There’s so much to love about Fridays (or “Friday Funyay” as we like to call it here at Sassy Mama HQ)… after-work happy hours, the promise of sunny Saturday shenanigans, lazy brunches with your loved ones, and (on good weeks) a sense of accomplishment from checking off your weekday to-do list. Done and done! Well, we’re adding one more to the list – our newest feature, The Weekly Dish!
We make it our goal to provide the city’s most in-depth, informative articles and roundups for parenting in Hong Kong, but we understand all too well that when you have a 2-year-old pulling at your hair and another singing at the top of his/her lungs while painting a modern version of the Sistine Chapel on your ceiling, well, it’s nearly impossible to make it through a 1,000-word article. No worries, mama, if you only read one thing a week… let it be this!
Every Friday, we’ll be bringing you an easily digestible breakdown of what’s new in Hong Kong and what you absolutely cannot miss for the upcoming week… (and a shorter intro next time too, we promise!)
Here’s our first Weekly Dish!
NEW AROUND TOWN:
HK’s Own Wizarding World
Okay, any new school that has a Hogwarts-themed homepage has got our attention… this new preschool looks mega-cool and we can’t wait to see the “magic” happen when it opens this month. Hamilton Hill will be the first kindergarten in Hong Kong dedicated to the performing arts so if you’re a Tiger Mama to a budding artist or musician, join their open house on 7-8 February for a first look and enjoy exclusive enrollment discounts on the day! Check out their Facebook page for more info.
Theatre geeks, pay attention: Hong Kong’s Bravo! Hong Kong Youth Theatre Awards Scheme is back and now open for applications, through 25 February. The Bravo scheme provides 1.5 years of professional bilingual theatre and life skills training for kids aged 13-18 in Hong Kong, including local acting training, theatre performance, social service and overseas enhancement training – to be held tentatively in London and Taipei this year! The program is limited to a maximum of 50 participants, so apply now for a chance to hit the big stage!
A Present for Papa
Good news to all you dads – the Hong Kong government has introduced that paternity leave will be effective in Hong Kong starting March 2015. What’s the breakdown? New dads will be entitled to three days of paternity leave, paid at 80% of their regular salary, to be taken anytime from four weeks prior to the delivery date to 10 weeks after birth. Hey it’s not much, but it’s a good start!
North Point Playdate
Looking for a rainy day activity? Hong Kong’s popular indoor play centre, FunZone, is set to open a new branch in North Point, boasting over 5,000 square feet complete with a ballistic air ball zone, slides, ball pits, arts and crafts, tunnels and special toddler play area for littlies under 3. Get in early on the action from 9 Feb – 8 March, with 50% off general admission, and an official grand opening celebration on 8 March. FunZone Island East also features a new role-play mini town attraction for kids with a supermarket, veterinarian, diner and gas station… what more could you ask for?
DON’T MISS EVENT:
KidsFest 2015 is here!
Hong Kong’s largest children’s theatre festival is back and better than ever – running now through 15 February – so jump on HK Ticketing now to score your tickets… they’re going fast, mama! This year brings back some all-time favourites like “The Princess and the Pea” and “The Snail and the Whale” (anyone else noticing a pattern here?) as well as some new performances such as “Vile Victorians” and “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”. Plus, check out these fun doodles on their webpage! Ahh it’s good to be a kid again…
BEST OF THE WEEK:
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Shop the best of functional fashion with Sassy Mama’s 6 Most Stylish Double-Duty Diaper Bags!
We caught up with our That Mamas and here are their funniest stories of 2014… this one’s a hoot!
Coming up on Sassy Mama: Top 10 Healthy Breakfasts for Kids, A Simple 4-Step Plan to Finding Your Ideal Career and a Green Guide to Detoxing at Home…
What do YOU want to see on Sassy Mama? Email [email protected] and we’ll get it covered!