Meet Spongebob, Patrick Star, Squidward and Plakton at City Square Mall Before They Get Washed Away

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob SquarePants of course! He and his friends are here in Singapore and you must go catch them live on stage before the pack up and return under the sea.

From now till 20 December 2015, catch SpongeBob SquarePants Krabby Patty Celebration ‘Live’ On Stage at City Square Mall Level 1 Atrium. Show time at 2pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 1pm, 4pm and 7pm for Saturday and Sunday. No shows on Monday ok!

The 15 to 20 minutes performance tells the story of a special day for SpongeBob and friends as they celebrate the best sandwich in Bikini Bottom – the Krabby Patty! The adventure sets sail as SpongeBob prepared to celebrate the Krabby Patty and everyone is invited to the party. Expect loads of sea-antics and even learn to do the Krabby Patty Dance moves from SpongeBob himself! For super fans of SpongeBob and friends, you can get a Meet & Greet pass to go on stage after the show to take photos with the characters with minimum of $50 spent. Remember to exchange your pass one hour prior to each show. Limited to just 50 passes per show.

After the grooving with SpongeBob and friends, head outdoor to SpongeBob Playland at Level 1 City Green Park. We missed checking out the playland when we were there as it was raining! We will be back soon to snap lots of photos and partake in the activities at SpongeBob Playland. You can exchange for an activity pass at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter with minimum spend of $30. Activities are suitable for children age 3 and above, though I’m sure Zara would still be thrilled to play the mini-games, jump in the SpongeBob’s Super Bouncer and snap lots of funny photos in the Pineapple House. Check out these cool giant structure over at Alvinology feature of the SpongeBob Playland.

Here are some shots taken during the stage show with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends.

Pre-show interaction with audience.
Ayra was delighted to see SpongeBob come on stage. The girls were introduced to these underwater creators by their Ayah who’s a big fan of the silly Patrick Star.
The funny trio dancing and spinning around the stage.
SpongeBob doing his thing irritating Squidward as usual.
Spot Plankton as he pops in and out of the stage doing his evil things throughout the performance.
And there’s the captain who tells the story. I feel he should speak up a little more, I could hardly make out what he was saying in his soft pirate voice.

“Don’t miss the show ok! Must catch them at least once while you still can!”

Imagine Zara saying that in her pose.

Is Pororo Park Singapore Worth A Visit?

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

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

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

Pororo Express runs only at certain timing

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

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

Performance at TongTong’s Little Theatre

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

Cute Pororo House

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

Biggest and Deepest Shark Ball Pool

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

Poby’s Jungle Gym Not Suitable for Adults

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

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

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

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Beat the Haze with Friso Experience Play Set

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

Even the father couldn’t resists sliding down too!

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

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

Redeem for your Friso Experience Play Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dora The Explorer Activities For Children

Colouring Pages

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

Memory Game Cards

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

DoraTheExplorer-Printable-MemoryGame

Swiper No Swiping!

Dora-Swiper

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

Catch Dora & Friends Live On Stage at Resorts World Sentosa

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

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

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

Dora The Explorer Characters

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

Dora-boots

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

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

Dora-bag

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

Dora-Swiper

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

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

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

Rebuilding Memories with LEGO

With Singapore celebrating its 50th year in a couple of days, we at The Loving Mum played a little part in rebuilding memory with LEGO last weekend at Raffles City where LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo completed a giant 8.5 foot version of our favorite Dragon Playground.

Since June this year, LEGO has been celebrating and commemorating SG50 with their limited edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds which include The Cable Car, Ice Cream Bike, HDB Flat and the Dragon Playground. All of which are fully redeemed. Well, these limited editions mini builds were flying off so fast so furious I didn’t even manage to grab any with our recent LEGO purchase.

If you have missed the chance to redeem and build your own mini Singapore icons too, you can still do so with your own LEGO pieces! These LEGO build instructions are floating somewhere online, if you find hard enough, you’ll surely get them. Like the one I found in a group on Facebook.

If you are Dragon or heritage spotting this year because “Everything also SG50”, hopefully you managed to head down to Raffles City, Level 3 to snap some photos with the giant LEGO Dragon Playground before it was broken down into LEGO bricks after 31 July 2015. If you did got a shot with it, don’t forget to tag it with #LEGORebuildSG!

And here are some photos of our little contributing role to building the giant LEGO Dragon Playground at Raffles City.

This little piece was added somewhere around the top of the giant LEGO Dragon Playground. Built with care by Ayra and Mummy.
Finishing touches by LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo.
Because she got to open her LEGO blind bags after taking photo with the dragon, hence that smile. -__-“

In addition the launch of the extremely exclusive mini builds, LEGO has also launched LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigures. With only 50 pieces available, these Mega MiniFigures are extremely coveted. To stand a chance to win one of these mini builds, you can spend a minimum of SGD 100 on Lego Toy(s) in a single receipt from 5- 31 August 2015 at participating outlets to be one of the lucky ones to receive a LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigure. The LEGO SG50 MiniFigure is:

  • Limited edition to commemorate SG50, and there are only 50 pieces available
  • The ‘Mega’ size, stands at 31cm tall
  • Back of mini figure comes with a unique serial number and birthday message to celebrate SG50

I saw the below picture on geekculture.co, not sure if this is the real deal. If so, I would be quite sad, shouldn’t a Mega MiniFigure be a MEGA MiniFigure instead of a LEGO brick built one?

Source: http://geekculture.co/lego-sg50-mega-minifigure-anyone/
Source: http://geekculture.co/lego-sg50-mega-minifigure-anyone/

Participating outlets include: All LEGO Certified Stores in Singapore, Toys’R’Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, Departmental Stores and select toy stores.

Partial of this post is republished on Getgo Parents.

Let’s Cruzee! The balancing bike for toddlers

I first heard about Cruzee bike from Summer’s blog and thought it was quite a cool learning bike for Ayra. But the price was a little high then since I didn’t have a stable income back then. Then earlier this year, I saw Cruzee bike again at OCBC Cycle race pack collection expo and they were having a promotion. I felt it, carried it, and examined it in detail asking many questions and I bought it.

Cruzee balancing bike for toddlers

Since then, Ayra has only tried cruzee-ing on it around the house, and was literally pushing and walking with it instead of balancing. Only after a few months I started to bring Ayra outdoor to give her more space to try learning to balance with it. Up till today, she is still not confident enough to push and lift up her legs from the ground, afraid she might fall. We will continue to let her try and hopefully one day she will be able to balance on it on her own and build up her self confidence.

It’s about learning to balance and building her self confidence when riding.
When her grandfather insisted (after I bought the bike) that I should have bought a regular paddle bike with training wheels, I had a hard time convincing him that this is better. Regular paddle bike though easy for her to sit on and play with, but she would not want to paddle too which then defeats the purpose of getting her a new bicycle since she already has got a little tikes tricycle. Cruzee is much lighter than most paddle bike with training wheels which makes it so much easier for Ayra to maneuverer around on her own. She can easily carry the bike from the storing space and start using it without help from us.

Cruzee balancing bike for toddlers

Cruzee balancing bike for toddlers

I must admit, getting the Cruzee for Ayra was an impulsive buy, but I believe it is a good investment for her to learn to balance on two wheels and also to help improve her confidence when she is ready to learn paddle riding on a two-wheel bike in future.

Cruzee balancing bike for toddlers

Cruzee is a no-pedal run bike for children age 1 to 6 yrs old. Cruzee balance bikes are super light weight (1.9kg) with adjustable seat and handlebars that can grow with the child. We are loving our Cruzee balance bike hence we invited Cruzee Singapore to join in spreading of some Christmas cheers!

Thanks to Cruzee Singapore we have got the red Cruzee for our readers. And the lucky reader who’s receiving this in our 12 Days of Giftaway is…

Congrats to Roger!

We will be in touch with you soon via email. Hope your kids will enjoy this Cruzee balancing bike!

Cruzee balancing bike is available for purchase at Cruzee Singapore, retailing at $195 each.

And with this final gift, we concluded our 12 Days of Christmas Gifting for #TLMGiftaway! Thank you all for your support and participation in our first giveaway of this almost massive scale. The Loving Mum had enjoyed planning, executing and preparing for this giftaway and we hope we will be able to share more awesome stuff with your in 2015!

Come Play In Our Refreshed Playroom, Brighten Up with Dulux Wash & Wear

Welcome into our refreshed playroom! It is amazing how choosing the right colours can make such a big difference in a room. We are loving how cheerful, vibrant and awesome our new playroom is. Come on in and play with us in our happy playroom!

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Before showing you the full (aka messy) room, let’s do the close-up-makes-everything-look-better kinda shots…

Little reading corner

Our cosy reading corner with matching cute retro chairs from Chair-ish the Moments. Love the colour combination here with our pink wall in Strawberry Crush, 74RR 28/432 from Dulux.

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You see how the pink wall looks very different in the above and below photos? Lighting plays a huge part in how the colours on your wall will appear in real-life and on photos. Hence it is very important to pick the colours at home and not in stores or at your Interior Designer’s studio. Bring home the colour book or paint chips and visualise from your own home and rooms. Check them in the day, at night and with room lightings, making sure the colours are what you want. If you have existing furniture in the room, it’ll be ideal to match them too. Or even plan ahead, like how we are planning to convert this playroom to the girls’ bedroom in a few months time. The bedsheets for their beds will preferably be of lighter shades of pink, darker shades of yellow, orange or blue.

Mini chair for Zara, medium chair for Ayra and a Muji legless chair for Mummy.

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Our photo and art wall

Loving how every thing just pops against the yellow wall in Celestial Sun, 54YY 85/291 from Dulux.

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Add some painting and pretty photo canvas to a plain wall will make the whole room feel more homely and closer to the heart. My girls love looking at their own photos and get excited jumping and pointing at them. (Super vain right?! Girls will always be girls.)

Kitchen play corner

Cooking is probably one of our girls’ favourite play activity in the room. Now their kitchen + mini cafe is brightened up whenever sun shines through our window in the morning.

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The play tables

These orange tables were already in the room before our makeover. With the new yellow wall, these orange tables from Ikea look more fun and pretty as compared to when it was against our old grey walls.

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Tips for storing tiny toys: Buy a candy grabber aka mini UFO catcher and store them all in there. Makes nice decor piece and have some fun catching them too!

Now you have seen the close-ups, here are some shots of the wider views of our playroom – the before and after our repainting transformation with Dulux.

Before we had boring and dull looking grey walls

Now we have cheerful, fun and girly playroom

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The chaotic mess before

Much organised, cleaner and safer space for the girls now

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Wider shots of rooms are not as nice a view nor fit for show house quality shots right? That’s why it is almost impossible to snap photos of your beautiful home once you stayed in there for more than a year; make that a month when you have little kids in the house! Getting our room repainted gave me a valid reason to clear out all the unused and unwanted stuff around our playroom room. I must find time to do the same to my work room which is now more like our second storeroom in the house! And I don’t even want to think about the craziness in our storeroom!

Much better space for play and explore

A quick flashback to the day when Ayra returned from school and saw her new room, yes she’s calling it her new playroom ever since the repaint was done. First she was stunned and just stood there looking at the new colours, then she asked to take photos of her room.

And when she’s done posing, she did the photo taking on her own with the PowerShot D30 camera, which I gladly handed her as it was shockproof! No need to be afraid it falling off her hands.

The new layout and toys placement is also easier for her to pick and choose what she wants to play without needing assistance from us. Just move the toys around and she can start playing. Glad the school has trained her well in putting back her toys after play.

Ayra loves reading and listening to stories with me on the new chairs I bought. Guess she prefers to be hugged by it as she always picked the tiny green one instead of the spacious blue one.

We cannot stop sharing with families and friends how our room is so much better after a repaint with the right choice of colours. Even our part-time helper who come by once a week said she was shocked to see the room brighten up after the painting. She even thought we forgot to turn off the light in the room when she first saw it; I couldn’t stop laughing when she told me that the week after.

Refresh you house with Dulux Professional Painting Services

I know! You must think I am crazy to make repainting the house sound like an easy-peasy task. Just the thought of packing and moving the things around the house alone is enough to make most of us exhausted already. But after going through our playroom revamp with Dulux Professional painting service, I would do an entire house repaint if I can! Check out the short one-minute video below and you will know why.

All I did to prepare the room for the painting job was to remove whatever pictures I had on our walls. And all the other stuff were moved and protected by the Dulux professional painting crew. Before starting work, they make sure all your furniture are protected, floor covered and any corners or build-in furniture taped up so it would not get stained with paint. And they even help you clean up and move your furniture back to where they were once they are done with the paint work! Awesome isn’t it? With such professional service, why wouldn’t I hire them to paint the house?

Thanks for following our transformation and hope you like what we did with our playroom. Do vote for us when the voting begins from 8 to 14 December 2014 at Dulux Singapore Facebook Page.

Check out the other 10 bloggers who were with me through this Colour inspiration journey with #DuluxSG.

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