Naj just turned 3 years old two weeks ago. We initially planned for a trip to Kuala Lumpur but my husband’s work schedule won’t allow so we thought of other ways to celebrate Naj’s birthday beside throwing a big party. And we thought, hey why not a trip to the Zoo! He can identify animals now and seen animal cartoons on TV. He would love to see the real ones we are sure. And we were right! He and Fynn had a fun time at Singapore Zoo.
How to get to Singapore Zoo
Coming from the East, we rode the MRT from Green Line to Red Line. We went down at Ang Mo Kio Station. The station is connected to AMK Hub and since it was almost lunch time when we arrived, we decided to have lunch there. We picked Fish & Co. We had a fishy yummy lunch before heading to the zoo.
The bus interchange was conveniently in AMK Hub. We waited for Bus 138 to take us directly to the Singapore Zoo.
I got our tickets to through the app, Klook. Admission fee usually is $33 for adult, $22 for child (3-12 years old) and $15 for senior citizen. However, we got our tickets cheaper through Klook. I just printed the ticket voucher before hand. And we arrived, all we need to do was scan the ticket in one of the green kiosk and the machine would provide us the tickets.
What to do in Singapore Zoo
The last zoo I remember I went to was in Manila Zoo (if I don’t count the mini zoo I went to in Sydney, Australia). I have the image in my head that animals are kept in cages. It was refreshing to see animals in Singapore Zoo to be out in open space for them to walk about but safe enough distance for the zoo visitors.
First, what we did was to check out the schedule of shows. Here they are:
Splash Safari Show : 10:30 AM , 5:00 PM – Shaw Foundation Amphitheater
Rainforest Fight Back Show: 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM – Shaw Foundation Amphitheater
Elephants At Work & At Play Show – 3:30 PM, Elephants of Asia
Animal Friends Show – 11:00 PM, 4:00 PM – Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheater
We were able to see the Rainforest Fight Back Show and the Elephants At Work & At Play Show. My advice is to pick two shows that you like to see and the rest for other activities to do in the zoo. I didn’t really like the Rainforest Fights Back Show so I think you can give it a miss.
The kids love the Elephant Show. We arrived early and settled in the Elephants of Asia ready to watch the show. It was easily packed. I guess it is quite a popular show. We were glad we arrived early so we got seats. Some were already standing in the back. It was fun show to adults and kids. There were also feeding session after the show but we didn’t do that anymore because the queue was quite long.
Next thing you should do is get in a tram and get to see the whole Singapore Zoo which comes with a voice-over narration of the animals in the zoo.
Fynn was soothe by the rocking of the tram, he fell as sleep, hahaha.
Roam the zoo on foot and check out the animals you like to see. There is an area where you see life-like dinosaurs in the bushes. We saw lots of different types of monkeys. We saw beautiful vibrant pink flamingoes, zebras, lions, penguins, seals, giraffes and many more.
Naj is also into bouncing and jumping a lot these days. We saw this MegaBounce and we asked if Naj can go for it. The guy said yes and Naj was so ecstatic.
Next to the MegaBounce is the Rainforest KidzWorld. They have a nice carousel outside it. Fynn particularly enjoyed it. He was so upset when it ended hehe.
Inside the KidzWorld, you can get a pony ride and there is a water park for the kids. We came prepared so we got swim clothes for the kids . My kids just love water parks! They were happily splashing water and sliding down the water slides.
After they got tired from their water fun, we roam the zoo for a bit and headed back to Ang Mo Kio. The zoo closed at 6:00 PM daily. We had so much fun! Naj indeed enjoy his Singapore Zoo birthday. We cant wait to visit Jurong Bird Park and River Safari next time.
For dinner, we headed to Ang Mo Kio- Bishan Park to have dinner at Grub and Naj got to blow his mini birthday cake.
Happy Birthday Naj! You amazed us everyday of your sweetness, your iron strong-will, your ability to learn things, your love for cars & chocolate, your caring ways of making sure we walk on the right side of the road & be aware of cars coming and your adorable smile when we are together. I am so grateful I get to be your mommy and see you grow up…. Mommy, Daddy and Howell love you so much!
80 Mandai Lake Road
Tel. No. (65) 6269 3411
Website: Singapore Zoo
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM daily