Tuesday, 17 July 2012
River Carnival by GAB Foundation at Zoo Negara
We were at the zoo last Saturday for the River Carnival by GAB Foundation. I went with lil prince as hubby was away for business trip. Surprisingly we were able to find our way to the zoo. I haven't been there for ages and had no idea how to go there. Thank God for smart phone and PAPAGO!.
We reached the zoo at 9.30am and make our way in. The event organized by the GAB Foundation was held inside the zoo, around 5 minutes walk from the main entrance. We arrived just in time for the opening ceremony by the VIPs. After that we signed up for the Young River Scientist Programme. In this programme, all kids were ushered to different stations explaining the importance of water and how we should save water. There was also a station that taught the kids how to make candle. So interesting. Upon completing all the stations, each kid was given a bag and a water tumbler.
After participating at the Young Scientist River Programme, we went over to the station games. There were six station and we had to collect all the 'stamps' for all six station before collecting our mystery gift. The first station was throwing the rings into the empty bottles. Of course lil prince never hit any, we still get one stamp. Next station was so called 'driving range', lil prince had to 'drive' the ball from one end to the other end without dropping the ball in the holes. Next station was the most difficult station of all! I called it fishing station as we need to 'fish' up a bottle. This was pretty difficult. I had to queue up twice to get this task done. Next was the matching game station whereby we had to match two ball into the same colour component. Moving on was the basket ball station where we need to hit the net. Last station was the golf station. I help lil prince to hit the ball. Upon completing all our six stations, we proceed to collect our mystery gift which was a set of angry birds stationaries.
It was almost 12pm when lil prince said he was hungry, so we made our way to the nearest restaurant. We had nasi lemak and I bought a soft drink for him. After lunch, we went round again to play the station games and got ourselves more mystery gifts. This time with different colours :). Then I decided to visit the zoo animals, coz it would be a waste coming to the zoo and not seeing any animals. We only saw a hippopotamus on our way in. But at that time, lil prince was too tired to walk, so I decided that we should take the tram. Bought two tickets RM 3.00 for adult and RM 2.00 for child. The tram ride was fun for lil prince as he does not need to walk and get to see some of the big animals such as giraffe, elephants and zebras. We also saw tigers, flamingos and ostrich. The tram ride was around 10 minutes and I think it only covers some part of the zoo.
After our tram ride, I wanted to call it a day but lil prince wanted to return to the carnival area. We went there again, at first I was queuing up for the caricature drawing but the line was long, then I decided that we should do some craft instead. There was a craft area being set up for kids. There were five crafts available for the kids to do, organized by In2Art. Lil prince choose to do the octopus craft. Upon completing his octopus craft, he said he wanted to do more. I was surprise as he is not an 'art' person and he never like to do any colouring at home. I could see that he was so interested in the craft, we stayed on and eventually ended up completing all the five crafts there! I was so amazed that these crafts made him sat down for so long.
Next we went queuing to have lil prince caricature. It was quite a long wait as the artist was really taking time time to draw each and everyone's expression. He really had the patience! By the time we completed our caricature drawing, it was almost 4.30pm! I can't imagine we were at the zoo from 9.00am - 5pm. Before we left, lil prince requested for another round of station games. I guess we played the games a few round till the person in charge felt bored of entertaining us! But for kids, that's the fun part.
Lil prince was indeed exhausted and fell asleep on our way back from the zoo. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves so much and it was indeed a very educational event for adults and also for kids. Here are some of the goodies that we collected from this River Carnival.
Thank you GAB Foundation for a fun filled day! We enjoyed ourselves to the max!