Whenever there are holidays for kids, parents have to scratch heads and think about locations to take them to.
We were doing the same this March holidays..
Sentosa? – no, not again!
Malls? – every time same same?
Indoor playgrounds – don’t want..
Beach – nothing special..can go anytime
Kids wanted something “different” and after googling a bit, we zeroed on visiting Kranji Countryside.
Kranji countryside is a group of farms in the north-west of Singapore established by farmers with a view to promote local agriculture, edutainment for residents and conservation of natural resources.
There are different types of farms in Kranji countryside like vegetable farm, goat farm, fish and frog farms etc.
More information can be found here – http://www.kranjicountryside.com
We visited “Hay Dairies Goat Farm” and “Bollywood Veggies Farm”.
Left the home early in the morning around 8:30 AM because wanted to catch the goat milking session.
After around 20-25 minutes drive, we reached “Hay Dairies Goat Farm”. Never realized that we had left behind the concrete jungle and entered countryside already. Very pretty shades of green were dominating the scenery!
Here is the board that shows the direction –
The moment we entered the goat farm, that peculiar smell of goat poop and urine filled the nostrils…and brought back childhood memories of my ancestral village home in Kokan, Maharashtra, India…Felt very nice 🙂
My kiddos became very excited because got to see so many billys and nannies and kids at the same time..ba ba time!!
Milking session was on when we reached. All the goats looked healthy and happy and the equipment looked clean and latest. There was one guide who was giving information about goats, their milk and other related facts in detail. Great learning session for kids!
Many goats were relaxing, eating and taking naps..some had beard and that was a very funny sight…Some goats were naughty and locking horns with each other..also, they had cute expressions on their faces – ranging from calm to loving to angry. Ha ha!
We were so tempted to touch and play with them but for hygiene reasons, it is prohibited.
In Hay Dairies, the office has mementos, photos and lot of other information. There is a small shop that sells some snacks and most importantly “goat milk”. Goat milk is very light to digest and has many nutrients. Hay Dairies can deliver it to your doorsteps also.
More information can be found here –
Here are our bottles of goat milk – original and chocolate flavor.
After enjoying our time in Hay Dairies, we proceeded to “Bollywood Veggies Farm”.
Website – http://bollywoodveggies.com
Set in a rustic lush green environment, this farm grows many types of vegetables and fruits. It is a 10-acre area full of exotic wonders for the entire family. I mean where you get to see sugarcane, papaya, banana, coffee, aloe vera, pineapple – not as so-called-freshly-packed version – but as crops and trees?! So natural, so pure, so real..
Here is a wishing well at the entrance of the farm.
What a beautiful sight seen below –
Pineapple in its full glory. Wow!
So thoughtful the farm owners are for the ants and for the visitors..Live and Let live..
Variety of trees everywhere…
Contribute to keep the farm clean and have a free drink in the farm bistro!
Did you spot it? Someone meditating….
Spiky Spiky Cotton Tree…and since it’s a farm, a scarecrow has to be there..
and a message to protect our Mother Earth…
After walking around the farm, if you feel hungry, Worry NOT! Bollywood Veggies Farm have its own Bistro which serves fresh and healthy food..and some local flavors of Ice Cream – Durian, Corn, Coconut and so on. Yummy!
So if you want to experience refreshing countryside with all its attractions – farms, animals right in Singapore look no further, head straight to Kranji Countryside 🙂 🙂
How to visit?
by car or
by MRT and then take Kranji Countryside Express bus from Kranji MRT. Here is the bus schedule – http://www.kranjicountryside.com/bus_timetable.pdf