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
Taman Negara exploration with Boon Wee

Steam Box dining, Healthy Food Fun preparation

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Steam Box dining (蒸好食), love the Chinese name (which rhymes like 真好吃 ). No claypot, nor steamboat but Steam Box.

Steam Box’s “steam-potting” is a new concept in Singapore, and this is a trend from Hong Kong. The food are freshly steamed not boiled, and there is a pot of porridge below where all the essence (sauce) dripped into.

Kids busy eating, take note of the different colour plates, which indicate different “steaming” duration.
Steam Box dining

Order anything, everything. We heard the Eight Treasures porridge is popular, but we chose a safer option (less herbal) for the kids, seafood porridge. Dim sums are available too.

If in doubt, follow Chef’s recommendation.

Steam duration, go by the colour plates (refer first photo), set the timer. We were not sure how we should start first, but after one or two rounds, the kids took over the food steaming and ordering.

Before we forget, condiments and seasoning to suit every taste bud, unlimited serving 🙂

Endless activities, kids take turn to place the food inside the tray.

Sometimes we argue over what to cook first, a fun family cooking (I meant steaming) experience.

Every time the “timer” counts down, we would eagerly lift the lid for more delicious treats. The bacon is delightful, sweet and tender not greasy at all.

Because all the food are steamed, it is less oily and suitable for everyone in the family. We would strongly recommend the fresh seafood.

Juicy prawns are ready, guess who peeled for the lucky kids!

Mushrooms for the adults, yummy!

Steam Box venue is spacious and we were quite surprised that the steam did not stick to us. There is an overhead fan extracting excess steam.

Tuck in everyone, we love everything on our table 🙂

Where did all the essence go?

Video (Youtube link) : Check out the goodness under the lid 🙂

Our seafood porridge has been brewing slowly, richness from seafood, bacon harvested.

We enjoyed our sweet porridge and lunch 🙂
Thank you Steam Box for the Fun and Healthy dining.

Healthy food option, reasonable pricing and friendly staff, we can understand why Steam Box is popular with families.

For more Steam box dining options, do follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

Phone : 6281 6939
Address : 68 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962

T-Play at HometeamNS

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This is not Changi Airport, but an indoor playground in the West.
This is T-Play at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok.

The Jumbo jet greeted us as we step into the playground during the Mar school holidays. There were many kids already running around and exploring the playground.

T-Play at HomeTeamNS’s tag line is “Fun in Motion“, and you will agree that the Transport- themed indoor playground will keeps kids moving along (literally).

Immigration counters, train cabin and Space shuttles!

Get ready your Passport and E-ticket to a world of fantasy and Fun (socks are needed)

A lot of tunnels for kids to hide.

Kids could not keep still, they can Run, Jump, Bounce non-stop.


Look outside and you can see real cars (L-plates) and a cute Hometeam-themed swimming pool (Police car, fireman etc)

Although T-play space might not look huge, but cleverly designed floorplan allowed us to maximise Fun, and kids got a lot of space to run around.

As kids stay mobile, parents can remain static at one corner with a sofa couch and enjoy some free time.

My kids loved this swing inside the train cabin, and could go endless rounds. Had to remind my kiddos not to do zipline or monkey-swings in our real MRT :p

Mini rock wall.

Video (link) : Catch the kids inside the Playground!

Who say T-Play is only for kids :p
T-Play has a poster somewhere “Adults friendly” (I am serious!), so parents can try the slides and obstacles too haha 🙂

The bigger “sister” (Admin) will entertain the kids by playing hide and seek or catching. At certain interval, they will organised games for the kids too.

Little ones can play with foams at this corner
T-Play at HometeamNS

T-Play indoor playground is very popular with families, especially during school holidays.

For more details about T-Play at HometeamNS, follow their Website and Facebook. Do refer to screenshot below for admission fees.

(image credit T-Play)

Opening hours :
Mon to Thu 1pm to 7pm
– Fri 1pm to 9pm
– Weekend and PH 10am to 9pm
– School Holidays 10am to 7pm

Address : 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7 S(659003)
Tel 6705 9494/95