Home >> Fun Time! >> Upper Seletar Reservoir Outing with Kids – In search of monkeys and helicopters!

One evening, after having dinner at Thomson with my in-laws, my father-in-law made a random request to visit Upper Seletar Reservoir.  Visiting reservoirs is not my usual cup of tea (visiting playgrounds is), but since it was nearby and we could all do with some exercise after our heavy dinner, we decided to pop by.

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The kids sure seemed excited!


Trivia Time!

“When was Upper Seletar Reservoir opened?”

Answer: 10 August 1969


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Wow… I never realized this place has been around for so long! Learning something new everyday!

The obvious thing that my super energetic kids wanted to do was to climb the rocket tower.

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Is that a rocket? I wanna blast off to the moon!


Seriously.. I think my kids should go join a vertical marathon.  They were still bouncing with energy after the climb to the top, while I was panting and sweating away! Do they realize how HOT Singapore is these days???

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But the climb up to the top was pretty rewarding.  I would not have spotted that cool tree if we had not climbed up to the top!

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Don’t you love that tree??


It reminded me of the Party Tree in Hobbiton… No?

New Zealand Hobbiton Party Tree

Hobbiton’s Party Tree.. See the resemblance?


Okay, imagine the Party Tree with its leaves fallen off.  Convinced? Yes? No? Never mind.. Party Tree or not, that tree was pretty striking!

Besides the funny tree, the kids were super excited to see helicopters flying around in the sky.  At one point, there were 5 helicopters in the sky at the same time!  That certainly got the kids screaming, “HELICOPTER! HELICOPTER!”

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That’s not a dragonfly, that’s a helicopter.  It’s the best my MIL’s old iPhone could do.


The rest of the reservoir was not particularly exciting for the kids and it was getting dark soon, so we bid farewell to the reservoir.

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As we were driving out, we decided to turn into a road with many wild monkeys lazing around to check out some monkeys. (Because my cynical 4 year old didn’t believe me when I told him there were wild monkeys in Singapore.)

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The kids were particularly intrigued by the baby monkey clinging on to the mother. The mother didn’t look too happy with the oversized baby clinging on to her.  Mother monkey, I FEEL YOU.

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Somehow, I wasn’t sure if it was us watching the monkeys, or the monkeys watching us.

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The experience reminded me of our trip to Fuji Safari Park.  The kids were amused enough, and we didn’t have to take a plane!

Information on Upper Seletar Reservoir

Location: Along Old Upper Thomson Road

Official Website: NParks Singapore

the author

Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.


  1. angel says:

    Bring the kids to HSBC treetop!

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