Family Outdoor: Mid-Autumn Activities in Singapore

I have been contemplating whether to write this post. As we know Mid-Autumn for 2014 is well over. And most of the activities I’m going to mention below is also over. So why blog about something that is over? What good does it serve the readers?

Well, I look back at the main theme of thelittlemom.com is to record the activities I did with my kids and hopefully from there offer some suggestions to other busy parents. So I decide to still post this, as I wish to record what we did. Besides, the activities I mention below has been around for the past two mid-autumn. So I hope, they will still be hosted next year, and this will serve as a reference.

Street Light-up at Chinatown
We all know that Chinatown is the place to visit during CNY. But do you know that for the past few mid-autumn, Chinatown has also setup street lights and stalls for mid-autumn? It’s definitely not as big and grand as CNY, but there are quite a number of stalls selling lanterns and mooncakes. The main Eu Tong Sen Street also have some lights display.

This year theme is on flower. 百花盛開.
This year theme is on flower. 百花盛開.

The best day to go is on the day of the official light-up. It’s usually two weekends before the actual mid-autumn. But you can check out their official website just to be sure. On the day of the light-up, there will be stage performances and fireworks along Eu Tong Sen Street, right in-front of the Lucky Chinatown Macdonald.

Sorry for the poor picture quality, its taken using my iPhone. Anyway, they setup large screens by the side in case you cannot see the stage.
Sorry for the poor picture quality, its taken using my iPhone. Anyway, they setup large screens by the side in case you cannot see the stage.

Not all performance will interest the kids, but we did catch some interesting ones, like Dragon Dance, sand art and drum performance.

Tip: The firework is set off at around 9pm. If you are not interested in the stage performances, you can arrive slightly later, walk around the stalls before you park yourself at Temple Street to catch the fireworks. And trust me, the crowd is much lesser compare to CNY eve.

Mass Lantern Walk
Mid-autumn for kids is about walking around with their lanterns and maybe burning of candles (age dependent). For the past two years, Chinatown has been organizing Mass Lantern walk. The walk usually starts from Kreta Ayer Square, which is the area behind the Tooth Relic Temple, and ends at the central stage which is in-front of Lucky Chinatown Macdonald. It’s not a very long walk and road are closed to ensure the safety of the public.

It’s usually held on the Saturday before the Mid-Autumn. You can check out the flag off time at their official website.

Tip: Fireworks is also set off after this event at around 9pm. There are also stage performances, which we did not catch. But we did saw some lion and dragon dance after the walk (much to the boy delight). And because we were in the “fence-off” area, we manage to get quite close to the performers. The boy manage to touch the “lion-head” which turn around and “look” at him. LOL

Lights Display @ Gardens by the Bay
This is the 2nd year we went down to Gardens by the Bay to catch the lights display. And they have different theme every year. Last year, the theme was fairy tales. And this year, it’s show casing different countries.

Can you recognise the different countries?
Can you recognise the different countries?
There is a huge section show casing lights from Taiwan. Giving us a glimpse of their Chinese culture there.
There is a huge section show casing lights from Taiwan. Giving us a glimpse of their Chinese culture there.
The Chinese 12 zodiac is a must at all Chinese festivities.
The Chinese 12 zodiac is a must at all Chinese festivities.

There are also some street food stalls setup at the end, so if you need a quick bite or replenish your fluid after the walk, you can check out the stalls.

Tip: If you are driving, the nearest car park is The Meadow carpark. We didn’t know last year and parked at the main area, so we took a long walk before we reach The Meadow. However, I notice that this year they lined the lights such that it brings you nearer to the main area. So maybe the walk is lesser. To be safe, check out the display area on their website before embarking on the trip.

So how did you celebrate mid-autumn this year? Are there any free activities for mid-autumn you will like to share with us? Leave a comment and let us know.

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KL 2013: Sunway Lagoon

We visited Sunway Lagoon last year when we were in KL. The kids had lots of fun and since both my Bro and Sis did not visit the theme park before, we decided to add it into our itinerary for this KL trip.

My family @ Sunway Lagoon
My family @ Sunway Lagoon

Basically, Sunway Lagoon is divided into 5 different parks. The Wildlife Park, Water Park, Amusement Park, Scream Park and Extreme Park.

The Wildlife Park is like a mini zoo. We spotted the Sun Bear, Panther, Monkeys, Birds (different kinds), Ducks, Peacocks, Chickens, Snakes, etc. What we like about it is that their Peacocks and Ducks are free ranging. The boy is intrigued by it and will attempt to follow them as close as he dares.

The birds were in an enclose area, however, they are free to fly inside. And one of them actually flew on top of the boy’s head. The boy was a little scared, but he didn’t wave or make big movement. Instead, he stayed still until we “guided” the bird away. It was quite an experience for him.

Wildlife Park @ Sunway Lagoon
Wildlife Park @ Sunway Lagoon

The previous year when we were there, there is an area that allowed visitors to “touch” some animals. I remembered the boy had a go on the tortoises and rabbits. Unfortunately, this time round the animals have been removed. So no more “hands-on” for the kids.

The Water Park is where the crowd is. There are a few slides for adults much like what we used to have at the big splash and the current Adventure Cove. For the kids, they have at least 2 play structures. One for older kids with steeper and longer slides and one for younger kids with shallower water and milder slides.

Water Park @ Sunway Lagoon
Water Park @ Sunway Lagoon

Apart from the slides, the kids also enjoyed the “lazy river” and “wave pool”. The girl enjoys lying at the edge of the wave pool and feel the water “washing” her up to the “shores”.

For adults, we tried the “World First 5D Waterplex”. Well, I will just say there wasn’t much 3D effect and the water splashes are just out to make you wet. With the air-con blowing from the theater, it makes you feel real cold. Hence, I think its a total waste of our time queuing for it.

The Amusement Park is where all the rides are. Chubby and my siblings tried on the viking which turns 360 degrees. However, they came down mentioning that it wasn’t fun as the fall was quite controlled. For the kids, they managed to ride on the carousel like 3 times. There were other rides like the ferries wheel, teacup, roller coaster and all. But we didn’t play much as the adults were all tired from waking up early that day.

Kids on Carousel @ Sunway Lagoon
Kids on Carousel @ Sunway Lagoon

The Scream Park is where the “haunted house” is. This is my second time walking in the “house”. The last time, we had to pay extra to go into the park, but they have since change it to a “free” area. Since its free I think it is well worth to spend the time to go in. There were some effects that I really like, plus the makeup they had were quite scary.

The Extreme Park is where all the other extreme activities like flying fox and bungee jumping are, we skipped that area as it is far and most of the activities requires us to pay more. Besides, we were all tired after the water play.

Loi Sleeping @ Sunway Lagoon
Loi Sleeping @ Sunway Lagoon

In summary some points to look out.

  • Go on a weekday and non-public holiday
    We make the mistake of going on Hari Raya Haji. The crowd was terrible. The last time we were there, it was a weekday and the crowd was better.
  • Apply sun block and mosquito repellent.
  • Bring along a stroller for young kids.
    Most of the area are stroller friendly. So there will be no issues with stroller and the kids will have a place to nap after they are tired from playing.
  • Bring along your own food if possible.
    The food choices are not kids friendly. They are mainly snacks, sandwiches and Malay dishes that contains chili. There is a Mary Brown “Fast Food” inside (Chubby queued for half hour and there is no progress in his queue so he gave up) and a Subway (we settled for that in the end).

Details of the park:

  • Sunway Lagoon
    3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Entrance Fee: Adults RM120, Kids (Above 90CM) RM 90 for Non-Citizens
    (There is a Maybank CC discount when we were there. Not sure when it will end though.)

Road Trip to Cameron Day 2

For breakfast of day 2, we walked to a nearby eatery outside of the hotel.

Day 2 Breakfast
Day 2 Breakfast

I shared my Hakka noodle with the kids, while Chubby had Nasi Lemak. The noodle is a little saltish but Nasi Lemak is good. Just, the chilli was a little too spicy for me. After breakfast its time to join the land tour!

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The first stop, was at the top of the tea plantation. The driver let us take some photos before we move on to the actual itinerary.

Top of Tea Plantation
Top of Tea Plantation

The boy is a little grouchy and refuses to look at the camera.

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Our official first stop is Boh Tea plantation.

Boh Tea
Boh Tea

We visited the factory, to look at the processing of tea leaves. Unlike Junior E, Zai has no interest in machinery. So he wasn’t really interested in the factory tour.

Tea Break @ Boh Tea

He had more fun running around at the display area and enjoying his puff at the cafe of Boh Tea. The food was decent and they served their own tea. So we can actually try it out and decide if we want to buy some back.

Loi @ Boh Tea Cafe
Loi @ Boh Tea Cafe

The girl had a strawberry cake. She enjoyed it very much and finished the whole piece before she runs off with her bro and junior E to jump near the railing at the end of the cafe overseeing the plantation.

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The next stop is the rose farm.

20130422-083549.jpgThe flowers were really pretty. But if that is not enough to attract the kids, the old school playground (don’t ask me what is it doing inside the farm) certainly does!

Loi on Old School Swing
Loi on Old School Swing
Kids on Old School Slide

Look at the smiles on their face when they come zooming down the very smooth old school metal slide. The girl was a little scared so we asked the bro to take care of her and slide down with her. Erm… well, the boy tried to help. But I think the girl got strangled by him somewhere. Nonetheless, it was good fun that the kids enjoyed and the boy was really reluctant to leave.

At the end of the farm, there is a small area where we saw some chickens, turkey and peacocks in cages. I was quite surprise that the boy manage to identify all of them and named that correctly. He was also very excited to see an egg inside the hen’s cage. Although he sees eggs all the time, this is probably the first time he saw an egg so “close to nature”.

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The next stop is the butterfly park. But we didn’t go in as the boy says he is scared of butterflies. I realise later that its not true, but he was just eager to go to the strawberry farm. So he thought by not going to the butterfly park, he can reach the strawberry farm earlier. Oh well, my bro did bring Loi in and I heard there was some other insects inside which he showed Loi.

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The next stop. Bee Farm.

Loi @ Bee Farm
Loi @ Bee Farm

Well, we were with the kids, so we dare not venture too deep into the farm. We just went to the start of the farm area, took some photo and leave. However, they did have a very small display at the higher floor near the merchandise area but I was too disgusted by it to bring the kids there and explain to them.

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The final stop, strawberry farm! When we were trapped in the car the day before, we told him we are going to the strawberry farm to pick some strawberries. He has been asking about the strawberry farm the whole morning when we were touring other places.

Zai Picking Strawberries
Zai Picking Strawberries
Zai Counting his harvest
Zai Counting his harvest

We paid an amount of money to pick our own strawberry. But we don’t get to keep them all, we only get to keep like 1 kg of our harvest. We were given scissors to cut the strawberries from the stems. As the boy is too young to handle the scissors, my MIL helped him while he chooses the strawberries that he liked.

He was really happy to see his harvest. I think it reminds him of how Maisy (Mouse) does her harvesting in the farm. Although he can’t really do the picking he was still all smiles. Well, kids find happiness easily, don’t they?

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The strawberry farm was the last stop of the day tour. It was just nice as we ended around 12:30pm. We had lunch near the hotel and the kids  manage to catch their nap.

Kids Napping
Kids Napping

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For dinner, we ventured further down and there is a small market area. Nothing too fantastic about the food as there is only one restaurant there. But I did grab some souvenirs and a barbecue corn while on the way back. Their corn is really yummy.

Activity after dinner? The kids got their kiddy ride.

Kiddy Ride
Kiddy Ride

As there were only 2 rides around we rotated the vehicles among the 3 kids. The girl had lots of fun pushing her bro and junior E. But the Daddies suffered from backaches trying to help the kids steer to the correct direction. Haha.

Well, this marks the end of day 2 and our highlight of the trip.

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Read more about day 1 here.