Jacob Ballas Park Waterfall

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at Botanic Gardens

“$7m green space meant to give the young an insight into natural world”

Beside staying at home, watching TV, doing handicraft or playing new toys, what else could we do over some boring weekends? I always had to ask myself this silly question. Most of my mummy friends had this brain wrecking problem, too. So, we tried our best to share information on weekend programs with each other. Some suggested bringing the kids to movies while others said shopping malls, and even games arcade!

Being the first post of my “Weekend Spot” category, I decided to share the Asia’s first garden for children opens just around your neighborhood here in Singapore!

Back in October 2007, the 6th, we visited this garden the first time. It was a sunny day. This newly opened Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at the Botanic Gardens (at the Bukit Timah core) in Singapore was a great place to nurture a child on appreciation to the nature. For the active ones, this certainly was a place with extensively large space for them to deplete their energy in a positive way.

Admission to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden was free, but this garden opened only to children up to 12 years old. And all the children had to be accompanied by an adult in order to enter. There were gate barriers at the main entrance with a security guard to do the checking.

We went there around 3pm+, with our picnic bag filled with water, packet drinks, hotdog and sandwiches. Happily, we entered the park, roamed around in the garden. Found a hut to have our tea time. Oh wait a second, we noticed that no other visitor was having food like we did, but we were unawared of any restrictions.. Hmmm..

While having our tea time at one of the hut, hubby and girl went around exploring the greens venture. They found interesting man-made waterfall, and a small suspension bridge just around the corner. There was also a mini maze which looked pretty fun. I quickly packed up and joined them.

The waterplay area and sand pool playground looked thrilled, too.

We left the garden at around 6pm. When came out through the same gate, we somehow spoted the regulation board stating… no food should be brought in?! Oops. My bad. Apologies. :)

To reach there, we went from Bukit Timah Road. At the Bukit Timah Road junction, turn left to enter the NUS campus. Then, turn right into the garden after a car park gantry (parking fee was reasonable @ $2 max).

An educational natural environment that worth going, learn about plants and love the nature. A good place to bond with your children.


Garden’s official site for your detail reference:
Children Garden

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