The Tales of Grimmsneyland

With a smile, a wave and a warning, you are ushered into the world of Grimmsneyland. Finnian Gee and her seven year-old brother, Elliott were transported to the land of fairytales to meet fantastic, colourful characters brought to life by Andsoforth Junior. This is their story. It’s in a dark corridor lit by star-like lights…

My Impression of Impressionism

Have you seen the Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, an exhibition on till the 11th of March @ the National Gallery Singapore ? Young Netra Prakash did, and recorded her visit in words and pictures. Read on … A few days ago, I visited the Colours of Impressionism exhibition at the…

Merlin’s Underpants! A Harry Potter café in Singapore?!

Are you a total Potterhead? Do you have your own account on Pottermore? Have you been sorted into a Hogwarts house? Netra Prakash, Potterhead, is siriusly hooked ! Read on … If you answered yes to all these questions, you have got to visit the Harry Potter café – Platform 1094 – on Serangoon Road…

Start the holiday season with two excellent movies !

Paddington 2 Take the kids. Take yourselves. Paddington Bear is back. A sweet, tender, funny storybook-coloured film for children and adults, there is magic, wonder, daring escapes, steam engines, a show-stopping climax, dance routines and enough silliness to keep it light and breezy while touching on fundamental issues – family love, politeness, caring, doing the…

2017 : A Merry Christmas on Orchard Road

Young Netra Prakash offers her take on Orchard’s Road’s festive decorations this year, with a reporter’s zeal, a young person’s enthusiasm and a critical eye ! Guess what, everyone?! There’s less than a month until Christmas, my favourite time of the year! Singapore is decorated lavishly for this wonderful festival and I checked out the…

When the theatre came alive with the Sound of Music

Young Netra Prakash was one of Singapore’s early theatre-goers to watch the beloved Sound of Music when it opened @ Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. (It is on till 3 December 2017). She shares her experience with a review. Have you watched the movie The Sound of Music? I have some good news for you!…

Halloween fun @ Kidzania

SingaporeforKids sent young reporters Mythili and Sanya to experience Halloween at Kidzania in Sentosa and review their experience for us. We are proud to publish their effort as is – in the form it was sent to us. Mythili & Sanya Thank you Mythili and Sanya. Well done and keep writing  ! Photographs by Nita…

The Magical World of ZooMoov

Netra Prakash, a 10 year old journalist in-the-making, contributes a review with photographs to SingaporeforKids.   The Land of ZooMoov is a magical land where beautiful and magical animals live. This land was recreated at Marina Square between the 8th and 10th of September for children between the ages of two and ten. As you entered…

Alice and Wonderland : The Show

Nine year old Mythili Ganesh, who loves magic, fairy tales and fantasy, attended and reviewed the Wonderland show on behalf of SingaporeforKids. Read on. The characters you will meet are Alice, Mad Hatter, Hare, Cheshire Cat, Rabbit, Card (the Queen of Hearts’ soldier), Caterpillar and the Queen of Hearts. The setting was quite colorful, bright…

Deadly 60 Live – The Show

SingaporeforKids is delighted with 9 year old Ananth Subramanian’s account of the Steve Backshall show. Ananth entered a simple contest and won a pair of premier tickets for the show through SingaporeforKids and took the time and effort to give us a detailed description of his experience – as only a 9 year old boy…

Happy New Year !

SingaporeforKids wishes you all a bright, splendiferous 2017. New Events. New Happenings. New Experiences. Singapore is a happening place and the range and number of things to see and do has expanded exponentially since our website began in 2004. Each year, we are delighted to curate and highlight what we think will appeal to children…

Singapore : Christmas Carnival 2016

It’s that time of the year again ! Twelve year old Nandini Ganesh – in her own words – describes the magic of Christmas in Singapore, especially the Wonderland in Gardens by the Bay. (With tips on how best to enjoy it). Christmas decorations have sprung up all over ION Orchard as the holiday vibes…

Today’s Everyday Heroes

SingaporeforKids is delighted to feature an article by a young man doing his National Service in Singapore. He is with the Civil Defence and his take is an inspiring and very timely message to parents and kids. Introducing Krishnan Ramakrishnan. SGFPC Lifesavers Connect It was an opportunity for kids to meet today’s Everyday Heroes –…

We are the Navy !

23rd to 26th June 2016  Children, families, friends … anyone interested … can get up close and personal with the Singapore Navy @ VivoCity this weekend. There was this buzz and excitement at VivoCity on the 23rd, when this show opened, with queues and children and costumes and warships and many naval officers mingling with…

The Future Awaits

This is the last post (for a while at least) from our teenage blogger Meenakshi Venkatraman, who has finished her IB and is on her way to university. SingaporeforKids congratulates you, Meenakshi, and we continue to look forward to your contributions. The title you have chosen, is apt in more ways than one. Good luck…

Digital Thrills for a Singapore Summer

There is hardly a child today who does not inhabit a digital world of some kind or the other … Caveat : “One can no more say what the effects of video games are, than one can say what the effects of food are. There are millions of individual games, hundreds of distinct genres and…

Summer Activities : Part 3 : For the Explorer, Traveler & Enquirer

SingaporeforKids scopes out a list of a list of Getaway options you can plan with kids this summer. There’s plenty to do and see in Singapore, and plenty to see and do in the region, if you desire to explore. And getaway from it all ! For an over-nighter, or a short break, ‘rustic’ getaways…

Summer Activities : Part 2 : For the Active Child & an Adrenaline Rush

SingaporeforKids scopes out a list of Outdoor activities you can plan with kids this summer.     Forest Adventure is a popular aerial course in the trees made up of ladders, bridges, swings, nets, trapezes and giant zip lines. Equipped with a harness and a helmet and attached to a safety line, participants swing from tree…

Summer Activities : Part 1 : For ‘Cool’ kids in a Tropical Summer

The weather is sweltering. Hot days. Some thunderstorms. And school holidays are almost here. The prospect of keeping kids home and indoors almost guarantees some measure of boredom and restlessness. Can I drop my kids off in a cool place and have some quiet time with a friend ? Can I get them involved in…

KidZania in Singapore : April 2016

April 2016 will witness KidZania’s twenty second global opening, in Singapore, replete with a life-sized decommissioned Boeing 737 ! An indoor family entertainment center, KidZania is a theme park – an interactive edutainment franchise with centers in Bangkok, Cairo, Dubai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Mumbai, Mexico, Seoul, Tokyo and other cities worldwide. A kids-sized city…

Hippop’Art for Christmas ?

Christmas is here, as the song goes, and the countdown for gifts begins, along with the carols, the tree, the cakes, puddings, bonbons, decorations and more. Walking past Cluny Court in Bukit Timah (near the Botanical Gardens MRT), a bright splash of colour – or many colours – caught my attention and I thought these…

World Heritage Sites for Kids

A recent post by National Geographic highlighted ten World Heritage destinations of interest to kids, with a side on the Kid Appeal factor. Perfect for the family. So in this blogpost SFK brings you a slant on world travel, beginning with Singapore. Singapore recently acquired its own Heritage recognition for its Botanical Gardens – a…

When you’re BORED … !!!

This 11 year old definitely has worked the problem from all – if not most – angles. Nandini Ganesh offers her suggestions … parents, take note. People like me don’t know how to stay still. Especially when I have no choice but to stay inside the house and occupy myself. In Singapore, there are plenty…

A new Camp Operator in Singapore : Sports Camps Australia

Camps for children in basketball, golf, tennis and rugby, now offered by Sports Camps Australia (SCA). SCA’s basketball camps held in June and July were an unqualified success. “Ellen thoroughly enjoyed this camp. After each session she was so enthusiastic about the next session and couldn’t wait for tomorrow! The feedback, encouragement and identified areas for…

Hallowe’en

The Night of the Orange and Black On the night of the thinnest divide between this life and the afterlife, when apparitions and spirits freely slink and skulk and stalk and sneak about, bring out the costumes to scare off the demons and carve your pumpkins and light them with candles and make your taffy…

Is Entertainment always Entertaining ?

Introducing Nandini Ganesh, an almost-eleven year old and a passionate animal lover. SFK embraces any one, and especially children, who are vocal, thinking, fired-up about causes and willing to voice their opinions. Read on … Circuses have been one of the popular places for people looking for entertainment. Because it has animals. But have you…

How we can help Nepal

Nepal needs money more than anything else, money to help the country recover from the massive damages and losses following the April 25th earthquake.      According to UNICEF, nearly one million children have been severely affected, and many may fall victim to waterborne and infectious diseases. Survivors desperate for shelter are camping in sewage pipes. Thousands…

Joe Labero’s “A Night of Magic @ Raffles” extended till May 3 !

Manic Magic ! Take your children, take them to see Swedish magician / illusionist Joe Labero and be enchanted by an evening of illusion, sleight of hand and the unbelievable. Children see magic because they look for it (Christopher Moore) but it is equally amazing for adults, an evening of utter “unbelievable, outrageous, impossible, death-defying…

CNY Again !

  Chinese New Year 2015 is the year of the Goat (or the Sheep or the Ram) and Chinatown is as festive as can be.                 To soak in the atmosphere, start before dusk, head to the Festive Street Market and browse the stalls, which this year include…

Da Vinci : A must for every Child

It is this magic of possibility that every child should be able to see and experience, the inter-connectivity that is the web of our lives, the fundamental principles that apply to all areas – as Da Vinci has so brilliantly believed in and demonstrated – that in and by themselves may spark an interest, a passion, a discovery.

Singapore Art Week 2015

January 17 to 25 : a nine day festival of visual arts featuring about 100 shows and events for the curious, the connoisseur, the newcomer, the industry insider and art enthusiasts … and great for kids as well, with a family-friendly carnival and neighbourhood walking tours. Take the kids to the Botanical Gardens to see…

Celebrating the Horse

Witnessing the essence of wildness – in action. Meenakshi Venkatraman writes in eloquent appreciation, after experiencing the show Cavalia, where the animal is celebrated for its strength, intelligence and beauty, with human beings accompanying them taking a back seat. I think it’s quite apt that the most theatrical and spectacular horse show ever to grace…

The Google Mum

We are living in a world where there is more information than our brains are designed to process. A lot of it is just noise, but even sifting through this barrage of information to find relevant pieces takes up our bandwidth. Khadija Haque, finance professional, mother to two boys and full time wife shares her views…

Is Gaming good for Children ?

A recent study by Oxford University has revealed that moderate video gaming has a positive effect on children’s emotional and mental well being. The study analyzed data from 5,000 mixed gender children from Britain between the ages of 10-15, 75% of whom claimed to be users. The conclusion : “young people who indulged in a little…

Whose dreams are they living ?

Shayna Ng, sportsperson, world champion bowler, 2014 Sportswomen of the year and one of the founders of SportSanitySG shares her views on how parents should – and can – encourage their children in their passions.     From a young age, I’ve always loved playing sports. My first experience in the competitive arena was being…

A Rare ‘Eco-Corridor’

Driving down the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), towards Woodlands, a new bridge catches your eye. The EcoLink @ BKE, to put it simply is a ‘green corridor’, one that links two forests, or rather, two nature reserves – the Bukit Timah and the Central Catchment. The beauty of the bridge lies in the answer to…

Learning how to Learn

Malavika Nataraj, mother of two below-tens, muses on the nature of education, a subject that has as many interpretations as there are proponents. The understanding of ‘education’ is changing with the times and it is well worth the while to explore its nuances and options. A few days ago, while I was contemplating what to…

When a parent turns 18 …

Jenny Pinto, artist and film-maker shares her (heartfelt) thoughts on being a mother, a parent, a friend, a guide and bashing board to her child. to all you mums and dads among my friends               i turn 18 years as a mother next week and i sit here (alone…

At Our Expense

It’s been top-of-the-mind lately … the cost of living in Singapore. Teenager Meenakshi Venkataram has her own views on this, and suggests that kids (not just parents) can do their bit in addressing the issue. This March, Singapore was said to be the most expensive city to live in, according to the 2014 Economic Intelligence…

Role Play

Theatre practitioner, trainer and performer Aruna Ganesh Ram explains how theatre helps, shapes and defines a person; how it channelizes creativity, energy and thought …  and therefore, why children benefit greatly from training in theatre. I find that theatre benefits children in numerous ways. Its ‘group’ format teaches them responsibility and team play and develops…

The City : An Interactive Playground

Young children love the world of fantasy and make believe. Singapore has a new indoor interactive playground which stimulates the imagination and curiosity of young minds. The City, with its ten ‘Learning Stations’, makes fun an education, teaching children while they play. In The City, little girls become princesses in a ball or fairies with…

A parenting discovery in the heart of Myanmar

The end of the old year and the start of a new one is a time for reflection. Cherie Lim Tseng shares her thoughts on her work in Myanmar, and how important it is to teach her sons to give back. 1996. I was sixteen when I made my first trip to Myanmar as part…

Gong Xi Gong Xi !

As the Year of the Horse comes charging towards us, the island is a whirl of traffic jams, last minute shopping, and queues for the famous bak kwa. SingaporeforKids gives you a glimpse into the ‘what’ of this much celebrated annual event : Chinese New Year. The crispest bank notes are slipped into hong baos,…

Yummy-in-the-Tummy Art

GG Lau knows how to make food fun for her two girls and shared her ideas, recipes and photographs with SingaporeforKids. Breakfasts, lunches or after- school snacks, GG uses a whole lot of ingredients like fresh fruit, yogurt, seaweed, cheese and bread – anything she has handy at home –  to create interesting pictures. To…

Party in The City

With all the December, Christmas and Holiday ‘Happenings’ everywhere, Malavika Nataraj and her two little ones are fully in the ‘spirit’, enjoying the best of everything. Amidst the happy shrieks and shouts of excited children, The City, on the 3rd level of Liang Court celebrated it’s first birthday on Sunday, December 22nd. Guided activities, face-painting…

2013 : Christmas on Orchard Road

Who would have thought that the mid-1800 nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards of Orchard Road would be so conclusively and completely replaced with seasonal festivities a mere 150 odd years later ? December 2013, and Santas, carols, Christmas trees, mascots and activities for children abound. The island is awash with the Christmas spirit and cheer,…