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.

Old School Playgrounds in Singapore – A Play Day with Canon and Singapore Parent Bloggers

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.

It was also the day where I got to use my new photography baby, the Canon PowerShot EOS M3! Yes I finally bought it after a year of lusting over this nifty camera. My first day encounter with this after its launch was at a heritage photo walk hosted by Canon.

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.

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Canon Play! Outing with SG Parent BloggersHere’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. PLAY! with Canon
Train Playground by Soon Koon.

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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.

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Canon Play! Outing with SG Parent Bloggers

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.

Get out of Auto mode!

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.

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.

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!

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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When in Malacca, Ride in a Overly Dressed LED Decorated Trishaw at Night

It was an impromptu trip for us in January and I had no idea nor expectation when we sat in the coach onwards to Malacca early that morning. And the most memorable and happiest moment from the trip for Ayra was a RM30 ride from Jonker Street night market back to our hotel.

That night, she felt like Queen Elsa.

The road was jammed pack in the evening and there were many colourful flashing LED lights decorated on many trishaws. You’ll find all kind of cartoon characters used on these trishaws, from Garfield, Hello Kitty, Frozen, Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse, super hero themed rides and lots more.

If we were there without the kid, we would never have had the idea to want to give these rides a go. I felt a little embarrassed when I first saw it on the road that evening. But of course, when Ayra saw her favourite princesses and snowman on some of these trishaws, we couldn’t escape the night without giving it a try.

And it was the best RM30 spent! Seeing that big smile on her face made our heart full.

Accompanied by loud Frozen theme song “Let it go” blasted through almost broken speakers was like a million-dollar ride for 4 years old. Doesn’t matter if the road was bumpy nor the traffic was honking us from behind, as long as we are together in this pretty Frozen trishaw, she was happy.

We will be back again, next time with Zara too so she can be a happy princess in her own pretty carriage ride.