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Young Parents May - June 2019

Young Parents is monthly parenting magazine for families with children up to age nine. It is the go-to guide for parents who value its local trend stories on everything from education to health, relevant tips from experts and comprehensive resources. Young Parents also offers two reads in one, with Young Parents Baby – the essential guide for parents with babies aged two and below – designed as a magazine within the magazine. The 25-year-old publication has won numerous awards, including Magazine of the Year (MPAS Awards 2011).

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in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

Kids in Singapore have never had it so good. From incredible play spaces – both indoor and outdoor – to unusual sports and urban farms, there’s always a reason to head out for a day of exploration and discovery. This Active Kids Issue is your resource guide to amazing activities for little ones. Find out where to sign up for mixed martial marts and ice-skating classes, try surfing and go-karting, go on an educational staycay, and plant padi at a vegetable farm. And don’t worry that it’s just “play”. Children actually learn best when they play, plus all those gross motor activities and the fresh air are really good for their health. So, keep your phones, be fully present for your kids, and you’ll make memories to cherish for years to come. Also in this…

2 min
our experts

EDUCATION Dr Cynthia Lim is a senior lecturer in the Early Childhood Education Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She has a 12-year-old son. Brian Caswell is the dean of Research and Program Development at Mindchamps. He has 15 grandchildren. Dawn Lim is the curriculum advisor at Star Learners. She has four children aged eight to 16. PSYCHOLOGY Dr Carol Balhetchet is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in schools, the social services sector and the private sector. She is the author of Dr Delinquent: A Guide To Decoding The Teenage Years, and has three children in their 20s. PSYCHIATRY Dr Cornelia Chee is a psychiatrist and director in the Women’s Emotional Health Service at the National University Hospital. Her daughters are in their teens. LACTATION & PARENTCRAFT Cynthia Pang is a senior…

1 min
bed and board

What’s as memorable as a family staycation at the iconic Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore? A travel-sized Monopoly board game that you can take home afterwards and play with your little ones. This version includes tokens of the hotel’s lion and crown emblem, a suitcase, and a Formula One racing car, while properties include the National Gallery and Gardens by the Bay. Get it free when you book its Game Night package (turn to page 32 for our staycation review). Bespoke Monopoly Game by The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, $68, from the hotel’s gift shop, its Colony Bakery, or www.colonybakery.oddle.me.…

2 min
wild, wow fun

13 min
best indoor and outdoor activities for energetic kids

Get an adrenaline rush at Superpark Join your kids at this 40,000 sq ft play facility, which is made up of several areas across two levels, each offering fun games and activities for everyone in the family. The Adventure Area, for example, is an indoor playground that includes obstacle walls, trampolines, slides, play towers, and a pedal car-racing track. The Game Arena has spaces in which to play baseball, golf, street basketball, and a host of other action-packed games, like Superpinball, Superhoop and Superbowling. The Freestyle Hall is an all-in-one indoor sports park, with trampolines, a foam pit, a climbing wall, and a skate and scoot area. BEST FOR Kids and adults of all ages; children under eight years must be supervised by an adult aged 18 and above. All activities have minimum height requirements…

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how clean are indoor play areas?

Dr Chong Jin Ho, a specialist in Paediatric Medicine and consultant at Raffles Children Centre, tells you how to protect your kid from common infectious diseases at public play areas. WHAT TYPES OF BACTERIA OR VIRUSES CAN BE FOUND IN INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS? Typical ones include the viruses that cause Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, cold sores, the common cold, influenza, conjunctivitis, molluscum (poxvirus), and gastroenteritis (like Rotavirus). Indoor play areas may also harbour parasites that can cause pinworm infestation, lice and scabies. HOW ARE THESE TRANSFERRED FROM PERSON TO PERSON? Viruses or bacteria may spread through respiratory droplets (from coughing or sneezing) or direct contact (from shaking hands with or touching another person). If your child touches a surface that has, say, faecal matter containing these pathogens, and then puts her hand in her mouth,…