Under One Roof

The Families for Life Celebrations at SAFRA Punggol was a rally of camaraderie and fun for multigenerational families.

By Edmund Wee      7 September 2019

It was another weekend of fun family bonding for NSmen and their families at the Families for Life Celebrations (FFLC) 2019 held at SAFRA Punggol on 29 Jun. Jointly organised by the Families for Life Council and SAFRA, the FFLC was graced by Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Coordinating Minister for National Security. It attracted over 10,000 people to the clubhouse in the northeast.

The FFLC is an annual event that aims to encourage families, both immediate and extended, to spend quality time together and bond over fun-filled activities. The celebrations played host to the young and old with a myriad of fun and educational activities such as playtime at the Splash indoor water playground, canvas art, sushi-making and yoga workshops, among others.

The children, together with their parents, grandparents and extended families, had the opportunity to create lasting memories with a slew of activities such as bowling challenge, kite-making, picnic and a movie screening in the Atrium.

Wing Ng, who attended the event with her family, particularly loved the experience at the bouncy castles. “We went to the FFLC event at the Padang in previous years, where we had fun with gigantic bouncy castles. I really had a very good time then, and my daughter and I wanted to experience it again, which is why we returned this year,” she said.

SAFRA Punggol, nestled in scenic Punggol Waterway Park, played host to families who enjoy outdoor sports over the FFLC weekend.

Ng added that she enjoyed the diversity of programmes, which catered to all age groups. “My mother really enjoyed the sushi-making classes as she’s a cooking enthusiast. I also personally found the lesson easy. The culinary session helps to ‘bond’ us as our entire family, even my daughter, was involved in the sushi making,” she said with a huge smile.

The annual FFLC event – replete with fitness, educational and fun activities – is testament to good family bonding.

The fun of family bonding was also evident in the 5km Family Fun Walk, which gathered multigenerational families for some healthy fitness activities along the Punggol Waterway Park amid a carnival-like atmosphere filled with percussive music.

Indeed, the walk was what drew John Eng, his wife and daughter to the FFLC this year.  “We wanted to participate in the Family Walk because it is a great opportunity for us to get together and do something healthy,” he said. “My daughter also wanted to see the fireworks.”

During the evening, many participants were seen gathering to claim a spot as they awaited the fireworks spectacle. It was truly a befitting finale to a fun filled family day.