Going Beyond the Classroom: Learn and Play at Mount Faber
Kids learn best when they are having FUN, don’t they? And hands down the most fun one can have in a day in Singapore is at Mount Faber!
Perched 100 metres above the South China Sea in lush green surrounds, Mount Faber is a hidden world of treasures for the little explorers. There’s an enriching experience to inspire every learner, from eye-opening cable car rides to adrenaline-pumping hikes. And let’s not forget the gigantic rainforest brimming with fascinating flora and fauna or a rich historical journey that is sure to pique the interest of any inquisitive mind.
One day almost doesn’t seem enough to make the most of this truly unique place…
For the Joy Riders: Cable Car
Thrill seekers will have an absolute blast on board the world-famous Faber Peak-to-Sentosa Island cable car. Before embarking on this 30-minute journey, students can spy Singapore landmarks from on high through telescopes dotted about the Peak. Once aboard the iconic cable car, the kids will delight in pointing out ships on the horizon and admiring the stunning southern isles. This breathtaking experience will open their eyes and imaginations to a world of possibility (and be the subject of many class projects for months to come!)
For the Active Enthusiasts: Hike Party
The Southern Ridges of Singapore offer nearly 10 kilometers of green open spaces connecting Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. There are loads of spectacular walks to choose from (some with playground stop-offs) — all guaranteed to excite the kids and keep them occupied (and burn off some excess energy too). Guided walks are also available. Tip: be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and drink lots of water!
For the Animal Lovers: Bird-watching Delight
The Singing Forest and the Forest Walk are home to wild monkeys swinging from tree to tree, and over 43 species of beautiful birds. Come armed with a bird species checklist and pair of binoculars, and while away the morning gazing skyward. It’s also a picturesque vantage point for snapping photos – just perfect for budding photojournalists. Now this is what we call edutainment!
For the Budding Botanists: Jungle Adventures
Inculcate a love for nature in the environmentalists of tomorrow with a ramble through Mount Faber’s 40 hectares of secondary rain forest. Students’ minds will become as fertile as their surroundings as they touch, feel and smell the lush vegetation. There really is no better way for kids to to learn than by getting their little green thumbs dirty. And they can recreate this experience back in the classroom with take-home plant starter kits — which include a pot, potting mix and seeds (such as kangkong, sunflowers and roselle). They’ll love it!
For the History Buffs: Heritage Trails
Round out your big day out with a natural history lesson at Faber Point. Here students will learn about Singapore in a visual way – by admiring a stunning mural depicting local historical events. And they’ll also have a chance to check out the tree that was planted at the very first tree-planting day. There’s nothing quite like living, breathing history to ignite a passion for learning!
Want more information on planning your school’s epic day out? Check out www.nparks.gov.sg/learning