Nothing like a weekend filled with activities to set the tone for the June holidays. Unlike some of my fellow parents, June holidays are not as daunting for us because my kids go to full-day childcare. In fact, we look forward to the school holidays as the kids have more fun events to choose from to participate and we really like how much smoother peak-hour traffic is during the hols. Thanks to those who travel with their kids, of course! 😉
We kicked off the long weekend with a visit to the National Museum of Singapore for the preview of Masak Masak 2015.
The exhibition is made up of 10 installations from six local and four international artists. Kids can color on the wall mural created by local TV actress, Jeanette Aw for Sol’s Journey; or add on to the Mademoiselle Maurice’s origami mural with an origami of their own!
There will also be some showcasing of childhood games like the old-school flag eraser game (where we flip erasers to land on our opponent’s in order to win!), and the ball-in-maze puzzles. And of course, the all-time favourite – bouncy playgrounds inspired by the familiar HDB mosaic playgrounds, at the Lawn of NMS.
Next stop was somewhere the cub had been looking forward to ever since I shared with him – Dinosaur Adventures at United Square!
The cub is in a dinosaurs phase right now, so he was absolutely thrilled to meet and touch them.
At the end of the Dinosaurs Trail, the kids put on their coats and became junior paleontologists! The kids loved it. Note to self: must remember to get this for party activity if I ever have to come up with a Dino-party for the kids.
Sunday morning, we dropped the cub off at his first workshop – ‘Jelly, Wobble!‘. It took some tears but the cub eventually did allow me to leave while he stayed on in unfamiliar territory with unfamiliar people. I know this was totally out of his comfort zone, so I was feeling just as anxious when I left him.
We were pleasantly surprised to see the cub having fun and learning how to sing and dance when we returned 30 minutes before the workshop ended to peek. Then it was presentation time at Princess Lolly’s birthday celebration. The kids presented their craft works and the sing+dance performance. I was impressed to see how much the kids got to learn in just 1.5 hours!
It wasn’t just these that he learned from the workshop. To me, the greatest takeaway from the workshop was him overcoming his fear and becoming more outspoken and independent. He was proud of himself for staying on despite being in an unfamiliar environment, game enough to try drawing on the wall mural when offered to (he usuallly shys away), and even asked to take pictures with Princess Lolly and the Jelly that wouldn’t wobble! I am just as proud. 🙂
We headed to Gardens by the Bay on the last day of the long weekend to check out Flowery Fun Times with Nursery Rhymes at the Flower Dome.
Adults and kids were in for overwhelming visual treats with loads of beautiful flowers and cute creations of characters from nursery rhymes. Best of all, we got to admire all these beauty in the comfort of an air-conditioned conservatory.
Ok, that’s it for the long weekend! Quite glad to be packing the kids off to school again tomorrow. 😉