While we did a happy little dance when Singapore recently topped the polls for having the #1 education system in the world, when it came to seeing The Little Red Dot crowned world’s most expensive city: not so much. Which is why we are always looking for clever ways to save money in Singapore! We’re well versed in money saving hacks, have already ticked off the annual memberships around town and are pretty savvy when it comes to supermarket shopping (we know the struggle is real), but we’re still always on the lookout for fun, free things to do in Singapore with the kids. So hands up if your kiddos fancy hanging out with firefighters, getting their hands on a seriously huge water hose and want to get behind the wheel of a fire engine? Yep: ours too! Which is why we recently had an awesome morning out at Changi Fire Station…
The Visit Our Fire Station Programme
Every Saturday morning between 9-11am, fire stations all over Singapore fling open their doors and welcome everyone to find out more about the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the roles and functions of fire stations here, and what life is like as a firefighter. Oh, and how to slide down the pole! Sound like your kid’s dream come true? Kiddos will love checking out the Red Rhino rescue vehicles and meeting a real-life Fireman Sam! Check out locations around Singapore for your nearest station: no reservations needed: just come along and have a blast!
Our visit to Changi Fire Station
If your kids have ever watched Fireman Sam, watched in awe as a fire engine whizzes by, or has ever proclaimed “when I grow up I want to be a firefighter,” then this free and fun weekend activity is a must for your family. We recently took ourselves over to Changi Fire Station (literally a stone’s throw from our house: result!) to hang out with the SCDF at the fire station.
These real-life heroes obviously love their job, and their knowledge and passion for what they do was a total hit with the whole family. As soon as we arrived we were straight into the cool programme, which included a tour of the station, demos galore and even the chance to sit behind the drivers’ wheel of the fire engines and ambulances.
But what did the kiddos love best of all? Was it the cool pole sliding demos? Pressing the sirens on the engines? The spin around the car park in a Red Rhino? Blasting the nearby trees with super powerful hoses? Watching the cutting and sawing equipment whir into action? Climbing up ladders? Taking a peek into the control room? Nope. It was the free red plastic firefighter hat that the kids got to wear for their visit and take home with them!
Visit Our Fire Station Programme, 9-11am every Saturday at participating stations