Tinydipity scours the globe for delectable finds that junior would adore. The best part? They seek out sustainable, organic objects that do not use or emit harmful chemicals during their production process.
They are here to do what they expertise in, taking care of your children’s essential needs and focus on the importance of their physical development, so that you can concentrate on your working life and spend the rest of the quality time with your children care freely.
Baby Kingdom is a convenient, one-stop shop that offers a wide variety of well- known international brands specially curated for you and your baby. From baby cots and car seats, to an outdoor playhouse swing, you will find everything you need here and all of the product are carefully chosen.
Mums MUMS offers its members many new exciting ways to shop online. This includes a platform for mums to buy and sell their own products online for both new and pre-loved goods. MUMS is also committed to featuring products designed and produced lovingly by local and expat mums. Members can also enjoy weekly sales on great products and services plus a growing range of local and international brands.
Mamahood.com.sg is a huge marketplace that also offers the best online shopping experience with promotions and deals on baby products and services for your little ones. You can find top mommy’s reviews and checklists for various brands; be it from different races, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Western and different culture. They currently cover shipping and delivery to all parts of Singapore.
Baby Style Icon features handpicked labels and goodies for stylish tots aged 0-6 years old. They source from around the world for your little one’s fashion adventure. They are dedicated to finding awesome, affordably-priced clothes, with special attention paid to baby boys, why should only little girls have all the fun! They bring together a mix of cult labels and fun, new finds.
Their core focus is to offer clothing for kids that are made of organic, natural, & eco-friendly fabrics. They want super soft, hypoallergenic, toxin-free & insanely stylish clothes for the little monkeys. So they curate a one-stop shopping platform for healthier fashion. Their clothes are fabulous for all children, & double fab for those with sensitive skin.
Agape Babies retails premium & authentic brands of baby products. Today, they are proud to carry over 250 brands and over 5000 products in our humble store. Thanks to the support of fans & customers, they have expanded our range to include skincare, carriers, organic baby food and many more! They place a lot of focus on getting in the most popular brands, the ones that mummies can’t stop raving about. They ensure to price our products reasonably too!
One beautiful day, a baby was born. He was the pride and joy of everyone in his family: his parents, his siblings, his grandparents, his aunts and uncles. Everyone doted on him, took care of him, made sure his food was clean and baby-proofed the house. They kept him warm in the cold and kept him cool in the heat. They held his hand while he learnt to walk. They gave him encouragement when he fell. Most importantly, they allowed him to fall without making him feel guilty of not being able to do so. Many parents understand that babies grow at their own pace and so they let their babies grow at their own pace.
Gradually the baby grew into a toddler. More was expected of the baby. He was to follow certain social etiquettes and behave in “appropriate” ways like greeting adults when they meet, saying thank you when receiving a gift or learning that hitting other people is not allowed etc. On top of the character development, the little toddler was also sent to enrichment classes like baby gyms or playgroups in the hope to have him stimulated and “not lose out” to his peers of the same age.
It was now time to be a preschooler. N1 to K2. This is the period when this little boy had more things added into his daily schedule. Apart from the full day childcare, he was also being sent to enrichment classes for Math and Mother Tongue because his parents felt that it was necessary in order for him to “survive” Primary School when he finally enters Primary 1. However, he also had fun visiting the zoo and bird park. It as a good time to be alive. His parents sent him to places like Kidzania and Fidgets. The boy enjoyed his childhood. He felt loved.
Then came primary school. Everything seemed a little harder for him. He now had less play and more work. Things were no longer fun. There were lots of paper for him to deal with. Homework never seemed to end. Even the school holidays were lined up with enrichment classes. There was no time for a break. There was no time to be a child. He felt exhausted.
Exam results seemed to him like it was the most important thing in his life, especially so when he was in Primary 6, the year he had to sit for the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). He felt like his parents really wanted him to do well. He felt like that was all they cared about. He felt alone. But he persevered on anyway.
In his dreams, at night, in his own room, the boy often hear his parents talk about music, the only thing that he was interested in. In his dream, his parents were fully supportive, they sat down and listened to him sing his heart out. The smiles on their faces and the encouragement they gave him, telling him how good he is capable of being if he does what he loved.
But when he woke, reality sank in. His parents never liked him to waste time singing. They said he wouldn’t be able to make a living. He didn’t understand. If someone could not make a living out of singing, how can there be music and songs in the world for people to enjoy now? He didn’t understand his parents.
On he went to Secondary School. The first two years were a good break, especially after having studied so hard for PSLE. When Secondary 3 came, he began to feel the stress and pressure once more. This time, it was ten-fold the pressure he felt in Primary 6.
Everyone was talking about Junior College, University and overseas studies. His parents threatened him that he had to do well enough to get into a JC, if not he will end up with low-paying jobs. The boy was scared.What ever happened to the belief that every child grows at his own pace? He was scared to disappoint his parents. He was scared to face the future if he performed poorly for his ‘O’ Levels. It was as if his ‘O’ Level results will determine the rest of his life. It was a big burden for a 15 year old to carry on his own shoulder. It was so heavy.
Slowly the boy withdrew from his friends. He talked less to his family. He was in his own world, trying his best to do well. He studied day and night, sometimes without breaks. He was determined to “make it”.
He did his best during the ‘O’ Level exams. Yet, he couldn’t help but feel nervous. It was going to be a long few weeks to wait for the piece of paper that he studied so hard for. He felt himself almost having a nervous breakdown. But no, he couldn’t let his friends or family see through. He had to “act” normal. He had to hide the fear and anxiety deep down. Only he could know that he was scared to death.
He couldn’t keep still. He was almost shivering. The only way to calm himself down was to keep rubbing his palms together, shaking his legs as he sat there in the hall waiting for his name to be called and receive that fateful piece of paper: the ‘O’ Level Result Slip.
He saw it. It was what he had expected. He didn’t do well enough. With those grades he wouldn’t be able to get into a JC. He felt sore. He felt giddy. He felt like a failure. Most importantly, he couldn’t swallow his guilt that he had failed his parents. His heart started beating uncontrollably fast. He didn’t know what was happening. His mind was a whirlwind. He couldn’t hear anything else in the hall. It was as if he had floated away from his surroundings.
It was 4 hours before he had to face his parents. There were 15 missed calls from his father and mother and a dozen more text messages. They were curious to know how he had done for his exam. But no, he will not respond to any of them. He was not ready to face the music. Now he had to consider his options. What was he to do? How could he escape his plight?
Alas, he had come to a decision.
One that there was no turning back.
One that left a deep hole in his family’s hearts.
One that he regretted as he was falling….
Parents. How would you feel if this was a story about your child?
Parents. Do know that your child will do well when he can.
Parents. Life is more than the letters on the result slip.
Parents. You are the only support your child has.
Please do not be the source of their fear.
Let us help one another build a society that values relationship more than results.
Let us help one another raise children to be resilient yet know that there’s always another road.
Let us help our kids understand that effort is not always correlated to outcomes. Things happen.
Let us show to our children that there are many people in the world who lead a good life regardless of their academic results.
Can we all do this together as a nation, parents? It is my plea to you.
One life lost is too much a loss.
According to the suicide prevention agency SOS, suicides of Singapore teens, aged between 13 to 19, reached the highest in 15 years in 2016. There were 13 reported teenager suicides in 2014, the figure doubled to 27 in 2015.
We do not want this to happen ever again. Not to your child. Not to my child. Not to ANY child.
Let’s work together as a nation to achieve a ZERO suicide rate for students.
We can do it.
If you are feeling suicidal, there are many people waiting to listen to you. Your privacy will be safeguarded. Below are the numbers you can call to seek help.
Samaritans of Singapore (24-hour hotline): 1800-221-4444
Tinkle Friend: 1800-274-4788
Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
Care Corner Counselling Centre (in Mandarin): 1800-353-5800
Mental Health Helpline: 6389-2222
Aware Helpline: 1800-774-5935
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We live near Jurong Central Park but we don’t go there often enough. It’s such a well structured park! Bonus is that it has a field that you can play soccer and some paths for your kids to ride their wheelie vehicles like scooter and bikes!
Our boys’ favourite was of course the “Slide of Ahhhh!” that’s how we would name it lol… It’s so much fun. They went again and again and again! You can see from the pictures below how much fun they had =)
The big boys can go by themselves but they wanted to sit on daddy for added-weight. The heavier, the faster… you know? haha…
And there’s also slides that are friendlier to younger children:
There’s an interesting climbing structure as well:
One or two balancing beams!
And…… a Flying Fox! Yay!
Have I mentioned the human-size Snakes and Ladders Board? With actual slides being the snake! It’s super fun! Play as a whole family!
To see how fun it is, check out our 2-minute family video:
So we took our kids to the garden this past weekend. We spent a whole morning there and the boys loved exploring the new place. So many things for active and curious kids!
One of our favourites inside the park was this Tree House Slide. They went so many rounds! The slide was really slippery and fast, to the boys’ delight, of course.
There’s a mini pond next to the tree house that has terrapins and fish. We were lucky enough to catch one terrapin resting on the rock!
Which child doesn’t like balancing??? Let them try out this short trail that leads to the waterfall cave!
And the highlight of the park? The Flying Fox of course! There’s a course for the children to go through before they can hop onto the flying fox. But if your kids are not up for the course, they can just join the queue for the flying fox straight away.
And what’s “nature exploration” without a suspension bridge? 🙂
Overall we are SO HAPPY with the new Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Well done NParks!
It’s that time of the year when school is closed and workload is low. Many of us who are fortunate enough to take our annual leave that coincides with our children’s school holidays do so in November/December. Air travel is at its peak, therefore airfares rise. And if we don’t want to splurge on the air tickets? We stay in Singapore. It’s not too bad you know.
We don’t need to be in a new country to get closer to our family.
We just need to give them time, wherever.
You will be surprised by how many ways you can bond with your family on this little red dot we call home. Here is a list of activities, specially curated by me for any type of family to enjoy. On your part, all you need to do is set the date on the calendar and focus on your family. The ideas are all here.
For the ACTIVE FAMILY
Personally we have not tried this on a scale big enough to traverse a few kilometres of Singapore but we had a taste of “evening” cycling with our boys at East Coast Park while the sun was setting. AND we all LOVED IT so much! I have a friend who cycled from East Coast Park to Marina Bay and back to East Coast Park with her husband and 3-year-old son. Salute!
Anyways, don’t fret if you think you can’t look as cool as these guys in the photo. It’s just for inspiration 😀 What matters most is the time spent doing something different and out of the ordinary with your family so that it becomes a memorable experience.
I have heard that cycling into the city at night gives you a fantastic night view of Singapura. But if you want to know all the possible routes that you can enjoy at night with your family, check out the Top 6 Night Cycling Routes in Singapore
We camped once as a family of 5. Yes we did. It was one hell of an experience. Let me explain to you why. First of all, we LOVED everything except for the sleeping part. But hey, we bonded. That’s what matters! And second of all, sandflies! argh! You might be thinking “why is she even suggesting camping if she doesn’t like it?”. I do! I love it! Just that we have to be more prepared the next time we go camping, and so do you. Believe me, it’s bothersome but it’s so worth it. The activities you get to do together before you turn in for the night, and wake up to the sound of the waves lapping just outside your tent zip! LOVELY.
Tips: – Bring something REALLY soft to sleep on. Best if you can get an air-mattress for everyone. Sleeping on the hard sand is no joke. – Insect repellent!!!!
If you are willing to pay for a comfortable camping experience, check out Glamping Society, otherwise, just go with the usual basic camping tent =)
This is one of the oldies but goodies. Our parents generation has flown kites with their parents and it doesn’t require much except for a good kite which you can DIY and a windy day.
Our family’s favourite spot to fly kite in Singapore has got to be at the Marina Barrage.
The view, as you can see in the photo above, can’t be beat anywhere else in Singapore. Our family ALWAYS end the day HAPPY whenever we go to Marina Barrage. Everything from the breeze, the crowd (sometimes small, sometimes big) to the view is REJUVENATING. Set a date with your family, young and old, and meet for a kite-flying session. Parents will be able to bond with children as they teach the little ones how to fly a kite. Grandparents can watch and enjoy the love happening within the family.
You can double-up your outing as a picnic as well.
Tips: – Check the weather before heading out, if the grass is wet and mushy it’s no fun. – It can get VERY hot there as there is no tree or big shelter, so the best time to hang out is definitely after 4 P.M.
Family Sports Day
What’s a sport that the whole family has not played in a long time? Why not have a family sports day on one of the days and teach the kids a new skill while the parents reminisce about old times. It could be swimming, badminton, soccer, tennis or the kids’ favourite: captain’s ball. There are plenty of venues you can book through ActiveSG or you can simply go down to your neighbourhood basketball court and play something together. No phones please. It’s family bonding time, remember? 🙂
Bring your whole family to try out climbing. There’s something about doing something new together as a family. It just makes you much closer than you already are. Climb Central has a really good facility and camping accessories for adults and kids.
You can practically have a picnic at ANY PARK in Singapore, so long as there is a patch of grass! We even brought own our picnic mat and lay it on the grass patch just next to our HDB block before. I mean, why not? Get out of the apartment, breathe some fresh air, feel the grass under your feet, laugh together as you eat your picnic food and play some ball games. Lovely way to spend an afternoon.
TIP: Younger kids would love it if you bring along a bottle of bubbles for them to blow or catch!
Take a walk with the guie to experience Ubin’s wonderful natural and cultural heritage. The 2.2km trail takes about 2 hours to complete. The tour will start at the Ubin Volunteer Hub and take you through the spice trees around Jelutong campsite, Butterfly Hill, Pekan Quarry, Sensory Trail Ponds, Kampong House, Old Bin Kiang School site, Toa Pek Kong Temple and end at the Wayang Stage. You will hear about the use of spices in cooking and the interesting history of the different sites. Do you know what the Ubin Volunteer Hub was in the 1970s? When was the Tua Pek Kong Temple built? If you would like to know, then this is an excellent introduction to the heritage of the island.
Available every 3rd Saturday of the month, from 9.30am till 11.30am.
Want to find something to do together without having to leave the house? Have a family games night! Here are some ideas.
Face-Paint Each Other!
Parents! Make it truly a bonding activity by letting the kids paint your faces! They’ll surely give out lots of giggles 🙂
Christmas Tree Hunt
Make a goal for your family to find and take a family photo with 50 Christmas trees, big and small, throughout Singapore! Trees are being set up now until the end of December so go on family outings every week and collect perfect family photos with beautiful decorated Christmas Trees of 2017! It would be a memory everyone will look back at fondly that once you did something this crazy together.
Play on Ice
Ice skate and Play at The Rink this Christmas! Dive into the ball pit and try fishing. Look out for the friendly mascot JR and take a wefie.
Every Wed & Sat (2 – 23 Dec)
5.15pm – 7.15pm (Wed)
3pm – 5pm (Sat)
Normal admission rate applies.
Circus! Science Under The Big Top
Now – 30 Nov 2017, 10am – 6pm
The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Visit Science Centre Singapore’s year-end blockbuster exhibition! Specially curated for you to discover and experience the fun science behind many circus acts. Come join in the adventure, be amazed and thrilled as you explore the many interactive exhibits. Fun-filled with hands-on activities and magic performances.
*Admission charges apply and height restrictions in place for certain exhibits
For the FUN-TASTIC FAMILY
Visit Your Local Fire Station
Did you know that every Saturday morning, fire stations are open for visitors to join their open house sessions. The perks of going to the open house is kids get their very own fireman (plastic) helmet, sit in the fire truck, ride the ambulance, and hold the water hose to spray high-pressure water. If that doesn’t sound like a fun morning, I don’t know what else will!
Click here for more information on the open house.
the LUGE & Sky Ride
We opted for the package that allowed us to go 3 rounds. It was just nice. If we had only gone 1 round it wouldn’t have been enough. Besides, the kids were a bit nervous on their first skyride but by the third ride they were much more comfortable.
Welcome the holiday cheer with your favourite characters, as you stroll under twinkling lights and snow fall. Enjoy the interactive Santa’s Workshop, aerial acrobatics, and Santa’s sleigh parade. This Christmas season, incredible surprises await you at every corner at Universal Studios Singapore.
It’s A Universal Christmas not to be missed.
It’s probably the most costly family bonding activity suggested in this blog post. Nevertheless, if you’re a family that enjoys theme park activities, just go for it. It’s still much cheaper than flying to another country to spend time with your loved ones. You can have fun at home too. Go to Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa!
Have hours of family fun at Singapore’s first indoor water playground! Spanning 24,000 square feet, the ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’ will whisk you away into a world of exhilaration. Splash @ Kidz Amaze is suitable for family fun! The play elements are designed for children aged 18 months to 13 years old, however with close adult supervision infants can have their fun too. Any child below the age of 18 months gets FREE entrance to SPLASH!
Splash away with multiple play decks, five slides and a themed splash pad. Party rooms conveniently connected to the playground are also ideal for hosting children’s birthday parties.
Introductory HAPPY FAMILY RETREAT organised by Happy We, Happy Family!
Date: Sign-up to be notified of the next retreat in 2018
Time: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Location: To Be Confirmed
Spend a DAY to get CLOSER to your family MORE than you have ever been in a year.
4 Main (guaranteed FUN) Activities to promote unity, teamwork, knowing the importance of family and feeling the love for your family.
6 mini bonding activities to give endless fun and laughter for BOTH parents AND children.
Bring back home a memory that lasts for a lifetime.
Come in to the retreat as a normal family, leave the retreat as a family that can never be divided, stronger than ever.
PRICE: – $300 per family (up to 4 pax)
– $45 for each extra pax
– Light breakfast & afternoon tea provided
WHO: Any family with children ages 6 – 18 years old.
It’s that time of the year, school is ending and the kiddos are ready to roam the island. “But where do I bring my kids during the holidays?!” you ask. Well, lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. We’ve specifically curated activities that you can do with your family for FREE this year end without having to leave Singapore. Let’s be honest, we don’t always need money to buy happiness. We can get it whenever we CHOOSE to have fun. So here goes….
Christmas of Endless Wonder on Orchard Road
Christmas Village 2017 NGEE ANN CITY CIVIC PLAZA
SAT 25 NOV 2017 – MON 25 DEC 2017
Daily “Snowfall” at Orchard Gateway till 3 Jan 2016 at 7.30pm, 8.00pm, 8.30pm, 9.00pm & 9.30pm.
Let’s Go Jalan Jalan
“Let’s Go Jalan Jalan” is a food and music festival featuring unique, familiar home taste and live entertainment!
Nestled in a nostalgic setting, The Three Peacocks @ Labrador Park, the festival is a fantastic, three-day event that features more than 100 varieties of food and merchandise stalls that you will be spoilt for choice!
Delectable dishes include popular local food such as Ice Blended Rainbow Dash, Rickshaw Noodles, traditional “You Tiao” with soya bean drink, “Archar”, Malay traditional kuehs, Pizza, the old school ice cream uncle and much more!
From established to smaller and independent Okay brand owners, attractions include a creative heritage trail, live culinary workshops, buskers, live music; retailers selling personalised handmade craft items, and a variety of game activities for both young and old to enjoy together.
The event is FREE Admission but only Festival Coupons and EZiWallet payments are accepted as payment methods for food, drinks and merchandise at our event!
Free shuttle bus services https://letsgojalanjalan.sg/transport
Movie Screening – SNOWTIME!
18 Nov 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 Botanic Gardens, Eco garden
To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm takes a more serious turn. Starring Canadian actress Sandra Oh, featuring music by Canadian Céline Dion.
18 Nov – 1 Jan 2018
Singapore Discovery Centre & Army Museum of Singapore
Movie Screening – The LEGO Batman Movie
25 Nov 2017, 19:30 – 21:45 Botanic Gardens, Eco garden
NParks Live Out Loud
What better way to spend your evenings in the park than chilling out to music at sundown?
NParks’ open mike series, “Live Out Loud” (LOL), showcases budding talents, with performances taking place in our green spaces! LOL features hobby musicians and non-professional performing acts – each will be given 15 minutes to display their talents, be it singing, dancing, playing an instrument, beatboxing or rapping.
LOL will be held in the evenings of every first Saturday of the month at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and East Coast Park:
Music in the Park (in collaboration with People’s Association) Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, River Plains
Upcoming editions: 2 Dec 2017, 6 Jan 2018, 3 Feb 2018, 3 Mar 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Music by the Beach Venue: East Coast Park, Parkland Green
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Date: 2 Dec 2017
Weekends in the Park: Mass Chalk Art Drawing
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 – Fri, 15 Dec 2017 (only on Fri, Sat and Sun)
07:30 – 23:00
East Coast Park, Parkland Green
Does your child enjoy doodling or drawing? Walk in to any business outlet at Parkland Green and ask for some free chalk. Unleash their creativity and have a go at the concrete floor outside the outlets. (Chalk available at tenants outlet)
That should pretty much occupy your gang for the coming holidays. If you think it’s not enough, hang around for my next post where I’ll compile a list of FAMILY BONDING IDEAS you can do in Singapore. Subscribe to our mailing list now to be notified when the list is out!
Madeline runs the blog like a pro. She mainly writes about travelling with her family. But one thing that strikes me is her specially dedicated page to bring you around fun places in Singapore. If you don’t know where to go this weekend, you might get some good ideas from Madeline.
Summer is a mother to 3 children. She mainly blogs about her family life, which is by no means boring. I can be hanging around on her blog forever! She has a DIY crafts page that makes me wonder why I can’t have half the creativity that she has!
Susan has a way of making her blog very fun to read. She can make me feel as if my life is not so boring when I read her blog posts. Sometimes I feel like I’m on the journey with her. She also throws in some exam tips from time to time!
David & Angie write about all the moments in parenting, from play moments to learning moments, quiet moments to holiday moments. They also have food moments! Check them out and you’ll be sucked into their world, which is not bad at all!
This family seems to always be on the go! And they’re kind enough to bring us along via their fantastic blog posts. Join them as they share their travelling experience abroad as well as what’s happening in Singapore.