It's the June school holidays and on Monday, I brought the boys to check out the new displays at Gardens by the Bay. It was really nice to get out with them in the afternoon and not have to endure the sweltering heat. There just aren't that many places in Singapore where you can do that.
The new display is called Flight of Fancy and this is the first time that the displays have been extended beyond the "Flower Dome" conservatory and into the "Cloud Forest" conservatory. I was really glad for that because I think my boys really enjoyed their visit to the "Cloud Forest" as will be evident from the photos.
We started our visit at the "Flower Dome" and the boys excitedly ran straight towards the railings to check it out. They counted the colourful hot-air balloons and headed down to find them. We talked about hot-air balloons and airplanes and spotted unusual plants. The boys were particularly interested in the cactii and their spikes. Not a surprise for boys, I guess.
Apparently, there were interesting flight-related facts hidden in the garden display but my boys ran so quickly, I didn't spot them. Perhaps you will when you visit.
First they searched amongst the bushes to seek out where the mist was coming from. They were delighted when they discovered the pipes that sprayed the water vapour into the air. But they were absolutely thrilled when they found out that the water vapour would condense on their warm hands when they put it close to the pipes.
Boy, did that make them happy!
Oh and wet too. But they did have fun.
Then we took the lift up to the Lost World and slowly walked down. By the time we reached the treetop walk, the mist had cleared up which was nice.
Our last stop was the secret garden in the basement where we found lots more Phalaenopsis Orchids (also known as Moth Orchids). These are one of my favourite flowers and I was so pleased to see so many of them together.
In all, we spent at least 2 hours wandering through both conservatories which was a lot longer than I thought the boys would have lasted. It turned out to be a lovely afternoon out and although, a little hectic, it was nice to be amongst such beautiful flowers and yet enjoy it in cool conditions.
I must say that I would love to head back on my own to photograph the flowers at my own pace. Perhaps a creative project for next year?
The Flight of Fancy will be on display from 3 June to 21 July. You might be pleased to note too, that during the June holidays, kids will enjoy 50% discount on local resident child tickets (from 1-28 June) to the cooled conservatories. For more details, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.
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