Apr 22, 2019

Everything about the new Village Hotel at Sentosa is so family-friendly + GIVEAWAY!

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There is a new kind of family-friendly staycation fun - and it comes in the form of the newly-opened Village Hotel at Sentosa!


I went for the media preview in November 2018 and even though the hotel was not in operation yet, I was certain even back then that this hotel will be one that is loved by both parents and kids. Yes, the amazingly gorgeous pool - or rather, pools - definitely play a huge part in that but I will get to that bit in a minute. I promise.


Located just behind KidZania Singapore and a stone's throw away from Palawan Beach, Village Hotel at Sentosa is part of the three new hotels under Far East Hospitality. The other two hotels are The Outpost Hotel (an adult-only hotel) and The Barracks Hotel (opening in Q3 2019).

So for families, Village Hotel at Sentosa will be your best bet for an outrageously fun staycation and the kid-friendly bit begins the moment you step into the spacious lobby for your check-in.




At Village Hotel at Sentosa, KIDS are VIK, otherwise known as Village Important Kids. And they are tasked with the 'check-in' process! No kid is too tiny to do the check-in, as a cute flight of steps is even provided so that kids can reach the counter and sign the check-in form.How cool is that???

Well, Daddy or Mummy still has to foot the bill but still... 😜


After the check-in, comes the rooms! There are three room types at the hotel: Premier Room (offering sweeping sea views), Deluxe Room and Family Room.

The Deluxe Rooms have a variety of views from Pool Deck, city view of KidZania or the Merlion, to sea views of the Southernmost point of Continent Asia. Deluxe Twin rooms also come with a bathtub.

But if you are having a staycation with the kids, go for the Family Rooms which are essentially two connecting rooms. But the two rooms come with two connecting doors, two vanity areas, and two bathrooms. No more fighting for the toilet! *YAY!*






The rooms are a tad smaller compared to the usual hotel rooms though, but what I love about them is the use of scandinavian decor and cheery prints on the walls to make it feel like one is truly on a beach holiday.





Also, every child (up to age 12) who stays in the Family Room will have a set of their own amenities upon request. Depending on the age, this includes baby cots, bathtubs, baby toiletries, corner protectors and kid-sized bathrobes.

Honestly, I had the intention of just chilling on the bed and let the monkies do their own stuff.


But it was never ever going to happen... all because of this.


From design, ambience to the choice of furnishings, Village Hotel at Sentosa is decorated in sun-washed hues of nature by the sea and is is gorgeous. Presumably made even more so by the presence of FOUR pools!


Yes, there are four pools at the hotel - three for families and one solely for adults.

The Adventure Pool


Soak up the sun at this free-form pool which has social pods in the middle of the pool that mimic tiny islands. This is the largest pool at the hotel, and also one where kids will have the most fun at. I know the monkies sure did!



Children's Play Pool


Babies and toddlers will love this pool! With kiddy slides, water features including a water fountain, and even a man-made 'beach', this ankle-depth pool kid-friendly water play section.



Lazy River Pool


Want a more relaxing bit to the staycation? Grab a doughnut float and let the gentle current sweep you along the river.


Compared to other Lazy Rivers found at swimming complexes and water parks, this one feels a little underwhelming - and short. So I reckon this will actually be great for younger kids because the current isn't too strong and the water isn't deep too.


Hey, there's even a mini 'jacuzzi'! 😁


Pamukkale Pool

But the most beautiful (read: instagrammable) pool of them all is the Pamukkale Pool, which is inspired by the cascading pools in Turkey.


An infinity pool overlooking the seaside and comes complete with a pool bar, this pool is THE prime spot to chase the sunset while enjoying a cool dip at the same time. Plus, you can see the daily evening fireworks by Wings of Time from the pool too!


The only no-no? Kids are NOT allowed at this pool, only adults. So if you are looking to steal some time away from the kids, you know where to go.


As for food options, besides a cafe selling snacks and drinks, Village Hotel at Sentosa is also home to Native Kitchen, which serves up a fusion of Asian and Polynesian cuisine.



The unique thing about Native Kitchen is it only serves a buffet spread for breakfasts. For lunch and dinner, it reverts to an ala-carte concept.


The buffet breakfast at the hotel is like your typical hotel buffet breakfasts. Nothing fanciful, but adequate to keep families happy.



After breakfast though, the menu changes.



At Native Kitchen, guests can tuck into the best of land and sea with a tropical twist. From the land, key signatures include a hearty Big Kahuna Burger, a savoury Mojo Pork Cubano Sandwich and comforting Bebek Goreng. From the sea, the refreshing island ceviche, Misoyaki Butterfish and Steamed Barramundi are not to be missed. For more local staples, order its signature Native Kitchen's Nasi Lemak, Hainan Island Chicken Rice and Singapura Laksa.



And as if the fun isn't enough, the hotel organises activities like pool games, face painting sessions, balloon sculpting, and even movie nights by the pool on weekends too!


Let's just say watching a movie by the pool against a backdrop like that is simply too beautiful.

Although the monkies might beg to differ... since they love swimming in the pools so so so much!


I think Village Hotel at Sentosa is a fantastic new option for families if you are looking for a staycation, especially since it is just beside KidZania and Palawan Beach!

If you can peel the kids away from the hotel that is. 😂


GIVEAWAY!

I have a 2D1N Family Room staycation with breakfast (worth over $580) for a family for four to give away!

The stay includes:

• One night stay in a Family Room (for 4 pax)
• Breakfast at Native Kitchen
• Complimentary Sentosa entry

TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Valid for use at Village Hotel at Sentosa only
- Redemption letter will be valid for 6 months from date of issue
- Prior booking of at least 14 days to arrival with Village Hotel at Sentosa is required and is subject to room availability. Last minute reservation will not be entertained.
- Blackout dates apply and not valid on the eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays
- The redemption letter certificate is non-replaceable, non–refundable and is not redeemable for cash. The redemption letter is not valid without the Hotel's authorized signatories and not applicable for use with other promotions, offers, letters or discount cards
- Strictly no extension of the redemption letter’s validity period after its expiry date

To participate, all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE Village Hotel at Sentosa's Facebook page HERE.
2. Tell me why you wish to win the 2D1N stay package. Leave your comment either in the corresponding Facebook post HERE or in this blog post.

TWO WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING!

1. SHARE this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook for a BONUS chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that I can see the shared post.

2. Head to my post on Instagram to score more bonus chances!

Giveaway ends on 28 April 2019, 2359 hours.

GOOD LUCK! 😊

Useful Information
Village Hotel at Sentosa
10 Artillery Avenue, #02-01, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099951
Price: Family rooms start from S$280++
Website: www.VillageHotels.com.sg/Sentosa


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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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