Farmart – Animal Corner

Ever since we discovered the little known Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, we’ve been back to feed her turtle friends so many times that I’ve decided perhaps it’s time she was introduced to new animals!

I’ve heard of all these far away farms and finally plucked up enough courage to venture to Sungei Tengah, near Choa Chu Kang. The teens politely declined the invitation to tag along. “Mum, we have more important things to do, like homework?” Ah well, I shall protect Kate’s childhood and even if I have to take just 1 kid, I will make the effort.

And the verdict is, we’ve found a new place to feed a variety of animals to her heart’s content!

Farmart

We purchased a basket of food for $5 and she headed straight to the rabbits. After feeding and patting them, she asked if we could take one home. I told her about the responsibilities of raising a pet and she concluded, “Ok mummy, I’ll do all the rest, and you just have to help me with cleaning the poo and the pee.”


Good try, but no go, dearie.
Rabbits

I thought she might be afraid to feed the pumpkin seeds to the birds directly, but after watching an older child, she followed suit. It was amusing to hear the parrots say, “Hello” and “Goodbye”.

Colourful birds

There were terrapins in this farm as well, but they were much smaller compared to the giant turtles at the Turtle Museum and she wasn’t keen on them.

Terrapins

There is a little pond with catfishes and she fed the pellets one at a time, watching how they opened their huge mouths and swallowed them one by one.

Catfishes

Finally, she was left with the green leafy vegtables and the long beans and she proceeded to feed the goats.

Feed em’
Pat em’
All in a day’s work

She enjoyed feeding them so much and asked if she could buy another basket of food. This round, she was concerned about the animals at the back of the cages, and ensured that all the sidelined animals were fed.

Sheltered
The Animal Corner is tucked in a corner of Farmart, and next time we might try coming in the evening to see what else is going on. We were there on a Saturday morning and by the time we left at about 11am, there were some adults prawning, but the food stalls and the rest of Farmart seemed quiet.
Farm in Singapore

Farmart Centre
67 Sungei Tengah Road
Singapore 699008
Opening hours 10am – 10pm
www.farmart.com.sg

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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Kate has been watching the Jurassic Park sequels with #5 and had a lot of questions about dinosaurs. She asked if we could go and see them, like the animals in the zoo. I told her that dinosaurs are extinct and the closest we could get was to look at their bones in the museum and she was really excited.

Fossils of 3 dinosaurs

The first thing that greets you when you step into the museum is the majestic sight of three diplodocid sauropod skeletons named Prince, Apollonia and Twinky.

The older kids were blown away by the fact that this bone was inside a dinosaur around 67 million years ago! The Edmontosaurus is a type of hadrosaur, a “duck-billed” dinosaur.

Femur of Edmontosaurus

Somehow I had the impression that this museum was mainly about the dinosaurs. Little did we know that there are actually over a million specimens preserved here at this research centre. Wow.

Level 1: BIODIVERSITY – embark on a journey through the diverse groups of life forms on Earth, with a focus on native and Southeast Asian flora and fauna.

Crocodylia, Indonesia, Sumatra, 1912

Although Kate was not afraid of any of the specimens, it could be a little upsetting for some young kids. Kate was intrigued by them and went up close to have a good look. It’s like her encyclopaedia had come alive!

Leopard, Malaysia, Johore, 1970s

Level 1 is segmented into 15 zones: Life, Plants, Dinosaurs, Fungi, Towards animals, Molluscs, Arthropods, Reptiles, Birds, Tropical rainforest, Marine cycles, Mammals, Amphibians, Fish and Water to Land.

Japanese Spider Crab

The Japanese Spider Crab has the largest leg span of any living arthropod, capable of reaching 3.8m claw to claw! In spite of its size, it has a gentle disposition and is an omnivore which feeds on animal matter on the sea floor.

Orangutan, Borneo of Sumatra, 1930s

Level 2: Heritage – Singapore’s landscape and the study of biodiversity has evolved over the years. Delve into the nostalgic past and discover the museum’s history and Singapore’s geology. 

Black Marlin

The Black Marlin is one of the largest bony fishes and can reach speeds of 130 kilometres per hour! This 3.3m long specimen died after being stranded at East Coast Park in 1986, and weighed 245kg in life!

The dinosaur can be seen so closely on Level 2 that Kate was prompted to draw it. She took out her sketch book which is always kept in her bag, and spent almost half an hour with her drawings.

Twinky is about half the size of the other two sauropods, measuring 12m long. It is the first diplodocid dinosaur found with a complete, undisturbed series of vertebrae preserved in a continuous row with even spacing, from the atlas to the beginning of the whiplash tail. It seems to be a juvenile or sub-adult, and lived during the Jurassic period, around 156 to 148 million years ago.

“Twinky Delano MS LEE”

There is so much to take in that we will have to come back repeatedly over the years. Lots of information for the older kids to look at, read about and digest.

Gift shop

Sane tips: Tickets have to be pre-bought via Sistic, and collected at their authorised agents, for crowd control. However, they do sell left-over tickets at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis. Call +65 6601 3333 to try your luck!


There isn’t any food outlets situated here, but the gift shop sells instant cup noodles, a small range of snacks and cold drinks.

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
National University of Singapore
2 Conservatory Drive
Singapore 117377

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District 21 – Family fun at IOI City Mall KL

District 21, in Kuala Lumpur, is an awesome place for the whole family. We left after 4 hours to meet relatives, but could have easily made our money’s worth and played the entire day!

In my opinion, it is more suitable for children from 6 or 7 years and above as they are able to enjoy the majority of the activities.

Having said that, Kate is just 3 and she had a swell time. Mostly because she had so many siblings to take care of her. Given her age, she was only allowed to play a few things – the tubby ride, trampoline, and the random slides.

District 21

Good that this place is air-conditioned, so the kids could play for a long time without grumbling about the heat.

The Power Station takes an interesting twist on the usual rock-climbing wall, with their interactive walls. All the walls are equipped with auto-belays, so parents can relax and watch (or join in the fun!)

Power Station

For crowd control, they only allow a certain number in at one time. Including queuing, the kids were in there for about an hour.

Min: 15kg, Max: 130kg

Various rock walls @ Power Station

You can even stack the foam blocks to create your own wall to climb!

Or have you ever imagined what it felt like to jump off a building?

I was watching some adorable kids confidently climb up one building at a time, and they squealed with glee when they jumped off the tallest building! Way cool. (that’s the blue and yellow-checked thin pillars)

Crumbling wall

The younger kids are allowed to play this tube slide, accompanied by an adult.

Kate bounced around for half an hour on the trampoline, climbed up the tilted bus, and was so tired she didn’t resist when I called her for a nap. She was knocked out for 2 hours while the older ones carried on.

Tubby Ride

There is a minimum height of 125cm to ride alone on the Tubby Ride. #5 and his cousin enjoyed this very much.

Exhilarating!

The Maze looks deceptively simple, but once you get in, it’s not so easy to get out! His cousin got stuck in the middle and it was heartwarming to see #5 talk him through and encourage him.

The Maze
For the younger kids, they have their own mini version of the Sky Trail at the Low RopesIf your kids have always wanted to try an obstacle course but is afraid of heights, this is a good one to start with to build their confidence, as it is relatively low.
Low Ropes

The kids can burn some energy or race one another round this little Pump Track.

Pump Track

For the older kids, there are lots more activities offering some serious fun. #1 and #3 thoroughly enjoyed the Sky Trail. #2 is afraid of heights and gave this a miss.

They took almost 2 hours for this, to queue, get briefed and manoeuvre through the whole course. They said it was quite tiring, but very fun. They sure had a good workout!

Min height: 155cm

Sky Trail

Some rules for Sky Trail / Power Station

  • No slippers / loose footwear
  • Avoid loose clothing and hanging jewellery
  • Long hair to be tied
  • Empty pockets and spectacles to be secured
Not for the faint hearted
The older kids really enjoyed the Roller Glider, which is like a zip line cum roller coaster high above our heads. Verdict: Way less scarier than it looks and heaps of fun!

Disposable caps are to be worn for quite a few of the attractions, and they can be purchased for RM 2 at the counter.
Exits at lower and upper level

On the upper level, right outside of District 21, they have some rides for the little ones. These are all payable separately.

We reached IOI City Mall early, and as District 21 only opens at 12pm, we whiled away our time playing at the level right above.

Carousel RM 5

Adults are allowed to accompany the kids on the carousel rides and don’t have to pay.

Mini Train RM 5

This cute little train makes about 2 or 3 rounds around this part of the mall. Adults need a ticket as well, but kids below 2 ride for free.

You can get the combo of Train + Car for RM 8 per person.

“Please Stop!”

Kate kept asking for a ride in the convertible, but after she got in and the staff helped her to step on the pedal, she must have gotten a fright that it took off! She burst into tears, and in her panic mode, could not understand my instructions to remove her feet from the pedal. Not sure if she would want to ride in it anytime soon!

Mini Car: RM 5. (Age limit: 7 years old)

Archery Zone

For the older kids, there is a really simple Archery zone, and some simulator rides.


You could easily spend an entire day (or two) at this mall, as there is also an ice-skating rink, a bowling alley, and a movie theatre all contained within. The next round, we might check out the adjoining resort or hotel which I spied coming in, and spend 2 or 3 days letting the kids have a blast.

Sane tip: This was our strategy to make the most of our time at District 21. It opens at 12pm, but when we arrived at around 11 plus, the ticketing counter was already opened. You can purchase the tickets and sign the indemnity form first so that the kids can enter once the doors open at 12pm, as there might be a long ticketing queue on weekends or public holidays. Do start with the Power Station (climbing walls) if you get in early as that tends to have a long waiting time.

District 21
AT-6, IOI City Mall
Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City
62502 Putrajaya
Sepang, Selangor
Malaysia

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Amped: Singapore’s first Trampoline Park

What do you get when you cover an old gym with almost 50 trampolines? A super bouncy hour of fun! We took the kids to Singapore’s first trampoline park over at Tanjong Katong and they loved it!

ALL having a blast

My girls came to me after only about 10 minutes to say that they were thirsty and hot! They stood in front of a big fan and cooled off. Each entry comes with a free bottle of cold water and they downed almost half of it. Having their thirst quenched, they went back to bounce some more. The boys were busy stacking up the foam blocks and bouncing all around the foam pit.

The foam pit

The boys played for almost half an hour before they came back for a water break. There is a sitting area for the parents.

After about 45 minutes of bouncing, they were very hot and tired but we told them that they had only 15 minutes left so they went back to make the most of it. They raced one another up and down the whole stretch, bounced off the walls, and tried to jump as high as possible. There was a fair balance of children and teens. There were also a couple of adults bouncing. After the hour was up, they were ready to leave.

My Godson and his bro… all hot and sweaty!

The boys said the one in Canada was more fun as they had a disco ball, neon lights and great music. Well, perhaps they will open a couple more here with different themes in future as business is really good. You have to go online to book and pre-pay for a slot to ensure your kids don’t get disappointed. When we went online, there were many slots already fully booked a few days in advanced.

This place is open to all ages, but for kids below 3, an adult must accompany them on the trampolines. For kids aged 4-11, they need an adult on the premise. I feel that this place is most suitable for ages 5 and above. Some of the teenagers were jumping really high and trying to do flips so it might be a bit rowdy or dangerous for the tiny ones.

Sane tip: This place really tires the kids out, which is great! #5 was so exhausted he promptly fell asleep when we reached home.

Save tip: Mondays are only open to 11 years old and under and it’s the cheapest day to visit at $9 per hour. Weekends are priced at $15 per hour. Oh, and don’t forget the socks or you’ll have to purchase it there.

Amped Singapore
369 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437126
Tel: 86694894

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