Go kayaking, cycling and camping in Singapore: Explore Pulau Ubin with the kids for Pesta Ubin festival

DATE: Monday, May 16, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016
TIME: Various timings
VENUE: Pulau Ubin
PRICE: Various pricing
WEBSITE: http://pestaubin2016.blogspot.sg

We’re big fans of getting into the great outdoors, and there are few places greater or more outdoorsy than our fave patch of green, Pulau Ubin, for a spot of adventuring with the family. Which is why we will be packing a daybag, preparing ourselves with lots of mosquito spray and heading on a bumboat to check out Pulau Ubin’s open house: Pesta Ubin. Kayaking, cycling, treasure trails and camping are all part of the fun for families open house is on now until 12 June!

This year, Pulau Ubin open house is being extended to a whopping five weeks to allow families to really get into the swing of all that this beautiful little island has to offer. Pesta Ubin (which literally translates to festival/party Ubin in Malay) is shaping up to be an unmissable extravaganza of outdoors family fun, and with over 50 activities lined up including nature sketching, overnight family camping, guided cycling tours, treks, kampong games, BBQs and boat tours there really is something for everyone. Check out the full schedule as many of the activities are free, and tick off all the activities that float your boat (or kayak: we definitely want to sign up for the kayaking in Ubin quarry activity!). Time for us all to get busy exploring mangroves and spotting elusive hornbills. Make sure you check out HoneyKids’ very own guide to Pulau Ubin before making plans for a day or two of adventure!

Our top five picks for the Pulau Ubin open house:

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Fancy doing something educational and environmentally fabulous with the kids? Join one of the coastal clean up walks where you will learn not only how trash is affecting our marine life, but also how Singapore manages its huge garbage problems. Who can find the weird and wonderful stuff? We can guarantee you will be far from down in the dumps with this informative, worthwhile activity.
When: 21 May (Sat) and 4 Jun (Sat), 2.30 – 5pm.
Where: Assembly Area opposite the HSBC Volunteer Hub (map).
Cost: FREE.
Registration: james@seashepherd.asia, www.facebook.com/SeaShepherdSG



Hands up who fancies a spot of camping, jungle style? This camp is definitely a great way to spend some of the looming local school holidays by having fun as a family, back-to-nature style. You will learn all about Pulau Ubin’s diverse wildlife during evening, night and morning guided nature walks around the island’s kampong trails and spend a fun night camping in a tent at the rustic Ubin Living Lab. The experts from Cicada Tree Eco-Place will be on hand with their rich tales of history and heritage during the adventure, plus pledges will be made by all to promise to try to make a difference to our lives in becoming more environmentally aware on a daily basis.
When: 3 June (Fri), 9.30am to 4 June (Sat), 12pm.
Where: Ubin Jetty meet-up
Cost: price plus registration deets tbc nearer the time. www.cicadatree.org.sg

3Take your little critters on a Night Critter Walk! This expedition is specially designed for kids and families and will lead you around Ubin at dusk. You’ll be following level trails, and so will be suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Accompanying nature guides will do their best to try and help you spot some of Ubin’s shy, nocturnal creatures along the way… We hear that possible sightings include the alien-looking pangolin, various native owls, the musang (palm civet cat) and even a wild pig or two!
When: 10 June (Fri), 6.30 – 8.30pm
Where: Assembly area opposite HSBC Volunteer Hub
Cost: $10 for participants 5 years and above (payable upon meet-up).
Registration: www.tinyurl.com/nightcritterswalk-ctep2016.

For a spot of kayaking in a rather unusual location, take your kiddos age eight and above to Ubin Quarry where you will get the unique chance to explore this scenic area by kayak. Limited to 250 participants, Outward Bound Singapore and Republic Polytechnic will be on hand to guide you through the quarries (which are usually closed to the public) on this fabulous watery adventure.
When: 11 June (Sat), 10am – 5pm (each session will last one hour).
Where: Meet up is at Y u so like dat drinks stall
Cost: FREE
Registration: www.rp.edu.sg or www.obs.nyc.gov.sg. Your time slot will be allocated by 5 June.

Get your creative coconut juices flowing with this fun, free art session, Paint a Husk with Hazel. Hazel Huang will show you how to turn an unwanted and unloved coconut husk into a personal masterpiece by giving you and the kiddos tips on how to paint your own vision of a greener environment right there on your coconut canvas. The coconuts will be coming from the drinks stalls around Ubin: upcycling at its arty best!
When: 11 June (Sat) and 12 June (Sun), 11am – 4pm (or until the husks run dry!)
Where: Assembly area opposite HSBC Volunteer Hub
Cost: Free
Registration: None required.