May 3, 2013

Tulipmania, at its blooming finest

(Daddy blogs)

Both Ash & Ayd do read this blog from time to time. And so when they read about how I got my hands dirty by helping to plant the tulips at the Flower Dome last week, they got all jealous, chanted KFC's new slogan -  "So gooood..." - and of course declared they wanted to view the tulips as well.

Luckily for them, I had the exact same intention.

And even luckier for them, all the tulips were already in full bloom!

We went down to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay over the Labour Day public holiday, and it seemed that scores of other people had the same idea as well.

Expectantly, everyone was crowded around the grand centerpiece in the Flower Dome but there are actually lots of other tulips planted around the Flower Dome and these are ones that we can go really close and have a sniff at them.

Very pretty huh... but the best of the lot was saved for the last, which got Ale really excited.

Say hello to the flower display field, filled with all 20,000 tulips specially flown in from the Netherlands.

It was hard to imagine just how beautiful the entire area would turn out when I was there helping to plant the tulips last week. So it was utterly breathtaking to see the bulbs having bloomed and the field transformed into a riot of colours.

Oh and if you are there, do remember to pick up your FREE copy of Tulipmania Activity Sheet that comes with every purchase of a Flower Dome admission ticket.

Taken with LG Optimus G

You can suss out trivia facts about Tulips and even make your very own paper Tulip souvenir... which complemented our Windmill at home very well, I must add.

Taken with LG Optimus G

And if you are heading down this weekend (4/5 May 2013), be sure to join the FREE activity of making a Tulip Clip which may just come in handy as a Mother's Day present!


Date: Saturday 4 May & Sunday 5 May
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm
Location: Entrance of Flower Dome
Programme Charge: Free
Suitable for families with children aged 12 years and below. No registration required. Slots are limited for the activities and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

For the Mother's Day weekend (11/12 May 2013), there are even more family activities lined up as well as as a 15% discount on admission into the cooled conservatories for that weekend only!


Tulip Cheer!
Date: Saturday 11 May & Sunday 12 May
Programme Charge: Free

The Therapeutic Gardens – Messengers of Hope and Love 
Create your very own postcard and share your Tulip Field experience, sending messages of hope and love to your family and friends! How about creating one to celebrate Mother's Day? Mother's Day poems written by children from the Hollandse School Singapore will also be on display!
Timing: 10am – 6pm
Location:  Exhibition Room

Snap It!
Tulips have travelled all over the world from central Asia to Europe, and are currently associated with countries such as Holland. In the spirit of cultural exchange, don a Dutch costume and take a picture in the midst of the beautiful Tulip Fields.
Timing: 10am – 6pm
Location: Flower Dome (admission charge to Flower Dome applies)

Crank it up! 
Complementing the visual feast of the Tulip Field, how about treating your ears to a cultural performance using a hand-held organ? This is surely a sight to behold!
Timing: 10am – 6pm (interval: 12pm – 2pm)
Location: Flower Dome (admission charge to Flower Dome applies)

Say Cheese! 
Food, something which Singapore has a love affair with everyday, will also feature in this line-up. Get set to taste some lip-smacking Dutch Gouda cheese and buy some home for the family to enjoy.
Timing: 10am – 7pm
Location: The Canopy (Entrance of Flower Dome)

So do hurry and catch all the tulips in their blooming glory as they typically stay in bloom for 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the climate and weather.

Useful Details:

Date: Monday, 29 April – Monday, 20 May
Time: 9am – 9pm (as per Flower Dome operation hours)
Location: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Charge: Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies.

* During Tulipmania, single conservatory tickets will be on sale for $10 (U.P $12) for Adults and $7 (U.P $8) for senior citizens and children. Do note that this promotional offer is only available to Local Residents, and must be purchased at the ticket booth between 29 April - 20 May, 2013.

Click HERE for other types of admission fees.

* In addition, enjoy a 15% discount on admission into the cooled conservatories during Mother’s Day weekend (10-12 May).

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