Thursday, March 18, 2010

~ HortPark & Asian Civilisations Muesum ~

Hubby woke up really early to prepare the things needed for today's excursion! We arrived early and the bus came to pick us on time too. There are about 42 of us joining the Educational Tour. Some children came alone, some tag along with their maids while others had their grandmothers or mommies with them. Hubby is the only Father and Male joining this tour! Hmmm.. is it really true that there is a lack of participation from Daddies??

Ms Ho (Denver's teacher) gave us some riddles (谜语) along the way to the Hort Park. Little prizes - pens are given away for the right answers. That kept all of us entertained throughout the bus journey.

We gathered at the Hort Park entrance to start our morning walk. It's not easy to bring a bunch of young children. Ms Ho have some volunteers to will help look after the children whom parents did not come along. Hubby has been really helpful with carrying the stuff since he is the only MAN there. He is always so thoughtful and kind. ^_^

We pop by the Vegetable and Herb & Spice Garden to let the children have a look at some of the plants. (e.g. Chilli, Curry Leaves, Mango tree etc).

Walking further down is the Butterfly garden but it is closed and only open on Saturdays. Still you can spot many butterflies and bees around the park.

We stopped at one of the shelter to take a short break and rest. Unfortunately, just as we are about to leave, it started to RAIN!!! :( Heavy downpour and we are stuck. Ms Ho decided to let the kids have some games while waiting for the rain to stop.

Children are really adaptable and mix along well very fast. Even though they may not know each other, they make friends easily and are able to get together to get things done. TEAMWORK!

They played the number game and had fun with the bubbles. So FUN! After all the running and excitement, it's time to EAT! We had our 'Picnic' inside the shelter. One of the children asked... "Teacher, Picnic is like that one meh?" Hahaha.. Ms Ho replied picnic is taking a light meal outside during an excursion and this basically means bread! ^_^ We also brought our own sandwiches, hotdogs and eggs and we finished them all. Denver and Gladys had a 2nd helping with the bread and peanut butter spread Ms Ho brought.

It was still raining, we had our group photo and the kids always have idea on what to do to keep them entertained!
Ms Ho initially had plans to take us see the "Dancing" plant. She said it will move when it hears music. Unfortunately, the plant has been removed from the flower bed and no longer can be found in Hort Park. :( We were kind of disappointed.

So, we head on to the Asian Civilisations Museum. It is our first visit to a museum and I don't know what to expect. :p The children grabbed their activity booklet and we start our tour. There are really a lot to see and it will take you a couple of hours at least if you were to stop and explain to the children on every exhibit.

There are also stations with interactive activities along the way for the children to explore. Stamping station, Colouring etc... I hope they had fun..

Denver commented that he feels the Museum is scary. I believe this is because of the exhibits and partly also due to the lightings within which is dimmer.

Before leaving, we stopped by the museum shop and I bought Denver a mini chess set. Denver has been learning and playing english chess with Royston and hence he was keen of getting one. It has been an eye opener to see so many precious stones, jewelery, scultures etc. :)

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