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  • Esplanade Offstage: Remote Performing Arts Made Easy

    Esplanade Offstage: Remote Performing Arts Made Easy

    Ever since Singapore shut down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, children have been home with parents or babysitters. Understandably, most of the parents enduring months of social restrictions have added a new problem to their list: the social and emotional development of the kids. Whether you are somewhat lacking in entertaining skills or would just rather spend less time searching for ideas and more time having fun with your kids, there is much to be gained from time with Esplanade Offstage.

  • The Best Language Classes and Courses for Kids in Singapore

    The Best Language Classes and Courses for Kids in Singapore

    Check out some of the best language courses and classes for children in Singapore! Here you will find highly qualified native speaker teachers, innovative approaches, enrichment lessons, and complete immersion into the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the countries. What's not to love? 

  • VivoKids: The Proven Experts in Multi-Sport Coaching for Early Years

    VivoKids: The Proven Experts in Multi-Sport Coaching for Early Years

    Occasionally parents become so familiar with a reasonably acceptable specific sports programme that they fail to notice a myriad of alternatives that give their child freedom to find their own sporting path. Step forward, VIVO Kids is the most in-demand multi-sport programme for pre-schoolers with the Singapore parents right now – and for good reason. VIVO Kids – a name guaranteed to deliver age-appropriate activities in a happy, stimulating environment – gives your child the best possible start in physical and social development.

  • ProActiv Sports Launches Singapore's First Fundamental Movement & Sports Skills Venue

    ProActiv Sports Launches Singapore's First Fundamental Movement & Sports Skills Venue

    If you've never attended at least one of ProActiv Sports' wide range of programmes – weekly sports classes, multi-activity holiday camps, sports-themed birthday parties or workshops, you are missing out on one of Singapore’s most reputable sports providers and their all-star team of sportsmen and coaches! But with the launch of its new, Singapore's first-ever Fundamental Movement & Sports Skills (FMS) venue Prodigy – there is no excuse not to visit.

  • Children's Learning: Top Online Programmes in Singapore

    Children's Learning: Top Online Programmes in Singapore

    In Singapore, the lockdown has certainly changed our lives. In these unsettling times, it would be all too easy to succumb to the temptation to reduce time for learning  and give yourself over to housebound lethargy. For our children at different stages of lockdown, now it’s more important than ever to stay occupied and active at home. If your kids are starting to go a little stir crazy, these online educational programmes are the perfect antidote. Equally engaging and fun, your little ones' minds will be in a better place in no time.

  • The Benefits of Dance Classes for Your Kids and What Singapore Has to Offer

    The Benefits of Dance Classes for Your Kids and What Singapore Has to Offer

    For any parent, one of the top-of-mind concerns is searching for the best way to channel the energy of the “everlasting batteries” – the children. While giving them the possibility to play video games or watch toons may help to settle them down for some time, physical activity is the best solution to steer their energy into the right course. And it is the parents’ responsibility to make sure that kids find the chosen activity interesting and entertaining, otherwise, they won’t want to do it. The first thing that comes into mind is team sports. However, with all the benefits that sports bring, it is essential to be savvy in your choices. Some team sports call for a certain age range so when you choose a kind of sport for your toddler, pay attention to the age requirements. Luckily, there is an activity that hits the spot for kids of all ages – dancing!

  • Best music classes for kids in Singapore

    Best music classes for kids in Singapore

    Whether you are looking for lessons designed for babies to teach them music appreciation or you have a little baby rock star at home, or you simply want to expose your child to the joy of music, then your search ends here. At TickiKids, we have rounded-up the most highly respected music schools and music classes in Singapore.Here’s a look at the best music classes near you! 

  • Sherlock at Home by Oops Odelia is Out Now

    Sherlock at Home by Oops Odelia is Out Now

    Hang on! What’s that? You haven’t discovered Oops Odelia yet? A manager and co-founder of GRAM’S Learning Centre Mrs Yvonne Teo returns again to the TickiKids Childhood Reading department with the latest instalment of the Oops Odelia series. If your little reader hasn’t read any of Oops Odelia's spellbinding short stories, don't worry – it’s in no particular order. With the help of a new children's tale Sherlock at Home and its heroine Odelia, GRAM’S Learning Centre continues to help younger audiences go through a transformative time socially and educationally.

  • The Best Gymnastic Classes for Kids in Singapore

    The Best Gymnastic Classes for Kids in Singapore

    Singapore isn't short of children's gymnastic clubs promoting confidence, health and wellbeing. Gymnastics is an immensely popular sport and it has always played a significant role in a truly holistic development of every child. All sports clubs are keen to stress that gymnastics is not just suited to athletes. It provides opportunities to engage everyone through a diverse and challenging sport experience at all ages across all abilities. Recognising the significant mental and physical benefits that emerge by participating and competing in sport, the majority of parents go on to send their kids to gymnastic schools. Whether your child is an aspiring Olympian or complete newbie, or it's for a social and recreational purpose, we've handpicked a selection of the best gymnastic classes for kids in Singapore.

  • The cheeriest family Christmas traditions to start the festive vibe

    The cheeriest family Christmas traditions to start the festive vibe

    Christmas period is the most wonderful time of the year especially for children. But what makes Christmas so magic? We live in a world that has practically no appreciation for tradition or long-established customs. However, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without family rituals. Every family does the festive season in their own special ways. With an abundance of feel-good Christmassy entertainment and activities on offer in Singapore, from atmospheric Christmas fairs, family cookery classes, film screenings, family brunches with candlelit turkey feast, it's truly easy to get festive with kids in the run-up to Christmas. The most important thing to remember is that the best childhood memories are not down to gifts that you give to your kids, but about spending time together and traditions that you start as a family.

  • Sports for Academic Excellence

    Sports for Academic Excellence

    Academic excellence is of prime importance to us parents. For us the hallmark of successful parenting is the child getting into a reputable university for a good course. All we want is for our children to have a safe and secure future. Our entire parenting life, our focus is on getting the academics right. We do everything we can for this. However, in our focus on academic excellence, we forget one key element that contributes towards it but is neglected or ignored. That is doing sport. I guess you are wondering, what is the correlation between academics and sports? Consider this real-life scenario below from one of my coaching sessions.

  • The Most Exciting Swimming Lessons for Kids in Singapore

    The Most Exciting Swimming Lessons for Kids in Singapore

    Everyone knows that growing up with a fear of the water may manifest itself into a deeper phobia. It is always much better to begin swimming lessons early – the earlier the better! Whether you are a parent of a child looking for swimming lessons to learn basic water safety skills, or have fun in the water with family and friends, or even become an elite level swimmer, you have come to the right place. We have found the best possible swimming schools in Singapore with excellent facilities on-site, and first class swimming coaching, teaching and supervision. And it is going to be hard to beat. From babies upwards whatever their level of ability – time to jump in to these iconic swimming pools.

  • 12 Great YouTube Channels for Young English Learners

    12 Great YouTube Channels for Young English Learners

    Teaching your kids English at home is never easy – but it's a lot easier when you have an arsenal of learning strategies and enthusiasm for the language. Thankfully, today most learning resources are digital, quite rightly allowing kids to use them too, alongside attending immersive language classes. Mobile apps, music, podcasts, TV shows, cartoons, animations, films, YouTube channels – each of these approaches is acceptable, but don't rely on only one. We offer to establish a routine for your child's English sessions at home. YouTube channels are an excellent way for children to learn vocabulary, develop listening and reading skills. For example, you could watch certain children's educational YouTube channels with your kids every day. However, they’ve now got some serious competition because a new wave of children's educational videos have popped up all over YouTube. We've rounded up 12 great YouTube channels on a huge range of topics from bright animated songs and great cartoons for young children to educational videos for curious older learners.

  • Easter 2019: Family Activities & Events in Singapore

    Easter 2019: Family Activities & Events in Singapore

    Singapore is in full swing preparing for the Easter holidays. Many parents are looking forward to having a break from work, getting out of the house and spending some quality family time together. Expect so much more than Easter egg hunts – the capital is promising Easter fairs, theatrical performances, holiday brunch parties, cooking classes, craft workshops, children's camps and more this year. We have rounded up the key family events and activities to help your family make the most of the Easter season.

  • The Dragon's Dentist review – the charming chance to overcome children's dental fears

    The Dragon's Dentist review – the charming chance to overcome children's dental fears

    The iconic Esplanade Theatre Studio, widely famous for its committed family vibe, is currently premiering  the newest kids' show The Dragon's Dentist, with tickets on sale now. The PLAYtime interactive theatre series by Esplanade has never let parents down when it comes to kids’ shows. This time, their creative production team promises festive madness for under-sixes and to keep the whole family happily entertained. Last week, joining theatregoers from Singapore, TickiKids Test Patrol attended Esplanade to watch The Dragon's Dentist,  a much anticipated performance about a daring adventure of  the dragon dentist, his apprentice and poor mythical creature that suffers from toothache. Their overall verdict?

  • The 10 Best Birthday Party Venues for Children in Singapore

    The 10 Best Birthday Party Venues for Children in Singapore

    Welcome to the 2nd article about kids’ birthday celebration, as we've rounded up the best birthday party venues for children – the guide you can trust to give you the inside track on the top-notch events for your birthday boys and girls taking place up and down Singapore. Drawing on our hands-on experience in the children's entertainment industry, we know what you want to know and we think like you think. TickiKids’ team of super-sleuths has put their detective skills to good use by thoroughly inspecting the best of the bunch from all angles. Just take our pieces of advice and do yourself a favour: check out the previous article on How to throw the best child’s birthday party and then browse through this one again and again. And hurry: book a venue before it is packed to full capacity. If your mission is to find the best place for your child’s birthday party, these venues might hit the spot.

  • Announcing a brand new book release in the Oops Odelia series ‒ “It's Okay to Shout”

    Announcing a brand new book release in the Oops Odelia series ‒ “It's Okay to Shout”

    GRAM’S Learning Centre is to launch the Oops Odelia series' first book in August 2018 to coincide with National Day of Singapore celebrating the 53d anniversary of Singapore’s Independence. TickiKids is pleased to present this brand new picture book for pre-schoolers and toddlers entitled It's Okay to Shout, which is all about introducing your kids to first everyday experiences, and developing positive patterns of behaviour in response to a particular situation. This gently educational book with a child-centred sense of fun helps them to consider what is, or is not, appropriate behaviour towards others.TickiKids has decided to help your adorable toddlers take their first big steps in their journey to becoming life-long readers. There is no better chance to start on a journey than with the most recent series from GRAM’S Learning Centre. 

  • How to Throw the Best Child’s Birthday Party

    How to Throw the Best Child’s Birthday Party

    A child’s birthday party, by name and by nature, is the very best of both worlds. It is meant to be a big event not only in your kiddo’s life ‒ in that it generally allows children to create some pretty fond memories of happy carefree days that would never return ‒ it has the side effect of thrilling the big kid inside parents by joining in with the entertainment activities. Kids’ birthday parties are arguably the most significant events in our childhood, as it is widely accepted that a bright childhood is a key to adult happiness. What better reason do you need to peruse our rundown of how to throw the best child’s birthday party for some inspiration?

  • The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum: TickiKids’ review

    The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum: TickiKids’ review

    If you saw an American fantasy-comedy film «Night at the Museum», you know that the main character Larry had to wage an incredible battle to save the Museum of Natural History, hoping to become at last the bold, adventurous dad he had always wanted to be in his son Nick's eyes. What do you hope to be getting up to when you go to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum? Fantasy-Adventures versus Story of Evolution! We wondered if there is the same mystical story behind its million scientifically fascinating specimens and were very curious to know what happens within its impressive seven-storey building of 8500 square meters. 

  • Tabby McTat: TickiKids’ review

    Tabby McTat: TickiKids’ review

    Looking for the next awe-inspiring and immersive masterpiece of art for your little theatregoers? Then we cannot keep quiet about the latest children's theatrical smash hit in Singapore.ABA Productions, an international theatre production company and the host of KidsFest, is preparing to bring to Singapore the eagerly-awaited world premiere of their “Dear Zoo” show.  During this tantalising period of anticipation, TickiKids’ Test Patrol families shall attempt to unpick the fantastic phenomenon of the soaraway success recently achieved in Singapore by the sold-out children’s show “Tabby McTat” from the same production group.

  • Bunny Finds the Right Stuff: TickiKids’ review

    Bunny Finds the Right Stuff: TickiKids’ review

    If you made a list of everything you want from a theatre for children, you definitely would not be disappointed by the "Bunny Finds the Right Stuff" show which is currently being shown at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. On 6th May 2018 TickiKids Test Patrol family saw for itself this richly expressive, kind-hearted, warm-spirited performance for children aged 2-6 years.

  • 10 Tips on How to Choose the Right Camp

    10 Tips on How to Choose the Right Camp

    Whilst being frankly amazed at the many interactive activities for children to do in Singapore during this year’s June School Holidays, TickiKids in partnership with Singapore leading PlayFACTO School has decided to issue some guidelines on the matter of how to choose the right camp. Regardless of the choice that you ultimately make, it is fair to say that, in general, activity camps are a very engaging way to further the knowledge of the fundamentals of science, with an element of fun and social bonding, which can help your kids discover their own particular passion and pursue their interests further.

  • Drama Education for Kids: Inspiring Little Ones Through the Arts

    Drama Education for Kids: Inspiring Little Ones Through the Arts

    It’s long been known that drama education has much more to offer to children than just the dream of becoming a famous actor some time in the future. TickiKids had a chance to discuss the present day situation in drama education with Ruby Lim-Yang, Artistic Director of ACT 3 International and ACT 3 Drama Academy, co-founder of the country’s first professional theatre company focused on the young.

  • GRAM'S Learning Centre: Education that Makes Difference

    GRAM'S Learning Centre: Education that Makes Difference

    Nowadays the educational journey for children often starts before they can walk or talk. Parents see it as a way to give their loved little ones a head start in lives, so that they succeed through the school years and get to the top colleges later on. Finding the right place that will contribute to the child’s achievements, will develop confidence and love for learning is a challenge many moms and dads face. TickiKids found a great solution to your quest: GRAM’S Learning Centre, a place where your kid’s potential growth is in the center of the attention. Small class size and unique teaching pedagogy ensure every little student has everything they need to shine!Mrs Yvonne Teo , Centre Manager and Co-Founder, shared with us the story of the center and it’s values, as well as explained what makes learning at GRAM’S so productive and special. And what is more, we learnt everything you may need to know about GooeyGRAM and PictoGRAM from the Program Developers!

  • Future Food Children Science Workshop: TickiKids Review

    Future Food Children Science Workshop: TickiKids Review

    TickiKids' Test Patrol families visited an amazing Future Food Children Science Workshop held by Euglena Co. The hand-on workshop gave children an opportunity to become a real scientist for a day!

  • The Joy of Cooking with The Little Things

    The Joy of Cooking with The Little Things

    Cooking workshops have become the latest craze all over the world, it's an amazing opportunity for kids and adults to develop their creativity while gaining practical skills. Emily Yeo, founder of The Little Things, discussed with TickiKids the tendencies of culinary education for kids growing in big cities and the rationale behind adding up a cooking class to the busy schedules of modern children, as well as some awesome tips on how to make cooking risk-free.

  • Fun Awaits at Admiralty Park Playground!

    Fun Awaits at Admiralty Park Playground!

    Admiralty Park Playground is open for young visitors after two years of re-development. Boasting the largest number of slides in Singapore, the playground offers exciting experience for the whole family. 

  • Chicken Little: SRT The Little Company's New Musical Adventure for Children

    Chicken Little: SRT The Little Company's New Musical Adventure for Children

    Chicken Little by SRT The Little Company opened on October 25th, so, wasting no time, TickiKids sent Test Patrol mom Ophelia Tam and her 5-year-old daughter, Amelie, to KC Arts Centre to check out the show and to find out what makes this production based on a well-known story so worth seeing.

  • Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa: a Day of Splashing Fun

    Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa: a Day of Splashing Fun

    Test Patrol parent that went to try out Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa was TickiKids founder, Sergej Belinski, a father of 2 boys aged 7 and 4. Find out how guys spent their time at the famous water playground and check out their tips for making your family’s experience at the waterpark the best it can be.

  • Forest Adventure Tree Top Course: Challenging One's Limits and Having Fun

    Forest Adventure Tree Top Course: Challenging One's Limits and Having Fun

    One of our Test Patrol Moms, Selena Tay took her family out to test Forest Adventure Tree Top Course at Bedok Reservoir Park. Forest Adventure claims to be the first and only treetop obstacle course in Singapore and it promises unique and unforgettable experience full of fun and adventures for people of all ages. Hope Selena’s review will help you plan your day out with kids and enjoy it to the max! 

  • Singapore's Best Indoor Playgrounds

    Singapore's Best Indoor Playgrounds

    Hot list of the best indoor playgrounds for kids in Singapore.

  • 10 Fun Things to Do in Singapore with Kids

    10 Fun Things to Do in Singapore with Kids

    Being one of the most family-friendly Asian cities, Singapore offers an abundance of attractions both children and adults can enjoy. Here’s TickiKids’ pick of top 10 places in Singapore that are worth visiting with kids.   

  • A Peter Rabbit Tale by SRT The Little Company

    A Peter Rabbit Tale by SRT The Little Company

    Read TickiKids' review on A Peter Rabbit Tale, a play based on the beloved children’s classic by Beatrix Potter and beautifully reimagined by SRT The Little Company

TICKIKIDS HONG KONG BLOG

  • TickiKids' Educational Guide: Top preschools in Hong Kong

    TickiKids' Educational Guide: Top preschools in Hong Kong

    Choosing the right preschool for your child can be a daunting and tad stressful task for most parents living in a big city like Hong Kong. However, it will be well worth the investment of time and energy in the long run. Receiving a good preschool education is vital during a child's formative years, as children in this tender age group absorb and achieve more than at any other stage in their school life. This crucial first step on the educational road fosters an interest, enthusiasm and confidence that has every chance of persisting through their subsequent time in school. At TickiKids, we pride ourselves on our understanding of the things that really matter to parents when it comes to childcare and preschool education. You want your child to be happy, confident, challenged and able to reach his/her potential physically, socially, emotionally and, sure enough, academically, before moving on to the next school. Fret not, because we have done the hard work for you. For our educational guide, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the top preschools and daycare options in Hong Kong.

  • 3 ways to get your child to read more

    3 ways to get your child to read more

    “How do I stop being on the screen all the time and get him interested in reading?” -asked my friend, mother of a 12-year-old.I looked at my friend surprised, wondering what prompted her to ask this question. We were traveling in the Hong Kong subway which is called MTR (short for Mass Transit Rail). She pointed towards a family sitting in a few seats away. The child was reading a book!! While this was a common sight when we were growing up, these days books and newspapers have been replaced by phones and tablets. In Hong Kong, it is a common to see all ages glued to their screen irrespective of whether they are walking or sitting or dining!!!

  • The Shops for Babies and Mums-to-Be in Hong Kong All Parents Will Love

    The Shops for Babies and Mums-to-Be in Hong Kong All Parents Will Love

    A sensible approach to the new addition to the family can save you from the piles of needless baby stuff. And the choice of the shop for babies and future parents is crucial, as this place can save you lots of time and money. Our experts handpicked top shops that offer essential and high-quality goods for your beloved ones. 

  • Great Online Courses for the Young in Hong Kong

    Great Online Courses for the Young in Hong Kong

    COVID-19 changes our plans with lightning speed. Schools close, classes are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. But, before your kids start to celebrate this education-free time, there is no need to worry, parents! TickiKids has got your backs!This isolation period is the window of opportunity to spend time on the disciplines that your kid likes or wants to improve. So, before digging into the textbooks with your kid, consider online courses that will occupy your child for a couple of hours and save some free time for you. We have selected the most interesting and entertaining online courses that turn studies into fun and catching pastime. Take full advantage of this ‘mandatory leave’ as it is the perfect possibility to learn something useful from the comfort of your home!

  • Best Movies to Keep Kids Engaged While Staying at Home

    Best Movies to Keep Kids Engaged While Staying at Home

    Сinema has given us thousands of indelible that entertain and stimulate children. We all grew up with classics that have stuck with us: for some it was Pixar; others were weaned on the classics of Disney animation or Studio Ghibli's fantastical otherworlds.TickiKids selected the best movies to keep kids engaged while staying at home. Watch it and enjoy it! 

  • 5 Ways to Help Kids Socialise in a Time of Social Distancing

    5 Ways to Help Kids Socialise in a Time of Social Distancing

    “I don’t know how we are going to do this. I have taken the next 3 days off. But after that, with both me and my wife working from home and kids having nothing to do, nowhere to go. I don’t know how we are going to manage. The problem is, we don’t even know how long social distancing needs to continue. The kids can’t go to their friends’ house, they can’t go to the park, what do they do?” said my exasperated brother who lives in Canada. My call with him prompted me to write this article. 

  • Coping with Children's Anxiety about the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Coping with Children's Anxiety about the Coronavirus Outbreak

    As you can see, our current situation has all the factors that make a person stressful. Most of the parents I have talked to are stressed out themselves. One parent I was talking to even mentioned that sometimes she gets flashes of images from the movie Doomsday. If the current situation is doing this to us adults, just imagine what might be going on in a teen’s mind.

  • Self-Doubt in Children

    Self-Doubt in Children

    “Everyone is always getting better grades than me in class. I never do anything better than others.”“She is so much better than me in everything. I don’t think she considers me to be her friend. She is just being nice to me.”“I think people talk behind my back. I think they don’t like me. I don’t have any friends in school.”The above statements are all from real life, expressed by my teen clients during coaching sessions. There is a common thread that binds them all. Each statement is negative, disempowering, based on the opinion of themselves. One can sense the underlying theme of “I am not good enough and I don’t think I can do anything about it.” This feeling of “not good enough” is the root cause of unhappiness and frustration. It leads us to believe we are unimportant and worthless. This, in turn, holds us back from truly attaining our highest potential. One needs to be especially cautious of this feeling of self-doubt lingering in teenagers. 

  • Great Ideas for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party for Kids

    Great Ideas for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party for Kids

    Halloween is fast approaching, that time once again when children of all ages and the not so young dress as all things spooky, scary and ghoulish. Cursed to walk the earth or at least their local neighbourhood not so much in search of blood and souls but rather sweets and treats. Welcome to trick or treating a tradition that is popular in North America, parts of Europe and more recently in Hong Kong. So how can you make the most of this and the accompanying blood chilling parties, that children and adults enjoy so much? Luckily for you we've done the research to provide you with all the top ideas and resources to make your Halloween party or gathering memorably spooky and fun so that everyone will enjoy and feel suitably terrified. Waw ha ha!!!

  • How to be a “Lazy” Parent

    How to be a “Lazy” Parent

    As they say, children don’t come up with instruction manuals. And what that means is we parents end up spending energy on musing, ‘Am I doing enough?’ This thought becomes even more accentuated when both the parents are working. In the process of getting rid of the guilt, we end up doing more for the child that is required. This, in the process, becomes counterproductive, and the child ends up being labelled by the society as an overprotected spoiled brat. And again, the parents take the brunt. So, after spending energy on worrying about not becoming a good parent, we end up being judged as so. Where to go … what to do?!

  • The Best Music Classes for Kids and Teens in Hong Kong

    The Best Music Classes for Kids and Teens in Hong Kong

    We know how tricky it can be to choose the right school or tutor that provides the highest quality music education for their students, especially when you're a parent who works through your daily routine. That's why we've taken the time to handpick a selection of the most reputable music schools and independent music classes in Hong Kong.

  • Does Your Child Procrastinate?

    Does Your Child Procrastinate?

    The primary school that my girls went to did not have much workload in terms of homework. Whatever they had was easily manageable with all the other activities they were involved in. The only time management they needed was to learn to be on time at various places. Things changed dramatically when they entered secondary school. 

  • All You Need for a Child's Birthday Party to Succeed

    All You Need for a Child's Birthday Party to Succeed

    If the thought of throwing a child's birthday party makes you break out in a cold sweat, do not worry! There are plenty of ways to celebrate a birthday in our vibrant city. From themed birthday parties, best bakeries, stylish party supplies & decorations to face painting sessions, these are the coolest ways to make the birthday bash an unqualified success.

  • Does Your Child Procrastinate?

    Does Your Child Procrastinate?

    The primary school that my girls went to did not have much workload in terms of homework. Whatever they had was easily manageable with all the other activities they were involved in. The only time management they needed was to learn to be on time at various places. Things changed dramatically when they entered secondary school. 

  • Three Steps to becoming a "Listening" Parent

    Three Steps to becoming a "Listening" Parent

    Most teenagers feel that not only their parents but adults, in general, do not listen to them. Being a Coach for teenagers gives me numerous opportunities to hear their side of the story. When asked to further elaborate on why they feel so, this is what some of them have said:

  • Public Speaking? Nah… Just Tell a Story!

    Public Speaking? Nah… Just Tell a Story!

    I dedicate this article to my favourite age group – the youth of today. Much has been said and written about this topic and yet it remains an enigma to most of us when it really shouldn’t be. It should be as easy as it is for a 4-year-old to tell a story.Recently I was invited to mentor a group of kids to improve their public speaking skills. These kids were going to present their project to a group of judges and the best idea was to win an award to fund their idea. I first asked them to tell me about their project. As they told me about why they chose the project, the passion, enthusiasm, and energy in their gestures and body language was apparent. Then I asked them to present their idea to me as they would to the judges.

  • 10 Ultimate Things to Do with Kids in the Run-up to Christmas

    10 Ultimate Things to Do with Kids in the Run-up to Christmas

    It’s officially December and Christmas creeps up ever closer. It means you are now most probably getting excited about family holiday activities over the festive period. Whether you opt for a Christmas performance, family brunch in a restaurant or atmospheric Christmas markets, here is our selection of fun and festive ideas for what to do with kids in Hong Kong during December.

  • Is Your Child a Smartphone Addict?

    Is Your Child a Smartphone Addict?

    I often hear mums concerned about the amount of time children spend on their phones playing games, and in the process not only do they lose track of the time, but it's also hard to pull them away from the game.  Whilst it is true for the mobile devices in general, in this article I will focus on the gaming part of the devices. I will give a glimpse of what goes on in the mind of a video gamer and why it’s challenging to pull them away from the game or indeed, pulling themselves away. I will also give tips on what can potentially be done.

  • Are You Burning Bridges With Your Child?

    Are You Burning Bridges With Your Child?

    “My 13-year-old daughter is just so unenthusiastic and passive for just about everything. I have to constantly remind her of small things like putting her shoes away to packing her bags. She is intelligent, but she needs to be reminded to do her homework and prepare for her assessments. When she does it, she does it well…but my pain is the reminders. I feel like a broken record player…you know one that keeps playing the same track again and again!! Arghhh!!! Other children her age are so active and self-motivated”, ranted my client. Fatigue and frustration were apparent in her voice, face and body language.This is a story of not just one parent but of so many of us. As a Mom and Teen Coach, I have had the privilege of listening to both sides of the story on the same issues.

  • Ten Brilliant Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day

    Ten Brilliant Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day

    If the weather turns grey and the torrential rainstorm has poured water on your plans, it is very easy for your mind to go completely blank. Are you still on the hunt for the perfect boredom-busting activities for children? Chin up! You are in safe hands now: luckily, TickiKids are experts at presenting a “Plan B”, revealing plenty of brilliant things to do with kids on a rainy day. We’ve put together ten of our favourite video tutorials. This lifesaver will be of interest to all parents who want to have some fun family time in a comfort of their homes, using easily available materials. 

  • The best and most idyllic beaches in Hong Kong for the whole family

    The best and most idyllic beaches in Hong Kong for the whole family

    What is a dream holiday without the sea? Thousands of sun worshippers, beach lovers and children flock to Hong Kong's family-friendly seashores in August and September to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the last remnants of summer. Whether you are planning a family leisurely weekend or a city escape, discover TickiKids’ round-up of the best government-maintained beaches in Hong Kong for a great day out.

  • Public Speaking? Nah… Just Tell a Story!

    Public Speaking? Nah… Just Tell a Story!

    I dedicate this article to my favourite age group – the youth of today. Much has been said and written about this topic and yet it remains an enigma to most of us when it really shouldn’t be. It should be as easy as it is for a 4-year-old to tell a story.Recently I was invited to mentor a group of kids to improve their public speaking skills. These kids were going to present their project to a group of judges and the best idea was to win an award to fund their idea. I first asked them to tell me about their project. As they told me about why they chose the project, the passion, enthusiasm, and energy in their gestures and body language was apparent. Then I asked them to present their idea to me as they would to the judges.

  • Tabby McTat: TickiKids review

    Tabby McTat: TickiKids review

    ABA Productions, an international theatre production company and the host of KidsFest, is about to unveil its “Dear Zoo” show to the world in Hong Kong. During the wait for this keenly anticipated event, TickiKids has taken a closer look at "Tabby McTat", the sold-out show produced by the same production group.

  • Hong Kong Forest Adventures: Test Patrol Visit

    Hong Kong Forest Adventures: Test Patrol Visit

    Hong Kong Forest Adventures offers families an incredible experience of immersing into free unstructured play in natural surroundings. Education and child personal development shouldn’t always be a teacher lead activity, because there’s no one else who knows and feels your children needs better, than kids themselves. Away from strict curriculum, from competitive approach to learning and from sticking to a boring schedule!Our Test Patrol mom, Carley Chan, who is also a prolific blogger and an expert in kids’ events, visited one of the workshops with her family. Her personal acquaintance with Forest Adventures's approach to learning proves, that it’s a must-try for every Hong Kong kid! 

  • Midsummer Night's Dream: Professional English Drama Performed by Children

    Midsummer Night's Dream: Professional English Drama Performed by Children

    Meet TickiKids' incredible partner and friend - Loretta Lam and her helpful blog 童你去玩 Go Go Go With Him! Awesome blogger, talanted author and mother of two kids, Loretta creates great videos and writes about popular places she's visited with her kids. This time Loretta shared her new family experience of visiting Midsummer Night's Dream by Faust International Youth Theater.

  • Chinese New Year 2018 in Hong Kong: CNY Family Guide

    Chinese New Year 2018 in Hong Kong: CNY Family Guide

    Hong Kong is getting ready for its most vibrant and spectacular festival: Chinese New Year celebration. In order for you and your loved ones to have the best experience of the colurful festivity Tickikids has picked a must-do list for families. You will definitely enjoy 2018 Spring Festival!

  • Guide to Must-See Hong Kong Christmas Events for Kids

    Guide to Must-See Hong Kong Christmas Events for Kids

    There is nothing more heart-warming than sharing the wonder and joy of Christmas with your little ones! The festive vibe and anticipation of celebration are on in Hong Kong, and if you haven’t yet planned a family day out to enjoy Christmas fun, here is TickiKids’ guide to the most spectacular family-friendly Christmas events and activities in Hong Kong.

  • M.int Academy: All about Music

    M.int Academy: All about Music

    Andrea and Philippa Wong, talented musicians and founders of M.int Academy, shared with TickiKids the story behind this ambitious project, their view on how the music should be taught so that kids get the most from this amazing opportunity. The sisters also gave some tips for the parents who are on the fence regarding the music classes to make up their minds.  

  • Introduction to Science with Curiosity

    Introduction to Science with Curiosity

    What is the best way of introducing your kids to science? Is there such thing as “too early” when it comes to exploring scientific concepts with your child? TickiKids had a chance to talk to Stuti Sharma, founder of Curiosity, that offers hands-on experiment classes that foster in kids the habit of observing and exploring and teach children how science impacts them in daily lives, but do it in a fun and simple way.

  • Top 10 Places to Visit in Hong Kong with Kids

    Top 10 Places to Visit in Hong Kong with Kids

    Hong Kong is known for the variety of experiences it has to offer for everyone. It’s a fun city rich in amazing places to spend time with your kids. TickiKids picked the best ones for you, so that you explore Hong Kong with your little ones and get the best moments of your life.

  •  Inspirem: Professional Music Therapy and Fun Education

    Inspirem: Professional Music Therapy and Fun Education

    Did you know that most of Hong Kong school kids suffer from at least moderate levels of psychological symptomatology associated with their academic studies? Education centre Inspirem comes up with affordable and high quality programs aimed at helping kids reduce their stress and anxiety, at the same time supporting them to be as creative and curious as they can. 

  • Best Cooking and Baking Classes for Kids in Hong Kong

    Best Cooking and Baking Classes for Kids in Hong Kong

    Baking, cooking and working in the kitchen are not something Hong Kong kids have access to in their everyday lives. Of course, knowing how to cook may be not considered by modern Hong Kong parents as important as being good at math, coding or languages. However, we shouldn’t forget that this skill makes a kid much more independent and can have positive influence on a child’s eating habits. Moreover, learning to cook and bake can be an exciting and enriching experience for your little ones, letting them explore the world of tastes and smells, giving them knowledge in math and science, challenging their problem-solving skills, making them work as a team and, of course, giving them that special pleasure of tasting the fruit of their labour! TickiKids has rounded up the very best baking and cooking classes for kids in Hong Kong.

  • Top 5 Mandarin Learning Apps by Mulberry House

    Top 5 Mandarin Learning Apps by Mulberry House

    Apps can be very handy and interactive for your child’s language learning nowadays. Here are top 5 Mandarin Learning Apps that we would recommend. Let them help your child to advance faster in laughter!

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  • Advice For Young Parents: How To Take Better Care Of Your Baby

    Advice For Young Parents: How To Take Better Care Of Your Baby

    Many new parents tend to be anxious, overprotective, and often perplex all processes of taking care of a baby. Here are some pieces of advice by experienced parents on how to care of a baby in a stress-free way.

  • Handy Tips For Parents To Know How To Choose Safe Products For Their Baby

    Handy Tips For Parents To Know How To Choose Safe Products For Their Baby

    As a new parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure they’ve got safe products. But how do you know what’s safe and what isn’t? As it turns out, there are some pretty simple ways to tell. Here are some tips on how to pick the right product for your baby.

  • Trusity  – The One-Stop Learning Space

    Trusity – The One-Stop Learning Space

    Trusity is a one-stop learning place that provides personalized lesson plans and schedules tailored to the student's needs. Here, students can count on the best teaching methodologies, experienced and highly qualified teachers, personalized content, and engaging activities.

  • Upiopi: holistic out-of-school activities for kids brought right to your home

    Upiopi: holistic out-of-school activities for kids brought right to your home

    Have you ever wondered how we, loving and caring parents, can prepare our kids for the future? Which set of skills will children need in this ever-changing world? How to motivate kids to learn but not to put too much pressure on young minds? Brainstorming ideas on how to equip our precious little ones with knowledge and which exactly competencies they really need for the future might give you a migraine or a couple of sleepless nights, but, to our luck, the Nordic professionals in children education and learning have a solution to offer.

  • PurpleTutor Is Creating Future Tech Leaders by Building Independent Coding Confidence in Kids

    PurpleTutor Is Creating Future Tech Leaders by Building Independent Coding Confidence in Kids

    Today, children are growing up as the first generation of a new digital world. PurpleTutor aims to help parents ensure that their child’s relation to technology is not just that of a passive tech consumer. PurpleTutor’s mission is not limited to just teaching children on how to be a tech creator – PurpleTutor's coaches are of the opinion that each kid can be a Future Tech Leader!

  • Top Online Learning Programmes for Homeschooling Your Kids

    Top Online Learning Programmes for Homeschooling Your Kids

    In Dubai, the lockdown has certainly changed our lives. It seems like an eternity has passed since we’ve had the ability to socialise with friends and our kids could take part in physical pursuits of any sort outdoors. In these unsettling times, it would be all too easy to succumb to the temptation to reduce time for learning  and give yourself over to housebound lethargy. For our children at different stages of lockdown, now it’s more important than ever to stay occupied and active at home. If your kids are starting to go a little stir crazy, here you will find a selection of the best online learning programmes, live classes and courses for children as an intimation of better days. Equally engaging and fun, your little ones' minds will be in a better place in no time.

  • Amazing Virtual Tours of Parks, Gardens and Natural Areas

    Amazing Virtual Tours of Parks, Gardens and Natural Areas

    Can't going out and dive into nature? Looking for ways to engage all the family? There is a great way to get a little culture, education and inspiration while you're confined to your home. Many parks and gardens make it possible to visit them without leaving your couch. Here is the list os amazing worldwide natural areas to explore and tour virtually.

  • How to Teach Your Kids Effective Dental Habits?

    How to Teach Your Kids Effective Dental Habits?

    Naturally healthy teeth don't always happen naturally. But it can happen by a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day even if it's a hard habit to form for our kids. The oral health surveys of 0 to 4 year olds found that 58% have experienced dental decay and accessed a dentist. A third of children have tooth decay when they start school. Tooth extraction is the sixth most common procedure in children's hospitals for under 5. It comes with no surprise that it can cause problems with eating, sleeping and socialising. There are two simple ways to approach this frustrating situation and prevent tooth decay. First up, cutting down on sugar and brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste. That's one approach. The other is to teach your child effective brushing habits. The result follows.

  • The TickiKids Guide to Dubai's Unmissable Spring Holiday Camps in 2020

    The TickiKids Guide to Dubai's Unmissable Spring Holiday Camps in 2020

    Good news, spring school holidays are around the corner. We know how hard it can be to keep up with highly-rated children's holiday programmes while you're battling through the working days. That's why we have done the hard work for you and handpicked a selection of Dubai's best spring holiday camps in 2020. From adventure camps, motion graphics, coding, DIY workshops, Easter bonnet parade to final exam preparations, you’ll enjoy a clear, trustworthy and well-rounded overview of our readers' top picks of this spring.

  • 7 Spooky Ideas for Throwing a Spectacular Halloween Party for Kids

    7 Spooky Ideas for Throwing a Spectacular Halloween Party for Kids

    Halloween is upon us and pretty soon trick-or-treaters will be out in force, transformed into ghoulish creatures as they knock on doors for sweets. Halloween first originated in Celtic-speaking countries, later spread to North America and now it is fast gaining popularity in Dubai. We have been dubbed the coolest family resource in Dubai, so who better to ask for their ideas for throwing a memorable spooky Halloween party? Whether you are hosting a kids' Halloween costume house party, attending haunted attractions or going trick-or-treating, we've got you covered with exceptional Halloween party planning. With tips on everything from spooky-cute invitations, decorations and pumpkin carving to impressively scary costumes and  freaky surprises, prepare for a night full of hair-raising entertainment!

  • 10 Best Educational Apps for Kids

    10 Best Educational Apps for Kids

    If the prospect of the start of the school term has got your kids dusting off long-forgotten traditional textbooks and you don't know how to engage them with reading, fear not. The art, music, reading, spelling, astronomy, coding, geography and anatomy apps are the perfect solution to help your children progress their education and get ahead. Which ones top the most educationally significant list in 2019?

  • The 10 Ultimate Birthday Party Venues for Children in Dubai

    The 10 Ultimate Birthday Party Venues for Children in Dubai

    If the planning of your child's birthday bash is firmly on your agenda this year, you’d do well to take note of these 10 most incredible birthday party venues for children in Dubai, whose birthday packages are full of options to help you out – no matter what the request.

  • Top Tips for Travelling with Kids

    Top Tips for Travelling with Kids

    Having a well-organised fun family trip is unquestionably ideal, but arriving at your holiday destination with no hassle and no fuss is even better. Holidaying with our kids is totally different from our romantic family breaks or teaming up with friends. However, enjoyable travel even with babies is possible – just plan ahead. If you are thinking of escaping with kids for an epic family holiday, packing efficiently for a long trip is always something to strive for. Most importantly, manage your expectations and heed our straightforward advice and valuable tips. As a result, you will surely have a fantastic time while out and about with your little ones. Here are TickiKids’ top tips on how to make things go smoothly when travelling with babies or small children.

  • Parenting Tips for Teaching Tolerance

    Parenting Tips for Teaching Tolerance

    The UAE government announced that 2019 will be officially proclaimed the Year of Tolerance to strengthen the nation’s role of encouraging stability and prosperity in the region. Tolerance is a willingness to accept people whose race, religion, opinions, or habits are different from one's own. So, as the important part of the modern society every parent can make the contribution educating the child for Tolerance.

  • The 10 Ultimate Birthday Party Venues for Children in Dubai

    The 10 Ultimate Birthday Party Venues for Children in Dubai

    If the planning of your child's birthday bash is firmly on your agenda this year, you’d do well to take note of these 10 most incredible birthday party venues for children in Dubai, whose birthday packages are full of options to help you out – no matter what the request.

  • TOP 10 Summer Camps in Dubai

    TOP 10 Summer Camps in Dubai

    There is no time to get bored this Summer! Especially, when there are so many amazing and exciting holiday camps in Dubai for every taste and age!

  • Mattel Play! Town in Dubai: TickiKids’ Review

    Mattel Play! Town in Dubai: TickiKids’ Review

    Step into the world of children’s favourite animated characters and meet its creatures at Mattel Play! Town in Dubai. When it comes to sharing first-hand experience, TickiKids Test Patrol families are ready to provide an authentic source of information and feed your imagination. Meanwhile, on 19th May 2018, two families were treated to a weekend of entertainment at the Mattel Play! Town.

  • Music Education for kids or The best way to enhance child’s skills in other areas

    Music Education for kids or The best way to enhance child’s skills in other areas

    “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

  • The best play park in the Middle East launches a new mobile app called Fun City – Come, Play

    The best play park in the Middle East launches a new mobile app called Fun City – Come, Play

    WOW! We have a snippet of hot news to announce!“Avoid the line – reload online”, that’s the spot-on slogan for the mobile app, brought to you by the leading chain of entertainment parks, Fun City, loved by children and adults alike. To help enrich your enjoyment, Landmark Group has designed a handy and functional concept for the Fun City app, which enables park goers to avoid queues and top-up their powercards or buy a new one online, with just a single click, as well as providing the capability to check out your powercard balance on the go, earn DOUBLE Shukrans and redeem them. Shhh… It’s a closely guarded secret that we will unveil below.

  • Global Village Dubai: TickiKids Test Patrol Review

    Global Village Dubai: TickiKids Test Patrol Review

    The 22nd season in Global Village is coming to its end. TickiKids Dubai Test Patrol Parents got there just on time to check out this incredible destination and share their impressions and tips with the families planning their visit to Global Village, be it this season or the next one! Hope TickiKids Test Patrol's review will help make your family’s experience there as exciting and stress-free as possible!

  • Your Guide to Nurseries and Daycare Centers in Dubai

    Your Guide to Nurseries and Daycare Centers in Dubai

    Living in a large, vibrant city like Dubai can make combining your career and family life quite challenging. At TickiKids we know, that our children are our top priority and we are happy to offer great solutions for busy moms and dads. We have picked the best nursery options for you, so that your little ones get all they need, while you can pursue your professional development or simply get a few hours of “me time”.

  • Christmas Brunches in Dubai

    Christmas Brunches in Dubai

    TickiKids picked a list of perfect places to have a brunch with your little ones to plunge into the magic of the festive season 2017. If you want your kids to meet Santa Claus, to get the experience of a traditional celebration or just to enjoy the Christmas day in a relaxed family-friendly surroundings, our Christmas Day Brunch list will be a useful guide to plan your family outing.

  • Highbrow: Safe Platform for Kids to Watch Enriching and Educational Digital Content!

    Highbrow: Safe Platform for Kids to Watch Enriching and Educational Digital Content!

    Our kids are growing up in a digital age spending hours in front of a screen. Is there a way to transform this screen-time into safe, meaningful and enriching experience? TickiKids is proud to introduce you to Highbrow, children’s steaming app providing a platform for kids to watch quality educational digital content!

  • Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Dubai

    Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Dubai

    See what Dubai has to offer in terms of family-friendly fun! TickiKids’ has rounded up the best kids-friendly attractions in the city. World-class theme parks, breathtaking rides, nature encounters and interactive activities await your little ones!

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