The City, edutainment for kids

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Hands up, if you Dads out there struggle to understand girls’ grooming and dress sense. Daddy Andy had to faced his own nightmare when Boon Xin brought him into a hair salon and makeup room!

What is He going to do with the mascara, lipstick, eyelash curlers, and WHAT are those weird things in the cosmetic basket!

After the Hair-treatment, she decided to remove the wig and probe the bald head. Hello Boon Xin, Daddy was embarrassed to ask her what special treatment is she performing ! (Daddy stressed)

We had been invited for some Edutainment experience at The City. Fortunately, Hair Salon is only one of 10 stations for kids to immerse in some serious Adult jobs.

No thanks Boon Xin, Daddy does not need to powder his face (shy).

Although The City might not boast of a huge playground, no swings and slides, nor balls pit, but the edutainment factor scores High for our kids.

The City playground is ideal for kids 2 to 8 years old.

Younger kids should love the cheerful cartoon characters at every corner.

The City is also working with teachers to supplement classroom learnings for young minds.

Party – there is a special room for your child to host a Birthday Party. Birthday packages are listed here. Everyone should have a memorable party.

(image credit The City)

Postman – Our kids pen their letters, paste their stamps and post out their letters 🙂

Group activity Treasure Hunt – Besides the individual stations, kids should participate in the treasure hunt too. Clue will lead them to each station, and perform a task.

Fishing is one of them.

Costumes – Kids are encouraged to change into their favourite characters !
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Superheroes – It is not everyday that we can see Superheroes. Look at Boon Yee’s Superman, he got some serious biceps and six packs!

Superman, IronMan, and Batman. Sometimes they are partners, some other times they fight over WonderWoman battle each other.

In their combat, they will tear down the “buildings”.

And rebuild and demolish again…

Hero! is the boys’ domain. They spend the most time here wrecking Havoc !
Just look at Boon Kang’s cheeky face.

Daddy is just glad that Boon Xin did not turn into Incredible Hulk to challenge her brothers. But Daddy is also slightly disappointed that she refuse to dress up as Cinderella.

Girls functions differently from boys, and ours is cool about Nerf Gun but not Dress 🙁

Cinderella costume for girl

Policeman – In between their “jobs”, kids will be hopping onto their rides to patrol the neighbourhood. Kids love the Police uniform.

Engineer – Boon Kang loves to be an engineer, either he likes the goggles, or he likes to direct traffic.

Fireman – While the smaller two fight fires with their extinguishers. Yes Chief!

Boon Kang still cannot make up mind to be fireman or engineer.

Nursing – From Cinderella to Nightingale, Boon Xin always like to take care of babies. Maybe because she does not have any younger siblings to sayang (adore)?

Anyway, at the clinic, she needs to learn how to take a temperature and handle a sick toddler.

Classroom – there is a small room with plenty of activities for the kids. Cars, dinosaurs, castles and anything the child desire.

While the kids are exploring The City, parents can catch up on their readings at one corner. Parents can also volunteer to play cashier, customer or if you Dare, hair salon !

Sorry, Daddy still does not trust Boon Xin’s rebonding skills.

Chef or Waiter? Kids can take the customers’ orders and proceed to prepare a 5-course meal at the kitchen. Daddy hopes one of them will develop the passion to cook like those Junior-MasterChef contestants !

Supermarket should be Fun. You get to shop, use money and wheel the cart all over the premise ! They have to buy everything on their shopping list.

Kids need to identify the goods, count and get the correct change for their purchase.

Daddy is impressed with the Supermarket’s wide variety. Kids will definitely be a great help when we go grocery shopping.

Do pop by SengkangBabies Fanpage album for more adventure photos !

Video : The kids are busy at work 🙂

We have been to Kidzania Malaysia before but that is like a Full-time job (whole day effort).
At The City, kids take their time to learn and play at various section. The staff would be on hand to guide the kids in their understanding.

Fun and Learning goes hand in hand. We love the way kids are encouraged to explore and ask questions about real life jobs.

Thank you the The City for the invitation, SengkangBabies really enjoy “working” at your office !

More updates about the City can be found on their Website and Fanpage.
We are recommending that you pop by our friend Wai Wai’s lovely Snow White story too.

More Information :
Phone : 6250 6507
Opening hours : Mon to Sun – 10am to 7pm
Address : 177 River Valley road, Liang Court #03-04A S(179030)

Admission Fees
– Under 2 years, $18
– 2 years and above, $22
– Adults, Free
– Babies under 1 year, Free (if accompanied by a paid sibling)

– Weekdays – unlimited visit
– Weekends & Public Holidays – limited to 2 hours

River Safari’s River Quest

Last December, River Safari started trial run on it’s River Quest. This is the boat ride to bring you deep into the Amazon Basin. River Quest was not ready during our last visit.

The official opening is 9am, but we arrive at 8.30am to see a long queue infront of us.
Yup, it is the school holidays.

Boat ride is on a first come first serve basis, and we were allocated the 12pm slot.
Those coming after 10am can forget about the boat ride.
How to book River Safari boat Ride, long queue for River Quest

Child must meet minimum height of 106cm, which we think is too “conservative”. The boat ride is very safe, and kids 100cm should be able to enjoy it with parents’ supervision.

While Mummy is queuing for the boat ride ticket, Boon Yee is busy fending off a hungry crocodile.

The good thing about arriving early is the animals are fresh and eager to share a photo with you.

Someone is reluctant to pose with the real crocs.

Kai Kai would be happily performing his bamboo chewing show, and our Red panda is always so active 🙂

If you are visiting River Safari on a weekend, and if you are a Panda fan, do head straight to the Panda enclosure to beat the crowd.

You can always u-turn to visit those exhibits which you have skipped.

Saying hello to Panda’s baby. We heard Panda babies cannot apply for Singaporean citizenship, they must be returned to China 🙂

At the Panda exhibit’s exit, there is a small window for visitors to catch Inuka at 10am. That is our Polar Bear’s feeding time. In case you are wondering, Inuka resides at Singapore Zoo, and we blog about his home “Frozen Tundra” in June2013.

Some of the other animals and fishes which were spotted, sucker fish and sunbathing otters.

This Arapaima not only look old, they are prehistoric !

Electric eels, the big ones can produce enough jolts to electrocute horses !

Both Anaconda and Candiru are scarey. Guys peeing in water might risk something slithering into their urethral OucH !

Everyone is curious about River Safari’s latest ride, River Quest.

Even though the queue was long, it is still bearable. Each boat can take up to 10 passengers.

Getting ready for our River Quest. Those who like water should try to go to the front row.

Animals along the cruise, we see more signboards than animals 🙁
Most of them were enjoying their afternoon nap.

We suspect those who boarded the boat before 10am should have better views 🙂

(credit : poster from River Safari)

“JAGUAR JAGUAR”, we shouted loudly to get it’s attention but he is not stirring.

Kang and flamingos.

Video : Very tame ride, we were not impressed with the sleeping animals. Daddy had to make some voice over to heighten the kids’ anticipation.

Map of the river cruise. One round will take about 12 minutes.

We noticed the squirrel monkies are bolder now..

Oops sorry, Daddy is referring to the cute primates who swing from the tree. They will try to snatch unsuspecting tourist’s bag of food (Do not expose your food to the monkies!)

At 10am, River Safari had more visitors than residents. School holidays might not be the best time to enjoy Singapore’s attractions 🙂

River Quest might be disappointing for us, but the giant fish tanks from Mekong and Flooded Amazon remain popular with our kids. They love to spot the giants! Do not forget about Jia Jia and Kai Kai too.

River Safari tickets are S$25 and $16 for adults and children respectively.
With the completion of River Quest, we suspect River Safari ticket will eventually be S$35 and S$23. Click for Park Map.

Do pop by our previous River Safari experience, we did a comparison of River Safari, Sea Aquarium and Adventure Cove too.

Discover more photos of River Safari on SengkangBabies Fanpage.