Looking for fun, free things to do with kids? Visit these farms in Singapore for fresh air, friendly animals and wholesome food!
If you’re seeking a unique outing with the kids beyond the usual playgrounds and activities around town, how about a visit to one of Singapore’s local farms? 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 the farms clustered in the northwest part of Singapore in the Kranji/Lim Chu Kang countryside. There are over 100 farms in this area ranging from those producing dairy to those housing farm animals, and several are open to the public. To get a slice of a slower pace of “kampong” life, check out our recommendations of some of the notable farms to visit around town.
Bollywood Veggies is probably amongst the most charming farms to visit. Lush and green, the farm is filled with plots of land growing different vegetables. Walk along and you’ll spot a scarecrow, resting logs under shady trees, a small pond, and quaint signs such as “Make gardens, not war. Back to nature is the future”. The farm also offers all sorts of interesting farm activities and tours to get you better acquainted with nature. Be sure to take the 30-minute guided farm tour! The restaurant Poison Ivy Bistro brings to life the farm-to-table concept. With local cuisine prepared using the farm’s own vegetables, Poison Ivy is definitely worth a visit. Bollywood Veggies illustrates the philosophy of getting back to nature and being true to all-natural foods.
How Much: Free entry
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026, Tel: (+65) 6898 5001, www.bollywoodveggies.com
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 9:00am 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 flavors, 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
Direct farm fresh milk without preservatives or additives? Now that’s a novelty! Dairy Folks and Viknesh Dairy Farms are the local milk suppliers in Singapore. Admittedly, these farms are quite rustic and do 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
Dairy Folks, 5 Lim Chu Kang Lane 8A, Singapore 719608, Tel: (+65) 6793 7114, www.dairyfolks.com
Viknesh Dairy Farm: 6 Lim Chu Kang Lane 8A, Singapore 719607, Tel: (+65) 9001 0731, www.vikneshdairyfarm.com
Jurong Frog Farm
Families can tour the 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 they’re so inclined, sample different types of frog meat!
How much: Free entry ($12 for the guided tour; closed Mondays)
Jurong Frog Farm, 56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 719164, Tel: (+65) 6791 7229, www.jurongfrogfarm.com.sg
The Animal Resort
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. The farm 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. This humble little petting farm offers a few hours well spent in the company of creatures big and small!
How much: Free entry
The Animal Resort, 81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061, www.theanimalresort.com