Friday, March 23, 2012

Little Miss M Goes to Camp

When I received an email asking if Little Miss M would be intersted in joining a new 3-day Natural Resources Camp, I could barely finish the letter before replying with a yes.  However, finishing the letter was beneficial.  Apparently, I am now considered part of the "media" and since this is a brand new, not open yet, camp/after school program, I was invited, along with other media kid's to join in the pre-trial class at no charge.

I majored in Environmental Science at University.  The outdoors and sustainability have always held a special spot in my heart. So, needless to say, I was thrilled to have the opportunity for my little princess to learn about it all, as well. 

She LOVED it!  She keeps asking if she gets to go back to her 'new school' or if she is going to her 'old school'.  She continues to tell me that when I am done with the milk carton, she can bring it to school to recycle and she will get Kindercoins.  It is amazing how different approaches can stick in those little minds so well.

Depositing her kindercoins to her Kinderbank account.

It truly is brilliant.  The kids bring in their recycled goods from home, earn kindercoins for the items they bring.  Then, they use their kinder name badge card to log into their Kinder bank account to deposit their earnings.  They save up for special treats and are allowed to withdraw their coins and spend them as they choose.

Baking cookies after learning where the ingredients came from and what the original plant looks and smells like.

The end of camp festival. The kids had booths set up selling their goods and also had games for their families to use kindercoins to play. The kids came up with their own prices for the goods.  We were told that Little Miss M was set on her prices and would not budge....let's just say that a $600 cookie better be a pretty good cookie!  Lucky for us, she was in charge of the 'knock the can over for a prize' game.

I am buying a bag of cookies from the students.

Kindernomics has put together a brilliant lesson plan for an after-school program and also offers short-term camps that truly seem to put everyday tasks into a form that the young kids can connect with.

We will definitely be looking into more interactive classes for Little Miss M to join at Kindernomics!

Kindernomics is located at the Forum Shopping Centre, Singapore.  They are currently putting their classes together to get the program started.
+65 65918748 (phone)

As stated on their brochure:

~ A Chinese Proverb ~

Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patty's Day Festival

Sand art

Not really a celebration for Saint Patrick's Day, but it happened to fall on the correct day (March 17th) and it was a nice festival for all in Robertson Walk.  Airbrush tattoos, sorbet treats, popcorn, cotton candy, music, magicians, balloon artist and there is no charge? For any of it?  I'm confused, but loving it.

We had a great time, until the storm rolled in and the kids were ready for sleep. 

Riley found a better use for the spoons in the Sand art.

Cotton candy, balloon flowers, airbrush tattoos and a magician too???

Balloon guy. I have never seen a children's balloon artist so detailed.

Riley's balloon machine gun.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jacob Ballas Treehouse

Treehouse playground never gets old.

The kids never seem to get bored with this place.  The treehouse climber and slides are brilliant and both the kids are big enough now, to really enjoy it.  They have just done some renovations and added new sand, so it is cleaner than the last time we visited (not that it wasn't clean before).

Little Miss M lovin' her day at the gardens.

Riley running across the rope suspension bridge.

We skipped the waterplay this time around.  The park was busier than usual, because several schools are out for their spring holiday.  We did go for a swim when we arrived home though :-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Birthday Weekend

Robertson Walk outside Singapore Repertory Theatre

Woke up to blueberry pancakes Saturday morning!  Made with love by our little 3-year old and her dad, who is finally back with us after a long month of traveling.  After filling our tummies, we headed out for the much anticipated Three Little Pigs show at the Singapore Repertory Theatre.

The kids have been waiting for months for this show and finally, there they were.  Three little pigs, that actually weren't so little and not exactly what they were expecting, but after a confusing look on their faces, they fell into the story.

Laughter filling the audience of children, until the Big Bad wolf appeared.  We all know the story and know how it ends, but something about the big scary wolf on the roof of the pigs brick house brought out several cries and shrills from the kids watching.

From behind us, I heard in a little frightened voice, "The wolf is going to eat me mommy!" Poor little guy.

Blueberry pancake breakfast made with love by Little Miss M and her dad.

Babycinnos for Mommy's birthday on Monday

From there, we headed to Sentosa to meet some friends for lunch on the beach.  Then, out for an adults only Mexican dinner and margaritas at Cafe Iguanas, with a few other fabulous couples.  Of course, what is a birthday weekend without getting a massage (that actually worked out for me and I didn't come out with any bruises).
Three Little Pigs play

Can't say the same for birthday pedi that has already smudged, but Monday night seafood dinner with just the 4 of us was perfect at the Greenwood Fish Bistro.  Riley and Makayla spilling their Lobster Bisque throughout the restaurant and our traveling business man frustrated that there is no chicken available to add to his Greek Salad (had to go with tuna steak, which did not excite him) ~ Thank you for putting up with seafood for one night in my honor. My New Zealand green lipped mussels, Scallops and Red Snapper were all delicious.

It's my birthday ~ Another year wiser.


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