Probably The Littlest Barbie Fan

When Ayra was 1+ young, she was already exposed to Barbie - the one and only Barbie of mine from the 1980s. The one that survived almost 30 years but now lives the rest of her life with a broken and shortened neck, with head pushed into it, no thanks to the strong pull by the mighty one.

Then one day she chanced upon a Barbie video on YouTube and that's the beginning of her "I want Barbie Dreamhouse" wish. And she recognises all the Barbie's sisters - Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea. On her 2nd birthday, she received her first set of Barbie, where she's a Vet and the set also came with Chelsea.

This video can play on loop whole day on our Smart TV and she'll just sit and watch it over and over again. We can all act out each and every episodes! Not kidding! Sometime I wished we had that endless serving meal tray, or the super microwave/ oven, or that crazily posh caravan with majestic stairways and jacuzzi.

Barbie, the world's most popular fashion doll celebrates 55 years of imaginative play in the month of March! To date, she has given girls, aged 2 to 12 (Soooo... it starts at 2!), the freedom to explore, create, and imagine their dream world - a world without limitations or boundaries. Barbie also allows girls to develop and discover their sense of style in a fun way with her vast wardrobe as she continually evolves to reflect the fashion of our times. She is the original fashion icon that has inspired fashionistas all over the world and played muse to designers.

This is the real Barbie in my opinion. With minimum make-up and the ageless face. From the collector series - Birthday wishes Barbie

Using fashion as a platform, Mattel, Inc. tied up with Toys R Us and celebrates Barbie's 55th anniversary with a special event at United Square from the 6th to 23rd March 2014. There are four different activities available to the public, ranging from creating your own Barbie doll dress to an augmented reality closet where children can pick and try on different outfits.

Activity 1 - Barbie Style Icon Be-a-model
Trainers will coach girls on catwalk and pose and ends with a runway experience. Available on weekends only and 16 girls/day.

The first batch of Be-a-model girls.
Photo credit to bubbamama

Activity 2 - Style Icon Dream Closet AR experience
Augmented reality software play area where girls can choose their favorite dress and play digital dress up. Each gets a print of them in their "digital" dress.

Ayra tried but failed at this activity. She's too young to know how to select with her hands with the Xbox Kinect sensor.

Activity 3 - Barbie Style Icon Photobooth
Assorted props and clothings for girls to play dress up and take photos in the photobooth. *Bring your own camera!
Ayra being her usual no-smile-in-public-with-strangers-staring-at-me look.

Activity 4 - Barbie Style creator play area
Girls can create their own Barbie dress

These DIY Barbie dress kit is pretty fun. A chance for Mummy-Daughter bonding."

This is how it looks on a Barbie. Not bad right?


With Barbie, Anything is Possible Roadshow

6 to 23 March 2014
11am to 9pm daily
Basement 1 of United Square

Every S$30 spent at Toys 'R' Us gets 1 stamp for participation in one of the 4 Barbie activities.[/box]