Every month we bring you what’s new on the island from local businesses and beyond! Here’s what we’re eyeing in July
New month, new finds! We’re so excited for some new openings this month – scroll down to read about panda plaza by foodpanda (and how you can get 20% off!), Kidodo is a new indoor playground for tots that has opened at City Square Mall, a new crafting shop Papermarket opens at Great World City plus Mothercare’s newest Experience Store opens at Paragon (where you can get a free membership with no minimum spend)! Plus we’re loving a new range of silky organic Bamboosilk bedding for kids and adults from NakedLab, teen threads from local brand Gen Woo, organic baby rice snacks from Korean brand DDODDOMAM and spotted a new-ish home decor store for all things rattan and resort-worthy in Kampong Glam!
Kiztopia Club Opens at Punggol Town Square
Kiztopia, the premium indoor playground at Marina Square has launched a new concept called Kiztopia Club! The first Kiztopia Club opened at Jurong Point in June 2021, and the latest one has just opened in Punggol Town Square where we got a fun sneak peek! Kiztopia Punggol Town Square is decked in a safari exploration theme, with 5,500sqft of fun for kids under 10 years old. There are 12 play concepts and special zones, including an indoor driving car area, exciting role-play rooms (the supermarket was our little one’s fave!), fun-filled ball pits and even a toddlers’ sandpit! Nearby there’s the kid-friendly Vibes Café, where parents and kiddos can fuel up on a range of local and Western delights. There will also be edutainment programmes as Kiztopia Club collaborates with established enrichment service providers such as the award-winning Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group, to provide a variety of STEM classes to help kids learn while they play! Ticket prices start from $19.80 for X-Press (1 hour); $29.80 for X-Plore (2 hours); $10 per additional adult.
Kiztopia Club Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, #03-18/19, Singapore 648886
Mothercare Experience Store at Paragon (become a Gold VIP Member for free!)
Mothercare’s Paragon store has recently had an upgrade! It’s now one of two Mothercare Experience Stores (the other being Harbourfront Centre) and from 19 – 25 July 2021 there’s tons to be excited about. You can join their sure-win lucky dip with every purchase (no minimum spend) and get an extra chance if you’re an existing Mothercare Gold member! They’ll also be giving out FREE Gold memberships if you make a purchase of any amount in-store from 19 – 31 July 2021 – the membership gives you access to year-round discounts and extra perks on your child’s birthday month! While you’re there, make sure you check out the store’s experience zones, which allow you to trial and test out the products you’re considering. Don’t miss out on Sparkle Clean, Mothercare’s instore cleaning service where you can bring in your baby equipment like strollers and car seats for a thorough clean. Plus, if you’ve got a baby on the way this year, you can sign up for Mothercare’s Made for Families campaign in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s office to enjoy 1 year of VIP privileges for free!
PaperMarket Opens at Great World City
PaperMarket has moved from Raffles City to a brand new location in Great World City! The one-stop crafting haven is home to a huge assortment of craft kits, stationery and more for your next DIY craft project. You can also find lots of specially curated lifestyle stationery and unique gifts, including personalised laser-cut wooden signage (great for kids’ room decor!) and handmade items. To celebrate the opening at GWC, PaperMarket is organising a number of fun workshops in July, perfect for the summer holidays:
Crafternoons for Ladies: 16 & 30 July 2021 | 3pm – 5pm, $29/pax
Grand Opening Special – Scrapholic Mums: 7 & 21 July 2021 | 9:30am – 11:30am, $29/pax
Photo Display Workshop – Shadow Box For Special Occasions: 3 July 2021 | 10am – 1pm, $35
New Young Adult Collection from Gen Woo
You may know them for their kids’ line – and if you don’t, you absolutely must check out their affordable range of girls’ and boys’ clothes with sizes up to 14 years old – but Gen Woo has just launched their new Spring/Summer ’21 collection of casual wear for young adults! With sizes from UK6-UK16, these streetwear-inspired threads will suit older teens and trendy mamas. The new collection features fine cotton jersey knits all made in GOTS-certified factories with BSCI cotton, all while being really easy on the pocket!
DDODDOMAM Organic Rice Baby Snacks
Is baby starting solids soon? Rice crackers were our saviours for in-between mealtimes when bub just wanted something to nibble! DDODDOMAM is the newest range of rice snacks hailing from Korea – they’re made with organic rice grown in Korea’s first-ever clean tech area, Eco City Yangpyeong. Currently available in a range of yummy flavours including Sweet Pumpkin, Purple Sweet Potato, Banana and more, all their rice snacks have been created to fit perfectly in babies’ hands for better grip. They’re also very safe to eat, melting in the mouth in just 15 seconds and have minimal crumbs or ‘dust’ upon breakage (a common problem in most baby rice crackers!). You can rest assured all of DDODDOMAM snacks are made in the healthiest way possible as they’re not fried in oil and are instead made using heat and pressure with no additives. Take these with you for some easy snacking on the go!
NakedLab BambooSilk bedding
Founded by a mama who wanted nothing but the best bedding for her newborn, award-winning brand NakedLab now does high-quality vegan BambooSilk bedding for kids and adults! The company’s motto is to provide high-quality luxurious bedding that’s still affordable for the whole family (kids’ sheets start from just $130 and prices go up to $286 for adults’ king-sized bedding!). All of NakedLab’s products go through serious testing. Not only do they use organic bamboo, but they’re also oeko-tex certified and are free from any harmful chemicals. BambooSilk is hypoallergenic, anti-dust mites, thermoregulating (which brings you better sleep quality), and is oh-so-silky smooth, giving you smooth skin and minimal bed head. Their sheets also come in dreamy colours, including white, grey, blue and pink, to suit any interior style!
Kids’ Outdoor Programmes: Explorers @ ForestPlay in Sentosa
Looking for a way for kids to spend their summer holidays in nature? Check out Explorers @ ForestPlay, a weekly forest school programme that takes kids on a learning adventure outdoors! Suitable for children age 3.5 – 7 years old, Explorers @ ForestPlay will allow children to get curious and ‘take risks’ in nature so they can develop essential 21st Century Skills such as grit and resilience. ForestPlay Rangers will also impart lessons on the importance of a more sustainable earth by allowing children to experience the various benefits of nature and getting kids to interact with the natural environment. Each week, kids will explore different themes and topics that can be found in nature at Explorers @ ForestPlay. These themes include relationships and interconnectedness, ecosystems, geology, biodiversity, flora, and fauna and more!
Ladies-only Hair Salon Kantik Room Opens in Mandarin Gallery
Have you been on the hunt for a ladies-only hair salon, mama? Kantik Room has just opened in Mandarin Gallery and we’re smitten! Founded by the folks behind the ever-popular Leekaja hair salon in the same mall, the salons are located side-by-side – the only difference is Kantik Room is completely covered up for customers’ utmost privacy in their beautiful nature-filled sanctuaries! We love that they carry an extensive range of vegan and halal-certified hair products, so your hair gets only the best. Whether you’re there for a simple haircut, blowout, colour or treatment, this space makes for a lovely solo pamper sesh or a spa day with the girls!
“I got to try the Cosmos Certified Trisyscore Treatment hailing from Japan and it was bliss. My dry, frizzy hair was treated to lots of TLC (literally, because Kantik Room and Leekaja Salon Hair Director Dila was lovingly caressing every strand of hair as she worked all the products in) and the results were immediate! I left with delightfully bouncy hair (albeit under my hijab!) and I felt equipped with so many great hair care tips that I learned from Dila. The space is just stunning with all the greenery surrounding us – I love that we could even buy some of the plants on-site!” – Syazana, Editor
New Kidodo Indoor Playground at City Square Mall!
Kidodo Indoor Playground is a tiny play area offering little ones some fun indoor play. This new playground sports a spiral slide, sand area, ball pit and a mini trampoline. There are more small slides on a different level, an obstacle course and an activity wall. One-time entry for one hour of playtime at Kidodo Indoor Playground starts from $12 (admits one child and one accompanying adult). Remember to wear socks and book ahead!
Get 20% off panda plaza
Easily get your daily essentials, staple groceries, cooking and household items from panda plaza by foodpanda! This new initiative features local retail partners and their offerings with delivery as quickly as 30 minutes. foodpanda users can enjoy 20% off all items, with a minimum order of $20 for all panda plaza partners and free delivery for selected partners till 31 July. You can now easily get your hands on ingredients such as Indian spices that may be more difficult to access in local supermarkets, and support local retail vendors from home. Soon there will be more products in the fresh groceries, meat and seafood categories!
Order from panda plaza via the foodpanda app!
New home decor store in Kampong Glam: Bana Bana Café & Jannat
Love all things handmade, straw or rattan for the ultimate resort home vibe? We recently chanced upon Bana Bana Café along Jalan Pisang in Kampong Glam, and were blown away by the beautiful home decor section on offer by local home decor curators Jannat by Zaryluq! It’s baskets, placemats and pampas galore – many at surprisingly affordable price points with items hailing from the skilled craftsmen of Papua New Guinea. They’re available online, but we highly recommend checking out the two-storey physical shop to see their collection in its entirety!
LEGO Sentosa: Southeast Asia’s largest LEGO Certified Store
The newest LEGO Certified Store is in Sentosa (near Universal Studios Singapore) and it’s the largest in Southeast Asia! Look forward to amazing LEGO displays, tons of LEGO sets on offer, a cool Mosaic Maker that lets you take a photo of yourself to create your own LEGO mosaic portrait and more!