Whether it’s venturing out of the urban jungle and into actual farm life or interacting with the furries at cool cafes, here are eight awesome places for kiddos to get up close and personal with animals!
Neko No Niwa
Kicking off the list with Singapore’s first-ever cat café, Neko no Niwa is the perfect place for cat lovers of all ages. Conveniently located amongst the quaint shop houses at Boat Quay, visitors can spend an afternoon curled up with adorable felines, and grab a yummy meal while they’re cat-napping. Interestingly, all the kitties at Neko no Niwa are adopted – share the owners’ “adopt, don’t buy” message with the kiddos!
Cat Café Neko no Niwa is located at 54A Boat Quay (Level 2) Singapore 049843. Reservations are recommended, so drop them a call at (+65) 6536 5319. *Children below the age of seven will not be allowed into the Cat Space. Children under 14 years old have to be supervised by adults at all times due to safety reasons.
We Are The Furballs (WTF)
Raise two paws up for We are the Furballs! The first dog café in Singapore features mostly smaller breeds, which makes this the ideal place for kids to familiarise themselves with doggos. Bear in mind that these folks only serve drinks, so head down on a full belly!
We are the Furballs is located at Bugis+ #07-07, Singapore 188067. Tel: (+65) 6509 1186. *Minimum age for entry is 10 years old. Photo ID is required for age verification.
Ah Meng Restaurant
Rise and shine, it’s time for brekkie with the orangutans at (where else?) the Singapore Zoo. Suitable for kids aged six to 12 years old, this first-of-its-kind dining experience offers delicious grub and photo opportunities with an entire family of orangutans – talk about an unforgettable meal!
Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife is available from 9am to 10:30 am daily at Ah Meng Restaurant (Terrace). Tickets from $34 onwards, make your reservations here.
Horse around on the weekends at Riders Café, where parents can indulge in delicious brunch while kiddos go on pony rides. Children who aren’t keen on saddling up can still see the horses in the stables, or take a swing at the playground beside the café.
Riders Café is located at 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965. Tel: 6466 9819
Give your kids a meh-gical close up of how a goat farm is operated in urban Singapore! Families can pop by for a free and easy experience, where you’ll be able to view daily goat-milk sessions (from 9am to 10:30am), tour farm premises, and even feed the goats with Alfalfa hay.
Hay Dairies is located at 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859. Tel: (+65) 67920931
Farmart Centre Singapore
Farmart Centre touts itself as one of the most simple, rustic and nostalgic destinations in Singapore and we totally agree. From animal feeding and farm tours (they have plenty of farm animals, such as goats, rabbits, birds, hamsters and more!) to live seafood picks and yummy dining options, there’s something for everyone in the family!
Farmart Centre Singapore is located at 67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008. Tel: (+65) 6767 0070
Jurong Frog Farm
Get ready for a hopping fun time at the Jurong Frog Farm, where visitors will be able to observe, learn and even feed some of their whopping 10,000 American bullfrog residents! Besides their education tours, the farm also offers age-appropriate activities such as an adventure Frog Quest, storytelling sessions, and more.
Jurong Frog Farm is located at 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 Singapore 718864. Tel: (+65) 6791 7229.
The Animal Resort
Introduce the kiddos to the good ol’ kampung days where interactions chickens, ducks and other animals are aplenty. While the area is pretty out of the way, the experience of having farm animals roaming freely around you is pretty worth it. Just head down armed with insect repellent and you’ll be all set!
The Animal Resort is located at T81 Seletar West Farmway 5. Tel: (+65) 6482 1160