5 Things We Did at Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction Exhibition

Sometime I feel that I’m such a lousy parent. Had promised to bring Ayra to see Dinosaurs since June, but we only did it cause it was the final 3 days before it ended. It was a nice family outing with just the elder girl. She loves to receive our 100% attention with alone time. Remembering this day with 5 things we did together at Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction Exhibition.

Augmented Reality

We played with our phones! Throughout the exhibiting venue, there were markers for us to scan with their mobile app. At one of the point, we got to see dinosaurs around us through the phone. Ayra was searching high and low for them in reality after we showed her what was on the phone.

See Dinosaurs

Of course, there are many many dinosaurs, mostly replicas. Still it was quite an eye opener for Ayra. Her first experience with a dinosaur was at the previous exhibition we went at ArtScience Museum too.

The feeling inside when I saw her looking at the exhibits is so hard to describe. I wonder what she’s thinking about and will you still remember these fun moments we shared when she grows up.

We peeped into holes, opened and closed flaps and took silly selfies…

Dinosaur Puzzles

This we spent the most time at during our visit. Ayra managed to complete two of the three puzzles on her own. Seeing her putting them in place piece by piece makes me a proud mama.

Touched Dinosaur Skin

Ya, I got her to touch the “skin” on display. Reluctant at first, but eventually overcame her fear to explore new things.

Make Our Own Dinosaur Shadow Puppet

At the end of the exhibit, we sat and did our own shadow puppet dinosaur! Ayra and Ayah did the work, I only stood to snap photos and helped cut out the pieces.

And so you can see, Ayra still need lots of practice holding pens (still discovering which is her master hand) and a lot of practice coloring!

Wonder what will be our next adventure at the ArtScience Museum. Hopefully Zara will be able to walk together and have fun with us then.

Visit to the Singapore River Safari

On Christmas Eve, we brought our girls to check out the River Safari. Thanks to corporate pass from Ayah’s work place we get to go for free! Trips like this should be made compulsory at least twice a year just because it is so fun and educational for the girls. Though they may not remember them when they grow up, but time spent telling them about the animals and showing them the many wonders in life, it is great family bonding time.

Sharing some photos from that day…
[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”Look Mum! Ducks!”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”Fish! Can eat?”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”What the hell is this huge thing? As tall as the kids!”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”What weird eyes this creature has.”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”Ohhh… panda… and what are these black things on it?”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”And after 30 minutes of queueing, we saw this lazy panda sitting and munching. The other one was no where in sight.”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”At least Ayra got to Hi-5 with one”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”And even worn a bib willingly for the first time”] [/image]

[image type=”bottom” width=”500″ align=”center” caption=”Throughout the entire day, Zara was with us too. And she just stared blankly at everything we try to show her. Either that or sleep.”] [/image]

Between the Zoo and River Safari, personally I feel that the Zoo is a better place for family outings and there are more things to see too. Now that we’ve covered these two, next up probably the Bird Park?

Visit to The Art of the Brick at Art Science Museum Singapore

Over the staycation weekend we visited The Art of the Brick exhibition at Art Science Museum. It was our first visit to the museum and personally I was very excited about it. We took a stroll to the museum after we checked out of the hotel (to save on parking since its complimentary from the hotel). The weather wasn’t hot nor windy, but by the time we reached the museum, we were all drenched in sweat. The air condition at the museum was super welcoming.

Visit to The Art of the Brick at Art Science Museum Singapore

Ayra chose to walk across the Helix Bridge on her own, and she sure know how to take her time. She swung from side to side and did her dance moves (no there wasn’t any music) while enjoying her walk. She would stop for a minute on every lighting spot she passed just to rest her feet on them. With her comical walk and loud giggles, she attracted much attention from the others. In return, she will wave and say hi at them. Super friendly girl!

Visit to The Art of the Brick at Art Science Museum Singapore

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Going out with baby – The Must-Have List

Going out with a baby or toddler is a muscle training activity for me. With her growing bigger and heavier, it is impossible to carry her without the help of my trusty 3G Boba carrier, but going out for a day trip or anywhere for more than 3 hours, I will usually bring along a list of essentials with me.

This is my list of essentials for going out with a baby or toddler:

  1. 3G Boba carrier – This is where baby likes to be when we are out. She enjoys shopping with me in this carrier. I tried two other carriers before but they can’t make her stay quiet and comfort as long as the Boba. I don’t know what I’ll do if I’ve not chanced upon this carrier.
  2. Combi Well Comfort stroller – This usually acts as the stroller for the bags and shopping cause Ayra prefers to be carried. But lately I try to let her stay seated in the stroller for as long as I can so that she will get used to it. This Combi stroller is the lightest with one-hand open/close system I found when I’m shopping for one. My fist one was by Capella and it was too heavy for me to bring out alone when I’m taking the public transport.
  3. Big bag filled with essentials for baby and me
    • 2-3 pieces of diapers, pack of wet wipes and a changing mat
    • 2 clean hankies
    • 1 set of clean clothes – in case of any unforeseen situation
    • 1 pair of socks and leggings – due to our humid and hot weather, I usually dress Ayra in shorts or dress, leggings come in useful when we are inside the shopping mall
    • Wet wipes for the mouth, hands, food and anything that needs to go into her mouth
    • Milk powder container
    • My wallet and stuff
  4. Feeding bag – If it can’t fit into the big bag, I’ll have it in a smaller bag where I can hang on the stroller. This content milk bottles, drinking cup and hot water flask.

Picture this image – me carrying all the above and a almost 10kg baby boarding the bus, going up/down stairs, shopping with bags of stuff from the shopping spree and sometimes even continue to shop for grocery in the supermarket (with additional basket for grocery).

Don’t I look like an octopus with 8 arms?