Monday, December 1, 2008
Nadine at Jacob Ballas Children's Gardens
Speaking of Nadine, here's our current favourite photo of her, haring down the road in search of adventure. This one captures her essence so well. She's always striding ahead fearlessly, determined to explore and enjoy her world.
The photo was taken at a school trip to the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden (JBCG) at Singapore Botanic Gardens. It's near the NUS Bukit Timah campus. The park is not very big, but is packed with lots of little features (see map here for full details).
JBCG has a lot of potential for educating young children, but exploring the park in scorching weather can be a challenge. They do provide lots of rest stops and booths for shade though.
The only F&B outlet is a Kidz Cafe at the lobby/entrance of the gardens. Expect fries and nuggets, food that most kids love. Apparently you can't bring food into the gardens, but I doubt this rule is really enforced.
Ironically for a children's garden, some areas are not that pram-friendly.
But we all had fun despite the heat. This is Nadine and a teacher going down the tunnel slides at the giant treehouse. Tandem sliding?
They have water plants on show as well, near the floating platform.
This is a bit eerie. They transplanted a very old and very dead tree - it had been struck by lightning.
Hide and seek here? No thanks. I wonder why it could not have been left back where it was in the main Botanical Gardens.
There is abundant life elsewhere though. Bold dragonflies that enjoy a bit of "still-life" modelling.
There's a sandpit with playground-like toys. Nadine liked the musical bells.
But the most popular by far was the waterplay area. The kids almost refused to leave the place!
I brought my point-and-shoot camera because I didn't want to risk soaking the DSLR. I'm glad I did that, because we got video too! Look at how excited she is!
And Nadine gets caught in the act - cheekily inspecting fellow schoolmate Ian's bum.
Catch me if you can? I think Nadine really enjoyed this outing, like she did the National Museum one.
JACOB BALLAS CHILDREN'S GARDEN
Opening hours: 8.00am - 7.00pm; closed on Mondays (except when it falls on a public holiday)
Admission is Free - the Children's Garden is open to children up to 12 years old. All children have to be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed.
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