Monthly Archives: June 2015

It’s Playtime Once More at Marina Square

After the Superhero Me festival, we had lunch nearby and then we walked to Marina Square. I saw a picture of some retro playground thing called It’s Playtime Once More at the Central Atrium and was eager to check it out. To be honest, it looks great but wasn’t as fun as I expected it to be. There are two sets of seesaws, a swing, and a very gentle slope in the watermelon slice that I think is supposed to be a slide.

The elephant playground and bumboat playground are just backdrops and there’s nothing to climb on or play with. You can take a step up into the dragon’s head but you can’t climb on the body. The kids had a go on the seesaw, swing, and slide, got restless, and started wondering what they could do next.

They decided to try some of the old school games like spinning the gasing, kicking capteh, flipping flag erasers, and folding origami. I think they managed to have fun after all but I would have to say this retro playground set-up at Marina Square looks better than it actually is. Worth visiting if you want to show the kids what playgrounds used to look like and introduce them to the games you played while growing up.

watermelon seesaw

watermelon seesaw

resting in the pelican

resting in the pelican

peeping out from the watermelon

peeping out from the watermelon

a slide, I think

a slide, I think

swinging

swinging

attempting gasing

attempting gasing

a little help from Aunty Von

a little help from Aunty Von

trying to kick a capteh

trying to kick a capteh

hopscotch

hopscotch

origami

origami

what's going on in that corner?

what’s going on in that corner?

playing card games and flipping erasers

playing card games and flipping erasers

It’s Playtime Once More
Marina Square Central Atrium
Until 28 June

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Superhero Me Festival

So it’s been a crazy June so far and we have been keeping ourselves busy. The holidays are coming to an end but this is one event that’s definitely worth checking out: the Superhero Me Festival at National Library Building Plaza!

Both Anya and Adam are into superheroes. Adam loves Superman and Batman, and Anya is pretty fond of The Incredibles. To them, being a superhero means you need to have super powers. But at Superhero Me, they learn that being a superhero is about building character, celebrating imagination, and doing good! Personally, I’m terribly impressed by how well-organised the event is. The set-up is charming and inspiring.

The kids get to craft a medal at The Power Station and before doing so, they talk about the values of kindness, respect, gratitude, patience and resilience, and the kids choose one of these as their superpower. I like how the facilitators ensured that the crafting was purposeful and focused without unnecessary wastage. They were also very enthusiastic and capable.

the power station

the power station

craft materials

craft materials

Adam working on his medal

Adam working on his medal

Anya gets some help

Anya gets some help

love the set-up of the place!

love the set-up of the place!

posing with her Tree of Resilience medal

posing with her Tree of Resilience medal

At The Meadow, the kids played games and completed missions. I really appreciated that it wasn’t just fun and games but that the activities were very meaningful as well. Inside the Bear of Possibilities (a cardboard bear head built by the volunteers!), the kids watched a film about being a superhero.

having fun at the meadow

having fun at the meadow

hopscotch

hopscotch

pin the power!

pin the power!

not sure what's happening here!

not sure what’s happening here!

what's inside the bear?

what’s inside the bear?

a film about being a superhero!

a film about being a superhero!

Up & Away is my favourite section and the kids get to put on superhero costumes and pose for photos. The photos are used to make a stop-motion film and you can get a link to view the video on YouTube. You can see Anya’s film here and Adam’s here and we have watched both films numerous times!

time to dress up!

time to dress up!

waiting to star in their own superhero film

waiting to star in their own superhero film

strike a pose

strike a pose

we had a great time!

we had a great time!

There’s a Heroes Gathering Party this Saturday, 27 June, and kids can come in their self-made Superhero Me costume from 12 – 3 pm. The first 100 children in costume will get a goodie bag and children in costume get priority entry. You can snap photo memories at the photo booth and take home 4R prints. There are craft sessions by Timid Workshop featuring MT Tapes and photography workshops for the family led by Hart Tan and Bob Lee. The event is free and you can sign up here.

Superhero Me Festival
10 am to 7 pm daily, until 30 June
National Library Building Plaza

PA’s Little Chefs Celebrate SG50

There’s so much buzz about SG50 and a whole host of events lined up to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday! Anya took part in PA’s Little Chefs Celebrate SG50 on 13 June with 300 children and had a great time making push-pop cake candles to decorate a three-tiered cake.

The event was extra meaningful because the children didn’t just spend time making push-pop cake candles; they wrote down their hopes and dreams for Singapore. There were lots of other activities to keep the little chefs entertained and Anya was so excited to be able to excavate dinosaur bones!

Little Chefs Celebrate SG50 is part of the ‘Let’s Celebrate’ theme of the 50.Taste campaign, an initiative by the People’s Association comprising a series of activities, including over 250 cooking courses and workshops in community clubs island-wide for 10,000 participants. Check out the onePA website or ‘Like’ the PA Courses Facebook page for more information about these courses and workshops!

making push-pop cake candles

making push-pop cake candles

putting them on the cake

putting them on the cake

what a magnificent cake!

what a magnificent cake!

little chefs holding up their certificates

little chefs holding up their hopes and dreams for Singapore

taking a break

taking a break

excavating dinosaurs

excavating dinosaurs

her favourite expression

her favourite expression

Making Terrariums at Hort Park

I don’t have a green thumb and tend to kill most of my plants so a terrarium that needs minimal watering and care sounds perfect to me! We were invited to a workshop at The Plant Story hosted by actualyse.com and the kids made their own little terrariums with whimsical glass creatures.

Anya and Adam were fascinated to learn that the plants in the terrarium did not have to be watered daily and learnt a bit about how plants transpire and photosynthesize. They were also very taken by the little Murano glass creatures that they could decorate their terrariums with.

The Plant Story

The Plant Story

checking out some of the terrariums available (Photo credit: Ashley Mak)

checking out some of the terrariums available (Photo credit: Ashley Mak)

being briefed (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

being briefed on how to make a terrarium (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

layers

layers in a terrarium

so this is what I look like when I'm taking photos (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

so this is what I look like when I’m taking photos (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

the kids hard at work

the kids hard at work

choosing pebbles (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

choosing pebbles (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

adding the finishing touches

adding the finishing touches

some water for his plant

some water for his plant

very pleased with their terrariums! (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

very pleased with their terrariums! (photo credit: Ashley Mak)

The kids were really proud of the terrariums they made and truly enjoyed the hands-on experience. I think they learnt some stuff about plants more effectively than if they had merely read about it or watched in on TV!

actualyse.com believes that children learn in different ways and they are there to provide a platform to support learning for all intelligences and learning styles, needs, and all ages. I believe in Multiple Intelligences, and as a parent, I definitely want to cater to my child’s learning style. You can take an MI quiz here and find out more about actualyse.com and their vision ‘to inspire and empower everyone to be the best they can be’.

Fictive Fingers Raga the Rockstar Day

I believe in supporting local brands where possible and I’m very fond of Fictive Fingers, especially their Raga the Rockstar print. They had a Raga the Rockstar day on 1 June and I dragged Anya down with me.

I got myself a very nice gel manicure inspired by Raga the Rockstar while Anya had some cupcakes. Then we did a bit of designing before we attempted to silkscreen-print our own little tote bag. Anya’s prints turned out to be way better than mine!

Raga the Rockstar Day

Raga the Rockstar Day

that chair, and that cushion!

that chair, and that cushion!

cannot sit still

cannot sit still

ooh, cupcakes

ooh, cupcakes

will sit still to eat cupcake

will sit still to eat cupcake

doing a bit of designing

doing a bit of designing

not sure what it's supposed to be

not sure what it’s supposed to be

learning about silkscreen printing

learning about silkscreen printing

having a go

having a go

she was pretty good at it!

she was pretty good at it!

There are regular Fabric Printing classes at Fictive Fingers so sign up for their newsletter to be kept updated on classes, sales, new items, etc.

Breakfast with Hi-5

Hi-5 has been part of our life for 5 years now and we were so excited to have breakfast with them last Saturday. Adam is a big Hi-5 fan and when Dayen sat down with us for breakfast, he was so overwhelmed that he became very shy and awkward. I guess I would be too if Hugh Jackman sat down in front of me!

Adam didn’t want to look at Dayen or even take a photo with her. He practically tried to burrow into my side! She was so sweet to him though and signed a cap for him. Dayen (and the rest of the Hi-5 cast) is really nice and so easy to talk to; we had a lovely breakfast with them. Thankfully, Adam warmed up eventually and had so much fun blowing bubbles with the Hi-5 members outside.

giving N a big Hi 5!

giving N a big Hi 5!

so happy waiting for Hi-5

so happy waiting for Hi-5

super awkward when Dayen is near!

super awkward when Dayen is near!

warmed up and happily blowing bubbles

warmed up and happily blowing bubbles

with Stevie

with Stevie

with Tanika

with Tanika

with Mary

with Mary

and with Ainsley

and with Ainsley

just look at his face!

just look at his face!

1, 2, 3, 4... Hi 5!!!

1, 2, 3, 4… Hi 5!!!

in a blissful state after the encounter

in a blissful state after the encounter

Hi-5 is performing at United Square every day (except Wednesdays) at 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm. They will be back again in September for Hi-5 House of Dreams and tickets are available now!

The Little Prince in the Dark

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint- Exupery is one of my favourite books so I was really bummed about missing The Little Prince Art Collection at the Fullerton Hotel. For some reason, I thought it only ended sometime during the June holidays so I was planning to go down with the kids but the last day was actually 31 May.

Fortunately, I didn’t make the same mistake with The Little Prince in the Dark at Alliance Francaise. The exhibition ends 20 June so I went down with Anya today. French visual artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga has created 13 all-white sculptures of scenes from The Little Prince that are presented in the dark to be discovered by the senses of touch and hearing. The first edition of a Braille version of the book, which comes with illustrations done in relief, is also on show. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.

Just outside the gallery are some paintings by Kai Xu, an 8-year-old boy with Sturge Weber Syndrome, an incurable condition that primarily affects the brain causing seizures and glaucoma in the affected eye. This exhibition is intended to create awareness of this medical condition.

here for The Little Prince in the Dark

here for The Little Prince in the Dark

The Little Prince on his planet

The Little Prince on his planet

her favourite is The Drinker

her favourite is The Drinker

she likes the little bottles

she likes the little bottles

can't stop touching The Drinker!

can’t stop touching The Drinker!

the baobab tree

the baobab tree

a hat? or elephant inside a snake?

a hat? or elephant inside a snake?

feeling the raised illustrations and Braille lettering

feeling the raised illustrations and Braille lettering

paintings by Kai Xu, an 8-year-old boy with Sturge Weber Syndrome

paintings by Kai Xu, an 8-year-old boy with Sturge Weber Syndrome

posing like The Little Prince

posing like The Little Prince

While The Little Prince in the Dark is a small exhibition, it is meaningful and worth checking out if the location is not too out of the way for you, and if you like The Little Prince. You can see it at Societe Generale Gallery on the 2nd floor of Alliance Francaise at 1 Sarkies Road.