Forest school: a place where kids are allowed to get muddy, explore on their own and learn important life skills. And yes, there are forest schools in Singapore!
It’s no secret that we at HoneyKids are fans of the great outdoors. Heck, we’ve made a list of 100 cool outdoor things to do with kids because we’re so pro-sunshine and sweaty kids! And we’re in luck because we live in Singapore, where there’s no shortage of lush, green spaces for our kids to explore – including awesome forest schools.
Yup, there are heaps of serious benefits of our kids being outdoors, and the folks at Singapore’s forest schools are all about making the most of ’em. We’re talking developing life skills like confidence, independence, empathy and more — apart from getting a hefty dose of Vitamin D, of course. And yes, there are forest schools where your kids can learn all of the above and more! So without further ado, here are our favourite forest schools in Singapore, including the programs they offer…
Our fave forest schools in Singapore
1. Forest Adventure Club
Where: Forest Adventure Club, Various locations around Singapore
2. Kidz Treehouse Explorers
At Kidz Treehouse Explorers, the Nature Rangers use a Scandinavian Forest School approach for kids aged 4 to 7 years old to learn, play and imagine through nature. Each session is 2.5 hours long with four fun-filled activities like Mindful Yoga, mandala making, exploration time and nature adventures. And yes, you can check your kiddo’s progress through a handy dandy Explorers Observation Card!
Where: Kidz Treehouse Explorers, Campuses are islandwide
Wildlings is on a mission to get more people playing, learning and growing together in the great outdoors. Located in their very own private nature space in the heart of Dempsey, Wildlings offers forest school, camps, parties and drop-in play. Wildlings is part of a movement to see every child spending hours each day in unstructured outdoor play in nature.
HoneyKids readers get $5 off Nature Play sessions at Wildlings this month. Just use the code: HONEYKIDS5!
Where: Wildlings, Nature space at Dempsey: 27A Loewen Road, Dempsey Hill and East Coast, Botanic Gardens, Bukit Batok and Ang Mo Kio Park sessions
4. Outdoor School SG
Responsibility, resilience and risk-taking — these are all the important life lessons Outdoor School Singapore aims to teach its students. Through multi-sensory experiences in nature (it also has cool survival series classes!), young explorers are able to have a fun, creative and adventurous learning journey while learning to appreciate the natural environment. The classes at Outdoor School Singapore are spread out through Dairy Farm Nature Reserve, Chestnut Park, Bishan-AMK Park, and many more!
Where: Outdoor School Singapore, various locations islandwide
5. Roots and Boots
The folks at Roots & Boots believe in encouraging kids to explore, learn through play, at their own pace and style. How do they do it? They give children the time and space to follow their own ideas in the great outdoors, inspiring them to develop their problem solving skills, cooperation and confidence through fun activities. It also has its own preschool program as well as enrichment and holiday programs.
Where: Roots & Boots, various locations islandwide
6. Nature Explorers School
At Nature Explorers School, its experienced coaches teach kids about flora, fauna, survival skills, the science of how things work, history and geography of the land, all while improving their emotional intelligence and developing musical and linguistic skills. The folks at the school recommend a 2.5 hour session per week to give children ample time to adapt and settle in their outdoor classroom.
Where: Nature Explorers School, Labrador Nature Reserve, Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119187
So pop on those wellies and get your kids signed up to these Forest Schools in Singapore – you won’t regret it!