A Therapeutic Day Out with Sea Jellies, Coral Reefs and more at S.E.A. Aquarium TeREEFic World

Life has been a little faster paced for me and I needed some time alone to just chill and reflect. Since entering Sentosa is “free” for me now with my own Sentosa Islander card and with an early morning meeting ending near Vivo City, I took the chance to visit an indoor air-conditioned place at Resort World Sentosa – I checked out TeREEFic World at S.E.A. Aquarium. And boy did I enjoy the peaceful tranquility within the beautiful aquarium.

Every few months, S.E.A. Aquarium refreshes their activities and feature to highlight and educate us about the many wonders of the big ocean reef. And for the first quarter of this year, the theme is TeREEFic World. Discover how hypnotic sea jellies move and other amazing facts at TeREEFic World and seek out their lesser-known secrets in the fascinating programmes and activities planned. Below are some of these activities I checked out while I was relaxing and enjoying the cool surrounding at S.E.A. Aquarium.

Sea Jellies From “Babies” to “Adults”

For the first time, their back-of-house sea jellies nursery is presented at the gallery. Now you can observe their life cycle up close, from tiny polyps to free-swimming euphyrae to full-sized medusa. See them at the Ocean Gallery, 3rd Tier.

Activities For The Little Ones

Spark kids’ curiosity and creativity with interactive games and crafts like colouring sheets and origami, so they learn as they play at the Ocean Gallery, 2nd Tier.

Aquarist Talks

What is it like to look after more than 100,000 marine animals at S.E.A. Aquarium? Hear it from their aquarists who will be revealing what it is like to look after such a diverse collection of marine life. The talk is on daily at 2.30pm at the Ocean Dome.

Other beautiful things spotted at S.E.A. Aquarium

TeREEFic World is on till 31 May at S.E.A. Aquarium, Resort World Sentosa. Go check it out if you want some relaxing therapy like what I had. More details here.

Things to do at Imaginarium – A Voyage of Big Ideas at 8Q Singapore Art Museum

Imaginarium, the new event branding for Children’s Season at Singapore Art Museum (SAM). Being our first ever visit to this now five year old event, I must say I’m rather impressed with the line-up and activities planned for the whole family. Imagainarium (#ImaginariumSG) runs at SAM at 8Q from now till 19 July 2015, there is really no excuse not to check this event out with your little ones. I know we will surely be back again soon and spend at least a good few hours partaking in the activities together with Ayra and Zara.

Here are some of the many fun activities you can do at Imaginarium, A Voyage of Big Ideas at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q.

Build & Play with Tetris Inspired “Bricks”

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

We Built this Estate! by Chiang Yu Xiang
A mixed media installation that invites children to be architects, builders and master-planners of their own housing estate and city skyline. With housing blocks designed like giant Tetris pieces, you are free to create whatever you can imagine. Ayra had fun pushing and trying hard to pick these giant building blocks. She refused to put back her shoes when we wanted to leave this room. Yes, do be prepared to remove your shoes at some of these exhibit rooms.

Don’t forget to open these windows and check out who lives in the HDB flats around the room.
Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

Spot the characters and catch some moons

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

Imagin-a-doodle by Band of Doodlers
I have been following the Band of Doodlers on instagram for a while now, and finally I got to see their creation in person. This group of illustrators (youngest at just 9 years old) created a 4 storey high masterpiece sprawling across the walls and winding up the stairs. I am super in love with all the cute and awesome drawings by this group of talented individuals.

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

Make origami, doodle and write a letter to the moon

If you like doodling, don’t forget to check out the moonroom on Level 2. Letters written to the moon may even get a reply from The moon!

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

Try weaving or make your own pom-poms

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

Let’s Make! Studio by Izziyana Suhaimi
Her installation invites visitors to create small objects using textiles, which capture their thoughts about the future of the country. Overtime, as more work are created and added onto the walls by the public, the artwork becomes a collective tapestry of dreams, weaving together our shared future.

We did make ourselves a small pom-poms that day, but Ayra wanted to bring it home instead. Will try some weaving the next time we are there.

Discover shapes and patterns at Kiko’s Secrets

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

This is where we can spend the longest time at, Ayra loves the engaging display of The Saari Fish of Manik. This display seeks your help to find the scales of the giant Sarri Fish and place them back onto the “Fish“. It’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle! Even I had fun seeking the right pieces to fit onto the fish.

Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

These are just a few of the many more things to do at Imaginarium. I would suggest you set aside half a day to immerse your children and family in all the activities at SAM at 8Q. If you missed the video at the top of this post, here’s a quick preview of what you can do at Imaginarium.

Here’s the floor plan for the exhibition…
Imaginarium A Voyage of Big Ideas by The Loving Mum

More details of Imaginarium can be found on their website.

About Imaginarium
This new edition of SAM’s much-loved annual contemporary art exhibition for children, begun in 2010 and now in its fifth year. In the spirit of SG50, this year’s exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, a symbol of a young nation on the rise with the capacity to dream big and think large. What might we be able to envision and aspire to? What worlds could we imagine for ourselves and create for others? With interactive and immersive artworks and hands-on activities at every turn, Imaginarium offers creative space where inspiration can bloom freely, and joyfully! Featuring artists from Singapore and the region, Imaginarium beckons the adventurers, the dreamers, and the explorers of today to embark on a journey of discovery, and together, sail towards exciting new horizons.

The Loving Mum received the media preview invite from CRIB, Singapore’s first social enterprise that aims to empower women entrepreneurs through networking, matchmaking and incubation.

Universal Studios Singapore, Now Our Family’s Regular Hangout

Our first visit together to Universal Studios Singapore was during the Christmas season in 2014, and we spent only a few hours in the evening (because silly Mummy didn’t know about a promotion then and only saw the $50/entry after 5pm deal). Anyway, we still had fun running around for rides and shows, trying to make full use of our limited hours at Universal Studios.

Our first ride that day was on the Merry-Go-Round with Madagascar. Everyone was able to get on and enjoyed the short ride. Even my Dad rode on a character! It was too funny to see him riding up and down.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

At one point, it started to drizzle a little, the unprepared us fumbled trying to get the girls sheltered from the rain. And this was what Zara had to be put through as she refused to sit in the stroller for shelter.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

The highlight and main reason for the visit was for the Christmas show with Sesame Street! The girls loved and enjoyed the show. They were excited to be able to see Elmo and his friends on stage. Sadly we didn’t manage to grab any photos with them that evening.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Rode through Sesame Street on Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase with Ayra and she was rather afraid of the darkness. The next couple of times when we were back, she refused to ride this again. Sadly Zara is not tall enough for this ride yet, though I’m sure she will go “Wah! Wah! Wah! You see!” throughout the ride.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

After the first family night out at Universal Studios Singapore, I secretly planned for a day of adventure with the hub on his birthday. And we got our day tickets and express passes upgraded to season passes with express for both of us! That means more fun time with our family! And the following week after his birthday, we brought the girls for a day of fun at USS. See how cool and ready these two little ladies are that morning!

Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Bringing the girls along means no thrill ride for any of us, but we had as much fun that day because we are with our family! So happy that both Ayra and Zara enjoyed themselves at Universal Studios. We took the boat ride through Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and the girls survived the ride with no cry nor sign of fear.

Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

The ride that both girls enjoyed most was on the desert jeep at Treasure Hunters ride inside Ancient Egypt. Ayra drove us through the abandoned Egyptian excavation site while Zara and I went “You see! You see!” together.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Then while Zara was napping, I brought Ayra for a ride on a Pteranodon at Dino-Soarin’ at the Lost World. “Ayra not scared! Ayra big girl already!” she exclaimed when we completed the ride.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

And like our first family visit to Universal Studios Singapore, the highlight that both Ayra and Zara love is to meet their favorite characters from Sesame Street. Both the girls were out of the seats moving and grooving to the tunes of When I Grow Up, the stage performance at New York.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

There after, we watched up-close in the New York street shows where we get to sing along to familiar tunes with Elmo, Grover, Ernie and Bert. And the kiasu mummy dashed into queue after the show to get photos with the characters. I am serious about dashing into queue, cos the crowd was kinda crazy that day.
Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Since the day we got our season pass, we went back two other times already with the girls, and because it was so fun, I got my parents the passes too! Got to make full use of these passes and make our money worth 10x the value. That’s just the typical kiasu Singapore mummy speaking. LOL! Can’t wait for their new ride at Far Far Away Land to be opened, and roller coaster to start! Hopefully before our passes expires in July!

Family Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

For those keen, Season Passes (6 months unlimited entry) sell at $98 and Express pass for Season Pass holder is at an additional $100 each. Normal ticket is at $74 per adult, and express pass is from $50 for unlimited rides that day. So in order to get your money worth, you’ll just need to visit Universal Studio thrice and you would have saved on ticket price! Find out more yourself on their website.

Play at Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Making up lost time with Zara, we went on a one-on-one date together to Hokey Pokey indoor playground at Seletar Mall. When Ayra was little, I brought her to their other outlet a couple of times but never brought Zara to any playground alone. With Zara starting her childcare in February this year, this probably be the only fun dates alone together on a weekday.

Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall houses most of the fun and toys we remembered from Hokey Pokey at Millenia Walk. The outlet at Seletar Mall is smaller and probably lesser in crowd on weekdays. This indoor playground is more appropriate for toddlers below 6 years old as there are mostly toys and no climbing maze for the older kids. Ideal for playdates with the little ones.

Overview of the play area at Hokey Pokey
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

The things Zara did at Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall…
… went shopping at the mini mart with trolley…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… played some balls in the mini ball pit at the toddler area…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… played on the Little Tikes swing…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… pretended to hold her first mini piano performance…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… and she did LOTS and lots of climbing…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… and she climbed up and down this high slide stairs at least 8 times that day on her own! She is such an adventurous little girl, each time she reached the top, she would look down the long slide and go “WOW!” turned towards the stairs and climbed down again. Then repeat! The mummy me was tired just looking at her went up and down loh!
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

At $26 per entry on weekday, this probably be the last time we’ll be there. Just because we have too many toys at home to keep the little one busy already, and the collection just keeps growing!

Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall
33 Sengkang West Avenue
#B1-28/29
Singapore 797653
http://hokeypokey.com.sg

Things You Can Do at Sports Hub Library

The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

One new reason why Stadium is our favorite MRT Station to alight is the Singapore Sports Hub Library which we recently uncovered! The library is located just in front of the MRT exit, next to the Kallang Wave Mall. There are two levels to the library, where level 1 at the Sports Hub Library is designed to be the interactive and activity space for the Library programmes and level 2 houses the Library’s collection.

Things you can do at the Sports Hub Library

Have a game of Subbuteo football with a friend. These games can be played with two players and it looks rather fast paced as both players must be constantly eyeing their players and moving them strategically in order to score and defend the opponents.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

Challenge your friends at a virtual sports game at the V.Sports (X Box Stations). There are quite a good range of games available for you to choose, booking for these game stations can also be done online for their registered members. Membership is free for Singaporeans and is not the same as the membership at our National Library, so you got to head down to Sports Hub Library for registration.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

Play a game of wits at the giant chess set. This looks so fun! Hope I’ll have a chance to play this one day with a real opponent. Been so long since I played a game of chess. For this, booking can also be done online.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

There are many computer stations around Level 1 of Sports Hub Library for members to use. Booking is required over the counter.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

Video stations for you to watch your favorite DVDs available for loan at the library and there are 9 of such cosy video stations.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

Kids corner at level 2 of the Sports Hub Library, the library focuses on sports and wellness and their collection of children books are all on related topics too. Though the collection is small, but the books are great for sports enthusiastic kids. Check out the book we read together! A twisted tale of the three little pigs. Even I enjoyed reading it with Ayra.

The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

I found this series of books to teach kids why some friends behave differently and how we can be their friends.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

I like how the books are arranged here, kids can freely browse through and pull out the books to see the cover.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

There’s also story telling sessions at the Sports Hub Library, happening on the first and third Sundays of the month. The time is around 2.30pm to 3.00pm, depending on the crowd that day. I say, go take a break at the Sports Hub Library one Sunday and enjoy the engaging story telling by their librarians. Both my girls sat through 2 out of 3 of the stories told that day, not bad for a 3yo and 1yo toddler.
The Loving Mum - Singapore Sports Hub Libary

Find out more about the Sports Hub Library here.

Free Fun at Seletar Mall Outdoor Playground

We checked out the latest shopping destination for the North-eastern people at Fernvale LRT some time back with the girls. It was a weekday mid-day and the place was not packed yet. Love it that they have a nice outdoor playground on the 4th floor.

As you can see in comparison, the two sisters have quite an opposite preference for fun. The little one is the adventurous seeker while the elder one prefers safe play.

Seletar Mall is connected to Fernvale LRT station, links to the Sengkang MRT and Sengkang bus interchange, The Seletar Mall has 6 levels of retail with lots of eateries to choose from. At just one straight bus ride from home, I foresee this will soon be my regular hangout when I need to get out for some coffee or maybe catch my first movie alone.

Playtime at Kids Amaze Toa Payoh Safra

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

This a super overdue post among all the drafts in the blog. See how little Zara was back in August 2014! We spent National Day at SAFRA Toa Payoh last year and it was one of the most fun day out for both the girls. They got to play all day at Kids Amaze and even got the NDP goodie bags too.

That face on Zara… I don’t know how to describe.

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

No one is too big to play at the toddler area at Kids Amaze. There were even much older kids in there too running around playing catching with one another. It was rather sad to see no one stopping them, it was quite dangerous with the very little ones crawling around. When there’s a toddler area at the playground, shouldn’t the staff help do checks to ensure safety of the children? Or is this a parent’s role to control their kids?

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Zara is very adventurous and is fearless to any form of risk and danger. She climbs everywhere on anything that is scalable. Doesn’t matter if she falls on her butt or bumps herself, she just wants to climb!

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

We spent most of our time hanging around the toddler area since both of the girls weren’t very much keen in trying the bigger playground with tunnels and slides. Hope SAFRA Punggol will have one Kids Amaze outlet too so we can go more often, especially when its so much cheaper for SAFRA members on weekdays compared to other nearby playgrounds. Can’t wait for SAFRA Punggol to open!

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh