Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jacob Ballas Children's Garden - A Kid's Day out

It was a childcare holiday. So we decide to make a trip to Jacob Ballas Children's Garden. It was a hit!The place have a great variety of things to play with and lots of room to run and explore. It was great for mummy too as there is plenty of beautiful trees and flowers with clear signs and little bits of information around the garden to make the trip an educational one for both of us.

The visitor centre of the park have a very interesting sculpture in the shape of a tree. The "leaves"on closer observation looks like shapes of children playing. We marveled at this interesting sculpture before entering.

For those who have not been to the garden before, it's worth while visiting the information counter first. We were so excited about going in that we did not realize that there is an information counter until we came out. The friendly staff gave us a brochure of the garden, a little worksheet on the plants we saw in there and a nice pencil.

Be sure to eat something first if you are hungry as you are not suppose to bring food to eat inside the garden. The kids cafe is so inviting with a beautiful mural. Our dear boy immediately decide that the first thing he wants to do is to have some food at the cafe first.

We were greeted with the view of the water play area. Our little boy was however unimpressed and declined my offer to let him play there.

I am impressed to see so many plants with nice big signs to help me recognize the plants that we usually only see at the supermarket.

Some of the signs give informative background about the plants.

The real highlight of the trip is however this....the tree house.

There are easy stairs leading to the top of the tree house but there is also a ladder that leads to the higher part of the tree house.

We love these cute little chairs made of wood on the top of the tree house for resting and playing.

Wee...now I gotta try the other slide

Other than the tree house, there is also a suspension bridge and waterfall with a cave that the little boy can't get enough of.

After exploring the suspension bridge, we crossed a little stream and came to a pond with a floating platform. There are pretty water lilies and a floating platform so that we can get a closer look at the plants and animals in the pond. We spotted a water stick insect and some fishes, some dragonflies and this statue of a flamingo.
Near the pond is a tree that was struck by lightning. It makes a good place for a game of hide and seek.
This is where children can learn about photosynthesis.

Another play and learn area. It is right beside the maze...were we had a good time playing catching.
We ended the day in the playground where there are a few interesting play items not seen else where. Such as this seesaw. There is also a rotating disc and device that looks like an ice-cream scope which the kids love.

Where: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Opening hours
8.00am - 7.00pm (last admission at 6.30pm)
The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is closed on Mondays (except when it falls on a designated public holiday)
Admission is free
For more info check out SBG's Website