FREE activities for kids | June Holidays 2017

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Okay, I couldn’t think of a catchier title for this post, so the obvious would be best.

June holidays. If you have kids like mine, who attend kindy, you are probably feeling a slight sense of dread and having to face the kids the whole day instead of getting a break when the kids go to school. *heavy sigh* I do treasure those 3 hours leh! I know the teachers and kids are rejoicing..haha.

This time round, the kids are older and I figured we should have an eventful school holiday going outdoors. With a tight budget, and getting around on public transport, I got into my #auntiemode and started hunting for free activities for the kids. I mean, surely there could be some meaningful and fun stuff for the kids to do that doesn’t break the bank? I mean, I was even happy to fork out maybe like $10 pax for an activity/workshop (which means $30 min per outing..omg). Basically free or cheap.

…got anot huh?

GOT wor!! And the angels sing. Please do note that my list of activities is catered for the boys who are 3.5 years old and 5.5 years old, and the events are free for Singaporeans and PRs or the cost is fairly low #kiamkanna

Therefore, I present to you

justsometings’s free or cheap activities for the June holidays 2017

Let’s start with the basics: getting the kids to use as much energy as possible.

Free Outdoor Playgrounds:

Top Outdoor Playgrounds by Little Steps Asia

Additional information: 

Free Outdoor Playgrounds with individual reviews by BYKidO
Mass Chalk Art Drawing at Parkland Green
by BYKidO
A video walkthrough of Seletar Aerospace Park
 by UmeKids

Free Waterparks

18 free waterparks in Singapore by UmeKids

Additional information: 

Sentosa’s Port of Lost Wonder reopens by Young Parents

Events: 


Imaginarium: To The Ends of the Earth
| Runs till 27th August 2017
10am to 7pm, Singapore Art Museum
Website

Chicken & Egg: A Fowl Tale | Runs till 18th June 2017
10am – 7pm, Singapore Philatelic Museum
Website
Review by Bumble Bee Mum
Note: There are other exhibitions that run concurrently to the zodiac based exhibit, so do check out the rest of the exhibitions too!

Children’s Biennale
20th May – 8th Oct, 10am to 7pm, National Gallery
Website
Note: not only the Biennale, you can also head along to the Keppel Centre for Art Education for more activities!

Faber Castell Art Festival
27th May – 4th Jun, 11am to 9pm, Marina Square Central Atrium
More information here

Children’s Season @ The National Museum
27th May – 30th July, 10am to 6pm
Website

Children’s Season 2017
27th May – 25th June, various locations
Website

Familes for Life Celebrations 2017 | 1-Day event
28th May, 8am to 9.30pm, Civic District
Website | Registration required

Book Swap & Movie in the Park by Yoga Seeds
3rd June, 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Website

The Kidz Academy
9th – 11th June, 10am to 8pm, Suntec Singapore Halls 404 – 406
Website

Activities:

Garden turns 5 | Gardens by the Bay
19th May – 30th Jun, Garden Extravaganza on 3rd & 4th June
Website

National Gallery, Keppel Centre for Art Education
10am to 7pm
Website

Pip’s PLAYbox
11am – 6pm (closed for cleaning from 2pm – 3pm)
Website

Bollywood Veggies
Wed – Sun, 8am to 6.30pm
Website
Note:
1. The farm offers guide tours (9839 8896, Donna) for a min group of 20 pax. Costs range from $200 onwards for a potting session. You can wander around the farm at no cost if you do not wish to go for a guided tour.
2. There is a daily shuttle bus from Kranji MRT that will take you around the countryside to the various farms, so transport not an issue! For the bus schedule, click here
3. Other farms that allow free tour access are Farmart Centre, Jurong Frog Farm and Hay Diaries

Into The Wild Exhibit @ Art Science Museum
10am to 7pm
Website

Low Cost Activities / Promos

The Active Detective Carnival | HealthZone
3rd June, 9am to 5pm, Health Promotion Board
Ticket prices: Child – $2 | Adult – $3
Website

KidsSTOP @ The Science Centre
Various themed workshops catered for kids on selected days. For holiday programmes, booking is required. You can make a booking here
Ticket prices: Below 18m – Free | Child – $10 | Adult – $5
Website

Soap Art
10th June, 2 to 3pm, Takashimaya Departmental Store
For children 3 yrs and above: Learn the art of soap making in this hands-on workshop. A great sensory activity for young kids, your child will learn how to knead, mold, and mix colours and scents to create his or her own soap. This fun activity for kids will get their creative juices going and they’ll be excited to show off their own personal soap masterpiece at the end of the workshop!
(Even I also wanna sign up lah!! Quite surprised about this June holidays program for kids by Taka! Downside is you gotta pay $16.05 for a 2 yr membership to be eligible..which I think is still ok for all the events they have)
Ticket: $8
Website

 

The Science Centre
Visit the current travelling exhibit from Japan, Dino Robot Factory, on top of the regular fare at The Science Centre Singapore. For more details on the Dino Robot Factory, click here
Ticket prices:
Dino Robot Factory Exhibit: Child – $7 | Adult – $5
The Science Centre: Child – $4 | Adult – $6
Promotional bundles: Click Here

Kids Watch Free at Movies by BYKidO
Kids get to watch movies free with a paying adult. Participating cinemas are Golden Village and Shaw. Current & upcoming movies that you want to take note of are:
SING, Boss Baby, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and Despicable Me 3.

Kids Craft Corner @ EatPlayLove Craft Cafe
a unique experience where kids and adults can get crafty at the same time’. Adults get to eat in peace and the kids get to craft, win win situation for me for sure!
Crafting cost: $5 for 1st hour, $2.50 for subsequent 30 mins.
Website

Multiple promos by BYKidO [discount code for a 6 mths pass to be up soon!]
The BYKidO pass works as an online coupon booklet with various vouchers for you to use every month. All you need to do is to purchase a pass, redeem the voucher you want to utilise, and show it to their Partners! Great way for you to try out various workshops or classes. Examples of discounts are:
2 Trial Classes @ $10 with Ready Steady Go Kids
2 Soccer Trial Classes with FRISCKIds @ $10
Free Kindergym Trial with Bubbles Gymnastics
3 Play TIme at Kidz Amaze Toa Payoh (Toddler 0 – 36 mths) @ $20
Various discounted attractions tickets, including one of the cheapest KidZania Tickets available.

Phew. I think I have pretty much gotten as much and as accurate (I hope!!) information as I can. Please feel free to add on if you come across any events/activities that is free and cheap. This will definitely get me started with the school holiday planning.

Many thanks to the kind folks at BYKidO who have kindly offered me some information and a discount code for you guys to use when you purchase a 6 mths pass from BYKidO. eh, discounts every month for various vendors leh..plus I specifically highlighted the cheap deals! #kiamkana This I will write in my next post else this post is too long liao!

Category: Interests, Kids, Outdoor, Special

multi-functional moms

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minnie mouse

ahh..Sarah is down with a cold. Figured she would be coming down with something since she was coughing last week, but only at night. Then two days ago, bam, the waterworks started. Sleep patterns got thrown out of whack. On top of the funk I was going through..totally not cool.

She preferred to be nursed sitting up, she wanted to fall asleep in my arms upright/against my chest on slight incline/on my shoulder.

She has a fierce temper. I just experienced that this arvo for..15 mins. OMFG. She could just go on and on..and it was fake crying. WTH. Fine, you win. Go play with your brothers instead of taking your nap.

This evening, she rested on my chest half-asleep, with me seated on my bed in a slight incline (no support for my back), legs raised to support her, in a rocking motion. I made a mental shrug and thought, hey I was pretty multi-functional. Not just multi-roles of chef, secretary, event planner, nurse/doctor, etc..the usuals hor. Multi-functional I say.

With her in the baby carrier, I’m the portable yaolan, bobbing around with knees slightly bent.

With her in my arms and swinging her, I was pretty much the eco-friendly car (err, minus the occasional methane)

With her against my chest as I rock her to sleep, I’m the rocker, webbed/daybed/Fisher Price version (take your pick).

No wonder my knees are giving out. Gah.

still my champion eater!

To the boys..I am also the…

..dictionary (loads of ‘mummy, how do you spell <insert word>?’)

…Google Maps (‘mummy, how are we going to get there?’)

…encyclopedia (‘mummy, why is the snake so long?’)

Seriously, the amount of reading up I have to do when the boys get interested in something. When Oliver was interested in space (still is!), it sure had me reading up a fair bit about it. I actually thoroughly enjoyed the process. And of course Matt Damon was fabulous in The Martian, as was George Clooney in Gravity & Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar. =P

Kidding. I was highly dependent on NatGeo for Kids. Need all the simplified words to process information. It’s all in good fun though.

Wonder what Quentin’s gonna be interested in. Music maybe?

 

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#throwback my pity party

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3rd February 2017

I turned on the stove to reheat the soup.

‘I miss eating hot food. Fresh hot food’ I thought as I started on the dishes. I almost never finish a meal completely these days..cos by the time I get to it, tit is cold and I am past the hunger stage. But yup, I was wallowing in my pity party.

Meanwhile, I hear noises from the boys’ room. Quentin is talking and then hubby yells at him, cue wailing. I had just walked out of said room 5 minutes earlier.

The door opens and Quentin walks out. 

‘Mummy. I don’t like Daddy. I like Mummy.’

I sighed, finished up the dish I was washing, turned off the stove (bye bye hot soup again), grabbed a granola cluster from the fridge to stave the hunger pants and held the hand of my middle child. We walk back to his room. 

I sat on a chair, lited him onto my lap and held him. He snuggles against me and wraps his arms around my neck. 

‘He’s grown taller. He can reach my neck.’ I thought. 

He falls asleep 15 minutes later. It was 8.15pm.

I left the room, gave up reheating the soup and devoured a bowl before resuming the washing. 

It felt like a long day. And when I felt that way, I craved junk food like KFC. 自甘堕落 kinda mood. And I told the husband so. 

‘How about Starbucks instead?’ Hmm I considered a while more before deciding Starbucks would probably be a better option. Le sigh. Bye bye KFC. 

We had a quick chat about Quentin. Caught between the older attention seeker and the baby that needs attention. 

When was the last time we did something he wanted? He is a follower, he tags along. Tags along the curtails of Oliver. We always brush him off. He doesn’t mind that he doesn’t get his choice. He gets distracted by his brother before he can even make a decision. Yet he hs made to be a big brother to Sarah and give way to her’

Ahhh..we suck at parenting. The hubby felt bad for yelling at him. I felt bad that I did not make him feel significant. So easily slighted. 

Hubby & I finally get a chance to talk shop tonight. For 2 hours and we managed to only cover 3 points. WTH. How to finish in time? 

The other night, 

‘You’re amazing’ he says, after I told him off for not listening and why I have so much things on my mind. I rattle off the things to do, what Oliver needs to do for school, dates, doctors appointments. He stares at me as I go on. 

‘What?’ I asked. 

‘Love you.’ He said. I gave him a deadpan look. 

‘Must tell the boys to really find the right woman to marry.’ He continued. 

‘Doesn’t mean I have to keep doing the washing hor!!!’

‘Okok, I wash’  Yaaaay! Win some for now. 

Later that evening, I was still feeling a little moody. So decided to throw caution to the wind and jioed some girls out for drinks tonight (Starbucks only..no alcohol involved). Mad random. Hubby gave me an incredulous look. 

‘You say I can go out one hor!!’

‘I know, I’m not saying you cannot go but why so random??’

Love..is hubby knowing I sian so come home earlier, said hi to the kids and snuck into the kitchen to give me a hug. Then after I ranted to him why I damn sian, he asked if I wanted the kids to say sorry.

Love..is also him entertaining all 3 kids whilst I check out where I could meet my girlfriends for desserts till late. 

Love.. is also him washing all the dishes in the sink..cos he bth the kids jumping on him and his balls so he needs an excuse. He said at this rate, confirm no more kids. 

Love..is Sarah on my left thigh, Quenin on my right thigh, Oliver on both my knees and we had a group hug. 

Love..is watching Sarah snuggle between her brothers in that hug, cooing and chortling. 

My heart is full.

But bring on them Starbucks drinks and bitch sesh!

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