Weekend is just round the corner, if you are looking for some activity to do this weekend, how about some Slimy Sports? Sounds disgusting, nah, its going to be interesting. Here is why:
Fourth Year in SG
This is the fourth year Nickelodeon is holding the Slime Cup in Singapore. If it is not good, I don’t think they will be coming back for the fourth time.
Kids Favourite Meet and Greet Which kids don’t like to see their favourite characters up close in real life? This year Make It Pop stars, SpongeBob Square Pants, Patrick Star, Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol and Leo and Donnie from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtleswill be at the event.
Sport Challenge with Slime Factors Human Foosball, Slime Bowling and Giant Slime Slingshot just to name a few are available for play that day. I’m pretty sure we will be covered by Slime by the end of the day. So do remember to pack extra clothes!
Dress-up and Photo Station If you have a girl (like ours) who isn’t into sports, there is a dress up station, where they can smear some slime and put on temporary tattoos. Afterwhich, take some wefie, hashtag it with #SlimeCupSG on Instagram, your picture will be printed and you can redeem it at the photo station.
So when is this happening? This Saturday (16 Jul) and Sunday (17 Jul) at City Square Mall. Do note that 16 Jul is for Singtel subscribers only. And admission is FREE. For more details check out their official website.
If you look carefully at the two pictures, there is a design flaw in this playground though. The kids there, mine included, were bringing the balls to the tunnel and throwing them through the little hole (that explains the plastic bag in the pic). Unfortunately, any balls that goes under the tunnel cannot be reach from other areas. So they are stuck there. I told the kids to stop doing it, but there were still others. I told them nicely to stop throwing. But they wouldn’t listen and their parents are not around. Sigh.
Anyway, apart from the main structure, there are other rockers inside the room.
The little bookshelf from the previous time, is still there.
All in all, the kids (6 y.o, 5 y.o and 16 months) love the playroom. The littlest can handle the playground easily. So I will say it is suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers.
Entry to the playroom is free. But this also means that there is no one “looking after” the room during its opening hours. It very much depends on individual social responsibilities to not let sick children in and sanitize their hands. Socks are also not required though shoes must be removed before entering. The area is generally quite clean.
If you are looking for a free area to play, away from the heat or rain, you can consider going to this playroom. Oh and an added note, there is a Children Party Room next to it. Few years back, we held the girl’s 1st birthday party there. A decent size room and more importantly, something to entertain little children while the guests mingle. Booking the party room does not give you exclusive rights to the playroom, but it is still convenient enough.
Play@SG is my effort to record down different free playgrounds and play areas in Singapore. All opinions are our own.
The kids love sea creatures. Maybe it explains why they love to watch Octonauts. So I was quite happy when we were invited to participate in the Oceans’ Buddies exhibit at one of their favourite indoor playground, Kids STOP.
The Oceans’ Buddies exhibit aims to foster a friendship between children and the ocean so that the children can help protect the ocean, i.e. marine conservation.
Marine Conservation Brief
In the brief, the staff from Kids STOP explain to us, why it is important to not throw rubbish into the sea.
In the example given, she explain to us that plastic bags appear to be like Jellyfish in the sea. And Sea Turtles, which eat Jellyfish, may not be able to tell the difference between the two. As a result, they could get themselves killed from trying to eat a plastic bag.
Personalise Sea Creatures come “alive”
After the brief the kids were asked to colour their favourite sea creatures to let it come “alive”.
After the kids are done with the colouring, they can bring their master pieces to a machine for it to be scanned and “uploaded” onto the virtual ocean.
The kids were really happy to see their sea creatures swimming around. Though the Manta Ray is not a very good choice as most times, we could only see the bottom of the Ray, which is not the part the boy coloured. But fortunately , he was the only one who chose the Ray. So we could spot it easily. For the rest of the sea creatures, it will be good to ask your kids to sign off their name on their master pieces so that it is easier for them to find in the “ocean”. The girl was very happy trying to spot her “Loi Loi” fish as it swims about.
The Oceans’ Buddies exhibit is included in the admission fee. There is no need to pay extra for the experience. However, the briefing is held only at a certain time. The morning session brief is at 10am.
Disclaimer: We were invited to view the exhibit. No monetary compensation was received for the post. All opinions are our own.
Back in 2012 and 2013 we brought the kids to Art Garden at SAM@8Q. I was looking out for it last year but I didn’t see one. It’s only until this year I realize that they have changed the name. This year the event is called “Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Dreams”. I’m not sure if there is something else last year, but I’m very glad that I found that they are still holding something similar. And if you haven’t read about how interesting it is, you can find out more here.
We Built this Estate!
This exhibit contains many Tetris block that allow the kids to build their own “estate”. You bet my two preschoolers like it here as they build away. The Tetris blocks are good as they give the kids a taste of irregularities and see if the structures they build are sound. It also give rise to “holes” which acts as entrance and exit to their “home”. At one stage, the boy manage to build a bridge and the girl is happy to hide under it and act as a troll. (She is recapping and relating to her previous experience of watching “The Three Billy Goat Gruff”.) Definitely a good exhibit to train their motor skills, logical thinking and creativity.
Let’s Make! Studio
Over here the kids get to fold paper plane, do Pom Pom or even doodle on the wall! Look at how happy the girl is that she can draw on the wall. For the boy, he is not the crafty type, so he was out of there in a flash.
Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive
Active kids will enjoy this exhibit. They require you to cycle so that energy is being generated to power up the players or light. In the pic above, Chubby was cycling so that Zai could play on the “drum”. He had some fun hitting and making noise. However, the exhibit is for older kids. My 5 y.o. boy tried cycling on one of the smallest bike, but he could barely make it. It is through our assistance that he manage to light up the bulbs. But definitely a place to let them dispense their energy and learn some science.
A house made of sweets and sugary stuff? And a garden to plant and grow sweets? You bet that is most kids dream. Which is not hard to understand why this is the girl favorite exhibit. She enjoyed putting on the sweets and decorate the trees. While the boy enjoy taking them off, especially the golden sweets. Well, he just reminded me on top developing their fine motor skills, it’s also good opportunity to teach them colors.
I had wanted to skip this exhibit cause I thought it was a little dark and the girl might be scared. But the boy just rushed in and this surprisingly was his favorite. He likes the creepy crawly that was make out of our everyday things. He finds it amusing when he spot zips on the beetle body. However, the other puzzle exhibit that requires him to choose the pieces from a box and place it on the fish scale proves too difficult for him. Well, even I find it difficult. Cause the pieces are similar only slight difference in size for some. Well, but good cognitive development for the kids.
These drawing are on the walls at the stairway. I find them really nice but a pity I can’t stop to really admire at them cause the boy was always rushing to the next exhibit. However, I did manage to stop them at one and played a few games of “I spy”.
All in all we enjoyed this year exhibition very much. Maybe because the kids are older now and the exhibits are really interactive with the kids in mind. So if you have the time to spare do bring your kids to check it out. It’s free for locals. And maybe because this exhibition has been on going for sometime, I find that it’s actually not so crowded when we went on a Sunday morning.
Ok, details as follows: 14 Mar – 19 July 2015 10am to 7pm (Last Admission at 6:15pm) SAM@8Q: 8 Queen Street Singapore 188535 (This is not the main SAM building but at the smaller street behind it) Free Admission for Citizens and PR. Just flash your IC.
Zai has been a fan of CBeeBies since he was able to express his preference for TV shows. Somehow he is more likely to choose this channel over the rest. His favorite shows from them include “The Night Garden”, “Charlie and Lola”, “Mister Maker” and “Teletubbies”. He watches them now (at the age of 4.5 y.o). He has since influence Loi to watch “The Night Garden” with him (on nights that they get their TV time) over other channels. I think he finds the characters and their behavior funny in the show.
So he was quite happy and excited when I told him that I will bring him to see Teletubbies live on stage. I had to use it to bribe him to behave himself the days leading to the show.
We arrived early that day and while seated at the Main Atrium, the boy kept asking me when the show is starting and who else is coming. I told him we will see Mister Maker in the TV and there will be Super Numtum. Since we are not familiar with Super Numtum, he also asked me more about them. Lucky I got some handouts to engage him while we waited for the show to start.
The Countdown Show
Maybe it’s the first time that we attended such shows at the mall, I was quite impress that they actually have a main theme linking all the characters together. As the show name suggest, the main theme was counting. So along with the host, we sing and dance through the 20 minutes show.
Finally, the group that excites the kids most.
The show is absolutely free. However, if you want to get up and personal with the Teletubbies or Super Numtum, you just need to spend SGD30 at Plaza Sing to redeem a photo pass to take a photo with them.
Date: 21 Nov to 7 Dec 2014 (No shows on every Tuesday)
Time: 1pm, 4pm (only for weekend) and 7pm
Where: Plaza Singapura Main Atrium (Level 1, Old Wing)
Disclaimer: We were invited to the media preview of the show. All opinions and fun were our own. Look at the evidence…
The boy has been bugging me to bring him back to KidsSTOP since our last visit in May. We went back once, but didn’t manage to get in as the playground was full for that session. So imagine how happy the kids were when I told them we were invited to preview the Halloween event at KidsSTOP.
KidsStop Party Room and Party Hosting
The Halloween event is held in the party room of KidsSTOP, which also serve as a purpose to showcase their party room to us. The party room was decently big and I like it that there are two areas. So if we were to hold a party there, the kids can get the front area, while adults can relax in the back area.
We were also given a short demonstration of how KidsSTOP host a party with their “Science Demonstration”.
Initially I thought the kids will not appreciate it as “Science” may be a little too complex for their little mind right now. However, I think due to the bubbly voice of the host, Zai (4.5 yo), actually enjoyed the show and participated in it as well. He is usually shy among strangers and will just make his comments to me. But he joined in the answering and even volunteered to go on stage that day.
I find the demonstration a good way to introduce kids to Science. For pre-schoolers, they may not be able to pronounce the term or remember the scientist who found the theory very well. However, during the short show, I think KidsSTOP did a good job by explaining the logic behind in real simple terms for them.
KidsSTOP Tricky Treats 2014 Halloween
For the Halloween event itself, they setup 6 stations in the party room, which the kids get to participate by paying $5. And obviously, the stations all introduces Science concept in a fun way.
The first station we visited was the “Dancing Bats, Ghosts & Pumpkins”, where the kids were introduced to the concept of “Static”.
Next, we pay the “Funny Face Balloons” a visit. The boy watch in amazement as the balloon gets filled with air from the vinegar and sodium bicarbonate.
The kids also got to write “Invisible Messages” using lemon juice and watching it “magically” appear with heat.
Lastly, we visited the witch station to make some “Witches’ Potion” that introduces different density for different liquids.
There is also a treasure hunt station “Skeleton Bone Hunt”, but we didn’t participate as it requires the kid to go around the whole of KidsSTOP to find the “treasure”. A little tough for them as they will be distracted by the play at KidsSTOP. They also couldn’t wait to get out to play that they decide to give the “Face Painting” station a miss.
Changes at KidsSTOP
Since our last visit, there were some changes that we see at KidsSTOP.
This slide wasn’t there when we visited the last time. Loi had quite a fair bit of fun climbing up and sliding down this small slide. I guess, this will make the place even more enjoyable for toddlers.
I notice that the shelves are now stocked with more different products. However, the trolleys have been removed, which was noticed by the boy. I had to make him settle with just the baskets.
And they now have a step stool at the cashier area for toddlers, which makes thing easier for Loi.
Oh, and I’m not sure if the “barcode scanner” was working the last time we were there. But now, when you place a product over the “scanner”, you will hear a beep sound. If only they can link it directly to the cash register, it will make everything more real.
The Big Dream Catcher
In order to play at the Big Dream Catcher, you are required to remove your footwear. However, now socks are required to go up the structure. This makes the play more hygienic, however, we weren’t prepared for it and have to go back to the car to pick up the socks.
Unfortunately, the guitars and drums were removed from the area. Loi was very disappointed and kept asking me where the guitars are. She even pointed to the screens to show me that is how the guitar looks like.
Party Packages starts from $28 per pax for weekday and $31 per pax on weekend for basic usage of the room (without deco) and the party host. Of course, it includes a free entry ticket to KidsSTOP for one session. If you require themed decorations, goodie bags and themed customized activities, prices start from $48 per pax for weekday and $51 per pax for weekend. KidsSTOP members get 20% off!
Tricky Treats 2014 Halloween starts from 27 Oct and last all the way till 2 Nov 2014. It cost $5 per person on top of admission fee to KidsSTOP.
KidsSTOP now run on 2 session each day. For Weekday, 1st Session is from 12pm to 3pm and 2nd Session is from 4pm to 7pm. For Weekends and Public Holiday, 1st Session is from 10am to 2pm and 2nd Session is from 3pm to 7pm.
In the previous entry, I introduced some of the zones in the new Children Science Centre, KidsSTOP. Here are more zones that Zai and Loi enjoyed.
Toddlers are also not left out at KidsSTOP. There is a dedicated Toddler Area for them. The floors are very well cushioned and there is a barrier to prevent them from climbing out. Inside the area, there are some toys to engage their sensory play and lots of big soft lego blocks for them to stack. There is even a “cave” at a corner, where the toddlers can hide out. Or they can take a walk or play peek-a-boo under the rainbow like what Loi did.
If you have kids who can’t stop moving, there is also a very big Play Structure at the end of the main area. The play structure is about 2 stories high and I heard there is a “music” area at the top of it. The boy certainly had a fun time climbing and crawling around. And not to worry, Chubby has help stress test for parents. The structure took his weight (plus many other kids and parents all at the same time), well. So if you are worried that your kids will be lost in the structure, you can join them. A good form of workout for us too.
This section is away from the main area. You need to walk pass the main area, follow the signs in order to reach this section.
This section is where Loi had her fun. There is a little stage where there is instruments available for them to play, complete with a microphone. And a TV that allow them to select the songs they want to sing and it’s a karaoke session.
Other kids can also role play as the camera and stage crew. They have 3 video cameras setup which allows the kids to video the stage. The video of all 3 cameras will be piped to the control area and the kid who role play there can choose which camera to display on the TV. Besides, he can also control the stage lighting and add in special effects to the final video on display. Doesn’t it sound cool and fun? I wish I had these when I was a kid.
At the other side of the room, there is an area that allow the kids to stand in front of a “green” screen and select the scene he want to role play in, complete with props for them to dress up. Zai started with wearing the raincoat and acting as a weatherman. Afterwhich, he turn into a superhero and was later “diving” in the water. He insist on bringing the gun with him to shoot at the shark. He had such a fun time watching himself in the “TV”.
Puzzle and Sensory
Linked to the theatre room, there is an area for puzzle and sensory play. There are magnetic shapes at one side of the wall, and some sample pictures that you can form with the shapes. The only thing is with so many shapes, it can be quite difficult for the younger kids to look for the particular shape that they need.
In the center of the room, there is a big round area that contains many green beans and some small containers in different shapes. Sensory play without having to worry about packing up needs to be given special mention (LOL). Although its simple setup, both the kids did spend a good amount of time there, feeling the beans, filling up the containers and transferring them from containers to containers.
The zones covered in this two part review, is not all there is at KidsSTOP. There are more areas that we didn’t have time to venture in within the short 2 hours. So we will definitely be back.
If you have been there before, share with us more here. If you haven’t, tell us what you think about this place. TIA.
Here are the details (again).
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Science Centre Singapore (Next to Omni Theatre)
Charges: Public – Child $20, Adult $10. (Members: 30% off for 1 Child and 1 Adult)
Membership: $30 for 1 year (2 years if sign up before 5 Jun 31 May 2014 [I was told by a reader that they changed the cut off date to 31 May, though I was previously told 5 June. My apologies for those we missed the ‘deadline’.]). Entitles to 1 free entry for 1 Adult and 1 Child.