Do your kids know how Bukit Merah got its name, or the legend behind the Singapore Stone, or what Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, has to do with the founding of our island home? Let them have a taste of Singapore folklore served up in juicy nuggets of urban legend and history at the annual Kidz Academy this June holidays!
Established since 2009, The Kidz Academy is the longest running educational kids’ fair in Singapore. This year, the three-day event is going local, with many new additions showcasing Singapore’s rich history. The fair runs at Suntec Singapore Halls 404 to 406, from 9 to 11 June.
The Kidz Academy Storyland is a segment featuring live theatrical acts, which will showcase performances based on Singapore’s urban legends like the stories of Sang Nila Utama, Badang and the origins of Redhill.
A colouring and art contest will be held for the first time at The Kidz Academy, and will be themed Singapore’s folklores and legends. The contest will be open to children from ages five to 12 years old who stand to win prizes worth more than $2,400 in total. Registration is open until 6 June 2017. David is SO excited to be taking part in this 😀
The event will also feature back-to-school games, activities and food from the 60s to 90s – with the objective of introducing children to the non-digital era that our generation grew up in. The highlight for the boys will probably be the The Kidz Academy Play Pass, where children of all ages can complete activities from different pit stops held at various booths at the event. Completion of the Fun Passport entitles each child to a game of Tikam-Tikam with exclusive prizes up for grabs.
Three inflatable attractions will also be available across all three days, including attractions such as Ninja Run, Discovery Box and Ultimate Rebound – the only of its kind in Singapore. I know two jumping beans who will be mighty happy and sweaty after a good bounce!
A dedicated Safe Cycling zone will impart basic skills training and road circuit simulation to educate children on safe cycling, and I’m hoping to bring David for that too. Children will be certified as a young safe cyclist at the end of the programme. Registration is available here.
That’s not all – there are free trial classes and various contests to participate in, free refreshments for the kids, and even a flea market where students from ten local primary schools will be selling their handmade creations to raise funds for The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund.
The organisers are also working with The Salvation Army Singapore to raise funds for its local causes through The Kidz Academy Book Cart, which will be at the event to sell second-hand children books from local and international authors at a fixed price of $2.90 each.
Sounds exciting, right?
Do note that admission is FREE, but most activities require you to register before the actual day. This will enable the organisers to cater for everyone to have a good time and enjoy the activities in an orderly manner, so check out The Kidz Academy FaceBook page for registration details.
Visit www.thekidzacademy.com.sg for more information on event highlights and registration requirements. See you there!