- Vivian Teo
5 not-to-miss highlights at the Toy Story-themed Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay
Updated: Dec 26, 2020
With its Toy Story 4-themed carnival games, décor and ambiance, the Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay is a whole load of fun and real treat for the senses of both kids and adults.
The Children’s Festival at #Gardensbythebay is happening 15-30 June 2019 and both the young and not-so-young fans of Toy Story would love this year’s theme – Toy Story 4! Even if you aren’t big fans of the show, there are still several fun carnival games and beautiful sights and decor for both kids and adults to enjoy.
While Big E, eight, and Little E, six, are familiar with the Toy Story movies, they aren’t huge fans as they had watched these movies when they were much younger. Hubby and I are probably much bigger fans having watched all the Toy Story movies since its first movie in 1995 [It’s been that long and we’re that old!].
The Toy Story 4 theme at the Children’s Festival’s sure brought back a lot of fond memories of the first three movies and we're now all excited about the upcoming fourth movie. But before that happens, first check out these five highlights at the Children’s Festival!
1) The trail book with all the fun activities
Do pick up the event's trail book at various trail stations at Supertree Grove once you get there as you can get the trail book stamped at seven trail stations at the event. When you've got all seven stamps, present the completed trail book at the trail redemption counter to redeem for a set of Toy Story stickers (while stocks last!)
Other than to collect stamps, the trail book is also an activity book where kids can draw, answer trivia and make their own cardboard Woody. How cool!
2) Cool carnival games
There are a number of Toy Story 4-themed carnival games which is free and also where you get your trail book stamped. Most of them are concentrated at Supertree Grove, like Woody’s Coaster Rescue, where you throw bean bags to hit moving bottles...
Jessie’s Ring Capture, a ring-tossing game...
Bullseye Rescue, a horse-racing game where you move the horse by turning a wheel...
Star Adventurer, where kids ride on Plasmacars and hit buttons on a gorgeous pinball machine-like platform. This was definitely one of the most popular attraction with a long queue for it on the Sunday morning when we were there...
and Bo Peep’s Adventure, a fun obstacle course for little ones.
This was Big E and Little E's favourite station. Compared to the other games, this felt more exciting given that it's an obstacle course where they get to crawl through a tunnel and cross rope bridges.
There's also a gigantic Disney and Pixar’s Toy story 4 Marble Run which was quite a sight to behold.
The marble run happens every half hour and you can watch a 1.5-metre-wide marble weave around towering structures on a 150-metre track to Toy Story music.
3) Shows, performances and workshops galore
There are also shows, performances, workshops galore for kids – these including space, cowboy, magic and bubble shows, and singing and dance performances.
In the evening at 745pm, 845pm and 915 pm daily, you can enjoy Garden Rhapsody: Disney Pixar’s Toy Story Adventure where Toy Story characters will appear on fluffy clouds amongst the Supertrees to the medley of music from the Toy Story movies.
There is also a Creative Critter Corner for kids with loads of workshops where they can learn to make things like terrarium, sushi and keychains. Charges apply for the workshops.
For the above, see the Gardens by the Bay's Children's Festival website for details and workshop registration.
4) Yummy food
What’s a carnival without some munchies? Pizzas, burgers, fries, yoghurt and drinks are available at the event.
By the way if you haven’t had the chance to try the very well-reviewed Omakase Burger at Wisma Atria, they are at the Children’s Festival. We tried the cheeseburger with an Impossible (non-meat) patty at $15. Everyone in the family loved it, totally tasted like real beef, if not better! Impossibly good indeed!
5) Toy donation drive
Like many of my mummy friends, I'm always on the look out for toy donation drives as our kids have lots of toys - many still in good condition - that they have either outgrew or are no longer interested in. I like to take the opportunity to teach the girls about donating to the less privileged while also clearing clutter in the house. So if you're like us, you'd pleased to know there's a toy donation drive at the event for Salvation Army, TOUCH Community Services (TOUCH Child Care) and Food from the Heart.
If you’re going down to the Children’s festival, why not bring along some new or pre-loved toys you could donate since it’s on the way? You can bring soft toys, play sets, board games, or even sports equipment such as basketball and skateboards to the collection point located near the Supertree Grove at the sheltered walkway.
And with that, the next thing we're keenly anticipating would be the Toy Story 4 movie coming to Singapore cinemas on June 20! Can’t wait!
Find the Children's Festival at Gardens by the Bay at 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. Admission to the festival is free.
Disclaimer: We paid for our own purchases, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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