Daddy Child bonding at Dads Adventure Hub

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Last weekend was a memorable day for me and Boon Yee (no3) at Dads Adventure Hub. We had signed up for a one-day Adventure Camp with Dad, organised by Centre for Fathering.

Daddy and son got to understand each other better through Rockwall climbing, Dark-maze, high elements and a (charred) BBQ dinner.

Daddy Child bonding
Daddy Child bonding

Our playground, Dads Adventure Hub at the Tennery (Junction 10). We heard this “playground” is sponsored by Far East Organisation, the indoor facility meant families can enjoy the activities 365 days, regardless of inclement weather.

After a few rounds of ice-breaking games. We got to know the other parent-child grouping better.

Ice breaking was designed for Daddy to know more about his child too. It was embarrassing that I did not know the name for Boon Yee’s best friend and form teacher.

Our instructor gave the analogy of a lost-child, if the parent cannot tell Police or School the child’s class, teacher, best friend, or hangouts. It would be harder to conduct a search.

Let me go through some of the FUN, and confidence-building activities at Dads Adventure Hub.

I got to admit, some moments were nerve-wrecking, especially when my 28kg Boon Yee belayered me (75kg) up the Rock WALL!

Dads Adventure Hub
Rock climbing Dad and son

Yee : ” Daddy, Sit on Harness, Lowering!”

1) I am not the only Dad who had doubts when your child ask you to “Sit on harness” and crew gets ready to lower you. In my mind, I was thinking “ARE YOU SURE? ARE YOU READY? ” in between perspiration!

You should see the Dads’ faces when they touch the floor.
** Relieved and Pride! ** 

Dilemma for some of us. We want our kids to be confident lads, but when we saw the little ones struggling with the rope (literally), and Dads dangling 5 metres up (cough)…

On the other hand, I need to try very hard to conceal my own fears, and instead give my boy a broad smile and thumbs-up.  It is optional but highly encouraged to shout “Good Job Boy!” haha.

I guess we parents sometimes over-protect our kids too. Or we like to underestimate (undermine) the child’s ability.

(Disclaimer– Do not start asking your child to diy-belayer you, we had safety officers and assistant belayers at Dads Adventure Hub to make sure everyone go back in one piece)

The kids generally had problems beyalering, due to their smaller sizes haha. As the Dads descended, kids started to float and harness would made their crotch uncomfortable ooops.

Photo below proved that we can always rely on our family and community to stand by us. (Hello Winston from http://blogfather.sg)

To be fair, I had belayered Boon Yee up too, my adventurous boy loved the climbing and dangling experience.

2) We both love the Dark Maze. It was so dark we could not see our fingers. The illustration below is not drawn to scale or even correct orientation, but it does highlight us as guinea pigs crawling through a series of obstacles before we found the exit.

Tunneling in pitch dark zone, “swimming” under thousands of balls, and gingerly feeling our way forward, upward. The kind Organiser even  planted some SLOPES for Daddy and child to roll-over!

Under such dire circumstances, Daddy and child had to rely on each other’s judgement and navigational sense.

Daddy empowering their child to Lead the way. In life, we would not have an answer for everything, sometimes we just need to TRUST our kids’ judgement to make their own decision.
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Boon Yee’s summary says it all. Teamwork!
Be it Right or Wrong turn, we can learn from our experience.

3) If high elements are too easy, we can always blindfold the child. The child would need to have complete faith in his parent to guide him across the obstacles.

Dad : “Son, grab the rope infront, stride your leg to reach the other plank, balance yourself etc etc. This was definitely a challenge for kids and adults alike!

Boon Yee struggled initially, but once he got comfortable (and confident) with my instructions, he was able to navigate through the obstacles without any mishaps.

If we fall, just pick ourselves up again.

I gave him some confidence booster before we embarked on our course.  I hope I managed to convince Boon Yee that he can count on me and family for guidance and support.

Dads Adventure Hub

4) Hello Wake UP! Our sausages burnt already. Poor boy is tired after a whole day of activities.

JOKING, our chicken wings were burnt to a charcoal crisp too! The fault was mine (not Ah Yee’s) as I sucks at BBQ. I always manage to overcook my food #DaddyCannotCook hee hee.

In Life, the path ahead might not always be smooth, but we have to put in our best efforts!

Nevertheless BBQ was fun, give us credit for trying our best. I did remove the charred skin before sharing the otah, wings and sausages with boy.

 

At the end of the session, parents had to expressed their affirmation for our child. I am always impressed with Boon Yee’s Big Heart and ability to forgive 🙂

My Son Boon Yee, I love you.

 

A big shoutout to the friendly instructors and fellow Daddy child kakis.
You guys made my Saturday a memorable one 🙂

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On a side note, Boon Yee made me a proud Dad recently. He joined me for a simple run, but I enjoyed his companionship tremendously.

My only wish for my kids is for them to be Happy.
If they are Happy, I am Happy 🙂

 

If you are looking for a way to bond with your child (in a structured manner), I hope you will find Adventure Camp with Dad challenging and fun.

I did not cover some of the events and activities, as I believed some suspense would be good for you to explore with child 🙂

Check out some other bonding activities with my boys.
– Boon Kang Farm stay 3D2N (at Koref)
– Our hiking explorations
– Upcoming Taman Negara exploration with Boon Wee

Baking Fun at Creative Culinaire

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Everyone loves a cake, except my no2 Boon Yee :p
(he does not fancy ice cream too hee hee)

What is even better than tasting the cake, is baking it yourself.
We jump at the opportunity when Creative Culinaire invited us down for a baking class.

Looking back at the photos, the kitchen at Creative Culinaire offers families fantastic bonding moments.
Creative Culinaire

The smiling Chef Judy, is a big ingredient for our cheerful workshop 🙂
She is so motherly and passionate about her craft and Judy always has this smile.

Truly, a HAPPY baker will prepare the best pastries as everything comes from her heart.

After her Rainbow Cake demonstration, it was our turn to hands-on. And kids were super eager to stir their baking powder, break the eggs, and mold the dough.

I am sure all the kids at the baking workshop agree the best segment is getting involved in the baking process (making a mess of your table is optional). Before we start, Chef Judy reminded us the importance of being neat and organised so that we can find our ingredients and utensils easily.

Chef Judy jokingly mentioned if we make mistakes in our baking steps, we had to eat our own cake. She drew a parallel in life parenting.

Kids sometimes had to learn about mistakes the hard way, despite parent’s repeat reminders (不听老人言).

Layering one by one, love the vibrant colours.

Kids were amazed at how we can mix and match to get a different colour. Baking class was a good opportunity to refresh our science (Chemistry) understanding.

It was up to us to decide the tone of the colour (dark or light), hey who say Rainbow cake must follow a certain order? Freedom and creativity for families to explore.

Yellow + Red = Orange
Blue + Yellow = Green
Red + Blue = Magenta

Kids’ eyes brighten as we create one more layer for our Rainbow cake.

Step by step, workflow in procession.

Video (link) : Fun baking session at the kitchen of Creative Culinaire

Our Rainbow cake forming up.

While adults do the piping and decoration, I caught the kids gleefully picking up all the cake crumbs. The bowl of stars (decorations) was depleting too fast :p

Enjoying a slice of their effort.

Thank you Chef Judy for the fun and interesting baking session. Thank you Alvin and Rosalind for all the help too.

We had a fun family baking session at Creative Culinaire.

I forgot to mention this, kids always look adorable in their Chef’s hat and apron 🙂

For more details and workshops, do follow Creative Culinaire on their Website and Facebook. Contact them at 6324 1663.

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