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Meet & Greet SpongeBob SquarePants at City Square Mall

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Me: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Big J: SpongeBob SquarePants!!

Ever since Big J got to know about the SpongeBob show, he has been asking us to bring him there. So, here we are!

SpongeBob SquarePants Krabby Patty Celebration ‘Live’ On Stage

Date: 5 – 20 December 2015 (Except Mondays)
Time: 2pm & 7pm (Tues – Fri); 1pm, 4pm & 7pm (Sat & Sun)
Venue: Level 1 Atrium

With a minimum spend of $50*, shoppers can redeem a Meet & Greet pass one hour prior to each show and snap a photo with SpongeBob and Patrick, limited to 50 passes per show.


The area in front of the stage was already full when we got there, so we settled watching from level 2. The boys enjoyed watching the show and Small J kept asking where is Mr Krabs. Tsk...the effect of watching too much Okto.

This all-new live show includes SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward and that evil Plankton. The adventure sets sail as SpongeBob prepares to celebrate the Krabby Patty and everyone is invited to the party! There’ll be loads of sea-antics and you’ll even get to do the Krabby Patty Dance! 


At the end of the show, we had the chance to take a photo with SpongeBob and friends. Small J was really cute because he said hello and bye to them with much enthusiasm. 

Outdoor SpongeBob Playland

Date: 20 November 2015 – 3 January 2016
Time: 12pm – 10pm daily (last admission at 9.30pm)
Venue: Level 1 City Green park (Just outside the mall)

With a minimum spend of $30*, shoppers can redeem a SpongeBob Playland activity pass at the L2 Customer Service Counter. Activities are suitable for age 3 and above.

After the meet & greet, we proceed to the SpongeBob Playland which is just outside the shopping mall. We got an activity pass which allows us to take part in the activities. 

He was happy to see Mr Krabs!

Trying to shoot the target with the gun

We took a photo at SpongeBob's Pineapple house

The station which Big J was really looking forward to was the bouncy castle but it was not opened as it was raining. =( 

There are also lots more activities at night for the Christmas season. 

SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes Screenings

Date: 5 – 27 December 2015 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Time: 8pm – 9pm
Venue: B1 Fountain Square
Enjoy free screenings of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes.

Snowy Playtime

Date: 20 November 2015 – 3 January 2016
Time: 8pm & 9pm daily
Venue: Level 1 City Green

Have loads of fun as dancing lights and a magical snowfall transform the park into a winter wonderland.

For more information, please visit http://citysquaremall.com.sg/


Disclaimer: We were invited to the meet & greet session and given an activity pass. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

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Get Busy with BusyTotsBags

Friday, 4 December 2015

We are really into busy bags. These bags are great time savers to keep the kids busy and entertained while I get myself busy with cooking, laundry and other housework.

From the past busy bag exchanges (link), I have collected one big box of busy bags for the boys. In fact, we have not tried out all of them yet. Some were not at the boys' level yet while some are still not in rotation.

Everything is chucked here. I'm still thinking how to sort these so it is easier to take out what I need

The only downside with these busy bags is they require time to make. That's the reason why I have not been taking part in more busy bags exchanges. It is too time consuming to make 10+ bags for the exchange. For some other moms, they might feel that they are not crafty enough to make these.

That's when I got to know about BusyTotsBags.


BusyTotsBags carries a wide variety of activities suitable for young children, including practical life, sensorial, language, maths, etc. Since Christmas is coming soon, they are also offering activities with a Christmas theme. The products are not just for simple playing, there are also educational elements, such as colour, numbers or letters recognition and fine motor skills. What's better than learning while playing right?

I was very excited when BusyTotsBags offer me a $50 credit to try out some of their products. I managed to get 6 items, which means each item is for less than $10! Still pretty reasonable. Let me show you what I have gotten for the boys.

The package came properly wrapped with bubble wrap to prevent damages to the items inside.


Each activity is individually packed in a ziplock bag. If there are smaller pieces for that activity, these will be packed in a smaller bag inside the big bag so there will not be many pieces 'flying' around.


Tree of the Numbers & Apples


Parent can pick out a number, stick it on the trunk of the tree and ask the child to stick the corresponding number of apples on the tree. The pieces are all attached with velcro and this serves as a good fine motor and hand-eye coordination practice as the child tries to stick and remove the pieces.

Small J can't recognise numbers yet. But he's happily sticking all the apples onto the tree and removing them again. We count together as he sticks them and count down as he removes them. For Big J, we tried to do simple addition and subtraction.


Thread the Holey Ball


This is one of Small J's favourite. The ball has lots of holes which the child can thread the pipecleaners through. Especially good for fine motor and hand-eye coordination.

The ends of the pipecleaners are quite sharp but this is easily solved by twisting down the ends of the pipecleaners so that it is not so sharp. We usually bring this along when we are out to keep them entertained while waiting.


Look Mummy, a spider!

Mother Hen


The eggs are attached with snap buttons. The child can also practice buttoning the circles onto the hen. These are actually good practice for practical life-skills.

I pretty much left it to the boys to explore this by themselves. It is amazing to see them playing on this with much concentration.


Ladybird, Ladybird!


Similar to the Mother Hen, this ladybird also has buttons for working on buttoning skills. It also has a zip in the middle.

The boys enjoyed zipping and unzipping the ladybird and Small J even played peekaboo with it. We did colour matching and counting as they tried to button the felt pieces to the Ladybird.


Peekaboo!!

Button-Up! Shirt


The shirt and buttons are made of wood. This requires a good skill in threading the buttons onto the shirt.

The boys couldn't really do it and are more interested in threading the buttons onto the shoelace. I like it that the lace is not those super long ones, so this is more manageable for little hands. The wood is also smooth without any wood splinters.


Geoboard Shape Fun!


I got this because I wanted Big J to form shapes or letters on the geoboard. But it is too difficult for him. He is scared that the bands will break as he stretches them. So what I did is to form the shapes and ask them to guess what it is.

The geoboard comes with a set of cards which has suggested shapes that the child can form on the board. Having made many cards before, I, however, feel that the cards can be better improved. The corners can be cut by a corner cutter so that it looks more uniform. The laminate around the card can also be more evenly cut. This is not a big issue for those who are not so particular about the look of the cards.

On the overall, I am very pleased with the items. The felts used are of good quality and quick thick. The sewing is also done very nicely with no loose ends and they can withstand the rough handling from the boys.

Christmas is around the corner. If you are still thinking of what to get, these are great as a Christmas gift for young children. Just swap out the zip lock bag for a better looking box or bag and it will make a great gift.

DISCOUNT

Now is the best time to get these as BusyTotsBags is offfering a 10% discount with every $40 order. Key in the code 'JsChristmas' in the discount code during checkout to enjoy the offer! Offer ends 25 December 2015. 


GIVEAWAY

Since it is the season of giving, I have two $20 vouchers for 2 lucky winners! You can use the voucher to buy anything from BusyTotsBags and postage is waived off too.


Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to win! Giveaway ends Monday, 14 December 2015, 11:59pm.

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[Media Invite] Pororo Park Singapore

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Over the weekend, we were invited to a media preview of the Pororo Park, just before the park is officially opened to the public on the 11 November 2015! So let me show you a sneak peek of the place. 



The place is brightly coloured and there are many cute characters from the show.



The first attraction that we see upon entering the theme park is the Pororo Express. This is a train ride for the kids only. As long as your child is able to sit independently, he/she will be able to take this train. There are seat belts to ensure the safety of your child during the ride. The friendly staffs will also follow the train as it moves to ensure that the child is safely seated.




The boys love the train ride very much and went on it countless times.



Another favourite of the boys is the Shark Ball Pool. The boys enjoyed 'swimming' in the pool and trying to throw the balls into the shark's mouth. Apart from the sharp teeth of the shark, the ball pool is pretty child-friendly with the sides and bottom all well-padded.




Next is Poby’s Jungle Gym. This is a play system where children can climb, conquer obstacles and slide down the slides. The gym is not very big so parents do not have to worry about their child getting lost inside the gym. Small J is able to play by himself and we just need to look from outside, no more hurting our backs to try to squeeze in to look after him.




Younger kids would like playing in Pororo House. There are miniature furnitures inside the house and disco lights which makes the place looks so magical.




There's also Tong Tong’s Little Theatre, where children can enjoy watching Pororo musical or sing-along shows featuring Pororo and friends.

Photo credit: Pororo Park Singapore


There will also be meet-and-greet with the characters. Each time when the characters come out for a walk, all the children and adults will swamp over to meet them.



The special part of the Pororo Park is apart from play, children can take part in story-telling classes or arts and crafts held in Eddy and Petty’s Rooms. Character-themed birthday parties can also be held here. For now, there will be reading classes held by MindChamps every Sunday.



For the adults, relax in Loopy’s CafĂ©. The 60-seater cafe offers a delectable offering for both adults and kids. Parents can enjoy free Wi-Fi while enjoying the scenic view of the Marina Bay skyline.

After a day of fun, don't forget to get one of those cute merchandises from Rody’s Toy Store before you leave.


Pororo Park will be officially opened to the public on 11 November. If you decide to check it out, don't forget to bring along socks for everyone. There is an area to leave the strollers and your shoes. 


Our Overall Experience

To be honest, the park is not as big as what we expected it to be. We also thought there are not much to play there. However, during our 3 hours there, the boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They don't even bear to leave and until now, they are still talking about going back again. This makes me realise that it is not so much about how we parents see the place as but more importantly, how much the kids enjoy the park.

They are most happy with the train ride and the ball pit. Although the ball pit and the gym are commonly found in most indoor playgrounds, what sets the Pororo Park different from the rest is the train ride and the Pororo shows and meet-and-greet sessions. I personally feel the Pororo Park is most suitable for children between 1 to 6 years old.

Pororo Park Singapore (Opening 11 November 2015)

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 Singapore 039594 (Marina Square’s new retail wing)

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm
Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm

Website: www.pororoparksg.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pororoparksg
Instagram: https://instagram.com/pororoparksg

Admission Rates

Single Entry

Every ticket is a designated 2-hour play time per entry.


Membership Packages


Savers Pass


Disclaimer: We were invited to the media preview of the Pororo Park Singapore. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

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