Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Kidz Academy 2017

Ever since BB went SmartKids Asia & enjoyed himself tremendously earlier this year, he had been asking to revisit it every now & then which I've had to repeatedly explain to him that it's an yearly event so he gotta wait for the next one. Thus, I know he'll be thrilled when I tell him we've received a media invite to The Kidz Academy which is also organised by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH). 


The Kidz Academy is back this June school holidays from 9th to 11th June 2017 at Suntec Singapore Halls 404 to 406 with a local twist! There'll be many new additions showcasing Singapore's rich history which I believe will enable the LOs to learn in a fun way through play ;>


The Kidz Academy Storyland, a segment featuring live theatrical acts, will showcase performances based on Singapore's urban legends - The Legend of Bukit Merah, The Legend of Badang & history of Sang Nila Utama. Also on board is National Library Board as the Official Storyland Partner, presenting another Singaporean folklore.

The event will also feature back-to-school games, activities & food from the 60s to 90s with the objective of introducing children to a non-digital era that we've grown up in. I'm actually really looking forward to these..hee!

Partnering with Youth Leader Singapore, the event will debut TKA Care Challenge: a collaborative effort between ten local primary schools to raise funds for The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund. The students will be creating special knick-knacks made from mostly environmentally-friendly materials to be sold at the respective schools & during the three-day event.

Another fundraising effort will witness the organisers working with The Salvation Army Singapore to raise funds for its local causes through The Kidz Academy Book Cart, which will make its rounds to schools, offices & the event venue to sell second-hand children books from local & international authors at a fixed price of $2.90 each.

Visitors at The Kidz Academy can also look forward to the following activities:

1. Watch Robocar Poli Live Onstage Daily
The Kidz Academy will bring forth characters from Robocar Poli featuring Poli & Amber for 3 days of performances at 1pm & 7pm daily.

2. Daily Stage Activities
A comprehensive set of stage segments from various exhibitors encompassing education, the art, sports & more.

3. Daily Lucky Draws with prizes worth more than $14,000
Visitors will be entitled to 1 chance in the lucky draw with every receipt of purchase. Happening twice daily at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, a total of more than $14,000 worth of prizes that include a 2D1N stay in a One-Bedroom Villa at Amara Santuary Resort Sentosa worth $4,100 as the grand prize!

4. Goodie Bag Giveaway (Worth up to $50)
With a total of 1,500 goodie bags to be given away, registrants are to redeem the Goodie Bags at the event from 10am onwards. Be the 1st 200 participants to queue at the door to get one.

5. The Kidz Academy Play Pass
The Play Pass is an interactive activity for children of all ages. Participants are to complete activities from different pit stops held at various booths at the event. Completion of the Fun Passport entitles one to a game of Tikam-Tikam with exclusive prizes up for grabs.

6. The Young Singapura Girl Contest
Introducing a new stage segment, the contest aims to crown the most creative display of the young Singapore girl in their best ethnic wear. Open to children from ages 5 to 12. The top participants will walk away with prizes which include Universal Studios Singapore Admission Tickets & retail vouchers.

7. The Kidz Academy Village
In collaboration with partners such as Loacker, the Kidz Academy Village offers complimentary refreshments for children of all ages at varied timeslots throughout the day. Limited quantities will be available each day.

8. The Finals of Speak Up! Kids Public Speaking Competition
Happening on 9th & 11th June, the finals of the 2nd public speaking competition - a joint collaboration between The Kidz Academy & Speech Academy Asia will showcase 24 teams from 3 different age groups & various primary schools.

9. Safe Cycle Programme
A dedicated zone that impacts basic skills training & road circuit stimulation to educate kids on safe cycling, children will be certified as a safe cyclist at the end of the programme. Registration is available here.

10. Free-to-play Inflatable Zone
3 inflatable attractions will be available across 3 days within an allocated space of more than 200sqm. The inflatable zone will include attractions such as Ninja Run, Discovery Box & Ultimate Rebound - the only of its kind in Singapore.

For more information on the latest updates & event highlights, visit http://www.thekidzacademy.com.sg/ or http://www.facebook.com/thekidzacademy.



About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele.

Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters, Gourmet Japan and Kidz Academy.

Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media.

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 
For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Splashing Good Time @ Safra Yishun

It's been awhile since we brought BB to the pool & we were honoured to be extended a media invite to SAFRA Yishun's Aloha Pool Party to celebrate the reopening of the swimming pool & its brand new Pirate Adventure Wet Play Pool <3


From the moment we entered, BB cldn't wait to 'dive' right in..lolz! This was actually our first time to this pool so I can't give a before & after comparison. However, what greeted us right at the entrance was the Pirate Adventure Wet Play Pool. To be honest, it's not a v big area but it was absolutely enough to keep my almost 4yo toddler occupied for hours ~.< 

    My lil' pirate <3


There are 3 small slides which aren't very high & thus were more inviting for BB as compared to the ones at Sengkang Swimming Complex which we had been to. 


The lil' boy oso spent quite a fair deal of time shooting the water guns with other kiddos. Well, guns are always part & parcel of boys' childhoods, aren't they?


Other than the play pool, there's also another pool with the re-conditioned waterfall 2 longer rainbow slides suitable for older kiddos or brave LOs can give it a go too! 


In between the two above-mentioned pools is the Training Pool where the Fin Swim School conducts swimming classes. At the rightmost corner lies the Lap Pool where adults can do their swim laps leisurely.


After the upgrading works, there is an expanded sheltered area with tables & chairs to the left of the entrance. The brand new family friendly toilets are of SAFRA's standards too! Clean, spacious & most importantly, fully equipped with boys' urinals & warm showers which BB prefers to cold ones..hee!

    Safety first ;)

Do you know that SAFRA members & children below 5 years old actually enjoy FREE entry into the pool daily? Other terms & conditions are as follows:

- Guests would need to be signed in by a SAFRA member.

- Each SAFRA member is only allowed to bring along a maximum of three accompanying paying guests per day to the swimming pools at all SAFRA clubs.

- Concession rates applies to children above the age of 5 who are below the height of 140cm.

- Anyone above 140cm in height will have to pay Normal Guest rate.

Swimming Pool Rates at SAFRA Yishun

Mon - Fri$1.15 (Concession)
$2.20 (Normal)
Sat, Sun &
Public Holidays
$1.70 (Concession)
$3.30 (Normal)


Do check out its opening hours below before making a trip there ;)

Operating Hours

Mon*11am - 9.30pm
Tue - Fri7am - 9.30pm
Sat, Sun, PH8am - 9.30pm

* On Mondays, pools will resume normal operations after pool maintenance.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Fun Afternoon Spent at the National Gallery Singapore

Intermittent heavy downpours thwarted our outdoor plans for the day but it didn't dampen our spirits to have a fun-filled Sunday. Recalling a recommendation by a fellow mummy gf, we made our way to the National Gallery Singapore & it certainly exceeded our initial expectations!!

One point to note: For Singapore citizens & PRs, before starting your exploration, go to the ticketing counters at the basement concourse to get a free ticket & admission sticker which allows you to enter the exhibition galleries. Since we usually adopt a top-down approach, we took the lift to the 5th storey which brought us to the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery. From here, you can get a partial view of the city skyscrapers above one of the 2 reflection pools.


Walking around the garden, we came to our first exhibit for the day which is a series of compelling sculptures presented by Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vo as part of his first outdoor installation in Singapore. Please note the warning sign displayed around the exhibit, especially on rainy days.


Don't forget to climb up the flight of wooden steps as you'll be in for a lil' treat at the Public Viewing Deck ;) BB can never resist the temptation of climbing up (as well as down) stairs so that's exactly what we did & it was all worth it! You can get a totally unblocked view of Padang & the Marina Bay area <3 


It started to drizzle again so we took the tour indoors. From the external architecture, to right inside where the Rotunda Gallery was, we were awed by the various parts of the building which were preserved. Lil' boy is still too young to appreciate these but he was enjoying the open spaces & stairs..yes, lotsa stairways within the building but u can always opt for the lift too *wink*

    Replica chairs, 1 of the 2 link bridges that connect the former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings
    as well as parts of the original architecture of the buildings.

    Originally, a circular law library lies beneath the smaller Rotunda dome of the former Supreme Court
    (viewed from Supreme Court Terrace)...coooool!!!

After so much walking, it was time for TEABREAK! We happened to chance upon some cube-like enclosures (in front of the main entrance of the Keppel Centre for Art Education) where some families were resting. Seeing this, BB climbed into an empty one & started monkeying around..lolz! We had the yummy traditional custard buns & pie we brought from Chinatown earlier but Daddy-O was still hungry so we decided to try out the Owl cafe which is just round the corner. The chicken strips in the prawn noodles were kinda Atough & soup was a far cry from our fave Beach Road Prawn Noodles but at least the 3 prawns were fresh & of a decent size. 

       Wefie inside the cube <3

Once recharged, BB cldn't wait to enter the Keppel Centre for Art Education (L1, City Hall Wing) where children can discover art through imaginative play. We noticed several huge rooms situated along the walkway so we decided to explore all of them. We were captivated by the interesting artworks of homes in the sky, buses & boats hanging from the ceiling of the Project Gallery so we purchased a $4 buses kit for BB to build his own miniature versions. Both the big & small boys got to work immediately so they were done in no time at all.


Next, we came to the Art Playscape which features a fantastical play area, The Enchanted Treehouse by Sandra Lee whose whimsical works bring the wonder of fairy tales, children literature & nursery rhymes to life through elaborate, intricate drawings. Here, LOs can explore a magical forest, roam through a labyrinth & even survive a treacherous river. I feel like I've entered the world of 'Alice in Wonderland' & BB was completely ecstatic! He was running all around, crawling the holes, climbing up the ramp & downtvthe stairs with other kids. There're also long benches where one can sit & read one of the books provided but that did not happen for us with the 'Energizer' boy who had found an outlet to burn off his unlimited energy..hee ;)


We skipped the Children's Museum that allows you to explore handling art tools & materials or purchase a special activity kit to create a pocket sculpture as BB had spotted the playroom he had been searching for next door. 


The playroom includes magma tiles, cardboard bricks & colouring areas for the kids to entertain themselves. BB loves building with the bricks & knocking them over gives him much pleasure too >.< 


We had intended to just wait out the rain then proceed on with our planned programme of bouncing time at Art-Zoo, kite flying followed by the i Lights Marina Bay 2017. Just when we were about to leave, we realised it had started to pour again. However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we actually got to explore more parts of the gallery & found more fun areas for BB. Therefore, we procceded to the Ticketing Office to get our free tickets before backtracking to where we had stopped just before taking our break earlier. 


The Chief Justice's Chamber has a very solemn yet peaceful atmosphere & we only had some quick glances of the art pieces on display as BB were not really into them yet.


Exiting the gallery, we came to the Former Supreme Court Historical Lobby then proceeded down some steps & an olden days' police post was standing right in front of us at the Former Supreme Court Foyer. So nostalgic! Bet you didn't know that a time capsule containing Straits Settlements currency & newspaper, to be opened in the year 3000, lies underneath the original eight-sided foundation stone ;)


Evening was upon us so we mentally-prepped BB that we would be leaving for dinner then. On the way to the carpark, a cute-looking poster greeted us at L1, City Hall Foyer & who can resist taking a peek inside Who's in the Woods, right? So, inside the interactive platform we went & we sure weren't disappointed! All three of us, yes Daddy & Mummy included, each found a monitor & put our creative juices to work ^.~ After creating your masterpiece using different colours & patterns, you can even send a copy to your email before sending it onto the gigantic screen. Nothing beats seeing your animated creature walking across the day-to-night digital forest-scape & interacting with other animals.


Just as we thought we are able to leave finally, something colourful caught BB's eyes again. He dashed towards the Art corridor & wasted no time in fitting the colourful chips into the various slots, completely ignoring the colour & distance challenges. Well, at least he enjoyed himself immensely in the process. Voyage is actually a large scale, colourful puzzle artwork by Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng who has received the President's Young Talent Award in 2009. It develops curiosity, imagination & tactile sensibilities in younger visitors. One can learn about colour theory by observing the interplay of colours, patterns & rhythms.


The National Gallery Singapore never fails to surprise us around every corner & we'll definitely be back. Sad to say that while doing some research during the writing of this blog post, I saw the temporary closure notice of the Project Gallery, Children's Museum & the Art Corridor from 13 March to 19 May :'( However, this means that we can all look forward to a brand new experience from 20th May 2017!!!

Friday, 24 February 2017

EZPZ Happy Mat in Lime Giveaway by MumsPick + Discount Code for GnG'sReaders

We were thrilled to receive an EZPZ Happy Mat in Coral from MumsPick. I'm sure most of you would have come across this fantastic product too but lemme share our reviews after using it for the past week ;)

Some key features which I really like are as follows:

1. All-in-one plate + placemat that suctions directly to the table, making it nearly impossible for tiny hands (designed for infants / toddlers from 6mo onwards) to flip over.


I even placed it on BB's tray & even though it's not flat, it fits kinda nicely & the best thing is that the tray is still completely clean after each meal which means lesser cleaning for Mummy..yeah!


2. FDA-approved & is made from high-quality 100% food-grade silicone that is non-toxic, BPA, BPS, PVC, latex & phthalate free - & third-party quality tested. Furthermore, it is built to last since silicone is bendable & flexible & doesn't fade, corrode or deteriorate.

To be honest, I was quite taken aback at how sturdy the plate is despite it being made from silicone which is flexible. The border of the face seems to be fortified silicone which is actually harder.

3. Portion sizes are catered to toddlers at 4oz (eyes) & 10oz (smile) & the 3 compartments also serve to remind parents to serve a fruit or vegetable, protein & carbohydrate. In addition, its smiley face design puts kids in the right mood for a positive mealtime experience. Imagine even me, a Mummy with not much artistic flair, is able to do simple food arts now to bring more fun into mealtimes!

     BB smiling as widely as the toothy grin..lolz!!

4. Promotes self-feeding (minus the messiness..hee) & develops fine motor skills.

One point I'll like to highlight is that I'm quite impressed when BB is able to use just a spoon to scoop food up without much difficulties despite the low height. I believe this is due to the slight curvature at the sides. This'll definitely help to build the confidence level of those who're just learning to spoon feed themselves.


5. 3-4 mats can be stacked & carried with food plus food actually gets cooled down faster due to the larger exposed surface area..perfect for my impatient lil' boy!

6. Easy to clean with warm soapy water since silicone doesn't support the growth of fungus, mold or bacteria.

7. Easy to store by placing in utensil drawer or cabinet.

8. Dishwasher, microwave & oven safe (up to 350 degrees).

Please note that EZPZ's unique products (which EZPZ works hard to maintain the highest & most rigorous standards for safety, non-toxic materials & quality) have caught the attention of counterfeiters worldwide. Thus, if you don't see the EZPZ brand name, the product is sourced from another manufacturer who may not be compliant with regulatory requirements & may be infringing upon their intellectual property rights. By fighting false products, we keep our children safe!!! &, MumsPick is the exclusive distributor of EZPZ in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines & Singapore so you know where to go if you're keen to get one. In fact, they'll be at Booth B33 at the Baby Market Fair from 7th to 9th April, Expo Hall 5 so do pop by ;)

Try your luck by taking part in our giveaway & you may be the lucky winner to get an EZPZ Happy Mat in Lime (worth $52) kindly sponsored by MumsPick for GnG's readers!!!


Directions to win:

1. Like both "MumsPick" as well as "Grub n' Grow" Facebook pages.

2. Tag at least 5 friends to this Facebook post. The more friends you tag, the higher your chances of winning.

3. Like & share this post publicly on your timeline.

4. Closing date is 21st April 2017, 2359hrs.

If you're keen to make a purchase, you may place your order here as MumsPick has 
has also agreed to extend a generous special 15% discount code to GnG's readers till 2359hrs on 21st April 2017! Simply enter "MPGnG" at checkout from this page: https://www.mumspick.com Don't forget to check out the Limited Edition Happy Mat in Berry while you're at it ^.<

Disclaimer: Finanical compensation was not received for this post. The EZPZ Happy Mat in Coral is kindly sponsored by MumsPick but opinions expressd here are BB's & mine ^.~



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