Oct 6, 2015

Where to Bring the Kids this Children's Day 2015 Weekend

Children's Day falls on 9 October this year and hopefully, the haze will clear up somewhat come this long weekend for the kiddos. Because there are tons of stuff and activities waiting for them!

Young Learners Festival 2015
9 Oct 2015; 10am-5pm
Science Centre Singapore, Marquee & Ecogarden
Admission charges apply; $2 fee per activity

Kids will be able to experience the Young Learners' Festival in four fantastic ways! Details in the brochure below.

Children's Day Celebrations @ Kindness Gallery
9 Oct 2015; 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Kindness Gallery
(Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street #01-09, Singapore 179369)
FREE Admission, Pre-registration not required

Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun 2015
9 Oct 2015; 8.30am - 11.30am
Esplanade Concourse
FREE but Pre-registration is COMPULSORY

It's a mystery theme this year so come down to Esplanade and find out the secret! 5 to 12 year-olds can participate in the On-the-spot Drawing Competition, with prizes to be won while 2 to 4 year-olds can indulge in some Colouring Fun! Event is free but registration is required. Visit HERE for more information and to register. *Closing date for registration is 7 Oct 2015.

Octoburst! 2015
9 - 11 Oct 2015; Various Timings
The Esplanade
Free & Ticketed events available

The annual Octoburst! – A Children’s Festival is back! This year, the young and the even-younger-ones are invited to imagine how their future and home will be by exploring a world of endless possibilities through the arts. From delightful performances to hands-on workshops, Octoburst! is the perfect festival to encourage discovery, play and creativity.

From doodling and creating a pocket garden to a life-sized board game, the festival offers a line-up of ticketed and free interactive activities that encourage imagination and play. Here are some of my top picks:

Doodle City
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 6pm | Forecourt Garden | FREE
Unleash your creative might, add a dash of colour and fun on our special doodle structures and take over Doodle City at Esplanade!

Book Stop!
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 5pm | Festival Corner | FREE
Bring along a pre-loved children’s book to exchange for a new read and spend some quiet time reading your new treasure or even take it home with you.

Snakes and Ladders
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 7pm | Courtyard Green | FREE
Join us at this life-sized version of your favourite board game, complete with giant snakes, ladders and a 3D dice for you to roll.

A Pipe-ful Play Garden
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 7pm | Courtyard Green | FREE
Do you have a green thumb or just love putting things together and running around? A Pipe-ful Play Garden is the perfect place to have some fun in the sun. Grow your very own little pocket garden and together with other children, construct a living and ever-growing pipe-maze for everyone to play with.

Let’s Get Grooving
9 Oct 2015 2.30pm | 10 & 11 Oct 2015 3.15pm | Concourse | FREE
Put on your dancing shoes and learn authentic swing moves on Friday and Saturday, and hip hop steps on Sunday while grooving to some of your favourite tunes.

Draw Me a Story《说说画画》
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 3.15pm | library@esplanade | FREE
Through storytelling and illustrations, Chen Zhao Jin, a familiar household name to many, brings laughter and fun to the whole family with entertaining tales like Little Lamb and the Wolf and The Kind Little Lamb. 

Let’s Play!
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 4.30pm | Outdoor Theatre | FREE
Join Dwayne Tan and Daphne Quah as they take you on a roller coaster ride with a series of interactive games that are completely off-the-wall. Test your endurance and creativity with a generous dose of fun, strategy and teamwork.

9 Oct 2pm-5pm | 10 & 11 Oct 11am-5pm | Concert Hall Meeting Point | FREE
Here’s your chance to send someone you love a handwritten postcard. Swing by Octopost, grab a postcard, start designing it and pen your message. Don’t forget to drop into our brand new Octopost post box, specially created by visual artist, Budi Agung Kuswara.

9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 9 Oct 2pm; 10 Oct 4pm; 11 Oct 11am & 4pm | Recital Studio | $20
Casa tells the story of a grown-up and a child who meet, get to know each other and start to build. Building turns into play, and little by little, they build a story, a structure, a roof, a house. Sometimes the little one pretends to be the grown-up, while the grown-up pretends to be the little one. Come and be a part of Casa where simple words and movements come together to build a home bursting with imagination. Recommended for children aged 2 – 5. Tickets from HERE.

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Download the full calender of events HERE. For more information, visit www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/octoburst.

Archifest 2015: We Build This City Children's Craft Workshop
9 & 10 Oct 2015; 3pm - 6pm
Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road
FREE Admission

In celebration of Children's Day, there will be complimentary workshops conducted for children to have some fun, splashing out their creativity in constructing miniature models of imaginative cities to take home, as well as contribute to the large-scale interactive city model - an opportune activity to get these young minds ticking over their visions of our future.

Archifest 2015: Scratch The Future
9 & 10 Oct 2015
Session 1: Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10am - 1pm (Register here)
Session 2: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10am - 1pm (Register here)
Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road
$25 per child (Suitable for 7 to 12 years old)

If kids could design the future, what will it look like? Saturday Kids invites lil' architects ages 7 - 12 to imagine and programme interactive stories about spaces and buildings of tomorrow. Kids play architects and inventors in a design-thinking challenge set in the future before learning to create, code, and animate their futuristic ideas in Scratch - an open source drag-and-drop visual programming language designed for kids by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab.

Children’s Day Celebrations 2015 @ Downtown East
Now until 11 Oct 2015; 11am - 9pm
Downtown East, Event Square

Now until 11 Oct 2015 | 11am – 9pm | Event Square
Come down to the Children's Day Toy Fair and enjoy $5 off every $50 spent!

9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 4pm & 7pm | Event Square
This Children's Day, bring your kids down to meet the adorable characters from Sylvanian Families and have a picture taken with them!

Meet & Greet Pororo's Friends
10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 Oct 2015
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Marina Foyer L2

Children's Day Carnival @ KidsSTOP
9 - 11 Oct 2015
S'poreans & PR: Child ​$22.30 | Adult $11.65
Others: Child ​$36.15 ​| Adult ​$20.17

Join in the ​KidsSTOP ​Children’s ​Day ​Carnival ​happening ​from ​9 ​to ​11 ​Oct ​2015 ​for ​a ​special ​and ​unforgettable ​time ​at ​KidsSTOP. ​Every ​child ​will ​receive ​an ​exclusive ​goodie ​bag ​and ​will ​be ​able ​to ​participate ​in ​competitions ​and ​activities ​making ​the ​time ​spent ​in ​KidsSTOP ​even ​more ​memorable. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Visit HERE to pre-buy tickets.

What the Ladybird Heard
9 - 11 Oct 2015
9 Oct 5pm | 10 Oct 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm | 11 Oct 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm
SOTA Drama Theatre
$62, $52, $42

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this brand new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! For children aged 3 and above and their families. Running time is approximately 55 minutes with no interval. To book tickets, visit HERE.

Baby Market 2015
9 - 11 Oct 2015
Singapore Expo Hall 5
Fri-Sat: 11am - 9pm | Sun: 11am - 8pm
FREE Admission

The Massive Show of 50,000 Maternity & Baby Products with massive discount up to 90% OFF – Baby Market will have all major strollers, cots, prams, diapers, play-pens, carriers, milk powder, baby gadgets and other necessity brands under one roof! Baby Market is a shopping source that brings heaps of great deals, focused on pregnancy, babies, birth and toddlers, as well as women health and family needs.

da:ns Festival 2015
9 - 18 Oct 2015; Various Timings
The Esplanade

Celebrating the spirit of movement since 2006, da:ns festival 2015 presents a world of dance that inspires and makes you fall in love with dance all over again. Visit www.dansfestival.com for a full listing of all activities.

What's Your Move?
Venue: Stage@Powerhouse, The Esplanade
Dance in the moonlight and be swept off your feet under the stars at our What’s Your Move? party at the Esplanade waterfront. Skilled performers show you how it’s done before everyone in the crowd gets in on the action on our specially designed dance floor, learning fun beginner routines from professional instructors. Suitable for families with kids.

9 Oct 2015: 8 – 9pm Waltz by The DanceSport Academy | 9.30 – 11.30pm Tango + Milonga by Tango Del Sur
10 Oct 2015: 8 – 9pm Salsa by ACTFA | 9.30 – 10.30pm Bachata by ACTFA
11 Oct 2015: 8 – 9pm Jive by The DanceSport Academy | 9.30 – 10.30pm Flamenco by Flamenco Sin Fronteras

Shall We Dance?
9 - 11, 16 - 18 Oct 2015, Fri - Sun | 6.30pm - 7.15pm & 7.45pm - 8.30pm 
Various locations around Esplanade 
Your free 5-minute dance lesson! Get into the spirit of the festival and pick up some nifty dance moves from our roving team of professional dancers. All you have to do is choose from a selection of dance genres, and you’ll be on your way to a fun and simple dance lesson. Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Port of Lost Wonder - BBQ Under The Stars
10 Oct 2015; 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Port of Lost Wonder, Sentosa
Adults $39 | Child $15 | FREE for Child below 5 yrs old

Experience the beauty of the Port at night, take a splash at the Pirate Ship, enjoy the cool sea breeze and the calming, rhythmic waves as you dine! Treat your taste buds to a delectable spread of starters, mouth-watering barbecued meats and sweet treats at the dessert bar! Cuddle as a family along our picnic grounds and catch a show under the stars! For tickets, visit HERE.

Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk with Naked Hermit Crabs
10 Oct 2015 | Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: Around 2 hours
FREE, but donations are welcome

Come and join the Naked Hermit Crabs to check out the wildlife residing in the mangroves and coastal area of Chek Jawa. The nature walk is a leisurely stroll conducted on the boardwalk, and there is no need to get your shoes wet. Let the volunteer guides show you the amazing biodiversity that is in our own 'backyard'. Registration is FREE but COMPULSORY and can be done HERE.

Bosch presents: Symphony in the Park
11 Oct 2015; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE Admission

Bosch is pleased to present Symphony in the Park - a concert held in celebration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary. Join in for an enchanting evening at the Singapore Botanic Gardens as the NUS Symphony Orchestra, a member of NUS Centre For the Arts, performs a repertoire of classical pieces and modern show tunes.

Toys Warehouse Sale
7 - 11 Oct 2015; 10am - 7pm daily
1 Kaki Bukit Road 2, #01-05, Eunos Warehouse Complex

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.

Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia
9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31 Oct 2015
Admission charges apply

Calling all families with little heroes aged 2 to 12 years! Come for a wonderful Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort from 1st October to 1st November 2015. Enjoy the kid-friendly Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGO Kingdoms every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 8.30pm.

*During the Halloween month, the Theme Park will open until 8:30pm on Friday & Saturday,  7:00pm on Sunday, and  6:00pm on Monday to Thursday.

Monsters, Magic, Mayhem & More!
From Halloween fun rides at LEGO Kingdoms to snapshots with its LEGO Giant Pumpkin and giant LEGO White Ghost at The Beginning, plus awesome night scenes at Miniland and LEGO Star Wars Miniland, there’s something for everyone! Enter Lord Vampyres Ballroom with count-the-bats maze to start your Brick-or-Treat journey. Then, it’s time to explore the Brick-or-Treat trail and be rewarded with goodies on your way.

Brick or treaters should keep their eyes out for brick-tastic shows at Castle stage and amazing mascots including our newest and friendliest monster - Frankenstein roaming around the Park. Halloween heroes can also join our LEGO building activities and create LEGO bats, ghosts, monster cupcakes and more.

*Tickets for admission at night only (4pm-8.30pm) are available too! Visit HERE for more information.

"Celebrations of Chrysanthemums" Floral Display
Now until 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.

ArtScience Museum presents The Deep
Now until 27 Oct 2015 | 10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
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.

Spooky Seas: The "Pirates Ahoy!" edition
Now until 15 Nov 2015; 10am - 7pm daily
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore Residents: Adults $28 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $15
General Admission: Adults $32 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $22

It’s a treasure trove of treats and discoveries down in the sea. This Halloween, head to Spooky Seas at S.E.A. Aquarium as families sail off into more spooky adventures – pirate style! Unveil the chilling truths about marine animals, use your wit to bag yourself some treats, and watch pumpkins turn into lanterns under the sea.

Spooky Seas Trail
Legend has it that the best treats are hidden in a treasure chest within a haunted shipwreck. But the evil skeleton pirates that rule this shipwreck have kept even the bravest divers at bay. Unlock these secret treats by embarking on the Spooky Seas Trail and complete a task at each of the five stations - Fishy Graveyard, Mad Scientist’s Lab, Pumpkin Patch, Vampire’s Lair and Potion Parlour. With wit and speed, solve puzzles, pick up treats and collect all the ingredients needed to concoct a magic potion to release the ultimate prize!

Skeleton divers
They are the guardians of the forgotten sea depths, rising from the darkness only during Halloween. Feel the chills as they swim by, and don’t forget to capture evidence of their rare appearance.
Time: Mon - Sun, 1pm and 4pm (45 mins per session)
Venue: Open Ocean Habitat

Live pumpkin carving
You may have seen pumpkin carving demonstrations on land. But underwater? Come witness this feat as our divers carve pumpkins into Halloween lanterns from within the habitat.
Time: Sat and Sun, 1pm and 4pm (45 mins per session)
Venue: Open Ocean Habitat

Meet and Greet Manta
Come say hi and take plenty of pictures with the friendly Manta Ray mascot. He will be “swimming” by at these times: 2.45pm and 3.45pm daily.

Marine Chatters
Home to over 40,000 fish across 80 different species, join the marine guides and let them share with you interesting facts about the Open Ocean Habitat, and the unique adaptations of its inhabitants.
Time: 1.15pm, daily
Venue: Ocean Gallery

Dolphin Trainer Talk
Learn more about the dolphins, and find out what you never knew about these endearing animals, direct from the dolphin trainers.
Time: 11:30am, daily & 2:30pm on weekends & public holidays
Venue: Dolphin Island Panels

Aquarist Feeding Sessions
Understand the feeding habits of our marine animals and view how the aquarists hand feed the sharks and rays.
Time & Venue: 
Mon – Fri: Shark Seas Habitats – 4:30pm
Tue – Sun: Shipwreck Habitat – 10am & Open Ocean Habitat – 3pm
Mon-Sun: Coral Garden Habitat – 11am, Sea Dragons Habitat – 3pm & Mangrove Habitat – 4pm

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

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