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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.

Gardens by the Bay Children’s Festival

After watching Disney on Ice, we rushed to Gardens by the Bay to enjoy some of their Children’s Festival activities and performances! We got there just in time to watch Rainbows in the Water, a water play performance based on the classic story of The Rainbow Fish. We were seated quite far back in the sheltered area of the Children’s Garden so we didn’t have a good view of the performance but it looked super fun and colourful from where we were.

We also managed to catch Fairy Galaxy at the Supertree Grove. This performance of Cinderella was set in the future with psychedelic costumes and the kids really enjoyed it. There were many other exciting activities and performances that we didn’t get to check out since we were in a rush but here’s the schedule for the festival that ends this weekend!

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hiding from the heat!

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time for a picnic

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water play performance: Rainbows in the Water

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the colourful cast

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with the mascot

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waiting for Fairytale Galaxy to start

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still chomping on the snacks from the picnic basket

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stepmother and one of the stepsisters

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Cinderella’s Fairy God-Robot!

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happily ever after?

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rushing to get glow sticks from the cast

For more information and some amazing photos, check out the post by Life’s Tiny Miracles and these albums by A Million Little Echoes and A Juggling Mom!

So Much Fun at LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia!

Last month, we drove over the Causeway and checked ourselves into LEGOLAND Hotel. We didn’t tell the kids that we were headed there and once it came into view, they were beside themselves in excitement! We stayed here in December 2013 and since then, the kids have been asking to come back.

While we busied ourselves with checking in, the kids were playing to their hearts’ content in the pirate ship and castle play areas in the lobby. The LEGO play areas are such a good idea because the kids are happily occupied while the parents handle the boring task of getting the room keys.

LEGOLAND Hotel

LEGOLAND Hotel

Welcome to LEGOLAND!

Welcome to LEGOLAND!

waiting to check in

waiting to check in

lots to occupy the kids in the lobby

lots to occupy the kids in the lobby

busy with LEGO

busy with LEGO

a fire-breathing dragon

a fire-breathing dragon

cute little post box

cute little post box

During our last visit, we stayed at the Adventure themed room so we decided to try out the Kingdom themed room this time around. I just love all the themed LEGO features in the room and the kids cannot get enough of their bunk beds and TV and LEGO set to play with. If not for the fact that the theme park is an even bigger draw, we may never be able to get them out of the room!

Of course, we adults also appreciate having a huge bed that we don’t need to share with the kids and our own TV. For dinner, after a long day at both the water and theme parks, we ordered room service and chilled out in front of our respective TV sets before having a good night’s sleep.

checking out our Kingdom theme room

checking out our Kingdom theme room

children's section

children’s section

comfy bunk beds and their own TV

comfy bunk beds and their own TV

instructions to open the treasure box

instructions to open the treasure box

what is the frog guarding?

what is the frog guarding?

lots of treasure

lots of LEGO features around the room

where ye olde adults sleep

where ye olde adults sleep

LEGO crown in the bathroom

LEGO crown in the bathroom

LEGOLAND hotel toiletries

LEGOLAND hotel toiletries

a brave knight guarding our floor

a brave knight guarding our floor

Special mention goes to the LEGOLAND Hotel themed lifts. Whenever we take the lifts up or down, the kids start dancing up a storm when the disco lights and music come on. Even the adults can’t help grooving to the beat!

Breakfast in the LEGOLAND Hotel Bricks Family Restaurant is a decent affair and there is a good variety of food available from the typical continental breakfast sort of bread, eggs and sausages, to nasi lemak for those who prefer something local. It can get crowded and a queue may form during the busiest period in the morning but the kids will be kept entertained by the large foam bricks in the area just outside the restaurant.

dancing in the lift

dancing in the lift

BRICKS Restaurant

BRICKS Restaurant

beautiful vase of LEGO flowers

beautiful vase of LEGO flowers

a substantial spread

a substantial spread

large foam bricks to keep the kids entertained

large foam bricks to keep the kids entertained

just outside the LEGOLAND Hotel

just outside the LEGOLAND Hotel

It just makes perfect sense to stay at LEGOLAND Hotel when you are visiting the theme park and water park so that the kids can play all afternoon, check into the hotel and have a wee nap, continue playing their heart out, and then have a good night’s rest without anyone having to drive or take the bus all the way back to Singapore after a long tiring day. Can’t wait to come back again and the next time, we’ll probably book the Pirate themed room!

Pororo Park at Marina Square

Pororo Park Singapore opens at Marina Square today! It’s the first ever Pororo Park in Southeast Asia and is themed after the award-winning top Korean animation ‘Pororo the Little Penguin’. We checked it out over the weekend and all three kids had a blast even though they are not very familiar with Pororo and his friends.

Pororo Park consists of the Shark Ball Pool, Pororo Express train track, Poby’s Jungle Gym playground, Pororo House, a toddler area, Eddy & Petty’s activity room and TongTong’s Little Theatre. Outside, you can find Loopy’s Cafe with seating area and a Rody’s Toy Store. The place is not all that big and I feel that it is generally more suitable for those 5 and below. Anya had a great time though and has been bugging me to take her and her brothers there again.

The admission rates are on the higher side, especially if you are not a member or don’t qualify for partner rates (cardholders of DBS, OCBC, Popular, SAFRA and Starhub), and is valid for 2 hours only with additional charges for extra time spent inside. Adults have to pay accompanying rates.

Meeting Pororo

Meeting Pororo

Pororo Park Singapore

Pororo Park Singapore

all aboard the Pororo Express

all aboard the Pororo Express

coming round the corner

coming round the corner

Shark Ball Pool

Shark Ball Pool

Poby's Jungle Gym

Poby’s Jungle Gym

spinning around

spinning around

Pororo House

Pororo House

inside

inside

making himself comfortable

making himself comfortable

toddler area

toddler area

hiding in a little house

hiding in a little house

activity room

activity room

crafting workshop

crafting workshop

inside the Little Theatre

inside the Little Theatre

Rody's Toy Store

Rody’s Toy Store

lots to buy

lots to buy

Pororo Park Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard,
Marina Square #02-29
Tel:  +65 6250 9700
Email:   info@pororoparksg.com
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8pm; Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9pm

Open Farm Community

We had brunch at Open Farm Community a few Saturdays ago. To be honest, I wanted to visit Open Farm Community because of their playground. I saw it on someone’s Instagram account and just had to take the kids there to play. The cow and pig are too adorable for words and the sand is nice and clean.

I love how bright and open the place is and the staggering amount of greenery surrounding it. The food is great and the service is very decent. Adrian is happy to go back again just for the coffee. There’s a large garden area where the kids can explore and run around before the food comes. There’s even a little shop selling children’s clothing, bags, waterbottles, etc.

Even though we really liked the food, it is quite pricey and portions are rather small. I also wish they would open earlier, especially on weekends. But I like that they are trying to promote local farming and cooking with locally-grown produce through events such as community gardening sessions (last Sat of the month) and workshops like Pasta Masterclass and Jam & Sauces Masterclass.

Open Farm Community

Open Farm Community

I do not have a green thumb

I do not have a green thumb

climbing into the cow

climbing into the cow

adorable playground

adorable playground

a game of ping pong, perhaps?

a game of ping pong, perhaps?

some retail therapy

some retail therapy

gardening needs

gardening needs

the restaurant

the restaurant

inside

inside

lovely children's plate

lovely children’s plate

from the outside

from the outside

exploring before brunch

exploring before brunch

eggs

potato rosti served with scrambled eggs, sliced pork sausages, crème fraîche & red onion brown jus

pasta

taglierini with fresh clams & garlic sauce, parsley shad, lemon butter

pasta

rigatoni, local mushrooms, smoked pancetta topped with stilton & balsamic reduction

pasta

open-face lasagna with bolognese and béchamel sauce

kids loved the food

kids loved the food

OPEN FARM COMMUNITY
+65 6471 0306
130E Minden Road
Singapore 248819
enquiries@ofcsingapore.com.sg
Mon – Fri: 12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Sat/ Sun/ PH: 11am to 10pm

Dakota Crescent: Tian Kee & Co. and Dove Playground

Dakota Crescent is slated for development by the end of 2016 so we decided to pay a visit before it’s gone for good. We haven’t been there in more than 4 years but the sleepy housing estate still feels largely the same. The Tian Kee & Co. provision shop is now a little cafe and we had breakfast there before heading over to the Dove playground. I still think it looks more like a Seal than a Dove though!

The food at Tian Kee & Co. was pretty decent and these days I’m delighted if a cafe serves proper hot meals and not just sandwiches, cakes and pastries. There are so many hipster cafes now that only assemble food but don’t actually cook anything. The kids loved the rainbow cheesecake and inhaled it in a matter of minutes.

The Dove playground is actually in better condition than it was in when we visited some years ago. At that time, it was pretty grubby and Adrian didn’t even let Anya touch it. Either that or we have lowered our standards now that we have 3 kids! Haha.

Blk 12 Dakota Crescent

Blk 12 Dakota Crescent

Tian Lee & Co.

Tian Lee & Co.

this is his 'sleeping hamster' pose

this is his ‘sleeping hamster’ pose

baked macaroni cheese

baked macaroni cheese

Adrian's breakfast thing

Adrian’s breakfast thing

lasagna

lasagna

Eggs Royale

Eggs Royale

rainbow cheese cake

rainbow cheese cake

laughing at something or other

laughing at something or other

the whole family

the whole family

Dove playground

Dove playground

the slide is not very slippery

the slide is not very slippery

swinging around

crossing the bridge

crossing the bridge

looking down

looking down

attempting to slide down the fireman pole

attempting to slide down the fireman pole

with Auntie Fifi

with Auntie Fifi

LEGO SG50 Event at Raffles City

We attended the LEGO SG50 event last weekend and the kids contributed to the building of a Dragon playground and received certificates for their efforts. The little pieces of LEGO put together by the kids (and some adults) were used to build the Dragon playground structure, and it reminded me of how the nation of Singapore was built through the efforts of many!

We also managed to get our hands on the 4 LEGO limited edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds comprising the Cable Car, Ice-Cream Bike, HDB Flats and the Dragon Playground. The nostalgic builds by the winners of the Rebuild your Memories Competition were on display as well and my favourite was the one featuring Bukit Timah Railway Station.

making a fixed LEGO shape to be added to the dragon

making a fixed LEGO shape to be added to the dragon

certified Dragon builder!

certified Dragon builder!

the artist at work

the artist at work

with his completed structure

with his completed structure

hanging out with friends at the event

hanging out with friends at the event

constructive play

constructive play

created a little scene with 3 of the 4 Singapore Icons Mini Builds

created a little scene with 3 of the 4 Singapore Icons Mini Builds

Bukit Timah Railway Station

Bukit Timah Railway Station

celebrate SG50 with LEGO!

celebrate SG50 with LEGO!

LEGO has also launched LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigures. There are only 50 pieces available! To stand a chance to win one, spend a minimum of $100 on LEGO in a single receipt between 5 and 31 August at participating outlets (all LEGO Certified Stores in Singapore, Toys’R’Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, departmental stores and select toy stores). The LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigure is limited edition and the back of each figure comes with a unique serial number and birthday message to celebrate SG50.

I love that LEGO is celebrating SG50 and I can’t wait to get started on my LEGO SG50 Building My SG set from MOE!