Inaugural night run

Both Z and Mr H signed up for their first ever night run, in the form of Star Wars Run! It sounded fun and the race pack looked very cool too. It was $70 per person and there was no child or family rate.

Z was at the age where he liked Star Wars. It was a no brainer for him to decide on joining the fun run. It was 4.5km, by far the longest run he had ever done. I would enjoy the run but I did not fancy the crowd so I volunteered to look after X. At $70 per pax, I did not think that we wanted to bring him and risk having to carry him for 4.5km. 

The boys had gone for swimming classes till 6pm. They bathed and we had dinner at a nearby hawker centre. It was 7pm when I dropped Mr H and Z at MBS for the run. The flag off time was 8pm. The kids played at the promenade before heading to the start line which was packed with people!! 

The nicest thing about the run was that it was casual, relaxed and dressed up. Z and his friend brought toy light sabres for the run, alongside with kids and adults alike.

X and I cut over to Gardens By the Bay and enjoyed the Star Wars Festival as well as basked in the special Star Wars lighting of Supertrees.

Despite only starting the run at 830pm, Z and his friend came back by 915pm simply because there were fewer runners on the light side. 

The kids had McD for supper, which was a repeat of what X and I had earlier while waiting. 

After supper, my overzealous kids proceeded to the outdoor movie screening and watched another 40min of the show. It was midnight when we got home. It was such a long and tiring day!


The Family Kidzania Visit

After Z’s first and second visit, this marked his 3rd visit within a span of 6 months and it was also X’s first visit. It was the first time our family of 4 made it to Kidzania together. We had wanted to wait for X to turn 4 before coming together.

The great thing about coming during CNY period was that Z received a $80 kidzo angpow.

We reached early. After checking in, I brought X to buy a kidzania lanyard. 

We knew the drill and route, and the boys were the first in queue for the pilot stint.

1. Pilot 

Once they were done at 1025, we hustled them to the next station.

2. Yakult Science Lab (min 6 years old) for Z while X made his pazzport, received his $80 kidzo angpow and did the Lifebuoy Health Institue 

I was impressed that X was game to do the job alone because I thought he would want to stick to kor kor. When they were done at 11, they headed down to make bak kwa, very apt for the season.

3. Lim Chee Guan Bak Kwa 

The two boys were joined by their cousin from this point onwards. Fearing that the firefighter job would get crowded, we cleared this station next. 

4. Firefighter 

It was almost 12pm by now so we asked the kids to make KFC for lunch. Z was reluctant to spend his kidzo for this activity and asked us to buy KFC instead! As they made their burgers, we camped outside KFC with our fried chicken and fries.

5. KFC

We got the kids to work at the vault next and Z had a degree from previous visit to earn extra.

6. Maybank Vault

The three kids shared a mobile vault duty. Post vault, they had a short break while waiting to do their policing duties. X actually said he was tired of working and needed a break. We stuffed him with some sweets and gummies to keep him going. 

7. CSI

8. Police Station

At this juncture, we knew they needed a candy break. They were at all smiles.

9. Candy shop

We put them through heavy duty jobs next. 

10. A&E

11. Dental

After 2 intellectual jobs, they looked burned out so we got them to perform.

12. Clock tower 

And cheered them up with ice cream making as well as…

13. Paddle Pop ice cream shop


14. Departmental store shopping 

After this stint, Z upgraded to Distinguished Citizen and had good discounts off his redemption.

We were also pleased to note that the items had become more affordable. It was very cute to see X shopping seriously. They even had a personal shopper assisting them to calculate and see if they had enough money. The kids had balance because they did not use their debit card. I also learned that the shop could only process in multiple of $10 and we could to use the $1 in card.

The kids left the shop happily. 

We brought them to select the photos. Since we had 2 kids for the visit, we opted for the purchase of all digital prints. We received some complimentary copies because they missed out on taking the pilot shots for Z and X!! These two were the first two to complete the job but were somehow missed out. 

Lucky thing was that Kidzania staff recognized the criticality and brought the two boys up to take photos. Kudos to the team for an attempt in customer service!

Clip ‘n Climb

On a weekday, about 2 weeks after the opening, we drove to Tampines to check out the latest climbing playground.

It was very quiet at 3pm and the whole building looked very much under construction. 

I was surprised that the place was a lot smaller that it had looked on their marketing videos. It cost $20 for Z to enter.

If we did not pay not entry, we could not enter. Since we were not going to climb, we stayed outside and could only take picture as and when the kids came into view. 

It also meant it was a good drop off playground. There were a number of instructors inside the arena so we did not have to worry about the kids. 

I was also surprised that the kids could wear normal covered shoes to climb. 

Anyway, it was good to check out at least once but given that it was so far from my place, we should not be going back any time soon. 

On hindsight, it was a good thing that we did not host Z’s birthday party there because it was really quite small!