Weekend Family Outing at National Science Center

~ Posted on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:41 AM ~

Hubby found out from one of his friends that there is currently a dinosaur expo going on at the National Science Center and we decided to check out the expo after having our lunch at home. Tickets for adults cost RM10 each while children under age of 4 goes in free of charge.

Now a bit info about the dinosaur expo:

"The Dinos Alive World Tour will be here in Kuala Lumpur from 1st December 2010 till 31st May 2011 everyday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The tour will see 32 ‘life-sized’ dinosaurs including the ever famous Tyrannosaurus Rex, towering above you at a height of 16 feet. There is also an Apatosaurus measuring a whopping 23 feet! Other dinosaurs like the Stegosaurus, the Megalosaurus and the sly Velociraptor can also be found here at the exhibition."

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"Oh my goodness, that T-Rex is trying to eat my son!!"

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Daddy and Ben at a safer distance away from the menacing looking T-Rex...

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Ben strolling happily by himself once he's away from the dinosaur exhibits...

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Ben looking up, very intrigued at some aeroplane toys that moves using solar energy...

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Ben helping daddy by pressing the button to release the 'rocket'

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Who says it's an easy job pressing buttons?!

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"I'm seeing double Ben, no, triples, no wait... how many of Ben are there?!!

My eyes! What's wrong with my eyes??!!"

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Ben climbed up the tree house and played with some balls in it...

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He also tried to lift up this dragonfly...

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Ben managed to score some goals!

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I love this shot! This is the roof of the National Science Center.

Ben was quite scared with some of the dinosaur exhibits though there are some that he doesn't mind touching and patting and he even said 'Hi' to some of the cuter looking dinos.

I think he enjoyed himself very much at the kiddy playground area and those non-dinosaur science exhibits, especially the one with the mirror tunnel which reflects multiple images of yourself when you looked through the mirror tunnel.

All in all, it was a fun family outing, though there are other spots which we have missed out at the center (those located outdoors especially) as we only reached the center about 3pm. We will consider revisiting the place again, more to check out what we have left out in this round.

Flying Elephant, Spinning Cup, Swirly Slide and more!

~ Posted on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 11:30 PM ~

Hello everyone! This is Benjamin writing in on mummy's blog. I think she's a bit tired as we just got back from a short weekend family trip to Genting Highlands  with  Uncle Daniel (that's my 2nd uncle!) and his family.The last time we went there was almost a month ago and we spent the weekend mostly in the Indoor Theme Park.

Apparently, uncle Daniel got a free complimentary hotel room for 2D 1N stay and invited daddy, mummy, myself and grandma to join them. And because Isaac ko-ko (that's uncle Daniel's son or my fave cousin who is 4 years older than me) had an art class on Saturday, we left an hour earlier than them.

During the journey, I of course, started playing around with whatever I can grab hold off, in this case, daddy's sunglasses.

Oh go on and say it... you know I look cool!
Let me think, what rides should I attack first?!

We reached Genting about 5pm+ and checked into our room. We hang around while waiting for uncle Daniel and family to join us. My aunt made us dinner and we all left to play in the Indoor Theme Park after that. It was getting really misty outside, so our plans to play at the Outdoor Theme Park will have to be postpone for now..

After some discussions and calculations, daddy decided to get all of us the Theme Park Annual Passports which we can use for most Indoor and Outdoor rides. Yeayy! Daddy and mummy signed some forms, then we got our photos taken and cards printed and we each were given our card with a lanyard. Mummy had to tied a small knot to shorten the lanyard's length for me.

Immediately after that, we went to try the Ferris Wheel which we did not get to try the last time we were here.

I love it cos it goes round and round, up and down... so fun!

We also tried the Carousel which is one of my fave as well.

We went back to our hotel after that as it was getting late (about 10.30pm). I was already yawning and my mind slowly drifting away...

The next day, we all woke up at 8.30am (OK, they all woke up at 8.30am while I was still happily sleeping.. but hey, not my fault! Nobody wakes me up!) and after refreshing ourselves, we went to have our buffet breakfast.

And then off we go to the Outdoor Theme Park! Yessss! My very first time in the Outdoor Theme park which is quite misty and very cold in the morning. Aunty Phyllis (that's uncle Daniel's wife) did not joined us as she was having a bit of a cold and decided to walk around in the Indoor Park. Mummy immediately put on my leg warmers to keep my legs warm.

The moment we entered the Outdoor Theme Park, we all took the first ride we saw, which is the Antique Car.

I sat in front with daddy while mummy sat behind, busily snapping cool shots of me driving the antique car. During our journey, we get to see other attractions around the theme park and even went through a couple of tunnels.

And then, we walked in further and tried the Flying Jumbo ride. It's kinda weird sitting in a ride with flying elephants all around, but hey, it was fun as we get to go up and down while  we were sitting in the elephant rides. Again, mummy sat alone (poor mummy!) while daddy sat with me. (Mummy however made up by going with me on another round of this ride a short while later)

After the ride, we walked a bit and I went and checked out this pond with a big waterfall attraction nearby.

There are lots of fishes in the pond! Don't they feel cold?! And those fishes are huge!

After that, daddy asked me whether I want to try the Tea Cup ride and I nodded. Of course I want to try it! It looks so fun seeing people sitting in a giant cup which spins and spins and spins! The three of us squeezed into this giant tea cup and daddy told me to hold on to this metal railing in the center.

After the ride, mummy was grumbling about feeling her head spinning. Poor mummy!

Uncle Daniel carrying me
while I look at daddy & mummy...

Soon after the ride ended, we meet up with uncle Daniel and Isaac again and we headed towards the Flying Dragon ride.

I am too short young to try the ride but uncle Daniel managed to persuade daddy and mummy to try the ride, leaving me under the care of him. Mummy looks so sad and worried at the thought of leaving me alone with uncle Daniel and kept on telling uncle Daniel where were my snacks and water bottle in her handbag.

After the ride ended, daddy and mummy got out safely! Yeay! I missed them already! Mummy praised me for being such a well-behaved boy while being left with uncle Daniel and showered me with sloppy kisses.

We then walked back and tried the Astro Fighter ride. It was located near the Flying Jumbo. In fact, the ride is quite similar, only that one is one an elephant, and the other an aircraft.

But nevertheless, I enjoyed the ride as well! Just look at how confident I was while maneuvering the aircraft!

After that, uncle Daniel left Isaac with us while he went back to the hotel and do the check-out procedures. We spend our time at the playground area. It was here that I plucked up some courage to try this weird looking wood plank surrounded with big strong netting. I slowly made my way across the wood plank, taking small but confident steps and inch towards daddy who is waiting for me.

Steady, steady...
Look at me walking across! No hands!

Oh, I also tried a new slide today! The long and tall and swirly slide which mummy has always been hesitant to let me try. She's scared that I might get stuck inside and not be able to crawl up or down by myself. But with Isaac playing as well and daddy saying that it's time to let me try it, mummy then nodded and gave her OK for me to try it!

Mummy keep telling me to sit properly before sliding down and I did have a couple of minor accidents (such as sliding down with my back facing the slide and  sliding down head first... whoooppssss..) but I think I'm slowly getting the hang of it and really enjoyed the slide!

All in all, it was a fun and memorable trip for me as this is my first time playing at the Outdoor Theme Park and trying new things! The hanging wooden plank, the swirly slide, the flying elephant, the spinning tea cup!

I can't wait for our next trip and try all these cool and fun rides again!

Sliding on his own!

~ Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM ~

While I was in the bookstore at a family outing recently, hubby and our niece, Bonnie accompanied Ben to play in this small indoor playground (less than 1 minute from the bookstore) and hubby called me up and asked me to hurry over to the playground. It seems that our little baby is now sliding on his own! He no longers need to hold daddy's or mummy's hand while sliding down... Our baby is growing up!!

One minute he's learning to sit on his own...

(Ben at 6 months old - 1st time learning to sit)

And we have to hold Ben whenever he wants to play the slides...

(Ben at 14 months old sliding down with daddy holding onto him...)

And the next minute we see him sitting and sliding on his own!

Yes, it may be a short and small slide, but it's still a big milestone for him (and us!).

My baby boy is growing up! (He's 22 months old today btw!)