Is Pororo Park Singapore Worth A Visit?

Much much buzz has been going around about Pororo Park’s opening its first playground in Singapore, and I believe the place must be jam packed with curious parents and excited kids since its opening on Monday, 11 November 2015. For those who’ve not been there yet, here’s some points you may want to read before planning your trip and paying for the tickets to Pororo Park Singapore at Marina Square.

Almost $80 for Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids above 2yo) to Enter!

This is probably the most expensive indoor playground in Singapore where every adults need to pay for admission fees too. If you are bringing kids 2 years and above, each of them will have to pay $33.50 for TWO hours of play. There is no unlimited play time here at Pororo Park. If you consider this like a treat for your little ones and think $80 is ok to pay for 2 hours of play, then read on.

Pororo Express runs only at certain timing

One of the key highlight of the playground is the Pororo Express! ALL kids would jump in glee when they see it through the window and entrance to the park. Yes the train and its surrounding is super cute and colourful, but the train ride lasted less than 3 minutes. Each ride goes through the circuit once only. You’ll need to queue again to go more rounds. Do also note that the train doesn’t go non-stop through the opening hours of the park. So catch it when you can!

Pororo Express Train Ride at Pororo Park Marina Square by The Loving Mum
Pororo Express Train Ride at Pororo Park Marina Square by The Loving Mum

Performance at TongTong’s Little Theatre

This I feel is probably the only attraction that’s worth paying such high price for entrance to an indoor playground. The whole show lasts for 15 minutes, and there are lots of songs to keep everyone entertained. But my two year old was a little bored after the third song. Probably because the characters were having much space for variety of actions and interactions with one another. And the room was rather dim throughout the show with little spotlight (which was also too dim I feel) on the characters.

Cute Pororo House

And that’s all I’m going to call it – Cute. Everything in there are sized just right for the little ones. They can try to sit on the sofa, rest on Pororo’s bed and even pretend to visit the loo or shower in the cute tub. Give any child maximum 10 minutes and they’ll want out of the house. And do also be careful when your little one try to climb into the tub. There knob on the pipe wasn’t child-proof. Ayra came back with a bad scratch on her back because she lost her balance when climbing out of the tub and knocked herself against the water knob.

Biggest and Deepest Shark Ball Pool

If your little ones are into ball pools, then this they can spend most of the time at. It is one of the biggest and deepest (most balls) ball pool we’ve seen so far from all the other indoor playground we’ve visited.

Poby’s Jungle Gym Not Suitable for Adults

For kids who are old enough to move around a giant maze and loves climbing and sliding, then this is something fun for them. But if you want to join in the fun too, then you may be disappointed. Unless you are prepared to risk breaking your backbone for this. If jungly gym is your kind of thing, there are many other bigger ones to visit at fraction of the entrance fee.

That’s basically all the fun things you can do inside Pororo Park at Marina Square. So if you are planning to head down with your kids, do plan your visit around the showtimes and meet-and-greet timing. Then go catch the Pororo Express while its open. The rest of the activities can then be slotted in between these scheduled activities.

Location
Marina Square’s new retail wing
6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #0229
Singapore 039594
Opening Hours
Sun  Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm
Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm
Admission Rates
Every ticket is a designated 2-hour play time per entry
Children between 2 to 12 years $33.50
Children below 2 years $24.50 
Accompanying Adults $6.00
Babies below 1 year – Free entry
Additional Playtime
$5 per block of 30 minutes (or part thereof)

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Beat the Haze with Friso Experience Play Set

Because of the crazy haze outdoor, for the past week, we have been spending more time at home even though it was the school holidays. And lucky us, we’ve got to play and enjoy in our very own playground at the comfort of our home. When the girls saw the new addition in our living room the other day, they were stunned like vegetables for a short while, and then it was none stop sliding and more sliding thanks to #FrisoExperience!

Even the father couldn’t resists sliding down too!

Personally I’m loving this setup because the girls had been bugging me to buy a slide for them for more than a year, and every time we see one in the toy store, they would go climb up and slide down non-stop. Now that they have their own at home, we can skip the sliding in stores. The play tent makes good reading nook too in the day. Maybe I’ll put in some sparkling LED lights for more imaginary fun at night.

If your child is on Friso, you can own this set of playset too because Friso wishes to encourage parents to have special parent-child experiences by engaging in creative play with their little ones, they are giving away this Friso Experiences Play Set worth $300 to you!

Redeem for your Friso Experience Play Set

From 1 September 2015 to 31 October 2015, parents who spend $350 on any Friso participating products at participating retailers will receive the Friso Experiences Play Set, consisting of a tent, a slide with a basketball hoop (comes in blue or pink), 2 cushions, a storage box and a green grass carpet. Below’s our setup at home with the pink slide.

The participating Friso products included in this promotion are Frisomum, Friso Gold Cereal and Friso Gold 2, 3, 4. It excludes all infant formula for 0-6 months. There will also be a special Friso Experience Play Zones at FairPrice outlets and Sheng Siong outlets (details below). Parents are invited to take pictures with their little ones at the play zones, Friso ambassadors will be on-site to snap photos during the weekends.

  1. FP Xtra Jem Mall 1 to 30 Sept
  2. FP Xtra AMK Hub 1 to 30 Sept
  3. FP Xtra Sport Hub 1 to 30 Sept
  4. FP Xtra Nex Mall 7 to 30 Sept
  5. FP Xtra Jurong 1 to 30 Sept
  6. FP East Point 14 to 30 Sep
  7. Guardian Plus Taka 17 to 30 Sep
  8. Guardian Compass Point 21 to 27 Sept
  9. Guardian Causeway Point 28 Sep to 4 Oct
  10. Sheng Siong Woodlands 6A 1 to 31 Oct
  11. Sheng Siong Bedok 209 1 to 31 Oct
  12. Cold Storage Compass Point (Atrium Space Level 1)  27 Sep – 4 Oct

Redemption forms must be submitted online at apps.facebook.com/frisoexperiences by 6th November 2015. So you have 6 extra days after the promo ends to do it! Don’t waste the chance to have some sliding fun time with your little ones!

Let your children have lots of sliding good time with their very own Friso Experience Play Set now! Wheeeeee!

This post is brought to you by Friso. Check out Friso Facebook Page for more info on the above promotion. 

Pre and Post Show Activities For Children, Dora The Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys

Here at The Loving Mum, we try to extend our girls’ experience for shows or places we go to with activities at home. So here we are sharing with your the pre and post show activities planned for the little ones over the next couple of weeks. Yes, because its Ayra’s birthday in a week’s time, we are bringing her to catch Dora The Explorer LIVE! at Resorts World Sentosa. Since she saw the giant poster at RWS after one of our visit to Universal Studios, she has been asking and asking and asking for us to bring her.

If you have purchased your tickets too, here are some activities you can do with your kids too! If you’ve not, quickly go grab your tickets, I heard they are fast selling out! Friday’s shows are all SOLD OUT already!

Dora The Explorer Activities For Children

Colouring Pages

So many of these online! Search for them on Pinterest and you’ll have whole lots of Dora The Explorer printable colouring pages to keep the kids occupied while they wait for the day to the LIVE show!

Memory Game Cards

With images I downloaded online, I created this memory game which you can download from here. Just print the A4 sheets out on 300gm paper, cut them out and laminate them if you wish. These game cards can be used over and over again.

DoraTheExplorer-Printable-MemoryGame

Swiper No Swiping!

Dora-Swiper

Get the kids to role-play the characters in the show and the Mum will pretend to be Swiper, going round taking things from the girls. While approaching the toys Swiper is aiming for, Swiper will go at slow motion towards it while the kids will attempt to stop Swiper by shouting “Swiper no swiping! Swiper no swiping!” This of course scare Swiper away and the kids will cheer as they’d protected their toys from being taken away.

Catch Dora & Friends Live On Stage at Resorts World Sentosa

Dora the Explorer has lost her teddy bear Osito, and the search is on to retrieve him! With the help of the audience, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends, Dora uses her map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out – you never know what that sneaky fox Swiper might be up to along the way! Dora the Explorer fans will delight in this two act, song and dance spectacular that invites them to think, sing and play along.

Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys will be happening at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) on 11 – 13 Sep, 11am,3pm and 7pm everyday. You can purchase your tickets from all SISTIC outlets, at Resorts World Sentosa and online here.

If you are still scratching your head on who’s who in the show, here’s a character list for your reference. Don’t let your kids outsmart you when catching the stage show!

Dora The Explorer Characters

Dora-bagbackDora Marquez is the main character. She is an adorable, sweet, young and very beautiful Latina tomboy who embarks on a trip in every episode in order to find something or help somebody. She’s 7 years old.

Dora-boots

Boots is a character who Dora met one day in the forest, is her best friend. He is friendly and enthusiastic, and usually wears his beloved red boots, hence his name. He is light blue with a yellow stomach and yellow tipped tail. His parents look similar, with variations in eyes, height, clothing, and fur. Boots is present with Dora on most of her adventures, and he helps Dora to solve clues and puzzles.

Dora-DiegoDiego Marquez is an 8-year-old Latino action-adventure hero with a heart. His goal is to save and protect the animals and their environment. Athletic and fearless, he is always at the ready no matter what the situation. Diego loves learning new things. He takes a scientific approach to problem solving and also uses a variety of high-tech gadgets and gizmos to save the day.

Dora-bag

Backpack is a friend and special helper to Dora who helps her on all of Dora’s adventures. Just like Dora, Backpack can speak both Spanish and English. Backpack is a real go-getter with a can-do spirit. As Backpack says in her signature song, “Anything that you might need, I’ve got inside for you.” From binoculars to sticky tape, Backpack’s loaded up with everything Dora might need for her quest, though it’s up to the viewer to pick out the item that will solve the problem at hand.

Dora-Swiper

Swiper is a sneaky orange fox. As his name implies, Swiper steals or attempts to steal key items that help Dora on her adventures. Clever as he is, Swiper never manages to take Dora completely by surprise; an ominous “whisking” sound is always audible just prior to his appearances.

To prevent Swiper from success, Dora must repeat the phrase, “Swiper, no swiping!” three times. Usually she prevails, and Swiper slinks away, snapping his fingers and saying, “Oh, man!”; sometimes, however, Swiper gets to the item before Dora has a chance to repeat the phrase. He then gloats, “You’re too late!” (and frequently “You’ll never find it now!”).

Now you know a little more about your children’s favourite Nickelodeon’s character, go enjoy the show next week at Resort World’s Sentosa!

Getting Serious About Preschool and Enrichment For Preschoolers

Very often, a common topic discussed in parenting groups and communities is which preschool is good, which enrichment should the parent send their kids to and then question of how well the schools are etc. Education in Singapore is seen as a important essentials for all children and naturally as kiasu Singaporeans, we all want the best for our kids and provide the best within our means.

Last weekend, we attended a series of trial classes with three well known pre-school enrichment providers at the launch party for Serious About Preschool. This portal is said to be the one-stop place for all preschool enrichment classes, and the founder of the portal shared that her team had spent an entire year compiling and putting together the most comprehensive directory for preschool enrichments in Singapore.

So what can you find and do on Serious About Preschool?

Search

If you had tried searching on Google for any enrichment classes for your kid, you would have probably found little or the popular ones only. Bring your search to this portal, you probably can find more relevant choices, and their advanced search seems quite reliable too.

Read & Write Reviews

This is probably one of the toughest part to build in a portal, getting reviews for all the listings on the portal takes time and input from their users. I’ve done enough of similar work in the past for similar sites, and boy lots of growth hacking and rewards system need to be in place to get the reviews flowing in. But if its done well, this is very useful for parents who are considering trying out the enrichment classes.

Book Trial Classes

For those enrichment classes registered with the portal, users can book trial classes directly from the site.

Join A Community

There’s also a community forum in place on the portal, categorised by the age group of your child. It’s still very new so numbers are quite small now. With many similar forums and groups already online, the community here will take a while to mature.

If you had missed their launch party and would like to find out more about their portal, there is an upcoming one in September at The Grandstand. Find more details here.

Here we share the three trial classes we attended during their launch party.

Crafting with Da Little Art School

This was the first session we did, and with the massive number of students and the constrain of space, the session was carried out as best as they could. Both girls painted and decorated their own submarine photo frames and got their hands sticky and painted too. Well at least they enjoyed themselves. The two submarines are now sitting in our study room.

Heguru

It was quite a brain stimulating session during the 30 minutes trial. The moment the teacher starts the class proper I was just lost, like totally lost. Guess my brain is too rusty for such stimulation, the other kids in the class were all very energetic and seem to be enjoying and learning from the session. Ayra quite focused too but after the session I asked what did she learn, she just stared blindly at me! Looks like she is like me, not into brain stimulating classes. Ha!

Julia Gabriel

The Speech and Drama trial class with Julia Gabriel was Ayra’s favourite and she enjoyed herself throughly. She was initially shy and quiet, but after warming up with the rest of the kids and the three enthusiastic teachers, she got up and followed the activities happily.

If you are serious about preschool and enrichment for your preschooler, go take a look at Serious About Preschool. I am keen to know your experience with the website. Share them with me will you?

 

The Chapter of Zara and Her Staycation at KKH Children’s Ward

Sleepy Zara is still in bed and I can’t put myself back to slumperland so this post. 

We are now at KKH Children’s Ward 85 awaiting for Doctor’s clearance for us to “check-out” of our one night stay in our private A1 Ward at KKH. I shall keep the details and lengthy story for another post coz writing it is not possible to share the whole episode typing on my mobile and with just a couple hours of sleep over the last 36 hours. 

This chapter is on the things we did to keep the little one busy while confined in her metal baby cot bed at KKH Children’s ward. 

Things To Do With Toddler (While Stuck In Bed) at A Hospital Ward

1. Meet New Friends

As there were no rooms available for us to admit into on Tuesday morning, we were put in the High Dependency Ward at Ward 65. Zara got a corner “unit” and immediately turned on her busybody self and got acquainted with her neighbor.

2. Attempt to wear a second pair of pants on their own

3. Eat hospital food

4. Let them take selfies

5. Discover they get big ass TV in their “hotel room”, while walking around in socks

6. Give them stickers, crayons and sketch book

7. Let them tie their own hair (even when it’s too short)

8. Make them clean up the mess

9. Let them watch TV before bed (and knock out soon after)

10. FaceTime with Cousin

And most importantly let them get plenty of sleep (and recover quickly so they can return home to play)

Thankful for Zara who behaved very well throughout our episode at the hospital. She was mostly cooperative except the few times when the nurses had to measure her pulse. She just doesn’t like the “massage” on her legs.

Can’t wait to be discharged and head home to catch more sleep in our own beds.

Lessons at heART Studio Singapore – What to expect

We’ve completed our first term of Little Botero programme with heART Studio. Having stayed on to observe the classes through the 10 weeks, spoken to other parents and understood more about the school from the teachers and the friendly Auntie May; here is our 101% honest review and sharing of what you can expect when you send your little ones for programme at heART Studio. You may also like to read about our previous two posts here and here.

Programme Structure and Class Size

The Loving Mum Reviews heART Studio

Little Botero programme is conducted by Teacher Jay, the class size is kept small so that the children gets more attention and guidance from Teacher Jay. The weekly class Ayra attended only had 2 girls, and I really appreciate the attentiveness given to Ayra during lessons. Each term consists of 10 lessons which each child will get to complete 2 painting (4 lessons each) and 1 drawing (2 lessons) projects. The lessons are broken down to 4-4-2 so that new students joining the class need not wait till a complete term before they start. Each lesson is 75 minutes.

Each new project will kick off with an introduction of the topic that they will be drawing. For example, Ayra did a project on aeroplane and she learned about the different types of planes, watched videos about them, explained the different parts of a plane and then eventually learned to sketch their own planes in the first lesson. The next three lessons were then spent drawing and painting on their project which can be in form of canvas board or drawing block.

The Environment

The Loving Mum Reviews heART Studio

I like how the classroom is refreshed for every lesson. Printed photos, sample sketches and paintings are put up around the class to fit the project theme. The classroom is bright and room temperature just nice for the class size. On raining days, its advisable to bring along a jacket for the little one.

Location of heART Studio is a little tricky to get to for those who doesn’t drive. The nearest bus stop is about 5 to 10 minutes walk. Once we took the bus and Ayra got lazy walking, carrying her up the slope towards the building where heART Studio is located left me perspiring and sweaty. We never did that again, and make sure we have our car booked every Thursday evening for her lesson.

The Teacher and Team

The Loving Mum Reviews heART Studio

Teacher Jay is very patient with his small class, he explained and interacted with his students at every opportunity. Say when he’s mixing colours for them, he would ask what colour they can get by mixing two colours together. Or when he is drying their painting, he would have small talks to keep the children talking. After lesson, he would also share some feedback and observations of your child during class. Like how he said Ayra is getting better with controlling her strokes, how she had been too active that day in class and affecting the other girl, etc.

I didn’t get to interact much with the other teachers at heART Studio, but when I do see them, they give me a very happy and fun vibe. The lady managing the registrations and schedule, Auntie May we call her, is very nice and helpful too. She greets the children by name when we enter the studio and reminds us if there is no lesson the following week. Overall I like the team at heART Studio.

The Projects

In the term, Ayra completed 2 paintings and 1 drawing. See how proud she is with all her creation.

The Loving Mum Reviews heART Studio

The Loving Mum Reviews heART Studio

The Loving Mum Reviews heART Studio

So are we going to continue?

I had been discussing this with Ayra since the middle of our term and have gotten a mixture of “Yes” and “Don’t want”. I can tell she really did enjoy her lessons and she is super proud of the two paintings she did. This being her first extra classes outside of her class in child care, she is still not used to the extended hours every Thursday. Before and after her final lesson with Teacher Jay, her final answer was no. She did not want to continue, her reason? “Because I don’t like to draw like that… I only want to paint.

Respecting her decision, we are taking a break from extra weekly lessons for now. But I have signed up and paid for three holiday programmes for Ayra this coming June. On those three days, I’ve also planned not to send her to child care just so she can get enough rest and remain focus in the 3 hours painting class. That’s more than double of her usual painting classes, so I really hope the project will keep her motivated and stay focus! We will be going for Gingerbread Man, Shawn The Sheep and Monster In My Pocket holiday workshop in the first two weeks of June. Below’s the holiday programme available at heART Studio this June. For more details and schedule, check out their Facebook Page.

heartstudio-juneprog

heART Studio
1 Charlton Lane #01-04 , Singapore 539631
Tel: 65547563
Email: info@heartstudiosg.com
Website: www.heartstudiosg.com

*Disclosure: This is part of a series of reviews between heART Studio and The Loving Mum. Ayra is attending complimentary art lessons for the purpose of writing this review. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Kids Amaze Indoor Water Playground at Punggol SAFRA

Punggol is going to be oh so more fun when Punggol SAFRA opens its door in 2016!

Embracing the water theme, Kidz Amaze at Punggol SAFRA will feature a “Deep Sea” themed playground. It is set to span 23,000 square feet soaring three stories high! 

Looking at the artist impression alone is making me want to jump into the play pool now! This is going to be our favorite hang out when they open!



See the animated fly through video below.

We really can’t wait for Punggol SAFRA to open!