Apr 23, 2014

Let's go Dutch at Tulipmania 2014

(Daddy blogs)

Over the past week, the feeds on your Facebook, Instagram and other social media accounts must have been inundated with tons and tons of tulip photos. Which is hardly surprising, considering that the success of last year's Tulipmania was extremely well-received. 

So for this year, Tulipmania had returned to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay... with more tulips on display than last year!

And judging from the crowd over last weekend, I think it is safe to say that Tulipmania is Gardens by the Bay's most popular flower display. Ever.

Billed as Asia's biggest tulip display and inspired by Madurodam - a miniature park and tourist attraction in the Netherlands - the centrepiece depicts Dutch canal scenes, houses and windmills set amidst spectacular blooms of tulips and hyacinths. Of course, the star of the display will be the 50,000 tulips bulbs of assorted varieties flown in from the Netherlands, in a myriad of colours including red, yellow, orange, purple and white.

Previously, only Ale and I had the chance to do some tulip-planting of our own... which obviously made the boys terribly envious. And with the wifey loving all things tulips (and Miffy), a trip down to the Flower Dome was always on the cards.

Suffice to say, everyone loved the colourful tulip display... so I shall just let my photos do the talking.

If you ask me, one can never get bored looking at these tulips. And here is a further piece of evidence that everyone - young and old - loves the tulip display: Tulipmania is by far the only flower display that both Ash and Ayd did not clamour to leave after a period of time.

During our previous visits to the other flower displays in the Flower Dome, the boys grew incredibly restless and bored after 15 minutes. This time around though, we hung around within the dome for more than an hour and they still didn't mutter a single complaint.

Thanks to all these pretty flowers blooming for you and me, I'm sure.

For Ale, she was looking forward to another kind of attraction.

Yes, Miffy it was. An Easter Egg Hunt with Miffy was held over last weekend because what better way to spend the Easter weekend than to hunt for some chocolate eggs hidden withing the Flower Dome... with the monkies' SengkangBabies buddies, no less!

Photo Credit: SemgkangBabies

Actually, I think the air-conditioned comfort also helped alleviate the fun too. Or at least it did for me.

Photo Credit: SemgkangBabies

It looked like everyone was utterly happy with their loot then.

And equally happy were these scores of people, who managed to snag a photo with the popular Miffy.

If you have missed the chance to say hello to Miffy, your FINAL chance to do so is THIS SATURDAY (26 April 2014). Miffy will be making her last appearance in Singapore in the Flower Dome at the following timings: 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

And in celebration of all things Dutch, Gardens by the Bay will be organising Tulip Cheer where there will be lots of performances and activities that will showcase the Dutch culture, including savouring of  Dutch Gouda cheese! Here are a listing of activities to expect:

TULIP CHEER (26 and 27 April 2014)

Crank it up! 
Venue: Mediterranean Garden
Time: 10am - 6pm (First 20 minutes of each hour; break from 12pm - 1pm)
To complement the visual feast of the Tulip Field, treat your ears to a performance using a hand-held organ, for an aural bliss!

Say Cheese!
Venue: Entrance of Flower Dome
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Food is something that Singaporeans have a love affair with every day. So get set to taste some lip-smacking Dutch Gouda cheese and buy some home for the family to enjoy!

Game On!
Venue: The Canopy
Time: 10am - 6pm
Come watch demonstrations of the popular Dutch board game, Sjoelen.

The Therapeutic Gardens
Venue: The Canopy
Time: 10am - 6pm
An interactive art activity for all, come create your own artwork inspired by the Tulipmania floral display!

We will definitely be paying Tulipmania a final visit before it ends on 4 May!

Useful Details

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
14 Apr - 4 May 2014
9am - 9pm
Admission charges apply. Click HERE for rates.
*Special Senior Citizens Discount for Tulipmaina: 50% discount off Senior Citizen Local Resident ticket to the Flower Dome only (UP. $8/Senior Citizen)

Visitors to the Flower Dome will receive a Miffy postcard as a souvenir. Collect yours as you enter the Flower Dome, while stocks last.

For more details, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/the-gardens/whats-on/calendar-of-event/tulipmania-floral-display-details.html

Related Activities

Tulipmania Garden Trail
Learn more about the world of bulbs in this very special Garden Trail, Tulipmania, and stand a chance to walk away with a souvenir, while stocks last! This Garden Trail is part of the Tulipmania floral display. Trail map is free and available (while stocks last) with every conservatories ticket purchased.

KLM brings Miffy to Singapore Campaign
Want to win exclusive KLM Miffy merchandise and Tulipmania tickets? Keep your eyes peeled at KLM Singapore's Facebook page where you can answer questions about Miffy’s adventures in Singapore and stand to win fantastic prizes!

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