Our 3.5-year-old is wildly fascinated with animals of late, and since she has made the trip down to Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom with her preschool recently, we thought that it would be good to bring her for a fun day out of animal feeding.
At least she gets to see the real farm animals, and not just based on books and TV shows.
While searching for places to go for this, I thought of the Farmart Centre. The last time we went there to get some supplies for our new home, I remember passing by the Animal Corner. And so, we decided on this and made our way there during the weekend.
To start off with, you need to head to this small counter near the entrance to purchase a basket filled with food for all the animals in the area. Feeding the animals with food you’ve brought along is not permitted.
For $5, the basket consists of leafy greens for the goats, sunflower seeds for the birds, carrots for the rabbits and hamsters, food pellets for the fishes, tortoises and frogs.
We led Crystabel to her first “subject” at the goats’ enclosure. Surprisingly, she was not scared of them and happily fed them with the leafy greens. However, we found that a single goat could only eat a few stalks until they turned their heads away – there were probably full from the previous feeding! We signalled to her to stop and move on to the next goat.
After finishing off with the goats, we moved on to the subsequent animals.
Since I am not too fond of birds, I left the both of them to handle the feeding. Again, she fed them like a real champ – they did not scare her one bit. But she did complained that the yellow birds were a tad too loud for her liking 🙂
There is a small sink with a bottle of liquid soap for the kids to wash their hands after feeding the animals. And then there is this cow figurine which makes a perfect photo op.
Do remember to bring along mosquito repellent/patches to protect the kiddies from getting bitten, since there are trees and bushes around which make good hiding spots for the mozzies. It can get rather hot by mid-day too and there might be a crowd on weekends – although when we were there during the lunch hour, it was not as crowded.
There are other things to see and explore at the Farmart Centre apart from this Animal Corner.
There is an area for prawning which costs $15 for 1 hour, $25 for 2 hours and $30 for 3 hours – so it’s actually more worthwhile if you were to prawn for longer hours.
If you are heading here around lunch time, there are also a few eateries to choose from. We had our lunch first before feeding the animals at this eating place which serves up yummy “Tze Char” dishes.
There were other shops which we walked past by which sold fresh chicken eggs, old-school pastries and even exotic meats like crocodile!
How to get here:
Farmart Animal Corner is located at:
67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008
Tel: 9466 2601 (Mdm Goh), 9838 2514 (Daniel)
Weekdays: 9am – 1pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 9am – 6.30pm
School Holidays: 9am – 4pm
Farmart provides shuttle bus service from Choa Chu Kang MRT (hourly on weekdays, every half-hour on weekends) – do check the schedule here.
If you are driving, do park at the Lower Carpark Area as it is nearer to the entrance of Animal Corner. You’ll know you are in the right place when you see this sign: