LittleSteps HongKong Article Feed LittleSteps HongKong Best Bookstores For Children&#039;s Books <br /> <a href="/singapore/articles/shop/best-bookstores" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image imagecache-linked imagecache-article_node_image_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image" width="515" height="250" /></a> <br /> <p>Reading to our kids is something that we can start as early as when they’re in the womb and continues as part of most bedtime routines until they’re old enough to read themselves. Books need to be updated regularly to keep up with their development and scouring bookstores for new material is a fun thing to do with your child. Physical bookstores are dwindling globally, but we’ve sourced the <a href="" target="_blank">best on offer in Singapore for kids</a> and also some great <a href="" target="_blank">online offerrings</a>. Happy reading!</p> Kyoto With Kids City Break <br /> <a href="/all-cities/articles/travel/kyoto-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image imagecache-linked imagecache-article_node_image_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image" width="515" height="250" /></a> <br /> <p>Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is a beautiful and intriguing destination for the adventurous family! On one hand, it is the epitome of traditional Japan - the one of geisha, ancient temples, stone-paved narrow alleyways, pagodas and wooden teahouses. And on another hand, it bristles with the trappings of modern Japanese life, with all its unique idiosyncrasies and nuances. Read on for Little Steps' top picks of where to stay, eat, and play with the fam in Kyoto!</p> Hong Kong Speech Festival 2014 <br /> <br /> <p>The Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival 2014 is nearly here! &nbsp;Check out these workshops to prepare your little speaker.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Trinity College London</a></p> <p>*Lots of workshops for all afes!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Little Champion Academy</a></p> <p>* &nbsp;Highly recommended classes and workshops for preparing for Speech Festival</p> Dolphin Beach "Glamping" In Sri Lanka <br /> <a href="/all-cities/articles/travel/dolphin-beach" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image imagecache-linked imagecache-article_node_image_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image" width="515" height="250" /></a> <br /> <p>Dolphin Beach in Kalpitiya, two hours from the airport, offers<a href="" target="_blank"> Sri Lanka's first tented hotel</a>. &nbsp;Luxury A/C tents are located on a beautiful sandy strip next to the ocean. &nbsp;Family tents can sleep up to six, and each tent has a wide verandah and a hammock. &nbsp;Kids will love running around and exploring the large beach, where they can build sand castles to their hearts' content. &nbsp;Sunset is the perfect time to relax in the comfortable lounge area set under a<a href="" target="_blank"> thatched roof with ocean views</a>.</p> <p>A set menu or a la carte options are available and the cooks are quite flexible, though service can be slow for large groups and multiple orders. &nbsp;The pizza, made in the on-site wood fire oven, comes highly recommended. &nbsp;The main downside now is the lack of the pool, but there is one under construction and guests can also use the pool at sister hotel Bar Reef.</p> <p>Don't miss the sea safari! See hundreds of dolphins leaping out of the ocean just a short boat ride away. &nbsp;Kite surfing is also available, and you can spot elephants and leopards on excursions to Wilpattu National Park located just one to two hours away. &nbsp;</p> Top 10 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations <br /> <br /> <p>Let those lanterns's time to celebrate. Little Steps has picked out the top 10 recommendations for enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 with the kiddos. Let's go!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Chinatown</strong></span><strong> </strong>- Explore and buy lanterns, snap photos at the carnival, and eat mooncakes!</p> <p><em><strong>When:</strong></em>&nbsp;August 23 - September 28, 2014. Carnival opens daily at 11am. Live shows at night from 8pm.</p> <p><em><strong>Where</strong></em>: Chinatown, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>2.&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Annual Community Lantern Walk</span></strong></span><span style=> - Light up those lanterns kiddos! The procession will start from Kreta Ayer Square.</span></p> <p><em><strong>When:</strong></em>&nbsp;September 6, 2014 at 7pm.</p> <p><em><strong>Where:</strong></em>&nbsp;Chinatorwn, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens</strong></span> - Singapore's largest lantern carnival! Stroll through the gardens to view massive lanterns, enjoy Chongqing and Zhanjiang song and drama, live performances by local artists, and the art of tea.</p> <p><em><strong>When:</strong></em>&nbsp;September 13-22, 2014. Monday-Friday from 6pm - 11pm, Saturday/Sunday from 3pm - 11pm.</p> <p><em><strong>Where:</strong></em>&nbsp;Gardens By The Bay, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. &nbsp;</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Esplanade Moonfest</strong></span> - Performances, opera, puppetry, cross talk, lantern riddles, storytelling, martial art demonstrations, lantern making workshops and the ever-popular lantern walkabout.</p> <p><em><strong>When: </strong></em>September 5-7, 2014. Walkabout scheduled for September 6, 2014 at 7:45pm.</p> <p><em><strong>Where:</strong></em>&nbsp;The Esplanade, Theaters on the Bay, 8 Raffles Avenue, +65 6828 8389, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Click here for more info on Little Steps.</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5. </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Vivocity</strong></span> - Visit the kiddy-friendly skypark for a night to remember! Entertainment is included. Bring your lanterns and your cameras.</p> <p><em><strong>When: </strong></em>August 15 - September 8, 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Where:</strong></em>&nbsp;Vivocity, Sky Park, Level 3, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7. &nbsp;</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall</strong></span><strong> -</strong> Family-friendly fun!</p> <p><em><strong>When:</strong></em>&nbsp;September 6, 2014 from 10am-9pm.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Where: </strong></em>Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8. &nbsp;</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mid-Autumn Mooncake Fair</strong></span> - For picky eaters, sample mooncakes from all the top bakeries!</p> <p><em><strong>When: </strong></em>August 26 - September 7, 2014</p> <p><em><strong>Where: </strong></em>City Square Mall, L1 Atrium, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank">Website</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9. </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Chinese Gardens</strong></span><strong> </strong>- A great option for smaller kids to check out lanterns and explore the celebrations (crowds are smaller here).</p> <p><em><strong>When:</strong></em> &nbsp;Ongoing</p> <p><em><strong>Where: </strong></em>&nbsp;Chinese Garden, 1 Chinese Garden Road, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook Page</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;"><strong>10.&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Chinese Lantern-Making Workshops</span></strong> - DIY fun for kids aged 6-9.</span></p> <p><em><strong>When:</strong></em>&nbsp;September 6-7, 2014 at various times.</p> <p><em><strong>Where:</strong></em>&nbsp;Esplanade, Bay Room, Singapore, <a href="" target="_blank">Website</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Conrad Fair 2014 <br /> <br /> <p>Save the date and get ready for the annual Conrad Fair! &nbsp;High-quality value-priced goodies including fashion, beauty&health products, jewelry, accessories, books, CDs, baby clothes, home decor, confectionery, gourmet foods and more! &nbsp;Buy gifts and lifestyle items galore at this annual event!</p> <p><strong>Gift and Lifestyle Fair:</strong> Monday, November 3, 2014</p> <p><strong>Pre-Christmas Gift Parade: </strong>Tuesday, November 11, 2014</p> <p><strong>Christmas Showcase: </strong>Monday, December 1, 2014</p> <p><strong>Christmas Gift Festival: </strong>Tuesday, December 15, 2014</p> <p><em><span style="font-size: 13px;">Enter from Pacific Place, Level 3, between Celine and Loewe shops (numbers 341-345). Use the lifts in the center of the mall and press 5 for The Conrad Hong Kong. Free admission.&nbsp;</span></em></p> F1 Behind the Scene Tour <br /> <br /> <p>Want to see what goes behind the scene during the race? Join this special moment as you are invited to look closer inside F1's the Paddock, team garages and hospitality homes, and even restricted areas like the Race Control room, podium and commentary booths.</p> <p><em>Check the schedule: Saturday, Sept 6 & Sunday, Sept 7 at 6pm, 7:30pm, & 9pm Monday, Sept 8 & Tuesday, Sept 9 at 7.30pm & 9pm!</em></p> Singapore National Stadium @ Sports Hub <br /> <a href="/singapore/articles/play/singapore-national-stadium" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image imagecache-linked imagecache-article_node_image_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image" width="515" height="250" /></a> <br /> <p>Opened recently in June, the 55,000-seater&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Stadium</a> has a retractable seating&nbsp;configuration making it the only stadium in the world&nbsp;equipped to host football, athletics, rugby and cricket events, as well as concerts all in one place.</p> <p><span>Costing $1.33 billion, the hub&nbsp;uses energy efficient technology - a cooling system&nbsp;that keeps&nbsp;spectators comfortable in the Singapore heat with no impact on the environment. How cool! The </span><a style="href="http: //";" href="" target="_blank">Sports Hub</a><span> also&nbsp;boasts an indoor aquatic centre, a multi-purpose indoor arena,&nbsp;a sports promenade with playground for toddlers and&nbsp;skate park,&nbsp;and a&nbsp;"playground" for water-sport&nbsp;enthusiast&nbsp;along the 35-hectare Kallang Basin for dragon boat, canoe and more!</span></p> <p><span>Look out for upcoming events and concerts such as Mariah Carey's concert&nbsp;on October 24 and One Direction in March 2015&nbsp;(if you're lucky enough to score tickets!)</span></p> MindChamps PreSchool Welcome Day The Trendsetter In Early Childhood Education & Care <br /> <a href="/singapore/articles/learn/mindchamps-preschool-welcome-day" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image imagecache-linked imagecache-article_node_image_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image" width="515" height="250" /></a> <br /> <p>Calling little learners! <a href="" target="_blank">MindChamps PreSchool's</a>&nbsp;nurturing and inspiring environment is where children are developed into champion learners of the future.</p> <p>The early childhood education expert adopts a cutting-edge approach that embraces the unique nature of each child, and they are encouraged under the "100% Respect, Zero Fear" philosophy. The <a href="" target="_blank">holistic curriculum</a> - born under extensive researches of the<a href="" target="_blank"> four major domains</a> of Early Childhood Education, Neuroscience, Child Psychology and Theatre - equips passionate learners with the champion mind, creative mind, and the learning mind that are critical mindsets for future success.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Join the MindChamps Welcome Days:&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">To learn more, experience the </span><a style="font-size: 13px;" href="" target="_blank">MindChamps PreSchool</a><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;difference during their </span><a style="font-size: 13px;" href="" target="_blank">Welcome Days</a><span style="font-size: 13px;"> held on upcoming Saturdays! Find out the wide array of bilingual academic and enrichment programs offered, learn about the ten characteristics distinguishing a MindChamps Pre-schooler and talk to the experienced and passionate team of staff! Be sure to </span><a style="font-size: 13px;" href="" target="_blank">register here</a><span style="font-size: 13px;"> first!</span></p> Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 Lanterns, Mooncakes, and More <br /> <a href="/articles/mid-autumn-festival-2014" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image imagecache-linked imagecache-article_node_image_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image" width="515" height="250" /></a> <br /> <p>The Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner! Also known as the Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival will take place on Thursday, September 8th, 2014. Get into the spirit and celebrate the festive event with traditional mooncakes, colorful lanterns, dragon dances, and more!</p> <p><strong>What are we celebrating? </strong><br />There are many tales about the origin of the <a href="" target="_blank">Mid-Autumn Festival</a>, but one of the most well-known tales is based on the origin of mooncakes and the establishment of the Ming Dynasty in the 14th Century. According to the traditional story, during the Yuan Dynasty, when China was ruled by Mongolia, the leaders from the preceding Sung Dynasty were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule and decided to rebel. The leaders of the rebellion ordered the making of special cakes during the <a href="" target="_blank">Moon Festival</a> and put a message into each mooncake with details of the attack.&nbsp; On the night of Moon Festival, they overthrew the government and successfully established the Ming Dynasty. </p> <p><strong>What to expect? </strong><br />Today, mooncakes are eaten to reminiscence the story of the rebellion. Traditional mooncakes are made of ground lotus and egg yolk, but nowadays there are more and more innovative mooncake flavors and designs including kiddie fave <a href="" target="_blank">ice-cream moon cakes from Haagen-Dazs</a> to the cheeky (not-so-kid-friendly) <a href="" target="_blank">mooncakes from G.O.D. </a>In addition to savoring mooncakes and traditional foods, expect lantern carnivals, fire dragon dances, and moon-gazing harbor cruises.</p> <p><strong>Where to celebrate?</strong><br />Go ahead and allow the little ones to stay up late for one night to <a href="" target="_blank">celebrate the Moon Festival</a> by lighting a lantern under the full moon.&nbsp; Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park</a> (a very popular and crowded spot) to see the giant lanterns and <a href="" target="_blank">Fire Dragon Dance</a> or drop by <a href="" target="_blank">The Peak</a> to view the full moon at its best!&nbsp; You can find<a href="" target="_blank"> traditional paper lanterns</a> in Causeway Bay Market or battery powered plastic lanterns in Shum Shui Po.&nbsp; Have fun!</p> Octoburst - Parent/Child Workshops! <br /> <br /> <p>Join for a slew of parent/child workshops at <a href="" target="_blank">Octoburst! at Esplanade</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>1. &nbsp;Pinhole Monster by Wang Ruobing&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><strong>WHEN: </strong>&nbsp;Oct 4, 2014 at 2:30PM (2hr 30mins, with breaks)</p> <p><strong>WHO:</strong> &nbsp;Kids aged 6-12</p> <p>WHAT: &nbsp;Get ready to find out what you and the kids can make with items from around the house, cardboard pieces and a monster-sized imagination. Tap into the creative minds of your little Da Vincis and Einsteins in this workshop that blends science and art by creating a “Pinhole Monster”, a pinhole camera that projects the view from the outside into a black box.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>2. &nbsp;Kamishibai Storycrafting by Kamini Ramachandran</strong></span></p> <p><strong>WHEN:</strong> &nbsp;Oct 5, 2014 at 2:30PM (1hr 30mins, with breaks)</p> <p><strong>WHO:</strong> &nbsp;Kids ages 4-8</p> <p><strong>WHAT:</strong> &nbsp;Gather around and listen closely as master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran weaves tales of wonder and magic through the Japanese art of kamishibai, a visual form of storytelling. After the storytelling session, take on the role of a storyteller for the day. Children and their adults will get a chance to illustrate their own story by making kamishibai story cards and also spin their own fantastical tale.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>3. &nbsp;Kirigami Pop-Up Card Making by Chiho Tamura and Maya Takahashi</strong></span></p> <p><strong>WHEN: </strong>&nbsp;October 6, 2014 at 2:30PM (2hr, with breaks)</p> <p><strong>WHO:</strong> &nbsp;Kids aged 4-8</p> <p><strong>WHAT: </strong>&nbsp;Learn kirigami, the Japanese art of paper cutting and folding by magically transforming a plain piece of paper into a 3D pop-up card filled with intricate shapes, unique designs and vibrant colours. After creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, write a message and send the card to a loved one for a surprise that leaps out from your handmade card.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Please note: &nbsp;</em><em style="font-size: 13px;">*Limited capacity. &nbsp;*Each child must be accompanied by at an adult during the workshop. &nbsp;*Meeting point is at the Concert Hall entrance, 15mins before the start of the workshop. &nbsp;*No admittance for babies and toddlers. &nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Click for ticketing information.</a></em></p> <div></div> Kids&#039; Introduction To Ballet Classics <br /> <br /> <p>In this special edition of Dance Appreciation Series, Singapore Dance Theatre brings to stage different aspects of classical ballet from Germany, France, Spain, Poland and India. Told through narration and dance excerpts, this hour-long performance specially created for our young audiences will feature some of the world’s most famous classical ballets like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Nutcracker and La Bayadere! <em><a href="" target="_blank">Click here for ticket information. </a></em></p> <p><em>Suitable for children aged 2 and above (no admission for kids under 2). Children who come dressed in their favorite character costumes will get to take photographs with the cast after the show!</em></p> Something Very Far Away <br /> <br /> <p>Kepler is an ordinary man who loves two things beyond all others: the cosmos and his wife Tomasina. After a sudden and tragic loss, he looks to the stars for answers and journeys deep into space to keep the thing most precious to him alive. Something Very Far Away is a moving tale that uses puppetry, music, sound and live animation to create a unique and beautiful performance that will enchant children and adults alike.</p> <p><em>This production is 35 minutes with no intermission. &nbsp;Recommended for kids 6 and up! &nbsp;Tickets available at Esplanade Box Office and SISTIC.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="515" height="386" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> SG Toy, Games, & Comic Convention <br /> <br /> <p>Expect to see unlimited collection of toys, games, and comics this year in Singapore! Toy, Games, & Comic Convention makes bigger and better come back by bringing lots of inspiring panels, cosplay runway, live sketching, screening, DJ night, and much more.</p> Harry Potter Party <br /> <br /> <p>Calling out all Hogwart students! Join Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they throw a magical party at Cubby House! Put on your cloak and have fun in magic broom hunt and relay competition, plus cracker eating contest.</p> Tacos + Tequila <br /> <br /> <p>In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Bengawan Restaurant presents a series of tacos and tequila pairing specially served for lunch and dinner.</p> <p><em>Priced at Rp 190,000 per person during the month of September.</em></p> Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 <br /> <br /> <p>Get ready for the most vibrant celebration in Singapore! Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival will once again amaze you with captivating lantern displays, as well as festive bazaar and fun stages from local performers.</p> Rev Up Singapore! Kartnival <br /> <br /> <p>Get closer to F1 experience by trying your hand at go-karting for FREE at the Rev Up Singapore! Kartnival! Participants will enjoy a complimentary 8-10min karting session on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Plus, you can bring along family to have fun in Formula One™- themed mini carnival with lots of activities and carnival snacks.</p> Salihara Festival 2014 <br /> <br /> <p>This year's Salihara Festival will bring more vibrant art performances, not only from Indonesia, but also from The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Georgia, Czech Republic, and many more. Expect stunning shows of music, dance, and drama, including ones from Anime String Orchestra and Papermoon Puppet Theatre.</p> Pirate Party <br /> <br /> <p>Ay ay captain, let's head to Cubby House for the Pirate Party! Jump onboard the ship for fun games and yummy food with some pirate friends.</p> <p><em>The party will be held twice: Sept 7 at Cubby House Seminyak; Sept 14 at Cubby House Canggu.</em></p> iCarnival 2014 <br /> <br /> <p>Explore and learn in a fun and interactive way how next generation technologies can make a difference in your daily life at the iCarnival. Lots of activities for kids, such as digital caricature, balloon sculpting, spin-the-wheel and counting.</p> How To Find A School Place And Afford It <br /> <br /> <p>Come and meet the experts! Ruth Benny and Janet Borchert impart their wisdom on getting your kids into school and how to finance it.</p> <p>Ruth, a former teacher, teacher-trainer and mother of two knows all about Hong Kong schools and can give you all the details on how to apply and how to prepare. Listen out for some of her great tips!</p> <p>Janet, also a mother of two, is an Education Planning & Family Protection Specialist and has 10 years of experience in helping families finance schooling.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Tickets cost HK$100 per person or HK$150 for a couple and are available at <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=""></a></span></em></p> Southern District Fun Day 2014 <br /> <br /> <p>With summer holidays almost coming to a close what better way to take advantage of the time left than by taking kids to the South District Youth Cadet fun day.</p> <p>There are plenty of activities on offer, from game booths and football demonstrations to art jamming and creative rope skipping.</p> <p>Redeem free game booth at the Customer Service Counter on L1 before Sunday.Remember they are on a first-come-first-served basis so head down there early.</p> <p>For more details go to: <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=""></a></span></p> Launches! New Online Boutique <br /> <a href="/hong-kong/articles/shop/tinytinyonecom-launches" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image imagecache-linked imagecache-article_node_image_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-article_node_image" width="515" height="250" /></a> <br /> <p>New moms who want the best for their bub (who doesn't!) will rejoice at<a href="" target="_blank"></a> - a Hong Kong based online boutique that stocks a thoughtfully put together collection of 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton clothing for kids and babies. <a href="" target="_blank">Tinytinyone</a> believes that only 100% organic is good and safe enough for the tiny tiny one's soft and delicate skin.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From adorable onesies to cool bibs, the store has scoured the globe for quality and eco-conscious apparel so loving parents can have peace of mind dressing up their littles ones in stylish pieces free from chemicals or heavy metals.</p> Vieture Aesthetic <br /> <br /> <p>Vietura Medical Spa is now open at the Sofitel Beach Resort. Pampered mammas can enjoy 100% non-invasive and non-surgical holistic treatments such as carbon laser skin whitening and resurfacing and Lipo Cryo (fat-freezing) to address anti-aging concerns. Detox packages uses top-of-line colonics machine and personalized IV nutrition is also available. Enjoy up to 50% discount on high-tech aesthetics and anti-aging treatments until December 2014.</p>