Saturday, 30 May 2015

Sales & Discounts… Deals for Children Stuff...

Adults can rejoice too as it is the Great Singapore Sale!  Looking for any specific items to get?  Maybe the luggage for the holidays?  Or maybe the winter wear for the yearend skiing holidays?  Toys to reward the children for good mid-term results?  Clothes?  Accessories?  Shoes?  Household items?  You name it, they have it.

Some of the deals for children stuff going on…

The Learning Store


Looking for something educational to do during the June Holidays?  Discounts on kids toys and products for hands-on learning at the warehouse sale.

Mothercare


Baby stuff, playtime items, nursery items, maternity and kids fashion and many more.  View the promotion flyer here!

Pumpkin Patch


Take up to 50% off selected pieces.  wt+ members, enjoy additional 10% off min. 3 pcs!  Check them out here!

Toys "R" US


Minions, Paw Patrol, Lego, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Marvel and lots more!!!  Great deals this June holidays from the largest child-related product specialty chain store in the world.  Check the details here!

Mums & Babes
Massive discount up to 70% at Mums & Babes Secom Centre.

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

What to Do This June!

A couple more days to June!  But it will officially be the school holidays starting Saturday.  In Singapore, school holidays meant lesser traffic on the road and lesser people on the public transport (haha!) but it also meant endless activities available in shopping malls, museums etc. etc. etc…


United Square & OneKM

Let’s go on an adventure this June holidays, as United Square – the Kids Learning Mall brings you to the exciting world of the Triassic era and the magical world of Hi-5! 



Dinosaur Trail at United Square

27 May - 8 June 2015
Mon to Fri: 12noon – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm) 
Sat & Sun: 11am – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)
*Terms and conditions apply 


Junior Paleontologist


The adventure, a guided tour at the Dinosaur Trail area, one kids activity and photo taking at the Dino Egg exhibit, begins every hour and is 30 minutes long.  Remember your cameras!  Activity is recommended for children age 4 and above.

27 May - 8 June 15
Mon to Fri: 12noon – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm) 
Sat & Sun: 11am – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm) 


To qualify, spend $80* for an Adventure Pass 




Catch Hi-5 ‘Live’, and Meet and Greet Ainsley, Dayen, Mary, Stevie & Tanika after the performance!
11 June - 23 June 15
Mondays to Sundays: 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm
No shows on Wednesday.


Be the first 50 families to have your photos taken with Hi-5 after each performance by spending $50* in a single same-day retail receipt to qualify.  Limited passes will be issued 1 hour before each show.  Remember to bring your own camera to capture every endearing moment with your family and friends! 


National Museum of Singapore





Returning this June school holidays, the Children's Season at the National Museum of Singapore will feature familiar playgrounds, interactive installations by both Singaporean and international artists including Jeremy Hiah, Mademoiselle Maurice and Crystal Wagner.  For children aged 3 to 7, let's play at the museum and have fun!

30 May - 10 Aug 2015

Mondays to Sundays: 10am - 6pm

Free admission

The Gingerbread Man by I Theatre


The Gingerbread Man is a sweet spread of wonderfully catchy songs, rainbow-sprinkled with a colourful collection of crazy characters, and frosted with some valuable lessons to learn.

20 May - 7 Jun 2015 
Tue & Wed: 10am & 2.30pm
Thu & Fri: 10am
Sat & Sun: 10.30am, 2.30pm & 5pm
Venue: Jubilee Hall, The Raffles Hotel
$32 (excluding booking fee)

Book your tickets here!

The Wind in the Willows


12 Jun - 14 Jun 2015 
Fri, 12 Jun: 5pm
Sat, 13 Jun: 2pm, 5pm & 7.30pm
Sun, 14 Jun: 10.30am, 2pm & 5pm
$42, $52, $62 (excluding booking fee)

Book your tickets here!

Smurfs Live on Stage - Smurfs Save Spring



12 Jun - 14 Jun 2015 
Fri: 3pm & 7pm
Sat & Sun: 11am, 3pm & 7pm
Venue: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
$120, $95, $75, $65, $45 (excluding booking fee)

Book your tickets here!



Superhero Brick Kit

15 Jun - 21 Jun 2015
Mon - Fri: 2pm & 6pm
Sat & Sun: 2pm, 4pm & 6pm

Spend $80* to redeem an exclusive superhero kit built with LEGO bricks and to participate in the workshop.  Collect all 5 designs!
*Terms and conditions apply

Fun with Bricks

Exciting activities such as My Own Creation (M.O.C) exhibition, building competitions, treasure hunt and more!

15 Jun - 21 Jun 2015
Mon - Fri: 1pm & 7pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm, 3pm & 7pm



Circus Play

Kids can learn circus tricks like juggling, bucket drumming, hula-hoops and many more at the different workshops available.

13 Jun - 21 Jun 2015

Simply spend $30* to gain entry. 
*Terms and conditions apply




Celebrate the Extraordinary with activities like Nila Castle (Kids Combo), Ball Hunting, Giant Slide, Rocky Mountain and many more!

31 May - 16 June 2015
Mondays to Sundays: 10am onwards 
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub

Alternatively, support Team Singapore at the various sports by getting your tickets here!  Some are ticketed and some aren't (free)!



Let's go meet the koalas in an enclosure of their own!  And on weekends from 30 May to 28 June 2015, there will be lots of activities!

Zoolympix 2015

Be a junior explorer and complete the quest by learning about the environmental threats that the animals are facing and how to fight those threats.  After the completion of the quest, you get to spin and win at the Treasurer's Wheel.

30 May - 28 Jun 15 (weekends only)
Also available on 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Jun 15
10am - 4pm
Venue: Rainforest Courtyard

Koala-ty Crafts

Have fun making stickers, koala origami, koala pencil huggers and maybe even some aboriginal people painting.  Bring all craft home thereafter!  

Sat & Sun: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Old Boat Dock 2

Admission charges apply.  Book your tickets here!



A 'funival' - an all day, unlimited choice of activities for every member of the family.  

20 Jun 2015
10am - 9pm
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
$28 (excluding booking fee)

Get your tickets here!



Flowery Fun Times Floral Display

Be charmed by the fields of Lupin blooms, Foxgloves and Delphiniums as we step into a world filled with characters from nursery rhymes, from Mary and Her Little Lamb to the Old Lady in Her Shoe.

22 May - 19 July 2015
9am - 9pm
Location: Flower Dome*
Admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories apply.

Book your tickets here!

Megapalooza!

Giant Board Games


3D, life-sized games instead of tabletop board games?  It shall be lots of fun!

27 - 28 Jun 2015
10am - 7pm
Supertree Grove
Free

Tricky Patrick

Be amazed by the seemingly impossible tricks and amazing stage illusions by Tricky Patrick!

27 - 28 Jun 2015
27 Jun: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
28 Jun: 4.15pm - 5.15pm
Flower Dome*
Admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories apply.

Greenwich V


Picture taking with Transformers?  Get ready to roll out with every $50* minimum spend.
*Terms and conditions apply.

Enough activities in June?  If only the June holidays are longer, am I right?!

As I continue scouting for more activities, please remember to also eat well, rest well amidst all the fun and play.   Should you know of any activities, feel free to comment or drop me a mail!

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Mini Burgers - Who Don't Like?!

Ask any child if he / she likes burger and fries and most times, the answer is likely yes.

My boys like burgers and fries and at times, we make mini burgers at home, little enough for their hands to hold and healthy enough if they eat 2 or more.  Because as you would have guessed it, I hid vegetables in the patties - it is actually not a secret as they saw it but as long as the taste of the vegetables is not overpowering, they are fine with it.


The boys had a good time mixing and mashing the mixture.  At the same time, they learn about the food that they eat.




Mini Burgers with Hidden Vegetable
(12 little patties)

Ingredients:
1 carrot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
2 tbsp oat bran
400g minced beef
200g minced pork
Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper

12 mini bun, toasted
Lettuce 
Sliced cheese

Directions:
Ensure that the liquid from the carrot and zucchini is squeezed out.
Put carrot, zucchini and oat bran into a large bowl.  (For mini burgers, ensure that the vegetables are grated into very tiny pieces to prevent the burgers from falling apart when cooked.)
Add the pork and beef.  Season with salt and black pepper.
Mix and mash it all well with your hands.
Shape mixture into 12 mini patties.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.
Heat oil in non-stick frying pan.  Fry mini burgers until cooked through.
Drain on kitchen paper.
Serve in mini buns with lettuce and sliced cheese.

Note:
The patties can be frozen uncooked, up to 3 months.  Defrost overnight in fridge.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Ants… We Hate Them So...

ANTS!  I hate them and so does the whole family.  Whenever I spot ants, I will start my investigation work.  Some people choose to kill whatever ants they see but this does not solve the problem.  Ants do not work singly.  Most often, they work together and live in colonies.  Usually, I will have my eyes fixed on the ants and follow them, hopefully to find where their hide-out is.  It can be tiring, especially if it's a few random ants.  But if it is a stream of ants… I know I will find where their nest is.

Over the years, we tried many ways trying to get rid of ants.  There is no way to be totally ant-free forever for there are too many factors, internally and externally.  We tried the many ant baits and ant repellents available commercially.  From the "put 3 in a row" ant bait to the chalk thingy, none was really effective.  Till we found this:


Terro Ant Killer
We bought this from Amazon.com as we have not found any local shops selling this.  They come in either the liquid form (which is the above) or the pre-filled packs.  We have tried both and are happy to say that both are effective.

To be able to effectively eliminate the ants, find where the stream of ants are coming from or where you guess the nest could be.  Place the ant bait where they are commonly seen or near the nest.  

This Ant Killer works like a bait product.  Thus the ants will come in large numbers.  Do not interfere when the ants come as they will consume the product, carry the liquid ant killer back to the nest and deliver it to the rest of the colony.


video



We did not see the ants the next day and no ants were seen coming out from the crack which we believe is where the nest is.

Now, if you have kids running around, make sure the ant killer liquid or pre-filled pack is at a corner where they will not touch.  If there are babies around, please make sure you keep an eye on him / her.  Alternatively, have these baits on the floor when the babies are not crawling or leave them out at night.  

There are not much choices when it comes to getting rid of ants.  Insecticides do not help much and I prefer to exterminate the whole colony if possible.

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Sembawang Park - A Trip to the Playground with Sand

Situated at the very north end of Singapore is the Sembawang Park, which faces the Johor Straits.  Having gone through a significant transformation, one will find better walking paths, BBQ pits, a maritime themed playground and toilets that are accessible.  There is also the Beaulieu House, a seaside restaurant.

These days, we do not see many sand playgrounds.  Thus, the joy when the boys see a playground with sand when we were at Sembawang Park.  This meant double fun - sand playing and playground fun.





For the more adventurous children, they can climb up to the top and slide down.  


Though not 6 years old, E decided to have a go. 



His reward after the climbing and balancing…  A slide down!  Why do kids love slides?

So happy that E is no longer afraid of sand - he was a year ago!

Guess what this mummy is doing?  Teaching counting!  LOL learning can be fun and non deskbound right?
My only gripe for this playground is the notice on the instruction for the swing.  Located high up on a lamp post some distance away from the swing, I seriously doubt anyone noticed it.  Have sent a feedback to NParks and they replied within a day that they will try to have the signage relocated to a better location.  Please give a shout-out if you notice that the signage is relocated.  


An ant hill.  Another on-the-go learning experience.  


There are toilets and changing areas if you decide to clean up the kids before heading home.


There are 2 carparks if you do drive.  If not, there is bus number 882 from Sembawang Interchange (next to Sembawang MRT station) that does a loop service to Sembawang Park.

Sembawang Park
Location: At the end of Sembawang Road
More information on National Parks website
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

{Media Invite} Run, Run As Fast As You Can~~~

Run, run, as fast as you can… the most significant imprint in my mind from The Gingerbread Man!  I read this book as a child and now, I read this story to both my boys.  Each time we read, I will make the story comical and fun (part of the plan to interest them in books huh).

When I Theatre invited both E and I to the theatre play, I decided to bring the whole kampung along as D loves theatre plays.  



Always arriving at least 30 minutes before the performance, we familiarize ourselves with the synopsis and cast.  Of course, D will get busy with the activities in the programme booklet.




It was a full house on a Saturday morning despite the almost never-ending rain.  I guess more parents are beginning to know that exposing our children to arts like theatre encourages creativity, learning and critical thinking.

I particularly like how the kids are involved in this production.  Each time the children shout out and join in the action with the cast, I see parents looking at their children and smiling to themselves.  I see parents, like myself, singing to the songs and clapping the small hands of their precious in sync with the rhythm.

So, what's The Gingerbread Man all about?  It is a story about a Little Old Woman and a Little Old Man, who wished that they have a little boy.  As the Little Old Woman makes the best gingerbread cookies, they decided one day that they will make a boy out of gingerbread.  Losing his patience in waiting for the Little Old Woman to be back from her errands to start baking, the Little Old Man decided to bake it himself.  It was not really a good idea as he was bad at following instructions and this meant…  Disaster!

Sing along, laugh heartily but remember the moral values of The Gingerbread Man.  The girls / boys may ask about the spoilt child.  



Recommended for 3 to 13 year olds and families, The Gingerbread Man by I Theatre runs till 7 June 2015.  Make your bookings through Sistic now before he runs off!

And if you are unaware, look out for I Theatre's next theatre plays in August and September.  Grab your tickets for Jewels in the Tale and The Way Back Home on Sistic now!



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