The super long Jubilee Weekend is upon us (YAY!) and expectedly, there are so many attractions offering free entry and events celebrating Singapore's 50th Birthday that everything can get pretty mind-boggling!
So rather than compiling my usual 'Activities for Kids during the Jubilee Weekend' list, I figured why not do something different instead - coming up with a Long Weekend itinerary that families can use! I have suggested various activities suited for mornings, afternoons and nights for the 4 days and while you can mix and rotate some of the activities, I guarantee you that you will most likely cover every huge SG50 event over the 4 days.
Oh, and did I mention all of the activities are FREE to enjoy as well? Let's bring on the Jubilee celebrations already!
7 AUGUST 2015, FRIDAY
Taking place on 7 and 8 August 2015, between 8am and 12.30pm, enjoy a family picnic at the Marina Barrage organised by Families for Life (FFL) - a collaboration between Families for Life and PUB.
At the picnics, families will be able to enjoy nostalgic childhood games for Singaporeans to reminisce the good old days, performances by local artistes, as well as carnival stalls and games. The Families for Life Mobile Café will also be making its appearance at the SG50 picnics, serving complimentary food and beverages. Picnic baskets will also be available for sale at the picnics and all proceeds will be donated to charity.
Oh, and don't forget to catch a spectacular aerial display by The Republic of Singapore (RSAF) Black Knights – Singapore’s very own aerobatics team – that will be performing for Singaporeans from 7 to 9 August, at 12 noon daily. The Marina Barrage is an awesome vantage point to catch the displays!
If you have always wanted to bring the kids to the many attractions at Science Centre Singapore, the Jubilee weekend will be perfect simply because every attraction will be FREE for all Singapore citizens from 7 to 10 August 2015! Singapore citizens will receive free admission to Science Centre and six other attractions - including the “Human Body Experience” exhibition, “Interplay: Where Science Meets Art” exhibition; KidsSTOP, Snow City, The Cliff @ Snow City and the Omni-Theatre.
In fact, you can probably spend the entire day there, where the number of attractions will ensure that you will not - I repeat, will NOT, be able to complete even if you spend a full day. For more details, visit HERE.
After all the action in the day time, it is time to chill. And the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a great way to do just that - with its nostalgia-themed SG50 Carnival and a range of performances from 7 to 9 August 2015, 10am to 10pm.
Besides the carnival and free concerts at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and Bandstand, there will be free outdoor movie screenings at 8.30pm on 7 and 8 August, as well as the live telecast of the National Day Parade on 9 August.
Activities range from face painting, henna, caricature, ketupat weaving to childhood favourite games, chongkak, fivestones and the likes. Snack at the carnival booths with local delights featuring the Singaporean favourites, Chicken Rice, Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Satay, Tandoori Chicken and many more! For more details, visit HERE.
8 AUGUST 2015, SATURDAY
It’s FREE ENTRY to all ActiveSG swimming pools and gyms from 7 to 10 August 2015 for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. And even better, there are an unprecedented whopping 50 sports to try out for FREE during the Jubilee Weekend!
For a detailed activity listing of all sports at the various stadiums and swimming complexes, visit HERE.
Continuing with the active theme, flock over to Singapore Sports Hub where a community carnival on 8 and 9 August 2015 promises to take Singaporeans back to the good old kampung days.
OCBC Square will be transformed into a carnival where the community can look forward to enjoying a wide range of exciting activities catered to all age groups over the two day festival. Activities include free Sports try-outs at the OCBC Arena, OCBC Aquatic Centre and Water Sports Centre, fun sports try-outs with-a-twist - Human Bowling, Human Futsal, Carnival games - Kampong Games, local favourites & inflatable playstations as well as movie & NDP Screenings. For more details, visit HERE.
From 6 to 10 August 2015, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay will be celebrating National Day in a huge way, with a variety of free performances, workshops, talks and an interactive artwork that explores the sights and sounds in our everyday lives. In fact, the list of programmes is too extensive to list here so do visit its website HERE for more details!
But 8 August is probably the best day to head down to the Esplanade - simply because you will be able to go on an open house tour to see the interior of the Esplanade Concert Hall and see how everything works! Open house tours are happening at 1pm, 3pm, 6.15pm and 8.15pm on 8 August 2015 only.
9 AUGUST 2015, SUNDAY
Happy 50th Birthday, Singapore!
The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be open to public from 9am to 9pm, so what better way to celebrate Singapore’s Jubilee Birthday at an iconic institution with a carnival and a live-telecast of the National Day Parade on National Day! Families will go back in time with fun rides, local games, bazaars and retro photo props!
The public can enter the railway station using the main entrance along Keppel Road or through the side entrance along Spottiswoode Park Road. Read about our previous experience here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2015/02/tanjong-pagar-railway-station-open-house.html
There is no other place to be on National Day than the Marina Bay area, where families get to indulge in a host of CELEBRATIONS BY THE BAY activities over the long Jubilee Weekend of 7 to 10 August 2015! For more details, visit HERE.
Uncle Ringo 50 Years of Fun
Now until 10 Aug 2015 | 1pm - 11pm | Waterfront Promenade Open Space
Relive the worlds with Uncle Ringo! Synonymous with local carnivals, Uncle Ringo recreates the amusement parks of yesteryear at the Waterfront Promenade.
#SgEatWithUs Celebrates by the Bay
1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 Aug 2015 | 12pm - 10pm | Waterfront Promenade
Located at the Waterfront Promenade (next to MBS Convention Centre), the carnival is open to public to enjoy 12 unique home recipes as they enjoy the celebrations at the Bay. These recipes have been specially curated from the #SgEatWithUs carnivals and satellites events where home chefs have stepped out willingly to share their home-cooked food with the community. No entrance ticket is required and to enjoy the home-cooked recipes, a food card is required.
Heritage by the Bay
1 - 10 Aug 2015 | 12pm - 10pm | Clifford Square
Travel back into Singapore’s past and explore our rich heritage in a series of thematic exhibitions at Clifford Pier.
SG50 Awesome August @ Singapore Flyer
8 & 9 Aug 2015 | 1pm - 10pm | Singapore Flyer
With side-splitting stand-up comedy performances by Hossan Leong and Mark Lee, as well as an outdoor movie screening of Army Daze, you can bet this is one celebration you would not want to miss. Not only is Singapore Flyer one of the 6 official venues with LIVE streaming of NDP 2015, it is also one of the prime spots to catch the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) Black Knights flypast! For more details, visit HERE.
Celebrations at MBS Events Plaza
8 & 9 Aug 2015 | 2.30pm - 10.30pm | MBS Events Plaza
Be enthralled by performances from renowned local artists like Gareth Fernandez, Shirlyn and the UnXpected, The Lion City Boy, Inch Chua and 53A. Audiences would also have a breathtaking view of the aerial display, Presidential Gun Salute and fireworks display at the bay.
Well, can I ever possibly convince you not to catch the NDP fireworks LIVE around the Marina Bay area? I thought so too, because watching the fireworks on TV at home just will not be the same, no? For one, this year’s National Day fireworks display promises to be the biggest in its history, with twice as many used during NDP 2014!
Key highlights of the fireworks include special designed fireworks displays and a Rainbow Arc firing over 300m. What this means is the fireworks this year will have a wider coverage, giving anyone around the Marina Bay area a 360-degree view of the spectacle! TIP: As part of the Golden Jubilee weekend celebrations by the bay, there will also be fireworks around Marina Bay on 7 and 8 August 2015, in addition to the actual day on 9 August 2015!
After the fireworks, linger around the Marina Bay area for these two free shows too!
A Celebration of Our Heritage! - The Fullerton Hotel
1 - 9 Aug 2015 | 1, 2, 8 & 9 Aug 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm | 3 -7 Aug 8pm, 9pm, 10pm | The Fullerton Hotel
In celebration of Singapore’s Jubilee Anniversary, one of Singapore’s most iconic waterfront landmarks, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, has lined up a nine-day tribute to the nation’s 50th birthday with a spectacular projection mapping that will see the hotel’s magnificent façade brought to life through the use of latest 3D animation and projection techniques. The nightly, 8-minute spectacular will be the first and largest projection ever seen on a building in Singapore, promising to be a visual treat for its visitors. The project will also offer glimpses of key episodes in Singapore's history over the past 50 years while encompassing elements that pay homage to our shared heritage of cultural and racial diversity.
Light Up the Bay
1, 7, 8 & 9 Aug 2015 | 8.30pm - 11.30pm | Marina Bay area
Catch dazzling light shows and see the bay light up like never before with specially designed custom-made light installations. See the bay awashed with our national colours!
10 AUGUST 2015, MONDAY
Enjoy FREE Cable Car joyrides with Singapore Cable Car at all cable car stations except for Mount Faber Station (Faber Peak Singapore).
Available from 9am to 9pm only on 10 August 2015 for Singaporeans and PRs, take the cable car to Siloso Beach at Sentosa for the Sands of Time, a 100m long sand sculpture display featuring seven main 3D sculptures showcasing significant moments in Singapore’s history.
Other Sentosa promotions include Free Island Admission for all via Sentosa Boardwalk entry from now until 31 December 2015 and Free Drive-in, after 5pm, for cars and taxis on weekdays (excluding Public Holidays) from now until 31 December 2015.
Truth is, you can go museum hopping EVERY SINGLE DAY during the 4-day long Jubilee weekend and you will not be able to cover ALL of the participating museums, heritage galleries and visitor centres that will be opened to all for FREE from 7 to 10 August 2015:
Asian Civilisations Museum
National Museum of Singapore
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Malay Heritage Centre
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Indian Heritage Centre
Reflections at Bukit Chandu
Singapore City Gallery
SCDF Heritage Gallery
Play at TJ - Our Memories of Recreational Sites in Taman Jurong
There will be a plethora of exciting programmes, including exhibitions on Singapore, outdoor movie screenings, arts and crafts for the young ones, multicultural performances, and other special activities! 10 August is also the last day of Masak Masak 2015, where kids can keep themselves busy with loads of activities from bouncy playgrounds reminiscent of our familiar neighbourhood mosaic playground, crafts such as traditional woodblock prints, to a massive maze and up-close giant illustrations! Visit HERE for highlights of the event.
From 7 to 10 August 2015, the Jubilee celebrations come into full bloom at Gardens by the Bay with “Singapore Stories” – a floral depiction of the many tales and legends surrounding Singapore – and a special SG50 edition of the “Garden Rhapsody” music and light show. Singaporeans can also enjoy 50% discount on admission tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, with free entry for Singaporean seniors* aged 60 and above. From 7 to10 August, the Flower Dome & Cloud Forest will be open from 9am to 9pm (with special extension to 10pm on 9 August).
But the one thing you must NEVER miss is the SG50 special of Garden Rhapsody music and light show at the Supertree Grove! Happening at 7.45pm, 8.30pm, 9.15pm and 10pm during the Jubilee Weekend, laser imagery will be used on the Supertrees in the SG50 edition for the first time. The Supertrees will light up with accompanying music - all nostalgic favourites from yesteryear like Singapore Town, Count On Me Singapore, and of course the perennial favourite, Home. Our experience HERE.
So, have tons and tons of fun during the 4-day break with your family! :)