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A child’s mind is in a perpetual growing stage—they are tiny sponges that absorb any information they can get their hands on, so it’s our duty as parents to make sure such information is accurate, entertaining, and appropriate.
So when my 4 years old daughter fixated on Disney’s The Little Mermaid, it was time to introduce both my children to sea-life—the realistic one that had far less speaking fishes.
Since I stand by the belief that knowledge isn’t real knowledge if it isn’t fun, I decided to take the children to the best place to get to know and interact with fish in a safe environment—a fish farm.
At first, I was rather overwhelmed—there are many options available within Singapore, and picking the most appropriate one for my needs seemed like a hassle. But after some study, it turns out the choice was rather easy.
The Qian Hu fish farm is one of the many locations offering the service within Singapore, but it stands out above the rest—it is owned by the Qian Hu Corporation.
For those unaware, the Qian Hu Corporation is a company dedicated to the export and trade of ornamental fishes, being one of the largest ones in the field, and perhaps one of Singapore’s most impressive brands.
It’s, in other words, a big fish company—pun intended!
But what does this mean for the trip with your children? It means that you’ll be visiting a fish farm of known quality, owned by the most knowledgeable folks in the fish business within Singapore.
With such an impressive profile, we made up our minds: we would visit the Qian Hu Fish Farm.
On the chosen day, the whole party was ready for our next grand adventure—my children, their grandparents, and their cousin were all very excited about the journey, though everyone for different reasons.
The children were, obviously, thrilled about meeting fishes and perhaps capturing a few. The grandparents, on the other hand, looked forward to reliving their long kang fishing days and reminicise the days of simple living in rural Singapore.
I, however, was content enough with the idea of enjoying the fish spa treatment—my feet needed that,and I could use some relaxation as the children played with their grandparents.
Our first stop was Choa Chu Kang—specifically, the Bus Interchange Berth 5 (note the change of location here starting 16 December 2018!). There, we awaited the Qian Hu shuttle bus, as it apparently had half-hour intervals that particular day. Lucky for us, we only waited about five minutes before our ride stopped right before us.
The ride onboard the Qian Hu shuttle bus was surprisingly fast, and in a few minutes, we were standing right in front of the famed fish farm.
I wasn‘t kidding when I said Qian Hu was a big deal—they completely dominate the ornamental fish market in Singapore, and house the biggest variety within the country. Considering this, they offer a tour service within the farm to provide a full learning experience regarding the exotic fishes within the farm.
However, as our party had two toddlers and a 4-year-old, we quickly dismissed the tour—it might be a wonderful opportunity for older kids to learn about fishes, but not that good for younger ones. In my opinion, children that age appreciate much more the experience that comes with free exploration.
And exploring we did.
The children were fascinated by the many different fishes, and it‘d be a lie if I didn‘t admit we also enjoyed them. The whirlwind of colors and shapes made for a delightful spectacle even if we didn’t get to enjoy the data behind each specimen.
In particular,the children agreed the most captivating of all were the rays—perhaps because they looked so different to what they believe fishes should look like. Myeldest wouldn’t stop asking me if it was really a fish!
The grounds themselves were beautiful, with multiple breeding ponds featuring countless fishes, mostly the valuable Arowana kind. While the experience was overwhelmingly positive, I must admit I was rather troubled at the tiny containers the fishes were sold in—they seemed far too small for the poor animals.
After the children had seen every single fish the farm had to offer at least twice, their grandparents offered to take them long kang fishing, an idea all of them found very exciting. They insisted I joined them, so I quickly gave up my fish spa dreams in favor of witnessing the children’s first attempts at this traditional game.
I‘m glad I did because it was the best fun we’ve had for a while.
It turns out we were completely useless against those clever fishes—the children didn‘t manage to catch a single one, and when we took over as responsible adults, we were an embarrassing failure as well! Our strategies didn‘t work, and each failure was welcomed by a bout of laughter from everyone.
By the end of the journey, none of us had managed to succeed in catching the slippery fishies, but the kids were not upset by it—they laughed their lungs out at our mistakes, and didn‘t think much of being unable to bring a fish home.
Much to my relief, as I didn’t want a new pet home just yet.
My experience visiting the Qian Hu fish farm was nothing but pleasant—they had a wide variety of fish-related service to offer the visitors and entertaining activities that promise to be fun for both children and adults.
In other words, a guaranteed fun experience that won’t cost you much, and will give you plenty.
Official website: http://www.qianhufish.com/
Contact phone: 65-6766 7087 (10 Lines)
Address: 71, Jalan Lekar, Sungei Tengah Singapore 698950.
Qian Hu shuttle bus: At Choa ChuKang Bus Interchange Berth 5, opposite Lot One Mall starting 16th Dec 2018.
Qian Hu shuttle bus schedule: Every day from09:15am to 19:00pm.
Driving: Parking is available in the farm.