If your kids have faced the struggle of learning Chinese and lost the battle more times than they’ve won, we may have found a nifty little way to help.
Learning Chinese is no simple task, no matter where you’ve grown up or at what age you start. So it’s no wonder families in Singapore can find it difficult to ensure their children are making progress, and will search long and hard to find good tutors and courses. Call us crazy, but how do private classes with native Mandarin speakers sound? And do you fancy not having to drag your kid to yet another after-school activity? We thought you might. So we’ve decided to introduce you to a little online gem called Connected Learning. MORE
These workshops for kids aged from four to 15 years will change the way you think about studying technology.
Technology classes for four-year-olds? We’re shamelessly showing our age here, but we remember a time when we had to book a computer in the ‘computer room’ at school, and go to an internet café to ‘surf the web’. Now, our tiny – and not so tiny – people can learn skills that will be important for them in the future and start to interact with technology in an active way, beyond passively pressing ‘play’ on iPad games. Kids can study robotics, coding, 3D printing and other technology fields to help them use technology as a means to express their creativity. Oh my, this is a far cry from our Commodore 64 days! We might see if we can tag along to these courses at The Keys Edge and make up for some lost time. MORE
Fresh air, bike rides through the CBD, family-friendly activities and a clean city to enjoy: Singapore's car-free Sunday is back!
Get ready for car-free Sundays, Singapore. We’re always thinking of ways to teach our kids about environmental sustainability, and are thrilled at this significant move to make the Lion City more pedestrian and bike friendly. In a major step towards Singapore’s status as a ‘car-lite’ city, roads around the Padang are and CBD will be closed to vehicles from 5am to 12pm to form a 5km cycling and walking track. Get to know your city in a new light, and join the fun on the last Sunday of each month. What a breath of fresh air.
We’re in the thick of the summer holidays so we’re brushing up on our sun health and safety!
In the schools of Singapore right now, the halls have fallen quiet. Kids and teachers have escaped on their summer breaks (the Maldives, perhaps?), with many families packing up and leaving town for a much-needed holiday (don’t miss our sanity-saving tips for flying with kids!). For most, there’s a good chance of days spent in the sun on the beach or by the pool, or exploring exciting new places in search of family adventures. While these vacations will be unforgettable, no one wants it to be for the wrong reasons. Too often, excess sun or heat can wear little ones down, leaving them feeling miserable, or even sick. If you’re heading off soon on a sunny summer holiday (or you’re already there – woo hoo!), here are a few heat exposure related illnesses to look out for, and some tips on how to make sure the fun never stops (except at bedtime). MORE
Round up the kids for these educational but fun (we promise) activities you can do together at home!
Heart palpitations? Hot sweats? An overwhelming desire to crawl under the couch with a bottle of wine? We don’t claim to be medical professionals, but it sounds to us like a classic case of The School Holidays. Fret not; we have reinforcements. Here, our friends from Canadian International School (CIS) have offered up a fantastic selection of activities you can do at home with the kids that are not only fun, but also sneakily educational. MORE
Got young kids but also want a stylish living room? What you need is the elusive sofa with washable cover. We went on the hunt for couches and sofas that can be easily cleaned: here’s where you can find them in Singapore…
We learnt the hard way, and we had to replace our newish sofa after a few short months, as a beige linen sofa without removable covers is a bad choice if you have little people in your house (note to self). After coming to terms with the fact our sofa was never going to be beige again, we hunted high and low, and to bring you the shortlist of where you can find the best washable, removable sofa covers in Singapore (and yes, we treated ourselves to a new couch). MORE
What's on this weekend? Everything from baking and upcycling, to a giant arts ‘n’ crafts day, a water party and a guided trek in the great outdoors!
Can it really be the last weekend of June already? Did half of the year just disappear in a whir of kids’ birthday parties, play dates and fabulous new adventures overseas? Well fun never stops here in Singapore: let’s make this weekend memorable with 13 cool things to do in Singapore with the kids, from a free rock concert to an outdoor history lesson, a very wet parade to a flea market at the beach…
Delicious, organic Italian food, proper kids’ goodies to play with, and no city crowds. Have all our family dining dreams just come true?
Ah, ‘family friendly restaurant’. A term that’s enticingly dangled in front of us promising long, luxurious lunches enjoyed in blissful peace while the kids happily and quietly occupy themselves. The reality? All too often, the only thing family friendly about the place is the fact that there’s a table. And maybe a napkin that can double as some flimsy colouring-in paper. Well, do we have some mighty fine news for you: introducing La Barca Ristorante, where kids are kings, and parents are too. MORE
Ready to hit the pool? Here are the best swimming schools for children in Singapore, plus expert tips on learning how to swim
Whether they’re six months or 10 years old, there’s no denying that learning to swim is essential for every kid in Singapore. If you’re ready to take the plunge and start swimming lessons for your child, we’ve got all the best schools listed for you, along with some great expert tips! If you want to find a swimming coach that will come to you, then take a look at our article on learning to swim at home. And if you have a really little one in the family, it’s never too early to start getting them used to the water! Check out our guide to swimming lessons in Singapore for babies.
Put away the iPad and get back into active play with your kids – Andrea Webb, PE Teacher at Nexus International School (Singapore) shares 10 fun ways to boost your child’s fundamental motor skills.
Want to help improve your child’s balance, body awareness and movement skills to boost their development and put them on the path towards a lifetime of fitness and wellbeing? It’s all about play! We met Andrea Webb, Health & PE teacher at Nexus International School (Singapore), who shared 10 fun activities we can all try at home now… MORE