Nov 21, 2014

Sweet Season of Giving at AMK Hub

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So what if Singapore is hot all year round? Who cares if there is not even the slightest chance of snowing in Singapore? The festive season is round the corner and it is the one period in the calendar year that everyone in the cheekiemonkie family looks forward to the most.

But if there is one thing I dread whenever Christmas rolls along, it has got to be the insane human traffic along Orchard Road. Luckily though, one can always count on the heartland malls for great festive deals too and if you are intending to fill up Christmas stockings at AMK Hub, you are in luck - there is an amazing selection of holiday-themed offers, rewards and magical fun waiting to be discovered!


Located in the heart of Ang Mo Kio, did you know that it offers a whopping 48,250 square metres of shopping space with an attractive tenant mix of over 200 shops? All these, spread over four-storeys and three basement levels! No wonder the mall was a hive of activity when I paid it a visit over the weekend to do some early Christmas shopping.

Do you spy the number grid on the right side in the above photo? You will do well to remember that, especially if you spend $80 (or $160 at FairPrice Xtra) at AMK Hub from now until 28 December 2014. Just pop over to the Information Counter at Basement 1 with your receipt/s and try your hand at the Instant Festive Wins. Simply match 3 of the same Christmas icons and you might just win one fantastic prize! Prizes include a TAKA Jewellery Diamond Pendant, AMK Hub Vouchers, Dreams Collage Timepieces , 42" LG Smart LED TV, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and even an OSIM uDiva! The wifey will definitely be eyeing the latter for sure.


Even greater news if you are a Plus! Member and/or Citibank Cardmember, as you only need to spend $60 (or $120 at FairPrice Xtra) to have a go at the Instant Festive Win. Do note, however that the Instant Festive Wins is limited to 1 chance per shopper per day.

And since Christmas is not really Christmas without the act of giving, shoppers will be able to receive a Sweet X'mas Dreams neck pillow for FREE when they spend $150 (or $300 at FairPrice Xtra). Four designs will be released periodically from 21 November 2014 onwards, and they are strictly available while stocks last.


Again, lucky Plus! Members and Citibank Cardmembers need to spend only $120 (or $240 at FairPrice Xtra) to redeem one free neck pillow... which is also limited to one piece per shopper by the way.

I managed to snag the pink-striped neck pillow for Ale but guess who hogged it in the end?


In Ayd's words: "It was just too comfortable to resist!"

I don't think he will be able to resist too if I told him about Candy X'mas Photo Contest, where he could just win $100 AMK Hub vouchers for himself! Taking part is super easy - just use your phone to snap a photo of yourself or your kids with any Christmas decorations at AMK Hub.


Upload the photo onto either Facebook or Instagram. If you are using Facebook, post your photo to AMK Hub’s Facebook timeline. Using Instagram? Then tag your photo with the hashtag, #amkhubcandyxmas. Remember to set your photos to public mode so that your entries can be viewed by the judges!

The 10 most Candy Luscious photos will win $100 AMK Hub Vouchers each. You have until 28 December 2014 to enter the photo contest but my suggestion is to submit your entry early because we all know how procrastination can be such a bummer sometimes.


Of course, what's a Christmas celebration without Christmas shows and plenty of activities for kids? So do stay tuned as I zoom in on some of the most entertaining activities in my next post. Think roving performances, Meet & Greets, a Candy Factory House and even Magical Snow & Bubbles!


*Terms and conditions apply for the promotions mentioned above. For more information, visit AMK Hub's website and stay updated with all its promotions at its Facebook page HERE.


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Nov 20, 2014

10 Reasons Why Samsung KidsTime Rocks

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It has been more than 2 months since the monkies first came into contact with Samsung KidsTime. And if they were not already in love with it then, they sure are now! I have noticed all three of them have - whether consciously or sub-consciously - shunned the regular game apps that they have been playing prior to Samsung KidsTime and spent more time on the educational apps designed for kids in mind.


Samsung KidsTime is a child-friendly learning platform developed by Samsung with games and e-books and it uniquely teaches and motivates children aged between 3 and 7 years old to learn and be more proactive with kids-safe curated content. So what this means for parents is they can be sure that the games and ebooks present in Samsung KidsTime have been carefully handpicked to reflect the various educational aspects crucial in a child's development.


And after spending much time on Samsung KidsTime (as well as having the opportunity to sneak in a few plays myself), I have come to the conclusion that it is the best child-centric and child-friendly app that any parent can find in the app market today. And here's why:

1. Effective Time Management


For starters, parents will be able to set the amount of play time a child can play, up to a maximum of 60 minutes. Beyond this, the entire tablet is locked and will require parents to use a passcode to unlock it. Definitely great for teaching kids the importance of using technology responsibly through effective time management!

2. Individual Profile



Each child will be able to create his/her own profile and personalised avatar within Samsung KidsTime, which then serves as a record of the amount and content of play that he/she has enjoyed.

3. Wide Array of Educational Content


With over 80 edu-tainment apps and eBooks available for download, this has got to be one of the strongest points in the monkies' eyes. In fact, as you would have probably read in my previous post, the boys were initially at a loss at which game app to begin playing when they launched Samsung KidsTime for the first time!


Not only do the educational apps evolve around themes such as math, literacy, science, and creativity, the eBooks featured highly interactive content as well... which suited Ale just fine as she is now slowly ebbing into the learning-to-read phase.

4. Monthly refresh of New Games and Books


See the apps in the above screen grab that are not accompanied by a 'green tick'? Those are the new games that were just released into the Samsung KidsTime database. So yes, expect to have monthly updates from curated publishers... and incessant clamouring from your kids to download the new games and eBooks.

5. One Monthly Price



But fret not, there is no extra price to pay for the extra content as parents need only pay a flat monthly subscription fee of S$6.50. That's it really - Access to ALL content - there is no need to pay extra, and definitely no bill shock from the credit card company.

6. Safe Environment

Besides fearing that kids go on an app-downloading spree, the other culprit for a huge bill shock is usually one that has to do with in-app purchases. With Samsung KidsTime, parents need worry as the kids-safe curated content contains absolutely zero in-app purchases or advertisements. So parents can be at ease as their kids will not spend ridiculous amounts of cash while they use the app. 

Besides, parents need to key in a passcode before any new downloads can take place so this effectively rules out any unauthorised downloads.


7. App Lock Feature


As an extension to the passcode feature, the 'App Lock' feature prevents children from leaving Samsung KidsTime without the passcode. This helps to avoid binge play and more importantly, access to other unauthorised apps, like YouTube.

8. Parent Tools Feedback

Personally, this is the best benefit to come out from Samsung KidsTime from a parent's point of view. Parents will have access to a monitoring dashboard, which allows them to see which apps their children are using most of the time. This way, we parents can not only keep tabs on the little ones’ activities, but also have a comprehensive view of their interest.


Depending on the child's interest, the app also recommends apps that would supplement holistic learning. So for Ayd who has been playing games that are geared towards Math for the past week, it will recommend apps that dabble more in Science and Linguistic learning.


Over time, I believe the feedback gained from the Parent Tools function will help parents to better understand their kids' interests better and in turn, help monitor their growth in a more holistic manner.

9. Spend Quality Time Together

I have to admit - some of the games in Samsung KidsTime can be hugely addictive... and educational without the monkies actually realising it. In fact, the boys have learnt basic polar coordinate geometry, percentages and fractions through some of the games! Although I had to sit and guide them through the first time they played those games, it gave me the perfect excuse to get closer to them while learning together AND getting to know their interests too. So full of win, if you ask me!


Another thing that I noticed for Ayd from his Progress Path pie chart was he had been heavily focused on educational games that were related to Math. And the thing about kids is that they tend to play the games they are genuinely interested in or feel that they are good at. So Samsung KidsTime gave me the opportunity to pinpoint certain areas like Science and Language where he had not shown a keen interest in and in the process, played through some of the games together and increasing his confidence in these subjects!

10. FREE to Download and Try

But perhaps, the most compelling reason for parents to try out Samsung KidsTime immediately is for the simple reason that it is FREE to download on your Samsung devices! And what is even better, you ask? The FIRST month is free to use so what this means is your child will have access to ALL of the Games and eBooks for free in the first month!


Even if you do not want to continue with the S$6.50 per month subscription after the first month, you will still have access to 5 free eBooks and 5 free Apps, as well as the parent reports and safety controls.

By the way, see the educational game that Ayd is playing in the photo above? Of all the games in the Samsung KidsTime inventory, this turned out to be the boy's current fave. The game app in question? Montessori 1st Operations.


Simply put, this is one awesome math app that focuses on the key concepts of basic math operations: addition and subtraction. The app also lays the foundation for multiplication and division by introducing key concepts such as how to differentiate between odd and even numbers, and how to determine the halves and doubles of a number. The games include recognizable Montessori characteristics - kid-friendly explanations of math definitions and concepts - and Montessori materials, such as red and blue number rods and counters.

But perhaps the most compelling part of the game is the inclusion of the funny and cute Montessori-monsters, who make their biggest appearance at the monster lab - a bonus game where kids can exchange their collected points with monster parts, which can then be assembled like a puzzle. Trust Ash and Ayd to keep solving arithmetic problems just so that they can finish assembling their monsters!

Even Ale wanted to piece together her own monster, with her practising addition and subtraction subconsciously by thinking aloud, “How many points do I need to buy this arm?” or “How many points will I have left if I buy this eye?”. A definite sure-winner game, in my eyes!

Ultimately with the sheer number of kids’ apps available in the market these days, it can get a tad overwhelming and challenging for parents like me to filter and identify safe and age-appropriate educational apps for the kids. And even then, we parents will want to ensure that time spent in swiping or tapping screens is truly beneficial for our kids, mentally stimulating them while keeping them occupied at the same time.

I have always believed that a child learns most effectively through play and while I remain a strong advocate for outdoor play, I also recognise that kids of today cannot afford to shun technology. Like it or not, smartphones and tablets are here to stay but as parents, we can show our kids the right way to embrace technology in an effective and responsible manner.

Obviously, Samsung KidsTime gives me 10 good reasons to enjoy a peace of mind while knowing that my monkies' sessions on an electronic device are safe. But most importantly, it has proven to be more than just a normal gaming app because the time spent on it is only only meaningful but well-spent.

But don't just take my word for it. Check out what other Parent Bloggers, Klessis and Edmund, have to say about KidsTime too!




To download Samsung KidsTime for FREE, visit Google Play store now and get your one month free access to one of the best apps for kids now! For more details, please visit www.samsungkidstime.com.


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Nov 18, 2014

Saving a Child, One Handwashing Kit at a Time

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I have three super energetic monkies at home. Monkies who cannot seem to stop moving, playing, and getting all yucky and sweaty at the same time. 

We parents on the other hand, can do all we think we can to prevent our kids from falling ill - from feeding them healthy balanced meals to cleaning the toys and floor they play on. But that is only half the battle: our kids have to learn how to keep themselves healthy. 

And learning to keep one's body clean is a surefire way to remain healthy. Handwashing tops the list of healthy habits children should learn for one simple reason: Doing it often - and doing it right - can reduce the number of colds, flu, and other infections children get by 50%!


Proper handwashing requires soap and water. By rubbing our palms with an anti-bacterial hand wash like Lifebuoy, the soap breaks down the grease and dirt that carry most germs. In fact, did you know that washing our hands for at least 15 to 30 seconds with soap and water reduces germ counts by up to 99%? P;us, our hands smell great too!


Parents can impart these hand-washing steps to their kids through these simple steps: 

1. Palm to palm
2. Between fingers
3. Back of hands
4. Base of thumbs
5. Back of fingers
6. Fingernails
7. Wrists
8. Rinse and wipe dry

Lifebuoy Total 10 Handwash is proven to remove 99.9% germ protection in 10 seconds so one method that I taught the monkies is to sing the 'Happy Birthday' song! Easy peasy right?


Unfortunately, the reality of life is not all children around the world know the importance of good handwashing habits. Coupled with a lack of proper sanitation, 2 million children under the age of 5 die of infections like diarrhoea and pneumonia EVERY YEAR. And the sad part is, a lot of these deaths are actually preventable by the simple act of washing one's hands with soap.


So it is with this in mind that Lifebuoy launched the Help A Child Reach 5 campaign which aims to eradicate preventable deaths from diseases in countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia by teaching millions of children in rural villages around the world the life-saving habit of washing hands with soap. 

To get a feel of the heart-breaking nature of a mother's pining love for her lost child, have a look at Lifebuoy's Tree of Life video below:



Even though the video is a dramatisation of an Indonesian folklore, the problem of children not surviving beyond 5 years old in certain parts of the world is very real indeed. And to think all they need is the chance to be merely educated on the importance of the simple act of washing hands with soap!

Lifebuoy's Help A Child Reach 5 campaign has seen some degrees of success. In Thesgora, India where the programme was launched in 2012, the incidence of diarrhoea among children aged 12 and below was reduced overwhelmingly from 36% to 5%!

But Lifebuoy cannot do it alone. You can aid their cause by purchasing the Lifebuoy Lifesaver Handwashing Kit for only S$5 HERE. The kit contains one 200ml Colour changing Hand Wash (trust me, the kids will love this for sure!), a Lifesaver Playbook filled with activities for kids, a 3D animated scale that reminds kids to wash their hands regularly, a reminder wrist band and - what's a kit without fun stickers for kids too, right?


The kit contents are great to have but more importantly, you will be helping more kids around the world reach their 5th Birthdays! And as parents ourselves, we know that is all that matters.


For more information on Lifebuoy's life-saving social mission, visit HERE.


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The Night Comes Alive at Mystica 2014

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After attending last year's Mystica at Night Safari, there was only going to be one answer when I asked the monkies if they wanted to experience Mystica this year all over again.


Into its fourth year, the Night Safari transforms into an enchanted forest called Mystica from 21 Nov to 20 Dec 2014 (Fridays and Saturdays only) where the mysterious Island Keeper and his ensemble of curious creatures will challenge visitors with the Mystica Quest.


The boys especially enjoyed the kids-centric activities last year so they were particularly excited at prospect of completing a quest this time round. And the quest in question saw us venturing deep into Night Safari wonderland, while visiting various activity stations along the way with the help of a quest map.

The boys from Cheekiemonkies and SengkangBabies are all ready for the Mystica challenges!

At each station, the kids were challenged to complete a task where 'gems' awaited. Successfully complete the task - such as counting the total number of zebras in the panel below - and receive a colored wrist gem.


But we had to be quick though - only the first 200 quest explorers to collect the total number of wrist gems and complete the Mystica Quest every event night will receive a glittery gift!

Along the way, we were charmed by roving mascots like the Ravishing Raven, the hyper Jumparoo with his springy dance steps, the graceful Z-mazing Zebras with their uncanny ability to solve puzzles and the obvious Ale's fave, the Fairy.


And while you are at it, be sure to enhance your Mystica's experience by going on the 4 walking trails that Night Safari has to offer too!


[GIVEAWAY]

We have TWO SETS of 2 adult and 2 child tickets to Night Safari to give away! The tickets are valid for entry any day before 20 December 2014, but do note that Mystica activities only happen on every Friday and Saturday evenings.  

To take part, simply leave the comment 'I want the set of Night Safari tickets!' either in THIS blog post or on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE.

This giveaway is open to all residents in Singapore. Giveaway ends on 25 November 2014, 2359 hours. Good luck!


Useful Information

Mystica 2014
Dates: 21, 22, 28, 29 Nov and 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Dec (Fri and Sat only)
Time: 5:30pm – 10pm
Venue: Night Safari (start your quest at the Entrance Courtyard)
*Festivities at the entrance are free but usual admission of $39 (adult) and $25 (child 3-12 years) into Night Safari applies.



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Nov 17, 2014

December School Holidays Activities for Kids 2014

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In addition to the Christmas Shows and Meet & Greet listing I shared last week, here's one super list to cover everything from the great OUTDOORS to the cosy INDOORS.

Now, there's no reason not to bring your kids out for some fun this School Holidays! Enjoy! :)


THE GREAT OUTDOORS 

School Holiday Sports Programmes
Various dates and timings

The school holidays are here again! Keep active, be happy and be sporty by choosing from a range of Parent-Child Programmes like Aeromodelling Mini Glider Workshop, Tchoukball, Ultimate Frisbee and Children’s Programmes like Archery, Canoe Polo, Table Tennis!

If you are a Singapore citizen or a Permanent Resident, sign up as ActiveSG members and use your ActiveSG dollars to offset the payment (up to 30%) for the programmes. For a complete list of programmes available, visit HERE.

Sentosa PLAYcation!
Now til 4 Jan 2015
11am – 9.30pm 
Merlion Plaza, Beach Plaza, Palawan Beach


This holiday, come down for a host of fun-filled activities that is bursting with the widest variety of Giant Inflatables, spectacular Symphony of Lights show and celebrate the festive season with great music and mouth-watering grilled delights at Grill N’ Chill.

Giant Inflatables
Date: 15 Nov 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
Time: 11am - 9.30pm (except 12, 13 and 31 Dec, closes at 6.30pm)
Christmas Cheers @ Merlion Plaza; Candyland @ Beach Plaza; Toyland @ Palawan Beach

Beware! The young ones (and the young at heart) will be going crazy at this event! Expect great photo opportunities with the Giant Inflatables specially designed for this event! Pose with the Chill-Out Santa Claus or 6-metre tall Christmas Tree at Christmas Cheers. Pamper yourself to the yummy donuts, gumball machine and rainbow lollies at Candyland. Don’t forget to get that selfie shot with the huge Super Bear at Toyland and many more.

While you are here, check out the PLAYtent that will set everyone’s heart racing. Whether it’s the Ball Pool for the Toddler, Slide & Bouncing Castle for The Trying Age, Rock Climbing for The Active Age or the Rodeo Bull Challenge for the Young at Heart, there is definitely something for everyone! Price: $6 per 20 minutes (or 3 tries)

Fancy a photo taken inside our 4-metre high Snow Globe? Gather your family and friends for this unique photo moment! Price: $5 (Up to 6 adults)

Symphony of Lights   
Date: 1 - 26 Dec 2014
Time: 7.30pm, 8.15pm, 8.30pm, 9.15pm and 9.30pm
Beach Plaza

Be amazed by the dancing lights glittering and shimmering in sync to the music. The 8-minute extravaganza weaves together a dazzling display of colours, lights and music to give you an unforgettable visual and auditory experience!

Grill N' Chill
Date: 20 - 28 Dec 2014
Time: 4.30pm - 9.30pm
Merlion Plaza

Nothing compliments good music better than great food. Sit back in the alfresco setting while you enjoy evenings of great live performances and delicious grilled food with great company. What’s more, bask in festive spirit as our Christmas Carollers bring you familiar Christmas tunes.

Weekend Food Street and Flea Market
Date: Every Sat & Sun from 15 Nov to 4 Jan (Close on 13 Dec)
Palawan Beach

Delight your taste buds with scrumptious food from a variety of food vendors and rummage around for unexpected treasures from a collection of shops.

Chugg-ful of Fun at the Park
Now til 28 Dec 2014
12pm - 10pm daily
City Green Park (Outside City Square Mall)

Kiddy Carnival rides (Weekdays: 6pm - 10pm | Weekends & PHs: 12pm - 10pm)
Nightly Light Show &Snow Playtime (8pm & 9pm)
Ride the Choo-Choo City Express
Christmas Handbell performances (Sat & Sun: 5.30pm; 6 -21 Dec, L1 Atrium)

Free admission to National Orchid Garden 
Now til 23 Nov 2014 
9.30am - 7pm daily 
National Orchid Garden 
FREE Admission 



For more details, visit HERE.

Heritage Tour
22 Nov & 27 Dec 2014; 9am
Green Pavilion, Botany Centre
FREE

For over 150 years, Singapore Botanic Gardens has been the birth place of South East Asia's rubber and orchid industries. A walk through the re-developed Tanglin / Heritage Core of the Gardens will evoke memories of bygone days where ladies stroll through the Gardens with the parasols and long skirts. Highlights of the tour include the Bandstand, sculptures in the Gardens, the Heritage Trees, the Main Gate, the Saraca Stream Walk. Tour is in English and registration is required 15min before the scheduled tour.

Charitrees @ Marina Bay 2014
Now til 27 Dec 2014
Marina Bay Promenade
FREE

As a prelude to SG50, Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, celebrate Christmas with Community Chest as we light up the lives and dreams of the disadvantaged with ChariTrees @ Marina Bay. Themed “Giving Trees”, these 25 trees showcase how the community has touched the lives of 300,000 Community Chest beneficiaries. The trees have been adopted by donors and show how they have given various gifts of hope, dignity and togetherness to children with special needs, youths-at-risk, people with disabilities, frail and lonely elderly and families in difficulty.

A Joyful Christmas By The River
Now til 28 Dec 2014
Various timings
Clarke Quay Central


Christmas in Wonderland @ Tanglin Mall
Now til 1 Jan 2015
Timings in the poster below
Tanglin Mall


Immerse yourself in “Christmas In Wonderland” at Tanglin Mall. Experience the warm & traditional Christmas, with the majestic carousel Christmas tree and the lovely carnival animals that came to celebrate together. Gather around the carousel Christmas tree or simply frolic in “snow” in our picturesque & magical setup.

Christmas on a Great Street
Orchard Road Christmas Light-up
15 Nov 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
Orchard Road

This Christmas, soak in the Yuletide spirit as Orchard Road is transformed into a galaxy of colourful stars, in celebration of a season of joy. Capture memorable moments at the interactive Christmas set pieces located along Orchard Road and share precious photos on social media. Walk down memory lane of Christmases past at the photo exhibition located near Shaw House and held in commemoration of 50 years of tourism development.

Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 11th Anniversary Performances
18 - 23 Dec 2014; 7pm - 11pm; Along Orchard Road
Tis’ the season to be jolly! Catch the special performances and activities along Orchard Road, happening every night from 18 Dec 2014!

Da Vinci: Shaping the Future
Now til Mid-May 2015
10am - 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum
Standard: Adult $25 | Senior Citizens (>65) $23 | Child (2-12) $15 | Family (2A&2C) $68
Local Residents: Adult $19 | Senior Citizens (>65) $17.50 | Child (2-12) $10.50 | Family (2A&2C) $51


Da Vinci: Shaping the Future is a journey through the work and legacy of the most celebrated artist and scientist of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Presenting original masterpieces by da Vinci for the first time in Southeast Asia, the exhibition focuses on the Codex Atlanticus, da Vinci’s largest notebook. Visit HERE for more information.

Mystica 2014
21, 22, 28, 29 Nov and 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Dec 2014 (Fri and Sat only)
5:30pm – 10pm
Night Safari
Admission Fees apply


Step into the enchanting wilderness of Mystica at Night Safari this year-end, where the mysterious Island Keeper, and his fascinating ensemble of all things wild, is waiting to challenge you with the Mystica Quest. As you explore the wilderness wonderland, navigate puzzles and let the curious creatures guide you to places where ‘gems’ await. Collect these multi-coloured ‘gems’ to complete the Mystica Quest and be in for a sparkly surprise when you turn in your ‘treasure’. Visit HERE for more information.

Sundays at the Park
Every Sun in Nov & Dec 2014
Various Timings & Locations
FREE

Happiness is better experienced together. So head down to your nearest park and join Coca-Cola Singapore and the Health Promotion Board for Sundays at the Park. There’ll be exciting games and fun activities, as well as free goodies to enjoy!

23 Nov 2014: 7.30am - 1pm at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
30 Nov, 7 Dec & 14 Dec 2014: 8am - 11.30am at Sun Plaza Park (Tampines)
21 Dec & 28 Dec 2014: 8am - 11.30am at Taman Jurong Park

Storytime with Sara at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
27 Nov 2014; 10am - 11am
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
$6.00 per child & $6.00 per accompanying adult

Suitable for children in N1 – K2 levels. Join us for a fun-filled storytelling session, specially designed for little ones. Children will explore Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden with Sara the Botanicosaurus and her squirrel friends, Fluff-tail and Twitchy. To conclude the programme, children will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with plants that are featured in the story, and even have the chance to rock the Suspension Bridge and play hide-and-seek in the Maze. Pre-registration is required, and you may do so HERE.

Christmas Wonderland at the Supertree Grove
Lights: 29 Nov 2014 -1 Jan 2015; 7pm - 12 midnight
Markets: 29 Nov - 21 Dec 2014; 3pm - 11pm
Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
FREE Admission


Experience Christmas like never before, as the Gardens redefines the experience of celebrating the festive holiday in the tropics with a magnificent display of light sculptures from Europe and charming Christmas markets. With spellbinding Luminarie light sculptures specially constructed and flown in from Italy, an impressive two-century old Spiegeltent, a European-style Festive Market which will offer an intimate shopping experience amidst the greenery and the beautifully illuminated Casa Armonica gazebo, this event promises a feast for all your senses. Visit HERE to find our more.

Let’s Discover Plants and Animals
29 Nov & 8 Dec 2014; 10am - 11am
Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
$6.00 per child & $6.00 per accompanying adult

Suitable for children in K1 – P6 Levels. Do you know that the garden is not only a home to plants, but also many fascinating animals, such as birds, frogs, squirrels, butterflies, dragonflies, ants and earthworms? Be amazed by the many different types of animals you can find in the Singapore Botanic Gardens! Learn fascinating facts about wildlife in the Gardens and pick up tips on respecting them in nature and our environment. You may even have the chance to get up close and personal with an oriental whip snake and a monitor lizard too! Pre-registration is required, and you may do so HERE.

HomeTeamNS Pet Adoption Carnival 2014
30 Nov 2014
9am to 5pm​​
HomeTeamNS Sembawang
$2.20 Admission Fee per person

Singapore's Biggest Snowy Christmas Celebration
1 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
10am - 9pm
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission Fees apply


Happening for the entire month of December with extended park operating hours till 9pm, ‘Christmas at Santa’s Land’ in Universal Studios Singapore will showcase Singapore’s biggest snowfall as Hollywood Boulevard, New York Street and Sci-Fi City will experience magical snow every hour every day. Universal Studios Singapore will also present Santa’s Toy Soldiers – at the New York Public Library. The popular Christmas Sesame Street show – Sesame Street Saves Christmas – returns with a bigger stage for more magical moments at Pantages Hollywood Theater.

Christmas Fireworks Spectacular will also light up the night over Lake Hollywood on selected Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a nightly light show and video mapping at the New York Public Library. For more information, visit HERE.

Holiday Extravaganza 2014 @ LEGOLAND Malaysia
1 Dec 2014 - 11 Jan 2015
10am - 8pm daily
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission Fees apply


Come and enjoy a host of festive activities at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort during the holiday season. Join us for the lighting of our amazing DUPLO Christmas Tree and the opening of the advent calendar every evening. Don’t miss our new festive show at City stage which is now fully-air-conditioned.

The life-like LEGO Santa model is a festive addition to the impressive 15,000 LEGO models that feature at the LEGOLAND® Malaysia Theme Park and a great photo opportunity. A giant LEGO Christmas tree is also on display in the Beginning Area. Made from more than 400,000 LEGO DUPLO bricks, the tree measures more than nine metres high. And it is also covered with beautiful decorations made entirely from LEGO bricks. For more information, visit HERE.

Healing Garden Tour
6 Dec 2014; 9am & 10am
Visitor Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
FREE

Launched in October 2011, the Healing Garden showcases over 400 varieties of plants used medicinally. It is laid out thematically relating to component parts of the body such as head, respiratory and reproductive systems. Spread over 2.5 hectares, this garden is designed as a tranquil retreat with medical plants traditionally used in Southeast Asia as the main focus. Registration is required 15 minutes before the tour at the Visitor Centre. Mandarin tours are only available at 10am. English tours are available for all slots.

Zoo Hoo 2014
6 - 28 Dec 2014 (Weekends only)
Singapore Zoo
Admission Fees apply


Let the little ones unleash their heroism and become Zoo Hoo Wildlife Warriors at Singapore Zoo every weekend from 6 - 28 December, which promises fun and educational activities such as game challenges, art and craft stations and an interactive play and storytelling experience. 

Kids on the Wildlife Warrior Trail (WWT) will learn ways to protect and save threatened animal species such as the orang utan, white rhinoceros, and Asian elephant. The first 350 kids to complete the trail every activity day will be rewarded with a special WWT goodie!


ActiveSG Happy Feet 2014 at Sengkang
13 Dec 2014; 5pm - 7.30pm
Sengkang Sports Centre
$8 per participant

Get into the festive mood with your family and friends! Join us on a 3.8km trail along the Sengkang Riverside Park. You may choose to stroll, walk, jog, run or even blade and have a fun-filled sporting evening. Suitable for all age groups and skill levels. Click HERE to register.

DBS Movies by the Bay
19 & 20 Dec 2014
From 7pm onwards
Marina Bay (next to The Shoppes at MBS)
FREE

DBS Movies by the Bay is a free monthly cinematic experience, complete with popcorn, drinks and snacks brought to you by social enterprises. Visit HERE for more information.

Celebrate December 2014
19 - 31 Dec 2014
Esplanade


Celebrate December is an annual year-end celebration that brings everyone together with hope and optimism for the New Year. Surround yourself with love, joy and hope in this season of bonding, revelry and reflection. Join us at Celebrate December and partake in yearend festivities including music performances, craft workshops and other activities for all ages. Come, make merry and lift your spirits through the arts. For a complete listing of events, visit HERE.

Orchid Garden Tour
20 Dec 2014
9am, 10am, 11am & 4pm
Visitor Centre

Explore the beauty and diversity of orchids with our volunteer guides in this one-hour tour. Admission into the National Orchid Garden applies. Rates: Adults - $5.00; Students - $1.00; Senior Citizens (Above 60 years) - $1.00; Children (Below 12 years) - Free

Christmas Joy: Santaville
21, 25 & 26 Dec 2014
10am - 9.30pm
Port of Lost Wonder
$25 per child | Accompanying Adults enter free


Sentosa’s Port of Lost Wonder will be transformed into Santa’s village, Santaville! Come visit Santaville complete with Santa’s house and bustling with his elves running around preparing for the festivities! Bake gingerbread cookies, take a picture with a balloon sleigh and make your own snowman at Santaville! There’s lots of activities for the whole family! To purchase tickets, visit HERE.

Pasir Ris Mangroves Nature Walk
27 Dec 2014; 5pm
Pasir Ris Park, Car Park C
FREE but pre-registration required.

The guided walks are specially designed for kids and families. Explore the fascinating mangroves at Pasir Ris Park! The Naked Hermit Crabs will be there to show you the biodiversity richness of the Pasir Ris mangroves. We went for a similar walk in April and enjoyed it LOTS! See our review HERE. We saw lots of crazy tree climbing crabs, delightful giant mudskippers, cool monitor lizards and nesting herons, even watersnakes! Pre-registration required and click HERE to register.

THE COSY INDOORS

Christmas Shows at the Shopping Malls


See the comprehensive list here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2014/11/christmas-shows-at-malls-2014.html

Have a Jet-setting Christmas at Changi Airport
14 Nov 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
Various Timings
Changi Airport


Mickey Mouse and Friends have turned Changi Airport into a holiday wonderland! Take off to T3 to enjoy the view of Swiss Chalets, and showtime spectacular at Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle. Step right up to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bouncy Playground. Go down a slide three-metres high, and have fun in an endless ball pit and super sticky velcro wall! At T2, snap a picture with a larger-than-life Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse topiary in Spain! Plus, visit the sights of Broadway at T1's New York City. 

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bouncy Playground
Departure Hall Check-in Row 11
12pm - 10pm daily
Spend minimum S$30 in a same-day single receipt for a single entry.
Allowed height range: 1.0m – 1.5m
Maximum weight: 55 kg
Full Terms & Conditions HERE.
Stage Shows: 6.30pm to 7pm on weekends. For a detailed schedule, visit HERE.

Neuschwanstein Castle
T3 Departure Check-In Hall
Event area operating hours: 10am - 10pm
Weekday showtimes: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
Weekend, PHs & Eve of PHs showtimes: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm


Micky & Minnie Mouse Meet & Greet
T3 Departure Check-in Row 11.
Dates: 19, 20 & 21 Dec 2014
Timings: 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm & 7pm

Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Now til 1 Mar 2015 (Closed on 5 Jan 2015)
The Annexe, Science Centre
Adult & Senior Citizen: $30 | Child: $22


Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition celebrates 30 years of evolution of the much beloved and world famous Transformers series. The exhibition presents a snapshot of the history of Transformers and the scenes and robots of the Transformers movies in stunning life-like depiction. This exhibition will set visitors on an adventure as they embark on a quest to find out more about Transformers and come face to face with the signature 7m high Optimus Prime and Bumblebee! There’s more to it than meets the eye as the exhibition is filled with activities such as the challenging laser maze, Transformer movie screenings, photo opprtunities, dynamic exhibits as well as a hands-on zone which will keep the whole family entertained and occupied! for more information, visit HERE.

Merry Fishmas at S.E.A. Aquarium
17 Nov 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
10am - 7pm
S.E.A. Aquarium, RWS
Admission Fees apply


With daily Santa appearances, ring in the Christmas season with marine life at S.E.A. Aquarium. With fun-filled Christmas themed activities including an adventure trail for children, S.E.A. Aquarium transforms into a magical marine kingdom for the whole family. For more information, visit HERE.

Children's Infocomm Workshop 2014
Now til 7 Dec 2014 (Weekdays only)
10.30am - 12.30pm or 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Infocomm Experience Centre (iExperience), Esplanade Xchange

Children's Infocomm Worskhop is specially designed for children from 4-12 years old, to learn about next generation infocomm technologies through play. There will be various hands-on activities through the use of infocomm technologies such as interactive white board, multi-touch interactive table, video-conferencing, virtual piano and 3D photo booths. For more details, visit HERE.

Junior Claus
Now til 14 Dec 2014
Mon - Fri: 10am | Sat & Sun: 11am, 2.30pm
DBS Arts Centre
Mon - Fri: $32, $35 | Sat & Sun: $42, $45


Junior Claus is the rebellious heir to an immense empire in the North Pole, where elves busily prepare for the biggest day of the year - Christmas. When Santa falls into a deep sleep because the Belief-o-Meter falls to a dangerously low level, Grumpo the greedy elf assumes power as Chief Inventor in Santa’s workshop. After Junior runs away from home, Grumpo attempts to achieve his sinister goal: ruin the Yuletide season forever.

Will Junior return home to save Santa? Can he rekindle the Christmas spirit? Join Junior and his friends, Chipper the elf and Pengy the penguin, as they race against time to bring Christmas back. With upbeat tunes and engaging dialogue, Junior Claus encapsulates the best of the Christmas spirit, making it a festive year-end treat for audiences of all ages! For tickets, visit HERE.

Dive into Bikini Bottom @ Downtown East
Now til 31 Dec 2014
Various Timings
Event Square, Downtown East


Be Part of The Krusty Krab Krew
15 Nov – 31 Dec 2014 (except Tuesday)
Weekdays: 4pm – 8pm | Weekends: 1pm – 8pm
Want to know how fun it is to “work” like SpongeBob SquarePants? Get shortlisted for the opportunity by spending a min. of $20 at Downtown East participating outlets and redeem your entry passes at iHelp. Bring home your very own personalized badge and an “Employee Pass” at the end of the interview!

Meet & Greet
6 Dec: 7pm | All other weekends in Dec: 4pm & 7pm
Get up-close and snap a memorable picture with SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star this holiday season! 30 Meet & Greet passes will be given out 30 mins prior to the session in front of Event Square (Main Stage).

Spongy Rush Hour Bash
15 Nov – 31 Dec (except Tuesday)
Weekdays: 5pm, 8pm | Weekends & Christmas: 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Be one of the first 50 participants to pick up sponges released from SpongeBob SquarePants' pineapple house, and stand to win SpongeBob premiums and other fun treats absolutely FREE!

Yuletide in the Flower Dome
17 Nov 2014 - 6 Jan 2015
9am - 9pm daily
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission Fees apply


Come chill in a wintry wonderland with temperatures to match, as a glistening tower gleams in a realm of dreams. Admire a charming little town adorned with poinsettias and Christmas trees, then learn more about how plants adapt to survive winter on our Garden Trail.

Meet Miffy the rabbit, adorable snowmen and friendly reindeer for photo opportunities! Plus enjoy performances by jazz stars, singers and bands. You can also join workshops to make your very own snowflake greeting cards and more.

Light Up Your Christmas Garden Trail
17 Nov 2014 - 6 Jan 2015 | 9am - 9pm
Capture the dazzling lights and winter plants on display, as you light up your Christmas with us this year-end! Discover how evergreens have adapted to survive through the season, as you lose yourself among the conifers, in this round of our Garden Trail. Free with every conservatory ticket purchase.

Swinging Christmas in the Flower Dome 
22 - 23 Nov 2014 | 1.30pm - 6.40pm
Come visit the Flower Dome on 22 and 23 Nov, and experience a Swinging Christmas with us! Renowned vocalist Joanna Dong, and the Dixieland Band will enchant you with familiar Christmas tunes. Come and soak in the festive cheer, and look out for our Christmas mascots for great photo opportunities too!

Miffy Meet-and-Greet
22, 23, 29 & 30 Nov, 13 & 14 Dec 2014
22-23 Nov: 12pm, 1.35pm, 2.40pm, 3.45pm 5pm
29-30 Nov, 13-14 Dec: 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm
Great news for Miffy fans! Come join us over these three weekends and take a photo with Miffy.

Christmas Paper Craft: Stencils of Luminaries 
20 - 21 Dec 2014 | 2pm - 4pm
Create Christmas cards for your loved ones, inspired by our Christmas Wonderland Luminarie light sculptures, and by the unique, intricate patterns of snowflakes. Fun for both families and children!

Voices of Christmas 
27 Dec 2014 | 12.30pm & 4.30pm
Experience a magical winter wonderland at the Gardens with MICapella, one of Singapore's edgiest vocal groups! With musical performances of familiar Christmas tunes and mascots dressed in winter wear, it will definitely bring out the festivity of Christmas in you!

Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales
22 - 30 Nov 2014
Sat & Sun (30Nov): 11am, 3pm & 6.30pm | Wed - Fri & Sun (23Nov): 3pm & 6.30pm
Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$35, $55, $65, $85, $120


Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairytale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life right in your hometown. Featuring dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humor, fun and adventure of these spellbinding stories. Dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains, and marvel as these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that's pure magic. For tickets, visit HERE.

Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story
27 Nov 2014 - 20 Jan 2015
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 8pm | Sat & Sun: 3pm & 8pm
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
$168, $138, S$108, S$78, $58


Peter Pan is a mischievous boy who can fly and refuses to grow up. One night, he visits Wendy, John, and Michael Darling in their London nursery and takes them on a magical flight to Neverland where the Lost Boys, Indians, mermaids and pirates await them in adventures beyond their wildest imaginations. But the villainous Captain Hook hatches an evil scheme that crescendos to a dramatic swordfight with Peter.

Watch the classic J.M Barrie tale come alive in this theatrical spectacular brimming with highflying action, thrilling swordplay, magical fairy dust, and well-known pop songs from the likes of Robbie Williams, Josh Groban and Westlife given a refreshing makeover by musical director Matt Dunkley (the name behind the soundtracks of Moulin Rouge, Pirates of the Caribbean and Inception). For tickets, visit HERE.

Art Rojak!
22 & 29 Nov 2014
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.

Hi-5 House Hits Tour 2014
5 & 6 Dec 2014
11am, 3pm & 7pm
The Star Theatre
$105, S$95, S$65, S$45


"Hi-5 House Hits" will feature all of Hi-5's favourite, best-loved songs for kids to sing and dance to. From big classic hits like L.O.V.E and Making Music with the whole Hi-5 gang to sweet solos, duets and trios from Mary, Stevie, Dayan, Ainsley and Tanika. Of course Chats and Jup Jup will be joining in on the fun and plenty of other surprises!

Anime Festival Asia 2014
5 - 7 Dec 2014
9am - 9pm
Suntec Convention & Exhibtion Centre
$13, $23, $88

South East Asia's largest Japanese Pop Culture Festival, Anime Festival Asia, features exclusive merchandise and pop culture content from Japan, latest fashion trends, an unique cafe experience as well as elaborate cosplay. The I Love Anisong concerts feature a stellar line-up of artistes, in performances rarely seen outside Japan. For more information, visit HERE.

Saturdays@ACM - Supersized
6 Dec 2014
1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
FREE admission

Embark on fantastical journeys to explore, discover, and create! Watch fascinating performances, listen to spellbinding storytellers, and be an artist for the day.

U Care Back to School Fair 2014 – Where Stories Come Alive
12 - 14 Dec 2014
10am - 8pm
National Library Building
FREE Admission


The annual U Care Back to School Fair returns to nurture the love for book reading and prepare both parents and children alike for the upcoming school year with activities for families to bond and learn together. With the theme, “Where Stories Come Alive”, discover or rekindle your love for books through a variety of talks and activities over the three days. Members of the public can look forward to meet-the-author sessions with new and award-winning local children’s books authors, book launches, story-telling sessions and talks. Parents can pick up parenting tips such as how to choose the right children’s books, financial and internet literacy, and understand how children learn through drawing. Hands-on activities such as drawing contests and craft workshops are bound to keep young children entertained as they learn. For more details, visit HERE.

Straits Family Sunday – Supersized!
14 Dec 2014
1pm - 9pm
Peranakan Museum
FREE Admission

Watch exciting performances that explore hidden meanings of the designs on altar cloths, and create art inspired by the colourful textiles in the exhibition. Dress up with the whole family in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya or go on a special, themed tour of the galleries.

Two by Two Schoolhouse Holiday Programmes
15, 16, 17-19 & 22-23 Dec 2014



Two by Two Schoolhouse is a Mandarin-based kindergarten with an innovative and fun curriculum and during this school holidays, kids will be able to participate in the following fun programmes. Call 62430838 or email enquiry@twobytwo.sg to register.

December Holiday Cookery Workshops
Gingerbread X'mas Tree - 15 Dec 2014; 9.30am - 12pm
Whinsy Yule Log Cake - 16 Dec 2014; 9.30am - 12pm
$60 per day, or $100 for both workshops

December Holiday Camp
X'mas Evles are in Town! - 17 to 19 Dec 2014; 9am - 3pm; $380 per child
Starlit Christmas - 22 to 23 Dec 2014; 9am - 3pm; $250 per child

Leonardo da Vinci's 'Earlier Mona Lisa'
16 Dec 2014 - 11 Feb 2015
11am - 10pm
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Standard: S$20 | Child: S$14 | Senior Citizen, NSF & Student : S$15

In this tablet-led interactive multimedia exhibition, visitors are invited to explore the scientific and historical evidence supporting the painting’s attribution to Leonardo da Vinci, and immerse themselves in the fascinating world of Leonardo, Mona Lisa and the Italian Renaissance. Participants of all ages are given the chance to experience the fascinating mysteries and discoveries surrounding the painting, followed by the rare and exceptional opportunity to see the painting "in the flesh".

KIDS TOUR
Your child can join the investigation as world-famous Detective Emily Brush and her apprentice Peter Potts examine the historical, scientific, mathematical and comparative evidence, in an effort to solve the case of the two Mona Lisas. The tour will challenge young viewers’ critical skills by pushing them to reach logical conclusions through “detective work”. This is achieved through audiovisual content contained in the case files, along with hands-on interactive displays and short multimedia questionnaires.

This unique experience is geared toward immersing the children in this fascinating history, while enhancing their overall appreciation of art. This tablet-led, fully audiovisual tour is designed to engage children ages 6 to 12.

For more information and tickets, visit HERE.

Movies Galore!


Big Hero 6 - Now Showing
Penguins Of Madagascar - Opening 27 Nov 2014
Thomas & Friends : Tale Of The Brave - Opening 4 Dec 2014
Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart - Opening 6 Dec 2014 (GV Exclusive)
Night At The Museum : Secret Of The Tomb - Opening 25 Dec 2014



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