From 20th May – 8th October 2017 the Children’s Biennale is taking over the National Gallery of Singapore. It’s a brilliant celebration of the world of art and creativity all with the young and young at heart in mind. So of course we had to go and see what it’s all about! Typically the words “art gallery” fill me with dread when it comes to the kids. Who finds pleasure in an afternoon spent non-stop shushing and hissing threats at kids with zero appreciation or patience for art? Not me. Someone somewhere knows this feeling oh too well, clearly, because…

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Please note this blog post is sponsored by Bayard Something that it turns out my children miss from home is magazines. We used to let them each choose one magazine every couple of weeks or so to chuck in the trolley with the supermarket shop. Since moving to Singapore we’ve let them have a magazine each once. Just once. And they cost me the best part of $30. I thought they were expensive in England, not so much anymore. And the thing is, I actually quite enjoy kiddie magazines because – and perhaps this says a lot about my ability…

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There are several upsides to our home schooling adventure, but there are also downsides. The main one, and the one that causes me the most amount of guilt, is the lack of facilities available in our 1200 square foot apartment. We are limited by space, not surprisingly, and our “classroom” is the dining table. It’s a set up that works for the basics – spelling, reading, writing, maths etc – but doesn’t offer us much flexibility for hands on activities, especially science. Ultimately we just don’t have the space, or the storage, for everything that the kids would be exposed…

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Recently I’ve had a few people asking me about home schooling. Not in a judge-y way, I don’t think anyway, but more in a curious way. Or just a “are you a mad woman” way. Maybe both, actually. And it’s been a surprisingly tricky topic to write about, given that I am neither particularly for or against it. I’m not a stereotypical home school kind of Mum, at least I don’t think I am. At the same time, I’m not totally against the idea. I’ve just never had any inclination to find out more about the home schooling movement. Not…

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Nothing in life is free, or so they say, and so these day out ideas do have a small cost attached, but in Singapore terms they’re as good as free.¬†Being a stay at home mama with two kiddies of school age (ish) does mean that we try and have some educational value to trips out, but ultimately we want to go out and about and have some major fun. All our outings are accompanied by at least one scooter and usually a pushchair, so we do get to try out every lift and the ramp access wherever we go, although…

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Lanterns are so synonymous with Chinese New Year because of the Lantern Festival which marks the final day of the New Year celebrations. Though this isn’t until February 11th this year, there is no harm in having a little sticky fun making your own Chinese paper lanterns! Especially as it is traditionally the children who carry the paper lanterns during the nighttime hours of the festival. Of course the lanterns have to be red to bring good fortune, but they are also a symbol of people letting go of their past self and being renewed with the New Year. This…

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So there’s two types of weather in Singapore. It’s either hot and humid (but not raining), or hot and humid (and raining). When the sun’s shining it’s impossible to do much without dying of heatstroke, and when the rain’s pouring it’s impossible to do much without getting absolutely soaked to the core. But here’s the thing, it actually almost doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing because there’s SO much to do. And guess what? It doesn’t all have to cost a small fortune! Seriously!!! Here are a few of my picks for a day out with little’s that will leave…

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