From water theme parks to reservoir cruises to aquariums, water is the driving force behind many leisure attractions in Singapore! In celebration of the school holidays, Water Chatter susses out some fun water-related activities that the whole family can take part in!
Be one with water
Water sports are not exclusive for adults – kids can take part too! Paddle Lodge @ MacRitchie Reservoir (operated by the Singapore Canoe Federation) allow children as young as five years old to experience kayaking as long as they are accompanied by adults and are able to fit into personal floatation devices. Besides kayaking at MacRitchie Reservoir, you can also head over to Bedok Reservoir and Lower Seletar Reservoir to kayak with kids. But do note that the minimum age to go out on a kayak at these two locations is seven years old and the child must be accompanied by an adult.
If paddling is not your thing, you can also rent one of these pedal boats from the Water Sports Centre at Singapore Sports Hub to explore our blue spaces. The minimum age at the Water Sports Centre is nine years old and the child must be accompanied by an adult.
A trip down memory lane
Do you remember the time when you were young, and you and your friends would excitedly squat down beside a drain (or “longkang” in Malay) to catch fishes like guppies after a heavy rain? Your kids can re-live your kampong experience too with modern-day “longkang fishing” facilities found at recreational spaces such as Orto and Fish@Bugis+ and Fish@Aranda. The little ones will find it a thrill to catch fishes and bring them home later.
Take a cruise on the wild side
As part of the admission to the River Safari, visitors get to go on the River Safari Cruise, a relaxing and scenic boat ride along the Upper Seletar Reservoir. Enjoy nature’s tranquillity and if you’re lucky, you might spot wildlife such as storks, herons and even giraffes or elephants!
Know your ABCs
The Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme is an initiative by PUB to integrate Singapore’s drains, canals and reservoirs with the surrounding environment, thereby creating beautiful, clean streams, rivers and lakes with postcard-pretty community spaces for all to enjoy and get up close with water. So instead of staying indoors to play computer games or hanging out at shopping malls, why not head outdoors to explore the ABC Waters sites near you. You’d be surprised at how beautiful some of them can be, including the flagship one at Kallang River @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
Get Up Close with Water Wally
Catch these adorable ‘life-sized’ Water Wally mascots as they rove to various places around Singapore! The mascots were commissioned to celebrate the 10 years of the ABC Waters programme in 2016, with each of the 10 figurines representing a milestone or facet of the programme. The mascots are currently on display at Marina Barrage!
Otter Spotting at our Waterways
Who says there are no wildlife in Singapore! The otter community have been thriving of late and have been spotted at various waterways around Singapore such as Kallang River @ Bishan-AMK Park, Sungei Ulu Pandan and Marina Reservoir. If you ever encounter the otters, do remember to observe them from a distance, stay quiet and avoid flash photography as we do not want to frighten them. Please do not feed the otters as well – they have plenty of fish from the river to feast on, which keeps the ecosystem healthy too!
Check out Water-Themed Galleries
Water is a necessity in our daily life and what better way to learn about where our water comes from than at the NEWater Visitor Centre. Understand the science behind NEWater and experience what it’s like to be a water molecule undergoing treatment! Guided tours are free and can be booked here!
Make a Splash at Water Theme Parks and Water Playgrounds
With the weather in Singapore reaching scorching temperatures, there’s no better way to cool down than to hit the waters! Regardless of your age, water theme parks and water playgrounds are great fun, and there are many of these attractions around Singapore to suit every budget. If paid ones like Adventure Cove Waterpark at Sentosa Island or Wild Wild Wet Waterpark at Downtown East are too much of a splurge for the large family, check out other affordable options like the brand new Splash @ Kidz Amaze at SAFRA Punggol – Singapore’s first indoor water playground or the free water playgrounds located at shopping malls such as NEX, IMM, Vivocity or at a few of our ABC Waters locations such as Lower Seletar Reservoir!
[Updated 26 July 2017]