Fun For Free Sg: Gardens By The Bay - The Supertree Grove

This is a monthly post on 'Educational Places'. Every 4th week of the month I will post on local educational places we have brought AJ to.

Jan - The Coins & Notes Museum
Feb - The NEWater Plant
Mar - Gardens By The Bay - The Cloud Forest
Apr - Gardens By The Bay - The Flower Dome
May - The Changi Museum
Jun - Human Body Experience & Nature's Design Exhibition @ Singapore Science Centre
Jul - Literary Trail: In Search of the Missing Heirloom in Katong

When we mentioned 'Gardens By The Bay', most people (tourists & Singapore residents) would associate it with The Flower Dome & The Cloud Forest, & at most, Children's Gardens.  Little are known about other parts of Gardens By The Bay, which are mostly free admission.  I spent a little more time to bring AJ to Gardens By The Bay sections by sections, so that we could spend more time studying in each section.  Indeed, there are many things to learn about in Gardens By The Bay, especially for the Primary School & Secondary School students.

Joining the blog train on #funforfreesg initiated by Gingerbread Mum, today we will explore Gardens By The Bay - The Supertree Grove.

As the name implied, Supertrees in Gardens By The Bay (GB) are gigantic man-made tree structures of 25-50 metres high.  There are a total of 18 Supertrees in GB, 12 at the Supertree Grove, 3 at the Golden Gardens & the balance 3 at the Silver Gardens.  Golden Gardens derived its name because the flowers grow/creep on the supertree structure are golden or yellow, while the flowers that grow/creep on the supertree structure at Silver Gardens are white or silverish grey.

The Supertrees in GB are typical example of a vertical gardens, they provide shade & shelter in the day & lighting & projected media in the night. Supertrees are made of 4 parts: reinforcement concrete core, trunk, planting panels of the living skin, & canopy.  There is even a Supertree-Top Bistro for dining at the Canopy!   There are 11 Supertrees that have canopies embedded with environmentally sustainable functions.  Some will have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy for lighting up the Supertrees. Others will be integrated with the cooled conservatories & serve as air exhaust receptacles.

When you are there, do take time to read the information displayed at bottom of the Supertrees.  They explained the structure components of the Supertrees, the functions of Supertrees & how GB is environmentally sustainable on its own.  You'll be awed by the meticulous planning behind the construction of GB!

There is the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway with a height of 22-metres that connects 2 Supertrees at the Supertree Grove, that takes you to a different view of the Gardens. But this is payable, $5 for adults & $3 for children.  It will not be covered in my blog as it is not fun for free.  We have been up there, & I would say, it is really an optional thing, not mandatory to do.

The OCBC Skyway

I would strongly recommend you to tour the Supertree Grove in the evening, say about 5pm, when it is less hot.  Then proceed to dinner at the causal eateries at Supertree Dining before settling yourselves quickly under the starsSupertrees to enjoy the daily light displays at 7.45pm & 8.45pm respectively (weather permits).

This has to be the grand finale.  When night falls, these Supertrees come alive with a dazzling myriad of light displays bursting across the sky. You will get to enjoy the newest rhapsody by embarking on a journey through rainforests of the world with Garden Rhapsody's "Rainforest Orchestra - Australasia and Oceania".

The open space around the Supertree Grove is huge for the children to roam around at ease.  Do get seated 15mins before the show starts to get the best seats.

Tomorrow, Mabel will share another fun & free place for the young & old in Singapore!  Mabel blogs at Amazingly Still, an open journal where she shares her life as a stay-home wife & mother of 2.  She is finger-trigger-happy whenever she whips out her camera to capture the precious moments spent with her husband and children, most of which are when they are out on an adventure, exploring new places together.

Can’t get enough of Fun for Free SG? Check out the whole list of 31 venues! This list will be updated regularly and you will be able to click on the location to be brought directly to the blog post when it goes “live”:

1 Aug: Tiong Bahru Park by Gingerbreadmum
2 Aug: Queenstown Heritage Trail by Princess Dana Diaries
3 Aug: Jurong Regional Library by Finally Mama
4 Aug: Singapore Maritime Gallery by Peipei Haohao
5 Aug: Singapore Philatelic Museum by Kids R Simple
6 Aug: Sculptures of Singapore by Gingerbreadmum
7 Aug: Fire Station by The Js Arena
8 Aug: Esplanade + Merlion Park by Prayerfull Mum
9 Aug: Bukit Batok Nature Park by Meeningfully
10 Aug: Lower Pierce Reservoir Park by The Kam Family
11 Aug: I12 Katong – water playground by Universal Scribbles
12 Aug: IMM by Mad Psych Mum
13 Aug: Tampines 1 Water Playground by Amazingly Still
14 Aug: Sengkang Riverside Park by Itchy Finger Snap
15 Aug: East Coast Park by Toddly Mummy
16 Aug: Sembawang Shopping Centre Playground by Joey Craftworkz
17 Aug: Animal resort by Raising Faith
18 Aug: Botanic Gardens by Mum’s The Word
19 Aug: Police Heritage Centre by Mummy Ed
20 Aug: Venus Loop, MacRitchie by Scrap Mum Loft
21 Aug: Road Safety Park by Miracule
22 Aug: Marina Barrage by J Babies
23 Aug: Gardens By The Bay, Children’s Garden by Finally Mama
24 Aug: Changi Airport Terminal 3 by Mother Kao
25 Aug: Pockets of Nature by Mum in the Making
26 Aug: Changi Airport Terminal 1 by Growing with the Tans
27 Aug: Pasir Ris Park by Ingspirations

29 Aug: Vivocity Play Area by Amazingly Still
30 Aug: Punggol Promenade + Punggol Waterway by Chubby Anecdotes
31 Aug: Westgate Wonderland by Xavvylicious


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