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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
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51 Tampines Ave 4
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Singapore 529684

BB Share a Gift 2016

It’s that time of the year! Once again, we are participating in the annual BB Share a Gift by buying groceries and delivering hampers. The kids have been part of this since 2012 and it’s something we intend to be part of every year.

While it’s actually not very convenient to bring the kids along for the delivery, we want them to be able to meet the recipients of the grocery items they have helped to purchase. It helps if you have a trolley to push the hampers on or you can request for some BB Boys to help with the heavy lifting.

So join us in bringing some cheer to the lives of the less fortunate this Christmas season! The beneficiaries are from some 7,108 households who are receiving assistance from Government-funded ComCare programmes and from 198 Voluntary Welfare Organisations.You can help by making donations at various locations, at any AXS station and online as well. You can also volunteer to deliver food hampers. Have a Heart, Share a Gift!

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delivering hope!

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loading up

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guarding the hampers

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ready to go!

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knock knock

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carrying the hampers in

 

Fake it till You Make it – Festive Dining for the Undomestic Goddess

Hi, my name is Delphine and I have a confession: I am completely and utterly hopeless in the kitchen. I can’t cook to save my life and the thought of having friends over and having to feed them sends chills down my spine (and not the good sort of chills) and usually makes me reach desperately for the phone to call in a pizza.

It gets a wee bit embarassing during the festive season when friends talk about meeting up and I demur from offering my place as the venue for our gatherings. So I decided that it’s high time I do something about how pathetically un-domestic I am. Obviously we’re not about to have a holiday miracle where I turn into Martha Stewart overnight, so the only way to go about this is to fake it till I make it in 4 easy steps.

  1. COVER UP
    Get a pretty tablecloth and some matching napkins. This instantly makes everything look a lot more fancy and like you have put in a lot of effort. I love the ones from the VINTER 2016 range with a subtle pattern. My daughter was taken aback by how nice the table looked and demanded to know if it was Thanksgiving. LOL.
  2. STACK UP
    If you’re not great with colour coordination, always stick to classy neutrals like black, white, and grey. Honestly, you can never go wrong with white plates. We used white FÄRGRIK plates and side plates and grey ARV bowls on black place mats and everything went so well with the tablecloth and napkins. For serving the food, we used a VARDAGEN pie dish and oven dish.
  3. LIGHT UP
    To make the table look more festive, try some tealights in different sizes (but battery-operated ones if you have small children in the house). Don’t forget to pick up some batteries for the lights! Since my un-domestic nature extends to an inability to put together some flowers for a decent centrepiece, we used a festive garland, some twine, and red wicker balls (can reuse for CNY, yay…)
  4. SERVE UP
    You are probably wondering, ‘What about the food? Are you going to serve pizza when you have such a fancy set-up?’ Of course not! The final and most important step to faking it is to make a stop at the IKEA Swedish Food Market! We transformed frozen meatballs, multigrain bread mix, frozen marinated salmon, and frozen ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls into an EPIC meal. I also harassed my longsuffering sister to bake some cupcakes for the kids and they looked so yummy on the GARNERA serving stand!
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tones of grey and white

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essential meatballs that everybody loves

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multigrain bread and gravad lax

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festive cupcakes by my sister

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tealights

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time to eat

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA. All ideas are mine (and my longsuffering sister’s).   

Imaginarium 2016, SAM at 8Q

We checked out Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea at SAM at 8Q today. While the kids had fun with some of the installations, generally it was a lot less interactive than we had hoped it would be.

First up, there’s Underwater Labyrinth by Janice Wong (yes, the chef) and the corals are made from 1,000 kg of isomalt sugar and 200 kg of chocolate. The installation smells pretty darn good but it’s for your eyes only so don’t try licking it or anything. You’re not in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!

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Underwater Labyrinth

Also on the ground floor is Dimana Mogus? (Where is Mogus?) by Indonesian artist Mulyana. The sea creatures and the coral landscapes are all crocheted from yarn! The kids liked this because of the giant fish cushions they could throw themselves onto but they aren’t actually supposed to handle the sea creatures and coral which was a pity because they are so soft and cuddly.

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Dimana Mogus?

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skeletal octopus

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viking?

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running from cushion to cushion

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that boy in the background!

Along the staircase landings is Apex Predator by Yuree Kensaku from Thailand. The murals appear happy and colourful but a closer look forces us to think about Man’s insatiable greed and exploitation of the oceans. Some kids may find the murals a little scary.

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posing with the wall

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the baby looking glum

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Adam and little N

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scary for some

My favourite installation was ADA by Polish artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski. ADA is a giant glowing sphere with charcoal studs affixed to her surface and she leaves her mark as she is moved through the room by the visitors. The marks are only seen when she sheds light on them. Be prepared for blackened hands and faces when your kid is done pushing ADA around!

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ADA

The series of sculptures by Thai artist Krit Ngamson was probably the least interactive of all the installations. The 3 sculptures reinterpret iconic artworks to explore issues concerning the oceans and pay homage to artists Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst and Salvador Dali. There’s absolutely no touching allowed. The kids got bored here pretty quickly.

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Damien, I’m finished

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run, fishies!

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Bryde’s Fountain

Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary) by Papermoon Puppet Theatre from Indonesia engages visitors aurally with sounds of overlapping waves. The mixed media installation brings to mind an old fishing village that time has forgotten. Pretty interesting to look at but you will have to constantly remind the kids not to touch anything except the headphones.

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Suara Muara

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listening in

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not sure what’s going on here

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helping Adam with the headphones

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turning

Plastic Ocean by Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi is highly thought-provoking, recreating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with 14,000 pieces of non-biodegradable items. Kids are supposed to walk through and not touch anything and they have to keep to the path instead of trying to duck underneath the suspended trash (in case of sharp edges, I think). The concept is really interesting but I wish it could be more interactive. I probably have enough trash at home to come up with something like this.

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Plastic Ocean

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14,000 pieces of non-biodegradables

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playing it forward

Imaginarium 2016 is worth a visit and encourages kids to think about the oceans and our impact on marine creatures. However, it is not very interactive or hands-on so be ready to supervise the kids closely to make sure they don’t touch anything they are not supposed to.

Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea
14 May – 28 Aug 2016
SAM at 8Q
8 Queen St, Singapore 189555
Mon to Sun: 10 am to 7 pm;  Fri: 10 am to 9 pm
Free for Citizens/ Permanent Residents & Children below 6
Adults: $10, Students/ Senior Citizens above 60: $5
More info here.

Mother’s Day 2016

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Happy Mother’s Day

So it’s Mother’s Day today and after the obligatory lunch with the husband’s family, I spent some time with my mum. She’s truly one of the most amazing human beings I know and I appreciate her so much.

After hanging out with my mum, I dragged my sister down to Thai Festival at the Embassy. We stuffed ourselves with khanom bueang (those delightful little crispy pancakes), boat noodles, mango sticky rice, milk tea and Chang beer. When I got home, I managed to rollerblade for a bit so it was a pretty decent Mother’s Day for me with a fair amount of me-time.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there. Hope it was a good one for you.

Future World at ArtScience Museum

We visited Future World: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands on Good Friday and it blew our minds!

Our visit didn’t start off so well. The queue to get tickets was horrendously long and after queuing for some time to get the tickets, we were told that we had to proceed downstairs and queue again to enter the exhibition! Good thing the kids were able to entertain themselves by chasing each other around the premises. After we managed to get in however, any irritation that had accumulated from the wait outside dissipated quickly.

Future World is the new permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum with 15 spectacular art installations that evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Future World is a collaboration with teamLab, an award-winning Tokyo-based art collective of “ultra-technologists” that includes artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects and designers.

NATURE

An interactive world of flora and fauna that invites you to reflect on our intricate relationship with the environment. In Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Year | Ever Blossoming Life II – A Whole Year per Year; Dark | Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, a combination of three different artworks, we walked through a field of luminous flowers where the flowers either blossom or fade away. The installation is supposed to evolve throughout the year with the four different seasons, so no two visits will ever be the same.

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can you see Adrian and David?

Next, we got a glimpse into the future wrought by climate change in 100 Years Sea Animation Diorama, which is based on scientific data from WWF, and we were reminded to reflect on the long-term environmental effects of the world’s rising sea levels due to climate change

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100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

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wheee!

TOWN

Connecting! Train Block gave the kids (and Adrian) a chance to design their own transportation network by using physical wooden blocks to design and connect an evolving system of roads, rivers and railways to keep the ever-increasing traffic flowing smoothly.

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Connecting! Train Block

Our favourite installation was definitely Sketch Town! The kids created their own town landmarks by colouring in paper drawings of buildings and vehicles and then scanning them so that they appeared on the wall as 3D animated objects. You can even interact with the objects by touching them and making them move. Adam was so unbelievably excited when the truck he had coloured appeared on the wall and started making its way around the town. Sketch Town Paper Craft then turns the 3D digital drawings into physical paper craft models.

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Sketch Town

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Adam posing with his truck

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making her building jump into the air

We created playful and vibrant structures from stacking blocks that glow and change colour when connected together in Media Block Chair. The high-tech blocks communicate information to each other when they are connected, changing colour with every addition or subtraction.

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Media Block Chair

PARK

Park was all about PLAY! In Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses the kids got to design their own customised hopscotch game by arranging circles, triangles and squares on an electronic tablet, which are then projected onto the floor. When you land on the same shapes in succession, beautiful colours and sounds are triggered.

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Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses

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they did this over and over!

Light Ball Orchestra consists of beachball-sized globes of multicoloured light and sound. Touch any ball to change the colour and sound of the balls around it. The kids were screaming so happily as they rolled the balls all over the place that I couldn’t hear any particular sounds coming from the balls! There’s a little section with smaller balls that is set apart for younger children who may get bowled over by the bigger kids in the main orchestra pit!

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Light Ball Orchestra

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so much fun

Sketch Aquarium follows the same concept as Sketch Town. The installation allows you to create drawings of sea creatures and watch them come to life in a virtual ocean after you scan them. The busy sea creatures swim around and interact with each other and you can even feed them by touching fish food bags on the screen!

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Sketch Aquarium

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looking for his fish

I liked Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere but didn’t get to spend much time there. You can create your own environment by touching hieroglyphic characters and watch them transform into natural elements such as wind, rain, trees and mountains. The enthralling story of creation begins when you touch the characters, and the movement of your body further changes and evolves the world around you.

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Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere

SPACE

We could not take our eyes off the more than 170,000 LED lights in Crystal Universe. This stunning artwork gives the illusion of stars moving in space. The light and body of the installation responds to your mass and motion. You can change the fabric of the universe itself by ‘swiping’ planets and stars from smart devices within the installation, and watch them become part of the dazzling environment around you. Simply breathtaking.

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Crystal Universe

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David lost in the lights

ADVISORY ON ADMISSION TIMES

Please note that timed-entry has been introduced since 1 April. Admission times are: 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2.30 pm, 4 pm and 5.30 pm. I recommend getting your tickets online before heading down so that you can save some time to your visit. Apart from ArtScience Museum’s Box Office, tickets are also available at the MasterCard Theatres Box Office (B1, Marina Bay Sands).

FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science
Adult : S$16
Senior Citizen (65 years & above) : S$13
Child (2-12 years) : S$9
Student (with valid student pass) : S$13

FAMILY FRIDAYS

Children go free! Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased.

KidZania is coming to Singapore!

KidZania Singapore will officially open its doors on 12 April 2016! Located at Palawan Kidz City and linked to the Beach Station on Sentosa Island, the 7,600 m2 park will have a variety of role-play activities for kids to try their hand at different occupations.

We are looking forward to KidZania Singapore because Anya had such an amazing time at KidZania in Bangkok. In fact, we were there from the time they opened right up to closing time! So tiring for the adults but Anya was over the moon. She did so many jobs while we were there – green tea factory worker, doctor, firefighter, fast food server, petrol pump attendant, convenience store cashier, pilot, postal worker, car designer, construction worker, milk factory worker, and sushi chef!

Tickets for KidZania can be booked online and that will save you some precious time (and a bit of money). To find out more on how to maximise your visit, check out the KidZania guide or head on over to Life’s Tiny Miracles to read their comprehensive post on KidZania.

KidZania Singapore
Palawan Kidz City, Sentosa
31 Beach View #01-01/02
Singapore 098008

Opening Hours:
10 am to 5 pm – Sun to Thu
10 am to 8 pm – Fri, Sat, eve of Public Hols, Public Hols, School Hols

Ticket Prices:
$25 – Toddler (2-3 years old)
$58 – Kid (4-17 years old)
$35 – Adult (18-59 years old)
$25 – Senior ( 60 years old and above)