Family shore activities during the December school holidays

Exciting shore activities suitable for families are lined up for the coming school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's shores!
Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs, Sep 2018
Kids at Pasir Ris boardwalk during a Naked Hermit Crab walk.
Special activities include a family walk at Sentosa's natural shores, walks at Chek Jawa, a demonstration of traditional prawn farming.  Join nature camps and workshops specially for kids.  Learn about migratory birds, our mangroves and more. Make a difference for our horseshoe crabs. Here's highlights of shore activities suitable for kids and the family...

17 Nov (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.

24 Nov (Sat): NSS Kids’ Fun with Marine Life at Sentosa’s Natural Shore
Join the Nature Society (Singapore) and their favourite shore guide Marcus Ng is back to show us the wonders of Sentosa’s natural shore at Tanjong Rimau during low tide. Expect to see fascinating marine life such as soft and hard corals, seagrass and seaweed, crabs, fishes and more. Participants need to wear booties or covered shoes and be prepared to get your feet wet. Cost: NSS member: $2 per child, Non-member: $10 per child.
Sentosa: guided walk

Chek Jawa intertidal walk 23 Nov (Fri), 24 Nov (Sat), 7 Dec (Fri),  22 Dec (Sat)
Join the NParks volunteers for a tour to discover and learn about Chek Jawa's six ecosystems and the diverse array of animals that inhabits these unique habitats. Journey through the Chek Jawa Visitor Centre, 1.1km long boardwalk, Jejawi viewing tower and sandbar with experienced guides. Open to all ages, children under the age of 13 to be under parental/guardian guidance. If walk is fully booked, you can sign up on the waitlist. Cost: $60 per group (for a maximum of 15 people)
Chek Jawa intertidal public walk by NParks

24 Nov (Sat): Prawn and Fish Harvesting Demo at Sungei Buloh
Once again we bring you on a journey back to the past, where the history of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve as prawn and fish farms is one not to be ignored. The importance of mangroves as a spawning place and nursery for prawns and other life played an important role in shaping Sungei Buloh today. The traditional method of prawn harvesting will be demonstrated and how the tidal influence play a part in this activity will be brought to life. Event is free with registration.

8 Dec (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).
Common greenshanks (Tringa nebularia)

Sungei Buloh FREE weekly walks

What's in my water? 17 Nov (Sat) and 1 Dec (Sat): What's in my water?
What's that swimming in the water? A fish, a worm, an insect or a crocodile!? Join us for an interesting morning walk getting to know the creatures and plants that lives in and around the water edges of Sungei Buloh.
Estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

What's in my mangroves? 15 Dec (Sat) and 29 Dec (Sat)
Join us for a guided walk of this unique mangrove wetlands located at the border of freshwater (river) and salt water (sea). Singapore used to have large areas of mangroves, but lost most of them to coastal development. Few mangroves are left in Singapore, one of which is at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Mangrove boardwalk

What's in my sky? 24 Nov (Sat)8 Dec (Sat), 22 Dec (Sat)
Birdwatchers, join us in this guided walk and learn to identify many amazing birds of different species that passes through or make Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve their home.
Estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) among the shorebirds

Make a difference for our marine life!

Nature Society (Singapore)'s Horseshoe Crab Rescue and Research Programme: 25 Nov (Sun) and 22 Dec (Sat)
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.

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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