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Kids courses and activities websites

Abacus and Mental Arithmetic
3G Abacus

Kids Art

Baking and Cooking
Genius R Us

Brain Training

Kids gym
The Little Gym

English and Chinese language
Leap Schoolhouse

Magic Fiddler

Inlinex - Inline skating
Strike Academy - Bowling

Fun on the farm - Part 7: Bollywood Veggies

Bollywood Veggies
100 Neo Tiew Road
Tel: 6898 5001

Entrance fee per person is $2 (free for children below 12 and adults above 60). Pre-packaged weekday guided tours cost $5 to $15 per head, including entrance fee and snacks or lunch (two-week notice required). Farm and bistro open from 9am-6pm (Wednesdays to Sundays, including public holidays).

You've gone organic, so how about teaching your kids the concept at Bollywood Veggies. This garden paradise of fruits, vegetables and flowers is free from chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers and growth hormones. It boasts the largest production of organic bananas and papayas in Singapore and lays claim to growing the hottest chilli padi here. Leave your kids to discover ladies fingers, long beans, cucumbers and bitter gourd. There are also spice gardens and a picturesque lotus pond. Head down to the Poison Ivy Bistro and enjoy dishes like fried carrot cake, banana curry and crispy fried quail ($5 each).

Extracted from: Simply Her magazine (Jul 2007)

Fun on the farm - Part 6: Orchidville

10 Lorong Lada Hitam, Mandai Agrotechnology Park
Tel: 6552 7003

Admission is free. Orchidville is open from 8.30am-5pm daily. The Meteor Cafe operates daily, 9am-9pm, and the weekend barbeque buffet is available every Saturday, 6-10pm ($18 per adult, $9 per child).

Never mistake our national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, for another orchid again. At Orchidville, Singapore's largest orchid farm with more than two million blooms, there are workshops on orchid care and cultivation, pressed flower crafts and floral arrangements for adults and children. The farm's Meteor Cafe serves up homemade kaya, Italian coffee and fruit juices. If the idea of dining in a luscious garden setting sounds good, go on Saturday evenings for the weekend barbeque buffet.

Extracted from: Simply Her magazine (Jul 2007)

Fun on the farm - Part 5: Aero-Green Technology

Aero-Green Technology
260 Neo Tiew Crescent
Tel: 6792 4298

A tour costs $4 per person with a minimum of eight persons, and includes a bottle of lettuce juice or a bowl of Fresh Single Serve Salad (while stocks last). Daily: 9am-5pm.

Convincing your child to eat his veggies may or may not be easier after this, but at least he'll have a better understanding of high-tech aeroponics farming after a visit to Aero-Green Technology. Here, vegetables are grown without soil - their roots are suspended in the air and sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist. The one-hour tour includes a short video screening, followed by a walkabout to the greenhouse and around the 5.3-hectare farm to learn how plants like gourd, dill, tomato and watermelon are grown. Your kids will learn to identify vegetables, herbs and fruits by sight, touch and smell. You can also try their ready-to-eat salads and lettuce juice.

Extracted from: Simply Her magazine (Jul 2007)

Fun on the farm - Part 4: Singapore Crocodile Farm

Singapore Crocodile Farm
790 Upper Serangoon Road
Tel: 6288 9385

Admission is free. Half hour-long guided tours are available for a group of at least 30 persons ($2 per head) - bookings must be made at least a week in advance. It includes a goody bag and an in-house farm guide. Daily: 9.30am-5.30pm (closed on public holidays).

Maybe not, but your child can live out his crocodile hunter fantasies at the Singapore Crocodile Farm, with over 100 species of crocodiles. Play spot the crocodile as you ramble along a tree-lined path that winds around the farm, and glean information about their feeding and mating habits. Mums can buy crocodile-skin handbags with a clear conscience as the farm is an avid supporter of crocodile conservation.

Extracted from: Simply Her magazine (Jul 2007)

Fun on the farm - Part 3: Hay Dairies

Hay Dairies
3 Lim Chu Kang, Agrotech Park Lane 4
Tel: 6792 0931

Milking demonstrations at 9am, 9.30am, 10am and 10.30am. A tour costs $3 per head (includes a 250ml bottle of goat's milk and a farm souvenir). Confirm your visit at least one month in advance. Daily: 9am-4pm.

Trace your child's favourite carton of milk back to its source. At Hay Dairies, which has about 1,000 milk-producing goats, you can catch one of four milking sessions. After that, troop down to the sheds to pet and feed the gentle creatures. Then, sample or take home freshly chilled goat's milk in original or chocolate flavours ($2 for 250ml, $7 for one litre). For safety and hygiene reasons, those who have visited Europe or any cow farms recently are advised against visiting Hay Dairies.

Extracted from: Simply Her magazine (Jul 2007)