From 30-minute online grocery delivery to chocolate home baking kits and virtual car seat consultations, here’s what’s new this April
New month, new finds! Fun stuff continues to pop up despite current uncertainties due to COVID-19, so we’re glad there are ways for us to safely break out of our boredom from the comfort of home.
Find out how you can get everything from convenience store titbits to fresh flowers delivered to you quickly with foodpanda’s new pandamart service; join Sesame Street characters right at home with the free Sesame Workshop online platform for kids; spread the word on IMDA’s new scheme to help low-income families own computers for students on home-based learning; new parents can try virtual carseat consultations with Taxi Baby for free; and check out a new local storybook on Covid-19 for kids! Plus, we share some special deals to boost business in light of the current pandemic.
Swipe through to see what’s new in Singapore for April 2020!
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Lead image courtesy of Sesame Street
First supermarkets, now minimarts and more! You don’t have have to rely on just supermarket deliveries now for your groceries thanks to pandamart, a new on-demand delivery service by foodpanda. Now you can order convenience products, groceries, beauty and baby care products from over 1,000 partner retailers nation-wide and have them delivered straight to you door within 25 minutes or under! Partners include Hao Mart, FairPrice Xpress and Cheers.
There’s also pandanow, a 24/7 platform in Singapore for groceries and household items delivery operated and supplied through foodpanda’s very own inventory. Arriving at your doorstep in 15 minutes, you’ll never have to worry about running out of household essentials – from paracetamol to bath products and more – ever again.
Read more: Ultimate Guide to Online Grocery Delivery in Singapore
To provide support during this uncertain period, Sesame Street’s nonprofit educational organization, Sesame Workshop, is offering a broad variety of free online resources to help children and families through a new Caring for Each Other initiative.
The resources have been designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, as well as help with creating routines, fostering playful learning at home, and staying physically and mentally healthy. Sesame Workshop is committed to support families for the duration of this crisis, with brand new content added on a regularly basis, featuring the Sesame Street Muppets sharing messages of love and kindness, playful learning activities, and virtual play dates launching soon. Mindful that the adults who care for children also need support, the resources are intended to help caregivers as well as children.
Read more: Best Free Online Resources & Educational Apps for Kids of All Ages: Preschoolers and Older Kids
With the Ministry of Education announcing mandatory Home-based Learning (HBL) once a week for all primary and secondary schools and junior colleges, IMDA has launched a new programme to allow low-income families purchase computers at an affordable price to ensure every student has access to a computer and internet to complete their online school activities.
The NEU PC Plus Programme offers low-income households with student or person with disabilities the opportunity to own a brand new computer at subsidised rates. Under the Programme, the PC-Bundle scheme provides a two-tier subsidy whereby successful applicants can own a PC-Bundle, starting from $232.73 for a desktop or $224.97 for a laptop.
The PC-Bundle includes:
- Your choice of computer (includes desktops and laptops by Acer)
- Three years of free broadband subscription by M1
- Antivirus software
- Productivity tools
- Delivery & installation
Full-time students (aged 25 and below) who are unable to co-pay for their PC-Bundle can apply for financial assistance under iNSPIRE Fund. For more info on eligibility and details on how to apply, click here!
Whether you’re a mama-to-be curious about car seat safety or have a preemie and you’re looking for a suitable car seat for your little one, Taxi Baby’s new virtual consultations will help to answer all your burning questions. You’ll get to speak directly to their founder Elise Mawson, an Australian-certified child car restraint fitter, and a US-certified child passenger safety technician instructor, and find out which car seats will best suit your child, your lifestyle, your vehicle and your budget (even if you’re trying to fit three kids in one row!). We’re not sure anyone knows more about car seat safety in Singapore than Elise!
Plus, if you choose a Virtual Micro-consult ($10) or the Micro-consult with Fit-check ($20), the consult fee will go towards any item purchased from the Taxi Baby store should you choose to order after your consult – so your consultation is basically free!
”Grandpa has a very strong will, but his body’s weak and often ill…” So begins the story, but the coronavirus has come to town and is spreading fast! What happens when Grandpa’s family and friends meet COVID-19 at his grandson’s birthday party? How will they all keep him safe?
Using simple rhymes and fun illustrations, Covid-19 for Kids helps children understand the facts and what they can do to help fight COVID-19. This book was written by a local mama to help parents talk to children about the coronavirus and answer the most important questions:
- What is COVID-19 and why is it such a big deal?
- How can I catch the coronavirus?
- What happens if I get it?
- What can I do to reduce my risk of getting infected?
- What is my role in reducing its spread, especially amongst those most vulnerable to the disease?
Pre-order the soft cover book for just $7 at covid19kidsbook.com
Still on the hunt for fun stuff to do at home? Creative kids will love Scribolo, a huge Singapore colouring poster that comes handily rolled up and is easy to lay out and get colouring! Beautiful ink-drawn illustrations with Singapore’s iconic landmarks make this a sweet gift to inspire creativity in kids. It’s designed for children to colour in with markers, but we bet mama and papa won’t be able to resist having a go too and that’s great as the poster is huge – 145cm x 58cm – plenty of space for some side-by-side colouring!
Get 10% off with Promo Code SASSYPERK! Free delivery in Singapore.
It’s just like Spotify, only just for kids! Kids-friendly hits, stories for children, lullabies and other bedtime music, and more! Spotify Kids gives your children their own account so they can play music they like while you keep your account for the music you like. If you already have a Premium Family plan, a Kids profile counts as one account. You can also download the app to as many devices as you want!
Download Spotify Kids now from the App Store or Google Play.
Singaporean dessert queen Janice Wong has launched a new monthly subscription box filled with hands-on activities and sweet treats, conveniently delivered to your doorstep. Each month, you’ll receive a surprise box filled with Janice Wong’s much-loved signature products, as well as new and exclusive items not yet available in stores. Janice Wong Singapore has also partnered with Optimo Foods, who specialise in New Zealand products, to offer a range of nutritious treats to complement each monthly offering. Subscriptions start at a minimum sign up of six months at $35 per month and half year subscriptions at $210. Perfect for gifting!
Since we’re all home now, why not bake? Bake at Home with Janice Wong cultivates the imagination and creativity by allowing customers to replicate Janice Wong Singapore treats such as chocolate nut spreads and cakes at home. Each box includes a recipe card and everything you need to put your culinary creations together. To inspire creativity, each subscription also includes a set of five Janice Wong chocolate paint jars, two brushes and edible paper and edible chocolate crayons – the kids won’t be able to get away from these! Birthday surprises and special “frozen delights” will also be featured so that you can enjoy and sample Janice Wong’s famous array of delicious ice cream flavours.