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Farmers and Chefs – A truly child-friendly cafe with food from the heart

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There may be many seemingly child-friendly eateries around in Singapore, but in truth, one that offers a children’s menu featuring healthy food that you would offer at home is a rare gem. Chicken nuggets, fish & chips and spaghetti bolognaise do not maketh a child-friendly cafe, even if the children themselves clamour for that.

At Farmers and Chefs, they take pride in what they serve be it for the children’s menu, or the main menu. Here’s what they abide by the following rules

  • No flavour enhancers
  • No artificial colouring
  • No Deep-frying

The children’s menu features nutritious mini breakfast sandwiches, and mains come with fruit. You can even mix and match items for a customised meal. Things are made from scratch including all sauces. Eg the Farmer’s Soy Mayonnaise is dairy and egg free, and made with soymilk, vinegar and olive oil.

Here’s another thing I have not seen emphasized anywhere so far…..Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is encouraged here! BLW means that the young baby/child is encouraged to feed himself or herself, even if it creates a mess. It will create a mess for sure, and at many other eateries, parents either have to wear a really thick skin or attempt to clean up the mess themselves. You never know when you will get an evil stare from an impatient staff if were to be some other eatery because in Singapore, most people are more familiar with traditional weaning, ie caregivers feeding the child to minimise mess. Some think that parents who practice BLW are trouble makers! I’m personally not really a fan of BLW for certain reasons, but that’s another story for another time. In any case, Edward is fully capable of feeding himself at this age, although he still enjoys being fed!

Farmers and Chefs - Happy Boy playing with Toy Car

There is also a small play area equipped with a table for colouring work and blocks, as well as 2 toy cars. The two toy cars were a huge hit for all the children who saw them. As the cafe. is on the 1st floor, and not air-conditioned, there was ample space for the children to drive the cars around the cafe.

The husband and wife team behind Farmers and Chefs are also the same people behind the LeClare Preschool. The multi-tasking chef is also the same one that the preschool uses. Now you know why the business is so kid-focussed.

Scroll down to see more photos of the food that we tried.

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Fort Canning Park Playground (Jubilee Park) opens!

NParks has been on a roll, unveiling mega playground after playground in Singapore in recent years. You might have heard of the playground at Admiralty Park (opened in 2017) which boasts a whopping 26 slides! Everyone’s favourite East Coast Park also now features a playground with a huge climbing structure as well as inclusive play elements at Marine Cove (where McDonald’s is), after a complete overhaul was completed in 2016. There’s also a small playground and suntanning decks at Raintree Cove. Even the UNESCO World Heritage inscribed Singapore Botanic Gardens has added an extension to the popular Jacobs Ballas Children’s Gardens. Just this year alone, they have built new playgrounds at Hort Park, Jurong Lake Gardens and the latest one at Fort Canning Park.

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The City at I12 Katong – Too run-down to visit again

I first visited The City at I12 Katong about half a year ago. This is an indoor playground with pretend play as the main focus. The main highlights are the supermarket, the kitchen and cafe, some dress up area, and a room with large foam blocks for open-ended play.

The City at I12 Katong - Supermarket

When I first visited, the place was pretty promising. Edward enjoyed himself tremendously at the supermarket area. There were many shelves of fake supermarket goods, and little kid-sized supermarket trolleys. He went bonkers over the trolleys, filling them up with all the goods, and then going to the checkout counters to scan them over and over again. The fake money in the cash registers were great too.

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Art Fun for Toddlers – Rainbow Bubbles

A quick post today while Edward is still napping! I’m always scouring parenting blogs and parenting Instagram accounts to look for fun art activities for toddlers to engage in, because as you know, children learn so much through playing at this age. A bonus would be when they’re engaged in something, they won’t be disturbing you for a precious few minutes, and you can have a cup of tea!

OK I have to admit, for this Rainbow Bubbles activity, I was the one who did most of the bubble blowing as Edward, being just over 2 years old, did not have enough strength in his blows, nor direction. It’s like the air is seeping out of his teeth and he’s making some snake sounds instead. Nevertheless, it was great fun and even I learnt a lot through the activity!

Toddler Art Fun - Rainbow Bubbles (1)

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The Joy of Toys at Clarke Quay Central

Finally had the chance to visit The Joy of Toys located at Clarke Quay Central Mall. I’d heard about it a couple of months back and found the concept to be quite attractive yet pretty unique in Singapore. It’s a wonder why there aren’t more of such indoor children’s play areas around.

Ok when you think of a children’s indoor playground / play area, you tend to visualise one where there are many slides, ball pits, tunnels etc for the children to run about and explore, aka gross motor skills type of play. Think Cool de Sac, Kids Amaze, The Polliwogs etc. There will also be a small area with fine motor skill toys and pretend play toys such as lego, puzzles, play kitchen, dolls etc, but these tend not to be the highlight of the business.

The Joy of Toys is quite different. There are no slides and tunnels. Per their website, they offer

  • Structured Play sections focussing on manipulatives, construction, as well as competitive games. These include developmental toys, family games and brain teasers.
  • Open-Ended Play sections encouraging pretend and role play. These include miniature play, doll play and food play.

There are a lot of wooden toys, and the whole area, especially the toddler area is furnished in a very pleasing and soothing way. While I was at the toddler area, I suffered from room envy and wondered more than once why I am not able to create a playroom looking like that for Edward.

The Joy of Toys (3)

What’s the difference between the toddler play space vs the main play space?

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