Where to go with kids in Singapore in August 2019

August 05, 2019
  • Gardens by the Bay – until Aug 18 (Some free)
    1 / 35 Gardens by the Bay – until Aug 18 (Some free)

    Dress up the kids for the cutest #ootd at Orchid Extravaganza – ‘Our SingaPop’ Edition, where they can pose next to displays of the iconic dragon playground, a HDB flat, ice kachang and even orang utan! Visit on the weekends of Aug 2 to 4 and Aug 16 to 18 to catch free performances in Legends of Singapore at the outdoor gardens. On Aug 10 to 11, watch the free two-day Gardens by the Bay and Mediacorp National Day Concert (President Halimah Yacob is the guest of honour on Aug 10). Click here for details.

     

     

     

     

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  • Instakindness with Singa – Aug 1 to 18 (Free)
    2 / 35 Instakindness with Singa – Aug 1 to 18 (Free)

    At this interactive exhibition by the Singapore Kindness Movement, you can play in a Kindness Ball Pit, colour a mural, and win cute merchandise at Singa’s Paw Machine. Plus, take a photo at the exhibition and hastag it #BeGreaterSG on social media to redeem a DIY-coloured mini Singa figurine, if you’re the first 100 visitors to do so that day. One photo will win a Singa hamper at the end of the exhibition. Free admission. Raffles City, Level 3 (Outside PS Cafe). Click here for details.

     

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  • Hawaii Luau at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore – Aug 1 to 4
    3 / 35 Hawaii Luau at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore – Aug 1 to 4

    Now you don’t have to travel to Hawaii to experience a luau, a traditional party with feasting and entertainment. At Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, you’ll tuck into a Polynesian buffet while being entertained by award-winning Hawaiian musician Jeff Peterson and dance performances by Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina and Halau Hula `O Napunaheleonapua, as well as Lea Almanza.

    Choose between dinner at the Dutch Pavilion from Aug 1 to 3, or brunch at the Garden Terrace Room on Aug 4. Dinner costs $188++ per adult, including of two drink choices of cocktail or wine, and $88 per child aged 6 to 11. Brunch is $148++ per adult, including soft drinks and juices, and $74++ per child. Call 6213-4398 or e-mail dining.sls@shangri-la.com.

     

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  • Sands for Singapore Charity Festival – Aug 2 to 4
    4 / 35 Sands for Singapore Charity Festival – Aug 2 to 4

    Visit Marina Bay Sands for a good cause during its three-day charity event. Proceeds from these attractions will be donated to Community Chest: Artscience Museum, Sands Skypark Observation Deck, the Sampan Rides and Digital Light Canvas. Click here for details.You can also pop by the family carnival during the Heartstrings Walk on Aug 4 for games and activities.

     

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  • Cirque Du Soleil Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities – until Aug 4
    5 / 35 Cirque Du Soleil Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities – until Aug 4

    Fans of Cirque Du Soleil’s gravity-defying stunts are in for a treat as the circus is back in town to stage Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Follow inventor Kurios as he leads you into the Curio Cabinet to discover strange and unique inventions created in the 19th century. As with all Cirque’s performances, you are guaranteed a night of jaw-dropping action and entertainment. Tickets start from $89 each via Sistic.

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  • Jalan Jalan with Disney’s Mickey Mouse & Friends at the malls of Frasers Property – Aug 6 to Sept 8 (Free)
    6 / 35 Jalan Jalan with Disney’s Mickey Mouse & Friends at the malls of Frasers Property – Aug 6 to Sept 8 (Free)

    Meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse every weekend at the various malls owned by Frasers Property – Anchorpoint, Bedok Point, Causeway Point, Changi City Point, Northpoint City, The Centrepoint, Waterway Point and YewTee Point. You can also journey through the “streets” of Singapore, which have been given a Disney makeover. Hop onto a Mickey-inspired trishaw, stroll through a inspired by Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, and drift through the “clouds” in a Minnie-themed “cable car”. It’s also your chance to grab new Disney’s Mickey Go Singapore merchandise (pictured; minimum spend required). Click here for details.

     

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  • Where to watch National Day Parade fireworks – Aug 9 (Some free)
    7 / 35 Where to watch National Day Parade fireworks – Aug 9 (Some free)

    Treat the family to a feast with a view on National Day, like this gorgeous vantage point from Zafferano Singapore. Our guide has all the best places to watch the fireworks from – including free venues where you can pack a picnic. Click here for details.

     

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  • Sports Hub National Day Fiesta – Aug 9 (Free)
    8 / 35 Sports Hub National Day Fiesta – Aug 9 (Free)

    Make it a full day of SG family fun here. Work out together to a Singapore-themed cardio-fusion dance fitness session (ages 7 and up), take part in retro-style Ohana Games (ages 4 and up), and sign your budding Olympian up for the kids’ aquathlon clinic (ages 7 to 12, conditions apply). End the day with a picnic as you watch the NDP live on dual screen – a first for Sports Hub – and you’ll even be able to see the fireworks in real life. OCBC Square, 10 am to 9pm. Registration and fees required for some activities. Click here for details.

     

     

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  • National Day activities and NDP live screening at Changi Airport – Aug 9 (Free)
    9 / 35 National Day activities and NDP live screening at Changi Airport – Aug 9 (Free)

    Watch the National Day Parade in the cool comfort of ST3PS, Changi Airport’s newest community event space at Terminal 3 Basement 2. There’ll be live magic, music performances and movie screenings on Aug 9 from 4pm to 1am, and you also stand to receive funpacks. This event is free.

    While you’re at the airport, take an #ootd one of the 22 National Day-themed horticulture displays and photo spots, including this 5-metre-tall replica of the Padang at the Terminal 3 Departure Hall. The installations will be on display until Aug 31. Click here for details.

     

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  • National Day Celebrations at the National Museum – Aug 9 and 10 (Free)
    10 / 35 National Day Celebrations at the National Museum – Aug 9 and 10 (Free)

    You won’t want to miss all the fun activities here. Start by record your wishes for Singapore in the video booth, then personalise a pop-up birthday card for the nation. Sign up together with your kid or grandkid for the colouring competition (Aug 9 only), join a scavenger hunt to win a tote bag of your choice, listen to storytelling, romp around in bouncy castles inspired by retro playgrounds, and more. There’ll also be loads of local grub and a Milo Truck! Click here for details.

     

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  • National Gallery Singapore celebrates National Day 2019 – various dates (Free or discounted)
    11 / 35 National Gallery Singapore celebrates National Day 2019 – various dates (Free or discounted)

    Admission to all exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore are free from now until Aug 12 (the gallery is closed from Aug 8 to 10), and you get 50 per cent off admission from Aug 13 until the end of the month.

    It’s also bringing the arts closer to the community, with family art workshops at the Central Public Library (Aug 3) and Serangoon Public Library (Aug 4), as well as storytelling by Act 3 Theatrics at Yishun Public Library (Aug 3) and Central Public Library (Aug 4). Visit on Aug 11 to join a workshop where you can create music using everyday objects (registration required). Click here for details.

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  • Heritage Hurray! at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall – Aug 9 to 10 (Free)
    12 / 35 Heritage Hurray! at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall – Aug 9 to 10 (Free)

    Design a vinyl toy in the same of an ang ku kueh or kueh lapis, pick up sketching tips, and make an organic soap in the shape of heritage kueh. These are just some of the many activites at this two-day event. You can also shop at the community art market, enjoy storytelling sessions and more. All participants also stand to receive a National Day Fun Pack. 10 am to 5pm. Admission is free. Click here for details.

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  • AIA Family Fest 2019 – Aug 10 & 11 (free entry)
    13 / 35 AIA Family Fest 2019 – Aug 10 & 11 (free entry)

    This two-day festival marking AIA’s 100th anniversary in Asia features loads of activities. Experience a blast from the past when you play giant family games, challenge the kids at arcade games and taste retro snacks. Pick up tips from AIA Singapore Premier League teams while the kids join soccer clinics, and meet local football icons. There are also workshops, a Spartan Kids Obstacle Challenge and movie marathon under the stars. The event is held at the Promontory @ Marina Bay. Click here for details and to register for a free goodie bag (while stocks last).

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  • Let’s Get Crackin’ lobster and crab buffet at Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts – Mondays until Aug 19
    14 / 35 Let’s Get Crackin’ lobster and crab buffet at Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts – Mondays until Aug 19

    Monday isn’t traditionally a day for feasting, but you’ll want to make an exception for this smorgasborg of losters and crabs at popular buffet restaurant, Carousel. Tuck into boiled Maine lobsters and other seafood on ice; zhi char faves like salted egg black pepper and chilli crabs; lobster laksa and porridge, a lobster pasta live station and much more. Save room for the lovely desserts and ice cream, too.

    If you’re celebrating a family member’s birthday, whip out your phones at 8pm when the staff members perform catchy tunes and a birthday song! This buffet is available only on Mondays until Aug 19, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Adults pay $80++ kids aged 4 to 11 pay $46++ (prices are before 10 per cent service charge and government taxes). Book online here, call 6219-3780 or e-mail carousel@royalplaza.com.sg.

     

     

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  • Singapore Kidpreneur’s Bazaar @ The Harbour – register by Aug 9; bazaar on Aug 31 and Sept 1
    15 / 35 Singapore Kidpreneur’s Bazaar @ The Harbour – register by Aug 9; bazaar on Aug 31 and Sept 1

    Where can you go with your kids in Singapore that provides meaningful experiences for them? Are your kids budding entrepreneurs? Sign them up for this annual event organised by Mums@Work, a career portal for mums. During the two-day bazaar on Aug 31 and Sept 1, kids aged five to 16 will learn all about running a stall on their own, from business set-up and marketing, to budgeting and operations. Kids will receive a certificate, entrepreneur guide book and a badge. Stall rentals start from $185 for a day. Register by Aug 9 here.

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  • Carouselland, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Halls – Aug 16 to 18 
    16 / 35 Carouselland, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Halls – Aug 16 to 18 

    Singapore’s favourite online marketplace Carousell turns seven this year. To celebrate, it’s presenting the best of Carousell with over 300 booths selling lifestyle knick-knacks like retro games, unique crafts, clothes, and more. Booths will be organised according to theme, including style and craft, photo spots, workshops and games. This annual marketplace allows buyers, sellers and the public to interact and form communities and interest groups through a host of interactive activities open to all. You and your squad can also take photos at the Instagrammable zones or participate in a lucky draw where you can win up to $500 of exclusive Carousell merchandise. Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Halls A & B. Click here for details.

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  • Pazzion Cafe
    17 / 35 Pazzion Cafe

    Homegrown shoe brand Pazzion is loved for its mummy-daughter twinning designs. At its Jewel Changi Airport outlet, you can now grab a bite or drink after you’re done shopping, too. Its first cafe at #B1-243 is a 45-seater decked out in Instagrammable tones, serving all-day comfort food that you can easily share with your little ones. The King Prawn Linguine ($22) is hearty without being cloying, while the Cold Truffle Pasta ($18) served with scallops will have you fighting for the last strands of angel hair. Add the yummy French Toast ($17) to your order – it uses French brioche and comes with a poached pear and caramelised banana slices in a bed of fresh berries, crunchy cookie crumble and light anglaise sauce. Wash it all down with a refreshing gula Melaka smoothie. Click here for details.

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  • Singapore Night Festival 2019 – Aug 23 to 31 (many events are free)
    18 / 35 Singapore Night Festival 2019 – Aug 23 to 31 (many events are free)

    This is one event worth letting the kids stay up late for. This year’s annual Night Fest in the Brash Basah-Bugis district includes several family-friendly installations, such as Keep Dreaming by Spectaculaires (pictured), which turns the National Museum of Singapore’s façade into a whimsical wonderland. Look out for performances and workshops, too. Click here for details.

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  • The Rainbow Fish – Aug 27 to Sep 5
    19 / 35 The Rainbow Fish – Aug 27 to Sep 5

    This enchanting production by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada marries black light and puppetry to bring to life Marcus Pfister’s iconic books: The Rainbow Fish; Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. Presented by Act 3 International, it’s best for ages three to eight and will be held at Victoria Theatre. Tickets range from $22 to $48 per child or adult; packages are available. Click here for details.

     

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  • Walking With Dinosaurs – The Live Experience – from Aug 29
    20 / 35 Walking With Dinosaurs – The Live Experience – from Aug 29

    This amazing live arena show is sure to wow all dinosaur-lovers. Based on the award-winning BBC TV series of the same name, this live arena show features 18 life-sized dinos and state-of-the-art technology. Learn how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators in the 100-minute show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. No shows on Mondays. Tickets start from $78 (excluding $4 booking fee). Get a sneak peek of the show here and click here for more details.

     

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  • Aladdin the stage musical – until Sept 1
    21 / 35 Aladdin the stage musical – until Sept 1

    If the live action movie couldn’t satisfy your craving for all things Aladdin, here’s another way for you to immerse yourself in the Disney masterpiece. You can expect a lavish production with over 300 costumes, amazing special effects and a breathtaking set. Plus, the show is a musical, so you’ll find yourself singing along to soundtracks such as A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights. Get set to be transported into the magical wonderland. Tickets start from $68 each via Sistic.

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  • Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 – until Sept 13
    22 / 35 Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 – until Sept 13

    Whether you’re looking for baked, snowskin or ice cream mooncakes, you’re sure to find your favourite at this annual bazaar at Takashimaya Square. Sample mooncakes from over 60 vendors, including international hotels, Singapore confectionery producers and famed Hong Kong bakeries. Get the full list of participating brands and promotions here. Also, check out our favourite mooncakes here!

     

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  • Wonderland, Artscience Museum – until Sept 22 
    23 / 35 Wonderland, Artscience Museum – until Sept 22 

    Giant teacups, costume displays, animation, puppetry and a myriad of audiovisual and light projections — these are just some of the many exhibits that you can interact with at Artscience Museum’s collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Celebrating Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic tale, Alice In Wonderland, get ready for a colourful and mind-boggling experience as the show brings you through the various iterations of Alice in popular culture. Tickets start from $11. Find out more here.

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  • Doraemon special at Monster Curry – until Sept 30
    24 / 35 Doraemon special at Monster Curry – until Sept 30

    Who loves Doraemon, too? Take your family to Monster Curry for a hearty Japanese curry meal and get your hands on exclusive merchandise celebrating the lovable manga and anime icon. Dine-in customers can buy Doraemon themed T-shirts ($25) for kids and adults, plush toys (from $12.80), tumbler ($9.80). Oh, and there’s this eye-catching container ($11.80, pictured) which comes with Hokkaido organic potato wedges and curry mayonnaise. The Japanese curry specialty restaurant has introduced new items on the menu, as well. Kids can’t handle the curry heat? Don’t worry, you can choose from six spice levels – from level zero (non-spicy) to level five (monster hot). Click here for the details.

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  • Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder – until Dec 29
    25 / 35 Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder – until Dec 29

    With the theme, Embracing Wonder, you can be sure that the 11 artworks and displays at this year’s Gallery Children’s Biennale will be nothing short of magical during the June school holidays 2019. There’s Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace, where you cross a 16-metre bridge and peer down into what looks like an endless rock formation that glimmers and glows. In Every World, where you enter five frosted domes made of paper cut-outs to experience the magic of five different landscapes, including underwater, underground and English and tropical gardens. And in The Other Wall, you enter two traditional Burmese homes plated entirely in gold and get a rare glimpse into a typical Burmese childhood. It’ll be a lovely afternoon of discovery, creativity and exploration for both you and your little one. General admission applies. Click here for details.

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  • Jewel Changi Airport
    26 / 35 Jewel Changi Airport

    With over 280 shops and food and beverage outlets across 10 levels, Jewel Changi Airport is the hot hangout for all Singaporeans. Look out for a host of brands new to Singapore, including a Pokemon Centre Singapore, American burger joint Shake Shack,  the return of A&W. Not forgetting the awesome Canopy Park attraction. Click here for our ultimate guide to family activities, shops, dining and more.

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  • Enjoy a kid-friendly staycation
    27 / 35 Enjoy a kid-friendly staycation

    Young Parents‘ staycation video series takes you inside some of the most amazing kid-friendly staycations in Singapore, so you can book the right one for your fam. Watch the video series here.

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  • Visit an amazing HDB playground
    28 / 35 Visit an amazing HDB playground

    Watch our video series on six amazing HDB playgrounds that have been designed to reflect the heritage of the estate. They’re so much fun!

     

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  • Admiralty Park playground
    29 / 35 Admiralty Park playground

    With a whopping 26 slides to choose from, this is the ultimate free public playground in Singapore. But read our guide for safety tips, as not all the slides are suitable for very young kids. Plus, we tell you where to get grub nearby.

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  • library@harbourfront
    30 / 35 library@harbourfront

    Head to Vivocity’s third floor to visit the brand new library@harbourfront, which boasts spectacular views. It’s the largest public library here, spanning some 3,000 sq m, and there’s something for everyone in the family. The children’s section has paper crafting activities and word puzzles, and young ones can read augmented reality books as well. Find out more here and read about other kid-friendly libraries here.

    (Also read:Cheap and fun outdoor activities for every family)

     

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  • Sunday brunch
    31 / 35 Sunday brunch

    Enjoy a leisurely brunch buffet on Sunday while the kids enjoy the child-friendly facilities and activities at these family restaurants. Check out our guide to the best kid-friendly Sunday brunches for families here.

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  • Visit a farm
    32 / 35 Visit a farm

    Singapore may be an urban metropolis, but there are a surprising number of vegetable and animal farms you can visit with the kids here. Find out more in our guide here.

     

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  • Nature Playgarden at Hortpark
    33 / 35 Nature Playgarden at Hortpark

    This free outdoor playground is fabulous for preschoolers from three to six years old. Designed with natural material, it offers nine play features for kids to engage with nature in a fun, free and unconstrained way. Find out more here.

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  • Have family fun for free
    34 / 35 Have family fun for free

    Check out our guide to free fun for the family, all year long!

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  • Indoor playgrounds
    35 / 35 Indoor playgrounds

    When it’s too hot or too wet to play outdoors, your best bet is a fun indoor playground that will entertain the kids for hours. Read our guide to the best ones in Singapore here.

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