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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)

Sentosa – The State of Fun!

There are a few long weekends and some other public holidays coming up! I find short overseas trips terribly tiring though and always feel like I need a holiday after my holiday. I’d much rather hop over to Sentosa for a fun day of activities or for a staycation. There’s so much to do there these days!

During the June holidays, we visited Sentosa with the Play 3 FUN Pass that gave us the option of choosing 3 out of 20 exciting attractions. At S$44 for adults and S$39 for kids, it’s a real steal, especially if you pick S.E.A. Aquarium as one of your choices because a ticket for a Singapore resident adult is usually S$28. We decided to visit S.E.A. Aquarium, Skyline Luge and Gogreen Segway. That’s a total value of more than S$70!

We bought tickets separately for our session at Wavehouse and for the Wings of Time performance but they are both options that you can choose under the Play 3 FUN Pass. The kids had such a wonderful time that day and we were on Sentosa for more than 10 hours. I thought they would be too exhausted by the time we sat down for the Wings of Time performance, but they really enjoyed the laser show, water display, and the fireworks and it was a brilliant way to end our day of fun on Sentosa.

ready for a day of fun

ready for a day of fun

first stop: Wavehouse

first stop: Wavehouse

the husband did pretty well

the husband did pretty well

Anya had fun too

Anya had fun too

cooling down with coconut ice-cream

cooling down with coconut ice-cream

Skyride

Skyride

looking forward to her first solo ride

looking forward to her first solo Luge ride

wheeee!

wheeee!

next stop: S.E.A. Aquarium

next stop: S.E.A. Aquarium

feeding time

feeding time

we spotted some dolphins

we spotted some dolphins

poking a starfish

poking a starfish

Segway time

Segway time

her first time on a Segway

her first time on a Segway

getting the hang of it

getting the hang of it

Wings of Time

Wings of Time

For more ideas on what to do in Sentosa, check out our posts on Port of Lost WonderAdventure CoveTrick Eye Museum, Rasa Sentosa, and Movenpick Heritage Hotel!

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari & At the S.E.A. Aquarium

Whenever I’m planning to take the kids to an attraction for the first time or to a place they have not visited in a while, I find it useful for them to read about the destination beforehand. Usually, they would get quite excited and have lots to look forward to and look out for when we are there. And after the visit, the kids get to relive their experience by reading the books again.

So when we were planning trips to Night Safari and S.E.A. Aquarium recently, these books by author David Seow were very handy: Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari and Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium. In both stories, the three children pay a visit to the respective locations and embark on an interesting adventure. I like that the books are not just about what the children see and do but the plot has them in a situation where they have to get creative in order to solve a problem.

In Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari, the siblings have to figure out how to move a giraffe who has fallen asleep right in the path of the tram. During our visit to the Night Safari, Anya and Adam were busy looking out for animals that they had seen in the book and were delighted when a tapir came very close to the tram. After the visit, they talked about all the animals there and compared them with the ones in the book.

Sam, Sebbie & Dididi: At the Night Safari

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari

checking out the animals we can see there

checking out the animals we can see there

at the Night Safari!

at the Night Safari!

adventure is out there

adventure is out there

we read about the tram in the book

we read about the tram in the book

meeting some of the animals

meeting some of the animals

watching the show

watching the show

learning about recycling

learning about recycling

In Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium, Di-Di-Di goes missing and Sam & Sebbie go around all the tanks to ask if any of the sea creatures have seen Di-Di-Di and they find him in the most unusual place. Like with the other book, the kids were also very excited to spot the underwater creatures that they had read about in the book. The books help to make the visits more enriching and meaningful for the kids and it doesn’t hurt that the illustrations are so beautiful.

Sam, Sebbie & Dididi: At the SEA Aquarium

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium

checking out the fish

checking out the fish

they even brought the book along

they even brought the book along

admiring the fish swimming overhead

admiring the fish swimming overhead

making friends

making friends

touching a star fish

touching a star fish

feeding time

feeding time

they read about the rays in the book

they read about the rays in the book

The Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di books are available from Epigram Books and they are currently having 30% off all books with a minimum spending of $40 (with code HAPPY4TH) until 12 July. This would be a good time to snap up all the books in the Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di series or get some other fabulous books. We like the Lee Kuan Yew series by Patrick Yee!

Snap Happy at Trick Eye Museum

Another rainy-day activity to keep the little ones entertained when the weather outside is frightful. We were at Sentosa the other day with some friends and had originally intended to take the kids to the wet playground. It was a good thing we changed our mind because it started to pour! Fortunately, we were happily taking photos at Trick Eye Museum.

Trick Eye Museum is located at Resorts World Sentosa and a perfect place to retreat to when it’s too hot/ too rainy for the beach or Universal Studios. Two-dimensional images come to life at Trick Eye Museum, no 3D glasses needed! We had so much fun hamming it up for the camera and the kids enjoyed themselves too. Here are some of the many photos we took there.

children in a cage

children in a cage

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

Anya's head on a plate

Anya’s head on a plate

floating in mid-air??

floating in mid-air??

we are gigantic!

we are gigantic!

kidnapped by a dinosaur

kidnapped by a dinosaur

dangling upside-down

dangling upside-down

climbing with the panda

climbing with the panda

tightrope walking

tightrope walking

great balance!

great balance!

Levitation 101

Levitation 101

the floor is lava!

the floor is lava!

Anya the mermaid

Anya the mermaid

children in a snow globe

children in a snow globe

flying on a broomstick

flying on a broomstick

angel on a bike

angel on a bike

Some tips for Trick Eye Museum:

  • No short skirts or low-riding pants. You will need to sit on things or even lie down to create some of the optical illusions and you really don’t want to be flashing complete strangers in the process.
  • Check that your camera is fully charged. I brought along an extra battery for my camera but realised that it was flat. Good thing I had taken almost all the photos I wanted to take by then and switched to my phone camera for the rest.
  • Be considerate of the people around you. Do a quick scan before you walk past any of the paintings to avoid accidentally photobombing someone else’s photo.
  • Stand at the suggested photo point to take your photo but also ensure that you get the correct angle so you can achieve a convincing optical illusion. For example, in the photo where I’m ‘walking’ on the tightrope, you need to make sure you get the line of the tightrope straight.

Trick Eye Museum is fun for the whole family and very children-friendly because they are allowed to touch everything! You don’t have to worry about forcing them to pose for pictures because they will be more than happy to see pictures of themselves in all sorts of wacky situations.

Trick Eye Museum
Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44
Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795 2370 / 2371
enquiries@trickeye.com
Open daily: 10am – 9pm

Ticket prices:
Kids below 4 go in free.
Kids (4-12 years): $20
Adults (13-59 years): $25
Seniors (60 and above): $20
You can buy your tickets online to save 10%.

GIVEAWAY

I have 3 tickets to Trick Eye Museum to be won by one lucky reader!

To qualify, simply do the following by Friday, 26 December 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me your favourite rainy day activity for kids.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win.

Kith at Quayside Isle: Adrian’s Birthday

We celebrated Adrian’s birthday at Kith, Quayside Isle last Sunday and it was crowded! We had to wait some time for our table, but when we got settled, the food came quite quickly and it was all good. While they still don’t have child-friendly cutlery and crockery (read: not breakable!), they put the kids’ drinks in their takeaway coffee cup with a straw inside, which was very helpful.

This is probably the first time we are meeting when it’s just us and all the kids. I always imagine that we are asking for a table for 5 with a few high chairs to add on here and there. It’s hard to think of ourselves as a party of 9!

Big Breakfast (Adrian's, of course)

Big Breakfast (Adrian’s, of course)

Pork Belly & Fried Eggs

Pork Belly & Fried Eggs

Salmon & Eggs

Salmon & Eggs

Blackstone Eggs

Blackstone Eggs

Prosciutto

Prosciutto

Truffle Fries!!

Truffle Fries!!

the boys

the boys

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday!!

Skyline Luge Sentosa Giveaway

The September school holidays are around the corner and I will be sharing some ways to keep your kids occupied during the holidays! I will also be running a few giveaways for the holidays and first up is the family-friendly Skyline Luge Sentosa!

Whenever we go to Sentosa for a staycation, we make it a point to visit Skyline Luge for a few rides. Anya is quite the daredevil and she loves speeding down the Luge track like a maniac. She’s still too small to ride the Luge on her own (you need to be at least 6 years old and 110 cm tall to ride solo) but is happy to ride tandem for now as long as she gets to steer. Adam is not as brave and doesn’t want to go as fast but still enjoys riding tandem. Another thing that gets the kids all excited is the Skyride chairlift. They love the feeling of dangling in midair and the views from the chairlift are simply breathtaking.

After taking the chairlift to the top, you can choose between the 688 metre Dragon Trail or the 628 metre Jungle Trail. They are both loads of fun so you should really try them both! The Dragon Trail is more bendy for those who enjoy zipping around corners at top speed. Personally, I like racing against another Luge to see who makes it down first!

Skyline Luge Sentosa is newly renovated and now boasts LED lighting to the Jungle Trail for an incredible night luge experience; eight additional ticketing counters and four additional photo counters; wheelchair-friendly ticketing and queue facilities; a new viewing gallery; and more seating and sheltered space for guests.

We took the Luge 5 times that day and the kids were still begging for more. Indeed, Once is Never Enough! You definitely want to have Skyline Luge Sentosa on your September school holidays to-do list.

taking some funny pictures before the ride

taking some funny pictures before the ride

amazing views from the chairlift

amazing views from the chairlift

selfie on the Skyride chairlift

selfie on the Skyride chairlift

helmets on

helmets on

ready to roll!

ready to roll!

but first, checking out the safety rules

but first, checking out the safety rules

Anya and her daddy

Anya and her daddy

zooming down with Adam

zooming down with Adam

Important Information

Tickets for the Skyline Luge Sentosa start at $17 for a Luge and Skyride combo, and there are also Family Deals for families with kids under 16 years old, starting at $39 for a 4 ride family pass.

Skyride: Min. height 85 cm to ride with an adult; Min. height 135 cm to ride alone

Luge: 6 years old and 110 cm or taller to ride Luge alone; Children under the age of 6 years can ride tandem with an adult

Opening Hours: 10 am – 9.30 pm daily all year

All Luge and Skyride tickets can be purchased upon arrival, there is no prebooking required.

GIVEAWAY!

We are giving away 3 sets of Skyline Luge Four Ride Family Pass (for 2 adults & 2 kids)! All family deals include Skyride to the top of the tracks and mulitple luge rides to share. Family deals are applicable for families with children below 16 years old. Children under 6 years or shorter than the required 110 cm to ride alone, may ride the Luge in tandem with a full-paying adult.

To qualify, simply do the following by 30 August 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Like the ‘Skyline Luge Sentosa Singapore’ Facebook page.
3. Like, share and comment on this Facebook post telling me what you love most about Sentosa. Tag a friend when you share the post and make sure your post is public!

Sentosa Getaway!

We stayed at Rasa Sentosa last weekend and had tons of fun! There’s so much for the kids to do in and around the hotel that we didn’t really venture to the other parts of Sentosa even though there are many other holiday activities going on. It was a great weekend!

Rasa Sentosa

Rasa Sentosa

getting comfy

getting comfy

at the kids' room

at the kids’ room

at the playground

at the playground

playing at the beach

playing at the beach

ice-cream on the beach

ice-cream on the beach

the pool

the pool

water play

water play

with Isaac

with Isaac

whee!

whee!

lazing around before dinner

lazing around before dinner

playing with sand

playing with sand

speed demon Simon

speed demon Simon

Adam's first luge

Adam’s first luge

Debs and Anya

Debs and Anya