Where to go with kids in Singapore: May 2019

By Stephanie Yeo   — April 29, 2019
  • Istana Open House, The Istana — May 1
    1 / 22 Istana Open House, The Istana — May 1

    Did you know that The Istana is 150 years old this year? Take the kids to its open house from 8.30am to 6pm on Labour Day, where you can learn more about his heritage, enjoy performances and even have a picnic. Entry is free for Singaporeans and PRs, and $2 per person for everyone else. Click here for the Istana’s website.

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  • SGF Horticulture Show – now until May 5
    2 / 22 SGF Horticulture Show – now until May 5

    The Singapore Garden Festival is back, with a new addition – the SGF Horticulture Show. This nine-day event at the gorgeous new Jurong Lake Gardens features underwater garden landscapes, eye-catching dioramas that tell stories, as well as bonsai dating back to 1721. Admission is free. Stay beyond the closing time of 7pm for weekend performances at the gardens. Click here for details.

    Photo: the Straits Times 

     

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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites - now until May 12
    3 / 22 The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites - now until May 12

    Catch the works of this beloved children’s author onstage in The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada. Presented by Act 3 International, the production promises loads of educational fun for kids aged three to six. Tickets start from $18 for a child or adult, and there’s an option for a backstage tour as well. Showtimes vary. Book here.

    Related: Free things to do with kids in Singapore: Ultimate guide for parents

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  • Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar – May 3 to June 5 
    4 / 22 Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar – May 3 to June 5 

    It’s the biggest Hari Raya Bazaar, with about 500 stalls in and around the new Wisma Geylang Serai (where Malay Village used to be). The good news is that rents are lower, walkways will be bigger and there will be spaces to break fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Most stalls this year will feature more traditional Malay goodies and treats. While you’re there, enjoy the lovely Hari Raya light up along Geylang Serai as well.

    Photo: The Straits Times

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  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu – from May 9 
    5 / 22 Pokemon Detective Pikachu – from May 9 

    With Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu in this live action movie, you can expect lots of wisecracking humour –kid-friendly, of course. In a world where people and Pokemon live together, Detective Pikachu helps Tim Goodman find his missing policeman dad. Part of the fun is seeing your fave Pokemon come to “life”! Opens in cinemas May 9. Read more about the movie here.

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  • Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 – May 16 to June 2
    6 / 22 Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 – May 16 to June 2

    Don’t miss these kid-friendly events at SIFA: Watch Peter and the Wolf, which remakes Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale using puppetry and live videography (ages 5 and up; tickets from $30). Free events include We Can Dance, an interactive performance installation; De Relaxerette (pictured),  where you lie in a hammock and listen to sounds and stories from Singapore and the Netherlands (ages 6 and up); and the Festival Closing Concert on June 2 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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  • SSO’s Mother’s Day Concert – May 12 
    7 / 22 SSO’s Mother’s Day Concert – May 12 

    This popular annual concert returns to the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Mother’s Day, May 12. Admission is free, so secure your seats early before the 6pm start time. The one-hour celebration features Singaporean talents, including 11-year-old prodigy Chloe Chua, who won the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in 2018, tenor Jonathan Charles Tay and baritone Martin Ng. There will be pre-concert performances at 5.45pm by Symphony 924 Young Talents Project alumni, soprano Lauren Yeo, Alyssa Goh and the Strings Sisters. Find out more here.

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  • Saturdays@ACM: Eid’s Almost Here! – May 25
    8 / 22 Saturdays@ACM: Eid’s Almost Here! – May 25

    Hari Raya Puasa is on June 5, but you can start the celebrations early at this event from 1pm to 5pm. Listen to traditional Malay folk stories, play up, and silkscreen a tote bag with motifs from the new the Islamic Art Gallery. Programme admission is free.

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  • Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder – May 25 to Dec 29
    9 / 22 Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder – May 25 to Dec 29

    The National Gallery Singapore’s Gallery Children’s Biennale returns for a second season, with 11 interactive artworks by Singapore and Southeast Asian artists. These include Chance Operations, which allows kids to compose their own tunes by using 300 ping pong balls to hit the chords of a colourful formation of wind chimes. It’s the work of Singapore’s representative at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Ang Song-Ming. Entry is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents; foreigners pay $20. Click here for details.

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  • SLO Children’s Choir Concert: How Far I’ll Go, Victoria Concert Hall – May 25
    10 / 22 SLO Children’s Choir Concert: How Far I’ll Go, Victoria Concert Hall – May 25

    Singapore Lyric Opera’s annual Children’s Choir Concert is back. Tune in to  young choral voices as they perform tunes such as Everybody Rejoice, from the movie, The Wiz, and How Far I’ll Go, the Grammy award-winning song from Disney cartoon, Moana. Conducted by chorus mistress Rose Loh, the Children’s Choir will be joined by guest singers from St Margaret’s Secondary School and Raffles Girls Primary School. Tickets start from $20 via Sistic.

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters – from May 30
    11 / 22 Godzilla: King of the Monsters – from May 30

    In this sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, cryptozoological agency Monarch faces off against giant monsters that people once thought were myths. Watch as the iconic Godzilla battles Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. This film will whet your appetite for 2020, when the Godzilla versus King Kong movie is slated for release. Opens in cinemas May 30. Click here for the movie’s website.

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  • World's first Precious Moments and Care Bears pop-up cafe – now until June 30
    12 / 22 World's first Precious Moments and Care Bears pop-up cafe – now until June 30

    Kumoya Cafe changes its theme every 3 months or so, and this time, it’s transformed into world’s first pop-up featuring a collaboration between Precious Moments and Care Bears.Read our review here on what to expect and visit it with the kids before it closes at the end of June.

    Related: Top water parks and playgrounds for kids in Singapore

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  • Wonderland, Artscience Museum – now until Sept 22 
    13 / 22 Wonderland, Artscience Museum – now 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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  • Jewel Changi Airport
    14 / 22 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, Swiss chocolatier Laderach, and the return of A&W. Click here for our ultimate guide to family activities, shops, dining and more.

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  • Nestopia by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort
    15 / 22 Nestopia by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort

    This new outdoor playground has long slides, climbing obstacles, suspended bridges and more! Read our review here.

    Related: Best animal and vegetable farms in Singapore to visit with kids

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  • Enjoy a kid-friendly staycay 
    16 / 22 Enjoy a kid-friendly staycay 

    Young Parents‘ new 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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  • Nature Playgarden at HortPark
    17 / 22 Nature Playgarden at HortPark

    This new and 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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  • Admiralty Park playground
    18 / 22 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
    19 / 22 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.

     

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  • Visit an amazing HDB playground
    20 / 22 Visit an amazing HDB playground

    Watch our video series on six cool HDB playgrounds that have been designed to reflect the heritage of the estate, then take the kids to all of them.

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  • Visit a farm
    21 / 22 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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  • Have family fun for free
    22 / 22 Have family fun for free

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

     

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