Bored? Plan a quick trip to our eco-destinations — you and junior can learn to save the world and have FUN.

6 fun places for junior to learn about saving Gaia

Singapore Botanic Garden

With almost 160 years of history, the Botanic Gardens is Singapore’s only certified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to check out the National Orchid Garden, home to 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. In fact, if you go next Sunday, 18 June, you can catch an hour-long guided tour — finish off with a picnic and let junior romp! Admission fees to the Orchid Garden are priced at $5 for adults and $1 for students, free for children under 12

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Marina Barrage

All kids love playing in water so Marina Barrage is a natural destination for you! For starters, the Marina Barrage Sustainable Gallery can teach your tot about NEWater as a sustainable source of water. Then also, a visit to the Barrage is a good time to teach your little tyke about water safety. For older kids, there are many other activities from canoeing to wakeboarding.

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

At a whopping 202 hectares of mangroves swamps and ponds, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a brimming with animal and plant wildlife. Have binoculars on hand and help junior spot the wide array of mudskippers, crabs, birds and shellfish that inhabit the wetlands. If you are really lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of migratory shorebirds, too!

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MacRitchie TreeTop Walk

Perhaps the most Instagram-friendly destination on the list, keep a camera on hand to snap your young’uns on the hike along the 250m-long suspension bridge. Just note that the entire walk could take about two to three hours. To prevent any run-ins with wild monkeys that reside within the reservoir grounds, parents are reminded not to bring food with them or feed the monkeys.

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Singapore Zoo

Boasting some 300 species and 2,800 animals that roam the enclosures of the zoo, schooling your little ones about wildlife conservation just got a whole lot more engaging. Besides interactive panels, let junior play the role of zookeeper, as they feed the otters, giraffes and even pygmy hippos at events in the mornings or afternoons. Admission fees to the zoo: $33 for adults, $22 for children between the ages of 3 to 12, free for children age 3 and below. Better yet, join as a Friend of Singapore Zoo — $179 per year for two adults and a child; additional children can be added for $10 each — you get unlimited entry except for blacked-out dates.

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Gardens By The Bay

Want a bird’s eye view of our urban jungle? Take junior on a stroll along the 128m-long suspended walkway – The OCBC Skyway – threading through the towering Supertrees. Spend a lazy afternoon picnicking under the skies and stay on in the evenings as things roar to life in a dazzling light and sound performance, The Garden Rhapsody. Admission to the Skyway: $8 for adults, $5 for children between the ages of 3 to 12.

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We all know that little children learn best through play — so teach your child about saving the environment both by making it a fun activity at home and by bringing junior out on excursions to these great destinations where they can learn about the environment!

Says mum-of-two, owner and Chief Play Designer at The Language Playhouse, Eugenia Koh, even a simple visit to the zoo can be turned into a great learning experience: “My daughter has asked me about poaching of rhinos and tigers, information which she has picked up from the posters and videos while at the zoo.”

And since it’s Singapore, if you need to take a (literal) rain check on heading out, you could still teach your mini-me about saving the earth by getting crafty. Make your own play dough or decorate a jar to keep junior’s toys.

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