Nov 11, 2013

December School Holidays Activities for Kids 2013

(Daddy compiles)

Gosh, are we nearing the end of 2013 already? It only seeemed yesterday that Ayd first embarked on his Primary School journey while Ale got her first taste of nursery school life. And now, the festive season is upon us! And with the long year-end school holidays peeking around the corner, here is a compilation of school holiday activties to keep all kids busy and happy.


14-17 Nov 2013
9am - 9pm
VivoCity Promenade

Come aboard RSS Endurance for a visit! Experience for yourself how it feels to navigate through one of the biggest ships in the Republic of Singapore Navy. Feel the thrill as you take a ride on board the Fast Craft Utility (FCU) around the Harbourfront waters. Find out more about the operations the Singapore Navy undertake, not just in Singapore, but overseas as well. Exhibition within VivoCity and admission to ship is free. However, admission to ship is by balloted tickets only. Click HERE for more information.

Free Ecolife Tour for Families @Bishan-AMK Park
16 , 23 Nov and 7, 14, 21 & 28 Dec 2013

Want to spend time with your family and learn more about Bishan–Ang Mo Kio Park and biodiversity in and around the river? Ecolife introduces the park and the biodiversity found in the area through the use of interactive explorational themes and activities. It is to encourage family bonding between parents and child through the process of learning together. This tour is conducted by volunteers.

For children between 6 and 14 years old. There are 20 spaces available for each session, but a minimum of 10 signups is required for the tour to take place. Each signup is for one adult and one child. For enquires and registration, please email Ms Shanny Tan (

Christmas Sugar Mountain at Gardens by the Bay
20 Nov 2013 - 5 Jan 2014
 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission Charges apply

Celebrate the holidays with this enchanting garden display designed by award-winning landscape designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara. Starting from 20 November 2013 to 5 January 2014, the Flower Dome's horticultural centrepiece transforms into a creative arrangement of edible produce such as strawberries, pineapples, pumpkins, watermelons and tomatoes, woven together with a magical story of love, hope and joy. This display promises to delight both the young and the old. Christmas Sugar Mountain is a visual treat that not only tickles your imagination, but helps you discover the omnipresence of plants in much of the food we eat. Also, the festivities continue at the Golden Garden with Supertrees becoming supersized Christmas trees!

Storytime with Sara at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
23 Nov 2013
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
$6 per child & $6 per accompanying adult

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. Suitable for children in N1 – N2 levels. For enquiry and registration, please contact the Education at 64719961 or through email: Or register online.

Sentosa PLAYcation 2013
23 Nov 2013 - 1 Jan 2014
Refer below for various activities

Make a Wish, Have a Blast!
23 Nov 2013 - 1 Jan 2014
2.30pm – 9pm daily at Merlion Plaza

Enter into a world of colours and well-wishes for a joyful festive celebration! Dabble in creative handicrafts, kids pizza-making, bands performances, and the unconventional Christmas trees along Sentosa Boardwalk designed by students from Temasek Polytechnic to help raise funds for the needy. Don’t miss as the iconic Sentosa Merlion comes alive and “dance” into the night with 3D video mapping on its facade.

3D Video Mapping @ Sentosa Merlion
23 Nov 2013 - 1 Jan 2014
7.30pm, 8.30pm & 9.30pm (Fri & Sat)
7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm & 9.30pm (Sun - Thurs)
Merlion Plaza

Catch the Sentosa Merlion comes alive with dynamic 3D video projection mapping, transforming it into a canvas of colourful display. Using specialised computer software to turn objects or structures into display surface for video projection, with lights and sounds synchronization for the best optical illusion..

Gifts of Mother Nature
23 Nov 2013 - 1 Jan 2014
2.30pm - 9pm (Sun - Thurs), 2.30pm - 9.30pm (Fri & Sat)
Merlion Plaza

Little Hands & Minds
$10 per activity
Engage the little ones at the art and craft sessions and see them turn simple materials into beautiful Christmas ornaments.

Pizza Making
$10 per activity
Closed on Mondays
Be a little baker and bake your own pizza at the festive village!

Paper Play
1 Dec 2013 - 1 Jan 2014
Grab your camera and pose with the life-sized unique art displays of Garden Furniture Set and Carousel, made up of environmental friendly materials.

Pen a Wish
Leave your well-wishes at the Sentosa-word block and see it transform into a vibrant graffiti art display!

A Trail Of Colours - guided tour for kids
25 Nov & 17 Dec 2013
The Green Pavilion, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
$6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult

Have you ever been captivated by the colourful flowers you see in the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden? Join in for this guided tour that will encourage children to examine selected flowering plants closely to understand the forms and functions of flower parts. Let the mysterious role of flowers in pollination unfold right before the eyes of your children! Suitable for children in K1 - P6 levels. For enquiry and registration, please contact the Education at 64719961 or Or register online.

ZOO HOO! Wild Wow Birthday
30 Nov - 22 Dec 2013 (Weekends only)
Singapore Zoo
Admission charges apply

Singapore Zoo’s 40th anniversary celebrations is ending with a big bang! Join in the fun during the weekends from 30 November to 22 December for “Zoo Hoo! Wild Wow Birthday”, which promises fun-filled activities such as token feeding birthday surprises, games, mascot appearances and magic shows for the entire family.

Token Feeding Birthday Surprise
What’s a birthday without yummy treats? Share in the pure delight of the animals as they unwrap birthday presents and treats! Catch the curious chimpanzees among other animals as they open their gifts during selected token feeding sessions.
Dates: 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December
Times & Venues:
1. Orang utan 11.00am
2. Pygmy hippo 2.30pm
3. Chimpanzee 4.35pm
4. Primate Kingdom 11.00am (Colobus monkey, Celebes macaque, lion-tailed macaque)

Wild Wow Photo Wall
Get creative with Singapore Zoo's ‘fun-ky’ 40th anniversary props at Zoo Hoo’s Wild Wow Birthday photowall and bring home a keepsake in a limited edition Zoo Hoo photo jacket for just $5.
Dates: 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 December
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Rainforest Courtyard (outside retail shop)

Other Wild Wow Birthday Activities

Movies Under the Stars
30 Nov, 7 & 14 Dec 2013
9.30pm - 10pm
Lawn E, Singapore Botanic Gardens

There is nothing like watching a movie with your loved ones under a blanket of stars!
Movies Listing: 30 Nov – Epic; 7 Dec – Avatar; 14 Dec – Lorax.

NSS Kids’ Fun with Forest Wildlife at Venus Drive
1 Dec 2013
Venus Drive

LTA’s proposed Cross Island MRT line will destroy a swathe of forest harbouring a rich variety of wildlife and result in forest fragmentation. Join Uncle Si Guim to understand the issues concerned, and get to see for yourself the many species of plants, birds, vertebrates and insects residing here. Please register your children (4 to 12 years old) with Gloria Seow at, stating their names and ages, if they are NSS members or not, if you need to loan a pair of binoculars, as well as your mobile number.

A fee of $5 per child (member) or $10 per child (non-member) will be collected on the spot. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in at no charge. Details will be emailed to those who sign up.

Fun For All Under The Stars
5 Dec 2013
Singapore Turf Club

Be at the Singapore Racecourse on 5 Dec 2013 for a fun-filled evening with entertainment and games! Admission and carpark are complimentary.

Children's Festival at the Gardens
6-8 Dec 2013
Various Timings
Gardens by the Bay

From 6 - 8 December, join in the fun at Gardens by the Bay where children will be taken on an unforgettable journey through stories and colourful characters, along with song and dance inspired by nature. Come hear about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the story of the sunflower and the wondrous shooting star, with plenty of roving performances! There will also be crafts to help the little ones express their innate creativity! What's more, they can create their own nature-inspired item to share with their family, from a Christmas ornament, to flowers or even curly birds to add on to the festive spirit.

For a detailed listing and timings of all activities, visit HERE.

Fun walk along the Southern Ridges
7 Dec 2013
Mount Faber Park, entrance of Henderson Waves

Take your family on a leisurely stroll through the Southern Ridges, a soothing sanctuary of greenery that is steeped in history and home to some of nature's greatest gifts of flora and fauna. Highlights of the free tour include the Henderson Waves, Sembcorp Forest of Giants, Forest Walk and Singing Forest.

Pre-registration is required, closing date 1 week before the programme. Programme will commence only with a minimum of 15 participants. Contact 6471-5601 or

Penguin Playland at Jurong Bird Park
7 - 29 Dec 2013
Jurong Bird Park 
Admission Charges apply

Jurong Bird Park’s Birdz of Play has been transformed into Penguin Playland, and all children are invited to join in the Penguin Party there! What’s more, little ones can experience what it is like to be a Junior Wildlife Reporter and hone their observation and writing skills. They will receive their very own media pass and the ‘Penguin Times’  newsletter activity sheet as they go about exploring the Park.

The keepers will rope in the help of visiting children to feed the penguins, and a 30-minute Penguin-razzi Meet-and-Greet will be held so children will learn more about these graceful birds. And EVEN BETTER NEWS- This holidays, the exclusive promotion ‘Kids Come In Free’, will entitle all kids to free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Just present the coupon below to enjoy the offer!

Activity details

1. Be a Junior Wildlife Reporter
Kids will love being a Junior Wildlife Reporter for the day. Armed with multiple tools such as a newsletter which contains various activities for kids to complete and even a media pass, young ones are sure to enjoy their journey as they document their observations.
 Dates: 7-29 Dec, weekends only
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm

2. Party with the penguins
Penguin Playland will be throwing a massive party and all are invited! Be prepared to get wet at this party as Senior Reporter Buddy has received first hand news about it and is getting an exclusive interview with penguin mascots Pengu and Pengy, before the party. Buddy will be teaching all budding reporters how they can be a great reporter. The party will be rollicking good fun, with costumes like a magician’s cloak, clown wig, giant glasses and an oversized musician’s tailcoat. After the party, kids can also participate in several exciting fringe activities lined up, like penguin face painting / hand painting by the winter fairy, learn more about penguins at an awareness booth, or even have a spot of fun with sand art. At Penguin Playland, budding reporters can even design their own notebook cover. No additional fee is required for any of these activities.
Dates: 7-29 Dec, weekends only
Time: 12pm to 4pm, with the Party happening at 1.30pm                                                        
Venue: Birdz of Play

3. Penguin-razzi Meet-and-Greet 
Junior Wildlife Reporters need some expert knowledge in the subject matter, and the Penguin-razzi Meet-and-Greet will provide novice reporters with the information they need. Participants between the ages of 5-12 will be given a crash course by our friendly trainers on all things penguin in 15minutes. A special 15 minute treat is in store for all participants after that – Kids will get up close to Chocolate the celebrity African penguin! Each session is limited to a maximum of 30 kids, and on-site registration closes 5 minutes before each session.
Dates: 7-29 Dec, (weekends only)
Time: 11.45am and 2.30pm
Venue: Penguin Coast

4. Upclose Encounter
Junior Wildlife Reporters will be a chance to go behind the scenes and experience what it is like to feed the penguins, in this exclusive activity. One lucky child stands a chance to stand toe to toe with our beloved penguins while feeding them their favorite food!
Dates: 7-29 Dec, weekends only
Time: 10.30am and 3.30pm
Venue: Penguin Coast


Christmas Shows and Meet & Greets at the Shopping Malls
Check out the complete listing HERE: 

Titans of the Past
25 Oct 2013 - 23 Feb 2014
10am - 6pm daily
Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Adult $20 | Child (3-12 yrs) $16 | Family Package (2A&2C) $68

Titans of the Past is a unique presentation put together for the very first time to form a seamless storyline of travelling through pre-historic times. It features two international travelling dinosaur exhibitions, "The Growth and Behaviour of Dinosaurs" which is co-produced by the Museum of the Rockies, US Montana and Kokoro Co., Ltd Japan, and "Ice Age, The Exhibition" from Aurea Exhibitions, Argentina. Check out our experience HERE.

Red Riding Hood
1 Nov - 15 Dec 2013 
Mon - Fri: 10am, 2pm, 4pm | Sat & Sun: 10am, 11am, 2pm & 2.30pm 
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT
Mon - Fri: $28, $25 | 
Sat & Sun: $38, $35

SRT’s The Little Company brings a new musical twist to this classic tale. Directed by Kate Golledge (Fantastic Mr Fox), Red Riding Hood is an uplifting story of brave Red who must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save Mother’s bakery from closing down. Filled with humour and packed with original music, this is a fantastic show to be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Grimm's Fairy Tales - A Musical
1-17 Nov 2013
Tue - Fri: 10.30am & 2.30pm  | Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm |Sun: 11am & 5pm
Drama Centre Theatre
$30 | $32

Watch this full-scale Broadway-standard musical that carefully interweaves energetic physical theatre, music, song and storytelling. Enjoy a magical world of talking and singing beasts, princesses and servants, magic and mystery, heroes and villains, where good triumphs and evil is vanquished. Strong moral lessons are learned as ordinary folk outwit and outplay the baddies.

Look out for favourites such as The Musicians of Bremen, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Valiant Little Tailor and Little Red Riding Hood; but watch out for surprises too, as we introduce less well-known but equally fascinating tales! For tickets and more information, click HERE.

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
2-17 Nov 2013
Weekdays 10am & 2.30pm | Weekends11am & 4pm
ACT 3 Theatre
$25 for weekdays | $28 for weekends

A classic Christmas tale about a stingy man, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, and the lessons learnt. Known for their quick wit and spontaneity, Dufflebag Theatre Company will have you rolling on the floor and laughing in stiches! This highly comical show involves audiences to come up on stage and add to the unpredictability. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Island Adventures 2013
Jurong West Public Library: Now til 1 Dec 2013
Yishun Public Library: Now til 3 Dec 2013
Central Public Library: Now til 5 Dec 2013
10am - 9pm, FREE

Island Adventures is back at the National Library Board’s public libraries with an exciting line-up of child-centric programming which includes fun interactive displays and special activities that will delight young visitors and their families! A showcase that celebrates Singapore’s historical narratives, Children’s Season – Island Adventures 2013 explores our multi-racial and multi-cultural society through the themes of Food, Film & Wayang, Fashion, and Photography.

Starlight Express
13 - 24 Nov 2013
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm | Sat & Sun: 2pm & 7.30pm
MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$65, $85, $110, $135, $160, $195

Light years ahead of the rest, Starlight Express is a futuristic tale about love, rivalry and hope in the face of adversity as a set of toy trains race come alive in a little boy's dreams and race to become "the fastest engine in the world". Performed LIVE on roller skates, STARLIGHT EXPRESS delivers two hours of speed, energy, 3D effects, turbo-charged daredevil stunts with award-winning sets and costumes, extraordinary roller skates choreography and a high-voltage soundtrack. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

A Year with Frog and Toad
16 & 17 Nov 2013
Sat: 11am | Sun: 1pm
Kallang Theatre
$28 | $30 | $32

Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in this three time Tony® Award nominated musical. A Year With Frog And Toad remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Disney’s Princess Film Festival 
16-27 Nov 2013
Cathay Cineplexes

For a limited period only, catch your favourite Disney Princesses at Cathay Cineplex Cineleisure Orchard and AMK Hub. Available from 16 Nov till 27 Nov. Tickets are priced at $9 each (Maybank cardmembers: $8). What’s more, get a limited edition FROZEN sticker sheet with every pair of Disney’s Princess Film Festival ticket purchased. Or get a Mattel’s Sparkling Princess with a min. of 6 Disney’s Princess Film Festival tickets purchased. Visit for more information.

Traditional Malay Games: Let's Play!
19 & 26 Nov, 3 & 10 Dec 2013
11am - 11.45 am & 2pm - 2.45pm
Malay Heritage Centre
Free Admission

Learn more about traditional Malay games at the Malay HeritageCentre! Learn skills you will need for the wau(traditional Malay kites), main lereng (wheel spinning),congkak (traditional Malay board game), batuserembat (five stones) and more! This 45-mins workshop willalso invite participants to create and bring home their owntraditional games through fun craft activities. Walk-ins are welcome

Jack and The Bean-Sprout
21 Nov - 14 Dec 2013
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm | Sat & Sun: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Drama Centre Theatre
Tue - Thu & Sun: $70, $60, $45
Sat & Sun (2.30pm), Fri & Sat (7.30pm): $75, $65, $50

W!LD RICE proudly presents, Jack & the Bean-Sprout!, a brand new musical-comedy-pantomime about dreams, a mother's love, and the perils of gambling. With side-splitting gags, catchy songs, snazzy dance routines, outrageous costumes, fabulous sets and rowdy audience participation, Jack & the Bean-Sprout! promises to catapult you to Cloud Nine for the holiday season and laughing well into the New Year! For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Thomas and Friends: King of the Railway Exclusive Screening 
From 23 Nov 2013
Cathay Cineplexes

Join Thomas & Friends as they embark on a legendary movie adventure! The steam team’s quest begins when a special guest arrives on Sodor with a big surprise and important jobs for Thomas, Percy and James. The engines meet new friends and discover suits of armor; coats of arms and legends of long-ago heroes. Then their bravery is put to the test when their new friend Stephen goes missing. Will Thomas find him in time? Will the engines discover the truth about the Island of Sodor’s biggest mystery? It’s a crusade of knightly proportions for Thomas & Friends in this epic movie! Visit HERE for more information.

ZOUK Flea & Easy and ZOUKIDISCO!
24 Nov 2013
ZOUK Disco

Flea & Easy is back this November and promises to be a massive showcase of some of the island’s finest designers and lifestyle enhancers. Come ready to have your 5 senses stimulated in the most pleasant way possible!

Prefer to boogie with your babies to some bouncy beats? Folks, come shimmy the afternoon away at ZOUKIDISCO!, a day-time dance party for you and your kids! Expect a whole lot more than just dancing; there will be loads of family-friendly surprises and activities in store for everyone!

ZOUK Flea & Easy
2-7pm, Free Admission

Session 1: 2-4pm, Session 2: 4.30-6.30pm
Tickets go at $8 per pax (inclusive of one standard non-alcoholic drinks) and can be purchased HERE. Only kids from 1-9 years of age and their friends or family are allowed entry.

The Singapore Teddy Bear Show 2013
23 & 24 Nov 2013
10am - 5pm
Visitors Centre @ Drama Centre
Free Admission

2013 marks the sixth year of hosting The Singapore Teddy Bear Show. In celebration of this remarkable milestone, we are privileged to have guest artist, Anna Filatova from Russia joining the event this year. This year show will also feature the latest collections from USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore in a brand new location at Drama Centre, National Library Building. There will be lots of craft and d├ęcor supplies on sales plus hundreds of teddy bears to adopt. And, don’t forget to bring your teddy bears along too!

Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show
26 Nov - 1 Dec 2013
Tue - Fri: 3pm & 6.45pm | Sat: 11am, 3pm & 6.45pm | Sun: 11.30am, 3pm & 6.30pm
MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$35, $55, $65, 85

Abracadabra! It's Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show ! Mickey, Minnie and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin's Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald and Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and many more for a one-of-a-kind stage show you’ll never forget. Mickey's Magic Show is a whole new way to experience Disney Magic with your family! For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Disney's Frozen
From 28 Nov 2013
Cinemas islandwide

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

The Nutcracker by Singapore Dance Theatre
4 - 8 Dec 2013
Wed - Sat: 8pm | Sat & Sun: 1pm | Sun: 7pm
Esplanade Theatre
$30, $50, $70

This magical Christmas season, SDT will bring to stage the world's favourite and most famous ballet - The Nutcracker, performed at The Esplanade Theatre. This version, first staged in 2011, is set in the pre WWI, turn of the century Shanghai, and features your favourite characters - Clara, the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier, who will dance their way into your heart.

7 Dec 2013
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free for Singaporeans and PRs 

Enjoy art from a different perspective through engaging tours, and explore ACM's Cabinet of Curiosities to get up close and personal with its handling collection. Create and bring home a craft inspired by the Devotion and Desire exhibition. This programme is suitable for children between 7 and 12 years old. Tours are at 3pm and 4pm. Please gather at the Lobby (Level 1) 10 minutes before each tour.

Care For My World – Musical Show 2013 
7 Dec 2013
SHINE Auditorium at Shaw Tower
$19, $28, $38, $45

Care For My World is a fun filled musical and educational show for children and families. You will laugh, sing and learn as Brendon, Cathie and Pio Pio show you how you can make a difference to your environment, your habitat and to people in your world. Join them in this entertaining and interactive programme as they encourage you to make good choices to help care for our planet, and for people, for now and for future generations. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Hi-5 House Party
20-22 Dec 2013
Fri: 3pm & 6.45pm | Sat - Sun: 11am, 3pm & 6.45pm
MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$45, $65, $95, $105

Get ready to ring the bell of Hi-5's new happy house, as the gang transports you to the most fun filled place in the world - their fabulous new "Hi-5 House Party"! The newly created show features Stevie, Lauren, and Dayen as they welcome their newest Hi-5 friends Mary and Ainsley, to a dance party extravaganza with lots of music, party games and non-stop dancing. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Merry Maritime @Singapore Maritime Gallery
21 - 29 Dec 2013
Various Timings
Refer to poster below for more information

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Christy said...

I always look forward to your compilation! Thanks again!

Christy said...

By the way, I have just shared your link on my fb page :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info.

Cascia Talbert said...

Looks like you have a lot of fun activities planned! Don't you just love the Holidays?

Cheekiemonkies said...

Thanks all for dropping by! Glad the list has been useful! :)

~Summer~ said...

Great list! How nice of you to compile everything into an easy list for us to refer to, thanks much! =)

Cheekiemonkies said...

Hi Summer,

No worries at all! Glad that it is of help! :)

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