Does your little one coo every time they walk by an adorable cat or dog? Do they insist on entering every pet shop you guys pass by? If your answer is “yes” to both questions, then you’ve definitely got an animal lover in your family. Make their weekends double the fun by indulging in some (or all!) of these family activities that revolve around animals.
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The number one place to bring your kids if they’re really fond of animals is the Singapore Zoo. There, not only will your little ones be able to check out the different animal enclosures, they’ll also get to feed some of these animals. Feeding sessions are available for elephants, giraffes, goats, white rhinoceros and giant tortoises, so you can ask the kiddos which animals they’d like to get up close and personal with and book a slot before heading down!
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826, +65 6269 3411, www.mandai.com/feed-the-animals
If you prefer to visit the Night Safari instead, fret not, because they’ve also got their own feeding program! Your little ones can feed the Night Safari’s Indian Rhinos for a contribution fee of SG$10, and the donation goes to conservation efforts in Singapore and South East Asia. On top of that, you’ll also be able to interact with their animal care team to learn more about the animals and what they do at work. Remember to book your slots early as they’re limited!
Night Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826, +65 6269 3411, www.mandai.com/night-safari
If you’ve got a little extra time to spare during the weekend, why not head down to the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum? Your kiddos can get acquainted with these gentle reptiles, and you can also purchase vegetables and pellets so that they can feed their new friends. The museums houses a large variety of turtle and tortoise species, and some are even allowed to roam freely, meaning you get to pet them if you’d like.
The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, 81 Lor Chencharu #01-16 ORTO, Singapore 769198, www.turtle-tortoise.com
Spend your day under the sun at Adventure Cove, where you and the family can enjoy a variety of water slides and rides! If your kids are extra fond of animals, snorkelling at the Rainbow Reef gives them the opportunity for an up-close encounter with 20,000 friendly fishes. It’s an amazing experience that is sure to wow the little ones, so much so that they may even want to snorkel multiple times within the day!
Adventure Cove, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, www.rwsentosa.com/adventure-cove-waterpark
Enjoy an afternoon at The Cat Cafe, home to a group of adopted kitties and re-homed strays. Sit with them, pet them or even play with them as you enjoy some coffee and pastries, and if you’re lucky enough, they might even come nap on your lap. It’ll be a joyful afternoon for your kids as they make new feline friends in this cozy little cafe, and you can even find out more about each cat beforehand from the cafe’s website.
The Cat Cafe, 241B Victoria Street Level 3, www.thecatcafe.sg
Say hi to adorable manatees at River Wonders! Available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, this unique experience lets your kids meet the star animals of River Wonders while learning more about their quirks and habits. There’s also an opportunity for your little ones to feed the manatee family during mealtime, a one-in-a-lifetime experience that they’ll never forget.
River Wonders, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826, +65 6269 3411, www.mandai.com/river-wonders
If you’re looking to go all out, this lavish experience might just be right up your alley. Book the ocean suite for a night and watch your kids squeal in delight when they get a first look at the room. The suite is situated right next to the SEA Aquarium, so you’ll get an amazing view of the aquarium’s main tank from the bedroom itself. If your kiddos are obsessed with sea creatures, they’re bound to spend the whole day lounging around while watching fish and manta rays swim by.
Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, www.rwsentosa.com/ocean-suite
Let your little ones befriend a group of adorable goats at Hay Dairies. The farm visit consists of a free and easy tour, and if you’re there early enough you’ll even be able to catch their goat milking session in the morning. Learn how the farm operates by asking any of the friendly staff questions, and feel free to walk around at your own pace to observe the goats resting or playing in their pens. Alfafa Hay can also be purchased if your kids wish to feed the goats there.
Hay Dairies, 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859, +65 6792 0931, www.haydairies.sg
If you own a doggo and want them to be a part of your family activities, drop by Wooftopia Pet Cafe where both dogs and pawrents can enjoy a lovely meal. Dog owners get to even build their pet’s meal from scratch by mixing and matching different ingredients that the cafe offers. Your kids will also have fun interacting with other dogs that are at the cafe, and your furpals can make new friends too! Even if you guys don’t own a dog it’ll be lovely to have lunch there and say hi to other people’s doggos.
Wooftopia Pet Cafe, 200 Turf Club Rd, #01-29, Singapore 287994, +65 6966 8818, www.wooftopiacafe.com
Do something meaningful for the animals in Singapore by volunteering at shelters together as a family. Not only will your help benefit these shelters and the abandoned animals, the kids will also learn compassion and empathy through the experience. There are many shelters in Singapore that you can approach, including the more well-known ones like Action For Singapore Dogs and Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter.
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