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Kelvin Ang is a Daddy Blogger at Cheekiemonkies, Singapore's Parenting and Lifestyle Blog. He is a blessed owner of 3 kids, 2 terrapins & 1 fabulous wife - who says parenting can't be fun? He is one of the 10 Best Family Blog Finalists for Singapore Blog Awards 2012. Watch him get twirled around their fingers as the whole family explore new activities for kids & more!
For some reason, getting covered in gooey green Slime is an ultra fun activity in the eyes of the kids. Well, they are in luck because Nickelodeon Slime Cup SG 2018 will be back at City Square Mall for the SIXTH consecutive year on 21 & 22 July 2018!
Dubbed as the Slimiest Sports Festival ever, this year's edition will be even bigger, better, Slimier and more fun than before.
Wait what?!!? Does that mean that this year's activities will actually top ALL of the fun stuff the monkies got to enjoy last year?
Already the monkies went crazy at the giant inflatable while pulling themselves in a pool of green Slime. Of course, the other activity stations sure upped the fun factor too.
From what I had gathered, this year's edition will be inspired by video games, and augmented with immersive activities like a Slime Sewer Obstacle, Capture the Slimy Flag, and a giant Slime fall arcade machine!
Yup, it will be stepping into a giant Slimy video game with some of the kids' favorite Nickelodeon games brought to life. So you know what that means, don't you? It doesn't matter if you had brought your kids to previous editions because this year's games will be completely BRAND NEW!
Here's a sneak peek what to expect:
Brand New Game Stations
Slime Sewer Paddle, crawl, and dive through the Slimy sewer to hit the gong.
Goo Lagoon Ride the waves until time is up.
AR Dodgeball Battle fellow players in an Augmented Reality arena.
Slimy Arcade Capture your Slimiest Player moment at Slime Cup by stepping into the Nickelodeon Slime arcade machine!
Capture the Slime Dive into a Slime pool and race against an opposing team to grab the flag.
Sky Whale Scale the Donut Wall and grab as many 'donuts' in 10 seconds.
Take part in stage games and win passes to pose with your favorite Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Leo and Donnie, and Shimmer and Shine! And I have got all the Meet and Greet timings listed down for you. You're welcome. :)
Pine-APP-ple Pit 2.0
Back by popular demand, the new and improved Pit features apps like Nickelodeon Play, SpongeBob Game Station, Nickelodeon Football Champions and PAW Patrol Pups Take Flight!
Trick Eye - Slimillusion
Capture your Slimiest day ever at the Slime Cup trick-eye photo backdrop!
Get a makeover at the Slime Salon! Kids can deck out in temporary Nickelodeon tattoos, dress up as Shimmer and Shine, and get their hair done Sunny Day style!
Unlock a Mystery Gift
Be the first 300 lucky players each day to unlock a mystery gift by playing the ‘Capture the Slime’ game on the Nickelodeon Play app! Simply capture three Slime Canisters before the time runs out and bring the screenshot to the Mystery Gift redemption counter to redeem a mystery gift! Limited to one gift per kid. While stocks last.
Free Goodie Bags
Earn XP (Experience Points) when you play at the game stations and use them to redeem free goodie bags. While stocks last.
Free on Saturday and also a Singtel customer? Head down to City Square Mall at 12pm for the Opening Ceremony which includes a rare appearance by six Nickelodeon characters on stage!
If you are planning to bring the kids down, do remember to bring a change of clothes and towel too. There will be wash stations where kids will be able to rinse off the Slime. Also, wear covered shoes as players may be required to wear covered shoes for certain games, and remove their shoes for other games.
Oh, and wearing ORANGE to the Nickelodeon Slime Cup will be a huge bonus too!
So mark your calendar for the Nickelodeon Slime Cup SG 2018 taking place on 21 (Exclusive for Singtel subscribers) and 22 July (Public) 2018, 11am to 7pm at City Square Mall!
Can I just say that the monkies CANNOT wait to be get all SLIMY!
And maybe, just maybe, I might want to join in the Slimy fun too. :P
Nickelodeon Slime Cup SG 2018 Venue: City Square Mall Date & Time: Saturday, 21 July, 11am – 7pm – Exclusively for Singtel subscribers* Sunday, 22 July, 11am – 7pm – Open to the public *To gain entry on the first day of the event, Singtel subscribers must present their identity card and show proof of their Singtel service e.g. Singtel bill, Singtel operator logo on their devices or My Singtel App etc. at the Nickelodeon Slime Cup Registration counters to get access to the games and activities. One identity card admits up to four people. In addition, be the first 200 Singtel subscribers to show your proof of subscription at the Singtel Booth on 21 July and stand a chance to win exclusive early bird goodie bags! Admission: FREE Website:www.nick-asia.com/slimecup
If you are living in the western part of Singapore, REJOICE because there is a NEWLY-OPENED playground at Jurong West!
Looks massive huh? The Jurong Spring Playfields officially opened last weekend and is the first Sport-in-Precinct (SIP) and ActiveHealth collaboration between SportSG, Jurong-Clementi Town Council and the Jurong Spring Division local community in Singapore.
Instead of just the usual kids' playground and fitness corner found at most HDB estates, the Jurong Spring Playfields incorporate playgrounds, fitness corners, a basketball court and open green spaces to encourage residents as well as families to go outdoors and keep fit together.
For starters, kids will not be disappointed as there are a total of THREE playgrounds to choose from!
The ever-popular Vertical Playground is here, in all its cheery yellow glory... and with a slight twist too. Kids will be able to climb up to the top of the structure and descend quickly via a tube slide.
Just beside it lies a giant rope structure which promises to offer lots of climbing fun for kids.
There is a trampoline too, for kids to reach that 'high' feeling... literally.
Younger kids need not feel left out, thanks to a smaller playground designed just for them.
And while the kids are kept busy at the playgrounds, parents can work up a sweat storm too at the fitness corner which consists of resistance bands and even weights!
I love how the Playfields cater to all ages, with its playgrounds, sheltered playing areas and multi-use courts.
I heard that come every Friday evening, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions are conducted there while there’s a Qigong group that brings seniors together every early morning.
Located jsut in front of Block 549 Jurong West St 42, it is definitely worth a visit if you are staying or around the vicinity. You even get to learn more about Singapore's history during World War II!
Jurong Spring Playfields In front of Block 549 Jurong West St 42, Singapore 640549 FREE Admission
When it comes to spending overseas, there are only a few options to spend in foreign currency – going to the moneychanger and carrying thick wads of cash, swiping credit cards or withdrawing cash from the country's ATM.
There is one problem – all of the above involve some form of transaction charge such as additional FX fees (on top of credit card spread and ATM withdrawal fees).
Moneychangers probably offer the lowest spread of the lot; about 1% to 1.5% spread if you make the effort to visit and queue at a good moneychanger offering a competitive exchange rate. But therein lies a conundrum – is it safe to carry so much cash in a foreign country?
Credit cards, on the other hand, offer the convenience of paying without the need for cold hard cash. But do you know that when you pay with your credit card overseas, you are hit by three different kinds of fees?
1. Platform fee charged by Visa/Mastercard/AMEX 2. Banks foreign currency transaction fee 3. FX conversion fees
Think you can avoid it by paying in SGD? Think again – by paying in SGD via Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC), you will incur even higher charges of 7% to 15%.
And withdrawing from an ATM? Expect to incur a flat fee that banks charge for ATM withdrawals on top of the currency conversion fee. Not to mention there is risk of card skimming at overseas ATMs too.
Ok, before I continue, let me just put on record that I signed up for a MCA last November on my own accord but DBS only approached me for a collaboration in April this year. So yes, I had a first-hand experience in utilising the MCA for our Europe trip and how utterly convenient it was!
So what is the MCA? As its name suggests, it is an account that offers you the possibility of zero foreign currency transaction fees while enjoying the convenience of buying forex on-the-go. It currently supports 12 different foreign currencies: Australia Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Chinese Yuan (*not available for debit card payment) Euro, Hong Kong Dollar, Japanese Yen, New Zealand Dollar, Norwegian Kroner, Sterling Pound, Swedish Kroner, Thai Baht and US Dollar.
How it works is pretty straightforward: Once you had opened the account, you can choose the currency you would like to exchange and perform a funds transfer to lock in the rate in the MCA. You can also set and receive FX rate alerts on digibank. Once your preferred rate is met, simply log in to digibank and transfer your desired amount from your SGD funds into the MCA. Super simple and convenient!
It is like having 12 baskets of foreign currencies in your pocket. If you are travelling to Europe and Japan, you can choose to 'top up' your Euro and Yen baskets by converting funds from your DBS/POSB account into the relevant currency at a FX rate that you feel comfortable with. No more running to the moneychanger on the eve of your holiday!
For all shopaholics – you can also enjoy these features when you shop online on international sites. Just link your existing Visa Debit Card with MCA to enjoy direct foreign currency payments in 11 foreign currencies with no additional/hidden fees.
Which was what I did during our trip to Germany in December.
For example, I only booked the Stadium tour at Bayern Munich FC when we were in Germany via its online platform using my DBS Visa Debit Card. Tickets cost €19 per adult and €11 per child, which came up to a total of €71. Paying with the DBS Visa Debit Card linked to my MCA, I saved 3% in FX fees and 7 to 15% in DCC charges which amounted to about €8, a conservative estimate. It may not seem like much but it was enough to offset a nice afternoon tea in a quaint cafe in Frankfurt.
But the MCA does not only come in handy during travelling. The DBS Visa Debit Card can also be used for online shopping transactions... which (unfortunately) the wifey is a huge fan of. But I digress. The main point of online shopping, especially if you make your purchases from overseas sites, is to enjoy the attractive discounts and sales offered. But more frequently than not, the savings will be whittled down, no thanks to the high conversion fees incurred from our credit cards.
My solution? I use the DBS Visa Debit Card that’s linked to my MCA when I am doing my online shopping from overseas sites. Like from Better World Books, a UK-based store that sells both first & second-hand books.
The site transacts in USD so all I have to do transfer some of my funds to my MCA USD basket and I am able to pay for the books in USD! A spending of US$100 saves me about S$4 - it does not seem a lot on its own but add that to the numerous shopping transactions over the course of one year AND the savings on our overseas trip and I think it will be pretty substantial!
Personally, I love the convenience of having the MCA with these 4 main benefits:
Buy and save currencies at your preferred rate, 24/7 I am able to enjoy full control and access to 12 foreign currencies and the Singapore Dollar online, anytime and anywhere. When the rates are favourable to me, I can buy it, lock it, and *save it for later spending on my DBS Visa Debit Card. No conversion fees or extra charges No more time wasted queuing at money changers, or searching for the best exchange rates. When I buy a US$100 item, US$100 is debited from my USD account. Even for refunds for an US$100 online purchase, the US$100 is credited to my USD account – no extra conversion fees incurred! Receive alerts on the rates I want I can set my ideal currency and preferred rate on digibank and DBS will send me a notification as soon as it becomes available. This allows me to apply a Dollar Cost Averaging approach when it comes to converting SGD to a foreign currency for my upcoming overseas trip. For example, I wish to change S$1,000 worth of Euro so what I can do is to choose to transfer $200 every month from my SGD account to the MCA Euro basket over 5 months. Avoid bulky cash when you travel My DBS Visa Debit Card makes it a safer and more convenient way to pay for items or withdraw cash when I am abroad. No need for me to carry around large quantities of cash. Ever. Better yet, you now get to enjoy 5% cashback when you spend in foreign currencies either shopping overseas or online with DBS MCA and DBS Visa Debit Card from 5 June to 31 Aug 2018!
Signing up for a MCA is a breeze too. Existing DBS and POSB customers can do it instantly online. Log into your DBS iBanking and select Apply; Deposit Accounts; DBS eMulti-Currency Autosave Account. You can also apply for the DBS Visa Debit Card if you don’t already have it. Link it to your MCA so that any transactions will be debited from it. New DBS customers can also apply online as well.
For me, my DBS Visa Debit Card that’s linked with my MCA is the first card that goes into my wallet every time we head overseas and I do not have to make a mad dash to the moneychanger too. With just a few taps on my phone, I have all the funds that I need for my overseas spending at the best possible rates. It is like having a virtual foreign currency wallet and this one is for keeps.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Insured up to S$50k by SDIC. For more information, visit HERE.
The Singapore Zoo closes its doors at 6pm every day but from now until the end of this year, it will welcome visitors with a mesmerizing night-time walking trail in an interactive luminous setting.
And my word, it is certainly a spectacular way to celebrate the Zoo's 45th birthday.
Rainforest Lumina transforms into a dreamy whimsical landscape against a symphony of light and sound when night falls, and consists of a easy 1km walk with various interactive light and sound installations dotting the trail.
Consisting of 11 zones - of which 3 are interactive and will prove extremely popular with kids (& adults) - the trail will allow visitors to meet the Creature Crew, a group of unlikely animals heroes who will take visitors on a whimsical adventure along the paths of their enchanted world.
But first things first - there are NO real animals featured at Rainforest Lumina. Instead the experience is centered on virtual animals.
I may been been to the Zoo countless times in the day but entering the Zoo during night time is has a completely different feel to it. For sure, it feels way cooler and less humid but on top of that, the darkness that envelops the surroundings adds a certain mysterious element to the trail.
The trail kicks off with the first stop at the Garden of Virtues where we picked a wristband according to the trait or animal which we related most. Or something like that, because the wifey picked PATIENCE for me... she reckoned I really needed that trait in me. Oops.
The wristband comes with a QR code which will come in handy at the final zone of the trail.
If you are looking for the most Instagram-worthy zone of the lot, then Luminous Pathway has got to be it.
Streaks of green light peppered down on us, making the entire area seem to be awashed with plenty of fireflies! Definitely captivating stuff.
'Sing Like an Animal' is the first interactive installation for visitors where they can sing, speak or whisper into standing microphones to activate colourful splashes of animation onto the backdrop of the White Tiger enclosure.
Each set of standing microphones - they can be adjusted to suit a child's height - comes in a pair and both need to be sung into in order for a particular animal to appear. Lovely!
After taking a stroll among lighted huts and shimmering lights, we were wowed with a projection show.
Titled 'Call of the Wild', it tells the narrative of how the Creature Crew bands together in times of adversity to overcome all challenges in an astounding visual performance.
If you are afraid of getting lost in the dark, you need not be because there are ample lighting signs and staff members along the way to guide visitors. Just follow the enchanting light installations and you will be fine.
The most FUN interactive installation honour goes to 'Play Like an Animal' which will quite literally unleash the playful nature of the kids!
Jump on the pads on the ground and watch the virtual animals launch high up into the air! It is perhaps inevitable that the monkies were competing to see whose animal flew the highest.
For the record, mine did. HAHAHAHA!
The final interactive installation, 'Wall of Fame', allows visitors to leave a photo memory at Raniforest Lumina.
Remember the wristband we took at the beginning of the walk? Scan the QR code at the machine, snap a photo and watch your face appear on the large screen.
It was definitely a refreshing experience for the family, and the entire multimedia experience allowed us to see the Singapore Zoo in a totally fun and new light!
If you are planning to bring the kids down to Raniforest Lumina, here are a few things to note:
- This is a standalone attraction and costs $22 per adult and $16 per child and does not include entry to admission to the Zoo in the day time. Purchase online to enjoy 10% savings on Regular days (Mon-Thur & Sun) and 5% savings on Peak and Super Peak days (Fri, Sat, eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday). - Opening hours are from 7.30pm to 12 midnight daily but during the purchase of the tickets, you are required to pick one of the seven entry timings. Last entry is at 10.30pm. - The 1km trail takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. - Rainforest Lumina will run until December 2018.
Useful Information Rainforest Lumina Singapore Zoo 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826 Dates: Now until Dec 2018 Opening hours: 7.30pm - 12am (7 entry timings) Tickets: Adult $22 | Child $16 Purchase online to enjoy 10% savings on Regular days (Mon-Thur & Sun) and 5% savings on Peak and Super Peak days (Fri, Sat, eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday) Website
Bringing the kids to the supermarket for that weekly grocery shopping trip may be a tedious and challenging affair, especially since supermarkets usually have nothing to entice them and they get bored really quick.
Well, not if you bring them to a FairPrice Xtra hypermarket... because it is going to be Xtra Wild!
From now until 22 August 2018, wildlife has taken over 7 FairPrice Xtra hyeprmarkets with an Xtra Wild celebration where kids can explore, experience and enjoy a wildlife learning adventure like no other!
Do you remember the old Panini stickers that we used to collect as a child? It was really fun back then, trying to complete the entire sticker album by exchanging extra stickers for ones that I did not have with friends.
The FairPrice Xtra Wild experience is something like that - with a collection album BUT with a twist: instead of stickers, kids can collect animal cards with an educational element.
The “Experience Wildlife Animals Card Collection” from FairPrice Xtra essentially consists of three aspects - a collection album, cards and an app.
Each album costs $2.80 while each packet of cards costs $1 at any FairPrice Xtra. But if you spend $10 in one receipt, you can purchase up to three packets of cards at $0.20 each... which means, if you spend $50 in one receipt, you get to purchase up to 15 packets of cards for a total of $3.
Each packet contains 5 cards and for kids, nothing beats the excitement of ripping open that packet of cards and hoping for cards that they do not already have. Just ask the monkies!
The album is divided into six habitats, with each habitat consisting six different animal families. Each family is made up of 3 cards; Daddy, Mummy and Baby.
Besides being to slot the animal cards into the pouches, the album also comes with interesting facts about animals and their habitats from all over the world.
I have to admit, I learnt something new about some of the animals too!
To up the educational value, the album also has puzzles and quizzes that kids can complete. Something that the boys were only too eager to help their little sister with. Heh.
Beyond the physical copies of the album and cards, the FairPrice Xtra Wild experience is complemented by the FairPrice Xtra Animals app which makes learning about the animals even more interactive!
There are three kinds of interactive cards. You can see the card type in the top right corner of the card.
As a rule of thumb, all of the Daddy and Baby animal cards are Image Recognition Cards. These are cards you can scan with your electronic device to hear and see the animals, and unlock extra information about each of them.
Then there are the special X-Ray Cards.
With these X-RAY cards, kids can try spotting hidden animals either through thermal vision, a flashlight or a magnifying glass.
I had initially thought that this would appeal only to younger kids, but see who got in the action as well. LOL.
The third kind of interactive card belongs to the Mummy cards.
All of the Mummy cards are Digital Transfer Cards. Place one such card on the screen and tap the numbers on the card in the correct order, and kids will be able to transfer the image of the animal into its habitat!
Great for role-playing and story-telling with the kiddos!
But wait, it is not all digital fun. Kids can group their repeated animal cards together and play a 'Trumps' game with friends. See the animal stats at the bottom of each card?
For example, the 'Size' stat could be used as the competing value for the game so the one with the largest size value for that round wins all the cards. A simple game, but the monkies were at it for a good 15 minutes at least!
As with all card collections, there are always the rare, ultra rare and even legendary cards. Besides having over 100 different animals cards to collect, there are also Silver and Gold cards to make that card collecting journey a little more interesting.
There is even an ULTRA RARE White Tiger card - there are only 50 of them! - which will win you $200 worth of FairPrice vouchers if you are lucky enough to find it in one of the packs!
And I was not kidding when I said earlier that bringing the kids to a FairPrice Xtra hypermarket will be an interesting affair.
Each of the 7 FairPrice Xtra stores have been dressed to the wildlife theme and this includes various fun facts about wildlife that have been put up throughout the stores.
Let's just say the kids will have a wild time trying to spot them.
And while they are at it, ask them to spot the various Wildlife stickers that are scattered throughout the stores too... because the search for wildlife animals extends beyond the album and app, and INTO the stores as well.
Other than collecting cards in a physical copy album, kids can go on an 'Animal Search' expedition in the stores and scan the Wildlife stickers using the app. There are 10 different animals to search each week, with a maximum of 100 animals to be found over 10 weeks. Find all 10 animals every week and exchange for a special gift worth $5 in-store. Each store only has 100 prizes to give out each week so you know what to do.
In addition, there are promotions and events lined up at all of the 7 FairPrice Xtra stores in the coming weeks, including Trumps Game & Cards Exchange sessions where kids will be able to play Trumps games and even exchange for cards that they are lacking with one another.
And there will also be plenty of in-store fun activities and animal-themed crafts to keep the kiddos busy while parents shop for their groceries.
We were down at FariPrice Xtra Jurong Point last weeekend and the monkies got the chance to participate in some quizzes!
And you know what that means, don't you? They managed to win MORE animal packets to build up their collection AND hopefully find THAT elusive Ultra Rare White Tiger card!!! (UPDATE: Nope, no White Tiger card for us yet.)
But whatever the outcome, as long as the child is happy, the parent will be happy. Simple as that.
Remember though, the “Experience Wildlife Animals Card Collection” is only happening at FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, not the usual FairPrice stores.
Shopping for groceries AND letting the kids have fun by learning more about wildlife animals at the same time? Now this is what I call an Xtra win-win!
FairPrice Xtra Stores:
• FairPrice Xtra AMK Hub 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #B2-26 Singapore 569933 7am - 11pm
• FairPrice Xtra Jurong Point (JP2) 63 Jurong West Central 3 #03-01 Singapore 648331 24 Hours
The June School Holidays may be over but kids get an extra long weekend of FREE fun - thanks to the Youth Day holiday on 2 July - with a slew of innovative and educational activities at The Kidz Academy!
Back from 29 June to 1 July 2018, The Kidz Academy is a sister event of SmartKids Asia and will be held at Singapore Expo Hall 6. This year, the three-day event is going innovative, with many exciting and interactive additions showcasing latest trends and happenings.
Targeting primary school-going students, the free-to-attend event boasts so many activities that it can get a tad mind-boggling. But no need to fret, I have done the homework and sussed out the best activities that all kids will love!
One of the main focus of the Kidz Academy this year is to allow kids aged 7 to 12 years old different platforms to showcase their talent and see how they fare when competing alongside one another. So for the first time ever, it will be conducting three exciting competitions for kids to participate in:
Asia Pacific Youth Robotics Competition (APYRC) An annual event organised by IN3LABS PTE LTD, APYRC is a robotics competition for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) that brings young people together to develop problem solving skills and creativity. This is a well-rounded event for students to design and build a robot to compete in the various robotics challenges.
Elite Sport Stacking Championships 2018 WSSA-SG-TKA Asians’ Elite Sport Stacking Championships 2018 is a unique Sport Stacking competition with about 100 participants from 5 Asian countries participating in Individual, Doubles, Parent-child and Relay events. Sport Stacking athletes will face-off with their skill in Sport Stacking. Sport Stacking is also known as the Ultimate Track Meet for the hands where well-trained athletes Stack-Up and Down-stack cups at warp speed.
Speak Up! Kids Back for the third time, Speak Up! Kids is Singapore’s first national public speaking competition for primary level students. Created by Sphere Exhibits and Speech Academy Asia, this competition serves as a public speaking platform for the young. The competition is aimed at inculcating the ‘Three C’s mindset’ – Communication, Confidence and Creativity.
But more than just competitions, The Kidz Academy offers a wide range of interactive science and activities for kids too!
GO BIG ON SCIENCE!
For the first time this year, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom located at Booth D01 will be showcasing their inflatable filled with more than 200 butterfly species that will definitely be a crowd puller! They will have hands-on bookmark making workshop and stage performances not to be missed! Visitors get to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and understand more about other insects in the Insect Kingdom. Click here to register now: https://tkaxbutterflyaviary.eventbrite.sg
New this year as well, Science Centre Singapore located at Booth B01 will be highlighting their latest musical called “One Kind of Science” by KidsSTOP which is in conjunction with Singapore Kindness Movement. In addtion, Science Centre will be conducting science related activities and workshops at The Kidz Academy for families.
GO ON A LEARNING JOURNEY!
PUB located at Booth E01 will be promoting Singapore’s Third National Tap, NEWater through a series of raingarden workshops which includes learning journey stopovers to NEWater Visitor Centre during the 3 days! Shuttle bus services will be provided. Click here to register now: https://bit.ly/2LPHIho
A BUFFET OF HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES!
For an entrance fee of $13 per child, kids can enter the Activity Area for fun-filled activities such as Lego Robotics, Fun Science, Artz Booth: Perler Beads, Clay Modelling and Candle Making. Click here to register now: https://tkaxactivityareawhizzkidz.eventbrite.sg
The Kidz Academy will also be having an array of exciting activities like Gorilla Climbing and other exciting Sports inflatables like Inflatable Dart and Archery for children to play and have fun throughout the day!
DITCH THE ELECTRONICS AND EXPLORE NATURE!
The Kidz Academy will be partnering with SG Rocks to reach out to the community through an online campaign. In line with SG Rock’s mission to get children off electronics and explore nature kids can roam green spaces for painted rocks - instead of hunting for virtual monsters! In addition, visitors can paint different butterfly species on rocks and drop it off at various parks in Singapore. Hashtag #TKAXSGRocks and the Top 3 Winners will win attractive prizes!
CAPTIVATE THE KIDS WITH ENGAGING STORIES!
The Kidz Academy Storyland, a segment featuring live theatrical acts, will showcase performances based on Singapore’s urban legends – The Brave Princess, The Heroic Tortoise and The Loving Sisters. Click here to sign up now: https://thekidzacademy2018xstoryland.eventbrite.sg
COMPLETE THE KIDZ ACADEMY PLAY PASS TO WIN A PRIZE!
The Kidz Academy Play Pass is an interactive activity for children of all ages. Participants are to complete activities from different pit stops held at various booths at the event. Completion of the Fun Passport entitles one to a spin & win with exclusive prizes up for grabs.
LEARN SAFE CYCLING HABITS!
There will be a dedicated zone that imparts basic skills training and road circuit simulation to educate kids on safe cycling. Children will be certified as a young safe cyclist at the end of the programme. Entry to Safe Cycle Zone is chargeable. Click here to sign up: https://safecycle2018.peatix.com/
RECEIVE A FREE GOODIE BAG WORTH $50!
With a total of 1,500 goodie bags to be given away, registrants can redeem the Goodie Bags at the event from 10.30am onwards. Participants can reserve a goodie bag through online registration or be the first 200 to queue at the door.
PLUS! There are Daily Lucky Draws with prizes worth more than $14,000 to be won. Visitors will be entitled to one chance in the lucky draw with minimum of $50 spent in 3 receipts. Happening daily at 7.30pm, a total of more than $14,000 worth of prizes to be given away!
AND YES, ADMISSION IS FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Do note that while admission is FREE, some activities require you to register before the actual day. This will enable the organisers to cater for everyone to have a good time and enjoy the activities in an orderly manner, so do check out The Kidz Academy's FaceBook page for registration details.
Oh, The Kidz Academy will be happening concurrently with the Baby Baby and Health Fiesta so it is actually a mega 3-in-1 exhibition for the entire family- all under one roof!
With Father's Day around the corner, it got me thinking: What is the difference between being a Father and a Dad?
Both titles may mean the same thing on surface - Both Father and Dad go to work to provide for their families. Both of them play, talk and discipline their kids. Both of them bring their families out to the malls, parks and try their best to bring them on holiday trips.
But yet, there is a difference... because if Dad and Father were the same, why then bother with separate words?
Personally, the word "Father" sounds more formal and serious. When you fill out a form, it is always "Father’s Name' or if a kid gets in trouble, it is always "Wait till your father gets home”. In fact, the term describes more of a biological role than a relationship. Fathers need only contribute the biological components necessary to produce the child.
A father doesn’t need to be present to have a child.
A father doesn’t need to be present to be a father.
Dad (or Papa), on the other hand, conjures up the element of fun. Being a dad means being in a relationship that spans time. Being a dad is a position of responsibility, one who is the role model and contributes to the life, growth and feelings of his child. Being a dad means being there for them, in good and bad times, physically and spiritually and even beyond in memories.
Because anyone can be a father.
But being a Dad?
One can only truly become a dad with years and years of hard work, commitment, sacrifice, love and action.
For me, even before I assumed the title of ‘Dad’, I had resolved to be there for my children wherever and whenever I could. From diaper-changing, bathing to playing and putting them to sleep, I was there. And I can tell you it was well worth it for sure.
I still recall the time when I had asked a then 5-year-old Ale to practice writing her numbers and while she did complete her task, she gave me an added bonus.
Obviously, she did not have to practice anymore after that. Heh.
Of course, life does change after children but I have found that the delight that comes with being a Dad to three monkies far outweigh the sacrifices. The first time they grab my finger, smile at me, take the first step, say the first word and then “I love you,” write their name, go to school, sing the alphabet, use the potty and many, many others. If someone were to tell me before the birth of my children that I would willingly change clothes for Barbie, serve tea to Hello Kitty, Dora and my daughter, I would have LOL-ed.
Today, I do all of that willingly because I am a Dad.
Because being a Dad enriches me, and makes me learn something new every day…even those from my own monkies.
When I hear music I love, I self-consciously sit still to listen as I will probably be too embarrassed should I go out of tune, or rhythm should I sing and dance. My monkies love to sing and boogie to the music, and even if they don't know the lyrics, they make up their own words.
When I see a puddle, I go around it. I see wet shoes and dirty carpets in my car. My monkies jump into it. They create splashes, get their shoes wet and squeal with laughter. Because it is harmless fun.
When I find empty cardboard boxes lying around in the storeroom, I see piles of junk and envision cockroaches having a field day scurrying through them. My monkies see tons of fantastic art and craft materials and celebrate these little things in life as the best days in their lives. Ever.
When I feel wind on my face, I feel it messing up my hair and making my eyes squint when I walk. My monkies close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it.
When I see a pile of twigs lying in the park, I see ants, dirty hands and accidental poking of one's eyes. My monkies see swords, guns and other creative stuff one can only imagine.
When I hold my monkies' hands, usually it is because we are crossing the road or in a crowded place. My monkies simply long for the sense of comfort felt through the touch of someone's hand.
Truth is, I am often humbled by the lessons that my monkies dish out. They stop me in my tracks, make me appreciate the moments in life and remind me to embrace the relationships and all other blessings that come along with it.
So what does being a Dad mean to you? To me, it is all of the following:
A Dad smiles in the face of adversity. Even though he hasn't put on his running shoes in years, let alone run 800m. Even though he will pant and run after you like a bumbling elephant past herds of children. Because you ask him to.
A Dad does not always know the best or the right way to do things. In fact, his way is downright embarrassing sometimes. But he is always there to figure it out together with you. Because you expect him to.
A Dad makes the difficult look so easy. He may be in pain or just plain wilting in the heat, but he will put on a facial expression that makes him look like the coolest and meanest cowboy on this planet. Because you inspire him to.
A Dad gives you a little push, picks you up when you are down and carries you up on his shoulders - despite his aching back. He is always there for you. Because you need him to.
A Dad wants other people to ask his child, “What on earth does your dad do for a living? How is it that he can be at school to watch you perform every time? How can he drop you off at school every day? How can he bring you out to places every weekend? Doesn’t he have to work?”
For the record, I do have to work.
But being a Dad is work too. It is hard work, but it is rewarding work.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there who get the job done, grit their teeth and wait till the kids are asleep to apply the Deep Heat cream. You guys are awesome!
We are halfway through the June School Holidays and hopefully, all of you have been having a blast!
You should have read my compilation of school holiday activities by now, which also consists of plenty of Meet & Greet shows happening around the shopping malls. Always good for parents with young kids BUT if you looking for something different to pique the interest of your kids, then I say HarbourFront Centre is THE place to bring them to these school holidays.
All because of this unique show called SLACKLINING.
Just what is Slacklining?
Slacklining can be described as walking, balancing or doing various tricks on a line tensioned between two anchors. It may seem similar to tightrope walking but the slackline is flat and broader. It is also tensioned less than tightropes so that it can stretch and bounce like a long and narrow trampoline.
Thanks to these features, the versatility is really high and slackline performers are not limited to just walking or balancing – you can perform a wide variety of tricks, jumps or bounces. It has many benefits and it is a great plaything for kids as well - yes, kids can get to try it too at HarbourFront Centre too. I will get to that in a bit.
First though, head down to HarbourFront Centre's Central Atrium from now until 17 June 2018 to catch all the exciting stunts and actions in Singapore’s first slackline event in a mall performed by world-class slackline champions at a 7m height!
International Slackline Performance Artistes include CARLOS NETO who began slacklining in May 2011 and had a great start when he won his first slackline Championship at Itacoatiara beach, Brazil in July 2011 and FILIP OLEKSIK whose first brush with the slackline happened in 2012 during his school holiday. He fell in love with the sport right away and is trained in both forms of the slackline - trickline and highline.
Together, they will be performing jaw-dropping "Tricks" Moves such as the Double-Knee-Drop-Turn, and a Butt Rest - ALL DONE 7 METERS ABOVE GROUND! You have to see it LIVE to believe it!
The performance is truly jaw-dropping, especially when the part when it takes place high above ground. And the stunts... OMG, I can't even bear to look!!!
The performances will be taking place daily from now until 17 June (except 11 Jun) with show timings at 1pm & 7pm on weekdays and 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm on weekends and public holidays. And yes, the shows are FREE FOR EVERYONE to enjoy!
Remember when I mentioned that everyone gets a chance to try out slacklining too?
Take part in the Slackline Dash Challenge - happening daily between 12pm and 8pm - and you may just win shopping vouchers with a total worth of $2,800! All you have to do is to spend a minimum spend of $30 to get one chance.
There are four age categories: 4-6 year olds, 7-10 year olds, 11-15 year olds and above 16 year olds. Be the top 5 fastest to dash across the slackline in your age category to win! The fastest wins $300 worth of vouchers, second receives $200 worth of vouchers while third and fourth/fifth gets $100 and $50 worth of vouchers respectively.
Good enough reason for me to try it out too! LOL.
DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY THE PHOTO. I fell immediately after this photo was snapped so slacklining is definitely not as easy as it looks!
A leaderboard will feature the fastest participants and their timings. Should the person on the leader board be replaced, he or she can spend again to participate. The more you spend the more chances you have! And psst... here's a tip, if you are a Friends of HFC cardmember, the first 30 to sign up the Level 1 Customer Service Counter gets one free attempt at the Slackline Dash Challenge!
The prizes do not stop there - Spend a minimum of $50 to stand a chance to win OSIM massage chairs with a total worth up to $10,000 in HarbourFront Centre's Lucky Draw (1 Jun to 8 Jul 2018)! Friends of HFC receive double chances!
But you have to be quick though. The Slackline performances end this Sunday (17 Jun) and after catching the show with the monkies, here are a few tips: Each performance is about 30 minutes including audience engagement. No spending is required to watch the performance and it can be observed from Level 1 to 3 at the Central Atrium.
HabrbourFront Centre are giving away 30 FREE Passes to my readers! All you have to do is to be the FIRST 30 to head down to the Customer Service Centre at HarbourFront Centre L1 and flash this blog post to redeem ONE FREE Pass!
Terms and Conditions: - Passes are given out on a first-come-first-served basis - While stocks last - Free Pass is not exchangeable for cash - Limited to one FREE Pass per reader
Slackline Performance Dates: Now until 17 Jun 2018 (No shows on 11 Jun) Timings: Weekdays - 1pm & 7pm | Weekends & PH - 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm Venue: Central Atrium, HarbourFront Centre FREE Admission
Slickline Dash Challenge Dates: Now until 17 Jun 2018 (except 11 Jun) Timings: 12pm - 8pm Venue: Central Atrium, HarbourFront Centre *Spend $30 to redeem one chance (Max of 2 same-day receipts & max of 4 redemptions per shopper per day)
If your kids have their own mobile phones, you do not need me to tell you that there are many days in a week, or even a month, when conflicts arise due to the usage and time spent on their mobile devices.
I feel you.
So I shall cut to the chase and let you in on a great parental control app I discovered a few weeks ago. And I shall be honest about it - when I was first approached to review this app, my first thought was, "Why not? I will try it out but I am pretty certain that I will probably delete this app after a few weeks because it will outlive its usefulness by then".
Boy, I was so wrong.
Today, the app is still going strong in my phone and I am still using it every day to track both Ash's and Ayd's - Ale doesn't have a phone yet - mobile usage activity. In fact, I have introduced it to some of my friends and they have already been using it too!
Name of the app? Tittle.
Available on Android and iOS, Tittle is the parental control app which I never knew I needed but it has turned out to be possibly the biggest saviour for me when it comes to managing both Ash's and Ayd's screen times.
To put it simply, Tittle helps parents control and keep track of their children’s smartphones. Not only does the app aid me in curbing the boys' time on their phones, it also allows me to track their whereabouts as well as helping them navigate through the internet in a more effective manner. The latter is hugely important because you know, everything from good to bad is lurking online nowadays.
So yes, Tittle is occupying the prime spot on my phone's first page and here are the reasons why:
Easy to set up
To set up Tittle, you will have to download the app onto TWO (or more if you have more than 1 child) mobile phones - your phone and your child's phone. Open the app on both phones and pair the two devices together by scanning the QR code shown in your device’s app. And you are all set!
App Access *Feature is limited in iOS devices
Tittle gives you the ability to view ALL of your kids' apps on their smartphones and control them too. No more tucking away an app in an obscure folder on the phone - Parents will be able to know every single app on the child's phone.
More importantly, you have the power to block access to various apps and browsers at your discretion. Let's say you want to prevent your children from using Instagram and YouTube during weekdays, you can block the respective apps from loading with just a click each. Better yet, you can disable access to all apps for all child devices with just one click!
App Activity *Feature exclusive to Android devices
Tittle gets even more powerful as it allows you to see your children’s app activity on their smartphones. You can easily monitor which apps your kids have downloaded as well as the apps they have deleted too!
It even gives updates on the apps that have been updated in the store. Oh yes, rest assured they can not delete the Tittle app from their smartphone. Heh.
App Usage *Feature exclusive to Android devices This feature allows parents to check the amount of time their child spends on each mobile app. Very useful if you need solid proof to back up your claim that your child is spending way too much time on Fortnite or YouTube!
Data Usage *Feature exclusive to Android devices The vastness of the internet is a very powerful thing. In fact, it is so powerful that my monkies can sometimes spend hours and hours trawling the web for information, articles and videos. Who watches TV these days? And sometimes, they can get so engrossed in using their devices that they forget to switch to WiFi... which is bad news for my wallet!
With the Tittle app, I can set a daily/weekly/monthly data limit so that the kids’ data usage can be monitored remotely. The data on Tittle gets updated every 15 minutes, giving us a good sense of the consumption and is a good feature to have.
We all need some order in our lives and ditto for kids. While the wifey and I employ a strict 'No phones after 9pm rule', I admit that screen time is harder to manage in the day time when they are in school or at home while we are still at work.
Again, Tittle is a lifesaver when it comes to managing how much time my kids are spending on smartphones. All I have to do is to create multiple time block schedules - adding a To-Do activity list for a particular day AND managing the apps that are accessible to them during that time.
Before a schedule starts, they will receive a notification from Tittle that the schedule will begin in 10 mins time, and to save whatever they are working on. Therein lies the beauty of the Tittle app - it encourages communication between parent and child and is not solely based on a one-sided control. Through the introduction of schedules, the app helps to set boundaries that the kids must adhere to but yet empowers them to be responsible enough to complete the activities before access to the phone is granted.
Location and Geofencing
With Ash being in Secondary School this year, the frequency of him hanging out with his friends after school will increase. So it is extremely useful that Tittle is able to track a child's location as well. Great if your kids travel to and from school on their own, or even when they are out with their friends.
Even if the child’s device loses connection or goes into sleep mode, you will receive an app notification too. In the Location screen, the marker will turn grey and the ‘Last Seen’ address will be displayed instead.
Besides location tracking, Tittle also offers a Geofencing option where you can set boundaries using specific addresses or Google landmarks. It's like having your child tell you that he/she is going to a friend's house in Punggol. You can set up to 2km boundary radius from that friend's house location and should your child enter or leave that area, you will receive notification alerts. Pretty useful!
The internet is one huge Pandora box. That I think all of us can agree.
Older kids may be more discerning (hopefully) but what about younger kids? Even though Ale does not a have a phone yet, she is also spending more time on the internet these days as she uses her brothers' phones sometimes .And for a 7-year-old, parental guidance on the internet is absolutely necessary.
Monitoring and blocking what they access in a web browser is vital and thankfully, Tittle has a feature for that too.
Kids will be able to access a custom web browser within the Tittle app on their phone (which means you have to disable all other web browsers to 'force' them to use it). But the advantage in doing so is being able to review your child’s website history with the custom browser, and safeguard them from inappropriate content (such as violent, gambling or adult websites) by blocking these URLs. One nifty feature is you can also view and block websites that were blocked by others.
Now this is one of my fave feature of the lot. Parents can create daily or recurring tasks for their kids via the app. You can set goals, due dates and rewards to motivate them.
This is how it will look like on the child's phone:
And thanks to the in-built messaging tool, parent and child can communicate through messages within the specific task.
Task completed? All you have to do is to acknowledge it on the app!
Manage and control all your child devices via multiple parent access. So even if you are overseas for work, you can still have peace of mind.
What all of the above means is Tittle is highly mobile and convenient. I can access Tittle anytime and anywhere - with just one click.
Just one caveat though - due to various limitations of the iOS in Apple's iPhones, Android phones are recommended as the preferred devices for kids in order for all the features that I mentioned above to work effectively.
After using it for close to one month, I have to say Tittle is THE best app in its class if you are looking to control your kids' smartphones. And this is coming from a parent who has tried a number of parental control apps over the years.
Controlling a child's phone no doubt is great... especially if the child is still young. But with Tittle, I find that the objective is not that of cutting down the screen time (it does help too). Rather, it is more about helping the child manage screen time well and aiding him or her in using it right.
I am able to see the apps Ash and Ayd are using and downloading, how long they are using the phone, block access to the phone or certain apps at various times, set tasks and track their current location. All these with just a few taps and swipes of the Tittle app on my phone.
Okay okay, so the app is super good BUT HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Well, you better believe it - TITTLE IS AVAILABLE FOR A FREE TRIAL PERIOD OF 14 DAYS!
All of the features that I mentioned are included during the free trial period so no harm in trying Tittle out and judge for yourself if it is effective for you as it has been for me.
The first half of 2018 had flown past pretty quick and while there are the usual places to bring the kiddos, there are quite a number of new places that have sprouted up this year to discover together as a family.
So more than just the malls and movies, here are 7 new adventures to take your pick from the next time the holidays or weekends roll along!
The world's first indoor suspended net playground opened at City Square Mall in February this year and it is a super giant multi-layered hammock hanging more than 30m off the ground - complete with 40,000 blue and white balls in a bouncy pit!
The AIRZONE attraction is an elevated playground with distinct themed zones containing unique games and activities. Boasting 4 levels of activities, visitors start with the Play Zone on level 3 featuring a suspended ball pit, bouncy balls and giant Zorb balls. This level will provide an easy introduction to a unique "space walking" experience – fall and bounce around on the net or perhaps just lay down and experience the mall from a different perspective.
On level 4 a free roaming Games and Activity Zone offers "Airstronauts" the opportunity for creativity and imagination. On level 5, "Airstronauts" will go an adventure navigating an obstacle course of small paths and slopes in the Maze Zone. Finally, the highlight of the attraction will take "Airstronauts" on a fast track down a giant slide from level 6 to level 5.
Fun fact: Did you know that the netted structures in place are strong enough to suspend two fully laden Singapore passenger buses lying on their sides!
Address: City Square Mall, Level 3 Opening hours: Daily from 10.45am (Last admission at 9pm) Admission: $20 (1-hour session) *Pre-book slot online for guaranteed entry Website
2. Maritime Experiential Museum
Follow in the footsteps of four great maritime adventurers as you return to the Maritime Silk Route of eras past at the newly reopened Maritime Experiential Museum (MEM)!
While the previous exhibition space was a simple walk-through affair, the revamped galleries now feature 15 thematic galleries which allow one to journey in the tailwinds of renowned seafarers, and even flee pirate invaders aboard a burning ship!
More interestingly, there are plenty of hands-on activities for kids like getting them to try being a mariner at the Learning to Navigate chamber - a highly interactive zone with four stations where kids will be able to see if they have what it takes to be a sailor by reading nautical charts, navigating with a mariner’s compass, and learning the art of knot tying.
Of special mention is the Rotoscope, a rotating digital screen that lets you zoom in on the different parts of the Jewel of Muscat, with details of what they are.
The final part of the exhibition features four ports of call where visitors can immerse themselves in an imaginative journey through Quanzhou, Oman, Calicut and Malacca, all major ports along the Maritime Silk Route that link China with the Middle East and Europe. Discover their heritage brought back to life through innovative use of multimedia as you see, touch and smell a variety of faithfully recreated exhibits like frankincense, perfumes and spices that were heavily traded in days of old.
After a 22-month makeover, Marsiling Park re-opens with plenty of activity areas and amenities for families with kids. Popular elements of the park - such as the viewing tower, Chinese pavilions and stone bridge - have been retained and improved, including the addition of boardwalks which extend to the water at certain parts around the perimeter of the reservoir.
For kids, the main highlight of the park has got to be the inclusion of three new playgrounds - the first being a butterfly-shaped playground with climbing ropes!
There is also a ninja warrior-style playground located just opposite the butterfly playground, which might just appeal to older kids.
Got younger kids? Then head to the Fun Play area located at a short walk away (nearer to the car park entrance). Here, kids get to hit on play equipment with musical elements for an interactive play experience.
If you are feeling peckish after all the play, there is a 24-hour F&B outlet at the park. Teh Tarik Cartel serves a wide range of food, from fishball noodles and chicken rice to nasi bryani and roti prata. It even has a mini kids seating corner for children.
Address: Woodlands Centre Road adjacent to Bukit Timah Expressway
Park lighting hours: 7.00pm to 7.00am
4. Buds by Shangri-La
An interactive indoor and outdoor play space spanning 2,150 square metres in total, Buds by Shangri-La features specially curated installations and themed activity spaces to take kids on a journey of discovery through four key narratives: embracing nature, adventure, camaraderie and independence.
The centerpiece of the massive play area is the Explorer Zone which comes complete with a massive ball pit, tons of slides, trampolines, and bouncy nets.
Children under four years old will enjoy the specially designed Toddler Zone inside Buds, with swings and slides, a piano floor, and soft wall buttons that produce animal sounds, and a ball pit.
More fun comes in the form of additional activity areas which encourage even more fun learning. Kids can perform at Stage, and have a karaoke session with friends in front of a giant screen together with costume changes while budding artists can pop by Muddy where they can indulge in some artistic work.
But Buds is not all about indoor fun - there is also an outdoor element to it. Situated at a 5-minute walk away, the outdoor play area features a giant pirate ship playground with ropes, slides, ladders and a climbing wall as well as a water play zone with splash pads!
Address: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
Opening Hours: Indoor Mon – Sun 9am to 9pm | Outdoor Mon – Sun 9am to 7pm Admission: • Complimentary to Shangri-La Singapore hotel guests who book the Themed Family Suite and Family Deluxe Room. Unlimited playtime. • For other Shangri-La Hotel, Apartment, restaurant and/or spa guests, entry is $28 per child (four to 12 years old), $18 for toddler (below four years old) inclusive of one adult. Unlimited playtime. • For non-hotel guests, entry is $48 for child (four to 12 years old), $28 for toddler (below four years old) inclusive of one adult, for three hours. Classes and Special activities are charged separately Website
5. Phobia²: The Science of Fear exhibition
What is there to fear? Embark on a journey of self-discovery and find out what phobia really is.
This exhibition explores the topic of fear, from its historical and cultural significance, to the psychology and physiology of fear and how it affects our daily lives... including the fear of being buried alive!
Kids and adults alike can explore fear in all its weird and wondrous forms and learn how fear affects us physically, mentally, socially, and the role it plays in our everyday lives. From protecting us, exciting us, and even how it holds us back from achieving our dreams.
Claustrophobia? Check. Arachnophobia? Check. Coulrophobia? Check. That's the fear of clowns by the way. There is even a Scream booth to test one's scream level because you know, screaming is an impulse reaction that keeps us alive! A loud scream may serve as a defensive threat to scare away danger, or a way of alerting others that you are in trouble.
There is even a section dedicated to Teen fears, like FOMO (Fear of missing out on social media), and Didaskaleinophobia (Fear of school) and Nomobophobia, the fear of losing your phone!
Address: Science Centre Singapore, Hall B Opening hours: 10am - 6pm daily Admission: Entry to exhibition is included in Science Centre admission Weekdays (School term): Free for Singaporeans & PRs | Others: Adult & Senior Citizen - $12; Child - $8 Weekends, School Holidays & Public Holidays: Singaporeans & PRs: Adult - $6; Child & Senior Citizen - $4 | Adult & Senior Citizen - $12; Child - $8 Website
6. Going Play-ces by Playeum
Located at Gillman Barracks, Playeum is a museum without walls which hopes to inspire children through self-directed exploration and learning and in the process, establish a culture of meaningful and impactful play.
The new exhibition opened on 15 May and will last all the way until 28 April 2019 and it is all about "A Wanderful Exploration of New Lands". Kids will be able to navigate and explore Play-ces through various landscapes such as the sea, jungle, city and beyond. Children will experience and engage with their imagination, while thinking about sustainability, innovation and the role of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) in everyday life and the future.
Interestingly, the indoor playground - if you can call Playeum that - have been transformed into 7 play spaces, each with a different purpose with different opportunities for the kids to explore, experiment and redefine. Whether it is re-imagining play and materials, to conjuring up art works with recyclable materials, kids can stretch their creativity and imagination to the limit!
One particular innovative play space is that of Jungaloo, where kids can step out of their urban comfort zone and into nature. Yes, that includes coming into contact with stones, twigs and soil!
The exhibition drives home important social messages - the necessity of creativity and play in 21st century learning skills, the need for sustainability and the impact children have as young citizens to respond to the challenges of the world they live in.
A one-stop showcase of Singapore’s sustainability story, the Gallery re-opened in early June with a complete revamp of its exhibits. Visitors can look forward to a multi-sensory experience as they journey through different zones covering environmental and sustainability topics such as climate, water, energy and waste.
The Gallery is organised into six zones, tracing Singapore’s response to climate change, our water management strategies, zero waste initiatives, and efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable, including investments in renewable energy. The interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits will appeal to the young and old.
The exhibit will also give ideas on how one's carbon footprint can be reduced. Kids can pick up energy-saving tips like air-drying clothes instead of using a dryer, and using electrical..