May 27, 2015

Peranakan Hospitality at Village Hotel Katong

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The great thing about staycations is it allows the family to enjoy a relaxing break from the usual routine without hitting the road, or skies. Especially if it involves a hotel that is located in the culture-rich district of Katong. Relaxation has never been so close to so much good food!


The Village Hotel Katong, as its name implies, is located in the eastern side of Singapore and is formerly known as Paramount Hotel. I know, the exterior of the hotel looks pretty jaded and uninspiring but after an extensive round of refurbishments, I assure you that I was taken aback - in a good way - when I first set afoot into the hotel's lobby.


The lobby exuded a warm and homely charm, with references to the rich Peranakan heritage of the surrounding Joo Chiat and Katong areas. Of course, the make-or-break factor of any staycations with the monkies relies primarily on the hotel room and on first impression, it did not disappoint.


We were put up in one of the hotel's Family Rooms which comes with two queen beds - ideal for families with kids and certainly more than enough for my family. The wifey and I loved the overall design of the room which was modern and clean, with a hint of Peranakan influences through the use of its furnishing motifs.

For the monkies though, the main draw of our room has got to be the spaciousness of the room - which is pleasantly huge and it also comes with a walk-in wardrobe area. Yes, the monkies spent a long time playing hide-and-seek with those wardrobes.


The toilet is fairly spacious as well. There is no bathtub but it boasts a fantastic rain shower.


All rooms come with complimentary wired Internet and Wi-Fi access, including a 46-inch LED TV with in-built port access to portable electronic devices. 

Somehow, watching TV at home doesn't quite cut it like watching Cartoon Network while slothing it out on a hotel's bed. Perhaps it was due to the ultra comfy queen beds but I had a hard time in trying to get the monkies out of bed and explore the vicinity of Village Hotel Katong.


At least I had the awesome balcony view as a consolation.


But it was not long before the monkies wanted to get those feet of theirs moving... which we did. Besides the all the Katong coffeeshops/cafes/restaurants one can visit in the vicnity, the hotel sits above Katong V, a cosy shopping mall that is adjoined to. Desperate for more shopping options you say? How about a mere 5-minute walk to the Parkway Parade Shopping Mall - a mall which is notorious for its terrible car park jams during weekends.

Even East Coast Park is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel! Walk towards the direction of the expressway towards Parkway Parade, cross the underpass and come face to face with Parkland Green.


Parkland Green is a newly-opened low-rise development that comprises of a mix of family-friendly restaurants, casual cafes and sports retail shops. Families will love the 1-hectare lush green lawn nestled in front of the restaurants and cafes, providing kids with the perfect open space to run, jump and tumble while parents sip on a cuppa nearby.

Oh, there is also an hourly complimentary Shuttle Service to Big Splash at East Coast Park from 8:35am to 10:35pm should you prefer not to walk.

Or if you prefer to keep things really sloooow, then there is always this.


Swimming pools in hotels never fail to excite the monkies and even though the one at Village Hotel Katong is nothing more than a fairly big round pool, the monkies still managed to clock in more than one hour's worth of pool time!


See what I mean?


Do note that one half of the pool is 1.8m deep, while the other is 1.2m deep so for parents with young children, you will need to be in the pool with them. There are also noodle and foam floats available freely so those kept the kiddos pretty occupied for most of the duration.


Of course, a staycation is never complete without a hearty buffet breakfast to round up the experience!


Katong Kitchen is an international concept and halal restaurant featuring Nonya, Macanese, Asian, local Chinese and Western fare.


The breakfast buffet spread is rather decent, which serves up quite the wide spread of American-styled breakfast to local eats like Nasi Lemak and Laksa. The chicken congee deserves to be singled out though, especially since Ale had THREE bowls of that!


Clearly, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Village Hotel Katong. It is pleasant, not too overly crowded compared to other hotels and its location is an interesting one - from some of Singapore's best food and shopping options to activities at East Coast Park for the kids. If you are looking for an interesting staycation for that relaxing escape from the bustle of city life, the hotel is a great alternative for families!


From now until the end of 2015, bring out the Peranakan in you when you stay at Village Hotel Katong! The Peranakan Family Experience lets everyone in the family experience the life in a Peranakan kitchen when you learn to wrap rice dumplings the Nyonya way at Kim Choo. Understand more about the Peranakan culture and history and get to sample Nyonya favourites!

For just S$285*, enjoy:
• One night’s accommodation in Family Room
• Unlimited WiFi access
• Buffet breakfast for 2 adults, 2 children at Katong Kitchen
• FREE 2-hour Peranakan experience at Kim Choo
• Late check-out at 3pm (subject to availability)

*Rates are exclusive of 10% Service Charge & 7% GST

For more information and/or to book, visit www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/village-hotel-katong/deals/peranakan-experience.aspx


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Village Hotel Katong
25 Marine Parade, Singapore 449536
Tel: +65 6344 2200
Website: www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/village-hotel-katong


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May 25, 2015

A Bumper Listing of June School Holidays Activities for Kids 2015

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Yes, so we are halfway through 2015. Already. Time sure flies!

And if you are fretting over how to keep your children occupied this June School Holidays, I have compiled an easy guide to the various activities for kids taking place around Singapore. So yes, get ready to sprint and hop around Singapore this coming holidays!


I will be updating the list regularly as more information trickle in so do check back often!

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Koalamania
30 May - 28 June 2015 (Weekends only)
Singapore Zoo
Admission Charges apply


Koala Mask-cum-Fan Giveaway
Wear your love for koalas… on your face! The adorable mask doubles as a fan to keep you cool throughout the day. (Limited to 1000 pieces daily)

Koala Kling-on Optical Illusion Photo Wall
Snap a photo at our illusion wall, upload it on the Koalamania website (http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania/) and stand to win a family holiday to Queensland, Australia!

Didgeridoo performance by The Earthtone Project; 11am and 1pm
Hang around for a chance to try playing Australian aboriginal instruments

Mascot Mania; 10am, 12 noon, 4pm
Look out for the adorable koalas and Zoo Hoo elephant, orang utan and zebra mascots! 

Koala-ty Crafts; 10am to 4pm
Young koala fans can get krafty with koala and aboriginal-themed crafts like origami, sticker printing and dot painting on pebbles.

Zoolympix 2015 
30 May - 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 June 2015
Starting point at Zoolympix booth near Singapore Zoo entrance
Admission Charges apply

Junior Explorers can pick up a Zoolympix booklet near the entrance of Singapore Zoo before seeking out the five wildlife-themed game stations that are scattered around the park. Help save animals and protect their homes through fun activities, while learning about environmental threats. All participants are entitled to a Spin and Win lucky draw on completing the Zoolympix booklet.

Free admission for senior citizens
Between 30 May and 30 June 2015, Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Singapore Zoo. Proof of identity required.

Kranji Countryside Farmers' Market
30 & 31 May 2015; 2pm - 9pm
Nyee Phoe


Indulge in 50 stalls of local produce and locally-made artisanal products, and a weekend filled with community-driven education and entertainment! Visit HERE for updates.

Jubilee at the Botanics
30 & 31 May 2015; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Free Admission


Consisting of two free concerts by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) - on 30 May and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) on 31 May, the concert series takes a fresh approach to music, combining two of Singapore’s very best orchestras and bringing together the best of music from the east and west.

DBS Marina Regatta 2015
30 May - 14 June 2015
Marina Bay Promenade
Free

Experience the dynamism and heartbeat of New Asia at the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 , Singapore’s biggest annual water sports festival. Each weekend will offer something different for the community, including the Paddle for Good initiative to support inclusive sports and raise funds for the community; DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup, the DBS Food Village by Savour and urban farming workshops. For a detailed listing of all activities, visit www.dbsmarinaregatta.com.

Families for Life Monthly Picnics
30 May 2015: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park | 5pm - 7pm
27 June 2015: Punggol Waterway Park (with movie screening) | 5pm - 9pm
Free Admission



This year, the Celebrations will go to the heartlands! All families are invited to join the monthly picnics to rediscover the importance of spending quality time together as a family. From October 2014 to August 2015, you can enjoy a host of activities, such as kite flying, movie screening, popiah making and many more, alongside with the iconic FFL Mobile Café. So get ready for some quality family time! Pack your own food and drinks for maximum enjoyment and treasure every moment with your family. For more information and to register, visit HERE.

Retro Fun at Jurong Bird Park
30 May - 28 June 2015 (Weekends only)
10am - 4pm (various timings)
Jurong Bird Park
Admission Charges apply

Reminisce sweet memories from the era of retro games like hopscotch and five stones, and relive school excursions at Jurong Bird Park. Youngsters from the iPad generation can get a kick from playing chapteh or compete in a traditional game of kuti kuti with their parents and grandparents. Competitive ones can collect winner’s coupons at the various game stations to win exciting prizes at the tikam tikam counter. Those wanting to play Snakes and Ladders can have jumbo-sized fun with a larger-than-life version of this classic board game!


Gather the whole family for a treasure hunt that promises a colourful day of exploration in the park with 5,000 birds across 400 species. Kids will need all the help they can get from parents and grandparents to solve a series of clues along a trail featuring vintage items. Or take a break from all the fun and be drawn in by myths and legends in an intimate storytelling session. The tale of Sang Nila Utama comes alive in this interactive show and tell.

Free admission for senior citizens
Between 30 May and 30 June 2015, Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Jurong Bird Park. Proof of identity required.

28th SEA Games Carnival
31 May - 16 June 2015
10am daily
Singapore Sports Hub
Free Admission


Have a go at giant inflatables in the junior zone, creative sports try-outs, Laser Tag and walk-on-water for the more adventurous. Coupled with a slew of light shows and artist performances, the carnival is the perfect option to complete your 28th SEA Games experience. For a complete listing of kid-friendly sporting activities, visit HERE.

Real Escape Game Singapore - Escape from Conspiracy
All Sat & Sun in June 2015
11am | 12pm
Singapore Art Museum
$27 per ticket


Real Escape Game is a thematic puzzle-based game that was the first of its kind to be brought in from Japan in 2012, and is a pioneer in the establishment of the “escape room” concept in Singapore. REG focuses on the finest quality of puzzle contents, encourages real-life social interactions and promotes team bonding among players. Starting at Singapore Art Museum, participants will then move off to different parts of Singapore to play the game. Like all our other outdoor versions, participants can choose to play this game alone or join with their friends to form a group. Visit HERE for more details, and tickets.

Storytelling Comes Alive! with PLAYMOBIL
6 - 28 June 2015; 10.30am - 7pm
Palawan Beach
Free (Island admission charges apply)

Let your imagination take you on a fantastic storytelling journey! Join in the fun at this international award-winning event that brings you stories and characters coming alive right in front of your every own eyes. Event highlights include three customised stories, life-size rides at the Carnival by the Beach ($5 per ride), PLAYMOBIL Toyshop as well as creating your very own arts & crafts piece at Little Hands & Minds ($5 per craft).

National Orchid Garden School Holidays Free Admission
Now until 7 June 2015
8.30am - 7pm daily
National Orchid Garden


From now to 7 June 2015, students and accompanying adults can visit the National Orchid Garden for free. Free admission terms and conditions:
1. Children 12 years old and below.
2. Students are required to present valid student cards.
3. Adults accompanying children and/or students for the visit.
4. Not applicable to tour groups and tickets purchased in advance.

River Games 2015
6 - 28 June 2015 (Weekends only)
9am - 6pm (various timings)
River Safari
Admission Charges apply


Held on weekends, River Games offer brain-teasers for young minds as they play animal heroes,
from saving drowning giant otter babies to helping crocodiles navigate through a maze to find their
partners. Featuring various activity stations from remote-controlled games to carnival-style
challenges, kids embark on a mission to help animal friends find their home, food and even protect
the species. For more information, visit www.riversafari.com.sg/rivergames.

50% off River Safari admission with purchases of Singapore Zoo and/or Night Safari tickets
From now until 31 July 2015, each ticket to Night Safari or Singapore Zoo allows visitors to enjoy 50% discount on admission tickets to River Safari for visits on the same day. Admission to River Safari excludes boat rides.

$5 child admission with every adult ticket to River Safari
From now until 30 June 2015, NTUC card holders enjoy special rates where kids (3 to 12 years) enter at only $5 (U.P $18) with every adult admission ticket to River Safari.

Fun Walk along The Southern Ridges
6 June 2015, 9am - 11am
Southern Ridges, Mount Faber Park, Entrance of Henderson Waves
Free

Take your family on a leisure stroll through southern ridges, a soothing sanctuary of greenery that is not only steeped in history but also home to some of Singapore's most exciting flora and fauna. Highlights of the tour included the Henderson Waves, Sembcorp Forest of the Giants, Forest Walk and the Singing Forest. Registration is compulsory. Please register HERE.

Gardeners Day Out
6 & 7 June 2015; 9am - 5pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre
Free Admission


Join in the fun at this special edition of Gardeners’ Day Out happening at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre for a weekend of exciting gardening activities. Grab great bargains at the Gardening and Food Bazaar or pick up tips on growing and displaying plants at our talks and workshops. With storytelling sessions, art & craft activities and garden tours catering to children, there’s something for everyone.

ActiveSG SGT Ken Boot Camp Series
13 June 2015
Details in the brochure below
Visit HERE to sign up


Bird Watching along the Southern Ridges
13 June 2015; 7.30am - 9.30am
Mount Faber Park, Entrance of Henderson Waves
Free

Go on a bird watching tour at the Southern Ridges, where up to 43 species of birds have been spotted so far. Volunteer guides from STMicroelectronics will take you through the Forest Walk and the Singing Forest in search of these beautiful birds. Registration is compulsory. Please register HERE.

I heART Nature Workshop
13 June 2015; 9am - 10.30am
Wallace Education Centre, Dairy Farm Nature Park
Free

This interactive 1.5 hour parent-child bonding session includes interesting art and craft activities and a short nature appreciation walk. Registration is compulsory. Please register HERE.

Ubin Day
13 & 14 June 2015
Pulau Ubin


Ubin Day is Ubin Open House! Once a year, people and groups who love Ubin come together to organise special events for the public to celebrate Pulau Ubin. These events passionately highlight Ubin's unique charms - its culture, kampung life, nature and wildlife, Ubin land and sea. Through these events, the organisers also hope to also raise awareness of Pulau Ubin and issues on Pulau Ubin. Check out all the fun activities HERE and its Facebook page.

LEGO Friends LIVE @ LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until 19 July 2015
12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4pm daily (No shows on Wed)
LEGOLAND Malaysia
Admission charges apply


Discover the magic of friendship and enjoy the original LEGO Friends song and amazing dance performances. The LEGO Friends Show is a brand new production, exclusively written for LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

Aviva SuperFundae
20 June 2015; 10am - 9pm
Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow
From $28 per ticket


Let loose and be silly! Entertain your little explorers with over 20 fun kiddy activities including sports, art and craft, dance and drama! Check out the Transformers Challenge and Nerf Missions for those active little tykes. Enjoy yummy food, live music, an outdoor movie screening with free sundaes all day and a candy cannon that fires up free gummies! For tickets and more details, visit www.superfundae.com.sg.

Trees of the Fort
20 June 2015; 4pm -5.30pm
Fort Canning Park, Roundabout
Free

Did you know that a Kapok tree can grow up to 40 metres high? Let NParks' nature-loving guides bring you on a journey to find out more about our heritage trees and other beautiful trees like the towering Kapok, flaky Gelam and magnificent Madras Thorn! Registration is compulsory. Please register HERE.

Megapalooza!
27 & 28 June 2015
Gardens by the Bay
Free

In June, come to Gardens by the Bay for a megapalooza load of fun! Visit with your family and friends and have a whale of a time playing gigantic board games, enjoying magic tricks and taking in wonderful performances!

Giant Board Games
27 - 28 June 2015 | 10am - 7pm | Supertree Grove | Free
Tired of playing tabletop board games? Try your hands at our 3D, life-sized games for a mega time of fun with family and friends. Immerse yourself in the craziness of it all!

Tricky Patrick
27 June 2015 | 5.30pm - 6.30pm | Flower Dome*
28 June 2015 | 4.15pm - 5.15pm | Flower Dome*
Fancy a trick or two? Check out what Tricky Patrick has up his sleeves. Kids, come and see some seemingly impossible tricks and amazing stage illusions. *Admission charges to Cooled Conservatories apply.

Urban Street Team
27 June 2015 | 6.40pm - 7.40pm | Supertree Grove | Free
Gooaal! Enjoy an exciting soccer showcase as the Urban Street Team dazzle you with their fancy footwork and creative stunts.

NUS Wind Symphony
27 June 2015 | 8pm - 8.45pm | Supertree Grove | Free
Enjoy an evening of beautiful band music brought to you by the NUS wind symphony. Sit back, relax and be entertained by a wide repertoire of quality tunes ranging from classical orchestral pieces to familiar pop tunes.

Shili & Adi
28 June 2015 | 7pm - 7.45pm | Supertree Grove | Free
Let Shili & Adi bring you back to a more nostalgic time with familiar tunes that you will love. Enjoy an evening of acoustic music by this talented duo. Let their wide repertoire of songs and versatile voices entertain everyone in the family.

NAC ExxonMobil Concert in the Park
28 June 2015; 5pm - 6.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Free Admission

The National Arts Council and ExxonMobil presents their concerts in the parks series for everyone to enjoy. Starting at 4.30pm, bring your children down for the fringe activities. The performance starts at 5pm till 6.30pm.

ActiveSG June School Holiday Fun


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! If you are a Singapore citizen or a Permanent Resident, sign up as ActiveSG members and use your ActiveSG dollars to offset the payment (up to 30%) for the programmes. Visit HERE for a detailed list of sporting programmes.

'Footprints of our Forefathers' Chinatown Walking Tour
Every Saturday, 9.30am - 11.30am
Outside Chinatown Visitor Centre
Free



THE COSY INDOORS

Flowery Fun Times Floral Display
Now until 19 July 2015; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome
Admission Charges apply


Relive your childhood as we bring to life some of your favourite nursery rhymes! Step into a world filled with beloved characters such as Mary and her little lamb, the old lady in her shoe, and Old MacDonald with his farm animals. Amidst a field of colourful Lupins, Delphiniums and Foxgloves, find Humpty Dumpty before his fall and visit Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary in her garden! Local favourites such as " 客人来" will be featured as well! For more details, visit HERE.

"Flowery Fun Times" Garden Trail
Now until 19 July 2015 | 9am - 9pm | Flower Dome
Rekindle fond memories as we bring you back in time to the days when you enjoyed nursery rhymes as a child. Be intrigued by the hidden stories behind these poetic melodies as you stroll through a garden of Lupins and Delphiniums with this Garden Trail. Hurry grab your free trail map (while stocks last), with every conservatories ticket purchased.

Scent Walk
8 June 2015 | 10am - 11am | Outdoor Gardens & Flower Dome
8 June 2015 | 8pm - 9pm | Outdoor Gardens & Flower Dome
Come experience the Gardens from a different perspective – the sense of smell. Join Asia’s first Scent Walk in Singapore led by Kate Mclean from the United Kingdom. Inputs from participants will be collected to create Singapore’s first Scent Map to be displayed at Ion Orchard. This Scent Walk is organised by AllSense. Click here for more details.

Dinosaur Trail 
27 May - 8 June 2015
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm) | Sat & Sun: 11am – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)
United Square


Marvel at the story of their 200 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them move. Hear them roar. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you will think that the dinosaurs really are back! Dinosaur Adventures is an exhibition set to captivate the young and old alike. Explore a prehistoric world full of moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes and come alive.

Junior Paleontologist
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm) | Sat & Sun: 11am – 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)
Step into the world of the Dinosaurs and Be a Junior Paleontologist. Children will be provided with an expert digger outfit, and will be able to dig for ancient fossils. At the end of the session, kids will also get an opportunity to take a photo in a dinosaur egg! To qualify, spend $80* for an Adventure Pass.

Jurassic Challenge @ OneKM
29 May - 18 June 2014
Mon - Fri: 12pm – 8pm | Sat  & Sun: 11am – 8pm
OneKM Mall

Climb, zip, swing and slide across realistic “life-size” dinosaurs! From the gentle plant eaters to the most ferocious Tyrannosaurus-Rex, see the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Experience a series of high-altitude Jurassic Challenges, such as Rock Climbing, Flying Fox, Abseiling and Para Jump. Scaling a 24ft-high rock wall, surging across the mall on a 55ft flying fox, participants will be harnessed and attached to safety lines at all times. Spend $80 for an Adventure Pass to Jurassic Challenges.

Dinosaurize Me!
29 May - 14 June 2014
Plaza Singapura
Free


Discover the lost world of dinosaurs at Plaza Singapura this June holidays, as the mall unveils a gargantuan, 37m x 7m Argentinosaurus exhibit – one of the world’s largest dinosaur exhibits and the largest ever in a local shopping mall! For two weeks, shoppers can look forward to a wide variety of educational activities, ranging from dinosaur-themed craft workshops to weekend scientific shows and discoveries. Budding paleontologists can also expect to uncover lost fossils in our specially constructed digging pit.

The Little Prince In The Dark
Now until 20 June 2015
Mon - Fri: 11am – 7pm | Sat: 11am – 5pm | Closed on Sun
Alliance française de Singapour
Free Admssion

Echoing this well-known quote, this world first held attempts to bring Saint-Exupéry’s illustrations to life by the sense of touch. French visual artist has created 13 all-white sculptures with relief (to be discovered by the senses of touch and hearing audio versions of the book) that will be presented in the dark. All the magic, dreams and poetry of Saint-Exupery’s beloved book will thus be revealed in a new way never imagined before.

Ninja Turtles Dojo Experience
29 May - 28 June 2015
Event Square, Downtown East


Explore the Turtles’ Dojo training grounds and learn the ways of the ninja through participating in a series of secret ninja activities! For a detailed listing of activities, visit HERE.

LEGO Build. Fun. Play 2015
29 May - 28 June 2015
Raffles City Atrium, L3
Free Admission


Children's Season 2015
30 May - 28 June 2015
Various Museums
Free


From 30 May to 28 June 2015, bring your young ones and the young-at-heart on a trip to discover heritage, art, culture, and science, as well as other everyday aspects of life in Singapore. With dedicated children’s exhibitions and interactive activities to delight and enlighten, we promise a fun time for all!

Put on your explorer’s  boots and set out on trails to learn about traditional eateries and local delicacies in Kampong Gelam, or go hunt for animals at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Get creative making your own mailbox at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, paint with light at the ArtScience Museum, catch a rainbow and dance in a sea of flowers among other activities at the National Museum of Singapore! All this and much more awaits at this eight edition of the much-loved  Children’s Season.

For a FULL listing of all activities happening across all museums, visit www.museums.com.sg/cs15/programmes.

Children's Season @ Science Centre Singapore
30 May - 28 June 2015
Various programmes
Visit HERE for more details



Gundam Docks
4 - 28 June 2015
Takashimaya Square, B2 and Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Free Admission


Bandai Namco Asia and Takashimaya Department Store present an iconic exhibition in celebration of the 35th anniversary of GUNDAM model kit and in conjunction with Singapore’s Golden Jubilee – the “Gundam Docks at Singapore”. One of the largest such exhibitions outside Japan, the approximately 4,000sqm showcase will include over 200 models of the phenomenal Gundam series – the first anime based on space war and machines that sparked off the genre of robotic anime.

Witness the fight between Earth Federation vs Principality of Zeon as the RX-78-2 Gundam, the largest Gundam to be showcased outside Japan, come face to face with Char’s Zaku at the heart of Singapore’s Orchard Road. The Gundam and Zaku are around 6 metres each, at a scale of 1:3, and weighs two tonnes each. Accompanied by daily light and sound shows held in the evenings, this is an activity you cannot miss as the war drama comes to life before your eyes.

Saturdays@ACM
6 June 2015; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free Admission

Supersize your Saturday! Enjoy a day of hare-racing day of fun and excitement for the kids! Visit HERE for more information.

ArtScience Museum presents The Deep
From 6 June 2015
Admission Charges apply


Get up close and personal with rarely seen deep sea creatures from the remotest expanses of the ocean at The Deep exhibition. For the first time in Southeast Asia, ArtScience Museum presents a collection of over 40 exquisite deep-sea life forms, including newly discovered species and exclusive exhibition footage of the abyss. Be captivated by the deep-sea fauna on display and learn more about ocean conservation.

Nickelodeon Slime Cup 2015
6 & 7 June 2015; 11am – 7pm
Downtown East
Free Admission



Singapore’s slimiest integrated sports festival, Nickelodeon Slime Cup is back! The June school holidays are just around the corner and what better way to spend the well-deserved break than spending some slimey and fun quality time with family and friends?  Presented by Singtel TV and held at Downtown East, the event partner, from Saturday, 6 June to Sunday, 7 June, the event aims to encourage children and their parents to bond and get active through play. Nickelodeon’s trademark green slime will be a main ingredient in the games and activities, and is the ultimate holiday treat. For a detailed listing of activities, visit HERE.

SG50 PlayLah! @ Singapore EXPO
6 & 7 June 2015
12pm - 6pm
Singapore Expo, Hall 4A
Free Admission


PlayLah! @ Singapore EXPO revives the most popular games played across Singapore in the past 50 years. Don’t miss out on the kids activities while you enjoy the nostalgic food treats of yesteryear. Other highlights include the launch of Singapore Fashion Runway and surprise guest appearances!

Funan Anime Matsuri 2015
8 - 14 June 2015
Funan DigitaLife Mall
Free Admission


The iconic cosplay event is back for the third year running at Funan DigitaLife Mall! Experience a wholesome week of Japanese pop culture right here in Singapore. Activities include cosplay workshops, cosplay meet & greet, anime screenings, card tournaments, maid & butler cafe and so much more in store for you! More details HERE.

Straits Family Sunday @ Peranakan Museum
14 June 2015; 1pm - 5pm
Peranakan Museum
Free Admission

Move to the beat of the yesteryear and dance to songs enjoyed by young Peranakans of the past. Dress up with the whole family in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya or go on a special, themed tour of the galleries.

Firing of the Dragon Kiln
19 & 20 June 2015
Thow Kwang Industry
Free Admission


Thow Kwang is home to one of the last surviving dragon kilns or long yao in Singapore. Don't miss the firing of the dragon kiln on 19 and 20 June 2015 as it is fired up for the making of SG50 clay balls!

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
Now until 19 July 2015
Mon - Sun 10am - 7pm | Fri 10am - 9pm
Free Admission for Singaporeans & PRs
SAM at 8Q


Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, an exhibition for everyone and anyone with a head for ideas and a heart for adventure, is the new edition of SAM’s much-loved annual contemporary art exhibition for children, begun in 2010 and now in its fifth year. In the spirit of SG50, this year's exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, a symbol of a young nation on the rise and with it, the capacity to dream big and think large. What might we be able to envision and aspire to? What worlds could we imagine for ourselves and create for others? Particularly targeted at children, Imaginarium is both immersive and interactive with hands-on activities at every turn.

Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats
Now until 27 September 2015
Monday 1pm - 7pm | Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum, Level 2
Free admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs

The exhibition aims to bring children into the fluffy, cheeky world of goats and sheep. Here, children get to learn about the small ruminants, one of the first animals to be domesticated. They will meet four-legged friends from different stories and cultures, and get up-close and personal with beautiful goat themed stamps from around the world. For more information, visit HERE.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew
Now until 28 June 2015
10am - 8pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun) | 10am - 10pm (Fri, Sat)
Glass Atrium, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore
FREE Admission

This memorial exhibition chronicles the life and political career of Singapore’s first Prime Minister and founding father Lee Kuan Yew. It also highlights the ideals and convictions that shaped Mr Lee and his generation of leaders. Through a selection of photographic images and audiovisual recordings, as well as artefacts from the National Collection, the exhibition chronicles his political journey and pays tribute to his contributions.

Movies Galore!


Doraemon: Nobita And The Space Heroes - 29 May 2015
Jurassic World - 11 June 2015
Minions - 18 June 2015

CARTOON CHARACTERS MEET & GREET

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet & Greet
29 May: 7pm  | 30 & 31 May, 20 & 21 Jun: 4pm & 7pm | 13 & 14 Jun, 27 & 28 Jun: 7pm
Event Square, Downtown East
*Passes will be issued 30mins before each session


Fun with Spongebob Squarepants & Friends at VivoCity
1 - 14 June 2015
Mon - Fri: 2pm & 7pm  | Sat, Sun & PHs: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm | *No shows on 2 & 8 June
VivoCity, Central Court


Take a deep breath and dive underwater to listen to Patchy the Pirate tell of the sea-antics between our favourite yellow sea sponge, SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick as they make-believe they are men, complete with a moustache! Watch out for the evil Plankton as he causes havoc under the sea and don't forget to catch Gary the snail doing the Jellyfish jam!

Let's Get Groovy with Barney
6 - 21 June 2015
Tue - Fri: 1pm & 7pm | Sat & Sun: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
City Square Mall, L1 Atrium


Get set for a rollercoaster of fun and excitement with plenty of activities related to the affable Barney, BJ and Baby Bop. For the third year running, the lovable purple dinosaur will take the stage at City Square Mall with a first ever retro-themed performance - Barney’s Jukebox Party. The fun continues at City Green park as it transforms into a venue for fun and laughter with the “Good Ole Fun In The Park” retro carnival from 29 May to 28 June 2015. Families can look forward to old school carnival games and rides such as the Pirate Ship, Carousel, Bumper Car, Tea Cup and more!

Fun Time with Mr Men & Little Miss
8 - 14 June 2015
Mon - Fri: 1pm & 7pm | Sat & Sun: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
NEX, Atrium Level 1


Hi-5 Live!
11 - 23 June 2015
Mon - Sun: 2.30pm, 5pm & 7pm (No shows on Wed)
United Square


Turn Up The Music this June Holiday, as United Square Shopping Mall - the Kids Learning Mall brings you the hit pre-school SUPERSTARS – Hi-5! Sing and dance to the popular tunes in an exclusive ‘live’ performance. Join Ainsley, Dayen, Mary, Stevie & Tanika on this special holiday adventure with loads of singing, dancing and excitement, it's sure to be loads of fun!

SHOWS & PLAYS

Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt
30 May - 1 June 2015; 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
$108, $88, $68, $88, $48


For the very first time, the stage version of the hugely popular pre-school television show Peppa Pig is on its way to Singapore. In this beautiful new theatrical production, Peppa Pig and her friends set off on a treasure hunt. Peppa, her brother George and friend Danny Dog get up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog's boat. There are clues aplenty as Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra help them find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure. Full sail, ahoy! For tickets, visit HERE.

Roald Dahl's The BFG
30 & 31 May 2015
30 May 11am | 31 May 1pm
Ulu Pandan CC Theatrette
$30 per ticket


In this wonderful play-within-a-play, little orphan Sophie discovers the extraordinary BFG blowing marvellous dreams into the windows of children one night. Because he’s been spotted, the BFG “snitches” Sophie from her bed and whisks her away to Giant Country. Luckily for Sophie, the BFG eats only the foul tasting “snozzcumber”, unlike all the other gizzardgulping Giants who love the taste of little children. An unlikely friendship begins between them, and when Sophie and the BFG discover the giants’ nasty plot to eat all the “human beans” of the world, they work together to save the day. Sophie and the BFG come up with a plan that involves the Queen of England, the army and airforce, dream-blowing, friendship, and good old giant-sized, child-like cleverness.

The Gingerbread Man
Now until 7 june 2015
Tue & Wed: 10am & 2.30pm | Thu & Fri: 10am | Sat & Sun: 10.30am, 2.30pm & 5pm
Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
$32


With strong moral values, and some interesting thinking points for young and old alike, this is a completely reinvented version of the popular fable. Look out for a re-worked and improved script, re-designed costumes, set, props and puppets. The Gingerbread Man is a sweet spread of wonderfully catchy songs, rainbow-sprinkled with a colourful collection of crazy characters, and frosted with some valuable lessons to learn. This tasty tale - the one you know so well - is a real treat for all ages! For tickets, visit HERE.

Singapura: The Musical
Now until 7 June 2015; 7.30pm
Capitol Theatre
$65 and up

Singapura: The Musical takes the audience through a journey of love, hope, and new beginnings while exploring the strength of the human spirit during the formative years of Singapore’s history from 1955 to 1965. Through the eyes of ordinary men and women, audiences will witness how hope and youthful determination transcend the struggles of everyday life during this time period as Singaporeans strive towards a better future for themselves and their loved ones. Their passion and drive sees them dreaming, hoping and creating – against all odds – a place where they can truly call home. For tickets, visit HERE.

Flipside 2015
29 May - 7 June 2015
Various performances


Flipside presents the lighter side of the arts for all to enjoy with programmes that are quirky, comic and most of all, fun. Choose from a range of ticketed and free programs, let loose and laugh out loud with unconventional circus acts and music collectives, puppetry, comedy, interactive installations and more. For a detailed listing, visit www.esplanade.com/flipside/2015/.

Dim Sum Dollies - The History of Singapore Part 1
5 - 21 June 2015; Tue - Sat: 8pm | Sat - Sun: 3pm
Esplanade Theatre
$148, $128, $88, $68, $48


Fresh from their daringly hilarious romp through Singapore's recent history, the Dim Sum Dollies travel EVEN FURTHER BACK IN TIME to when it all began. Join icons of the real Pioneer(ing) Generation! Sang Nila and his quest for real estate, Diva-licious Samsui Women, the Sin City Hustle of opium dens and brothels, and prematurely ejected Kamikaze Pilots. From DVD Pirates and Missionary Nuns to pre-1965 Separation anxiety, the Dollies and their Chopstick will tease, sing and dance their way through more than 700 years of island history, in a whirlwind of sequins, feathers and 3-inch heels! For tickets, visit HERE.

SMURFS LIVE ON STAGE - Smurfs Save Spring
12 - 14 June 2015
Fri: 3pm & 7pm | Sat & Sun: 11am, 3pm & 7pm
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
$120, $95, $75, $65, $45


It's every Smurf's favourite time of year: Spring! Which means it's time for the annual Spring Parade. But which Smurf will be chosen as the Leader of this year's Parade? If Gargamel has his way, there won't be a parade at all. He comes up with a plan to trick Mother Nature, turn Spring off bit by bit, and catch the Smurfs in the process. For tickets, visit HERE.

The Wind in the Willows
12 - 14 June 2015
Fri, 12 June: 5pm  | Sat, 13 June: 2pm, 5pm & 7.30pm | Sun, 14 June: 10.30am, 2pm & 5pm
SOTA Drama Theatre
$62, $52, $42


When Mole plucks up the courage to explore the Riverbank with his friend Ratty, nothing can prepare him for the adventure that awaits. Along with Badger and the irrepressible Mr Toad, the foursome career from one exploit to the next culminating in a battle not only to save Toad Hall, but their very way of life. This new adaptation captures all the wit and bonhomie of Kenneth Grahame’s original novel, and aims to bring the delights of this literary classic to yet another generation of children and a touch of showbiz to the Riverbank! For tickets, visit HERE.

OTHER KIDS ACTIVITIES

ImagiNation - Kindness Day SG
30 & 31 May 2015
11am - 10pm
*SCAPE Playspace 
Free Admission


How would we live in a nation of kindness – one where compassion is an instinct and graciousness a reflex? ImagiNation is an immersive multimedia exhibition that transports audiences into a parallel universe, inviting them to explore a world without conflict, without giving or taking offense, without malice or misunderstanding. ImagiNation is the theme of Kindness Day SG 2015, an initiative by the Singapore Kindness Movement. Kindness Day SG was inaugurated in 2013 as an occasion for Singaporeans to come together in celebration of kindness and graciousness, to inspire one another and transform our society into a nation of kindness. Kindness Day SG is celebrated on the last Friday of May, coinciding with the final day of the second academic term. For more information, visit kindnessday.sg.

Big Eyes, Big Minds - 
Singapore International Children's Film Festival
30 - 31 May & 6 - 7 Jun 2015; Various Timings
The Arts House; $10.90


The first and only film festival in Singapore dedicated to kids, Big Eyes, Big Minds showcases the best films for children from around the world. These include live-action shorts, animation and documentaries which are made for kids, about kids and sometimes, by kids too! All Big Eyes, Big Minds programmes and workshops are thoughtfully curated to engage children, enrich their worldview and inspire them to think and express themselves creatively. For more details and tickets, visit HERE.

Jelly, Wobble!
30 May - 9 June 2015
10:30am to 12:30pm & 3:30pm to 5:30pm
ION ART Gallery, Level 4 ION Orchard
$35 per child


Inspired by the book, THE JELLY WHO WOULDN’T WOBBLE by Angela Mitchell, ACT 3's arts experience workshop will have children enjoy a stupendously funny performance, then do Drama based on the story, make art, and dibble, dabble, and even wobble to discover personal expressiveness and creativity. Best for children aged 4 to 8. To book, visit HERE.

Power Up in the West!
30 May - 28 June 2015
Various shows & timings
West Coast Plaza


Movies Under the Stars 2015
30 May - 2 June 2015 (Sat only); 7.30pm
Star Vista, B1 Star Plaza
Free Admission


SEA Games 2015
5 - 16 June 2015


Free admission to 50% of sports at the 28th SEA Games
As part of a concerted effort to make the 28th SEA Games accessible to all, tickets to the various competitions have been kept affordable. Out of the 36 sports, fans will enjoy free admission to half of them (18 sports).  These include: Athletics, Archery, Softball, Tennis, Squash, Rowing, Canoe/Kayak, Sailing, Tra. Boat Race, Water Ski, Cycling, Golf, Triathlon, Bowling, Shooting, Petanque, Hockey and Floorball. For more information on dates, venues and timings, visit www.seagames2015.com.

Sprint Kids Xtreme 2015: Army Days Edition
13 - 21 June 2015
SAFRA Jurong


Sprint Kids Xtreme is back with a SAF50 twist! This year, the little ones can try out their hand in this iconic sprint race with obstacles inspired by the Army’s Standard Obstacle Course (SOC). Team up with a parent or rope in the whole family for a fun time navigating through the Dodging Panels and attempting the Leopard Crawl and stand to win amazing prizes! For race categories and to register, visit HERE.

ZOUKIDISCO!
14 Jun 2015; 2-4pm or 5-7pm
Phuture, Zouk
$10 per pax


Wanna boogie with your babies to some bouncy beats? Come shimmy the afternoon away at ZOUKIDISCO!, a day-time dance party for you and your kids! Expect a whole lot more than just dancing; with loads of family-friendly surprises and activities in store for you! Only kids from 1-10 years of age and their friends and families are allowed entry.

Tranium MegaChamps Holiday Workshops
9 -24 June 2015
Various dates and workshops
Details in the brochure below
Visit HERE to sign up


Do you have any other activities for children this June School Holidays? Do share them in the comments below! Thanks, and have fun!



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