Must-Have Luxury Items for Foodies

Foodies are a special breed of people. They are the type who understand and appreciate the finer things in life, and are willing to go to great lengths to enjoy them. If you’re a foodie, or you happen to know a foodie, then you’re going to want to check out this list of must-have luxury items. These are the kinds of items you didn’t even realize you needed until you get them, and then you’ll wonder how you managed without them!

Fresh Herbs with Ease
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Any foodie will tell you that the secret to great dishes is using fresh and fragrant herbs. Why not make it easy for the foodie to do this with the Chef'n herb stripper. This little gadget allows you to strip the leaves off various herbs and kale in just seconds. The herbs can then be used in dishes or as garnish. It will become the foodie’s favourite gadget in the kitchen.

The Perfect Hot Chocolate Every Time


You don't have to be a foodie to appreciate hot chocolate, but we all know that not every hot chocolate is made equal. If you want to ensure that perfect taste and consistency each and every time, then the Bialettie Hot Chocolate Maker is the way to go. This little device is able to make Italian style hot chocolate that is the right temperature and consistency each time. It can be used with powder or syrup and you'll get the same great results.

Wine Subscription Service for a Year


Subscription boxes are all the rage at the moment, and foodies are taking part in the trend. Wine subscription services allow you to set up delivery for a whole year giving the recipient something new to look forward to each box. This is a great way to discover new favourites and play around with food and wine pairings.

The Ultimate Mushroom Knife


Mushrooms can be found in some of the tastiest dishes, but cleaning and then cutting them up can be a real pain. The Opinel Mushroom Knife is meant to make preparing fresh mushrooms a breeze. The one end features a boar-hair brush, while the other end is a curved blade with a serrated edge on one side and a sharp one on the other side. This means you can clean, peel, and cut the mushrooms with one tool.

Combine Them in a Hamper


If you happen to be looking for gift ideas for the foodie in your life, you can always check out these British Fine Food luxury food hampers. The hampers feature a collection of British artisan products, many of which are award-winning. You can pick from a variety of themes or create your very own basket that will put a smile on the face of the foodie in your life.

Get Imaginative with the Items


Luxury items for foodies are all about being imaginative and thinking outside the box. It’s about providing the foodie with a unique tool, a fabulous new flavour, or something fun to use.


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Why Your Bed Is the Most Important Piece of Furniture in Your Home



You spend one third of your life in bed. Each day you’ll spend more time between the sheets than you’ll spend doing any other single activity, but all too often the importance of a good bed is overlooked. That’s a mistake.
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Sleep and Good Health Are Intricately Linked


Poor quality sleep does more than just leave you tired and grouchy the following day. If you don’t sleep well, you can harm your health.

Research shows that people who get less than six hours of quality sleep per night are at a higher risk of becoming obese and of developing chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and depression. What’s more, sleep deprivation can affect your ability to drive safely, which puts you, your passengers, and other road users at risk every day. Losing two hours of sleep makes you as dangerous behind the wheel as a drunk driver.

How to Choose the Right Bed Frame


Think about your needs. What size bed is going to give you the best night's sleep?

If you’re planning to have a family, then you’ll benefit from having a larger bed that enables everyone to sleep comfortably without being squashed up. Young children often want to spend at least part of the night in with mum and dad, especially when they don’t feel well or when they’ve had a bad dream, and a standard double is far too small for this. A king-size bed is better, but it's still too small to provide enough space for undisturbed sleep, so (if your bedroom is big enough) choose a super king.

Since kids love to treat beds like an indoor trampoline, make sure that you pick a sturdy bed that won’t collapse. Take a look at Revival Beds super king size wooden beds to get an idea of the beautiful beds on offer in this size.
A quality bed frame will also help your mattress to last longer because good bed frames support the mattress in the right places and alleviate some of the strain that it has to deal with.

Choosing the Right Mattress


Buying a cheap mattress is never a good idea, and buying a mattress that you haven’t had the opportunity to test out is a bad idea, too.

Go along to the mattress store when you have plenty of time to try out the different mattresses. Don’t just sit on the mattress, you should kick off your shoes and lie down. Test the mattress with your sleeping partner in your usual sleeping position; if you normally sleep on your side or on your front, it’s no use lying on your back because you won’t get a true feel for the mattress.

Side sleepers usually find that sprung mattresses offer the best support, as do front sleepers who would end up enveloped by a memory foam mattress. Back sleepers however, will be equally comfortable on memory foam or springs.

A good bed frame and the right mattress work together harmoniously, supporting your body while you sleep and ensuring that you wake up the next day well rested and ready to face whatever the day throws your way.

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Less Mess, More Fun with The EZPZ Happy Mat

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My 5y/o boy, who's traits and personality are quite similar with mine, loves surprises. Sometimes when I come home from work, he'd greet me at the door saying, "Close your eyes, mommy! I have a surprise for you!"

Of course, I always happily oblige. Whilst I close my eyes, he'd say "Not yet, not yet!", a cue that I shouldn't peep yet until he gives me the go signal to finally open my eyes and take a look at his surprise. Oftentimes, his surprise is a drawing that makes me go awwwww and give him my sweetest hugs and kisses instantaneously.

As a token of appreciation for all his sweet gestures, I also make extra effort to surprise him whenever I can. And because I am a full-time working mom, I do so on weekends. There was one weekend I surprised him with a freshly cleaned and reorganized play area and he was so thrilled, he played right away upon waking up whilst I cook his breakfast.

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Speaking of breakfast, I love preparing G's breakfast personally on weekends. Last Sunday, he slept in until 11am so I had plenty of time to prepare him a fancy schmancy breakfast set up. The secret to a successful surprise is keeping in mind what the surprise receiver likes the most. Case in point: Photo below consists of G's current favorites:


  • orange
  • elephant
  • grapes
  • scrambled egg with cheese
  • shadow play
  • word play
  • his new EZPZ Happy Mat in lime from MumsPick
I added the little sprinkler with cactus because G loves plants and the word  B R E A K F A S T because he is also into spelling nowadays. He woke up so happy upon seeing my lovely set up. On other days, you don't even see him smiling when he wakes up because he'd claim he is still sleepy. 

It helped so much that The EZPZ Happy Mat came in a smiley face design and vibrant colour. Instant mood lifter for grumpy "Just-woke-up, I-don't-want-to-eat" type of kids. With it, G had a very happy mealtime experience. Achievement unlocked! 

Apart from the positive and happy mealtime experience, here are more things I love (and all moms out there would surely love too!) about The EZPZ Happy Mat:
  • It is an all-in-one placemat + plate that captures your kids' mess which means less cleaning work for mommies! 
  • It suctions directly to the table, making it nearly impossible for tiny hands to tip over. No more accidentally spilling the food all over the table!
  • The Happy Mat is made of 100% food grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex and phthalate free so you are rest assured it's really safe!
  • It promotes self-feeding and help kids develop fine motor skills. Perfect for infants and toddlers!
  •  It is stackable up to 3-4 mats, easy to store and built to last.
Do look out for the EZPZ brand name as the product is most likely sourced from another manufacturer without the logo. Other manufacturer may not be compliant with regulatory requirements. EZPZ works hard to maintain the highest and most rigorous standards for safety, non-toxic materials and quality.

Now, here's the good news! In collaboration with MumsPick, we are giving away this Berry limited edition of The Happt Mat to one of our lucky readers over at Instagram!

Here's the simple giveaway mechanics:
1) Like MumsPick Facebook Page here.
2) Follow @sweetmemoirs on Instagram and leave your comment in this photo.  
3) Invite your mommy friends to join the giveaway (optional). 

Giveaway closes on Saturday, 25th of February and winner will be drawn the following day - Sunday, the 26th. Best of luck mommies!

No luck in winning giveaways? Fret not! MumsPick is participating at the Baby Land Fair happening on the 24th and 26th of February 2017 at Suntec City, Booth A09. Simply screenshot this post
or my Instagram profile and you'll get a surprise gift from MumsPick! I will be putting up my discount code too so watch out!

UPDATE: 24 February 2017

Quote "SweetMemoirs" and get 15% off your Happy Mat purchase. Discount code expires in two weeks so hurry and find MumsPick at the Baby Land Fair, Booth A09, happening NOW until Sunday at Suntec City!


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Fuel Your Body With These Energizing Foods

Food is our life fuel. All too often, we get wrapped up in the ins and outs of eating - whether we dine in or out, whether a meal is healthy enough, how much it is going to cost us etc. But if we strip back all the excesses that come with food, we get back to the primary reason why we consume it - for energy. In today's modern world, so many people regularly feel 'slumped' and as though they are lacking in vital energy to simply help them get through the day. Usually, this is down to environmental factors: staring at a screen all day, or rushing around after your children 24/7. Food, too, can play part as well. It is becoming the norm to reach for quick and easy convenience food for a short burst of energy, especially when it is the only thing we can fit into our hectic schedule. But as well as the obvious health risks associated with fast food, these kinds of products can often make you feel worse just a short time after. After all, how many times have you packed away a takeout pizza - then about half an hour later felt sluggish and tired? There is, of course, nothing wrong with enjoying these types of treats every once in a while. But if you truly want to nourish and energize your body, you need to be fuelling it with the right things.




Wholegrain carbs

We seem to live in a society where carbs are regarded as public enemy number one. This is partially due to a number of fad diets we now see on the market, and the numerous bloggers and Instagram stars who promote their way of life to millions of followers. While cutting down on carbs could be something to think about if you do honestly eat too many of them, they are certainly not something to be avoided full-stop. Why? Because carbohydrates are the body's primary source of energy and long-lasting energy at that. If you really want to supply your body with enough fuel to see you through the day, make sure you are consuming some whole grain carbohydrates. White carbs, in moderation, won't harm you - but wholegrain carbs such as brown rice, wholemeal pasta, and brown bread - are always a much healthier option.




Fruit and vegetables

Most of us are told from a young age that we need to eat our greens. Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, all of which give you an immediate energy boost.  However if you didn't develop a taste for fruit and veg as a child (and let's face it, what child doesn't go through a phase of rejecting anything remotely healthy?), it is fairly likely that you will continue to reject it as an adult too. This is a bad route to go down though, and an equally bad example to set to your children. If munching on an apple or eating spinach sounds like a bit too much for you, why not try using one of the top centrifugal juicers? Juicing your fruit and vegetables (yes, even your vegetables!) is a great way to get those essential vitamins into your diet. A classic green smoothie can even be a great option for breakfast - just don't be put off by the color!




Lean protein

If you keep up with the world of fitness blogging in any way at all, you will know all about the importance of lean protein. As so many of us are now dedicating gym goers and weight-lifters, protein has become more essential than ever. If you are exercising frequently but not taking in enough protein, you probably spend much of your time feeling lethargic. You may even find that you really have to push through your gym sessions, due to feeling so tired in your muscles. This is a direct response to not having enough protein in your body. Every cell in the human body contains protein, and we need to make sure our own supplies are stocked up to ensure our muscles repair themselves after a workout. Lean proteins are not hard to come by either - simply add more lean meats such as turkey and chicken into your diet. Paired with some steamed vegetables and whole grain rice, this is the perfect post-workout meal. Don't fear if you are vegetarian or a vegan - there are still plenty of ways you can up your protein intake. You may choose to do this by eating artificial meats such as Quorn, or by increasing your consumption of beans and pulses.

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Tips on Packing For A Canadian Trip

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Got a holiday to Canada planned? Whether you’re backpacking across states, hitting the ski slopes or seeing the city sights, here’s some useful advice from a friend who lives there on what to bring along in your suitcase so that you’re all prepped and ready.


Cash in some Canadian dollars


The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar. Make sure to take out some notes before you go, or take your debit card. Having a prepaid travel card can help combat the transfer costs – you won’t be charged for paying off this card unlike a regular debit card and it’s safer than carrying a wad of cash. Check out prices for this card at your local post office or bank, or shop online.


Gather your documents


Depending on how long you’re staying and what you’re doing whilst you’re out there, the documents you need to bring will vary. You’ll need a passport to get through border control and possibly a Visa – check out this site https://official-canada-eta.com/ to see if you are eligible.  Travel insurance may be worthwhile in case you get injured or fall in during your travels and need medical care. If you’re driving, you’ll need to be insured and may need an international driving permit (those travelling from English or French speaking countries can use their own country’s license). Print off copies of these insurance documents, plus any other documents that may be useful (hotel bookings, homestay letters, work permits, doctor’s notes for prescription medicine ect.)


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Pack for the weather


Canada is such a huge country with widely varying climates. Go north and you can expect snow and cold weather most the year round, however near the American border it can get very warm, especially in the summer.


Check out the weather forecast and pack clothes accordingly. For winter travel or arctic expeditions, get some thermal clothing, a warm jacket and some decent footwear. If you’re visiting during summer and the weather’s looking warm, you may only need short-sleeved shirts. A lot of the cities, particularly Vancouver, can be pretty unpredictable so bring a raincoat even if the forecast predicts sun.


Check Canadian security requirements


Those that are travelling by air should take into account airport security. Canada prohibits many of the same items that most international airports disallow (weapons, sharp objects, blunt objects ect.) as well as having various laws on liquids and non-solid foods. Keen mountaineers may be allowed to bring an avalanche rescue pack with permission from the airline. If you a CPAP, bringing supporting documentation such as a doctor’s note is recommended. Portable electronic devices are allowed in your personal hand luggage, although you’re not allowed to use these during take-off and landing. Electronic cigarettes are also allowed, but cannot be used during the flight. For a more comprehensive list of what you can bring through airport security, go to https://travel.gc.ca/air/what-to-pack.


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1-for-1 High Tea at Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport


If you are following me on Instagram, you must have seen my Instagram Stories about how we celebrated St. Valentine's Day in advance as a family last Sunday the 12th at Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport. Hubby availed a 1-for-1 High Tea voucher using the massive points he garnered from his company mobile line.

I am not gonna keep you in suspense to see what delectable food was served to us. Basically, we had two sets of everything except the crepes suzette (so sad, because it was so good!).

Our drinks of choice: Latte and Mocha for me and the hubby, fruit punch and orange juice with earl grey for K and G respectively. There are countless variety of Dilmah tea for you to choose from too!

We were first served with the first batch of savories which include:
  • Croque monsieur
  • Scotch egg
  • Tomato and prosciutto bruschetta

Next came the first set of the 3-tier sweets.

First layer came with blackberry marble cheesecake, strawberry and fresh vanilla custard tart, and cranberry financier, on a bed of chocolate mesh along with a small egg-shaped chocolate with the hotel's logo.

Second layer came with Valrhona white chocolate mousse filled with wild berries coulis, blueberry frosting cupcake, and raspberry with grey goose cream macaroon, also on a bed of chocolate mesh.

Third layer came with freshly cut fruits (watermelon, pineapple, honeydew, strawberry, kiwi and peach).

To prevent sugar overload before serving the second tier of sweets, we were served with the second batch of savories which include:

Crystal Mushroom Dumpling 


 Deep Fried Yam Dumpling Stuffed with Roasted Chicken


and Steamed Chili Crabmeat Bun.

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Like I said earlier, we were served with 2 servings of each food item (both sweets and savories) as we availed the 1-for-1 deal, except for the freshly cooked crepes suzette from the live cooking station. It was so good I didn't get to photograph it before it was devoured by the kids. K and G had one each so hubby and I basically just had a taste of it after asking them to let us have a small bite. LOL. 

The kids were considered small eaters, savories wise, so imagine how the hubby and I were feeling so stuffed by the end of our Afternoon High Tea family Valentine date. Bringing home the food you are unable to finish is not allowed, so we had to polished off everything before leaving. 

Here're more photos we took to freeze the memories we had there. It's one of those rare occasions I brought the big camera with me and I am mighty pleased I did. Enjoy the visual treat!


We arrived at around 2:15pm and stayed for about 2 and half hours. We planned to enjoy our high tea outdoors but it rained so we stayed indoors instead. Lucky we took some photos outdoors whilst waiting for our food to be served, right before it started to drizzle. And yes, there are lady finger plants too outdoors along with basil and other plants. 

That solo photo of mine was taken by G, my budding photographer. It was a well-spent Sunday which we ended by attending the sunset mass to thank and praise God, whose love is the greatest of all. I hope you had an equally fun St. Valentine's Day celebration with your family.
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL @ CHANGI AIRPORT
LOBBY LOUNGE
75 AIRPORT BOULEVARD
SINGAPORE 819664
*This is not a sponsored post but for inquiries and reservations, please call Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby Lounge at +65 6823 5367. Each high tea set ($48+++) serves 2 pax, available at the hotel Lobby Lounge from 2pm to 5pm daily. 

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3 Home Improvements that Will Add Value to Your Home


Whether you plan to stay put in your home for the foreseeable future, or you are thinking of moving to bigger and better things some time soon, it might be worth carrying out some home improvements. Not only do home improvements increase the value of your home, but they can also make it a more comfortable place for you to love, so you really can’t lose as long as you undertake home improvements in a sensible way.


Of course, some home improvements are better than others in terms of comfort and value, so which home improvements should you invest in? Below are some simple home improvement ideas that will add value to your property and your life.


Kitchen Remodelling
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The kitchen is, to most people, the heart of the home, which is why kitchen remodeling tends to add value. In fact, some experts believe that you can recoup between 60-120 percent of your spend on a kitchen, providing you don’t go wild. When remodeling your kitchen, it is important to make it no more or less fancy than the rest of your home and the other homes on the street. You should also look for a reliable timber provider like http://georgehill-timber.co.uk/ to keep costs low and quality high.


Add an Extra bathroom
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If you live in a property that has only one bathroom, you can almost certainly add value and improve your quality of life by adding an extra one. Again, you can expect to recoup most of or even more than the cost of your bathroom addition to the tune of 80-130 percent, but more importantly, there’ll never be a queue to use the bathroom again!


Ideally, you should try to find some space in your home to transform into a bathroom. In some cases, a closet or cupboard under the stairs can easily be converted into a bathroom, but if you don’t need it, you could also consider converting a small box room too.


If you really can’t find the space in your home, you could consider a small extension, although this will be more expensive.


Add an Extension
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The more square footage your property boasts, the more it will be worth. If you have the money, therefore, it may be worth your while to build an extension. You can use an extension to create extra rooms or add space to your existing kitchen or living area, and you will feel the benefit of having more room to do the hobbies you love, whatever they may be, and enjoy your relaxation time. If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable way to add space, you could install a simple conservatory, which will let more light into the home and give you a sunny spot to sit and read in the evening.


Before you make any major home improvements, you should first take the time to consider the cost, time and disruption to your life and weigh this against the monetary and lifestyle benefits to ensure you don’t do anything you will later regret! Happy home improvements.

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Reasons to Buy Beautiful Sarees From Craftsvilla

I used to have an Indian colleague and I have always adored her most especially when she is wearing a saree. When it comes to Indian wear, no other dress makes an Indian woman look beautiful as a saree does. Sarees reflect Indian tradition and rich culture like no other outfit. With the passage of time, sarees have changed a lot, and today designer sarees are in demand. Over the years, a saree has picked up various elements, which have given it a modern touch. Some women have a penchant for ethnic sarees, while some prefer contemporary designer ones. 
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To buy one within budget, you must know from where to buy and what to buy without compromising with the quality.  My friend told me purchasing sarees from online stores has become a recent trend. More so because, these stores come up with amazing offers from time to time. "But, when it comes to purchasing traditional, designer or even daily-wear sarees, you should always trust reputed web stores such as “Craftsvilla, she says.

When it comes to buying sarees, my friend recommended a few things to keep in mind.
  • First of all, the tone of your skin or your complexion  should be considered. Choose colours that go well with your skin tone.
  • Secondly, the material should compliment your body type. For example, women with slim figure should go for sarees made of chiffon, silk or cotton. On the other hand, crepe is more apt for those on the heavier side.
  • Consider the occasion for which you are buying a saree. For instance, a designer saree is apt for a family wedding while a silk saree would suit a corporate event.
"Keeping these things in mind will surely help you choose the best saree to complete your wardrobe", she further put emphasis.

Why choose Craftsvilla to buy sarrees online?

Craftsvilla is one of the largest online women’s clothing store. Here, you get an affordable collection of top quality women clothing. Some of the features that makes Craftsvilla so reliable for its customers are:
  • Affordable sarees, quality product- Some online stores display sarees with unusually low rates. Whereas, Craftsvilla offer reasonable rates as per the quality, fabric, and keeping other aspects in mind. When you order sarees onlline from this website, you will find no difference between the photo and the actual quality of the product.  Craftsvilla never deceive or lure the customers with ugly tactics. You will always get the finest product at reasonable rates.
  • Wide range of sarees: There are large varieties of sarees at Craftsvilla that will leave you confused. You can purchase from categories like daily wear, party wear, traditional, contemporary, etc. Likewise, there are many types of fabrics to choose from, such as many varieties of silk, cotton, georgette, chiffon, etc. The best online stores always provide their customers an easy way of choosing the sarees they are looking for. Narrowing down the options with the help of filters makes it simple for users to search sarees on Craftsvilla. This is the reason why many women prefer Craftsvilla when it comes to purchasing sarees and other attires.
  • Easy return policy- Sometimes it can happen that the saree purchased by you is not looking good on you. Or there could be other reasons for returning the saree or any other outfit you ordered. The reliable and trustworthy shopping sites always offer a simple and quick return/replace policy to their esteemed customers. In fact, a lot of shopping sites these days are offering free returns and 100 percent money refund facility. Hence, choosing a shopping site that provides a good return policy and prompt customer care service is the best option.
As my friend attests, these are some of the reasons that make Craftvilla one of the best online suppliers of sarees in the market. Browse through sarees online at Craftsvilla to see it for yourself!

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KidsSTOP™ and IMDA Launched Playmaker Studio

Are you looking for a dedicated space for your pre-schoolers to play and tinker? Here's a great news I want to share with you! On the 26th of January 2016, Science Centre, in collaboration with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) launched Playmaker Studio @ KidsSTOP™.


As a mom, I strongly advocate play and learn concept for children. In G's dedicated play area at home, you'll spot a number of things that encourage him to play and learn at the same time. No more prize in guessing, G loved the concept of Playmaker Studio. The studio is a safe and conducive environment for children to create things sparked by their wild imagination including handmade toys.


During our visit at the studio, the kids were encouraged to create a cannon ball toy they could use for targeting and hitting objects like a tower of cups. The children's play and learning experience was augmented by the facilitated workshop and programmes conducted by KidsSTOP™'s educators. Needless to say, G had so much fun!


At Playmaker Studio, children are given the freedom and liberty to create something using recycled materials like card boards, tissue paper rolls, ice scream sticks, paper plates, stirrers, strings, etc. The above collage shows the things created by the children who visited the studio during the launch.

Apart from the newly launched Playmaker Studio, here are more reasons to visit KidsSTOP™:

  • Learn how to appreciate and protect nature.
  • Pretend play as a pilot.
  • Pretend play as a Chef, cashier or do grocery shopping at KidsSTOP™ dedicated kitchen and supermarket area.
  • Pretend play as a Paleontologist at the Dino Pit.
  • Learn about parts of the human body.
  • Learn about the Four Seasons (winter, spring, summer and autumn).
  • Pretend play as an Astronaut.
  • Learn about the Solar System.
  • Conquer kids' fear of height at Giant J.
  • Improve your kids' navigation skills at Dream Climber.

For complete information, visit www.kidsstop.edu.sg.


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