March school holidays are here!
This 1-week break is usually the time when kids can take a short break (preferably with minimum homework) before moving on to the mid-year exams in less than 1.5 months time.
So, enjoy the holidays and don’t stay indoor! It is the best time to bring the kids outdoor for some activities and fun!
Gardens by the Bay has brought in life-size colourful dinosaurs for the month of March! Starting from 10 Mar – 2 Apr 2017, you can bring your kids and join Brachy and his friends for entertaining activities like dino-egg hunt, carnival rides, games, crafts, workshops, and even music from the movie “Jurassic Park” performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra!
Head on down to the corridor leading towards The Meadows or the Supertrees. Have fun with rainbow colours and get creative with crafts like Keychain Shrinking and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures using the simplest materials. Certain activities are free, but others may have minimum charges.
Sand Art is always a big hit for all kids. Even for Joey, the chance to play with coloured sands and customized her own bookmark is a sure hit.
Dino Keychain done by shrinking the plastic in an oven after the kids added on the colours. It’s so cute!
Carnival Rides & Games
What outdoor fun is complete without the carnival fun? Rides and games booths are situated all around the garden for kids and adults to enjoy a time of laughter and “anguish” (when you missed).
Tickets are priced at S$2.50 each, with the minimum of 2 tickets for each game or ride. Pretty costly in my personal opinion, but nothing is too expensive to see the seriousness of the kids’ faces when they play and the fun they have on the rides.
Jayne is at a slight disadvantage because of her height, but Joey on a few occasions were pretty close in hitting one of the balls.
This stall proves to be a huge challenge for the girls. Unable to control their excitement, they threw all the balls so hard, none of it landed on the cups but rather all bounced out of the table. Next time maybe.
After all the fun and running around, it’s a good time to just bring out the picnic mat and rest at The Meadows for some performances. You can get your picnic snacks, drinks or food just beside where there are a few stalls set up for your convenience.
Back to more rides after the performances.
For S$20/child, you can experience something different and super fun at the Terrarium & Excavation Workshop organized by The Learning Lab.
Prepare to get your hands dirty but all for the good of learning.
Building a Dinosaur Terrarium. All materials will be provided, like the glass jar, the gravels, soil, coloured sand, Fittonia plant, water and the “fossil” dinosaur figurine.
Joey started by spreading the gravel over the base of the glass jar evenly, as this serves as a drainage for water. Next is to pour in the soil on top of the gravel.
Create a hole in the soil for the stalk of fittonia plant to be inserted in.
Love it when I see how Joey carefully place in the plant and took extra effort to make sure that the soil covers the roots properly. Since P1 she has a special interest for science. And she totally enjoyed the workshop.
Spray water on the sides of the terrarium and on the plants to remove excess soil, as well as moisten the soil.
Lastly, decorate the soil bed with coloured sand and some more gravel. We are almost done.
The dinosaur figurine.. Excavation process activated..
Put in the dinosaur figurine, close the lid and we have our Dinosaur Terrarium!
Before we headed home, we took one more walk around the place to take some photos of the Dinosaurs on display.
Brachy the blue Brachiosaurus, standing at 16m tall. You won’t miss him.
Rexy the red Tyrannosaurus at 9m tall.
Tricey the yellow Triceratops at 7m tall.
Anky the purple Ankylosaurus at 3m tall.
Paramummy & Parasi, the pink Parasaurolophus at 4m & 2.4m tall respectively.
If all these are too fierce-looking for you or the kids, then look out for the more friendly and cute dino walking around for a photo.
Have a wonderful March holidays!
Parents, just bear with it.. It’s all for the children.