In conjunction with SG50, my family and myself had flew to the Jurong Bird Park on Sunday morning. This Singapore attraction which is opened back in 1971 is proud to be the Asia’s Largest Bird Paradise. With up to 5000 birds kept in this park, these 400 species are well kept in their naturalistic habitat which they are free to roam freely. Managed by the Singapore Wildlife Reserves, the Jurong Bird Park has completed it’s major facelift in 2006. Now, the most popular bird sanctuary is back to charm the visitors from all over the world.
Despite the drizzling Sunday morning, it did not dampen our moods as those chirping sounds from the birds turned the dark gloomy clouds to a lively lovely morning. Next to the ticketing entrance is the Penguin Coast. Like a gigantic cinema screen, inside this dark explorer ship housed nearly 100 penguins including the endangering African penguins. Dressed in tuxedo-like, you can get to watch the penguins having fun swimming and watching errrmmmmm …… us!
For $5 per adult and $3 per child aged 3-12 years old, you can enjoy the tram ride in Jurong Bird Park. Right beside the Penguin Coast is the Main Station 1, where the beautiful Flamingos are resting and dipping themselves into the pool of water. Lovely bright colours!
Taking the tram to Main Station 2 would take about 1 minute. The voice behind the speakers will introduce the birds housed in the large cages such as the Hornbills, Royal Rambles and Toucans during the journey. Do catch the bright red Scarlet Ibis along the tram ride. They are beautiful!
In Main Station 2, the main attractions are the Pools Amphitheatre and Lory Loft. Starting the High Flyers Show at 11:00am and 3:00pm in the Pool Amphitheatre, you can catch the free-flying birds performances.
Earning it’s name as the world’s largest walk-in flight aviary that offers lush rainforest habitat, the Lory Loft is a about 9-storey high, covers 3,000 square metres and has more than 900 free flying colourful lories. We love the Lory Loft because we can get really close to these colourful Lories by serving them a special nectar mix. Yummy for them!
Traveling on our way to Waterfall Aviary at Station 3, it is time embrace yourself with the 30 metre tall waterfall with over 600 free-flying birds. Right at this station, the Jurong Bird Park hosted a parrot show and some fun filled activities to reminiscence the past history of Singapore such as guessing the name of the songs and our childhood games. To kickstart the program, the host got a really cheeky parrot which can sing and act pretty well. The host then asked the parrot to imitate laughter and crying. It did.
To make this parrot game more proactive, the host got Kayden to imitate a better version of crying. I am glad my boy is brave enough to step onto the limelight and participated.
We even have challenges such as which family can make the longest “zero point” rubber band ropes and blow the largest balloons within the given time. It was totally fun!
From Station 3, we took the tram back to Main Station 1 which we managed to catch the Pelicans at the Pelican Cove.
At the back of Main Station 1, there is a Birdz of Play water recreational playground where the children can enjoy themselves by splashing water. You can also catch the King of the Skies show at the Hawk Arena at 10:00am and 4:00am. This live performance show will brings out the ancient art of falconry. There is Breeding & Research Centre at Main Station 1 where you can get behind the scenes at the bird park’s bird nursery.
From the 6 June 2015 to 28 June 2015, Jurong Bird Park is hosting the “Generations of Fun!” program on the weekends. In various spots of the park, there are some mini old school games like chapteh, five stones and kuti-kuti which can be played. If the participant won, each will get a Tikam-Tikam coupon. These coupons can then be exchange for gifts such as the flag erasers, harmonica, card games and nostalgic snacks.
If you were a tourist coming to Singapore, I would recommend you to visit the Jurong Park Park and allocate more than half a day during this visit in your itinerary. In case of rain, do pack an umbrella and a towel as there wasn’t a lot of sheltered areas. Strollers, wheelchairs, Tiny Xplorers and lockers are available for rent on first come first serve basis. For my Muslim friends, a pray room is available for your convenience.
For more information, please do visit the Jurong Bird Park website for the latest updates. For now, our family selfie!
Address of my visit
Jurong Bird Park
2 Jurong Hill
Monday to Sunday (including Public Holidays): 8:30am to 6:00pm
Telephone: 6265 0022