They say the best way to really challenge a child and their energy is by letting them play outside. This is precisely what The Botanic Gardens offers, a land filled with lush greenery and no limitations. This garden is one of our favorite places to go to in Singapore. It’s not only a fun way to burn off that toddler energy, but it is also free! Yes, you read correctly — FREE! It’s as easy as getting on to MRT! If you are worried about parking, then fret not, there is a lot of outdoor parking available; just slap on a mosquito patch, grab a bottle of water, and you are ready to go. We’re going to give you a virtual-tour and provide ideas on what to do with your toddlers from our very own experience.
Now that you’ve made it to the garden with kids in tow, what’s there to do? The Botanic Gardens is divided into many sections, and although the entire garden is connected, make sure you have a plan in mind before you park your car/taxi. (If you plan ahead of time, it will help you to avoid unnecessary-additional walking.)
We like to enter the garden from the Jacob Ballas parking lot. Sometimes we ride scooters (i.e. Mommy carries the scooter when not in use), kick around a ball or have a mini-picnic with the snacks in my Mommy-pack (yes, Mommy always carries a backpack full of snacks and all kinds of other fun items).
The most exciting activity for my 3-year-old son is to collect sticks, snails, rocks, millipedes and other really dirty things. I usually carry a big plastic bag for him to “collect things” as we walk through the garden. Another thing we do is feed the ducks, turtles and fish, which all of them tend to swim around in the lake. We usually bring some stale bread from home, or if Mommy forgets, then we use an organic snack from the Mommy-pack.
Once we are done with the normal garden we head over to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. At the entrance of Jacob Ballas is the “Kidz Café”, which is a small restaurant that caters to kids with small tables and chairs. They have a minimal menu, but they do serve ice-cream for only $2.50 a scoop (much cheaper than an outing to Ben & Jerry’s).
Once inside the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, there is a lot to see and do! We usually walk over the suspension bridge, check out the water fall, throw rocks in the pond, slide down the orange slide and play in the sand. On our more adventurous days, Mommy brings some swim trunks in the Mommy-pack, and the boys have some splashing fun in the mini-water park.
As the sun starts to set, the children have completely been drained of energy, and are ready to get in the car to go home with very big appetites for dinner.
What other activities can you think of to do at the Botanic Gardens?
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