Christmas with Thomas & Friends at City Square Mall!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Mookid is currently in his ChooChoo craze, and many, many weekends are spent on simply taking trains to nowhere. Of course, steam trains which actually go 'Choo Choo' instead of 'Ting Tong!' are preferred, but he's happy taking the MRT for the time being (thank goodness!)

Like a lot of kids his age, he counts Thomas & Friends as one of his favourite series, and although he isn't one to be particular about transient things (he doesn't care for tee shirts, crockery or bags emblazoned with certain characters) he loves watching Thomas on TV or DVD. 

When we were kindly invited by City Square Mall for their Christmas with Thomas & Friends spectacular, I asked the kid if he would like to see a 'real' Thomas the train. It was a mistake asking him last Monday as I have had to field off "Are we going see Thomas today??" questions the entire week!

So we went to see Thomas over the weekend. I love how the boy was on his best behaviour the entire day because he knew he was going to get up close and personal with Thomas after dinner!

The atrium at City Square Mall started filling up an hour before the show was due to start, so please make sure that the kids have sufficient entertainment, snacks or drinks if you want to get a good view. We were fortunate to have front row seats, although it was pretty embarrassing to have to tell the boy to hush up amidst his incessant yells of 'Thommmmmasss!!! Where are youuuuuhoooooooo?' 

The show opened with Rusty and Dusty, the station sweepers, engaging the audience with some questions and getting resounding answers from the kids. I was surprised that Caden also knew the answers! Talk about influence - I have always chosen to take supervised media exposure positively, and this has made me even more convinced. He listened, learnt, and responded. Nothing bad about that! ;)


Rusty and Dusty were amazing. They brought the house down with their singing, dancing and antics, while to me, Thomas took a back track - although the kids will beg to differ. I was pretty a disappointed that only Thomas was in attendance, without Percy, James, Emily or other trains.


Nevertheless, the kids were entertained, singing along and participating. Many were on their feet, including Caden. Nobody cared that it was hot and stuffy due to the massive crowd present, parents were enjoying the atmosphere, and the kids were simply having a fabulous time!


Then this happened.


And shrieks, yells and happy shouts ensued. I was almost trampled on by the boy in his excitement, after which he helped me 'clean' off 'snow' from my hair and shoulders with gusto. I suspect he just wanted more feel of the snow, but I'm not complaining!


The show closed with happy kids clapping their hearts out (you have to be there to experience the electrifying atmosphere) and then we went onstage to get up close and personal with Thomas, much to the boy's delight!


He couldn't stop talking about it for a long time afterward, and has been telling whoever cares to listen that he had met Thomas. I guess to an almost 3 year old, meeting a steam engine is a pretty cool experience. 

Bring the kids down to experience a Christmas Wonderland at City Square Mall, starting with the Thomas & Friends show. They won't be disappointed!


1. Christmas with Thomas & Friends Live Show and Meet & Greet Session

Date: till 15 December (daily except Mondays)
Time: Tue - Fri: 2pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
Venue: Level 1 Atrium

Meet & Greet session with a minimum spending of $50* (50 passes will be given out 45 minutes prior to
each show).

2. Christmas Carnival in the Park 

Time: 1pm - 9pm
Venue: L1 City Green (outdoor park)

Hop onto the beautiful carousel and many other rides, or try your hand at the game booths for exciting prizes to be won.

3. Festive Light Show and Snowy Playtime

Time: 8pm & 9pm
Venue: L1 City Green (outdoor park)

Watch the festive light show with its kaleidoscope of colours while the kids frolic in the snow.

4. Gifts To Make The Season More Merry 

Spend $200* and redeem a Thomas & Friends mini cushion and Christmas Carnival coupon for a ride or game. UOB Debit/Credit Cardmembers need only spend $180* to qualify. Limited to only one redemption
per shopper per day, regardless of total amount spent.

5. Win Back What You Spend 

Spend $50* and stand a chance to participate in the Weekly and Grand Lucky Draws! Each weekly winner will be rewarded with shopping vouchers up to the amount spent on his/her receipt, capped to a maximum of $500. There are 30 prizes in the grand draw including a weekend staycation at Orchard Hotel Singapore as well as shopping and dining vouchers! Limited to a maximum of 20 chances per shopper per day, regardless
of total amount spent.

6. ‘Snap & Win’ Facebook Contest 

Stand a chance to win up to $150 worth of Cedele vouchers when you snap a photo of your family at City Square Mall this Christmas! To participate, follow these easy steps:

1) Take a photo of your family with City Square Mall’s Christmas decorations
2) Post the photo on City Square Mall’s Facebook page
3) Tag yourself and your family members in the photo

Entries will be judged by the number of ‘likes’ garnered and City Square Mall’s management.
For full contest details, please check here.

7. Free Weekday Parking

Free weekday lunchtime parking for the first 1 ½ hours between 12-2pm (except public holidays). In addition, redeem a $3 parking coupon with a minimum spend of $60 on weekdays.

8. Salvation Army Charity Collection 

Date: Fridays to Sundays from 15 November to 29 December
Time: 1pm - 9pm
Venue: B1 Fountain Square

Instead of discarding them, drop off your pre-loved clothing, gifts, wrappers, trimmings and any other Christmas decorations at City Square Mall this Christmas! In collaboration with the Salvation Army, the first 2,000 shoppers to donate 3kg worth of clothes each day will receive an exclusive eco-umbrella. Items collected will be donated to the disadvantaged & needy.

9. Singapore Wind Symphony 

Date: Weekends from 30 November to 22 December
Time: 6pm & 8pm
Venue: L3 Bridge

Get into the spirit of the season with beautiful yuletide tunes!

10. Caroling by Church of St. Bernadette 

Date: 14 & 21 December
Time: 3.15pm
Venue: L1 Atrium

Sing along with your whole family to your favourite carols!

*Terms and conditions apply.

For more details on the activities and promotions, visit www.citysquaremall.com.sg or visit City Square Mall’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/citysquaremall.


1 comment :

  1. Oh! This is sooo delightful! What's with little boys and trains?!

    Daniel is going through a trains phase too and I think he likes both Chuggington and Thomas & Friends equally. We took him on a real steam train ride last weekend and it was a hoot!

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