Home >> Singapore Attractions >> Children’s Longkang Fishing at Fish @ Big Splash (East Coast Park)

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.

Banner along East Coast Parkway.

Banner along East Coast Parkway.

 

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.

Entrance to Fish @ Big Splash

Entrance to Fish @ Big Splash

 

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.

Pricing at Fish @ Big Splash

Pricing at Fish @ Big Splash

 

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.

Rules for longkang fishing

Rules for longkang fishing

 

Time to start fishing!

MF armed with his tank and net, all ready to go!

MF armed with his tank and net, all ready to go!

 

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 standing at the side to fish because he refused to go into the water.

MF standing at the side to fish because he refused to go into the water.

 

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 showing MF how to catch the fishes.

Hubby showing MF how to catch the fishes.

 

Hubby was a pro at longkang fishing and caught the fishes easily, much to the delight of the kids!

MF checking out the fish that hubby caught.

MF checking out the fish that hubby caught.

 

The turning point was when MF finally caught a fish! Albeit a half-dead one..

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MF super happy to catch a fish at last!

How do you tell a kid that the first fish he caught is half-dead? You don't.

How do you tell a kid that the first fish he caught is half-dead? You don’t.

 

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!

MF super proud of his catches!

MF super proud of his catches!

 

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.

MF trying out a new tactic.

MF trying out a new tactic.

 

And it worked! He even managed to catch 2 fishes in one scoop!

MF catching 2 fishes at one go.

MF catching 2 fishes at one go.

 

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).

MY trying his luck at longkang fishing.

MY trying his luck at longkang fishing.

 

Amazingly, he caught a fish!!

MY shocked everyone by catching a fish!

MY shocked everyone by catching a fish!

MY super pleased with himself.

MY super pleased with himself.

 

And one final photo of the fishes we caught before we released them back into the pond:

Our catches for the day.

Our catches for the day.

 

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!

Playground beside longkang fishing pond.

Playground beside longkang fishing pond.

MY enjoying himself at the playground while his elder brother was fishing.

MY enjoying himself at the playground while his elder brother was fishing.

Other facilities at Fish @ Big Splash included fish spa, fish feeding, prawning and lobster fishing.

Fish Spa.

Dip you feet into the Fish Spa

Feed the hungry fishes for $2

Feed the hungry fishes for $2

Prawn and lobster ponds.

Prawn and lobster ponds.

 

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.

MF and MY prawning (and the huge prawns they caught!)

MF and MY prawning (and the huge prawns they caught!)

 

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!

You can book birthday parties at Fish @ Big Splash.

You can book birthday parties at Fish @ Big Splash.

 


In Summary…

The Good:

  • Interesting old-school experience for kids in a clean environment
  • You can keep the fishes you caught
  • Playground available to keep younger kids entertained

The Bad:

  • 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

Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook page


 

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  1. MummyEd says:

    How timely! I bought some groupon (or similar?) voucher for this place so was thinking of bringing the kids. I have even bought the fish food (like$1.50) because I know they will want to bring the fish home. Thanks!!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      There was groupon deal? Feeling so cheated now.. LOL! We figured to bring the fishes home would involve more than fish food, wouldn’t it? Like filters, pebbles yada yada… I tried keeping an aquarium when I was young but that didn’t work out too well. >_<

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