On the hunt for great family activities to celebrate the Hari Raya and National Day long weekend from 8 to 11 August? Here are 9 ways to keep those kids (and parents) really busy!
Watch Fireworks at the National Day Parade (NDP)
No NDP tickets? No worries, you can still be part of the action and hustle with the crowd for front-row standing room at around the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade come National Day on 9 August 2013. The Merlion Park and the Esplanade Bridge will no doubt also be very crowded, so do head on down early to book your viewing spot. Or you can check out the rest of the other Vantage points around the Marina Bay area too.
If you want to take things easy though, pull out the family picnic mat at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, Bay East Garden or Marina Barrage and sit back to enjoy the show in the sky. The Fireworks come on around 8.10pm but to be safe, anytime before 8pm will be perfect.
“An Island on the Tip” Play
In collaboration with Esplanade, Act 3 Theatrics will be presenting “An Island on the Tip” this National Day weekend . Inspired by Singapore’s past, present and future, these original tales are crafted by children from the “Young Authors Club”. Under the mentorship of R Chandran and Amy J Cheng from Act 3 Theatrics, children from the “Literacy Through Drama” program will take the stage in telling you these stories.
Date: 10 & 11 Aug 2013
Venue: Library@Esplanade – Dance Village
Time: 3pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 5.30pm
Free admission for all
Dazzling Flower Display at Gardens by the Bay
Enjoy Hari Raya Aidilfitri and National Day at the Gardens with a special floral display in conjunction with the celebrations; where the Flower Field will be transformed into a beautiful tapestry of red and white – with orchids, roses and begonias.
|Photo courtesy of Gardens by the Bay|
PLAY time! Hello Ling
Step into Ling's lovely little garden and feel the warmth of the sun. Come along as she explores her fascinating garden of light. Discover how light makes plants grow and how it creates beautiful colours like those you see in a rainbow. Join us at Hello Ling to learn more about light and how it makes things glow, glisten, sparkle and shine!
Date: 10 - 18 Aug 2013
Time: 10, 11, 17 & 18 Aug - 11am, 2pm & 4pm | 12, 13, 15 & 16 Aug - 9.30am & 11am
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $15, or Package of 4 at $50
To buy tickets, visit HERE.
Boogie with the kids at ZOUKIDISCO
Here to bolster your patriotic week, Flea & Easy is back this 11 August 2013 and promises to be a massive showcase of some of the island’s finest designers and artisans. And even better this year - while Flea & Easy takes place in the main Zouk room, a dance party for the tiny tots will be in session at Velvet Underground next door! Shimmy the afternoon away at the launch of ZOUKIDISCO, a daytime dance party for you and your kids! More than just dancing, ZOUKIDISCO has got loads of family-friendly surprises and activities in store for the whole family.
Date: 11 August 11 2013
Venue: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420
Time: Flea Market 2-7pm | ZOUKIDSCO 3-6pm
Admission: Flea Market is Free | ZOUKIDISCO $8 per pax (includes one non-alcoholic drink). Only kids aged 1 to 9 years and their friends and family are allowed entry.
Participate in the Asia UNO Challenge!
Mattel hosts the first ever Asia UNO Challenge which will see national champions from various Asian countries, namely, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, to compete for the title of the first ever UNO Asian Champion in Japan later this year.
Using the classic game rules, the championship is open to children aged 7 – 15 years old (Singapore citizens/PR), with 4 players battling out 2 rounds of UNO in each group.
The Grand Prize winner (and a parent) will be flown to Tokyo to represent Singapore at the Asia UNO Challenge for 4days/3nights. To participate, simply register with the game marshals 15 mins before the start of each session. Registration is FREE! For this long weekend of 8-11 August 2013, head on down to Toys 'R' Us VivoCity to take part! Kindly refer www.unochallenge.asia/singapore/ for the official challenge venues for subsequent weeks.
Art Garden 2013
Wander through fairy tales, get lost in dreams and stretch your imagination in this ever-popular exhibition for the young, and the young at heart. There are exciting new commissions, mesmerising artworks, short films as well as animations by local and international artists, plus delightful activities specially designed by SAM and the artists. The monkies definitely enjoyed this a lot and you can read more about their experience HERE.
Venue: SAM at 8Q; 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Dates: Now until 1 Sept 2013
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily (9pm on Fri)
Admission: Singapore Citizens &PRs - Free | Adults - $10 | Children below 6 – Free | Foreign Students & senior citizens aged 60 and above - $5
* All visitors enjoy complimentary entry on Friday evenings from 6pm - 9pm.
Additional Note: Strollers will have to be left on the first floor as there is no lift in the 4-storey building.
Megabugs Returns! Exhibition
Megabugs Return is filled with the animatronics and static exhibits built in mega proportions, kids and adults will get to navigate through a maze of towering grass blades, rocks and flowers and bump into various knick-knacks found in the backyards. Read about our experience HERE.
Dates: Now until 18 August 2013
Time: 10am - 6pm daily
Venue: Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Admission Fees: Adult $20 | Child (3-12 yrs) $15
*Ticket prices are inclusive of Science Centre Admission.
Typical time required: 60 minutes
Enjoy 50% off admission to Jurong Bird Park in August
Print out the e-coupon below to get a whopping 50% discount for admission to Jurong Bird Park.