Yahoo…….finally, we got a long weekend last week. On Thursday there was Hari Raya Puasa and followed by National Day on Friday and continued with weekends. Adventure Cove Waterpark was our original plan to visit on Thursday, but having read about the queue that can last for 2 hours on favorite rides on public holidays, we decided to changed the plan. Besides, the dolphins are not ready in Adventure Cove, so better wait than sorry.
As an alternative, I offered Singapore Zoo to lil boy as an exchanged to Adventure Cove. He agreed immediately. This would be his third time visiting the zoo. The first time was not satisfied enough for him because he was only 4 years old and we decided to take tram ride than to carry him when he got tired. As a result….? He wasn’t able too see everything from the tram. Besides, we arrived late at the waterplay zone which was closed at 5.30 pm, so he only had little time to play. We didn’t see the petting zoo, try the carousel, or even play in the dry playground.
The second visit was with his school, which he described even worse because…………like he said: ” Every time I want to see something interesting, the teacher always says “Assemble time…..assemble time……..” I couldn’t see all the animals, only a few…….”. The way he said assemble time was so funny and it made me laugh. Again, he rode the tram with his friends so he couldn’t see too many things for sure.
It was raining heavily in the morning, but luckily the rain stopped once we arrived at the zoo. The weather was very nice that day (cloudy and drizzling sometimes, but I prefer this than the hot sun). Despite the big rain in the morning, we were surprised to see such a long queue in front of the ticketing counters at 9.00 am. By the way, Singapore Zoo is opened from 8.30 am to 6 pm.
But don’t worry………..half of the people or more will go to the newly opened River Safari (the ticketing counters are the same with Singapore Zoo). Besides, Singapore Zoo is a very big place, it has enough space for hundreds of people spreading all over the area. We didn’t really feel the crowd too actually.
This time, we only purchased Zoo admission ticket: $14 children and $22 for adults (10% discount on public holiday with NTUC Card). We didn’t buy the tram tickets because lil boy said he must see everything this time. If not, he probably wouldn’t get a second chance (meaning…….there’s no way that mommy will come here again and spend more than $100 for tickets and food in the near future………
mama irit), So yeah……this time he better use this chance to see everything he wants to see!
We actually finished our zoo trip at 6.30 pm, and lil boy was so strong (daddy was tired and decided to rest in the car at 4.30 pm), he managed to walk the whole day! He sometimes sat down for a few minute when he felt tired, but that was it! He even played and run the whole time in the children playground while we adults sat down and ate lunch.
We missed some animals, so we must turned around and found the missing animals (was on the map but we missed to see them). Whoa…..very tired for all of us. Lil boy slept as soon as we got into the car, but he woke up voluntarily in Downtown East when we stopped to have dinner. He was hungry too he said.
All the food that we brought from home (fried noddle, fried rice, steam rice, meat tofu, and 4 homemade cheese burger) was all gone! My mom reminded me to bring extra food again next time because the two boys were still hungry after consuming all that food. Amazing……!
And now, let’s explore the zoo……….
Note: the sea lion show received a great feedback from lil boy, but since he already saw it with his friends, we decided to skip watching the show.
1. Rainforest Kidzworld
This is absolutely a must visit place for children. There are wet and dry playgrounds, petting zoo, souvenir shop, kampong house, stable, pony ride, merry go round, and horse carriage ride, picnic area, and KFC with very long queue (believe me, it was the longest queue on KFC that I’ve ever seen). Children can feed goats with leaves too. Based on our experience before, we decided to visit this place in the afternoon instead as our our last stop. We didn’t manage to see everything when we put this area as our last stop the last time we visited the zoo.
This place is also one of the many reasons why lil boy wanted to visit Singapore Zoo again.
2. Garden With A View
We didn’t see this the last time we visited zoo. I don’t know if it’s actually new or not. Overall, it’s a beautiful garden with lots of plants from flowers, vegetables, fruits, etc. I really wanted to take this to my backyard (if I have a backyard someday) and reap the fruits and vegetables to be served on my dining table. I saw spinach, nuts, papayas, asparagus, chili, coffee, asparagus, and other fruits and vegetables. Yummy……
4. Mango Juice
It was so hot and we were all very tired at the end of the day, that lil boy for the first time of his life asked for cold water! He never liked cold drinks before, so I was surprised to hear that. So we went to the beverage stall and he chose to have mango juice (double surprise for me since he didn’t like mango and especially mango juice!). So that was the first time and he liked it so much that the finished the whole glass by himself.
So, the mango juice experience ended our adventure at the Singapore Zoo. Next stop will be the River Safari which is just next to the zoo.