Kid-friendly things to do in Singapore: January 2018

By Lynn Wee   — December 29, 2017
  • Maritime Experiential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa
    1 / 24 Maritime Experiential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa

    After undergoing nine months of extensive overhaul, Maritime Experiential
    Museum at Resorts World Sentosa has finally reopen its doors.
    From its five brand new galleries to interactive activities, kids will have a great time exploring the maritime coin history, Singapore’s maritime legacy and more.
    Don’t forget to check out the 4D multi-sensory experience at the Typhoon Theatre, which promises to take the little ones onboard a vessel that soon encounters a terrifying storm. Do note that things will get loud and wet here. This experience costs $3 per person.

    When: From Dec 29, 2017 onwards
    Where: Resorts World Sentosa
    Admission: $12 per adult, $8 per child from age four to 12, $5 per senior citizen
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    Read our full review here: maritime-experiential-museum/

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  • AMK Hub
    2 / 24 AMK Hub

    Drop by AMK Hub from now to Jan 1, and let your entire family bask in the festive atmosphere.
    Kids will have lots of fun at the Jolly Jamboree Carnival, where they will get to see cute decorations such as the life-sized balancing elephant and an interactive candy cane cluster. There will also be theme-park rides such as the Viking ship, Balloon Wheel and Carousel. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Snow and Bubbles Wonderland show and let your little ones experience a white Christmas, or keep a look out for Santa and his sidekicks as they make a trip around the mall.

    When: Activities will take place on various dates from now to Jan 1, 2018
    Where: AMK Hub
    Admission: A carnival entry pass costs $20
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  • Orchard Road Endless Wonder
    3 / 24 Orchard Road Endless Wonder

    Take your kids to Orchard Road during the annual Christmas light-up and bask in the holiday spirit – before it’s over.
    In addition to the dazzling lights and yuletide decorations that line the streets, there will also be a Main Arch which stands at 12m tall – the highest in the history of Christmas street lights here.
    You wouldn’t want to miss the Endless Wonder Christmas village, either. Besides various attractions such as the duplex carousel and pop-up stores, it will also host the Christmas Eve countdown concert on Dec 24, which will feature a line-up of local bands performing the season’s classics followed by a pyrotechnics show at midnight.

    When: Now until Jan 1, 2018
    Where: Orchard Road
    Admission: Free
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  • ION Orchard
    4 / 24 ION Orchard

    Hop on the ION Orchard Express steam train – which boasts English carriage seats, smoke from the train’s chimney alongside whimsical sound effects – this holiday season, and go on a journey to explore the various cities and continents.
    The immersive experience features forests, valleys, snow-capped, and is created in collaboration with Dick Lee and his creative team.
    Parents will also want to whip out your camera and snap an Insta-worthy shot of your little one at ION2 (the train station), which will be decked out in Christmas trees, hot air balloons, glittery presents and decorative lights.
    The interactive train installation is on level 4 of the shopping mall, and will be there until Jan 1, 2018.

    When: Now until Jan 1, 2018
    Where: ION Orchard
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  • Merry Fishmas
    5 / 24 Merry Fishmas

    Christmas isn’t over yet! Take the kids to the SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa and celebrate the festive season with the sea creatures.
    A wide range of activities such as the Crazy Elves Underwater show, Mrs Claus’ Kitchen and animal feeding sessions await your little ones.
    Children will also get to learn about the importance of recycling at the Meet Scrooge at the Recycling Workshop, and plastic pollution at the various conservation booths.
    While you’re there, don’t forget to get up close and personal with the aquarium’s ambassadors – Mai the Manta Ray and Sam the Hammerhead shark.

    When: Now to Jan 1, 2018
    Where: SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
    Admission: Prices start from $18 per child and $30 per adult
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  • Gardens by the Bay
    6 / 24 Gardens by the Bay

    Fancy a wintry Christmas even in January? At Gardens by the Bay, you can experience that without leaving the country.
    Its Flower Dome has been transformed into a festive wonderland, with an oversized lavvu – a tent-like dwelling used by the people from Sapmi – taking centre stage, along with Santa’s reading cabin, post office, toy workshop and a candy store sitting amid a floral display. Outside, you’ll also find Christmas trees and other festive blooms, such as poinsettias and amaryllis. Go after dusk for its mesmerising light display; if you’re lucky, you might even meet Santa Claus himself.

    When: Now until Jan 8, 2018
    Where: Gardens by the Bay
    Admission: Tickets start from $8 per child (ages three to 12 years old), and $12 per adult.
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  • Baby Space
    7 / 24 Baby Space

    If your little one is within the age of a newborn to 12 months old, then take her down to Baby Space from Jan 12 to 18.
    Created by Dalija Acin Thelander, Baby Space is an installation that offers tots a sensorial saturated experience with its various artistic performances such as contemporary dance, music and visual arts.
    The environment is also filled with stimuli that claims to help trigger the curiosity of your young ones, while encouraging interaction and exploration at the same time.
    Each show lasts for 35 minutes (with the option to stay within the installation for an additional 15 minutes), and can accommodate only 12 babies and their accompanying carers.

    When: Jan 12 to 18, 2018
    The Artground
    Admission: Tickets are priced at $24 per baby-carer pair
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  • SG Cares carnival
    8 / 24 SG Cares carnival

    Inculcate a do-good habit in your little ones at the SG Cares Carnival, which will take place on Jan 13.
    Graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the event will feature various activities such as craft-making workshops, games and demo sessions – to encourage and inspire the community to contribute to society.
    Other highlights include a Dialogue in the Dark experiential learning opportunity, inclusive sports like archery, badminton, boccia and table tennis, and the Singapore Fashion Runway: Fashion for a Social Cause show, which features celebrities and aspiring models with various intellectual abilities and cancer survivors.
    There will also be a meet and greet session with care and share mascots – Singa, Nila and Sharity.

    When: Jan 13, 2018, from 12pm to 8pm
    Where: Our Tampines Hub
    Admission: Free

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  • Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s Family Funday
    9 / 24 Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s Family Funday

    Kick start the new year with your little ones at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
    Take this opportunity to teach your little ones about Singapore’s unique Chinese culture through drama, music, dance and games, and bond with them over a myriad of activities such as theatrical and music workshops.
    Parents can also pick up some ukulele skills with your tykes and play along to Mandarin pop and Xinyao songs from the 80s, together.

    When: Every Sunday from Jan 14, 2018
    Where: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
    Admission: Prices start from $200 per module for the Ukulele class
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  • EarthFest 2018
    10 / 24 EarthFest 2018

    Take advantage of EarthFest 2018, and inspire your little ones to live a fun-filled lifestyle in a sustainable way.
    Besides the Farmer’s Market and food festival which will feature over 70 local businesses, families can also discover various sustainable versions of common products and food that will help support the local economy.
    Parents can groove along to music by artists such as Christiane Mikaela, while the little ones participate in the various carnival games.

    When: Jan 14, 2018, from 11am to 4.30pm
    Marina Barrage
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  • Is Anyone Home exhibition
    11 / 24 Is Anyone Home exhibition

    If your little one has a keen interest in the arts, take him to ‘Is Anyone Home?’, an exhibition by the inclusive arts movement Superhero Me.
    Kids will get a better understanding of how people with different abilities can grow and learn together by exploring the worlds of six children through mixed media works.
    There will also be features blocks in various shapes modelled after Froebel Blocks – the world’s first educational toys that claims to let children discover interconnectedness through form and movement – and inclusive weekend art workshops, which promise to inspire curiosity and courage.

    When: Jan 17 to 31, 2018
    Where: Stamford Gallery, National Museum of Singapore
    Admission: Free to the exhibition, workshops are ticketed
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    (Photo: Jean Loo & Superhero Me)

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  • Mount Alvernia's Winning @ Weaning workshop
    12 / 24 Mount Alvernia's Winning @ Weaning workshop

    How do you start weaning your baby the right way?
    Find out at Mount Alvernia’s Winning @ Weaning workshop. Besides expert tips on introducing solids, you’ll see a demonstration of various food textures and get hands-on practice on making baby food.
    The $38 fee per couple includes a book on home cooked meals for infants as well as a weaning starter pack.
    Light refreshments will be provided.

    When: Jan 19, 2018
    Where: Mount Alvernia Hospital
    Admission: $38
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  • Sentosa’s Fun-tastic Fortune
    13 / 24 Sentosa’s Fun-tastic Fortune

    Fans of Charlie Brown’s pet beagle will be excited to know that Snoopy will be visiting Singapore from Jan 19 to March 4 this year.
    Walk down the Sentosa Boardwalk though to Beach Plaza and you’ll be greeted by photo-worthy installations of the star at various locations.
    Taking centrestage are two giant Snoopy sculptures – which measure 4m and 3m in height – and you can find them at the Sentosa Boardwalk and Merlion Plaza respectively. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the meet and greet sessions, as well.
    While you’re there, don’t forget to participate in the various festive activities such as penning your hopes at the Wishing Trees and trying your hand at composing a Chinese New Year rhythm.

    When: Jan 19 to March 4, 2018
    Sentosa Boardwalk, Beach Plaza and Merlion Plaza Bridge
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  • Flying Through Time
    14 / 24 Flying Through Time
    Tiger, a noble warrior has traversed time and space from ancient Korea to modern Singapore in pursuit of Dark X – a villain who has killed his lover, Melly.
    But during the time warp, he lands himself at the MerTiger Academy where he meets the school’s cheerleading team and falls in love with one of the girls. What will happen to this time-travel love story? And will Tiger succeed in stopping Dark X from wrecking more havoc in modern day?
    Expect lots of nail-biting stunts, humour, and a dose of local flavour in this production, which features celebs like Joshua Tan and Melody Low. Recommended for kids aged four and up.

    When: Now until Jan 21, 2018
    Where: Resorts World Theatre
    Admission: Prices start form $38. Tickets are on sale at or the Resorts World Theatre Box Office
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  • Light to Night Festival
    15 / 24 Light to Night Festival

    At the Light to Night festival, your kids will be dazzled by the wide array of colours that will transform iconic cultural institutions and parks into a creative canvas.
    Spanning across seven programme zones in the Singapore Civic District, it claims to be the largest precinct-wide visual, literary and performing arts festival in Singapore.
    The young and young at heart will have lots of fun at the various commissioned works and activities such as the interactive light projections, immersive colourscapes and illusionary play with mirrors.
    There will also be participatory indoor works and performances.

    When: Jan 19 to 28, 2018
    Where: Singapore’s Civic District and Marina Bay
    Admission: Free
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  • Upcycling workshops
    16 / 24 Upcycling workshops

    Introduce a zero-waste lifestyle to your little ones when you take them to these upcycling workshops, which are organised by students from the Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information.
    From an upcycled zipper pouches workshop to the eco-enzyme class, tweens (aged seven to nine) along with their parents will not only learn about upcycling, but they can also try their hand at turning old and unwanted products into something useful.

    When: Various dates from Jan 27 to Feb 10, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
    Where: Cairnhill Community Centre
    Admission: Free
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  • Minions pop-up cafe
    17 / 24 Minions pop-up cafe

    Bello! Catch the first Minions pop-up cafe outside Japan before its last day on Jan 31.
    All 14 menu items are inspired by the beloved Despicable Me characters, and the S’more & Minion’s Ice Cream ($16.90) is a must try – we loved the yummy toasted marshmallows, with a generous scoop of mango ice cream in the middle and digestive biscuits on the side.
    Grab exclusive Minions merchandise on your way out.

    Where: #03-23 to #03-25 Orchard Central
    When: Until Jan 31, 2018
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    Read our full review here:

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  • Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing and Accessories
    18 / 24 Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing and Accessories

    Teach your kids to be grateful for the little things in life at the Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing and Accessories exhibition.
    Featuring close to 100 clothing and accessories from the late Qing to early Republican period, kids will learn how these adornments were bearers of hope and blessings for the young wearers back in the ancient Chinese culture. Some even believed it protected them from misfortune and disaster.

    When: Till March 4, 2018
    Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Admission: Free for Singaporeans and permanent residents
    Find out more: Visit or call 6256 7377 for more information.

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  • Circus! Science Under the Big Top exhibition
    19 / 24 Circus! Science Under the Big Top exhibition

    Going to the circus is always a magical experience, but did you know that there’s a lot of science behind those breathtaking performances? Take Junior to the Circus! Science Under the Big Top exhibition and let him discover its secrets.
    Go behind the scenes and explore close to 20 circus performances – from learning the science of sword-swallowing to understanding how contortionists squeeze their bodies to fit into small spaces.

    When: Until March 18, 2018
    Where: Science Centre
    Admission: $15 per child (for ages three to 12) and $20 per adult. There’s also a family bundle at $64, which admits two adults and two kids.
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  • Witness to War: Remembering 1942 exhibition
    20 / 24 Witness to War: Remembering 1942 exhibition

    It’s a gripping exhibition about Singapore’s history – and it’s not just for adults. Witness to War: Remembering 1942 has various interactive activities, such as exploring a makeshift air- raid shelter, and a dedicated family activity space, A Child’s Perspective, to help young ones understand the complex topic of war better.
    Plan your visit to coincide with the free storytelling sessions – which take place on various dates from now to Feb 3 2018, and let the storytellers take your little ones through the exhibition with engaging war stories. Registration is required.

    When: From now till March 25, 2018
    Where: National Museum of Singapore
    Admission: Free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents
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  • Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
    21 / 24 Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

    Touted as Singapore’s “biggest carnival”, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is a must if your little ones love playing funfair games and going on rides.
    Spanning across 3.5 football fields at the Promontory and Bayfront Event Space, there’s something for everyone in the family.
    It features a myriad of fun rides such as the Gallopers carousel, Shark Coaster – a mini roller coaster for the younger ones – and the Star Flyer – a tower ride that takes you 35m high and gives a 360-degree view of the Marina Bay skyline.
    Kids will also have lots of fun at the various game booths, where they can stand a chance to win prizes such as licensed plushies from Marvel, Pixar and Dreamworks.

    Where: Promontory and Bayfront Event Space
    When: Now till April 1, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm daily, except for New Year’s Eve, when it is open from 3pm to 2am.
    Admission: Free, but there are charges for the rides and game booths which range from $4 to $14.
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    Read our full review here:

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  • Treasures of the Natural World
    22 / 24 Treasures of the Natural World

    If you’ve always wanted to visit London’s Natural History museum, you won’t want to miss the Artscience museum’s latest exhibition from the famed British institution – Treasures of the Natural World.
    It boasts over 200 artefacts and specimens, and families can expect a voyage of discovery from the 18th century, through to the present day.
    There are also various interactive elements incorporated in all five themed galleries, such as the multi-sensory cabinet, and craft activities, where kids can have lots of fun while discovering objects of the natural world.

    When: Now until Apr 29, 2018
    Where: Artscience Museum
    Admission: Tickets start from $9.60 (for kids age two to 12 years old) and $13.60 per adult
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    Read our full review here: know-treasures-natural-world-artscience-museum/


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  • Malay Heritage Centre
    23 / 24 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 from 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: Till June 24, 2018
    Where: Malay Heritage Centre
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  • SmartKids Asia’s Heartland tour
    24 / 24 SmartKids Asia’s Heartland tour

    Asia’s largest educational kids’ fair will return for its sixth year in March, but before the main event, it will organise heartland tours to various Safra locations.
    The tour will commence on Jan 28 at Safra Jurong, and will introduce its popular theatrical segment, Storyland to kids and parents.
    There will also be a colouring contest where children aged four to nine can stand a chance to win prizes worth up to $500.
    All participants will be entitled to a SmartKids Asia goodie bag, too.

    When: Jan 28, 2018
    Where: Safra Jurong
    Admisison: Free
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