Child Kitchen by Ippudo : Super fun ramen making for the school hols and super value for money too!

All my kids are BIG fan of ramen. They even does the slurping noodle sound just to show oishi ramen taste!

And when I stumbled across the ramen and gyoza making session conducted by Child Kitchen at Ippudo Robertson Quay, I know it is a must try for my ramen loving kids. In fact, Child Kitchen is part of Ippudo group and they have been organising similar ramen cooking classes in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand etc and they brought it into Singapore (only at Robertson Quay outlet) a year ago. It doesn’t happen every weekend, probably on the average one or two session in a month and it get sold out pretty quickly too or it has been taken up by a private event. You can add your email into their mailing list and you get notify when a new session comes up.

In fact, such cooking sessions are also suitable for adults for enjoy cooking and savouring ramen. They believe in the power of food to unite people centering around how to cook an authentic ramen.  Besides imparting culinary skills, these sessions are perfect for family bonding through the love for Japanese food.

After many missed opportunities and packed weekends, I finally secured slots for my 3 older kids at the start of the loooonnngg year end school hols. Suitable for kids aged 4 and above (below 6 need parent accompaniment) , we finally conducted our first ever ramen and gyoza making last Sunday! In fact, they have been incessantly asking me when the cooking session will happen when I told them about it in early Nov. Do note that you get Ippudo standard ramen to savour at the end of the session too – IMHO one of the best ramen in SG. At SGD 25 per pax (min 2 pax at SGD 50) for a 2-hour session , I think its the best value for money kids cooking session and you have a Ippudo standard bowl of ramen complete with cha siu and egg.

When we arrived   – aprons, bandana, all set nicely on worktable.

We had 3 packet of flours for our 3 little ramen chefs. First order of the day is to make our own ramen. Mixing lye with floor, we knead into a big round dough. It was mess with flour, but it was clear fun mess (thank god i dont have to clean the mess too). Thereafter, we split into 3 portions -1 for each kid and their portion was placed back into the plastic bag and into their apron’s pocket for it to set.

 

 

Next, its time to make the gyoza skin. Dividing a small portion of dough into 3 parts (to make 3 gyoza each) , they had to create 3 round gyoza skin using a template. Thereafter, they will put the chicken filling in the middle of the skin and using the same filing on the side around to “create a glue” to skin the edges together. It will then be handed over to the real chef to steam and pan-fried the gyoza.

Finally, its time to bring out the ramen dough and the most fun part – flattening the dough. They double-wrapped the dough , lay out the mat and had all kids remove their shoes. The kids are tasked to flatten the ramen dough using their feet – stomp, jump etc what ever it takes to flatten it so that rolled into the noodle maker machine.

They did two more round of “flattening” using the noodle machine until the actual ramen size noodle. All the kids had a good portion (Adult size) which will be cooked and filled with soup by the kitchen.

After 1.5 hours of kneading, rolling, jumping, stomping, my kids were famished and eagerly awaiting for their own made ramen and gyoza! I must say it tasted even better than my ramen at Ippudo as it is made by my kids (I had a taste as I finished the left over as the portions were huge!). I guess this was our best kids cooking session , they were so full from their ramen and gyoza that they didn’t needed any dinner at all.

 

we even had our own Ippudo chopsticks and spoon to bring home

For December, they will be conducting ramen and cooking making session, do check out poster for more details and how to register.

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Post event review : ACT 3 INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites’

A quick raise of hands (though i cant see them), how many of you have not read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your child or you have not heard of this story. I hope there is none but if there are parents who have not heard of this story, you must have been living in a cave!. This is THE MOST famous story by Eric Carle and most preschoolers in Singapore would have known this story through their parents or the childcare. (Other book which comes close to this popularity would be Brown Bear , Brown Bear, what do you see? which also by Eric Carle. )

I had read this story so many times over to 4 different kids over the course of 8 years! All my kids loved this book in their younger days and now it is my 2 year old’s favourite bed time story. I can’t be more excited for my youngest as he will be meeting The Very Hungry Caterpillar (actually the older kids had yet to catch this production before even though they staged it before some years back).

ACT 3 International presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Little Cloud and The Mixed Up Chameleon by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada. It will be presented using black light theatre and its suitable for ages 3 to 6 years old , however, if you have a 2 year old like mine who loves the story through and through , this may be one of the best productions to introduce your child to the wonderful world of children’s theatre productions.

You must be wondering what is black light theatre. It uses UV lighting, a dark stage, black curtains and fluorescent costumes to create a magical visual feast. ‘Black light’ enables puppets and props to appear on stage as if they are animated on their own (see video below)

Besides featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar (which i do not need to elaborate on the storyline) , there are 2 more stories by Eric Carle as part of the productions – Little Cloud and The Mixed Up Chameleon.

After following the metamorphosis of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, join bored Little Cloud who decides to stray away from his fellow mates to go on a thrilling adventure transforming himself into an airplane, a sheep, a clown with a funny hat and even a shark!

And lastly, follow The Mixed Up Chameleon who doesn’t think he’s special changing colours everyday. He finally embraces his uniqueness only after an identity calamity happens when he decides to emulate the different animals he meets at the zoo.

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I do have high expectation of this show as I know some of the stories inside out and the show  did not disappoint at all. With the use of black light theatre, even as an adult watching the show, I often wonder how did the puppeteer weave such magic into the production, what more for the children watching their favourite characters coming to life for a whole 1 hour!

The show started with Little Cloud followed by The Mixed Up Cameleon. And saving the best of the last was The Very Hungry Caterpillar which I am sure most of the audience are waiting for!

All the kids in the audience (I know for sure would have known the stories by heart) were calling out the names of the cloud formations in the Little Cloud, the animals in the zoo that The Mixed Up Cameleon visited and all the food and fruits that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate!

Yes, it was a more rowdy audience than usual but understandably they are all enthusiastic children enchanted by the magic of the puppets and the Eric Carle’s stories.

During the q&a session after the show , I was surprised to see only 2 puppeteers . The sheer amount of work through the 1 hour show, I was amazed that it was only handled by 2 puppeteers and 1 stage manager. They unveil some of the magic behind the show during the q&a session. One of the kid in the audience wanted to see how the cocoon was created and the puppeteers were most glad to show how they create the cocoon from the caterpillar – simply ingenious.

This is one production that you do not want to miss for your younger kids (recommended ages from  3 to 6) growing up with all Eric Carle’s favourite. Even my 2 year and 3 month old was glued to his seat for most of the show even though he only know The Very Hungry Caterpillar story only. The show runs till this Sunday , 15 Oct 2017.

This is definitely the perfect Children’s Day treat for all kids growing with Eric Carle’s stories!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites

Fri, 6 – Sun, 15 Oct 2017

Weekdays: 10am

Weekends & 6 Oct 2017 (Children’s Day): 10.30am & 2.30pm

Some shows include a 40 min backstage tour to see how a black light theatre works and how the characters come to life!

Venue: Victoria Theatre
Tickets prices start from SGD 18 (Excludes Booking Fee)
Book through this link
Giveaway (ended)

ACT 3 International has kindly sponsored 1 family  package of 4 tickets for the 10.30am show on 7 Oct 2017 1 lucky reader

1. Liked FB pages of mypreciouzkids.com and ACT 3 International

2. Followed mypreciouzkids and ACT 3 International on Instagram

3. Liked and share this FB post (tag 3 friends) publicly.

Please keep your Facebook shared post public (as indicated in step 3)  in order to qualify so that I can locate your entry.

I will be picking the 1 lucky winner using random.org. The giveaway closes on 1 Oct 2017 2017 2359pm (Sun)

FB winner: Shawn Quek


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Snap! Entertainment Present David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon – free printable included

It was only until recently that I got acquainted with books by David Walliams  and it was not his picture books but the novels for big J (which seems like the type of book he loves). So I bought a few of his books and I came to realise that David also has a few picture books under his penmanship. What versatile children’s book author just like Julia Donaldson who has books for the very young to young readers. So when I heard that Snap Entertainment has brought in a stage interpretation of one of his picture books The First Hippo on the Moon, I had pinned on my kids’ calender. I also had borrowed the book from the library and the kids loved this story too and there is a great message in it too!

David Walliams has taken the literary world by storm and his brilliantly funny stories are adored by children the world over!  He has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone.

From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?

3 …2 …1 …BLAST OFF!

Adapted for the stage by acclaimed award winning theatre company Les Petits and hot off the heels of their hugely successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs tour and immersive hit Adventures in Wonderland, comes a fantastical adventure featuring puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon!

The hilarious story of The First Hippo on the Moon sees the incredibly rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin
III and ingenious Sheila compete to fulfil their enormous dream – to be the first hippo to make it to
the moon. Can you predict who will make it to the moon first?

With powerful themes of aspiration and teamwork running through the story, the show
hopes to inspire the young and old. As concisely put by David Walliams, “Whoever you are you
should dream big, just like Sheila the hippo. Plus if you work together as a team, then you can
achieve so much more“. This is definitely a show all ages and family members will enjoy!

Recommended for ages 3 years old and up.

You can also download this free printable for The First Hippo on the Moon through this link

THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON

Date:

September 22nd / Friday – 5pm
September 23rd / Saturday – 11am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm
September 24th / Sunday – 11am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm
Venue: SOTA Drama Theatre

Pricing: From $38 onwards

Duration: Approximately 55 minutes with no interval

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ACT 3 International presents The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio by Lyngo Theate

I have never been to any Lyngo theatre before hence I do not know what to expect of it. I knew it was a one-man show and one scene backdrop show and I had my skepticism how is it possible to keep entertain the audience especially kids for almost 1 hour, but Patrick Lynch who is also the artistic director of Lyngo Theatre did just that.

There are lots of imagination involved which is superb for my older kids .Though the recommendations was for 5 year old and above, my 4 year old was wildly entertained and was glued to the actor and the stage for a good one hour. However due to his age he will not be able to fully understand the entire story and make full use of his imaginations unlike the older kids.
While many has read the story of Pinocchio how many has read the original Pinochhio story entitled The adventures of Pinocchio by an Italian author Carlo Collodi. Lyngo Theatre interpretation stay true to its original story which may not be familiar to many however it is quite easy to follow.
It was a simple setup a table full of books and a story teller/actor who played all the characters in the original Pinocchio story. It started with woodcarver Gepetto obtaining a block of wood which was carved into a wooden puppet called Pinocchio. At the very beginning the audience was introduce with a little bit of magic where they saw the wooden block moved much to the delight of kids. Patrick has used the elements such as books to portray dialogues or swapping of simple props like the sunglasses to differentiate the speech of the blind cat and the cunning fox.
The use of ice cream cone to signify Pinocchio long nose when he lied and Patrick crushes the long stack of cones to signify the curse was gone was simply ingenious. He also uses the pages from the books to mimic sea waves which i thought really fuels the imaginations of the younger audience. As the back drop was black, many effects were done using gold, silver foils, feathers, bubbles and water.
The audience was literally brought on an adventure with Pinocchio as he skipped school, got tricked by the cat and fox , healed by the turquoise fairy, turned into a donkey, saved by the tuna, and ultimately became a real boy which was the original story written in 1883.
At the end of the show, Patrick spent 10 minutes to whoever who is curious about any “magical” effect that were used during the show. He also explained the use of books as props as we lived in the day and age of technology where tablets and smartphones dominate over books. He hoped through this production, Lyngo Theatre can bring back the appreciation of books and bring back the magic of theatre. We also had the opportunity to take a photo with Patrick as a memory of our very magical afternoon with him.
As an adult watching this for the first time, I am amazed at the power of theatre production. It doesn’t have to be a one with many backdrop changes, musical effects or a huge cast to make one successful production. Thank you ACT 3 International for bringing such world class productions to the fortunate children in Singapore. It is only showing till end of this week, do bring your children to uncover the simple magic of children theatre productions.

When: 25 July to 6 August 2017| Mon – Fri: 9am | Sat & Sunday : 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Black Box

Who: 5 years and above 

Ticket Pricing : Standard $28 Weekdays, $38 Weekends (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website
SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

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Review – Red Riding Hood 小红帽 – you don’t want to miss this one!

As a parent whom myself is not very strong in Mandarin (apologies if I cant give a review in Mandarin), I am always on the outlook for Mandarin productions to expose my not-so-bilingual kids. I do know that there are not many Mandarin productions in Singapore. Often they are catered to older children, hence kids as young as 5 would not be able to comprehend especially if it is not a well-known story, it makes even harder for the child to understand (I myself may also be lost as my command of Mandarin is also sub-par)

I am thankful whenever Singapore Repertory Theatre’s  The Little Company(“SRT TLC”) stages its Mandarin productions often after their successful run of its English production albeit a year or 2 later. I do hope that in the coming years there is an equal weightage of English and Mandarin productions by SRT TLC –  in recent years SRT TLC stages 3 English and 1 Mandarin production annually.

5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss Red Riding Hood

  1. A story that every kid knows hence they won’t be too “lost in translation”

One of my biggest worries when I bring kids to Mandarin productions is the level of understanding. Firstly, they are not expose to many Mandarin productions (as there ain’t that many as compared to English). What I like about SRT TLC, they don’t use new story or unknown stories, they used stories that all kids will know – The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, The 3 Little Pigs , Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and of course the latest to be interpreted – Red Riding Hood 小红帽. And often their keep quite true to the story line and definitely at the end the moral of the story and a heartwarming end.

photo credit: SRT TLC

  1. Not your typical children production – a different kind of Red Riding Hood – a plot with a twist (no spoiler included)

I asked the daddy whether he enjoyed the show . I expected him to say “ok lor” but I was surprised that he said it was good, in fact very good. Then, of course I probed further ( I am interested to include the review from an adult’s perspective) why he gave it a very good rating, he said that it is not typical of children’s production. It had a twist like in the movie or maybe Channel 8 drama serial which makes the story telling more appealing to the older audiences who will not appreciate that merely a straight-forward story line. Actually at the very beginning when the wolf made its appearance,  the wolf already hinted that in all fairy tales, all bad characters have bad endings, why does it have to be so? I hope I didn’t give away too much.

I shall not do any deeper if not  I will divulge the twist and the end. That said for the youngest audiences like my 4 and 6 year’s old there is a need to explain the twist after watching the show as they had formed many questions. I would like to share what the director has to share about this production and this is truly one for the family!

  1. Stellar cast – with some  serious singing chops

For those who are not familiar with Sugie Phua, he played the lead actor in Lao Jiu to rave reviews and he played the forgetful wordcutter in Red Riding Hood. I guess given any one else, who would have taken this role, it would be more of a supporting role, but boy did he captured my attention, he was so so so so good ! I must also give due credit to Rick Liu’s interpretation of the very smooth and suave wolf and I thought he came close to my personal favourite (George Chan’s portrayal of the big bad wolf in The 3 Little Pigs in 2013) And the 3 ladies –  who played Red Riding Hood, mum and grandma are brilliant actresses and singers in their own rights too!

photo credit: SRT TLC

  1. Comical relief for both kids and adults

There are some slap sticks comedy to provide some comical relief to the kids – not too much but adults are not forgotten. I can hear my other half laughing to the jokes that were pitched more at the adult level. Thank you SRT TLC for not forgetting half of the audiences who may have doze off during the matinee show. There was one and only 1 English word used in the whole entire production – “Highlight” that word had the adult audience bursting into laughter (you have to catch it to appreciate it) . I am not sure if it was part of the script but Sugie Phua was so so smooth and he has such excellent command of Mandarin, that he does tongue twisters and a whole paragraph in 1 single breath. How can he possible remember all the words without getting tongue twist!

photo credit: SRT TLC

  1. Impressive background and props

With all SRT TLC’s production, I expect beautiful backgrounds, props and music to give the entire production a well-rounded and memorable performance. The scene changes from the bakery shop (Red Riding Hood’s family owns a bakery) to the forest and to the grandmother’s house effortlessly. The scene where the grandma was being gobbled up by the wolf (my younger ones were slightly afraid not sure why) was also done so smoothly even I can’t tell where is the escape route for the grandma.

photo credit: SRT TLC

If there is one Mandarin children production you need to catch this year, this has to be it. I am expecting another sell out run and I don’t know how long more I have to wait for another Mandarin’s performance by the SRT TLC.

Red Riding Hood 小红帽

Dates
20 July to 1 Sept 2017

Weekends and Public Holiday : 11am and 2pm
Weekdays: 10am

Venue

KC Arts Centre Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre

20 Merbau Road
Robertson Quay
Singapore 239035

Ticket Pricing

(Excludes Booking Fee)

Weekdays: S$28, S$25

Weekends (Sat & Public Holiday): S$48,S$38,S$35

Book here

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Raiders of the Lost INK by Monsters Under the Bed – Imagination is the KEY to writing

I will be reviewing a creative writing holiday camp for a well-known creative writing centre with the greatest pressure. I am sure the writing instructors at the school will balk after reading my review over my poor English and fraught with grammatical errors. My weakest and my worst subject in school was language subjects and the very section that pull down my overall scores was composition. Even till JC, I struggled through the General Paper,  scrapping it with a C6 and how I end up being a blogger and doing writing is not reflection of my writing skills. I am only blogging in “spoken language” about things I am passionate in. I have no imagination or creative words to make my writing very descriptive nor very engaging. Big J is somewhat like me, not very much of a language person, he prefers Maths. At primary 2, I do worry as the requirement to write composition becomes compulsory and carries weightage to the final marks for the English paper. So far composition has not been tested but I do know that in term 4, there will be graded picture composition, I guess it is easier as the plot and scenario has been shown however you need proper grammar and descriptive words to SHOW and not TELL.

Monsters Under The Bed (“MUTB”) ’s unorthodox holiday writing camp/workshop has always been followed by me with the greatest interest over the past years but my eldest was too young to participate then.  When I told big J that he is going for a writing workshop, he doesn’t seem too enthusiastic as compared to the previous coding camps that he has done in previous school breaks.  So I printed the below taken off from MUTB’s holiday camp write up and attention to big J to pique his interest, and indeed he was seems more interested – I guess he knows he will be in for an adventure not just doing endless writing at the table.

Excavate Escapade

On a small island North of Indonesia’s Riau Islands, there lies a forgotten treasure of a special chalice which grants its drinker power of an unknown sort. However, not a single man had discovered its whereabouts… until now. The 25th Generation of the Carter Archaeologists, leading prodigies of modern day Archaeology, have banded together to recruit the brightest, the boldest and the best minds they could find. With the need for brilliant assistants in our band of Archaeologists, we are recruiting children aged 7 to 13 years before we set off to unravel and unearth the mysteries that were hidden away in the lost chapters of the Lion City.

Be prepared to dig deep with not just your spade and shovel, but also your pen and wit, both of which will be sharpened for the occasion. Craftsmanship skills will be put to the test on not just paper but also in the creation of your own relics and maps. Be prepared to learn how to write exciting adventures which include perilous obstacles and how to overcome them. There will be role-playing and games to bring your epic quest into reality, not to mention the chance of you becoming a celebrated Archaeologist complete with your own whip and hat!

In fact on the actual day of the camp there were more boys than girls, I guess adventure and exploration theme seem to excite the boys more than girls! They even encourage the workshop participants to come in explorer outfit to more the experience make wholesome.  No worries if they are not dressed like explorers, the kids were given explorer hats to complete the feel of being an explorer.

 

Writing is not just about writing good and grammatically correct English sentences. Writing is  also about having an imagination and articulate it in words. Of course of the best ways is to experience it yourself , else it would be through reading of books that you acquire an imaginative mind which will be helpful for writing composition.

They started the session by picking their skills set and equipments/tools to bring along their exploration.

They has a video presentation to set the flavour of the theme –pyramids, exploration, etc.
Thereafter, they will be led to another breakout room which serves as the “pyramid” in small groups to begin their exploration.

Before entering, they were given a puzzle to solve before they are able to gain access to the pyramid. In the room, the lights were dimmed (just bright enough to reads the clues and puzzles). The explorers will need to solve riddles, clues, challenges, defeat all the evil elements from mummies to ghosts before they can defeat the final evil – a pink-eyed cyclopean mummy!

I heard the explorers spent more than 2 hours going through the whole expedition and exploration. With such experiences, they can better imagine to be able to write better , hopefully.

As it was nevertheless a writing workshop, the instructors shared what components makes a good story –

They were taught the what is a narrative structure where there are 5 major parts – intro, rising action, climax, falling action and conclusion. In their yellow booklet, they were given helping introduction sentences for each component of the story to help them as they complete their story writing based on the experiences from the exploration that they have just completed.

In the past,  they used to carry out a 3- hour 3-day workshop, but for this time, it was formatted in a 5-hour 1-day workshop which is good for working parents like me but I did find that it is was tad too long for them to go through a 5 hours session as the writing component will be at the end of the session. I guess it would have been better to split into 2 x 3 hours so that they can concentrate on games and puzzle (I called the imagination section) and the other days (mind fresh) to concentrate on the writing.

MUTB is aware that most kids would not have completed their writing by the end of the day’s workshop hence, there is a top up option of SGD 100 for 2 extra sessions of INK ++ (consists of a 1.5 hour guided writing course to follow up on the writing done during the workshop). Students from the centre will be able to do complete their writing during their weekly class.

A 5-hour workshop will not miraculously turned a child into an accomplished writer, however , it was a good exposure what it entails to be able to write a good story where imagination is key!

 

Monster Under the Bed 

Waterloo Centre
261 Waterloo Street,
Waterloo Centre #02-19
Singapore 180261

Contact:
+65 69044345 / anthony@mutb.com.sg

Opening Hours: 10am – 6.30pm daily. Closed on Public holidays.

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Giveaway : Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Red Riding Hood 小红帽 (Mandarin)

Even though bilingualism is very much advocated in Singapore, it is sad to see that there are very few Chinese children theatre productions annually (especially the younger audiences) . So whenever SRT’s The Little Company produces its Mandarin production, it will be a must go for my family in my feeble attempt to introduce the kids to more Mandarin speaking environment. The English production of the same title was shown 4 years back to very rare reviews!

What I really like about SRT’s Mandarin productions, they use well-known story as their bas. Using a story that is familiar to all kids, even if the kids is somehow “lost in translation” they will be able to follow the show for most parts.

After successfully staging it in English, SRT’s The Little Company now presents Red Riding Hood in Mandarin. Red Riding Hood is an uplifting story about a brave girl named Red who must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save Mother’s bakery from closing down.

Will she reach Grandma’s house in time? Or will the charming Big Bad Wolf distract her from her quest? Join Red on her adventure into the woods, where no one is what they seem!

Filled with humour and packed with original music, this is a fantastic show to be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.

Red Riding Hood 小红帽

Dates
20 July to 1 Sept 2017

Weekends and Public Holiday : 11am and 2pm
Weekdays: 10am
Venue

KC Arts Centre Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre

20 Merbau Road
Robertson Quay
Singapore 239035

Ticket Pricing

(Excludes Booking Fee)

Weekdays: S$28, S$25

Weekends (Sat & Public Holiday): S$48,S$38,S$35

Book here

Giveaway

SRT will be giving out 1  set of family package (4 tickets ) for the 29 July 2017 (Sat) 11am show.

  1. Liked FB pages of mypreciouzkids.com and SRT
  2. Followed mypreciouzkids and SRT on Instagram
  3. Repost this visual on IG(tag 3 friends – one tag per comment) with hashtag #mypreciouzkidsgiveaway

Please keep your Instagram profile public (as indicated in step 3)  in order to qualify so that I can locate your entry.

I will be picking the lucky winners using random.org. The giveaway closes on 25th June 2017, 2359pm (Sun).

IG winner: @laiswl


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Andsoforth JR’s Wonderland – here in Wonderland, imagine more and dream on

We are avid theatre –goers , including myself and the kids but Andsoforth JR’s Wonderland was unlike anything that we had seen before. I have heard of Andsoforth dinners for adults, but I didn’t try as my other half is not much into theatrical performances. So when they launched the junior edition, I finally had an opportunity to try their concept all thanks to my kids.

Actually my kids have not read the story before, so I brought a simple interpretation of the story from the local bookstore before the show so that my kids are familiar with some of the characters and the storyline – ie the rabbit hole, the small door, Mad Hatter,  the Queen of Hearts etc.

A few days before the actual show, an SMS will be sent to advise patrons on wearing mismatched socks and also the password for entry and the exact location of the show. (Do take note of the change in venue as indicated at the end of the post).

I wouldn’t elaborate too much on the on-going of this immersive theatrical experience so as to not to create a spoiler (I would want to keep an element of surprise to kids and the accompanying adults who wish to try this totally new theatrical experience) but it was very much based on the characters and the story-line of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

We were let in in small batches as the holding area (The Queen’s Cafe) before the actual performance area. It was so beautifully decorated, and we got all excited what it would look like inside. There were two doors for entry, a normal size door and a small door! The adults were made to go through the small door to appreciate how Alice will feel like going through a small door.

And the doors led us to a beautifully decorated set. It was a free seating on the floor and trust me anywhere is a good seat as the cast will be moving all around the performance area. I leave you with some photos of the set and the fun we had throughout the 45 minutes performance – there was song and dance, games, on and off stage interaction with children and a totally interactive and immersive theatrical play – it was literally bringing the book to life! Trust me there was never a dull moment as the characters popped out from the different doors through the performance area!

The show ended with a beautiful song about seeking something new in Wonderland, you can believe what you want to believe,  and all the possibilities from imaginations and dreaming. I hope somehow this show will light a creative spark in my kids!  We were also given the opportunity to take photos with the cast at the end of the show.

On your way out which is through The Queen’s café , you can order milkshakes and cupcakes to complete the Wonderland’s tea party experience.

All in all,  it was a one off a kind experience for both myself and the kids. For 45 minutes we were in a different world partaking in a tea party, a trial , song and dance and very close interactions with all the cast!  I would say that the show is better suited for kids from 3-ish years old and above as some parts of the show maybe a bit dark and some of the characters had heavy makeup on them but my 4 and 6 year old loved the show to bits!  As my other half did tag along , now I can use this to convince him to join the adult edition in future!

Please note the change of date and location from shows after 16 June.

Kids in WONDERLAND

Dates:

New location: Tampines Grande, Level 2 Hitachi Square, S(528735).

16, 17, 18 June (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
23, 24, 25 June (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

1 & 2 July (Saturday & Sunday)
8 & 9 July (Saturday & Sunday)
15 & 16 July (Saturday & Sunday)
22 & 23 July (Saturday & Sunday)
29 & 30 July (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 11am, 2pm and 5pm

Tickets on sale now at https://www.kidsinwonderland.com.sg/showtimes/

Priced at SGD 28 per person (both parents and children will require ticket)

Kids in Wonderland is suitable for 2 year olds and above. All children below 7 years old would need parent accompaniment as well.

isclaimer: This is a sponsored post for 4 complimentary tickets. I had paid for additional tickets. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 


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Cold Storage Kids Run 2017 – 10th Anniversary edition – review

I am big on getting the kids going outdoors  and attending a kids running event is high on top of my list. And without a doubt Cold Storage Kids Run (“CSKR”) is still one of the best kids running event in Singapore for kids as young as 6 months old for the past 10 years!

Thanks to CSKR listening to us parents, I am more than glad for a later flag off this year. Getting 4 kids up early for a run is a huge task and the earliest race slot we had was big J’s boogey sprint run which was at 7.55am. When the kids woke up, it was already bright . For the very first time, it was held at Palawan Green , Sentosa and the best news, there was ample parking at the Beach station which was just across where the race village is! How convenient!

Last year, we didn’t dare to drive to The Meadows at Garden by the Bay as we knew parking is a big issue. What made it worst last year was it was rained in the morning and I remember when we dropped off from the taxi and stepped foot into The Meadows it was still dark, gloomy and drizzling.

What a contrast over yesterday, we arrived ard 7.40am, we found a car park space within 10 minutes and we were at the starting pen by 7.50am just in time for big J’s event. The weather was just perfect, even as we left the race village ard 9 plus am, it wasn’t hot at all. We would love to stay longer at race village for its fringe activities and at Sentosa (as it was free entry for all participants) we couldn’t find proper breakfast as most restaurants at the beach station were not opened yet except for fast food.  And we are Sentosa islanders, so we could easily came back with free entry anytime!

couldnt ask for a nicer weather!

I was not so nervous for big J as compared to last year as it was his second time running by himself. He was aware of the drill and the pickup later. This year’s race chip was on the race bib unlike last year which needed to be tied the shoe laces (which big J dropped during the race, hence no timing recorded last year). So finally we had a timing for big J’s 800m, he finished the race in 4 min and 40 second –  pretty good timing as I normally jog at a pace slower than his sprint.

Finally, it was small C’s first ever run of his life. My husband didn’t think it was such a good idea to bring along small C or whether we need to bring along a stroller (coz he is in the stroller category) in case he gave up or we needed to carry him. I was confident that small C will be able to run, walk throughout the 800m race route. However, we were late for his category’s flag off as we needed to pick up big J from the pick-up point as it was just 10 minutes between big J’s flag off and small C’s flag off. However, since this was not my first CSKR, I knew that the organizer will be lenient in letting me run in a later category especially for family like mine where the kids outnumbered the parents!  So I choose to run the all remaining 3 parent-accompanied races together as a FAMILY during small J’s race category.  I would prefer to run with a kid at any one time however, the race categories flag off timing are too close to each other for my family to rush. If there is anything to critic this year, the organizer must find some way to display the actual race category –some electronic score board to display the race category that they are admitting to the holding area at any one point in time instead of having to wait to hear the announcement. Other than that, everything was on time and smooth!

I stayed close to small C so that I could take videos and photos of his inaugural run. With his older siblings run along side, small C ran and walked at some point when it was going uphill . He didn’t stop one bit throughout the 800m race route. Big C and small J had already run ahead with daddy so there weren’t much picture of them – as they are already “veterans”!

totally deserved the medal!

all the champions in making! there was the view of the sea to greet us as well!

Last year, when I ended by the review for CSKR 2016, I promised to bring all 4 kids to this year’s CSKR and I did it! And what makes this year’s CSKR extra special besides being its 10th anniversary edition , this marked my first family run as a family of 6! CSKR is one of the must do events for my family every year and it is the best race to start the young ones and also the best event to start the not so young one in their first own solo run/sprint! I hope next year we will back at Palawan Green again!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review and I am thankful to be part of the 10th anniversary CSKR. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.


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ACT3 International’s A Wonderland of Toys – truly magical experience for the kids

This was our third time attending ACT3 International ’s June performance workshop. The older kids remembered Jelly , Wobble from 2 years ago and the ice cream making segment last year which makes me believe they truly enjoyed ACT3 International’s annual performance workshop. It helps that it is always held at the art gallery space at level 4, ION, huge space for the kids to express themselves and a getaway for the mums /parents for 2 hours at shopping paradise.

Ever since our first time attending back in 2015, I have always included this as part of the kids’ June holidays programme especially that I do not have the time to send them to ACT 3’s week long holiday programme and yet I want the kids to have some immersion into performance and drama which they don’t get to do during their school days.

This year’s installment entitled A Wonderland of Toys was the first for small J as the workshop is targeted to kids between the ages 4 to 8. As it was 2.5 hours drop off class, I was worried about small J as he had in the past exhibited separation anxiety for drop-off classes as recent as The Tiger came to tea workshop held 2 weeks ago where he refused to enter and was in tears.

Once again, I prepped him that it will be similar to the previous workshop ( ie drop-off) and that his elder sister will be with him. I suppose the vast space at Art Gallery at ION and the beautifully decorated workshop space does help to alleviate his anxiety.

The parents were invited for the initial 15 minutes of theatre performance to introduce the theme for the workshop. (Small J even asked why I hadn’t left the venue )

The story revolves around Tina , the toy maker whose toys have lost their magic and need help to be brought back to life. Kids nowadays are more captivated with a device on hand that they walked around “swiping” over toys. Then the toy maker came up with an idea where they will invite children and make them into toys to recreate back the magic of toys.

Then the parents took their leave for 2 hours where the children will partake in art and crafts where they make the costumes for the toys and rehearse for 2 performance items which they will proudly perform for their parents later.

For the final 25 minutes of the 2.5 hours workshop, the parents were asked to wait outside the entrance which was different from the past whereby we were normally sitted inside. And to our surprise, the “toys” ie the kids  paraded around level 4 of ION with their fancy costumes and musical instruments.

Finally the parents are invited back into the workshop space for 2 dance and performance items and a group photo of all the “toys” with the toy makers! To my surprise, none of the kids had any performance anxiety and all were dancing despite having learn the steps within the last 2 hours!

the colourful “toys” with the toy makers in the little shop of wonders

All the facilitators were all so good with kids and I can see that they are truly passionate to work with kids. A few of them told me that small J was so cooperative and opened up to them after a little warming up. It warmed my heart that finally small J seems to have grown up overnight and my fear of him tearing up was unfounded.

my happy “toys”

 

I can see my kids especially small J was beaming from ear to ear performing his part. I was so proud of him as he has not really done any performance items before (their child care doesn’t have year end concert) as this dancing and acting in front of strangers is really new to him. It was a superb start to their June’s holidays.

If you have been to ACT 3 International’s June holiday workshop and have loved it as much as I do, it has the same winning formula and yet a totally new theme and story-line for the kids! I especially applaud their effort for the beautifully decorated space every year without fail!

And for those who has not tried before especially for 4-year-olds, I highly recommend this to be part of your June holidays.

A Wonderland Of Toys

ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard

27 May to 4 June 2017, 10.00am to 12.30pm OR 3.00pm-5.30pm

For 4 to 8 year olds

Tickets at SGD 40 per child with a SGD2.25 booking fee.There is additional 10% discount if booking for 2 children or more

Book here

This is a drop-off workshop. Children need to be dressed comfortably.

Parents are welcome to come back and join the children in their parade and performance for the last 25 minutes of the session.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 


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