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Touch of Sand

Alyssa has started exploring a lot more with her hands. When her hands touch something, she’ll open and close her hands to feel the object, whether it’s bedsheets, clothes, toys, the playmat, etc.

Since I was waiting for the boys to leave school (somehow they always want to hang around and play some more – I suppose it reflects how much they love their school), I thought she could play in the sand for a bit. It’s probably the cleanest pile of sand around (they disinfect it every week), very fine, very nice to play with.

She loved it! Happily sat there and felt the sand in her hands.

I remember Asher didn’t want to step on the sand as a toddler, and Ellery had his moments too. They didn’t get to play with sand until they were much older than her though. Maybe it’s exposure, maybe it’s personality. Anyway, who cares what the reason is!

Loving the feel of sand

Loving the feel of sand

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Jane, her boys, and us headed to the new children’s garden at Gardens by the Bay for a play date.  We had heard about this place and wanted to see whether it was a fun place for the kids.  And it certainly was!

There are two main areas – the sand play area which features a playground and slides, and the water play area.

The playground was quite unlike any other I’ve seen.  It was embedded within a green space, making the playground seem like a hidden world in a forest.  The boys especially liked the jug-like rope parts of the playground, and spent quite a bit of time climbing in and out of them.  I appreciated very much that there were park rangers stationed at the elevated parts of the playground to ensure safety so that parents (like preggers me!) don’t have to scramble up with the kids.

The playground at the sandy area

The playground at the sandy area

Kaizer & Asher in the 'pitcher plants'

Kaizer & Asher in the ‘pitcher plants’

Inside the jug

Inside the jug

Sliding through the foliage

Sliding through the foliage

A big, open slide

A big, open slide

The tunnel slide

The tunnel slide

Spider web

Spider web

Pretending to be caught in the web

Pretending to be caught in the web

Initially the sandy playground-slide area would seem quite big because the slides are located away from the climbing area, but the kids quickly get the layout and if they are old enough it’s quite safe to let them loose to run around on their own.  The slides aren’t the super slick kind, so Asher felt brave enough to try them (he tends to get intimidated by the fast ones).  Kaizer and Titus were really gung-ho though!  They went to wet their bums at the water play area and before going down the slides so that they’d go much faster :)

The water play area featured some interesting spinning poles that I’ve not seen at any other water play area in Singapore.  Asher and I thought it was very fun, but Ellery found the spinning water intimidating and refused to go into the water area when all the fountains were spinning and spraying water everywhere.  He only relented when the poles became stationary again.  But as they started spinning at unpredictable times, he decided to just leave that area altogether and play at the tamer fish themed water play area for toddlers.

Spinning poles at the water play area

Spinning poles at the water play area

Happier here

Happier here

Avoiding the 'poison'

Avoiding the ‘poison’

Lit up at night

Lit up at night

The lot of us had dinner at the amphitheatre area which was shady and well-ventilated.  I had packed fried rice for the kids and specifically instructed the person taking my order to omit the eggs and prawns, but in the end there were still some eggs in it and poor Kaizer and Titus couldn’t eat the rice because they are allergic to eggs.  I felt really bad when Kaizer started itching.  It was a good reminder to myself to double remind and double check when making orders for kids with allergies, and it made me admire all parents like Jane for the trouble they have to go through at every meal to make sure the food is safe for their kids.

Dinner time

Dinner time

Anyway, the boys had fun together, and I was especially happy to see Asher running around with Kaizer because at the moment, Asher is the only boy in his class of 15!  He really needs some boy time.  Thank goodness he has Ellery on a day-to-day basis.

Anyhow, we are already planning to go back there again for another play date, maybe before baby no.3 comes!

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