Fairaholics

Fairaholics.

Not about fairies; fairy godmothers or alcoholics. 😛

From the founder:

ABOUT Fairaholics:

Fairaholics“Fairaholics is a brand new alternative to the fairs in Singapore today. We are all about creating fun, entertaining and engaging themed fairs for both vendors and shoppers.

At Fairaholics, we aim to showcase unique local brands as well as exciting products & services from South East Asia. We believe in setting the stage for these brands to attain more exposure by providing a more tangible venue where shoppers can touch and see in order to appreciate their products.

For our vendors, partnering with Fairaholics, is more than just taking up a booth to promote your products and services to the public, we create a refreshing and rewarding experience for both our vendors and shoppers.

Every purchase made, sends a significant message to our vendors and that is to let them know they are on the right track and it encourages them to continue pursuing their dreams.”

 

And that sets the stage! These unpretentious fair people endeavours to bring about a fresh alternative to the traditional fairs we see in Singapore today. Vendors are specially curated for their uniqueness, creativity and inspirations.

To kick start the year, there is one such fair happening this coming weekend:

ZERO TO TWELVE FAIR

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The Zero to Twelve Fair will feature over 20 vendors that will be showcasing kids clothing, accessories, toys, art and crafts, nursery decoration, photography etc.

The list of vendors can be found on their website.  More vendors are being added as we speak.

The fair will be held to the left of the West Entrance of Pasarbella at The Grandstand (ex-Turf Club).

Zero to Twelve (specialized fair for kids from 0 to 12 years old)

Location :    Pasarbella, 200 Turf Club Road

Date :           30 and 31 Jan 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)

Time :          11 am to 7pm

Its going to be a fun-filled weekend for the family! Kids will be treated to free popcorn and balloons at the fair. The Dads can indulge in cocktails from The AMP Bar while the Moms immerse themselves in shopping therapy.

Free parking will be available at The Grandstand. Shuttle bus details are available at http://thegrandstand.com.sg/getting-here/by-shuttle-bus/

A sneak peek at some of the cool vendors:

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Baby Pixie

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Two Bears (Photography)

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Fun with Abacus

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If you are planning a day out at The Grandstand, do check out my previous write ups here and here.

Special Giveaway For Blog Readers!

Fairaholics has kindly sponsored  two of $20 shopping vouchers to be used at the fair!

Some simple steps to win these:

1) Visit Evespiration on our Facebook Page. “Likes” are appreciated but not compulsory.

2) Visit Fairaholics on their Facebook Page. “Likes” are appreciated but not compulsory.

3) Leave a comment on this blog post with one of the vendors featured this weekend. Do remember to leave us your email address so you can be contacted upon winning this giveaway.

Note: This is a time sensitive giveaway. The first 2 readers who commented and visited the pages will walk away with the vouchers.

Have a Happy Fair Day! 🙂

Treehouse Cafe @ The Grandstand

Invited food review

After a tiring morning of fun and play at The Grandstand, we adjourn to a kids’ friendly / family-style restaurant – Treehouse Cafe – for F.O.O.D and more play stuff for the kids!

Spacious seating area for diners, treehouse play zone for the kids and even a nursing/baby room for the nursing mummies! Very thoughtful for families.

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We were famished by then and were happily greeted by an endless stream of dishes from the kitchen!  The cuisine here is mainly European and Asian. There is a kid’s menu for little ones below 12 years old. For S$15 you get a main, a soft drink/Ribena & a scoop of Movenpick ice-cream! That’s a nice treat.

I choose the “Fish Soupy Soup” for Xi En. It’s different choice for all the rest of the children present on that day. Most were tucking in to Pizza, pasta, nuggets etc. Just in case, mummies out there think that I am a Nazi mummy…

My boy…

Let’s just say he enjoys Asian dishes more than Western. The few things he actually eat are clear soup, fish and vegetables. Fries are the only exception.

The kid’s set menu. Xi En finished most of the soup and fish! And guessed what.. he didn’t need ice-cream thereafter.

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For the older children and adults, there are many options to satisfy your hunger. These are just some of the dishes we sampled for the day. I would say that the food here will appeal to the majority of locals and foreigners. Not exactly gourmet but more family-style.

The western selections:

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The Asian selections (which I personally prefer!):

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Dessert which we sampled; Tiramisu and Chocolate Laval Cake:

The chocolate laval cake proved to be a common favourite.

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With the help of some distractions (a TV streaming cartoons) and a dedicated play area, adults will be able to get a hearty meal while keeping an eye on the little ones. For the really young ones, do exercise some caution when climbing up the stairways. I would be back again simply for a meal which I can eat without 2 hands full.

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Current Happy Sundays promotion!

Art & Craft activities are held on 1st, 3rd and 5th (if any) Sundays of the month from 1130am to 230pm. Face and hand painting and balloon sculpting take place on 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month; same timing as above. So there is something on every Sunday! All these activities are FREE for dine-in customers.

Party Packages are available for those who would like to hold their birthday celebrations here too!

More details and their menu can be found below:

Treehouse Cafe

Website: www.treehousecafe.com.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/treehousecafe.sg

Opening hours: Mon to Fri – 10am to 9pm; Sat & Sun – 9am to 10pm

Special thanks to owner – Carin – and her team for their hospitality and Openrice for organising the event.

Disclaimer: We were invited for a food tasting event at the Treehouse Cafe. No other monetary compensation was received. Opinions and photos are writer’s own.

Kid’s Day Out at The Grandstand

Media Invite

We were invited to The Grandstand (previously known as The Turf City) Kid’s Day Out during the June school holidays; co-organised by Openrice.

I was happy to spend a day out with my eldest boy doing all the activities he enjoys!

First up:

1) Kiddy Fun

This is a fairly new company set up by several young parents to allow play, fun and convenience to families; especially those with younger kids and babies.

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Xi En enjoys indoor playgrounds a lot but he’s at an in-between age now. Not old enough to climb the tall structures on his own and yet no longer “baby” to just play with foam items. Kiddy Fun was very enjoyable for him because he could climb onto all the play structures on his own! An immensely fun time for him:

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I like this indoor playground for it’s kind considerations for parents and young children alike.

The play system is installed with safety in mind. No sharp corners; dedicated areas for the babies. All soft; foam-protected and “bouncy”.

Soft EVA building blocks for the kids to stack up using their imagination:

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“water-pool”: very suitable for toddlers. Xi En loved it too:

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There is an area dedicated to babies under 18 months. Here, babes can practice their new found walking/climbing/running/jumping skills:

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For the parents, there is a rest area just next to the playground where you can keep an eye on the children, rest, have a drink and catch up with fellow parents. I think this is so important!

This is also were birthday parties can be held! A mini-library is available here as well with magazines for the adults and kiddy books for children (though I don’t know any children who might wanna read in an indoor playground!)

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Personally, I feel that it’s a great place to entertain young kids especially those 5 years and below. Will be back when we visit The Grandstand again!

More information of their opening hours and charges are available on their website.

2) Art Grain

Art Grain has a passionate philosophy in “providing quality art education for all students to gain mastery in art making, to nurture their creative potential and to cultivate a community of artists & art lovers.”

And true to their objectives, they run art classes for 3 years old to adults and even cover corporate art events. Besides this newly open branch at The Grandstand, they also have another branch at Thomson Ridge.

We meet a young teacher – Jo – who gave Xi En a quick 20 mins art lesson to understand the theory of mixing white to blue to achieve gradual color changes from dark to darkest; light to lightest. He painted a blue dinosaur!

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Thankful, Teacher Jo managed to capture his attention for that short span of time before he started fidgeting in his seat.

Contrast to Mummy Winnie’s girl who is a Picasso-in-training! I am so impressed with her pride in her artwork.

The most fun part of the art class for Xi En: Using the hairdryer to blow-dry the art pieces. For the records, he started tracing where the power plug is and was going to attempt to switch it off and on and examine whether it’s a 2 pins or 3 pins plug… all before Mummy stared hard with a disapproving “NO”. Boys…….Or rather my boy…. @_@

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And finally we have the end product. Teacher Jo got his to name his bluish dino and he came up with 2 words (don’t ask me why…)

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As it’s a really short session at Art Grain, we probably cannot fully appreciate it’s structured program. But one thing for sure, it’s a place where the little bubs can learn art while the parents hang out downstairs for a coffee! I like that thought! There is a galore of June and July activities/classes to choose from right now. Do check out their website for more information. 

3) My Kid’s Spa

After all the engaging activities, it’s time for some relaxation. We went to My Kid’s Spa for a taste of their children massage and foot spa.

Xi En loves massage as he’s so used to the Chinese TCM (Tui Na). This place actually offers a hands-on class for parents who might learn how to do infant massage and it’s conducted by a paediatrician!

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Some other kids getting a foot spa:

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And space for birthday parties or for children to hang around after/before massages:

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More information on their services and packages on their website here.

4) YogaBugs

As the name of the place suggests, it’s a Yoga place just for the kiddos! How smart is that? Personally, I think kids these days have lots of businesses catering to them.

YogaBugs originated from UK and was set up in Singapore to cater to the stressful urbanised society. Classes here are targeted at children of walking age to 12 years old. Parents’ participation are required for the little ones below 3 years old.

Xi En had a taste of a sample lesson and it was .. entertaining. The teacher is entertaining and engages the children well by using imagination of things which the kids can relate to: eg. pretending to be a monkey, snake, leopard, plane, row a boat and etc.

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Balancing on one leg does need some concentration:

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Rocking side to side as a class takes some coordination and team work:

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It was an interesting introductory class to Yoga for the little buds. Besides classes, they offer birthday packages too! More information on their website here.

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5) Piccolo House

Our last stop before lunch was at this interior boutique shop. It’s a niche place selling concept furnishing and accessorizes for children. Here you can find special themed furniture which stands out as uniquely designed and manufactured.

Check out photos below and their website for more design concepts.

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Overall, It was great to see so many shops and activities which caters to children at The Grandstand. A recommended place for families to hang out and spend a morning or afternoon! Besides the above places we were invited to, there are many others which are worth checking out too. Furthermore, car parking is free! Feel free to spend the whole day there (if your kids do not need any afternoon naps!).

Thank you to the above businesses and Openrice for their hospitality!