Singapore's 51st Birthday falls on 9 August 2016 (Tuesday) BUT the celebrations begin THIS WEEKEND! Other than NDP Fireworks, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the little ones all active and occupied... from sports and outdoor picnics to museums and shows.
No excuses to stay at home this weekend and on National Day then! :)
GetActive! by the Bay
Now until 7 Aug 2016
Bayfront Event Space
From now until 7 Aug, Marina Bay turns into a giant sporting arena! For a detailed listing of all activities, viasit HERE.
Singapore Giant Games Festival 2016
5 & 6 Aug 2016; 11am - 7pm
Red Box (National Youth Council)
Come one, come all to Singapore's first Giant Games Festival! Play games of Jenga and pick-up-sticks taller than you are (and much more!) Join us at The Red Box (opposite *SCAPE) on the 5th and 6th of August between 11 am and 7 pm to experience it for yourself! Sometimes, bigger IS better.
5 & 6 Aug 2016; 11am - 6pm
A celebration of research, creativity, innovation and enterprise from Singapore’s hub of innovation and science. Visitors can make their mark using pipettes to contribute to a science-inspired mural and be entertained by science buskers. In addition, they can grab a bite to eat at the Lunchtime Food Trucks Picnic or one-north restaurants while the kids in their group have a fun-filled day learning and exploring. The core activities of the Festival will be held at the Connexis, Symbiosis and Galaxis Towers at Fusionopolis in one-north. For more details, check out the schedule and topics at www.onenorthfestival.sg.
Saturdays@ACM: Red and White
6 Aug 2016; 1 - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Wear red and celebrate Singapore’s National Day with us at the museum. Go on a hunt for red and white objects in the galleries, and catch a special performance about the history of Singapore at Empress Place.
Let’s Lepak at Mount Faber
6 Aug 2016; 4pm - 7pm
Family fun is afoot on the first Saturday of every month at Mount Faber! From 6 August, between 4 and 7pm, Mount Faber Loop will be car-free and play host to a myriad of fun-filled workshops, performances, and nostalgic interactive games.
Recycled Craft Workshop
4pm – 7pm
Get hands-on! Learn to make an iconic Singapore cable car cabin from recycled cardboard during an interactive handicraft session with eco-artist Didier Ng
Dance Painting Performance
4pm – 5pm
Have fun expressing yourself through painting and dancing with Colours In Motion!
Zumba Fitness Session
4.15pm – 5.15pm
Dance your way to fitness by joining the Zumba Fitness session with easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating dance moves, set to high energy Latin and international beats!
Fuel Fit Functional Fitness Workout
5.15pm – 6.15pm
Enjoy a fun afternoon sweat session! Train your muscles with functional fitness exercise that simulates common movements from your daily lives.
Roving Percussion Performance
5.30pm – 5.45pm, 6.30pm – 6.45pm
MOTUS (Movement on the Upside) is here to spread National Day cheer with memorable local tunes. Don’t be shy to groove along to the infectious beats.
Families for Life National Day Picnic
6 Aug 2016; 5pm - 9.30pm
The Green Roof at Marina Barrage
Celebrate our Nation’s 51st birthday with all things Singapore. From kampong game challenges to National Day sing-along sessions, it’d be a time of reminiscing and discovery for both the young and senior alike. Chill out on your picnic mat in the evening with your family to catch the screening of the local production, “Long Long Time Ago Part 1” (我们的故事), and take another entertaining trip down memory lane as the movie narrates the life of a family in Singapore as well as chronicles Singapore’s growth from 1965 to the early 1970s. For more details on all programmes and activities, visit HERE.
Music Oasis 2016: A Nation Celebrates
6 Aug 2016; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Celebrate National Day with Singapore Chinese Orchestra at our Gardens with your family and friends. Enjoy an evening of great music of local composers’ compositions with a national theme. SCO will perform Wang Chenwei’s Confluence, Phoon Yew Tien’s The Forge Ahead and Eric Watsons’ An Independent Note, which features an excerpt of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s speech, which will be narrated by Jonathan Charles Tay. The concert will also feature Law Wai Lun’s re-arrangement of Medley of Television Drama Theme Songs and Medley of National Day Songs.
PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate!
6 - 9 Aug 2016; 12pm - 9pm
Singapore EXPO, Hall 5
Whether it is celebrating the nation's birthday or our diverse multicultural festivals, PlayLAH! Let's celebrate! at Singapore EXPO creates an opportunity for families to bond and communities to engage through a fun playground of themed activities and entertainment for all. Jump into the zones of Play with bouncy castle, carnival games, and more; Learn and rediscover the rich history of Singapore; Bond through craft workshops and activities; and Eat a variety of mouth-watering local fares. Catch the National Day Parade ‘live’ on-screen, and have an unforgettable night of festivity with family and friends. For more details, visit www.expoevents.sg.
Peppa Pig LIVE! Big Splash
6 - 9 Aug 2016
11am, 2pm, 5pm
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
$108, $88, $68, $88, $48
National Day Celebrations @ Gardens by the Bay
7 Aug 2016; 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Supertree Grove Lawn
Come celebrate our nation’s 51st birthday at Gardens by the Bay! You can choose to get active and sweat it out with our exciting lifestyle programmes, or relax with your families and loved ones while the SAF Central Band plays familiar patriotic tunes. They will be joined by the talented 14-piece Swiss Military Small Band - a collaboration not to be missed.
GETACTIVE! SINGAPORE CARNIVAL
Time: 4.00pm - 7.30pm
Celebrate the nation’s 51st birthday as One Team Singapore! Get active with your fellow Singaporeans and try out a series of fun sporting activities including shooting, bowling, sphere archery and inflatable obstacle course for kids. Come join us for the fun lined up for the whole family!
SINGAPORE’S 51ST BIRTHDAY BASH FITNESS PARTY
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Singapore is turning 51 and it's time to party! Come celebrate this special day with ActiveSG ZIN Faiz Aman and friends of 120 Fitness. Join in for a 60-minute, non-stop dance treat and boogie to a medley of chart-topping hits at the dance fitness party of THE year!
A SIMPLE GIFT
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Enjoy a wonderful evening at the Supertree Grove Lawn with performance by the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band and the Swiss Military Small Band. A collaboration not to be missed.
SSO Classics in the Park
7 Aug 2016; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
As part of the SSO Classics in the Park series, join Associate Conductor Joshua Tan and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for an evening of beautiful music from well-loved Broadway hits and classical favourites such as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Ballet and West Side Story. Be serenaded by Rani Singam as she belts out tunes from The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and more; sure to bring your weekend to a perfect close at the Singapore Botanic Gardens!
National Day Celebrations at Esplanade
7 - 9 Aug 2016
Various programmes and timings
Come mark National Day with us at Our Esplanade Estate this 7–9 Aug. Celebrate the people of Singapore and our vibrant Esplanade community with free performances, craft activities, exhibitions, a festival village, and more!
Don't miss spectacular performances by Shirlyn & The UnXpected and the award-winning Deyi Military Band! You can also win prizes at our roving KopiQuiz; build a 3-metre high sculpture made completely out of cardboard; or sit back and relax to a local film screening at our cosy Concourse. There's a lot to do over these three days, so come on down to Esplanade and celebrate! Notable events include:
Esplanade Festival Village
5 & 8 Aug 2016: 3pm – 10 pm | 6, 7 & 9 Aug 2016 : 12pm – 10 pm | Esplanade Waterfront
Come on down to the Esplanade Waterfront and experience the hustle and bustle of the Esplanade Festival Village from 5 – 9 August 2016, which features over 50 stalls selling delicious treats, artisanal and other specialty goods.
Cardboard Sculptures Upsized!
7 Aug 2016 : 4.30pm & 6.30pm | 8 Aug 2016 : 6.30pm | 9 Aug 2016 : 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm | Concert Hall Meeting Point
All it takes is a bit of the “kampong spirit” to transform an ordinary material like cardboard into something that can spark our imagination. Be amazed by the works of art created by cardboard sculptor Bartholomew Ting, as he guides you through the building of larger-than-life sculptures at the Esplanade. Join in the team effort to build giant Esplanade-inspired sculptures! There are limited spaces at the workshops so do go early to register. Maximum of 15 participants at any point in time for this activity. The mini cardboard sculptures are limited in stock and must be fully assembled at the designated workshop area.
Raindrops Are Falling!
8 & 9 Aug 2016 : 3.30pm & 4.30pm | 13 & 14 Aug 2016 : 3.30pm & 4.30pm | PIP's PLAYbox
Join Pam as she weaves interactive tales about animals and nature in this trilingual storytelling session. Learn how we can do our part to save our environment!
For a listing of ALL programmes visit HERE.
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
9 Aug 2016; 9am - 6pm
The station will be undergoing advanced works and National Day will the LAST time it will be open to the public before it reopens in 2025. So bring the kids there while you 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
Science Centre FREE Admission
9 Aug 2016
Science Centre Singapore
Enjoy FREE* admission to Science Centre Singapore on 9th August 2016!
*For admission to Science Centre Singapore, only for Singaporeans and PRs on 9 August 2016. Separate admission to other gated exhibitions and attractions apply.
National Day Open House at NMS
9 August 2016; 10am – 7pm (activities till 5pm)
National Museum of Singapore
Celebrate the nation's 51st birthday at the National Museum of Singapore! Enjoy free admission to all galleries and fun for the whole family with special craft activities, a reading session for young adults and back-to-back screenings of films by local filmmaker Royston Tan.
Craft activities for families
10am – 5pm | Concourse, Level 1
(Last collection of materials at 4.30pm. While stocks last.)
Exercise your creative muscles with your little ones! Make your own toy with the simple craft materials provided.
Share your childhood memories with your children with these nostalgic paper dolls!
Balloon sculpting of Singapore objects
2pm – 5pm | Outside The Salon, Level 1 | $2 per piece. While stocks last.
Get your hands on these National Day balloon specials, featuring Singapore’s signature chilli crab, Singa the Lion, orchids and our national flag!
The Island in the Caldera – A reading session for young adults by local author Lin Xueling
2pm – 3pm | Rotunda, Level 1
Being brave isn’t about never being afraid, but about being scared and taking the leap and trying anyway. The Island In The Caldera is a book about two sisters, Min Rui and Chloe, and their adventures through strange lands based on real places in Asia, real inventions by Asian scientists, and actual Asian history and mythology. Join author Lin Xueling for a reading of the book, which features ferocious tree dragons, stinky giants and a precocious talking cat.
National Day @ SYSNMH
9 Aug 2016; 10am - 5pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Celebrate National Day at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall! Enjoy interactive storytelling in the galleries and experience the fun of being a young journalist.
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Singapore Philatelic Museum Open House
9 Aug 2016; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Come celebrate our Nation’s 51st birthday at the museum! Join in for a fun-filled day with crafts, leather making, talks and workshop. For full programme details, please visit HERE.
Kampong Gelam Tales: A Dramatised Tour
9 August 2016
11.00 – 11.45am & 3.00 – 3.45pm
Malay Heritage Centre
Take a peek into the lives of several historical personalities through this interactive tour at the Malay Heritage Centre. Join in the fun at the Kampong Gelam Tales: A Dramatised Tour and be captivated by pieces of Singapore’s history!
Open House at all National Heritage Board Museums
9 Aug 2016
In addition to the Open Houses mentioned above, the National Heritage Board (NHB) offers all visitors free admission to all exhibitions at the following NHB museums and institutions on National Day too!
Asian Civilisations Museum
The Peranakan Museum
Reflections at Bukit Chandu
Indian Heritage Centre
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.
Orchid Extravaganza Floral Display
Now until 28 Aug 2016; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
*Admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories apply
Designed by Singaporean garden landscape designer Alan Tan, “Orchid Extravaganza” will feature over 200 orchid species and hybrids. Be it the myriad of colours of the well-loved Phalaenopsis, the intriguing kite-like flowers of the Masdevallia, or the bright, flamboyant blooms of the Cattleya, there is an orchid for every taste. Be mesmerised by the entrancing spiral of orchids above you in the Sacred Trees of Wisdom. Or take a moment to admire the flow of orchid colours along the Stream of Life. As you stroll through this secret village dotted with quaint fruit-shaped houses, you just might spot an Orchidian or two!
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.
Roboland @ City Square Mall
Now until 28 Aug 2016
Weekdays 6pm - 10pm | Weekends & PHs 12pm - 10pm
City Square Mall, City Green Outdoor Park L1
From 30 July to 28 August, City Square Mall will house Roboland, a robotic-themed outdoor carnival comprising life-sized robot rides, giant robot-inspired inflatables and exciting robot-themed games stalls.
Merlion Magic Lights!
Now until 28 Aug 2016
7.45pm, 8.15pm, 8.45pm and 9.15pm with 2 additional shows on Weekends/ PH/ eve of PH
Merlion Plaza, Sentosa
It wouldn't be National Day Celebration without Sentosa's Merlion! Come and catch the nightly Merlion Magic Lights! shows in the month of August, and be amazed as 3D mapping technologies are used to present the show in a dazzling display of lights and sounds.
51% off Admission at Zoo, River Safari & Jurong Bird Park
1 - 31 Aug 2016
Singapore’s wildest residents in Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo are in the mood to celebrate the nation’s 51st birthday with offers of 51% off admission tickets, a retro kampong-styled feast of delectable street food, and the launch of a new year-long Wild Birthday programme.
Singapore residents will enjoy 51% off bundled admission to Singapore Zoo and River Safari. Bird lovers can commemorate the nation’s birthday month with feathered friends at Jurong Bird Park with the Happy Bird Day Deal, with 51% off bird park admission.
The Three Little Pigs
4 Aug - 16 Sep 2016
Weekdays: 10am | Weekends & Public Holiday: 11am & 2pm
KC Arts Centre
Weekdays $28, $25 | Weekends $48, $38, $35
Embark on an adventure with the three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf with their charming and witty ways! An original adaptation of the classic fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs teaches little ones how success can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. Filled with humour, this ‘very curly musical tail’ will have you squealing with glee and howling with laughter as The Three Little Pigs set about defeating the Big Bad Wolf. For tickets, visit 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.
Future World @ ArtScience Museum
10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Ticket prices HERE
*Only on 9 August 2016, all visitors to the ArtScience Museum will enjoy 51% discount off admission to various exhibitions!
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.