Children’s Day and October activities

Children’s day is a few hours away, and most kids will be on leave tomorrow 🙂
We have listed a few activities in the month of October for your reference.

1) 13Oct from 1000 to 1730, “Voyage of Dreams” awaits your family at Central Library. The highlight will be storytelling and diy cardboard Fun. Organised by Mummy Sarah ( and NLB, more details listed here.

To quote from Sarah :
[ Voyage of Dreams: Only Believe is a community celebration of hopes and dreams that children and families have. It is also about celebrating the importance of family and creating special family memories through play, and with DIY playthings created out of cardboard. Families that play together stay together! ]

Along the project, Daddy found a website about cardboard fun, maybe someone wish to build a iPhone 5s suit? More cardboard ideas here.

2) Every city needs a hero. Singapore has been hit by hackers, and telecomm, transport, financial and utility services are critically affected! Save the city at Suntec West Atrium. Be CyberShock-ed!

From 04-06Oct, checkout how you can keep Singapore safe by playing a game and stand to win attractive prizes! More details at Let’s Stand Together Fanpage.

3) Only on 04Oct (tomorrow), Fish & CO has a one day Children’s Day promotion. One Kids’ Bait set comes free with every ala-carte main course purchased. Each Kids’ Bait meal ($7.95++) includes a main, a drink; and the biggest loot in the treasure chest- an ice cream!

4) From 4Oct to 3Nov, Kids’ Health & Wellness Fair at City Square Mall.

Date and Time:
– 5 October (KidSports Challenge), 12pm to 6.30pm
– 6 October (Lianhe Wanbao CoffeeTalk), 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Level 1 Atrium

KidSports Challenge for families with children aged two to twelve years old. Parents will get to see their little tots morph into champions as they try their hands at various Olympics-themed sports challenges.

More activities (eg Forest Adventure and Watsons “Wat’s For Babies”) listed on City Square Mall website.

5) River of Life is a Gardens by the Bay exhibition that illustrates the importance of a clean water system for the conservation and protection of a biodiversity-rich environment. Supported by ExxonMobil, with contributions from schools and individuals from the community, this exhibition shares our message of environmental sustainability and commemorates the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. You will also get a hands-on experience to make lotus flowers for the river with recycled material.

River of Life Exhibition
4 October – 30 November 2013
9:00AM – 9:00PM
Gallery (Beside Cloud Forest entrance)

More kids activities listed at this website.
Do pop by SengkangBabies’s Gardens By The Bay adventures too.

6) Gather your flock kids, fly over to the Breeding and Research Centre (BRC) in Jurong Bird Park and indulge their senses at ‘Squawk to Children’s Day’, an engaging activity lined up for them this Children’s Day. Get up close and personal with beautiful macaws and cockatoos, while enthusiastic trainers impart avian knowledge to the little ones. Grab this exclusive opportunity to take a photograph with one of the cockatoos, and because it is Children’s Day, all participants will be rewarded with a Children’s Day gift from Jurong Bird Park!

Venue: Breeding and Research Centre (BRC); Junior Eggs-pert Room
Date: 4 – 5 October 2013
Time: 11.45am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm
Duration: 20 minutes

* Jurong Bird Park admission rates of $20.00(adult) and $13.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply. Boon Wee and Boon Kang loves Dr Squawk and the bird nursery.

7) Chill out in Singapore Zoo’s Frozen Tundra with the little ones this Children’s Day and enjoy a frosty fun time with a lineup of educational activities about polar bears. Pique your child’s curiosity about polar bears – the largest land predator in the world – in our Snow & Tell session, and see the children go wild on a great seal hunt. To end off on a warm and fuzzy note, work on a beautiful ‘Happy Children’s Day’ card together for Inuka the polar bear!

Children’s Day activities at Singapore Zoo
Date: 4– 5 October 2013

Singapore Zoo admission rates of $22.00 (adult) and $14.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply
We had a chance to peep inside Inuka’s Frozen Tundra.

8 ) Across the border, Legoland Malaysia Waterpark will be officially opened 21st Oct.

Do look out for a handsome Lifeguard ok, Boon Kang has been selected as Legoland Waterpark’s poster boy 🙂

We have even moonlighted as Lifeguards at Pasir Ris pool before.

Do pop by our friends CheekieMonkie and TheWackyDuo for more comprehensive list of Children’s Day activities. In case you are interested in River Safari, Adventure Cove or Sea Aquarium, we share with you SengkangBabies’ preference 🙂

Happy Children’s Day in advance ! Boon Yee’s teacher is so sweet. After this weekend, two of our boys will be preparing for their SA2.. (to those who just complete their P6 exams, have a good break !)

Top 3 new attractions in Singapore

Slides and HugE Aquariums, Pandas, Manta-rays and Dolphins are all fighting for families’ wallet attention. We are talking about River Safari, Marine Life Park’s Sea Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark.

SengkangBabies are fortunate to enjoy the latest new attractions in Singapore, let us share our experience and recommendations with you. If we can only choose one attraction, which one will SengkangBabies prefer?

1. River Safari (河川生态园)

Highlights :
* Pandas (go early to catch Kai Kai and Jia Jia roaming around)
– we can view 7 River systems from around the world
– the giant creatures, Manatee, Catfish and Stingray
* Amazon Flooded Forest
* Mekong river tank
– Amazon Square (12pm animal show)
– River Quest (Preview in 2013Dec)

Experience :
– Interaction with rare mammals and fishes
– Pandas are too cute for everyone (if crowded, visiting time might be limited to 15mins)
– amazing experience to watch the Giant Manatee and catfish swim in their tanks !
– Kids learn about life-cycles and how animals survive in their ecosystem
– The information counters at each exhibit gave us extra knowledge about the animals
– River Safari is shaded offering visitors a relax experience
– Path is friendly for strollers
– We need a shelter at Amazon Square, it is too hot to watch the animal show at 1230

Entrance Fees : (Adult $25, Children $16 (3+).
When River Quest is ready, Adult $35, Children $23.

Click for our review or more Panda photos.
River Safari website

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Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)’s Marine Life Park (海洋生物园) has two new attractions.

2. Adventure Cove Waterpark (水上探险乐园)

Highlights :
* Rainbow Reef !
* Adventure (Lazy) River
– Bluwater Bay waves
* Slides, try all the Slides !

Experience :
– Daddy and boys’ best experience is snorkeling among 20,000 fishes at Rainbow Reef!
– Grab a tube, and go around Lazy River a few times, there are exhibits (like Rays) to entice swimmers
– simply sit on the slope and let the waves push you (Bluwater)
– Smaller kids will love Big Bucket Treehouse 🙂
– You will need minimum 4 hours to enjoy all the slides
– AVOID weekend. You do not want to queue 30min for a 1min slide
– “Lightning” will shutdown Adventure Cove, with no refund policy. Management might wish to consider some goodwill (partial) refund

Entrance Fees : Adult $29, Children $20 (4+)

Click for our review and more Snorkeling Photos.
Adventure Cove Waterpark website

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3. S.E.A Aquarium (海洋馆)

Highlights :
* Dolphins are ever friendly
* poke a few starfish at “Discovery Touch pool”
* Open Ocean’s Manta rays (Daddy can linger here for hours)
– Jellyfish (are cute!)
– Sharks
– all sorts of fishes swimming everywhere !

Experience :
– Look Left Right Up Down, there are so many exhibits fighting for attention
– Get up close with the sea creatures (maybe not Sharks)
– Play with the friendly dolphins
– Get hypnotised by the bobbing jellyfish
– kids are bewildered by the colours from the fishes
– Peep into the Open Ocean with some amazing Rays !
– The only bad thing is the crowd, kids will find it difficult to squeeze infront

Entrance Fees : Adult $29, Children $20 (4+)

Only (part 1) of review is ready, catch all the Jellyfish Photos on our Fanpage.
SEA Aquarium Website

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If we can only choose one attraction to visit, which one do we prefer?

In order :
A) The Adventure Cove waterpark
B) Sea Aquarium
C) River Safari

Video : Want to know why they chose slides over Panda? Catch this video.

But if kids are looking for fishes, Daddy thought the exhibits at SEA Aquarium would be more alluring. The game changer could be River Safari’s River-Quest 🙂

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Now, we know Singapore’s attractions are world-class but how many families can enjoy the Fun? This is the entrance fee breakdown for SengkangBabies (2A + 4C) :

– River Safari – $114
– Adventure Cove – $118 (under 4years old free)
– SEA Aquarium – $118

All receipts are above $100, not exactly cheap and affordable, and we have not factor in carpark and F&B yet. We are fortunate as we get to enjoy River Safari and Sea Aquarium for free, and Adventure Cove tickets were discounted.

We always try to feedback that the fees can be more affordable:
– we know gardens and parks are nice (and free), but families might want to enjoy some Singapore attractions occasionally
– We are not expecting $3 entrance fees like Taiwan’s Zoo, but $20 is on the high side
– Singapore attractions might be able to provide pro-family promotions once a year (per family), with up to 50% discount
– Singapore’s attractions can definitely go out to target residents, besides the tourists
– This discounts mean a drop in profits, but companies’ bottomline should still be healthy
– More affordable tickets must mean more family-bonding opportunities, Yes?

What do you think? Do you believe Singapore attractions are too expensive?
If Yes, Help to feedback through your own channels, MSF, Reach, Newspaper forum, chat forums, or even blog about it.

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Not every attractions in Singapore is costly, just pop by our “Places of Interest” recommendations. We do lament the lack of time (and sometimes energy) to bring the kids out. And from 2013 May onwards, a few Museums will waive entrance fees YES ! (Fanpage I ♥ Museums)