1. Colours of Odyssey
This one-day art exhibition organised by Odyssey The Global Preschool is back for its ninth year. Titled ‘Opposites’, it features works by children from the Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool and aims to encourage philanthropy at a young age. All the art is for sale and proceeds help the Singapore Children’s Society.
When: July 29, 2017
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
2. Singapore Kite Day
Organised by PUB and the Singapore Kite Association, this two-day event is back for its eighth year and will be featuring captivating stunt kite performances by enthusiasts from all around the world. You and your little one can also make kites and windmills with eco-friendly materials at the workshops. And look out for the Lolli-Drop – mini parachutes carrying sweets will be making a surprise fall.
When: July 29 – 30, 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Where: Marina Barrage
3. 50 cents Fest
Be transported back to the 1980s as Chinatown Food Street gets a makeover. Give your little one a glimpse of what life in the past was like as you walk along the street, lined with more than 20 stalls and 10 old-school mobile hawkers. Savour the authentic flavours of long-lost dialect recipes like Hokkien rickshaw noodle, Hakka abacus seed and red glutinous wine chicken. The best part, everything is affordable, with more than 20 dishes priced at just 50 cents each.
While you’re there, revisit classic 1980s games and pastimes – play hopscotch, go biscuit shopping at the “mama” shop and singalong to the live Xin Yao performances.
When: July 29 – 30, 2017
Time: July 29: 12pm – 11pm; July 30: 11am – 11pm
Where: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore
4. The Playfair
This pop-up features over 200 products ranging from clothes, shoes and bags to books, toys and more. Started by the owners of online brand Schocs ‘n’ Schues, The Playfair is a one-stop shopping space which brings together your favourite online brands, like Leia + Lauren, Ksisters and Tickle Your Senses.
While you shop, park the kids at the play corner, where they can explore storybooks and play kits. The space also hosts regular in-store sensory play sessions by Tickle Your Senses, as well as book-reading sessions by various local authors whose books are sold there.
When: From July 29, 2017 (open for 6 months)
Time: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Where: Marina Square, #03-155, near the Children’s Playground
Visit: www.theplayfair.com (launching soon)
5. National Day Istana Open House
Has your little one always wanted to walk through the big white gates of the Istana? This weekend, he can. Take part in the on-the-spot art competition for 3 to 12 year-olds, or unleash his creativity at the hands-on activity booths at the Arts & Heritage Village, as part of the annual Istana Art Event.
There will also be music, song and dance performances by students, as well as tours, such as the Nature Guided Walk.
Then, beat the heat with the unique Istana Harvest sorbet, which will be on sale at the Udders Ice Cream booths. Launched in time for Singapore’s 52nd birthday, it is based on the Istana Harvest drink, which is made from ingredients found in the Istana Spice Garden and served only to foreign dignitaries and guests of the Istana.
When: July 30, 2017
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Where: The Istana
Admission: Entrance to the grounds is free for all Singaporeans and PRs, various fees apply for tours and entrance to the Istana main building.
(Photo: The Straits Times)
6. Car-free Sunday
Its that time of the month where fun family sports and activities take over the roads of the CBD. There’s a wide range of activities for the whole family, starting with a mass workout to commemorate Singapore’s 52nd birthday, followed by a 5.2km walk/run.
The Padang will also host activities such as the iWheel4 Fun Obstacle Challenge as well as new additions like the The Family Challenge by the Red-X Games. This new obstacle course features popular obstacles like a low wall, monkey bar, tyre flip and more – do it at your own pace or choose the competitive mode. In commemoration of NS50, all obstacles simulate NS training, but are kid-friendly, too.
When: Car-free Sunday: July 30, 2017; The Family Challenge: July 29 – August 8, 2017
Time: From 8am, various timings
Where: Central Business District
7. Vivocity Food Decorating workshop
If you’re planning a weekend in Sentosa, then stop by Vivocity to create a delicious masterpiece before you go. Conducted by Chef Mong from Cookyn Inc and Little Miss Bento, this workshop will let your little one unleash her creativity and turn her meal into an edible work of art.
Spend at least $50 with a maximum of three same-day receipts to register. Each workshop is limited to 30 teams of one parent and one child. The two teams with the best decorated items will win $250 worth of Mapletree vouchers.
When: July 29, 2017
Time: 3pm & 5pm
Where: Vivocity East Court Level 1
8. Glow in the dark rail corridor
This luminous pathway looks like something out of a fairytale! Made out of a non-toxic material, this 100m glow-in-the-dark rail corridor is located between Choa Chu Kang Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road. This segment is part of the 400m-long “test-track” which has four 100m segments made of four different materials. This trial area aims to find out which of the four materials is ideal to make the trail safe and more resilient.
Take your little ones down for an enchanting night walk and take #instaworthy photos along the way.
Where: Behind Bukit Panjang MRT station, between Choa Chu Kang Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road
(Photo: Lianhe Zaobao)
9. Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase
If your little one has been reading this series, why not head down this Saturday and meet the author, Neil Humphreys and illustrator Cheng Puay Koon, who also illustrates’ Young Parents’ Age by Stage section.
Join Abbie Rose in yet another magical adventure as she finds a way to free the tigers in Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase: I Saved Two Tigers With a Really Magical Idea. This is the latest instalment of the series, which is best for ages two to eight. Every book carries an environmental theme, so its perfect for teaching your little ones about saving the planet.
When: July 29, 2017
Where: Kinokuniya Main Store, Ngee Ann City Level 4
Price: Admission to book launch is free. Book cost: $12.06 (before GST)
10. Sugar Rush Fair
If your family has a sweet tooth then head down to The Seletar Mall for a weekend of sweet treats. Indulge in an array of desserts such as the popular ‘Torched” Gourmet marshmallows, Ondeh Ondeh cake jar and the Pandan Muah Chee with creative toppings.
Spend at least $10 at the fair and your little one can stand a chance to win some fun prizes at the game stalls – “Dessert Sniper” where he can shoot down dessert targets, and “Loop-A-dessert” where he throws a hoop around a dessert.
When: Now till July 30, 2017
Time: 11am – 9pm
Where: The Seletar Mall
Admission: General admission is free, but food prices vary and games require minimum spend of $10.
Visit: www.facebook.com/theseletarmall or www.theseletarmall.com
11. Despicable Me Breakout Party
Is your little one a fan of the Minions from Despicable Me? Then be sure to make a trip to Universal Studios Singapore this weekend. Join the madness with the carnival games and trivia quizzes, and catch the minions’ mass dance with Minions Mel, Kevin, Stuart and Jerry. The little ones can also get their photos taken with the adorable characters at the various photo opportunities throughout the day. Read our review here.
When: Till Aug 20, 2017
Where: Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa
Admission: Till July 31, Singapore residents purchasing tickets online can enjoy adult one-day tickets at $76 each which includes admission, retail, dining and game play vouchers.