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Clip ‘n Climb at Our Tampines Hub

I generally find that activities for kids can be quite boring for adults. Clip ‘n Climb is an exception and I may even enjoy it more than the kids do. A quick tip: you can get a discount if you have a PAssion Card but the discount is only applicable for the cardholder so what we did was to use the PAssion Card to get a Savers Pass (10 climbs) and that’s not much more than the $122 (5 x guest price, 1 x PA price) we would have had to pay for the 5 of us, but we get double the number of climbs.

There’s no minimum age and any kid above 10kg can climb, but I feel it’s more suitable for kids above 4. D is above 10 kg but he was not willing to climb any of the walls. So with the exception of D, we all had a lot of fun (despite their expression in the last photo) and decided to book a room there for Anya’s birthday party. Will let the (many, many) pictures do the talking.

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Clip ‘n Climb

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safety briefing

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Anya on the ladder

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Adam on the Big Cheese

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one of my favourite structures

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reminds me of Tetris

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rolling around on the floor, refusing to climb

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still not climbing

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we call this the Elsa ice wall

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face-to-face climbing

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the husband had fun too

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disregard Anya’s expression

 

Clip ‘n Climb
HomeTeamNS Tampines
51 Tampines Ave 4
#03-03 Our Tampines Hub
Singapore 529684

Walking The Southern Ridges

We took a walk on The Southern Ridges a few weeks ago. It was a nice, cloudy day so the weather was quite lovely and cool. We parked at HortPark and started our walk there, crossed Alexandra Arch (80m), made our way through Forest Walk (1.3km), linked up to Hilltop Walk (1km), had a toilet break at Telok Blangah Hill Park, crossed Henderson Waves (300m), and then walked down to the bus stop and took a bus back to HortPark.

The route we took was stroller-friendly and we pushed the baby the entire way. We only had a bit of a problem getting the stroller down the steps to the bus stop. The kids whined a bit along the way (as kids are wont to do), but the 3km walk was not a problem for them and I think they had a good time!

Your Guide to Hort Park and the Southern Ridges by National Parks Board provides useful information on suggested routes, difficulty level, distance and time needed for each section of The Southern Ridges, and also some highlights for each portion.

crossing Alexandra Arch

crossing Alexandra Arch

mummy insists on a photo

mummy insists on a photo

Forest Walk

Forest Walk

so much greenery

so much greenery

looking at some of the plants

looking at some of the plants

rest shelter

rest shelter

touching hairy leaves

touching hairy leaves

posing for yet another picture

posing for yet another picture

lush vegetation

lush vegetation

tangled trees at Telok Blangah Hill Park

tangled trees at Telok Blangah Hill Park

dragging themselves to Henderson Waves

dragging themselves to Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves

the view

the view

tired children

tired children

Henderson Waves from below

Henderson Waves from below

back at Hort Park

back at Hort Park

Getting Along Swimmingly with The Swimming Room (Plus a Giveaway!)

There are so many classes for children these days. You can pick from typical academic ones like Math, Chinese and Science, or sign your kid up for more exotic classes like circus arts, belly dancing, yoga or even mermaid school!

We are always keen to let the kids try new stuff if they are interested but the one enrichment class that is non-negotiable is swimming. The husband feels that water safety is the top priority and feels very strongly that the kids must know how to swim.

Anya started swimming with Eugene of The Swimming Room when she was 3 years old. At her first lesson, she kept crying and wanting me to get into the pool with her and she didn’t want to put her face in the water at all. Eugene was so patient with her, reassured her repeatedly and got her to go through all the activities. After a few lessons, she started looking forward to her weekly swimming class and it was hard to get her out of the pool after class! You can read more about Anya’s experiences with The Swimming Room here, here and here.

kicking

kicking

Of course, when it was Adam’s turn to start swimming, I immediately signed him up for classes with Eugene. Adam is not confident at all in the pool and would usually cling to me like a barnacle when we go swimming, so I thought I would have to wait a long time before he started to enjoy his swimming classes.

I was pleasantly surprised that he was keen to participate from the first lesson even though he was clearly nervous about being in the water. He’s so comfortable with Eugene and it’s clear that Adam trusts Eugene to take care of him in the pool. It’s been a few months since he started swimming and his water confidence level is so much higher than it used to be and he always looks forward to his swimming lessons.

straightening legs

straightening legs

swimming

swimming

heads in water

heads in water

getting ready to blow bubbles

getting ready to blow bubbles

individual attention

individual attention

leap of faith!

leap of faith!

Back when I was trying to sign Anya up for swimming lessons, I was quite boggled by the number of options available and I had no way of knowing whether that particular swimming school or coach was good. Some of the swimming schools I tried contacting didn’t even bother getting back to me and it was all rather frustrating. So I’m really glad I managed to find Eugene and The Swimming Room!

Since the holidays are round the corner, you may be thinking of checking out some swim schools for your child but may not know where to start looking. Here’s your chance to cross that one item off your list!

GIVEAWAY! :)

I have a THREE session passes to be won by three lucky readers! Each session pass entitles you to 3 lessons. Do look at the table below to ensure that there is a session your child is able to attend.

To qualify, simply do the following by Tuesday, 2 June 2015, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like ‘Life in the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like ‘The Swimming RoomFacebook page.
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available sessions

available sessions

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Adam’s 1st Swimming Class!

Adam had his first swimming lesson with Teacher Eugene (Anya’s former swimming instructor) last week but it was a very short session because they got rained out. He seemed quite happy during class which is a stark contrast to Anya who cried (and sometimes vomited) every lesson for about a month before becoming resigned to her fate.

three happy kids

three happy kids

sitting by the pool

sitting by the pool

blowing bubbles

blowing bubbles

going for a spin in the water

going for a spin in the water

the rain is too heavy!

the rain is too heavy!

The sun was blazing hot for the second lesson a week later so they managed to do a lot more. Adam was clearly very stressed throughout the lesson but still followed instructions. They did some kicking, some floating, some blowing of bubbles and some swishing around in the water.

keeping legs straight

keeping legs straight

holding onto the board

holding onto the board

demonstrating the right way to float

demonstrating the right way to float

Adam giving it a shot

Adam giving it a shot

going underwater

going underwater

flying through the water

flying through the water

Zoom Park Singapore

Last week, some friends and I checked out Zoom Park with our kids. It’s the largest indoor trampoline park in Singapore and includes 2 dodgeball courts, 3 basketball slam dunk lanes, a 17-metre lateral rock wall, and a foam pit. I didn’t take many photos because I was too busy having fun with the kids.

What I liked: It’s in the West and pretty easy to get to from my place or my mum’s place. It’s more interesting than the other trampoline parks because you can do a lot more than just bounce around. Anya likes rock-climbing so she spent some time on the rock wall and the kids also had fun playing dodgeball and dunking basketballs. My favourite part is the Slam Dunk because it’s probably the only time I can get a basketball through the hoop.

foam pit and rock wall

foam pit and rock wall

climbing up

climbing up

the main jumping area

the main jumping area

having a race

having a race

playing dodgeball

playing dodgeball

slam dunk

slam dunk

with my friends (and 2 of the 10 kids we had with us)

with my friends (and 2 of the 10 kids we had with us)

What could be improved: I think some signs indicating where the main entrance is would be helpful. The trampoline park is located inside a huge tent and we walked 3/4 of the perimeter before finding the entrance. FYI, it’s on the side that faces Cycle & Carriage. They are also very particular about you wearing socks with extra grip, so if you brought along normal socks, you have to buy theirs. Another thing that bugged me was that when I was filling in my details for the waiver on their computer, I could see all the data (IC numbers, phone numbers, names, etc.) that other people had keyed in! I think they need to adjust their computer settings. Finally, I think they have some issues with their air-conditioning because it was HOT in there! The kids had to stop and rest in front of the air cooling units very often.

I think these are all teething problems that can be resolved quickly so let’s hope that things are better the next time we decide to drop by!

Zoom Park Singapore
200 Pandan Gardens #01-14
Singapore 609336
Tel: 63344615
Email: info@zoomparkasia.com

Check out their website for more information about opening hours and pricing.

Last Swimming Lesson

It’s been 2 years and 10 months since the cousins started swimming together and how far they have come since! But the boys are off to primary school soon and their schedule is uncertain so we have decided to stop their swimming lessons. Anya wants to try other activities. Will definitely miss being able to meet up and hang out every single week. I’m glad that they swim so confidently now and that they truly enjoy swimming.

with Uncle Eugene

with Uncle Eugene

posing while swimming

posing while swimming

they've grown so much since their first class

they’ve grown so much since their first class

posing with paddles

posing with paddles

circus class

circus class

whee!

whee!

jumping off

jumping off

levitating

levitating

we'll miss you, Uncle Eugene!

we’ll miss you, Uncle Eugene!

The Rock School: The Rock Challenge & Carnival 2014

Anya really enjoys rock-climbing and we have tried a few places but our favourite is The Rock School! We were there in July this year and again very recently and both times, we were immensely impressed by the patience, dedication and skill of the instructors.

Their 2-hour Fun Climb programme for kids is perfect as an introduction to climbing for the little ones. The kids warm up with some games inside a room and learn basic climbing techniques. Under the instructors’ guidance and assuring hands, they become familiar with the climbing holds and gain confidence before attempting the wall outside.

getting to know the kids

getting to know the kids

warming up with some games

warming up with some games

a briefing before climbing

a briefing before climbing

guiding the littlest one

guiding the littlest one

put your foot here

put your foot here

steady there

steady there

an assuring hand

an assuring hand

At the rock wall, the instructors put on the harness for the kids and brief them on safety and demonstrate how to climb the walls before allowing the kids to try it for themselves. To motivate them, the kids are given stickers for each section they manage to climb.

Unlike other climbing schools where kids are left to fumble around and find their own way up the wall, the instructors are completely focused on each child they are belaying at that moment and providing guidance and encouragement each step of the way.

time for the actual rock wall

time for the actual rock wall

starting at the simple one

starting at the simple one

all the way up

all the way up

gave the red wall a go as well

gave the red wall a go as well

After the climb, the kids are presented with their card with the stickers they have managed to attained. Adam was too young to climb on the rock wall outside but they did not forget him and gave him a card as well and he was so pleased.

The kids had so much fun at their Fun Climb session and it really is the perfect introduction to rock-climbing for first-timers.

his efforts get acknowledged

his efforts get acknowledged

look how happy she is

look how happy she is

so much fun!

so much fun!

An exciting upcoming event organised by The Rock School is The Rock Challenge and The Rock Carnival. Click here for instructions on how to register!

Date: 22 & 23 November 2014 (Sat & Sun)
Timing: 10am – 4pm
About: The Carnival is a 2-day event (purchase a 1-day pass) with climbing as the highlight and side events like face painting, balloon sculpting, flea market and more. On top of a specially constructed bouldering wall with routes of varying difficulties, the highwall will be open for parent-child climbs. Climbers may stay and play for as long as they like, even throughout the whole 6 hours from 10am-4pm!