Round up the brood because these one-of-a-kind farms are just begging to be explored.
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If you’ve fretted that your kids won’t get a chance to enjoy the great outdoors because they’re growing up in Singapore’s concrete jungle, we’re happy to announce your fears are unfounded.
You only have to look a little closer to realise that the Little Red Dot has quite a few one-of-a-kind farms. Most of them require that you take a spin to rural areas, but this also means a fab excuse to pack a picnic! Plus, it’s also the type of activity that everyone in the family ― young and old ― will enjoy.
So, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly weekend activity or a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, here are 10 farms you can head to for fun in the fresh air. Scroll through the photo gallery for all the deets.
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#1 The Animal Resort
OPENING HOURS: 10am to 6pm daily. Closed during the Chinese New Year period. ADDRESS: 81 Seletar West Farmway ENTRANCE FEE: Free Know what a cossawary is? You will once you get to The Animal Resort. This weird-looking feathered friend is one of the many residents at this kampong-style farm, which is also home to a super-hungry horse, a stork, fishes, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Make friends with the chickens, birds and geese, which roam around freely. You can also buy animal feed at nominal prices to feed themes. (Photos: Kristian Berntzen and Irni Aripin)
#2 Bollywood Veggies
OPENING HOURS: Wed-Fri Wednesday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm; weekends and public holidays, 8am to 6.30pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday, unless it’s a public holiday. ADDRESS: 100 Neo Tiew Road ENTRANCE FEE: $2 per person Make a beeline for paradise by heading northwest towards the Kranji countryside. Once you arrive at Bollywood Veggies, arm yourself with a map and start exploring the 10-acre piece of land. Let your little explorer touch and feel locally-grown fruits, veggies and herbs as he runs through trellis arches, throws stones into irrigation ponds and learns how to pot his own herbs. If he’s lucky, junior might even bump into a squirrel or a komodo dragon ― or both! When you’re ready for a break, head on over to Poison Ivy Bistro for a rustic, farm-fresh meal. We hear the chicken curry is very sedap, while the fish & chips and chicken spaghetti bolognese are always a hit with the kids. (Photos: Paulyn Ng)
#3 Farmart Centre
OPENING HOURS: 10am to 4pm daily ADDRESS: 67 Sungei Tengah Road. Click here for free bus schedules from Keat Hong CC. ENTRANCE FEE: Free
Once you step into Farmart Centre Singapore, its tranquil setting will instantly melt away all your stress. This one-stop destination offers a range of fun activities for the kids including petting and feeding animals such as bunnies, hamsters, goats, koi and even bull frogs! Join the tour and take a leisurely stroll around the farm as you learn more about growing plants and veggies, as well as visit a prawn pond. Later, make a beeline for the food centre to tuck into freshly cooked seafood dishes, barbecued chicken wings and satay. Farmart Centre also has a stall where you can pick up like fresh eggs and exotic frozen meats. (Photos: Farmart Centre)
#4 Hay Dairies
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 4pm (Monday, Wednesday to Sunday) ADDRESS: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4 ENTRANCE FEE: $3.21 (incl. GST) per person, includes a complimentary 200ml bottle of goats’ milk, a souvenir and a 20-minute orientation. If you have a tantrum-prone toddler or a brooding tweenager at home, a trip to Hay Dairies is sure to cheer them up. Let’s face, it will be quite hard to keep a straight face when you see a bunch of baby goats prancing around! Watch as these cuddly creatures get milked and pet their adorable faces as you feed them some hay. Goats are sociable and curious animals, so they will sure lap up the attention for, and nuzzle you in return. (Photos: Hay Dairies)
#5 Jurong Frog Farm
OPENING HOURS Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm (by appointment only). 9 to 5.30pm (weekends and PH, open to all). Closed on Monday. ADDRESS: 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 ENTRANCE FEE: Free for groups under 20 visiting on weekends and on public holidays. All groups 20 and above need to book in advance for a minimum charge. E-mail them for more info. Nothing like a hands-on experience to bring whatever junior has learnt about frogs from books into real life. So, pop on over to Jurong Frog Farm, and you’ll get a personal tour from staff who are information and passionate about their frogs, as they promote local sustainable farming and produce. Junior can also enter a frog pen equipped with a net and gumboots to try to catch tadpoles or wrestle bullfrogs. Feeling adventurous? Try some yummy deep fried frog meat or crocodile nuggets. Tadpoles are also on sale if you want to bring these lovable creatures home. (Photo: Jurong Frog Farm Instagram)
#6 Oh’ Farms
OPENING HOURS: 8am to 5pm (Monday to Saturday). Closed on Sunday and PH. ADDRESS: 14A, Bah Soon Pah Road, Nee Soon Agrotechnology Parks ENTRANCE FEE: Click here for tour prices If your kiddo has only been acquainted with the traditional way off arming, a tour of Oh' Farms and its 220 hydroponics greenhouses will open his eyes to a whole new world. The high-tech farmers are more than happy to talk to you about their sustainable growing methods while introducing the aromatic herbs and spices they grow. You will also be shown step-by-step how to plant your own plants using hydroponics. Next, head to the Butterfly Lodge ― a butterfly-friendly flight cage that lets butterflies to fly freely and go about their daily activities with as little interference as possible. Get a close-up shot with these colourful creatures as you learn more about the ecology and conservation of butterflies and nectaring plants. (Photo: Oh’Farms)
#7 D’Kranji Farm Resort
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 5pm. ADDRESS: 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2. Click here for shuttle service from Kranji MRT station. ENTRANCE FEE: $18/per person, with a minimum of four people per tour.Call 6898 9228 to book a tour. Click here to book a villa. You’ll need to drive 22km to the countryside to locate D’Kranji Farm Resort, where you can take tours to learn more about agriculture farming. You’ll spend hours roaming around the 2-hectare farm that’s home to a variety of tropical fruits and veggies, such as corn, papaya, rambutan and longan. Junior will also love to have a go at picking fruit! Ready to head indoors? Explore the Swiftlet Garden Museum, which gives you a lesson on the lesser-known swiftlets birds that are behind your favourite bird’s nest soup. The exhibition features displays, videos and demonstrations that educate and demystify industry myths about these birds. Not ready to leave? For a quintessential farm-stay holiday, book one of their villas. There’s also an on-site restaurant where you can have your meals. Remember to pack lots of mosquito repellent! (Photos: D’Kranji Farm Resort)
#8 Ericsson Pet Farm
OPENING HOURS: 10.30am to 7pm ADDRESS: 16 Pasir Ris Farmway 2 ENTRANCE FEE: Free
Nestled within a picturesque garden, Ericsson Pet Farm, is a sanctuary for animals waiting to be re-homed, but is also a place for animal lovers to pop by for a cuddle to two from their favourite “fur buddies”. Cosy up to kittens, puppies, adult dogs ― and maybe even reptiles ― and who knows, you might even leave with one of them! This one-stop spot for all things pet-related also sells pet necessities and offers grooming and boarding facilities. (Photo: Ericsson Pet Farm)
#9 The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum of Singapore
OPENING HOURS: 10am to 7pm daily ADDRESS: 1 Chinese Garden Road ENTRANCE FEE: $3 to $5 Set within the Chinese Garden, The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum of Singapore is home to 500 hard-shelled free-roaming reptiles, as well as fishes. As you pet and feed them, you’ll learn the difference between the graceful, speedy Mata-mata and the muscular 60-year-old Asian Turtle of Fortune. Other residents also include the red-eyed Elongata Tortoise and the majestic Alligator turtle. If you’re really lucky, you might even be able to observe how their eggs hatch in the world’s only private tortoise and turtle farm! (Photos: The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum of Singapore)
#10 Viknesh Dairy Farm
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 5pm (Monday to Sunday). Open on public holidays, except Deepavali. ADDRESS: 6 Lim Chu Kang Road Lane 8A ENTRANCE FEE: Free For “udderly” good fun, make moooves to the last standing cow farm in Singapore. There’s no official tour guide here as Viknesh Dairy Farm is a humble, family-run business. But you are more than welcome to do a free-and-easy poke around. Junior can pat the cows and feed them some hay. If you’re there at the right time, you might even get to see the cows being milked. Drop some cash and you can even take home fresh cow’s milk for your next cuppa. Remember to boil first though! (Photo: Viknesh Dairy Farm)