It’s the end of the September school holidays and if you are running out of ideas as to what you can do with the family this weekend, here are two itineraries for you!
ITINERARY #1: Fire and rescue!
1. Start out the day with a trip to your local fire station! Every single Fire Station in Singapore has an Open House from 9-11am on Saturdays, and tours usually start at 9:30am. You get a chance to play with all the equipment, interact with the firefighters and even try on the uniform! It’s pretty cool!
2. If you can, visit the Central Fire Station which houses the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery. This gallery showcases the history and development of the Singapore Civil Defence Forces and has a brilliant display of old firefighting equipment and vehicles as well as details of major fire events from Singapore’s history. The gallery is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am -5pm, and if you are organised enough, you might even score yourself a free guided tour.
3. Finish off the day with a movie! The new Disney’s Planes 2: Fire and Rescue is a brilliant tribute to firefighters and portrays the day-to-day bravery of the Fire and Rescue teams that work together in a seamless fashion to keep the public safe, and the movie really brings home the importance of fire safety.
The kids and I were on the edge of our seats the entire time, in this action packed sequel, especially when watching the various vehicles – helicopters, planes and smokejumpers – all rally round to contain wildfires in the beautifully rendered Piston Peak National Park.
I was especially impressed with how Dusty Crophopper (the hero of Disney’s Planes) learns how to temper his stubborn pride (which helped him to achieve his goals in the previous film) with humility during the course of the film. Definitely a great learning point for kids.
Itinerary #2: Bubbles!
1. Experiment with your kids by making these awesome giant soap bubbles! Mix up the bubble solution with the kids at home, then bring them outside for a ton of fun with science! Bring straws of various sizes, plastic cups, twine tied to sticks and even coat hangers wrapped in twine to blow different sized bubbles.
2. Bring the kids for a wonderful afternoon at Pep Bou’s Bubble Magic, which is on until the 14th September at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel. The kids and I had the opportunity to watch this wonderful production this week, and it was truly wonderful entertainment for all the family.
We just couldn’t stop laughing at actor’s antics and we were absolutely awed by the bubbles which seemed to morph into all sorts of fanciful things. A simple bubble became an ice-cream, a snow-ball, a giant amoeba, a rainbow – well, basically anything you could possibly imagine!
3. End the day with a fun and relaxing bubble bath set to music! I like to crank up the music real loud and let the kids splash around. If you want to make it super fun, stop by Lush cosmetics and get hold of one of their bath bombs. It smells great and the kids will LOVE it, trust me.