It’s Tulipmania time again! This is actually the first time I’ve visited Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay, and it was as delightful as visiting the Araluen Gardens, albeit on a smaller scale. We went on Saturday, when they offered free Tulips for Mum at the Cannonball Room from 1pm – 2:30pm, but we didn’t stay long enough to queue for those. Instead, we had fun at the craft section at the mezzanine section, making simple gifts for our mums! It’s still on today (Sunday 10 May from 10am to 6pm), so don’t forget to head there if you’re in the Flower Dome!
There are also special musical tributes to mothers in the Flower Dome, including choir performances, drum and dance performances by the Down Syndrome Association! That goes on from 3pm – 7pm on Sunday. At the outdoor Supertree Grove, there will also be local vocalists like Sebastian Tan performing with the Singapore Philharmonic Winds, singing the songs our mothers love. Lots of oldies, I imagine!
We thought it would be a special treat for our mums (my mum and mum-in-law) to take photos with lovely tulips, and indeed we had a fantastic time!
It was also really fun for the kids because there’s a special Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm feature in the Flower Dome now, where many characters from his tales can be spotted. Together with the luscious blooms, the fairytale houses and towers certainly brought us back to the magical faraway imaginary lands that featured so prominently in our childhood.
Our favourite was certainly Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread House!
There was Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Thumbelina, as well as The Windmill.
Cinderella’s coach and glass slipper were one of the most popular photo spots. The grandmas had a great time, not least taking photos and making memories with their precious grandchildren.
I chanced upon this delicate pink tulip, whose blooming was slightly hindered by a strong leaf that must have enclosed the bud. What a sweet picture of bashfulness! (Another thought that came to mind was that this is an apt flower *facepalm*, haha!)
Amidst the regal tulips and flourishing hyacinths is the humble tiny pansy. Yet, it is one of my favourite flowers because of it’s exotic centre. I vividly recall reading a children’s storybook, and believing its tale of how in the centre of every pansy sits a king with his feet in a hot bucket of water! These days I know better than to believe in every elf and fairy, or do I?
We made some cute stuff for free! It was fun for me and my sister-in-law to make stuff for our mums, and for my kids to make stuff for me! So much inter-generational love going on. Kudos to the staff who were friendly and patient.
So if you love tulips, this is a must go! You can linger as long as you like in air-conditioned comfort – which is unique for a park in sunny Singapore. There are benches a-plenty, so you can rest and enjoy the lovely flowers with your loved ones too.
Admission details are here. Resident senior citizens and children enter the Flower Dome for just $8 each, and if you have an OCBC credit card, there’s a further 15% off. There’s a special promotion now for families, with two adults and two kids paying $50 instead of $64. Happy Mother’s Day!
Note: Our family of four obtained media passes for entry for this review.