Here’s what we’re eyeing in October – from a new container hotel in Downtown East and fun in-person kids’ events to the newest coffee machine in the game, cute kids’ fashion and more!
New month, new finds! We’re so excited for some new events and openings this month – KidsSTOP STEAM Festival is back just in time for Children’s Day; Singapore Discovery Centre is hosting fun tours; check out the newest Nespresso coffee machine in town; shop Le Petit Society’s new kids’ collection; gift a mama friend a lovely pregnancy/postnatal care package from Arlou & Rose and more! Scroll down for all the awesome new finds this month.
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Instagram Reels Launches in Singapore
Reels is now in Singapore! This new feature takes a leaf out of TikTok’s book with the ability to make fun, snappy, up to 60-second videos with lots of AR effects. You can even incorporate music and other audio from the Instagram Music library. Reels isn’t just entertaining but can often be informative if used to shed light on educational or thought-provoking topics! Follow us on Instagram @sassymamasg and keep your eyes peeled for our first Reel– we’ll be posting everything from new playgrounds to exhibits, fun ideas for stuff to do with kids and more!
Read more: How Safe Can Instagram Really Be for Kids?
Roving hotel concept: SG Hotel on Wheels @ Downtown East
There’s a new hotel concept in town – and it’s on wheels! And in container rooms! SG Hotel on Wheels is a boutique pop-up hotel featuring 10 container rooms, available for booking until 20 March 2022. This hotel is actually a roving concept and will be docking at various locations around Singapore! The first stop is Downtown East. With five 40-footer rooms and five 20-footer rooms each boasting its own unique theme, this is definitely a nice change from the usual staycations! The smaller rooms are for up to 2 pax while larger rooms can accommodate up to 4 pax. There is no pool on site but staycay prices (which start from just $188) include a pair of tickets to Wild Wild Wet water park!
Spring Rolls Trampoline Park @ Forum
We’ve spotted a fun new trampoline park at Forum The Shopping Mall! Located at B1, this cool new play area is entirely automated and operates on a self-service basis – just have your credit card ready, tap and let the kiddos run wild inside!
How much: $15/person
Spring Rolls Trampoline Park @ Forum, B1 Atrium, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884
Singapore Writers Festival 2021
The 2021 edition of the Singapore Writers Festival is back with plenty for little authors! The programming this year features a hybrid line-up of more than 140 programmes, all revolving around the theme Guilty Pleasures. Whether online or in-person, you’re invited to explore your own guilty pleasures, be that a novel you secretly love or a pop song that’s giving you a serious case of earworm. There’s also a whole panel of guest speakers and you can expect some of the biggest literary names on it – think Ocean Vuong and R.L. Stine; Julia Quinn, author of the Bridgerton series; Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love – and even celebrities like Queer Eye star Tan France, plus Masterchef judge and chef Bjorn Shen. Kiddos aren’t left out either, because there’s plenty of fun to be had, whether it’s storytelling sessions by famous illustrator Ross Collins to writing workshops by acclaimed authors and cooking workshops with Shirley Wong, aka Little Miss Bento! Click here for all the details!
When: 5 – 14 November 2021
Where: Multiple locations plus online. Click here for a detailed list of programmes
Admission: The Festival Pass Plus (FP+) is priced at $35 with access to all SWF programmes. The Festival Pass (FP) is priced at $20 as a taster for SWF programmes. It includes access to all programmes except Meet the Author & Festival Headliners sessions. Both passes exclude entrance to individually-ticketed programmes. There are select experiential programmes that will be individually ticketed, and these are separate from the programming underneath the Festival Passes. Students can also enjoy Festival Passes at a 20% concession price.
Slurping Good! Instant Noodle-Themed ‘Playground’
First we had a ‘playground’ experience dedicated to ice cream with the Museum of Ice Cream, now there’s something for noodle lovers. The new instant-noodle themed experience playground Slurping Good! features 13 interactive zones over two levels and is an ode to all things cup noodles! It looks like this experience is more about taking selfies with giant noodle installations, though there are some interactive elements. Look out for a 1.7-metre-tall installation of Singapore’s number one Cup Noodles flavour where you can participate in a game to guess the flavour and stand a chance to win a prize. There’s also a “Slurping Good” Noodle Swing and some slides at the Chu Qian Yi Ding Slider where you can submit your own ideas for the next noodle flavour!
When: 25 September 2021 – 30 January 2022
Where: Tekka Place Annexe Building right next to Eatbox and above Rochor MRT.
Price: Tickets to Slurping Good! are priced at $21 each. Tickets include a complimentary tote bag containing a Slurping Good! retail voucher that can be used at the merchandise store, an F&B voucher that can be used at the Soul Good Noodle Bar located in Eatbox, a pack of Nissin instant noodles as well as instant noodle claw machine tokens. www.slurpinggood.co
KidsSTOP STEAM Festival
The annual KidsSTOP STEAM Festival is back for its 3rd year! Celebrate this Children’s Day with a line-up of both onsite and online activities. Focusing on building a more sustainable world this year, there will be plenty of engaging hands-on STEAM challenges, parent-child activities, children’s and educators’ workshops. There’s the STEAM Play Yard, which will offer 8 activity stations including a Boat Race, Animal Artefacts Interaction, Airplane Engineer and more. Sensory Theatre is a 50-minute show that invites participants on a sensorial experience as Rangers Win and Jo attend to an injured hornbill. All kiddos will get to bring home a Post Festival Kit which will include an Earth Cleaner DIY kit and a design-your-own toy vacuum cleaner kit so kids can learn more about circuits at home!
Enjoy a 20% Family of Four discount for STEAM Festival Tickets ($31.20 savings!) with the promo code FAMILY
Age range: Recommended for kids 3-6 years old
When: 1 – 10 October 2021
Where: KidsSTOP™ and The Marquee
How much: $60/child, $18/adult
Nespresso’s New Vertuo Next Coffee Machine
Addicted to coffee? Us too. Check out Nespresso’s new Vertuo Next machine, the perfect companion to your morning cuppa at home! Don’t be fooled by its trim size – this new machine is capable of replicating any café experience, whether you’re into intense espressos, double espressos, longer coffees or iced coffee! The Vertuo system uses an innovative Centrifusion technology and a new range of coffee capsules that allow for different coffee styles. The launch is also accompanied by 8 new blends (including 3 decafs), with flavours like Caffè (classic Italian espresso), Inizio (juicy blend of East African Arabicas full of rich toasted cereal and wild floral notes), Melozio Decaffeinato (decaffeinated take on Nespresso’s easy-drinking blend of Latin American Arabicas) and Carafe Pour-Over Style Intense (an easy-to-drink blend that’s served in a large 535ml size and is compatible exclusively with the Vertuo Next machine!). We also love that they’ve committed to being more sustainable – the machine is made from 95% recycled material and is 100% recyclable. Plus, all Nespresso coffee capsules (including the Vertuo range) are made from aluminium, an infinitely recyclable material. There’s also a local recycling program to make it as simple and convenient as possible for us to recycle their used capsules.
The new Vertuo coffees, machines and accessories are now available online and at all Nespresso boutiques! The Vertuo Next machines are available in Singapore in Cherry Red, Dark Grey and Rich Brown and are priced from $328. Shop the range here!
Singapore Discovery Centre Eco-Sustainability Tours
Singapore Discovery Centre is introducing a new line-up of Eco-Sustainability Tours to encourage parents and kids to lead more eco-friendly lifestyles! Living Green Eco-Tour allows families to learn about SDC’s sustainability efforts and how everyone can contribute in their small ways to reduce the impact of climate change and save Mother Earth. Enjoy a fully sensorial experience when you plant your own microgreens or make a cup of aromatic lemongrass butterfly pea tea! There’s also the chance to see, touch and smell a variety of herbs as you explore the urban garden and take in the breathtaking view of the floating solar panels from the Discovery Lake Boardwalk.
Age range: 3 years old and above
When: 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 12pm & 2pm (1.5 hours per session)
Where: Singapore Discovery Centre, 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
How much: $10 (Members); $12 (Non-Members)
Arlou & Rose Gift Boxes for Mamas
When a mama-to-be announces their pregnancy, they’re usually showered with gifts for baby. But what about mama? Arlou & Rose believes mums should be celebrated in pregnancy and birth just as much as their little ones! Based in Singapore, Arlou & Rose curates gifts specially for expectant mums, new mums and babies. So whether you want a care package to pamper a mama friend, comfort her post-delivery, aid with breastfeeding or if you’re on the hunt for a baby shower present to welcome the new baby, Arlou & Rose has just the box for you! Made with the highest quality and crafted with style, their unique and luxurious pregnancy and baby gift boxes contain useful (not to mention gorgeous!) items to suit the pregnancy and postpartum period. They also offer free islandwide delivery!
Quote SMPERKS10 for $10 off your first order on Arlou & Rose valid through 31 October 2021!
*Cannot be used with any other promotions.
Pasar Glamour: Donate & Shop Preloved Luxury for a Good Cause
Started in 2017 by Janice Koh, Pam Oei and Petrina Kow as a way to clear out their seriously overstuffed wardrobes and raise funds for charity at the same time, Pasar Glamour is back for its 5th year! If you have some preloved luxury items that you hardly ever use, consider donating them instead. This year, Pasar Glamour is partnering up with luxury resale marketplace Huntstreet and is accepting preloved luxury and designer bags, accessories, shoes, and clothing until 21 October 2021. 100% of sale proceeds will be donated to HOME, Limitless and Aware, who have all been working tirelessly to support individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SCWO x Kipling x Upcycling Collection
Kipling will be collecting preloved bags for donation to Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO) to support children and women who are victims of domestic violence. Drop by any Kipling boutique and donate any bag that’s still in good working condition to receive a $50 voucher from now till 31 October!
Find out more here!
Wisecrack Drinks: New Online Shop for Alcohol-free Tipples
Alcohol-free drinks are all the rage right now with everyone discovering mindful drinking. Similar drinks have even been featured in the new Sex and The City reboot! If Carrie’s drinking them, so will we! Here to serve us delicious non-alcoholic beverages is Wisecrack Drinks, a new online store in Singapore with super quick home delivery. They’ve got a great range that tastes just like the real thing, including alternatives for beer, rum, gin, tequila, sparkling and spritz. They’re perfect if you’re getting in shape, pregnant, breastfeeding or just sick of hangovers! ‘Sober October’ has started and Wisecrack Drinks is offering 20% off their special weekly boxes. Sign up on their website to get the free Sober October Guide e-book full of great tips!
Enjoy 15% off until 31 October 2021 when you use the code WISESASSY at checkout!
Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers.
Le Petit Society’s New ‘Made For Play’ Collection
Who doesn’t love local brand Le Petit Society’s cute kids’ clothes?! Their latest Made For Play collection for kids 3 months to 12 years old offers a range of tees, joggers, dresses, caps and socks as an ode to all things fun – featuring bicycle, skates, skateboard, tennis and soccer ball prints! This fun new line is made for both comfortable lounging at home and fun outdoor play. Fancy enough to wear to parties, practical enough to slide down at playgrounds and cosy enough to snuggle in bed for naps! There are even cute matchy-matchy pieces for mamas and dads. Check it out in stores and online.
Hilton Singapore Orchard Invites Kids to Design Children’s Welcome Pack: Top 3 designs will win a Hilton staycay!
Running till 10 October 2021, all kids aged 12 years and below are invited to participate in Hilton Singapore Orchard’s ‘A Greener Singapore’ design contest! The contest calls on kids to showcase their creativity and their idea of a green and sustainable Singapore through their drawings. All you have to do is submit a minimum A4-sized drawing themed ‘A Greener Singapore’ and include the hotel’s name, ‘Hilton Singapore Orchard’, on the drawing. The top three designs will be able to win stays at the new Hilton Singapore Orchard after it opens in January 2022 and the winning design will be printed on the Children’s Welcome Pack by the hotel for junior guests, along with educational materials on caring for Mother Earth!
Click here for all the contest details!