[ Media Invite ]
Boon Yee and me attended a 2D1N Family Science Camp last week. The highlight for the kids (Cheekiemonkies mobilised whole family!) must be the water sports.
Boon Yee (no3) and Ash standing next to their 10.8 Standup board. This platform can support up to 2 adults and 4 kids!
Organised by PA’s Water Venture Sembawang, families got to enjoy a variety of events.
Star gazing, Forest walk, Intertidal walk and water activities.
A few tips:
-Nearest bustop is 15mins away Sembawang Park
-You will be getting 3G 4G signals from Digi, Maxis, Celcom. Some signal from Starhub and M1 and zero from Singtel. Switch off your social media and enjoy more family time 🙂
-We found out Bottle Tree restaurant is on the second floor, in case campers are looking for supper
The camping site is very new and just next door to Water Venture. Infact, we are the first group to use their 8-men tents!
Clean amenities, there is a hot water dispenser. No aircon and warm showers 🙂
Families help each other setup their tents, we were unanimous in choosing “sea-view”!
1)When I heard about the 2D1N Family Science Camp activity, I quickly accepted the media-invite 🙂
I really miss our Pasir Ris Camping experience and wanted to expose the kids to more camping fun.
We got to illustrate our masterpieces on the floor too, graffiti with license :p
Our sea activities were delayed by 3 hours, no thanks to thunderstorm and heavy rain. The wind was so strong a few tents toppled over.
We decided the sea was too choppy for a smooth ride 🙂
Our camping instructors and guides kept our moral high by engaging in more games and interactions. Kudos!
The floor is wet, entrance is flooded but fortunately interior is only slightly wet.
5pm and we got all clear to Kayak! Hooray, this was supposed to be the highlight for many families and was nearly canceled due to rain.
2) Most choose kayaking, but I really wanted Yee to experience Standup paddling. I thought it would be the standard one-man board, but we end up clustering 6 paxs to a board haha.
The 10.8 board is much more stable compared to one-man board, and once we are comfortable, we all stood up and attempt paddling to Johor (joking!)
Ash and Yee decided to paddle some adventure on their own. Although we only had 1 hour of paddling, it was super FUN and I am so glad we proceed even when it drizzles.
Yee has forgotten about his Standup Sitdown paddling experience in Sabah Gaya Island (blog).
Wash up but not ready to slumber yet. Campers take note, it can be cold at around 2 or 3am in the morning, you might wish to standby long pants, socks and blankets.
3) Diy Muah Chee was fun for kids and families. It tasted delicious too!
4) Jungle walk just behind our campsite, hear the crickets and spot the bats. I told Yee it is too bright as we can still see our hands.
5)The last activity for the day was Star Gazing. We spotted Jupiter and the moon’s craters through the telescopes!
I always thought Singapore has too much light pollution and we would find it hard to spot stars, much less planets! The friendly guides shared more constellations in our galaxy.
Monopoly card games and instant noodle till 10.30pm, Nights Out. I believed I KO before the boy.
We all agreed it is more FUN to camp as a big group.
Day 2 arrived with the a beautiful egg yolk! Sunrise in Singapore is always late around 7plus am.
Actually, we got free alarm clocks from Johor’s Mosques. The speakers were relaying their prayers from 6am onwards hee hee.
Day 2 was the launch of Family Aqua Carnival @Sembawang. Busloads of families were invited to enjoy a day out with sea sport and fringe activities.
Some were queuing for mini banana boats (really cute), while others learn more about conservation.
Remember to save water when you shower or brush your teeth ok.
6)Intertidal walk towards the direction of Sembawang Park. When it is low-tide, we can spot more marine creatures along the coast.
Singapore’s Northern beaches are not really clean and we spotted much rubbish strewn around. Most are washed ashore.
Some helpful folks volunteered to clear a few bags of rubbish.
Perhaps Water Venture Sembawang might consider “beach conservation” as part of future activity? It would be meaningful for kids to understand first-hand how human’s plastic waste end up polluting our sea and habitats.
We caught some crabs in an isolated lagoon. None of them become chili crab.
If you are interested in intertidal walks, do pop by SengkangBabies’ offshore island experiences here. (Semakau, Chek Jawa, Sisters Island)
And so we ended our 2D1N Family Science Camp on a high. We were happy with the outdoor activities which were both educational and entertaining.
We heard the next Family Science Camp will be on 09/10 June. Do find out more package details on :
Thank you PA and Water Ventures for the Fun Invite, we hope more families will get to enjoy the great outdoors too.
ps.. our previous PA Water Venture experiences at Marina and Sengkang were soaking FUN too. (Sengkang Kayaking post)