{Giveaway} ACT 3i Festival for Children | Theatre Performances, Visual Arts, Conviviality Sessions

ACT 3i Festival for Children

ACT 3 International, Singapore’s leading Arts company for the young, is proud to announce the launch of a brand new ACT 3i Festival for Children dedicated to children from 2 to 12 years old.  Happening daily from 24 May to 5 June 2016 at the centrally-located Drama Centre, ACT 3i Festival for Children is the latest brainchild of experienced festival creative producers ACT 3 International, who are stalwarts in this arena.

ACT 3i Festival for Children

You can expect original, exquisite, high quality and awe-inspiring theatrical works from Singapore, Italy, Sweden, Argentina, the U.K and Canada, an artfully curated visual arts programme, as well as Conviviality Sessions led by Children’s Theatre artists that are aimed at educators and parents at the festival.  ACT 3i Festival for Children aims to be the frontrunner in arts enrichment for the young.  The ultimate aim of this festival is to give young audiences a unique and memorable experience that is different from broad-based children’s entertainment to enrich their lives through Arts and Culture.

More information is available on http://act3international.com.sg/act3ifestival/ where there will be regular updates.  Here’s a summary of the festival highlights for your selection :-

1. All On A Summer’s Day

24 – 28 May 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am & 3pm) / Sat (1030am) | Drama Centre – Theatre | 7 to 12 yo | 1 hr, no interval

All on a summer day ticket

Written and directed by notable Children’s Theatre director and writer Vicky Ireland, this festival opener with a local cast is all ready to charm audiences with a tongue-in-cheek adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean classic.  With a blend of Shakespearean and modern language, this production is an ingenious way to introduce Shakespeare to children.  2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

ACT 3i Festival for Children All On A Summer's Day

2. The Steadfast Tin Soldier

24 to 29 May 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (11am & 3pm) | Drama Centre – Blackbox | 4 to 12 yo | 1 hr, no interval

The Tin Soldier Tickets

With a magical interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, renowned Argentinian puppeteer Omar Alvarez Titeres will bring us into the beautiful story of adventure, courage and love.  Follow the tin soldier on his journey back to the girl of his dreams and final destiny in this amazing production.

ACT 3i Festival for Children The Steadfast Tin Soldier

3. Snow White

24 to 29 May 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (1030am & 2pm) | Drama Centre – Visitor Centre | 4 to 8yo | 1 hour, no interval

Tickets for The Tin Soldier, Snow White

Live a fairy tale story through this sharp and well-paced adaption of the original script.  There is never a dull moment at a DuffleBag production, where new adaptations of fairy tales and Shakespearean classics meet plenty of humour and with a dramatic twist at the end.  Be prepared for an extremely interactive and engaging performance that is full of surprises and fun!

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4. Marmalade

31 May to 5 June 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (10am & 4pm) | Drama Centre – Black Box | 2 to 6 yo | 40 min, no interval

Tickets for The Tin Soldier, Snow White, Marmalade

A deliciously tactile performance that blends poetic movements with circus-based actions by choreographer Claire Parsons and juggler Viktor Gyllenberg, Marmalade will be a feast of comedy and emotional experimentation and visionary thinking.  Marmalade was performed more than 300 times in sold-out tours in Sweden since its premiere in September 2013. This will be their first time in Singapore.

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5. Hanà e Momò

31 May to 5 June 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (11am & 4pm) | Drama Centre – Visitor Centre | 3 to 8 yo | 1 hr, no interval

Tickets for The Tin Soldier, Snow White, Marmalade, Hanà and Momò

With simple and natural materials such as sand, paper, wood and bamboo to symbolise different characters, audiences are invited to enter the childhood world of two friends – Hanà and Momò, who began their friendship as rivals.  In the unique setting with a circular space of sand, audiences get to sit up very close with the imaginative play and surprise.  Freely adapted from the book Fairy Tale of Love by Hermann Hesse, it hints on the importance of happiness when doing things together.

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6. Awake LOVE Orchestra

31 May to 5 June 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (11am) | Drama Centre – Theatre | 4 yo & above | 1 hr, no interval

Tickets for All On A Summer Day, Awake LOVE Orchestra

An ensemble of performers and creative innovators made up of vocals and a variety of string and percussion instruments will transport audiences on a musical journey across Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and the U.S..  The fusion of folk melodies with a contemporary groove is a brilliant avenue for children to learn about the beauty and diversity of the Arts.

7. Conviviality Sessions

25 May to 5 June 2016 | Drama Centre – Various Locations | From $30 per parent-and-child pair

A series of workshops led by artistes of the various productions above has been organised for parent-and-child groups on weekends.  These sharing-and-learning sessions aim to empower parents with the skills in creative parenting, artistic engagement and value-adding towards child development.

Reservations and payment – Book via ACT 3 International’s online booking system at http://act3international.com.sg/ (starting from end April ’16), OR call 6735 9986 to enquire and reserve.

8. Sweet

28 May to 5 June 2016 | 10.30am OR 3.30pm | ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard | 4 to 8 yo | $35 per child | 2 hrs

ACT 3i Festival for Children Sweet

Sweet is an interactive drop-off workshop comprising of multi-sensory creative process.  Centred around the story of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweet will feature elements of storytelling, creative art-making, improvisation and even gelato-making.

About ACT 3i Festival for Children

Dates: 24 May to 5 June 2016

Venue: Drama Centre (Theatre, Black Box and Visitors Centre) @ 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building (Map)

Information: (65) 6735 9986 or www.act3international.com.sg

BOOKING DETAILS
By internet: SISTIC, credit card payment only
By phone: SISTIC Hotline 6348 5555, credit card payment only
In Person: At authorised SISTIC agents
At the door: Available at venue an hour before start time, at full price. Cash payment only

DISCOUNTS
Discounts applicable for all shows from 1 April 2016 onwards
15% Current ACT 3 Drama Academy students
15% For a minimum of 12 tickets in the same transaction to the same show and time
10% OCBC Child Development Account (CDA) Holders and Mighty Savers members
10% when 2 shows are booked
15% when 3 or more shows are booked

Giveaway

Thanks to our sponsors, we have a SET of FOUR (4) tickets for our readers.  There will only be ONE (1) winner for the tickets to All On A Summer’s Day, presented by ACT 3 International.  Show Date is 28 May ’16 at 1030am.  So bring along your family for a great day of entertaining music and drama!  Just click on the image below to take part.  Do follow the instructions below to take part for your chance to win!

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Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 23 April 2016, Saturday at 0000 hrs.
  • Collection will be at the box office of Drama Centre, Level 3, 30 minutes before show time.
  • Winner will need to produce their IC to claim their tickets.
  • Prize is fixed and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • Tickets are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 24 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • Incomplete / Half-completed entries will be totally disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right of this page!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.

Best of luck!

~ SAys! Shirley & Audrey:)


[Updated 25 Apr ’16]

Our heartiest congratulations to below winners for fulfilling the requirements in the Rafflecopter giveaway!  We will be in touch shortly with regards to prize redemption details.

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[Updated 25 Apr ’16]


 

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{GIVEAWAY} Win a Family Package to Disney on Ice Festival 11- 20 March 2016

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It’s going to be the end of the School Term soon and the March holidays will be upon us! What better treat this term break for our little Disney Fans, Disney On Ice Festival starts 11- 20 March 2016 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

A few years ago, I took Wey to Disney On Ice – Treasure Trove and we absolutely loved it! Yes even a little boy can love Disney Princesses and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Disney is Magical… We grew up loving Disney and our little ones are still taken in by the magical world of Disney! I can’t wait to go to this year’s Disney on Ice Magical Festival! Needless to say the trio, K, Wey and R are all excited for the March Holidays! So it’s study hard for Term One tests first and then whoppee!

This year’s Magical Ice Festival promises enchanting magical moments! Be whisked away into the wintery world of Disney’s Frozen!! haha yep Frozen!!

Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, Snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they help the sisters along the way in a story full of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters.

  

Experience Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a show-stopping performance by Sebastian as he breaks out of his shell to make waves with Ariel “Under The Sea!” Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn from Disney’s Tangled.

And get swept away by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take centre stage in a spectacular show for Belle.

It will be a magical night of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this winter wonderland to you! Excited yet? I can already hear all your little ones screaming to go! Hurry to book your tickets early for best seats at www.sportshubtix.sg !

We’ve got a Family Package of 4 tickets to watch Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival for Giveaway to our wonderful readers!

GIVEAWAY : WIN a Family Package of 4 tickets to Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival!

To take part and qualify, please make sure all the following steps are completed:

1) COMMENT on this blog post stating your Facebook Name and IG Handle (only if you have re-shared on IG for your bonus entry -see below).

2) LIKE SAys Happy Mums on Facebook.

3) LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post on YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE with the caption “Tag @Friend A Tag @Friend B Tag @Friend C @Friend D @Friend E Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival is here! Share to Win with @SAys Happy Mums”. DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Bonus entry:

  1. Follow us on Instagram {@sayshappymums}
  2. Re-gram this photo on IG and tag @sayshappymums #DisneyOnIce #MagicalIceFestival + 3 Friends

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 29 February 2016, Monday at 11.59PM.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 48 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • The winner will have to collect their tickets personally within the allocated time-frame.
    Tickets for this giveaway will be determined by the Sponsor (i.e. category, date and time of show, etc), and cannot be changed or be resold.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.

Best of luck and remember to Share to Win! Stay tuned to our Winner Announcement and Review post too!

Thanks for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Shirley & Audrey

About Disney on Ice

When: 11 – 20 March 2016 

Show Schedule

Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium 

Who: Everyone who loves Disney!

Note : Infants in arms and children under 2 years of age may be admitted free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat (they must be seated on the lap of a parent or guardian).
Children aged 2 and above must purchase a ticket for admission.
All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Duration:  approximately 120 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission

Ticket Price :

$25 – $200

Tickets available through:

http://www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/Pages/Disney-On-Ice-2016.aspx

For more information about Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival, please visit http://www.disneyonice-asia.com/magical-ice-festival/


 

[Updated 02 Mar ’16]

Thanks everybody for taking part in this giveaway.  Congratulations to our winner!  We will be in touch shortly with regards to ticket collection details.

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{GIVEAWAY} Win 2 Pairs of Tickets worth $128 to I Theatre’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Those who love Children’s Theatre must be excited to know that I Theatre is presenting a brand new production, The Boy Who Cried Wolf from 15 Feb – 19 Mar at the Jubilee Hall to kick start Season 2016 which is also I Theatre’s 15th Anniversary!

Book your tickets now at SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cboy0316 and get your little ones excited with this fast paced funny adventure of Boy and bring home the lesson of the danger of telling lies! Read all about it in our preview post here 🙂

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As promised, here’s our little surprise just for SAys! Happy Mums’ lovely loyal readers!

GIVEAWAY : WIN 2 pairs of Tickets worth $128!

We’re really excited to have not just one pair but 2 pairs of tickets to I Theatre’s The Boy Who Cried Wolfworth more than $128, for giveaway! That’s right! 2 lucky readers will get a pair of tickets each to go to The Boy Who Cried Wolf on 20 February 2015, Saturday 2:30pm. Yay!!

So, get set and start sharing this post on your Facebook and be one of the lucky winners!!

To take part and qualify, please make sure all the following steps are completed:

1) COMMENT on this blog post stating the age of your children, your Facebook Name and Email address.

2) LIKE SAys! Happy Mums  and I Theatre on Facebook.

3) LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post with the caption “Tag @Friend A Tag @Friend B Tag @Friend C Tag @Friend D Tag @Friend E I want to watch I Theatre’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf with @SAys! Happy Mums”. DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Bonus entry:

  1. Follow us on Instagram {@sayshappymums}
  2. Repost this photo on IG and tag @sayshappymums @itheatresg #TheBoyWhoCriedWolf + 3 Friends

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 28 January 2016, Thursday at 11.59PM.
  • Show date and time is on 20 February 2016, Saturday at 2.30PM and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 48 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • All tickets are to be collected by 5th February 2016, 5pm at I Theatre’s office,  27 Kerbau Road Singapore 219163. Tel: (65)6341 5960.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.
Best of luck and we hope to catch you having fun at the theatres with The Boy Who Cried Wolf very soon! Watch for our review post soon too!
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Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Audrey 🙂 

All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.

About The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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When: 15 Feb to 19 Mar 2015 | Mon – Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: 55 minutes with no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide


[Updated 01 Feb ’16]

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Congratulations!  We will be getting in touch via email very soon.
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{Preview} I Theatre’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf | 15 Feb – 19 Mar @ Jubilee Hall

After a busy back to school week, we’re very excited to be back from our blog recess! And what’s even better than that is it’s Children’s Theatre Season yet again! Super Hurray!

It’s I Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Year!! Wow! And they are certainly having an exciting line-up for 2016 including sell-out classics The Rainbow Fish, The Magic Paintbrush and also a brand new production Little Star!!

To kick start the 2016 theatre season, I Theatre is presenting a brand new production of THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF from 15 February – 19 March 2016 at the Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel! So get busy clicking on the SISTIC website to start booking before it’s another sell out season.

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Now who hasn’t heard of the story of the boy who cried wolf? This well known age old familiar story will certainly be a well loved production! Boy has a really boring job, watching the sheep… really… just watching and watching…Zzzzz…

So Boy thinks of a really brilliant idea that will keep him awake and have some fun as well… He will pretend that a Wolf is close by and shout for help! Oops! Does he realise the consequences of his actions? Will he continue to tell lies and put his flock in real danger?? Well… some people just never learn do they? Or will they???

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf come to live onstage in an interactive format with fun, music and song! Book your tickets now at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cboy0316 and get your little ones excited with this fast paced funny adventure of Boy and bring home the lesson of the danger of telling lies!

We love all I Theatre plays because they are just so filled with lively audience interaction, colourful and simply funny; making children’s theatre enjoyable not just for the young but even the adults! The kids can’t wait to go to this brand new production come February and quite frankly, I can’t wait too! And pssst! Do stay tuned to our special surprise coming soon just for our lovely loyal readers 🙂

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Audrey 🙂 

All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.

About The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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When: 15 Feb to 19 Mar 2015 | Mon – Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: 55 minutes with no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

{Review} Monsters Under the Bed | HowlINK

Monster Under The Bed

I am an faithful fan of the INK school holiday workshops hosted by Monsters Under The Bed (MUTB).  Having signed up for Jiejie to attend the above workshops twice last year, with themes like Monster HuntINK and INK to the Woods (sorry, we have not started our blog yet, so no posts except lots of photo memories), this year is no exception for our family.

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Left : INK to the Woods | Right : Monster HuntINK (yea right, in Cinderella outfit no less >.<)

This holiday, as a lead up to P1 next year, both Didi and Wey were blessed with a 3-day HowlINK workshop with the awesome trainers at MUTB this week.

Despite having had previous experience, I am clueless of how exactly the actual workshops were carried out except from the notes brought home.  This is because I did not know that parents are welcomed to join in.  This time round, I was glad to have stayed for the full duration of all three days in order to observe the fun.

Monsters Under The Bed (MUTB) is a writing school that’s started by writers, for writers.  Unlike the weekly Creative Writing classes my kids are attending at a community club near me, MUTB does not carry out classes via push-info basis.  There is no spelling to learn or tests on sentence structure.  Neither are there blanks to fill in on their worksheets that is made up of many sentences that will eventually lead to paragraphs and finally assembled into essay at the end of the lesson.  At MUTB, it is simply full of fun!  Workshop participants at MUTB are led with a guideline on what to do, not taught what to write.  The brainstorming is left to the children.  From simple games and exercises, the children makes use of creative words and make up stories to form around the theme of the workshop.

“This week, a grisly remains of a 9 year old girl were found in the woods.  The local constabulary brushed the case aside as an unfortunate incident with wild animals.  The villagers believe that this was the work of a werewolf and they need help!  Will you be able to solve the mystery before the next full moon happening in the next three days?

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The trees whisper above you as you step closer to the village. You can taste the mystery in the air, shivering under the Halloween moon. What will you do? Will you flee? Or will you save us all from this curse. The Mubsters are on their toes for lurking creatures around The Arts House. Be prepared for the unexpected and make sure to put on your best investigative hat tricks or end up being be a treat!”

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As a teaser prior to the workshop, parents were sent a video link for the children to watch.  I could feel the engaging suspense in the video clip and found myself studying the closing credits closely.  Watch this video here to see for yourself how it was professionally done just for the kids.

HowlINK is a 3-day interactive creative writing workshop filled with puzzles and intrigue designed for students 7 to 12 years of age.  We arrived at the workshop on Day 1 to scenes of the incident, where a girl was found dead in a creepy old English town (The Arts House, by the way) where the townfolks (everyone else at The Arts House) all believed that it was the work of a werewolf.  They were also introduced to some notorious werewolf story characters, their traits, and even how one typically become a werewolf.

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Further to that, a few suspects have been named as well.  Our group (consisting of mainly the younger kids of 6-8yo at the workshop) of experienced investigators was assigned to Alan, The Hunter (portrayed by Trainer Leroy) and everybody was introduced to the profile of four other suspect characters before investigation works began.

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The group took notes and with all the clues gathered, we came for a meeting with the two other groups (of experienced investigators – older school-going children).  Each group sent two representatives to read through their notes and name their suspects.  That was Wey’s turn below to give his views.
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Through various input and elimination process from the three groups, we concluded that the werewolf must be Professor Talbot.  Professor Talbot is a tall and friendly man who studied Botany.  He sleeps in the day and collects weird plants in the forest at night.   We found a weird and special herb in Professor Talbot’s house which werewolves were known to consume.  Moreover, there was no signs of silver in his house as well.

After concluding our investigation works for Day 1, we had to quickly act before any body else gets killed (full moon in two days’ time!).  Before we act, the children were invited to write their story introduction.  As Didi and Wey were amongst the youngest at the workshop, they were given special 1 to 1 guidance together with the other 6-yo children.  There were 1 lead trainer (Eugene Tay), 3 trainers and at least 6 assistant trainers in the class of 10+ children, which I thought was a a very good ratio as per the earlier workshops Jiejie attended.

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What Didi wrote by the end of the workshop.

On Day 2, the trainers and assistants were briefed on the day’s itinerary – Rising Action and Climax, before lesson started.

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Day 2 – they explored feelings, tools & equipments, actions for the body of their essay that they will be writing.

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Slides from MUTB : Exploring the possible ways of killing a werewolf. Thinking more in depth, are werewolves always the villian??

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The children were discussing which route they should be taking, and where the werewolf’s hideout would be. (Discussing like real! Hahahaha)

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They took turn to draw a card each and to act out the word which would describe their feelings of being chosen as “the one” to be hunting for the werewolf. And everybody will write it down on their draft.

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They also explored about the possible the actions that could take place in their story once they located the werewolf’s hideout. What would you do – set up a trap, wait for next morning or confrontation right away? Whatever the decision may be, are you prepared with the necessary preparation works and tools too!  What are you going to do???

Day 2’s session ended a little late by the time everybody got back into the workshop for mass meeting.  So here it is, the highly anticipated and most elusive werewolf which had the 10+ children working around the “town” for 2 days in order to find out the location of his lair!

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The children were told to carry on with their essay at home – to explore their feelings about their expedition to kill the werewolf, what they plan to do since by now we all know where the werewolf’s hideout is located at, and when/how to go about confronting it?
Didi was highly enthusiastic about his story development.  He got down to doing his “homework” once we reached home.  If I were to just tell him to write an essay, he would cry out loud for sure!  However this time round he was excited about it and eager to complete it for next day’s workshop in anticipation of “seeing” the real werewolf.  Hahhaha!
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It was not a very long piece that he wrote.  Heeding advice, I also did not bother to correct his grammar or spelling (except the times when he asked me about spelling).  I was just very glad that he was enjoying himself at the MUTB workshop 🙂
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On Day 3, the children were introduced to “Choose Your Own Adventure” method of writing their story highlight as well as ending.  Boy, there was a lot more fun in writing a story this way!  The older boys were obviously exposed to this series of books and had no problems understanding what was going on.  They were having a lot of fun exploring the different options and came up with their version of possible options and routes.  As a child, I grew up with “Choose Your Own Adventure” books a mighty lot and tremendously enjoyed them too.  However Jiejie did not like this series, much to my disappointment.  Nevertheless, the little collection that I have purchased are still there, hoping to be enjoyed by Didi one day very soon!
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After navigating your way through the forest, you came to a junction by the river. Which path would you take – left, middle or right?

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One of the Asst. Trainers helping Didi with his essay-writing.

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This was the time when everyone finished their essays. The bigger boys read out their essay and presented their options. The two small ones daringly took on the challenge to meet the big boys! The laughter during the session – priceless story-telling experience for all!

After attending the full workshop myself, the following objectives were indeed achieved in my opinion.  Most importantly, the children learnt more than just writing with a given topic.  They were set to learn more in-depth about werewolves and use their imagination to work out their story around the journey to kill the werewolf.

Academic Objectives 

  • Genre knowledge: werewolf. Familiarize yourself with a wide range of werewolf lore and tropes in literature, and build their werewolf story.
  • Create tension and suspense. Could the person right next to you be a werewolf? You don’t know! That’s really what makes werewolves scary, not large fangs or golden eyes or clumsy Thriller dance moves. Learn to build a story that engage your readers’ fear.
  • Observe, interview, and investigate. Develop your story-flow in a coherent manner as you journal your findings and thought process in a structured manner.

Non-Academic Objectives

  • Critical thinking skills. Exercise problem solving skills as you piece together clues and make inferences.
  • Get Creative. Go Wild! Express yourself and your wacky ideas in a conducive environment where every child’s opinion is taken on board.
  • Expand your knowledge. Perhaps you will find a new found appreciation for werewolf themed stories and pick up reading as a hobby.
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Group photo to mark the end of a successful workshop.

MUTB workshops will always be one of my considerations for major school holidays.  With Didi going to P1 and Jiejie going to P3 next year, writing has become a more critical need in terms of academic work.  I hope to expose them to more fun in writing than to be learning spelling and grammar which can literally kill one’s interests in the language.  At a time when their creativity has not been killed by the current MOE system yet, better harness and keep it alive in them while I can!  Right?!

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If you are keen to explore the workshops hosted by Monsters Under The Bed (MUTB), there is a VERY EXCITING one that Audrey has signed up for Wey which will be happening in the next two weeks!

WHO DO THESE FIGURINES RESEMBLE???

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That’s RIGHT!  A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Monsters Under the Bed held a writing workshop! Charge your blasters and go on an adventure with MUTB… IN SPACE!  As far as we know, there are only 4 more vacancies left.  To sign up, call Riza at +65 6100 4363 to confirm or visit this link at http://ink.mutb.com.sg/ink-to-the-void.html for more information.

Date: 14 – 16 December 2015 
Time: 10am – 1pm 
Venue: The Arts House

Participants will learn how to:

  • Design fun fictional tech. Super-weapons, robots, mecha, starships, and all sorts of vaguely scientific gadgets. Believability optional.
  • Build entire planets. And all the weird creatures and civilizations that live on them!
  • Create characters who are larger-than-life. There is nothing more exciting than a good old-fashioned battle between Good and Evil.

About MUTB

MUTB LogoMonsters Under The Bed Pte Ltd
111 Middle Road,
National Design Centre #03-05
Singapore 188969

Web | Facebook

Tel: +65 6100 4363 | Email: admin@mutb.com.sg

Operating hours:  10am to 10pm, Mondays to Saturdays | Sundays (by appointment)

Planet J Learning Centre | More Than Just After School Care

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We were recently at Planet J Learning Centre to check out their after school care services.  Planet J is a newly established student care centre catering to primary school students aged from 7 to 12 years old.

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Aside from offering a cosy learning environment, having trained and caring staff to look after the children with help on their homework is another service they offer.  Planet J has three cozy rooms with proper setup and good lighting.  These rooms can accommodate up to 30 children daily.  There is sufficient space for enrichment opportunities, classroom work as well as R&R time.

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Chill-out Corner with TV set and X-Box where kids can get to relax during selected timing.

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A typical setup in one of the rooms, for classroom work during after school hours.

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Another room vacated for upcoming holiday enrichment programme involving CSI works (see programme below) ^.^

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The last, smaller room, set up as shown for another holiday programme which we had a chance to preview.

Planet J aims to provide nutritious and balanced meals for all students under their care.  They have a dedicated kitchen and dining area for meals and tea time.  Though small and simple, the place is very clean and self-sufficient for basic needs.

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Planet J Learning Centre

In order to nurture the kids in mind, Planet J provides in-house motivational programmes for the children.  A signifiant part of their student care programme goes into time spent towards imparting self-motivational skills to the children.  These programmes include areas in :-

  • Staying focussed
  • Time management
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Thinking out of the box
  • Building resilience
  • Values and character building

Planet J Learning Centre is located right at the corner of Soo Chow Walk playground at Upper Thomson.  Children can expect to have plenty of fresh air, sunshine and outdoor fun within easy reach and supervision.

Besides the mind and body, emotional intelligence of the students can be expected to be taken care of.  A weekly slot will be dedicated to “sticky situations” that the children may encounter in their daily lives.  The children will be be guided over possible choices and consequences and how each decision impacts themselves and those around them.

At Planet J Learning Centre, option for additional convenience is offered for time-strapped parents.  These include providing a customised “Au Pair Service” to take students to their existing tuition or enrichment classes and pick them up thereafter; as well as offering an “Extended Hours Service” for those occasions when parents are unable to pick up their children from our centre on time.  Besides extension of operating hours to accommodate late pick-ups, this service also includes options to provide dinner and even to send the child home at an agreed time.

For children who wish to stretch themselves and pick up new and interesting skills, Planet J has teamed up with carefully selected reputable partners to offer Optional Programmes that will be conveniently conducted in-house, such as:

  • Robotics
  • Creative writing
  • Speed memory
  • Speed reading
  • Analytical thinking

We’ve picked out a few that we think would be fun and engaging for children in a relaxed environment.

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About Planet J Learning Centre

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Planet J is a brand new student care centre that sees themselves as less of a “centre” and more of a “home”.  As a “home”, efforts are put in to consider more than just lunch and getting homework done.  They want the time that the children spend with them to be meaningful and helpful in their growth and development as well.  Parents who entrust their precious children to them can expect to  have peace of mind that they are not only well looked after, but also being nurtured in mind, body and heart.

Address : 99A Soo Chow Walk

Web | Facebook | Enquiries : 6451 0080 or 97345567 (Serene) | Emailenquire@planetjlearning.com.sg

 

 

{Review} ITheatre’s The E – NOR – MOUS Turnip 2015| 17 Nov – 6 Dec @SOTA

School’s finally out and the kids are really excited with the start of the school holidays! First thing we did? We got packing into the theatres to catch I Theatre ‘s The Enormous Turnip at SOTA Drama Centre which runs from 17 Nov – 6Dec 2015!

With an entirely new cast, the story is about Diggory, the farmer, who hopes to win a prize for growing the largest turnip in the world. Diggory chance meets Eek the little mouse, who yearns to be liked and be useful, even though he is such a tiny creature.

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Diggory is at first, friends with little Eek and shows her the seeds from last year’s biggest turnip he harvested, which he hopes will bring him a bountiful enormous turnip this year to win the prize. Little Eek promises to be good and not eat the seeds but alas, the temptation is too great for the little one! Yikes!

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By chance, Diggory meets a Magician who rewards him with possibly enchanted turnip seeds which he plants … and they grow and grow and grow…. until yup, at last we have one really E-Nor-Mous Turnip!!! Woohoo… a dream come true? But who will help Diggory pull the Enormous Turnip out so he can bring it for the competition?

This familiar tale with a twist makes for fun theatre especially with I Theatre’s beautiful and catchy songs that get all the little ones captivated and excited. Through simple dialogue and lots of audience participation, fun upbeat songs, the play entertains from the youngest to even the adults! I thought that the cast was awesome, bringing on laughter throughout the theatre, at every turn.

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We loved the wonderful audience interaction and participation throughout the play, not just at the end when some children were asked to help pull the turnip! (Hint: Do grab front row/ section seats if your kids want a chance to be called on to go onstage and have a go at the enormous turnip! LOL!)

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The cast got the little ones so excitedly shouting out when danger (in the form of a very hungry caterpillar haha) lurked or even when poor Eek just could not resist munching on Diggory’s prized seeds from last year! O Wow! What fun we had! It was such a fantastic show, I know everyone left the theatre with a big wide smile!

I really enjoyed myself today at this 2015 reinvented improved, more colourful version of the previously sold out 2013 run. I Theatre’s The Enormous Turnip was refreshing and fun even to watch a second time around! Wey squealed with delight throughout and I knew he had even more fun than the first time back in 2013 when he was barely 4!  He was engrossed to say the least! Quite frankly, I wouldn’t mind watching the show all over again at once and I know the kids would love to go again too! LOL!

What we love about I Theatre plays are the learning points that children can pick up from watching them. One discussion point I had with Wey was about how it wasn’t right to say that someone was useless. He told me “Yes Mama! Poor Eek, he must be so hurt when Diggory said he was useless even though he tried so hard to protect the turnips from the bad caterpillar!”  Other teaching points would definitely be keeping one’s promise (integrity), teamwork and not underestimating a willing helper, no matter how small or insignificant they are. So parents can expect teaching points to discuss and explore with young ones even after the play – great take homes!

Hint : Don’t forget to make your way after the show to catch a photo with the cast– that’s a regular I Theatre show feature… they never fail to let the little fans have a meet and greet photo for keepsake and making the outing special for us mums! 🙂 See my photo from 2013 in the preview post, makes me feel all sentimental seeing how much Wey has grown since! *winks* hahah!

Playing to a full house today, I can see why this show is back by popular demand and still remains well loved by little ones and their families this holiday. So don’t wait too long to get tickets to The Enormous Turnip, book early at SISTIC  http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cturnip1215 to avoid disappointment.  More ticketing information at the end of the post.

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SAys! Audrey 🙂 

All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.

About The Enormous Turnip

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When: 17 Nov to 6 Dec 2015

Where: SOTA Drama Theatre

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Duration: 50 minutes with no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

It’s the BIG School Holidays in 2015!

The school year is finally coming to a close!  After spending about 3.5 hrs/day, 17.5 hrs/week, 70 hrs/month or 700 hrs/10 months on the road using mixed transport system, I’m finally done with the year.  Oh GOSH!  These figures are estimated to include walking, bus, MRT and my driving time just to fetch and pick up the kids during school day.  No, it is not tiring and travel time is not an issue.  #likereal

Well, I am more excited than the kids that the year end school holiday is almost immediately coming.  Life has been busy, real tired but also at the same time fulfilling that I get to watch the kids grow up.  Before they grow up too fast, let’s check out what fun activities are in store for this year end holiday.

Gardens by the Bay

Christmas Toyland Floral Display at Flower Dome | Christmas Wonderland Garden Trail

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Singapore’s biggest Yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay.  Look out for an enchanting Christmas Toyland Floral Display and dazzling Luminarie lights sculptures.  At the same time, be sure to check out the The Future of Us, an exhibition showcasing Singapore’s future to come.

Venture into the North Pole and explore a magical wonderland where toy soldiers march alongside roaming reindeers, and teddy bears man a sleigh station – all amidst yuletide floral favourites like the poinsettia, Christmas rose, winter heather and holly!  Towering over the enchanting floral display is the centerpiece of Christmas Toyland – an 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid decked with toys.  This multi-tiered traditional German wooden carousel will transform into a ‘live’ stage, hosting a series of festive performances for the very first time in the Flower Field.  “Christmas Toyland” is the final chapter in Gardens by the Bay’s storytelling journey in 2015.  This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes as told through the language of plants.

Date : 21 November 2015 to 5 January 2016 (Daily 9am – 9pm)
Location: Flower Dome and Gardens by the Bay

Admission Charges : Access to the Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens Trail is complimentary to the public, while admission charges into the Christmas Toyland Floral Display @ Flower Dome apply.

Ticketing Promotions :
Local residents with “The Future of Us” tickets are entitled to 40% off local admission rates to the Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay. Simply present the exhibition ticket – within 30 days of your visit to “The Future of Us” – at the Gardens by the Bay ticketing counters to enjoy the discount.

Festive Performances

For the first time ever, the Flower Field will play host to a series of festive performances, set within a 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid. Enjoy musical favourites as you stroll through the festive “Christmas Toyland” Floral Display.  Besides these performances, join in the storytelling sessions by Players Theatre and ventriloquist acts around the Flower Dome. Look out too for fringe activities outside the Flower Dome, such as mascot appearances and performances by the Urban Drum Crew and Precision Drill Squad.

Date : 21 to 22 November | 5 to 6 December 2015 (1.30pm to 6pm)
Enid Blyton Christmas : 21 to 22 November 2015 (4.30pm – 5.00pm & 5.15pm – 5.45pm) | 05 to 06 December 2015 (3.45pm – 4.15pm & 5.15pm – 5.45pm)
Location: Flower Dome and Gardens by the Bay

“THE FUTURE OF US” Exhibition

Capping the celebrations of our 50th year of independence is “The Future of Us” exhibition – an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, learn and grow as a community in the future.

Date: 1 December 2015 to 8 March 2016 (Daily 9am – 9pm)
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Admission : Free (Book up to max 8 tickets now at http://www.thefutureofus.sg.)

For more information, please visit www.thefutureofus.sg.

SG50 Concert Series in the Park

In celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, a series of free outdoor concerts will be held in various parks, featuring a mix of performances by well-known local talents and community groups.  In December, look forward to delightful performances on stage as you picnic in the open fields of The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay.

Date: 19 December 2015 (6pm – 9.30pm)
Location: The Meadow

Festive Market

Shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and enjoy a wide range of international cuisine at the charming European-style Festive Market.

Date: 28 November to 27 December 2015
Time: 4pm – 11pm | 10:30 am – 11pm on Sunday, 29 November 2015 only
Location : Supertree Grove

Holiday Programmes & Enrichment Classes

Planet J Learning Centre

Discover something educational yet fun for the school holidays over at Planet J Learning Centre.  From science to creative writing, to robotics and money management, there’s a good range of holiday programmes available to engage the kids in meaningful play.

Planet J

Location : 99A Soo Chow Walk S575384
Tel : 64510080 | 97345567 (Serene)
Website : www.planetjlearning.com.sg
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/planetjlearning

Musicals & Plays

Dear Santa (based on the book by Rod Campbell), presented by Diva Productions and Snap! Entertainment

Christmas is coming, and so is Santa! Direct from the UK, Dear Santa is the perfect family Christmas production! The story is based on a little girl, Sarah who writes to Santa for a special Christmas present. After searching for the perfect present, Santa finds just the right one and delivers it on Christmas Eve.

Rod Campbell, author of Dear Zoo, brings the magic of Christmas to life in his newest children’s show. Suitable for children from 2 years old, this show consists of only one act and includes audience participation. After the show, the kids might even get a chance to meet Santa.  Dear Santa is the most popular UK touring family Christmas production since 2012.  Suitable for children from 2 to 7 years old.

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Date: 11 to 13 Dec 2015
Location: SOTA Drama Theatre
Duration: 55 minutes with no interval
Tickets available throughSISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Festive Fun with Dear Santa

Diva Productions and Snap! Entertainment, has partnered Kinokuniya bookstore this Christmas to host a letter-writing competition for children aged 2 to 7.  Taking the chance for a more immersive and educational fun leading up to the year end celebratory show, parents can guide the children in writing a letter to Santa, sharing with him their behaviour and good deeds, be it big or small. The child with the most heart-warming entry will stand a chance to win prizes worth $452, including:-

–       4 Category 1 tickets to Dear Santa – a delightful family production that celebrates the joy of Christmas
–       CD/ DVD/ Book hamper worth $120 and
–       Kids’ scooter worth $100.

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Look out for FREE activities at Kinokuniya. Open to everybody! Details on the poster.

Competition details and entry form can also be found on Kinokuniya’s website – http://kinokuniya.com.sg/highlights/dear-santa-letter-writing-competition/. To participate, simply fill in the entry form and submit them to Diva Productions at enquiries@divaproductions.com.sg by Monday, 30th November 2015.  Have fun & good luck!

The Enormous Turnip, presented by I Theatre

I Theatre‘s THE ENORMOUS TURNIP will be staging at SOTA Drama Theatre starting from 17th Dec, next Tues! Back from the previously sell-out show in 2013, the show is suitable for aged 3 and up.  This was one of the first few productions didi and Wey enjoyed while they were much younger.  For more information, see here.

The Enormous Turnip

Date: 17 Nov to 6 Dec 2015
Location: SOTA Drama Theatre
Duration: 50 minutes with no interval
Tickets available throughSISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Treasure Island, presented by The Little Company, by SRT

SRT’s adaptation of the popular novel gives the time loved story of Treasure Island, a new twist that’s both refreshing and heart-warming. As with the original story, the play follows the adventure of Jim Hawkins (Ann Lek), a lion-hearted 13-year-old (heroine) who yearns for a pirate’s adventure amidst her mundane life running her family inn. She dreams of exploring like her late father. When Billy Bones appears at Benbow Inn and is cursed with a sudden pirate’s death, Jim finds herself with a Treasure Map!  For our review, pls see here.

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Date: Fri, 30 Oct – Sun, 29 Nov 2015
Time :  Mon – Fri : 10am | Tue (11 Nov) :11am | Sat & Sun : 11am, 2.30pm
Duration: ~Approximately 90 minutes (15 minutes interval)
Tickets available through: SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Fan Yang 2015 Bubble Legendary Show

Fan Yang, 19th time Guinness Book of Record winner,will once again return to Singapore for a magnificent performance at Resorts World Theatre, Sentosa.  There will be ONLY 6 shows over 28th and 29th Nov ’15.  So, don’t miss it!  For more information, pls see here.

Fan Yang Bubble Legendary 2015

Date: 28 to 29 Nov 2015 | Sat & Sun: 10.30am, 1.30pm, 5pm
Location: Resorts World™ Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Age: 4 years and above and their families  (*No admission for infants in arms and children below 4 years old)
Duration: approx. 90 minutes
Tickets available through:  SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Indoor Playgroud ~ Pororo Park SG

Widely popular South-Korean animation character Pororo has made its grand arrival to our shores with the launch of Southeast Asia’s first Pororo Park in Singapore on 11th November.  An integrated entertainment and educational indoor playground that educates young children aged 1 – 6 years old, young and adventurous fans of Pororo will enjoy the various entertainment facilities including Pororo Express – a train ride for kids and the iconic centrepiece of Pororo Park; Pororo House – a replica of Pororo’s House; Shark Ball Pool; Poby’s Jungle Gym and musical performances at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre.  Read about our review here.

Pororo Park SG

Address : 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 (Map)
Web | Facebook | Instagram | Email : info@pororoparksg.com | Tel : +65 6829 2203
Opening Hours :  Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm | Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm

Indulge in the Christmas Festive Seasons with Orchard Road Lightup Display

Officially starting on 15 Nov ’15, Orchard Road will be lighted up to celebrate Christmas.  This year’s theme is “Christmas on A Great Street”, an Orchard Road signature light-up that has become a must-see for Singaporeans and tourists alike every year.  Catch 2.2 km of glittering lights from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura and remember to indulge in some ‘snow’ play at Tanglin Mall which happens every year ❤

Rustic Fun in the North

Visit The Last Remaining Kampong in Singapore ~ Kampong Buangkok

This has remained on my bucket list for an outing with the kids for more than a year.  Something would always excuse us from going, like haze or Dengue outbreak.  Perhaps this long holiday, there can be a chance to drop by for the kids to experience the real kampong life with chickens roaming freely and banana trees growing in the backyard of wooden houses.

How to go

Kampong Buangkok is located off Gerald Drive which is located off Yio Chu Kang Road.  The closest bus stop is along Yio Chu Kang Road, opposite Church of St. Vincent De Paul.  Bus Nos 70, 103 and 854 will service this bus stop.  There is a Shell Petrol Station nearby.  See map for details.

Discover A Hidden Gem in the Neighbourhood ~ Jalan Seleseh

Following a visit to Kampong Buangkok, have lunch at the Seletar Corner coffee shop at Jalan Seleseh.  Have your lunch at the Wanton Mee and Roti Prata stalls, spend the afternoon at the playground (Jalan Selaseh Park), have high-tea and gourmet ice cream at Bing Qi Lin and end the day with fulfilling local delights at the Western Food and Zi Char stall a try before you leave!   The quaint neighbourhood is about 1 bus stop away from Kampong Buangkok.  Read all about our recommendations here!

Seletar Corner at Jalan Selaseh

Happening at / around Sentosa

Amazing Sentosa Marine Life

Are you a marine life enthusiast but don’t like to get your feet wet?  Head down to the Sentosa Nature Discovery to learn more about some of the amazing animals that can be found right here on Sentosa’s shores!

Date : Til Dec ’15 (Daily 9am – 5pm)
Location : Gallery @ Level 1, Sentosa Nature Discovery @ Imbiah Lookout
Admission : Free

MPH Expo Book Sale

Are you ready for yet another wave of book sale?  MPH Expo Book Sale is back again.  I’m sure there is space for just one more book?

MPH Expo Book Sale

Date : 20 – 22 Nov ’15
Time : 3.00pm – 9.00pm (Friday) | 9.00am – 9.00pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Location : Singapore Expo Hall 6A

Sports Fun

8th ASEAN Para Games

Opening Ceremony

Held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the 90-minute show will boast a cohesive mix of able-bodied participants and those with disabilities, from its creative team to its performers. “Live” sign language interpretation and captioning, a first in Singapore’s broadcasting history, will also be a main feature in the presentation.  Get your tickets here.

8th Asean Para Games

Date/Time: 3 December 2015, 8pm
Location: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Admission: From $10 – $20

Sports Event 

All 15 sports events during the 8th ASEAN Para Games will be available to public free of charge.  Happening from 3 to 9 Dec ’15 at various sports venue, see here for full event listing.

For more information, see official website.

Experience ASEAN Para Games Tryouts

Happening in the month of November on Saturdays & Sundays, get to try out the games at ASEAN Para Games at the Sports Hub.  It’s available for all ages!  For enquiries, please email experiencesports@sportshub​.com.sg.

Dates : 1 / 8 / 14 / 15 / 21 / 22 / 28 / 29 November 2015 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Time : 9.00am to 12.00pm
Location : Singapore Sports Hub Hard Courts
Age : All
Admission : FREE

Experience Sports Free-to-Play

Friday Night Bowls

Date : 13 / 27 November 2015 (Fridays)
Time : 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Location : Singapore Sports Hub Lawn Bowls
Age : 7+
Admission : FREE

Football 5S

Date : 1 / 8 / 14 November 2015 Sun/Sun/Sat)
Time : 10.30am to 12.00pm
Location : Singapore Sports Hub Hard Courts
Age : 7+
Admission : FREE

For enquiries, please email experiencesports@sportshub​.com.sg.

Splashes of Holiday Fun

FREE hourly boat rental at the Sports Hub!

Date : 15 November 2015 (Sunday)
Time : 7.00am to 7.00pm
Location : Water Sports Centre at Singapore Sports Hub
Age : 9+
Admission : FREE / $20

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore Zoo

Sleep With the Beasts Family Camp

Thinking about a staycation this June holidays?  What better way than to camp out under the stars in the Singapore Zoo in the company of your family and wild animal friends!  Learn about our fascinating animals through exclusive behind-the scenes tours and get close encounters with animals big and small.

Date: 28 – 29 November 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 1.00pm (Saturday) – 12.30pm (Sunday)
Cost: $155.15* per child (includes 7% GST)
$181.90* per adult (includes 7% GST)*5% off for Friends of the Zoo and Friends of Night Safari (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)To enjoy 5% off for Friends of the Zoo or Friends of Night Safari, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.
Who can sign up? Families with children aged 5 and above

For more information on Sleep With the Beasts camp, please click here or contact Singapore Zoo directly.

Junior Zoo Keeper Camp

If you think cleaning and feeding are the only tasks in a day’s work for a zoo keeper, think again! Step into the boots of our animal keepers at the Singapore Zoo and experience first-hand what goes on behind-the-scenes in looking after our wild friends. You may also get a chance to chat with our friendly keepers and find out more about what it takes to be an animal keeper.

Date: 27 November 2015
Time: 8.45am – 5.45pm
Cost: $267.50* (includes 7% GST)

*5% off for Friends of the Zoo (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)

To enjoy 5% off for Friends of the Zoo, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.

Who can sign up? Children age between 11 to 14 years

For more information on Junior Zoo Keeper, please click here or contact Singapore Zoo directly.

Free Guided Tour: Australian Zone

G‘Day’ Mate! Put on your trekking boots as we take a trip Down Under.  Discover and learn about the animals that are found in Australia and nowhere else in the world. Meet our cuddly koalas; Chan, Pellita, Paddle and Idalia from Lone Pine Sanctuary. Get ready for an adventure in the Australian Zone!

Time :  Every weekend from 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm

Downloadable Activity Sheets: Discover the Australian Zone

Are you hopping through the Australian Zone?  Our free activity sheets will enhance your learning journey with us!  Click here for the activity sheets.

Jurong Bird Park

Junior Avian Keeper

Take flight into the avian world by immersing yourself with the work of our keepers.  Try your hand at preparing feed and enrichment for some of the most fascinating birds.  Find out how keepers ensure that the birds are kept in the pink of health.  Be prepared to get dirty and rough it out for the sake of our feathered friends!

Date: 25 November 2015
Time: 8.45am – 5.45pm
Cost: $267.50* (includes 7% GST)

*5% off for Feather Friends (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)

To enjoy 5% off for Feather Friends, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.

Who can sign up? Children age between 11 to 14 years

For more information, click here.  For further enquiries, please contact peiying.ong@wrs.com.sg.

Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp

Get your sleeping bags ready for a cozy family sleepover with our dazzling birds.  Be entertained by a series of mind-stimulating activities that involve family fun and participation.  As only tents are provided, you are encouraged to bring your own sleeping bags, pillows, torchlight, toiletries etc.

Date: 28 – 29 November 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 2.00pm (Saturday) – 10.00am (Sunday)
Cost: $107.00* per child (includes 7% GST)
$128.40* per adult (includes 7% GST)*5% off for Feather Friends (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)To enjoy 5% off for Feather Friends, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.
Who can sign up? Families with children aged 5 and above

For more information, click here.  For further enquiries, please contact peiying.ong@wrs.com.sg.

3-Day Bird Quest Camp

Embark on an expedition where you can experience up-close encounters with our feathered friends and hands-on bird-keeping experience. Be ready to tour our newly-opened Bird Discovery Centre where you come face to face with the world’s largest egg. Be prepared to unearth the secrets of nest making and learn about feathers and flight.

Date: 2 -4 December 2015 (Wednesday – Friday)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm (Daily)
Cost: $267.50* per child (includes 7% GST)

*5% off for Feather Friends (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)

To enjoy 5% off for Feather Friends, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.

Who can sign up? Aged 6 to 10

For more information, click here.  For further enquiries, please contact peiying.ong@wrs.com.sg.

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Sunday Showcase (An Interlude of Science meets Art by A*STAR & NAFA)

The event is back again in the form of Sunday Showcase.  Sunday Showcase allows visitors unique access to cutting edge projects being undertaken by different tertiary institutions across Singapore.  The series invites the creators and their work into ArtScience Museum on a Sunday each month.  The creators are on hand throughout the afternoon to talk with visitors about their inventions, their creative process, and to facilitate visitors’ interaction with the projects.  There is something for everyone in this hands-on, accessible showcase series.  We had a wonderful time at the full-scale event in September.  Read about our experience here.

Expect workshops and ‘pop up’ talks throughout the day.  For more information, see here.
Date / Time : 5 & 6 December ’15 | 10.00am to 7.00pm
Location : ArtScience Museum, Level 4
Admission : FREE

Explore Nature

Young Naturalist Camp at Sungei Buloh

This one-day camp encompasses a series of fun-filled and educational indoor and outdoor learning of the wetlands and nature conservation issues through worksheets, nature walks and hands-on activities.  Limited to 40 children. More details and registration online.

Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/ | Contact: info@sbwr.org.sg | Enquiries : 6794 1401
Date: 28 November 2015 | 5 December 2015
Time : 9am- 5pm
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Wetland Centre. Meet at Information Counter (Neo Tiew Crescent entrance)
Admission: Registration fee of $5 for the camp will go into SBWR education fund. Please make your cheque payable to Garden City Fund. The form and cheque to be posted to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR), 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925.  Acknowledgment e-mail will be sent upon receiving the form and cheque. Each participant needs to purchase a 50 cents young naturalist passport at the registration table.

Ecolife Family Tour by the Riverplains

Ecolife is a free two-hour tour which introduces the park and the biodiversity found in Riverplains through the use of interactive exploration themes and activities. The tour aims to encourage family bonding between parents and child through the process of learning together. Join us as we take you through this tour with worksheets provided and fun hands on activities such as doing up your very own underwater viewing scope.

Pre-registration is required by emailing Pauline Tan at pauline_tan@nparks.gov.sg. Provide your name, contact number and number of participants.

Date : 5 Dec ’15 | 12 Dec ’15 | 19 Dec ’15 | 26 Dec ’15
Time: 9-11am
Meeting point: Bishan- Ang Mo Kio Park Riverplains, multi-purpose shelter
Contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

Nature Through The Lens: Photography Workshop by Canon (A Photography Workshop)

Get a chance to explore the basic components of photography using a DSLR camera! There will be a theory session, followed by a practical session where participants will be able to explore the Singapore Botanic Gardens with the cameras. Thereafter, a sharing session will be set up to review and provide feedback on the photographs submitted by the participants.  This session is jointly organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Canon Imaging Academy.

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For enquiry, please contact the SBG Education Branch at 64719961 & 6465 0196 or through email: nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg.

Date / Time :  11 Dec ’15 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location : Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of Singapore Botanic Gardens , Classroom 1 & 2 (Level 3)
Admission : FREE
Age : P3 to P6

Explore Upper Seletar Forest

Learn more about our forest and wildlife.  The group will gather under the huge and gorgeous kapok tree at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, read “Under the Kapok Tree” by Lynne Cherry and do simple breathing exercises and animal poses to acquaint with the forests, our animal friends, and the challenges they face in a modern world.  A short guided nature walk into our lovely Upper Seletar rainforest will follow after.  Families of the rare and shy Banded Leaf Monkey can be expected to be seen in the forest canopy!

Date: Sunday 22nd November 2015
Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Cost: $15 per kid (no charge for accompanying adults)
Meeting point: Inside Car Park B of Upper Seletar Reservoir Park.
What to wear: Lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and fulllength long pants, socks with closed walking shoes (no sandals or open toe shoes).
What to bring: Fully filled re-usable water bottle, a light snack, picnic mat, herbal insect repellent, hat or cap, umbrella, raincoat or poncho.

Registration: pls email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg with names of participants, kids’ ages & your mobile no.

To The Galaxy & Back

Liang Court

The Saber Authority ~ Feel The Force @ Liang Court

The Saber Authority @ Liang Court

The Saber Authority teaches participants how to properly wield and use a lightsaber against an opponent. They provide Combat Saber Training programs whereby the skills taught can be effectively and practically adopted into real life self-defense situations.

Lightsaber Workshops, 12pm – 5pm on 20th November 2015

Experience wielding a lightsaber by participating in any of the free hourly workshops from 12pm to 5pm conducted by The Saber Authority.

First Asia’s Combat Saber Tournament, 6pm – 9pm on 20th November 2015

Liang Court will dim the lights for Asia’s First Combat Saber Tournament!  18 contestants will battle against one another in 171 lightning speed duels.

For more information, pls see here.

Nanoblock Art Exhibition by Christopher Tan

Enter a world of Nanoblocks with Christopher Tan (http://www.inanoblock.com/).  Christopher Tan is an internationally renowned award winning nanoblock brick artist based in Malaysia.  His unrelenting passion for popular culture, eccentric art and architecture has been the driving force behind the successful creation of over 350 distinctive designs. The popularity of his designs have earned him an amazing cult following worldwide with over 42,000 fans on Facebook and his creations have been widely featured in the media globally.

Constantly on the lookout for random inspirations for his next masterpiece, Christopher has been embarking on a series of exhibitions around the world, most recently in Hong Kong, Malaysia and now, Singapore!

In collaboration with Liang Court, Christopher created a range of Japanese Festival Characters which will be displayed exclusively at Liang Court, together with his personal creations such as Star Wars, Yotsuba, Wall-E and many more.

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nanoblock Competition, 1pm – 4pm

Calling out to all nanoblock enthusiasts to complete to be the fastest builders! To participant, email your <name, age,=”” gender,=”” contact=”” no.=”” &=”” e-mail=”” address=””> to ap@liangcourt.com.sg or contact us at 6336 7184.  There will be two categories – for the Individual and the Family. T&Cs apply.  For more details, pls see here.

Date : 21 – 22 November 2015
Time : 11.00am – 9.00pm
Location : Liang Court Level 1 Atrium

VivoCity

Star Wars : The Force Awakens Exhibition at VivoCity

Get ready for an experience that is out of this world only at VivoCity! Discover more on the latest STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS movie at our exclusive atrium event.Join the resistance, wield the power of a Lightsaber and stand against an army of Stormtroopers! You can also bring home a range of STAR WARS merchandise and collectibles! An inter-galactic experience awaits this Christmas, only at VivoCity.
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Click here to see what STAR WARS goodies VivoCity has in store.

Date : 2 – 20 December 2015
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Location : Central Court, Level 1

Star Wars Exhibit at Changi Airport

The much anticipated Star Wars exhibit has landed at Changi Airport on 12 Nov ’15.  The X-Wing Fighter exhibit is on display at Terminal 3 Departure Hall (public area), near immigration.  And the TIE Fighter exhibit is on display at Terminal 2 Departure Hall (public area), near check-in row 1.  Both display will be on until 5th Jan ’16, so hurry up make a trip to Changi Airport if you have a little boy at home!

Public can don Star Wars costumes and take photos inside the cockpit of the life-sized X-Wing Fighter (ticket redemption on a first come first serve basis at the registration counter near Row 11 of T3 Departure Hall, Daily 10am to 9pm). ~ Details from our friends at Life’s Tiny Miracles.

The Biggest Baby Bump Walk @ Family Extravaganza 2015

Organised by Parents World Singapore, this is a walk I would highly encourage all mummies-to-be to go for.  I was working on golf course construction project when I was pregnant with Jiejie.  Back then, I walked kilometres and kilometres on the greens on a daily basis.  All she took was just 3.5hrs to pop out.  Didi being the second child, took about 2hrs to deliver.  Yes, you have heard that walking helps with birth delivery and it is really true.

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Date : 12 Dec 2015 | 9am
Location : Gardens by the Bay (entrace of Flower Dome)
Admission : Single – $10 | Couple – $15 (incl free goodie bag)
Register @ www.cryoviva.com.sg/bbbwalk

Museums

Wan Qing CultureFest 2015

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall proudly presents Wan Qing CultureFest 2015. Enjoy an exciting line-up of performances by local artists, craft demonstrations, documentary screenings, public lectures and more as we deliver memorable cultural treats in a fun manner for everyone!

For more information about the programme, please visit www.wanqingyuan.org.sg.

Wan Qing Culturefest

Date : 21 Nov – 05 Dec 2015
Time : see www.wanqingyuan.org.sg
Location : Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Admission : FREE