ST journalists to take part in discussion at family fest

Three Straits Times senior journalists who have authored children's illustrated books will be taking part in a panel discussion titled Nurturing And Inspiring Your Children at 2.30pm on Saturday.

The panel discussion is part of the inaugural "I'm Proud Of You" two-day family festival organised by MindChamps, a major operator of pre-schools here, in collaboration with The Straits Times to mark Children's Day.

The three journalists are ST news editor Marc Lim, who authored From Kid To King - The Joseph Schooling Story; ST assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath, who co-authored The Mermaid Who Became A Champion with paralympic champion Yip Pin Xiu; and ST Life! entertainment editor Andy Chen, who wrote The Swing Of Things.

The festival will be held over the weekend on Oct 7 and 8 at Singapore Expo Hall 1 from 10am to 9pm on both days.

There will also be talks by Kiss92 FM radio deejay Shan Wee and teaching specialist Debra Ann Francisco on Saturday.

The festival will feature activities ranging from pony rides and family soccer matches to an inflatable obstacle course and meet-and-greet sessions with mascots from Korean animated TV series Pororo.

Through the festival, MindChamps hopes to encourage parents to tell their children that they are proud of them.

This comes following a poll done by MindChamps with about 300 respondents, which revealed that while 75.8 per cent of respondents felt the phrase "I'm proud of you" would carry significant impact if they heard it from their parents, only 45.8 per cent have been told that by their parents.

Tickets are priced at $48 per child and $38 per adult for one-day access, and are available at

ST readers can get a 30 per cent discount by using the promotional code "ST30".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2017, with the headline 'ST journalists to take part in discussion at family fest'. Print Edition | Subscribe