Friday, August 5, 2011

Visit to the Kids' Kampong - Getting to Know the Animals

I used to think that I know where all the nice places of retreat are in Singapore. But in recent months, I've been delighted to discover some new rustic spots around the island. Since then, I'm on the lookout for more of such places - places we can escape to from the daily grind and everyday stresses, places that allow us to connect with nature. All the better if it is a great 'playground' for my active toddler.

And the latter is exactly what the Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong is. But don't envision a venue where the animals roam freely like in a real kampung (which I was hoping for), nevertheless, you'll get to see animals that are commonly found  in kampungs back in the good old days.

I found out about the place from a good friend few months ago, and we finally made our first trip there last Sunday.

The Kid's Kampong is located within the Aqua Fauna Centre at Pasir Ris Farmway.

Entrance fee is at $1 per person, which includes a packet of feeds for the animals. Our boy gets to enjoy free entrance. So we had two packets of feeds - one just for the rabbits, the other can be used for all other animals.
Close-up of ticketing counter

Activities you can look out for at the Kid's Kampong:
  • Longkang fishing using net and bucket (check out the charges here
  • Rod fishing
  • Animals feeding - fish, birds, ducks, chicken and rabbits

Let the journey begin

Upon entering the 'kampong', this is what you'll see:

A family with a small toddler enjoying some fishing fun at the 'longkang' (which means 'drain')

We began our journey at the 'Birds Station'. We didn't feed any of the birds as Kenan wasn't interested. Instead, he was attracted by something else..
The koi pond and the hundreds (my guess) of koi swimming in it. It was quite a sight.

Kenan tried his hand at feeding the fishes. Be prepared to get a bit wet as the fishes swam right up to the edge of the pond and splashed water about as they fought with one another to get a bite.

Next was the chicken. He was so eager to touch the chicken he almost got his little finger pecked!

There are two areas with ducks, this one is built at the koi pond. 

 While Kenan always enjoy looking at the ducks in books and would often go "duck, duck", he wasn't a bit interested with the real ones right before him. It's as if he wasn't sure what they were. Was he thinking why were the ducks white, whereas those he sees in books are yellow? Well son, this are the real ducks!

The rabbits were definitely Kenan's favourite! He was smiling with so much joy and excitement when daddy held his little hand to touch the rabbits' noses. He stayed here for a long while.

Besides the animals above, there's also a tortoise pond, the second area for ducks and a place for washing hands.

We were there in the late morning and before we knew it, it was already time for lunch. We enjoyed our visit, and felt that it was a truly educational trip where our little boy got to see what the real chicken and ducks look, sound and even smell like.

By the way, you can also host children's parties here. I thought it would be a great venue.

Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong
11 Pasir Ris Farmway Way 1
Singapore 519355
Tel: 6583 9030

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am to 6pm 
Sat, Sun & PH: 10am to 7pm

Please call beforehand if you want to visit on a weekday, as the place may be closed for school booking.


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