Family fun – where to enjoy some outdoor fun in Singapore

This holiday season, enjoy some outdoor fun right here in our backyard at these new or off-the-beaten-track spots

Farm Adventure

Did you know there’s a whole community of farms in the Kranji Countryside that is open to the public? Hay Dairies is a good starting point for a farm tour and some fresh goat milk. As you visit the other farms, pick up interesting nuggets on livestock, fish and plants, and shop for fresh produce. When it’s time for a bite, swing by Bollywood Veggies for a tasty lunch that is sourced directly from the vegetable farm. You can even go on a self-guided tour of the Kranji Heritage Trail and learn more about the rich history of the surrounding areas. kranjicountryside.com

Hive Of Greenery

After a hectic week, unwind at this 55,000-sq-ft leisure hub in the north (about a 10-minute walk from Khatib MRT). Previously known as Bottle Tree Park, ORTO is fun for the entire family, and the lush greenery contributes to a relaxed kampong vibe. Besides the range of dining options, it has inline skating classes, a prawning facility and even a trampoline park. The little ones will love trying their hand at longkang fishing – a popular pastime in the ’60s. Don’t worry about falls; the “drain” is lined with non-slip concrete, so they’ll be raking in the catches in no time. orto.sg

Secret Beach

This stretch of beach on Lazarus Island may be a little further out, but its pristine white sand, clear blue waters and relatively low visitorship is worth the journey. Take the ferry from Marina South Pier and alight at St John’s. Cross the link bridge, and from there you’ll reach Lazarus in about 20 minutes. Build sandcastles, play games or just relax in the shade. There are no dining options in the vicinity, so get creative when packing your picnic lunch (for inspiration, turn to page 20!). Make a day trip out of it by exploring St John’s and Kusu islands, before heading back to the mainland as the sun sets. islandcruise.com.sg/ferry-schedule

Make A Splash

Can’t get enough of water slides? Check out Adventure Cove Waterpark’s latest addition, Wet Maze, an obstacle course that spans two levels. Dodge water blasters and sneaky sprays as you navigate through the ground-level maze. Then, take on an exhilarating ropes course that tests your balance. Take
the plunge on old favourites such as the Riptide Rocket and Dueling Racer, or head to the Rainbow Reef for a leisurely snorkel with 20,000 colourful fishes. All children below 122cm must be accompanied. rwsentosa.com