Packing List templates for all your Family Travel needs

Packing for a family trip can be quite a chore, especially if you’re going on a first trip with the little one(s). After awhile, you do get the hang of the things to bring or not to bring on your family trips. The rule of thumb for us is to overpack rather than underpack ! You’ll never know when the extra clothes will come in handy or when the excessive snacks can help soothe a cranky child.

We’ve put together 3 sample packing lists that can serve as a base for you as you start packing for your upcoming trip. It’s not meant to be exhaustive, cos every family has their own unique needs. Feel free to modify the list and add in / remove items to suit yours.

FREE Templates for download !

List 1 – Familytrippers packing list for all trips

List 2 – Familytrippers packing list for beach/resort holidays

List 3 – Familytrippers packing list for road trips

Let us know if you’ve found these useful! Happy packing! ☺️

Familytrippers’ Top 3 indoor playgrounds and theme parks in Johor Bahru

Here’s a quick review of our top three indoor playgrounds and theme parks for your next JB adventure.

1. Fanpekka, AEON Tebrau Mall

We have heard so much raving reviews of Fanpekka from our friends, and we knew we had to check it out! Fanpekka is a Finnish-inspired theme park, occupying over 27,000 square feet of space in AEON Tebrau Mall. This was the top item in our to-do list during our last trip to JB.

The kids were issued a passport which they had to get stamped as they enter the indoor playground. Our little seasoned Travellers had no trouble getting this part done with little assistance from us parents.

Once inside, the kids were spoilt for choice. There was a huge selection of role play activities that they could indulge in, from being a pizza seller, to a cashier or Chef. Dani’s personal Favourite was dressing up as a fireman and driving the fire engine!

The Nautical-themed ball pit in Fanpekka is a clear winner! It’s huge, mind you, and it’s probably the biggest that we have been to thus far with plenty of play options, slides, etc. Entertaining for both kids and adults!

There is also a section for families to build and design their own houses using the planks provided. You can decorate your house and fill it up with furnitures and kitchen items provided. Ours had a slide at the entrance just because we thought it will be fun to have one!

There’s a family-friendly cafe located within the indoor park, very convenient when you are hungry and need a bite.

Admission fee to Fanpekka is RM66 inclusive of 1 child(RM55) and 1 adult(RM11). Kids below 2 years old enters for free. Operating hours are from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily.

2. Angry Birds Activity Park, Komtar JBCC

We visited the Angry Bird Park back in 2015 when our firstborn was barely 3 years old. Entrance is free for kids below 3 years old, hence we only had to buy tickets for ourselves.

We decided to visit the park again over the New Year holidays. This time round, our #2 has just turned 3 years old, and as a result, he wasn’t eligible for the free entry. We decided to go for the family pass, which cost RM280 for a family of 4. If you are a Maybank card holder, you are eligible to purchase the family pass RM218 only!

On weekends and public holidays, the park has three different time slots for entry. 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm and 6pm-10pm. The one-hour break per play session is utilised by the staff to sanitise and reset the play equipments. We arrived at 1pm, and since we had an hour to go before the next play time, we decided to have lunch at the Boat Noodles restaurant which was located just next to the theme park.

During the one-hour closure also, we caught a dance item by the Angry Bird mascot and staff of the theme park too. We’re not sure whether it’s a regular feature or whether it happened to be a special item on that day though. By 1.45pm, a queue has formed at the entrance of the theme park. The first time we visited the park, this was Ari’s favourite activity then – the balance bike ramps. This time round, he still enjoyed this activity the most. 3yo Dani enjoyed this activity too!Another of Dani’s favourite activity was the foam building blocks. He built ramps and rolled balls along them for a good 30 minutes!

The Piggy Shooting Gallery was also a hit with the boys. Featuring three ball guns, objective of the station is to knock down as many of the piggies as possible. Very much like the actual Angry Birds game!

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Ari tried go-karting for the first time and the boys ended the evening at the Soccer station. 3 hours of fun for the boys = 3 hours too long for us parents. Some of the activities like the mazes were not that suitable for young kids like ours. According to hubby, there were obstacles that they could not overcome because they were not tall enough and he would have to assist them through the obstacles. By 5pm, we were pooped !Operating hours from 10am to 10pm daily.

Tickets at RM75 per person (child/adult). Free entry for kids below 3 and senior citizens above 60. Multiple entries allowed.

3. The Little Big Club / Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Puteri Harbour

Families with young kids need to check out the indoor parks at Puteri Harbour. Where else can you find Thomas & Friends, Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu and Hello Kitty right under one roof if not at Puteri Harbour! Definitely a treat for the young ones with 6 themed interactive play zones.

Thomas & Friends’ rides were a hit with our boys both times we were there. We probably spent the bulk of our time on those rides. In our last visit in March 2016, we went on the Thomas train ride 3 times in a row!

Another activity that was a hit with the boys is Bob the Builder’s construction site. They can easily spend 30mins (or more!) in the construction site – building, piling, climbing etc.

The other activity zones aren’t to the boys’ liking. So we will try and catch some of the live shows on stage or stalk the cartoon characters for a photo.

Both times we were there, we skipped the Hello Kitty Town just because our boys weren’t interested in them.

Both parks operate from 10am – 6pm, daily except on Tuesdays, their off days. Tickets at RM 85 for Little Big Club. 2 park passes to Little Big Club and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town available at RM 125 only.

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Know of other indoor playgrounds and theme parks in JB that Familytrippers should explore? Leave a message and we will include them in our next JB-tripping adventure!

2017 in review

Familytrippers was in full force this year.

We tried our best to share as many useful articles, tips and travel guides for our fellow family trippers in our blog and social media pages. We wanted to write more, but it was always challenging to find the time to do so in the midst of work, family commitment and our travels.

Friends, acquaintances and even people we didn’t know started writing to us for tips on various aspects of family travel, ranging from how to survive baby’s first flight, suggested activities for holidays to destinations that we have been to, and specific questions on performing umrah with young kids. We have had the opportunity to meet, chat and exchange travel stories with some of our readers.

Our monthly nature walk with FEST Sg kept us connected with the community, and satisfied our desire for adventure and exploration on the months when we weren’t travelling. For the first time also, we got invited to share our stories at a public event. It was nerve-wrecking but it turned out fun and we won’t mind doing more of such sharings.

In fact, one of our plans for 2018 is to host more of such family travel sharing sessions. We are also hoping to collate family-friendly itineraries from fellow family trippers and share them on our blog. We want to go back to our vision for Familytrippers, that is to build up a community of family travellers inspiring others with their own stories of their family travels. And that’s you we’re talking about – You, Your Family and Your Travel Stories.

Let’s get the ball rolling, and make 2018 the year the community of Familytrippers comes to life !

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It has been a year since we were in Norway chasing the Northern Lights and since we started sharing our stories to inspire others to travel with their young children. It has been an exciting journey so far, and we look forward to continue this journey alongside our fellow family trippers.

In celebration of our 1 year trip anniversary, our friends from Scandiplanet has kindly offered a special 10% discount just for our readers and followers keen on going on an Arctic Adventure this winter.

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[Review] All-day Sunday brunch at The Halia, Singapore

Family-friendly factor : 5/5

Menu options : 5/5

Price : $$$

The Halia received its Halal certification in June this year, and it definitely brought much cheer to the Muslim community in Singapore. Yay to an additional Halal food option !

We’ve been wanting to check out their all-day brunch menu. And with the opening of the Downtown Line 3, Botanic Gardens became even more accessible than before for us, Easterners. 2 of our friends wanted to try out the new blue line to the Botanic Gardens station and we decided to have that brunch date at The Halia this morning.

We arrived at 11.30am, and had to wait about 15 minutes before we got ourselves seats. The crowd seemed to dwindle halfway through our meal, so if you do not want to wait too long, you might want to consider heading over slightly after the lunch hour. By 2pm when we left, there wasn’t a queue at all.

We got a table at the outdoor verandah. When the blinds were up, it felt like we were dining at some resort or restaurant in Bali, with nature surrounding us. The mostly wooden architecture and interior of The Halia also added on to the Balinese feel and experience. Definitely a plus point for us!

These were the dishes the adults ordered from their weekend menu:

1. The Halia Breakfast (2 eggs, toasted sourdough, turkey breast, sweet potatoes, mushrooms), $24

You can’t quite go wrong with an egg breakfast set. Love that they substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes. How often do you have sweet potatoes for breakfast here in Singapore? And the turkey breast slices were soft and tender. A comforting kinda meal for an eggs lover like myself!

2. 62.5• poached eggs with smoked salmon (toasted brioche, spinach, capsicum salsa), $22 + $5 for the salmon

Lindah had this, and again you can’t go wrong if you’re an eggs lover. You can choose to replace the meat with Wagyu roast beef, if you’re not a fan of salmon.

3. Halia’ Singapore-style Chilli crab spaghettini, $26

Rabi’ah wanted to try a Halia specialty dish, so she went for this. Her review: A tad too sweet and could be spicier, but otherwise great!

Halia is also the Malay word for “ginger”, hence we thought we needed to try out some of their ginger infused drinks. I had the chilled lemongrass and ginger infusion which I thought was refreshing. I like lemongrass so can’t really go wrong there either !

Rabi’ah had another ginger infused drink which she liked because it wasn’t too sweet.

Lindah had an interesting lychee & thyme combination which came with a generous portion of lychees!

Ordered the Chicken Breasts with Carbonara Spaghetti from the kids menu for Dani, $12. It came with a cup of juice or soft drinks. We chose Apple juice. The kids meal was actually something I wouldn’t mind eating myself. Chicken was soft and tender. Portion was too much for Dani. If Ari was with us, the two of them could probably share a plate.

The kids menu was in the form of a colouring and maze page, something to occupy the kids while waiting for food to arrive. A plus point for every family!

Dani gave a double thumbs up when we asked him whether his food was delicious. So I guess that’s a compliment for The Halia! ☺️

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t was time for desserts. We were full from our main course and thought we could just share a dessert. We decided to go for this:

Die die must have chocolate, a chocolate mousse cake with raspberry, $9.50

It was a rich flavour which I personally enjoyed – a slight bitterness of the chocolate against the sour taste of the raspberry. And there were candy chocolate bits as toppings, which added sparkles to each bite.

< e asked for our bill at this point, satisfied with our successful first brunch experience at The Halia and were about to leave when someone had to point at the dessert plate of the couple sitting just next to us. Whatever they were having looked very delicious. The couple caught us staring at their plate and confirmed that it was! We decided to order a plate just to try it out. This was what we had:

This was what we ordered – Pain Perdu, $16. It consists of moist hazelnut brioche with bananas, strawberries, raspberries, toasted hazelnuts, drizzled with praline sauce and caramel, with a scoop of chocolate ice-cream as topping. The brioche was crispy on the sides and soft on the inside. If you are looking for dessert options, we highly recommend you go for this one. We finished up the plate in minutes, and had to ask for the bill a second time round.

The Halia is highly recommended if you are looking for an outdoorsy setting for brunch with the family. You can continue to explore the Botanic Gardens after the meal, so many things to see and do. Dani was mesmerised by the mini waterfall nearby, kept pointing at it and muttered “big water” in amazement. < f you walk further on, you can explore other parts of the Botanic Gardens like the Jacob Ballas garden, Asia’s first children garden with lots of nature sensory play areas for young children.

The Halia is located at 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore 259569. For directions to get to The Halia, you can click here. If you are taking the Downtown Line, factor in a 1.2km walk (about 15 min) to get from the station to The Halia.

You might want to also check out this review by Dawn from 365daystoplayeatandtravel on their weekday dinner menu. Definitely a dining option for a romantic night out with that special one too.

Go travel, 2018!

We took a look at the calendar of Public Holidays in 2018 and saw that there will be 4 long weekends. 

We did some Maths and came up with this formula – Add in 7 leave days, and Voila! You get a total of 10 short holidays for the family! Plenty of time for roadtrips, shopping getaways and beach retreats!

What are you waiting for? Start making your 2018 travel plans today. ✈️

(Disclaimer – This probably won’t work for teachers and families with primary/secondary school going kids though… Sorry guys! 😬)

Umrah with young kids : Madinah Al Munawarrah

In Part 2 of our Umrah with young kids series, we recap on our time spent in the holy city of Madinah and wrote down some useful tips for families whilst there.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Medina is a sanctuary from that place to that. Its trees should not be cut and no heresy should be innovated nor any sin should be committed in it, and whoever innovates in it an heresy or commits sins (bad deeds), then he will incur the curse of Allah, the angels, and all the people.” (See Hadith No. 409, Vol 9).

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1. Orientate yourself in the vicinity!

In Madinah, we stayed in Leader Al Muna Kareem hotel, and our hotel was about 3 minutes walk away from Nabawi Mosque. We only had to walk down the pathway, cross two roads and we would have reached the gates of Nabawi Mosque. Our guide led the group to the mosque together to perform Maghrib prayers on the same day that we reached Madinah.

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Nabawi Mosque is huge, and there are a lot of people at the mosque at any time. The first thing you should do is to take note of the gate that you enter from. For our umrah group, it was pretty easy as our gate was the left-most one, nearest to the ladies’ entrances, and the shops nearest to the gate were pretty recognisable despite the Arabic spellings of the names.
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One elderly uncle from our group got separated from the group during prayers on the first night and he didn’t return to the hotel for dinner. That night, the men were activated to search for him but to no avail. Thankfully, he eventually found his way back to the hotel.

2. Choose a strategic after-prayer meeting point 

Apart from the first few Jemaah prayers, the umrah group went to the mosque separately for the rest of the Jemaah prayers. Initially hubby and I would agree to meet at the mosque gate after prayers, but we realised that it could get pretty crowded so eventually we decided it was easier to meet outside Starbucks. Some families in our group made arrangements to meet back at the hotel, which is also a convenient meeting point if you don’t intend to do any shopping.

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3. Be prepared for Bag checks

There were strict bag checks at the entrance of the mosque. Among the things they look out for were toys which appear life-like, e.g. animal toys, dolls, soft toys, action figurines. A fellow Jemaah’s daughter was carrying a doll which was taken away from her. Our boys had a play-doh set with human figurine parts, and those were taken away from us too. Thankfully we managed to retrieve both the doll and the play-do figurines after prayer. (They usually place these items in small plastic boxes at the entrance, so do take note which box your item is at and you can retrieve them back after prayers.) Similarly, do ensure your kids do not wear t-shirts with images of action figures either and avoid bringing picture books, just to be on the safe side.

4. Bag your shoes/slippers

Bring along a small bag to keep your shoes in when you are praying. Trust me, it’s easier to have your shoes with you then trying to locate your shoes from amongst the thousands of pairs outside of the mosque or in the shoe storage areas at the mosque entrances. Hubby and I brought along a drawstring bag each which we found to be very convenient as we can easily sling them around our body. My mum and dad used plastic bags, which worked well for them.

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5. Family prayer spaces

In Madinah, the boys were mostly with my mum and I. There are separate prayer areas for women, one of which which was out of bounds to children. I prayed in that area once for Subuh when the kids were still sleeping and mum offered to take care of them in the hotel room. Most of the time, I’ll be at the larger family friendly prayer spaces. What my friends told me were indeed true, there were plenty of families with young children in both Madinah and Makkah! Being among other families made prayer time less stressful as people were generally tolerant of the level of noise made by the children. People were also very friendly and generous. The boys (especially Dani) made friends easily and the kids kept receiving small items of food from the fellow Jemaah. We felt really blessed.

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6. Be at the mosque early for prayers!

Especially for Maghrib prayers and on Friday Jumaat prayers. The mosque tends to be extra packed then. We were late for one Maghrib prayer and we had to pray on the cold marble surface of the mosque exterior compounds. It was extra challenging praying outside than inside because there was a higher chance of the boys wandering off further than they should while we were praying. Thankfully they didn’t and they were contented snacking and playing with their toys.

Reaching the mosque early also meant that you need to have more activities to engage the kids for a longer period of time. I usually had about 5 to 6 different sets of toys/activities in my bag and an equal number of snacks, and I’ll then take them out one at a time so that they would always be entertained. The good thing about reaching the mosque early and settling the kids down early is that we can also pick a good spot. I try to avoid the front-most row in the prayer area as Dani who was just learning to walk then would wander off on his own, especially if there were other kids in the prayer area in front. He did that once before! I also tried to avoid being close to the cupboards and pillars (where there are usually Qurans) because again, there were a few times Dani knocked his head against them.

We usually remain in the mosque after Maghrib prayer in preparation for Isyak, as the timing in between the two prayers are very short. We found it convenient and if the kids were settled, I used the time to read the Quran and make extra supplications and prayers.

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7. Best time for Rawdah…

is without the kids with you. I didn’t go to Rawdah with the group (they went in the morning, after Subuh on the day after we arrived). Mum went along with the ladies in our group and she said that it was very packed and they had a long wait. The ladies supported one another so that all had a chance to perform a short prayer and supplication in Rawdah. I decided to go over at night, left the kids with husband and I made my way to Nabawi Mosque. I was at Nabawi slightly after 11pm and there were still many people outside the mosque. It was a different sight to Nabawi then what we saw in the day – empty prayer halls, people sleeping outside and around the mosque exterior compounds, workers cleaning and packing up for the night, refilling Zamzam water and so forth.

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Mum suggested that I wore black tudung and jubah so that I can blend in with the locals, and I did. Before you can enter Rawdah, the mosque officials will group us according to the region we come from – Asians in one group, Arabs in one group etc. You will then move from one waiting area to another with your group. Going alone means I could easily move from group to group, and before I knew it, I was already part of the group that was the next to enter Rawdah.

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The ladies in black were among the officials controlling the crowd and letting us in group by group.

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Sign reminding us not to rush in and injure one another, but to wait for our turn. With Allah’s grace, we would be able to enter.

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That’s me, one step away from the green carpets indicating the region of Rawdah. Almost there.

Once you are in Rawdah, I would suggest you move all the way in, as front as possible so that you can avoid being trampled on by others while doing your prayers. People literally step and cross over one another, just to find a spot to do a quick prayer and supplication. On my second night there, I managed to reach the front-most row of Rawdah, away from all the pushing and shoving. Both nights I was out at about 1am. Don’t go too late because I think they’ll close the entrance to Rawdah soon after. Rawdah for men is 24 hours though.

8. Sadaqah

There are many people whom you can give sadaqah too, elderly and kids being the two most common group (hence why our kids received plenty of goodies). You can also go to the nearby shops and waqaf items for the mosque such as Quran and foldable stools for prayers.

9. Excursions

We enjoyed the site visits and excursions because it was a break from the daily routine of going to the mosque and back. These usually took place in the morning, after breakfast, and we would be back by noon for lunch and Zuhur prayers. When we stopped by mosques for a visit, we would perform 2 rakaat sunnah prayers and we’ll try and take turns with the hubby /parents  where possible so that the kids need not have to enter the mosque. Among the places we visited in Madinah were Quba Mosque (we had ice cream from the ice-cream truck outside the mosque!), Mount Uhud, kurma and souvenir shops etc.

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10. Best time to shop is…

After Subuh prayers. A lot of shops will be lined outside the mosque, and according to my Chief shopping consultant (the mum), the best deals can be found then. Most of the jubahs we gave as souvenirs were bought then. Of course it is important to meet the husband first and hand over the kids to him so that you can shop at ease.

Click here for some tips on preparing for umrah and here for our write up on Makkah.

 

 

A Day at KidZania Singapore: Review and Giveaway

A year ago, we visited KidZania KL and we were blown away by the activities available for the kids. Ari became a firefighter THREE times, and it was then he decided that he wanted to be one when he grows up. We have been wanting to visit KidZania Singapore, but we heard about the long queues, and decided to wait until the novelty has worn off.

For those who are not familiar with KidZania, it is an interactive indoor theme park which allows kids to role play work and life in a kid-sized city. The role-play activities have been designed to mimic real life, and KidZania partners with different brands and organisations to make that happen. There’s also a lesson on economics as they get paid KidZo dollars for “working” and they get to spend their money when they take up other roles as “learners”. With over 60 different role-playing activities in over 50 establishments, the kids get to play adults and be empowered to make their own “decisions”.

As luck would have it, we managed to score media passes to KidZania Singapore. We decided to pay a visit in January as we figured it won’t be as packed as during the school holidays. We were spot on! Despite hosting a school excursion group on that same morning, there was still ample space in the 81,000 sq ft KidZania city, and minimal queuing needed.

Location

KidZania Singapore is located in Sentosa. If you are driving, park at the Beach Carpark off Siloso beach. KidZania is located just across from the carpark entrance so you might to park nearer to the entrance so that you won’t have to walk too far.

The first thing that you’ll spot as you reach KidZania is the Qatar Airways plane. Singapore prides itself to be the first KidZania in the world to house a full-wing fuselage of a Boeing 737! All the aviation activities are held within the plane itself, unlike in KidZania Malaysia which only feature the cockpit of an Air Asia plane.

Check-in

As we entered KidZania, we couldn’t help but felt as though we were at the airport. The ticket counters have been modelled after the check-in counters at the airport. It sure felt like we were going on a flight, sans the luggages though. Each kid received a boarding pass, a wrist tag, 20 KidZo dollars and a bank card which they can use to open a personal savings account at any time during their visit.

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To avoid disappointment, you are strongly advised to get your tickets via online purchase, so that you are guaranteed admission on your chosen day. You can make your online purchase at least 1 day in advance. Same day online purchase is not allowed. You can purchase your tickets here.

Here’s Ari and his friends all ready to start exploring the city of KidZania.

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Plan your activities

Role-play activities at KidZania Singapore are for kids 4-17 years old. Look out for the Census Board displayed outside each establishment which will indicate the activity type, minimum age, duration of play, and how much kidZos kids can earn or need to pay. Some activities may have higher requirements for age and height.

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The day before we went to KidZania, I checked out the city map of KidZania and discussed with Ari the activities that he would like to go for. Top on our list were the firefighter activity (no surprise there), pilot activity and one of the fast food activity (he couldn’t decide whether he wanted to go to Pizza Hut or KFC. In the end, we did both!). We went straight for those activities, and barely had to queue for them.

Here are some photos of the kids role-playing jobs that they were paid for.

As SCDF Fire-fighters

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As Qatar Airways Pilot

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As Lifebuoy lab scientists

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Ari as the Newspaper delivery boy

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As little actors performing on the big stage

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As Camouflage models catwalking down the runway 

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As Qatar Airways cabin crew (Oh this was fun because we got to be on board the flight as passengers!)

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Plan your meals

There were some role-playing jobs that the kids had to pay for with their KidZo dollars. As a rule of thumb, all the food-related ones require money. In return, the kids learnt how to make their own meals which then became their lunch (pizza from Pizza Hut) and afternoon tea (burger from KFC). Considering we were there all the way from 10am to 5pm, we didn’t have to fork out a single cent for their meals!

As chefs from Pizza Hut

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and their lunch…

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As STICKY Candy workers

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As chefs from KFC

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We also paid money to go on a ride on the WTS tour bus as passengers. The kids could have earned money to be a tour guide, but as it was our final activity for the day, we decided to take a break and do a bit of sight-seeing ourselves.

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Under 4s

Kids aged below 4 years old are considered toddlers and may only play at toddler designated areas, namely the Kindergarten and RightZKeepers Residence.

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Not as fun as what the older kids got to do, but I’m sure 2 year old Dani enjoyed the limited activities he participated in – catching a play, watching a fashion show, dancing alongside the city parade and boarding an aeroplane. Oh Dani also managed to snap a photo with one of the mascots of KidZania while his brother was busy working. Lucky him!

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Other useful tips

It can get pretty chaotic for the kids having to juggle their bank card and their money, you might want to bring along a small pouch for them to carry around with them. As we didn’t have any with us, I decided to buy a passport lanyard for the kids.

Alternatively, you can encourage your child to go cashless and deposit his money in the bank. At least, I wanted Ari to do that, so I told him to activate his bank card and deposit his money. Parents aren’t allowed in the bank, presumably they want the kids to handle their finances independently. When the bank teller asked Ari whether he would like to deposit his money in the bank, he shook his head and walked away.

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If your kid loves to dance, let him/her join the City Clock Dance which takes place every hour at the Clock tower. Do also join in the City Parade and parade around the whole city with the staff and mascots of KidZania.

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For parents with older kids, you can consider hanging out at Parent’s Lounge while waiting for your children. The Lounge is located on the Mezzanine Floor, next to the PaZZport Office.

Also, if you intend to visit KidZania again in the near future, you might want to consider signing up your kid for the B.KidZanian citizenship programme. As a citizen, they will receive their very own B•KidZanian PaZZport and earn extra kidZos on every activity they complete and receive discounts within the City. The more kidZos earned or saved, the more rewards they can enjoy!

Each time they visit KidZania, they will receive a stamp on their PaZZport and they will be recognised as Distinguished CitiZens and Honourable Citizens of KidZania when they have collected 30 and 60 stamps respectively. A Distinguished PaZZport will allow them to earn or save 4 extra kidZos per activity, while a Honourable PaZZport will grant them the ability to earn or save 6 extra kidZos for each activity and may even be invited to be a member of CongreZZ.

The good thing is that this programme is applicable in other KidZania cities like KL and Bangkok. I must admit this was the pull factor for me to sign Ari up for the programme!

Proceed to the PaZZport Office on the Mezzanine Floor in KidZania Singapore on your day of your visit to register. A one-time  fee of S$18 is applicable per kid and is payable at the point of enrolment in the PaZZport Office.

Lastly, I have two pieces of good news for all Muslim families out there. (1) You can find plenty of halal food establishments in KidZania, from Malay food at Warung M Nasir to halal fast food chains i.e. KFC and Pizza Hut. (2) There is a prayer room located on Mezzanine level of KidZania, next to the washroom. It’s relatively big, with ablution area within the room itself, and it comes equipped with prayer gears. Some photos below.

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Definitely a plus point for our family!


:: GIVEAWAY!! ::

Thanks to KidZania, we have a pair of Adult + Child ticket (worth $93) to give away to one lucky family. For a chance to win, all you have to do is:

  1. Like Familytrippers Facebook page HERE
  2. Like and share this post on Facebook. Make sure that your share setting is public so that we are able to track!
  3. Leave a comment below to let us know that you have done the above.

Terms and conditions

  1. Familytrippers’ decision is final.
  2. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for cash.
  3. This Giveaway is applicable to Singapore residents only.
  4. Tickets are valid till end June 2017.

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 18 February 2017. All the best!

5 reasons why now is a good time to visit KidZania Singapore

Kai everyone!

We were in KidZania this week and in the City of KidZania, “Kai” means Hi! As you can tell, we have not fully gotten over the KidZania mania. Our firstborn, Ari does not stop talking about KidZania. Yesterday, he was asking me which of the passport holder lanyard was his, and whether the one he saw lying in the house belongs to his friend, H. (No, it’s not H’s. Ibu bought an extra piece for a Familytrippers’ giveaway. To which, his reply was: “What’s a giveaway, Ibu?” 😓)

Anyway as I’m still in the midst of writing a longer post on our experience in KidZania, here’s a short one with 5 reasons why we think that now is the best time for you to make a trip to KidZania.

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1. No Queues!

We learnt that January has been a lull month for KidZania so far. After a packed December, staff we spoke to agreed that business has been less brisk since school reopened. We were there on a weekday, but we were told it hasn’t been crowded on weekends as well. The good thing about going on a lull month is that you get to skip KidZania’s infamous long queues. We didn’t have to queue to enter when we arrived at 10am, neither did we have to queue for the activities. There was a school excursion that morning with about 100 primary school students. Even then, there was barely a queue forming anywhere. Which also means that the kids got to maximise their time in KidZania. Each got to play at least 11 role-playing activities, and that’s way more than what you can probably do during the peak period.

2. “Private” sessions!

Despite the low traffic, we noticed that all the activities were still made available to the kids. Most of the time, the kids get a private play session. Which means that they get the full attention of the staff manning the activity. At the cabin crew activity, parents get to be “passengers” on board the plane, and we were “served” by the kids. As we were the only passengers, we asked whether we could bring along our younger son, Dani, into the plane with us. Dani must have thought that we were really flying off, he asked to be buckled up and was excited when his brother served him a tray of “food”. We also hopped onto the WTS Tour coach activity and again, we asked for permission to bring Dani along for a ride with the older kids.

3. Special CNY Event!

There are a series of activities taking place in KidZania this CNY, but I thought that this might excite the most:

A CitiZens Hongbao GIVEAWAY!

From 21 Jan to 12 Feb, all returning and new B•KidZanian CitiZens will each receive a Hongbao with 80 kidZos as part of the B•KidZanian Hongbao Giveaway upon entering the City or upon sign-up. There are also additional activities like a Lion Dance City Parade and handicraft booths which you might be interested in. You can find more details below.

4. KidZania shops promotion!

And if you are thinking of getting some souvenirs from KidZania (I bought passport holder lanyards for the kids), this month’s promotion sounds like a good deal. For every $50 spent, you will Receive 50 kidZos & a carpark coupon . Since we drove, I thought it was a good deal! We ended up paying only $1 for our parking, also because there’s free parking if you park at the Beach Carpark during lunch hours (12-2pm) on weekdays. So if you are headed to KidZania anytime from now till 12 Feb, you might want to take note of this promotion. Terms apply so you might want to visit their website for more info. 

5. 4 Visits for the Price of 3!

From now till 31 March, you can enjoy a special bundle package of 4 visits for the price of 3. Ticket redemption period is valid till 31 Dec 2017, excluding Public Holidays and it is valid for Kid ticket only. Promotion is valid for walk-in redemption and is not to be used in conjunction with other offers, discounts or promotions. 

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So there you have it, 5 reasons why you should consider heading to KidZania now and not wait till the school holidays!

Stocktake 2016, Hello 2017!

2016 is the year when Familytrippers happened. I still recall about a year ago, the idea for Familytrippers was hatched. We were travelling quite a bit with our young boys in tow. Short trips, long trips, we had a couple of the former and at least one of the latter every year. 

For Adi and I, travelling has always been the highlight of our relationship. Within 2 months of knowing each other, we were already on our first vacation with another friend of ours. It was only natural when we got married and had kids, that we started to include them in our travel adventures. 

With Familytrippers, I discovered a whole community of families who have been doing what we are doing, waaaay earlier than us. We connected with families from around the world, followed their travel stories and getting inspired. Then there were the worldschoolers, family who have been travelling for the last 1 year, educating their children through life and travel experiences. 

So what is Familytrippers all about you might wonder? Well, for a start, we hope to inspire families to travel with their young kids, through our stories, photos and travel tips. It’s also a great way for us to document down highlights of each trip. Our Familytrippers Exchange serve to do that, and we have one coming up on 21 January. 

We also wish to grow this community of family trippers and we have plans to work with other partners to organise more family friendly travel itineries and globalplaydates . We kickstarted the LittleXplorers Arctic Tour with Scandiplanet and Arctic Trip in October this year. The package and the programme has been curated specially for families with young kids like ours, there’s so much adventure even for  2 year old Dani. And the adults still get to have their Northern Lights fix. Coming up is a 4d Bali package for families who want a uniquely family Bali experience, one without beaches and parties. 

And while we are in Singapore, we hope to continue our LittleXplorers adventure, making the outdoors our best playground and most exciting classroom. A collaboration with F.E.S.T, this is a spin off from all the wilderness adventures we had in Norway. There’s so much to learn and experience in the outdoors, and where best to explore if not the places and spaces in our own country ! We are planning for our second adventure this month. Details will be out tomorrow, stay tuned! 

That’s Familytrippers in a nutshell. Join us, support us, learn with us. We look forward to meeting more people this year!

Our family travel stories by #thesuhardis