Aug 20, 2014

Kids' Activities for 23/24 August Weekend

I do not usually do this but this coming weekend is jam-packed with so many family-friendly activities that for a moment, I thought that the school holidays have arrived early. And since there is always a first time for all things, I have compiled a list of activities happening just this weekend that you can bring your children to. So here goes!

Rise and Shine Expo 2014
22 -24 Aug 2014; 11am - 8pm
Suntec Convention Halls 401 - 404
FREE Admission

The largest parenting event in Singapore is back with fun-filled and enriching activities for the whole family. This is the only event that truly dedicates to children’s holistic development in all areas: Intellectual, Physical, Social, Mental and Medical. More importantly for the children though, will be the Meet & Greet sessions with Disney Junior’s Princess-in-training, Sofia the First, and leader of the Never Land Pirates, Jake!

Meet & Greet Timings (22 - 24 Aug 2014)
Sofia the First: 11.30am, 2.30pm & 5.30pm
Jake, leader of the Never Land Pirates: 1.00pm, 4.00pm & 7.00pm
*Meet & Greet sessions are free to public. Passes are given to the first 80 families 30 mins before each session at the Disney Entertainment Area, Booth D07 only.
For more information, visit

Singapore Night Festival 2014
22 & 23, 29 & 30 Aug 2014; 7pm - 2am
Bras Basah Bugis Precinct
FREE Admission

Children can't sleep? Then head down to the annual nocturnal art festival this and next weekend as the museums in the heritage district throw open their doors late into the night, hosting a dazzling variety of special events and shows including music, dance, installation art and breathtaking aerial performances. We were down for the Festival last year, and the monkies enjoyed it!

Download the complete Festival Guide (and map) HERE. For more information, visit

NTUC Income Kite Festival Singapore 2014
23 & 24 Aug 2014; 4pm - 8pm
The Promontory @ Marina Bay
FREE Admission

The 7th edition of the NTUC Income Kite Festival Singapore is back with plenty of kite action and family activities. Not only will there be thrilling performances by professional kiters and kite-making workshops, there will be circus and magic acts, 'living statues' and Parkour performances too! For the full programme line-up, visit

23 & 24 Aug 2014; 10am - 9pm
Sengkang MRT
FREE Admission

Learn more about the RSAF's capabilities and mission, get up close and personal with its weapon systems, meet the airmen and women, and even try flying a fighter jet at the simulator game! There will also be an RSAF photo booth and interactive games and activities, with great commemorative gifts and prizes to give away!

Singapore Garden Festival 2014
16 - 24 Aug 2014; 10am - 10pm 
Gardens by the Bay
Refer below for Admission rates

The first garden show to showcase creations from the world's top award-winning garden and floral designs under one roof, is back in full bloom once again! Expect to be treated to a visual fiesta of exquisite garden and floral displays, created by more than 30 internationally acclaimed garden and floral designers. The monkies checked out the Festival last weekend, and they have listed some of the must-see attractions for children here:

Oh, and don't forget to visit the Orchid Extravaganza display at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay too. The 10-metre tall Orchid Kaleidoscope will captivate everyone!

Admission Rates
Local Residents: Weekday - Adult $10 | Child (3-12) & Senior Citizens (>60) $5
Weekend - Adult $14 | Child (3-12) & Senior Citizens (>60) $8
(All Singaporean Seniors (≥60yrs with pink ICs) will enjoy a 20% discount off Weekday Local Residents Rate, i.e. $4 per ticket after discount. Valid from 18 – 22 Aug only.)
Standard Rate: All Days - Adult & Child (3-12) $18 | Senior Citizens (>60) $12
*All tickets include a complimentary entry to Flower Dome
**All Gardens by the Bay Conservatory tickets dated between 16-24 August will be allowed entry into Singapore Garden Festival 2014

Mid Autumn Festival 2014
23 Aug - 28 Sep 2014

Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 promises vibrant lantern displays, captivating performances and great food. During this period, Chinatown and its nearby precincts will be spectacularly adorned with a myriad of colourful lanterns and dazzling decorations. The theme of this year’s Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival is a “A Blooming Mid Autumn” 《百花盛开牛车水, 月满中秋庆团圆》 where the streets of Chinatown will be lit up by a spectacular display of colourful lanterns of varying shapes and sizes. For more information, visit

Lantern Making Competition 
16 Aug - 8 Sep 2014; All-day
Chinatown Point

Festive Bazaar & Carnival
23 Aug - 8 Sep 2014; 11am -10.30pm
Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street and open space in front of People’s Park Complex

Official Opening and Light Up Ceremony
24 Aug 2014; 7pm - 10pm
Along New Bridge Road & Eu Tong Sen Street

Street Light-Up
24 Aug - 28 Sep 2014; 7pm - 12mn (Sun-Thurs) & 7pm - 2am (Fri&Sat)
Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street , South Bridge Road and inner streets of Chinatown

Nightly Stage Shows
24 Aug - 8 Sep 2014; 8pm - 10.30pm
Kreta Ayer Square

Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival Walking Trail
30 & 31 Aug 2014, 6 & 7 September 2014; 2pm - 3.30pm & 5pm - 6.30pm
Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer Square. The walking trail is free but registration is on first-come-first-serve basis. Each trail is conducted in English and limited to 10 participants.

And of course, there are still the following ongoing activities for families should none of the above appeal:

Now until 14 Sep 2014
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm | Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun: 12pm & 5.30pm
Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands
Various ticket prices

Cavalia is an innovative multi-media and multi-disciplinary theatrical production that boldly explores the boundaries of equestrian arts and acrobatic feats. It deftly combines 50 magnificent real horses, 43 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world - all of these coming together for a show fit for families and friends, young and old alike. Simply put, it is a show like no other and the monkies will attest to that who remained spellbound throughout the show. Check out our review HERE. For more information, visit

An Exhibition Exploring Nature's Design
Now until 24 Aug 2014
The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Adult $13 | Child $9

It has been said that Nature is the greatest of all inventors; as such many inventors and scientists actually study nature for inspiration to solving their various problems. Explore an exhibition that highlights nature's design, where you will learn to appreciate, be inspired and bring out the craftsmanship in you.

The exhibition features a Robot Zoo with robot animals, a Tinkering Space, stocked with electronics, papercrafts, robotics and other crafts; and seed carving.. For more information on the exhibits, visit

OR why not end the day with a visit to the Human Body Experience (HBX) or KidsSTOP? Your kids will defnitely LOVE you for it! Click on the links for our experiences.

The Nightingale (Play)
Now till 14 Sep 2014
Tue - Fri: 10am & 2pm | Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT
Weekdays: $22, $25 | Weekends: $32, $35

SRT's The Little Company brings you a refreshing new take on Hans Christian Andersen's well-loved fairy tale. The Nightingale is a joyful burst of song that reminds us all to appreciate and value the world around us. Enchanted by the lilting birdsong of the plain-looking, brown Nightingale, the little Emperor of China captures and keeps her in a gilded cage for his daily entertainment. But soon, along with her freedom, the beautiful voice of the Nightingale is lost and a singing mechanical bird replaces her. Join the Nightingale and friends in their quest for her freedom. For tickets, click HERE.

Enjoy 49% off admission to Jurong Bird Park in August

Print out the e-coupon below to enjoy a 49% discount for admission to Jurong Bird Park - $12.75 for Adults and $8.16 for children (3-12) after discount!

Terms and conditions:
- Valid from 1 July - 31 Aug 2014.
- Flash printed coupon and proof of identity at Jurong Bird Park ticketing counters to enjoy offer.
- Valid for all Singaporeans, PRs and employment pass holders.
- Each redemption is limited to a maximum of 5 tickets.
- Child is defined as 3 - 12 years old.
- Excludes tram ride.
- Not valid with other discounts, promotions or rebates.

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