Feb 13, 2015

23 Activities to Occupy your Kids this Chinese New Year (CNY) 2015

The Year of the Goat is fast skipping towards us and what do you know, the Chinese New Year period is a super long weekend too! Of course, besides the usual business of house-to-house visiting and gorging, it'll be great to spice up the CNY with activities to please the little people too!

So here’s all you need to know on happenings, fun places and activities to do with your kids for Chinese New Year 2015 in Singapore. HUAT AH!

Asian Tales - Year of the Goat Floral Display
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
16 Jan - 8 Mar 2015; 9am - 9pm daily
Entry fees into the Cooled Conservatories apply
For admission charges, click HERE.

Gardens by the Bay ushers in the Lunar New Year with “Asian Tales”, starting 16 January 2015. This floral showcase draws inspiration from the scenic landscape of mountains and valleys often depicted in Chinese brush paintings.  Spot goats sculpted out of wood and flowers perching on the ridge and grazing in the field, as you take in the picturesque landscape dotted with vibrant dahlias (大丽花) specially cultivated to celebrate the Year of the Goat. Head to Spring Surprise is part of the signature Garden Series presented by Gardens by the Bay. Check out the rest of other highlights, including Craft Booths, Stilt Walkers, Spring Surprise Mascots and Lion Dance here: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/springsurprise!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014
30 Jan - 19 Mar 2014
Various parts of Chinatown

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

Street Light-Up
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge
Date: 31 Jan - 19 Mar 2015
Time: 7pm – 2am (Friday & Saturday) | 7pm – 12mn (Sunday – Thursday) | 7am - 6am (18 & 19 Feb)

Festive Street Bazaar
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
Date: 30 Jan - 188 Feb 2015
Time: 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | 6pm – 1am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)

Nightly Stage Shows
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square
Date: 31 Jan 18 Feb 2015
Time: 8pm – 10.30pm

CNY Eve Countdown Party
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
Date: 18 Feb 2015
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am

Chinatown Walking Trail (FREE)
Venue: Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer Square
Date: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 Feb 2015
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm & 5pm – 6.30pm

Website: http://chinatownfestivals.sg/

Port of Lost Wonder CNY Celebrations
16 – 22 Feb 2015; 10am – 6.30pm
Port of Lost Wonder, Sentosa
Weekdays $10 | Weekends & PHs $15 | Adults enter Free

Water means prosperity during CNY so what better way to spend it than at POLW? Enjoy the amazing festive celebrations with special themed art and craft sessions and much more! Look out for Lion Dance performances and appearance by the God of Fortune too!

River Hongbao 2015
The Float @ Marina Bay
17 - 28 Feb 2015
Time: 2pm - 11pm daily (CNY Eve: 2pm - 1am)
Free Admission

With larger-than life lantern displays, intricate handicrafts and crowd-pleasing performances featuring local and foreign performers from the region, be prepared to treat your senses to an extravaganza of lights, sights, and sounds this coming Lunar New Year! Crowd favourites include the God of Fortune, and of course, the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. On Handicraft Street, catch 'live' demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting, a display of intricate handicrafts, jewellery, ethnic costumes and other cultural products. A myriad of fringe activities, ranging from amusement rides to carnival games, will ensure that there is never a dull moment. Opera and other street performances round up this colourful extravaganza.
*17 Feb: Fireworks at 8pm
*18 Feb (CNY Eve): Fireworks at 12 midnight

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015 with Wildlife Reserves Singapore
18 - 22 Feb 2015

This Lunar New Year, usher in the Year of the Goat with wild animal friends at Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park & Night Safari and take part in a herd of activities from 18 to 22 February 2015! Be greeted by an a-baa-ndance of surprises as the park is decked out for the Lunar New Year with creative plant displays and festive animal enrichment! 

Singapore Zoo

Southern Lion Dance and photography
A pair of spectacular Southern lions will shimmy their way atop high poles in a high-octane performance filled with martial arts, acrobatic and stage performances.
10am, 2pm and 6.15pm at Entrance Plaza

Prosperity Mascot Appearances - Fu Lu Shou and God of Fortune
10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm at Entrance Plaza

Goat Kids Photography
Be charmed by the boisterous and adorable herd of young goats at Singapore Zoo, and witness an entourage of six baby goats (called kids) prancing alongside their keepers against the scenic backdrop of Upper Seletar Reservoir. Be sure to snap a souvenir shot with this year’s zodiac animal!
10.30am - 11.30am, 2.00pm - 3.00pm at Garden With A View

Goat Feeding
3.30pm at Rainforest Kidzworld

River Safari

Spin the Wheel
Don’t miss out on the chance to win attractive prizes at River Safari! Simply present your admission ticket for an opportunity to spin the wheel, with a total of 188 prizes to be won daily.
9.00am – 6.00pm at Entrance

Prosperity Mascot Appearances - Fu Lu Shou, God of Fortune & River Safari Mascots
1.30pm and 4.45pm (15 min) at Entrance Courtyard

Jurong Bird Park

Southern Lion Dance and photography
9.30am and 2.30pm  at Penguin Coast

Prosperity Mascot Appearances - God of Fortune
11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, and 3.30pm at Penguin Coast

Festive Animal Enrichment
Fly in to watch 'bird nannies' give young parrots enrichment such as ang pows filled with treats and oranges.
10.00am - 5.00pm at Breeding and Research Centre

Wings of Asia Tour
Tour the park's latest attraction and discover threatened species such as the beautiful Bali mynah and Luzon bleeding-heart dove, in an aviary featuring one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Asian birds. Stand a chance to win ang pows during a Q&A session at the end of the tour.
11.45am (15 min) at Wings of Asia

Festive High Flyers Show
Lucky visitors will receive red packets delivered by Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo, and well-wishes of 'Gong Xi Fa Cai' from Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon.
11.00am and 3.00pm at Pools Amphitheatre

Night Safari

Southern Lion Dance and photography
7.00pm and 8.30pm  at Entrance Plaza

Prosperity Mascot Appearances - LED Fu Lu Shou and God of Fortune
7.30pm and 9pm at Entrance Plaza

Sentosa Celebrates Lunar New Year 2014
19 - 22 Feb 2015
Various locations on Sentosa

Revel in a series of exhilarating Acrobatic Acts and celebrate Spring with the auspicious Lion Dance performances by both the Northern and Southern Lion Dance troupes! Be enthralled by heart-thumping Guinness World Record holder, Wei Wei, who will showcase his martial arts skills! Don’t forget to soak in the festive ambience whilst you stroll down the Prosperity Walkway – with hundreds of lanterns beautifully lined up as it guides you to the Guardian of Prosperity – the iconic Sentosa Merlion.

Guinness World Record holder, Wei Wei
Venue: Emerald Pavilion
Time: 11.30am - 3.30pm 
Northern Lion Dance
Venue: Merlion Plaza
Time: 4.30pm & 6.30pm

Southern Lion Dance
Venue: Wings of Time Concourse
Time: 5pm & 6.15pm

LED Dragon Dance
Venue: Beach Plaza
Time: 7.10pm, 8.10pm, 9.10pm

Acrobatic Performance
Venue: Merlion Plaza
Time: 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Chinese New Year Open House at National Museum Singapore
19 & 20 Feb 2015; 10am - 6pm
National Museum Singapore
Free Admission

Usher in the year of the goat with National Museum Singapore! Enjoy a fun filled day of festivities planned for the whole family from storytelling sessions for the young ones to a walk through our nation's history at SINGAPURA: 700 Years for the whole family.

Activities on 20 Feb 2015:

DIY a Sheep
10am - 5pm (Last admission at 4.45pm) | Concourse, Level 1 | Free
Personalise and bring home your own sheep in the new lunar year. This fuss free and simple craft made with simple materials will make a great bonding activity for you and your child!

Family Portraits Photo Booth
10am - 2pm (Last admission at 1.45pm) | Platform, Level 2 | Free
Head over to the Lunar New Year themed photo booth with your family and friends. Strike a pose, snap away and share the fun @ National Museum of Singapore!

SINGAPURA: 700 Years Lunar New Year Special
10am - 4.30pm | Exhibition Gallery, Basement | Free
Complete the SINGAPURA: 700 Years Family Time activity sheet and redeem Dragon Beard Candies! Experience Singapore’s transformation through the ages as it went from a humble fishing village to the pride of an empire, before finally achieving the status of being an independent nation-state as it is today! Complete our activity sheet to redeem delicious dragon beard candy. Download the activity sheet HERE.
*Candy redemption counter opens only between 2.30pm – 4.30pm, while stocks last!

Lion Dance
1.30pm | Rotunda, Level 1 | Free
Usher in the new lunar year together with the roaring lions. Watch our lion dancers perform the traditional custom of  'cai qing' or plucking the auspicious greens and get blessed with good luck and fortune in the new lunar year.

Storytelling Sessions for Children
3pm (English) & 4pm (Mandarin) | Platform, Level 2 | Free
The Legend of ‘Nian’: A long time ago, there was a ferocious beast by the name of “Nian”. It would emerge every New Year’s Eve, looking for a human delicacy to become his next dim sum! How could people stop their suffering at the hands of “Nian” again?

Chinese New Year 2015 Open House at Singapore Philatelic Museum
19 & 20 Feb 2015; 9.30am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free Admission

Usher in the Chinese New Year with fun activities and new exhibitions! Admission to the museum is free for the two days while activities are on 20 February 2015 only.

Fun Quiz 
10.00am – 5.00pm
Hunt for clues and win special prizes when you complete the quiz!

Dress, Pose & Snap!  
10.00am – 5.00pm
Fancy being Elvis Presley or Little Bo Peep? How about an adorable lamb? Dress up and take home a photo souvenir (Donation of $5)

Kids Activity Stations 
10.00pm – 5.00pm
See how fast you can piece together a giant stamp jigsaw! Or create your own sheep craft (Charge: $2 per kit)
Chinese Lion Dance & Dragon Dance Performance
3.30pm – 4.00pm
Let the traditional dance performances shower you with good luck and prosperity for the new year!

Year of Goat Celebrations @ Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
19 Feb - 5 Mar 2015; 10am – 5pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Free Admission

Enjoy an array of activities, cultural demonstrations and craft workshops over the 15 days of the Lunar New Year! Check out the special Chinese zodiac exhibition and solve lantern riddles to stand a chance to win gifts. All activities are free.

KidsFest 2015
21 Jan - 1 Mar 2015
Various Shows & Dates

KidsFest 2015, a theatrical extravaganza where eight world-class theatre productions from Australia and London’s West-End take the stage from 21 Jan to 1 Mar 2015, features a dazzling array of productions recommended for children from as young as three! Curated by ABA Productions Pte Ltd, the line-up for KidsFest 2015 promises a highly educational and immersive experience for the entire family. For the full schedule, visit www.kidsfest.com.sg/schedule.

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

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
19 Feb - 1 Mar 2015

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain - Part 2
19 Feb - 1 Mar 2015

Horrible Histories Vile Victorians 
20 Feb - 1 Mar 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 @ Singapore Flyer
19 - 22 Feb 2015
Singapore Flyer

Fly High and Free at Singapore Flyer
The first 88 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 60 and above to visit Singapore Flyer from 19th-22nd February 2015, get to ride for FREE! This promotion operates on a first come, first served basis, and begins at 8.30am each day. Visitors can redeem their free basic Flight ticket from the West Promenade Ticketing Counter No. 8 (limited to one free basic Flight ticket per guest). The first 800 visitors will also receive a pack of limited edition Singapore Flyer red packet with every transaction, while stocks last.

Activities and Performances
Visit Singapore Flyer from 19th February to 1st March 2015, between 12.00pm to 6.30pm, to catch award-winning Dragon and Lion Dance, traditional Chinese War Drums as well Wushu performances from Jalan Besar CC Dragon & Lion Group, Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Group, Yu Ying Secondary School and Shuqun Secondary School. Don’t forget to greet the roving God of Fortune and Lucky Goat mascots too, as they bless you with boundless luck and prosperity for this Lunar New Year. 

Istana Open House
20 Feb 2015; 8.30am - 6pm
Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. 
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person.

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

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
20 Feb 2015; 9am - 6pm

Starting on 20 Feb 2015, the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be open to the public during public holidays.

Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts 2015
20 Feb - 1 Mar 2015
Various Shows & Dates

The Magic Ocean
Come on an underwater adventure down below at The Magic Ocean. In this theatrical experience specially designed for 2 – 4 year olds, children will discover a magical world through a visual and aural spectacle that combines shadow play, music as well as interaction. Performed in Mandarin.
27 Feb 2015: 9.30am, 11am & 4pm
28 Feb 2015: 11am, 2pm & 4pm
1 Mar 2015: 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $18 or Package of 4 for $64

FREE Programmes and Activities
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an exciting range of free performances and activities over two weekends. Enjoy Chinese traditional arts, instrumental music, evergreen hits and performances by talented local singers and ensembles. Don’t miss its exhilarating festival opening on 20 Feb as well! For more details on various shows' dates and timings, visit http://www.huayifestival.com/2015/?page_id=675.

Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Now til 1 Mar 2015
The Annexe, Science Centre
Adult & Senior Citizen: $30 | Child: $22

Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition celebrates 30 years of evolution of the much beloved and world famous Transformers series. The exhibition presents a snapshot of the history of Transformers and the scenes and robots of the Transformers movies in stunning life-like depiction. This exhibition will set visitors on an adventure as they embark on a quest to find out more about Transformers and come face to face with the signature 7m high Optimus Prime and Bumblebee! There’s more to it than meets the eye as the exhibition is filled with activities such as the challenging laser maze, Transformer movie screenings, photo opprtunities, dynamic exhibits as well as a hands-on zone which will keep the whole family entertained and occupied! for more information, visit HERE.

Da Vinci: Shaping the Future
Now til Mid-May 2015
10am - 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum
Standard: Adult $22 | Senior Citizens (>65) $22 | Child (2-12) $14
Local Residents: Adult $18 | Senior Citizens (>65) $16.50 | Child (2-12) $9.50 

Da Vinci: Shaping the Future is a journey through the work and legacy of the most celebrated artist and scientist of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Presenting original masterpieces by da Vinci for the first time in Southeast Asia, the exhibition focuses on the Codex Atlanticus, da Vinci’s largest notebook. There is a great range of child-friendly activities in Da Vinci: Shaping the Future which can keep children and their parents occupied for hours! From interactive exhibits throughout the route through the exhibition, to take-home activities and creative, hands-on workshops, there is something to suit all ages and learning styles.

*Family Fridays: Starting from 23 January, children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased. Visit HERE for more information.

CNY Celebrations 2015 at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
1 - 28 Feb 2014; Mon - Thur 10am - 6pm | Fri - Sun 10am - 7pm
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission charges apply

Celebrate the Year of the Goat the LEGO way, with traditional performances and unique and exciting LEGO building activities, including an attempt to set a new LEGO building record! Build a goat from LEGO bricks and don’t forget to take a picture of the flock of LEGO goats and be thrilled by the action-packed yet elegant lion dance performances. Visit HERE for more details on shows and timings.

Chingay 2015
27 & 28 Feb 2015; 8pm
27 Feb - Cat 1 $50 | Cat 2 $40 | Cat 3 $28.50
28 Feb - Cat 1 $60 | Cat 2 $50 | Cat 3 $28.50
 F1 Pit Building

In celebration of SG50, Chingay 2015, themed "We Love SG" (我们爱新加坡), will be the grandest Parade ever organised!  The 43rd Chingay Parade Singapore will be presented by 11,000 beautiful multi-cultural performers.  One million colourful "We Love SG Flowers" handcrafted from used plastic bags will form a spectacular sight at the grand opening of the Parade, each Flower representing love and well-wishes for Singapore.  The dazzling grand finale, entitled "Trees of Hope, Singapore Dreams" (希望之树, 狮城梦) will celebrate the hopes and dreams for the future of Singapore!  Expect exciting world-class acts and much more from Chingay 2015! For more details and tickets, visit www.sistic.com.sg/events/chingay0215.

Movies for the Family!

Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen - Opening 19 Feb 2015
Shaun The Sheep - Opening 19 Feb 2015

Aesop's Fables
26 Feb - 21 Mar 2015
Tue - Fri: 10am & 2.30pm | Sat - Sun: 10.30am, 2.30pm & 5pm
Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Standard $32 & $30

Watch a selection of Aesop's most famous, and most interesting stories, using marvellous mask, puppetry, live action and song. With a mixture of fun, excitement and silliness, witness the lives, lunches and misadventures of a band of scruffy, silly and sometimes stubborn creatures, as they learn life's little wisdoms, and bigger secrets. For more details and tickets, visit HERE.

Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs
28 Feb - 14 Mar 2015; 11am & 1pm
Ulu Pandan CC Theatrette
Standard $30

Based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, these two classic tales are put together into one "Big Bad" musical of a show. Roald Dahl's imaginative re-telling features music based on the orchestral commissions by the Roald Dahl Foundation. Be sure to catch this howlingly hilarious, and tail-twistingly treacherous show. For more details and tickets, visit HERE.

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