9 kid-friendly things to do this weekend (Aug 12-13, 2017)

By Kim Chan   — August 10, 2017
  • Light Field exhibition
    1 / 9 Light Field exhibition

    Remember the popular Bejeweled mobile game? Now you can step into a life-sized version of it, complete with giant glossy “gems” dangling from the ceiling.

    This Bejeweled installation is one of five Insta-worthy art installations on display at the Science Centre. Conceptualised to show people that nothing beats physical touch – not even virtual games –  you’re encouraged to interact with the installations however you want.

    When: Now till Aug 13, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 6pm
    Where: Hall B, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road
    Admission: Free for Singaporeans and permanent residents on weekdays, $6 (adults) and $4 (children and senior citizens) on weekends and public holidays; $12 (adults and senior citizens), $8 (children) for foreigners
    Visit: www.visualsg.com 

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

    Related: Review: Professor Crackitt’s laboratory mirror maze at Science Centre

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  • Meet-the-author sessions
    2 / 9 Meet-the-author sessions

    Want to get your little one more interested in reading? Head down to Kinokuniya Singapore’s main store and let them meet the people behind the stories they love. Catch Si-Hoe S.S. and Sim Ee Waun, the authors of The House on Palmer Road (pictured),  as they bring this playful children’s book to life with a fun-filled reading and book-signing session.

    Mother-and-daughter writing duo Eliza Teoh and Gabby Tye will also be there promoting their respective new publications – children’s book Ellie Belly: Not A Penguin and young adult book Ever.

    Kinokuniya’s Jurong store is also holding an interactive storytelling and craft session based on bestselling children’s author David Walliams’ book – The First Hippo on the Moon. The first 20 participants will receive a free goodie bag.

    When: Aug 12, 2017
    Time: Si-Hoe S.S. and Sim Ee Waun: 2pm; Eliza Teoh and Gabby Tye: 3.30pm; Jurong store activity session: 3.30pm
    Where: Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store (Ngee Ann City level 4); Kinokuniya Jurong Store (Jem)
    Admission: Free
    Visit: www.kinokuniya.com.sg 

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  • Civic District Outdoor Festival: When Time Stood Still
    3 / 9 Civic District Outdoor Festival: When Time Stood Still

    Stop by the Padang for an evening picnic among the beautiful giant creatures that are part of Intrude, an art exhibition by Australian artist Amanda Parer. You can pack a takeaway meal from Hemera’s Feast, which features food from outlets such as Ninja Cut, Courtyard Cafe and Coco Loco. Your little ones can get henna tattoos or have their faces painted, too.

    Visit Aether’s Art Market for art workshops like Jelly Bean Attic, where you can learn to decorate a tote bag, or the Hand Knit Bracelet workshop, suitable for adults and kids aged six and up.

    While you’re there, watch the full story of Hemera and her brother, Aether, as it is projected onto the facade of National Gallery Singapore, or watch it in parts as you travel with the projection trail, starting at the Asian Civilisations Museum, moving to the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, and finally on to The Arts House.

    When: Aug 11 – 12, 2017
    Time: 5pm – 11pm
    Where: Picnic and activities: Padang; Multimedia Projection: various locations
    Admission: Free (workshops are chargeable past 7.30pm)
    Visit: www.nationalgallery.sg/civic-district-outdoor-festival/2017

    Related: 5 family-friendly Sunday brunches you must try

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  • Cordlife at Baby Land Fair
    4 / 9 Cordlife at Baby Land Fair

    Are you pregnant and interested in finding out more about storing your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells? Visit the Baby Land Fair this weekend and talk to the experts from Cordlife, which has 16 years of laboratory management experience.

    Skip the queue by securing your preferred day and time for a non-obligatory consultation and enjoy a free treat. This offer is while stocks last per unique couple. Terms and conditions apply.

    When: Aug 11 – 13, 2017
    Time: 11am – 9pm (Fri and Sat); 11am – 8pm (Sun)
    Where: Singapore Expo, Hall 5B, booth C01
    Admission: Free
    Visit: www.babyland.com.sg 

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  • Commemorating NS50 through Arts
    5 / 9 Commemorating NS50 through Arts

    Dads, take the chance to share what life during your National Service days was like through this exhibition of 60 art works, titled From my Generation to Yours.

    When: Now till Aug 13, 2017
    Time: 10am – 10pm (closes at 9pm on Aug 13)
    Where: Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Level 3 linkway)
    Admission: Free
    Visit: www.suntecsingapore.com/whats-on/2017/8/13/commemorating-ns50-through-arts

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  • Piece of Peace
    6 / 9 Piece of Peace

    Check out this fun exhibition which featuring Lego replicas of Unesco World Heritage sites, as well as some of Singapore’s very own iconic locations, such as Botanic Gardens. Stop by the Brick by Brick SG art installation and use the bricks provided to create a Singapore landmark. The most creative models of the day will be kept and added to the installation.

    While there, also check out the play zone where your child can help to decorate Lego cupcakes and role-play as police officer. Funds raised for the Singapore leg of the exhibition will aid the beneficiaries of the Singapore Children’s Society. Read our review here.

    When: Now till Sept 3, 2017
    Where: Fort Canning Arts Centre
    Admission: $17 (weekday) and $19 (weekend) for those above 17 years old; $13 (weekday) and $15 (weekend) for ages four to 16, as well as 60 and above.

    Related: Piece of Peace exhibition in Singapore: What you should know about the Lego installations

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  • Play as one Nation @ KidZania
    7 / 9 Play as one Nation @ KidZania

    Catch the City Parade at the City Clock establishment where your little one can dance along to familiar National Day songs or just enjoy the specially choreographed National Day dance. While exploring the kid-sized city, be sure to keep a lookout for the fun facts about Singapore, placed all around, then take part in the Facebook contest and stand a chance to win some cool prizes.

    #supportlocal by bringing them over to establishments run by home-grown brands, such as Accident & Emergency, Peranakan Museum, SoupKitchen and more. Every local establishment they work at earns them an extra two kidZos. Don’t forget to get your little ones to leave a wish for Singapore on the Pledge Wall at the Main Square before getting a temporary National Day tattoo.

    When: Now till 13, 2017
    Time: 10am – 6pm (city parade at 2.45pm daily)
    Where: KidZania Singapore
    Price: Activities are free but general admission applies. (families get 52% off the second kid ticket purchased from now till Aug 31, 2017)
    Visit: www.kidzania.com.sg

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  • Insight A Monumental 3D Journey
    8 / 9 Insight A Monumental 3D Journey

    This exhibition by the National Heritage Board is sure to fascinate your kid. Explore some of Singapore’s most well known National Monuments, including the Central Fire Station and the Former City Hall, through 3D photographs taken by Italian photographer Alberto Fanelli.

    Put on the 3D glasses attached to the exhibits and see these buildings come to life. The photos also include interiors of buildings like Maghain Aboth Synagogue, which rarely opens to the public.

    When: Now till Aug 13, 2017
    Time: 10am – 9pm
    Where: One Raffles Place
    Admission: Free
    Visit: www.onerafflesplace.com.sg/shopping/Home/Index

    Related: 7 reasons to visit The Artground children’s arts centre

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  • Open Homes 
    9 / 9 Open Homes 

    Over 30 homes will transform into “living room theatres” as part of this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts. From tales of the Bhori Tribe in Bedok, to understanding life on an airbase in the US in East Coast, every family’s story is different. Titled Open Homes, this art event spans three weekends from Aug 5. Note that some houses have pets.

    When: Aug 12-13 & 19-20, 2017
    Time: Various timings (each session lasts 30min)
    Price: $15; pre-registration is required as spaces are limited
    Where: Various locations
    Visit: www.tinyurl.com/OpenHomesSG

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