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Play and learning always go hand in hand when it comes to educating young children. The Singapore Tourism Board is promoting long weekend trips down south with your whole family to experience their “Explorer’s Playground”, a repertoire of their fun and educational tourist hotspots. Here’s a list of the best family enrichment offerings Singapore has to offer.

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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If your little one loves dinosaurs and all things prehistoric, this natural history museum will do just the trick. Checkout the big dinosaur femur in the gallery, the display can actually be touched and handled!

Flower Dome & Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay

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The conservatories mimic different climates and demonstrates how the plants adapt to their respective environments. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions and the Cloud Forest, tropical highlands which houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and a 35-metre tall mountain.

 S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa

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With its Open Ocean feature which spans 36 metres long and 8.3 metres high, you’ll feel like you’re standing in the middle of deep blue sea. Check out Ocean Dreams, a sleepover programme that allows you to spend the night with the big sink’s most majestic creatures.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Bring your kids to the only tropical garden in the world to be honoured with a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 156-year-old gardens has a free interactive oasis for children to play and learn with nature.

Singapore Art Museum

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Bring your little Mozart and Van Gogh to this visually stimulating enclosure. The museum focuses on international contemporary art practices, specialising in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Foreign visitors enjoy free entry on Fridays from 6pm to 9pm!

River Safari

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The recently opened River Safari is home to animals from the world’s most famous rivers like the Mississipi, the Nile, the Ganges, the Mekong and the Ganges. Drop by and say hi to their pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

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Get set for a hands-on journey of discovery and sharpen your detective skills! Step out into the jungle and explore a wilderness teeming with birds, insect, other wildlife and plants in all manner of different habitats.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

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Stamps are slowly becoming obsolete thanks to the birth of e-mail and Whatsapp messages. Teach your kids how communication was done back in the day and let them explore different cultures and iconic moments in history, one stamp at a time.

Image credit: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Gardens by the Bay S.E.A. Aquarium, colorodyssey.wordpress.com, PJA Architects, singapore50.sg. Singapore Art Museum, 

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Hear ye, hear ye, Jungle Gym has recently opened their second outlet in town at the Atria Shopping Gallery! That’s good news for all you PJ dwellers who’ve been shuttling to Bangsar Shopping Centre just to visit the playland.

If you’re a regular at Jungle Gym, the first thing you may realise upon entering is the steep increase in the entry fee. In case you were wondering, the RM20 hike goes to the upkeep of this massive playland, which is much bigger than the one in BSC and comes with more fun activities. Spanning a total range of 19,000 sq feet which includes the 3-storey 6,000 sq foot play area, making it double the size of the BSC outlet.

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The playland is packed with all sorts of fun things to do. Your kid will be spoiled for choice with Jungle Gym’s sand pit, slides, crawling tunnels, trampoline and air guns – all guaranteed to appease the most hyper children. It also has a movie room, space for arts and crafts and even cooking lessons!

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Entry fees for toddlers (below 2 years) and kids (above 2 years) are priced at RM25 and RM48 for weekdays and RM35 and RM58 for weekends, public holidays and school holidays respectively. Guardians are required to pay a fee of RM5.

Jungle Gym’s new outlet is located at Lot S18 & 18A, Level 2, Atria Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 PJ.

Jungle Gym will be throwing their Halloween Costume Party at both their in Bangsar Shopping Centre and Atria Shopping Gallery on 25 October and 1 November respectively. You’ll have a spooktacular time at the candy buffet, trying your luck at the lucky draw and putting on temporary tattoos! Click here for more.

For more information on Jungle Gym, visit their Facebook page.

Image credit: Jungle Gym

Toddlers are a weird bunch. They say and do the strangest things. If you’re at your wit’s end with their funny habits, here’s a list of the most common toddler behaviours and why do they it. Important note: Once upon a time, you were probably guilty of at least one of these things too.

Wanting to read/watch the same book/movie over and over again
We all have our own preferences and so does your toddler, and he/she is starting to vocalise them. But more importantly, the repetition gives them a sense of comfort. Being able to understand and say all the words as well as know what’s going to happen next helps them “understand that the world has order and have some control over it”, explains child psychologist Mary Borowka.

Stripping down to their birthday suits
Ignorance is bliss and modesty is still a complex concept to them. They are unable to differentiate public and private behaviour. They may also do this to assert dominance and to seize control. Just because you love that cute little onesie doesn’t mean he/she loves it too… and is going to stay in it.

Digging their noses like they’re looking for gold
Kids are curious and to them, the nostril is a fascinating hole to explore. Either that or their allergies are acting up and they feel like “something’s up there”, hence, trying to get whatever it is out so they can stop being uncomfortable.

Having friends that don’t exist
Children at this age are at their most imaginative and creative stage, anything is possible, and imaginary friends are a testament to that. Cooking up a whole new person exhibits a young creative mind and very bright kids often have at least one fictitious friend.

Getting touchy feely with themselves
Toddlers understand that eyes are for seeing, hands are for grabbing, feet are for walking, and the nose for smelling so they’re probably wondering “So what does this body part do?”. They’re exploring their bodies, which is totally normal. As they get older, they’ll begin to understand its functions and learn that grabbing themselves isn’t appropriate public behaviour.

Head banging like they’re at a metal concert
Surprisingly, toddlers find this rhythmic movement comforting. It works as a soothing mechanism or to show their frustration. Healthy toddlers never head-bang in order to hurt themselves.

Ignoring the present and playing with the box
Don’t be offended that they choose to play with the box rather than the really cool, really fun, really expensive toy that came in it. The concept of money is peanuts to them and this box has a long list of endless possibilities. It can be be a car, a spaceship, a house or anything they set their minds to.