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Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2014

I love Mid-Autumn Festival! I mean, what’s not to love? Who doesn’t like mooncakes and lanterns? I’m so glad that Mid-Autumn Festival falls during the September school holidays this year. I visited Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens with the husband, all 3 kids and my 2 aunts earlier today and we had a fun time eating and looking at the lanterns. I liked that even though there were a lot of people there, it wasn’t unpleasantly crowded and felt very festive indeed.

There are nightly performances by artistes from Chongqing Song & Dance Troupe and Guangdong Arts Troupe at Supertree Grove. I treated myself to some smelly tofu and fried Oreos at the Asian Food Street (at Palm Court near the Planet Baby sculpture). There’s also Korean street food, okonomiyaki, burgers and more!

performances at Super Tree Grove

performances at Super Tree Grove

lots of yummy food

lots of yummy food

I was immensely impressed by the majestic water lantern displays featuring the Ancient Chinese Palace, The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea and the Treasure Voyages of Cheng Ho. The kids liked the lanterns featuring landmarks of different countries. There are also interesting thematic lantern set pieces of Racial Harmony in Singapore, SEA Games 2015, and of course, the Chinese Zodiac. I also took many photos of the lanterns depicting Chinese culture and traditions in Taiwan.

Chang E flying to the moon with her rabbit

Chang E flying to the moon with her rabbit

the entire piece

the entire piece

India!

India!

Japan

Japan

one of my favourite pieces: London!

one of my favourite pieces: London!

beautiful floating lantern

beautiful floating lantern

the 8 immortals

the 8 immortals

lanterns featuring Chinese culture

lanterns featuring Chinese culture

reminds me of Cavalia

reminds me of Cavalia

posing with my zodiac

posing with my zodiac

Important Information

Dates: 4 – 14 Sep 2014
Hours: Mon – Fri 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM; Sat – Sun 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Venues: Golden Garden, Silver Garden, Dragonfly Lake, Scented Walk, Baby Planet surrounding, Supertree Grove, Supertree Grove Colonnade
Free Admission; Entrance fees to the Cooled Conservatories apply.

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Gardens by the Bay Tulipmania 2014

After planting tulips at Gardens by the Bay two weeks ago, we visited the Flower Dome again to check out the tulips in bloom! It was a beautiful sight indeed and the kids were amazed by the different types of tulips in such a range of stunning colours. I wish my photos could do the tulips justice but you really need to see them in person to fully appreciate the flowers!

they loved the Miffy postcard

they loved the Miffy postcard

white and orange tulips

white and orange tulips

windmill

windmill

a beautiful sight

a beautiful sight

how many different colours can you see?

how many different colours can you see?

orange ones

orange ones

pink ones

pink ones

purple ones with yellow centres

purple ones with yellow centres

I love this section of sunshine-yellow tulips

I love this section of sunshine-yellow tulips

display of clogs and such

display of clogs and such

Tulipmania is at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay until 4 May. The display is hugely popular so you should consider buying your tickets online, especially if you plan to go during the weekend! Miffy will be at Gardens by the Bay again on 26 April at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM for the Tulip Cheer Orange Day Celebrations.

Miffy & Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay

Tulipmania is back! Visitors to Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay from 14 April – 4 May will be able to see a display featuring Dutch canal scenes, houses and windmills set in the midst of 50,000 gorgeous tulips. The tulip bulbs are flown in from The Netherlands and are in red, yellow, orange, purple and white. To make things even more magical, for the first time in conjunction with Tulipmania, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be flying in Miffy, the beloved Dutch rabbit!

We were invited to plant tulip bulbs with Miffy in preparation for Tulipmania. Sengkang Babies and Cheekiemonkies were there too! It was hard work loosening up the compost and transferring it to the trough before planting the tulip bulbs. Anya enjoyed the process and was happy to use her hands to pat the compost into place around the base of the tulip bulbs. She did her very best to handle the tulip bulbs with tender loving care and to ensure that they were straight and spaced out nicely.

getting ready to plant the tulip bulbs

getting ready to plant the tulip bulbs

putting compost into the trough

putting compost into the trough

making sure there's enough space between the bulbs

making sure there’s enough space between the bulbs

our final product

our final product

After planting the tulip bulbs, we went outside to wait for Miffy’s arrival. I must confess that I think Miffy is adorable and I was really looking forward to seeing her. When she appeared, I gave a rather undignified squeal of excitement! Anya was so delighted to see Miffy that she kept following her around and even hid behind Miffy when the other visitors were taking photos with the bunny.

waiting for Miffy

waiting for Miffy with the girls from Cheekiemonkies and Sengkang Babies

talking to Miffy

talking to Miffy

finally get to take a photo with the adorable Miffy

finally got to take a photo with the adorable Miffy

clinging on to Miffy

clinging on to Miffy

'helping' to plant tulips

‘helping’ to plant tulips

Miffy from above

Miffy from above

Miffy posing for photos

Miffy posing for photos

I can’t wait to see the tulips in bloom and I’m definitely making my way down to Gardens by the Bay next week for Tulipmania! Miffy will be at Gardens by the Bay again on 20 April for an Easter egg hunt and 26 April for the Tulip Cheer Orange Day Celebrations. If you are keen to meet her, be sure to check the KLM Facebook page and the Gardens by the Bay website and Facebook page for more information! Gardens by the Bay is also running a photography competition in partnership with Canon, and details can be found here.

Easter Egg Hunt with Miffy 
Date: Sunday, 20 April

Egg Hunt Sessions
11am – 12pm (Registration opens 10:30-10:45)
1pm – 2pm (Registration opens 12:30-12:45)
3pm – 4pm (Registration opens 2:30-2:45)

Eligibility: Children 3 – 12 Years Old (3 – 6 years old need one parent to supervise)
Registration will be done in Flower Dome. Admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories apply.

‘Tulip Cheer’
Date: Saturday 26 April at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

FEO Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay

We were invited to the preview of the Far East Organisation Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay, but it was during my confinement so we didn’t go. Finally managed to take the kids there with their cousins during the March holidays. It’s an amazing place with so many things for kids of all ages to do! It was really crowded that particular day with a few school groups there but the kids still enjoyed themselves tremendously. Hope to go back again when it’s not that packed!

FEO Children's Garden

FEO Children’s Garden

spinning around

spinning around

making their way to the tree house

making their way to the tree house

kids on the bridge

kids on the bridge

boy in the net

boy in the net

trapped?

trapped?

our companions for the day

our companions for the day

playing with water

toddler play zone

ducking under

ducking under

time for water play

time for water play

such a hot day

such a hot day

cooling off

cooling off

the cousins

the cousins

waiting for the splash

waiting for the splash

pressing buttons

pressing buttons

the younger ones

the younger ones

the girls

the girls

climbing around on our way to lunch

climbing around on our way to lunch

FEO Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay is open from 9am to 9pm daily. It is closed for maintenance every Monday (or the next working day if Monday is a public holiday). Admission is free.

Kids at the Gardens: Feed Me!

There are lots of exciting programmes for families and kids at Gardens by the Bay during the March holidays and Anya had a preview of one of the programmes last Saturday. She learnt about carnivorous plants in Feed Me! and made one from recycled materials to take home with her.

Feed Me! is suitable for kids 4-6 years old. Before a tour of the conservatories, the kids learnt about the various things that plants need to survive, then they discovered how different plants thrive in different ways. The kids were fascinated by the carnivorous plants, especially the Venus flytrap, and the craft activity after the tour ensured that they each had a Venus flytrap souvenir to catch ‘insects’ with.

talking about what plants need

talking about what plants need

looking at how some plants store water

looking at how some plants store water

why is the baobab tree so fat?

why is the baobab tree so fat?

how do some plants get water from the air?

how do some plants get nutrients from the air?

Anya playing with the mist

Anya playing with the mist

checking out some carnivorous plants

checking out some carnivorous plants

pitcher plants

pitcher plants

spot the Venus flytrap

Venus flytrap

learning to make a Venus flytrap

learning to make a Venus flytrap

catching flies with their Venus flytraps

catching flies with their Venus flytraps

Some of the other programmes include learning about how plants reproduce, what the creatures in the soil do and the ecosystem at the Kingfisher Lake. There are also fun activities for the family. I’m keen to sign Anya up for Stories in the Understorey, another programme suitable for kids 4-6 years old. Sign your kids up for the March school holidays public programmes at Gardens by the Bay now!

Mid-Autumn Festival at the Gardens

I was very excited to hear that the corpse flower hybrid at Gardens by the Bay had bloomed, so I rushed down to take a look at the flowering Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’. I was hoping to catch a whiff of the foul smell that corpse flowers are named for, but in the openness of the Cloud Forest conservatory, no odour could be detected.

By the time I visited Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’, it had already been flowering for about 48 hours and the flower is estimated to last for about only 2-3 days. So glad I got to see it before it collapsed. The next time there’s a flowering, I plan to get there as soon as I can to see the flower at its best.

Amorphophallus 'John Tan'

Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’ standing at 205cm

a closer look

a closer look

I brought the kids and my aunt along to look at the Mid-Autumn floral display at the Flower Dome and the lantern display on the grounds of the Gardens. We didn’t manage to see all the lanterns because Anya was quite tired from the walking around and wanted to go home but Adam really enjoyed himself. She was very happy to be able to release a loi krathong flower float though.

lanterns inside the Flower Dome

lanterns inside the Flower Dome

colourful displays

colourful displays

beautiful flowers

beautiful flowers

mooncake boxes!

mooncake boxes!

Chang E on an egg

Chang E

dragonflies

dragonflies

dragons

dragons in the shadow of MBS

writing a wish for her krathong

writing a wish for her krathong

ready to launch

ready to launch

helpful hands to make sure she doesn't fall in

helpful hands to make sure she doesn’t fall in

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Adam really liked this

Adam really liked this whimsical lantern display

an impressive display

an impressive display

The Mid-Autumn floral display will be up until 6 Oct but tomorrow’s the last day to enjoy 15% off normal admission rates to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Opening hours are extended to 11pm until tomorrow.

Flight of Fancy at Gardens by the Bay

We were invited to view the Flight of Fancy floral display at Gardens by the Bay and it was the first time there for the kids and they were so excited! Anya declared that since we were going to the gardens, she wanted to wear her dress with the print of potted plants and her brother had to wear his matching shirt.

beautiful day!

beautiful day!

at The Falls

at The Falls

Once we entered the Cloud Forest, the kids were awed by the 30-metre high waterfall and stood there enjoying the mist from the falls. They loved the colourful display of whimsical hot air balloons and kites and ran around excitedly pointing out the different things they spotted. I had a good time reading the fun facts that were placed around.

hot air balloon overhead

hot air balloon overhead

colourful kites

colourful kites

interesting facts about kites

interesting facts about kites

floral bird

floral bird

choo choo chugga chugga

choo choo chugga chugga

dancing flowers

dancing flowers

in their matching outfits

in their matching outfits

The kids were initially a bit hesitant to step on the walkways because they could see all the way through parts of it but soon they were happily skipping along admiring the different plants around them. Anya was very interested in the pitcher plants and Adam loved the bright flowers we saw along the way. I was happy to see the display of seeds dispersed by wind because Anya likes to pick up the winged Angsana seeds that are scattered all around the path we take to one of her classes.

on the cloud walk

on the cloud walk

Gardens by the Bay

pitcher plants

checking out some flowers

checking out some flowers

the source of the falls

the source of the falls

pointing out some interesting thing to her brother

pointing out some interesting thing to her brother

adventure is out there!

adventure is out there!

seeds that 'fly'

seeds that ‘fly’

After expending all his energy in his excitement at the Cloud Forest, Adam retreated to the stroller for our walk around the Flower Dome. Anya was so psyched to see baobab trees that we have read about in books and she was very amused by cacti that have been featured in the Roadrunner cartoons she’s watched. She insisted on taking photographs with all the different displays in the Flower Dome.

inside the Flower Dome

inside the Flower Dome

cacti

cacti

bottle trees

bottle trees

Anya's favourite

Anya’s favourite

camellia but Anya insisted it was a rose

camellia but Anya insisted it was a rose

the kids loved the colourful displays

the kids loved the colourful displays

take flight!

take flight!

help me! I'm in prison!

help me! I’m in prison!

let's pretend we're eating rice!

let’s pretend we’re eating rice!

The kids had a great time on their first visit to Gardens by the Bay and the Flight of Fancy floral display really added to their enjoyment of the place! I’m glad they like the gardens as much as I do! Anya gave it her stamp of approval by making us promise that we would take her to the gardens again very soon. Flight of Fancy is on at Gardens by the Bay until Sunday, 21 July 2013. Check it out this weekend!

Disclaimer: We were invited to Gardens by the Bay to view the Flight of Fancy floral display. All opinions are my own.