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.
One of our favourite outdoor weekend spots is Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
Okay, to be exact, we’ve only been to the water playground at the Pond Gardens (formerly known as Bishan Park 1). Because exploring all 62 hectares of the park – one of the largest in Singapore – with two small kids is QUITE. A. FEAT.
The playground is designed as a series of shallow water channels criss-crossing the play area, reminiscent of a natural river plain. Children can manoeuvre the sluice gates within each channel to control the flow of water. Floating fallen leaves or paper boats down the channels makes for a good lesson in the ebb and flow movements of streams and rivers. Older children may enjoy arranging the movable “rocks” in different positions to experiment with how various permutations affect the flow of water.
Nonetheless, if you’re only a year-old tyke like Claire, you can still find amazement in sitting and gawking at leaves gliding swiftly on their watery journey downstream.