for: ages 5 to 12 years old

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(Photo Credit: cheekiemonkie)

Event Info

Wallholla is a vertical playground made up of undulating ribbon-like layers. It encourages your Body-Smart kid to climb, hang, swing, slide, run, jump, hide and come up with creative ways to have fun with the playground. No worries about overcrowding, as the play structure can hold up to 30 children at one time! Surely, it will be a fun time bonding and getting to know other Body-Smart kids during the play too.There are 8 such playgrounds that are publicly access in Singapore. Find one near your place and try it out now!

There are 8 such playgrounds that are publicly access in Singapore. Find one near your place and try out!!

Special Features
– Brilliant design
– Boost creativity to your Body-Smart kids
– Definitely a Sweat-It-Out time!!

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For Picture-Smart Kids:

1. Singapore History Gallery @ Singapore Art Museum

Dates: Everyday, all year

Opening Hours: 10am-7pm

Address: Level 1 Singapore History Gallery, 71 Bras Basah Rd, (S)189555

Admission: Free for Singaporean Residents and PRs

Suitable for: All ages

(Photo Credit: National Museum)

Event Info

The Singapore History Gallery now has a section that has been specially created to facilitate family time. In this part of the gallery, 700 years of Singapore’s history is shown through life-like art paintings and sculptures. This by far the best Picture-Smart way to learn about our nation’s background and how we, a tiny red dot, reached our success of today.

Special Features
– Downloadable and printable guide which contains fun worksheet activities!
– Audio-visual stations!
– Get to touch some of the exhibits!

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Rangoli Fun is an interactive art workshop that teaches parents and children alike how to use flower petals to create traditional Indian floor art. At the same time, the art is linked to storytelling and hands-on activities which makes it an unforgettable picture-smart experience.

Special Features
– Family bonding activity!
– Art concepts such as shapes, colours and creativity!
– DIY Bring it home Rangoli craft!

2. Collecting Magic: From Stamps To Wands

Dates: 2 Nov 2016 – 25 Jun 2017

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Address: Singapore Philatelic Museum

Admission: Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

Suitable for: All ages

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(Photo Credit:Singapore Philatelic Museum)

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Harry Potter fans alert! The Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands is an exhibit of Harry Potter stamps and other Harry Potter collectibles. Activate your Picture-Smart side and learn how these stamps and other collectibles can remind you so much about Harry Potter even though they can be such small pictures!

Special Features
– Postcards, limited edition books and DVDs!
– Prop replicas and toys!

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For Logic-Smart Kids:

1.  Singapore Discovery Centre

Dates: Everyday, all year

Address: 510 Upper Jurong Rd, 638365

Admission: Free for Singapore Residents and PRs

Suitable for: All Ages

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(Photo Credit: Singapore Discovery Centre)

Event Info

The Singapore Discovery Centre is one of the landmark ‘edutainment’ centres in Singapore. The free admission grants visitors access to logic-smart exhibits such as: a computer game for building a country, a design studio for the future of Singapore, and a business simulation game. Pit your logic and wit against these challenging exhibits and grow your logic-smart side!

Special Features
– Access to the permanent exhibits
– 1 special movie
– 1 bus tour

2. Science Centre

Dates: Everyday

Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm

Address: 15 Science Centre Road, 609081

Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs (on Off-peak days)

Suitable for: All ages

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(Photo Credit: Science Centre Singapore)

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The Science Centre is another well-known local attraction. With more than a thousand different exhibits about science and technology, it’s almost certainly impossible to visit them all at one go. Many of these exhibits include hands-on interaction that put your logic-smarts to the test. The best part is that new exhibits pop up every now and then, so choose your time to visit wisely!

Special Features
– Live scientific shows and demonstrations!
– Indoor AND outdoor exhibits
– Free access to the Kidsstop Imagine, Experience, Discover, and Dream exhibition zones for even more logic-smart and creative learning activities

3. Find Out How NEWater is Made @ NEWater Visitor Centre

Dates: Everyday, all year

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm, closed on Mondays

Address: 20 Koh Sek Lim Road, 486593

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All Ages

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(Photo Credit: Wee Teck Hian)

Event Info

I’m sure everyone’s heard of NEWater, but do you know how it is made? Follow the guides at the NEWater Visitor Centre, view their multimedia presentations and play various computer games whilst learning about NEWater in a logic-smart way. The highlight – vistors get to see NEWater being made in action from above, while standing on a see-through walkway.

Special Features
– Fun digital information on the importance of water and NEWater!
– English and Mandarin versions available!
– Taste test NEWater – can you tell the difference between NEWater and normal drinking water?

4. Changi Aviation Gallery

Date: Everyday, all year

Opening Hours: 6am to 12am

Address: Airport Blvd, Changi Airport Singapore (SIN), Terminal 3

Admission: Free

Suitable age: All ages

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(Photo Credit: Changi Airport Singapore)

Event Info

For most of us, how airplanes fly is something we only get to read of in textbooks and magazines. Fortunately, we can learn much more about airplane technology at the Changi Aviation Gallery through schematic displays and touchscreen TVs. Located at Terminal 3, Changi Aviation Gallery also has many fun facts about the how Changi Airport is run, arranged in a highly logic-smart way.

Special Features
– Different activities planned throughout the year, especially during school holidays!
– A playground area!
– Close-up view of the A380 plane model, and the only commercial airline plane capable of reaching supersonic speed!

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For Music-Smart Kids:

1. GARDEN RHAPSODY @ Gardens by the Bay

Address: Gardens By the Bay,18 Marina Gardens Dr, (S)018953

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All Ages

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Garden Rhapsody

(Photo Credit: Gardens By The Bay)

Event Info

Come down to Gardens by the Bay to be dazzled by the magnificent sight of our supertrees. Let both music and lights entertain your Music-Smart Kids in the daily Garden Rhapsody light and sound shows today!

Special Features
– The lights appear to dance to the music featured nightly
– Mesmerised in the beautiful music at the great open space while having a night picnic with your Music-Smart Kids!

2. Kinetic garden @ Science Centre

Dates: Everyday, all year

Address: 15 Science Centre Rd, Science Centre, 609081

Admission: Free

Suitable for: Ages 3 to 14 years old

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(Photo Credit: Science Centre Singapore)

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Come and discover the inter-relationships between the different forms of energy and much more through interactive and interesting exhibits like the Magic Swing, a Sundial and a Lithophone. Bring your Music-Smart Kids here to check it out and let them explore the wonder of music! There is even a song sheet there for them to follow, including some of their favorite nursery rhymes!

Special Features
– Interactive exhibits will stir up greater curiosity in your Music-Smart Kids
– Your Music-Smart Kids can even try out their favourite nursery rhymes

3. Esplanade Concourse

Date: Everyday

Opening hours: check on website for different show timings (here)

Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, 038981

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All ages

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(Photo Credit: Esplanade)

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Come down to the esplanade concourse with your children to experience various kinds of music. Fill your evening with good music, whilst having some quality family time as well. Who knows, you may also find out what type of instruments your children are interested in, or the genre of music that they bob their head along to!

Special Features
– Enjoying different genres of music with your Music-Smart Kids at the clean and relaxed concourse area
– Inspire your Music-Smart Kids to perform publicly!

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For People-Smart Kids:

 1. Peranakan Museum

Dates: Everyday, all year

Address: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

Opening Hours:

  • 10am – 7pm (Saturdays – Thursdays)
  • 10am – 9pm (Fridays)

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All Ages

Peranakan Museum

(Photo Credit: Peranakan Museum)

Event Info

he Peranakan Museum provides a stimulating and educational experience for all, while representing the living culture of the Peranakan community in the region. There may be different exhibits and events organized periodically as well, visitors can visit  http://peranakanmuseum.org.sg/programmes/calendar to find out more.

Special Features
– Your People-Smart Kids will learn about the living culture of the Peranakan community

2. Baba House

Dates: Everyday, All year

Opening Hours: Visits are by appointment only (email babahouse@nus.edu.sg to book)

Address: 157 Neil Rd, (S)088883

Admission: Free

Suitable for: 7 years onwards

Baba House, Singapore. Image by Sarah Reid

Event Info

The exquisitely restored Peranakan home near Chinatown can only be visited on a free hour-long tour, which offers a great insight into the life of a wealthy local family in 1920s Singapore. The tours are run by appointment only, on Mondays (2pm), Tuesdays (6.30pm), Thursdays (10am) and Saturdays (11am).

Special Features
– Another place telling the Peranakan story!

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For Word-Smart Kids:

1. National Library Giveaway

Dates and Addresses: Check the opening hours and location of your nearest library

Admission: Free

Suitable for: Babies

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Event Info

Register your babies to be library members!  Simply follow these 3 steps to redeem your baby gift pack:

  • Visit your nearest Public Library and register your child as a library member*
  • Borrow 6 books
  • Present the loan receipt to our library staff at the counter and collect your gift pack!

*Please bring your child’s birth certificate and a parent’s NRIC

Things to note:

  • This programme is only open to babies born from Jan 2016 onwards
  • Membership fees apply to non-Singaporeans
  • Registration points excludes library@orchard, library@esplanade and library@chinatown

Special Features

– The Baby gift pack contains 3 board books, Reading is Fun! Booklet, A Guide for Reading with Little Ones DVD, Height Chart and Rhymes and Fingerplays for Little Ones.

For Self-Smart Kids:

  1. Story-telling at a Public Library near you

Dates: and Addresses: Check the opening hours and location of your nearest library

Admission: Free

Suitable for: Ages 1 to 10 years old

Event Info

Bring your child into a whole new world with story-telling sessions in English, Chinese and Malay.  There are also activity sessions for toddlers where nursery rhymes are read to them.  Details can be found here.

Special Features
– There are literally hundreds of sessions to choose from.  Look out for the sessions where you get to meet the authors!

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For All-Smarts Kids:

1. The Ritz Carlton Millennia

Date: Everyday,all year

Admission: Free

Address:7 Raffles Ave,(S) 039799

Suitable for: All Ages

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore art tour. Image by Sarah Reid

(Photo Credit: Sarah Reid)

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All are welcome to take a 30-minute iPod tour at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia. Enjoy art pieces – from Dale Chihuly glass blowing to enormous Frank Stella installations. Come on down to spend the school holidays with Your All-Smart Kids!

Special Features
– Unleash Your All-Smart Kids imaginations and stir up their curiosity to create their own art pieces

2. East Coast Park

Dates: Everyday, all year

Address: East Coast Park Service Rd, (S)449876

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All Ages

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Event Info

Bring your All-Smart Kids to East Coast Park for a range of activities! From cycling, in-line skating, chariot riding, water skiing, fishing, swimming and countless of other activities, how can family day ever get boring?! Whilst not all activities are free, the big open space of East Coast Park allows your All-Smarts child to venture into creating their own fun. One of the free features in East Coast Park is the Road Safety Community Park, where All-Smart Kids can learn about safety measures whilst crossing the road in an interactive way. There is even a mini SHELL station and a 7-11 in the premise!

Special Features
– A good time to bond with Your All-Smart Kids in various fun activities
– Great open space for families!

3. NUS Museum

Dates: Daily, all year

Address: 50 Kent Ridge Cres, Singapore 119279

Admission:Free

Suitable for: 7 years onwards

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Event Info

NUS Museum’s mission is to actively facilitate the intellectual and cultural life of the NUS community. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on Southeast Asian art and culture, the Museum contributes to and facilitates the production, reception, and preservation of knowledge through collections development and curatorial practice, developing partnerships within NUS, the cultural and heritage industry, and the global knowledge community.

4. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Dates: Everyday, All year

Admission: Free

Address: 2 Conservatory Dr, National University of Singapore, 117377

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As much as the museum maintains its focus as a specimen-based biodiversity research institute with a strong emphasis on taxonomy, systematic and conservation, it will continue to grow new areas and use novel technologies like those associated with genetics, bioinformatics and imaging. The research collection, whilst maintaining its Singaporean-Malaysian strength, will take on an increasingly Southeast Asian perspective to be a useful museum for comparative biodiversity. This is necessary, as modern science cannot be constrained in national “silos”. As such, the research collection will be enlarged and enhanced, with expanded regional collaborations and expeditions, more broad-based research studies, intensive studies of groups for which the museum has resident expertise, increased digitization of resources, cyro-preservation of key-material.

5. Botanic Gardens

Dates: Everyday, All year

Opening hours: 5 am to 12 midnight daily

Admission: Free

Suitable for: All Ages

Singapore Botanic Gardens. Image by Joshua Eckert CC BY 2.0

(Photo Credit: www.nparks.org.sg)

Event Info

Originally established in Fort Canning Park by Sir Stamford Raffles, Singapore’s Botanic Gardens today occupy a swathe of quiet green space at the edge of the Orchard Rd district. Your All-Smart Kids are free to wander the stunning grounds with you. Check out the website (sbg.org.sg) for free walking tours. Your All-Smart Kids will definitely enjoy learning the different species of trees and plants on wooden plaques erected near each tree. Don’t you miss the spice garden too! Happy learning their scientific names!!

Special Features
– A good time to bond with Your All-Smart Kids in the walking tours
– Your All-Smart Kids get to learn different species of flora!

We hope you found this list of free children activities useful.  Here is a free tool to find out what SMARTs  your child has.

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