Kid-friendly things to do in Singapore: May 2018

By Felicia Wong   — April 30, 2018
  • Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You
    1 / 26 Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You

    As a tribute to the famous movie franchise, fans unite to celebrate Star Wars Day every May 4 (The date was derived from the iconic line “May the Force be with you”).

    Head down to the F1 Pit Building with your little ones to celebrate the second edition of the Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You Festival.

    Family-friendly highlights of the two-day festival include the Star Wars run, which features a 540m Young Jedi Dash for the little ones and a kids fashion parade, where kids below the age of 12 are invited to dress up as their favourite Star Wars character.

    When: May 4, from 3pm to 11pm, and May 5, from 11am to 11pm
    Where: F1 Pit Building
    Admission: Free
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  • Lego Star Wars Days
    2 / 26 Lego Star Wars Days

    The force remains strong at Legoland Malaysia, which has lined up special Star Wars-themed activities till May 13. (Okay, this may not be in Singapore, but it’s just about 20 minutes’ drive from the Tuas Checkpoint!)

    Catch the costumed characters as they march around the theme park and perform during the parade over the weekends.

    You can stand to win cool prizes, such as a limited edition Lego Star Wars Commemorative Duplo brick when you find Darth Vader Minilander in Miniland and complete the scavenger hunt. Be the fastest builder and you may just win a Lego Millennium Falcon worth RM3,000 (S$1,015).

    When: April 21 to May 13
    Where: Legoland Malaysia
    Admission: Kids aged three to 11 who are in full Star Wars costume during this period enter free. Otherwise, usual charges to Legoland Malaysia apply.
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  • Straits Family Sunday: Si Nyonya Manis (Hey pretty lady)
    3 / 26 Straits Family Sunday: Si Nyonya Manis (Hey pretty lady)

    Check out the Peranakan Museum’s new exhibition, Si Nyonya Manis (Hey pretty lady).

    You can discover what the life of a Peranakan woman of the past was like in an interactive drama performance.

    Why not head down to make your Mother’s Day celebration special with your loved ones?

    When: May 6, from 1pm to 5pm
    Where: Peranakan Museum
    Admission: Free
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  • RSAF @ Heartlands – Bedok
    4 / 26 RSAF @ Heartlands – Bedok

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is celebrating its Golden Jubilee with unique demonstrations at five heartland.

    You and your little ones can witness an Air Combat Simulation at the Bedok heartland site, which shows how fighter jets defend our skies against hostile air threats. There will also be static and interactive displays showcasing various RSAF assets and weapon systems.

    Don’t miss out the photo booth, where you can don the RSAF uniform and strike a pose with your kids. Your family can also be a part of the RSAF Mural. Just take your photo against the various animated backgrounds and watch as it joins the montage which will eventually be made of 50,000 photos.

    When: May 12 to 13, from 10am to 9pm
    Where: Bedok Town Square (beside Bedok Mall)
    Admission: Free
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  • Tulipmania
    5 / 26 Tulipmania

    Gardens By The Bay’s well-loved floral display Tulipmania is back for its sixth edition. This year, you and your little ones can head down to the Flower Dome to see over 90,000 tulips of more than 40 varieties in a myriad of colours, brought in from the Netherlands.

    You can enjoy free guided tours of the floral display, sign up for a tulip-thtmed cupcake workshop and participate in an Instagram contest for a chance to win air tickets to Amsterdam or Bali.

    When: Now until May 13, from 9am to 9pm
    Where: Gardens By The Bay
    Admission: Included in Flower Dome admission
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  • Super Mommy
    6 / 26 Super Mommy

    It sold out in Taiwan, but now you can watch Super Mommy right here in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa. This heartwarming and entertaining Mandarin musical is set in a three-generation household, who grapple with real life issues, such as family ties, domestic helpers, work-life balance and dementia.

    Use the show’s themes to talk about the importance of kinship, filial piety and respect with your kids. Super Mommy runs from now until June 22. Tickets start from $38.

    When: May 18 to June 22, at 2pm and 8pm
    Where: Resorts World Theatre
    Admission: Tickets start from $38
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  • Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series
    7 / 26 Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series

    Introduce your little ones to classical music with two interactive Concerts for Children, where they’ll spend 50 minutes learning with international artists. You’re never too young for music – kids below the age of 6 will be introduced to the unique sound world of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, which was inspired by Mozart’s own sublime Clarinet Quintet, written 100 years before.

    Kids from the ages of six to 12 can admire how music and poetry are woven together in Schumann’s Frauen-Liebe und Leben (Woman’s Love and Life).

    Admission is only for children aged 12 and under, except for those below 4 years old – one accompanying parent is allowed and  requires his own ticket. There are also limited observer tickets available upon special written request for accompanying parents of children aged 5 and above.

    When: May 19, 10am (ages 0 to 6) and 12pm (ages 6 to 12)
    Where: Esplanade Recital Studio
    Admission: $32 per ticket
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  • National Geographic’s Ocean Wonders
    8 / 26 National Geographic’s Ocean Wonders

    Make a splash at the S.E.A. Aquarium and discover more about marine life at National Geographic’s Ocean Wonders from now until May 20, 2018.

    Highlights include Ocean Record Breakers, an exhibition which features record-breaking marine animals, such as the largest, fastest and heaviest, and Marine Photography Adventure, where your little ones will learn how to snap like a pro and take part in a photography competition.

    And don’t miss out the National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop, which teaches your kids how to be a great marine explorer. The full-day workshop is ideal for children aged 7 to 12 years old.

    When: Now until May 20
    Where: S.E.A. Aquarium
    Admission: Included in S.E.A. Aquarium admission; additional charges apply for children’s workshop
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  • Act3i Festival
    9 / 26 Act3i Festival

    You’re never too young to appreciate the arts, Act3 International believes.

    Its second instalment of the ACT3i Festival for Children features six original theatre performances from all around the world for babies and preschoolers.

    Tickets are priced at $38 for one child and one adult, or $22 for a single ticket (child or adult). Family packs are available.

    There’s also Grow, Garden, Grow, an interactive storytelling workshop for ages seven to 17 months. It costs $38 for one child and one adult.

    When: May 22 to June 3
    Where: Various locations
    Admission: See website for full details
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  • Asian Civilisations Museum – Cambodia
    10 / 26 Asian Civilisations Museum – Cambodia

    The Asian Civilisations Museum is celebrating one of the world’s great ancient civilisations this May. Discover the stories behind Cambodia’s mysterious temples and sculpture at the interactive exhibition, Angkor What?.

    Check out the Asian Culture Music Series, which showcases Cambodia’s culture through performances, workshops and evening concerts. Your little ones will have a blast listening to the melodious bells of a Gamelan ensemble and watching the skilful manipulation of traditional puppets.

    The Angkor What? exhibition will be held on May 26, from 1pm to 5pm.

    The Asian Culture Music Series will be held from 7pm to 9pm on May 25 and from 1pm to 8pm on May 26.

    When: May 25 to 26, various timings
    Where: Asian Civilisations Museum
    Admission: Free
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  • Esplanade: Flipside 2018
    11 / 26 Esplanade: Flipside 2018

    Discover the arts from a refreshing angle with your little ones as The Esplanade transforms for Flipside 2018. Highlights of the 10-day festival include a sonic experience in the dark, a giant puppet coming to life and an interactive electronic music piece you and your little ones can compose together. In all, there are around 200 performances and activities all over the complex.

    Some programmes are ticketed.

    When: May 25 to June 3, from 10am to 10pm
    Where: The Esplanade
    Admission: See website for ticketing details
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  • White Sands Mall: A Starmazing Space Adventure
    12 / 26 White Sands Mall: A Starmazing Space Adventure

    Experience the ultimate space adventure at White Sands Mall’s A Starmazing Space Adventure. Join the mass stargazing session on June 16, which will be held at the open field beside the mall in Pasir Ris (bring your own telescopes and binoculars).

    There will also be space talks hosted by astronomy clubs at Pasir Ris Public Library (sited within the mall) as well as handicraft workshops.

    When: May 25 to June 30
    Where: White Sands Mall
    Admission: See website for ticketing details
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  • Goodman Open House – Re: Imagined
    13 / 26 Goodman Open House – Re: Imagined

    Goodman Open House- Re: Imagined is a family-friendly arts festival centred around the theme of environmentally sustainable fashion. Take part in over 20 workshops (such as upcycling used and broken objects) and watch performances by Goodman Arts Centre’s resident artists and arts groups. Explore open studios and tours, check out exhibitions and shop at the sustainable lifestyle market.

    When: May 26, from 11am to 5pm
    Where: Goodman Arts Centre
    Admission: Free
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  • DBS Marina Regatta
    14 / 26 DBS Marina Regatta

    Adrenaline junkies, rejoice! In celebration of its 50th anniversary this year, DBS is extending its annual DBS Marina Regatta over two weekends.

    Kids can cheer Mum or Dad on as they take on Battle Bay Extreme, the most technically challenging obstacle course in Southeast Asia. It features obstacles such as tilting hexagons, inverted walls and wire crawls across three levels of difficulty.

    After that, head to the DBS Creators’ Market to chill out at the communal kitchen or attend wellness activities. Or stroll over to the Bayfront Event Space to check out Thailand’s largest contemporary pop-up market, Artbox, which is back for its second and largest edition.

    When: May 26 to 27 and June 2 to 3, from 10am to 10pm
    Where: The Promontory@Marina Bay
    Admission: Free; additional charges may apply for some activities
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  • Pesta Ubin
    15 / 26 Pesta Ubin

    Embrace Mother Nature with your little ones on the unique island of Pulau Ubin.

    In collaboration with the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN), NParks presents Pesta Ubin, featuring a slew of exciting actitivies on Pulau Ubin over four weeks.

    Don’t miss out on Ubin Day, which will mark the end of Pesta Ubin on June 24.

    When: May 26 to June 24
    Where: Pulau Ubin
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  • Sara Goes Gardening
    16 / 26 Sara Goes Gardening

    Your little one will be excited to join ‘Botanicosaurus’ Sara, as well as her siblings and friends, to discover the joy of gardening this school holidays.

    Discover interesting facts and stories about aloe vera, lemongrass, and other amazing herbs and spices, too.

    Pick up some gardening tips for your very own kitchen garden so you and your little ones can grow your favourite plants at home.

    When: May 30, from 10am to 11am
    Where: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
    Admission: $9 per child (includes $3 “Sara Goes Gardening” Workbook) and $6 per accompanying adult
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  • Duck Duck Goose
    17 / 26 Duck Duck Goose

    The animated movie Duck Duck Goose tells the heartwarming tale of two orphaned ducklings, Chi and Chao, who get separated from their flock. They meet freewheeling bachelor goose Peng and the trio embark on a journey to reunite Chi and Chao with their flock.

    When: In theatres May 31
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  • Peter & Blue’s Forest Adventure
    18 / 26 Peter & Blue’s Forest Adventure

    Isn’t your preschooler too fidgety to sit through a ballet production? Not when it’s Singapore Dance Theatre’s Peter & Blue’s Forest Adventure. This hour-long production for children tells the story of Peter, his dog, Blue and his cat, Calico, as they embark on a magical adventure.

    Besides watching it, you can also meet the characters and participate in photo-taking sessions. It runs from May 31 to June 3 at Sota Studio Theatre (various timings).

    When: May 31 to June 3, at 11am and 2pm
    Where: SOTA Studio Theatre
    Admission: $30 per ticket; kids aged 3 to 12 enjoy a 30 per cent discount
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  • Nafa Arts Festival
    19 / 26 Nafa Arts Festival

    The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) celebrates its 80th anniversary with an Arts Festival 2018 that runs until June 3. Take a walk down memory lane with your little ones at the Heritage Saturday Market on May 5. You can shop for vintage wares and watch some local films made in the 1960s.

    Your little bookworms will love the Lobby Full of Books Market. Held on May 12, this event celebrates all things related to the world of books. There will be lot of hands-on activities for you and your little ones to try out, including brush calligraphy, bookbinding, typesetting and printing. You can also look forward to music, drama and storytelling performances.

    Get creative with your little ones at the Let’s Make Small Art Market on May 19. Look forward to stalls selling handicrafts, small paintings, art materials and products. You can also sign up for craft workshops with your kids and make your own prints, leatherwork, calligraphy and fashion accessories.

    Subarashii @ NAFA Market is a must-go with your little fashionistas. This is a chance for your little ones to strut their stuff along the Bencoolen Street and Bugis area. Partnering with the Harajuku Fashion Walkers, this event will be held on May 26.

    You can check out more details about the festival’s programmes on NAFA’s website.

    When: Now until June 3
    Where: 80 Bencoolen Street
    Admission: Free; additional charges may apply for some activities
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  • Malay Heritage Centre
    20 / 26 Malay Heritage Centre

    Let your kids learn about the history of the Bugis – a sub-ethnic group of the Malays in Singapore when you take them to the Malay Heritage Centre’s latest exhibition, Sirri na Pesse: Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore.

    Junior can go on Kampong Gelam Tales: A Dramatised Tour and learn more about the lives of several historical figures, or pick up an activity kit  and discover more about the stories behind the Bugis, their family heirloom and treasures.

    After touring the exhibition, don’t forget to drop by the Bugis-ship themed installation by Playeum and hang your thoughts on the “ship”.

    When: Now until June 24
    Malay Heritage Centre
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  • The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030
    21 / 26 The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030

    Ever wondered what’s the history behind your favourite playground?

    For the first time ever, the National Museum of Singapore and the Housing & Development Board are collaborating to present The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030, an all-encompassing exhibition about the development of Singapore’s playgrounds in the past, present and future.

    The feedback from this exhibition will guide the conceptualisation of the National Museum’s first-ever permanent playground in 2019.

    When: Now until September 30, from 10am to 7pm
    Where: Stamford Gallery
    Admission: Free
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  • Gateway Kids Club
    22 / 26 Gateway Kids Club

    Gateway Theatre has launched the Gateway Kids Club, a dedicated and comprehensive weekly arts programme. Every Saturday, children aged 3 to 8 years old will enjoy a variety of themed arts-centric activities.

    The programme features engaging storytelling sessions by top theatre performers, arts and crafts activities, talks and workshops by parenting experts and more.

    These aim to help your little ones develop a large array of skills from their exposure to the Arts, such as language appreciation, empathy and critical-thinking.

    Where: Gateway Theatre’s Creative Arts Space
    When: Every Saturday, from 9am to 1pm
    Admission: Free; additional charges may apply for some activities
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  • Ash & Elm’s Sunday Champagne Brunch
    23 / 26 Ash & Elm’s Sunday Champagne Brunch

    Can you eat clean at a buffet? Ash & Elm’s new Sunday Champagne Brunch comes close. Besides the usual buffet line-up, you get to choose from nine petit plates prepared a la minute.

    They incorporate seasonal produce, from Belgian endives to rhubarb to sweet French beans, and the dishes are a refreshing break from heavy Western cuisine. It’s available every Sunday from noon to 3pm and there is a kid-friendly section, too.

    Adults pay $138 (with unlimited Taittinger Brut Champagne, house wines, Bloody Mary cocktails, soft drinks, juices and coffee or tea) or $98 without the champagne and house wines. Kids pay $48.

    Where: Ash & Elm, Intercontinental Singapore
    When: Every Sunday, 12pm to 3pm
    Price: $98 and $138 per adult; $48 per child (prices are before service charge and taxes)
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  • Phobia²: The Science of Fear!
    24 / 26 Phobia²: The Science of Fear!

    Teach your little ones to face their fears with Science Centre’s latest exhibition, Phobia²: The Science of Fear!.

    Fear comes in all forms and understanding your fears is the first step towards overcoming them. Phobia² promises to inspire and empower visitors over the fears that hold them back, including the fear of insects, being buried alive, public speaking, sitting for exams and the fear of missing out (FOMO).

    The Science Centre will also be kick starting its After Hours series with Singapore’s first-ever Phobia Party at the Ecogarden on April 13 and 14, 2018, from 6.30pm to 11.30pm.

    Where: Hall B, Science Centre Singapore
    When: Daily, from 10am to 6pm
    Admission: Usual charges to Science Centre apply
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  • Elmo’s TV Time
    25 / 26 Elmo’s TV Time

    How would “forever four-year-old” Abbie Cadabby interpret Ed Sheeran’s famous song, Shape of You? To hilarious effect that will entertain both kids and adults!

    The act is part of a brand new show titled Elmo’s TV Time at the Pantages Hollywood Theater in Universal Studios Singapore. Sit in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy almost 20 minutes of song and dance by the endearing Sesame Street characters as they pit themselves against one another in a talent competition.

    The original production is available year-round and is free, but usual admission fees to the theme park apply. Refer to the daily schedule for showtimes.

    Where: Universal Studios Singapore
    When: Daily
    Admission: Included in USS admission
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  • Madame Tussauds Singapore
    26 / 26 Madame Tussauds Singapore

    Madame Tussauds Singapore now boasts a Marvel-ous addition.

    Besides taking wefies with the dignitaries and celebrities – their wax figures, that is – you and your kids can also meet Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America in the new Marvel section.

    End your visit with a 10-minute animated film in the Marvel 4D cinema.

    It’s said to be Asia’s first and features elements such as seat vibration, water sprays and wind as you watch the superheroes battle the villains.

    You’ll get a glimpse of Gardens By The Bay and the Singapore Flyer in the show, too.

    When: Daily, from 10am till closing
    Where: Madam Tussauds Singapore, 40 Imbiah Road, Sentosa
    Admission: There’s no extra charge for this new experience. Tickets start from $18 per kid (ages three to 12) and $28 per adult when purchased online.
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