Earlier I blogged about visiting Kaboodle Kids at Big Splash (East Coast Park). When we were there, we saw a large banner advertising for Children’s longkang fishing at a place called Fish @ Big Splash.
We have always wanted to bring MF for longkang fishing and there used to be one near our place at Bottle Tree Village but it closed down before MF was old enough to try it. So we decided to bring the kids here to try it out.
The cost for longkang fishing here was $12 per hour. On top of that, we needed a tank. The tank cost $3 if you would like to bring the tank and fishes home, but $1 if you would just like to rent it. We had no intention to bring the fishes home, so we paid $1 more to rent the tank.
They had rules plastered all over the longkang fishing area. It was kind of messy so I didn’t really bother reading through all of them. If you are interested, click on the image below to enlarge it to read.
Time to start fishing!
Immediately, we ran into a problem. MF refused to step into the pond! He said he was afraid that the fishes would bite him. No matter what we said and did (like dipping our legs in to prove that the fishes would swim away from him rather than bite him), he just refused to get in. We were thinking, “That’s $12 down the drain.”
MF realized he wasn’t getting anywhere and on the verge of giving up. Hubby took over and showed him how to do it to convince him to try again.
Hubby was a pro at longkang fishing and caught the fishes easily, much to the delight of the kids!
The turning point was when MF finally caught a fish! Albeit a half-dead one..
Motivated by his first catch, MF became a lot more enthusiastic about the activity. He started to get the hang of it and caught more fishes – big, alive ones!
Hubby taught him a tactic: To disturb the fishes on one side of the rocks so that they swim under the rock, then quickly reach over to the other side of the rocks to scoop them up.
And it worked! He even managed to catch 2 fishes in one scoop!
Towards the end of our one hour, as we were packing up to leave, MY decided to take the net to play. He wasn’t supposed to be playing because we didn’t pay for him, but nobody stopped him (probably since we were the only customers there and we were leaving soon anyway).
Amazingly, he caught a fish!!
And one final photo of the fishes we caught before we released them back into the pond:
Overall, 4 year old MF had a lot of fun longkang fishing and it was a great experience. But I think whether or not the kid has fun will depend a lot on whether or not he/she manages to catch the fishes (i.e. there should be someone around to guide the kids on the technique for catching the fishes.) If I had been here with the kids and without my hubby (who is the pro at longkang fishing), we would have spent 10 minutes there and given up, totally wasting our $12. But because hubby knew how to do it and was able to teach MF, it ended up being a very fun activity. $12 was a bit pricey imo, but if you have an aquarium at home to keep the fishes you caught then it is not that bad.
In case you are wondering what MY was doing the whole one hour while MF was fishing, there was a playground right beside the pond!
Other facilities at Fish @ Big Splash included fish spa, fish feeding, prawning and lobster fishing.
If you think that prawning is for adults, think again. MF and MY had a lot of fun prawning last year (not here but at Hai Bin Prawning @ Jurong Hill). I should write a blog post on that, it was surprisingly quite fun for the young kids.
You can also hold your kids’ birthday parties at Fish @ Big Splash. It would be interesting for your kid and his/her friends to come together to do some longkang fishing!
- Interesting old-school experience for kids in a clean environment
- You can keep the fishes you caught
- Playground available to keep younger kids entertained
- A bit pricey
- Would be boring if the kid doesn’t know how to catch the fishes and there is nobody around to guide him/her.
Information on Fish @ Big Splash
Address: 902 East Coast Parkway, #01-30, Block H, Big Splash, Singapore 449874
Parking: If you park at the parallel parking lots along East Coast Parkway, parking is free. However, if you turn into the parking for Big Splash, it is chargeable.
Tel: (65) 83386530 / (65) 90080201
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours