Where to go with kids in Singapore: January 2020

January 08, 2020
  • Auspicious Dragon Trail at Universal Studios Singapore – until Feb 9
    1 / 27 Auspicious Dragon Trail at Universal Studios Singapore – until Feb 9

    Follow the mystical dragon as it makes its way around the entire theme park and guests are invited to join in. We ran after the troupe and had lots of fun on the 20-minute trail, where popular characters donning festive outfits made special appearances at eight stops. Watch our video here.

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  • Abundance in the Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium – until Feb 9
    2 / 27 Abundance in the Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium – until Feb 9

    Time your visit to catch the underwater dragon dance. This visually-stunning show takes place at the Open Ocean Habitat at 3.15pm daily. Here, you can catch divers in festive costumes perform dragon dance underwater, with thousands of marine creatures swimming around them. Watch our video here.

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  • Huat Huat Land – Jan 1 to Feb 1 (free)
    3 / 27 Huat Huat Land – Jan 1 to Feb 1 (free)

    Usher in even more prosperity by visiting Huat Huat Land, an installation with 3m-tall golden pineapples amongst huge, colourful mahjong tiles and piles of gold! Located at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), the installation casts a spotlight on our local award-winning illustrator Lee Xin Li in collaboration with local creative technology studio MeshMinds.

    What’s more, you’ll also get the chance to redeem Asia’s first interactive Augmented Reality (AR) red packets when you post a photo of yourself at Huat Huat Land on Facebook, Instagram or WeChat and tag #HuatHuatLand. Red packets are limited edition only, so be quick if you want to get your hands on them. Click here for details.

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  • River Hongbao – Jan 23 to Feb 1 (free)
    4 / 27 River Hongbao – Jan 23 to Feb 1 (free)

    Ever wished Singapore had one of those cultural festivals you see in Japan? Our biggest CNY carnival, River Hongbao, might be your closest bet, with carnival games, street food and fireworks all in one place. Soak yourself in the festive buzz as you weave through lantern sculptures depicting Chinese myths and legends, and make sure to catch a performance by one of the international and local troupes before you go home. Held annually since 1987, at The Float @ Marina Bay, this is one extravaganza you don’t want to miss. Click here for details.

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  • Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience – until Mar 22
    5 / 27 Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience – until Mar 22

    Where to go with your kids? How about a trip to the Science Centre, which will be opened over the Chinese New Year? Among its various exhibitions here is Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience, which is making its debut in Singapore. Here, you and your kids can walk on swinging bridges as you explore the rainforest,  and “plunge” into the blue ocean and watch a short documentary on a dome projection screen. At the arctic zone, you can also learn more about polar bears and its habitat. This interactive exhibition is fun and educational for the entire family. Don’t wait too long to visit as it will travel to different countries after this Singapore stop. Tickets are priced at $23 for adults, $18 for children and $66 for families. Find out more here.

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  • Light to Night Festival 2020 – Jan 10 to 19 (mostly free)
    6 / 27 Light to Night Festival 2020 – Jan 10 to 19 (mostly free)

    The Civic District comes to life after sundown with a host of activities, including dazzling interactive artworks, literary and music performances. Go back in time and discover the history of the area through the installations, which are all designed to the theme ‘Invisible Cities’.

    This year’s festival is the fourth edition that takes place during Singapore Art Week, which lasts from Jan 11-19. The full lineup of events takes place across five of the Civic District’s most iconic cultural institutions: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, The Arts Housel, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, National Gallery Singapore, and Asian Civilisations Museum. Click here for details.


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  • New observation deck at Gardens by the Bay
    7 / 27 New observation deck at Gardens by the Bay

    Feel on top of the world, literally, this new year at this new observation deck at Gardens by the Bay, which gives unobstructed views of the Marina Bay area. The 50m-high observatory on top of the tallest of 18 supertrees has two storeys – a lower air-conditioned deck and an upper open-air circular rooftop.

    The entrance fee for the observatory costs between $6 and $14, with foreigners having to pay slightly more. Prices also depend on age and will be cheaper for those with membership at the gardens. Tickets can be bought on-site or online from www.gardensbythebay.com.sg. Read more about this new attraction here.

    (Photo: The Straits Times)

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  • We Bare Bears x Kumoya Cafe – Jan 4 to Apr 12
    8 / 27 We Bare Bears x Kumoya Cafe – Jan 4 to Apr 12

    Kumoya Cafe changes its theme every three months or so, and this time, it’s transformed into a We Bare Bears fan’s dream. Treat the family to a menu inspired by the popular Cartoon Network show and curated by the Kumoya kitchen team and food artist Shirley Wong. Find out more here.


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  • Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts – Jan 31 to Feb 9 (some activities free)
    9 / 27 Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts – Jan 31 to Feb 9 (some activities free)

    At the Esplanade’s 18th edition ofHuayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, pick from a whole range of entertaining and enriching activities in celebration of the Lunar New Year for both young and old. This year’s festival presents a slew of music programmes by renowned artists like David Tao and Cheryl Lee amongst other workshops, dance and theatre programmes. There are even parent-child workshops and storytelling sessions to keep young ones entertained. Tickets required for selected programmes. Click here for more information.

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  • Lego Chinese New Year fair – Jan 3 to Feb 9
    10 / 27 Lego Chinese New Year fair – Jan 3 to Feb 9

    What a fun way to introduce Chinese New Year traditions and cultures to your little ones! This Year of the Rat, you’ll want to take your little ones here to check out the giant life-sized Lego Mouse, wish upon a Lego wishing tree (and go into the draw to win your Lego wish coming true!), take photos with life-sized figurines, visit a life-sized Lego Temple near the fountain, collect your special Lego red packets from the mascot and more fun activities. This is also a fabulous chance to snag its two limited edition festive editions – Lion Dance ($119.90) and Chinese New Year Temple Fair ($179.90, pictured). Find out more here.


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  • Chingay Parade – Jan 31 to Feb 1
    11 / 27 Chingay Parade – Jan 31 to Feb 1

    In 2020, the parade celebrates 60 years of community building by the People’s Association, giving even more reason to join in the fun. With the theme ‘Colours in Harmony’, the parade will be marching in with elaborate new costumes, colours and choreography to symbolise Singapore’s cultural diversity and harmony.

    Note-worthy attractions include a “Bridge of Harmony” float where Harmony Tiles drawn by 20,000 residents islandwide will be pieced together, and “Harmony in Motion”, a unique showcase that sees four different races performing in unison. Catch it at the F1 Pit Building. Tickets start from $28.50 (Singaporeans and PRs are entitled to 10 per cent discount, Passion Card Holders to 20 per cent). Click here for more information.

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  • CNY Festive Celebrations at Takashimaya D.S. – until Jan 23
    12 / 27 CNY Festive Celebrations at Takashimaya D.S. – until Jan 23

    It’s time to shop for Chinese New Year with the kids and stock up on pineapple tarts, love letters and all your favourite festive goodies – in air-conditioned comfort! Takashimaya Department Store’s annual Chinese New Year Fair returns with an impressive lineup of 67 vendors, including Singapore brands Mdm Ling and Baker’s Well, as well as Hong Kong’s Kee Wah and Japan’s Ichiran. Find out more here.

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  • Istana open house – Jan 26 (free)
    13 / 27 Istana open house – Jan 26 (free)

    Even though this technically isn’t a Chinese New Year activity, those who aren’t visiting on the second day of CNY can consider heading down for some fun family time. Explore the Istana’s main building in a guided tour to take a peep at function rooms and state gifts to Singapore’s President and Prime Minister — or simply admire the abundant nature that grows around the residence. If you want, you can even get a quick crash course on the rich history and heritage of the Istana at the Istana Heritage Gallery. The open house runs from 8.30am to 6pm. Click here for more information.

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  • Spring Surprise festival at Gardens by the Bay – Jan 27 to Feb 9
    14 / 27 Spring Surprise festival at Gardens by the Bay – Jan 27 to Feb 9

    Catch a captivatingGolden Pyro Dragon Dance at the Supertree Grove from Jan 31 to Feb 2 at 9.10pm – it’s the first of its kind in Singapore. The pyrotechnic display of sparkles that resemble fireworks will be sure to take your breath away.

    The Gardens’ Spring Surprise, which runs from Jan 27 to Feb 9,  encompasses a variety of exciting activities, including acrobatic lion dance stunts, music performances, shadow puppetry, a food and crafts bazaar and even meet-and-greet sessions with the God of Fortune. Admission fees to Flower Dome apply; from $18 per adult. Click here for more information.

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  •  City Square Mall – Jan 3 to Feb 9
    15 / 27 City Square Mall – Jan 3 to Feb 9

    Get your festive #ootd shots at City Square Mall which has lined up Lion Dance performances, festive atrium fair and an outdoor carnival with rides and games by Uncle Ringo. Redeem exclusive red packets when you spend at least $88. Click here for details.

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  • The Curious Sky at The Artground – A Curious Place to be – until March 2020
    16 / 27 The Curious Sky at The Artground – A Curious Place to be – until March 2020

    This free indoor play space has a new installation that’s sure to be a hit with kids from newborns to age 12. Titled The Curious Sky, it’s a multisensory arts experience that teaches kids about science concepts like the water cycle and weather. Watch our video review here for more details.



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  • Jewel Changi Airport
    17 / 27 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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  • Disney: Magic of Animation – until Mar 29
    18 / 27 Disney: Magic of Animation – until Mar 29

    Take this as your exclusive behind-the-scene tour to Disney’s animation productions, from Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie (1928, pictured), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), The Lion King (1994), to Frozen (2013) and Zootopia (2016).

    Shown in Southeast Asia for the first time, you’ll find over 500 art pieces, including original drawings, paintings, sketches and concept art curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Among the highlights is the debut of original artworks from the highly-anticipated film, Frozen 2. Tickets are from $12 per child aged two to 12 and senior citizen; $16 per adult. Find out more here.

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  • Enjoy a kid-friendly staycation
    19 / 27 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
    20 / 27 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
    21 / 27 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
    22 / 27 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
    23 / 27 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
    24 / 27 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
    25 / 27 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
    26 / 27 Have family fun for free

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

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  • Indoor playgrounds
    27 / 27 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.

    Additional reporting by The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Her World.

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