Barney’s Jukebox Party “Live” at City Square Mall

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We are coming to the end of June holidays real soon and if you haven’t been to any mall’s event, you might like to check out Barney at City Square Mall!

Ending this Sunday (21st June 2015), you still have time to catch Barney and his friends “Live” at City Square Mall.

We had some fun times grooving to Barney tunes earlier this month and the boys enjoyed seeing the purple dino coming to life in front of them. We didn’t managed to get the front-row seats, but rest assured there are many good aerial view spots from the 2nd and 3rd stories. If your kids are huge fans, spend a minimum of $60 in the mall to redeem a photo opportunity with Barney!

There are also fringe activities at the entrance of the mall. The theme is Good Ole Fun In the Park. As the name implies, you will find old school amusement park rides. Super nostalgic to me!

Prices start from $5 per ride; wished it’s old school prices too. 😀

As it was drizzling a little, we didn’t managed to try most of the rides. But when the rain was lighter, Xi En was challenged by his Daddy to try this out.  I was not surprised he readily agreed to take the Viking together with his Daddy. Xi En always enjoyed thrill rides and height phobia doesn’t seem to exist in his dictionary.

And not forgetting the Smiley Train which is back this season too. The boys enjoyed it last Christmas and wouldn’t say no to another ride.

Barney’s Jukebox Party “Live” on Stage is a free 15 mins show. So do catch it if you are in the area.

Details as below:

Date: 6 – 21 June (Daily except Mondays)
Time: 1pm & 7pm (Tue – Fri); 1pm, 4pm & 7pm (Sat & Sun)
Venue: Level 1 Atrium

And with a minimum spending of $60, shoppers can redeem an exclusive pass for the Meet & Greet session (photo opportunity with Barney!) and a carnival ticket one hour prior to each show. Limited to 50 sets per show.

Details on other activities:

Barney’s Jukebox Cookie Art Session

Date: 6 – 21 June (Daily except Mondays)
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Level 1 Atrium

Children aged four years old and above are invited to come in their Barney clothing and decorate their own delectable cookies in this exciting activity where creativity meets delicacy! Furthermore, you’ll get to bring home a Barney gift, free cupcake and your cookie. With a minimum spending of $100, shoppers can redeem a limited pass for the Barney’s Jukebox Cookie Art Session one hour prior to each session. Limited to 40 passes per session.

Good Ole Fun In The Park

Date: 29 May to 28 June
Time: 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 12pm – 10pm (Sat, Sun & P.H.)
Venue: Level 1 City Green park

Be prepared to be in for a treat at the Good Ole Fun In The Park retro carnival, with loads of fun-filled activities for the entire family; spanning from exciting rides to carnival games!

Fun at Giggles

If you are a parent of a young child in Singapore, it is likely that you won’t be unfamiliar with indoor playgrounds. With the current hot weather and erratic afternoon showers, a safe haven will be an indoor playground!

We do enjoy going to indoor playgrounds from time to time as fun is contained within a sheltered environment (weather-proof!). These are also ideal places for Mummies’ catch ups!

We visited Giggles once last year and to be really honest, we weren’t too impressed as then, the space was sparse. However, a few weeks ago, we were kindly invited to play at Giggles and check out their newly opened Water Wonderland. This round, I was very impressed with the changes especially the new Water Wonderland!

Weini, the new sole owner, revamped the place and put in many personal touches to make the entire playground more inviting and introduced purposeful fun.

It is a shame that Giggles is not allowed to put up more prominent signage to show their location. They are actually located in the heart of Marine Parade Central; just above ANZ/Maybank (and diagonally across Macdonald’s).

Sharing some key improvements which we liked:

1) Sensory, handmade toys corner

These caught my attention. It looked handmade/D-I-Y. And they are! Weini and her staff put all these together so as to create an area for development of fine motor skills and sensorial play for the younger ones.

2) Many ride-on cars and scooters

You know the drill; all children like to have a ride. And they do end up fighting sometimes just for a vehicle! Here, there are no lack of transportation modes – P.E.A.C.E.

3) A new dress-up corner

The boys had so much fun with the costumes which they normally don’t! And why? Because they provide shoes/legs here!

Check out the wacky looks they created:

4) Small, well contained play environment

Personally, I prefer to be able to see my boys within an eye glance. There is a main activity tower with slides, boardwalks and a ball pit. The rest of the sensorial stuff, cars, pretend play, SNUG (blocks/magnetic pieces) play and SONA (interactive playground system) surround the big structure. That made it really easy for parents to watch their children as everything is within eye/ear shots. 🙂 For paranoid mummies like me, this is perfect!

There is also a cordoned zone for birthday parties. It is located just next to the main indoor playground; making it really easy for kids to run in and out to play and for parents’ watchful eyes.

5) Cozy corner

This is the corner with some stools and tables where parents can relax, read a book, chat and children can do some drawings and have a light snack. You are free to bring in your own food too. It is so convenient that there are many food options just downstairs. MacDonald’s for starters. 😛

There is a small changing table corner right at the end of the play area if you need to change diapers or nurse your baby. But note that it is just a draw-curtain and not doors. Toilets are located in the next unit but there aren’t any diaper changing facilities in there. So this little change area will come in handy.

6) The new Water Wonderland

Most indoor playgrounds do not have a water play area for obvious reasons that it can be messy and W.E.T. I am glad that Giggles decided to roll this room out. It’s an enclosed room with water play set ups, a water pool and a DIY rope structure shaped like a ship. They provide waterproof jackets or feel free to bring wet gears. Note that baby swim diapers are required if your child is not toilet trained yet. My boys enjoyed this room a lot and the only grouse is the cold water due to an air-conditioned room. The staff explained that they are exploring options to counter this; for e.g. by filling up with hot water periodically. Otherwise, water play is always a fun addition.

7) Singapore First Snoezelen Room – Multi Sensory Room

Frankly, I had to google “Snoezelen” as I never encounter this word before. Wiki said: “Snoezelen or controlled multisensory environment (MSE) is a therapy for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, dementia or brain injury. It consists of placing the person in a soothing and stimulating environment, called the “Snoezelen room”.”

Weini shared that she wants to cater to the special needs children so that they can have a safe environment to play and learn in. They won’t need to feel out-of-place in a regular playground. I thought it’s encouraging that operators have an inclusive mindset in their businesses. This special carpeted room has soft lighting, calming aroma, a projector TV with educational videos (sea creatures video was on when we were there), a variety of sensory toys mounted on the wall and more for objective and purposeful play.  We understood that this room is also available for special booking sessions for educators and parents of special needs children upon request. The entry price for Giggles do include entry to this room if it is not booked for the day.

8) Gym room

I called this a gym room as it’s fully cushioned with exercise mats, blocks and several overhanging gym bands/swings. A room for the active children indeed!

Conclusion: I really like the revamped Giggles’s ground. With a better utilization of space, they managed to include more rooms/zones and activity corners for fun to be extended to all groups of children including special needs. This is commendable in my opinion. The boys had a whole morning of fun and we were rewarded with a long afternoon nap. In unison, we knew we will be back soon. 🙂

Details of their admission rates as below. Less than 1 year old babies enter for FREE with an accompanying adult paying just $3! For discounted rates, do consider taking up their lifetime membership.

Venue: 87 Marine Parade Central #02-500C Singapore 440087

Open daily from 10am to 7pm (Indoor Playground)/ 6pm (Water Wonderland)

Website: http://www.funatgiggles.com.sg/ 

Images below are taken from Giggles website.

Special promotion for all readers

Giggles has kindly extended this promotion to all blog readers – Simply email them at info@funatgiggles.com.sg and quote “Evespiration” to enjoy discounted lifetime membership fee of $50 (usual price $60) and 10% discount off party packages.

If you are new to Giggles and will like to experience it before signing up the lifetime membership, you can enjoy a 10% discount off single admission rates by quoting this blog post too. Drop them an email at info@funatgiggles.com.sg and quote this blogpost to enjoy the discount.

For the June holidays, there are several exciting programmes lined up. Check out the banners below or click on their website for more details.

Have Fun@Giggles! 🙂

Homely fare at Gu Ma Jia 姑妈家

In view of the upcoming Mother’s Day, Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) kindly invited some bloggers for a feast and review of their home-cooked dishes. I have heard positive reviews for a while and keen to check it out myself.

As the shop’s name implies, dining here is akin to dining at an Auntie’s house. The woman behind the show is affably known as Gu Ma and she honed her cooking skills while growing up in Pulau Ubin. Together with Head Chef Yap Geok Loong from Malaysia, they created homely Chinese dishes which do warm the hearts and fill the tummies.

Here are some of the highlights we tasted for the evening:

Fruity Enzyme Drink – I am quite acquainted with fruit enzyme as my mum makes them at home! It is the liquid collected after the fermentation of fruits. There is a widespread agreement that there is good probiotic bacteria in fruit enzyme. But honestly, I have yet to fully appreciate it’s slight sour taste. The jelly at the bottom does help to make it more palatable for our taste buds.

Crispy Bean Jal – Often mistaken as bacon, this is actually deep fried brinjal with four season beans. The dish see me going for seconds just because it doesn’t taste like eggplant! Coated with marmite-like sweet sauce, this is seriously addictive.

Ubin Lala Bee Hoon – the highlight is not the lala. It is the wet beehoon soaked in savoury broth! I am a fan of wet beehoon and this goes down very well with me. The beehoon is unlike some which you found at zi char stalls where they barely boil the beehoon and throw the gravy on top. This Pulau-Ubin style dish is soaked through with flavours. A must-order.

XO Prawn Noodles – the photo doesn’t do the dish justice. A classic Cantonese dish, the special home-made XO sauce (almost soup-like) made me eat more of the yellow noodles which I would have normally avoided. Fresh succulent big prawns are the highlights too! A must-try.

Gu Ma Signature Traditional Bean Curd Soup – This plain looking soup is no plain Jane. It is power boiled over 6 hours with ingredients such as salted fish head, Chinese ham, pork ribs, peanuts and bean curd. I loved the wholesome taste and Xi En had more than a bowl too. Really comforting double boiled goodness.

Homemade Yam Ring with Kyoto Pork Ribs – Lip smacking sweet ribs (no bones, yeah!) with creamy and crispy yam ring. I will order this again.

Assam Fish Head – Not too spicy and you can still taste the sweetness of the flesh amidst the spices. Gravy goes well with rice definitely; might be too small a portion for the real fish lovers though.

Salted Egg Yolk Crab – My favourite next to chilli crab. The flesh comes off the shell easily and the salted egg yolk is fingers-licking good!

Yuan Yang Kai Lan – Kai Lan done in 2 way – blanched and fried. It’s like 2-in-1 shampoo I think. If you can’t decide how to have your vegetables, how about having them 2 ways?

Shrimp paste chicken mid joint – A common dish but not all chefs get them well.  This is above average with the right amount of shrimp paste though I could have them crispier.

Desserts (Left to right/Top to Bottom)

Mango Pudding – Not on menu yet.

Gu Ma’s Dessert – $4 (hot or cold)

Black Glutinous Rice with Ice Cream – $3.80 (my favourite; pardon the melted ice-cream photo!)

Fruity Enzyme Jelly – $5.80 (this is an acquired taste. you need to appreciate enzyme in order to like the healthier dessert option).

Husband and I agreed that the dishes are homely fare cooked in a more meticulous way. It is similar to having a meal at your “Auntie’s” house except it might actually be better than hers! With no additional MSG, less oil and healthier food options (such as brown rice), you can be sure Gu Ma Jia is a Mummies-approved place. For the upcoming Mother’s Day, there is a promotion and a set menu which is available from 1st May to 17th May 2015.  Details as below. Ala carte options are available too. Do make an early reservation if you are planning for Mother’s Day. Parking are available along the roadsides but be prepared to wait a while during peak dining hours.

Details:

Website: http://gumajia.com.sg/

Address: 45 Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate Singapore 347866

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N.B: We were kindly invited for a food tasting session. All opinions and photos are ours except credited. No further compensation is received.