To quote from GBTB and designer Kazuyuki Ishihara: Stemming from Ishihara’s belief in the power of food to bridge the disparities in society, the display features two characters – a pineapple boy called “Ananas” and a strawberry girl “Berry“. Both have to live apart because of their different growing conditions until one day when they stumble upon a garden with a special mountain that provides for all their needs. In this paradise of theirs, they build a home and live happily ever after.
Fruits everywhere, if we had come a few days earlier, we might be tempted to pluck the strawberries :p
We found a cosy corner near California, our Lollipop corner
Peep-a-Flyer, behind thick foliage.
Christmas accessories and salad-ingredients side by side, where is our salad bowl?
Kids were busy trying to spot the next Tomato, Pineapple or green capsicum !
Next to us was a group of senior citizens on a community visit, and all the aunties were happily remarking about Gardens’ rich produce.
Love this plot of green leafy lettuce. Is it organic?
We can smell Christmas spirit everywhere.
This cute truck is the center of attraction.
Let us tell you more about Ananas and Berry
Reindeers were spotted ushering in the festive month.
Hello Maple leaf
Families would enjoy celebrating Christmas at GBTB.
We pop by Cloud Forest again, whose Waterfall never fail to amaze us.
For this year’s Mid Autumn festival, Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) has something impressive lined up to wow visitors ! From 13-22Sep, there will be a 15% discount for tickets to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Outdoor displays are FOC, thanks to the generous sponsors!
Besides Photography contest, you can also catch Fireworks on 17th Sept 8:45pm and 21st Sept, 8pm (Meadow). Details here.
We started our tour in The Flower Dome. As usual the seasonal change at Flower Bed never cease to amaze us ! (Read our Tulips experience)
(image credit GBTB Fanpage)
We spotted dragonflies everywhere !
Layers upon layers of colourful blooms melt our hearts, we cannot help but feel jubilant with the riot of colours.
Even the kids are mesmerised by the blooms, they are so Cooperative posing for photos. Thank goodness the Giant predatory dragonflies behind them are long extinct.
No Mid Autumn celebration will be complete without lanterns
The outdoor poster tells us that we need at least 1 hour to cover the whole Lantern exhibitions !
Take your time, enjoy the sights and reflections. You will spot a lot of bats fishing too.
As we went on a Sunday, a lot of families were also out in force at Gardens by the Bay !
Kids will love ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘World of Fairy Tales’.
The Sakae Sushi frog above is spotted all over the GBTB compound, count all of them correctly to win Sakae vouchers
Pandora 3D is highly recommended. If you like Avatar, all things blue and dreamy, you will love Pandora ! Kids could not contain their glee once they wore their 3D glasses !
School competition, children portrays all things associated with Mid Autumn. We found modern Chang Er, and we suspect some of the less docile looking bunnies might be recycled for Halloween :p
From Boon Xin and Ale’s smiling faces, it pretty much sums up our joyous experience
(Image credit GBTB)
Thank you team Gardens By the Bay for the evening’s itinerary. We believe Garden by the Bay’s Lantern exhibitions is the best in Singapore. 中秋节快乐 to everyone !
We are too early by two days, and most of the Tulips are still sleeping, so we make do with more family portraits. We are recommending you to pop by CheekieMonkies’s blog to see Tulips in full bloom
We all agree Flower Dome 很漂亮 (so pretty).
Windmill, clogs and almost everything else, is fun-worthy for SengkangBabies
This coming weekend, maybe you would like to bring Mummy down to admire the Tulips? We wish all the 妈妈 out there Happy Mother’s Day in advance
Since the real tulips have not bloom yet, we improvise with bookmarks
Next stop, Cloud Forest. We plan our entry to catch the mist at 4pm.
(daily timing 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm).
Awesome atmosphere, with the blurred vision, kids must have felt a tinge bit of chill, but their limbs were warming up to explore the surroundings
Cloud Walk, can you imagine yourself playing hide and seek with the clouds?
Someone added a train set at the ground floor.
As we climb higher, we saw some L-O-N-G slides in the distance, a New playground will be ready around 2013 Q3 or Q4.
Last stop is Satay by the Bay. This hawker centre styled joint tries to recreate the old Satay-club ambiance. We heard it can accommodate up to 1,000 diners but parking lots might be difficult to find in the evenings.
We ordered Rojak and Satays (since this is Satay by the Bay right?) from the other stall (not CitySatay). There are quite a few seafood BBQ stalls too.
(2013Nov the Roti John is good too)
Most food price starts from $4 onward, and our satay was $16 for 20 chicken sticks. Daddy loves the gravy, but too bad the parents only got 1 stick each !
That is the kids’ way of telling parents Satay is good
Satay by the Bay is actually nearer to Marina Barrage, did you see Tray “BAY” ? We would recommend dining here, and enjoying the sea breeze at the same time
If you run out of fun itinerary for the family, maybe Marina South will keep your family occupied for half a day.
Our Love story with Marina South started in 2008, when Marina Barrage just opened. Before that, Marina Bay MRT is the end of the line, full stop.
Since then, MBS, Gardens By The Bay have totally transformed the area :
* Pandas (go early to catch Kai Kai and Jia Jia roaming around)
- we can view 7 River systems from around the world
- the giant creatures, Manatee, Catfish and Stingray
* Amazon Flooded Forest
* Mekong river tank
- Amazon Square (12pm animal show)
- River Quest (not ready yet)
- Interaction with rare mammals and fishes
- Pandas are too cute for everyone (if crowded, visiting time might be limited to 15mins)
- amazing experience to watch the Giant Manatee and catfish swim in their tanks !
- Kids learn about life-cycles and how animals survive in their ecosystem
- The information counters at each exhibit gave us extra knowledge about the animals
- River Safari is shaded offering visitors a relax experience
- Path is friendly for strollers
- We need a shelter at Amazon Square, it is too hot to watch the animal show at 1230
Entrance Fees : (Adult $25, Children $16 (3+).
When River Quest is ready, Adult $35, Children $23.
* Rainbow Reef !
* Adventure (Lazy) River
- Bluwater Bay waves
* Slides, try all the Slides !
- Daddy and boys’ best experience is snorkeling among 20,000 fishes at Rainbow Reef!
- Grab a tube, and go around Lazy River a few times, there are exhibits (like Rays) to entice swimmers
- simply sit on the slope and let the waves push you (Bluwater)
- Smaller kids will love Big Bucket Treehouse
- You will need minimum 4 hours to enjoy all the slides
- AVOID weekend. You do not want to queue 30min for a 1min slide
- “Lightning” will shutdown Adventure Cove, with no refund policy. Management might wish to consider some goodwill (partial) refund
* Dolphins are ever friendly
* poke a few starfish at “Discovery Touch pool”
* Open Ocean’s Manta rays (Daddy can linger here for hours)
- Jellyfish (are cute!)
- all sorts of fishes swimming everywhere !
- Look Left Right Up Down, there are so many exhibits fighting for attention
- Get up close with the sea creatures (maybe not Sharks)
- Play with the friendly dolphins
- Get hypnotised by the bobbing jellyfish
- kids are bewildered by the colours from the fishes
- Peep into the Open Ocean with some amazing Rays !
- The only bad thing is the crowd, kids will find it difficult to squeeze infront
If we can only choose one attraction to visit, which one do we prefer?
In order :
A) The Adventure Cove waterpark
B) Sea Aquarium
C) River Safari
Video : Want to know why they chose slides over Panda? Catch this video.
But if kids are looking for fishes, Daddy thought the exhibits at SEA Aquarium would be more alluring. The game changer could be River Safari’s River-Quest
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Now, we know Singapore’s attractions are world-class but how many families can enjoy the Fun? This is the entrance fee breakdown for SengkangBabies (2A + 4C) :
- River Safari – $114
- Adventure Cove – $118 (under 4years old free)
- SEA Aquarium – $118
All receipts are above $100, not exactly cheap and affordable, and we have not factor in carpark and F&B yet. We are fortunate as we get to enjoy River Safari and Sea Aquarium for free, and Adventure Cove tickets were discounted.
We always try to feedback that the fees can be more affordable:
- we know gardens and parks are nice (and free), but families might want to enjoy some Singapore attractions occasionally
- We are not expecting $3 entrance fees like Taiwan’s Zoo, but $20 is on the high side
- Singapore attractions might be able to provide pro-family promotions once a year (per family), with up to 50% discount
- Singapore’s attractions can definitely go out to target residents, besides the tourists
- This discounts mean a drop in profits, but companies’ bottomline should still be healthy
- More affordable tickets must mean more family-bonding opportunities, Yes?
What do you think? Do you believe Singapore attractions are too expensive?
If Yes, Help to feedback through your own channels, MSF, Reach, Newspaper forum, chat forums, or even blog about it.
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Not every attractions in Singapore is costly, just pop by our “Places of Interest” recommendations. We do lament the lack of time (and sometimes energy) to bring the kids out. And from 2013 May onwards, a few Museums will waive entrance fees YES ! (Fanpage I ♥ Museums)