Looking for fun activities or places in Singapore to go with your children? Here are our top recommendations for the month of August 2018.
National Day Open House at the National Museum
Come in your best red-and-white outfit and enjoy a day of fun programmes inspired by Singapore’s icons, including exhibitions about our history and culture, live music performances by local duo Jack and Rai, and a showcase of the 15 Shorts film initiative. Take part in family-friendly highlights such as a colouring competition, scavenger hunt and craft activities featuring popular national icons, and round off the celebrations with a live telecast of the National Day Parade at the Glass Atrium and The Salon!
On August 9, 10am to 8.30pm, at the National Museum. Free admission.
Find out more https://www.facebook.com/National.Museum.of.Singapore/
Mickey Go Local
Your kids will want to see these adorable Singapore-themed Mickey Mouse figurines, designed by celebrities such as Li Nanxing, Eunice Olsen, JJ Lin and Nathan Hartono, as well as professionals across different industries. President Halimah Yacob had a go too, unveiling her figurine – which dons a President’s Challenge logo.
The personalities were invited to express what it means to be a Singaporean, and the Singaporean culture, on a 60cm-tall blank figurine.
The event is to mark Mickey turning 90, while paying homage to Singapore’s rich heritage and culture.
The figurines will be on display till Aug 29 at Raffles City mall, as part of its Arts in the City campaign. Free admission.
Find out more here
World’s First Tokidoki Themed River Cruise
Cruise down the Singapore River and spot the iconic landmarks and buildings that depict Singapore’s past and present. On-board the world’s first Tokidoki themed river cruise by Water B, both the young and young-at-heart can even take selfies with favourite characters such as Adios and Ciao Ciao.
From August 2, the cruise lasts 40 minutes and tickets cost $58 per person. As part of the National Day celebrations during the month of August, you can get 10% off for all river cruises. Terms and conditions apply.
Find out more http://www.waterb.com.sg/
Mother Tongue Languages Symposium
Organised for parents and young children from preschool to lower primary levels, the annual event showcases continual efforts by schools and communities to encourage the learning of MTL. Expect a total of 32 sharing sessions and workshops, and 43 exhibitions. Besides hearing from education experts, the youngsters can also partake in Be a Neighbourhood Hero. Here, they complete interactive hands-on tasks in their MTL to assist the elderly in four settings – the Supermarket, Library, Food Centre and MRT Station – and learn about the meaningfulness and relevance of MTL in their daily lives.
On August 18, at Suntec Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre. Free admission. The first 5,000 visitors receive a goody bag each.
Find out more www.mtls.sg
Durian buffet at The Line
Durian prata, durian crab and durian sushi? If your family are true blue lovers of the king of fruits, you have to try the decadent durian buffet at The Line, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.
Besides a range of durian-inspired buffet dishes, you can also indulge in fresh D21, D24 and Hong Xia varieties at an outdoor kiosk – they’re cracked open for you on the spot.
Of course, there are loads of other non-durian dishes in the extensive buffet line for you to savour, and you can drop the kids off at the popular Buds Playground next door, too.
The durian buffet happens at dinner time daily until Aug 31 and costs from $98++ per adult, $49++ per child aged six to 11. If you just want to try the durian and local fruit buffet, it’s $58++ per adult and $28++ per child. Call 6213-4398 or visit www.fb.com/shangrilasingapore.
Yan’s National Day Dim Sum menu
Hainanese chicken rice chilli, ginger sauce and dark soya sauce with Cantonese steamed chicken sticky rice ($4)? The condiments surprisingly go so well with this traditional dim sum item.
For now, you can only order it from Yan’s National Day dim sum menu, which also features steamed laksa xiao long bao (four pieces for $5.80) deep-fried satay chicken wanton (three pieces for $6.80, chilli crab meat buns (three pieces for $9) and more of Singapore’s well-loved flavours. The special menu is available for lunch only till Aug 31.
Treat your kids to a yummy dim sum meal here, then head down to the Children’s Festival at National Gallery Singapore. They’re both in the same building.
Find out more www.yan.com.sg
Children’s Festival: Small Big Dreamers
Take your kids to National Gallery’s first Children’s Festival, which runs from now until September 9. Titled Small Big Dreamers, children and the young-at-heart can look forward to experiential art and active play.
The first edition of Children’s Festival is inspired by the works of one of Singapore’s pioneer performance artists and a Cultural Medallion recipient, Lee Wen.
Lee Wen’s installations will be accompanied by other works by international artists such as We Make Carpets from the Netherlands (pictured), teamLab from Japan and Mark Justiniani from the Philippines.
Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents.
The Little Prince: Behind The Story
Gain a new perspective to the beloved French classic and its author at this showcase of more than 250 exhibits.
Besides rare unpublished illustrations and personal items such as pilot’s gloves and a leather satchel, you can also check out up-close stamps, miniature sheets, airmail covers and postcards. Interspersed are milestones such as when international airmail services were introduced.
From now until March 17, 2019, at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Free admission for Singaporeans and permanent residents; tickets at $8 (adult) and $6 (child aged three to 12).
Find out more www.spm.org.sg
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.
The exhibition runs from now until September 30 at Stamford Gallery. Admission is free.
Find out more www.nationalmuseum.sg
Cake Club by Marina Square
If your family has a sweet tooth, head down to Marina Square’s Glasshouse for desserts galore! Its Cake Club pop-up event features a rotating lineup of SG’s best dessert creators, including @crememaisonbakery, @boufesg, @edithpatisserie and more.
Held in the mall’s Glasshouse at The Roof Garden (access it from the door near Aston’s), the colourful set-up will delight your little ones. There will also be kid-friendly dessert workshops. July 14 to Aug 25 (Saturdays and Sundays only), from noon to 8pm. Admission is free.
Find out more www.marinasquare.com.sg
Sands For Singapore Charity Festival
The festival returns for its sixth year with offerings co-created with local charities and social enterprises, and a Festival Hub where you can sample award-winning dishes made by celebrity chefs and signature restaurants together with the disabled and disadvantaged. Sign your tween up for the Play It Forward challenge too.
From August 24 to 26.
Find out more https://www.marinabaysands.com/sands-for-singapore.html
Singapore Night Festival
The kids want to stay up late? Take them to the Singapore Night Festival 2018 and watch landmarks such as the National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum and National Design Centre transformed into dazzling spectacles against the night sky. Don’t miss the array of street performances by local and international acts, either.
From August 17 to 25, 7.30pm to midnight.
Find out more www.nightfest.sg
The Rainbow Fish
Dive in and follow The Rainbow Fish as he learns the happiness that comes with sharing. Presented by Act 3 International, this stage production by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings together three classic Rainbow Fish tales. Expect black light theatre, shadow puppetry and catchy music. Best for ages three to eight.
From August 20 to 29, at Victoria Theatre.
Find out more www.act3international.com.sg
What happens in the rainforest when night falls? Follow the Creature Crew on a whimsical adventure filled with amazing visual and audio moments.
Presented by the Singapore Zoo in celebration of its 45th year, Rainforest Lumina takes you on a night walk on the wild side. With the theme of “We are one”, the experience seeks to drive home the message that humans, animals and nature are inter-connected, each with an important role to play to sustain life on earth.
Tickets at $22 (adult)and $16 (child aged 3 to 12 years). Purchase online for 10 per cent discount on Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays, and 5 per cent discount on Fridays, Saturdays, eve of public holidays, and public holidays.
Starts July 1, 7.30pm to 12mn, every night.
(Photo: Moment Factory)
Find out more rainforestlumina.wrs.com.sg
Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes
ArtScience Museum’s Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes exhibition is a must-visit for all superhero fans. It runs from now until September 30.
Using state-of-the-art technology, this cutting-edge exhibition allows you and your tots to immerse yourselves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from its introduction with Iron Man (2008) to its most recent release, the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Standard tickets are priced at $14 (children, students and senior citizens), $19 (adults) and $54 (Family package: two kids and two adults)
Tickets for Singapore residents are discounted: $12 (children, students and senior citizens), $16 (adults) and $45 (Family package)
Tickets are available at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and online.
Find out more www.marinabaysands.com/museum
The Lion King
Treat your whole family to a night of extraordinary performances by a talented and diverse cast from all over the world.
Transformed into a dazzling Broadway experience with some of the most recognisable music in the world, it’s no wonder this beloved Disney film is the world’s No. 1 musical.
Catch The Lion King at the Mastercard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands from now until Sept 23.
Ticket prices start at $65.
Find out more www.tinyurl.com/mbs-the-lion-king
Jurassic World: Explore & Roar
Experience the one-of-a-kind Jurassic World: Explore & Roar at Universal Studios Singapore.
On top of the classic adrenaline-filled rides and world-class attractions at the theme park, visitors can look forward to an all-new immersive Jurassic World adventure.
Highlights include getting up close and personal with these amazing predators at Jurassic World: Roar!, an action-packed live action show, and learning how to train a dangerous velociraptor at the interactive Raptor Training School.
Jurassic World: Explore & Roar is held at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, from now until August 22.
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.
Find out more www.rwsentosa.com
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.
You can catch this daily, from 10am till closing, at Madam Tussauds Singapore, 40 Imbiah Road, Sentosa.
There’s no extra charge for the new experience. Tickets start from $18 per kid (ages three to 12) and $28 per adult when purchased online.
Find out more www.madametussauds.com/singapore
Japan Park Singapore
Enjoy the best of 47 prefectures from the Land of the Rising Sun. If sampling all that tasty food and enriching performances is not enough, visit one of the travel booths for ideas on planning your next holiday.
From August 4 to 5, at Suntec Convention Centre. Tickets start from $15 (including $5 in credits). Kids below 12 enter free.
Find out more www.jpsg.asia
The Theatre Practice’s inaugural M1 Patch!
A Theatre Festival of Artful Play features productions your little ones will enjoy, such as Utopiazoo, where a little horse travels to a faraway valley but finds himself an outcast when he arrives (in Mandarin with English subtitles). Look out for fringe events that include storytelling, singalong sessions and outdoor screenings.
From August 1 to 31, with ticket prices ranging from $32 to $38.
Find out more www.practice.org.sg/en/M1Patch
Inclusive Sports Festival
With an aim to foster inclusiveness towards persons with disabilities, this event offers opportunities for persons of all abilities, regardless of age, gender, race or religion, to enjoy and participate in sports. It features an array of sports such as scuba-diving, sailing, archery and badminton.
From August 3 to 5, at Singapore Sports Hub.