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Fun-filled activities for children of all ages at the first Singapore Botanic Gardens Children’s Festival

27 Oct 2017

 

-Over 100 programmes to be held over two weeks

Families with children can look forward to the first Singapore Botanic Gardens Children's Festival held over two fun-filled weeks from 11 to 26 November 2017. From performances to food and games, the festival has a host of activities lined up for children of all ages at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and around the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Visitors will get a taste of the full range of educational programmes that the Gardens offers for children. These include fun activities where children can discover more about nature through play, craft, storytelling, investigations and walks. All Children’s Festival programmes are free of charge.

For more information on Children’s Festival, please visit www.nparks.gov.sg/childrensfestival.

 

Location, Date and Time

Activity

Description

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov
Wednesdays: 15 Nov & 22 Nov
Fridays: 17 Nov & 24 Nov

Time: 10am – 11am

Educational Programme
(demonstration)

Suitable for all ages

Drinks and Desserts

Find out which plants are associated with our favourite drinks and desserts, and which parts of these plants provide the unique flavours, colours and smells for making these delicious treats. Explore and appreciate these natural ingredients.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Daily from 11 Nov – 26 Nov (except 13 Nov & 20 Nov, Mondays)

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Educational Programme
(demonstration)

Suitable for children aged 9 to 14 years

The Little Things

Peer into the world of little things and investigate a variety of tiny plant parts. Learn how plants adapt, defend, stay dry and float.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov
Tuesdays: 14 Nov & 21 Nov
Wednesdays: 15 Nov & 22 Nov
Thursdays: 16 Nov & 23 Nov
Fridays: 17 Nov & 24 Nov

Please refer to the website for the respective timings.

Educational Programme
(hands-on activity)

Suitable for all ages

Craft with Us

Children will create their very own craft in an environment with fresh air, sunshine and an outlet for their creativity.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov

Time: 10am -12pm

Educational Programme
(hands-on activity)

Suitable for all ages

Fragrant Plants - Excite your Senses

Discover the amazing world of plants through the sense of smell. Participants will create their very own 'fragrant' plant craft. This programme is jointly organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens and Givaudan Singapore.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov Tuesdays: 14 Nov & 21 Nov
Wednesdays: 15 Nov & 22 Nov
Thursdays: 16 Nov & 23 Nov
Fridays: 17 Nov & 24 Nov

Please refer to the website for the respective timings.

Educational Programme
(hands-on activity)

Suitable for all ages

Nature Play

Seek inspiration from nature and create art with leaves, flowers, stones and twine. Children will also enjoy an exploration of the senses through nature play.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov
Tuesdays: 14 Nov & 21 Nov

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm

Educational Programme
(guided tour)

Suitable for children aged 10 to 14 years

Nature Rambling*

Explore the various trails and habitats in the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.

 

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov Mondays: 13 Nov & 20 Nov
Tuesdays: 14 Nov & 21 Nov
Thursdays: 16 Nov & 23 Nov

Please refer to the website for the respective timings.

Educational Programme
(hands-on activity)

Suitable for all ages

Ready, Set, Grow!

Participants will learn where our food comes from and how can we reduce our environmental footprint. They will also learn about growing their own food.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Saturday, 11 Nov

Time: 11am – 12pm, 2pm – 3pm, 4pm – 5pm

Educational Programme (demonstration)

Suitable for all ages

Culinary Art and Treats*

Tap onto nature to create eye-catching, mouth-watering treats. Learn to make simple snacks, beautify them through food art, and gather tips on healthy eating.

 

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Saturdays: 18 Nov & 25 Nov
Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov
Tuesday: 21 Nov
Thursday: 23 Nov

Time: 11am – 12pm, 4pm – 5pm

Educational Programme
(hands-on activity)

Suitable for children aged 5 to 14 years

 

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Monday, 13 Nov
Saturday, 18 Nov
Tuesday, 21 Nov

Please refer to the website for the respective timings.

Educational Programme (storytelling)

Suitable for all ages

Reading with Nature

A fun- and action-filled storytelling session by the Junior Reading Ambassadors and librarians from the National Library Board (NLB). This programme is jointly organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens and NLB.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Monday, 13 Nov

Time: 10am – 2pm

Educational Programme

Suitable for all ages

 

Pop-Up Library in the Gardens

Browse and borrow library books in the Children’s Garden. A wide variety of books including titles on nature, wildlife and environment will be available. This programme is jointly organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens and NLB.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov
Monday: 20 Nov
Tuesday: 14 Nov
Wednesday: 22 Nov
Friday: 24 Nov

Please refer to the website for the respective timings.

Educational Programme
(drama and storytelling)

Suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years

Grow With Nature*

Children will fire up their imagination to come up with a compelling story about nature.

Eco-Garden

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017

3pm – 7pm

Programme

Design Fiction: Future of Technology and Nature by NUS

NUS's Communication and New Media Department's "Design Fiction" class will be presenting interactive exhibits sharing visions of how humanity and nature will coexist in the future.

Eco-Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov
Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov

 

Programme

Meet and Greet the Characters

Interact and take photos with main characters from our Interactive Performances!

Lizzie the Monitor Lizard

People always stop in their tracks when they see me. I used to wonder if it was because of my long tail or my clawed feet. But maybe it’s because I’m a star!

Speedy the Squirrel

Nimble and quick, that’s me! I can dash about and swish my tail and voila! I get things done! Parties, excursions, games or just about anything fun. It’ll be a grand success and I’ll get it done with pizzazz!

Sunny the Swan

I’ve lived in this lake for a long time. Some might call me the keeper of the lake. And I love it. I love tranquillity and I love the beauty of nature and I love love love swimming on a sunny day.

Eco-Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov
Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov

 

Programme

Storytelling @ Eco: Forever Friends

Once upon a time, there was a lush garden where three best friends lived and played together. Then something changed. The garden looked sad and tired. Speedy the Squirrel, Sunny the Swan and Lizzie the Monitor Lizard realised that it was because they had not heard from their old friend Rain for some time. Come and see how these three friends used their special gifts to help save their beautiful garden!

Eco-Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov
Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov

 

Programme

Interactive Performance: Our Magical Garden

Speedy the Squirrel, Sunny the Swan and Lizzie the Monitor Lizard are the best of friends! They live happily in the magical garden. One day after playing, they realise that they had trampled on all the flowers! How are they going to bring the flowers back to life? Join us and find out how the three friends finally do it!

Interactive Performance: A Lovely Surprise

Tomorrow is Nora's seventh birthday but she seems a little sad. Her animal friends discover that Nora will be all by herself on her birthday with no one to celebrate it with her. The friendly animals want to do something special for Nora, but they wonder how exactly to plan a party for a human girl. Can you help?

Visitor Services @ Bukit Timah Gate

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017
10am – 6pm

Sunday, 26 Nov 2017
10am – 6pm

Programme

CBeebies at Singapore Botanic Gardens

CBeebies will be lighting up little learners! Learn funky facts with the Go Jetters and their teacher Ubercorn, or get crafty with Hey Duggee. There are screenings to enjoy, music to dance to and art and crafts to get creative with. Learning through play never looked more fun. Free CBeebies’ goodie bags are up for grabs.

Eco-Garden

Saturdays: 11 Nov, 18 Nov & 25 Nov
2pm – 8.30pm

Sundays: 12 Nov, 19 Nov & 26 Nov
2pm – 7.30pm

Carnival game booths

 

Enjoy the festival activities for three fun-filled weekends where various games will be available and children get to win prizes! At the same time, savour food tailored specially for the young ones.

Eco-Garden

Saturday, 11 Nov

7.30pm

Movie screening

Friends Forever – A Pig’s Tale

In this dazzling animated feature, Johnny Mouse, Charlie Rooster and Percy the Pig are enjoying life in the lovely, quiet farm of Mollywoop, until the Wild Boar and his bunch of nasty minions arrive unexpectedly. As the unwanted guests threaten to destroy the peace at the farmhouse, it’s up to Johnny, Charlie and Percy to gather up their courage and save the day. But things do not go as planned in Mullewapp, an adaption of a children’s illustrated tale by Helme Heine. And our heroes end up living the craziest adventure of their lives on a special flying bike! This programme is jointly organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens and Goethe Institute Singapore in conjunction with the German Film Festival 2017.

Eco-Garden

Saturday, 18 Nov

7.30pm

Movie Screening

Snowtime!

To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the “generals” of the opposing sides. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict as Luke takes his role as leader more and more seriously. The contest is brought to an abrupt end when a tragedy takes place. This programme is jointly organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens and the High Commission of Canada in conjunction with Canada 150.

Eco-Garden

Saturday, 25 Nov

7.30pm

Movie Screening

The Lego Batman Movie

There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Bruce Wayne (Batman) is scared of having a family and he has to deal with it when he accidentally adopts Dick Grayson (Robin). After The Joker gets sent to the Phantom Zone, Batman soon finds out it was The Joker’s plan to get sent there and get all the villains in there out. It is Batman and his friend’s job to stop The Joker.

Food For Tots Café

Saturday: 11 Nov
Sunday: 12 Nov

Time: 11am – 3pm

Carnival Activities

Suitable for all ages

Soak in Carnival Fun

Children will get to enjoy carnival-like activities such as pin the tail game, face painting, cotton candy and balloons. Organised by Food For Thought.

Food For Tots Café

Saturdays: 18 Nov & 25 Nov
Sundays: 19 Nov & 26 Nov

Time: 1pm

Educational Programmes
(hands-on activity)

Suitable for all ages

Make Your Own

Children will get to experience hands-on craft activities, inspired by the surrounding Gardens environment. Organised by Food For Thought.

  • 18 Nov: Storytelling Session + Craft Activity
  • 19 Nov: Art Jam Session
  • 25 Nov: Make A Sun Catcher
  • 26 Nov: Pebble Painting

Eco-Garden

11 to 26 November

Horticultural displays

A not to be missed special feature of the Children’s Festival! Keep a look out for three specially-created colourful and interactive horticultural displays.

*Registration is required for these programmes. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis upon receipt of registration (in person) at the Visitor Services Counter of Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Registration will be opened 15 minutes prior to the commencement of each session. Registration will be closed upon commencement of each session or when the session is fully subscribed.

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated on 27 October 2017

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