Family outings with the kids can often be difficult to plan, and most of it is usually only any fun for the kids.Think playgrounds, where you sit on a dirty, sandy ledge, smartphone in hand as you half-monitor your child having the time of their lives, while swatting pesky mosquitoes away.
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Shake up the usual routine by visiting Singapore’s local farms – think farm tours where both you and your kids get to interact, and pat farm animals, while also learning more about nature and the local bustling urban farm community that is often little known to Singaporeans.
1. Bollywood Veggies
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One of the most famous farms in Singapore, this is a veggie farm that is full of their own produce ready for the picking. Take your kiddies on their 30-minute farm tour where you will be able to get your hands and feet dirty in their paddy field, enjoy bonding activities such as treasure hunts and culinary challenges, as well as dine at their farm-to-table bistro where you’ll be able to eat homely comfort food like laksa, kueh, and fig tea, cooked with the fresh produce from the farm.
Everyone gets a good time here – without anyone needing to fiddle around with their smartphones! – plus, this experience will be sure to make your kids be eager (instead of dread) to eat their veggies.
Bonus: you can bring home their home-grown, organic produce sold in their farm shop!
Bollywood Veggies, free admission, open Wed-Fri 8am – 5.30pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 8am – 6.30pm, closed on Mon-Tue unless public holiday, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026.
2. Hay Dairies Goat Farm
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The only goat farm in Singapore, join their free guided tours from 9am – 10.30am, where you and your children will be allowed to view the goat milking session, walk around the farm at your own leisurely pace and even interact with them through petting and feeding.
After a good leisurely stroll around the park, feel free to go to their store to purchase their freshly squeezed goat’s milk (available in original and chocolate, perfect for any chocoholic!), as well as some handmade goat’s soap, which is said to be wonderful for people with dry or sensitive skin.
Hay Dairies, free admission, open daily except Tuesday, 9am-4pm, No. 3 Lim Chu Kang, Agrotech Park Lane 4, Singapore 718859; Website www.haydairies.com.sg/farm-visit
3. Dairy Folks
Nestled in the quiet, lush greenery of Lim Chu Kang, Dairy Folks is a cow farm that has been around in Singapore since 1936, and is dedicated to producing only the freshest milk for us.
While there aren’t open farm tours available, feel free to explore the farm on your own, as well as pet and feed the cows there.
Tip: Don’t forget to order their farm-fresh pasteurised milk, which you can choose to have it delivered right to your door step, starting from SGD20.Sure, it may be SGD5.50 a litre, which is sort of pricey for just milk, but it is no ordinary milk – its formula is free from hormones, antibiotic free, not homogenised, as well as full cream. according to a reviewer online, this milk is super creamy and tasty – perfect for satiating both kids and adults
Have a sweet tooth? Try their fresh ice cream at SGD3.50 a tub, which comes in three flavours: dark chocolate, salted caramel, and original milk. The kids are going to love it!
Dairy Folks, no opening hours stated, 5 Lim Chu Kang Lane 8A, Singapore 719608.
4. The Animal Resort
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o your kids love animals of all sizes – big and small, furry and non-furry? Bring them over to The Animal Resort to watch all sorts of animals roam free like fowl, chickens, ducks, geese, and even peacocks, and other exotic birds you would never see on our streets.
Not so keen on fowl? Other animals to look out for would be horses, rabbits, as well as guinea pigs.
Don’t forget to purchase different nibbles for every little animal you wish to tend to – pet, feed, and interact with the free-roaming animals, but just be careful not to get your hand bitten off by some overly-eager animals (although to be fair, their bites are probably pretty harmless).
The Animal Resort, free admission, open daily except Monday, 10am-6pm, 81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061.
5. Citizen Farm
Want to get the kids away from their smartphones? Get down and dirty as you learn to plow and plant your very own crops, a fun teamwork activity for the whole family.
After that, explore the lush urban farm as you pick up edible flowers and herbs, take a peek at the mushroom cultivation area, and be wowed by the indoor microgreen cultivation which grows greens often found in salads, but typically not grown in tropical Singapore.
But wait, that’s not it – there are also a whole host of workshops for you to pick up the skills to grow your own home-grown urban farm such as planting your own edible garden and cheese-making. There’s also a workshop about the medicinal properties of herbs, where you even get to infuse herbs and flowers into alcohol.
6. Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm
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Founded in 1964,(Modern Singapore was founded in 1965) 54 years history and counting. Crocodiles have always been a part of Singapore's local wildlife & history. It has been the subject of many epic heroic tales & cultural folklore. I myself have grown up eating it in stir frys or herbal soups. The flesh is a stark contrast to it's prized skin, pearly translucent white, reminiscent of Frog / monkfish. Amazing education today, really very excited to work with these magnificient creatures together with a farm of such history & heritage.
Housing over 13,000 crocodiles and many near-extinct crocodile species, Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm allows you to join in on their farm trail as you go through their breeding ponds, hatcheries, pens, abattoirs, tanneries full of small, baby crocodiles and full-sized humongous crocodiles alike, this would surely make for an interesting experience for both you parents and kids alike.
Unfortunately, you won’t be allowed to interact with the crocs as they’re closed off to the public, but hey, we’d say it’s probably for your own good as you don’t want their strong jaws to be snapping you up like a twig!
Long Kuan Hunt Crocodile Farm, from SGD45 onwards, sign up for their group tours here, 321 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718914.
7. Jurong Frog Farm
Instead of sourcing for your own tadpoles that you’d typically find in long kangs, then watching them grow to become restless, insatiable, constantly bounding frogs, how about visiting a frog farm?
Bring along the family as you have fun learning about the different species of frogs, how to differentiate them based on the croaks they make, interact with them – touch them, pet them, or even let them sit atop your head – but be careful not to let it fall!
You can even feed, and catch the frogs in the frog enclosure – surely, a fun trip for all, although that being said, don’t forget to bring a change of clothes!
Bonus: the last activity of the tour will be trying out frog meat, which are naturally, juicy, succulent, and tender! Although if you feel bad eating frogs right after having had so much fun interacting with the live frogs, you can choose to skip this activity.
Jurong Frog Farm, SGD12/pax, open to public on weekends and PH from 9am – 5.30pm (strictly booking on Tues – Fri), 56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 719164.
8 Oh’ Farms
Love, love, love the pretty colours of the butterfly? Learn all about butterflies here, at Oh’ Farms, where the guided tour will take you through the life cycle of a butterfly – feel a caterpillar walk on your hand, watch the butterflies fly, pollinate, and mate before your very eyes.
If you’re lucky – a butterfly may even land on your hand, so be sure to be quick to snap a shot for the ‘gram.
P.S. You can even buy your own butterfly starter kit to raise your very own beautiful butterfly!
Oh’ Farms, SGD5/pax, open daily except for Sunday and PH, 8am – 5pm, Nee Soon Agrotechnology Parks, 14A Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769970.
9. Kin Yan Agrotech
Located near Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Kin Yan Agrotech is Singapore’s largest commercial wheatgrass farm, and also grows its own selection of edible cacti, aloe vera, pea sprouts, mushrooms, as well as roselle fruits.
Join in on their farm tours to get educated on the health properties of organically grown plants, or you could also sign up for their fun workshops, like how to cook with edible cactus, or infuse aloe vera into your meals.
Don’t forget to visit their in-store market to purchase their own home-grown veggies! (Or, if you’re lazy, you can easily find them in your local supermarkets as well)
Kin Yan Agrotech, free admission, open daily from 9am – 5pm, 220 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718830.
10. Quan Fa Organic Farm
Boasting a huge variety of veggies, fruits, sprouts, herbs seeds, as well as dairy products, this organic farm in Singapore is where you can join guided tours to watch the painstaking care that goes into producing fresh organic veggies and fruits.
Check out their greenhouses where you’ll see all sorts of veggies like Broccoli, Watercress, as well as their composts where many species of bananas (yes, there are more than one kind of banana, who knew?) and other fruits like dragonfruit and kiwi grow.
While you can pick some fruit up as you go along the tour, you are highly recommended to make a short trip to their marketplace to purchase their freshly harvested veggies and fruits!
Quan Fa Organic Farm, from SGD10/pax, open on weekends only, 9.30am – 5pm, 35 Murai Farmway, Singapore 709145.
11. The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
While it is a museum in name, The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum is more farm than it is a museum. Bring your children here to walk alongside and watch the rare Golden Terrapin and Soft Shell turtles waddle, bask in the sun, and roam free on the floor, as well as in the koi ponds in the Chinese Gardens.
Feel free to pet, feed the tortoises, and always remember to handle them with lots of care (despite their hardy shells)!
The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, from SGD6/pax (child), open daily from 10am – 6pm, 81 Lor Chencharu, #01-16 ORTO, Singapore 769198
12. Qian Hu Fish Farm
With over a hundred species of fish, this farm offers a guided tour that educates both parent and child on the many, many different types of fish and which continent they’re from.
After the educational farm tour, visitors are free to participate in the longkang fishing where you’re allowed to catch the fishes with the provided net – or if you’re daring – with your own hands! The best part? You’re allowed to bring home the fishes after that, woohoo!
If some outdoor fun isn’t quite your thing, or if you’ve just had a particularly painful week at work, you could go for Qian Hu Fish Farm’s own fish spa to rid the dirt and grime off your tired feet.
Qian Hu Fish Farm, from SGD7/pax, depending on which package you take, open daily from 9am – 6pm on weekdays, and 9am – 7pm on weekends, 71 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698950.
13. Viknesh Dairy Farm
Another cow farm in Singapore, Viknesh Dairy Farm is a little less well-known and publicised than Dairy Folk (as it doesn’t have its own website), this is perhaps where you should go if you prefer to explore the farm at your own pace instead of doing a guided farm tour.
Feel free to explore the compounds of Viknesh Dairy Farm as you watch the cows lazily graze in the spacious cow sheds – don’t forget to purchase hay to feed and pat the cows!
And just like Dairy Folk, you can also purchase Viknesh Dairy Farm’s own home-grown organic milk – but take note that as the milk is not pasteurised and not homogenised, you will have to boil it before drinking.
Viknesh Dairy Farm, free admission, open daily from 9am – 5pm (except for Deepavali), 6 Lim Chu Kang Road Lane 8A Singapore 719607.
14. Kok Fah Technology Farm
Make an educational and eye-opening journey about urban farming techniques as you walk through Kok Fah Technology Farm’s large greenhouses and fields upon fields of organic crops. Learn about the typical day of an urban farmer, soak in the freshness of the crops – the fruits, and the smell of fresh herbs in the dancing in the air, while you savour the taste of freshly picked crops from the greenhouse.
Before you leave, be sure to visit their weekend market to purchase freshly-harvested leafy favourites like Kang Kong, Spinach, Bok Choy, and many more.
Kok Fah Technology Farm, from SGD9/pax, open daily from 9am – 5pm, weekend market only open on weekends, 18 Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore 698974.