A yacht club membership worth more than $300 and hampers full of toys are among lucky draw prizes up for grabs at this year's SmartKids Asia - Asia's largest educational kids' fair - which kicked off last Friday.
Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, the three-day event at Singapore Expo is aimed at parents, as well as children aged three to 12.
It features family activities and booths set up by more than 150 exhibitors such as education providers Julia Gabriel Centre and MindChamps.
The event is open from 11am to 9pm. Admission is free and the lucky draws will take place at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm each day.
Some 500 goodie bags, each worth more than $40, and free Swensen's ice cream are also being handed out.
Now in its third consecutive year, the fair is holding parenting seminars and workshops for the first time.
They feature award-winning author and speaker Thomas Armstrong, who has written books on learning and human development.
Children can enjoy fun rides, carnival games and bouncy castles at the play area.
"Parents will be able to survey the wide range of education and enrichment services and products which will enable them to better plan their child's curriculum," said Ms Mandy Wong, business director for consumers at Sphere Exhibits.
Service quality manager Susan Tay, 39, went to last year's fair and returned yesterday with her eight-year-old son Marcus Foo.
"He had a good time on the bouncy castle," said Ms Tay. "The fair makes it easy for mothers to find out everything (about kids' education) at one go."
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