Last Sunday, we took advantage of the cool weather to have ourselves a picnic at Gardens By The Bay.
I gotta say, the Gardens is really one of our favourite venues as a family. We are friends of the Gardens, which allows us unlimited entries into the conservatories for a year. A perfect arrangement! When the weather is unbearably hot and Aidan looks like he needs to expend his energy, we would hit the Flower Dome for some air-conditioning comfort. He can run around in glee and we can chase after him without breaking into a sweat.
Luckily for us, the Christmas decorations were up in the Flower Dome that weekend. Oddly enough, despite being members for almost a year now, we have never been inside the Flower Dome in the evening. That Sunday, after our early dinner on the Gardens grounds, we headed into the conservatory to check out the display.
Our family likes going out on the weekend.
To put it more accurately, we parents can’t bear the thought of being marooned at home for two full days or squeezing with the weekend crowd at the neighbourhood malls. Plus, visiting shopping centres on the weekend means that there’s a high propensity to spend money on toys and sweet treats or be faced with screaming meltdowns from two tiny tyrants – unless we can distract or cajole them out of it.
So in January this year, we embarked on a small family project titled ‘Going Public’, where we visit outdoor community spaces. Our outings cover places of varying scale, from simple neighbourhood playgrounds to scenic viewpoints like Henderson Waves.
In this series titled The Great Outdoors, we will be featuring an outdoor destination in each supplement, along with our assessment of each place’s suitability for small children, the programmes and activities available, and visit highlights.
Before introducing our first play destination in the next entry in this series, we would like to share some tips on planning an outdoor outing (many of which are learning points from our own experiences with less-than-successful outings!)
- Be On The Lookout
Dry on ideas on where to go? Sign up for e-bulletins and updates from various event organisers. NParks has a quarterly e-newsletter and a list of upcoming nature activities on their What’s On page. You can also sign up to be on their mailing list and have regular park updates sent straight to your Inbox. Facebook is also an easy and convenient source of event news from various interest groups e.g. The Nature Society of Singapore, walking groups, cycling enthusiasts, pet-lovers groups.