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Happy Sparks – The Perfect Start to the School Holidays

Throughout the year, there are many children’s events held in Singapore that are fun-filled and combine family-bonding activities with education. We love participating in these events. And today, I’m going to share an upcoming event with you – I’m sure it’s a perfect start to the school holidays!

What’s so special about this event, you may wonder. Well, this is not the typical event you usually attend where you visit the advertisers’ booths, collect your freebies, play some games and go home. There’s something more valuable for you to bring home this time.

Happy Sparks

The event is Happy Sparks, an inaugural edutainment event for families and children aged 3 to 12 years old. Organised by Times Experience, the four-day event will take place from 10 to 13 November (Thurs – Sat: 10am – 9pm, Sun: 10am – 8pm) at Singapore Expo Hall 4B.

Happy Sparks aims to ignite and inspire each child’s creativity, and urge them to be innovative. Thus, the three pillars of the event are: Ignite, Inspire and Innovate.

Happy Sparks also aims to make learning come alive through play and technology. Technology is a ubiquitous part of our children’s lives now. Thus, integrating technology is crucial for our 21st century learners.

As we all know, rote learning and memorisation won’t help our children become nimble, but creative thinkers will go a long way. Educators that embrace 21st century learning create opportunities for students to practise the critical skills through technology-rich experiences.

So parents, stop picturing a teacher writing on a whiteboard while kids sit in neat rows. It’s time to open your minds to new teaching methods and ideas for the future generations.

Workshops

Workshops

Across the four days, there’ll be several workshops and activities for children and parents which help to promote family bonding. There’s also a parenting forum on Saturday evening with a stellar line up of speakers including Diana Ser and moderator DJ Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang from 88.3Jia FM.

Speaking of which, I’m a huge fan of Diana Ser and her Crazy About Chinese online portal. She inspires me to make learning fun, engaging and productive for my son. Naturally, I’m keen to join this parenting forum to learn how I can encourage the use of Chinese in our daily conversations.

Here are some workshops that might interest you:

1. Ukulele: Small Instrument, Big Heart!

2. Problem-solving strategies for upper primary maths

3. How to develop effective writing skills

4. Sensory Play Sessions for Kids and Toddlers

Activities

Happy Sparks Activities

There are various zones featuring different activities to suit every interest. The Happy Expedition looks very fun and worth checking out. It has 10 game stations for our kids to take part. They will earn 1 stamp for each completed game. Complete 5 of the 10 stations to enter the sure-win dip. One lucky winner per day will walk away with a grand prize of $500!

Out of the 5 selected game stations, two of them are compulsory – “Multiple Intelligence Zone” presented by UOB, powered by Flying Cape, and “Brainy Arkies” by Marshall Cavendish Education. Other game stations include Times the Bookstore, 88.3JIA FM, Schwan-STABILO, Samsung, National Library Board, etc.

Happy Expedition

So, don’t miss out the fun game stations at Happy Expedition. 100% fun guaranteed!

Edison loves games too, so I’m sure he will enjoy himself at the Brainy Arkies zone where he gets to experience the world of Brainy Arkies through virtual reality powered by Samsung Gear VR. Brainy Arkies is a new mobile learning app by Marshall Cavendish Education and the virtual reality world is specially built for Happy Sparks! He can challenge his analytical and cognitive skills as he pieces together a life-size jigsaw puzzle of a scene from the app using blocks.

The hands-on activities also promote parent-child bonding. So, do register for the activity and have fun building a Great Pyramid from ancient Egypt.

Here are my top five picks of the activities at Happy Sparks:

1. Happy Expedition

2. Fun with Brainy Arkies

3. Bonding through colours (a Parent and Child workshop)

4. Toys, Gears and Engineers (learn how machines work)

5. Play with KIBO (a robotics program)

Highlights

Personally, I would be keen to explore the MI Zone where I can identify my kid’s SMARTS. I learnt about Multiple Intelligence recently, and I’m really interested to find out more about it.

MI Zone

If you’re keen to find out more about your kid’s SMARTS, you can bring them to the Multiple Intelligence booth to take a short profile test (approximately 10 minutes). Alternatively, they can also complete the test online. Either way, you can present the results at the Multiple Intelligence Zone for a free in-depth evaluation.

Competitions

What’s an event without some entertainment and excitement? Cheer on the young contestants in the singing and talent competitions and find out which schools will prevail in the maths and Chinese competitions. Your child can sing, dance, play, touch, think, compete and most importantly, discover the joy of learning through the event.

You can look forward these exciting competitions:

1. Maths Guru

2. Chinese Guru

3. i-Love Singing

4. i-Love Performing

Competitions

For the latest updates, please visit http://www.happysparks.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Timesexperience/.

Parents, please mark your calendars now. I’ll see you at the event!  🙂

 

Happy Sparks
Date: 10 to 13 November 2016
Time: Thurs – Sat: 10am to 9pm, Sun: 10am to 8pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4B
Admission: Free

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Happy Sparks.

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