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So far, we've steered away from kid-focused activities and suggestions because there are a lot of people out there focusing on keeping kids busy. But, recently we've had some great suggestions about how to keep families engaged, occupied and happy. So this special edition of The Feeder is all about family. And, I'm sharing one of my fave family throw-back photos, in one of my favourite places — the Singapore Botanic Gardens. If you have ideas for family-friendly activities, please drop us a note! We may feature you on our Facebook page or in a future newsletter issue. And, thank you so much for your support!
XOXO, Paige
My Family Activity Idea
* We refer to Circuit Breaker or CB a few times in this issue. For those not in Singapore, this is the term introduced by Prime Minister Lee in early April. It means hunkering down at home in order to break the chain of transmissions of Covid-19 in the community.

Home restaurants, virtual scavenger hunts, Lego Masters contests, Frozen-themed weekends, and old fashioned fort building—families create ways to stay busy and have fun indoors.

Nilam has two boys ages seven and 12. "When CB started my husband and I thought it would be fun to do restaurant style dining at home. The first week my boys surprised me by dressing up as waiters and setting up the dining area as a restaurant. Over the next few weeks we did a tasting menu, canapés, and a beach themed dinner (left).

A few weeks ago my boys binge-watched Lego Masters and were inspired to create their own. They came up with categories, scoring and setup the den for the competition. It was a three-day event with five builds and they did an amazing job. Hubbie and I were judges and had a fun time inspecting the Legos!" For copies of the Lego Masters rules and more photos click here!
Sara, inadvertently started regular themed weekends for her kids ages three and five, when she decided to celebrate Easter all weekend long! We're talking Easter meals three times a day, Easter crafts, Easter games and of course a visit from THE Bunny. The themed weekend was such a hit, she continued with a Camping Weekend, complete with campfire stories accompanied with s'mores, a spider hunt, and nap time in a tent.

Other themes included Singapore, Superheroes, Birthday Parties and Frozen. Full disclosure, Sara is an event planning pro, so she has some creative muscles to flex backed up by a significant craft closet.

Think of her full-on weekend themes as a huge menu of items to choose from...then just pick a few activities that appeal to you and your kids. See all of Sara's themed weekends on her fabulous blog Event Lucky. 

Scavenger Hunt

Special Correspondent Alison just graduated from George Washington University (Congratulations Ali!!) with a degree in marketing. She speaks Mandarin and English, loves baking, make-up videos, and the colour purple.

She is looking for a job in NY or DC...anyone with leads, please reach out:
During the circuit breaker, I've had lots of fun connecting with friends over Zoom for virtual bingo and trivia game nights. Within these games there were some scavenger hunt-like challenges giving me the idea for a stand-alone, family-friendly scavenger hunt.

I've created a list of 35 things to do/find. Try the hunt with your immediate family or expand the fun over video and compete with other households. All you need is your phone and a good eye.

Use your phone to take photos of the objects or to web search stuff. First person to come up with the object, wins a point. Most points at the end of the game wins. For younger kids, try breaking the list into sections for a few nights of fun. Try customizing it for your own family and friends by including familiar objects and inside jokes. Get creative and have fun! Click for the complete Scavenger Hunt.

Find a flip flop

Take a selfie wearing a mask

 Find something red

Find an animal

Mocktailing at Home

This week my son created two mocktails for the under 18 set (21 in the US) or those of us who may have had one too many Quarantinis and are looking for a little detox. Both are easy to make and refreshing. For more beverage ideas click here.
Berry Sunrise
The beautiful layers in this make it quite inviting.

  • Five Raspberries
  • 2 ouces Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Ginger Beer
Muddle the raspberries in a cocktail shaker, add lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a citrus peel twist.
Spicy RiRi
Perfect for older teens and those who like things a little hot!

  • 3 ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 ounce Orange Syrup (warm simple syrup and steep peel from a whole orange for about 30 minutes, cool)
  • Club Soda/Soda Water
  • Red Pepper Flakes + Salt
Mix red pepper flakes and salt in a small saucer. Dampen rim of glass and gently dip rim in spicy salt. Set glass aside.Shake lime juice and simple syrup with plenty of ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chili and salt rimmed cocktail glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a chili.

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High Energy, High Fun Workouts

PE with Joe should be assigned by every PE teacher for homeschool.
Link to the first work out is below so you can start from the beginning. If you want to get right to the workout without his intro, scroll to the three minute mark.
Free, fun, healthy. ENJOY!!
This week Arts Contributor Heather from Diva Productions shares family-friendly theatre options. 
For little ones interactive storytelling from The Storytelling Centre in Singapore is amazing. I also suggest you take a look at Super Dudes, which is includes games, activities, and stories.

The Globe Theatre's production of Macbeth, created especially for young people, is now available. 
This performance makes it very easy for younger audiences to follow (I would suggest 14+ years) as it includes teenage humor keeping it engaging for the new generation X!

Looking for virtual arts, theatre, and things to feed your soul? Click here!

Peter and The Wolf has never been this fun!

"Is this a dagger I see before me?
The handle towards my hand?"

About me: I'm a writer, obsessive reader, mother, wife and one half of the marketing team known as Chop Chop.  I love to travel and explore new places, but hate to plan trips. I strive to be a good friend and a great home cook. My friends tease me about my germaphobia and being's all good. 
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