Operating a tiny excavator is fun.
Here's a chance for you and your child to scratch that itch.
Diggersite, in collaboration with non-profit organisation Ground-up Initiative (GUI), is holding an "Multicultural Christmas in Nature" event for children aged two to 12 in December.
The Christmas event invites families to celebrate the holiday season with experiential nature play, while learning about different cultures around the world.
Not to be missed are Diggersite's three different construction vehicle rides.
There is an excavator for a pile of sand with hidden treasures, a demolition machine for knocking down miniature "buildings" while avoiding trees, as well as a log grapple machine for clearing debris.
Each ride is timed to be five minutes long, and the capacity of the venue is carefully managed, so the queue is short and the wait is not too long.
Meanwhile, this is the best photo opportunity for the little ones on the stationary excavators in their construction attire: a safety vest and hard hat.
For younger kids, they can sit with their caretakers on the ride -- and honestly, operating a kid-sized excavator is pretty thrilling, even for adults.
Free play area
What is a construction site but a huge sand pit?
The sand pit is filled with construction toys and vehicles for your child's entertainment, and also a good spot for caretakers to rest their legs and take a break.
If your child doesn't dig the sandpit, they would love the bouncy castle, which, in line with the whole construction theme, is in the shape of a skid loader.
Multi-cultural games and craft activities
The event also features several booths for a wide variety of familiar old-school games -- if you want to see how far you would go in a Singaporean Squid Game.
Here, you and your child can indulge a game of marbles, five stones, or try your hand at spinning gasing, a traditional Malay top.
There are also three add-on craft activities organised by GUI: cookie decorating, crafting a toy car with recycled wood, and personalising your own tea light holder.
More activities in the area
Diggersite is located next to Singapore's only live turtle and tortoise museum, and is surrounded by unfettered nature, including a shallow lake.
Exploring the area, there were guinea pigs and chickens for feeding, as well as a pet fish store, and even a glamping site.
It's also worth taking a look around the GUI community space to get a feel of kampung life, and check out their other fun kid-friendly activities for the young ones to get closer to nature.
Diggersite @ ORTO
Address: 91 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769201
Dates: 18 & 19, 25 & 26 Dec 2021
Timings: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Price: S$25 per child, S$10 per accompanying adult
Add-on GUI craft activities: S$10 per activity, S$25 for a bundle of three
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