27 June 2016, by Mandy Loh
Earlier this month, Cristan celebrated his 5th birthday! Wow…my little boy is growing up too fast!
Tim and I deliberated for a while about whether we should organise a birthday party for him this year, because he’s now older and has started requesting for one! But in the end, we convinced him to forego a party, and instead we would bring him out on a super-fun excursion to celebrate as a family. (Also because this lazy momma can’t keep up with the lavish kiddy parties that are being thrown nowadays…) As for his friends, we got him an Avengers ice-cream cake to celebrate in school. That’s all a boy really needs to be happy!
To make his birthday totally awesome, we brought Cristan to Legoland Malaysia, because he absolutely loves everything Lego, including the Lego Movie which he has watched perhaps 20+ times by now!
Some quick tips for parents planning a fuss-free short trip with young kiddos:
- Try to minimise travel time. The drive to Legoland took about an hour or less, including clearing immigration!
- Plan to travel on off-peak days/ times. We left on a Thursday afternoon, driving over after lunch so that the kids could have a nap during the drive, and also because traffic was guaranteed to be clear!
- Don’t pack your itinerary too tightly. Plan lots of buffer time so that you don’t have to rush the kids, especially if a toddler is involved! Although a combo ticket (for entry to both Legoland and the Water Park in one day) was a cheaper option, we decided to do them on separate days anyway so that we could go slow and easy.
- Let your kids pack their own little bag of things – as you can see in the above picture, Cristan and Caris are both happily lugging their bags along. The process of packing their own toys/books builds excitement and prepares them for the trip, and during the holiday, they will have these things to entertain themselves!
After checking in, we spent the rest of the day relaxing and checking out The Mall of Medini, situated right between our serviced apartment and Legoland, and then had an early night so that we would be rested and happy for Legoland the next day!
Cristan was so pumped up when we arrived! We asked him what he wanted to see first, which was the Lego Movie 4D Show, so that’s where we headed to straightaway.
Being at the furthest point away from the entrance though, we managed to cover quite a few things along the way, such as Miniland (famous landmarks recreated in Lego), and a huge Star Wars exhibit.
Although many friends had warned us that it would be really hot in Legoland, we actually found it rather pleasant! There were plenty of indoor air-conditioned areas to retreat into, and we also had very nice, cloudy weather that day. So overall, it was pretty comfortable!
Cristan’s favourite part was “Lego City”, where he got to drive a car, a boat, and even pilot a plane!
Caris also had her fair share of fun, especially on the boat ride which she got to steer, and on the mini-train ride.
The next day, we had a splashing good time at the Legoland Water Park, but unfortunately there are no pictures to share because we didn’t want to bring our mobile phones around.
All in all, we spent much less than what we would have spent on a kiddy party, for a 3D2N holiday that Cristan absolutely enjoyed, and would probably remember for a long time to come! At the end of the day, I believe spending quality time with loved ones is a meaningful and precious way to celebrate a birthday!
What are your thoughts about kiddy birthday parties? Would you bring your kids for a special outing/ trip to celebrate as a family, instead of throwing a party? Is there a social expectation for parents to always throw parties nowadays (with magic shows and goodie bags to boot)? I don’t know…but I would love to hear your views!