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.



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.

SmartKids Asia 1 to 3 July 2016 | Asia’s Largest Educational Kids’ Fair

Hi Readers! Something EXCITING is coming your way, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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SmartKids Asia, Asia’s LARGEST Educational Kids’ Fair is a fun-filled family event that combines education, health and family-bonding activities to give its visitors unparalleled opportunities to spend time together and explore the potential of their children.

For the first time since 2012, the annual SmartKids Asia will be making a second debut this year on 1 to 3 July from Friday to Sunday at 10am to 9pm (1 to 2 July) and 10am to 8pm (3 July) at Suntec Singapore, Hall 405 & 406.

In celebration of Youth Day, this three-day event offers an extensive line-up of fun activities such as meet & greet sessions with popular characters, free trial classes from leading enrichment centres, interactive activities, an inflatable obstacle course challenge, and even a Scholarship Programme.

If your children are aged between 3 and 12 years old, these activities are tailored for you. Yay, I can hear your excitement! Let’s mark down 1 to 3 July 2016 on your calendar now. Admission is free.


Here’s a list of the exciting activities that you and your family can look forward at the event.

1. Meet & Greet Sessions with 4 popular characters


SmartKids Asia will bring a set of four popular characters: My Little Pony featuring Apple Jack, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash; Robocar Poli featuring Poli & Amber; Pororo & Friends featuring Pororo, Crong and Petty; and the characters from Sylvanian Families onto stage for three days of performances and Meet & Greet sessions.

During its first run in March 2016, SmartKids Asia received an overwhelming number of 8,000 registrations for just 300 Meet & Greet passes. So, please act fast to avoid disappointment. Register via SmartKids’ Asia’s Facebook page and online registration channel for these popular Meet & Greet passes now!


2. Daily Lucky Draw with prizes up to $10,000

Lucky Draw

Who doesn’t like lucky draw? Hah. Visitors will be entitled to one chance in the lucky draw with every receipt of purchase. And it’s happening DAILY during the 3-day event! $10,000 worth of prizes including Furama RiverFront Singapore staycations, passes from iFly Singapore and many more to be won. Good luck!


3. F-17 Futsal Challenge


In collaboration with F-17, Fandi Ahmad’s Academy of Football Excellence, visitors can participate in SmartKids Asia’s first 1V1 challenge. Open to children aged 5 to 12, top players will walk home with a Football Scholarship! Woohoo!

Prepare to be challenged!


Sign-up for football scholarship here: http://woobox.com/9pa8zw

Sign-up for futsal challenge here: http://woobox.com/kmauoz


4. SmartKids Asia Sponsorship Programme


SmartKids Asia will partner with key education providers to offer a new set of scholarships to deserving students this coming July. It aims to reward students aged 5 to 12 years old with one of the educational and enrichment programmes available.

Registrants will be assessed on-site by individual education providers on 1 – 3 July. Following the assessment, successful recipients will be awarded the scholarships on stage at the event on Sunday, 3 July.