Aug 31, 2016

5 Fun Themed Staycation Rooms Designed just for Kids

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Planning a short staycation with the kids? Aside from the usual hotel rooms with double beds, you can make the hotel stay a special experience for your kids with special themed rooms designed just for them! We have family-friendly resorts right here in Singapore... but kid-themed rooms? Not that many. But judging from the hotels featured below, I think that number is slowly growing.


So whether your kids love cars, pirates, animals, or the underwater world, here are 5 colourful and cheerful hotel rooms that are perfectly suited for the younger guests.

1. Swissotel Merchant Court

Situated conveniently next to Clarke Quay MRT station, Swissotel Merchant Court launched its brand new Family Fun Escape package in August 2016 and it will most certainly put a smile onto the kiddos' faces! For a start, check out the colourful themed bedding.


The rooms are designed for 2-17 yr olds and depending on the age group that your kids are in at the time of booking, the room will be furnished with age-appropriate toys and activities. And yes, there is even a game console in the room!


So expect soft toys, activity books, storybooks, puzzles, and kid-sized desk and chairs - all to keep the little ones entertained.


The bathroom is also stocked with a child friendly step stool, non-slip mat and colourful toiletries. Definitely colourful and kid-friendly!


And as part of the package, you get to book a second connecting room at 50% off, enjoy complimentary entry to Universal Studios Singapore for 2 adults & 2 kids, complimentary ice cream for kids 12 and below and guaranteed late check-out till 4pm. Now that is a seriously FUN staycation for the whole family!

Website: www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-merchant-court/
Address: 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
Room Rates: From 247++
Tel: 63372288

2. Furama RiverFront

Located along Havelock Road and between vibrant Chinatown and Orchard Road, Furama RiverFront has recently upped the ante in providing more kid-friendly facilities for families... and it does not get any bigger than kid-themed hotel rooms!


Besides the above Pirate theme, there are two other themes to choose from - either go deep sea-diving with marine animals in the Underwater World-themed room or set off on a medieval adventure in the Castle-themed room.



Each room comes with a bunk bed that features a single, double and pull-out bed to accommodate two adults and two children. As an added bonus, an XBOX game console is included in the room as well! Games can be loaned from the reception lobby.


Other child-friendly amenities that Furama RiverFront offer includes the PAWS Playroom, a huge play area at its The Square buffet restaurant and an inflatable water bouncy castle.

Our blog review
Website: www.furama.com/riverfront/
Address: 405 Havelock Road, Singapore 169633
Room Rates: From 271.88++
Tel: 63338898

3. Village Hotel Bugis

Formerly known as Landmark Village Hotel (and even before that, the Golden Landmark Hotel), Village Hotel Bugis is located right smack at crossroads of culture - Singapore’s Arab, Peranakan, and Indian heritage districts. Besides being in close proximity to cultural attractions like Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre, and also the nostalgia-filled Children Little Museum, Village Hotel Bugis has refurbished some of its rooms into kid-themed ones!


In addition to the Cars-themed room, I understand there are also Princess Sofia-themed rooms. Each room comes with a standard King-sized bed and a sofa bed, complete with bathroom toiletries for the little ones as well. So if you have one or two young kids, the kid-themed room will suffice.


Our blog review
Website: www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/village-hotel-bugis
Address: 390 Victoria Street, Singapore 188061
Room Rates: Weekdays - from S$195++ | Weekends - from S$255++
Tel: 62972828

4. D'Resort @ Downtown East

Billed as Singapore’s first nature-inspired resort with an integrated Wild Wild Wet waterpark experience, D'Resort @ Downtown East comprises of 387 rooms divided into nine room types and spread over two blocks: Resort and Chalet Blocks. Depending on one's budget and stay occasions, D'Resort has a room whether you are looking to host a BBQ party, enjoy the views of beach or prefer to have a quiet time away from the crowds.


Of particular interest to kids will be the 12 themed Rainforest Family rooms (1 queen-sized bed & 1 bunk bed) available, which include themes of Amazonian Jungle, Underwater and M&M!

Photo courtesy of ChannelNewsAsia
Photo courtesy of ChannelNewsAsia
The rooms are clearly done up with families with young kids in mind - from the extra stool in the bathroom so that younger kids can reach the sink, to the cutlery provided for the little ones. Kids will also be able to go on a treasure hunt in the room and hunt for clues so as to unlock a specially prepared treasure box filled of goodies.


Our blog review
Website: www.dresort.com.sg
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Room Rates: From $239+ (Rainforest Family)
Tel: 65891865 | 65823322

5. Grand Park City Hall

Strategically located a 5-minute walk away from City Hall MRT station, as well as minutes away from the shopping belt of Raffles City, Suntec, and Marina Bay shopping malls, Grand Park City Hall’s selling point for families has got to be its ‘Family Moments’ package where children (under 12 years) stay for FREE! Even better, the hotel room comes decorated with colourful and cheery bedlinen, kids amenities and even the soft toys!


Besides enjoying complimentary kid’s meals and weekend room upgrades, in-room amenities tailored for little ones include baby toiletries, cots, bathtubs, bottle sterilisers AND even an activity corner set up in the room - all at no additional charge.


Our blog review
Website: www.parkhotelgroup.com/cityhall/default-en.html
Address:  Grand Park City Hall 10 Coleman Street Singapore 179809
Room Rates: From $250++
Tel: 6336 3456



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Aug 29, 2016

More than 40 Activities for Kids this September School Holidays 2016!

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Kids get an extended break this September School Holidays this year, thanks to Teachers' Day on 2 Sep 2016 and Hari Raya Haji on 12 Sep 2016. That makes it a total of 11 days of NO SCHOOL! Fret not if you are wondering where to bring your kids this school holidays... because there are more than FORTY activities for you to take your pick from the list below.

So have loads of fun... after all, it's the final hurrah before the final year exams come around!


Little Star
Now until 11 Sep 2016
Mon - Wed: 10am | Thur - Fri: 10am & 2.30pm | Sat & Sun: 10.30am & 2.30pm
Alliance Francaise Theatre
$32


Follow Little Star through space, down to earth and even under the sea, as she tries to find her place in the universe. A highly visual and interactive production, with wonderful tunes, but minimal dialogue, especially for the younger audiences from 2 to 6 years old; exploring the wonders of the universe, and the joy of re-discovering home and family. For tickets, visit HERE.

Annie
Now until 11 Sep 2016
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm | Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun: 1pm & 6pm 
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$175, $155, $125, $95, $65


The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." For tickets, visit HERE.

Fun in the Square
Now until 12 Sep 2016
United Square

The school holidays is fast approaching and United Square has lined up a jamboree of activities for you and your kids! There’re Meet & Greet Activities and workshops for boys and girls, outdoor rides and activities for all.



The Three Little Pigs
Now until 16 Sep 2016
Weekdays: 10am | Weekends & Public Holiday: 11am & 2pm
KC Arts Centre
Weekdays $28, $25 | Weekends $48, $38, $35


Embark on an adventure with the three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf with their charming and witty ways! An original adaptation of the classic fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs teaches little ones how success can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. Filled with humour, this ‘very curly musical tail’ will have you squealing with glee and howling with laughter as The Three Little Pigs set about defeating the Big Bad Wolf. For tickets, visit HERE.

'Say NO to DRUGS': Fresh Beginnings Skit
1 Sep 2016 | 7.30pm - 8pm | Yishun Public Library, Activity Room
6 Sep 2016 | 7.30pm - 8pm | Jurong West Public Library, Storytelling Corner, Level 2
9 Sep 2016 | 7.30pm - 8pm | Choa Chu Kang Public Library, Activity Room
FREE


Will Glenda, Samuel, Adi & Samantha be able to say NO to drugs when faced under certain challenging situations? The Super Storytastic is a regular storytelling programme held at various public libraries. Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has collaborated with NLB to stage 16 anti-drug skits through their Super Storytastic Programme at public libraries islandwide this year.  These sessions are targeted at primary school students and to generate awareness among parents on anti-drug messages. 

Popular Books Buffet @EXPO
1 - 4 Sep 2016; 11am - 9pm
Singapore Expo Hall 5B
FREE Admission


From 1 to 4 September 2016, book lovers can read to their fill at the unprecedented POPULAR Buffet@EXPO located at Singapore Expo Hall 5B. Visitors can indulge in sizzling deals from the book buffet selection as well as other delectable promotions and exclusive book launch. Avid book readers can treat themselves to generous portions of English and Chinese Children’s books, Fiction books, Cookbooks and more from the book buffet selection  at tantalizing prices from $2 onwards. Patrons can fill up their baskets with 15 books for $30!

NOTE: 1 Sep (11am - 3pm) is a Closed-Door Sale for POPULAR and Citi Cardmembers only. Each member is entitled to bring a max. of 4 guests. Non-members may enter after 3pm.

Kids World Fair
2 - 4 Sep 2016
11am - 9pm (Fri & Sat) | 11am - 8pm (Sun)
Suntec Convention Halls 401 - 403
FREE


Kids World Fair - Asia’s Largest Enrichment Fair - is your next to-go event in Asia that engages, educates and entertains the young and young-at-heart! For a complete listing of activities and more information, visit HERE.

SMU Arts Festival 2016
2 - 16 Sep 2016
Various Timings
Singapore Management University Campus
FREE

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SMU Arts Festival 2016 is an annual celebration of the creativity and artistic flair of students from over 20 SMU Arts Clubs. This year, there are over 30 events staged by more than 500 students and alumni, over a period of 14 days. Get ready to be surprised as you discover bold, new experiences that redefine the boundaries of traditional art forms. Be inspired by a fresh interpretation of contemporary dance. Enjoy jazz-fusion played on Chinese instruments. Take the centre stage in a choir and symphony performance. Witness the metamorphosis from dance to poetry. For more details on events, visit HERE.

Saturdays@ACM: Cross My Heart
3 Sep 2016; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
FREE

Discover fascinating Christian artworks made in Asia using beautiful and exotic materials. Create your own artwork inspired by the masterpieces on display. Watch and be part of exciting drama performances suitable for kids and their parents.

Family Time Precious Time @ Enabling Village
3 Sep 2016 ; 3pm - 9pm
Enabling Village
FREE


Enjoy family time while supporting the integration of people with disabilities in the community. There will be many fun and engaging activities for the whole family, young and old, such as Food Decoration Classes (by SHATEC Chef), indoor movie screening, bouncy castles, art & craft corner and snacks at the Enabling Village. Come support the donation drive booth, with a donation of $10 receive a limited edition Families for Life Picnic Basket and Sharity Elephant keychain. If you are lucky, you might also catch Sharity's appearance!

Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir in the Park
3 Sep 2016; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE

Join the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir for their first outdoor concert, as part of the Singapore Press Holdings’ Gift of Music series! Led by Assistant Choirmaster Darius Lim, this “outstanding group who makes music of the highest calibre” will be performing a mix of familiar favourites including Over the Rainbow, You Raise Me Up and songs from The Sound of Music; so pack your favourite snacks and make it a picnic date with the SSCC at the Singapore Botanic Gardens!
Festival of Biodiversity 2016
3 & 4 Sep 2016; 9am - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Lake Lawn
FREE


The Festival of Biodiversity is back for the fifth year running and showcases Singapore’s impressive and unique array of island biodiversity. This event celebrates Singapore’s natural heritage and visitors will be able to participate in nature-inspired art and craft workshops, play life-sized board games while learning about our marine biodiversity, and embark on the “National Heritage Treasure Hunt”. Find out more about NParks’ species recovery efforts as well as on the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park through informative panels as well. For more details, visit HERE.

SSO CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN: SYMPHONIC SORCERY– THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER
3 & 4 Sep 2-16
Sat, 2pm & 4pm | Sun, 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Victoria Concert Hall
$32, $25


Take a ride on Harry Potter's flying broom, and race across the night skies to Hogwarts Academy, reliving the intrigue, magic and wonder of the first six Harry Potter stories... all on the wings of music. Enjoy the magical compositions of John Williams and Nicholas Hooper as they create a world filled with witches, wizards, warlocks and muggles. Your host is a delightful old wizard, who guides you through Harry's thrilling years at Hogwarts Academy. You'll meet giant spiders, learn about potions and Quidditch; and fly on a Nimbus 2000. For tickets, visit HERE.

Tinker Fest 2016
3 - 11 Sep 2016; 10am - 6pm
Tinkering Studio, Science Centre
FREE


Tinker Fest, organized by Imagin8ors and Science Center connects children, parents, educators and makers in a week-long celebration of the Joy of learning through play, exploration and experimentation. The theme of the festival “Nurturing 21 Century Learners!” seeks to highlight the foundational capabilities that we need to build in children from an early age, to equip them to succeed in a fast changing, technology driven world. For more details on various workshops and activities, visit HERE.

PAW PATROL Ready For Action ‘Live’ show
3 - 11 Sep 2016 (No shows on Mon)
2pm & 7pm (Tue – Fri) | 1pm, 4pm & 7pm (Sat & Sun)
City Square Mall, L1 Atrium
FREE


Pups to the rescue! Get ready for action as Chase, Marshall and Ryder answer Mayor Goodway’s call for help to save the Adventure Bay Talent Show. Dance along to the Pup, Pup Boogie with the trio, and make this the best rescue mission ever!

PAW PATROL Meet & Greet
3 - 11 Sep (daily except Mon) | 2.45pm & 7.45pm (Tue – Fri); 1.45pm, 4.45pm & 7.45pm (Sat & Sun) | B2 beside travelator
With a minimum spend of $50, shoppers can redeem an exclusive Meet & Greet pass at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter, one hour prior to each live show. Limited to 50 passes per Meet & Greet
session.

Stay Safe With PAW PATROL
3 - 11 Sep (except Mon) | ​4pm (Tue – Fri); 1.45pm, 6pm (Sat & Sun) | Level 1 Atrium
Learn all about road, fire and water safety the PAW PATROL way with Ryder, and stand a chance to bring home exclusive PAW PATROL stickers!

Furry Fun Carnival
2 Sep - 9 Oct | ​6pm ­ 10pm (Mon ­ Fri); 12pm to 10pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays) | Level 1 City Green (Outdoor Park)
Complete your September adventure with some outdoor fun at the Furry Fun Carnival! Get your cameras ready for a photo with The Look­Out headquarters and life­size PAW PATROL's vehicles – Chase's Cruiser, Marshall's Fire Fightin' Truck and Skye's High Flyin' Copter. Look out for other activities such as the Dog­themed inflatable, Dog Pirate Ship and other fun­filled activities. Come on down and have a barking good time with your family!

Learning Journey With Canola & Friends
3 - 11 Sep 2016; 10am - 7pm
River Safari
Admission fees apply


Want to learn all about Canola? Visit River Safari and participate in a variety of educational yet exciting activities that River Safari has lined up for you!

Behind-The-Scenes With Canola
3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 September 2016 | 9.30am | $18 per person
The exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Canola is back by popular demand! Meet River Safari’s animal icon and learn how our aquarists keep our manatees healthy and happy. Prior registration is required and spaces are subject to availability.

Canola Mascot Appearances
11:30am & 5:30pm | River Safari Entrance
Get your best poses ready and snap some shots with River Safari's well-loved and friendly mascot, Canola!

Famous Five Guided Trail
11am & 1:30pm | Booklet Collection at Amazon Flooded Forest (1st Level)
Embark on a guided trail around the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, Amazon Flooded Forest, and meet our charismatic quintet. Learn all about them from the friendly facilitators!

Pledge for Conservation & Face Painting
10am - 4pm | Amazon Flooded Forest Entrance
Pledge your commitment to saving the environment, one environmentally friendly action a day. Make your pledge with us! Join in our face painting and pay tribute to the traditional body-art of the indigenous peoples who live within the Amazon!

Education Awareness Booth
10am - 4pm | Amazon Flooded Forest Exit
Take some time to learn more about the complex ecosystems that allow a great amount of biodiversity to thrive in the Amazon at our education awareness booth.

Manatee Feeding
12.15pm, 4.15pm & 5.30pm | Amazon Flooded Forest (Manatee Exhibit)
Our manatees' favourite time is none other than their munch sessions! Watch as the manatees are fed by our resident aquarist.

Fun-S-cape
3 - 12 Sep 2016; 11am - 6pm 
Fort Siloso, Sentosa
FREE, but island admission applies


Challenge your brains and brawn in Sentosa's very own Super Soldier Adventure! You have been captured by a mad scientist and he has transformed you into a Super Solder, with the intention of using your super-human powers to take over the world. Using your courage and wits, you have to overcome 6 stations in order to stop the mad scientist. Do you have what it takes to become a hero and save the world? Complete all the stations within a stipulated time and stand to win a special gift!

Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay
3 - 18 Sep 2016
7pm - 11pm
Gardens by the Bay
FREE


Experience the Mid-Autumn Festival in a whole new light as Gardens by the Bay celebrates the lantern festival with a fusion of the traditional and modern. From 3 to 18 September, the Gardens comes aglow every evening with a dazzling display of elaborately handcrafted lantern sets that bring to life Asian stories of the Moon.

Also making a debut this year is the immersive multimedia installation, Ron Arad’s 720°, brought in by the Singapore International Festival of Arts, featuring projected imagery and videos.
Other highlights include nightly performances in collaboration with the National Arts Council, cultural activities and craft booths, and a food street serving up delectable treats. For more information, visit HERE.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2016
3 - 30 Sep 2016
Various activities & timings
Chinatown
FREE


Re-discover the origin and history of the Mid-Autumn Festival at Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations this August. A myriad of colourful and dazzling LED lantern displays will bring alive the beloved folk tale of Chang’E and Hou Yi while lighting up the streets of the Chinatown precinct. For more information, visit HERE.

Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony
3 Sep 2016 | 7pm - 10pm | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
Kicking off the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2016 is the much-anticipated Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony where the streets of the heritage precinct will come alive in a myriad of colours forming this year’s lantern displays. During the Opening Ceremony, be awed by the lighting and visual effects, combined with spectacular live performances including acrobatic acts and dances by talented performers from Singapore and China.
Street Light-Up
3 - 30 Sep 2016 | 7pm – 2am (Fri & Sat) & 7pm – 12mn (Sun – Thu) | Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road
This year, visitors will be intrigued with dazzling lantern displays telling the origin and history of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Designed and conceptualised by the faculty and students of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), the Street Light-Up features vivid lantern displays that tell the legendary story of Chang’E and Hou Yi.

Festive Bazaar & Carnival
3 - 15 Sep 2016 | 10.30am - 10.30pm | Along Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street and open space in front of People’s Park Complex
At night, Chinatown will come alive with a plethora of stalls lining the streets and selling a wide variety of items including traditional and modern mooncakes, decorative ornaments, preserved fruits, potted plants, clothing and more.

Nightly Stage Shows
3 - 15 Sep 2016 | 8pm - 10.30pm | Kreta Ayer Square
Showcasing performances by local entertainers and troupes from China, the Nightly Stage Shows at Kreta Ayer Square will wow visitors during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations. Look out for an exciting line-up of Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, music and dance performances to bring in the celebratory mood of the Festival.

Mass Lantern Walk
11 Sep 2016 | 7pm - 10pm | Starting point – Kreta Ayer Square (Registration location) | End point – Main Stage at New Bridge Road
Soak in the festive mood of the Mid-Autumn Festival at the annual Mass Lantern Walk. Walk amongst 3,000 participants and eat to your heart’s content at the food trucks and push carts selling a delectable menu of yummy goodies. Take a leisurely stroll under the dazzling lantern displays around Chinatown while being entertained by live performances along the way, featuring local dragon dance troupes, dancers and artists as well as overseas performing groups.

Fairground for All 2016
4 Sep 2016; 2pm - 6pm
Zouk


Let Your Kids Doodle
(1 Day Workshop)
5 Sep 2016;  9am - 12pm
Armour Publishing, Conference Room
(Blk 1003 Bukit Merah Central, #02-07, S'pore 159836)
$120

Jack and The Beanstalk by Lyngo Theatre
6 - 18 Sep 2016
Weekdays: 10am | Weekends & PH: 10.30am & 2.30pm
Drama Centre Black Box
$28


This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of suprises, a grippping story and beautiful images as Jack sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It's a show for the over 3's (and their giants) with something for everyone - enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion! For tickets, visit HERE.

Barney's Greatest Hits
9 - 11 Sep 2016
Fri - Sat: 2pm, 5pm | Sat & Sun: 11am | Sun: 2pm
The Theatre at Mediacorp
$108, $88, $68, $48


It's time to sing and dance with the purple dinosaur, Barney and his friends Baby Bop, BJ and Riff, in this high-energy song and dance live on stage. To celebrate Barney's love and care over 25 years, a brand new musical with many of Barney's popular and favorite songs all in one show. Kids, let's raise up your hands, shake your body, move your feet and sing-along with Barney in this super-de-dooper musical show! For tickets, visit HERE.

Moonfest 2016
9 - 11 Sep 2016; Various Timings
Esplanade
FREE and Ticketed events


Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration is an annual Chinese traditional arts festival held in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival. Now in its 12th edition, Moonfest showcases the intrinsic beauty of traditional arts so that all may cherish our shared heritage in this increasingly tech-savvy world. The festival is also a great opportunity for parents and their children to get in touch with our roots and keep traditions alive. For a detailed listing of both free and ticketed activities, visit HERE.

The Magic Lantern 宝莲灯
9 - 11 Sep 2016
Fri, 10.30am & 2pm | Sat & Sun, 2pm & 6pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
$22


Based on a Chinese folktale, The Magic Lantern tells the story of Chen Xiang, born from a forbidden marriage between a heavenly goddess and a human. The ever-righteous deity Er Lang Shen disapproves of the marriage and imprisons Chen Xiang's mother beneath a mountain. Determined to rescue her, Chen Xiang sets out to face an impossible battle. Will filial piety and love conquer all?

This modern adaptation lets children learn about determination and filial piety, through an engaging presentation of traditional rod and hand puppetry. Brought to life though theatrical elements and live music performance, children can experience firsthand these exquisite traditional puppets. For tickets, visit HERE.

Meet & Greet KidsSTOP Founders
9 - 11 & 17 - 18 September
12pm to 7pm
Seletar Mall
FREE

Meet the adorable KidsSTOPTM Founders Jo, Win, Pepper and stand a chance to win tickets to KidsSTOPTM! Make and bring home your very own miniature Founders too.

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2016
9 - 18 Sep 2016; 7pm - 10pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
FREE


To celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this September, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall will create its own dragon playground with larger-than-life lanterns. Handmade by traditional craftsmen, these nostalgic lantern installations promise to be great for family photo-moments under the stars.

WAN QING WEEKEND: MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL 2016 CELEBRATION
10 - 11 Sep 2016 | 10am - 10pm

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and relive childhood memories with life-sized lantern installations resembling old playgrounds that promise to be great for family photo-moments under the stars.  Over the weekend of 10 and 11 September, a host of free programmes awaits everyone – lantern riddles, lantern-making, guided tours unveiling this monument’s layers of history, storytelling sessions featuring Mid-Autumn tales, performances of popular ‘90s music and more.

Tribal Tempo Flower Field Display
9 Sep - 30 Oct 2016; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission Charges apply


The Flower Dome will be transformed to feature the floral landscapes of South Africa at the Tribal Tempo Flower Field Display. Take in myriad blooms — from the vivid African fynbos (natural shrub vegetation) and the elegant Birds of Paradise to the national flower of Africa itself, the exquisite King Protea. Be intrigued, too, by the unusual-looking Aloe trees that take root in semi-desert regions or play peek-a-boo with rock art and animal sculptures hidden among the flora. To top it off, a gushing waterfall beckons in the midst of wildflower fields that grace Namaqualand each spring.

Families For Life School Holiday Edition Picnic
10 Sep 2016; 5pm - 9pm
Jurong Central Park
FREE


Spend family time at the Families for Life Picnic as we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival together. Families can also look forward to the fun family activities for the young and old, music performances and movie under the stars! For more information, visit HERE.

Highlights

Family DIY Activity: Decorate Your Own Lantern!
What’s the Mid-Autumn Festival without the lantern! Bring along your own art materials and decorate your very own lantern! (Each family is only allowed to redeem ONE lantern. Redemption is based on a first-come-first-served basis, while stocks last.)

Walkabout with your lanterns
Join in a short walk around the park with your decorated lantern!

Lantern riddles
Solve the riddles and receive a token from us!

Care & Share Charity drive
Make a donation of $25 and receive a Sharity Plush toy and a limited edition FFL picnic cooler bag. All donations go to the beneficiaries under Community Chest.

Evening picnic and Movie screening
Wind down your weekend with a chill and relaxing picnic. Pack your family favourite food and enjoy the evening picnic with us. As the sun set, enjoy the movie Minions!

I heART Nature Workshop
10 Sep 2016; 9am - 10.30am
Dairy Farm Nature Park, Wallace Education Centre
FREE but Registration compulsory

This interactive 1.5 hour parent-child bonding session includes interesting art and craft activities and a short nature appreciation walk. Suited for kids aged 5 to 7. To register, visit HERE.

Gardeners' Day Out
10 Sep 2016; 9am - 3pm
HortPark
FREE

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Gardeners' Day Out promises an entire day of gardening and lifestyle activities for everyone. Favourite highlights include a Gardeners' Market, Food Bazaar, free talks and demonstrations, free garden tours of HortPark and kids' activities like storytelling and handicrafts!

CEX Concert in the Park
10 Sep 2016; 6pm - 7.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE

Pack your picnic baskets, spread your mats and rejuvenate your weary souls with the first CEX Concert In The Park at the Singapore Botanic Gardens! Featuring fusion world music from Sarawak-based band, At Adau, and Singapore-based music group, Flame of the Forest. 

A Botanic Gardens Movie Series: Kung Fu Panda 3
10 Sep 2016: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Garden
FREE

What do you get when you mix a good movie and some great company? A memorable movie experience of course! This school holiday, bring the kids for a free screening of “Kung Fu Panda 3” on 10 Sep with your friends and family! So what are you waiting for, pack a picnic basket and join in for a fun movie under the stars!

Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2016
10 & 11 Sep 2016; 10am - 8pm
Marina Bay Sands, Halls E & F
1 Day: $19 | 2 Day: $28
*ALL kids under 12 enter FREE on 11 Sep 2016


Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) juices up the pop culture universe with offerings from the worlds of toys, games, comics, anime, manga and collectibles. Get ready to anticipate a weekend jam-packed with autograph sessions, stage performances and exciting exhibitors on the show floor. For more information and event schedule, visit HERE.

Straits Family Sunday: Family Tree
11 Sep 2016; 1pm - 5pm
Peranakan Museum
FREE

Learn the importance of family ties in the Peranakan world through a tour in the galleries. Play dress up in a nyonya kebaya or baba batik shirt and capture a fun family portrait. Design and create your own family tree artwork to take home.

Alice in Wonderland 爱丽丝梦游仙境
11 - 12 Sep 2016
2pm & 5pm
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
$88, $68, $48, $38


After a sold out tour across China and for the first time in Singapore, this family musical premieres at Resorts World Sentosa. Join Alice on this enchanting musical live adventure and experience cutting-edge 3D virtual performances that's not to be missed. Mandarin production with English subtitles. For tickets, visit HERE.

Movies Galore!


The BFG - Now showing
The Secret Life of Pets - Opening 1 Sep 2016
Pete's Dragon - Opening 1 Sep 2016
Kubo And The Two Strings - Opening 8 Sep 2016

Hideaways - Creating with Nature
Now until 30 Oct 2016
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum (Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
$20 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10


Hideways - Creating With Nature is all about immersive experiences - experiences that will invite kids to explore, observe, construct, reflect, innovate and engage with nature and natural materials through hands-on exhibits and interactive artists’ installations. Specifically designed for kids aged 1 to 12, the exhibition helps them explore these questions through various installations - providing an interdisciplinary and engaging experience serving as an important reminder of the world’s ecosystem. Read more in my review HERE.

School Holiday Sports Programmes September 2016
Various sports and locations by ActiveSG


The school holidays are here again! Join us yet again to keep active, be happy and be sporty! Definitely a fun way to relax before school bell starts ringing again. Check out the list of sporting activities HERE.

Future World @ ArtScience Museum
10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Ticket prices HERE

*Only on 9 August 2016, all visitors to the ArtScience Museum will enjoy 51% discount off admission to various exhibitions!


Kids will be able to imagine, play and explore in Singapore's largest digital art gallery, where 15 digital art installations come to life through cutting-edge science and technology! Some of the really interesting installations include Crystal Universe where you become the centre of the universe by stepping inside a scintillating and dazzling world of 170,000 LED lights and Light Ball Orchestra which blends vivid lights with beautiful music together to create an orchestra of colours and sounds that change constantly. Children can experiment with creating their own music freely as they run and play among a multitude of light balls, changing their sounds and colours as they touch or throw them around! Our Blog Post HERE.


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