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Family news in Singapore: Toys, days out, tips and more

The latest handy update for parents and children here in Singapore…


River Safari
We’re happy to report that the River Safari next to the Singapore Zoo has now opened its new boat ride, the Amazon River Quest. The ride offers visitors a new view of the park and brings them up close to 30 animal species that are found on the banks of the Amazon River, including the giant anteater and the jaguar, which can now be seen for the first time in Singapore.


Rebuild a Landmark
As part of its new Architecture series, LEGO has immortalised our very own Marina Bay Sands into an iconic, limited-edition LEGO brick structure. Perfect as a souvenir or gift. Available at Marina Bay Sands Hotel gift shop and selected LEGO retailers while stocks last.

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Room To Play
The Polliwogs has just opened its third play centre, a whopping 5,000-square-foot location in VivoCity. Kids can enjoy wave slides, a ball pit, a climbing wall, a web maze and much more. There’s also a dedicated play area for toddlers, as well as free Wi-Fi for adults, so you can catch up on work while keeping an eye on your children. #03-12 VivoCity.


Stay Connected
The nifty new D-Link Cloud Wireless Baby Camera, which connects securely to your smartphone, enables you to monitor your little ones on the go. The sharp HD camera makes for clear and easy viewing. It even switches automatically to night-vision mode when it gets dark. What’s more, you can opt in for alerts when your child is crying or awake. Available at Challenger, Courts and other selected retailers.

Bus to the Best Bits
Did you know you can use the SAEx express bus service – that’s Singapore Attractions Express – to travel between the city centre and major attractions to farther-flung destinations? We’re talking locations such as Jurong Bird Park, Changi Museum, Sentosa and the Kranji countryside. Get more info and see travel routes here.


Football Focus
JSSL Singapore Leagues has kicked off the second half of its annual football season. Consisting of 134 promoted and relegated teams of over 1,500 boys and girls, the competition runs all the way up to May this year. Who will be crowned the champs? Keep up to date by logging on here.


Capture the Moment
Instead of the traditional cards and flowers for your other half this year, why not capture memorable moments for him or her? Photography service Studio Dutch specialises in taking un-posed photos of children and families against natural landscapes. You can choose from wall art, photo collages, large framed prints and canvases. Book your shoot by 15 February and receive a $100 gift voucher to spend on photography products. Email femke@studiodutch.com to reserve a space.


Musical Valentine’s
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Intune Music is now offering special song recording promotions. For $20, you can record and edit a professional song with your friend or loved one, with a sound engineer present to help you with those finishing touches. If you and a friend sign up together, you can get a tidy 20-percent discount off all recording courses in February.


Top-up on the Go
Now, thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, Android users can enjoy the benefits of the new My EZ-Link mobile app, which enables you to top up your EZ-Link card on the go. Download the app for free on your Android handset at the Google Play store.

Flip It
Sony has just released the new Fit multi-flip PC, which features a cool hinge that means you can adjust and use your PC in many different ways – as a table, a standing screen and more – while still enjoying the full functionality of a regular laptop. Available in both 15-inch ($2,399) and 13-inch sizes ($2,199 or $2,699 depending on memory size). Available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and authorised dealers.


(This round-up was taken from the February 2014 edition of Expat Living)