Singapore Zoo

          Mother’s Day 2013 came in the middle of our sudden trip to Singapore. Days before our trip, I made a mad search through Google about things that can be done in Singapore with a toddler at minimum cost. Out of all the attractions I read about, what I wanted to see the most (even more than Sentosa) was Singapore Zoo. I felt that Zuri could get much fun and learning from this excursion and that the admission fee would be totally worth it. So for Mother’s Day, I chose to go to Singapore Zoo.

          Singapore Zoo offers a lot to its visitors. It houses about 315 species of animals, a fraction of this is already endangered. The kinds of animals that can be seen in Singapore Zoo are too many to mention. To see a list of the animals, go to

          Animals in Singapore Zoo do not live inside typical steel cages. Instead, most are surrounded by wet or dry moats that are concealed by plants or placed below the visitors’ line of vision. Climbers are enclosed inside glass walls. These variations gave Singapore Zoo a more natural look and is one of the reasons why it became quite popular.



Babirusa. Too bad they weren’t facing us.





Singapore Zoo offers animal shows, one of which is “Elephants at Work and Play.” This is already included in the Singapore Zoo admission fee. No additional fee required.


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While roaming around Singapore Zoo, Rupert and Zuri had a great time goofing off with the buaya (crocodile) statue.




We also saw some bumboats. The sight was so serene and lovely.



          My favorite part (and Zuri’s favorite, too) at Singapore Zoo is Rainforest Kidzworld. This part is especially for kids. It has some amusement rides, a petting area, an animal show called Animal Friends Show and a big water play area which Zuri enjoyed so much. There is a changing area, too.


This is the facade of Rainforest Kidzworld.


          We arrived at Rainforest Kidzworld just in time for the Animal Friends Show.  The show is conducted in English and features friendly animals, mostly dogs, doing tricks like jumping through hula hoops and finding objects by using their sense of smell.


The Animal Friends Show stage.


The audience


The host asks for young volunteers from the audience to assist with some animal tricks.


A dog doing a smell trick.


After the show, the audience may come forward to pet the stars of the show. Zuri bravely touched a cute brown dog.


Zuri touching one of the dogs after the show.


After the Animal Friends Show, Zuri and I went to the waterplay area while Rupert and a friend went to ride an elephant.


This is the waterplay area at Rainforest Kidzworld. Some parents were playing in the water, too. I wish I brought some extra clothes for myself.


The waterplay area has many water fountains. Zuri kept on poking the fountains with her foot.


The flooring is a bit rough and not at all slippery. It is made of soft material and safe even for toddlers. The waterplay area has enough water to make it seem like a very shallow swimming pool.


The waterplay area has a fun play structure with slides and hinged buckets that spill over once filled with water.


After going around the zoo, this is a fun way to refresh.


Zuri with a playmate


Zuri’s favorite spot




Going up the play structure to try the slide


More water fountains


         After Zuri had enough of the water, we went for some chocolate ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s. There is a Ben and Jerry’s store right inside Rainforest Kidzworld.


Perfect way to end her trip – with some yummy chocolate ice cream.

          No additional fee is required to enter Rainforest Kidzworld. Entrance to Rainforest Kidzworld is already included in the Singapore Zoo admission fee. The animal show is also free-of-charge.

           We had a great time at Singapore Zoo – perfect for Mother’s Day.


          We were able to spend only half a day at Singapore Zoo because we arrived late. It was a shame we were not able to explore the whole zoo. For a better experience, be there by opening time. The zoo is big and has animal shows, boat rides and more to offer that it would take one whole day to do everything (maybe even one whole day is not enough).  Coming early will also give the children more time to enjoy Rainforest Kidzworld. Don’t worry about food, you can buy lunch there.

Singapore Zoo food

I ordered this yummy Laksa for lunch at Singapore Zoo.

          Singapore Zoo Opening Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm daily (Last ticket sale at 5:30pm).  If you stay until 6:00 pm, remember to walk fast to the bus stop because the queue gets long pretty fast.

          Don’t forget the following: a bottle of water, an umbrella, sunblock, bug spray, swimwear and extra clothes for your little one (and for you, too, so you can play with your child at Rainforest Kidzworld). There are trams that go around the zoo which you can ride for free but you will still do a great deal of walking. Bring your kid’s stroller or you can just rent one there.

          Singapore Zoo is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road. There are four routes you can follow if you want to go to Singapore Zoo. Option 1: Step on the MRT and step off at Choa Chu Kang (NS4) Station, then ride Bus 927 to Singapore Zoo. Option 2: Ride the MRT and alight at Ang Mo Kio (NS16) Station, then ride Bus 138 to Singapore Zoo. Option 3: Get on the MRT and get off at Marsiling (NS8) Station, then ride Bus 926 to Singapore Zoo. Option 4: Ride the MRT and alight at Woodlands (NS9) Station, then ride Bus 926 to Singapore Zoo. For options 3 and 4, bus 926 operates on Sundays and public holidays only. From Oasia Hotel (Novena area), we took the Ang Mo Kio – Bus 138 route to Singapore Zoo. From Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, we followed the signs to an underground linkway that lead us to the bus terminal.  Bus 138 stops right outside Singapore Zoo.

        Singapore Zoo Admission Fee: SGD 32/adult (around PHP1,100/adult); SGD 21/child 3-12 yrs (around PHP 700/child). Singapore Zoo is managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore which also manages Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park.  They offer packages for those who want to visit more than one attraction. For more information, go to


           Thanks for reading! 🙂

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