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What’s new for parents and kids in Singapore in April-May 2014

Your round-up of exciting news, fun events and brilliant shopping picks across Singapore…


Does your little one aspire to be a mermaid? Now she can slip on MerFin, a first-of-its-kind, soft, flexible and functional fin made with recycled rubber. Perfect for safe pool play and easy to wear, MerFin was designed in Australia by a clever wannabe mermaid. $139. Available at Ocean Paradise, Pixie Dust at PasarBella Turf City and The Children’s Showcase at Cluny Court.


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Rain Trees Kids
Drum roll, please… Rain Trees Kindergarten is throwing open the doors this month to its second preschool, Rain Trees Playhouse. Located at the old Bukit Timah Fire Station, Rain Trees offers a multi-sensory programme in a home-away-from-home environment for two- to four-year-olds. Opens 14 April. 60 Kheam Hock Road. 6474 6181.



Making Memories
Professional photography can be costly, so why not ask family and friends abroad to contribute to a gift registry? It’s a nifty gift idea for tricky-to-buy-for birthdays and anniversaries. The new Bamboo Shoots gift registry really is a lifetime present, capturing memories and moments in time for years to come.



Bunny Discount
The range of Maud n Lil organic cotton baby toys is another good reason to check out the Organic Baby Gifts website. The gorgeously soft and cuddly bunnies, comforters and rattles start from $16.95. To receive a 20-percent discount during April, enter coupon code XPLAPR at checkout. 9483 5801.



Playacting Heads East
There are more performance opportunities for both children and adults on the East Coast with the opening of Playacting Production’s second outlet. Check out the regular speech, drama, musical theatre and film classes and get cracking on your own short film or play. 1 Marine Parade Central, #06-01 Parkway Centre. 6440 5756.



Tri Hard
Kids will need determination and discipline to swim, cycle and run the Milo Youth Triathlon on 31 May. Split into three age categories, this non-competitive race is all about reaching the finish line, so there’s no pressure. Plus there’s a youth and family relay for a fun team atmosphere. Look out for the specialised triathlon clinics to get in some preparation before race day. Changi Beach Park, Car Park 7. Register here.



Bath-time Smiles
So good you can eat it. Loved by celebrities, the US-based Original Sprout range of children’s skin and hair care products uses child-safe ingredients and leaves out all the nasties. That means it’s paraben and sulphate-free, 100-percent vegan and bio-degradable, and it won’t sting the eyes, making for a stress-free bath time. Find the Original Sprout range at Watsons.



Tricky Tax
Last year, about 3,000 Americans handed back their US passports or green cards to end their citizenship or residency, many citing the burden of tax compliance and fear of penalties as reasons. To help you stay in the taxman’s good books, the professionals at American Expat Tax Services can navigate the four million words in the US tax code, and advise you accordingly. City Towers, near Newton MRT. 8338 1040.



Uniqlo Kids
If you haven’t yet stumbled across clothing giant Uniqlo yet, well known for comfort and fit, there are more chances of doing so now. Handy for basics and last-minute winter wear in quality fabrics, the Japanese brand has an affordable kids’ range now available in eleven stores in Singapore.



Giant Post-its
In a spark of brilliance, the innovative lot at 3M have up-sized the humble Post-it note. Known as Big Pads, the 30 adhesive-backed sheets are perfect for creative kids with lots of ideas to express and display instantly in a big way. We reckon these will be handy for brainstorming sessions in the office, too. Available in stationery stores.