Do you know that Yishun has undergone several upgrades over the past few years? And gentrification is currently still in progress!
Like other matured estates such as Bedok, there are plenty of schools, facilities, dining options and entertainments to boot. So you really have nothing to worry about when it comes to building your family unit in Yishun.
In case you are unaware, here are some exciting things awaiting you and your family when living at Yishun Fern Grove:
1. Learn to kayak at Lower Seletar Reservoir
For many Yishun residents, the Lower Seletar Reservoir is a delightful place to enjoy leisure land and water activities. Kayaking is one such .
Over the years, kayaking has evolved into a popular leisure and competitive sport. Pick up the sport as a beginner with Water-Venture by the People’s Association. An orientation programme costs S$18 per adult and S$12 per full-time student. You can even increase your proficiency with the various tiers of the STAR Award!
Location: 100 Yishun Avenue 1S, Seletar Reservoir Park, 769140
Operating Hours: Tues – Fri: 9.00am to 6.00pm; Sat – Sun: 8.00am to 6.00pm
2. Discover Sungei Khatib Bongsu Mangrove
Now that you have learned kayaking, put your paddling skills to good use by signing up for an adventure to Sungei Khatib Bongsu – Singapore’s largest mangrove riverine habitat.
Discover the almost-forgotten natural terrain in all its glory in this 5-hour long trail. Although navigation can be challenging, it is nonetheless a rewarding experience. Feast your eyes on the canopied creeks and take in the tranquil landscape as you paddle up and down the river. This is a side of Singapore you won’t soon forget!
3. Play paintball at Red Dynasty Paintball Park
ORTO’s Red Dynasty Paintball Park is where adrenaline junkies, like yourself, test your marksmanship. So load up those paintballs and get ready to shoot them!
Strategise with your teammates and shoot paintballs at your opponents until the team with the most number of unmarked allies remaining wins. Expect fun battlefield features to dodge from your opponents like behind an actual life-sized battle tank!
Location: ORTO, 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-14, Singapore 769198
Operating Hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm daily
4. Bounce around in Katapult Trampoline Park
Do you know that jumping on a trampoline counts as a great workout? In fact, it burns an impressive 200 calories in an hour and is the best low-impact exercise besides swimming!
At Katapult Trampoline Park, all the stops are pulled out to keep you entertained (and sweating) for hours. Besides the usual rebounding, you can play dodgeball, dunk and climb the rock wall in the arena.
Fun Fact: Studies by NASA scientists have shown that trampolining is a staggering 68% more effective for building cardiovascular fitness than jogging!
Location: ORTO, 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-11, Singapore 769198
Operating Hours: Check on their website
5. Kart-drifting at Maximum Drift Karting Arena
Feeling the need for speed? Maximum Drift Karting Arena – Singapore’s first drift karting circuit – lets you fulfil your Tokyo Drift fantasy in a safe environment.
The karts used at Maximum Drift Karting Arena are designed to drift. You will be able to manoeuvre your kart to slide around a bend, like in the movies, without losing control. It is so easy even kids can do it!
A 10 minutes session (15 to 20 laps) with up to 8 drivers on the track costs $18 on weekdays and $20 on weekends/public holidays.
Location: ORTO, 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-15, Singapore 769198
Operating Hours: Check on their website
6. Take on the Canopy Walker
The Canopy Walker awaits all thrill-seeking daredevils. Perched 15 to 18 metres up in the air and stretches over to the nearby Yishun Park, this canopy obstacle course consists of 4 challenging sections – the Cargo Net Bridge, Broken Island, Zig-Zag Trail, and Flying Fox.
Put your will and wit to the test as you climb, tread and manoeuvre your way to the finishing line. Children as young as 7 can participate, making this the perfect family-bonding activity on a balmy Sunday morning. Don’t worry, there are safety instructors on-site to help belay and guide all of you.
Location: SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre, 60 Yishun Ave 4, Singapore 769027
7. Enjoy a plate of Hojiak Black & White Rojak
Having served this palatable local dish to Yishun residents for a long time, Hojiak Black & White Rojak remains one of Yishun’s all-time favourite food. Who can resist a plate of mouth-watering youtiao (dough fritters) and taupok (deep-fried tofu), sprinkled with crunchy cucumber, turnip slices and grated peanuts?
As its name would suggest, Hojiak Black & White Rojak sells both black and white rojak. The more common black rojak is mixed in hae ko (shrimp paste) while the white rojak is served with the refreshingly tangy sour plum sauce.
Location: Blk 846 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760846
Operating Hours: Daily; from 1.30pm till sold out
8. Or a fragrant bowl of laksa
Yishun has many food legacies, but arguably the biggest of them all is a bowl of piping hot creamy laksa. Affectionately known as Yishun 928 Laksa, this old-school alfresco eatery has been in business for over 20 years. Till today, it is rare not to find long queues in front of the stall, especially during lunch hour.
Location: Blk 928 Yishun Central 1, Singapore 760928
Operating Hours: Mon – Sat: 8.30am to 7.00pm; closed on Sun
9. Catch the sunrise or sunset at Rower’s Bay Park
Lower Seletar Reservoir is so big a new park has popped up right at the end of Yishun Dam.
Aptly named after the reservoir’s popularity with kayaking and dragon-boaters, Rower’s Bay Park is designed as a node for the future Round Island Route. Therefore, you can expect amenities that would be useful to both cyclists and regular visitors alike. Besides serving as a pit stop, it is also a popular spot to catch the sunrise or sunset.
While you wait for the sun, take a stroll along the boardwalk to appreciate the wetland. Plant species were introduced to provide food and shelter for native wildlife, enhancing its biodiversity. Keep an eye out for the Grey Heron and Copper-cheeked frog!
Location: Seletar Club Road
10. Have a foot bath at Sembawang Hot Spring Park
While not exactly in Yishun, Sembawang Hot Spring is still worth a mention. The only natural hot spring in Singapore is just about a 10-minute drive from Fern Grove. Reopened on 4 Jan 2020, the park now boasts a café, a floral walk, a water collection point as well as a cascading pool where you can enjoy a foot bath.
Geothermal water is released at 70°C at the top of the four-tiered pool. As it cascades down, the water cools naturally to 40°C. This is to prevent you from burning yourself by accident.
Fun Fact: The hot spring, discovered in the early 1900s, was once a thermal bathhouse for Japanese soldiers, after their occupation of Singapore during World War II.
Location: Gambas Avenue
Operating Hours: 7.00am to 7.00pm daily
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