The new Singapore Zoo’s KidzWorld has undergone a transformative update, offering young visitors a delightful blend of dry & wet play areas, interactive animal encounters, and a heartwarming show promoting the adoption of pets. Like all Singaporean families feeling grateful for post-Covid freedom, here are some of our favourite moments of the experience!
There are Ranger Buddies Quest Smart Binoculars available for an immersive play, you can rent it online on Mandai’s webpage at $12, and download Ranger Buddies Quest app in advance! Your child gets to enjoy missions on the Binoculars, clearing stages for a reward at the end.
The Play Trees area at KidzWorld is thoughtfully designed to cater to different age groups, ensuring that toddlers and older children alike can immerse themselves in open-ended play. Weaving together, elements of music, rock climbing, trampolines, and slides. The variety of play feels inclusive towards a more cautious child-like Xinxuan. With the Upper Seletar reservoir in the background, it does feel different from the usual playgrounds, with the scent of nature and open space.
As parents of a single child, we are more than happy to see her playing in parallel with other children. Within a space like this, it is the perfect “classroom” to practice sharing and taking turns. Flexing her social skills as she communicates with children outside of her usual social circle. It’s nice to see most parents, are right there with their children, guiding them on the appropriate social cues.
One of the highlights of KidzWorld is the goats’ petting area, beyond the tactile joy of interacting with these friendly creatures. It serves as a profound lesson in respectful touch, laying a foundation for developing a sense of touch that is tender and considerate.
Johnny was demonstrating to Xinxuan how to approach a baby goat, asking for consent to pet, before gently brushing his back and observing the goat’s calm response. This simple display fosters an understanding of how her actions have an impact on others, an incredible way to cultivate empathy and compassion for others.
The crowd control was in place, as only 3 to 4 groups of families were allowed in the petting zone at a time. We do appreciate how quickly the queue moved on a Public Holiday.
The performance at KidzWorld takes place at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm. The presentation takes the advocacy for responsible pet ownership to a whole new level. Featuring dogs and cats that were adopted after being found smuggled into Singapore, the performance not only captivates young audiences but also carries a powerful message.
The underlying theme of “adopt, don’t shop” is subtly woven into the fabric of the show, driving home the idea that these adorable pets found a loving home despite their challenging beginnings.
We have really enjoyed the loving energy and how the Zookeepers and pets felt truly like family. Days past the show, Xinxuan’s most memorable takeaway was Benji’s personality trait as described by the Zookeeper.
“Benji has the ability to sense when a person is feeling sad.”
That to her is an incredible superpower to have.
Well, don’t we all agree?
Through this experience, we are convinced to adopt if we ever choose to become paw parents. The staff recommended venues for pet adoption such as Action for Singapore Dogs.
In conclusion, Johnny and I felt that KidzWorld is great for kids, especially the younger ones at 3. Where wild animals may feel too scary to approach and feed, the smaller animals made the experience more enjoyable and safe. And don’t forget to check out the new KidzWorld cafe, where coffee and cafe food is served! That was, admittedly, mommy’s favourite place, a refreshing escape from the sun, with a cup of iced latte in hand.
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