Friday, 10 June 2016

Musichaus: Music Explorers Workshop

BB was in for a treat as he had received his first sponsorship from Musichaus for the Music Explorers Workshop (ages 1.5 to 3 years old) during this June school holidays. Yesterday was the first lesson & boy, was he really looking forward to it. BB got to explore various musical instruments & he seemed to have a special liking for the triangle, holding on to the metal rod most of the time. 

Here, he was beating the drum & learning rhythms simultaneously.

I can't help but mention about Teacher Trina who leads & directs the music programmes. She's super patient especially towards my ever energetic boy. She reassured me that it's ok as he's showing his own creativity in a different manner & that even though he may not seem to be focusing all the time, he's learning in his own unique way. True enough, that night on the way back, he was actually humming part of the lyrics of a song she sang in class. In fact, even on the next day, he repeatedly sang one of the other songs we sang & mumbled some key words from the book they read together.

Next, Teacher Trina introduced the piano which is not entirely new to him since he has 2 toy keyboards at home. He was more fascinated at the numerous buttons on it though *faintz

Storytime was another segment of the programme & this was another of BB's fave since he has always been such a lil' bookworm. What struck me as the main difference from another music class (which he had attended almost a year ago) was the incorporation of music into daily activities. The theme for this week was Nature & thus, Teacher Trina had chosen a related book to read. As she read, she actually made use of the various instruments to incorporate sounds into certain parts of the story to make it more lively. Furthermore, she also played sounds of nature like running water & different animals for BB to listen & guess what they were.

Look how attentive he is, a far cry from minutes ago where he was running around the room..lolz!

Teacher Trina even gave me other tips as to how to make music a part of our lives. For example, she asked me to put on some music while BB is going about his daily routines of playing, learning, etc. A little experiment mummies can try at home too. Let your child do some doodling without music. Then, turn on the music & give a new piece of paper for him/her to doodle again. You will notice that the colours or types of strokes used in both art pieces will actually be different. 

There's also a Music Adventurers programme for children ages 4 to 6 years old. More information for the programmes can be found at Music Explorers Workshop & Music Adventurers Workshop respectively.

When the class was about to end, BB refused to leave & actually wanted more. Teacher Trina was so kind to help us check if he could go to Kids' Atelier, a Reggio-Emilia inspired space designed for 6 months to 6 years old children, for a short playtime while Mummy toured the rest of the premises.

Mummies / Daddies with homebased work, if you have never heard of Trehaus, it's high time you do. It is Singapore's first co-working space with childcare & learning facilities. You can leave your baby or toddler with them for a couple of hours as you focus on your job next door yet check in on your little one anytime you want while the child-minders expose your kid to different sensory plays to stimulate their developments. As the drop-off service is also available to non-members, you can also get some errands done knowing your kid is in good hands. To name a few, there are the Arthaus & Dramahaus playtime. As the names suggest, one is an art workshop which make use of natural materials while the other is dramatic play.

His 'masterpiece' done during his short 'trial' at Arthaus <3

Choose between private offices, semi-private dedicated desk or co-work space or you can also opt to rent their spaces for events, networking & parties. With the numerous 'Work' or 'Work + Play' packages catered for different needs, I'm sure you can find a suitable one >.~.

This shows the common area where parents & children can co-exist in harmony & one of the semi-private dedicated desks.

This is the adults only zone with meeting rooms for up to 10 people & fully equppied with projectors & whiteboards where members have full access to.

Spacious patio area ideal for networking sessions.

To find out more information, please contact them directly.

Claymore Connect
442 Orchard Road, #03-01
Singapore 238879

9843 8077 / 6816 2779

Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm

Barney's Beach Party 'Live' On Stage & Summer Splash Carnival at City Square Mall

Since it's the school holidays & BB'll be turning 3 next month, he gets to watch a bit of cartoons every morning & he chanced upon the commercial for the Barney show at City Square Mall. When he first saw it, he asked me excitedly what it is about. I was so tempted to tell him we've been extended a media invite & that he would get to see it in person soon but I decided not to let the cat out of the bag so that he'd be in for a lil' surprise instead.

The "Barney's Beach Party", a fun, educational & upbeat live show, features Barney, BJ & Baby Bop singing & dancing to all-time favourites with a fresh summer twist. 

Look at how engrossed BB was!

We were also blessed to receive the "Meet & Greet" pass where we could have a picture with Barney & his friends. You can also redeem one an hour prior to each show by spending $50 with a maximum of 3 same-day combined receipts, but only for the first 50 passes per show & they're redeemable at L2 Customer Service Counter.

Details of Barney's Beach Party 'Live' On Stage
Date: 4 - 19 June 2016
Time: 2pm & 7pm from Tues - Fri 
         1pm, 4pm & 7pm on Sat & Sun
Venue: Level 1 Atrium

Furthermore, in conjunction with the beach theme, there's also a Summer Splash Carnival where the City Green outdoor park has been transformed into an urban beach setting. Don't forget to take a family photo with the spectacular sandcastle display made by a team of professional sand sculptors. If you share the picture on Facebook, use #BeachFunAtCitySquareMall hashtag & tag "City Square Mall", you may be one of 3 lucky winners of $100 worth of vouchers.

There're lotsa super duper fun beach-themed activities. Here, BB was having a whale of a time on the Bumper Boats despite turning in continuous circles..lolz! 

He also absolutely enjoyed digging in the Sand Play Pen ;)

Other stations include the Mechanical Surfboard, Sand Bowling, Frisbee Throw & Inflatable Rock Climb. Do note that there are height requirements for some so better to check them out before purchasing your tokens.

Details of Summer Splash Carnival
Date: 27 May - 26 June 2016
Time: 1pm - 10pm daily
Venue: Level 1 City Green (Outdoor Park)

In addition, kids can also hop on the Choo Choo City Express for a memorable ride from 12pm to 10pm daily. BB didn't ride on it as he had chosen a kiddy ride over the train ride after dinner. However, upon seeing it, he still asked if he could sit on it. We reminded him about his choice earlier on &, fortunately, he accepted it without much fuss. Tickets at $6 per child (children less than 90cm get 1 free adult companion ride pass) can be purchased at the Smiley World ticket booth next to the park. 

Since it's the Great Singapore Sale, you can also redeem a Beach Survival Set which consists of a beach mat that comes along with an inflatable pillow as well as a 12-can cooler bag - essentials for a trip to the beach, with every $200 ($300 with NTUC receipts) spent. They're while stocks last as only 4,000 sets are available. Furthermore, every purchase of $50 worth of City Square Mall will also entitle you to a complimentary $5 voucher.

More details on the activities & promotions, visit or check out City Square Mall's Facebook page.

So, make a trip to City Square Mall to soak in the sand-sational line-up of activities & promotions with your LOs soon!!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Nickelodeon's Spongebob Run Debuts in Asia!

You probably know who lives in a pineapple under the sea but not my boy since he has minimum exposure to all electronic gadgets..hee! Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in over 185 countries and translated in more than 50 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

And, here's the great news! Nickelodeon's first ever SpongeBob Run in Asia, presented by X-Change Republic, will flag off in Singapore on Saturday, 6 August 2016 at Siloso Beach Walk Sentosa! Join SpongeBob SquarePants in search of his missing best friend Patrick Star via a fun run which will see participants cover a five kilometre route showcasing iconic landmarks from the underwater city of Bikini Bottom, including the Krusty Krab, and the houses that SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward Tentacles live in. The race course is also lined with many trigger-happy opportunities for participants to snap a #wefie with SpongeBob and his friends in life-size cutout boards, such as Sandy Cheeks in her pressurized suit and SpongeBob's pet sea snail Gary.

On the same day, a carnival filled with nautical-themed activities, food and beverages, awaits SpongeBob fans and their families. At the end of the race, fans can enjoy a screening of three episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants with their loved ones. The first 30 participants who finish the race will get the opportunity to meet SpongeBob and Patrick.

Events Details
Date: Saturday, 6 August 2016
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Venue: Sentosa, Siloso Beach Walk
Distance: 5km

There are two categories of race entitlement packs:
  • For BASIC (S$49.50 per pax), particpants will receive an official event t-shirt, an event medal and a runner's license.

    Event tee (front)

    Event tee (back)

    Event medal (front)

    Event medal (back)

  • For NORMAL (S$59.90 per pax), in addition to receiving an official event t-shirt, an event medal and a runner's license, participants will go home with an exclusive SpongeBob Run Singapore plush toy and drawstring bag.

    Exclusive SpongeBob Run Singapore plush toy

    Drawstring bag (front)

    Drawstring bag (back)

"We are thrilled to work with X-Change Republic to launch the first-ever SpongeBob Run in Asia and in Singapore! Nickelodeon enjoys giving kids and their families playful entertainment experiences," said Claire O'Connor, Vice President of Consumer Products and Retail Marketing, Asia Pacific, Viacom International Media Networks. "It is a fantastic recipe having SpongeBob as the ambassador for this fun run. It encourages families to get out and run together, especially in the lead-up to National Day."

Even though BB may not recognise SpongeBob and his friends yet, I'm sure he'll by the end of the run ~.< I doubt any kid can resist the cuteness overloaded characters. Furthermore, it'll be our first family run together. In fact, it's all our virgin run..lolz! Oh mine, I'm so looking forward to it! August, please come faster!!! 

So if you are ready, say 'Aye Aye Captain' and register for the race at the SpongeBob Run Singapore 2016 website at www.sbrun.sgFor Grub n' Grow readers, you can get S$5 off by entering the promo code SBXCELINE during your registration and it's valid till 4 August 2016 23:59Hope to cya there!!!

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognised and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company’s portfolio includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon's brands reach 1.1 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 160 countries and territories, via more than 80+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit 

About X-Change Republic Pte Ltd
X-Change Republic is a one-stop solution for sports and lifestyle brands. With a presence in Singapore and Malaysia, the Company specialises in manufacturing customised clothing apparel and also integrated marketing.
Committed in providing clients with a highly personalised service, X-Change Republic takes on a quality consultative approach across its three synergistic business pillars: Manufacture, Co-Create, and Experience.
X-Change Republic develops effective apparel brand building strategy and works directly with clients through every stage: conceptualisation, production, manufacturing, front-end sales, and brand activation via targeted evThe Company has not only shaped the sporting industry with its superior sporting apparels, but also conceptualised and delivered notable in-house races such as YOLO Run and Diamond Dash.
For more information visit

All photos credits attributed to: © 2016 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Created by Stephen Hillenburg