Feeding a goat, catching a frog or going longkang fishing… these are some activities you can expose your child to during the upcoming June holidays — right here in urban Singapore. Below are a few farms where your children can enjoy nature and have animal encounters.
Singapore may not be an agricultural country, but there are small farms dotted across the island. Many of them welcome visitors young and old. Farm visits are not only fun for both kids and adults, they can also be educational. Here are some to consider.
JURONG FROG FARM
At Jurong Frog Farm, you’ll get a chance to understand what it takes to be a frog farmer. The only licensed frog farm in Singapore, Jurong Frog Farm offers family tours as well as opportunities to catch and feed the amphibians. You can also book a learning journey that features interactive self-navigated tours to uncover the mysteries of frogs and their life cycle. Hop on over for a visit that promises to provide loads of enjoyment for the entire family.
51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6
Sat, Sun and PH (general public): 9am–5.30pm
Tue–Fri (for tour reservations and general pickup): 9am–5.30pm
GALLOP KRANJI FARM RESORT
If a farm stay is what you’re after, Gallop Kranji Farm Resort offers a bucolic staycation with 35 villas of different categories to cater to your needs. While there, you can take a guided tour of the farm to view the vegetable, herb and fruit plantations on the premises. You can also feed the koi and go prawn fishing at the farm. This place is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of city living without having to board a plane.
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2
(Main office: Front desk enquiry)
Most children assume that milk comes only from cows, not realising that goats also produce milk for mass consumption. At Hay Dairies, visitors can participate in an educational orientation of the farm where they can view goat-milking sessions. They can also buy alfafa hay to feed the goats. They can round off their visit by getting a bottle of goat milk to try — they are available in original and chocolate flavours.
3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4
Mon, Wed–Sun: 9am–4pm
As the first urban insect farm in Singapore rearing the black soldier fly, Insectta takes food waste and returns it into the economy as valuable biomaterials. It has various programmes and tours you can sign up for, such as Go Green Go Buggy, which revolves around the superhero of the farm: the black soldier fly. Suitable for learners of all ages, the tour includes a chicken feeding activity. Children under seven can join Little Insect Farmer, a seminar programme that teaches about the food waste-fighting powers of insects through interactive storytelling. Check their website to find out and sign up for programmes available.
60 Jalan Penjara
“Always open”, according to its Facebook page:
QIAN HU FISH FARM
Qian Hu is home to more than 1,000 species and varieties of ornamental fish from around the world. One activity families can bond over here is longkang fishing: $6 gets you a small fish tank and a net to scoop out guppies from the cluster of ponds and canals on the premises — the fish you catch are yours to keep! Another attraction is the Qian Hu Fish Spa: soak your feet and enjoy watching the fish nibble at the dead skin on them. Finish your visit by dropping in at their on-site café for an ice cream.
71 Jln Lekar