Note: All details are correct as at the time of publishing. Readers are advised to check with the various event organisers for the most updated schedules.
#39 MindChamps PreSchool Welcome Day
MindChamps Preschool is the only preschool that nurtures every child to be a MindChampion. Exclusive! Join us at our Welcome Day & enjoy up to $2,607 savings* when you register! Check out the participating centres today!
Date: 25 May to 13 July 2019 (Weekdays and Saturday)
Time: Visits are strictly by appointment
Venue: Various Centres
For more information, visit MindChamps PreSchool Welcome Day.
#40 Goodman Open House 2019
Groove, Dance and have a Play-Full day out this June holidays at the Goodman Open House, a family-friendly arts festival that offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to enjoy and experience diverse art forms.
Date: 22 June 2019
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre
For more information, visit Goodman Open House 2019.
#41 I Can Read Day
Parents who attend the event will receive a FREE I Can Read Activity Book while those who sign up their kids for the event will receive a Free ICR Magnetic Bookmark and Tote Bag.*
#48 Crestar Learning Centre Open House 2019
Crestar Learning Centres will be hosting their Open House, and your child will get to experience fun enrichment classes and be treated to special activities!
#43 Aviva Superfundae 2019
Experience play at its best via our games and activities which effortlessly fuse structured and free play. They showcase three main play elements.
Date: 15 June 2019
Time: 10am – 9pm
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
For more information, visit Aviva Superfundae 2019.
#44 Watch The Queen’s Corgi Movie
Since his arrival at Buckingham palace, Rex lives a life of luxury. Top dog, he has superseded his three fellow Corgis in Her Majesty’s heart. His arrogance can be quite irritating. When he causes a diplomatic incident during an official dinner with the President of the United States, he falls into disgrace. Betrayed by one of his peers, Rex becomes a stray dog in the streets of London.
#45 Chengzhu Mandarin Centre Open House 2019
Do you want to know how to prepare your child for what’s expected of them in primary school and ensure they enjoy the learning process? For children aged 6 months to students in Primary 6. Enjoy up to 15% discount* when you sign up during the Open House.
#46 Sing•Lang Concert 2019
Back by popular demand, the Sing.Lang Concert is moving to a larger venue this year! Presented by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Sing.Lang Concert highlights the Singapore connection to the mega-hits and superstars of the Chinese music world.
Date: 15 June 2019
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
For more information, visit Sing•Lang Concert 2019.
#47 Julia Gabriel Centre Open House 2019
Discover more about our Early Learning Programmes by joining a free trial session*. Up to 15% discount when you sign up during the Open House.
#48 Satay Night LIVE at Mount Faber
For the first time ever, the Faber Deck, located next to Carpark B at Mount Faber, will be transformed into the ultimate throw-back with the familiar aroma of satay grilled over charcoal complete with a line-up of nostalgia-inducing entertainment and activities. Relive your childhood with a variety of satay, traditional peanut sauces and ketupat served under the stars.
#51 Singapore Food Expo 2019
This year, there will be more than 100 exhibitors and showcasing of a thousand different quality products, ranging from fresh interpretations of familiar products to newly commercialized fare.
Date: 31 May to 4 June 2019
Time: 11am – 10pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4
For more information, visit Singapore Food Expo 2019.
#53 Children’s Season @ Indian Heritage Centre
Embark on a Heritage Hunt around the Little India precinct, create your own craft masterpiece at our drop in activities and stimulate your curiosity, creativity and learning at our interactive storytelling session and performances!
#54 Spider-man at Changi Airport
Ahead of the launch of Marvel’s latest film Spider-Man: Far From Home on 2 July, Changi Airport is bringing the Spider-verse to Terminal 3 for the June school holidays!
#55 Singapore Art Book Fair 2019
Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is an independent multi-day festival specialising in contemporary art books & zines.
Date: 28 to 30 June 2019
Venue: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
For more information, visit Singapore Art Book Fair 2019.
#56 Night At Orchard NAO
NAO is an outdoor night-time event that showcases the best talents across music, arts, unique craftsmanship, F&B and more, as well as placing the spotlight on promising busking acts in town.
Date: 31 May to 2 June 2019
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Venue: Between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City
For more information, visit Night At Orchard NAO.
#57 The PC Show
Expect to see electronics from leading brands, such as Acer, Aftershock, ASUS, BlackVue, Canon, Dell, Epson, Google, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, Samsung, Secretlab, Singtel, Sony, ViewQwest and many more!
Date: 30 May to 2 June 2019
Time: 12pm – 9pm daily
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo
For more information, visit The PC Show.
#58 Pokémon Carnival At Sentosa Cove Village Photo credit: Sentosa Development Corporation
Get ready for a big adventure, with hundreds of Pokémon descending upon Singapore this school holidays as part of the Pokémon Carnival at Sentosa Cove Village!
#59 Singapore International Children’s Film Festival 2019
The 9th edition of this popular children’s film festival features eight collections of imaginative short films from over 30 countries. Each unique collection is curated for a specific age-group, ranging from charming shorts for tots to edgy animation for teens.
#60 Gardens By The Bay’s Scentsational Orchids
With the new Scentsational Orchids display in Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay hopes to put the spotlight on a special, albeit small group of orchids that have developed a variety of smells to attract pollinators. The interactive display features close to 1,500 orchids of more than 58 species and varieties, categorised into four scented groups – Delicate Floral, Sweet Floral, Spicy Floral, and Intense Floral.
#61 A “Far From Home” Adventure @ NEX With Spider-Man
This June holidays, Marvel Studio’s Spider-Man will be springing into action at NEX. Catch your friendly neighbourhood superhero before he embarks on a European vacation in his upcoming movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Hot off the Avengers: Endgame movie, Spider-Man will be returning to the big screen this July and NEX is creating an atrium-filled Spider-Man activity and entertainment zone with life-sized replicas for its shoppers.
#62 Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2019
Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2019 presents an exciting weekend of activities including dumpling making sessions, craft workshops, dramatised storytelling and evening music performances ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.
#64 NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra
Themed ‘East Meets West’, sing along to your favourite English, Cantopop and Mandopop hits performed by Enigma, NationOne, SuperSonic, The JumpStart and The Switch Gang. If you like music by the Beatles, U2, Bon Jovi, Queen, Bryan Adams, Culture Club, Bananarama, Rick Astley, Erasure and many more, this party is where you need to be at.
My boys have been asking me relentlessly when we could visit SuperPark Singapore whenever we were in Suntec City. After some hesitation as I initially assumed SuperPark Singapore was similar to the other children’s indoor playgrounds, I finally agreed to visit the park with the boys.
After spending several hours there on my first visit, I now know why everyone keeps talking about this place. It is truly not your usual indoor playground. It is in a league of its own and so much more fun for everyone in the whole family, regardless of age and fitness levels!
Visiting SuperPark Singapore
For starters, the boys and I were there for a grand total of 5 hours, and they would have kept going if I hadn’t called it a day. That’s 5 hours of endless fun, action and adventure. Well, it was mostly them taking the lead and me trailing behind…
Quick tip for parents who haven’t been there: I would highly recommend purchasing your tickets and sign the waiver form via the website prior to coming down. Online tickets may sell out in advance, resulting in walk-ins not being able to play, and especially so on public holidays and weekends.
The entrance to SuperPark Singapore is on the second floor of Suntec City, in the North Wing of the mall. When we arrived there, we were warmly greeted by the counter staff and given their special SuperPark grip socks to wear. You would need to top up an additional $3 for these, and they are mandatory to be worn at all times in the play areas.
Sprawling Play Space
At first glance, the play area on the second floor didn’t look that big, but as we made our way around the different play stations, we realised just how huge this place actually is, with the bulk of the activities being on the lower floor.
The playground spans a jaw-dropping 40,000 square feet, which makes it the largest play area in town.
Within SuperPark Singapore, the activities are split into three categories: Adventure Area, Game Area and Freestyle Halls, which are distributed across the two levels. You can find out more here. However there’s no need to worry about covering all the areas sequentially, go wherever your heart (and legs) take you!
Here are some of our favourite activities at the indoor playground.
Tucked into a corner next to the Street Soccer zone on Level 2 was a really fun section called iWall which the boys loved.
We don’t own Wii or PlayStation at home, so they haven’t had much opportunity to play these kinds of first-person-perspective games. They took a while to get the hang of this very energetic and interactive game, but like most kids, they figured out how it works in no time!
They also enjoyed the Pedal Car Track on the same floor, and went round and round the tire-lined track several times! There were larger vehicles for the older kids and adults to ride too – and I had a go myself!
To get down to the lower level of SuperPark Singapore, there are two ways to go about it. The boys excitedly clambered down inside a vertical tower that was part of Kids’ Adventure City, a sprawling network of padded play equipment, tunnels, slides and towers. I chose to take the safer albeit boring route – the stairs.
The boys really enjoyed going up and down the various towers and slides in Kids’ Adventure City and made several new friends along the way. Isn’t that the amazing thing about children? They can make friends literally everywhere they go.
Next, we tried the Flying Fox. My older boy loved it and happily zipped across many times, happy to knock the giant foam blocks off at the end.
Meanwhile, my younger son was a bit worried at first, but after some persuasion and letting him witness his brother’s joyful success, he gave it a go too. Finally, I got a turn too!
The Tube Slide was another big hit with the boys. The queue for this can get long as only one person can slide down at a time, but it’s worth the thrill of whizzing down the carpeted track! All three of us enjoyed this very much.
Daryl had a field day on the Ninja Track, and was so hooked on mastering the various stages.
Meanwhile, David enjoyed his time in Skate and Scoot World, where a staff member was happy to give him some tips on how to control and brake on a skateboard and scooter. Win-win for both boys, while mummy got to sit down and rest for a moment…
We walked past a wall that had bats appearing on it. It turned out to be the Augmented Climbing Wall, a shorter rock-climbing face on which is projected the game.
Their mission was to hit all the bats that appeared at various times all over the wall. The more bats hit, the higher the points! As you can imagine, we were here for quite a while after that.
All warmed up from the wall, my energiser bunnies hopped off to the Trampoline Platform. I tried jumping on the trampolines too, and while it was a wee bit embarrassing how I had way less stamina and control than my little bunnies, I must say it was really a very liberating feeling for me.
After getting their fill of bouncing on the traditional trampolines into a “sea” of cushiony foam blocks, the boys lined up multiple times for a go at Valo Jump, an interactive game where they bounced to complete their mission on the screen. It was so hilarious and a ton of fun!
If you have an avid climber in your family, don’t miss the SuperClimb section! David made it all the way to the top this time.
SuperPark Singapore also has several team sports activities, such as soccer, basketball, bowling and baseball – great fun if you go as a bigger group with friends. Since it was just the three of us, it was a difficult to play.
But my very sociable littlest son marched right up to a family playing Street Basketball and asked if he could join their game. Thankfully the equally-friendly dad said yes!
Now, we’ve almost come to the end of all the activities you can do here, except for one summer holiday special. If you’re looking for a programme dedicated to hone your child’s motor skills, don’t miss out on SuperPark Singapore’s SuperDayCamp!
June Holiday SuperDayCamp
SuperDayCamp provides children an opportunity to explore fun and exciting new skills and tricks at their own pace. Through specially-tailored competition games, your child can practice social-cognitive skills and build on their self-confidence.
The camp runs every Monday to Wednesday from June to July, 9.00am to 3.00pm. It’s $150 for a 1-day camp and this includes a lunch, snack, SuperPark grip socks, a camp kit and full day venue access after the camp.
Suitable for kids in these age groups: 4 to 6 years old, 7 to 9 years old and 10 to 12 years old. Enjoy a 10% off if you book for 3 days!
Making a cup of coffee, dressing up yourself, or writing a simple message to a loved one – these are seemingly simple things that we do on a daily basis without much thought or effort.
But what if we lose the ability to use our dominant hand, be it through an accident or illness? These could become daunting tasks that challenge our self-reliance every day, and leading to a slow relearning process of using our non-dominant hand.
Globally, about 10%* are left-handed and they face many day-to-day challenges, similar to people who lose their ability to use their dominant hand. Many left-handers have learnt to overcome their challenges and we believe people with disabilities can do so too!
45-year-old Terence is among the many individuals whom SPD is supporting and had to learn the most basic activities of daily living, very often with his non-dominant hand.
He studied interior design in the polytechnic and was offered the chance to go abroad. But when he was 23, Terence contracted Viral Encephalitis, a viral infection to the brain. He lost the ability to walk, speak and the control of his bladder.
Terence had to relearn everything at our day activity centre – walking, speaking and holding the pencil to draw again.
Every day, our therapists worked with people with disabilities (PWD) like Terence to help them learn and maintain their functional mobility so as to perform daily tasks.
SPD is initiating the SPD Left Hand Challenge to encourage individuals like you to step into the shoes of a person with disability to experience and overcome one day-to-day challenge.
In doing so, you can not only raise awareness of these day-to-day challenges faced by people with disabilities but also raise much needed funds to help them access therapy services and care to learn how to overcome their challenges.
You can choose from a range of activities such as:
The month of June can only mean one thing for kids in Singapore – school’s out and fun is in! Cartoon Network and Singtel TV have great news for fans of We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls! In addition to enjoying their favourite shows on Cartoon Network (Singtel TV Ch 226), catch the animation superstars on Pop & Watch – a brand new pop-up channel launching for free, exclusively on Singtel TV.
Pop & Watch is a free pop-up channel exclusively available on Singtel TV Channel 227
Date: 12-21 June 2019
For more information, visit here.
Pop & Watch will be available on Singtel TV CH 227, as well as the Singtel TV GO and Singtel CAST mobile apps from June 12-21, offering fan-favourite re-runs, never-before-seen episodes and short-form specials. Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear of We Bare Bears will star on Pop & Watch from June 12-14, getting themselves into trouble as they deal with everyday life, love and friendship. From June 15-21, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup of The Powerpuff Girls will take over, keeping their City of Townsville safe from the evil Mojo Jojo.
Pop & Watch viewers can stand a chance to win some awesome We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls goodie bags. Simply enjoy the channel and visit the Pop & Watch website during June 12-17 to answer a few simple questions.
Singtel TV Family Pack subscribers can also redeem a Pop & Play package at Singtel Comcentre. Filled with exclusive stationery and craft materials (think We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls bookmarks and pencil holders!), 300 limited-edition packages can be redeemed first come, first served. Singtel TV Family Pack customers can show their latest Singtel bill to be eligible for the redemption. A craft corner will also be on-site for instantaneous smiles.
Superfans hoping to meet The Powerpuff Girls in person can make their way to Singtel Comcentre on June 22 and 23 to get an Instagram-worthy selfie with the trio. The Powerpuff Girls will make appearances at 10.45am, 11.45am and 12.45pm to offer photo opportunities to all, first come, first served.
To subscribe to Cartoon Network on Singtel TV and CAST, call 1609 or visit any Singtel Shop.
Watch Videos here:
1. Pop Up and Watch The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears this June Holidays with Singtel: visit here
2. Pop & Watch-Meet The Powerpuff Girls & Redeem Exclusive Gifts this June!: visit here
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be your own boss by being self-employed. But your dream took a backseat after you met the love of your life, got married and had children.
Well, it’s still not too late to get started. But the question is, should you? Here are pros and cons of self-employment to help you decide.
Pros of Self-Employment
You can set your own schedule
If you’re your own boss, you get to decide your own schedule. No more being tied to the 9-to-5 just because someone else makes you do so! For example, if you do your best work at night after putting your kids to bed, go for it.
Being self-employed also allows you to plan your work around your family’s schedules. If, say, you know you’ll need to pick up your kids from school after lunch, you can avoid scheduling phone calls with clients during that hour.
You get to spend more time with your children
This is probably the best part of being self-employed if you have children. Kids grow up way too fast, but your flexible schedule (see previous point) will allow you to be with them every step of the way. This is also great for building bonds that will last a lifetime.
For example, instead of delegating the daytime child-minding to a helper, you can set aside time to play with your children yourself! You’ll have more energy to interact with your children too, compared to if you were to only see them after a long day in the office.
You can instil an entrepreneurial mindset in your children
To develop a successful self-employed career, you’ll need to have an entrepreneurial mindset. This means daring to pursue worthwhile opportunities, being self-motivated to succeed and having the capability to deal with rejection, among other qualities.
And these qualities may just rub off on your children along the way. After all, children learn by observing and emulating the behaviour of people around them. With the obvious choice of role model being you, their parent.
Your kids may not end up becoming entrepreneurs themselves, but the mindset and qualities they pick up from you will serve them very well in life.
Cons of Self-Employment
Your income may vary from month to month
It’s no secret that self-employment can be a bit of a gamble, income-wise. One month, you could be earning a cool $7,000 while the next month, you could earn only $700.
As a result, self-employment becomes more risky if you have large debts to repay, such as a mortgage. It’s best if your spouse is earning a steady paycheck to ensure the bills can continue to be paid.
But if you’re currently a stay-at-home mum (SAHM), self-employment may be a good way to supplement the family income while taking care of the kids. Because hey, earning some income is better than earning no income at all right?
You won’t have paid annual or sick leave
Unlike employees, self-employed persons aren’t entitled to paid annual or sick leave. This means that if you’re planning a family trip to Japan, you won’t be paid for the duration that you’re away from your business. The same goes for if you fall ill.
To mitigate such risks, factor in off days when deciding how much to charge for your services. The more paid time off you want for yourself, the higher your rate should be. Check out how to do this when calculating freelance photographer rates, for example.
Side note: While self-employed persons aren’t entitled to paid annual or sick leave, the Singapore government will sponsor your maternity and childcare leave if you’ve been self-employed for at least 3 months!
You may feel lonely
Self-employment can be an isolating venture as you may have limited interaction with people outside of your clients.
That doesn’t mean you’re destined to become a hermit though – seek out like-minded peers who are in the same industry or even do the same jobs as you!
Not only can they serve as your support group in times of difficulty, you may even be able to refer each other clients. This equals more work and more $$.
And even if currently you don’t have many of such peers, rest assured that you’re not truly alone! You’ve got a loving spouse and kids who have your back.
This article is contributed by Tan Siew Ann. Siew Ann is the founder of lancerX, a blog that aims to empower Singapore’s freelance community to streamline their business and focus on their craft.
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