Aug 15, 2018

The Newly Re-opened Playground at Jem Combines Dry & Wet Play into one Play Area!

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The West just got a lot cooler.

The playground Jem Shopping Mall at Jurong East Central was closed for upgrading works and good news, it has re-opened! And even better news, it looks much MORE fun than the previous version!


Inspired by honeycombs, the sheltered outdoor playground is located on Level 5 and just outside of the foodcourt.


Taking centrestage is the huge web canopy, where kids can climb to their hearts' content.




There are even mini tunnels for little ones to crawl through!


Rounding up the play activities are swinging hammocks and trampolines.



Oh, and there are the mini water fountains for water play too.


BUT THAT IS NOT THE MAIN WATER PLAY FEATURE.

Hit this button and watch the kids' faces shriek in delight.


How's this for some amazing water play???


Watch streams of water cascade down into a mini pool!


 This has got to be one of the more orginal playground designs that I have seen - a playground that combines both dry and wet play elements into one play structure.


But you do know what that means, don't you? Do bring along a change of clothes for your kids if you are planning to bring them there! You're welcome.



Useful Details

Jem Shopping Mall Playground
50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549
Level 5 (Beside the foodcourt)
FREE Admission


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Aug 10, 2018

My Joy for the past 12 Years: Happy Birthday, Ayd & here's my Letter to you

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4,380 days later and it is finally here.

The day Ayd turns 12 years old.


12 years ago, he laughed his way into this world, and nothing has been the same since then. But he is no longer a little boy. He is an official pre-teen, too old for a lot of things (like child prices for flights and buffets!) but too young for many others.

But what a ride it has been. It has been such a joy, a privilege to watch him grow, and there is a piece of me that is growing with him, but yet there is a part of my heart that aches as it happens.

I suppose it is normal. That I am torn – I want him to stay small and I cannot wait to see the young man he is fast becoming.


So on his 12th birthday, I want him to know these are the things I love about him:

Ayden,

I love how you lead with your heart. Well, this can be both good and bad - it is good because you will likely always think of others first, but it also means you expose yourself to hurt… you make yourself vulnerable. But sometimes, being vulnerable may be a good thing too.

I love that your heart is gold... and big. You are kind. You are the first to comfort Ash when he is sad, hold Ale’s hand when she is scared, ask your Mummy if she is feeling better when she is sick. Your affection and kindness is what makes you, you and do not ever let it go away.

I love how you are trying your best to be a wonderful brother to your siblings. Especially to Ale... both of you can REALLY TALK... for more than 40 minutes non-stop! I enjoy hearing both of you banter, punctuating the atmosphere with your infectious laughter.


I love that you are always striving to be the best in whatever you do. But you can be such a perfectionist at times. While I will never ever want you to change, I do want you to know that you WILL fail sometimes. Actually, I do want you to fail occasionally. Because that is part of the learning process. You can come in second or even last but that's life... to win and lose. There is no shame in failure, only in failing to TRY.

I love how you are curious all the time. You ask Mummy and me so many questions each day but honestly, it is actually Google you are indirectly asking. LOL. But don't stop because I love it. Keep asking. Keep wondering. Keep learning.

I love you understand that hard work matters. Yes, you are smart but you won’t always be the smartest in the room. Know that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I am confident you will always be one of the hardest workers. Together with your heart, your effort will take you far.


I am truly blessed to have you, Ayd, making my life more vibrant and colourful. And I am beyond grateful that you still hug me as you do and hold my hand.

You have been the joy in my life every single day since 10 August 2006.


I wish you another year of boundless happiness, of success, of growing friendships and learning experiences. Know that you will always be loved and cherished by Mummy, Ash, Ale, your grandparents and me. Never forget that you are loved for exactly who you are right now and for the young man you are becoming to be.

Ayd, you are a gift. And I am so proud to be your Dad.




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Aug 8, 2018

Why this year's National Day Parade (NDP) 2018 might just make you shed a tear (I did!)

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We caught the National Day Parade (NDP) 2018 Preview I two weekends ago and my oh my, what a refreshing change from the usual NDP that we have grown accustomed to.

In fact, I have to say that this year's NDP probably ranks as one of my all-time favourites for a number of reasons.


I could talk about the part where the audience get to participate in the Placard Challenge.


Each member of the audience has a placard with a red and white side in the Funpack, with the white side allowing them to write what they stand for along the 'We Are Singapore' theme. Then, depending on where they are seated, they will display either the red or white side during the challenge which will form the words “We ❤ SG”.


As you can tell from the 'I AM GAINING WEIGHT' message scribbled on to one of the placards above, some are pretty witty in their responses. LOL.

Or I could talk about Naval Combat Divers who will for the first time conduct a freefall water jump into the Marina Bay to demonstrate their operational prowess.



Or I could talk about the Red Lions who will debut their new, customised wingsuits at this year's NDP.


Or I could talk about the spectacular RSAF aerial flypast which is done in celebration of its 50 years anniversary.



Or I could talk about the water procession of floats which have been modelled after old-school playgrounds like the Dragon, Dove and Pelican playgrounds.


Or I could talk about the glowing light balls which are in the Funpack and together, the blinking lights combined to form a sea of rainbow-coloured lights.



Or I could talk about the same old Fireworks that lit up the Marina Bay area in the finale.


BUT I WON'T.

Because for me, this year's NDP show segment was clearly the standout performance of the lot.


After all, there can only be so many times that one can retell the Singapore Story, or incorporate Sang Nila Utama or Sir Stamford Raffles into an NDP show. And cleverly enough, it steers clear from the usual over-the-top and stretchy sing and dance numbers.

Instead, it deftly uses a show film which is woven seamlessly into the mass display performances across the different Acts of the Show.


If you are watching the NDP from home, you can miss the the pre-parade segment, the parade & ceremony segment and even the aerial flypast but whatever you do, DO NOT miss the film which tells the real-life stories of five individuals:

- Mary Klass, a pioneering Olympian who represented Singapore in 1956
- Mashruddin Saharuddin, a visually-impaired busker who regularly performs with his son
- Cai Yinzhou, the founder of Geylang Adventures and Back Alley Barbers
- Yum Sum, a samsui woman who helped built up Singapore till the 1980s
- Veera Sekaran, the founder of Greenology

This year's show's Creative Director is Boo Junfeng who is an accomplished Singaporean filmmaker in his own right and his strength in story-telling clearly shows in the film. I will not give anything more away but let's just say it is extremely heartfelt and there were more than a few dry eyes in the audience during the show segment.


Some of the performances in the Show Acts are pretty eye-catching too. I think I speak for the monkies when I say these gravity-defying 12 helium-filled balloon garlands which sway hynotisingly with the music ranked as one of our faves!



But above all, I love how this year's show had cut out all the political rah-rah and propaganda and chose to show through the stories of the 5 Singaporeans that how the perseverance and determination of our people can triumph the challenges and adversities faced.


Embodied with the Singapore spirit, every Singaporean can achieve the extraordinary. Each of us have our own success story to tell, and it is not measured by how wealthy or how high our SES is.

We can be the change we want to see, in their lives and the lives of the people around us.


Because WE ARE SINGAPORE.


And I am proud to call Singapore my HOME.


Be sure to catch the LIVE telecast of NDP 2018 on TV or Toggle on National Day, 9 August! :)



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Aug 6, 2018

30 Activities for Kids this National Day Weekend 2018

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It's Singapore's 53rd Birthday on Thursday and the lucky kids get a SUPER LONG WEEKEND of 5 days because 10th August is a school holiday!


If you are on leave too, lucky you because there plenty of activities for families happening during the 11/12 August weekend. In fact, there are also loads of FREE activities lined up on 9th August too so other than catching the NDP Fireworks at Marina Bay, there are other options to keep the kids all active and occupied. So head out and have fun!


National Day Celebrations at the National Museum
9 Aug 2018; 10am - 8.30pm
National Museum Singapore
FREE Admission


Live Telecast of National Day Parade
5.40pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 & The Salon, Level 1
View the live broadcast of the National Day Parade in the most iconic venue possible; at the National Museum of Singapore, surrounded by decades of rich history and culture. Please be seated by 5.20pm.

Bouncy Adventures 
10am to 12 noon & 2.30pm to 6pm | Front Lawn
Embark on a bouncy adventure with interactive inflatable playgrounds that are inspired by iconic mosaic playgrounds of yesteryear! You can also go on an "animal hunt" with our animal springers for more bouncy fun.


Pop-Up Adventure Playground @ NMS
10.30am to 12.30pm & 3pm to 5pm | Banyan Tree
Learn how we transform everyday objects and "junk" into a playground!

Colouring Competition for Families
10.30am to 2pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 & Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
Unleash your creativity in this colouring competition that revolves around a Singapore icon. Express tour thoughts of what makes Singapore, what your dreams for Singapore are or what makes Singapore home.

This competition is open to the first 150 pairs of parent/grandparent and child/grandchild. A colouring pack is available with a donation of $5. Limited to the first 200 participants. Registration starts at 10.30am, and the competition starts at 11am. The prize presentation ceremony will be held from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at the National Museum's Gallery Theatre, Basement Level.

3D Printing
11am to 5pm | Opposite The Salon, Level 1
Watch the process of 3D Printing with experts on-site to explain the steps into creating your own 3D model. Redeemable with a completed National Day reflection card, scavenger hunt activity sheet or feedback form.

Happy Birthday, Singapore! Pop-up Card
11am to 5pm | Under Grand Staircase, Level 1
What's your birthday wish for Singapore? Personalise a special pop-up birthday card and pen your wish for Singapore!

Scavenger Hunt
10am to 5pm | Various Galleries
Hunt through our galleries for answers on the little known aspects of Singapore. A prize awaits you as you complete this hunt. Obtain your form from the front desk. (Complete this hunt in exchange for a 3D model or a sculpted balloon of your choice!)

Balloon Sculpting
11am to 5pm | The Canyon, Basement Level
Back by popular demand, these special "National Day Balloons" takes balloon sculpting to a whole new level! Grab your own Chilli Crab, Vanda Miss Joaquim and Changi Airport! Redeemable with a completed National Day reflection card, scavenger hunt activity sheet or feedback form.

Craft Activities
Craft Kitchen Activity | 1pm to 5pm | The Canyon, Basement Level
Glass Magnet Activity |11am to 5pm | Create Room, Level 3
Wearable Headgear Activity |11am to 5pm | Open Spaces, Level 3
Postcard | 11am to 5pm | Glass Atrium | Level 2
Celebrate Singapore's identity as a foodie paradise - try your hand at creating mini pinatas of local culinary delights such as Kueh Lapis, Ice Kachang and Lopis. Bring home your own glass magnet creation, wearable headgear or postcard inspired by your favourite Singapore icon.

Storytelling Session by Esther Eio
1.30pm to 2pm | The Salon, Level 1
A special treat for the little ones, hear the story of 'Timmy and Tammy at the Dragon Playground brought to life by Esther. Come and listen to the story of Singapore's dragon playground - the guardian of friendships!

Gran Short Stories by ACE Seniors
2.30pm to 3pm & 3.30pm to 4pm | The Salon, Level 1
Did you know that the National Day parade was taken to multiple heartlands every year, between 1975 and 1983? This National Day, come listen to Grandma Georgina share her memories of past National Days, and be inspired to ask your own grandparents about their memories. Featuring engaging dramatization and interactive hands-on activities, these storytelling sessions are a wonderful introduction to Singapore's history and heritage, as told through our grandmas' first-hand experiences!

A Live Doodling Activation - Imagine the future of play
2pm to 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2
This was our play station, long before iPads and Playstations. Where every player was a neighbour, and every neighbour - a friend. Our playground has brought us together, from the very first swing to the state of the art. And it will continue to be the stomping, hopping, running ground of our children's children. Let's explore the future of play this National Day as we celebrate what unites us.
What better way to articulate the future, than to doodle? Turning a swing, slide or a see-saw into a canvas, we work with illustrators to imagine the possibilities of play. So the final artwork becomes a work of art the museum, and all Singaporeans, can own. Visitors are encouraged to imagine tomorrow's playground, and how it continues to bring us together. These scenarios will be drawn by the doodlers on to the canvas.

Sports Hub National Day Fiesta 2018 - WE ARE SINGAPORE @ THE HUB!
9 Aug 2018; 12pm - 9pm
OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub
FREE Admission


Join us at the Sports Hub National Day Fiesta as we celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday, with activities such as ‘Workout Lah!’ – an innovative cardio-fusion dance programme choreographed with a uniquely Singaporean twist, ‘Junior Super Warrior Challenge’ for pre-schoolers and families, quizzes and games on Singapore’s culture and heritage, as well as a live telecast of the National Day Parade and family picnic. For more details, visit HERE.

Celebrate National Day at Gardens by the Bay
9 Aug 2018; Various Timings
Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
FREE


Celebrate Singapore’s National Day at Gardens by the Bay on 9 August! Bond with your loved ones over fun activities for all ages at Supertree Grove.

POP UP CINEMA
Our little red dot has many stories. This selection of four films presents slices of Singapore through the years from the 1960s till recent years. Whether it's through a big dose of rowdy humour or quieter musings, these films reflect some of the many uniquely Singapore stories.

1.00pm: Bunga Sayang
2.00pm: Seniman Bujang Lapok
4.30pm: Two Sides of the Bridge
6.30pm: Money No Enough
9.00pm: In Time to Come

FITNESS & SPORTS (5pm - 7pm)
Bond with your family and friends or make new friends through ActiveSG Athletics try-outs. Throwback to some of the challenges you loved during PE with foam javelin throws, mini hurdles and more!

Celebrate National Day @ SYSNMH
9 Aug 2018; 9am - 5pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
FREE Admission


Celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday by participating in a series of fun-filled activities at the Memorial Hall! Learn more about our pioneers’ contributions, care and love for Singapore. The programme is organised in collaboration with River Valley High School and is held in the spirit of the SG Cares Movement.

Adventures of Red the Fighting Fish! 
Join Red the Fighting Fish in a series of activity stations that explore our pioneers’ contributions, care and love for Singapore. The programme is organised in collaboration with River Valley High School and the SG Cares Movement.
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Colour Your Own Betta Fish!
Explore the colourful world of Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish) at our photography exhibition, “Beauty of Betta” and have fun colouring your very own fighting fish!
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Design Your Own Tote Bag Workshop
Get your creative juices flowing as you decorate your own tote bag that expresses your love for our nation.
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Admission: Free. Register here.

Design Your Own SG Badge
Have fun designing your own SG badge with icons and symbols from Singapore and our “Beauty of Betta” photography exhibition!
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Storytelling Sessions
Join storyteller Liang Huiyu and award-winning author Pauline Loh in this series of interactive storytelling sessions to learn more about the stories of Singapore!
Time: 4:00pm – 4:45pm(English); 2:30pm – 3:15pm (Chinese)

National Day at Singapore Philatelic Museum
9 Aug 2018; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
FREE Admission


Fun Quiz
10.00am - 5.00pm
Take part in a fun quiz to win museum prizes.

Dress Up Booth
10.00am - 5.00pm
Dress up with fun costumes and accessories. (Donations apply)

Meet A Guide Dog
2.00pm - 3.00pm
Do you know that dogs are more than just pets? Meet a guide dog from Guide Dogs Singapore and learn about its job!

Bubble Galore!
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Watch CJ the Bubble Girl perform her special blend of magic and get a chance to try out the bubbles!

National Day Celebrations 2018 At Marina Barrage
9 Aug 2018; 11am - 9pm
Marina Barrage
FREE


The Local People kicks off a massive month of National Day celebrations. First up, they team up with Singapore’s National Water Agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), for an art market at the award winning Marina Barrage.

Sip on organic @chaiputea whilst chatting with illustrators with a freshly assembled luxurious leather wallet in hand by @crafune. Prefer to get your hands busy? Join Breakfast Included (@bfastinc), for a social-environmental experience where you will make your own headscarf or bag from their fabric dyeing workshop. What better way to spend the 9 August, 11am to 9pm, soaking up the views with local creatives curated from all corners of our garden city.

Tales of Grimmsneyland
9 & 10 Aug 2018
10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm
(Intimate group of 30 per time slot)
16D Lorong Ampas, GS Building S328778
$35 per pax


Tales of Grimmsneyland is the first multi-dimensional immersive & interactive theatre experience catered to young audiences in Singapore. Discover the magical world of fairy-tales with your very own Fairy guide who will lead the way through Grimmsneyland. Travel through different rooms in groups and play the role of village families in these familiar and often-told stories. Interact and play, be a part of the story alongside with the characters from the fairy tales. For more information and tickets, visit HERE.

Recycling Robots
9 - 12 Aug 2018
Thu: 2pm – 5pm | Fri – Sun: 6pm – 8pm
Esplanade Theatre Meeting Point
FREE


Let's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle by getting creative! Using the materials we have, we are going to make Super Robots! Let your imagination run wild to turn trash into treasure. Find that eco-artist in you and join us this weekend for a creativity-filled day!

Singapura Stories by Dalifah Shahril
9 - 12 Aug 2018; 1pm & 3pm
PIP's PLAYbox, Esplanade
FREE

Once upon a time, Singapore was attacked by swordfish. There were also many other stories just like this one, about the Kusu island, the Sisters’ Islands, and even Pulau Sentosa. Dalifah Shahril will be sharing these truly Singaporean myths and legends with a twist for this year’s National Day special.

Kids World Largest Parenting Fair
10 - 12 Aug 2018
Fri & Sat: 11am - 9pm | Sun: 11am - 8pm
Suntec Convention Hall
FREE Admission


Being the LARGEST parenting fair, expect many top education health & family fun brands, performances, activities and workshops cater to you and your little ones! Ignite an adventurous journey with your kids through various engaging fun activities at the LARGEST Parenting Fair! For more details, visit HERE.

Families for Life "Celebrating RSAF50" Picnic
11 Aug 2018; 8am - 4pm
Marina Barrage
FREE


Have a blast at Families for Life “Celebrating RSAF50” Picnic! Join us for a host of family activities such as Breakfast Picnic, Families for Life Mobile Café, the ever popular Families for Life Bouncy Castles and Art Jamming Activity! Children will have a chance to put on the RSAF uniforms and take a photo for keepsake at the photo booth! Last but not least, feast your eyes on the spectacular aerial display by the RSAF pilots! For more details and schedule of activities, visit HERE.

Hear the Lion Roar 奏响狮城
11 Aug 2018; 10am - 11am
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE

Celebrate National Day over a picnic with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. SCO Resident Conductor Quek Ling Kiong will lead the orchestra to perform works by Singaporean composers including Phang Kok Jun’s Symphonic Floras, Eric Watson’s Dialogue for the Solo Tabla and Chinese Orchestra and popular national day favourite Home, rearranged by SCO composer-in-residence Law Wai Lun.

Weekends in the Park: Lifestyle Market & Workshops
11 & 12 Aug 2018; 11am - 8pm
East Coast Park, Parkland Green
FREE

Do you enjoy artisan crafts, chalk art and free play activities? Be sure to catch the exciting lifestyle market by the beach at East Coast Park.  Come soak in nature, while supporting creative artisans showcasing their unique ideas and crafts. Look out for workshops on how to creatively reuse old materials happening throughout the day. Exclusively at Parkland Green, pop by any business outlet and pick up some free chalk. Doodle and unleash your imagination on the floor surfaces of Parkland Green.

RSAF50@Marina Barrage
11 & 12 Aug 2018
10am - 11am & 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Marina Barrage
FREE


Come celebrate RSAF's 50th birthday on a high! Catch the commemorative #RSAF50 aerial flypast comprising more than 20 RSAF aircraft, and aerial displays by our F-15SG, F-16Cs, and AH-64Ds! Bring your families and friends for a picnic at the Marina Barrage to catch its airmen and women in action at 10am and 2:30pm on both days. Do come dressed in blue and help turn the Marina Barrage roof blue!

Carouselland 2018: Trails & Treasures
11 & 12 Aug 2018; 12pm - 9pm
Marina Bay Sands Halls A & B
FREE Admission


CAROUSELLAND IS BACK AND IT'S BIGGER AND BETTER! This coming National Day, Carouselland is bringing its annual flagship event to life on the 11th and 12th of August at the Marina Bay Sands Halls. Covering more than 96,000 sqft, Carouselland will be the largest consumer indoor marketplace bazaar in Singapore featuring over 500 booths! Expect a fun-filled weekend of shopping, discovering treasures, attending workshops, photo spots, and more! Plus look out for our top sellers from Carousell in Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines and HongKong who will be part of this market! Visit HERE for more details.

Weekends in the Park: Family Yoga
12 Aug 2018; 8am - 9am
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Tecoma Green
FREE

Soak in the morning sun with a family yoga session in the park! Take the opportunity to enjoy the vast open lawns, lush banks of wildflowers and unique waterways. For the young ones that enjoy a splash, bring a change of clothes and head over to the ever popular Water Playground! Things to bring: Water, yoga mat and mosquito repellent. Do come dressed comfortably.

Orchid Extravaganza Floral Display
Now until 22 Aug 2018; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply


Singapore’s award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan lends his creative touch to Orchid Extravaganza with a floral tribute to the multicultural heritage of Singapore. Set amidst a vivid backdrop of Peranakan shophouses, this year’s orchid display exudes a unique local flavour that celebrates Singapore’s melting pot of cultures. More than 14,000 orchids of over 120 varieties will be featured in a profusion of colours inspired by the vibrant hues of local delights and quintessential items, while clouds of overhanging orchids conjure up images of the smells and smoke that waft through the kitchen.

We Are Singapore 2018
Now until 26 Aug 2018
Various timings
Sentosa
FREE (Admission to Sentosa applies)


Celebrate the Singapore Spirit at Sentosa! To celebrate National Day, Sentosa has lined up a series of FREE and fun activities popping up all around Sentosa Island from 20 July - 26 August 2018.

Merlion Plaza

Larger-than-Life Food
20 July - 26 August (Daily) | 11am - 8pm | Merlion Plaza | Free Admission
Unleash your inner foodie! Take as many poses as you want with your favourite iconic Singaporean dishes such as your grandmother's homemade 'kueh', scrumptious beef satay and many more!

Weekend Symphony
13 - 29 July (every Saturday) | 5pm - 5.30pm, 6pm - 6.30pm, 7pm - 7.30pm | Merlion Plaza | Free Admission
Give your ears a treat during the month of National Day. Enjoy a string of performances happening every Saturday from 13 - 29 July at Merlion Plaza.

Beach Station
Pots and Pans Performance by Mise En Place
20 July - 26 August (Every Sat & Sun) | 3.55pm - 4.15pm, 5.25pm - 5.45pm, 7.00pm - 7.20pm | Beach Station  | Free Admission
Put on your dancing shoes and move to the beat of this high energy, interactive performance by Mise En Place. The groovy rhythms and sounds made by their pots and pans will surely be a feast for your ears!

Food Theme Walkabout Characters
20 July - 26 August (Daily) | 11.30am - 11.50am, 1.30pm - 1.50pm, 3.00pm - 3.20pm, 4.30pm - 4.50pm, 6.00pm - 6.20pm, 7.30pm - 7.50pm | Beach Station | Free Admission

Interactive Pots and Pans play area
20 July - 26 August (Daily) | 11am - 8pm | Beach Station | Free Admission
Strike your best pose with these interactive pots and pans. Sentosa will also be giving away limited edition customized stickers, tattoos and magnets!

Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time
Now until 26 Aug 2018
Mon - Sun 10am - 7pm | Fri 10am - 9pm
Singapore Art Musuem
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs | Adults $6 | Senior Citizens (above 60) & Kids $3 | Kids below 6 FREE


Singapore Art Museum invites all dauntless time travellers to Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, the eighth edition of the museum’s annual family-friendly exhibition. Mysterious yet imbued in every living being, time has fascinated humankind for ages. From charting the movements of planets to cataloguing our days, new tools of measure are constantly being created to frame or direct our lives.

Join us as we discover what the fourth dimension means to different people and cultures. Explore the myths and theories that shape our memories and futures, and ponder relationships between time and space. Through immersive and interactive artworks by artists from the region and around the world, the 2018 edition of Imaginarium invites you to engage your senses and expand your horizons in this journey through time.

PLAYtime! 2018: The Bird Who was Afraid of Heights
11 - 26 Aug 2018 (No show on 13, 20, 21 & 24 Aug 18) 
Tue- Fri : 9.30am & 11am | Sat – Sun & Public Holiday : 11am* & 4.00pm
Addtional show added: Tue, 14 Aug: 3.30pm | *11am show is not Applicable for 25 Aug 18
Esplanade Theatre Studio
$20


Being afraid of heights isn’t such a big deal – unless you’re a bird! Meet Eddie, a mynah, who lives behind an abandoned old house with Matt the rat, his only friend. One day, Matt is captured by the big, black crow! What does Eddie have to do to save his best friend? Will he have the courage to do it?

Flutter, flap and fly with Eddie as he attempts the bravest rescue ever in the history of bird-kind! Watch the magic of theatre, music and puppetry unfold right before your eyes in this delightful performance. Adapted from the children’s book The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights, written by Farah Bagharib-Kaltz, illustrated by Eeshaun. For tickets, visit HERE.

This is Home, truly
Now until 31 Aug 2018
Singapore Zoo, River Safari & Jurong Bird Park
Admission charges apply


There's no otter place like home! Celebrate National Day this August with your fellow Singaporeans at Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo!

PROMOTION! Local Residents enjoy 53%* off Jurong Bird Park or River Safari with every purchase of Singapore Zoo admission! *Blackout date on 22 August applies.

Singapore Zoo

WILDerful Singaporean Trail
9 - 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 10AM - 4PM | OUTSIDE ENTRANCE OF ZOO RETAIL SHOP
Uncover the unique characteristics of our native wildlife through this trail. Complete the activities and receive an exclusive animal pin! Grab your trail sheet at our booth. *While stocks last.

Nature Walk
11 & 19 AUGUST | 7.30AM - 9AM | AROUND SINGAPORE ZOO
Join us for a guided morning stroll in Singapore Zoo before the park opens! Try spotting the free-ranging native wildlife and enjoy nature-inspired activities as a family. Limited spots available. Sign up via HERE.

Get Your Paint On!
9 & 10 AUGUST | 9AM - 4PM | OUTSIDE ENTRANCE OF ZOO RETAIL SHOP
Show your love for Singapore with paint art this National Day.

Ah Meng Mascot Meet & Greet
9 - 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 10AM & 4.30PM | SINGAPORE ZOO ENTRANCE (HIPPO POND)
Take pictures with our friendly mascot, Ah Meng, as she celebrates Singapore’s 53rd Birthday!

Meet the King
9 - 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 2.15PM | REPTOPIA
From the sun-loving gliding lizards to the majestic king cobra, learn more about these fascinating native wildlife through our keeper interactions.

Wild Discoverer Tour: National Day Edition
1 - 31 AUGUST (TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY) | 4.30PM
Come meet and play with our little rhinos, Asha, Vita and Oban, and our cheetah, Deka, and discover what makes them truly Singaporean. Visit our Wildlife Experiences Tour Counter for more details!

River Safari

WILDerful Singaporean Trail
9 - 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 10AM - 4PM | NEAR RIVER SAFARI ENTRANCE
Uncover the unique characteristics of our native wildlife through this trail. Complete the activities and receive an exclusive animal pin! Grab your trail sheet at our booth. *While stocks last.

Get Your Paint On!
9 & 10 AUGUST | 12PM - 5.30PM | BOAT PLAZA
Show your love for Singapore with paint art this National Day.

Canola Mascot Meet & Greet
10 AUGUST (10AM ONLY) AND 9, 11, 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 10AM & 4.30PM | RIVER SAFARI ENTRANCE (AFTER TURNSTILES)
Take pictures with our friendly mascot, Canola, as she celebrates Singapore’s 53rd Birthday!

River Trails
9 - 12 AUGUST | 10.15AM & 2PM | MARY RIVER
Jump onto River Trails for an enriching adventure and be mesmerised by the talents of our native species, the Banded Archerfish, as it unveils a special message for Singapore.

Once Upon A River
9 - 12 AUGUST | 11.30AM & 3.30PM | BOAT PLAZA
Join us for a storytelling session along the water’s edge to discover fascinating river inhabitants and catch our native wildlife in action!

Jurong Bird Park

WILDerful Singaporean Trail
9 - 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 10AM - 4PM | NEAR JURONG BIRD PARK ENTRANCE
Uncover the unique characteristics of our native wildlife through this trail. Complete the activities and receive an exclusive animal pin! Grab your trail sheet at our booth. *While stocks last.

Get Your Paint On!
9 & 10 AUGUST | 11.45AM - 2.30PM | PENGUIN COAST WALKWAY
Show your love for Singapore with paint art this National Day.

Sunny Mascot Meet & Greet
9 - 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 11.45AM & 2.30PM | PENGUIN COAST WALKWAY
Take pictures with our friendly mascot, Sunny, as he celebrates Singapore’s 53rd Birthday!

Keepers' Chit Chat
9 - 12, 18 & 19 AUGUST | 2PM | HAWK SHOW ARENA
Uncover more about our native wildlife through this enlightening keeper interaction with our Brahminy Kite.

High Flyers Show
9 - 12 AUGUST | 11AM & 3PM | POOLS AMPHITHEATRE
Watch Sassy and his friends soar through the sky and marvel at their innate talents for this very special National Day Edition of the High Flyers Show!

The Cat in the Hat (Mandarin) 戴高帽子的猫
Now until 7 Sep 2018
Weekdays: 10am | Weekend & Public Holidays | Sat, 4 Aug and 11 Aug: 11am & 2pm
KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT
Weekdays: $26, $29 | Weekends: $36, $39, $49


Based on the all-time favourite book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat has been developed into a magically witty play by Britain’s National Theatre, which will be faithfully reproduced by SRT’s The Little Company. Sally and her brother get a surprise visit from the Cat in the Hat. With his endless tricks and crazy ideas, he certainly turned the dull rainy afternoon into one amazing adventure. Joined by the twin mischief-makers, Thing 1 and Thing 2, The Cat in the Hat promises to be a purr-fect day out for both children and parents alike! For tickets, visit HERE.

National Gallery Children's Festival
Now until 9 Sep 2018
National Gallery Singapore


Dreams can take you to wondrous places. They motivate you to find and express yourself, and give you the courage to become greater. Go on a journey inspired by a Singaporean artist – A BIG DREAMER – Whose story exemplifies the power of the mind and art to create infinite possibilities. For more information, visit HERE.

THE LION KING
Now until 23 Sep 2018
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm | Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun: 1pm & 6pm 
Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
From $65


More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING, and now the world's best-loved musical returns to the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Winner of over 70 major international theatre awards, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most innovative creative teams on Broadway. Brilliantly re-imagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney's beloved film is transformed into a spectacular experience that will redefine your expectations of theatre. THE LION KING also features some of world's most recognisable music, crafted by multi-award winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. For tickets, visit HERE.

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition
Now until 30 Sep 2018
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Adult: S$17 | Child / Senior / Student S$12


Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes is a cutting-edge exhibition that utilises state-of-the-art AV technology and immersive media to transport visitors into the dynamic world of the Marvel Studios Super Heroes. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in many of the box office-smashing movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe under one roof. Highlights include an interactive journey into the world of the recent pop culture landmark, Black Panther; an immersive installation focused on last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, as well as sneak peeks into the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War as well as Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The exhibition also features installations on all the major characters introduced in the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy. It will also include engaging displays curated by ArtScience Museum, which highlight the science, technology, art and cultural stories behind each Marvel Studios’ film. For tickets, visit HERE.

Rainforest Lumina
Now until Dec 2018
7.30pm - 12am
Singapore Zoo
Adults $22 | Child (3-12) $16
*10% discount for online purchases


Pull the vines aside and meander along the path to where a lush and luminous universe awaits you. Rainforest Lumina transforms the Zoo into a dreamy whimsical landscape against a symphony of light and sound when night falls, and consists of a easy 1km walk with various interactive light and sound installations dotting the trail. Consisting of 11 zones - of which 3 are interactive and will prove extremely popular with kids (& adults) - the trail will allow visitors to meet the Creature Crew, a group of unlikely animals heroes who will take visitors on a whimsical adventure along the paths of their enchanted world. Head HERE for my review.

The Little Prince: Behind the Story
Now until 17 Mar 2019; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Adults: S$8; Child: S$6; Free admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs


Based on the book The Little Prince written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the publication.  Discover how the well-loved story came about and the unusual man behind its creation.  Meet unforgettable characters from The Little Prince and experience its iconic moments.  On display are stamps and philatelic materials, personal belongings of the author, illustrations, books and sculptures.

Playeum's Going Play-ces: A Wanderful Exploration of New Lands!
Now until 28 Apr 2019; Tue - Sun: 10am - 6pm
Child (1 - 12): $22 | Accompanying Adult: FREE | Addtional Adult: $10
PLAYEUM


Playeum’s fifth hands-on interactive exhibition “GOING PLAY-CES: A Wanderful Exploration of New Lands” is now open! Co-created by Playeum, Participate In Design and artists from D/SINI and The Animal Book Co, this exhibition gives visitors opportunities to navigate and explore Play-ces through various landscapes such as the sea, jungle, city and beyond. Children will experience and engage with their imagination, while thinking about sustainability, innovation and the role of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) in everyday life and the future.



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