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.
This mum is guilty, guilty of not having time to let my girls get dirty and creative like we used to. I can’t remember when was the last time I brought out the box of paints, brushes and drawing block. It’s been too long. Now we stick to colouring pencils and crayons, because less mess lah!
But I want to inspire my girls to get creative with their expression on paper, in art.
So we’re heading out in June to catch four talented artists from Korea do their craft, LIVE on stage and with music! To be honest, I’m a little skeptical how my girls will react to the whole experience after catching this preview video on YouTube. It sure looks like a very creative and inspiring experience, I’m just worried about the darkness. But we shall see how it goes.
The Painters: HERO
A mind-blowing innovative non-verbal art performance that couples 3D video art together with action-filled performances of dance and comedy, will be back in Singapore with absolutely brand new content this year. The Painters: HERO reached over two million international audience with 7,000 shows within five years in Seoul and Jeju theatres. The show focuses on re-creating all-time favourite superstars such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee and even Superman through their own interpretation in art form.
The 1,599 seat theatre at RWS will welcome one of the finest team of performers all the way from South Korea to take the stage this year with their stunning non-verbal acts, adding to the extensive list of shows that RWS offers and appealing to audiences of all ages. The Painters: HERO 2016 is presented by RWS and Red Spade Entertainment.
The Painters: HERO 2016
Date: 10 to 11 June 2016
Venue: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Tickets & Prices:
S$138 – VIP
S$118 – Category 1
S$98 – Category 2
S$68 – Category 3
S$48 Category 4: Restricted view
For more information and tickets to The Painters: HERO 2016, visit SISTIC website.
If catching Getai at HDB estate is your thing, then you got to go catch Ge Tai The Musical before it closes on 29 May 2016.
The high energy of a Chinese live concert meets the drama of musical theatre in “Ge Tai – The Musical”, a fabulous new show written by Jonathan Lim. Feel the heartbreak and joys behind the bright lights of the Getai stage in this feel-good production boasting a colourful set, evocative lighting design and over-the-top costumes.
Comedy and melodrama play out backstage and onstage as a cast of vibrant characters vie for the spotlight and a place in your heart, including leads played by Desmond Ng and Hao Hao, who have to relearn the lessons about love and kinship… Will they triumph against the odds as they bring their passion for the Getai to new heights? This collaboration between Singapore’s Getai celebrities and local musical theatre creators will feature weekly special appearances by international stars: Zhuang Xue Zhong, Sakura Teng, Yang Xiao Ping, Zhang Di, Cai Qiu Feng, Qing Shan.
We brought the girls and their grandparents to catch Ge Tai The Musical and we are summing up our experience at the musical with these 3 reasons why you should consider bringing your family along to catch it.
3 Reasons To Catch Ge Tai The Musical
A cultural experience (without the heat)
In the past years, I’ve wanted to bring my girls to experience our local Getai culture during the seventh month. But being the old school mum (for some invalid reasons), I never did step out in the night during the seventh month with my girls. So this Getai experience is a great opportunity to show them a different kind of music experience. I’ve to say their expression when the show started was priceless. – stunt
Old School Entertainment for our Seniors
This was our second experience at a live stage performance with my parents, and they enjoyed it! Entertained by the familiar tunes from their days and singing along. Of cos, with some beer to help chase away the shyness (like most Singaporeans) and kick in the groove.
Outrageous Costumes and OMG Moments
I shall let the photos do the talking here. You don’t get to see such costumes and omg moments often you know?
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.
With 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.
Once 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.
Until Ah Ma (grandma) came along.
This 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.
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!
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.
Here’s the list of other activities and things you can do at SAFRA Punggol:
Bikes @ Waterway
i Darts LAVA (opens early May)
Orchid Bowl (opens 5 Jun)
The Spa by The Ultimate (opening date to be confirmed)
BazGym Gymnastics School
Splash @ Kidz Amaze
StepUp Learning & Dance
Tien Hsia Language School
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
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.
It was a fun day down memory land for the parents and a wild day at play for the kids. Together with families of Singapore Parent Bloggers and Canon Singapore, we visited some retro playgrounds (those with sand!) and hunted down a few wall mural art around Singapore.
Dove Playground in front of Blk 10 Dakota Crescent
This is one of the few remaining playground nostalgic ones built in the 1970s. This and the Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh Lor 6 was built by Mr Khor Ean Ghee. There’s the concrete slides, tyre swings, sliding rod that let’s kids become a “fire-fighter” and walking bridge.
Some shots I took of kids at play.
Here’s the street view from Google Map where you can see the playground sandwiched between the old school HDB blocks at Dakota Crescent. Yes this whole are smell super old school. I like!
Train Playground at Tiong Bahru Adventure Park
This is where you get to climb on board the train and climb through tilted carriages. The train playground at Tiong Bahru Adventure Park has got slides, a old school merry-go-round and also flying fox! The kids went crazy here and we stayed the longest, because there’s so many things to do. We even tried teaching the kids old-school rubber band game, Zero-point! Too much laughing took place here.
Train Playground by Soon Koon.
Paintings on the Walls, Street Art and Murals Around Singapore
We checked out four street art murals by Yip Yew Chong that day. Two at 40 Everton Road – “Aha Ma” and “The Barber”, and two of his latest additions to our local street art around Tiong Bahru. There’s the “Pasar and Fortune Teller” at Block 73 Eng Watt Street and “Home” at Block 74 Tiong Poh Road.
Want to read more about that day’s adventure or see more photos taken at the above places? Check out the rest of the posts by Singapore parent bloggers who were with me that day.
All photos taken above by me are shot with the Canon PowerShot EOS M3. And instead of trying to get the right setting on the camera on Aperture (Av) mode, which I usually do, I set it to the Program (P) mode and played with just the ISO setting. It was so much easier and all the shots turn out great! If you’ve got a camera with manual settings available, go try it out and get out of your Auto mode.
Last weekend we checked out Pedestrian Night at Orchard and it was our very first time checking it out. We were also told that there will be quite an exciting line-up for the next two Pedestrian Night in 2016. So to prepare those who have not been to one of these yet, here’s what you got to do and be prepared for your next Pedestrian Night experience.
Bring a Stroller
For families with kids do bring along a stroller if you intent to hang around Orchard Road to catch all the performances and activities. My two princesses were stuck to their stroller throughout our stroll from the start to the end of Pedestrian Night. Cannot imagine having to carry them if they refused to walk when without the stroller.
At the last Pedestrian Night, there were free drinks distributed along Orchard Road. Not sure if this is the norm for all Pedestrian Night, but always good to be prepared. Bring along a bottle of water so you can stay hydrated while enjoying the night under the stars.
Dress Light and Enjoy
In the hot and humid weather here, always dress light so you can have fun participating in the activities lined-up at Pedestrian Night.
Be Prepared to Queue and Wait
In typical Singaporean style, when there’s freebie, expect to wait and expect to queue! In December’s Pedestrian Night, there were a few collection counters for freebie redemptions and photo taking along Orchard Road for all who downloaded the OneOrchard app. There were already a huge crowd waiting to dash into the queue for the more popular freebies, like shopping vouchers and movie combo tickets.
Download the OneOrchard App
Play, to further enhance visitors’ experiences. The app features star deals which allows user to enjoy shopping vouchers from Orchard Road’s brands.
OneOrchard will also integrate the ORBA Privilege Card, another initiative of the Association and its participating merchants for use by ORBA member organisations’ employees. Cardholders no longer need their physical card as identification as all the details will be housed on the application.
Get the iOS app here and Android app here. And be prepared for Pedestrian Night on Orchard in January and February 2016! Happening first Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 11pm.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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
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!