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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Learning, with a Vision to Grow

Media Invite

What does "education" mean for our children? The first years of school are as important for these young learners as any other period, perhaps more. In fact, studies have shown that the first six years of a child's life play a major role in a child's development so not only do parents play an important role, care-givers and teachers too can have leave a long-lasting and significant impact in the child's early years.

I was invited by Learning Vision - Singapore’s leading provider of high quality preschool services - to visit its preschool at Raffles Place to learn more about its practices.


Located in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) area, Learning Vision @ Raffles Place (formerly Learning Vision @ Cecil) cannot get more convenient than this for parents who are working around the area. Besides its strategic location minutes away from both Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar MRT stations, the one thing that struck me when I first stepped inside was the bright and spacious setting the centre boasts.


Learning Vision @ Raffles Place offers a full range of services and programmes for infants aged 2 months to children aged 6 years. And as Ms. Audrey Tan - the centre's principal who has 11 years of experience in early childhood education and a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education - tells me, all of her 20 staffs have a Diploma in Early Childhood care-teaching and attained the Certificate in Infant and Toddler care and development or higher .


As I shuttled between the nursery and kindergarten classrooms, Audrey shared with me Learning Vision's Early Years Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to ensure that children in the Nursery Levels experience a seamless and smooth transition to the more structured and skills-driven learning expectations of the preschool years. 


Sounds all well and good, but what exactly does it mean for the kids? Essentially, it all comes down to four core activities that the kids are put through every week.

Circle Time: A group activity that uses songs, rhymes and finger plays, stories and familiar objects or items of interest as the platform for engaging children in verbal communication, self-expressions and exploring feelings and social interactions and relationships.

Hands@Work: A hands-on learning, child-centred and exploratory curriculum that actively engages children in exploring with different art media, tactile and sensory materials. These hands-on, interactions effectively develop children's motor abilities and eye-hand coordination while allowing children to explore their world and make sense of things around them.

SkillWorks: Offers skills learning to equip children with some fundamental skills needed for supporting the early years transition to preschool learning. Emergent skills are introduced through hands-on, exploratory and interactive experiences.

Enhancement: Complementing the early years curriculum includes Rhythm 'N' Moves, GymWorks, PlayWorks and EQ Literacy which provide essential experiences in promoting a total curriculum and serves as the foundation for later intellectual development.


As the children progress to Kindergarten Levels, the Preschool Curriculum kicks in with emphasis on active child-centred learning experiences. The curriculum is planned around children's interests, curiosity and their natural quest for knowledge; leading to inquiry, investigations, discovery and active hands-on explorations through innovative integrated curriculum and project work.


Learning Vision @ Raffles Place also has a separate room that is dedicated for Chinese learning, where the children go to for Chinese lessons.


The Chinese Language Curriculum is designed to cultivate a love and interest in Mandarin through the integration of many learning experiences aimed at developing children's expressive and communicative language, listening, reading and writing skills. And judging from the kids' response while I was there, I have to say the teachers make the lessons so fun and interactive!


A key component in Learning Vision @ Raffles Place's holistic learning approach is the involvement of parents in their kids' school lives. And the centre places a huge emphasis on collaborative home-centre partnerships, be it field trips involving parents, parenting workshops and home-based art projects where parents will be tasked to create something together with their children.


Even the simple act of reading together with one's child is highly encouraged, as can be seen by the setting up of a Parent's Book Club in a corner of the centre.


I also had the chance to sit in while a Rhythm 'N' Moves session was in progress. Designed to encourage creative thinking and develop children’s confidence, the lessons allow them to express their imagination and emotions through body movements with rhythm.


If you are looking for infant care services for your infant, then Learning Vision @ Raffles Place offer them too. In fact, while the nursery and kindergarten classes occupy the basement level of the building, the infant care area has an entire level to call its own. Because let's face it, infants need their space too.


All infants above the age of 11 months are allowed to move about in a free and safe area as they build up their gross motor skills, under teachers' supervisions of course.


There are no strict timetables for infants to follow, but Learning Vision's Infant Curriculum is guided by three distinctive features:

Caregiving: this provides the context through which much of the infants’ learning takes place. Careful attention given to promoting infant well-being and comfort through caregiving tasks and routines.

Attachment: Infant attachment with a familiar caregiver who is sensitive and responsive forms the basis for developing trust, emotional security and well-being.

Play: This is central to the daily routine of the infant program. Play creates opportunities and the context for infants to observe and learn about the world, promotes important skills in cognition, language, physical, social and emotional learning.


For infants younger than 11 months, they too have their own private space, where they will be cooed to sleep.


The basic amenities like diaper-changing facilities and feeding areas are clean and functional, with each infant's items clearly labelled and kept apart.


Of course, no centre can be complete with a playground nowadays and Learning Vision @ Raffles Place has a rather spacious one... plus it is all indoors!


I think it is common knowledge that all children go through critical stages of development during their early years, and a consistent, high-quality early childhood education can have long-lasting, beneficial effects on the overall development of children. Choosing a preschool in which your child will be loved and cared for is of utmost importance, of course.


More importantly though, selecting a preschool that will partner with your family to ensure your child's healthy development throughout his/her early childhood education years is something that can not be neglected.

Interested to find out more about what Learning Vision has to offer: Visit www.learningvision.com to keep updated on its Open House dates!

Useful Information

Learning Vision @ Raffles Place
101 Cecil Street Tong Eng Building
#01-02 Singapore 069533
For general enquiries, please call 6781 0888
Monthly Service Fee (Before MSF subsidy and prevailing GST)
Full Day Care: $1,800 (Infant Care); $1,300 (Toddler-Kindergarten 2)
Half Day Care: $1,400 (Infant Care); $1,050 (Toddler-Kindergarten 2)
*Fees are correct as at published time

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Freeze. Squeeze. Enjoy.

Product Review

From twirly straws to cartoon-themed cutlery, kids love a little bit of excitement and novelty when it comes to drinking and eating. And the Chill Factor products certainly seem to fit into the novelty camp, with the claim of turning ordinary ingredients into super chilled offerings in under 3 minutes!


To be honest, this was the first time I heard about Chill Factor and its product's ability to conjure up chilled drinks and treats in record time... with no mess and no fuss to boot! And anything to do with icy treats, you can be sure that my monkies will be the first in line to try them out.

The Chill Factor Colour Blast Slushy Maker (S$19.90) was the first to be put to the test, which promised to deliver a delicious icy cold slushy in a minute! As with all Chill Factor products, there are only three easy steps to make an icy treat - FREEZE, SQUEEZE and ENJOY.

The first step was easy enough: just pop the cup into the freezer for a good 6-8 hours before use. After that, it is action time! Remove the frozen cup from the freezer and pour in drink of your choice... which happened to be Milo for the monkies. Then the fun began as the monkies took turns to squeeze the cup up and down for a minute or so, and the magic soon started to appear in front of their eyes.


An icy Milo slush! How cool is that?? Literally, and figuratively of course.


The monkies found it absurdly simple to do and required so little effort that even Ale could do it. I think for them, the most amazing part of the squeezing was watching the icy slush bits emerge from the cold sides of the cup as they squeezed. And due to an outer flexible casing around the cup, it is not at all cold to touch.

Definitely no mess at all, and taking the cup apart to wash it up was a doddle. And guess what - it immediately found its way back to the freezer so that Ash could have his Chrysanthemum Tea slushy!


With slushies conquered, the monkies turned their sights onto the Chill Factor Jelly Maker (S$22.90). Using the same principle as the Slushy Maker, the Jelly Maker allows one to make Jelly in minutes, not hours! All we had to do was to pop the Jelly Maker into the freezer, pour in the slightly cooled jelly mixture (For best results use half the recommended water amount), squeeze and watch the transformation in minutes from liquid to a delicious, ready to eat Jelly!


You can watch a cool demonstration of the Jelly Maker in action here:



Once the jelly has formed, just turn the jelly maker upside down and use the cover as a bowl for the jelly! 


You may also have noticed that only a small amount of slush or jelly is produced using the Chill Factor products... and there is a very good reason for that. The sizes and volume output are designed so that it is suitable for use by children and is portion controlled.

Next up, the Chill Factor Frozen Yoghurt Maker (S$22.90) and with the monkies being huge fans of yoghurt, it was no surprise that all three of them were clamouring to get all squeezy and whip up some frozen yoghurt!


Using Chill Factor's Rapid Freeze Technology (or RFT) once again, the Frozen Yogurt Maker transformed the monkies' favourite strawberry-flavoured yoghurt into a delicious frozen treat under 4 minutes by just squeezing. I reckon part of the fun is also the squeezing and watching the yoghurt slowly turning into a frozen glob before one's very eyes!


Frozen yogurt is obviously a great low fat alternative to ice cream so with the Frozen Yoghurt Maker, you select what goes into the container so your frozen treat can be as healthy and tasty as you decide- giving both parents and kids the perfect excuse to indulge in a heathier icy treat minus the guilt (and fats).


And as if that was not enough, we decided to try out the Frozen Yoghurt Maker with a yoghurt drink too!

video

And the end result? A resounding success!


Be it the Slushy Maker, Jelly Maker or Frozen Yoghurt Maker, I think I echo the monkies' thoughts when I say I loved every single one of them! Not only because they are a lot of fun to use, but also I can allow them to have their favorite cold treats... while knowing exactly the ingredients that are going into them, which are definitely way healthier than a lot of other drinks that we can buy from stores.

Want to try making an icy treat with your child too? I have just got the right thing for you...

GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Sheng Tai Toys, I have FIVE Chill Factor Jelly Makers to give away!


To take part, simply follow the following steps:

1. LIKE Sheng Tai Toys Facebook Page HERE, if you have not already done so.

2. Email Sheng Tai Toys at promotion@shengtai.com.sg with the following details:

Subject Header: CHILL FACTOR JELLY MAKER GIVEAWAY
Name of Parent:
Facebook Name:
Mobile Number:
Name of Child:
Child's Date of Birth:

3. Leave a comment either in THIS blog post or on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE to let me know once you have completed the 2 steps above.

Important: You have to complete all three steps in order to be eligible for the draw.

This giveaway is open to all residents in Singapore. Giveaway ends on 7 October 2014, 2359 hours. Good luck!


Chill Factor products are available at all leading departmental stores, Action City, Gift Greetings, selected Popular and selected NTUC Fairprice (Eg. AMK Hub, JEM, Jurong Point). For more details on its porducts, visit www.thechillfactor.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Children's Day Activities for Kids 2014

Kids who are 12 years old and below have got it good this coming weekend. Not only is it Children's Day this Friday, Hari Raya Haji's in-lieu holiday falls on the following Monday making it a super combo long weekend for the little ones! And if you are fretting over where to bring them, I have done the homework for you!

Indian Safari Floral Display
29 Sep - 2 Nov 2014; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission Charges apply


Come along on a botanical experience to India and come face to face with animals of the wild like tigers and elephants - made of plants of course - as you take in the grandeur of India's national bird, the peacock, elegantly draped in colourful blooms such as pansies, marigolds and orchids.

Free entry for kids to Indian Safari on Children's Day weekend!
Kids visit the conservatories FREE with each accompanying adult! For local residents from 3 - 6 October only. For terms and conditions, visit HERE.

Scientifix
29 Sep - 5 Oct 2014
Compass Point


There’s some totally fun and whacky science for kids happening at Compass Point this Children’s Day! The kids will get a real buzz out of these amazing hands-on experimental workshops and shows. Register from 1 October 2014 for the Sensational Science Workshops for children aged 4 – 12 years at the Customer Service Counter, Basement 1. Workshops will be held from 1 – 5 October 2014, Level 1 Main Atrium at 4.45pm, 6.45pm and 8pm. Slots are limited, so be sure to register for the workshops when you spend a minimum of $50 in a maximum of 3 same-day purchase transactions swiped to your Frasers Rewards card at participating retailers.

Show Me Science are must see sensational live science shows that are sure to make learning fun! Happening from 3 - 5 October, Level 1, Main Atrium at 5.30pm and 7pm both days, you’ll want to get in early and grab front seats, so you don’t miss a thing over this terrific scientific weekend!

Singapore Teochew Festival
Now til 5 Oct 2014; 11am - 10pm daily
Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
$5 (Entry Only)

Singapore Teochew Festival is proudly organised and presented by the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan and celebrates the rich heritage of the Teochews in Singapore! Visitors will be captivated by specially-curated sections – Culture & Heritage, Food & Beverage and Arts & Crafts. Children will not be left out as there will be special activities such as craft-making and colouring competitions to introduce Teochew culture in fun and engaging ways.

The festival will span an area of more than 30,000 square feet and comprise 20 vendors brimming with unique food products, scrumptious fare and gorgeous merchandise. The public can also look forward to a good insight on Teochew life from food vendors and artistic talents that have been specially invited from Shantou, China to add pizzazz to the event.  For more information, visit http://teochewfestival.com/.

Cavalia
Now til 5 Oct 2014
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm | Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun: 12pm & 5.30pm
Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands
Various ticket prices


Cavalia is an innovative multi-media and multi-disciplinary theatrical production that boldly explores the boundaries of equestrian arts and acrobatic feats. It deftly combines 50 magnificent real horses, 43 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world - all of these coming together for a show fit for families and friends, young and old alike. Simply put, it is a show like no other and the monkies will attest to that who remained spellbound throughout the show. Check out our review HERE. For more information, visit cavalia.sg.

Lantern Carnival by the Lake
Now til 5 Oct 2014; 5pm - 10pm daily
$5 (normal), $3 (PAssion Card holders) 
Science Centre Singapore Lakeside (beside Snow City)


For the first time, Science Centre Singapore (SCS) will be hosting the inaugural edition of Lantern Carnival by the Lake, where dozens of lanterns will illuminate the Science Centre’s premises. This year’s event will play on children’s interest in extraterrestrial beings, with 22 human-sized alien and UFO-inspired lanterns lining SCS’ iconic lakeside. In addition, visitors can look forward to other highlights, such as lantern-making workshops, liquid nitrogen demonstrations and star-gazing sessions.

The Nightingale 夜莺 (Mandarin)
18 Sep - 11 Oct 2014
Tue - Fri: 10am | Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT
Weekdays: $22, $25 | Weekends: $32, $35

SRT's The Little Company brings you a refreshing new take on Hans Christian Andersen's well-loved fairy tale... but in MANDARIN! The Nightingale is a joyful burst of song that reminds us all to appreciate and value the world around us. Enchanted by the lilting birdsong of the plain-looking, brown Nightingale, the little Emperor of China captures and keeps her in a gilded cage for his daily entertainment. But soon, along with her freedom, the beautiful voice of the Nightingale is lost and a singing mechanical bird replaces her. Join the Nightingale and friends in their quest for her freedom. For tickets, click HERE.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites
27 Sep - 5 Oct 2014
Mon: 10am, 2pm | Wed & Thur: 10am | Sat: 10.30am, 2pm, 4pm | Fri & Sun: 10.30am, 4pm
Drama Centre Theatre
Weekdays: $25, $28 | Weekends: $32, $35

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he chomps away on his journey to metamorphosis! Starting out as a baby caterpillar eating anything and everything along the way, he changes into a beautiful butterfly at the end. Then, join bored Little Cloud who decides to stray away from his fellow mates to go on a thrilling adventure transforming himself into an airplane, a sheep, a clown with a funny hat and even a shark! And lastly, follow The Mixed Up Chameleon who doesn't think he's special changing colours everyday. He finally embraces his uniqueness only after an identity calamity happens when he decides to emulate the different animals he meets at the zoo. For tickets, click HERE.

SEAA Wonders: Spooky Sea
1 Oct - 16 Nov 2014
SEA Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Admission Fees apply

This October, brace yourself for some of the scariest-looking marine animals you have ever seen. Discover amazingly spooky facts beyond their creepy looks with our exciting line-up of programmes and activities.


Spooky Seas Adventure Trail
Ready, set, go! With a map in hand, kids can set off on this fun and educational adventure. Through 12 activity stations around the aquarium, they will learn amazing facts about seemingly scary animals and discover why they are often misunderstood.
Venue: Ocean Gallery
Date: 1 October to 16 November 2014
Time: 10am to 7pm

Ocean Dreams – Spooky Seas Edition
The iconic sleepover programme at S.E.A. Aquarium takes on a Halloween twist. Click HERE to find out more!

Sharing sessions by aquarists
SEAA aquarists will be conducting a series of presentations on scary-looking marine animals, and how their unique morphological features make them appear creepy.

Venomous versus Poisonous Marine Animals: Do you know that some of the most innocent-looking reef fishes are equipped with self-defense mechanisms? And those that can't hide may defend themselves using venomous darts, needles, stinging cells or toxins in their skin. Come find out which are the Top 5 most hazardous animals at S.E.A. Aquarium.
Date: 4/5/6th October
Time: 11.30 & 15.00
Venue: Ocean Dome

Masters of Camouflage: Now you see me, now you don’t. Marine animals have incredible camouflage methods that allow them to survive and reproduce. Discover how they can change their skin color, pattern or texture to blend in with their surroundings, or even mimic everyday objects to avoid being noticed.
Date: 4/5/6th October
Time: 13.30 & 16.30
Venue: Ocean Dome

Baby Market Fair 2014
2 - 5 Oct 2014
2-4 Oct:: 11am-9pm | 5 Oct: 11am- 6pm
Singapore Expo Hall 4
FREE Admission

Baby Market is the Biggest Baby Fair in Singapore, entirely dedicated to pregnancy, birth, babies & toddlers. This mega baby event offers amazing shopping, expert advice, professional services, entertainment and features everything under one roof for prenatal, birth, breastfeeding, babies, toddlers, parents and grandparents too!

Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun
3 Oct 2014; 8.30am - 11.30am
Esplanade Concourse

It's a mystery theme this year so come down to Esplanade and find out the secret! 5 to 12 year-olds can participate in the On-the-spot Drawing Competition, with prizes to be won while 2 to 4 year-olds can indulge in some Colouring Fun! Event is free but registration is required. Visit HERE for more information and to register. *Closing date for registration is 1 Oct 2013.

Octoburst! 2014
3 - 6 Oct 2014; Various Timings
Esplanade


In celebration of Children’s Day and childhood, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay presents the 11th edition of Octoburst!. The annual festival is Esplanade’s festival of arts and culture for children aged two to 12 and over four days, Esplanade will be transformed into a wonderland for children, with ticketed and non-ticketed activities that will surprise, amaze and bring fun to young ones.

From a production that offers a behind the scenes glimpse into how an animated film is created (Something Very Far Away), to a huge outdoor maze made of colourful ribbons which will be created by children themselves (aMaze me!), the festival offers a line-up of ticketed and non-ticketed interactive activities that encourage imagination and play.

Download the full calender of events HERE. For more information, visit www.esplanade.com/octoburst/2014/.

Children’s Day Extravaganza!
3 - 5 Oct 2014; 
Downtown East, Event Square

3 Oct: 
FREE Admission/Play for first 50 kids* at Downtown East for the following activities: eXplorerkid, Hoverball, Megabounce, Wild Wild Wet and Zoomoov.
*Valid for kids 12 years old (born year 2002) and under.


4 Oct: 7:30pm | Event Square
Catch FREE screening of 'The Lorax' Movie with FREE popcorns!


5 Oct: 2pm | Event Square
Get creative at the Colour-Your-Bus contest. *Registration fee applies. To register, visit HERE.
Meet and greet with Enzo & Kayla from eXplorerkid!





Young Learners Festival 2014
3 - 5 Oct 2014
3 Oct: 1.30pm-5pm | 4-5 Oct: 10am-5pm
Science Centre Singapore, Marquee & Ecogarden
Admission charges apply; $2 fee per activity

Making Sense @ Ecogarden
Calling all brave explorers, come join Mr and Ms Organs on a magical journey to explore the sight, sound, smell, taste and touch of the Ecogarden! All explorers will have their five senses put to the test by spotting colourful flowers, listening to the music of nature, smelling blooming flowers, “tasting” culinary plants and touching garden animals, all these and more! Mr and Ms Organs will make sure your five senses never go to rest in our wonderful Ecogarden!

Shake Shake!
Make your very own toy and learn more about sound! The little ones will make their own mini shakers to bring home while learning about simple Mathematics. For the primary school kids, find out more about the range of different sounds and effects that can be made using a variety of materials. It’s a craft which kids of all ages can try out!

Magic Eyes, Magical World!
Eyes are one of the most important organs that we use to see things and colours. Come join us as we explore a whole new world with our eyes using simple materials to create simple crafts! The little ones will make the coolest solar filter ever, while the primary school kids will get to paint with magic!

Sense-sational Science Show
Let us take you through a “sense-ational” journey as we learn how our senses help us to explore our amazing world!

Children’s Day Weekend Extravaganza
3 - 5 Oct 2014
City Square Mall


Mat Yoyo ‘Live’ On Stage and Meet & Greet
Time: 5pm
Come enjoy a special 20-minute live show featuring Yoyo and Yaya through an interactive song and dance performance. Yoyo and Yaya will be playing mini games with the audience over the Children’s Day weekend! Also, 40 exclusive Meet & Greet passes are available after each show, grab the chance to take a photo with Yoyo and Yaya.

Magic shows with Tricky Patrick & Uncle Jimbo
Time: 3 – 5pm
Laugh along with Tricky Patrick as he selects volunteers from the crowd to join him in performing tricks. Witness how he turns shredded paper into a hat, Superman’s brief or a funny boxer and make a bottle vanish into thin air! This will be followed with a special performance – ranging from storytelling sessions to dance and musical numbers – by the students of LEAP SchoolHouse, Genius R Us, Perfect Pitch and UBO Bilingual School. Award-winning magician Uncle Jimbo would then continue the fun with his special magic and puppet show to ensure you’ll be smiling the rest of the day.

Marine Fantasy at Northpoint
4 - 5 and 11 -12 Oct 2014
Northpoint, Level 1 Atrium

Experience an unforgettable time of fun-filled activities themed around underwater marine life and fun with balloons!

Spot the Flying Fish, 2pm & 6pm
Let the flying fish fascination begin! Be sure to drop by Northpoint to catch a glimpse of the Flying Fishes balloons. Be amazed by these giant lifelike balloons as they swim and glide through the air, totally mimicking a fish out of water! It will be a great deal of fun for the family!

The Magical Marina Show, 7pm
Have a blast at Northpoint and be entertained by Funny Baby at 3pm and Uncle Jimbo at 7pm. Indulge in the magical world of exciting tricks in the magic show and be amazed by the colourful and awesome balloon wizardry show! There will also be kids comedy and ventriloquist puppet act to keep everyone entertained!

Aquatic Balloon Giveaway, 4pm
Continue to have fun with balloons at Northpoint! Receive a FREE sculpted balloon when you spend $20!

Briny Balloon Sculpting Workshop, 3pm & 5pm
Be sure not to miss our Balloon Sculpting Workshop where kids get to twist and sculpt their own balloon and have a fun-filled session! To participate, simply spend $20. Limited to the first 30 kids only.

Saturdays@ACM - Supersized
4 Oct 2014; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
FREE Admission

Shake things up on two Supersized Saturdays! Embark on fantastical journeys to explore, discover, and create — fascinating performances, spellbinding storytellers, and be an artist for the day.

What's more - Meet Dora the Explorer and Diego! Stand a chance to win attractive Nickelodeon prizes too!

Mangrove Walk at Sungei Buloh
4 Oct 2014; 9.30am & 3.30pm
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
FREE

Free 1.5-hour guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves and enjoy views of the Johor straits. Suitable for young children. Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ben & Jerry’s ChunkFest 2014
4 Oct 2014; 2pm - 10pm
The Meadows @ Gardens by the Bay 
FREE Admission


Who can resist ice cream??? Bringing you chunks of fun, Singapore’s biggest ice cream festival comes back for the seventh year, with the backdrop of the iconic Gardens by the Bay. Take in breath-taking scenery under the sun and enjoy an ice cream picnic with a smorgasbord of 20 flavours to try! Taste the newly launched Core ice creams, exclusive flavours brought in from US for ChunkFest only and some of Singapore favourites. Enjoy euphoric carnival activities and also a moovie screening under the stars!

Art Rojak!
4, 11, 18 & 25 Oct 2014; 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
The Playtent (180 Joo Chiat Road #02-01 S'pore 427451)
$10 per workshop

Art Rojak! Is a community initiative by The Playtent to introduce and make arts accessible to the immediate community. Choose from a plethora of workshops! From crafts to acting, design to music, traditional to digital arts & much more, each workshop is an hour long and costs $10! Pick and mix, have fun! For a look at the workshops available, visit HERE.

Port of Lost Wonder - BBQ Under The Stars
4 Oct 2014; 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Port of Lost Wonder, Sentosa
Adults $39 | Child $15 | FREE for Child below 5 yrs old

Experience the beauty of the Port at night, take a splash at the Pirate Ship, enjoy the cool sea breeze and the calming, rhythmic waves as you dine! Treat your taste buds to a delectable spread of starters, mouth-watering barbecued meats and sweet treats at our dessert bar! Cuddle as a family along our picnic grounds and catch a show under the stars! For tickets, visit HERE.

Razzle Dazzle U Picnic
4 Oct 2014; 5pm - 9pm
The Grand Lawn @ West Coast Park
NTUC Member: $20 per family of 5 | Public: $50 per family of 5


U Picnic returns with a ‘Razzle-Dazzle’ theme that promises ‘Food.Fun.Experience’ for your whole family! Besides stage performances and fringe activities, take part in activities like flying LED discs, Laser Light show, Glow in the Dark Experience, and many more! For tickets, visit HERE.

International A Acappella Festival 2014 Opening Concert
4 Oct 2014; 6pm - 8pm
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Botanical Gardens
FREE Admission

Come celebrate the wonder of the human voice during this annual month-long International A Cappella festival. The opening concert of the Festival will take place at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Performers include The Glue (Switzerland) as well as the TAS Children's Pop Choir, TAS Youth Voices and TAS Voices, NANU, Acappuccino, VocalBlends and many other guest artistes. Pack that picnic basket too!

LEGO BRICKBUSTA 'Catch the Crooks'
4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 Oct 2014; 12pm - 8pm
Various Toys 'R' Us stores
FREE

Children aged 5 to 12 years old will get a chance to be real-life detectives, locate suspicious crooks and build their own LEGO City Police Car! Cadets that successfully complete both activities will stand a chance to receive a LEGO City Police poster signed by a team of LEGO designers. Event schedule as follow:

4 & 18 Oct 2014: Toys 'R' Us VivoCity
5 & 19 Oct 2014: Toys 'R' Us Forum
11 & 25 Oct 2014: Toys 'R' Us Tampines
12 & 26 Oct 2014: Toys 'R' Us Paragon
*All timings are between 12pm - 8pm.

Sundays @ the Park
5 Oct 2014; 8am - 10.30am
Choa Chu Kang Park (Hardcourt) & 
Sembawang Park (Open space near NParks iKiosk)
FREE Admission


What better way to enjoy your Sunday morning with friends and family than to head down to a Community Park near you? With activities such as instructor-led Zumba, yoga and kickboxing, participants can expect an exciting morning filled with heart-pumping programmes! And the activities are FREE too!

Tropic Green - Jazz in the Gardens
5 Oct 2014; 5.30pm - 7pm
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Botanical Gardens
FREE Admission

Tropic Green features jazz and latin stars from Cuba, Japan, Mexico, USA, UK, Venezuela and Singapore.  Rich in harmony and rhythm, the performance features original compositions by the band leader, Susan Harmer.  This session also includes a surprise guest who will perform with the band!

MPH Books Sale 2014
3 - 6 Oct 2014
3 Oct: 3pm - 9pm | 4-6 Oct: 9am - 9pm
Singapore Expo Hall 6A
FREE Admission

Enjoy great savings across all English book genres at MPH Books Sale this Oct - from fiction, to non-fiction, to business, to cookery, to travel, to children’s books, and many more!

ArtScience Museum Open House
6 & 22 Oct 2014
ArtScience Musuem
FREE Admision

As part of the upcoming festivities in the month of October, ArtScience Museum is pleased to extend complimentary access to its exhibitions and workshops on 6 and 22 October. Visitors can visit two photography exhibitions, Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990 – 2005 and Flux Realities: A Showcase of Chinese Contemporary Photography and participate in a number of programmes, for free on the two public holidays – Hari Raya Haji and Deepavali. For more information on the exhibitions and complementing free public workshops, visit www.marinabaysands.com/museum.html.

The League Against Evil: A DC Super Heroes Exhibition
Now til 30 Nov 2014; Mon: 1pm - 7pm | Tues to Sun: 9:30am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
FREE Admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs | Others: Adult $6 Child $4


To commemorate the milestone of BATMAN's 75th Anniversary, Singapore Philatelic Museum brings in the first and only DC Comics Super Heroes exhibition in Asia. Don't miss to see interesting collections on display such as DC Comic Super Heroes stamps from the museum's permanent collection, special issue of Singapore Post MyStamps on DC Comics and BATMAN, and the stamp artworks, as well as rare original comic art pages and collectibles on loan from collectors. Our experience HERE.

Fly with the Superheroes onboard Singapore Cable Car
Now til 31 March 2015
Cable Car Ticket Price: Adult: S$29 | Child: S$18 (3 to 12 years old)


Soar through the sky with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern onboard Singapore Cable Car this June School Holidays and join them in battling The Joker to save the day! Read about my preview HERE. Fly down to www.flywithsuperheroes.com.sg for more information!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hospital Land @ Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

Media Invite

Ash and Ayd had a taste of what a day in a doctor's life entails last year and they absolutely loved it. Organised by Mount Elizabeth Novena, the 'Doctor for a Day' role-play program last year was such an awesome hit with the little people that it is back again this year... and with a brand new addition!


Besides letting the little ones having a little taste of what it is like to be a doctor, Mount Elizabeth Novena introduced ‘Hospital Land’, an educational carnival designed to let them to experience different medical specialisations other than a doctor.


Looking at the crowd, it was definitely a huge hit with kids and parents alike as well. This time around, Ale was old enough to join her older brothers for the one-hour long session and they all could not wait to get started. Especially Ayd!


The little medical professionals-to-be were shuttled through six stations, which allowed them to learn about the different occupations in a hospital such as an optometrist, a pharmacist, a radiologist, even a nutritionist.


Dispensing medications over a pharmacy counter, evaluating a friend’s eyesight and deciphering MRI scans - all in a day's work for the monkies and other kids!


What is the first thing that comes to mind when a hospital is mentioned? Scary place? Filled with sickly people? But a hospital is much more than that, as it is a place where medical professionals toil daily in a bid to cure and better the lives of people in need.

So it was heartening to see that Mount Elizabeth Novena had turned the hospital grounds into a somewhat non-threatening and fun environment where kids can learn more about the various daily work that goes within the hospital.


In addition, the monkies definitely learned that there is more to a hospital than just doctors. Other occupations are also important to the hospital, as how the badges - Nutritionist, Anaesthetist, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Radiologist and Surgeon - the monkies collected at the end of the session will show.


Unfortunately, the tickets for both 'Doctor for a Day' and 'Hospital Land' are fully sold out. However, there will be LIMITED slots available for walk-ins on the actual days, on a first-come-first serve basis. Registration for walk-ins will commence at 9.45am, with the last session of the day at 6pm.

But even if no tickets are available, Mount Elizabeth Novena has also set up various fringe activity booths in the lobby which are open to every child. Kids can get a quick hands-on lesson on First Aid and learn how to eat healthily while parents can even answer health questions to win a badge on behalf of their kids!


Great for kids aged between 4 and 10 years old, this unique carnival will no doubt teach them more about medicine and human anatomy in a fun and light-hearted atmosphere... as Ayd will demonstrate.


To stay updated on future editions of 'Doctor for a Day' amd 'Hospital Land', like Mount Elizabeth Novena's Facebook page!


Useful Information

Doctor for a Day
27 & 28 Sep 2014; 10am to 6pm
Registration Fee: $25/pax

Hospital Land
27 & 28 Sep 2014; 10am to 6pm
Registration Fee: $15/pax

*All online tickets are fully sold out. LIMITED slots available for walk-ins on the actual days, on a first-come-first serve basis.

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore 329563

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