It’s true, Ryan the Nephew is now officially a citizen of Småland; a magical land governed by Quing Sara, a 1,000+ years old big red fuzzy furry heart who eats paper porridge and loves to give and receive hugs.
… and who made all this happen? ME, the best aunt in the world who only had 3 hours of sleep after a night of copious amounts of fermented beverages just so I could get him to the registration table in time. I deserve a medal… nay, a kingdom of my own for all my efforts!
… then Ryan hugged and kissed me good morning and proclaimed, “xiao yi, it’s going to be an awesome day!” and I melted.
I’m a softy like that :(
Ikea Malaysia recently launched IKEA’s småles Club, a club for kids aged between 4 to 10. We were at the launch event where they invited the first 50 registered kids to do lots of fun stuff! Face painting, temporary tattoos, a clown, balloons, whistles, a red giant furry heart-shaped mascot, yummy food… all things to please the little ones!
Here’s what happened:
1 – Ryan receiving a free ice-cream token. He wanted to redeem it immediately but I said no because it was only 10.30am! I’m a (somewhat) responsible aunt, okay… ;) Then when I said he could redeem it, he said to wait until he has played at Ikea’s Småland :X
2 – Adults can have bug tattoos too!
3 – Everytime a småles (member of the småles Club) goes to IKEA, they can scan their småles passport at this småles shroom. It’s like 4sq for kids ;) Each visit is gifted with $0.50 Smålish dållars, and they get a coupon for one discounted kid’s meal and one free drink at the IKEA restaurant! *link*
4 – Stamped visits on the småles passport. The accumulated Smålish dållars can be redeemed for småles merchandise.
The kids were given a whistle each along with a flag to recite the Småland pledge. A whistle…! I mean, what were they thinking.. :P
So Ryan had fun, I had fun, the other kids were definitely having fun and feeling special for belonging in an exclusive club. And of course, being part of the 50 kids at the event. It all ended well with a lovely spread at the IKEA restaurant… then a full hour at Småland while I went to do adult stuff like getting a strong coffee… then collecting the boy and getting him an ice-cream at the IKEA cafe.
Best. Aunt. Ever.
IKEA småles Club is free to join for kids between 4 to 10. As a småles, you (your little one, not you) get:
- Discounted kid’s meal & free drinks
- Earn $0.50 Smålish dållars for each visit
- Redeem for småles merchandise
- Take part in special activities and events
- Regular Bug News
- Free cake on your 11th birthday
- Free ice-cream treat on Quing Sara’s birthday
Make IKEA fun for your young ones too! For more info, check out the website here: *click*