Now that the September school holidays are here, if you are the parent who is always on the lookout for new child-friendly venues, this post might just excite you about a fun-filled learning haven for the kids.
In order to further expand their family-friendly offerings, The Centrepoint has just introduced 2 new concept stores on the 3rd level - The Better Toy Store and Studio Miu Art.
We were invited to take part in an experiential session with two of the tenants and had fun exploring, playing, creating and learning. Today, I'm sharing with you about the activities we did and the factors that make these family offerings outstanding, plus I have an awesome hamper filled with toys and craft supplies to give away at the end of the post.
Studio Miu Art (The Centrepoint #03-34/35)
Studio Miu Art is a gathering place for art enthusiasts. Having been around for over a decade with the only branch’s new location at The Centrepoint, it aims to foster creativity for both children and adults by teaching lessons in visual fine arts from beginner to advanced levels.
Fuelled by a strong passion in promoting the enrichment of arts in Singapore, Studio Miu Art provides opportunities to express one’s feelings and thoughts artistically through painting, drawing and craft.
Having been established in Singapore by Japanese artist and art entrepreneur Maya Takahashi, the studio has evolved to become a popular workspace that encourages children's expression of imagination through a wide variety of age-appropriate activities including Illustration, Manga, Chinese calligraphy and Ceramic art. For children above 4 years old, there are Regular Art Classes which seek to develop a holistic learning approach to art in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms.
For our session, Angel and I actually got down to doing something really fun and hands-on, something which we had never done before as mother and daughter - Ceramic Art! Thanks to our kind and patient teacher Saya Yamaguchi who comes from Kyoto, Japan and has been practising ceramic art for the past 16 years, we learnt about the step by step fundamental techniques of this unique art medium.
Thanks to Studio Miu Art for the delightful and fun experiential session we had!
Studio Miu Art, #03-34/35, The Centrepoint
• Store age range: Retail business offers art supplies for children from 2.5 years old to adults
• History: 18 years in Singapore, established in Japan in 1986
• Opening hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm
The Better Toy Store (The Centrepoint #03-07/07A/08)
Having lived in Europe for four years, I would be one of the first to vouch for the high standards of their toys. Back in Sweden, I remembered I was initially appalled by how the toys seemed to be more costly and was apprehensive if they were worth the buy. Years down the road, I see how these toys have proven to be long lasting and endured wear and tear, including biting, snatching, throwing and tossing, and I can safely say that the choice to invest in better quality toys was definitely a well worth one.
For one, I prefer wooden toys over plastic ones and it is rather contrasting when we compare our collection of wooden toys from Sweden against the plethora of plastic ones we have acquired in Singapore and other places. Not only are most plastics non-biodegradable, they are also perceived to have adverse long-term effects on human and animal health. When it comes to our children, we just wish to have the best for them, right?
When we knew that we were going to have a guided tour at The Better Toy Store - a brand that believes that our children deserve the best and offers award-winning toys carefully selected for excellence in play value, design, quality and impact on environment, you bet we were thrilled.
Having shifted out of the Takashimaya branch and officially opened at The Centrepoint in July 2014, The Better Toy Store has been presented with the Best Toy Store Award from Singapore Tatler - a prestigious accolade that recognizes the country’s best shops and sights - for seven consecutive years since 2007. While the main brands of toys found in the store are imported directly from Germany, France, Holland and Thailand, they also carry toys and gift items from Australia, Belgium, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.S.
It was hard not to get mesmerised from the moment we stepped into the store. There was something charming, cosy and captivating about the ambience and once we were in, the kids seemed to have entered a toy paradise and couldn't wait to start exploring. Personally, I loved the wooden furniture and how it made the colourful toys look even more striking, and it was also an eye opener for me to come up close with so many uniquely and exquisitely designed toys.
If you are a Steiff collector, you are bound to find something you love from this timeless and classic collection where each bear tells a story of its own.
If your child loves to cook up a storm in the kitchen, he/she will be spoilt for choice by all the 'groceries' that can be bought here. We were impressed by the intricate design and superior quality of European crafted kitchen toys from HABA which combine style, innovation, learning and entertainment for the little ones.
a French educational toy company that produces whimsical wooden toys, games and puzzles. From painting to stamping and sand art, you can be sure to find something that is appropriate for your child's age and interest.
In terms of safety and quality, the toys conform and often exceed the European EN71 and the US ASTM standards of safety. For baby toys, natural materials like wood and cotton are preferred and finishes are non-toxic, water-based and sweat and saliva resistant.
If you are looking at getting toys for your children or as gifts for loved ones, note that The Better Toy Store has two main promotional periods annually during June and December. In other months, they hold brand-specific or themed promotions, for example this September, they are having a 20% off their entire range of Lilliputiens toys, a Belgium-based brand. In October, they will be celebrating Children's Day with a giveaway and hand out free candy during Halloween.
Thanks to The Better Toy Store for introducing us to fun and high-quality toys as well as reminding us on why our children deserve the best!
The Better Toy Store, #03-07/07A/08, The Centrepoint
• Store age range: 0-15 years old, with emphasis on babies, toddlers and primary school-going children. Gift items are available for all ages from 0-99, young and old alike.
• History: The Better Toy Store turns 10 this year and the owners have been in the toy business for over 25 years.
• Opening hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm
Just for A Happy Mum readers, we have a hamper of GOODIES to give away! Check out all the amazing items ranging from art supplies to games and toys!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation between Fraser Centrepoint Malls and A Happy Mum. All opinions are my own.