Monday, March 13, 2017

Children's Festival at Gardens By The Bay

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We popped by Gardens By The Bay last weekend to visit the colourful "dye-nosaurs" that invaded the Supertree Grove recently. And let me tell you this, if you are thinking of somewhere to bring your kiddos to, make Children's Festival at Gardens By The Bay one of the stops this March holidays. I had to bring all the 4 kiddos there on my own because my wife has got to work on weekends unfortunately, and I spent almost 8 full hours at the place. Guess what? We still missed  out a good portion of the carnival on one end, only realizing that when we were making our way home!

Free Activities

There are numerous booths offering free dino-related Creative Crafts for the kiddos and one can make cute Brontosaurus from pipe cleaners, color dinosaurs on plastic sheet and get it shrinked to make keychains, have fun making sand art bookmarks or even get their faces painted too!

The most exciting part for our family would have to be the "Dinosaur Egg Hunt"! I had never explored the gardens the way I did during the last visit, and while the kiddos did grumble about the never-ending walk, they were all eyeing at the treasures they will receive after we got all the 7 stamps and they persevered! It was not exactly easy if you had relied solely on the map in the booklet, and ended up going in circles at one point in time! It was still super fun nevertheless but pity my legs!

We missed the Interactive Storytelling at the Supertree Grove because it rained but it would be great for families to lay down some mats and have a relaxing picnic in front of the stage. Fret not too if you had not packed any food along, there are numerous stalls selling drinks and food too!

Dinosaur Themed Terrarium & Excavation Workshop 

The good people from The Learning Lab had a booth aptly named "The Lab Before Time" set up at the Supertree Grove as well and is holding various workshops, ranging from making of terrarium, molding of fossils, to excavating of fossil rcoks! The kiddos tried their hands on making their own terrariums and it sure gave them a lot of satisfaction in completing their tasks. They were all rewarded with a beautiful terrarium each, complete with a cute dinosaur figure they excavated too! Each session costs $20 and you can find more details here.  

Carnival Games / Rides

There are also lots of carnival games booths where you can try your luck, or test your skills to win some cute dino prizes. Each ticket costs $2.50 and you get one extra ticket free with purchase of 10 at one go. If you want a sure-win game, I recommend you the fishing game where you will at least get a jig-saw puzzle!

Blossom Bliss

The current floral exhibition at the Flower Dome is the “Blossom Bliss” or 粉色之恋 display. With 4 kiddos to look after, we only managed to go one round the dome and I must say that the blooming flowers were really beautiful. I had to be very careful not to roll my stroller over the legs of visitors who stop to take selfies with the awesome displays. Take note that re-entries are not allowed for this exhibition as a crowd control measure, so be sure to take in as much as you want before getting out of the air-conditioned dome.

Thank you so much for inviting us over again Gardens By The Bay! It was definitely an enjoyable day at the gardens with all the kiddos, so much so that we had this view by the time we left!

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