Seashore fun for the family during the September school holidays

Lots of exciting seashore happenings for kids and the family this holidays!
Families at Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk
There are free screenings of marine films, a nature camp in the mangroves, night walk at Pasir Ris, family trip to Pulau Ubin, a family workshop on shorebirds who are just returning to our shores now, or get muddy in the mangroves. Here's highlights of activities specially for kids and the family...

FREE activities

1 Sep (Sat): Beneath the Waves - films, art, talks and more!
FREE. Come for a day of marine films including Chasing Coral, Remember Chek Jawa, Birth of a Marine Park! A great opportunity to meet a broad range of marine folk: advocates, artists, scientists, agencies and social enterprises. And learn more about marine and sustainability issues in Singapore.

Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm
Venue: St Joseph's Institution, 38 Malcolm Road S 308274
Register for film screenings

1 Sep (Sat): Horseshoe Crab Rescue & Research Programme
Horseshoe Crabs (HSC) are in decline globally due to habitat loss, poaching and overfishing. NSS aims to continually monitor our local HSC population to ensure that they stay around for generations to come.
Time: 7.30am to 10.30am
More details and registration on the NSS website.

1 Sep (Sat): What's in my mud?
The mud at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a key habitat for the plants and animals. This unique habitat is full of surprises! Get close and personal to the mud and observe the rich biodiversity; critical to the ecosystem at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Join us for an interesting free guided walk featuring our lesser known creatures of the mudflats in Sungei Buloh.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Mud Experience
Time: 9.30am - 11am
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Wetland Centre, meet at the Information Counter.
More details and registration on the NParks website.

8 Sep (Sat): Birdwatching 101 at Sungei Buloh
Migratory bird season is here again. Every year, thousands of birds escape the cold north to spend the winter months in the warmer southern parts of the earth. Singapore, especially Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, is a favourite stop-over for these birds. Want to know these birds but don't know how to get started? We are conducting a workshop for the novice. Limited to 15 participants (suitable for 16 years and above).
Time: 9.30am - 11am
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Wetland Centre.
More details and registration on the NParks website.

Other activities

1 Sep (Sat): Young Naturalist Camp at Sungei Buloh
This one-day camp encompasses a series of fun-filled and educational indoor and outdoor learning of the wetlands and nature conservation issues through worksheets, nature walks and hands-on activities. Suitable for children from 7 to 12 years. $5 registration fee and participants to purchase the Young Naturalist Passport at 50cents.
Time: 8.30am- 3.30pm
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Wetland Centre. Meet at Information Counter (Neo Tiew Crescent entrance)More details and registration on the NParks website.

2 Sep (Sun): Rural Nature and Kampong Culture Walk on Pulau Ubin
By Cicada Tree Eco Place, specially for families and kids. The island of Pulau Ubin has the last of Singapore’s bygone village ‘kampong’ culture. Here you will experience a quaint kampong vibe and the laid-back lifestyle of the people living and working on their tropical island home, and see retro architecture. Much has remained unchanged and it still seems like a walk into the past, back to 1960’s Singapore. We start our walk into the rural countryside on Ubin’s Sensory Trail, bypassing bountiful kitchen gardens and fruit orchards. We peek over fences to look at wooden kampong houses and their outdoor kitchens and toilets. $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for participants’ kids aged 6 yrs and below.
Kids at Pulau Ubin Jetty

Time: 9.30am - 12noon
Meeting point: We meet at street level main entrance of Changi Jetty (also known as Changi Point Ferry Terminal) at Lorong Bekukong, 5 mins walk away from Changi Village hawker centre.
More details and registration on the Cicada Tree Eco Place facebook event post.

7 Sep (Fri): Nite Critter Watch at Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk
By Cicada Tree Eco Place, specially for families and kids. This location is very good for a wild night critter walk and that’s why we keep going back there. As dusk falls, we will go to a nearby location to await the possible appearance of a family of Buffy Fish-owls living in the woodland habitat here. While there, we also look out for emerging bats and observe their acrobatic feeding flight. Kids will get to use our bat detector to catch their calls. We then head off to explore deep into the mangrove forest via the extensive boardwalks to look for other nocturnal critters who live in the swamp, such as the Dog-faced Watersnake, Spotted Wood-owl and more than 5 species of cute geckoes. $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for participants’ kids aged 6 yrs and below

Time: 6.15pm - 8.30pm
Meeting point: We meet at 6.15pm in the main lobby (outside the souvenir shop) of the Botany Centre building of SBG entered via the garden’s Tanglin Gate entrance opposite Gleneagles Hospital at Napier Road.
More details and registration on the Cicada Tree Eco Place facebook event post.

Go wild on your own!

You can also explore on your own! Check out the many DIY Trail Guides on the NParks website. More about our wild places on wildsingapore. A tip to avoid the crowds on school holiday weekends, come early. That's when wildlife is more active anyway. And leave before it gets too hot.

MORE school holiday activities on the wildsingapore happenings blog.

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