Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bub & Me: Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong

Lil Pumpkin's preschool was closed one Friday for Staff Development Day. The event was planned way in advance before the recent childcare abuse fiasco, so it wasn't in reaction to that episode, but I'm sure it was be a good case study topic for the the teachers & preschool staff to discuss.

Anyway, the boy and I decided to take leave to spend some family time with Lil Pumpkin. Just because. We were thinking of going to Universal Studios, or the Zoo, or maybe even Pulau Ubin but in the end, we just kept it simple and explored Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong.
Established in 1997, the kid's kampong {Malay word for "village"} started as a place where modern-day kids can experience the fun of fishing in longkangs {Malay word for "drains"} and other childhood games their parents, or grandparents played while living in kampongs of olden days. They also have enclosures for kids to feed farm animals like ducks, chickens and goose. I thought there would be pigs and sheep too, but sadly, no. Just the smaller farm animals.

We reached about 10.30am but the place was closed a few hours for a school excursion. Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong is actually pretty popular with preschools and primary schools as they offer specially catered educational programs for the school children. In the end we went to the nearby Elias Mall for brunch then returned about 12.30pm when the place opened to public.

We were the only visitors that time so we had the whole place to ourselves heehee. It was a hot hot day but the whole outdoor area is covered with fishnets so even though the sun shone through, it kept most of the strong rays out. Had a great leisure time at the kampong, starting with longkang fishing... a first for Lil Pumpkin.

Lil Pumpkin had so much fun trying to catch the tiny fishes! Frankly speaking, so did the boy and I :) It was a good workout chasing the little guppies here and there haha... we really had to think creatively to "strategise" how to catch the fishes with the small net and bucket {S$4 for a set, and can reuse subsequent visits}. We worked together chasing the fishes and finally, caught 10 fishes. Teamwork, baby. My trick is to try and corner them, then swiftly scoop them up unaware ^^V. {Add me on Vine as @AiSakuraHaruka to see more of our videos}.

You can either return the fishes to the longkangs, or have them packed {complimentary service} to bring home. The uncle was so nice and even gave extra fishes to Lil Pumpkin. I heart kind people like that :)
After our fishing, we headed to the animal enclosures behind to feed them. Luckily, Lil Pumpkin isn't too scared of the animals {thanks to her "animal doctor" daddy} and was pretty happy to get up close to them, and asking all sorts of questions to feed her curious spirit. Too bad they weren't roaming around freely like in a real kampong, but this is as real as it gets in urban Singapore I guess.
All in all, we spent about 2 hours at Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong. This is the place to go if you're looking for an idyllic family afternoon outdoors, and don't want to hustle with other people at more famous local attractions or indoor playgrounds. The admission charges are very affordable as well.

Pasir Rise Kid's Kampong
11 Pasir Ris Farmway 1
Aqua Fauna Center {Blk F1}
Tel: 6583 9030
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat, Sun & PHs: 10am - 7pm

  • Call before going down, especially during weekdays, as it may be closed for bookings
  • Bring extra clothes for the kids
  • Have your meals before your visit, as only snacks are sold there

Check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore :) Read about our visit to Singapore's last kampong here.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored or paid post. All views expressed are my own.

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Unknown said...

her hello kitty outfit is so cute!!!

i was just going to say that it looked empty, like you were the only folks there!

we went a long time ago with poppy's playschool. the same one lil pumpkin is attending!

mail4rosey said...

It does look like a great day, and hurrah for time off w/the kids. :)

An Apel a Day said...

I love the photo with all the coy fish!

~Summer~ said...

Angel loves longkang fishing too! We went to one in Pasir Ris but not sure if it was this one. Anyway I will be sure to check this out with the kids soon! Thanks for sharing, Ai! And I love that video you did! =)

Ai Sakura said...

Adora: yeah I like it being empty actually haha.. easier to fish :P it probably hasn't changed much since u went haha

mail4rosey: yup I heart simple family days like these

Alissa: there were so many! You could actually touch them if you dare :P

Summer: I guess it's this one.. don't remember seeing any others there. It'll be fun for both of them I'm sure

Stacy said...

One day when I plan a family trip to SG, I'm so looking through your posts first. :) You posted so many great places to bring kids.

Love the white n orange 'longkang' fish... I assumed they'd be brown and drab!

Ai Sakura said...

Stacy: aww thanks! it's great that you think my blog is useful heehee.