Kids just want to have fun. They don’t really care if their version of fun burns a hole in your pocket. Most parents want their kids to have fun too. And if they can give their kids fun, for free? Best!
One of our frequently visited fun for free places is Pasir Ris Park. This is our favorite place to cycle. It is less crowded than East Coast Park, even during weekends.
What can one do at such a remote park that is tugged at the far end of the island? Plenty, I’d say.
Cycling is one. And you don’t even need to bring your own bicycles as there are 2 bicycle kiosks there. But since this is a Fun for FREE post, I won’t be asking you to go rent bicycles at the kiosks. 🙂 You can always bring your own bikes!
These are the other FREE stuff you can do at Pasir Ris Park.
1. Hide-and-Seek at the Maze Garden
It was so empty that Jay cycled all the way into the maze garden (not sure if it’s allowed though, shhhhh…) and I ran around searching for him. It was fun.
2. Crab Watching at the Mangrove Swamp
Do you know that there is a 6 hectare mangrove forest tucked away right in the midst of Pasir Ris Park? This is a lovely place to bring your kids for a time of exploration, as it is supposedly a thriving habitat of unique plants and animals. The most common animal we’ve seen during our countless visits there were crabs.
There are boardwalks above the mangrove swamp, so kids can safely walk around and explore the area. For once, the kids walked around quietly, in hushed voices, so as not to scare the crabs away. I really don’t mind the peace and quiet!
3. Bird Watching at the Bird Tower
There is a bird tower along the mangrove swamp boardwalk, where you can climb up to the top for bird-watching. Our kids spotted a huge owl once, when they went there with their daddy. Even if you don’t get to spot any birds, climbing up the tower itself was fun enough for our kids and good enough for me to burn some calories!
4. Learn about Herbs, Vegetables and Plants at the Kitchen Garden
An inconspicuous area near the mangrove swamp is the Kitchen Garden. Most people would just pass by without even noticing it. But if you step right in, you can see a variety of plants on display.
5. Go Wild at the Kids’ Playground
If your kids are tired of all the walking (or cycling), head over to the newly-renovated kids’ playground. This is one of the few playgrounds in Singapore which has sand. So if your kids love sand play, make sure you bring along some tools for digging.
Otherwise, there are enough areas in the playground itself to keep the kids occupied for hours! (I’m just showing you a small part of the playground. You need to go check it out yourself!)
Need I say more?
With such a gem of a place hidden in the far eastern part of Singapore, I’m just so glad we can visit this place anytime we want. Because it is free!
If you’re planning for a visit to Pasir Ris Park, here’s some information that you might find useful:
Download the Walking Trail Guide prior to your visit, for a better idea of where to go.
Bring along bottles of water and be equipped with mosquito repellent.
As the mangrove swamp boardwalk is quite a distance from the kids’ playground, we usually bring along the kids’ skate scooters or bicycles.
If you’re driving:
The mangrove swamp is near Carparks B and C, while the kids’ playground is near Carpark D.
If you’re taking public transport:
Bus 403 from Pasir Ris Interchange takes you right up to the kids’ playground. Alight when you see the playground. You can’t miss it!
Be prepared to spend a couple of hours in this place!
This is just one of the 31 FUN and FREE places in Singapore where you can bring your kids to, and part of the #FunforFreeSG blog train started by The Gingerbread Mum.
Tomorrow, Jenn from My Lil Bookworm will bring you to the SuperTrees in Singapore! Jenn shares many educational stuff in her blog to help her readers ‘survive’ in our competitive education arena. Do pop by to read her posts once in a while!
Can’t get enough of Fun for Free SG? Check out the whole list of 31 venues! This list will be updated regularly and you will be able to click on the location to be brought directly to the blog post when it goes “live”:
1 Aug: Tiong Bahru Park by Gingerbreadmum
2 Aug: Queenstown Heritage Trail by Princess Dana Diaries
3 Aug: Jurong Regional Library by Finally Mama
4 Aug: Singapore Maritime Gallery by Peipei Haohao
5 Aug: Singapore Philatelic Museum by Kids R Simple
6 Aug: Sculptures of Singapore by Gingerbreadmum
7 Aug: Fire Station by The Js Arena
8 Aug: Esplanade + Merlion by Prayerfull Mum
9 Aug: Bukit Batok Nature Park by Meeningfully
10 Aug: Lower Pierce Reservoir Park by The Kam Family
11 Aug: I12 Katong – water playground by Universal Scribbles
12 Aug: IMM by Mad Psych Mum
13 Aug: Tampines 1 Water Playground by Amazingly Still
14 Aug: Sengkang Riverside Park by Itchy Finger Snap
15 Aug: East Coast Park by Toddly Mummy
16 Aug: Sembawang Shopping Centre Playground by Joey Craftworkz
17 Aug: Animal resort by Raising Faith
18 Aug: Botanic Gardens by Mum’s The Word
19 Aug: Police Heritage Centre by Mummy Ed
20 Aug: Venus Loop, MacRitchie by Scrap Mum Loft
21 Aug: Road Safety Park by Miracule
22 Aug: Marina Barrage by J Babies
23 Aug: Gardens By The Bay, Children’s Garden by Finally Mama
24 Aug: Changi Airport T3 by Mother Kao
25 Aug: Pockets of Nature by Mum in the Making
26 Aug: Changi Airport T1 by Growing with the Tans
27 Aug: Pasir Ris Park by Ingspirations
28 Aug: Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove by My Lil Bookworm
29 Aug: Vivocity Play Area by Amazingly Still
30 Aug: Punggol Promenade + Punggol Waterway by Chubby Anecdotes
31 Aug: Westgate Wonderland by Xavvylicious