Whether we’re travelling or just spending a day doing something together at home, Dana love being outdoors. All parents would attest that being outdoors, having the open space to run and play seem to make kids happier than pretty much anything else. It’s unfortunate that our sunny island is now shrouded by haze…When the clear skies and clean air return, let’s give the kids ample outdoor time again!
The beach is one of those places where parents can take the kids and just let spontaneity take over. We can just walk along the water, throwing an occasional rock or stick into the sea. We can gather rocks and shells. Or maybe we want to splash and swim, run, build sand-castles, dig, stare at the ocean, climb on logs and driftwood, or… the list goes on. We visited the one of the surfers’ paradise – Petitenget Beach in Seminyak, Bali and Dana was content walking barefoot on the sand and letting the waves washed over her tiny feet. In Singapore, the Tanjong Beach in Sentosa makes for a great day out and family picnic.
This trip to Bali, our guide brought us on a hike into the ‘woods’ to reach a magnificent waterfall. It was Dana’s 1st hike and she enjoyed it tremendously. Along the way, we saw colourful dragonflies, huge spiders, indigenous flowering plants, giant trees, and holes tunneled under roots. It’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air together as a family, and it presents a great opportunity to strike up interesting conversations about science and nature with our kids. Nearer home, parks (like the Singapore Botanic Gardens or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve) are great places for nature walks and hikes.
Children have a natural affinity with animals. Dana loves animals and we usually try to structure our family vacations around animal encounters. In Bali, we went to the Bali Safari and Marine Park where she was given the chance to observe their natural habitats and behaviours in the wild. She also came close to the big 5 Safari animals (Tiger, Lions, Rhinos, Zebras and Giraffes). This complements the excellent animal education programmes she experienced at our own Singapore Zoo and River Safari.
This is another outdoor activity Dana loves, and we have several favorite parks in Singapore that we head out to on a regular basis. When we’re traveling, this is also a great activity since most cities do have scenic parks or at least a playground. This trip to Bali, we included a stop at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park where she ventured from tree to tree conquering obstacle-course circuits and took in a birds’ eye view of Bali’s Botanic Gardens in open air environment. A similar adventure course for kids in Singapore is at Forest Adventure inside Bedok Reservoir Park or the Pyramid Structure at West Coast Park.
This is Dana’s latest obsession. After she mastered a two wheeler bike, it has become her favourite mode of “transport” and exercise. Daddy has brought her to Labrador Park for sunset cycling expeditions. We hope to cycle at the Park Connectors around the island next.