Did you know there are animal farms in Singapore? Take the kiddos over for a farm visit where they can learn about frogs, goats, ducks and other animals up close
If you’re looking for a unique outing with the kids beyond the usual playgrounds and activities around town, how about a visit to a local vegetable farm or animal farm in Singapore? You might be surprised to learn the island still has pockets that are quiet and peaceful, tucked away from the hustle and bustle. You’ll find most of these animal farms clustered in the northwest part of Singapore in the Kranji/Lim Chu Kang countryside. There are over 100 farms in Singapore ranging from those producing dairy to those housing farm animals, and some are open to the public! While there aren’t any traditional ‘petting farms’ here, you can usually pick up frogs at the frog farm and feed some of the ducks, goats and other animals at other farms in Singapore (do call ahead during the pandemic as feeding animals may be temporarily closed). To get a slice of a slower pace of ‘kampung’ life, read on for our recommendations of some of the best animal farms in Singapore!
8 Kid-Friendly Animal Farms in Singapore
1. The Animal Resort: Animal Farm
People have heard of the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park but not many have been to the Animal Resort. Tucked away in the Seletar West Farmway amidst other farms housing koi fish, Animal Resort is admittedly out of the way. But a visit here is off the beaten path and truly brings you back to the “kampong” life. Here, you can get up close to the farm animals, many that are allowed to roam free. You’ll find fowl, chickens, ducks, and geese clucking around. One of the smaller more rustic farms in Singapore, The Animal Resort also has peacocks, a stork, and a crane, a horse in a pen eagerly awaiting his next feed of hay and carrots, and rabbits and guinea pigs, too. Be sure to head over to the counter to purchase some nibbles for the different animals (but go early as you may find the animals all fed and not hungry for your share of nibbles). This animal feeding farm makes a fun add-on trip if you are up in Seletar at one of the nearby restaurants.
How much: Free entry
The Animal Resort, 81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061, www.theanimalresort.com
2. Hay Dairies Goat Farm: Goat Milk Farm
Get a chance to get up close and friendly with the goats in the only goat farm in Singapore! Visitors can get a chance to see how the farm operates and take a tour around the premises. Try to visit between the hours of 9am to 10:30am so that the kids have an opportunity to view the goat milking session at the milking parlour. Visitors can also purchase alfalfa hay to feed the goats and pet them. To top it off, you can buy fresh goat milk to take home (available in two flavours, original and chocolate) or sign up for home delivery.
How Much: Free entry (closed on Tuesdays).
Hay Dairies Goat Farm, 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859, Tel: (+65) 6792 0931, www.haydairies.com.sg
3. Gallop Kranji Farm Resort: Pony Rides & Prawning
This is as back to nature as you’re likely to get in Singapore. While they’re known for their rustic villas and family suites located in the Kranji countryside, they also offer pony rides (temporarily suspended due to Covid-19) and a number of farm tours. They’re also near Bollywood Veggies, which is open for visitors and tours!
How much: Free entry
Gallop Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813, Tel: (+65) 6898 9228, www.gallopresort.com
4. Viknesh Dairy Farm: Cow Farm
Direct farm fresh milk without preservatives or additives? Now that’s a novelty! Viknesh Dairy Farms are the local milk suppliers in Singapore. Admittedly, this cow farm is quite rustic and does not cater to visitors in the form of tours. However, they are open for people who wish to drop in and see the cows and feed them. In addition, since these farms produce fresh milk and ice cream, you can even buy some of their products or ask for home delivery!
How Much: Free entry
Viknesh Dairy Farm: 6 Lim Chu Kang Lane 8A, Singapore 719607, Tel: (+65) 9001 0731, www.vikneshdairyfarm.com
5. Jurong Frog Farm: Feed Frogs & Try Frog Meat
Ever been to a frog farm in Singapore? Families can tour the frog farm for free or choose to take a guided tour where they can learn about the history of the farm and fun facts about bullfrogs. The tour is interactive and hands-on, with people getting the chance to feed these little hoppers and, if you’re so inclined, sample different types of frog meat!
How much: Free entry! Activities start from just $2.
Jurong Frog Farm, 56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 719164, Tel: (+65) 6791 7229, www.jurongfrogfarm.com.sg
6. Mainland Tropical Fish Farm: Landscaping Needs & Longkang Fishing
Mainland Tropical Fish Farm in Pasir Ris is a one-stop farm for all kinds of aquaculture and landscaping needs. While most aquatic animal fans head here if they’re looking to install a pond/aquarium in their home, there’s also fish feeding and longkang fishing that’s on throughout the week.
How much: Free entry!
Mainland Tropical Fish Farm, No.1 Pasir Ris Farmway 1, Singapore 519352, Tel: (+65) 6581 2550, www.facebook.com/mainlandfishfarm
7. Qian Hu Fish Farm: Unique Marine Life & Longkang Fishing
Qian Hu Fish Farm is home to over 1,000 species and varieties of ornamental fish from all over the world. This is a hot spot for aquatic fish owners from all over the island seeking colourful fish, unique marine life (albino turtles and polkadot stingrays are just a few that caught our eye!) and aquarium accessories like aquatic plants and tanks. We love driving down because entry is free and there’s some super-fun longkang fishing which is always a hit with the kids! Check out our kid-friendly guide for all the deets!
How much: Free entry! Longkang fishing costs $6/person
Qian Hu Fish Farm, 71 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698950, www.qianhu.com
8. Singapore Zoo: Animal Feeding
Besides the usual animal encounters at the Singapore Zoo, did you know that you can catch some of the animals at their most active during feeding time? Book ahead and kids can help to feed white rhinos, giraffes, goats and giant tortoises right out the palm of their hands*! There’s also KidzWorld, which offers pony rides, miniature horse grooming and rabbit petting plus you can feed the goats here too (*temporarily suspended due to safe distancing measures). Check out our top tips for visiting the zoo with kids here!
How much: $5 per food portion for each animal feeding session. All proceeds will help to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the region.
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, 729826, www.wrs.com.sg/en/singapore-zoo
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