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Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari & At the S.E.A. Aquarium

Whenever I’m planning to take the kids to an attraction for the first time or to a place they have not visited in a while, I find it useful for them to read about the destination beforehand. Usually, they would get quite excited and have lots to look forward to and look out for when we are there. And after the visit, the kids get to relive their experience by reading the books again.

So when we were planning trips to Night Safari and S.E.A. Aquarium recently, these books by author David Seow were very handy: Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari and Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium. In both stories, the three children pay a visit to the respective locations and embark on an interesting adventure. I like that the books are not just about what the children see and do but the plot has them in a situation where they have to get creative in order to solve a problem.

In Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari, the siblings have to figure out how to move a giraffe who has fallen asleep right in the path of the tram. During our visit to the Night Safari, Anya and Adam were busy looking out for animals that they had seen in the book and were delighted when a tapir came very close to the tram. After the visit, they talked about all the animals there and compared them with the ones in the book.

Sam, Sebbie & Dididi: At the Night Safari

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari

checking out the animals we can see there

checking out the animals we can see there

at the Night Safari!

at the Night Safari!

adventure is out there

adventure is out there

we read about the tram in the book

we read about the tram in the book

meeting some of the animals

meeting some of the animals

watching the show

watching the show

learning about recycling

learning about recycling

In Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium, Di-Di-Di goes missing and Sam & Sebbie go around all the tanks to ask if any of the sea creatures have seen Di-Di-Di and they find him in the most unusual place. Like with the other book, the kids were also very excited to spot the underwater creatures that they had read about in the book. The books help to make the visits more enriching and meaningful for the kids and it doesn’t hurt that the illustrations are so beautiful.

Sam, Sebbie & Dididi: At the SEA Aquarium

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium

checking out the fish

checking out the fish

they even brought the book along

they even brought the book along

admiring the fish swimming overhead

admiring the fish swimming overhead

making friends

making friends

touching a star fish

touching a star fish

feeding time

feeding time

they read about the rays in the book

they read about the rays in the book

The Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di books are available from Epigram Books and they are currently having 30% off all books with a minimum spending of $40 (with code HAPPY4TH) until 12 July. This would be a good time to snap up all the books in the Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di series or get some other fabulous books. We like the Lee Kuan Yew series by Patrick Yee!

Snap Happy at Trick Eye Museum

Another rainy-day activity to keep the little ones entertained when the weather outside is frightful. We were at Sentosa the other day with some friends and had originally intended to take the kids to the wet playground. It was a good thing we changed our mind because it started to pour! Fortunately, we were happily taking photos at Trick Eye Museum.

Trick Eye Museum is located at Resorts World Sentosa and a perfect place to retreat to when it’s too hot/ too rainy for the beach or Universal Studios. Two-dimensional images come to life at Trick Eye Museum, no 3D glasses needed! We had so much fun hamming it up for the camera and the kids enjoyed themselves too. Here are some of the many photos we took there.

children in a cage

children in a cage

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

Anya's head on a plate

Anya’s head on a plate

floating in mid-air??

floating in mid-air??

we are gigantic!

we are gigantic!

kidnapped by a dinosaur

kidnapped by a dinosaur

dangling upside-down

dangling upside-down

climbing with the panda

climbing with the panda

tightrope walking

tightrope walking

great balance!

great balance!

Levitation 101

Levitation 101

the floor is lava!

the floor is lava!

Anya the mermaid

Anya the mermaid

children in a snow globe

children in a snow globe

flying on a broomstick

flying on a broomstick

angel on a bike

angel on a bike

Some tips for Trick Eye Museum:

  • No short skirts or low-riding pants. You will need to sit on things or even lie down to create some of the optical illusions and you really don’t want to be flashing complete strangers in the process.
  • Check that your camera is fully charged. I brought along an extra battery for my camera but realised that it was flat. Good thing I had taken almost all the photos I wanted to take by then and switched to my phone camera for the rest.
  • Be considerate of the people around you. Do a quick scan before you walk past any of the paintings to avoid accidentally photobombing someone else’s photo.
  • Stand at the suggested photo point to take your photo but also ensure that you get the correct angle so you can achieve a convincing optical illusion. For example, in the photo where I’m ‘walking’ on the tightrope, you need to make sure you get the line of the tightrope straight.

Trick Eye Museum is fun for the whole family and very children-friendly because they are allowed to touch everything! You don’t have to worry about forcing them to pose for pictures because they will be more than happy to see pictures of themselves in all sorts of wacky situations.

Trick Eye Museum
Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44
Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795 2370 / 2371
enquiries@trickeye.com
Open daily: 10am – 9pm

Ticket prices:
Kids below 4 go in free.
Kids (4-12 years): $20
Adults (13-59 years): $25
Seniors (60 and above): $20
You can buy your tickets online to save 10%.

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