June holidays are just over. What did kids do these holidays? School homework, enrichment classes, short getaway with parents and lots of play! How about Outdoor play?
Even in my childhood, we used to do the same with a slight or should I say BIG difference – We used to play OUTDOORS. Playgrounds and other open spaces used to become our second home in school holidays and in fact on all days.
Now, the definition of play has changed drastically with the technology taking over. Now when kids say they are playing games, it might not be games that involve climbing, running, jumping and so on. In fact, many times, they are referring to online games. Screen time has become major “eater” of the free time that kids get.
My jaw dropped when I read that: As per the recent study conducted by NTU, it is found that 12 year olds spend 6.5 hours daily glued to a screen, and even 9 year olds spend 3.5 hours daily doing the same. Quite shocking isn’t it? Even Minister of State for Health Lam Pin said that we also recognize that our children are using more social media. Very often we can see young children on our handheld devices, looking at email, YouTube, or even gaming, and that has also resulted in children not exercising enough and leading a more sedentary lifestyle.
I have also realized that sometimes, it is difficult to strike the balance between studies, other enrichment classes and play hinders with Outdoor play and sometimes it’s the weather that foul-plays. At times, I find that that we have exhausted of play ideas – All this ultimately affects Outdoor Play that kids love!
Don’t you think kids prefer Outdoor Play over Technology? For my kids, as a parent I have observed that they’ll prefer to run, play, swing, climb at every given opportunity. They just don’t care about getting muddy, sweaty, messy and dirty ♥ They won’t even remember gadgets when they are outdoors.
So, what we do as Mom n Dad for my kids? We try our best to take them outdoors and indulge in some REAL play. I would love to share about this awesomely unique Outdoor Play Idea that we explored at Forest Adventure just a few days back.
Located at scenic Bedok Reservoir Park, Forest Adventure offers Tree Top Obstacle Course for kids and even adults. Read on to find more about the unique experience of Forest Adventure and why I say that Dirt is Good.
Beautiful Saturday Morning, Nice breeze and Smiling weather…We parked and then took a short walk to Forest Adventure. By the way, when you visit this place, you can’t help but appreciate the natural beauty of it – grass, trees, birds and oh yes, cute squirrels.
The first look of the tree-top adventure that was calling us…
Kids were jumping in excitement already and they barely waited till we filled the necessary forms. My son decided to get dirty immediately. By the way, kids generally don’t mind getting dirty. ha ha!
Forest Adventure has a lot for kids.
Specially designed for children aged 5 to 10 years old. It has 22 crossings and two awesome zip lines. The Kids Course is a fun and rewarding experience for every little adventurer. I saw many kids of my son’s age group that day and all were relishing the adventure.
I must say that kids have to really put in efforts and complete the course. It challenges them physically and emotionally. They are expected to progress at a particular height and cross the obstacles by balancing themselves. In this case, parental support and guidance is needed. My hubby was my son’s buddy in this course.
My girl who is a tween needs more adventure and more challenges. This course is perfect for her and provides Fun at height! She did it independently and tried some extra levels of obstacles repeatedly.
It was so hard to bring her on the ground!!!
At the end of each loop, there is this a big long zip line which kids simply love. Check this video to see what I mean.
Fret not parents because while all this adventure is on, you’ll be equipped with a harness and go through 20 minutes safety briefing where you will learn to use your equipment and how to move on the course.
After the safety briefing, our 2 champs or should I say chimps were ready to explore the tree-tops ♥ In next few hours, they’ll made friends with tree, wind and sun and the whole nature. Given a chance, they all would love to lead a life of Mowgli. I was capturing the precious moments from the ground.
Initially, my son was a bit scared. His face clearly showed that. But he didn’t give up and kept trying. Slowly he started loving the adventure. Good job boy!
He constantly needed Dad’s help at first but later, became more confident…
Be focused, face your fears and you can achieve your goal.
Where was the girl? She was super speedy. Completed the course once and then twice. Managed to click this photo when she completed the last lap of the course – the zip line. Phew! Who cares about the dust and the sand? The real fun lies in getting sweaty, messy and dirty.
This look on their faces after they cleared all the obstacles and completed the course…Priceless!
Outdoor play not only gives great happiness to kids but I have experienced that it improves motor skills and focus. Of course, they burn calories while playing outdoors. It’s lovely to see them making new friends outdoors. For us, Outdoor activities like Forest Adventure offer opportunities to bond as a family. ♥
Okay, after awesome fun, what’s next? My laundry woes!!!
Kids and hubby all were thoroughly sweaty, messy, dirty, dusty and extremely happy after the Forest Adventure course. Mom in me was worrying about the dirt, tough stains and bacteria on their clothes. Breeze came to this mom’s rescue…
Okay, frankly speaking, I was dreading about the laundry and was thinking whether their dirty clothes would ever be clean again and not only superficially clean but thoroughly clean by eliminating tough stains. Generally whenever kids run around and play outdoors, there’s lot of dirt, dust and stains on their clothes. Sometimes, we have to hand-wash these dirty clothes, then soak in the soap for a few hours and then put in the washing machine. Phew! All this hectic laundry work is done in a breeze when I used Breeze! It makes the washing routine easier and I don’t have to worry because clothes become perfectly clean and no trace of stains – even tough stains. Also, I don’t have to worry about clothes colors. Colors remain intact and I can dry clothes indoors too.
Did I tell you that your kids can go to Forest Adventure for Free when you buy any 4.4kg / 4kg Breeze liquid detergent which has the promo sticker? You do that and then the kid goes for free with every full paying ticket. For more information, click here to visit Breeze’s Facebook Page.
How do you ensure that your kids get to play outdoor? Do share with me. ♥
I strongly think that we have to let kids be kids and let them get messy and dirty because #DirtIsGood #ad and it’s always so important to strike the balance between work and play. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy? School, home and the much needed outdoor play – one great combination to keep our kids healthy and happy.