Feb 5, 2016

Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore: Highlights of Chingay 2016

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Mention Chingay and scenes of festivity and conviviality come to mind. 

What started out as a Chinese street procession 44 years ago has morphed into a highly anticipated uniquely Singapore annual event today. With the various injections of performances by different cultural groups and international troupes - vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and many, many more! - the street parade is truly a multi-cultural affair.


This year, Asia's largest street performance and float parade is back to wow everyone on 19 and 20 February at F1 Pit Building and judging from the behind-the-scenes experience that our family had, it is going to be one spectacular show!


Themed “Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore”, Chingay 2016 promises to be the brightest ever with the biggest full-scale illuminated show. The theme is also inspired by the legacy of our Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew and founding fathers.

Together, the parade celebrates the values embodied by our Pioneers such as Racial Harmony and Social Cohesion, Caring Community, Resilience as a Nation, Can-Do Singapore Spirit and Uphold high moral values.


It is one thing to watch the parade live at the F1 Pit Building, but it is another experience altogether having the opportunity to see the preparation and hard work that goes into making the parade come to life.


In total, Chingay 2016 will see 8,000 performers from 150 organisations, with another 2,000 parade volunteers from schools and associations supporting them. Definitely no mean feat, and what is even more remarkable is the parade features many veteran performers who have been volunteering year in year out.


So not only did the monkies get the chance to see some of the props and floats up close, they got a first hand look at some of the pre-parade buzz before the actual combined first rehearsal began proper.


And soon, it was time for the action to take flight!


Being a full dress rehearsal, the spectator stands were pretty empty. But that did not stop all of the performers from giving their all and their enthusiasm clearly showed - and it was pretty infectious too!


Consisting of 5 segments altogether, Segment One kick-started the parade (and Singapore's voyage towards SG100) with a 360m-long lighted opening, 800 youth performers and a Sky Stage Show.


And what would Chingay be without dragons? Keep your eyes peeled for the various special effects Dragons including the “Lighted LED Flying Dragon” from Xi’an, China during Segment Two of the parade.


This segment carries the theme of 'Because We are Different, We are One', so expect plenty of  multi-cultural performances – Chinese, Malay and Indian - as different inter-religious groups come together to perform as a harmonious community.


In fact, Chingay 2016 marks the first time in its history that an item will be presented by the lnter-Religious Organisation (IRO) and features a collaboration with 30 religious groups!


International cultures then took centrestage in their fullest vibrancy in Segment Three's 'Friends All Over the World'. With various performances by The Japanese Association Singapore, Si Hai Meng Xun from China, Indonesia, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam, each group put up a rousing performance.


Segment Four's 'A Vibrant and United Community' saw communities from diverse backgrounds taking over the tarmac.


Besides boasting a travelling dance contingent showcasing various performing arts & dance genres, this segment probably captivated the monkies most due to the incorporation of circus acts... including twirling of (heavy) fire poles!


The Finale in Segment Five was signalled by the appearance of 800 youth performers using different lighted props. This will also be the time where the 25,000 spectators on each night will be given handheld light bulbs to light up the night and symbolise a brighter future Singapore. Of course, rest assured that there will be a round of spectacular fireworks display to cap off the night's festivities!


We did not get to see any handheld light bulbs or fireworks during our preview session - it was a combined full-dress rehearsal after all - but if you ask the monkies (and SengkangBabies) - they will tell you that they enjoyed the parade all the same.

There are 2 parade shows on 19 and 20 Feb 2016 and from what I understand, there are only very limited tickets left!

But if you are unable to go down to soak in the Chingay atmosphere, fret not. The Chingay Night Fiesta will be happening at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on 21 Feb 2016 from 6.30pm to 10pm and it is FREE FOR ALL!

On the day of the fiesta, the park will be decorated with about 8,000 lanterns bearing illustrations by Singaporeans that reflect values such as racial harmony and social cohesion. In addition, on display will be 2,000 lighted cubes, which will feature drawings by students about what they hope Singapore will be when the country turns 100. Among the acts planned are a combined martial arts demonstration of silat, taiji and silambaatam, an Indian fighting form; an Indian dance; and a multiracial dragon dance.


Useful Information

Chingay 2016
Dates: 19 & 20 Feb 2016
Time: 8pm (Pre-Parade: 7pm)
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Ticket Prices: 19 Feb - $28.50, $40 & $50 | 20 Feb - $28.50, $50 & $60
*20% discount for PAssion Card holders
For tickets, visit HERE.
Website: chingay.org.sg/welcome

Chingay Night Fiesta 2016
Date: 21 Feb 2016
Time: 6.30pm - 10pm
Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
FREE Admission


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Feb 3, 2016

Activities to Occupy your Kids this Chinese New Year (CNY) Long Weekend 2016

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It's the Year of the (Cheekie)Monkie! And best of all, it will be a super long weekend! So besides the usual fare of house-to-house visiting and gorging, there is absolutely NO need to go bananas if you are looking to keep the little ones occupied. Not when my list includes enough activities to last through the entire FIFTEEN days of CNY!


So here’s all you need to know on happenings, fun places and activities to do with your kids for Chinese New Year 2016 in Singapore. HUAT AH!


Dahlia Dreams Floral Display
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Now until 28 Feb 2016; 9am - 9pm
Admission Charges apply


This Lunar New Year, ring in the Year of the Monkey with a brand-new floral display inspired by the Chinese classical tale Journey to the West. Stroll through a stunning landscape of dahlias, begonias and other exquisite blooms against the backdrop of a 7-metre-tall mountain. Our experience HERE.

CRAFT ACTIVITIES
10 - 21 Feb 2016 | 12pm - 5pm | Flower Dome
Get hands on with traditional spring crafts like Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Chinese Knot.

MONKEY KING MASCOT
12 - 14 & 20 - 21 Feb 2016 | 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm | Flower Dome
Keep an eye out for the cheeky Monkey King, who will be making his appearance on selected weekends in the Flower Dome.

LION DANCE MEDLEY
13 Feb 2016 | 5pm | Supertree Grove
Catch different styles of lion dances – including the lesser-seen northern lion (北狮) dance – all in one place at the Supertree Grove. Be awed by a medley of original choreography and amazing stunts!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2016
Now until 8 Mar 2016


Usher in the Year of the Monkey by thronging the streets of Chinatown, taking in the sights and sounds of the month-long street light-up. Be enthralled by the creativity of the street light-up design, and drop by the street bazaar for a wide range of Chinese New Year goodies!

Street Light-Up
16 Jan - 8 Mar 2016 | 7pm - 2am (Fri & Sat); 7pm - 12mn (Sun - Thu); 7pm - 6am (7 & 8 Feb 2016) | Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Festive Street Bazaar & Festive Carnival
Festive Street Bazaar:  15 Jan - 7 Feb 2016 | 6pm - 10.30pm (Daily); 6pm - 1am (CNY Eve) | Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
Festive Carnival: 9 Jan - 7 Feb 2016 | 11am - 10.30pm | Open Space in front of People’s Park Complex

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
7 Feb 2016 | 9.30pm – 12.30am | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Sentosa Celebrates Lunar New Year 2016
Now until 14 Feb 2016
Various locations on Sentosa


Love in Springtime爱在春季 
1 – 14 Feb 2016 | Merlion Plaza to Beach Plaza, Palawan Beach and Siloso Point
Free event but island admission and parking charges apply.
Be captivated by light, lantern and floral displays around the island, including the Family Bliss Lantern Display, which features a three generation monkey family together under a peach tree.
Check out your horoscope predictions at the Zodiac boards and feast your eyes at the large floral wall mural in the Springtime Garden. Create memories through photos with artistic illusion photo-points, and don't miss out on taking a stroll through the Prosperity Maze!

6 – 9 Feb 2016 | Merlion Plaza and Beach Station
Delight the little ones with interactive activities and performances including palm reading, calligraphy, character meet and greet, and lion and dragon dance performances.

Animal and Bird Encounters Daily Shows
Palawan Amphitheatre | 5pm daily | Free
Come and catch Sentosa's revamped daily shows, featuring Mickey, our Pig-tailed Macaque, more prominently and also in multiple segments. She will be displaying behaviors that are typical of and unique to those in the macaque family.

Lunar New Year at Port of Lost Wonder
6 – 9 Feb 2016 | 10am – 6.30pm | $15/Child. Accompanying adults enter for free
Expect festive fun for the whole family as you witness exhilarating lion dance performances (8 – 9 Feb) alongside booths offering lantern-making workshops. Grab your tickets online here!

KidsFest 2016
Now until 14 Feb 2016
Various Shows & Dates


KidsFest 2016, a theatrical extravaganza where 6 world-class theatre productions take the stage, featuring a dazzling array of productions recommended for children from as young as three! Curated by ABA Productions Pte Ltd, the line-up for KidsFest 2016 promises a highly educational and immersive experience for the entire family. For the full schedule, visit www.kidsfest.com.sg/schedule.asp.

Here are some of the shows that will be put up during the Chinese New Year period:

I Believe in Unicorns
4 - 7 Feb 2016
Details & Tickets: http://sistic.com.sg/events/uni0216

Snow Child
5 - 7 Feb 2016
Details & Tickets: http://sistic.com.sg/events/snc0216

Little Red Riding Hood
11 - 14 Feb 2014
Details & Tickets: http://sistic.com.sg/events/lrrh0216

Aliens Love Underpants
11 - 14 Feb 2016
Details & Tickets: http://sistic.com.sg/events/alu0216

Spring Fun in the Park Outdoor Carnival
Now until 14 Feb 2016; Mon-Fri 5pm - 10pm | Sat, Sun & PH 12pm - 10pm
City Green, outside City Square Mall
Charges apply

Bring the kids to the Spring Fun in the Park carnival located at the Level 1 City Green at City Square Mall, where monkey-themed games and a mini carousel awaits. There’s also a promotion for shoppers to stand a chance to grab prizes at the Windfall Machine with a minimum spending of $200 at the mall.

Gong SEA Fa Cai
Now until 22 Feb 2016; 10am - 7pm
S.E,A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Admission charges apply


What can be more auspicious during Lunar New Year than to visit a place filled with lots of fish and water! What's more, we have lined up special activities the whole family can enjoy, while discovering all the wonders that live in our oceans. So come to S.E.A. Aquarium this Year of the Monkey and join in the festive fun!

Trail of Fortune
Follow the trail as it takes you on a festive adventure through:
▸ Spinning our Mani and Pin Wheels for good luck
▸ Habitats filled with goldfish in auspicious numbers
▸ Touch pool with special marine animals like abalone
▸ Crafts corner for kids to make fish out of red packets
▸ Watching a calligraphy master at work (weekends only)

Monkey Mission
12 cheeky SEAA monkeys will be your guides to finding the 12 marine animals that make up the SEAA version of the Chinese zodiac.

Underwater Dragon
Open Ocean Habitat | 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm
Make sure you catch the dragon "dance" that is performed by the divers. What can be more auspicious than the sight of a swimming dragon?

Manta Mascot Photo Op
Ocean Dome | 2.45pm, 3.45pm
Your kids will enjoy meeting our cute and friendly Manta Ray mascot and taking pictures with it! And don't forget to give it a hug while you're at it.

Saturdays@ACM: Monkey Business
6 Feb 2016; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free Admission


Usher in Chinese New Year at ACM. Say hello to the God of Fortune, enjoy heart-thumping lion dances, and customize your own Spring couplets.

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2016 with Wildlife Reserves Singapore
6 - 9 Feb 2016


The wild residents at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo are ready to swing into the Year of the Monkey with festive enrichment treats specially created by doting keepers. From 6 to 9 February 2016, guests at the four wildlife parks can catch the amusing antics of animals, including a singing parrot wishing everyone “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and giant pandas enjoying their favourite food from larger-than-life ang pows.

Festivities across the four wildlife parks include acrobatic lion dance performances, meet and greet sessions with God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots, and a Zoodiac trail for guests to discover their fortune forecast in the Year of the Monkey. For a complete listing of ALL activities and timings, visit HERE.

River Hongbao 2016
6 - 14 Feb 2016; 2pm - 11pm daily
*7 Feb: 2pm - 1am
The Float @ Marina Bay
Free Admission


Immerse in the Lunar New Year festive ambience and celebrate River Hongbao’s 30th Anniversary at Singapore’s iconic floating platform from 6 -14 February 2016! Organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore Tourism Board and People’s Association, this annual iconic event has remained an integral part of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

* NIGHTLY Fireworks at 9pm (except CNY Eve 7 Feb - Fireworks at 12 midnight)
Website: www.riverhongbao.sg

Free Activities at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden
6, 13, 20 & 27 Feb 2016
Free Admission



CNY Open House @ National Museum
8 & 9 Feb 2016; 10am - 7pm
National Museum Singapore
Free Admission

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the National Museum with free entry to all its galleries - INCLUDING the Treasures of the World from The British Museum exhibition (which is otherwise chargeable) - and participate in the following fun, family-friendly activities.

CNY Open House at other Museums
8 & 9 Feb 2016
Free Admission for all

Asian Civilisations Museum
Peranakan Museum
Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Chinese New Year 2016 @ Singapore Flyer
8, 9, 13, and 14 Feb 2016; 1pm - 7pm
Singapore Flyer


Swing by Singapore Flyer this February and embark on a four-step prosperity trail to rejuvenate and restore positive energy in the aspects of Love, Health, Wealth, and Career. Revel in the festivities with cultural performances and craft demonstrations on 8, 9, 13, and 14 February 2016, from 1pm – 7pm.

Year of the Monkey Celebrations @ Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
8 - 22 Feb 2016; 10.30am – 4pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Free Admission


Head down to Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for 15 days of celebration to usher in the year of the Monkey! Check out its Chinese arts and craft booths, special Chinese zodiac exhibition and lantern riddles where you stand a chance to win an exclusive gift!


Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
9 Feb 2016; 9am - 6pm
Free Admission


The public can enter the railway station using the main entrance along Keppel Road or through the side entrance along Spottiswoode Park Road. Read about our previous experience here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2015/02/tanjong-pagar-railway-station-open-house.html

Istana Open House
9 Feb 2016; 8.30am - 6pm
Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. 
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers. Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity.

Istana Nature Guided Walk
Sign up for the Nature Guided Walk during the Istana Chinese New Year Open House. This guided walk is a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks), which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity. The guided walk starts from 10am to 4pm, and is conducted hourly. Please look out for signs on the Istana grounds to find out where you can register for the guided walk.

Guided walk fees: $2.00 for each child aged 3 years & above | $4 for Singaporeans / PRs aged 13 and above | $10.00 for foreigners (aged 13 & above) | Family package, $12.00 for Singaporeans / PRs (family of 4) and $30.00 for foreigners (family of 4)

CNY Open House @ Singapore Philatelic Museum
9 Feb 2016; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free Admission


Learn about the agile primates through over 300 stamps and other artefacts at the latest exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. On top of that, visitors can also check out interactive exhibits, where they can listen to the call of the loudest monkey around - the howler monkey - or try their hand at solving monkey-related puzzles. Families and young children can also take the opportunity to view the museum exhibitions including "More Than Monkeys", "With Love from Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie" and "The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps".

CNY Open House @ Indian Heritage Centre
9 Feb 2016; 11am – 3pm
Indian Heritage Centre
Free Admission

Join us for our Chinese New Year Open House and learn how to make decorative items with ang pow and decorative pieces inspired by Indian culture.

CNY Open House @ Malay Heritage Centre
9 Feb 2016 | 11am & 3pm
Malay Heritage Centre
Free Admission

Kampong Gelam Tales: A Dramatised Tour
Take a peek into the lives of several historical personalities through this interactive tour at the Malay Heritage Centre. Join us for the Kampong Gelam Tales: A Dramatised Tour and be captivated by pieces of Singapore’s history!

CNY Celebrations 2016 at LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until Feb 2016; Mon - Thurs 10am - 6pm | Fri - Sun 10am - 7pm 
* LEGOLAND Theme Park stays open till 7pm on 8th & 9th February 2016.
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission charges apply


Celebrate Lunar New Year at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort from 22 January to 14 February 2016 and be part of a Malaysia Book of Records’ world record attempt - to build 2,016 LEGO model monkey replicas in LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort and be rewarded with a limited edition Lunar New Year DUPLO commemorative brick!

Don’t miss the spectacular Lion Dance performance on 8 & 9 February 2016, meet & greet with friendly walkabout characters, exclusive LEGO Angpows and Year of the Monkey gifts, with purchase of LEGO products at the retail shops too!

Monsters of the Sea
Now until 28 Feb 2016; 10am - 6pm daily
The Annexe, Science Centre
Singaporean/PR: $20 (Adult) | $16 (Child 3-12) | $58 (2A & 2C)
Standard: $25 (Adult) | $20 (Child 3-12) | $72 (2A & 2C)


Come face to face with legendary sea creatures that rule the marine world! Explore how they adapt to the living conditions in the vast uncharted ocean and get an insight into some of the most well-known mythical creatures like the Kraken, Loch Ness Monster and Chinese Dragon. Board the vessel and be transported into the unknown ocean at the Monsters of the Sea Exhibition.  Enter the portal and get immersed in a dimension where prehistoric creatures exist alongside other sea animals. Making its Asia Pacific debut in Singapore, the exhibition spans over 2,000 sqm and hold the largest animatronics collection of life-sized marine reptiles, mammals and fishes. For more information, visit HERE.

The Future of Us
Now until 8 Mar 2016
9am – 9pm daily (Last entry at 8.30pm)
Gardens by the Bay - 30 Marina Boulevard (near Bayfront MRT Station)
FREE but entry to the exhibition is by tickets only | Book your tickets online HERE


‘The Future of Us’ exhibition is an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, care and learn in the future. The exhibition will call on Singaporeans to share their hopes and dreams for themselves, their family and the nation, and to participate in steering the Singapore journey towards the future. It is the capstone event to round up Singapore’s SG50 year of celebrations. For more information, visit www.thefutureofus.sg.

The Art of Speed
Now until 3 April 2016; 10am - 6pm (Tues - Sun)
Playeum's Children’s Centre for Creativity
(Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
Child (1-12): $20 | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10


Read the monkies' experience here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2015/09/playeum-art-of-speed-children-centre-for-creativity.html

Huayi 2016
12 - 21 Feb 2016
Various Shows & Dates
Esplanade


Esplanade presents Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts starting on 12 Feb 2016, this year's 14th edition of the festival offers fresh takes on both familiar or established stories and art forms. Throughout the festival, there will also be a host of free performances and activities for all to enjoy. From Chinese dance, instrumental and choral music, to evergreen hits and getai performances by talented local singers and ensembles, there will be something for everyone.

The Chinese Zodiac
14 - 21 Feb 2016 | 11am – 6pm | PIP's PLAYbox | FREE
What are the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac and what’s the story behind them? Find out in this interactive session in our brand new PIP’s PLAYbox through print rubbings, tangrams and shadow puppetry!

The Magic Jungle
19 - 21 Feb 2016 | 19 Feb: 9.30am, 11am & 4pm; 20 & 21 Feb: 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Esplanade Recital Studio | $18
Mummies and daddies, come along with your little ones to meet all the fascinating jungle creatures and let the adventure begin with the magic of theatre, music and interactive fun, especially created for ages 2 to 4! Recommended for children aged 2–4 years old. (Performed in Mandarin) For tickets, visit HERE.

Fun with Chinese New Year Stories
20 & 21 Feb 2016 | 20 Feb: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm; 21 Feb: 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm
Concourse | FREE
Learn about the origins of some of our cherished Chinese New Year customs in this fun-filled storytelling performance for the whole family, brought to you by theatre practitioners Audrey Luo, Catherine Wong and Koh Wan Ching. Listen to the story of the mythical Year (年) beast on 20 Feb (Sat), and on 21 Feb (Sun) find out more about the Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节), which falls on the last day of the Chinese New Year period. Think you have your Chinese New Year traditions at your fingertips? Team up with your friends and family, and test your knowledge of all things related to the Chinese New Year in the interactive game segment of this performance!

For a COMPLETE listing of ALL free and ticketed shows, visit www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/huayi-chinese-festival-of-arts.

Battle for Singapore 2016
13 Feb 2016 omwards
Various locations

The Battle for Singapore 2016 will commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. Through a series of activities such as World War II guided tours, Museum Roundtable special programmes and public talks, participants will learn more about historical significance of World War II sites such as Adam Park, Mount Imbiah and the Pasir Panjang Ridge, where many fierce battles against the Japanese forces took place as well as stories of Singaporeans’ experience and resilience in the face of adversity. To register for the Heritage Walks featured below, visit http://bsg2016.eventbrite.com/.


Other activities happening at various museums include:

National Museum of Singapore

WW II History Gallery Guided tour
English Language | 14, 21, 28 Feb | 11am, 2pm & 3pm
Mandarin Language | 14 Feb | 2pm
Free | No registration required

Museum Volunteers will do special guided tours which begin from the WW II section of the History Gallery. Come and find out more about the WW II history of Singapore. Regular admission charges to the galleries apply. Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.

Army Museum of Singapore
*Regular admission charges to the galleries apply. Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.

Activity - Tile Painting: Together We Make Singapore Strong
13 & 14, 20 & 21 Feb |  11am – 5pm
Free | No registration required

Love to paint? Try your hand at tile painting and share with us through colours and art, your idea of how together as a people, we can make Singapore strong. Pick up your brushes and start painting away!

Activity - “Be A Soldier”
13 & 14, 20 & 21 Feb  | 11am – 5pm
Free | No registration required

Calling all young soldiers! Come try on our kid-sized Army uniforms prepared just for you. In addition, props will be provided.

Special Exhibition  - Our Army, Our Nation's Strength
15 Feb – 31 Jul 16  |  10am – 6pm

Embark on a journey to understand the 15 Formations of Our Army contributing towards operations readiness, the Army’s core values, as well as training, responsibilities and roles. Visitors get to test out their strength, endurance, dexterity, agility and mental ability by trying out the various activity stations. Learn about jungle survival facts, skills such as building a shelter, starting a survival fire or collecting food and water.

Battlebox

Sneak Preview: A Story of Strategy and Surrender - The Battlebox Tour
13 – 28 Feb | 9.45am (Tue – Sun), 11:00am (Tue – Sun), 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4pm*
$18/adult; $9/child; Free for child below age 6 if accompanied by adult
*BSG Special Price for 4pm tours: $9/adult; $4.50/child

An underground command centre for Malaya Command, Battlebox will open its doors daily for a sneak preview of its guided tours through the bunkers, where the momentous decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was made. For a limited time, Battlebox is offering its last tour time slot of each day at half price. Registration is required via www.battlebox.com.sg.

The Changi Museum

Singapore's Dark Years, 1942-1945
13 – 19 Feb | 11am
BSG Special Price: $6/pax | Registration will be done before the start of the tour

To mark the 74th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, The Changi Museum is glad to announce that the in-house guided tours will be offered to the public at half price. The tour is an informative, carefully designed tour for visitors to learn about the Fall of Singapore, the Japanese Occupation and experiences of prisoners of war. The tour will bring the visitors through the entire museum and the chapel at the centre courtyard of the museum. Come and take this opportunity to take part in this tour and understand a dark but important chapter in Singapore's history. Visit Changi Museum's website at changimuseum.sg for more details.

Singapore Discovery Centre

Lest We Forget – A Special Total Defence Day Trail
12 Mar | 2pm – 5pm
$15/pax; Family/Group Package available
Registration via Singapore Discovery Centre’s Main ticketing counter or via email to publicprogrammes@sdc.com.sg

Join us with your loved ones on a special Total Defence Day (TDD) Trail that invites you to reflect on our war experience and discover how far Singapore has come as a nation. Tour highlights include a guided tour by an army veteran who will bring you through the Army Museum of Singapore, the Reflections at Bukit Chandu interpretative centre and the Kranji War Memorial.

Lion Dance on Ice at The Rink
13 Feb 2016; 5.15pm – 7.15pm
The Rink at JCube, L3
Adult $14 & Child $12 for 2-hour session


Catch acrobatic lion dance performances on ice, and meet an amazing Chinese lion made of balloons! The Rink’s mascot, JR, will also make a special appearance that day, showing his nifty moves on ice. For more details, check out www.therink.sg.

Straits Family Sunday: Getaran Jiwa
14 Feb 2016; 1pm - 5pm
Peranakan Museum
Free Admission


Celebrate love and show someone you care with a handmade gift. Watch romantic performances with your special someone and dress up in colourful Peranakan costumes!

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
15 - 19 Feb 2015
Mon - Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm
Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
$32


A unique opportunity to experience stories from both Western and Asian traditions, blended together in a unique way, as the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf is played out in an interactive and engaging style, with fun, music, puppetry and physical theatre. Fast-paced and full of laughter and adventure, there’s something here for young and old alike – with clear messages about the perils of lying, and maybe some unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. For tickets, visit HERE.

Chingay 2016
19 & 20 Feb 2016; 8pm (Pre-Parade: 7pm)
F1 Pit Building
19 Feb: $28.50, $40 & $50 | 20 Feb: $28.50, $50 & $60
*20% discount for PAssion Card holders


2016 marks the first year of Singapore's next 50 and hence, Chingay 2016 is aptly themed, "Lights of Legacy, Brighter Singapore" 《智慧灯海,璀璨新加坡》! A world-class spectacle beyond your wildest imagination, Chingay 2016 boasts exciting highlights that includes Blazing Flying Dragon from China and other Electrifying International Performances, Colourful Multi-ethnic Performances, Dazzling Floats and Stunning Aerial Acts, Exciting Illuminated Performances by Local Talents and a Spectacular Fireworks Display. For tickets, visit HERE. Visit chingay.org.sg/welcome for more information.

Singapore Airshow 2016
20 & 21 Feb 2016 (Public Visitors); 9.30am - 5pm
Changi Exhibition Centre
Adult $22 | Child (3-12) $9.00 | Group Package (4 entry tickets & 1 carpark label) $166.00
*Tickets will NOT be available for sale at show site. Pre-purchase tickets via HERE.


Bolder, Faster, Louder! The excitement returns at Singapore Airshow 2016 - Asia's largest aerospace and defence event and one of the world's most important aviation shows! Visitors can look forward to a wide range of exciting activities including the stunning aerobatic flying displays, getting up close with the aircraft on static display, taking flight simulator rides and viewing the latest aerospace technologies and innovations in the exhibition hall. Enjoy the stage games and performance, and win some prizes at the same time! There will also be photo and autograph opportunities at the meet-the-pilot sessions. For more details, visit www.singaporeairshow.com.




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Feb 2, 2016

Everything You Need to Know about the New Nickelodeon Water Theme Park at Sunway Lagoon

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Get those passports ready because there is a NEW Water Park at Sunway Lagoon near Kuala Lumpur!

And even better if the kids are fans of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... as Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is the first Nickelodeon themed attraction in Asia!


A wet and exciting adventure awaits families as the fantasyland is filled with colossal water rides and water playgrounds, canopy walks and meandering pathways, beautiful waterfalls and recreational camp sites. Set amidst 10 acres of lush tropical rainforest and boasting 14 immersive attractions, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon promises to be an explorer’s dream right from the start.

Climbing “ancient temple” steps, explorers will pass pineapple columns and intricate carvings leading all the way up to a magnificent SpongeBob SquarePants structure. The adventure continues with geysers, sprouting water cannons, walks along cascading falls, and gooey moments with the signature green slime. Running deeper into the forest are suspended bridges over rivers, more thrilling wet and wild activities as well as gravity defying rides that twist around trees and hills.

Sounds all exciting, no?

Here are some of the attractions that families can expect:

SPONGEBOB SPLASH ADVENTURE
Suitable for younger kids!


Found among the ruins of the long lost civilization, evokes hours of non-stop family entertainment. Experience geysers, water canons, waterfalls, slide down and play catch with SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom Gang! Get ready for the rise of a Slime Time - happening at 4pm everyday when green water pours down instead of normal water!

JUNGLE FURY


The JUNGLE FURY will take you on a over-the-edge ride with your family and friends, experience surprise drops, twisting turns and ending with a wholesome family fun!

KUBARANGO


Experience the KUBARANGO where you will be unleashed into a steep drop before it takes you up on a near vertical experience for a moment of weightlessness and backwards into a reversed free-fall before returning you with a splash!

PRIMEVAL
Suitable for younger kids!



The PRIMEVAL is set to take you on a journey of our Lost Lagoon with exciting twists, turns and drops that climbs over trees, hills and into the gullies to experience nature at its best. The 3 unique ride experiences of COBRA CREEK, BOA CONSTRICTOR & CROCODILE GULLY can be enjoyed by all ages.

MONSOON 360


Get ready for the MONSOON 360 countdown, 3!..2!..1!, facing forward, arms crossed, wait in anticipation for the trap door to open below you that will take on a journey into an intense vertical free fall. Challenge each other to a thrilling race reaching speeds of up to 60 kph or 0-2.5 g in under 2 seconds that will leave you breathless.

SPLISH SPLASH
Suitable for younger kids!



Splish Splash lets you cool off with multiple water features that combines to create interactive water spray experience. The bright colors and the various water effects such as jets, falls, forts and more will appeal to kids of ages!

MOOLALAH ADVENTURE RIVER


Take a breather and cruise down the MOOLALAH ADVENTURE RIVER.  It’s an easy breezy ride to take in the sights and sounds of the Lost Lagoon while experiencing its swirling, splashing waters.

HIPPO VALLEY
Suitable for younger kids!



The HIPPO VALLEY is where all rivers flow into a busy waterway where tribes meet to catch a drink and laze until sunset. Watch Hippos swim on the banks and monkeys swinging from trees to trees. Catch the ‘Whopping Splash’ coming your way while you enjoy the serenity of the rainforest.

EXPLORER’S TRAIL


Take the EXPLORERS’ TRAIL and join the trail of the tribesman up on the trees and hear the birds chirp. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the MariMari Rapids, waterfalls, mystical ponds, gullies and hills.

Of course, visitors will be able to meet and greet their favourite Nickelodeon characters as well!


From the looks of it, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is definitely an attraction suitable for all ages. For now, the school holidays cannot come soon enough for the monkies!


Useful Information

Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon
Sunway Lagoon
3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway,
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
GPS Coordinates: LATITUDE: 3.07199 ; LONGITUDE: 101.60515
Operating hours: Monday – Sunday : 10:00am – 6:00pm
Entrance Fees:
Adult – RM150 / RM120 (with MYKad)
Child – RM120 / RM96 (with MYKad)
Senior Citizen (60 years old and above) – RM120 / RM96 (with MYKad)
Website: sunwaylagoon.com/attractions/nickelodeonlostlagoon/
*All images courtesy of Sunway Lagoon


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