Dec 12 2014
We were fairly adventurous when Layla was little; we brought her everywhere with us and it wasn’t unusual to see us in some cafe or coffeeshop well after midnight. Layla would nap in our arms or the carrier and we’d give her a bath when we got home at crazy times like 2 in the morning. Somewhere along the way we turned boring and started to impose an early bedtime for Layla, and for Z as well. More than that, we’ve been leaving Z at home whenever we can and he’s hardly been anywhere except to parks and playgrounds.
Yesterday was an exception, because I received tickets for us to check out Universal Studio’s Christmas programme and I thought well, this is as good a time as any to start including Z in our special outings. We were out from 11 in the morning till almost 9, and we saw the weather flip from hot to wet. We were snowed on too, so it was a lot for Z to take in. I think he did well.
All fresh and ready to go!
When it comes to character meet-and-greets, I’m too lazy to queue for a photo opportunity and none of us are particularly eager to pose with the characters. My trick is to stand nearby so I can snap a good picture when the coast is clear! Santa knew what I was up to and he was nice enough to give us a smile and a wave.
At the Sesame Street Stage Show. The weather was still good at this point. Actually the weather people hadn’t predicted rain for the Sentosa area and I was hoping they were right, but it wasn’t to be. After watching this, we took Z for his first ever ride–the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase–and he cried his heart out. Then we crossed over to the Far Far Away section for the Shrek 4-D Adventure and he spent it tucked under Layla’s arm with his eyes squeezed shut. It was raining heavily when we got out; we waited a while and bought ponchos, and that’s when the rain stopped.
“Let It Snow.” This happens at the start of every hour in the Hollywood/New York section, from 12PM till closing time.
Coffee break. I told Alf and Layla to sneak away and check some rides off the list, and to avoid a meltdown, I had to use the “oh, they went to the bathroom” excuse whenever Z asked about them. Alf and Layla were supposed to conquer the Mummy but Layla changed her mind and they sat in a teacup instead. When they returned, we decided to try something easy, the Madagascar Crate Adventure. Layla’s got a great memory because she kept yelling at Alf to cover Z’s ears right at the end, and true enough, there was a loud hissing noise! Z owes her big time.
“Sesame Street Saves Christmas.” This show runs four times daily, and it’s won an award that’s equivalent to the theme park Oscars.
After an early dinner, Alf had to leave to settle some work matters. The kids and I stayed on to catch the Christmas light show and the toy soldiers’ “Changing Of The Guard” performance, which ends with a snowfall. We didn’t get to see the fireworks display as that only happens on weekends, but that worked out for us because it probably would’ve been too loud for Z.
Candy Cane giving Elf the side eye.
Stealing a few minutes for bubble fun before we called it a night. Theme parks are hard to say goodbye to!
We received complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Singapore; I was not compensated for this post. Universal Studio Singapore’s Snowy Christmas Celebration runs from now till January 4, 2015. Click here for programme details.