Thursday, 17 December 2020

HomeTeamNS Clip 'N Climb & Adventure HQ

My ex-colleague turned BFF is a rock climbing enthusiast who is constantly asking me to join her. So when my eldest girl expressed interest to try rock climbing, there's no one else I would ask to be our guide and teacher 😁

[Clip 'N Climb @ Our Tampines Hub]

For a good and less intimidating experience for beginners like us, the Pro suggested that we try Clip 'N Climb at HomeTeamNS, Our Tampines Hub

As a Westie, this was first time I'm visiting Tampines Hub. It was so big! 


We were greeted by super colourful and fun rock walls on entering the Clip 'N Climb area. The staff taught us how to wear our harnesses and how to clip our harnesses to the auto belay before climbing. 

I thought the girl will have more issues with climbing than me but it turns out that she was a lot braver than I am! Although she was initially apprehensive of letting go of the wall to drop down, she was able to do it easily after her first drop. Of course, it helps that we have a pro to guide us as well 😁









To be honest, I was more afraid of heights than I thought I would be! I used to be way more adventurous than this! Maybe age has really caught up with me... I am older and less agile than before! *laughs* 

But well, I tried most of the walls and liked that it was easy enough for beginners like us but also had the element of difficulty for pros like the BFF.

Overall, we had a great time! The girl kept saying that she wanted to go rock climbing again. 


[Adventure HQ @ HomeTeamNS Khatib]

Since the girl wanted to go rock climbing again and Adventure HQ just opened in the spanking new HometeamNS Khatib. As it is new and has the biggest indoor multi-adventure course in Singapore, it is very popular. Hence, we didn't manage to book the preferred afternoon slot on a Thursday as it was the School Holiday. Instead, we decided to go with the evening slot at 6 - 9.30pm. 

When we arrived, we were awed by just how big the Adventure HQ was! It was like a huge playground for big kids! 
Everyone gathered in an air-conditioned room to have a briefing before we were tasked to do different activities so as to ensure that we didn't all crowd together. 
We were asked to start with the Sky Venture ropes course. Standing at 15m above ground, this 2-tiered ropes course is quite a challenge, especially for beginners like us. 
We were taught how to put on the full body harness before receiving a safety briefing from the staff. 
Since I brought my BFF, the girl got to bring her BFF as well 😊
We queued up and took turns to be hooked up to the ropes course.
The girls were really good and mostly unfazed by all the obstacles. The only obstacle that proved to be too challenging for my girl was the one with hanging tires as it required relatively long legs to maneuver across. She almost got stuck but managed to make it across with the help of the staff. 
Personally, I was proud to have tried half of the obstacles and managed to overcome my fear of falling. 
The girls declared this to be the best thing in Adventure HQ! 😊

Next we went down the Fireman Slide, the longest slide in Singapore at 4.5 storeys high! 
Of course, due to gravity, the heavier you are, the faster you go. This is probably the reason why I had the most fun on the slide! 😁

We proceeded on to the Adventure Trail, which is basically an upsized playground for big kids! 
If you are like me, who loves playgrounds no matter how old you are, then you will love this big playground just for big kids like us! 😁

Next, we proceeded to Fossil Labyrinth, the first indoor artificial caving in Singapore. The aim of this activity is to give you a glimpse of the caving experience without the risks. 
As the only one with actual caving experience among us, the BFF was quick to point out that an actual cave is a lot wetter and rockier than this artificial one. Nevertheless, it was still fun trying to find out way around in total darkness. If you're claustrophobic, I suggest that you skip this activity as it was really dark inside and there was very little space to move around. 

The girls wanted to try the Ninja Course next, so I decided to give myself a break and watch them try out the course. 
There were also Boulder and Rock Climbing walls but we were more interested in the fun Urban Climb walls mostly meant for the average climber. 
We put on our harness and learnt how to hook ourselves to the auto belay system. 
The auto belay system here was a lot easier to hook on and off as compared to Clip 'N Climb! It was a breeze to hook on and climb! 
My girl enjoyed climbing all the walls, even though she didn't always make it to the top of every wall. I think it's fine because the most important thing is to have tried your best! 

We were exhausted by 9pm and decided that we had had enough 😅

If you're planning to visit and bring your kids, do note that there is a minimum height of 1.25m required for Adventure HQ. If your child is too short, he/she will find it hard to navigate the ropes course, ninja course and some of the rock climbing walls. 



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This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
Check out other fun playgrounds and attractions in Singapore! =)


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Monday, 14 December 2020

Future World at ArtScience Museum

After seeing all the beautiful photos posted by my friends on Social Media, I made a mental note to bring the kids to visit the ArtScience Museum this school holiday. Then the government announced that we would be given $100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers! I knew immediately that I wanted to use my vouchers for the tickets. After utilising my vouchers, we only paid $6 for 2A2C tickets to the FutureWorld exhibition (we booked the tickets directly via the ArtScience Museum website). As we had a toddler with us, we felt that it was more feasible/manageable for us to visit only one exhibition. We chose FutureWorld, because it was the most interactive for the kids! 

When we arrived at our chosen time-slot of 3.30pm, there was already a long queue. Although it was a Monday and supposedly off-peak, it was also the year end school holidays and people were clearing leave. We waited for about 30-45 minutes before we were finally allowed into the exhibition. 

CITY IN A GARDEN
We were taken into a very interactive space full of colour and wonder! Everything moves and flows around you, and the neon lines on the floor and the waterfall actually split up when it hits you! So beautiful!
My littlest girl loved the interactive waterfall so much that she didn't want to leave! She enjoyed seeing the lines move when she stood in its path. I had to drag her to the next part of the exhibition! 😅

The kids saw a huge slide in the next room but no one was allowed to slide on it. The kids were so sad ☹️
Instead, we queued for the interactive exhibits held in a dark room targeted at children. Everyone has to sanitise our hands before entering each exhibition, which gives you a little bit of reassurance of some protection. 

The kids ran towards A Table Where Little People Live, which is a very interactive table for little ones. The table was short enough that even my littlest can interact with this art installation on her own with minimal help from us. They really love this table!

The kids also love the Sketch Piston - Playing Music. My kids were very attracted by the colours and sounds of this installation. Personally, I loved the beautiful colours! 
We could have stayed in this room for a longer time but to be considerate to the other people waiting in the queue, we encouraged the kids to move on to the next exhibit. 

We went to queue for the Giant Connecting Block Town installation. While waiting in the queue, we had fun taking pictures of the beautiful surrounding art and the Sketch Aquarium. 
The Giant Connecting Block Town installation was meant to allow you to design your own city by moving the blocks and creating rivers and roads. 

But kids being kids, this was how they decided to play in the space since there were no instructions from the staff to do otherwise.
The staff then scolded the kids for jumping and playing with the installation and finally explained how they were supposed to be used. Personally, we felt that you can't blame the kids for playing because that's what kids do. Perhaps it would be good to get instructions right at the beginning on what they were supposed to do. 
When the eldest finally knew how to create her town, she found it interesting and fun. The other two however, were contented with playing their own way 😅

We moved on to the Sketch Aquarium, where visitors could draw beautiful pictures of sea creatures, scan them and see them live on the screen (the kids have done this before at KidsSTOP / Singapore Science Centre). There was already a very long queue for the main exhibition hence the staff directed us to a separate room where you can do the same thing, just projected to a less 'pretty' aquarium. We didn't mind because we still got to do the activity without having to wait.

PARK

We moved on to the next part of the exhibition, Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses, which allows you to create your own hopscotch design on a touch screen and then you can play on it.
The place was lighted up with beautiful lights that draw you into the space.
Sketch Town, a large interactive screen similar to the Sketch Aquarium, had a Christmas theme because it was the Christmas season!
You can choose whether you wanted to colour the Santa and his sleigh, cars/trucks or buildings. The kids chose to colour Santa and his sleigh.
The kids enjoyed scanning their masterpieces into the scanner and seeing them move on the screen! The boy was so excited, he also coloured a van to see it move in the city that was a replica of the Marina Bay!
The kids also enjoyed playing with lighted balls at Light Ball Orchestra. The kids had to queue for the activity while the littlest could play in the Toddler area without needing to queue. The littlest girl loved the colourful and brightly lit balls! She had so much fun!

Finally, we also interacted with yet another large interactive screen which transforms into beautiful pictures every time you touch a hieroglyph symbol.
SPACE

Our last activity was the Crystal Universe, a sparkly bright installation of more than 170,000 LED lights that give you an illusion of moving in space! I love this installation! The lights made photography here that much better! You got to see it to fully experience it though.


Overall, we really enjoyed FutureWorld! I definitely highly recommend a visit if you haven't already done so =)

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This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
Check out other fun playgrounds and attractions in Singapore! =)


You can also keep up to date with our fun adventures on Instagram via our hashtag #mpmfuninsg!
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