Jacob Ballas Children's Garden

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Time Required: 2-3 hours

Timings:

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
(last admission at 6:30 PM)

Entry Fee:

No entry fee
Age limit - 14 Years
Children aged 12 and below are allowed only with a guardian
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Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Singapore Overview

Asia's first garden dedicated solely to children, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is themed on 'Life on Earth Depends on Plants'. It aims at educating and instil a love for nature at an early age. The entire garden is a nature-learning environment, fashioned in a way so that children can delve deeper into the ecology of plants and the environment. It actively promotes discovery and experiential learning. The garden offers an exploration and adventure space for children. It has a play area with a farm, an orchard and a forest with its own stream and ponds. The kids are free to explore the suspension bridge and the nature-play-area. Tiny naturalists have the liberty to walk along the creek and climb into the tree-houses. The children are also shown and encouraged to observe how plants grow and take home some gardening tips.

The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden hosts Botanic Gardens Children's Festival. In this two-week long festival, children get to learn about farms, compost and propagation techniques. Kids are open to participation in daily hands-on activities and demonstrations. They are taught about the numerous uses of plants. The festival encourages children of all ages to get in touch with nature through play, craft, investigations, storytelling and walks. During weekends, the festival hosts activities, performances and movie screenings at the Eco-Garden. Picturesque horticultural settings are displayed here. It also has activity booths for fun-filled weekends where games and winning prizes are up for kids.

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The garden has been segmented into four new zones. This has been done to witness the first-hand ecology of plants through the nature play and learn about various ecosystems. Established first in 2007, it has a water play area, swinging suspension bridge and a tree house. This prominently remains as the fun part of the garden amidst nature.

Farm Zone
The farm zone has a well-grown, neatly labelled vegetable plot. The garden in the farm zone has different fruits and leafy vegetables for the children to explore and learn. This place is excellent for children to learn that fruits and vegetables don't grow in supermarkets. They are shown diagrams of where food comes from and how it is transported to our homes. The children also get to learn how to grow their own food and reduce food waste by generating compost.

Forest Zone
The Forest Zone enables children to learn about forests and their inhabitants. The center of attraction here is the Flying Fox, which immediately draws kids towards it. This area has timber logs strategically placed in an area leading to the rope bridge. This is aimed at improving balance and psychomotor skills in children. It also has a small sand pit with a nest swing to let the children experience nestle and sway like baby birds.
This zone is special for its inclusive play equipment for children with special needs. It also has a wheelchair trampoline where kids with wheelchairs enjoy the fun they deserve. Metal cajons are placed to encourage percussion play. This helps children on the autism spectrum to focus through the repetitive nature of learning a tune.

Stream Zone
The stream zone is an area where children can spot plant and animal species that make their home in the stream with clever adaptations. The plants found along the stream are the Putat - that also resides in swampy forests, the Simpoh Air - a shrub with large leaves and flowers that grow across forest edges, and marshlands.

Orchard Zone
The Orchard Zone has a deck neatly set aside to exhibit how popular beverages come from cocoa, tea and coffee plants. The kids can head on the board atop the overhead bridge to enjoy the canopy of trees closely, including the tree with fake mangosteens.

The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is located at Bukit Timah Road and is accessible by train. The nearest MRT Station is the Botanic Gardens MRT Station (Circle/Downtown Line) from which the Gardens is a 10-minute walk. 

To reach by bus, alight at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus, along Bukit Timah Road or after the Kheam Hock Road bus stop along the Dunearn Road. The Garden is only a 5-minute walk from the bus stop. The Bus services along the Dunearn Road and Bukit Timah Road are 48, 66, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 171, 186.

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