Indoor Fun: KidsSTOP Party and Halloween Review

The boy has been bugging me to bring him back to KidsSTOP since our last visit in May. We went back once, but didn’t manage to get in as the playground was full for that session. So imagine how happy the kids were when I told them we were invited to preview the Halloween event at KidsSTOP.

I don't remember seeing this the last time we were here. Anyway, its good to check out the map to know what is inside the huge KidsSTOP before embarking on your journey.
I don’t remember seeing this the last time we were here. Anyway, its good to check out the map to know what is inside the huge KidsSTOP before embarking on your journey.

KidsStop Party Room and Party Hosting
The Halloween event is held in the party room of KidsSTOP, which also serve as a purpose to showcase their party room to us. The party room was decently big and I like it that there are two areas. So if we were to hold a party there, the kids can get the front area, while adults can relax in the back area.

We were also given a short demonstration of how KidsSTOP host a party with their “Science Demonstration”.

The boy watching intently at the demo by the KidsSTOP host.
The boy watching intently at the demo by the KidsSTOP host.

Initially I thought the kids will not appreciate it as “Science” may be a little too complex for their little mind right now. However, I think due to the bubbly voice of the host, Zai (4.5 yo), actually enjoyed the show and participated in it as well. He is usually shy among strangers and will just make his comments to me. But he joined in the answering and even volunteered to go on stage that day.

Zai, happy to be on stage to take part in the "experiment".
Zai, happy to be on stage to take part in the “experiment”.

I find the demonstration a good way to introduce kids to Science. For pre-schoolers, they may not be able to pronounce the term or remember the scientist who found the theory very well. However, during the short show, I think KidsSTOP did a good job by explaining the logic behind in real simple terms for them.

KidsSTOP Tricky Treats 2014 Halloween
For the Halloween event itself, they setup 6 stations in the party room, which the kids get to participate by paying $5. And obviously, the stations all introduces Science concept in a fun way.

The first station we visited was the “Dancing Bats, Ghosts & Pumpkins”, where the kids were introduced to the concept of “Static”.

The boy trying to create "static" using the balloon and make the bat dance.
The boy trying to create “static” using the balloon and make the bat dance.

Next, we pay the “Funny Face Balloons” a visit. The boy watch in amazement as the balloon gets filled with air from the vinegar and sodium bicarbonate.

The boy attempt to blow the balloon himself, but was told by the staff to let the "powder" and "liquid" do the job!
The boy attempt to blow the balloon himself, but was told by the staff to let the “powder” and “liquid” do the job!

The kids also got to write “Invisible Messages” using lemon juice and watching it “magically” appear with heat.

What are they writing?
What are they writing?

Lastly, we visited the witch station to make some “Witches’ Potion” that introduces different density for different liquids.

Little witch and wizard in training. Making potion in a test-tube in a cauldron. Can they mix it well?
Little witch and wizard in training. Making potion in a test-tube in a cauldron. Can they mix it well?

There is also a treasure hunt station “Skeleton Bone Hunt”, but we didn’t participate as it requires the kid to go around the whole of KidsSTOP to find the “treasure”. A little tough for them as they will be distracted by the play at KidsSTOP. They also couldn’t wait to get out to play that they decide to give the “Face Painting” station a miss.

Changes at KidsSTOP
Since our last visit, there were some changes that we see at KidsSTOP.

  • Small World
    Kiddy slide that is good for toddlers.
    Kiddy slide that is good for toddlers.

    This slide wasn’t there when we visited the last time. Loi had quite a fair bit of fun climbing up and sliding down this small slide. I guess, this will make the place even more enjoyable for toddlers.
  • The Supermarket
    I notice that the shelves are now stocked with more different products. However, the trolleys have been removed, which was noticed by the boy. I had to make him settle with just the baskets.
    Well stocked products at the Supermarket.
    Well stocked products at the Supermarket.

    And they now have a step stool at the cashier area for toddlers, which makes thing easier for Loi.

    Little cashier in the making. She absolutely refuse to leave the counter. I have to coax her for very long.
    Little cashier in the making. She absolutely refuse to leave the counter. I have to coax her for very long.

    Oh, and I’m not sure if the “barcode scanner” was working the last time we were there. But now, when you place a product over the “scanner”, you will hear a beep sound. If only they can link it directly to the cash register, it will make everything more real.
  • The Big Dream Catcher
    In order to play at the Big Dream Catcher, you are required to remove your footwear. However, now socks are required to go up the structure. This makes the play more hygienic, however, we weren’t prepared for it and have to go back to the car to pick up the socks.
  • Kiddie Theatre
    Unfortunately, the guitars and drums were removed from the area. Loi was very disappointed and kept asking me where the guitars are. She even pointed to the screens to show me that is how the guitar looks like.

Details

  • Party Packages starts from $28 per pax for weekday and $31 per pax on weekend for basic usage of the room (without deco) and the party host. Of course, it includes a free entry ticket to KidsSTOP for one session. If you require themed decorations, goodie bags and themed customized activities, prices start from $48 per pax for weekday and $51 per pax for weekend. KidsSTOP members get 20% off!
  • Tricky Treats 2014 Halloween starts from 27 Oct and last all the way till 2 Nov 2014. It cost $5 per person on top of admission fee to KidsSTOP.
  • KidsSTOP now run on 2 session each day. For Weekday, 1st Session is from 12pm to 3pm and 2nd Session is from 4pm to 7pm. For Weekends and Public Holiday, 1st Session is from 10am to 2pm and 2nd Session is from 3pm to 7pm.
  • Visit www.kidsstop.edu.sg for more details

Disclaimer: We were invited to the preview of the Halloween Event @ KidsSTOP. No monetary compensation was received, though the kids have lots of fun. All opinions are our own.

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