Movies for Juniors at Cineworld

February 2017

Watching movies can be pricey(for me) in London. For a family of 2 adults and 2 children to watch one movie can easily be £40ish per pop. So, when Roanne introduced to me Movies for Juniors at Cineworld, I was excited about it. I get to bring the little ones for a movie for a a discounted rate of £2.50 per person! I mean, we can actually buy the movie online and watch it at home but going to the cinema is a just a different experience. The theatre is darkened, there is pop corn and no one is talking. (Oh yes, the last part is one of my favourite. Like none of my children is whiny or ordering me around when we are watching a movie at the cinemas.)

This half term holiday, we watched Trolls and Ballerina. In fact, Ryan and Gillian loved Trolls so much that they made me play the songs from Troll on Youtube umpteen times since Monday. For the record, our youngest, Baby Megan went for both movies! Surprisingly, she was able to sit through these flicks. I think she enjoyed them because she was constantly bouncing on my laps! Ha! Cineworld also sells the popcorn sets for children- it comes in a small box filled with popcorn, a packet of juice and a small bag of chocolate. All these 3 items for £2.50 as well!

So, if the weather is bad and you want to have a relaxed activity with your little ones, you can consider going for a movie! I liked it and hopefully you will too!

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Harrods Christmas Grotto

November 2016

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I have heard so much about the Christmas Grotto at Harrods that I thought we should give it a visit. At a small fee of £10 per child(babies can enter for free), they get to see Father Christmas and get a small present. The booking fee is refunded into our Harrods Rewards card on the day of our visit. We only managed to book for the Pre-Schooler Visit(weekdays, only in November) as the Classic Visits were sold out as quickly as they were released. So, it was a pity that Ryan had to miss it as he had to be in school.

That morning, we were slightly late for our appointment but were fortunate that they allowed us through the Christmas Grotto. Once we entered, we were sort of transported into this magical Ice Kingdom with friendly elves all around to cheer our little ones up.

Meeting up with Father Christmas was quite cool- he was able to call them by their names, share with them a few achievements they had in 2016(prior to the day, parents had to fill up these information online so as to make the experience more personal and special) and they even received some nice little gifts from Father Christmas. Father Christmas was so pleasant and friendly. Initially, Gillian was a tad overwhelmed by everything and refused to even meet Father Christmas. After so much encouragement from the affable elves, she went into the frozen grotto only to leave reluctantly, asking to return the year after again!

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Making their wishes with Daddy!

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Sometimes I wonder if the children remember such things that we do for them or even places that we bring them to. However, what really makes it worth it for me is to see their happiness, their anticipation, their excitement for that moment.  #makeeverymomentcount

After the Christmas Grotto experience, we went shopping at Harrods. Harrods on a Monday morning is just fabulous! No crazy crowds, lots of space for the children to run without us missing them. Gillian definitely got some VIP treatment- curling her hair, getting her hand tattoos done and all!

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Someone’s loving the lift in Harrods!

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We had lunch at Kanada-Ya Ramen Bar and Gillian was slurping up ever single strand of noodle and soup! Yums! Got to say I really liked the effect of the curls on her head but Gillian did not like it at all. Boohoo! There’s goes my chance of convincing her to curl her hair. Ha!

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Lavender’s Blue Dilly Dilly

July 2016

Due to our trip in Singapore, our summer in London was relatively short. Hence, we were heading out almost every week to farms, parks and whatnots. Basically, anything that is outdoors! Summer in the UK is just fabulous.

For our past 2ish years in London, we have never visited a lavender farm despite hearing so much about the beauty of it. That being said, we decided that we should cross this off the list in our third year. We decided to check out the lavender fields at The Hop Shop because it was the closest to us and we had a good experience prior for during the apple picking season.

After an hour plus of drive, we were greeted by the breath-taking, insanely gorgeous sea of purple. If you love the smell of lavender, this is heaven for you! We also decided to go for the lavender field tour conducted by the people at the The Hop Shop. The lady who was in charge of our group was very informative and enlightening. I sure did not expect to learn so much about lavender- how they grow, what are the best conditions and what are the many uses for lavender on that day. I went there with the intention of photo-taking but ended up understanding so much more about the flower.

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These days, Ryan loves taking photos! Only when the person he is taking photos with is Megan! Just look like how happy he looks next to his baby sister!

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Here’s Gillian, all dressed up in her Sleeping Beauty costume, because she is into this ‘princess’ and dressing up thing. She does not want to wear anything that is remotely ‘un-girly’, ala shorts and God forbids, trousers!

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After all the photo taking, we went to the shop and bought some food items for a quick lunch. Not sure why no photos were taken then but Kimberly managed to do much a short video of our time at The Hop Shop on Instagram! Do take a look here – https://www.instagram.com/p/BHshrpthvsM/?taken-by=cloudee

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As you may suspect, I am trying to get back to my blogging schedule! Do yes, do look out for more updates(and be supportive and encouraging! xxx) as I am aiming for at least 2 blog posts a week again! Out!

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kids.rave.play.repeat at Rave-A-Roo

July 2016

When we think about clubbing, kids is not one of the associated words with it. As a young person, I enjoyed the night-life. I liked clubbing for the music and people just felt inhibited in dancing in that environment. Ever since having Ryan, followed by Gillian and then Megan, clubbing is like a total foreign concept. I mean, clubbing is an activity that happens usually at night and how could it be possible with kids around?

So, when I heard about Rave-A-Roo, I was so intrigued by the entire concept- being able to party with my kids and it helps that everything happens in the afternoon! So our bedtime routine is not disrupted! Perfect for parents. 🙂

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Rave-A-Roo, London was held at Ministry of Sound, which is London’s No.1 Dance and House Club. I was quite impressed that Rave-A-Roo was happening at such a cool location and was real excited to check out the venue. (The fact that I was able to Facebook check-in the place makes me feel so hip already. Hahahaha. #actyoungonly) When we got to our session of the Rave-A-Roo party, doors were not opened yet. However, the organizers had entertainers around to liven up their young audience. The crew were giving out glow-sticks to the children and they even had bubble machines which we, as parents all know that the little ones love!

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Rave-A-Roo also have a buggy park for our strollers/prams/buggies outside the club.

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The kids, happily getting their entrance stamps on their hands. Who would have imagine this day would come? Me, with my kids going for a good music/dance session at Ministry of Sound, London in the afternoon!

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Glow Chill Room

The first room that we went to was the Glow Chill Room where children could do craft work with the neon clay or get a tattoo done at the UV tattoo station. It was a great place to start off the festive fun with, to  gradually ease the children into the environment before going into the Main Room where the party is at.

Ryan and Gillian tried the clay modelling which they liked. Ryan tried to make huge battleship out of the neon clay while Gillian just messed around with it. Gillian also got her first UV tatt done in the shape of a pink bow.

Other than that, we can also purchase drinks(tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even alcohol since there is a licensed bar), home-made cakes and snacks when we need the small burst of energy during the 2 hour session.

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The Main Room

This is where the main part of the fun is at. Lots of dancing. Lots of awesome music. Superb performance put up by Go!Go!Go! When you are there, you will notice that it is not just the kids who are enjoying themselves, the grown-ups look like they are having a good time as well. I was talking to one other parent and she also reckoned that Race-A-Roo is a great concept. As parents, we are held by social expectations to behave a certain respectable way in public. But at Rave-A-Roo, parents can let loose a wee bit, to dance with our children, to groove with the music and no one one will judge you and your two left feet. Heehee.

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We go these flashing rings that were being sold at Rave-A-Roo for £2. Both kids insisted on having the red rings only. (-_-)”’  They also sold other similar party merchandise that kids love.

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Go!Go!Go! was also there with their catchy tunes and energetic dance moves. Kids were so enthralled by their showmanship!

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Ryan had such a pleasant time at the Main Room. He was always near the stage, watching the performances and dancing along with the music.

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Funky Softplay Room

I brought Baby Megan to this room to play and have a roll around and a little stretch at intervals. Unlike Ryan and Gillian who could be in the Main Room for a long time, I think Megan did like a little me-time with Mummy in the Softplay Room. Babies-in-arms like Megan enter Rave-A-Roo for free.  The Funky Softplay room was planned with them in mind despite them not having to pay for an entrance ticket. On the mats for babies, there were also plenty of toys for the babies to play with.

When I brought Baby Megan to the ladies for a diaper change, I was surprised to see how they have proper diaper changing station, complete with diapers and wet wipes. The organisers really took many small details into account when planning for this indoor festive party for kids.

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We had an amazing experience at Rave-A-Roo, London. It is clubbing with kids, in a safe environment with carefully monitored sound levels that is suitable for the little ones. 2nd July marked the end of the Rave-A-Roo events for summer and we will be looking out for future event date. I am hoping that they will hold more of such events in the colder seasons to come. It, being indoor and well-heated will be a fabulous weekend activity for kids. I have also done a short video clip of our time at Rave-A-Roo that I uploaded on my instagram- https://www.instagram.com/p/BHiJmHhBTlq/?taken-by=cloudee

Do subscribe to their newsletter to get the latest information and offers for the event.

Post-event: Kids were properly tired out and slept the entire car journey home. 🙂 So do be prepared that kids will be needing some rest after their party.

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Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets to Rave-A-Roo. Opinions are of my own and I have given honest feedback and review of our experience.

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Old MacDonald’s Farm & Fun Park

June 2016

Living in London, one has to get used to soggy weather. Despite it being already summer, we are still experiencing rain and large amount of it. However, after being in this country for 2 years, we also learnt that English people are very resilient. Rain or shine, activities just go on as per normal. Grab a hoodie, put on your wellies and everyone is set to have fun!

Two Sundays ago, we went to Old MacDonald’s Farm, in Essex for a Meet and Greet session with Peppa Pig and George. As we live in East London, Essex is close by and was a short drive to this adventure land. What I like about Old MacDonald’s Farm is that they have special events planned throughout the year- for Mother’s Day, there is SuperHero Day, Teddy Bear’s Picnic in summer, Halloween Festival… So one can look out for events that your child is interested in and pop by for a visit.

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Despite the rather poor weather, we went ahead with our plans and the kids were so excited to spend outdoor time with us. Going out always means we have to pay more attention to the little ones(versus multi-tasking with our phones) and it is very easy to tell that they like exclusive time with us.

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While waiting to take our photos with Peppa and George, there was an entertainer who made sculptures out of balloons for the children. Ryan asked for a bow and arrow and he sure got one.

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Hello Peppa and George! Ryan and Gillian looked really shy in the picture but they were thrilled to see one of their favourite characters real life! What a treat!

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Next up was a ride on the Carousel. At Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park, many of their rides are inclusive in their admission charges. The staff were patient with the children and took time to let them select their favourite rides before starting.

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We also went on the Train Ride. Just an advice, it is always good to be one of the earliest as it wold be easier to get on the popular rides before the queues start forming.

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Ryan and Gillian went on the Giant Worm Slide a number of times as well. My kids and slides are like fish to water. If I allowed them, we could be spending at least 30 minutes just being there.

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Tractor Ride! Despite the overcast sky and drizzle, i think both boys had a good time bonding.

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Before long, the rain started getting heavier and we retreated to the Indoor Softplay Area where the cafe and indoor lunch spots are. That morning, I managed to pack some pasta for the children’s lunch. The adults had lunch from the cafe though and surprisingly, food was decent and quite value for money. As we have been to a number of such kid’s places(castles, amusement parks and all), I think the prices of the food at this cafe is surprisingly not exorbitant.

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While resting and lunching, Ryan and Gillian ran off to the softplay and entertained themselves with all the obstacles.

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Before long, the rain became lighter and we were off to explore the farm and fun park again. Next stop was at Battle Barn where we fought among each other. Megan joined in too! E was the only casualty! Hahahaha.

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Can there be too many free rides? No! Never, with children! We also went on Happy Horses, pony adventure ride.

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There are so many nice spots for photography at Old MacDonald’s Farm. Look at Ryan, working his million-dollar smile.

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Ryan’s favourite ride was on the latest addition to the farm- the Doggy Dog Roller Coaster! Kimberly and him actually went on the ride 4 times!

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There was also the Super Scramble Challenge which is a huge adventure area for the kids to go on various outdoor obstacle course.

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Bouncy Barn!!! Everyone loves to be on bouncy castles!

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We headed back home around 4 as Ryan was getting feverish (-_-)”’. I can imagine so much more could be done if the weather was a wee bit more cooperative as we only managed to cover like 70 percent of the entire farm and fun park. There was the Nurturing Pens where we could feed the animals, the Farm Maze, the Play Fort, Crazy Barn Ride and so on. I would definitely want to return on a dryer day so that we can explore more of the fun park! Still, a great outdoor place for families to head too especially if you live in East London or Essex. Animals, amusement and rides, I can imagine how it would just be a wonderful experience for the kids! They will just love it!

  • To purchase tickets to visit Old MacDonald’s Farm, please click on this link . Do look out for special events that are being held throughout the year.
  • Do like Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park Facebook for any updates or promotion. 

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Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets to Old Mac Donald’s Farm. Opinions are of my own and I have given honest feedback and review of our experience.

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Victoria Park, the People’s Park

April 2016

Taking the children to play in the parks is one of our favourite things to do over the weekends. The parks in the UK is just fabulous. As a born and bred Singaporean, I know how fortunate the little ones are to be able to have this expanse of green to run around and to be able to enjoy the wonderful playground facilities. There are playgrounds and parks in Singapore but more often than not, they are just so crowded. 😦 The humid and hot weather does not really help the situation. In the end, a good number of families would opt to visit air-conditioned indoor playgrounds in the shopping malls instead. It is not a matter of which is better. Just different, I suppose.

Victoria Park, otherwise known as the People’s Park is the largest park in Tower Hamlets. In fact, the history behind Victoria Park is quite interesting, especially on how it started off as  Royal Park but became a municipal in 1887. (Click here to read more about it.)

The grounds of Victoria Park is so huge that other than the usual greens and playgrounds, there are also canals, ponds, a pavilion, a deer enclosure, tennis courts and a sports ground. That day, we only managed to explore one part of entire park, we  would definitely want to check out the rest of it.

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Ryan and Gillian brought along their bubble guns and went all wild shooting bubbles around.

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Here’s Megan looking grumpy. Ha!

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We brought along our newly bought frisbee but could not figure out how to play it. (-_-)”’

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After all this running and climbing about, we then went for a coffee break at Hackney Coffee Company. Do have a read of our review of that lovely coffee joint.

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SuperFundae!

April 2016

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Hello, hello fellow Singaporean readers! I have a good deal for all of you. One of my Mummy friends asked me to have a shout-out for Superfundae, Singapore’s largest outdoor family event! So, here it goes!

Below are the details: I think it would be catered more towards those with young families with from 2 years and up! So read on if you are interested.

Venue: Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow
Date: 4 June 2016
Time: 10am – 9pm
Suitable: For young families with kids from 2 years old and up
Website: http://www.superfundae.com.sg
Video: https://vimeo.com/157535253
Ticket Price: $19.90 only
Each ticket comes with a Superfundae goodie pack for children and for adults – a free beer or juice! Kids under 3 years enters for free!

Why spend a day at Superfundae?

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  • A fun event that focuses on CREATIVE play, CONNECTIVE play and ACTIVE play.
  • Great food from Pasarbella, a movie under the stars and free ice-cream all day long!
  • The MEGA Candy Cannon that blasts Haribo gummies on the hour.
  • Jump ’n Grab, a 14-feet trampoline where kids can jump and grab goodies hung from above.Aviva Superfundae_06 (low-res)
  • Ninja Quest obstacle course, the largest inflatable obstacle course at the Gardens.Aviva Superfundae_01  (low-res)
  • Craycrayspray Water Play, a large water play area with Nerf Super Soakers where both children and parents are welcome!

It sounds really fun and shame that we will miss it as we will only return to Singapore in July. Boohoo! I can imagine how enjoyable it would be for the children and us! Boohoo! I also want. )The unlimited sundaes is the deal clincher for me! No. I’m kidding…) E and I enjoy bringing the children for such outdoor activities, just because it exhausts them and it is nice to have some engaged outdoor time and take some nice family photos with them.

If you have any burning questions about Superfundae, you can click on their F&Q page to check for the answers for the frequently asked questions(where to park, is it possible to re-enter the event, what to bring, is it stroller-friendly...). Alternatively, you can also drop them a message.

Because I am helping Superfundae to do this shout-out, I get to have a chance to give away 3 sets of 4 tickets to my readers! So if you are the selected ones, you get to save some money and buy nice lunch from Pasarbella on Superfundae! I need you guys to do the following:

1) Like the Superfundae FB Page
2) Share my blog post together with the promo code
(My blog’s promo code is : asfdMay20)

(I will be ending the give away on the 16 of May and winners will be notified via Facebook.)

For all readers who are interested in getting your tickets to Superfundae, you get 20% off tickets using the promocode. You need to use this link to activate the code.

Go, go, go!

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