Review + Giveaway!–My Gym @ Buona Vista

And we concluded our term of 10 weeks lessons at My Gym @ Buona Vista. Read about our first review here.

Eizac was super thrilled to receive his Certificate of Excellence! He witnessed a few kids receiving it before and it’s finally his turn. Smile

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We had such a good time every week at My Gym (Buona Vista) that he was still asking for more lessons after it ended. In all honesty, if we are not staying further away, I would have signed up another term for him. Here’s sharing some of the activities that left a deeper impression on him/me:

1) Objects Learning

Being given an object and allowed to fiddle, throw and even smash it (at times); all these piqued his curiosity and allowed room for creativity.

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Object learning: Ring
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Object Learning: Rubbery ball

2) Gymnastics moves

This is more of my favourite than Eizac’s. He is a little apprehensive of the various gymnastic moves and exercises introduced. But he gamely became a volunteer when called upon by the teachers. The various exercises such as forward roll, balancing beam, backward flip on a bar and etc; these help to strengthen core muscles. The teachers will normally highlight which muscles are being worked on and what parents can try with their children back home.

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3) The thrill rides!

There are always some surprises every week! It is never boring at My Gym. Eizac looked forward to the different set ups of the gym every week and sometimes they have thrill rides for the kids!

One week, we had a ‘superman dive’ into a ball pool and another week he had a spin ride on a swing. And the last week, all the kids went on a choo choo train! The hardworking teachers did their very best to give a fun experience to all the children. From my experience, the teachers in an enrichment class or a childcare centre/kindy can make or break the learning experiences for the young ones. I am grateful to the committed and chirpy teachers at My Gym (Buona Vista) for making it an enriching and enjoyable session every week. You need loads of energy for that!

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During our term, I had the privilege to have a chat with the lady in charge of My Gym Bouna Vista – Janice. I learnt a touching story on why she decided to set up My Gym Buona Vista. Here is a short email interview of her sharing:

Q: Why did you decide to set up My Gym Buona Vista?

A: My 6 year old son has joined My Gym since he was 2 years old. He has delayed developmental issues and was frequently teased by his peers. He was even rejected by teachers in main stream schools. I’ve seen how My Gym program has helped him developed physically, cognitively and emotionally. My heart goes out to help children with difficulties. Henceforth, my husband and I decided to take up My Gym franchise. Besides working with well-functioned children, we accept special needs children, giving them an opportunity to socialize in a group setting as well as providing early intervention for them and working on their self-confidence.

Q: What are the unique points about My Gym Buona Vista that differentiate it from other providers?

A: Besides our award-winning program, we are very particular about the quality of our teachers. They are well-trained, passionate and patient with children. We emphasize on small student-to-teacher ratio to provide individual attention and positive reinforcement. We teach our children on accepting everyone’s differences and encouraging one another using kind words. Most importantly, we accept children with special needs. Parents are often very appreciative of us giving their children a chance. Our teachers are trained in special needs and early childhood.

I am really impressed with the quality of teachers at My Gym Buona Vista. The passion, love, energy and commitment is admirable. It is a well known fact that it is not easy to hire good early childhood teachers these days. If you are looking for a wholesome and energetic program for your child, I do recommend My Gym @ Buona Vista.

If you are looking for June/Summer holiday programs, do give them a call at 6684 9220 for more details. My Gym @ Buona Vista is located at 35 Rochester Drive, #03-24/25/26 Rochester Mall.

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With some of the friendly teachers at the last day of our lesson. Eizac drew them a thank you card! Smile

And here is a chance to win a 1 month program with My Gym @ Buona Vista!

Just complete all of the following 3 steps to get a chance to win a 1 month program for your child at My Gym @ Buona Vista

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Please note terms of giveaway:

This giveaway will end on 20th June 2359hours. It is open to the parents with children from age 4 months to 13 years old. Lessons will be held at My Gym @ Buona Vista only.

Winner will be randomly picked and decision is final. Winner’s details will be passed to My Gym @ Buona Vista for liaison purposes.

Updated on 23rd June 2016: Winner of this giveaway is ….. Kristie Wong! 🙂 You will be contacted by My Gym @ Buona Vista for more details! Congratulations! 

N.B: This review is written as part of an experience of lessons at My Gym Buona Vista. No further compensation had been received.

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Splash @ Kidz Amaze (Punggol SAFRA)

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I am so in love with this place! And my kids too!

Spanning 24,000 square feet, Splash @ Kidz Amaze is the new way to have water play theme parks in Singapore! In hot and humid Singapore, the best way to have water play is under shelter – not that I don’t like the sun; it’s just easier not to have the glaring and scorching sun in your eyes and face. We tried water playgrounds in the evening to night hours, but it normally gets a little chilly with gusts of wind.

That’s that main reason why I like Splash @ Kidz Amaze located at Punggol SAFRA:

1) Sheltered Indoor Water Playground.

The very first indoor water playground in Singapore. You can play here in rain and shine condition without harsh natural elements. Having said that, it is not devoid of natural sunlight. Parts of the architecture allows sunlight to peek through. This place is themed the “Enchanted Deep Sea”, so you will see many “sea creatures” dotting the playground.

Night view verse Day view:

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And here are 4 other reasons why you should check this place out at least once:

2) Shallow waters

At just 0.3M deep waters, it is designed for toddlers from 18 months to tweens of 13 years old. For those who are afraid of deep waters, this builds water confidence as most children can waddle through the waters without worries of the water levels reaching uncomfortable zones.

Both my sons cannot swim yet. In particular Xi En has some water phobia since young and he never quite enjoyed water playgrounds. I was surprised that he took to this place very well and the key reason is because he can comfortably waddle through the shallow waters.

There are safety crews in bright yellow T-shirts around the whole water playground.

The middle zone of the single volume toddlers play area is also equipped with heating elements which can keep the water warm as night falls.

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The single volume play zone with different water play structures to thrill the younger crowd

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Night view – less crowd!
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Xi En enjoyed all these water play jets.

3) Different play zones

Older children tend to be more boisterous when they play. I am glad there are “quiet” areas at the sides and the toddlers-suited zone for the really young ones. For some reasons, Eizac isn’t liking water playgrounds lately. He is good just to sit out at the side-lines and watch the rest play.

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There is a single volume area for the 18 to 36 months toddlers and a triple volume area for 6 years and above (including adults!) – which is great as it caters to different age groups.

Xi En tried out the middle green slide. As he can’t swim, he still preferred that one of us is with him. This is a broad slide which most children will go and up umpteen times; the busiest slide. Open-mouthed smile

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There are 2 other taller slides (with enclosed spiralling tunnels) which the older ones will be excited over. I have yet to try them but accordingly to the Daddy and Xi En who gamely took to the 2nd highest slide, they are dark and “a little scary” but very FUN! hahaa.. that’s the thrill I supposed.

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A blurred shot of Xi En emerging from one of the enclosed high slides. This boy enjoys thrilling rides.

There is also an interactive projector which sends ripples across the projected images with motions. This will be fun for the younger ones.

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4) Hot Water in the Bathroom!

There are just 2 toilets/bathrooms – male and female. But they are spacious and clean. The lockers are located within the toilets so it’s convenient to pick items up when you need them during showers.

I like the small cubicles for the children and the dual top/bottom closure swing doors if you need to supervise them. Most importantly there is warm water for showering and liquid soap is provided too. How convenient. Open-mouthed smile

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5) Party Rooms

There are 3 different themed party rooms located within Splash @ Kidz Amaze – Pirate’s Cave, Penguin’s Paradise and Under The Sea. They are at the perimeter of the toddlers splash zone. There are plenty of seats around and bright coloured wall papers. This is a different type of party venue which allows guest to zip in and out at Splash and rest/eat at the party rooms. If you are looking for a party venue, prices start from $430 for 3 hours usage of party room with entry to Splash, without food catering. More details here.

However, note that the aircon can get really chilly when your kids just stepped out of the pool. Get ready with towels or swim robes to avoid a chill. All the rooms have individual controlled AC remote controls but it takes a while for the room to warm up.

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Tips and notes to enjoy this place

1) Go during off peak hours (if possible). First you save on cheaper entrance fee. Second, it is less crowded. Note that there is a maximum capacity of 400 per play hours. Play hours are in blocks of 4 hours. 10am to 2pm; 2pm to 6pm; 5pm to 9pm. However, these are subject to changes from time to time. To avoid disappointment, it is best to arrive early to book a time slot.

I will recommend going at 5pm to 9pm as that is the time from sunset to dark. The lightings here will change at night and there might even be some nice music to add to the mystical hour. Or early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

2) No food are allowed beyond the party rooms. In other words, eat before coming and play your fullest before looking for food outside. No re-entry is allowed.

3) There are limited benches around the play area. So try to bring less items and use water-proof bags and have someone watch your over if you don’t intend to place your stuff in the lockers.

4) Wear goggles. If you having children who don’t like water in their eyes, try giving them goggles. For Xi En, it worked well so he didn’t need to keep brushing away water from his eyes – which he dislikes.

5) Children are required to wear swim gears. For adults, Dri-Fit clothing are acceptable. I find it more comfortable wearing a tank top/Dri-Fit over my swim wear.

Details on entry fee as below.

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Check out our previous review on some outlets at Punggol SAFRA too.

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PUNGGOL SAFRA

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The newest kid on the Punggol block is Punggol SAFRA – this new orange/brown building next to Waterway @ Punggol.

The inspiration of the cascading architectural design comes from the natural slope seen on part of the land where the club is built. The club is also integrated seamlessly with the adjacent Punggol Waterway Park to retain the naturalistic ambience for recreation. In other ways, no side/front/back gates. I thought that is great for bringing nature closer to built-environment. And also those hues blend in nicely with the nature surroundings.

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Last weekend, we were part of a group of Singapore Parent Bloggers who were invited to have a “Little Punggol Safra Explorer” Day. Here’s sharing our first hand experience exploring some of the establishments at Punggol SAFRA. This place is open to the public (non SAFRA members) though members might get some special rates at selected outlets.

Location

It is a little “ulu” if you are not a Punggolians. But not exactly since the government is trying to maximise all land space in Singapore; nowhere is that ulu anymore.

Address is 9 Sentul Crescent Singapore 828654

By Car you can reach here using TPE or KPE. But do note that car parking isn’t cheap for non members. If you intend to stay for a longer period, it will be more ideal to take public transport.

By MRT/LRT, it is just 1 min walk from Sam Kee LRT Station

By Bus, 382G/382W from Punggol Bus Interchange will reach nearby.

More details on getting there and car park rates here.

Where’s the Fun

There is something for the whole family here.

We didn’t manage to try the Bikes @ Waterway but this is a highlight of Punggol SAFRA. This SAFRA club is the first to include cycling activites. Bikes @ Waterway is part of the Park Connector Network (PCN) Pitstop network that offers returns of bicycle conveniently at any of the “pitstops” located along the Eastern PCN.

You will see familiar names at the club which means you have another place to dine or another enrichment centre outlet to send your children to. Check out the full directory listing here.

Type Facilities and Tenants
Fitness & Lesiure • Bikes @ Waterway
• EnergyOne
• Manekineko
• Member’s Lounge
• Games Room
• Yoga Inc.
• i Darts LAVA (opens early May)
• Orchid Bowl (opens 5 Jun)
• The Spa by The Ultimate (opening date to be confirmed)
Play & Enrichment • Artary
• BazGym Gymnastics School
• LCentral English
• NurtureStars Preschool
• Splash @ Kidz Amaze
• StepUp Learning & Dance
• Tien Hsia Language School
• Yamaha Music
• Stamford Education (opens 1 Jun)
• Taekwondonomics (opens 1 Jun)
Food & Beverages Issho family restaurant
• Pin Si Superior
• Pizza Hut
• Siam Thai Tuckshop
• Nom La La by Bakerzin
• Jack’s Place (opens 30 Apr)
• Culinary Experience Studio Powered by Bosch (opens May)
• Heavenly Wang (opens early May)
• McDonald’s (opens 15 May)

Where Fun Flows

Artary

For the day’s event, we had fun at Artary – a children focused art centre. I loved the clean, arty look of the whole place. It almost felt like one of those hipster cafe with graffiti all over. Smile

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We worked on creating simple Van Gogh flowers as it was a parent-and-child session. Everything is prepared adequately and teachers are nearby to guide when needed. Instead of just painting the flowers, the children drew, cut and painted their unique blooms on separate papers. So the artwork became 3-D which is more appealing for younger crowd.

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Pizza Hut

A well known pizza hunt – Pizza Hut – conducted hands-on Pizza-Making workshop for the children. First, we took photos for the souvenir-certificate which will be given to each child after the workshop. Thereafter, you ain’t “chef” till you worn the chef hat and apron which the children gamely put on. Lastly, they put on gloves and it’s hands-on-the-deck/dough with spreading of tomato sauce and sprinkling of ingredients!

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All the pizzas are marked and child’s name tagged on before they are collected to be baked. This way, there will be no mix-ups and your child will be eating exactly his self-assembled pizza. A goodie bag will be given together with light refreshment (a packet of juice, garlic bread and chicken wings – kids’ portion). Understood that the cost of such workshop is $25 per child.  More details can be found on Pizza Hut website.

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Splash @ Kidz Amaze

This is the highlight of the day and deserve a separate post on it’s own. Click this link for a more detailed write up with photos!

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If you are in the area or even if you are not, this un-ulu place deserve at least one visit (or more). We will be back! Smile

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