Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dino Discovery at Discoveria

On the second day of my annual leave (during Faaz's school holiday), I brought my children to Discoveria, which is located at the 4th floor of Avenue K Shopping Mall. I heard so much about this place and what made me so interested to bring my kids here is that the experience is totally different from any Dinosaurs exhibition that we went so far. It is more interactive, involves hands on activities and the best part is the visitors get to be a Paleontologist during the exploration!  

The huge wall poster as we reached the 4th floor

We arrived at Avenue K at 3.30pm and we went to the 3rd floor via lift before using the elevator to get to the 4th floor, where Discoveria is located. First thing first, we got ourselves the entrance tickets. The rate is RM26 for adults (M'sian citizen) and RM36 for child (M'sian citizen). To me, quite reasonable for the experience and stuff they provided you during the entire journey.

Made them posed before we went inside..hihi

As we went inside the entrance, we were greeted by a Discoveria staff. We were permitted to go inside by group basis (it can be a group of friends/family or only couples). It was very dark, almost pitch black. There, we were given a safari sleeveless jackets each for us to wear. Next, the leader of the group (in this case yours truly) was given a wristband called "Dino Detector" that will be used to tag on the monitor for each exhibits to get the information about the displayed dinosaurs and an LED head lamp, something similar like this...

Next, all four of us were given a "passport" for our Dino Quest which consist of a Dino Quest Map, Questionnaire and stickers. 

The Dino Quest Passport booklet

We then were brought into a small studio where a Discoveria staff took our family photo. We were then brought to a small briefing room where they showed us a video explaining about the Dino Quest activity. Basically, the leader of each group has to tag the Dino Detector wristband at the monitor near each specimen. Next, we have to find the hidden specimen which are marked by certain symbol. After you have found them, you have to paste the symbol stickers given to you into the map, according to the correct spots. If we complete the map and the questionnaires provided, we can exchange the passport with a certificate at the end of the quest. We were also warned that no photo is allowed inside the exhibition hall where the specimens are situated. But fret not, cause you'll be allowed to take photos with the famous Dino specimen - the T-Rex after the exhibition. So sabar ye..hihi :D

Our family photo. Again, wished you were here, Sayang!

(The background was actually plain black, they added few types of view when we go to the Souvenir Shop and we can choose what we want before they printed out the photos)
BTW, the kids looks cute in their sleeveless safari jacket :)

We then started our journey inside the exhibition hall. Apart of doing our tasks for the Dino Quest activity, we also done the hands on activities provided at some of the exhibits such as wearing the dino tails and running competition with a virtual dino. It was fun. The best part was, my son Faaz Naqi did his very first wall climbing activity!! I just couldn't believe it at first! My shy and reserved son finally opt for something adventurous himself! I almost cried when I saw him all armed with the safety hat and harness all ready to climb :"> He did it up to the top but he slipped a bit while going down, ended up with a small bruise on his chubby cheek. It's ok son, it's part of growing up and as your Nana said, "bruises is nothing for boys!" ;) Too bad I can't capture him while he climbed the wall...remember, no photos allowed? Mommy so proud of you, Faaz. Looks like you are not afraid of height. Perhaps, one day you can be like mommy and climb the communication tower too? ;)

We have completed the Dino Quest! yay!

The challenging part for me inside the exhibition hall was to complete the dino quest as I had to paste the stickers for 3 maps (for me and twinnies) at every checkpoints (in darkness, with the help of the head lamp). Faaz showed full concentration for each exhibits. He listened and asked questions for each information that I read to him on each type of dinosaurs. The twinnies however were more to mesmerizing. They kept on pointing and saying "wow", "look at that!" and so on...hihi cute!

We saw a huge T-rex with a nice background as we completed our Dino Quest. It's actually a photobooth. A Discoveria staff was waiting for us there. He assisted my children to climb on top of the T-rex with a ladder. Adults too, can climb and sat on the T-rex if you want :) After he removed the ladder, all we have to do was smile! You can also capture the moments using your personal camera here...

Faiqa was busy watching the discoveria staff as he brought the stairs away from the T-rex..heheh!

I think Faiqa was quite afraid of the height based on her reaction here. No wonder she watched closely as the stairs were moved from there..hihi

All of was hard to make the twinnies smile to the camera (stranger)

Ahead of the photobooth are the kids playing sections. They have a machine that sucked colorful balls from down under and the air pushed them up and eventually made it fell off. This is to demonstrate to the children how a volcano works.

While the kids were busy playing with the balls, we were called by a Discoveria staff. They were about to start a 3D documentary on dinosaurs and we were invited. So we went inside and put on the 3D glasses provided to us. I let Faaz sat on the front line while me and twinnies sat at the back seats. I didn't want the twinnies to disturb others because I knew they were too small to understand. I was glad to see Faaz was paying attention till the documentary ended. Good job, son.

After the movie session, the kids did the fossil collecting activity where they were given brushes and pails and they had to find each fossil at a certain places. 

Signs like this are placed at certain area, as clue for the children to find their fossils...

My little Paleontologists in actions!
Very dedicated..hihi

Faaz Naqi finally found his fossil...hurray!

Discoveria also provide an art space in front of their souvenir shop. So while I returned the jackets, wristband and head lamp and collecting our certificates the kids enjoyed themselves with coloring activities...

Instead of coloring, Faiqa & Falisya opt for arranging the pencil colors..hehe

Only Faaz who finished off coloring his Dinosaurs...

The kids certificates from both Farm In The City and Discoveria

After they were done with their coloring activities, we went back home. All in we spent about 3.5 hours in Discoveria and it was the best experience so far. So for those of you who are a fan of Dinosaurs or have kids with the same interest, head on to Discoveria. I bet you gonna enjoy it as much as we did!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Movie Date - How To Train Your Dragon 2

After visiting the Farm In The City in Seri Kembangan, we went back to Subang Jaya. My kids requested for KFC so I brought them to Subang Parade Mall (SP mall)

Twinnies fell asleep the entire journey from Seri Kembangan to Subang Jaya, I guess they were too tired walking and having fun with the animals :) They woke up as soon as we reached SP mall. After filling our stomach and recharged ourselves, I let the kids played at the KFC playground area for a while. We then proceed to the first floor, to the MPH. We spent quite some time there, shopping for some books for all three of them.

We then proceed to the 3rd floor because the girls requested, "to see toys, mommy". We took the lift this time and we passed through the MBO Cinema as we went to Parkson. Faaz saw the "How To Train Your Dragon 2" poster and it got him all excited. He watched the first movie before and he quite enjoyed it. "Mommy, can we go and watch the movie, please??" he said to me. I actually saw it coming already :)

I asked the girls and they too nodded excitedly although I was not that sure that they can really appreciate the movie or can they sit still for 1 1/2 hours in the cinema (they never been to a movie before!). After a quick paused, I finally agreed. Worst thing worst, I can just give the girls their milk and put them to sleep in the cinema hihi :P

Did you notice how excited Faaz was?! :)

It was when we queued to get the tickets that I realized that they only have 3D show for that movie in another 10 minutes and the normal show will only started in another 1 hour and 20 minutes. Hmm...I wasn't sure that twinnies will enjoy a 3D movie simply because I knew they wouldn't wear those 3D glasses for that long! But I did not have a heart to tell Faaz that we can't watch the movie that day....

So I just proceed with the tickets and paid for the 3D glasses (RM3 each) for all of us. I should just bought two for Faaz and me, twinnies only lasted with those glasses during the first half of the movie! :P Anyway, we got to bring back those glasses after the movie and can reuse it for future 3D movie date at MBO. Perhaps twinnies can wear it in another 1 year time...hopefully :D

All three of them were so excited when I handed them their glasses each. Since the movie will only starts in another 8 minutes time, I brought them to buy some refreshments (they wanted cookies over popcorn, so lucky that MBO sells Chipsmore cookies!) and later sat down at a nearby bench. They requested to put on the glasses so I helped them. It was funny too see them in those glasses, especially the twinnies...they looked like cute nerds! hehehe...

Faaz Naqi enjoyed the movie so much. He was amazed with the 3D effects (it was his first 3D movie experince), and he focused on the movie until it finished. At times you can hear him giggled too but no more the small Faaz Naqi who talked loud during the movies asking this and that...(I kinda miss it! Haha!). I guess he as all grown up now :)

You can watch the trailer here :)
I know boys like Faaz will enjoy this movie too!

Twinnies on the other hand behaved differently. Falisya wanted my shoulder to lean against to since the movie started, until it finished. She was a bit restless on and off too, and the glasses only lasted on her for about 15 minutes I think. Faiqa on the other hand was pretty excited at first, sitting cosily on her own while crossing her leg and munching Chipsmore cookies. It was soooo cute! :) She managed to focus on the movie for about 30 minutes! Not bad..

It was on the 2nd half of the movie that the girls both came to me and wanted to sit on me so I had Faiqa on my left arm rest and Falisya on my right arm rest. Lucky that the cinema was not full at that moment, otherwise the girls might blocked some of the view that evening :P Despite the hassled, we managed to watch the movie until the end. It was a nice animated movie, and it is equally good as the first one. Me and Faaz enjoyed it ;)

Oh by the way, Faaz saw his favourite toy / movie character - The Transformer's poster earlier and requested me to take a snapshot of him in front of the poster. He then told me to MMS the photo to his Daddy, saying that he wanted him to bring us to watch the movie when he comes back for good end of this month. Just nice as the movie will come out to the cinema on 26th June. InsyaAllah, Faaz... :)


Monday, June 23, 2014

Farm In The City - The Largest Petting Zoo

Just like the rest of schooling kids in Malaysia, my son Faaz also had his 3 weeks school holiday in early June. Since my other half is far, far away I decided to take a two days off from work and brought the children for special outing on these two days. Pity Faaz if he had to stay at home for the entire 3 weeks holiday...

Been surveying on the interesting places/activities that we could do together few weeks prior the trip and finally I decided to bring the kids to explore new things in KL city. Places with educational values were my choices. So the first place I chose to bring my children was the Farm In The City (FITC), Malaysian largest petting zoo. Based on my personal experience, as compared to National Zoo I think petting zoo is much better place for Faaz and his sisters to learn about animals. At these age groups (between 2-6 years old), they prefers interaction and movement more and in petting zoo, they can cuddle, touch and interact closely with the animals. Whilst in the normal zoo, animals are kept inside the cage and most of the time, they were sleeping or hiding when we pay a visit.

The map; taken from the FITC website

As we arrived at 11am :)

We are lucky that the petting zoo is located not far from USJ. It took us only 20 minutes  to reach the location by using the LDP highway. The first thing we did upon arriving at the FITC was to buy the tickets. The entrance fee is RM30 for adults and RM25 for children below 12 years old. Children below the height of 60cm is FOC. So all in, it was RM105 for all 4 of us...

As we were about to begin our journey :)

The first thing we saw as we went down the stairs was this pony and it kept the twinnies excited because it reminded them of their favourite cartoon, "My Little Pony". They kept saying, "Mommy, mommy, it's little pony!" hehehe :D 

Unfortunately, the pony kept on showing us her "bum" that day :P

We decided to start our journey from the left side so we started off with Turtle & Tortoise Farm. As we went inside, we saw two giant tortoise were on the floor of two different locations inside the farm. There were visitors trying to feed and touch the tortoise. It made Faiqa quite excited. Quickly she went nearby the tortoise, squat down and try to touch its huge shell without fear! Falisya and Faaz were quite scared at first so they just stood back and watched Faiqa in action. 

steady lah adik! :)

Here, the visitors are encourage to feed and care for the animals so in each smaller farms, there are workers who will provide you with the vege/fruits to feed the animals. They will also happy to assist you to get closer to these animals. Faiqa took some of the "pucuk keladi" (sorry I don't know the name in English), which is among my favourite vege and started to feed the tortoise if it was her pet animal! hihi :)

Love this snapshot of my animal lover! (:

She was kind enough too, to persuade Falisya to join her and she succeed! Slowly Falisya came closer to the tortoise and she managed to stand next to it although she still refused to feed the tortoise. It's ok, sayang. One step at a time! :)

Faiqa persuaded Falisya to be brave...

and next thing you know, Falisya has the confident to pose near Mr. tortoise! *clap!*:)

Ini terlebih berani, you know what...she wanted to lift the tortoise up! 

Besides the two tortoise who were set free inside the farm, there are other species of tortoises and turtles displayed inside the farm.

"Bertingkek tingkek" :P


Next, we moved on to the next farm, the Birds Farm. Here, the visitors will enter quite a spacious room with netting where all the species of birds flying freely inside. I love how they designed the landscape inside, so cosy and cooling with small stream, pond and mini waterfall. 

Most of the birds (and ducks) here are very friendly. They did not afraid of human at all..some of them even walked beside us along the way. It was cute! There's a funny incident too here when yours truly wanted to show some "braveness" towards the animals to the 3 what I did was to take some of the  seeds and putting it onto my hand palm. Less did I knew the birds were too friendly here! As soon as they saw it, about 10 birdies flew onto my palm and started to peck. OMG, geli sangat that I accidentally screamed! LOL!! So much of being brave la kan?! :P *tutup muka* :))

Faaz up close and personal with a friendly green bird.. :)

Stopped to pose!

After the Bird Farm, we went to the World of Geese and Ducks. Here, there are more than 20 types of geese and ducks available:

However, since it was scorching hot that day, we can only witness about 5 species and that includes the beautiful white and black geese..

We then continued our journey to visit the reptiles, parrots and tiny little chicks! Most of the reptiles are kept inside the glass cage so Faaz was quite happy to walk around and got a closer look at each of them via the glasses. :D

The big, fat python..


The monitor lizard's babies..yuks! :P

The parrots that can say, "HELLO!" :)

They were pretty excited when they saw the cute little chicks but when the worker came and took out one of the chick, Faaz ran away..haha! The twins on the other hand were pretty excited. Faiqa the guy gave her the chick to hold first before Falisya too got her chance :)

Faiqa is so natural with animals, she held and touched almost all animal there without no fear at all.
 Such an animal lover, just like her Daddy. 
Mommy proud of you, little girl! :)

Poor abang only managed to look from behind..hihi :D

and when the "uncle" put the chick on top of twinnies head, Faaz ran away again! LOL!

Before we proceed to the next destination, which was the Rabbit Farm, we took some photos and had a short break. All of us were drenched in sweats so I had them cooled off at a nearby cafe and had some drinks, snacks and ice-cream. FITC was not too hot cause there's a lot of trees available but there was almost no wind at all that day. Panas kering...huhu.

Among my favourite cause it's so hard to get Faiqa posed and smiled! :)

Selfie...or shall I called self-us?! hehe

The Rabbit Farm is situated in front of the cafe and it is separated by a small stream and bridge. Inside the stream there's a lot of small fishes inside and FITC provided nets and pails for the kids to do fishing activity there. I had fun watching the kids squatting by the stream and tried their best to catch some fishes. Cute!

This was the activity Faaz enjoyed the most there, simply because it did not required any body contact with the animal. Hihi.
Oh well, he's definitely mommy's boy  as we are shy to the animal..kekeke :P

After the fish-catching activity, we went inside and fed the rabbits. Faiqa and Falisya were so into it, patiently feeding and waiting for each rabbit to finish up the carrots. 

I tried to convince Faaz to feed the rabbits there and all he did was throwing the carrot pieces from far...hehe. Then, I tried to convince him to at least went closer to the rabbit so that I can took a photo of him (if not there's no proof that he went to FITC to show to his Daddy) so finally he agreed. This was how far he went to the rabbit...

Look at his facial expression, nampak sangat cuaknya :P
Funneh la you...hahaha!

We then proceed to the next farm where they have deers, goats and kangaroo! The deers and goats were not kept in the cage so you can interact and feed with them closely. Again, it was Faiqa who lead the brother and sister to get up, close and personal with these animals :)

Faaz: "becareful, adik.." 
Faiqa: *relaxed and kept on feeding the deer*

Faiqa & Falisya were having fun, and were monitored by Faaz from behind. Hihi

This cute kangaroo is said to be the world smallest kangaroo. So tiny! :)

Next, we made a visit to the Horse Stable where the horses are kept. There are specific times where you can get your child to have the horse-riding activity and the tickets can be purchased at the entrance counter itself.

Mommy's favourite pet :)

Should bring them for horse-riding activity soon, something my late father did with me during my childhood. I missed horse-riding!

Cute raccon was set free and it love to hang on the tree branches near the horse stable and watching the visitors :)

Along the journey inside FITC, we can see various species of fruits and vegetable trees such as the mangosteen trees, cashew nuts trees and the banana trees with their tag so that we can educate the children about these plants as well. In FITC also they have the Vegetable & Fruit Farms but my kids were not too keen to check it out so we skipped it..

Actually, while we visited all the farms inside FITC, there we spots where the FITC photographers will asked us to pose with the animals and we can have a look at these photos at the end of the journey, at their photo booth. If you like it, you can purchase the photo which will be placed inside a special photo booklet as a token of memory. We decided to print this photo of us with Mr. Tortoise. :)

How I wished my husband was there with us!

As we went out of the farm, we stopped by the Ostrich Farm as requested by Faaz. All three of them were so into it that they don't mind the hot sun at all! >.<

It was a fun trip at FITC. The kids enjoyed it that much that they did not mind all the sweats, at all! They learnt a lot too, that's important for me. For parents with small children, this place is a must to visit! Perhaps when they are big enough (primary school and above), you can proceed to bring them to Zoo Negara instead :)