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Our Year End Fun Activities

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Yes, it’s almost time for Christmas and also December school holiday (although the holiday actually starts in November). There are many shows and activities at the malls, airport, and beach. And of course, we as parents do not want to be left behind and go mall-airport-beach hopping to join other parents and children watch all the shows or playing in the mini playgrounds.

We’ve seen malls with Christmas decorations since mid October (a little too early???) which raised up our Christmas spirit and the happiness knowing that “the most wonderful day of the year” is coming very close to us.

So below, I will recap all the shows or activities that we joined (and will be joining), and I update again after we visited all shows/places in our list. Of course we’re not going to watch all shows or play in all playgrounds, but we’re selecting the shows/activities that interest the boy and me the most and also not sooooooo very far away from home (we’re still considering Ang Mo Kio is not very far away from Pasir Ris, but we’re not going to visit the Christmas Maze in Yew Tee although it’s reachable with MRT). We’re probably not going to play in the “soap snow” in Tanglin Mall again like last year since the weather today is so unpredictable (Tanglin Mall is quite far from Orchard MRT Station, and the outdoor snow play can be cancelled anytime due to weather condition).

Most of the shows and playgrounds are free of charge, but some of them need entrance fee to be able to join. Of course lil boy gets very excited and happy with all the fun activities before he’s going to the “road of stressful experience” in P1 in January 2013. So, we just call this as a re-charge sessions before he puts his uniforms on.

I want to capture the splendor of Orchard Christmas Lights at night this year, but a few times that we visited Orchard (including last night), it was always raining very hard. Still hoping that next week when we visit Orchard again for the doctor’s appointment, it’s not going to be raining at night.

Now, here is how we spend our year end filled with tons of fun activities:

1. Raffles City (City Hall MRT)

Show: Alice Christmas in Wonderland

Play: Lego Exhibition with hundreds of “play for free lego” for children and adults to enjoy

Big Stars as Christmas Decoration in Raffles City

Big animals lego

“All these legos to play for free??? Holly Jolly…..!”
“Playing legos at home has never been this fun before”
“I will certainly build a big zoo with all the animals that I can get (even if it means I have to get the animals from other children without their permission)”
It was so fun that lil boy played here before the show, after the show, and after we had our dinner in a nearby restaurant…..

Getting ready for the show

Alice, Mad Hatter, Rabbit, Hare, and the famous queenie in the show

My “1001” precious expressions when watching the show

2. Eastpoint Mall (Simei MRT)

Playground: Christmas Playland ($5 for 30 minutes of play)

Show: Bubble Show

Christmas Decoration in Eastpoint Mall

Welcome to the Playland

Welcome to the Playland

View from the top

View from the top

Small but playful (only open in this holiday season)

Small but playful (only open in this holiday season)

Everybody is ha...ha...happy.......

Everybody is ha…ha…happy…….

Well, if that’s not enough, there is still an Infatables Playground ($4 for 20 minutes). Of course we (I actually) skipped that, very expensive in my opinion for just 20 minutes of playing.

Another fun activity in Eastpoint Mall??? Just head off to Daiso to check on their super colorful yet cheap Christmas Decoration…….

Playing in Daiso with all these cute Christmas hats

Playing in Daiso with all these cute Christmas hats

Another fun play at Daiso

Another fun play at Daiso

And last one was the Gazillion and Incredible Bubble Show in Eastpoint Mall (we watched the very last time of the show, but we arrived early so we managed to get the front seat).

Before the show

Before the show

Bubble Show with Deni Yang

Bubble Show with Deni Yang

3. Downtown East (Pasir Ris MRT)

Show: The Greatest Show 3: A Prelude, Rockin’ Christmas Live Show

Play area: Choo Choo Train ($3 per train ride)

Fireplace in Downtown East Mall

One of the two giant Christmas Trees

I do think that the Christmas decoration in Downtown East is one of the best. It’s not as glamorous as Christmas decoration along Orchard Road or malls, but they make us feel cozy, comfortable, and homelike. They also put small Christmas trees with lights in the green grass (open air area) and lights the trees with kinetic rain, and watching children running around the open air area made us really feel like we belong there. Plus, there were not so many people (I can never stand the crowd in Orchard Road and malls), so we can enjoy all to the fullest

The juggling and balancing act, and they also had the interactive session with the children and adults

After a little push from us, he was willing to take part in the balancing act interactive show

$3 for 3 minutes ride (lil boy enjoyed the ride so much)

Rockin'  Christmas Live Show in Downtown East, the last show that we watched here

Rockin’ Christmas Live Show in Downtown East, the last show that we watched here

4. United Square (Novena MRT)

Show: Barney, Pingu, and Bob The Builder Show

As usual, the Christmas decoration in United Square is a giant Christmas tree in the front with the cartoon characters whose going to perform in the show, and some small Christmas tress on the inside

Getting ready for the show

With his favorite character as background picture (Pingu) and the stage before the show

With his favorite character as background picture (Pingu) and the stage before the show

While parents, grandparents, or babysitters are waiting in queue, children play in this small play area (they can color some pictures and play with lego)

While parents, grandparents, or babysitters are waiting in queue to get into the show, children play in this small play area (they can color some pictures and play with lego)

The show was full of laughing and screaming from children

The show was full of laughing and screaming from children

5. Junction8 (Bishan MRT)

Let’s smurf the mall with smurfie land…..because this year Junction8 is bringing the smurfs down to the mall. Mushroomsand silver sprinkles are everywhere…bringing us back to our childhood memories of Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Brainy, Vanity, Smurfette, and no to forget Gargamel and his cat Azrael. I hope I spelled them correctly.

Junction8

I smurf in front of smurf house with a smurf smile

Another sooo smurf decoration to smurf you away

Another sooo smurf decoration to smurf you away

And now, without further due….here are the Smurfs…..(we watched this twice on the same day):

Dancing smurf

Dancing smurf

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Let’s eat the smurfberry and celebrate Christmas

Watch out for Gargamel

Watch out for Gargamel

Even Gargamel is dancing (not happily of course). Too bad he didn't bring Azriel

Even Gargamel is dancing (not happily of course). Too bad he didn’t bring Azrael

Hi, I'm watching Smurfs (for the second time)

Hi, I’m watching Smurfs (for the second time)

6. Forum The Shopping Mall (Orchard MRT)

The show: CAT (Theater Production) with Julia Gabriel Center

This is so far (in my opinion) is the best show I’ve ever watched. Situated in a stage decorated like the backyard of a house (with cat and dog’s house, tree, small pond, etc), this show is played by four persons from Julia Gabriel Center. They played as human, butterflies, mouse, cat, dog, bird, etc. This show was very fun and interactive. The players played very well and acted naturally, asking children to copy what they did, making sounds (with their mouths or with the helping of guitar, flute, or other small music instruments), and we were all had fun together. Most of the children (some toddlers cried) including my boy were laughing, screaming, dancing, and copying the acts. This show was very funny……..everyone couldn’t stop laughing and clapping hands. Very educative for children too. The two men who acted as cat and dog were very funny, they did the “Tom and Jerry Show” by chasing each other in the middle of us….and it made the children laughed very hard and screamed when the dog almost caught the cat.

All the actors were full of smiles and very friendly with children too…..the reactions of the children made us (parents) laughed very hard too……

Since we were not allowed to take photographs during the show (although I got some interesting pictures but I can’t share them here), so I will just put the stage pictures here. As for the show, it is very recommended for you to come and see the show by yourselves. Looks like they do it every year because of the high demand of the show, so if you miss it this year, try to check this show again next year.

Christmas in Forum Shopping Mall

Christmas in Forum Shopping Mall

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The stage for “CAT Theater Production” Show from side to side. We sat in the green grass (carpet) and the actors play in the middle. In the left is the dog’s house and in the right is the cat’s house

Our free passes (picture in the right)

Our free passes (picture in the right)

Those are my recap for now, and will continue soon. Still on our list are: Bubble Show in Eastpoint Mall Simei, Playcation in Sentosa, Dinosaur Train Musical in Marina Square, Rockin’ Christmas Live Show in Downtown East, and maybe Snow and Bubble in AMK Hub. Let’s see if we can see all of them or even add some more.

7. Christmas Decoration in Citylink

Location: Cityhall MRT

Drummer men are everywhere

Drummer boys are everywhere

Beautiful Christmas Tree

Beautiful Christmas Tree

8. Marina Square (Cityhall/Esplanade MRT)

Show: Dinosaur Train Adventure Live Musical

Being a big fan of Dinosaur Train, of course we would not miss the show. Daddy queued one hour before for us to get the front seat and to get the free meet and greet pass. And what mommy and lil boy doing while daddy waited in the queue?

Taking pictures and shopping…………..

One of the most beautifully decorated mall

One of the most beautifully decorated mall

Peeped behind the "baubles"

Peeped behind the “baubles”

Wow....Dinosaur Train Characters.....We bought one set for lil boy

Wow….Dinosaur Train Characters…..
We bought one set for lil boy

And now, it’s time for the show:

Waiting for the show

Waiting for the show in front of the bog stage

Four dinos on stage.....singing and dancing with all the children

Four dinos on stage…..singing and dancing with all the children

Merry Christmas from us and all the dinosaurs......

Merry Christmas from us and all the dinosaurs……

9. Tanglin Mall

Yes, I said earlier that we would probably not visiting Tanglin Mall to “catch” the snow again like last year because it’s far away from our house and we we afraid of the rain that would cancel the snow show. But after we watched the show in Marina Square and lil boy played for hours in the small playground, we thought that we still had some time to go to Tanglin Mall before going home.

Well, it was usually raining when we were still in Marina Square, but thankfully the rain stopped when we arrived in Tanglin Mall. We played with the snow twice, at 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm. It was fun and foamy…………need to bathe from head to toe at home after we played.

The elves are welcoming visitors in the front door

The elves are welcoming visitors in the front door

Avalache started first at 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm on weekends

Avalache started first at 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm on weekends for fifteen minutes

Snow in Tanglin Mall

Followed by snow fifteen for fifteen minutes.
Do take notes that the 7.30 pm snow is usually very crowded .
The 8.30 pm snow on the other hand is not too packed with people and there are still lot of spaces to roam and play

My little angle is happily making snow angel on the snow

My little angle is happily making snow angel on the snow

Well, I thinks it’s a wrap for now. As Christmas is approaching, most of the shows at the malls were ended up a few days ago. We will not go to AMK like we already planned since we already “catch the snow” in Tanglin Mall. So, see you for another Christmas activities recap next year.

I just wanto to add a little note here, that just as we plan and prepare the Christmas celebration this year, our hearts go to those little children and adults and their families who became victims in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The thought of sending our loved ones to school and not be able to pick them up to our warm home and to celebrate Christmas was really frightened me and freeze my mind for a few seconds these days. As I have a six years old kid who is a first grader too, the news really shocked me and made me cry every time I read the news. My son can not look at those children’s faces as it makes him sad too. Our deepest sympathy goes to all the families who lost their loved ones as we know that Christmas will never be the same again for them. We are sure they are making snow angels too in heaven with their brightest smiles right now.

May God always be with our loved ones.

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

2 thoughts on “Our Year End Fun Activities

  1. wah asik dan seru ya banyak aktifitas gitu…🙂

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