A couple of weeks ago, I went on a class trip with my daughter to the NEWater Visitor Center.
I did not know that this visitor center is open to the public and best of all, admission is completely free; you just need to book online for your tour. Aside from the another free and “air-condition” space to bring our young kids to, I thought this was a great educational venue to help our kids learn. So, here is a quick review on NEWater Visitor Centre for your reference.
The tour started off in an auditorium with the introduction to water usage in Singapore.
Then, we entered another hall where the students and tourists learn about how we collect water in Singapore.
After the presentation, we were allowed to wander around the room where there were three stations of learning points.
1) Information Station
2) Exploration Station
This is basically a game station where the kids could play on interactive platforms to save water.
3) Travel Station
All the kids love this station as there was a yellow raft (see picture above) where you can get on and navigate it through the rivers and reservoirs of Singapore to meet Water Wally.
Finally, the last leg of our tour took us to the Deep Tunnel Sewage System. This is usually the highlight of the tour as the guests are taken into the plant to see the treatment of the water. Unfortunately for us, the plant was under renovation and we could only learn about the treatment via this image.
I was a bit disappointed that I did not get to visit the actual plant. But no matter, I can make another appointment to come back again. The tour was educational and nicely done — the scientific terminologies and treatment processes were easy to understand.
If you are interested to take your kids to the NEWater Visitor Center, here are the details to help plan your trip.
Opening Hours: 9am – 530pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Tour Timings: 9am, 1045am, 1230pm, 1415pm, 1600pm
Address: 20 Koh Sek Lim Road, Singapore 486593 (East Coast area)
The NEWater Visitor Centre also offers hands-on, educational activities such as these:
NEWater Scientist Programme — Students don on lab coats, hard hats and an iPod Touch and take on the role of NEWater scientists as they embark on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery around the Visitor Centre
Outdoor Classroom — From building mini rain-gardens to discovering the principles of osmosis, students learn more about NEWater processes through fun and simple classroom experiments.
Bookings and enquiries: Tours for the Visitor Centre can now be booked online or via telephone at 6546 7874.