Holly Molly! KidZania Singapore is FINALLY Ready To Welcome You!

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KidZania, the world’s fastest growing family edutainment phenomenon, has announced that KidZania Singapore will open to the public on 12 April 2016 and operate 7 days a week. Tickets, starting from S$25 to S$58, will be available for advance purchase online from 11 March 2016, 11am, on www.kidzania.com.sg.  Online ticket purchases will be entitled to 5% discount off walk-in rates.

Designed to provide kids with realistic role-play activities that complements school learning experiences, KidZania Singapore is best suited for children aged 4 and above. Located at Palawan Kidz City and conveniently linked to the Beach Station on Sentosa Island, the 7,600 square-metre park will open with a variety of role-play activities for kids to live out their aspirations and challenge themselves to real-life adventures.

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Stepping into the City

All adults must be accompanied by a child below the age of 18 years to enter KidZania Singapore. Adults, with children below the age of eight, must remain within the city’s premises while the children are exploring the city.

From 12 April 2016, guests can also purchase limited tickets on-site at KidZania Singapore, subject to availability.

Opening Hours:

Sundays to Thursdays: 10am to 5pm

Fridays, Saturdays, School holidays, eve of and Public Holidays: 10am to 8pm

Ticket Prices: (For walk-in admission)

Online purchases are entitled to 5% discount off walk-in ticket prices

Infants (under 2 years old): Free Admission

Toddlers aged 2 to 3: S$25

Kids aged 4 to 17: S$58

Adults aged 18 to 59: S$35

Senior Citizens (aged 60 & above): S$25

For more information on KidZania Singapore, check out www.kidzania.com.sg and https://www.facebook.com/KidZaniaSingapore/ .

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Big Blue Sponges Make Great Imaginative Play at Kaboodle Kids

Yes, we had so much fun playing in a sea of blue sponges (foam blocks to be exact) at Kaboodle Kids some weeks back, and we’ve got passes to share with our readers!

Kaboodle Kids is Singapore’s first and only indoor playground that uses Imagination Playground, these includes bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. They inspire children to design their own inventions, environments and activities.

This greeted us that morning when we arrived, built by the experts at Kaboodle Kids.

When we arrived at Kaboodle Kids at East Coast Big Splash, the pieces were built and they place look so fun! Both Ayra and Zara were excited when they saw what was waiting for them, and went straight to play mode the moment they got their socks on and hands sterilised.

The girls started pushing blocks together and then this was formed. Some obstacle course or sort perhaps?

These modular, rectilinear parts are easy to stack, line up and move around. The kids and parents who were with us that day at Kaboodle Kids enjoyed endless play with these blue blocks! Most importantly, everyone were engaged, active and had lots and lots of fun. Both my girls were super tired after 2 hours in there but they refused to leave.

Zara trying to play hokey perhaps?

What I love about this play system is that my girls can do whatever they want in there and I don’t have to keep close to them to ensure their safety. The space is designed such that parents can just sit and chill along the long stretch of seats and watch the kids play. Or we can join in the building and playing fun! The girls were kept busy the entire time we were there and I didn’t have to encourage them to try out anything, they just go around doing their own things with their own imagination. I was very impressed that these blocks are able to maintain their interests for that long. If only our home is big enough! LOL!

These blocks make good resting beds when they get tired. Obviously need sleep but they just didn’t want to leave!

See some of the things we did in the video I compiled from that day.

I do hope they start another outlet soon where it is more accessible by train, I would bring my girls there often for sure!

A well thought out party room at Kaboodle Kids! With a washing sink, whiteboard walls for decorations and creative drawing, basic party ware and accessories too.

They are currently having a promotion for party room booking, check their Facebook page for details.

Kaboodle Kids also has a party room where you can bring in your own food and beverages or they provide catering options too. That day, we were treated to super yummy food from one of their caterer, Pondok Gurame Indonesian Restaurant located at Big Splash too. The kids and the parents all enjoyed the food served, it was delicious!

A different kind of kids meal and it was so good! Better than the usual party food.
And finally you can get decent and delicious adult food at kids party! This one was amazing!

If you have not heard or been to Kaboodle Kids, here’s your chance!

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We’ve got 10 play passes to giveaway to our readers and fans. Each play pass entitles ONE child and TWO adults for unlimited play on weekdays and 2 hours of play on weekends/public holidays. Play pass is valid till 31 March 2016. To win yourself one, simply follow these steps:

  1. Tell us why you want to bring your child to Kaboodle Kids on THIS POST on Facebook page.
  2. Share this giveaway with your friends by tagging them in your comments or sharing the post with your friends on Facebook.
  3. You got to be a fan of The Loving Mum and Kaboodle Kids on Facebook or follow @claudia10 on Instagram.

Giveaway ends 31 January 2016. Winners will be contacted via Facebook.

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Awesome fun time at Kaboodle Kids with Singapore Parent Bloggers! Find out more about us at http://singaporeparentbloggers.com.

About Kaboodle Kids

Started in 2014, Kaboodle Kids uses Imagination Playground to encourage children to develop their imagination and creativity, as well as nurture their emotional, physical, social and cognitive development through play. Kaboodle Kids offers great parent-child bonding through play, and believes that children should not be too fixated on academic achievements and also make time for creative play. For more information, visit www.kaboodlekids.com.sg and check out Kaboodle Kids on Facebook.

 

Let’s Bloom & Grow in 2016 Plus Giveaway

I’d promised a big giveaway if I hit 1,000 fans on The Loving Mum Facebook page, though we are still 89 short to the 1K mark, but I think its still time to reward our supporters and friends! So let’s kick off with our very first #TLMGiveaway for 2016. Read on to find out what we have for you and instructions to take part is somewhere at end of post.

From pregnancy to birth of your baby, and seeing the baby grow up to become an active toddler than to a pre-schooler, there are 1001 things we as parents need to prepare and do to meet the child’s need and wants. One of the many baby product distributors in Asia hopes to be there with you right from the start. Their aim is to bring the best for you and your baby.

Bloom and Grow provides a one-stop direct access to their products online from Maternity, Baby Bed time, Meal time, Bath time, Gifts, toys and essentials for you to go out and about with your little ones. I only knew about them way past the need to shop for such stuff. If I was a first time mum, I would have double the excitement when I was at the latest launch in Singapore where they showcased all of their latest products.

There were so many colourful and interesting products on display at the launch, even Zara was curious to find out more about them.

One of our favourite brand had a whole range of new and brightly coloured products that will surely attracts both parents and little ones. Here’s what we saw and liked from SKIP HOP.

New toys for babies from SKIP HOP
More SKIP HOP bags and this time round these are suitable for pre-schoolers too! Love the matching lunch boxes and carriers. And YES we’ve got one set to giveaway too!
Baby essentials from Nuby.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Aren’t all the products so cute and bright? Thanks to the good people from Bloom and Grow, we’ve got a big goodie bag filled with more than S$150 worth of products, including the pretty SKIP HOP bag and lunch box set. Here’s how you can win this big bag of goodies.

  1. Comment on this post on Facebook and tell us which are your favourite brands sold by Bloom and Grow, tag 3 mummy/daddy friends too to share the love.
  2. Share the Facebook post with your friends.
  3. This giveaway is only open to fans of The Loving Mum on Facebook and/or followers of @Claudia10 on Instagram. You must be residing in Singapore and be a parent.
  4. Giveaway ends 15 January 2016 at 2359 hour.

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And now, here’s one of the highlight that day for our little ones… the many new designs from Trunkie! We’ve got one old and plain one at home, so when the girls saw the many new and cute designs on display, they couldn’t wait to get themselves onto them. The girls were wheeling and going crazy on their trunkies that day. And we can’t wait to use ours at our upcoming family vacation this week!

Some of the latest trunki designs on display at the launch.

Check out Bloom and Grow on Facebook at their website http://www.bloomandgrowasia.com/.

Family Time Indulging Yummy Wings, Sushi Making and Creative Session at City Square Mall

And we are back to City Square Mall again! Not just cause we were invited to, even if we aren’t invited, we go there almost every month on our own. Because its just so convenient getting there by train from home. So what got us all excited this second round of fun trail around the mall? Because we were in for great family time indulging yummy wings, sushi making and a creative session at City Square Mall.

First stop: to fill up our tummies! 

It was my 3rd time at Wingstop and I knew exactly what I wanted to order form their menu. But that day, even before we arrived, they have everything planned out for us. And boy the amount of wings that were served stopped my pumping heart. We almost had all their 10 flavors served in the same sitting, I had to stop them from pushing out more when our tables were already filled. Can you spot which are our favourites?

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When I crave for wings, there are only 2 places I would go to and Wingstop is one of them. Just because I cannot get enough of their Mango Habanero and their limited time only Kacap Manis! And we will always order their fried mushrooms too because they are super juicy and nice.

Do you know?

Wingstop is originated from Texas in 1994 and has more than 700 restaurants open across the United States, Mexico, Russia and Asia which includes Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and the UAE.

Wingstop is widely known for freshly made, piping hot chicken wings that are sauced and tossed in your choice from their 10 mouth-watering flavors. They offer two variations for their wings – Classic Wings with no additional flour batter or breading. Just skin-on wings fried to perfection, sauced and tossed. And the Boneless Wings, 100% succulent boneless leg meat lightly breaded and fried to be crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For those who likes to get all messy and finger-licking goodness, go for their Classic Wings. For those like me who prefer to keep our hands clean, I’ll go with the Boneless Wings every time!

Wing Stop at City Square Mall, Basement 1
Wing Stop at City Square Mall, Basement 1

After we got our tummies VERY filled, we proceeded to the upper level for our very first sushi making workshop with Genius R Us. That was the first time we headed up to that level at City Square Mall. We usually end our shopping at level 4 for Daiso, quick munch at the food court and then some play time at Time Zone.

Genius R Us is an enrichment centre that offers children unique learning experiences through Kidz Can Bake!, Tots Can Bake!, and Kidz Can Craft! series of workshops and concept birthday parties. Their workshops are tailored to bring out the genius in every child and orientated towards uncovering the child’s innate talents through the process of creative learning and self-discovery.

Set up in 2002, Genius R Us have been actively engaging the community and to date, they have created learning experiences to more than 75,000 happy children through their many workshops and camps.

Our experience that day was with their mini-workshop series for Sushi Making. We took these…

and made them into these!

Yes all 5 of us made our own sushi boxes that day. And the girls sure had fun creating and learning the steps. They don’t normally eat sushi but that day they ate those which they made on their own! I was surprised!

Guess they wanted to enjoy their fruit of labour after all the hard work they put into making their sushis.

There was also a party happening that day and I got to take a quick shot of their party room setup.

If you are keen to find out about their workshops and party packages, go check out http://www.geniusrus.com/.

And last but not least, we had an hour of hands-on painting and colouring class with Global Art at level 4. They just moved in not long ago and already have got many students signed up for classes. If you are interested in their programs, can check out http://www.globalart.com.sg/.

That day the big girls got to try our hands with acrylic painting with palette knife while the little girls explored shading and doodling with their instructor. It was an hour of fun yet stressful time for the big girls as we were unsure of what we were doing since it was the first time we tried this style of painting.

The little girls doing their own pieces of art.
While the two big girls struggled with their palette knifes and got their hands all stained with acrylic paint.

After trial and error and lots of touch-up, we were all very happy with our pieces of art! It was in fact not so bad and of course the instructors were all very proud of our creations. big grin

The mother and daughter’s creations.
The mangosteen by Ayra.
The mangosteen by Ayra.

It was indeed an awesome family fun and bonding time that day at City Square Mall. A different experience from our usual shopping and eating and rushing kids out of toy stores kinda day.

Thank you City Square Mall and the above mentioned tenants for hosting us that day. We will be back!

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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Indulge in Halal Mexican Food at Afterwit Cafe with Quaker Singapore

I wish for more time, money and tummy space for cafe hopping because I miss taking photos of food and relaxing chill out meal time. Most of my meals now are done in a messy, chop chop and eat kind of setting. That’s why when given opportunities to slow down and just enjoy the moment, I will surely jump onto it.

That day when I had a slow paced relaxing lunch with two beautiful mums and we were treated with wholesome halal Mexican food.

Situated along North Bridge Road, housed a cozy cafe that could be easily missed if you aren’t searching for it. But if you walk close enough, you’ll be greeted by a huge red framed door, two barrels, some cactus and a Mexican hat. Yup! That’s Afterwit cafe.

Source: www.sethlui.com
Source: www.sethlui.com

Start the meal with selection of drinks from their periodic table of drink menu, or check out their special Quaker menu for some interesting dessert drinks. That day we tried both the Quaker Apple Pie and Quaker Cookie Monster ($8 each). I’m a cookie girl so that glass of blended Quaker Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Fresh Milk and Vanilla worked well for me. Those tiny cookies on top are added bonus if you’re a cookie fan like me!

This serving of Quaker Quesadillas con Pato ($14) can be a starter or a main dish, you decide! Great for sharing with friends over a cozy afternoon of tea. This was my favourite that day, filled with duck meat, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, onions, Quaker oats for rice, all grilled within the 12″ flour tortillas. Served with guacamole, Pico de Gallo and sour cream.

At Mexican cafe, you must never miss having some burritos. And that day we tried two and also a serving of Quaker Huevos Rancheros ($16), poached eggs on mushroom quesadillas.

Shown in the photo below: Quaker Burritos ($15) served with our choice of Almuerzo (Musrhrooms) and Carne Picante (Roast Beef).

When the food were all served, we all knew we had over ordered! Three ladies and one little boy weren’t enough to clear these plates of Quaker inspired Mexican goodness. But we were told we must surely leave some space for at least one small piece of Quaker Chichen Itza ($12).

Just looking at the photo of this yummilicious dessert makes me regret not leaving more space that day for one more serving! This toasted butter brioche was super crunchy and adds a great punch at first bite. Topped with vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, crushed Quaker honey nut oatmeal cookies and slices of bananas. Mmmm…. I must go back to have this again!

All the above featured dishes are part of a special Quaker menu that is available at Afterwit till end of 2015, so you’ve got lots of time to go try them out.

Afterwit

778 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198746
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/afterwitsg

This post is brought to you by Quaker. Follow them on Facebook at Quaker Singapore for more interesting and fun ways to enjoy your daily dose of oatmeal. All opinions and reviews are my own. 

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.