In a world that is beingg pushed to the limit, it is important now more than ever to enact change and start finding ways to live alongside nature. Initiatives have been launched around the globe, from mass scale ocean clean ups, to replanting lost woodlands, but perhaps the most powerful projects come in the form of educational ones. Educational projects teach people about the damage their lifestyles are having on our planet and encourage individual people to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint. During our time in Singapore, we got to explore one of these incredible projects in the form of Gardens by the Bay, where we spent two days learning more about our planet, the stresses on it and ways we can spark change in order to preserve and protect it.
To be honest Singapore hadn’t really been on my travel radar, that was until I saw the episode on cities on Planet Earth 2. In this episode, David Attenborough talks about modern cities. Cities that are working with nature, instead of against it. In this episode, Supertree Grove is shown as a shining example of what cities of the future could look like. This episode inspired a five day detour on our travels around South East Asia and put Gardens by the Bay firmly on our travel radar and in turn our itinerary.
Gardens by the Bay is a huge complex containing a number of different areas, from super tree grove and the OCBC Skyway to Flower dome, and Cloud Forest. There is also an amazing children’s play area, that comes complete with a water play section.
Gardens by the Bay with kids…on a budget!
While there are areas of the gardens that have an entrance fee (such as The Flower Dome or The Cloud Forest), there are a number of areas that can be explored completely for free, which is perfect for family travellers on a budget. Here are some of our favourite areas of Gardens by the Bay to explore with kids… when travelling on a budget.
Through a mixture of planting schemes, sculptures and story telling boards, the heritage gardens highlight and showcase the rich history and culture of Singapore’s main ethic groups.
My fascination of Supertree Grove is what drew me to Gardens by Bay. The iconic structures tower above the gardens and are built with the purpose of housing the natural world into it’s very framework. The Supertrees in Supertree Grove are truly mesmerising and could very well be the spark of inspiration for cities around the globe for how to work with nature, instead of against it.
The Children’s Garden
When travelling with young children in tow, it is important to allow them time to let off steam. So whenever we visit a city, we make sure we visit a play area to give them some time to do just that. The Children’s Garden is an amazing place to visit with little ones and we stopped by there twice on our five day stay in Singapore. The play equipment is designed to mimic the supertree structures, which helps it to blend in perfectly with the other areas of the garden. The Children’s Garden also has a great water play area where children can run through sprinklers and there is even a mini play area for smaller children as well.
Gardens by the Bay with kids… when not a budget!
As well as there being lots of things to do for free, there are also a number of areas that require a ticket purchase to enter. On our second day at Gardens by the Bay, we decided to buy tickets for The Cloud Forest, The Flower Dome and the OBOC Skyway, which meant we could spend the day learning about different plants, ecosystems and climate change before taking in Gardens by the Bay from a completely different perspective entirely.
The Cloud Forest
The Cloud Forest was one of my favourite parts of Gardens by the Bay. The Cloud Forest is a replica of the high mountains, that comes complete with waterfall, incredible planting scheme and an area dedicated to cave systems. There is a multi-level pathway leading through The Cloud Forest that leads around and through the inner ‘mountain’ and ‘waterfall’. The area dedicated to cave systems teaches visitors about stalactites, stalagmites and the formation of crystals. At the end of the journey through The Cloud Forest there is a theatre that plays a short video about the catastrophic future of our planet unless we incite high levels of change and soon. We left The Cloud Forest in deep discussion on ways we can dramatically change our habits to reduce our carbon footprint and work towards a brighter, greener future for our children and future generations.
The Flower Dome
The Flower Dome for me, was somewhat overrated, but I’m not sure if that was more to do with the sheer overcrowding of the place. We queued for 20 minutes to buy tickets, to then queue for 15 minutes to be allowed to join the queue to enter into The Flower Dome. As you can imagine, we were a little frazzled after such a long time queuing with two small children in tow. When we finally arrived in The Flower Dome, it was so overrun with people, we had to hold on tight to the boys while pushing ourselves past other tourists. Although there were some areas we managed to see, overall we felt like we were on a overcrowded conveyor belt and we ducked out before seeing the entire exhibit.
The OBOC Skyway
The OBOC Skyway was relatively cheap when compared to the price of the tickets for The Cloud Forest and The Flower Dome. The OBOC Skyway offers visitors the chance to take in truly breathtaking views by walking along a suspended pathway, hovering above the gardens in the canopy of Supertree Grove. The views truly are spectacular and it was amazing getting a closer look at the top of the iconic structures that Gardens by the Bay is famed for.
Our time at Gardens by the Bay with kids
We loved our time at Gardens by the Bay and found it a truly inspiring place to visit and explore with small children in tow. There was so much to see and although without children we would have been able to see it all in one day, we struggled to do that when visiting with two young children in tow and split our time at Gardens by the Bay into two separate trips. We spent one day visiting all of the free areas and then spent the second day visiting the paid for attractions. Gardens by the Bay is the perfect place to spend an afternoon immersed in nature, a day exploring different ecosystems around the world or multiple visits that inspire future generations to be more conscious about the world we live in.