The kids may be back in school, but the fun doesn’t stop! So join us as we keep you on the radar of all things fresh and fun to see, do, eat, and shop on our little red dot this month. From the newest playgrounds and pop-ups to world-class productions and family-friendly menus, there’s plenty to engage everyone in the family. It’s also the start of Plastic Free July, a global movement that aims to reduce plastic pollution in the world. If you are not using less plastic yet, it’s never too late to start. These tips for an eco-friendly, zero-waste home could help. Read on to find out what else is in store for you and the kids in July 2022!
Let’s Play @ D’Marquee 2.0
It’s bouncy fun galore at Let’s Play @ D’Marquee by Trip.com! Get ready to conquer 14 exciting attractions and bouncy castles plus an inflatable ball pit for over-the-top fun. With playtime extended to 150 minutes per session, there’s no excuse not to try them all! Do save some energy though for the three additional attractions: the King Kong Robot, a life-sized robot that can be controlled and manoeuvred around the playing area, Choo Choo Express and Classic Bumper Cars.
$25 (weekdays), $28 (weekends) for 150 minutes of playtime. 1 July 2022 to 9 August 2022 at Downtown East. More details here.
SEE AND DO
ArtScience Museum’s Mini Holiday Camps
Have a guided tour of an exhibition, and follow up with a workshop that brings to life what you’ve just seen. That’s how these mini holiday camps by the ArtScience Museum help kids understand more about the themes and issues explored in the exhibitions. In these upcoming sessions, they can make surface tension art, code digital art, or explore ways to upcycle plastics and create upcycled pouches from reusable materials.
ArtScience Museum is at 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974. See what’s on here.
Celebrate Racial Harmony Day
Racial Harmony Day falls on 21 July each year. Celebrate and reflect on the importance of harmony and understanding among our communities by taking part in activities by the National Heritage Board (such as making your own Kueh Clay Art keychain), and join in the fun at Racial Harmony Day Open House Celebrations at these heritage Institutions:
- Indian Heritage Centre: 16 & 17 July
- Malay Heritage Centre: 23 & 24 July
- Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall: 30 & 31 July
Time: 10am onwards
Visit the #MEANDMYKFC Installation
Hungry for fried chicken? Be one of the first 4,500 people at the #MEANDMYKFC installation on 6 July 2022 and you’ll receive a free two-piece chicken voucher that you can use immediately! It’s part of KFC’s 45th birthday celebrations, and apart from this, there are also $4.5 deals for the whole month of July to enjoy. But don’t just grab your voucher and go. Hang around and check out vintage KFC collectables, see the actual cooker pot used in KFC kitchens, and put on KFC streetwear and pose with the neon “finger lickin’ good” sign. You can even try your luck at the claw machine to win limited-edition KFC plush toys, and play the gachapon machines to take home other KFC merch or win vouchers to redeem food items that are currently unavailable on the menu (like the Zinger Double Down)!
6 to 10 July, 11am – 10pm, VivoCity, outdoor Water Fountain area, Level 1, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585
Baymax, everyone’s favourite healthcare companion is back on Disney+! Big in stature and equally big of heart, the lovable inflatable helps citizens in the fantastical city San Fransokyo solve their problems, whether they welcome it or not! While the results may not always be expected, they soon realise that Baymax’s brand of healing is just what they need. In the process, everyone learns something about themselves — for instance, that they’re loved, that they’re strong inside, that it’s never too late to try something new. That’s the genius of each mini-episode really, which packs a heartwarming blend of humanity and goodness into nine (or so) short and sweet minutes. It’s perfect for keeping little ones with wandering attention spans engrossed for a bit, and even starting conversations with older ones on certain themes and issues that they’ll encounter as they grow up.
Watch Baymax exclusively on Disney+ Singapore.
EAT & DRINK
The Colours of Chocolate
World Chocolate Day is in July but Belgian chocolate brand Callebaut and Humble Bakery in Singapore are celebrating it till the end of August with this ‘Colours of Chocolate’ collection that’s made with Callebaut’s ‘5 Colours’. Choc-full of colour, flavour, and texture, the six handcrafted artisanal creations are made with dark, milk, white, gold caramel, and ruby chocolate, as a Matcha RUBY Scone, a Cherry RUBY Chocolate Pound Cake, a Coconut Brownie with Salted GOLD ganache, a Roasted Pistachio MILK Chocolate Tart, a Parmesan WHITE Chocolate Scone, and an Orange DARK chocolate financier.
$32.80 (box of six) from www.humblebakery.sg
Earle Swensen’s Refreshed Grand Menu
Prepare to satiate your wanderlust on a gastronomic journey inspired by the chef’s global adventures at Earle Swensen’s. New on the menu are brioche burgers — like the The Golden Bun inspired by New York burgers, a tantalisingly crisp Chicken Katsu Baga, hand-stretched Neapolitan pizzas, and a truly decadent S’mores Waffle with pillowy torched marshmallows, chocolate fudge, and luscious butterscotch. Check out the refreshed decor, and enjoy live music over dinners on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays too!
Earle Swensen’s, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-117, Singapore 098585. Find out more here.
CLOVE’s Chocolate Wonderland
Good news, you won’t need to fight for a Golden Ticket to indulge at this chocolate-themed buffet. With savoury and sweet items made with over 10 types of chocolate from France, Switzerland and Belgium, it’s certainly a feast come true for chocoholics! Start easy with Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon in Chocolate. Then try the succulent Roasted Duck with Grand Marnier Chocolate Sauce from the live station. Finally, satisfy that sweet tooth with and CLOVE’s housemade Chocolate and Truffle Gateaux. Oh and don’t miss the Nitrogen Cocoa, and the 46% Vegan Dark Chocolate made with oat milk, fresh blackberries, and cress from the hotel’s own Aquaponics farm.
Available only for dinner on Fridays, and Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays at CLOVE, Level 2, Swissôtel The Stamford.
Love Bonito Kids summer collection
Beat the heat with your little ones in twinning pieces from Love Bonito, including its very first swimwear collection for kids! Prints are the standout this season, with gentle, majestic underwater creatures, skateboards and playthings, and the brand’s own in-house print — Summer Playthings — that features abstract shapes, forms and lines. Furthermore, light and breathable materials such as rayon and summer denim help kids keep their cool no matter how hard they play.
From $19.90 at Love Bonito stores (except Funan) and online.
Lenskart Air Flex frames
I wish these existed when I had my Firstborn, who loved to pull my spectacles off my face and play with them like they were Transformers toys. I shudder to think of the number of pairs he managed to mangle. Now if I had these Lenskart Air Flex frames, all that toddler exploration would have been fine. Why? While these frames weigh only nine grams, you can bend them, twist them, flex them, and even step on them — without damaging them. I know right? These best-sellers from Lenskart are made with unique break-resistant Ultem thermoplastic material, and have Memory DNA. This means they spring back to their original shape no matter how much of rough and tumble they go through, making them highly durable and yes, baby- and toddler-proof as well. We approve!
$98 per eyewear at Lenskart outlets in Singapore and online.
TAKE A BREAK
LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences
Here’s another one to put on your next family holiday hit-list. The LUX* Resorts & Hotels’ new flagship in Mauritius, a gorgeous boutique-style resort that blends luxury with tropical beachfront living. Book a Junior Suite for a couple vacation, or bring the kids and splurge on two or three bedroom villas.
Young ones will have a blast gardening at Little Green Fingers, making gelato at the Ice Cream Lab, and trying Junior Yoga. Have teens? Keep them entertained at Studio 17, which has vintage arcade games, a DJ deck, and even a Photofanatics station to hone their creative eye. Adventurous ones can explore the seas with windsurf, kayak and paddle board lessons as well.
There’s lots for mum and dad too. Dine in style at Bisou, an adults-only rooftop bar and restaurant that serves tapas-style cuisine on floating trays in a 30m infinity pool. You can also work out at the Indian Ocean’s first-ever outdoor rooftop wellness space, which boasts two 30-metre Olympic-standard running tracks.
Play Your Way at LEGOLAND Malaysia
Do you know what your child’s play type is? Find out at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort with Play Your Way LEGO® build challenges. Try all the five Play Types — Designers, Makers, Explorers, Storytellers and Dreamers — and see which suits you best. Designers will be challenged to design a secret treehouse or the ultimate dragon, while Storytellers may have to create a castle in the sky or an underwater empire. Get inspired by other builds around the theme park, and look out for Master Players (who have already mastered all five play types) doing magic tricks and storytelling. For a limited time, you can also receive an exclusive, limited-edition lanyard as well as a pop badge for each build challenge completed. Perfect for families with children aged two to 12 years old, Play Your Way is included in LEGOLAND® Malaysia Theme Park admission.
Till 10 August 2022. Tickets from RM149 (child/senior) here.
BOOK FOR LATER
The Sound of Music
The world’s best-loved musical comes back to Singapore this November with a brand new production telling the story of Maria. Remember the fun-loving governess who changed the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by bringing music back into their lives? And songs like ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Edelweiss’, and ‘My Favourite Things’? Or trying to yodel like the lonely goatherd? You’ll have to watch this, then, and introduce the kids to these classics as well. And support our little local talents too!
Tickets from $78 here.
When there’s magic, wishes can come true, as the wooden puppet Pinocchio finds out. If he wants to become a real boy though, he has to prove that he can be brave kind, and true. Through mishaps and madcap adventures, our little hero overcomes challenges and finally finds his forever home in the loving arms of Geppetto, the carpenter who created him. Cheeky, hilarious, and touching, this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, which sees the return of the adorable child performers from First Stage Kids back on stage after three years, is bound to delight audiences young and old.
17 Nov to 11 Dec 2022, various timings. Tickets from $25 available here. Enjoy a 15% Early Bird discount on all Category 1 & 2 tickets purchased from 4 to 20 July 2022.
Featured image (top of article): courtesy of Love Bonito