Apr 16, 2019

20 Egg-xtra Fun Activities for Kids this Easter Long Weekend 2019!

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It's the long weekend - otherwise known as the long weekend before the mid-year exams beckon! In any case, don't let the 3-day break go to waste... not when there are 20 egg-citing activities for kids to make the Easter long weekend an egg-xtra FUN one! Omelette it be a fruitful one! 🤣


Pokémon GO Safari Zone, Sentosa
18 - 22 Apr 2019; 10am - 8pm
Sentosa Island
Free event, but island admission applies


Trainers from all over the world will gather on Sentosa, from 18-22 April 2019,  for Singapore’s first-ever Pokémon GO Safari Zone. Taking place across The State of Fun, from the Sentosa Boardwalk to Tanjong Beach, Pokémon GO Safari Zone, Sentosa will see players hunting their favourite Pokémon including some that do not often appear in Singapore, or even Southeast Asia such as Shiny Shuckle, Tropius, and more! Registration for the event may have closed but the public can still enjoy Pokémon-themed fringe activities during the event.

Bollywood Easter egg Hunt
19 - 21 Apr 2019; 8am - 12pm
Bollywood Veggies
$5/ticket


From 19 - 21 April 8am to 12pm, embark on a jungle hunt around Bollywood Veggies' 10-acre organic farm! There are more than 500 eggs hidden all around the farm - can the kids find them? For just $5/ticket, find up to 3 eggs and qualify for a sure-win lucky dip! Win delicious banana muffins, bird whistles, kampung garden books and other attractive prizes! If you're the first 10 customers of the day, you even get to paint your eggs and take them home for free (others can do the same for $5).

In conjunction with Earth Day, you can also pair this wonderful family activity with a sprouting session at 10.30am each day. Learn how to grow one local leafy green, one local sprout and one local herb in a bento and take the bento home!

Easter Carnival at T-Play
19 - 21 Apr 2019
T-Play, HomeTeamNS Bt Batok
Admission charges apply


This Easter, T-Play will be buzzing with fun activities from themed game stations to art workshops. The Easter bunny will also be making a special appearance bearing sweet treats to further brighten your little ones’ day!

Bayfront Pop-up Market
19 - 21 Apr 2019
Fri: 5pm - 9pm | Sat & Sun: 11am - 9pm
Bayfront Plaza (SG50 Lattice), Gardens by the Bay
FREE

Mark your calendar to visit Bayfront Pop-up Market, a marketplace for local businesses and social enterprises at the new Bayfront Plaza which showcases a wide variety of unique wares, artisanal products and knick-knacks.

Earth Day at Science Centre Singapore
19 - 21 Apr 2019
Science Centre Singapore
Admission and actvities fees apply

Help! Save Us
The Mind’s Eye Exhibition
10am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Perfect for ages 5 – 8
Some animals are on the brink of extinction. While we humans might be their biggest threat, we are their only hope. Join us to pick up some interesting facts about our animal friends and take home your own little animal craft.

Have you BIN recycling
Climate Change Climate Challenge Exhibition, Hall B
10am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Perfect for ages 7 and above
You might be binning it. But do you bin it right? Learn more about recyclable materials through this interactive activity and start binning it right.

Solar-Powered House
Scientist For A Day, Hall A
10am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Learn how to make a solar-powered house to embrace a green lifestyle!

Paint your future
The Tinkering Studio, Hall E
10.30am – 12.30pm & 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Perfect for ages 5 and above
Predict the future. How do you think our planet Earth will look like in 50 years?

Sustainable City – Tinkerville
The Tinkering Studio, Hall E
10.30am–12.30pm & 2.30pm–4.30pm
Perfect for ages 5 and above
How can we improve our towns and city to be more sustainable, using green energy and co-living with nature?

Seeds Talk – Show Us Your Science at Scientist for a Day
Scientist For A Day, Hall A
20 April 2019 (Sat)
2pm–4.30pm
Learn more about seeds as NUS-NTU researcher Sapna A.N shares her knowledge on the different morphology, functions, and uses of seeds.

Workshop – Eco-Friendly Toy Making
The Tinkering Studio, Hall E
20 April 2019 (Sat)
10.30am–12pm 
Perfect for parents and children aged 9 – 12 years old
Harness the power of wind, waves or the sun to create your very own environmentally-friendly vehicles! Using recycled materials coupled with sustainable energy, let us prototype for a greener tomorrow.

Shilin Night Market
19 - 21 & 26 - 28 Apr 2019; 3pm - 11pm
The Grounds @ Kranji (Carpark B, Singapore Turf Club)
Opening hours: 3pm - 11pm
Free admission


The famous and well-loved Shilin Night Market concept (Shilin Singapore) will debut in Singapore this April at The Grounds@Kranji at Singapore Turf Club. Happening over two weekends from April 19 to 21 and April 26 to 28, the 200,000 square feet big event space will feature a wide selection of food, fashion, lifestyle and design goods, interactive arcade games, KTV booths, live music performances as well as massive lantern installations. Join in the fun for an immersive night market experience where your five senses will be in for a treat at the four different zones of  吃, 逛, 玩, 樂  (“Eat, Shop, Play, Fun”). Website

Satay Night Live
20 Apr 2019; 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Esplanade Park, Esplanade Lawn
Free admission


Come 20 Apr (Sat), relive the good old days of the old Satay Club at Esplanade Park in the 70s, where the aroma of succulent sticks of satay grilled over hot beds of charcoal filled the air and bellies of many.

This special edition of Satay Night Live, held at The Incubator at Heroes Lawn (Esplanade Park), celebrates Singapore's love for our local cuisines combined with entertainment for all throughout the evening. Come on down and show your support and appreciation of #OurHawkerCulture!

Feast on satay, served with ketupat, freshly-cut onions and cucumber slices, and sweet-and-spicy peanut sauce, sup kambing, mee soto, otah, and more halal options. Durian-lovers, you’re not forgotten! Enjoy the King of Fruits with your family, friends and loved ones as you recline under the stars at the Chillax Zone. Enjoy live entertainment by buskers (Jill-Marie Thomas, Jordin Tan and Raphael Leong), ShiLi and Adi, The Vibes and Douglas Oliverio and his band Energy at the Party Zone, and dine in air-conditioned comfort at the Family Zone, complete with a kids' play area.

Admission is free. This is a pet-friendly event. (outdoor areas only)

Weekends at The Artground
20 & 21 Apr 2019; Various Timings
The Artground

The Artground has a variety of age-specific drop-in programmes on the weekends that participants will get to enjoy!

20th April Saturday

  • 11am, 1pm & 3.30pm: BABY SPACE (Ticketed performance, strictly pre-walking babies, 35 mins): Baby Space is a multi-sensory installation designed for pre-walking babies. It is where contemporary dance, music and visual art meld together to form an immersive encounter with the arts. Please book tickets here.
  • 10.30am to 12.30pm: [Open Craft Workshop, Stage] Petite Piñata party: Crafting local desserts! By In Merry Motion (Suitable for ages 4 years and up): An ice kachang that never melts? Yes please! Join us at our craft kitchen as we make some of our favourite local desserts – the potong ice cream, ice cream wafer sandwich, and of course the ice kachang! Let’s (craft) party!
  • 2.30pm to 4.30pm: [Open Craft Workshop, Stage] Dreamcatchers Craft (Suitable for ages 3 years and up): Create your own dreamcatcher to chase the monsters away! Perfect for children ages 3 years and above!

21st April Sunday (Easter Sunday)

  • 11am, 1pm & 3.30pm: BABY SPACE (Ticketed performance, strictly pre-walking babies, 35 mins): Baby Space is a multi-sensory installation designed for pre-walking babies. It is where contemporary dance, music and visual art meld together to form an immersive encounter with the arts. Please book tickets here.
  • 10.30am to 12.30pm: [Open Craft Workshop, Stage] Tie Dye Egg by art@homesg (Suitable for ages 3 and up): Make your own psychedelic tie-dye easter egg with makers and few drips of rubbing alcohol!
  • 2.30pm to 4.30pm: [Open Craft Workshop, Stage] Tie Dye Egg by art@homesg (Suitable for ages 3 and up): Make your own psychedelic tie-dye easter egg with makers and few drips of rubbing alcohol!

Celebrate Jazz @ The Red Dot
21 Apr 2019; 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE

JazzAsia's outreach program, Jazz @ The Red Dot Connector Series culminates in this performance that features bands from all parts of the growing jazz community. Come watch what our jazz at the red dot has to offer and be treated by a special guest appearance by The Jazz Djogets,  a Singapore based sextet who plays a mix of Malay, Indonesian, English, Brazilian, Japanese music and some of the finest jazz standards and beyond. Get ready to dance to whatever that they find extremely ‘groovy’ normally from undiscovered hits from the 50s-70's, inspired by Jazz, Funk, Soul, Malay Pop Yeh Yeh, Japanese City Pop, Dangdut and anything djogetable (danceable).

“A Hoppy Easter” @ Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru
Now until 21 Apr 2019
Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru


Inspired by the classic fairy-tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the mall will be transformed into an enchanting garden, where families and friends can take photos of the whimsical space decorated with oversize Easter Eggs, garden maze, flowers, magical castle with cherry blossoms,  and a giant tree stump with the magical wonderland door. For more details, visit HERE.

Gretel and Hansel
Now until 26 Apr 2019
Weekdays: 10am | Weekend & Public Holidays: 11am, 2pm
KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT
Weekdays: $29, $26 | Weekends: $49, $39, $36


Based on the well-loved Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale, Gretel and Hansel is a heartfelt, humorous and exciting tale about sibling rivalry, family love, courage and understanding what it means to be a big sister! The two children become both characters and storytellers as they bring audiences on a thrilling, imaginative journey. Gretel and Hansel will help encourage children to work together, appreciate their siblings and understand the importance of family love. For tickets, visit HERE.

Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Celebration
Now until 28 Apr 2019
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply


Join the festivities at the Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Celebration, only at Universal Studios Singapore! Party, play and learn with your family and friends at all-new interactive shows and exhibits featuring your favourite characters like Elmo and Cookie Monster.

Don’t miss the Sesame Street Birthday Blowout show with festive pop songs and a giant birthday cake. Visit Big Bird’s Nest, Abby’s Fairy Garden and sing and dance with Oscar the Grouch as he brings you the freshest beats from the streets. Then take a walk down Sesame Street and get cosy at Bert and Ernie’s Apartment!

Easter Eggs-travaganza with Gudetama
Now until 30 Apr 2019
Jurong Bird Park
Admission charges apply


Partnering Jurong Bird Park for an eggs-hibition eggs-clusively for the month of April, fans of the cutest egg character would want to snap photos with supersized Gudetama figurines and a towering 5-metre Gudetama inflatable in the park. Say ‘yellow’ and meet and greet Gudetama, get creative and let your inner child take over with a myriad of craft activities! Embark on an egg-citing Easter egg hunt within the lush confines of Jurong Bird Park’s Waterfall aviary, and find that golden egg to walk away with exclusive collectibles.

KidZania Singapore Celebrates 3 YEARS OF FUN
Now until 30 Apr 2019
KidZania Singapore
Admission fees apply


Come on down to KidZania Singapore as the City celebrates its 3rd Birthday! Join in the birthday celebrations as all 3-year-olds enjoy FREE ADMISSION into the City, dance along to a special birthday parade, and enjoy exclusive promotions! For more details, visit HERE.

The World of tokidoki at Changi Airport
Now until 1 May 2019
Changi Airport, T3



From 15 March to 1 May 2019, immerse yourself into the world of tokidoki. Slide, bounce and capture cute moments with Donutella and SANDy as tokidoki takes over Changi Airport at the Inflatable Playground, Exhibition Show Flat and ST3PS. That’s not all, bring home your very own tokidoki x Changi Airport premiums, merchandise and a complimentary photo souvenir! For more details visit HERE.

WILD RUMPUS
Now until 5 May 2019
Wed and Thurs: 9.30am to 5pm | Fri, Sat & Sun: 9.30am to 6pm
The Artground
FREE (Donations are encouraged)


The Artground presents Wild Rumpus –  an invitation into an imaginary world of creatures big, small, furry or gentle, and to make friends whoever is hiding behind the corner. Embrace the world of tactile material and feel what it is like to hug, cuddle and squeeze into something out of the ordinary.

Tulipmania
Now until 20 May 2019; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charge to Flower Dome applies


Explore the Dutch countryside as Tulipmania returns to Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay with a brand-new tulip display set in an idyllic pastoral landscape.

Discover the agricultural roots of the Netherlands as you stroll across blooming tulip fields dotted with traditional thatched-roof farmhouses, stopping ever so often to admire the over 35 varieties of tulips, including crowd-pleasers such as the brilliant golden 'Yellow Flight' and new ones like the vibrant red and white 'Singapura' which commemorates the 200th anniversary of Singapore's founding. Along the way, learn about the different stages of growth in a tulip's life cycle, step into a windmill to take a closer look at its clockwork mechanism within, and look out for adorable chicken and cow sculptures roaming the tulip fields in the little Dutch village!

Complementing the country-style tulip display is a European-themed fair in Flower Field Hall! Get ready for European culture and gastronomy such as dressing up in Dutch folk wear, decorating the wooden clogs, and feasting on delicious snacks like Dutch stroopwafels, Swiss meatballs and Spanish churros.

Universal After Hours
Now until 31 May 2019
Fridays, Saturdays & Select Public Holidays - From 5pm
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply


Experience more thrills and more fun at Universal Studios Singapore after the sun goes down! On select evenings, enjoy the coolest line-up of nighttime activities during Universal After Hours. For the first time ever, experience the evening incarnation of the Hollywood Dreams Parade as it transforms into the Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade. See the floats and dancers in a new light as they’re illuminated with neon lights and LED magic.

Rewild Our Planet
Now until 2 Jun 2019; 10am - 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Inspiration Gallery, Level 4
FREE
Rewild Our Planet is Singapore's first Social Augmented Reality (AR) experience, jointly brought to you by WWF, Google, Netflix, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and PHORIA. The experience connects people to nature and one another through immersive storytelling that blends cutting edge persistent AR technology with stunning content from Our Planet, a new Netflix original documentary series. It combines spectacular IMAX style projections with spatial soundscapes and AR to transport visitors to the last wilderness landscapes on Earth - from vast Arctic ice caps to the remote jungles of Borneo and coastal seas of Southeast Asia. At Rewild Our Planet, visitors can interact with the environment and each other to understand how collective action is desperately needed to restore balance and protect the Earth's vibrant and diverse natural habitats. Visit the Website for more information.

Wonderland
Now until 22 Sep 2019; 10am - 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm daily
From $15 per Adult & $11 per Child for Singapore residents


Wonderland is a playful and interactive exhibition for all ages, based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories of Alice and her adventures. Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind exhibition which follows Alice’s journey through popular culture and reveals how artists and filmmakers have portrayed Alice and her story for over a century. Visitors will step into an enchanted world that draws together a remarkable selection of over 300 artefacts and objects, including first edition books, drawings, original costumes, films, magic lantern projectors, and more. Developed by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), this immersive exhibition makes the first stop of its global tour at ArtScience Museum. Visit the Website for more information.




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Apr 15, 2019

How I saved big time with Marina Square deals & 20% cashback with FavePay

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Bringing the kids out to the mall can be a difficult task these days, especially since there are so many malls to choose from AND spending a day out at the mall isn't exactly cheap these days. Which is why I am always on the lookout for good (and cheap) deals that shopping malls offer... and I think Marina Square might just be the mall that I am looking for!


WHY? That’s because from now to 31 May 2019, you can redeem Marina Square app-exclusive $5-off and $10-off deals, as well as earn 20% cashback (capped at $10) when you pay with FavePay at participating stores.

All by just downloading the new Marina Square app.


Did I mention that you can redeem free parking too? But more on that later.

To get started, simply download the ap for free from Google Play or App Store. Tap on 'Deals' at the lower bar and you can scroll through the various eDeals that some of the stores are offering.


The eDeals range from a $5 or $10 off with a minimum spend to a 10% or 20% discount off purchases.

The deals sure looked good on the app but will the savings be substantial? There is only one way to find out, which is to take the monkies to Marina Square for a day out at the mall.

Our first stop? Midtown Mart, #03-130A.


Midtown Mart is set up by a Japanese supermarket in Japan, known as Daikoku. Daikoku started out as a humble store in 1988 with the vision of providing affordable price for its customers. And true to its vision, Midtown Mart imports mainly Japanese products at affordable prices, with over 1000 different products ranging from confectionery to household items.


Let's just say the monkies went cray-cray inside the shop! 😅


They practically wanted to buy everything! Fortunately, I had the eDeal from the Marina Square App - a $5 discount with a minimum spend of $20.


The discount isn't too shabby, no? It's a 25% discount if I stick to the minimum $20 spend... which was exactly what I did.


Well, sort of. My total bill came up to about $25 so I saved $5 in the end!


Next, Ale needed to buy a lunchbox for school as she deemed her current one to be *ahem* too childish. (It's a Dora the Explorer design 🤣) So we ended up at Bumwear, #03-156.


Did you know that Bumwear was started by a former resident of Bali who is now staying in Singapore? Its range includes babywear and children's wear that are exclusively designed for newborn babies and children. They also sell a host of kids' products, including plenty of tokidoki products!


As you can tell, Ale was momentarily distracted by the tokidoki merchandise. Luckily, I managed to make her refocus and she picked her spanking new lunchbox and snackbox.


Bumwear is offering a $10 off with a minimum spend of $50 so all I had to do is to fire up the Marna Square app, search for the eDeal and scan the QR code in the shop. Like this.


Super easy! My total purchase came up to $53 and after utilising the $10 eDeal, this was what I had to pay.


BUT WAIT, there is actually MORE SAVINGS that I enjoyed!

From now until 31 May 2019, pay with FavePay to enjoy 20% cashback from over 60 Marina Square stores. You can view the participating stores here.


So what this means is all I had to do was to pay for my Bumwear purchase with FavePay and I get to enjoy 20% cashback which I can use to offset for my future purchases at over 60 Marina Square stores before 30 June 2019! (Do note that the cashback is capped at $10 per transaction)

So this was the amount I saved:

Total purchase value: $53
Marina Square app deal: $10 off with min. $50 spend
FAVEpay cashback earned: $$8.60
Total savings: $$18.60

All those shopping made the monkies really hungry so I decided to make a stop at Pasta e Formaggio @ The Dining Edition, #02-100A/B.


Pasta e Formaggio serves Italian cuisine from pasta, pizza, risotto and tapas. They use only fresh ingredients and food is only prepared upon ordering.



To top everything off, the prices are relatively affordable. Pizzas start from $10 while pastas start from $10.90, and the servings are pretty decent.



More importantly, everything tasted so good! Well, an empty plate is always a good sign! LOL.


Pasta e Formaggio's eDeal on the Marina Square app is a $5 off with a minimum spend of $20.


And as usual, redeeming it was a breeze.




But wait, there is still that 20% cashback to be enjoyed when I use FavePay to pay for my meal.


And this was the amount I saved in the end:

Total purchase value: $63.20
Marina Square app deal: $5 off with min. $20 spend
FAVEpay cashback earned: $10 (capped at $10 per transaction)
Total savings: $15

Have young kids? Then I think a visit to Pororo Park,  #02-29 to 31 is in order too.


The 11,000 square feet indoor edutainment playground integrates a train ride, indoor playground attractions, educational classes, mini parades, character meet-and-greets and sing-along shows featuring Pororo and friends.


The eDeal on the Marina Square App currently offers a 20% discount off the Savers Pass ($189)... which means you pay $151.20 for 7 visits. Pay using FavePay and you get a $10 cashback! This works out to about $20 per entry compared to the usual $29.90 entry fee. PLUS, you can share the 7 visits among friends too!


Some of the other eDeals I spied while I was at Marina Square include the one at Levi's, #02-155A.


Can you make out the deal on the display screen in the above photo? It says '$25 off with $100 regular-priced spend'.

But if you have the Marina Square App, you are in for MORE savings:


You only need to spend $50 on regular-priced items to enjoy $25 off! No-brainer, right? 😁


Another great eDeal I spotted is at Ergoworks,#03-140/141, a store that is famed for its ergonomic furniture.


Chairs, study tables, school bags - you name it, they have it and it's all in the name of ensuring good posture for kids.



Study posture is important, but sleep posture is equally paramount too. And Marina Square App users will be able to purchase the Dual Plus Perfect Sleep Pillow at $188/pc (U.P.$229) with a FREE extra piece of Original Pillow Case worth $69 thrown in too!


I think I know what the monkies can get for me for Father's Day. Heh.


Other than enjoying savings while shopping at Marina Square, the app also allows you to earn SQUARES! Simply scan  receipts using the “Scan” function within the app. Every $1 spent (min. $20 receipt required) gives you 1 SQUARE and you get to redeem your SQUARES for parking rewards - Every 100 SQUARES gives you $2 off parking.


Don't own a car? Save your SQUARES to redeem for more rewards which will be launching in June 2019!

And from now till 31 May 2019, the more SQUARES you earn, the higher the chance for you to win a staycation with the family! To participate, redeem any Marina Square app eDeal and be one of top ten SQUARES earners to win a Marina Mandarin Hotel staycation & more!

1st Prize: 
$300 Marina Mandarin vouchers + 10,000 SQUARES + $200 FAVE credits 

2nd Prize: 
$200 Marina Mandarin vouchers + 5,000 SQUARES + $100 FAVE credits 

3rd Prize: 
$100 Marina Mandarin vouchers + 3,000 SQUARES + $50 FAVE credits

7 Consolation Prizes: 
1,000 SQUARES each 


Well, it seems like I have to head down to Marina Square more often in order for me to snag that staycation then!


Although I have to say my savings were pretty substantial for a night out with the monkies. This was my total savings:

Total purchase value: $141.20
Marina Square app deal: $20 off 
FAVEpay cashback earned: $22.60
Total savings: $42.60

Looks like my savings of $42.60 is enough for me to have another Italian meal! 😉


For more information, visit Marina Square's website.
For the 20% cashback via FavePay, the cashback earn period is from now to 31 May 2019 while the cashback usage period is from now to 30 June 2019. The cashback amount is capped at $10 per transaction.



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