Dinner Bed-and-Breakfast Family Staycation at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

We wanted a getaway but didn’t want to spend long hours traveling, so staycation it was over the weekend before things get crazy again at work for Mummy. This time, we checked in to Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, our first family staycation with Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium (part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, IHG).

What makes an ideal family staycation for us now?

With the change of routine around the house since beginning of this year, we try as much as we can to have the parents do nothing and just spend time relaxing and bonding with our two girls. (Because it is almost impossible to pull mummy away from work for more than an hour 7-days a week!) A no-frill all-inclusive staycation is what we need once a few months, just to recharge and have fun just being together.

So whenever there is a chance for a family staycation we will jump right into it!

The room at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

The 512 rooms at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium were recently refurbished (in 2015). The modern interiors creatively incorporate design elements inspired by the iconic Singapore River and the colourful rows of shophouses along its historic riverbanks.

Comfortable bed, space for the kids in the room and of course a bath tub! These are all we needed for our fuss-free weekend together. The girls were occupied and happy, while the parents just lazed and chill.

Amenities for kids waiting for them in the room. Nice touch Holiday Inn.
Fresh fruits, chocolate coated strawberries and yummy cookies awaited for our arrival. The girls were all over them right after I snap this shot.

The girls were fast to start exploring and chopping their bed upon entering our executive room. It was impossible to take any proper shots of the room before they start messing it up.

The little ones were busy checking out the in-room amentities while Mummy was trying to snap some photos of the room.
Been awhile since I come across a pillow menu. I was almost going to ask for one of each to test the difference.

Dinner and Breakfast and Kids Dine Free!

Kids below the age of 12 years old get to stay and dine free at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. So there was no extra charges for the additional bed in our room, dinner and breakfast were both included in the staycation package.

I’ve to say we were pleasantly surprised that the dinner was surprisingly good, better than one of our recent experience at another hotel which cost almost double for their dinner buffet. I had one too many oysters that evening at Atrium Restaurant.

Breakfast the following morning was as good as it looks. Weekend breakfast at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is served till 11am great for families like us who prefer to laze longer in bed during the weekend. We reached Atrium Restaurant slightly past 10am, and the crowd had somehow dispersed by then, so we did not have to squeeze through the buffet spread. Food was replenished fairly quickly too.

Kids Dine Free Not Available at Atrium Bar 317

Chilling by the window at Atrium Bar 317.

One mistake we did during our stay at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium was to have a late lunch at Atrium Bar 317 instead of walking into the Atrium Restaurant at level 4. We should have clarified with the waitress before we placed our order at the Atrium Bar 317, as we had assumed Kids will get to dine free at all their dining options within the hotel. Nevertheless, we had a chilling good time at the Bar.

Our lunch bite at Atrium Bar 317

Kids Menu at Atrium Restaurant also has more varieties and the menu has been developed in partnership with Nutrition Australia to provide a nutritious balance of foods to support children’s nutrition requirements.

Here’s a video of our previous visit to the hotel to check out their new Kids Menu.

Overall a Great Family Getaway at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

I asked what the girls enjoyed most during the stay, and like all the other staycations we had as a family, they reply was in unison, “The Pool! And the bath tub!“. Now that both of them are more daring and adventurous than before, they could spend their time alone in the pool (for a looooong time) while I chill and catch up with my Korean drama on Viu with the fast wifi connection around the hotel. Win-win for all! Ha!

Book your next family staycation with Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium from their website.

Now where shall we check-in to next for our next family staycation? Suggestions?

Meet The Angry Birds in Singapore

It’s fun for the whole family this GSS at Suntec City. Catch Red, Bomb and Chuck in an entertainment extravaganza of The Angry Birds Movie themed activities!

We were there the entire day, jumping once in the early afternoon and then once more after we were done shopping and redeemed our Play Passes.

The girls were afraid to slide down the tall slide and Ayra even cried when she finally reached the top of the island for the first time. Lucky us, the event crew on duty that day were very helpful and friendly, one of the managed to bring her down the slide and comforted her. After some encouragement the two girls were climbing up and sliding down like a pro, they didn’t want to get out once they were warmed up. Looks like we’ll likely be back again since I’ve got some more shopping to be done at Suntec City.

ANGRY BIRDS ISLAND AT NORTH ATRIUM
27 May – 26 June 2016
Bird Island features carnival-style games with attractive prizes to be won by high scorers, complete with a 4m high bouncy inflatable for the little ones to bounce to their hearts’ content.
Three play passes are redeemable with a minimum spend of $50.
Venue: North Atrium
Time: 12PM – 8PM daily

MEET THE ANGRY BIRDS
2 June – 12 June 2016
Photo opportunities abound when you meet* Red, Bomb and Chuck from The Angry Birds Movie!
One pass is redeemable with a minimum spend of $50.
Venue: North Atrium
Thursdays & Fridays: 1PM & 7PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 1PM, 4PM & 7PMTerms and conditions:
Sign up as a Suntec Rewards member for redemptions. Maximum of 3 combined same-day receipts. Maximum of two redemptions of play passes per shopper per day. Maximum of one meet and greet pass redemption per shopper per day. Limited to 50 meet and greet passes per session. All redemptions are first come first served and whilst stocks last.

Activities for Kids at SAFRA Punggol Clubhouse

Whenever there is opportunity to bond with Zara one-to-one, I would try my best to treasure it and enjoy as much as I can. That’s what we did couple weekends ago at SAFRA Punggol – experiencing how a “Little Punggol SAFRA Explorer” was like.

It was time for Zara’s nap but I thought the activities and my companionship would keep her awake and excited. It was so at first, but it didn’t last.

We arrived way too early at SAFRA Punggol, me alone with Zara. The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon – with families and lots of kids! We waited around the lobby area and I could sense the sleepiness kicking in for Zara as the clock ticks by.

We were both relieved when we finally got the activities going together with other family bloggers.

First stop for us was at ARTARY at Level 4 of SAFRA Punggol. ARTARY provides art classes for kids and their space is very nicely done up! Love the interior and how the wall murals make the whole place very whimsical and fun.

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer DayWith just less than an hour for this activity, we did our best to create our version of Sunflowers (or “whatever flowers” in our case) by Van Gogh. This was the first time Zara got to do painting work in a classroom setting. I must say her attention and focus was much better than I’d expected. Well I was admiring her concentration with the task on hand until she got bored and tired. 2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer DayOnce we’re done painting and got ourselves washed up from all the paints, we headed down to Pizza Hut for a special pizza making session. By this time (around 4pm), Zara’s level of tolerance is almost zero. She refused to walk, refused to wear the Pizza Hut chef hat, refused to take photo… she was just not ready to cooperate at all. 2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

Until Ah Ma (grandma) came along.

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer DayThis girl of mine is also Ah Ma ???. She adores her grandma and would do anything and everything as long Ah Ma is with her. Just look at that smile on her face! It was a relieved for me really, because I was super famished and tired by that time. I was happy to just hang around while Zara enjoys the rest of the day with her grandma at SAFRA Punggol. I took a back row seat being the photographer and videographer for the day. 2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

Note: Pizza making session is still not available at Pizza Hut SAFRA Punggol at time of this post. You can contact them to enquire about events should you be keen to find out more.

While our pizzas were being baked in the oven, we headed to the highlight of the day. SPLASH!

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

When we shared about Splash@Kidz Amaze a year back, that post brought our entire site down because everyone was excited about the first and only indoor water playground in Singapore! We were looking forward to checking the place out since then, and finally we got to step into the real thing! But guess what?

Zara fell asleep!! This poor girl was totally exhausted after all the fun and lack of nap that afternoon, she knocked out after making her jellyfish art and craft. By the time she woke up, it was almost 8pm and the cranky just-woke-up-girl spent less than 10 minutes in the water. I was very upset for her, she had been looking forward to splashing at the playground for a very long time.

If you’ve not been to Splash@Kidz Amaze yet, this video you got to check out.

We will be back soon on a weekend evening, because that’s when the magic and music kicks in. Can’t wait to get splashed and have a hell lot of fun and wet time with my girls. Pricing and party packages at Splash@Kidz Amaze available on their website.

Here’s the list of other activities and things you can do at SAFRA Punggol:

  • Bikes @ Waterway
  • EnergyOne
  • Games Room
  • Manekineko (KTV)
  • Member’s Lounge
  • Yoga Inc.
  • i Darts LAVA (opens early May)
  • Orchid Bowl (opens 5 Jun)
  • The Spa by The Ultimate (opening date to be confirmed)
  • Artary
  • BazGym Gymnastics School
  • LCentral English
  • NurtureStars Preschool
  • Splash @ Kidz Amaze
  • StepUp Learning & Dance
  • Tien Hsia Language School
  • Yamaha Music
  • Stamford Education (opens 1 Jun)
  • Taekwondonomics (opens 1 Jun)

And with so many activities and families, there must be food too! Here are the dining options available at SAFRA Punggol:

  • issho family restaurant
  • Pin Si Superior
  • Pizza Hut
  • Siam Thai Tuckshop
  • Nom La La by Bakerzin
  • Jack’s Place (opens 30 Apr)
  • Culinary Experience Studio Powered by Bosch (opens May)
  • Heavenly Wang (opens early May)
  • McDonald’s (opens 15 May)

SAFRA Punggol is located at 9 Sentul Crescent, Punggol, Singapore 828654 next to Punggol West Loop – PW1 Sam Kee LRT station. You can also take a stroll from Punggol MRT station, which will take approximately 6 to 10-minute.

Kiddet – One App. Countless Experiences For Your Child.

“Why isn’t there an app that allows parents to find, book and review classes and activities for our kids?”

That’s the question I had wanted to solve more than one year ago. I even had got the concept, user-experience, business model and all drawn out in my journal. But that’s where this idea stopped.

When I was first told about Kiddet through a friend… “That’s EXACTLY what I wanted to start!“. Of course I had got to meet the founders behind this app and find out more. I shall keep their identity a little mystery for now.

Kiddet is now available for FREE download on the Apple and Android Play stores.

Expand your child’s universe with fun learning activities island-wide. Kiddet connects you to the most exciting educational activities in Singapore.

I’ve been eyeing a few classes and activities to bring my girls, and I thought I should share them here with you too. Cos you don’t want to be the last to learn about the next coolest app for parents in town right?

5 Activities To Check Out & Book on Kiddet

Bounce Kids Dance Choreo Class at Kulture Studio

I’ve passed by Kulture Studio many times but never got a chance to step in yet. This Bounce Kids Dance class looks super fun and cool! Even I want to go jump and bounce to the tunes! Just check out the video below, super fun right?

Kulture Studio is the first to offer Bounce fitness programme in Singapore. Their Bouncefit classes are conducted via the accredited Jumping syllabus that combines fast and slow jumps, a variation of traditional aerobic steps and dynamic sprints, as well as “power sports” elements. This complex workout guarantees a full body strengthening after every jump. A great workout for kids 6 to 12 years old.

Trampoline Family Package for 2 Adults and 2 Children

If you prefer to jump and bounce together with your kids (without the music though), you can book for this Trampoline Family Package at Zoom Park Asia on Kiddet. We’ve not been there yet, this is one I’m going to book over this long weekend because Kiddet is giving away free 50 Kredits when you make your first booking from now till May 1st. (50 Kredits is approximately S$10 in value.)

Dramahaus at Trehaus

For families with younger children, you might want to search for “Trehaus” in Kiddet. They have a few interesting classes for babies 6 months to 6 years old. Dramahaus is where your child will let her imagination soar beyond their immediate sensory environment and into something new in their mind’s eye. Through stories, poems and rhymes, plenty of creative drama activities and they’ll get to develop their speech too.

Come in, Discover & Explore

Or if you prefer free play, you can check out Blue House Infant & Toddler Atelier at Clarke Quay. For 125 Kredits, your child gets 2 hours of free-play discovery and exploration of the Atelier, including materials. I’ve not been there personally, but from Tjin’s experience this place looks like a great place for kids 3 years and below. And super nice for photo taking too!

Workshop at The Little Things

One other recommended activity is for parents who want to spend some time together with your children. This parent-accompanied toddler workshop by The Little Things might just be the place to bake your first cookie with your toddler (without creating a mess in your own kitchen!).

Bonus 50 Kredits now till May 1st!

I’ve downloaded the app and purchased my Kredits. Now which activity should I book for my girls? Anyone wanna attend some classes together?

Kiddet is now available for FREE download on the Apple and Android Play stores.

The Cases of Sensitive Skin in Our Household In Need of Repair

Whenever I see moisturiser for sensitive skin on sale, I would buy and stock up at home. We have got two pretty bad situations of eczema and sensitive skin that’s easily irritated in our household. Repairing badly scratched and open skin has been a major headache for us. Recently I was introduced to Cicaplast Baume B5 that’s said to repair my skin in 7-days. It has been more than a week since I introduced this balm to my family and now Zara even has a name for it – she calls it “The Cream”.

Zara’s skin is very sensitive since birth, I can’t recall when was the last time her whole body is free from any skin irritation. This poor girl cannot stop scratching itchy parts all over her body and is always rubbing her eyes. People who doesn’t know us may think that this 3 year old girl has got sleeping problem or sort cos she has got very dark circles under her eyes. This is the result of sensitive nose, eyes and skin.

The scratching get worst during hot weather and the recent heat wave has caused us both countless of sleepless nights just because her body will itch when she gets too warm from laying down in bed. And we are sleeping in air-conditioned rooms! Every time she wakes up in the middle of the night, I’ll have to apply layer of moisturiser all over her back, shoulder and arms. In the mornings, she will wake up with patches of swelling skin at different parts of her body.

I would try anything that’s safe for children to help improve the skin irritation she is suffering. And so “The Cream” is now her favourite. I asked the eczema prone father in the house how he felt about the cream. And he said it soothes the itch instantly upon application. That’s why Zara is loving it so much. And now before bedtime I would apply a layer of the Cicaplast Baume B5 onto her back and itch prone areas, these nights we both slept in peace.

Does Cicaplast Baume B5 contain steroid?

That’s the first thing people asked when I share about the balm.

No it doesn’t. Cicaplast Baume B5 is paraben-free, fragrance-free, lanolin-free, antibacterial agents, hypoallergenic, tested on sensitive skin and formula suitable for babies. It helps soothes and repairs irritated, altered and heated skins suitable for the entire family. Now I cannot leave home without one in my bag. It has become a go-to-balm for all our skin problems.

What skin problems is this balm suitable for? 

Well to me its for all skin problems. But as stated by La Roche-Posay, Cicaplast Baume B5 is suitable for eczema, sensitive skin, dry patches, cutaneous dryness, chapped lips, itching, infant redness, grazes, heating sensations, rough patches, cracks and sunburn. It’s suitable for everyday minor injuries on the skin.

How’s the texture like?

Smooth. It is non-greasy and doesn’t stain clothes. It absorbs fairly quickly into the skin too.

What does it contain?

  • Panthenol 5% to soothe irritation and redness.
  • Madecassoside to accelerate epidermal repair.
  • Enriched with La Rouche-Posay thermal spring water and shea butter.
  • Combined action of Madecassoside + [Cu/Zn/Mn] complex to keep in check bacterial proliferation.

Where can I buy it?

Cicaplast Baume B5 is available at Watsons and Guardian stores retailing at $21.90 for 40ml and $45 for 100ml.

Redeem a free gift worth up to $15

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Receive a free gift worth up to $15 when you purchase your Cicaplast Baume B5 with a secret code generated here at these selected stores: Watsons Ngee Ann City, Watsons Toa Payoh, Watsons Bugis, Guardian Paragon, Guardian Vivocity, Guardian NEX, Dermacenter @ Westgate.

Terms and conditions:
  • Valid till 31 May 2016. While stocks last.
  • Redemption to be done at La Roche-Posay counters at selected stores
  • Timing for redemption from 12 – 8pm
  • Limited to 3 sets of free gifts per customer

You can purchase it online from Lazada and Guardian too.

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Try, Snap, Post and Win!

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La Roche-Posay is having a challenge now for users of Cicaplast Baume B5. Simply purchase a Cicaplast Baume B5 and show them your results by hashtagging #repairmyskin in your post on Instagram to WIN a La Roche-Posay hamper worth $200.

For more information about the promotion and read other users’ experience, check out Cicaplast Baume B5 Repair My Skin website and join them on Facebook too.

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Zara and “The Cream” she likes

We Wanna Challenge You!

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To give our readers and friends a chance to try this useful cream, we are going to give away 5 Cicaplast Baume B5 (40ml) to you. To be one of the 5 to receive this, please post the skin irritation/ condition you or anyone in your family is facing now on this Facebook post or you can email us at claudia@thelovingmum.sg . Together with the photo, please state the (1) age and (2) the condition he/she is suffering from.

5 challengers will be picked to try the balm for free!

Other terms and conditions for this challenge:

  • 5 who are picked to receive the challenge will need to document and share with me your experience with the balm.
  • 3 photos of the same skin part will need to be taken at Day 1 (before use of balm), Day 3 and Day 7.
  • You will agree for me to reproduce and share your experience and photos on this blog and all platforms necessary for this challenge campaign.

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We Checked Out the Refreshed eXplorerkid E!hub Downtown East

Sand Play at eXplorerkid E!hub at Downtown East by The Loving Mum

It’s been almost 2 years since our first and only visit to eXplorerkid E!hub at Downtown East. We were unimpressed and disappointed at the condition it was in then. Fast forward to today, NTUC Club finally opened their revamped eXplorerkid E!hub and we just had to go check out what they had done.

Brand New and Refreshed Toddler Play Area

The last time we visited, Zara (13+ month) didn’t have anything much to do at eXplorerkid E!hub, but now they have got a whole new area setup just for toddlers below 4 years old. The play area was spacious and filled with variety of activities. There are pretend-play houses, a ball pool, tree slide and some big foam building blocks too.

There’s a smaller play structure at the corner beside the toddler play area. Do be careful when playing in this structure especially the tube slide. Ayra got a bad abrasion when sliding down and she was too afraid to step into it again. Also overhead a mum saying her son knocked his head while sliding down. Hope eXplorerkid will look into correcting this problem area to make it safer for children to play.

Brand New Addition of Sand Play

This has got to be the most favourite play area for the girls. They didn’t want to leave once they started touching those kinetic sand. Yes you hear me right! It’s lots and lots of kinetic sand play, even I couldn’t resists playing with it.

Addition of Lower Level Adventure Highlands

Previously there was only Adventure Highlands and for kids above 110cm in height only but now even those below 110cm can test their confidence at the lower level of Adventure Highlands. Both Ayra and Zara completed the challenge and I’m super proud of them. Ayra who is still very timid and shy took a little more push and encouragement with lots of support from the helpful staff, while the gurang Zara conquered the entire course with ease (well most part of it).

See them in action in the video above. Do note that additional charges is payable for play of Adventure Highlands.

Smaller Lit Ball Pool

eXplorerkid downsized their Lit Ball Pool to make more space for the toddler area, but still the ball pool is big enough for all the kids to enter for some fun. Though I wished they had thrown in more balls too make it fuller and more fun to dive into.

The Same But Cleaner Mega Play

The Mega Play structure is the same one but now cleaner. The wear and tear is still pretty bad but the structure is still standing strong and well despite the years of continuous play by so many kids (and even adults).

eXplorerkid also added a baby changing room with wash basin inside the playground, though still a little bare, I hope they’ll add a nice sofa and some picture frames to make the place more conducive for parents to use it.

eXplorerkid E!hub is located at Downtown East
1 Pasir Ris Close, 3rd floor
Singapore 519599
Opening hours from 12pm to 9pm daily
Admission and Play Rates available here

New Ride In The House and We’ve Got One To Giveaway! #FrisoExperience

Friso is giving away Free Ride-On Cars and we just couldn’t resist getting these cool rides for our girls. This mummy is a little crazy (not!) to purchase total of 13 tins of Friso formula milk for the two girls just so we can redeem two of the free cars! So soon each of the little ones at Punggol Babies will be riding on a Friso Powered Ride-on Car come June. For now, we’ll just have to take turn zooming in this cool red ride.

LockNutri Technology

During the launch of this promotion, Friso also launched their new Friso Gold 2,3 and 4 formula. They now come with enhanced LockNutri technology which protects the protein in Friso products from overheating and becoming damaged during the production process. Nutrients in their natural state facilitate absorption. Providing our little ones with gentle nutrition, so they can be #StrongInside.

Zara is on Friso 3 since she was 1 and soon she’ll be upgrading to Friso 4 in a few months time. So I’ve also switched Ayra to Friso 4, this way I’ll only have to keep stocking up on the same formula milk for both of them. This is also why I was willing to part with my money on 13 tins of Friso for redemption of 2 more ride-on cars.

So how cool is this ride and what features does it come packed with? Let us give you a run-down of this free Friso Powered Ride-on Car which you can redeem with every $380 purchase of most Friso products.

Close-up of the Friso Powered Ride-On Car

These ride-on car comes with seatbelt and a good sized seat for one pax. It will hold a child for up to 30KG as I’d read on their Facebook post.

The car is powered by rechargeable battery and you will have to “pump some gas” power into it through the fuel tank. Kinda like that this is well hidden and at an appropriate part of the car. We had another ride-on car and the seat need to be removed before we could charge it.

There’s the horn and a music-play button on the steering wheel. Both the girls love turning the music on and dancing to it! I’m just glad that its a decent english song vs the other ching-chong tunes we have in our other rides at home. You know those that will give you massive headache? Yup!

On the right side of the steering wheel is two switch, one to turn power on/off and the other for the driver to control if the car should go straight or backwards. You can switched it to Stop too so the car doesn’t move even when the gas paddle is stepped on. Ideal for the little ones who has “no license” to drive yet.

And on the left side of the wheel you have a switched that let’s you choose to have the car in manual mode or t c mode. Manual is where the rider can step on the gas paddle to move the car and steer it on his/her own, while in t c mode, you will need to control the car via the remote control that comes with the car. Do note that the rider is still able to control the steering in t c mode.

Not bad right? This Friso Powered Ride On Car is worth $369, and is yours to redeem with every $380 spent. And according to their replies in Facebook, you don’t have to worry if they will run out of stock for the car redemption. They assure every customers will be able to redeem for the ride-on cars, however the colour available will be on first-come-first-serve basis. There’s the red and blue for you to choose from.

Friso Powered Ride-On Car Redemption

From April 1 to 31 May, customers can redeem a Friso Powered Ride On Car worth $369 when they spend $380 on Friso products* at Friso Online, FairPrice, Cold Storage, Market Place, Giant, Seng Siong, Prime Supermarket, Mustafa and Guardian.

The Friso Powered Ride On Car is suitable for indoor and outdoor play**, and is available in red and blue.

*Friso products included in this promotion are Frisomum, Friso Gold Cereal, and Friso Gold 2, 3, and 4. Not included is infant formula for babies aged 0-6 months.
**Not suitable on loose dirt, gravel or wet areas that can affect the engine and moving parts.

Customers can redeem their Friso Powered Ride On Car from 7 June to 31 July with their original receipts and completed entry form at:

Global Opus Solutions Redemption Centre
Blk 265 Serangoon Central Drive
#02-275 Singapore 550265
Operating Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-1pm, 2pm-6pm. (Closed on public holidays.)

*This promotion is valid while stocks last. To avoid disappointment, customers should call the Global Opus Redemption Centre at 6282-1555 to find out if there are Friso Powered Ride On Cars available for redemption, before heading down.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

If you would like to win one of these cool rides, here’s your chance!! Thanks to Friso, I’ve got a blue Friso Powered Ride On Car to give away to ONE lucky winner. Here’s how to get your chance to win:
Blue Friso Powered Ride-on Car Giveaway

*1 winner will be picked at random to win the blue ride on car. Winner will be announced on Instagram.

Giveaway period: 20 April to 30 April 2016. Good luck!