The Mid-Autumn Festival is all about spending time with the family, parading lanterns and of course, gorging on mooncakes. Held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Lunar Calendar, this year's festival falls nicely on a Sunday, 27 September 2015. So get those lanterns ready and bring the kids down to these festivities this weekend!
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2015
Now until 12 Oct 2015
7pm – 12mn (Sunday – Thursday) | 7pm – 2am (Friday & Saturday)
Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street , South Bridge Road and inner streets of Chinatown
Soak in the festivities and celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown, where traditional Chinese culture comes alive. Be enchanted by the flower-themed decorations of Chinatown as New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and the inner streets of Chinatown are adorned with colourful lanterns of varying shapes and sizes. Other festivities include:
Festive Bazaar & Carnival
12 – 27 Sep 2015 | 11am – 10.30pm | Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street and open space in front of People’s Park Complex
Walk along the bustling festive street stalls and shop for festive goodies. Be spoilt for choice as over 300 festival stalls will offer a dazzling variety of festive treats like moon cakes, pomelos, lanterns, handicrafts, tea and more.
13- 27 Sep 2015 | 8pm – 10.30pm | Kreta Ayer Square
Gather around for the nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. Catch and be entertained by the animated and dynamic Chinese cultural acts, folk songs, and music and dance numbers by local entertainers and troupes from China.
Chinatown Mid-Autumn Walking Trail
26 Sep 2015 | 3.30pm – 5pm | Meeting Point: Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer Square | FREE but Registration is on first-come-first-serve basis
The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Walking Trail runs into its second year due to its popular demand. Discover Chinatown’s heritage and culture in this free walking trail that covers Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road. Each trail is conducted in English and limited to 10 participants. For enquiries and registration, please email: email@example.com
Mass Lantern Walk
27 Sep 2015 | 7pm - 10pm | Starting point – Kreta Ayer Square & Ending point – Along New Bridge Road (Main Stage in front of Lucky Chinatown)
Enjoy a fun night out with family and friends with your creative lanterns – or dress up as one! – as you join in the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 Mass Lantern Walk that is open to the public. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you soak in the leisurely-paced lantern parade procession under the full moon and the dazzling displays around Chinatown. Don’t forget the impressive acts of the dragon dance troupes, energetic cheerleaders and the percussion band along the way! The lantern walk will conclude with stage performances and pyrotechnics display in the heart of Chinatown.
Wan Qing Mid-Autumn 2015
Now until 27 Sep 2015; 10am - 5pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and enjoy the display of larger-than-life lantern sculptures measuring about 2.5m tall at the memorial hall, evoking memories of the animal-shaped cellophane lanterns of our childhoods. You may also visit its special exhibition Dr. Sun Yat Sen and His Family and learn about the support that Dr. Sun received from his family that was crucial to both his own personal achievements and the success of the Revolution. Activities include:
Mid-Autumn Festival At The Gardens 2015
24 Sep - 4 Oct 2015; 7pm - 11pm
Gardens by the Bay
The Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay lights up with a dazzling display of elaborately handcrafted lantern sets that celebrate the natural world. See the different spaces around the Gardens come to life with a kaleidoscope of light and colour, as you enjoy a host of performances by local artistes. A dazzling fireworks display also awaits you as Gardens by the Bay launches the Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday, 25 September 2015!
View the Spectacular Lantern Sets at the Main Entrance, Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Bridge and Dragonfly Lake, which include floating lanterns, such as a majestic sea palace and dragon boats; magnificent dinosaurs and animals such as lions, tigers, jaguars, elephants, giraffes and zebras; as well as flowers and baobab trees. Look out also for 50 goat-shaped lanterns painted by members of the public in a lantern-decorating competition sponsored by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.
Other activities include:
Goat An Idea How To Decorate A Lantern?
19 - 20 Sep | 9am - 12pm & 2pm - 5pm
Decorate a goat-shaped lantern this Mid-Autumn and stand a chance to win cash prizes up to $2,000! Click HERE to find out more.
25 Sep - 4 Oct | 7pm, pm & 9pm | Supertree Grove
Visitors can look forward to free nightly shows at the Supertree Grove put up by local music and cultural arts groups such as the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, Nam Hwa Opera and Dicapella Dizi Ensemble. Malay dance group Azpirasi and Indian classical dance group Apsaras Arts will add a multicultural element to the performances.
25 Sep - 4 Oct | 6pm - 11pm (Weekdays) and 4pm - 11pm (Weekends) | Supertree Grove
Visitors can enjoy a variety of food choices from more than 30 stalls at the Supertree Grove, offering everything from local mainstays like kueh tutu, muah chee and vadai, to new favourites like fried Oreos and kebabs.
UFM 100.3 - 14th Birthday Bash
3 Oct | 5pm - 6pm | Supertree Grove
Celebrate UFM 100.3's 14th birthday bash on 3 October during Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay! Meet your favourite DJs while enjoying a brand new floral display, dazzling lantern sets, and cultural activities at the Gardens.
"Celebrations of Chrysanthemums" Floral Display
24 Sep - 10 Nov 2015; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Entrance fees to the Cooled Conservatories apply
Mid-Autumn blooms with a celebration of chrysanthemums at Gardens by the Bay! Chrysanthemum take centre stage this Mid-Autumn as Gardens by the Bay bring you on a journey to the Far East. Long admired for its beauty, the Chrysanthemum is a symbolic feature in traditional Chinese art to depict the autumn season.
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with your loved ones and families with a brand new floral display, dazzling lanterns sets, and cultural activities at the Gardens as you stroll through the scenic landscape dotted with Chinese lanterns and a teahouse. *Grab your free "Celebration of Chrysanthemums" Garden Trail map (while stocks last), with every conservatories ticket purchased.
25 - 27 Sep 2015; Various timings
FREE and Ticketed events
Launched in 2005, Moonfest - A Mid Autumn Celebration is an annual Chinese arts festival held in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival and is set to bring a delightful and colourful array of programmes for everyone! This year, Moonfest invites everyone to reflect on our shared heritage and to cherish the traditional arts in our increasingly tech-savvy world. It is also a great opportunity for parents to allow children to get in touch with our roots. Featuring both ticketed and free programmes, highlights of the festival this year include Cantonese Opera productions at the Theatre, a folk song concert, a puppetry production for the young, Chinese music ensemble performances, witty lantern riddles, Chinese chess and the ever-popular Lantern Walkabout.
FREE Programmes suitable for kids include:
Little Dragon Puppet Workshop by Yellow Mushmellow
26 Sep 2015: 1.30pm – 2.30pm & 3.30pm – 4.30pm | 27 Sep 2015: 1.30pm – 2.30pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm & 5.30pm – 6.30pm | Concourse
Dragon dance is a traditional art form often performed during Chinese cultural festivities. Come create your own little dragon puppet in this workshop, and make it come alive in your own dragon dance show! (Conducted in English and Mandarin. Recommended for ages 6 and up.)
Sing Along with Granny Moon by Luna Trio
26 & 27 Sep 2015 | 3pm – 3.30pm, 4pm – 4.30pm & 5pm – 5.30pm | Concourse
Mischievous Granny Moon likes to play pretend. Sometimes she’s long and curved, as if she’s smiling at us, sometimes she pretends to be a watermelon, or an egg. But every 15th day of the 8th lunar month, she is sure to eat her fill and become bright and round, reminding us all to be with our family and loved ones. Let’s all come together in this season of reunion, and sing along to nursery rhymes with Granny Moon!
Roving Stilt Walkers by Choy’s Brothers Opera Troupe
25 Sep 2015: 7.15pm – 7.45pm, 8.30pm – 9pm & 10.15pm – 10.45pm | 26 Sep 2015: 7.30pm – 8pm, 9pm – 9.30pm & 10.30pm – 11pm | 27 Sep 2015: 6.45pm – 7.15pm, 8pm – 8.30pm & 9.45pm – 10.15pm | Along the Waterfront
Keep a lookout for brightly dressed Chinese Opera performers on stilts along the waterfront and in our Forecourt Garden. Be sure to catch them for a memorable snapshot!
26 Sep 2015 | 7.45pm (Gather at the Forecourt Garden at 7.30pm) | Along the Waterfront
Create beautiful memories of Mid-Autumn Festival with your family and friends! Take a stroll around Esplanade’s Forecourt Garden and waterfront with your favourite lantern under a moonlit sky.
For TICKETED programmes and a complete listing of other programmes, visit www.moonfest.com.sg/2015/index.php.
Super Storytastic Special: Mid-Autumn Festival
25 Sep 2015; 7.30pm - 8pm
Activity Room in Choa Chu Kang Public Library
Have you ever wondered why people eat mooncakes and carry lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival? Find out during our special Super Storytastic session. For children aged 7 to 10.
Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
26 Sep 2015; 11am - 3pm
Playhouse in Tampines Regional Library
Join in the library's Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration! There will be activities and games like solving riddles, word search, as well as hands-on craft!
IF you prefer something else instead of mooncakes and lanterns, there are plenty of other kid-friendly activities to keep the little ones busy this weekend too!
The Imperial Ice Stars Sleeping Beauty on Ice
24 - 27 Sep 2015
Thu - Fri: 7:30pm | Sat: 1:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun: 1:30pm & 6.30pm
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$75, $95, $125, $155
Set to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty on Ice brings a new take – and some new twists - to the classic love story, with exhilarating choreography and innovative staging – all in the intimacy of the theatre stage! With lavish, elegant costumes, including some stunning LED illuminated effects, sumptuous sets, spectacular flying sequences, and dramatic fire effects; Sleeping Beauty on Ice is a theatrical experience suitable for all ages, from 3 to 103. For tickets, visit HERE.
SG50 Concert Series in the Park
26 Sep 2015; 4.30pm - 10pm
Bedok Reservoir Park
The fourth of six 'SG50 Concert Series in the Park' will be at Bedok Reservoir Park, where 'A Night of Instrumental Favourites' will feature music from the likes of Bruno Mars, Kenny G, Kitaro, One Direction, Pachelbel, Tchaikovsky, Teresa Teng, Vivaldi, and more! Feast your ears and eyes on the stellar line-up of performances headlined by T'ang Quartet and accompanied by spectacular visual displays of LED kites, lighted water drums and LED musical instruments!
Come early to enjoy our fringe activities for the whole family! Also be entertained by a pre-concert performance by Di-Capella Dizi Ensemble where 70 bamboo flute enthusiasts garnered from within Singapore will come together to play for 50 minutes – a unique performance not to be missed.
Library Book Sale
26 & 27 Sep 2015; 9am - 7pm
Singapore EXPO Hall 6B
The Library Book Sale is back by popular demand! Over 200,000 used library books will be on sale for just $1 or $2. Books for all ages are available in all four official languages (English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil), and in a wide variety of genres, making this the ideal event for book lovers, reading enthusiasts and parents who want to introduce their children to the world of literary imagination. Payment method: NETS, CashCard or cash only.
McDonald's Art & Craft and Fun Reading
26 Sep 2015: McDonald’s (Kallang)
27 Sep 2015: McDonald’s (Rideout Tea Garden)
10am - 12pm; FREE
In conjunction with its McDonald's free educational children's book with every purchase of a Happy Meal, Art & Craft and Fun Reading sessions will be held at the above-mentioned outlets this weekend.
HomeTeamNS Sembawang Celebrates!
26 & 27 Sep 2015; 10am - 6pm
Endless activities are planned for everyone from free trials such as Scuba Diving, Piloxing, Submission Grappling, Zumba and etc to a SG50-themed Flea Mart and SG50 Baby Roving Exhibition to a Junior City Building Zone with LEGO Bricks to exhibition displays by our very own heroes from SCDF and SPF. Don't miss the special performance by our girls from the Singapore Youth Synchronised Swimming Team! Visit HERE for more details on activities.
Rediscover China @ Changi Airport
Now until 27 Sep 2015; 12pm to 11pm
Changi AirportT3, Departure Check-in Hall near Row 11, Level 2
With a plethora of exciting activities, this exclusive event presents the magnificent land like never before. Explore an interactive exhibition showcasing the different faces of China and stand a chance to win air tickets to rediscover the magical kingdom in person. More details HERE.
Taste of China
Enjoy delicious treats from China during the school holidays, weekends and public holidays.
Date: 24, 26 & 27 September 2015
Time: 2pm - 4pm, 7pm - 9pm
Mooncake Design Making
Learn how to design mooncakes at the activity corner!
Date: Until 27 September 2015
Be an Actor
Live the life of an actor – experience being suspended in the air by the wire-flying stunt as seen in movies! Conditions: Below 1.7m and below 100kg
5D Adventure Voyage
Take an exhilarating ride and embark on your next simulated adventure
Date: 24, 26 & 27 September 2015
Time: 12pm to 11pm
Present a single same-day receipt with a minimum spend of S$40 (S$80 for supermarkets) from any Changi Airport Shop or Dine outlet to redeem one activity pass. Each 5D simulator ride pass admits up to two persons for a single ride session. Participants of the 5D simulator ride must be above 1.05m in height and at least 4 years old.
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
Now until 27 Sep 2015
Tue - Fri: 10am | Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
DBS Arts Centre
Based on the all-time favourite book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat has been developed into a magically witty play by Britain's National Theatre, which will be faithfully reproduced by SRT's The Little Company. Sally and her brother get a surprise visit from the Cat in the Hat. With his endless tricks and crazy ideas, he certainly turned the dull rainy afternoon into one amazing adventure. Joined by the twin mischief-makers, Thing 1 and Thing 2, The Cat in the Hat promises to be a purr-fect day out for both children and parents alike! For tickets, visit HERE.
Dreamworks Animation: The Exhibition
Now until 27 Sep 2015 | 10am - 7pm
Local Rates: Adult $14 | Child (2-12) $9 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $12
Standard Rates: Adult $21 | Child (2-12) $13 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $17
*Check out our experience HERE.
The first stop of its five-year international tour, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition features over 400 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.
Start with an exhilarating panoramic dragon ride on the back of Toothless through Berk, the Viking township from How to Train Your Dragon. Then, take a fascinating and exciting journey through some of your favourite animated films, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to the amazing stories and worlds brought to the screen by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.
Interactive stations throughout the exhibition unveil the secrets of animation and creative filmmaking. Plus, at The Animation Desk, you can learn the basic principles of animation while creating your very own short movie using DreamWorks' software.
FAMILY FRIDAYS: Children go free! Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased! For more details, visit HERE.
Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats
Now until 27 Sep 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.
Sea Monsters: Past and Present
Now until 30 Sep 2015
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Admission Charges apply
Ever wondered what mysterious animals swam in our oceans millions of years ago? Join us at this awe-inspiring exhibition that brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures that ruled the prehistoric oceans. Organized into three zones, the exhibition unfolds to reveal sea monsters of the past and present. Discover breathtaking exhibits of extinct marine creatures and learn which of them are still among us today. For more information on exhibits, visit HERE.
ArtScience Museum presents The Deep
Now until 27 Oct 2015 | 10am - 7pm
Local Rates: Adult $11 | Child (2-12) $7 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $9
Standard Rates: Adult $14 | Child (2-12) $8 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $11.80
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.
The Art of Speed
Now until 3 April 2016; 10am - 6pm (Tues - Sun)
Playeum's Children’s Centre for Creativity
(Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
Child (1-12): $20 | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10
Read the monkies' experience here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2015/09/playeum-art-of-speed-children-centre-for-creativity.html