Buddy, our youngest, like his elder sis, loves animals and we believe that for kids to grow up loving nature, we have to let them experience it. Singapore Zoo is the ideal place to cultivate a love for flora and fauna. As working parents, we usually can only visit the Zoo during weekends and school holidays. To maximize our visit, we usually arrive early in the morning. Going early has many benefits:
- Watch the animals at their liveliest as they wake-up, much like us!
- Enjoy the complete range of family activities including animal feedings, animal shows and a new obstacle ROPE COURSE for kids!
- Beat the crowds: Singapore Zoo is a major tourist attraction. Overseas tourists tend to arrive in large groups after breakfast.
And that is exactly what we did last Saturday on Buddy’s 4th birthday where we discovered 2 new ways to enjoy the Singapore Zoo.
- Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife
We arrived early at 8:30am and headed straight for Ah Meng’s restaurant for the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife where we enjoyed a wholesome family breakfast, in the company with some of the zoo’s wildlife including Ah Meng, his offsprings and a ball python. At the buffet, we were thrilled to know that the breakfast menu now includes Kellogg’s cereals which is a crowd favorite.
As we know, Kellogg’s cereals are packed with healthy ingredients known to increase red blood cell production, maintain good eyesight and healthy skin, protect nervous system and build muscles, help brain function and release of energy. Kellogg’s cereals enhanced the extensive breakfast buffet spread which consists of a wide array of delicious local and continental dishes along with fresh fruits, salad and juices.
To top off the experience, the Jungle Breakfast offers families a chance to get close to some of the zoo’s wildlife for photo-taking. The photos are then printed right on the spot for our purchase to keep as mementoes. To find out more about the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, go to: https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/singapore-zoo/explore-singapore-zoo/dine-and-shop.html
Once we are done with the Jungle Breakfast, we took the tram to tour the rest of the zoo. We bookmarked the Singapore Zoo’s website to keep check on the show timings, feeding times as well as create a customised tour route according to the activities we want to do. Our visit coincided with Kellogg’s Family Day so we also stopped by the Kellogg’s booth to play some games. The kids had fun with some cup stacking activity and getting temporary animal tattoos.
2. A Rope Course!
While on the tram, the kids were thrilled to discover that there’s an exciting Rope Course WITHIN the Singapore Zoo! This is much like the rainforest adventure obstacle course which Dana had tried in Bali, albeit a simpler one for children.
Situated at ‘Garden with a View’ (within walking distance from Ah Meng’s restaurant at Tram station 1), is the relatively new Houbii Rope Course that features two distinct rope courses (fees apply) suitable for younger children below 110cm (SGD20) and those above 110 cm (SGD25). Kids will have to don a safety harness and for those going for the bigger course, a helmet.
Both courses have different routes with different challenges. For the younger ones, the facilitator or parent can stand next to them to guide them. For the older kids (and adults), the course is bigger and taller enabling us to enjoy a commanding view of Mandai Lake and the forest around. Visitors who want to enjoy the view without climbing can pay a small fee of SGD5 to walk up a flight of stairs to the top of the large course to take in the sights.
The Houbii Rope Course is exciting and gives our kids a chance to bond as the older sis guided her younger brother and nudged him along. For Buddy, who just turned 4, it was really a coming-of-age experience as he attempted most of the course on his own, gaining confidence with each step. We can’t help but feel so proud of him.
The Singapore Zoo has earned many accolades as a top family attraction in Singapore. With the addition of Kellogg’s cereals to the Jungle Breakfast and the obstacle rope course for kids, the best just got better. Yay!