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After a morning with the grandparents at Botanic Gardens, the kids and I spent an entire afternoon at the Esplanade enjoying the various Octoburst offerings. There were so many things to do, and as it was, we only did a fraction of what was available.

First, Asher and I caught Something Very Far Away by Unicorn Theatre while Ellery had a nap.

As Ellery was still napping when we came out, Asher went to check out Book Stop, a book swop event. I’ve never actually been for a book swop before, so even I was excited to see what was available and what treasures we might find. In the end he settled on The Fish Who Could Wish, a funny book about a fish who can wish anything and have it come true, but he made one very bad wish that ended all that. Ellery now keeps asking to go for the book swop too so that he can exchange his book for another. So we might have to go down again…

Checking out the books at the book swop

Checking out the books at the book swop

The sticker reads "I swopped this book at Octoburst"

The sticker reads “I swopped this book at Octoburst”

We then went for Dance Appreciation Series: Introduction to Classical Ballet by SDT. I’m not kidding when I say I must have seen a hundred Elsas that day. There were even families with more than one Elsa in them! Gosh. Poor Anna. She’s the real protagonist, I think, just that her sister has the prettier dress and the headline song.

After that the boys then wrote a postcard each at Octopost to a secret someone and posted their postcards in specially designed letterboxes with birds’ heads sticking out. It was a colourful and attractive set-up, and the boys carefully looked at all the birds before deciding which to give their postcard to. I can’t wait for that secret someone to receive the postcards!

Not just pigeon holes. Ostrich, owl, peacock, toucan, flamingo, etc., holes!

Not just pigeon holes. Ostrich, owl, peacock, toucan, flamingo, etc., holes!

Ellery was going to give his postcard to Luciel (this yellow bird), but after I snapped this changed his mind and gave it to Sam

Ellery was going to give his postcard to Luciel (this yellow bird), but after I snapped this changed his mind and gave it to Sam on the right

In the concourse was also this eye-catching installation by Tiffany Singh called Revision of the Optics. I loved how the artwork captured both the sense of sight and smell. The vibrant colours were perfect for a children’s festival, and the scents that drifted past your nose, especially the smells of lavender and dried chilli, added another dimension to the work. I think there was supposed to be the element of sound from the tinkling of bells that hung from the ribbons, but as the air was still there was no tinkling.

Eye-catching installtion that filled up the space above and below

Eye-catching installtion that filled up the space above and below

Beautiful rainbow colours

Beautiful rainbow colours

The boys were getting hungry so we started to head for Gluttons Bay, but stopped by the giant Snakes and Ladders for a while. In theory the children will take turns to roll the dice and move on the board. In practice, it’s who is the most assertive that will get the dice. I suppose it’s like that everywhere though huh? Unfortunately for Ellery, he kept missing his turn and got quite upset about it. I tried to encourage him to speak up for himself, but instead he gave up playing altogether. I was quite disappointed, and I couldn’t coax him to go back into the game. Instead he wanted to move on to aMaze Me. I guess there could have been another dice perhaps. But at the same time, it’s good for children to learn to either take turns, or to speak up for themselves.

Snakes & Ladders

Snakes & Ladders

Happily, we bumped into Del and Anya there and we decided to head for dinner altogether before the kids went to play at aMaze Me. It’s always nice with the cousins, and it was a real bonus for me to bump into them. As expected, the ribbon maze was more colourful and complicated now than when we went a week ago. To the delight of the boys, they found they could sit and lie at certain parts. They couldn’t quite climb on it as they had wished for, but it was good enough for them. Ellery also specially went to check on his ant bridge and did some maintenance and improvement works. I was happy to see that it was still there at all! I had half-thought that someone might have removed it for some administrative reason or other like it’s “damaging the tree”, “not part of the exhibition space”, or something else. It was a lovely example of allowing kids to think out-of-the-box and for them to enjoy seeing the results of it.

Chilling on the ribbons

Chilling on the ribbons

Anya

Anya adding her ribbon to this maze

Ant bridge engineer doing some unscheduled maintenance

The ant bridge engineer doing some unscheduled maintenance

As we headed home I asked the boys if they had a good Children’s Day, and they gave me a resounding “Yes!”

Octoburst is on until Monday, 6 Oct, and there are plenty of free and ticketed events still on. Go check out their website for more information on the various programmes.

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The boys attended a Frozen themed birthday party that was held at the Rink at J Cube – the perfect location for a Frozen party. So perfect we saw several Elsa’s that day, but Asher’s friend’s dress was the prettiest by far. Hers was the authentic Elsa dress. Very nice!

Lovely decor - if you wanna do a Frozen party, this is how you do it

Lovely decor – if you wanna throw a Frozen party, this is how you do it

The birthday girl in a beautiful dress

The birthday girl in her beautiful Elsa dress

There was also a beautiful Frozen themed cake that was a real pity to cut, but a delight to eat.

Frozen cake

Frozen cake

For the boys, the best part was going ice skating. It was their first time on the ice and they enjoyed themselves tremendously. I had thought it would be difficult for them to walk on the thin blades even on normal ground, but they were able to. I guess it’s not that difficult. But they did surprise me by being able to walk on the ice without instantly falling to the ground. I had expected them to be sliding all over the place. Maybe I have very low expectations of them? But it’s nice to be surprised by what they are able to do.

Ellery very much needed the penguin support in order to move around, and even then slipped quite often, though again, less often that I expected. Asher was pretty much able to move about on his own, albeit a tiny step at a time, and more like walking rather than skating. He did fall, of course, but took it well. I had primed the boys beforehand that “falling is normal”, and they’d repeat that line whenever they fell :) For  a first time I thought they both did very well! And they enjoyed themselves so much they have been asking to go back again ever since.

Yay! Ice skating is something I’ve always enjoyed. I had wanted to bring them to try it sooner but became pregnant with Alyssa. But seems it’s worth the wait. Asher is becoming braver and more willing to try new things as he gets older, so I guess it’s better he’s exposed to this now rather than earlier where he might have developed a phobia prematurely.

I think we’ll be coming back!

They were so pleased with themselves that they could walk with the ice skates on

They were so pleased with themselves that they could walk with the ice skates on :)

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