Gardens by the Bay with some very special children :)

We organised an outing to take a group of children with intellectual disability to Gardens by the Bay. We went to their group home the last school holiday and played games with them. This time we decided to take them outdoors for some fun. A total of 4 families joined in, and 1 more couldn’t join us but chipped in to help us defray our transport and food cost. (Thanks, Sam!)

All of my kids came along, and 3 of them brought along a friend each. I like to expose our kids to children who are not as fortunate as themselves to help them develop empathy and compassion. The kids were first briefed about the children we were going to receive so that they would have an understanding of what to expect and so the younger ones will not blurt out any remarks which may hurt the feelings of the children.

We started the evening by heading over to Texas Chicken for their dinner. We had called earlier to pre-order the food and everything was smooth and orderly. Besides Texas Chicken, there is a row of casual dining including Peach Garden noodle house, Hill Street coffee shop and Union Square café serving hotdogs. Sprinkled throughout the Gardens are various cafes and they even have Satay by the Bay.

We bought tickets to the Sky Way bridge and queued to go up. Tickets are at $3 for children and $5 for adults. You can either take the lift or walk up 7 flights of stairs. Some of the kids were afraid of crossing the bridge and we encouraged them.

 

We all made it over to the other side and were greeted with this beautiful scenery. We saw a different side of our friends as they laughed and posed for pictures. They were all in high spirits as they mingled freely with our children. Some of them are so sweet and endearing and they seem to have no cares in the world.

After we descended from the Sky bridge, the children formed a big circle and played Frisbee at the empty patch of grass in front of the exit of the bridge. Then we distributed lanterns and walked as a group around the gardens. We passed a koi pond with lots of fishes.

As we walked, we came to this humongous statue of a sleeping baby. It seemed to be floating in mid air! This 7 ton bronze cast sculpture is gifted to the Gardens by renowned sculptor Marc Quinn.

Further on, we saw some huge and colourful dinosaurs. Of course, the boys were drawn to it. The dinosaurs are made of cloth and there seems to be light bulbs inside it. It is probably an installation for the mid-autumn festival.

We reached the end and we walked back to the Supertrees as there was a simple 10 minutes light and sound show. There is one show at 7.45pm and one at 8.45pm. It is nice to just sit back and relax with your family and friends and take in the whole atmosphere. Somehow, it reminded me of my childhood where we used to watch the musical fountain in Sentosa. 

The kids were getting tired and asked if we were going home soon. We told them yes, right after we send our friends up their van. Time to say our goodbyes and till we meet again next time!

You can book this wheelchair transport service for $200 per outing. It can accommodate 1 wheelchair and about 5 family members. Would be great to take wheelchair-bound grandparents out for a birthday meal or to see the Christmas lights. Each van can take a maximum of 3 wheelchairs.

One of the mummy asked if anyone wanted to go and have dessert at Sogurt as the kids did a great job of mingling and taking care of our friends. All of them shouted “Yes!” Didn’t they say they were very tired… ?

Sogurt is a DIY yoghurt place where you first choose the flavour of your yoghurt then you add the toppings. Payment is by weight. I instructed the kids not to take too much as they often can’t finish it and besides, it would cost quite a lot! They were good children, and they didn’t over-do it. It cost me $30 for the 8 of them. (Remember to ask for the 10% student discount).

Do let me know if anyone is keen to join us and I’ll keep you informed about our outing the next school holidays!

Sane tip: Gardens by the Bay is a large grounds and the kids can have all the space they need to run, roam, and shout as much as they like. I’m going to take them back there again with their bicycles!

Save tip: Pack a picnic, throw in their wheels and a Frisbee and you’ll have great fun all for nothing!


Silveray Pte Ltd

www.silveray.com.sg
Tel: 93845566

There are a lot of wheelchair bound elderly around who have been kept indoors as they cannot afford the transport to go out. Do take a look at the silveray website and contact them if you are able to sponsor a silveray ride.

Sogurt
(several outlets)


~ www.mummyweeblog.com – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore  ~

Saddle Club Country Fair

We spent Sunday afternoon with the grandparents at Bukit Timah Saddle Club’s Annual Country Fair. They have interesting events lined up such as show jumping competition, horse fancy dress competition and pony games. We went to this event many years ago and now it is a much bigger affair. #1 stayed at home to study for her exams which are in a couple of weeks time. #2 was thrown off a horse once and she would rather stay away from horses!

How are you, dear horse?

For the babies, this was their first encounter up close with a horse. They were staring intently at this beautiful horse. Kate even wanted to touch it.

Kate’s cousin joined us

There was this horse alone in a ring. It bent down, lay on the sand, and started wriggling around vigorously. Then it stood up again and shook off the sand. I think it was trying to get rid of an itch.

They offered pony rides at $10 per ride. This was very popular with all the kids and there was a long queue.


We were all rather hot by then and in need of a place to rest. They had stalls selling snacks and drinks. You could even purchase the outdoor furniture we were sitting on!

These girls were getting ready for the pony race. Pity we didn’t have time to stay and watch the race as we had to head home for a party.



Sane tip: If your kids have never seen real horses, you can come by and have brunch or tea at either the Rider’s café or Marmalade pantry and the kids can wander around the stables. It is a lovely laid back place to spend a weekend morning or evening.

Save tip: If you bring your own snacks and drinks, it’s a very entertaining family day out, all for free! 



~ mummywee – parenting 6 kids without going mad or broke  ~

Bukit Batok Nature Park – playgroup outing

Today one baby and one mummy are down with a slight cold so we decided to take our playgroup session outdoors so that we could all get some fresh air. This is the first time we are taking the babies to Bukit Batok Nature Park.

Hmm.. why do they look so grumpy?

It is a nice place to push the babies as the terrain is flat. When we entered the park from the carpark, we took a left turn. Soon we spotted a squirrel darting across the road to the other side.

A squirrel

We also spotted some birds which we have never seen before. They are white-breasted and have a beautiful white crown on their heads.

Spot the birds

It was a 5 minute stroll before we reached the playground. This playground is covered in sand. The kids had a few slides down the long slide then they played on this thing which goes round and round.

Mom I can’t hang on much longer

Older kids will appreciate this climbing structure.

Playground

Our toddlers were not able to play on this as the holes between the ropes are too widely spaced.

After a little while the kids had enough of the sandy playground so we plonked them back into their strollers. We walked another 5 minutes deeper into the park and were greeted by this beautiful scenery.

Little Guilin

That was enough for a morning’s outing and we headed back. Time for their naps!

Aly is totally exhausted!

Sane tip: This nature park is actually quite pleasant if you go on a weekday evening. I think we should explore more of our local parks.

Save tip: It’s free!

~ mummy wee – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

SSO Classics in the Park

Singapore Symphony Orchestra concert in Botanic Gardens
















Yesterday, Kate’s playgroup mate’s mummy asked us all if we wanted to head down to Botanic Gardens as she was playing in the orchestra. I love such outdoor events and took the youngest 4 along. The concert commences at 6pm but parking gets full very quickly. We decided to go earlier to show Kate the swans and to feed the fishes. It was also a good chance for the kids to have ample space to ride their wheelies.

What a lovely white swan



















We found our playgroup friends and settled down to have our picnic dinner while listening to the beautiful music.

I’m having a good time



















The concert lasted about an hour which was perfect timing to pack up and leave before it got dark. We’ll definitely be back the next time!

Kate’s playgroup mates…

“Hey look over there.” “I said don’t touch me!”





















Sane tip: What better way to spend a relaxing Sunday evening. Lush greenery, beautiful music… 

Save tip: This is a free concert open to public. The next concert is likely to be held next year. Will keep you posted 🙂