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Family news: What’s new in kids’ shopping and education in Singapore

Lego Friends

Let’s Play Together
To help encourage friendships and child bonding through play, LEGO Friends, a product range aimed at girls aged five to twelve, is introducing a brand new friendship campaign, which will air as a pair of films on its YouTube channel. The films show five friends around a table, sharing tips, thoughts and opinions while playing with the range. We also like the limited edition LEGO Friends Friendship Diary, which encourages children to write down their thoughts. It contains an assortment of games and lots of fun stickers to keep their hands busy. To get your own hands on one, spend at least $60 on LEGO Friends products in one go, and submit a photo of the receipt together with your contact details by 31 January to legofriends@legosingapore.com.

Ooh snazzy

New Year, New Look
Iconic shopping destination Tangs Orchard has reinvented itself for 2014. For one thing, Tangs Market is back: re-launched to satisfy any local or international food craving you might have, from Krispy Kreme to the famous handmade popiah at Kway Guan Huat. There’s also a brand new Gourmet Kitchens section made up of three open-concept kitchen studios with live cooking demonstrations. And the handy new Asian-inspired Heritage Zone is a place to pick up memorable souvenirs and traditional artisan craft items. 310 Orchard Road.


Pure Cotton Babywear
New online store Tilly Stone Boutique specialises in beautiful babywear made from 100-percent cotton, as well as soft accessories such as bibs, blankets, bunting and toys that make perfect gifts. To complement the range, they also sell hand-finished occasion cards and gift bags with distinctively quirky designs for special occasions.

The Expat Counsellors

Talk it Out 
Conflict is a natural and normal part of any relationship – it’s how we handle it that can make all the difference. Pioneers in couple counselling, Drs John and Julie Gottman base their approach on decades of scientific investigation and therapeutic practice. They work to promote a mutual understanding of each partner’s viewpoint in order for each party to feel better understood. All counsellors at the practice are Gottman-trained. Special offer: The Expat Counsellors is offering a 20-percent discount for EL readers for their first Gottman Couples’ Therapy session – just quote “Talk it Out”. 87 Science Park Drive, #01-01 The Science Hub. theexpatcounsellors.com

Working hard at Epsom College

New School in Malaysia
Opening in September this year, Epsom College in Malaysia is a co-educational boarding school for ages three to 18. Students will have the option for full board, weekly board or day school. With a reputation for over 150 years of academic excellence in the UK, the school will offer a traditional British-style education for boys and girls. Set on a 50-acre site close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the school aims to deliver a stimulating educational environment to enable all students to maximise their potential in both academic and co-curricular activities. Enrolment for September 2014 is now open; visit epsomcollege.edu.my for more details.

We'll have one as well, thanks

Organic Toys
The new range of hampers at Organic Baby Gifts features bunnies and baby rattles from Maud N Lil, one of Australia’s premier organic toy companies, which are bound to be an instant favourite with babies. Special offer: A 20-percent discount on all hampers, toys and toiletries is available to EL readers – just enter the code OBGXPL20 at the checkout.

My Digital World

Digital Art Competition
Digital technology is an integral part of campus life at Nexus International School and, in this spirit, the school is holding its first digital art competition. The My Digital World competition will be open to all international school students in Singapore. The winner of each category will receive the latest iPad Mini. For primary students (ages seven to 11), the Digital Art category requires the use of digital software or apps to produce an art piece illustrating a favourite school activity. Secondary students (ages 12 to 18) who take part in the Digital Photo Essay category are tasked with creating a series of images that tell a story of “A day in your life on campus”. Submission dates run from 15 January to 15 February.

Child of the Week

Child of the Week
Aussie expat and mother of four Rachael Cox has created a new app aimed at helping family households run more smoothly and preventing arguments over those little things, like whose turn it is to choose a movie, or to sit in the front seat of the car. The Child of the Week app encourages children to work at chores and benefit from perks, giving them a sense of responsibility and leadership; it operates on a rotational basis, so that all children, from youngsters to teens, get to be the “leader” in the home, for a week at a time. Available from the iTunes store.


Pedipad's Flex range

Good for Feet
Sold at over 19 stores in Singapore, Pediped offers over 120 designs of children’s footwear at reasonable prices – and they’re all approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). The latest collection features three signature lines with vivid colours, quality materials and classic designs. Available in EU sizes 19 to 33. Visit the site for more information and a list of stockists.