Got a kiddo at home who’s always inquisitive and won’t stop asking questions? Quench your little one’s need for knowledge with these educational tours around Singapore. It’s a beneficial way to spend the weekend as a family — so quick, sign up for a tour or two!
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Let your kiddos get up close and personal with little goats at Hay Dairies. Their farm tour features an educational orientation by an in-house experienced goat farmer, so your kids can ask him whatever questions they like about his job and the farm. Each participant even gets a 200ml bottle of Fresh Goat Milk and a Hay Dairies cotton bag as a souvenir. For every four paying participants, you’ll receive one packet of Alfafa Hay to be fed to the goats!
Hay Dairies, 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859, +65 6792 0931, www.haydairies.sg/educational-tour
There are so many fascinating underwater species to learn about at the S.E.A Aquarium, and the VIP experience includes a guided tour during your visit. This way, your kiddos can learn more about the marine world and ask any related questions they’ve always wanted to ask! The VIP experience even entitles you to a back-of-house tour where you get to check out their gigantic aquarium tank from right on top — and if you’re lucky enough, even get to see their manta rays waving from the surface!
S.E.A Aquarium, www.rwsentosa.com/vip-experience
Kampongs may be a thing of the past, but there is still one last remaining kampong village left in Singapore! Your children (and even you) might not know what it was like to grow up in a kampong, but it sure would be interesting to take them on a tour of the last remaining village so that they can learn about the simple way of life Singaporeans used to lead. The tour even includes stepping into an actual kampong house and chatting with residents, as well as playing old-school games from the good ol days!
Kampong Experience, www.letsgotoursingapore.com/kampong-experience
Yes, you may have been to Chinatown countless times thus far, but do you actually know about its rich history? On this tour you’ll not only explore hidden streets and admire the architecture of traditional shophouses and temples along Chinatown, but also be told stories of the early Chinese immigrants and the obstacles they faced while trying to build their life on our little island. This tour is also free — but tips are appreciated!
Monster Day Tours, +8749 7346, www.monsterdaytours.com/chinatown-walking-tour
Did you know that the Singapore Zoo has a private buggy tour? Not only will you be able to rest your feet as you’re ferried around each animal enclosure, the buggy tour also entitles you to reserved show seating and priority park admission. It’s also a free and easy tour so you’ll definitely get to stop by and check out whichever animal enclosures you and the children were already planning to. With your personal guide by your side, the family can then ask any questions about the animals that they’d like.
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826, www.mandai.com/tours
If your kids think reptiles are cool and wish to get up close to them, the RepTopia Tour at the Singapore Zoo might be perfect for the family. It’s a one hour behind-the-scenes tour that includes close-up feeding sessions and photo opportunities. Of course, you’ll also get to learn more about these reptiles, and your guide will be speaking to you about the threats these scaly cuties are facing as well.
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826, www.mandai.com/tours
Your kiddos will definitely be in awe of this hydroponics greenhouse! Take them on a guided tour through the facility where they’ll learn about the company’s research and development progress as well as get to witness an aloe vera demonstration. Each participant will also get a lettuce sample and honey aloe vera drink (yum!) after the tour. If you’d like to extend your visit, perhaps consider one of the add-on activities like potting of micro greens or hydroponics harvesting.
Kok Fah Farm, 18 Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore 698974, +65 6765 6629, www.kokfahfarm.com.sg/farm-tours-activities
There is so much to explore at the intertidal zone, and you can do so by joining the Experiential Intertidal Exploration by The Untamed Paths! You and the kids can learn about coastal ecology along the way, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll even manage to see a whole bunch of marine inhabitants. It’ll be a cool experience for the kids to spot these little creatures in the wild and to learn more about them from your guide.
The Untamed Paths, www.klook.com/intertidal-exploration-singapore
Bees are such gentle and hardworking creatures, and there is so much we can learn about and from them. Bee Amazed offers a variety of different programs that are related to bees, their characteristics, and also the honey they produce. There are ten different programs in total, and you can start with the very first one, which studies the behavior of honey bees and how we can learn from their tendency to be purposeful and disciplined.
Bee Amazed, 91 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769201, +9669 6370, www.beeamazed.com.sg
NEWater is fascinating, since it recycles our treated water into ultra-clean, high-grade reclaimed water. There are several steps in the process, of which you’ll learn more about during the tour at their visitor centre. It’s an interesting tour that’ll provide you with the knowledge of how Singapore played its part in water sustainability. Due to the Covid-19 situation, guided tours will now be conducted in groups of five, and kids have to be from the same household if they’re 12 years and below.
NEWater Visitor Centre, 20 Koh Sek Lim Rd, Singapore 486593, +65 6546 7874, www.app.pub.gov.sg/newatertour
Aww, let your kiddos meet the gentle and adorable manatees at River Wonders when you sign up for their Manatee Mania tour. You’ll learn about their characteristics and individual quirks, as well as take part in their daily training sessions. That’s not all; you and the family will even be able to try feeding them during mealtime — an activity the children will indeed love. Do note that there is a minimum height requirement of 1.2m for this tour.
River Wonders, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826, www.mandai.com/river-wonders/tours
Hurray, the guided tours at the National Museum Of Singapore have resumed! Interested participants can now sign up for the tour, with a maximum of five people per tour excluding the tour guide. It’ll be an interesting learning experience for the kids as the different exhibitions are explained to them in an engaging manner for better understanding. Do check with the front desk regarding tour schedules, and click the link below to the vaccination requirements for participants.
National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897, +65 6332 3659, www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum
Did you know the Yakult Factory in Singapore conducts tours? You can learn how your favorite probiotic drinks are made while touring the facility, and you also get to view the entire high-tech production process through the glass-walled gallery. Staff will also give a presentation about the company and products, so all in all, you get a very well-rounded tour! Due to the current COVID-19 situation, only virtual tours for schools are available.
Yakult Factory, 7 Senoko Ave, Singapore 758300, +65 6756 1033, www.yakult.com.sg/yakult-factory-tour
Haw Par Villa has been a popular attraction in Singapore since decades ago, but has recently been revamped and reopened to the public. Take your kiddos on a Haw Par Villa walking tour, where your guide will explain the meaning behind the sculptures seen at this attraction that depict the different levels of the underworld. Of course, before signing up for this tour, make sure to ask your kiddos whether they feel comfortable with it or if they’ll be too scared.
Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628, www.klook.com/haw-par-villa-walking-tour-singapore
See a side of Pulau Ubin that you’ve never seen before! The Wild Side tour lets you rediscover this little island with a veteran nature guide, so you know you’re in for an exciting time. First up is a sensory trail where you’ll be taught how to recognize various herbs and spices as well as learn more about the insects around the area. You’ll also be visiting a fruit orchard and Malay kampong within the island itself. There may be a lot of walking involved, so we’d advise joining the tour if your kids are a little older and are comfortable with physical activity.
Pulau Ubin, www.letsgotoursingapore.com/pulau-ubin-tour
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