A rollicking good time was enjoyed by all at the recently-concluded Kids World Fair 2016. It was the perfect event for families to kick start the school holidays as there was plenty to see and do (even taste!). Here’s a rundown of what you missed, and if you were there, have another round of fun (on us, of course!) by reliving those marvellous moments!
The week-long September term holidays was extra-special this year: school-going kids were not only pleased as punch to begin their break a day early, thanks to the Teachers’ Day holiday that fell on Friday, September 2—it was also a date which coincided with the much-anticipated Kids World Fair 2016! For families looking forward to a long weekend of fun and entertainment, their plans were certainly off to a rousing start with a visit to this mega-event.
Promising “A World of Learning Adventure” for both the young and young-at-heart over three days, Kids World Fair spanned over 8,000 square metres of floor space at halls 401 to 403 of the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre with an enticing bumper crop of 102 exhibitors covering the three themed worlds of Health, Education and Fun.
At the various booths, there were loads of treats to be enjoyed, from complementary skills assessments and free health checks, to food tastings and multivitamin samplings. Kinohimitsu launched Be Sharp Kids, its new chocolate-flavoured beverage for optimal brain development. Over at Power Pedal, visitors could literally pedal their way (on a stationary bike) to a refreshing smoothie.
Exhibitor mascots were popular too, and their occasional appearances served to boost their booth traffic as they happily mingled with the crowds. Among them: Skippy Peanut Butter, Ezerra Bear, Honest Bee, Greenfields' Gracie the cow, Redoxon and many more!
Exhibitors were able to showcase their specialties to eager sign-ups all set for fun and educational sessions. Chengzhu Mandarin Centre, Seriously Addictive Mathematics, Adam Khoo Learning Centre and MindChamps were just a few of several enrichment centres that showed prospective students how lively learning can be.
Young Nautilus was popular with aspiring young ‘biologists’ for their Squid Dissection class; First Code Academy and Codomo revealed the ingenuity of coding through games; while Kindergolf, F-17 Academy and Tumble Joy Gymnastics helped kids get sporty.
We must also not forget the large variety of art, dance and performance classes by Abrakadoodle Art Studio for Kids, Dancepointe Academy, Crestar School of Dance as well as MADDspace.
Another hotspot on the exhibition floor was the stage, which was buzzing with activity all day long! Audiences were treated to a sea of talent, with wave upon wave of special dance segments courtesy of enthusiastic performers from the likes of Crestar School of Dance, MADD Space and Dancepointe Academy. Others displayed their impressive skillsets, from Martial House’s wushu stars and Flying Cape’s international memory champ.
Audience members were keen to join in some of the stage action too, whether it was a spontaneous workout with Greenfields’ mascot, Gracie the cow; F-17’s invitation for a spot of football practice with ex-national player Steven Tan, or engaging in fun-filled activities by Redoxon, People Impact, Scholar's INC and more. The heady, healthy spirit of competition was in the air too, with participants giving their all for Skippy’s 1-minute Skipping Challenge, Jarrons & Co.’s Kettler Balance Bike Race and Honest Bee’s Spelling Bee Contest!
Spectators swarmed to the stage like bees to honey especially when the time drew near for the much-awaited Meet & Greet sessions! Perhaps the loudest cheers of all were reserved for cartoon “heartthrobs” Raphael and Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego, cutesy penguin Pororo and his pals Crong and Patti, and the loveable Pokémon critter, Pikachu!
Now brought to life, these adorable animated characters were truly larger than life as they gamely posed for snaps while thrilling everyone with their delightful trademark antics!
All throughout, shrieks of delight were heard over at the 7m climbing wall, bouncy castle and trampoline—high-energy activity stations where young go-getters clamoured, ready to challenge themselves. Equally well-received were the number of carnival rides, such as the mini pirate ship and automotive train, which were a definite hit with all tykes, who implored amused parents for “yet another go”.
There was even an impromptu appearance from Singapore’s very own Spiderman, little “Spidey” in tow! The real-life father and son enjoy donning their Spiderman suits and heading out for spontaneous photo-taking opportunities with the public. Knowing that the duo made the extra effort to grace Kids World Fair 2016 makes that surprise all the more special and worthwhile.
The Kids World team extends a very big “THANK YOU” to everyone who turned up in full force for Kids World Fair 2016! We wouldn’t have had as much fun without you being there, and we sure would love to do it all over again! Watch this space together with us, as we make plans for a bigger and better Kids World Fair 2017!
Champion Sponsors: Betadine, Dancepointe Academy, F-17 Academy, Gardenia, Greenfields, MindChamps, Redoxon, Skippy, Stamford Education
Official Sponsors: AIA, American Express
Supporting Partners: Families for Life, National Library Board, NTUC U Family, SAFRA, Singapore Kindness Movement, Singapore Optometric Association
More details and sponsors are listed on our event webpage at www.kidsworld.com.sg/kidsworldfair
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