If you are a child, REJOICE because next week will see a short school week... thanks to the Youth Day (4 July) and Hari Raya Puasa (6 July) holidays! Well, at least adults get a mid-week respite from work too.
So if you are planning to keep the kiddos busy over the weekend and the public holiday, there are a fair bit of activities happening - including plenty of Open Houses with FREE Admissions during the Hari Raya Puasa public holiday!
SmartKids Asia – July 2016
Now until 3 July 2016
10am to 9pm (Fri & Sat) and 10am to 8pm (Sun)
Suntec Singapore Hall 405 & 406
SmartKids Asia, Asia's LARGEST Educational Kids' Fair is a fun filled family event where parents and children 3-12 years old can discover and experience educational stimulation and mind expanding Fun! Combined with Education, Health and Family Bonding services and activities, SmartKids Asia promises an extensive line-up of family-themed activities such as meet & greet sessions with popular characters, free trial classes from leading enrichment centres, interactive activities, inflatable challenges, and even a Scholarship Programme. For more details on what to expect, visit HERE.
Saturdays@ACM: Blessed Eid
2 Jul 2016; 1 - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Muslims around the world are rejoicing at the end of Ramadan, the fasting month to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa! Join in the fun with an interactive drama, or create your own paper ewer or plate to bring home. Explore colourful objects that were made around the world for Islamic buyers
SHINE Festival 2016
Now until 3 Jul 2016; Various Timings (until 10pm)
SHINE Festival returns to Orchard Road to celebrate the best of youth in Singapore. Debuting youth-centric experiential zones with exclusive discounts and activities, youths will be able to immerse themselves in an all-encompassing festival experience.
New this year is the interactive media pillar, adding on to an unparalleled feast of music and dance, urban sports, urban art and pop culture in the three-day festival. Festival highlights include a collaboration between Jay Park and ShiGGa Shay, more than 60 pop-up stalls such as Art Market by The Local People, fringe activities like fashion silk-screening and Community Wall Mural, as well as an extensive list of food trucks on-site. For more information and timings of activities, visit HERE.
Singapore Street Festival 2016
Now until 3 Jul 2016
Various events & timings
The annual Singapore Street Festival (SSF) returns on the 8th of June with an exciting bonanza of activities lined up till the 3rd of July. Themed ‘Community’, its 15th anniversary boasts exhilarating acts and impressive art that celebrate the talents of Singapore youth.
Singapore Yo-yo Championships (SYYC) and Asia Pacific Yo-yo Championships (APYYC)
1, 2 & 3 July 2016 | 11am to 8pm | Far East Plaza
Singapore Street Festival (SFF) at SHINE
1, 2 & 3 July | 2pm to 8pm | Mandarin Orchard Pedestrian Walkway
For more details, visit HERE.
“LILYTOPIA” Floral Display
Now until 10 Jul 2016; 9am - 9pm
Admission Charges apply
Jump in for a joyride back in time with our first-ever retro-styled floral display - Lilytopia! Get ready to rock and roll as we hit the rewind button and journey back to an era of psychedelic music and Flower Power. Groove to old school favourites in this retro revival featuring a stunning display of lilies alongside pop icons like the hippie van and guitar. Let the good times roll!
Storytelling Comes Alive! with MY LITTLE PONY
Now until 17 Jul 2016; 10.30am - 7pm daily
Sentosa, Palawan Area
The Palawan area will be transformed into the magical world of Equestria come 11 June – 17 July 2016. Experience the MAGIC with larger-than-life displays through visual art installations (3D artistic illusions, hand-painted displays and new-age digital projections), all themed around MY LITTLE PONY! Spread across three distinct zones around Palawan Beach, there will be plenty to see and do at Storytelling Comes Alive! with MY LITTLE PONY this year.
For more details on highlights and fringe activities, visit HERE.
MY LITTLE PONY Picnic & Movie Screening
9 Jul 2016 | 5.30pm - 9pm
Masak Masak 2016
Now until 31 July 2016
10am - 6pm
National Museum of Singapore
Children's Season 2016 may be over, but Masak Masak 2016 at National Museum of Singapore is still on! Immerse the kids in a colourful world of interactive installations, activities and workshops that are specially curated for the whole family. The activities are suitable for everyone in the family, so treat the young ones to a fun day out at the museum! For more details on the various exhibits, visit my review HERE.
All-New Soak Out Water Party at Universal Studios Singapore
Now until 10 Aug 2016 (30 minutes per session)
3.00pm daily & 5.30pm on Saturdays
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission fees apply
Adrenaline-seekers can enjoy cutting-edge rides and attractions and take part in the all-new Soak Out Water Party with the Minions, Sesame Street friends and more at Universal Studios Singapore. From 13 June to 10 August 2016, visitors can immerse in a festive parade that runs through select zones in the park and have a splashing good time at the Lagoon Stage in the Hollywood zone with close to 50 characters and entertainers grooving to catchy music and engaging in water play fun.
The party culminates in a water cannon blast, alongside high-flying aerialists who will give revellers a refreshing cool-down in the park. Visitors can continue to chill out in an evening after-party at the New York Public Library with live performances by DJ Inquisitive and the Good Karma band on select Friday and Saturday nights.
Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea
Now until 28 Aug 2016
Mon - Sun 10am - 7pm | Fri 10am - 9pm
Singapore Art Musuem
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs | Adults $10 | Senior Citizens (above 60) & Kids $5 | Kids below 6 FREE
Delving into the deep, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea – the sixth edition of SAM’s children-focused annual exhibition – invites adventurers of all ages into the watery realms of our Earth as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists.
A whimsical introduction to the many stories and ideas that surround seascapes, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea presents tactile and interactive works that encourage discovery through exploration and play. At SAM at 8Q, young people are invited to comb the shores and navigate the deep where they make the acquaintance of mysterious denizens and underwater wonders. We hope that, as protectors of the future, our young visitors will also think about the impact we have on the natural world, and of how, through inventive and wise ideas, we can save our earth and its awe-inspiring oceans. For the detailed listing and programme, download the brochure HERE.
Hideaways - Creating with Nature
Now until 30 Oct 2016
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum (Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
$20 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10
Hideways - Creating With Nature is all about immersive experiences - experiences that will invite kids to explore, observe, construct, reflect, innovate and engage with nature and natural materials through hands-on exhibits and interactive artists’ installations. Specifically designed for kids aged 1 to 12, the exhibition helps them explore these questions through various installations - providing an interdisciplinary and engaging experience serving as an important reminder of the world’s ecosystem. Read more in my review HERE.
Shaking It With Shakespeare Exhibition
Now until 15 Jan 2017; 10am - 7pm daily
Singapore Philatelic Museum, Level 2
Adult: $6 | Child: $4 | FREE Admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs
Calling families and children, come and explore the life and times of Shakespeare at the colourful and interactive exhibition! See how Shakespeare looked like; read and watch, listen to the music and songs of his plays. Explore the cabinet of curiosities filled with exotic and everyday objects from Shakespeare’s world. Dine with Shakespeare, recite magic spells from his plays and discover real bizarre cures from Tudor times! Admire beautiful costumes of Romeo and Juliet plays, and take the opportunity to dress up as a Shakespearean character. Be treated to stamps from around the world that showcase Shakespeare and his works, 400-year old books, as well as Shakespearean texts in various local mother tongues.
Future World @ ArtScience Museum
10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Ticket prices HERE
Kids will be able to imagine, play and explore in Singapore's largest digital art gallery, where 15 digital art installations come to life through cutting-edge science and technology! Some of the really interesting installations include Crystal Universe where you become the centre of the universe by stepping inside a scintillating and dazzling world of 170,000 LED lights and Light Ball Orchestra which blends vivid lights with beautiful music together to create an orchestra of colours and sounds that change constantly. Children can experiment with creating their own music freely as they run and play among a multitude of light balls, changing their sounds and colours as they touch or throw them around! Our Blog Post HERE.
ONLY HAPPENING ON 6 JULY 2016 (WED), HARI RAYA PUASA
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
6 July 2016; 9am - 6pm
The station will be undergoing advanced works and will close end of this year so drop by while you still can! 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
Istana Open House
6 July 2016; 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 $2 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.
Open House at all National Heritage Board Museums
6 Jul 2016
In celebration of our national holidays, the National Heritage Board (NHB) offers all visitors free admission to all exhibitions at the NHB museums and institutions on Hari Raya Puasa! Seize the rare chance to view our national collection and uncover our nation’s history.
List of National Heritage Board Museums and Heritage Institutions
National Museum of Singapore
Asian Civilisations Museum
The Peranakan Museum
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Reflections at Bukit Chandu
Malay Heritage Centre
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Indian Heritage Centre