Full-time jobs, ferrying the kids to and back from school and quite simply, a perpetual feeling of an inadequate amount of time everyday. Sounds familiar? I am sure all parents strive to be the world's best mothers and fathers but at the same time, feel guilty about not spending that one-on-one time with their kids.
I too, feel the same way as well but it is important to remember nobody is perfect. And while time is indeed sparse, that makes the moments with your child even more important. I know it may be easier said than done to slow down our hectic days to make room for these moments, but it is better than missing the opportunity to be a real part of our kids' growing up years.
And with 2014 being International Year of the Family, it is apt that the previously-named National Family Celebrations event is refreshed with a brand new format, extending the month-long festivities to a year-long affair!
Renamed as the Families for Life Celebrations, the theme for this year's celebrations is 'Family Time. Precious Time.' where it aims to provide a platform for multi-generational families to spend precious time together and participate in family-oriented activities. Yes, not only with our kids but together with our own parents too!
And what better excuse to spend some quality time with everyone in the family than to head on down to the inaugural Families for Life Celebrations carnival this weekend (13 & 14 Sep 2014) at the Singapore Sports Hub!
Families can expect a diverse line-up of FREE activities from family bonding activities to adrenaline-pumping sports tryouts, including kayaking and rick-climbing. Activities that I am sure will have my monkies leaping for joy!
So yes, no prizes for guessing where we will be this weekend then... especially after I had shown the monkies what are some of the free activities that they will be able to partake in:
Enjoy some family-friendly entertainment with the family with a free movie screening under the stars. The first 600 participants will receive free snacks!
13 Sep (Sat), 8pm: Despicable Me
14 Sep (Sun), 7.30pm: Despicable Me 2
Segway Fun Rides*, 3pm – 9pm (Sat & Sun)
Hop on the Segway Personal Transporter (PT) for a free introductory experience on this futuristic mobility device. An exciting experience for everyone! *Minimum height of 105cm & Maximum weight 120kg
Kayaking, 3pm – 7pm (Sat & Sun)
Always wanted to try out kayaking? These free kayaking tryouts are perfect for families to learn some basic kayaking skills and have a blast!
Rock Climbing, 3pm – 9.30pm (Sat & Sun)
For families looking to try something new, rock climbing is a great way to scale new heights and have fun bonding at the same time. This free tryout session is suitable for beginners and makes for an unforgettable experience.
Stage Performances (Sat & Sun)
Be entertained by our exciting line-up of stage performances and activities, highlights include the viral sensation Grandma Mary – a 78-year-old rocker grandmother, as well as a unique father-and-son mask changing and magic puppet show!
And Family will be it.
Families for Life Celebrations 2014
13 & 14 Sep 2014; 3pm - 9.30pm
Singapore Sports Hub
Nearest MRT: Stadium MRT (CC6 on Circle Line)
Bus Services: 10, 11, 14, 16, 70, 70M, 196
*As congestion is expected due to the high volume of event-goers, families are encouraged to take public transport to the event.
For more information, visit www.familiesforlife.sg/celebrations