Jun 18, 2019

NEW Free Outdoor Playground: Jubilee Park @ Fort Canning Park has super long slides & logs!

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For a huge slice of Singapore's history, look no further than Fort Canning Park. The hill once sited the palaces of 14th century Kings and served as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. The decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was also made on the hill, in the Battle Box.

But not only that, Fort Canning Park also has wide green spaces for kids to run amok... as well as this brand new playground space.

Earlier this month, Fort Canning Park completed its first phase of historical restoration and now features nine historical gardens - the Pancur Larangan, Artisan’s Garden, Sang Nila Utama Garden, Jubilee Park (Phase 1), Raffles Garden, First Botanic Garden, Farquhar Garden, Spice Garden and Armenian Street Park.

Of all 9 gardens, Jubilee Park will probably appeal the most to kids because of the brand new playground!

Located opposite Liang Court, Jubilee Park sits on the western slope of Fort Canning Park, which used to host a range of recreational options for Singaporeans, such as River Valley Swimming Pool, Van Kleef Aquarium and the National Theatre in the 20th century. If these are familiar to you, then you and I probably grew up in the same era. 😁

Now, the open space has been restored as a family-friendly node with lots of play structures for kids. For one, they will love putting their balancing skills to the test at this log obstacle course!

Got kids who can never seem to stop bouncing? Get them on these bouncy nets while you chill in one corner. Sounds like a plan, no?

But my pick of the lot has got to be these slides!

 There are a total of 3 slides which offer different meandering options down to the bottom.

There is even a shorter and gentler slide for younger kids.

Kids can also access a lookout point via a rope bridge.

Of course, what's a playground without the usual swings?

There are different types of swings for kids to choose, including two which are wheelchair-friendly.

There is also space for outdoor art installations, performances and events. But this isn't all - the next phase of enhancement to commence in 3rd quarter 2019 will see the renovation of existing buildings at Foothills to accommodate gallery space and new F&B facilities.

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Jubilee Park @ Fort Canning Park
Bounded by Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road
Nearest MRT Station: Fort Canning Station Exit B
Nearest Carpark: Carpark D (limited lots)

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Jun 14, 2019

Play in Buzz's Human Pinball Machine or Race through Bo Peep's Obstacle Course at Children's Festival 2019

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Children’s Festival 2019 is back this June School Holidays at Gardens by the Bay, and it will be a Toy Story-themed affair!

From 15 to 30 June 2019, Supertree Grove will be transformed into a colourful carnival filled with family-friendly games and activities, inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang in an all-new Toy Story adventure.

And best of all, it's FREE admission for everyone!

I had watched the first Toy Story in 1996, and it has occupied a special place in my heart ever since. So yes, I think I was the more excited one compared to the monkies when it came to Woody & Buzz! 😁

Hey, but it's not called a Children's Festival without fun activities for kids, no? Besides parent-child workshops, there are plenty of free activities to get the kiddos excited:

10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove

Essentially a life-sized human pinball game, kids are tasked to set Buzz Lightyear free by pressing on the target buttons to help recharge the batteries in his space suit.

Once powered up, Buzz Lightyear will be able to set himself free, ready to go to infinity… and beyond!

10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove

Kids who love a good challenge in the form of an obstacle course rejoice! There’s more to Bo Peep’s Adventure than meets the eye.

It is an obstacle course disguised as a beautiful symphony of colours, textures and visual treats, and holds many challenges that require speed, agility and endurance.

There are also three game booths at Supertree Grove which parents and kids can play together. Participation in the games are FREE.

10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove

10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove

10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove

10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove

This is the first ever Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 themed marble run in Singapore! Happening twice every hour, visitors can gaze up to two of the Supertrees and follow the 1.5-metre-wide marble as it weaves around the towering structures and travels along the track that spans approximately 150 metres. This will be accompanied by familiar tunes from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story films.

Oh, and don't miss the chance to bring home Festival-exclusive Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Bobble Head figures from a giant capsule-dispensing machine at the Marble Run. Simply spend a minimum of $5 at Gardens by the Bay and top up $7 at the booth for a play at the capsule-dispensing machine.


There are plenty of other fringe activities, like LEGO building, scattered around the Supertree Grove area too. As an added incentive for kids, they can pick up a trail book and complete special missions at Children’s Festival. Complete all trail stations in the book and they will be able to redeem an exclusive set of stickers!

15 - 16 June | 10.30am, 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm | Supertree Grove

Always wanted to come up close with your favourite Toy Story characters? Come say hello and take a picture with Buzz and Woody at Children’s Festival by Gardens by the Bay on 15 and 16 June 2019.

15 - 30 June | Mon - Thurs: 10am - 9pm & Fri - Sun: 10am - 9.30pm | Supertree Grove Lawn
Mon - Thurs
Off Peak Hours (10.00am - 4.59pm): $4 per visitor (Online & Onsite)
Peak Hours (5.00pm - 9.00pm): $5 per visitor (Online), $6 per visitor (Onsite)
Fri - Sun
$5 per visitor (Online), $6 per visitor (Onsite)

With a tagline like 'Gooey Oozy', I had expected something slimey... but it turned out to be tent filled with highly instagrammable spaces. 😂

Curated for curious minds, TRANSPORTA is a multi-sensory experience made up of interactive displays and motion-tracking technologies, in a special-design environment. There are 3 main chambers within, a mist-producing one, one filled with giant colourful balls and one with trampoline pits.

The chamber filled with colourful balls will be a hit with everyone, while kids will love jumping on the trampolines - because it creates sound and light!

Throughout the festival, there will also be lots of stage performances, ranging from space and cowbiy shows to bubble and puppet shows... to even an alien show! Check out the full schedule HERE.

And because no festival is complete without the aroma of festival fare wafting through the air, enjoy juicy burgers, freshly baked pizzas, frozen yoghurt and other delightful snacks at the Festival!

15 - 30 June | 7.45pm, 8.45pm, 9.15pm | Supertree Grove

End the day on a magical note with a special Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 inspired-edition of the Garden Rhapsody, a signature light and music show at the Supertree Grove!

Celebrating the release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Gardens by the Bay’s new Garden Rhapsody brings you on an adventure filled with whimsical joy and friendships told through the medley of music from the Toy Story movies. Get ready to fly to infinity and beyond with the beloved Toy Story characters as they appear on fluffy clouds amongst the Supertrees.

So this June school holidays, Gardens by the Bay has got you all covered as kids get to fly to infinity and beyond at the Toy Story-themed Children’s Festival 2019!

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Children’s Festival 2019
Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
15 - 30 June 2019
10am - 9pm daily
FREE, unless otherwise stated

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Jun 12, 2019

Enjoy a “Healthy Ever After” June Holiday at Gleneagles’ FREE fairytale anniversary carnival!

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Come 30 June 2019, Gleneagles Hospital will mark its 60th Anniversary with “Healthy Ever After”, a fairytale-themed carnival!

Organised in support of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, visitors will be taken back to Once Upon A Time to relive Gleneagles’ 60 years of history. There will be a heritage walk to learn more about the hospital's rich history, and the first 100 participants completing the walk will receive an exclusive Gleneagles teddy bear.

But what's a birthday party without some family fun?

Healthy Ever After: Theatre Show

Join the characters from The Wizard of Oz, Wonderland, Princess and The Frog and Humpty Dumpty as they meet Doctor G while adventuring through The Gleneagles Forest.. Along the way, find out how the Tin Man gets his new heart beating right again; what the Frog Prince has to do to get his tummy well again; if Humpty Dumpty can be put back together again; and what the White Rabbit can do with  his friends all sick and he is running late for tea. This theatrical play by ANDSOFORTH features 4 scenes, 9 of your favourite fairytale characters and plenty of audience interaction!

Keep an eye out for the fairytale characters and take a photo with them as they make their way around Gleneagles Hospital!

Heritage Walk

Gleneagles Hospital Singapore is the first among all Gleneagles Hospitals globally. It is also the oldest healthcare provider in the Orchard Road area.

Originally a six-storey luxury hotel in the 1950s, the Gleneagles Hotel was later converted for use as a hospital by the British European Association on 16 January 1958. It was later opened to the public on 8 June 1959. Located just opposite the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Gleneagles Hospital Singapore could count on the lush greenery for giving patients an ideal healing environment. 

Parkway Holdings later acquired Gleneagles Hospital in May 1987 and the hospital has since grown with more than 300 multidisciplinary specialists & healthcare professionals working 24/7 in the hospital.

What an interesting bit of history regarding the Gleneagles Hospital site! 

Kids (and adults) will be able to find out more about the rich heritage of the hospital by going on a specially curated Heritage Walk. There will also be trivia stations with questions and flip-up covers revealing answers that will enable help participating kids complete their stamp cards. The first 100 kids who complete the trail will  get an exclusive Gleneagles teddy bear!

Carnival Activities

Beyond the show and heritage walk, participants can indulge in a variety of carnival activities. Besides a bouncy castle, craft stations and interactive medical games may just just inspire the next generation of medical professionals.

Look out for the following stations in and around the hospital lobby:

o Bouncy Castle
o Terrarium-Making 
o Magical Face Painting
o Fairybeads Art
o Balloon Palace
and more!

Head up to Level 3 for the Medical Interactive Stations to learn more about the human body, nutrition facts and experience a day in the life of a doctor in the emergency room.

o Body Anatomy 
o Food Plate 
o Fast Task 

So only one question remains...

How do you get in on all the fun???

The carnival is taking place on 30 June 2019, from 2pm to 5.30pm at Gleneagles Hospital.

While entry is free, interested participants will need to register HERE for tickets, with a minimum order of 1 adult and 1 child ticket. Goodie bags worth $60 will be given to those who are registered.

And the last I heard, slots are filling up FAST!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

*This event is in support of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

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Healthy Ever After: Gleneagles Hospital 60th Anniversary Carnival
Date: 30 June 2019
Time: 2pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Gleneagles Hospital
Admission: FREE, but registration required. Register HERE.
*Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability of tickets and seats. Please note that tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
*Registration closes on the 28 June 2019 1159hrs or when tickets are sold out. 

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