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Enjoy FREE Entry for Kids at these Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore

Are there indoor playgrounds in Singapore that allow our kids to play for free? Yes, there are, and here’s a list you don’t want to miss! Start planning your day out with your kids now!

Playing lets children be creative, develop dexterity and physical cognitive while growing stronger in the process and develop their imagination. Playing also enables children to build social skills and spend their energy store for better rest and growth.

There are many activities that promote play. It can be a visual game of Match and Sort Color, some right brain activities like these but one of the most engaging play activities is physical play.

 

List of indoor playgrounds in Singapore which offers free entry for kids

It can get expensive to bring the whole family out for a fun outing. Thankfully, free entry at these indoor playgrounds in Singapore can help save some dollars!

 

IKEA Småland

IKEA Småland is a play area for jumping, climbing, running and bouncing where your kids will be watched by IKEA staff while you shop. There are also quiet activities like colouring and drawing provided, or, your kids can choose to watch a kid-friendly movie.

 

Indoor Playground:IKEA Småland (Alexandra and Tampines)

Height Requirement:Between 90cm to 120cm

Duration:1 hour

Opening hours:Store opening hours. Last admission one hour before closing.

Good to know: The guardian(s) indicated on the indemnity form must remain in the IKEA store and be contactable as long as your child is in the playroom.

 

 

PIP’s PLAYbox

PIP’s PLAYbox has a children’s art space that includes a loft, an arts and craft area, a reading corner filled with books by Singapore writers and illustrators, as well as an outdoor play area. In conjunction with Esplanade’s festivals and series, they host a range of free activities for kids in this space, from storytelling sessions to self-guided craft activities.

 

Indoor Playground:PIP’s PLAYbox, Level 4, Esplanade

Age:No limitations

Height:No limitations

Opening hours:Opening hours: 11am – 6pm daily

Good to know:Closed for cleaning: 2pm – 3pm daily*

 

 

The Artground

 

The Artground is a charity organization that has a dedicated indoor play space for children. They organise free activities for kids based on seasonal arts themes to stimulate and provide arts-oriented activities for kids.

 

Indoor Playground:The Artground, Goodman Arts Centre

Age:No limitation

Height:No limitation

Opening hours:Wednesday – Thursday: 9.30am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday & selected Public Holidays*: 9.30am – 6pm

Open on Selected Public Holidays

Good to know:  Entry is free, donations are encouraged

 

 

Train Terrace at Causeway Point in Singapore

 

The Train Terrace is a 1,700 sq ft trained-themed indoor playground located at Causeway Point. If you play tag team with your partner, you can take turns to shop and at the same time give your children some serious, free fun.

 

Indoor Playground:Train Terrace, Causeway Point, Level 2

Age: No limitation

Height:Under 120cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 10:30pm

Good to know:More suitable for older children within the height limitation.

 

Jungle Terrace at Causeway Point

 

Located in the same mall as the Train Terrace, the Jungle Terrace is a larger indoor playground at Causeway Point that spans across a space of 2,400 sq ft. It is a safari-themed indoor playground with many animal features for endless creative playtime.

 

Indoor Playground:Jungle Terrace, Causeway Point, Level 2

Age: No limitation

Height:Under 120cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 10:30pm

Good to know:More suitable for younger children within the height limitation.

 

 

Kidz @ Dry Play, located at Northpoint

 

Kidz @ Dry Play Areas is an animal farm themed indoor playground that has features such as a tree house, a chicken coop, a caterpillar and other farm animals.

 

Indoor Playground:Kidz @ Dry Play Areas, Northpoint, Level 4

Age: For kids below 12 years old

Height:Below 110cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 9pm

Good to know:More suitable for younger children within the height limitation.

 

Free play areas at the Singapore Changi Airport

 

Changi Airport has several free play areas as well located both at the public areas of the airport and within the transit areas of Terminals 1 and 3. These play areas provide entertainment for your children with no minimum spend at the airport.

 

Indoor Playground:    Terminal 1, Public Area, Level 3 (next to Viewing Mall)

Terminal 1, Transit Area, Level 2, Departure Transit Hall East (next to Discovery Garden)

Terminal 3, Basement 2 (next to Etoz)

Terminal 3, Transit, Level 2, Departure Transit Hall Central (next to Louis Vuitton Duplex  Store)

Opening hours:24 hours

 

Photo credits: Estella Goh

 

This play area at Jewel Changi Airport is a turfed area with little wooden structures for little ones to explore. It is a rather small area, that welcomes younger children to play for free when families visit Jewel.

 

Indoor Playground: Jewel, Level 2

Age: –

Height: –

Opening hours:24 hours

Good to know:More suitable for younger children although we have seen older children playing as well.

 

Credits: Estella Goh

 

Kid’s Wonderland at Waterway Point is a fully padded indoor playground that adopts the “Alice in Wonderland” theme and has a mad-hatter, bunny, butterfly and a caterpillar features, in addition to a mini slide. Head to the Family Zone at this mall in Punggol for some free play!

Indoor Playground:Wonderland, Waterway Point, Level 2

Age:Under 12 years old

Height:Below 110cm

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Good to know:No shoes in the indoor playground, more suitable for toddlers and younger children.

 

Looking to dine for free with your kids? Check out our list of cafes and restaurants in Singapore that allow you to eat for free!

 

If you’re looking to take your kids for some outdoor fun, these outdoor playgrounds in Singaporeoffer a good time with sand and Mother Nature!

 

Isn’t it nice to know that there are free play options for families in Singapore? Do you know of any other indoor playground that are absolutely free? Share it with us in the comments!

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Let’s Play: Animals in the Zoo (Free Printable)

Identify and trace the names of the animals.

 

Cut along the lines and piece the Animal Puzzle pieces together before a trip to the Zoo to spot them!

 

Theme: Zoo Animals

 

 

 Activity Experience

This puzzle activity promotes logical problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination and encourages young learners to be focused. Your little one will learn about common zoo animals and how to piece puzzles.

 

Start by introducing common zoo animals to your child through books or videos. Point out unique characteristics of the animals, making it a learning activity by teaching them how to identify the various large cats e.g. cheetahs, jaguars and tigers.

 

These engaging activities help to train them to distinguish subtle differences, as they explore the zoo and learn more about the importance of wildlife conservation.

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7 Reasons Why Children Need Outdoor Play

Children today spend about 4 hours a week on average playing outside, about half the time their parents did playing outdoors. A large amount of time spent indoors is a contributing factor to myopia and other health problems.

 

Outdoor play is not only beneficial, but it is necessary for young children to grow and develop healthily. Hence, it is recommended that children between two to five years old get at least two hours of outdoor physical exercise daily.

There are numerous benefits of letting your children play outdoors. Here are seven of them:

1. Playing outdoors builds their immune system
Did you know that certain child allergies stem from being in an environment that is too sterile? Going overboard with sanitising reduces natural exposure to all sorts of microbes. Children who play outdoors are exposed to grass, sand, mud which balances their immune system.

2. Outdoor play is perfect for engaging all their senses
A multi-sensorial experience, outdoor play is more than sweating it out. Children can smell the fragrance of flowers, feel a variety of textures from smooth (pebbles, leaves) to rough (tree bark, branches), see and observe insects and butterflies and hear the bustling sounds of nature. All of which is not fully possible in an indoor play area.

 

Your child is learning as he watches the world around him, taking in new knowledge through outdoor play. Check out these free and fun places in Singapore that promise to excite your kids!

3. Outdoor play is beneficial to health and growth
Exposure to sunlight lets your child can get sufficient Vitamin D. Vitamin D promotes bone health and helps to prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Grounding, or, earthing is an activity where your child walks barefoot on natural surfaces such as on the grass, mud or sand. Direct contact with the earth can energise the body and promotes general well-being.

Sand playing in the outdoors involves multiple senses and improves your child’s motor skills.

 

4. Outdoor play is stress-relieving
Playing outside is one-way children can expend their pent-up energy and emotions from being indoors for long stretches. Green outdoor spaces are great for healing and relaxation as natural light elevates moods which directly affects your child’s mood and temperament.

5. Ignites curiosity about nature and our environment
There are lots of things to be learnt about nature. Instead of learning solelyfrom books, bring your child out to a park where they can observe nature in front of them. It may be dew on a blade of grass, a spider spinning its web or a butterfly breaking out from its cocoon. As children are naturally inquisitive, they will be tempted to find out more about what they’ve observed.Be prepared to answer to your curious little one’s why’s and how’s, mums and dads!

 

For toddlers, you can print out these FREE printables specially created by Einmilk and go on a scavenger hunt in the park, or, explore your neighbourhood!

Blowing on dandelions can be a fascinating activity for young children, and opens up an outdoor adventure for them.


6. Outdoor play helps children sleep better
The amount and quality of sleep that we get is influenced by the amount of light we are exposed to in a day. Artificial light interferes with our circadian rhythms, or sleep-wake cycles, and getting enough sunlight can help the body to adjust the cycles.

7. Outdoor play promotes creativity and imagination
When outdoors, children can have unstructured play, where they can make up their own games with their own rules, or embark onpretend play withitemsfrom nature. A tree branch can be a wand or writing tool. Pebbles can be stacked up to become stone castles.

Being in control of the activities he takes part can be a boost to his confidence.

Outdoor play provides children with the opportunity to observe nature up close.

 

After an outdoor play session, be sure to replenish your child’s energy levels with a glass ofEinmilkformula milk, which contains nucleotides that are beneficial to babies and toddlers.

 

What’s your child’s favourite outdoor play? Do tell us in the comments below!

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6 Fun Ways to Prepare Your Elder Child for a New Sibling

Are you expecting a new bundle of joy, yet worried about how your elder one will react to his or her new sibling? Fret not as we have some fun ways to prepare your elder child for his or her new role!

1. Bring him or her with you to gynaecologist checkups
Bring your child along to visits to the gynaecologist where he or she can see the new sibling move during ultrasound scans. Use this time to explain to your child that the baby is still growing in your tummy. This way, your child can see how his or her sibling develops from a small foetus into a baby with each scan.

If you’re feeling artsy, create a scrapbook, let your child decorate it and add in new scan photos along the way!

2. Read books on new siblings
Take your child on a trip to the nearest library and borrow some books focused on introducing new siblings to the family. There are some websites which sell personalised sibling books that you can customise with your elder child’s name. Having themselves as the main character of the book helps them to relate better to the story.


Read up on how to cope with the new baby.

3. Sibling bonding
Encourage your child to talk, kiss or hug the new sibling through your tummy. Foetuses can hear sounds from inside the womb and this will build familiarity between the siblings even before birth. Try singing together with your toddler to your belly.

4. Involve your child in baby preparation
It is natural for elder children to feel mixed emotions about the impending arrival and change in status and not want to help. Gauge their interest level and ask casually if they would like to help you pick a colour for the nursery or choose clothes for the new sibling.


Your elder child can be given the honour of choosing colours for the nursery.

If you have yet to decide on a name for the new baby, you can even let your child have the honour of choosing his or her new sibling’s name from a shortlist?

5. Reminisce about your elder child’s baby moments
Perhaps it is time to cuddle with your child and tell him or her all about how you discovered you were pregnant and show how he or she grew from an embryo into a foetus and then a baby. What did you first notice about your baby? Was it his cute button nose, or her deep dimple? How did you feel when you first carried him or her? Was it on a rainy night or hot afternoon?

Birth stories help your elder child understand that they are just as important as the new addition.


In your third trimester, your elder child will be able to feel distinct movements from your belly!

6. Let your child be the first visitor
It can be confusing for younger children when they see their new sibling who used to be in Mom’s big, round belly. Allowing your elder child to be the very first visitor makes them feel important and there will not be external disruptions by other visitors who will crowd around the infant.

Try the above tips out and let us know if they worked for you! Do you know of other ways to help your elder child prepare for a new sibling? Leave us a comment!

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Dads-to-be, Here Are Ways You Can Be Involved During Pregnancy Too

Dads-to-be, are you feeling confused and left out? Being involved in the pregnancy strengthens your relationship and lets your wife know that she’s not alone in this journey. Read on to find out how you can support your wife during her pregnancy in 8 simple ways!

1. Be part of the pregnancy
The most important step in supporting your wife is to ensure that she knows you’re there for her. When announcing the pregnancy to friends and relatives, say “We’re expecting a baby” instead of “My wife’s expecting a baby”. This small move acknowledges your involvement in the new chapter both of you have embarked on so your wife knows she’s not alone.

2. Do the house chores
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and make life as comfortable for her as possible. If you don’t have the energy for house chores, get a helper to maintain the house in a clean condition. Pregnant women have a nesting instinct which creates a desire for a place that is spick and span to welcome her offspring.

Dads, it’s time to work those muscles and help with the house chores, especially when your wife’s pregnancy bump gets bigger.

3. Help out with the baby shopping!
Part of the fun comes from shopping for the new little one! Rather than simply passing your credit card to your wife, take interest in the necessary preparations to show your support. If you’re up for it, visit a baby fair to get a feel of what’s needed and what’s not. Baby fairs often have cheaper deals too!

4. Accompany her to gynaecologist visits
Try to be there with her for visits to the gynaecologist. Your wife will definitely appreciate the emotional support, especially during the oral glucose tolerance test in the 2nd trimester. What’s more, you’ll get to see your little one moving in utero via ultrasound!

See your little one at the monthly gynaecologist visits – it helps daddy to bond and understand how the pregnancy has progressed too.

5. Attend antenatal classes together
Taking care of a newborn can be daunting for first-time parents. Prepare yourselves by learning how to handle newborns from the experts. Some classes offer practical sessions with a doll. Although it’s nothing close to the real thing, having some experience and knowledge is better than being cluesless when baby is here!

6. Talk to the belly
Foetuses in utero are able to hear sounds from their external environment. Start bonding with your baby by singing, reading or simply talking to your wife’s belly. From the second trimester onwards, you’ll be able to feel baby’s movements including some sharp kicks! You’d be surprised – when your baby is here, she’s also likely to respond to familiar song and voices too!

7. Capture the memories
Surprise your wife with a maternity photoshoot to capture this precious moment in her life. You can even do a before-and-after shot in the same spot and pose after your baby is born!

Capture your wife’s glowing moments with her baby bump – the pregnancy journey is precious and memorable for both husband and wife.

8. Have a babymoon
A babymoon is a vacation taken during pregnancy. It’s one of the last few times to fully enjoy each other’s company. Air travel is restricted for pregnant women over 32 weeks of pregnancy, and a medical certificate is required between weeks 28 to 32, so remember to plan your trip before week 28! Morning sickness usually goes away by the end of the first trimester, so consider travelling in the second trimester.

Women undergo huge emotional changes during pregnancy and it is important that you show your wife that you’re there for her. Try the above steps to see if it helps and leave a comment if you have other ideas on how to pamper your wife!

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6 Reasons Why Exercising with Your Spouse Benefits Your Relationship

Life with children may fall into a monotonous routine easily, and couples often lament the lack of time together.

Besides playing the role of parents in a family, couples should also find time for themselves and nourish their relationship as a couple. Exercise is a positive way of spending quality time together while keeping to a healthy lifestyle. Here are some happy reasons to release those endorphins together with your spouse, and at the same time, add some spice into your marriage too.

Exercising together as a couple lets you learn more about each other, as you spend quality time bonding over a common activity.

 

#1: Share common interest

Remember the times when both of you enjoyed an activity together? We don’t mean grocery shopping or diaper-changing, but time spent on a shared interest. How about picking up a new sports or fitness regime together? Exercise helps to burn off the work stresses and calories after a busy day. Sharing the same interest also opens more conversation topics between the both of you, and communication is certainly key to any marriage. So, would it be piloxing, yoga or badminton for daddy and mummy?

 

#2: Enjoy more quality time together

Couples who spend quality time together enjoy more bonding time too. It’s always a mood lifter to see your spouse after a particularly trying day. Exercising together means allocating specific time from your schedules by making the effort to pursue the shared interest. There’s never enough time with your partner!

 

#3: Be there to motivate each other

Both of you will be encouraging each other to push further, do more, and a little goes a long way for both the exercise you embark on, as well as your marriage. Sharing a common goal helps both of you to drive each other, grow together, show empathy during the challenging times and fuel each other as a team to move closer to what you have set out for. Those words of encouragement help push you in achieving your fitness goals too!

 

Your partner is also your greatest supporter, most honest critic and ardent fan who motivates you to become a better person.

 

#4: Discover new things about each other

Starting out on a new exercise together might also let you learn something new about your partner! Is your husband the extra determined man who challenges himself with additional exercise frequency? Or, did you know about your wife’s ability to do 60 sit-ups in a minute? You may have been married for some time now, but these little fun facts about each other are only uncovered when you exercise together. Hidden talents, anyone?

 

#5: See each other in a different light

As you observe each other in a different setting, both of you will also start seeing each other in new light. When was the last time you saw your partner focusing on a game which awakened his winner’s mentality? Perhaps, you might notice your husband’s desire to regain his 6-pack abs, and come to appreciate that our health and bodies are very much like marriage. They need to be nurtured and nourished to stay in the pink of health.

 

#6: Live healthy together for the future

As parents juggle the multiple roles in life, taking care of your health should be a priority. Encourage each other to eat balanced meals, kickstart an exercise regime with your spouse for a healthier body and most definitely a happier well-being!

 

Don’t forget to take care of yourselves so you are physical well and mentally fit to care for your children too. Raising happy and healthy world-ready children requires a happy mind, body and soul. Start by caring for yourselves, mums and dads!

 

Do you exercise with your spouse too? Let us know what your favourite couple fitness regime is!

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Life with Kids – 10 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage

Parenthood is a life-changing experience for a couple.

Before the kids came along, you probably spent most of your time on intimate conversations, planning holidays and date nights. Now that your hands are busy with diapers or an active toddler, when was the last time you even held hands?

Don’t forget to enjoy time together as a married couple even after becoming parents!

With little mini-me’s who are dependent on your care, and an avalanche of baby-related topics to talk about, the focus on each other as a couple may seem like a flickering flame. So, what can parents do to strengthen their marriage and keep romance alive? After all, you were a couple first before becoming parents, and connecting as individuals keeps the relationship glowing and going.

#1: Think of each other

This might sound easy, but when we are caught up in the busyness of our multiple roles and responsibilities, and focused on getting things done, we probably spend very little time thinking about our better half. Send her a text in the day to say, “I love you”, or, get your wife’s favourite cake to surprise her at the end of a long day. Think of your spouse and let her know that! Thoughts translate into actions towards filling our partner’s love tank, and it is a wonderful feeling to know that someone is thinking of you too, isn’t it?

 

#2: Speak the right love language

Remember those days when it was just the two of you, and how all that fuzzy lovey feeling was like? Your partner’s love languages are most likely to be the same as before, even with the kids who are vying for your love. According to Gary Chapman who coined The 5 Love Languages, men and women have diverse ways of “feeling” loved, so take a minute to remember what makes your spouse tick. Was it: words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch, receiving gifts or quality time? These little steps go a long way in helping to keep the marriage going.

 

#3: Creative communication techniques

Parents often spend most of the day apart from each other, but that should not be a reason for the lack of communication. With technology and some creativity, it is easy to stay connected with your spouse and keep things fresh. No time to meet during the day? Have a quick 5-minute chat, or, send a text via WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and add a cute emoji, or a funny selfie. It is always nice to feel appreciated for our roles in the family, just like how these mums are sharing their heartfelt thoughts about their husbands for being together as a team. That would help brighten up your husband’s dreary day at work, knowing that his partner for life is always there.

Children are like our pillars in a marriage, where our love is built upon and grows from.

 

#4: Be more patient with your spouse

Caring for the kids may be a priority, and it is easy to neglect an adult since he or she is not as dependent on you like the kids. Make effort to pay attention to your partner’s needs, even those non-verbal cues, as this little action helps show that you care. Being more patient with your husband or wife when they help with the kids would help affirm their actions positively, and reduces arguments over the children too.

 

#5: Encourage your kids’ independence

Sneak in pockets of time together when the kids are on their own. Letting the kids develop independence, and enjoy activities on their own allows them to appreciate their own personal space and time too. It is a double win, and both adults get to raise wine glasses and catch up with each other at the end of the work day, or over the weekends, while the kids establish life skills over time. Sounds like a winner!

 

#6: Plan couple time and don’t feel guilty

Scheduling in couple time sounds easy, but many parents may feel guilty for being away from the children. Parents need time away whether for individual growth or as a couple, and being a parent is only one of the multiple hats they wear. Deliberately planned time together gives both of you something exciting to look forward to (think: endorphins, happy hormones and dates!), and precious quality moments like these are better cherished too. That certainly makes for two happy lovebirds in the marriage.

 

#7: Get help with the kids

Planning for couple time sounds like the easy part, so, what do you do with the kids? Enlist support from trusted adults who can help care for your little ones when both of you are spending time together. Knowing that the children are in good hands helps make the quality couple time a better one. The last thing you need is to start an argument over the idea of “outsourcing” the childcaring to get more time together.

Are you nurturing your marriage even after having kids?

 

#8: Understand that there are stages in a marriage

Just like our children’s developmental milestones, there are stages in a marriage too. Post-honeymoon period during the initial wave of all-things-romantic, things may have gotten a little routine until your first child came along. With the new role to grow into, the spouse in you may have taken a back seat for a while, but remember that children are part of the love equation. Pretty sure that the children added some spice to your marriage too!

 

#9: Don’t be shy about hugging and kissing in front of your kids

Whoever said that public display of affections are reserved for secondary school kids? Married couples hugging and kissing in front of their kids are simply reinforcing that physical affection of love is valued in the family. The human touch is important in healthy relationships, and just as physical affection with our children is completely acceptable, it is surely normal between daddy and mummy – just keep it child-friendly!

 

#10: Fall in love all over again

It is time to bring back romance and fall in love again with the very person whom you pledged your vows to. With children in the family, it is easy to neglect working on the marriage. Take time to celebrate the both of you, and enjoy the company and love of your better half on both journeys as husband-and-wife, and mum-and-dad during this lifetime.

Like parenting, marriage is a lifelong path which takes effort and commitment to nurture and protect. Marriage is a sacred union that needs just as much love, as we set ourselves as healthy examples to our little ones about marriage and relationships. Raising happy, world-ready children in a marriage of abundance allows children to thrive and learn about from their role models too.

How do you fuel your marriage even after having children? Do share your tips too!