Friday, 17 June 2016

KidsSTOP Oceans' Buddies

Despite living only 10 minutes to the Science Centre, we had never been to KidsSTOP till now. Well, better now than never! =)

KidsSTOP
Looks like a really cool and fun place!

We made our first stop at the newest attraction at KidsSTOP, Oceans' Buddies!

Do note the timings of the two sessions.
I personally feel that there are too few sessions. They should have at least two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon to accommodate the crowds on weekends.
The big screen which mimicks a big aquarium
Colouring their fish with special erasable Pilot markers
Close up of the coloring paper
Choosing the coloured marker
(even the boy joined in)
Girl's masterpiece!
Then it's off to scan it so that it will come to "life" on the screen!

Here's a tip: make sure you colour the whole fish in a colour that will stand out so that you can easily spot it on the screen. We could easily spot my girl's fish but couldn't make out my boy's fish no matter how hard I looked!

We spotted hers right away due to the unique colour combination! So cool right? =)

The nice thing about erasable markers is that the ink can be erased and the paper reused again for at least 5 times!

Erasing the ink to recycle the paper and save trees!

I thought it was way cool! The kids however, although it was fun for them while it lasted, was far more interested in the rest of the huge playground. Can't really blame them!

Supermarket where you can learn the names of different food
Choosing her ingredients and paying for them at the counter
After buying your ingredients, you proceed to the kitchen next door to cook delicious food

Compared to other indoor playgrounds, KidsSTOP has a nice learning element to it. It's not just playing for the sake of playing; the kids get to learn about science too. They also get to pretend to be pilots, paleontologist and builders so if you find Kidzania too expensive, this is an awesome, cheaper alternative.

Pretending to be a pilot of a rocket ship!
Pretending to be a pilot of a plane, with accompanying uniforms as well! =)
Kids to control, kids to control, we are ready for takeoff
Typhoon Simulator gives you an idea of what being in a typhoon feels like
You can also be Bob the Builder! =)
Or a mad scientist finding out the movement of a ball influenced by gravity
Or maybe you'll prefer to learn about the four seasons
Or how the plants grow on the ground
You can also be a Paleontologist, digging for dinosaur bones in the sand

There's also a very interactive section where the kids get to learn about their body.

This interactive screen will match the skeleton, muscles and even the digestive system to your body such that you'd think that it is real! Very cool! =)
Pretending to be doctors and learning about the different organs of our body

In general, socks is not a compulsory requirement in KidsSTOP. However, certain areas require socks otherwise you will not be able to enter it (such as the Dream Climber below). Hence, don't forget to bring your socks!

Dream Climber, the largest climbing structure in KidsSTOP.
It's so large that you can climb from the first floor to the second floor in it!
Climbing higher and higher!

Adults are allowed in Dream Climber as long as you're wearing socks. The structure actually leads to the second floor where the music section is located.

Learning about music and sound
The view on the way down

The most thrilling thing in KidsSTOP had to be this 7 metres high slide for both kids and adults. Unfortunately, neither I nor my girl was keen to try it *laughs*.

Super steep slide!

There's a nice closed-in toddler corner called Small World located next to the slide so if you need a place to "trap" your child for a minute while you catch your breath, this is the place.

Toddler corner filled with foam Lego bricks

If you had thought that that was it, it's not! KidsSTOP is so big that there are more in the back, which is not obvious unless you follow the corridor all the way to the back (head to the baby changing room and you'll see the corridor).

We discovered a room of critters such as fish and a baby chick
There's a kiddie theatre where you can show off your singing skills as well as a mathematics and science corner for you to test your logic and IQ.
Trying to figure out the puzzle, with help from mummy
(this mummy has always been good at puzzles hehe). Each "station" has a different activity and learning point for the kids.
Baby Boy busied himself with Lego Duplo (even though he already has a whole sack of them at home) while the sister learnt about the centre of gravity.

I think we spent more than 3 hours there! The kids loved it so much that I almost had to drag them out because it was time for lunch (and their daddy was outside waiting to pick us).

The cost of a lovely morning of fun and learning? Just $10 (child)/ $5 (adult) on weekends and $5 (child)/ $2 (adult) on weekdays for Singapore citizens and PR (see admission rate for more information)! Seriously so worth it for more than 3 hours of non-stop fun!

And if you don't want to pay, there's a small but free playground at the entrance. Super fun too =)

Weee!!!

I really don't mind bringing them back; that is, after I'm done with exploring all the places on my To Bring the Kids list =)

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Disclosure: Complimentary admission was received from KidsSTOP Singapore for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Animal Farm in Singapore

Ever since we moved to the West, the hubby and I had been meaning to bring the kids to the farms at Lim Chu Kang. We used to consider it going to the end of the world when we lived in Tiong Bahru (certainly felt like it) but now that we've moved to the West, the journey to ulu Lim Chu Kang doesn't seem so far anymore. However, despite having stayed in the West for 10 months, we still haven't found time to go (due to the hot weather mainly)!

Hence, when my girl's school said they would be organising a school trip to the Animal Resort Singapore, I thought, "perhaps it is high time we actually visit a farm together!"

So I took my Vesak Day Off-In-Lieu and spent a morning with my girl on her school field trip. I brought Baby Boy along so that the mum-in-law can get the morning off.

Selfie in the bus
(Baby Boy was in an awesome mood)

The bus took us all the way North East to Seletar West Farmway. We have arrived!

Animal Resort
The lady in-charge greeted us and gave the children a brief introduction of the farm and its animals
Cute signs that pointed you in the right direction =)

I forgot to take pictures of the horse but take it from me, there's a very popular one on the farm.

The kids were given food to feed the animals. You are strictly not allowed to bring your own food to feed the animals.

Feeding the fish at the fish pond
Baby Boy takes part too!
Having fun feeding the fish and one super hungry catfish
Girl's teacher was really nice and helped me to take care of my boy as well even though he wasn't one of the students.
The chickens and the ducks
The wandering goose
You can feed them directly if you like but most of us preferred to throw it on the ground
Which attracted all the pigeons!
The female peacock
And the beautiful male peacock
(in the animal kingdom, males have to be pretty because they have something to prove *laughs*)
The rabbit, guinea pig and skinny pig cages
My boy's favourite place to run about
Cute rabbits who were probably freaked out by all the hyperactive kids
They've got so much food to eat that they weren't really interested when we wanted to feed them
Kids touching a baby rabbit

Soon it was time for lunch at Thierry's Chalet where we had Nasi Lemak.

Thierry's Chalet
Waiting for our lunch to be served
(there're 20cent rides in the back to entertain the kids while waiting if you want)

There was also an old-school swing, which the kids enjoyed. Haven't seen one of these  in a long time.

Weee!

The school had also organised games for the kids including an egg hunt.

"Eggs, eggs, where are you?"

I think the kids had fun. They were all so tired out that by the time we went home, both fell fast asleep on the bus despite the fact that the aircon on the bus was not working (very suay *sigh*).

Fast asleep on the way back

Don't think I'll ever go back to the Animal Resort because it's simply too far for us. It was fun while it lasted though. Can't wait to go check out the farms at Lim Chu Kang!


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