Oct 4, 2016

25 Activities for Children's Day Weekend 2016

Exams may be luring around the corner but Children's Day is Children's Day, no? It's the day where kids aged 12 and below get their day of fun and so if you are fretting over where to bring them this Friday and/or weekend, I have done the homework for you. Here are 25 options - with more than half being FREE! - to take your pick from!

Octoburst! 2016
7 - 9 Oct 2016
Various programmes and timings
FREE & Ticketed events

The annual Octoburst! – A Children’s Festival is back! This year, kids are invited to embark on an adventure with stories from all corners of the imagination. From delightful performances to hands-on workshops, Octoburst! is the perfect festival to encourage play and family fun while immersing in a world of terrific tales and creative endeavours. Here are some of the top picks:

FREE Activities:

Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun
7 Oct 2016 | 8.30 – 11.30am | Concourse
It's a mystery theme this year so head 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 compulsory. Visit HERE for more information and to register.

7 Oct 2016 | 2.30pm & 4pm (1 hr) | library@esplanade
In this fun and educational bento workshop, our experienced instructor guides the little ones in food preparation, while explaining the science of food in an interesting way. For ages 4 – 12. No registration required, limited slots, available on a first-come-first-served basis.

A Pipe-ful Play Garden
7-9 Oct 2016| 11am - 7pm | Courtyard Green
This is the perfect place to have some fun in the sun! Back again this year, this activity is about constructing an ever-growing pipe-maze that everyone can participate and play in. Don't miss this interactive community artwork that encourages teamwork, learning and family bonding through play!

Tumbling Tower and Giant Bowling
7-9 Oct 2016| 11am - 7pm | Courtyard Green
How high can you stack the blocks before they tumble to the ground? How many giant pins can you knock down with just one roll of the bowling ball? Will it be a strike?

The Story of Badang & Radin Mas
7-9 Oct 2016 | 2pm (30min) | library@esplanade
Through the traditional art form of Wayang Kulit Kelantan, Ethnic Shadows will share the stories of the mighty Badang, a legendary Malay folk hero, and the beautiful Javanese princess, Radin Mas Ayu.

Draw Me a Story《说说画画》
7-9 Oct 2016 | 3.15pm | library@esplanade
Through storytelling and illustrations, Chen Zhao Jin, a familiar name to many, brings laughter and fun to the whole family with entertaining tales.

A Forest Tale
7-9 Oct 2016 | 4.30pm | Concourse
The mischievous Little Tiger loves to play pranks on the other animals in the forest. Besides wanting them to play with him as he pleases, he even made poor Little Rabbit sing and Little Monkey do somersaults! Will they still be his friend? Let's find out in this theatrical adventure filled with song, interaction and dance!

Stand up and Dance!
7-9 Oct 2016 | 7.30pm | Outdoor Theatre
It’s time for you to stand up and dance! Get moving with the SPARROWS in their energetic dance performance that incorporates hip hop and contemporary styles. Don’t forget to stick around after the performance to learn a few groovy moves from the dancers during a dance-along session.

Fantastic Fables
8 Oct 2016 : 2.30pm | 9 Oct 2016 : 12.45pm | Concourse
Join The Amazing ToyBox as they entertain the audience with an original story about a king who wants to sing and dance but thinks he doesn’t have the talent to do so. Feeling hopeless, he asks a fairy to use a sprinkle of magic to help him get the job done. Find out if his talent is real or just a spell.

Paper Automata
8-9 Oct 2016 | 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm (1 hr) | library@esplanade
Learn how to make a paper automaton out of animal characters in this art-science workshop. Recommended for ages 5 & up. Limited slots available, on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation required.

Make Your Own Animal Headgear
8-9 Oct 2016 | 12pm - 5pm | Concert Hall Meeting Point
Unleash your creativity and learn how to make a life-sized animal headgear that you can parade around.

Ticketed Programmes:

Little Red Riding Hood
7 Oct 2016 : 4pm | 8 Oct 2016 : 11am | 9 Oct 2016 : 1pm | Recital Studio | $20
Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend! They run and chase each other, taking on different roles but both eager to take on the role of Mr Wolf …or is that...Miss Wolf? Join the duo as they turn the pages in a light-hearted story filled with new discoveries at every turn. Enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of Little Red Riding Hood like never before. For ages 3 & up.

The Secret Life of Suitcases
7 Oct 2016: 2pm & 5pm | 8 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm | 9 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm | Theatre Studio | $20
Join Larry in The Secret Life of Suitcases as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase, taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again. This funny and enchanting puppet show is suitable for ages 4 & up.

For a detailed listing of all free and ticketed activities, visit HERE.

Young Learners Festival 2016
7 Oct 2016; 1.30pm - 5pm
Science Centre Singapore, Marquee & Ecogarden
Admission charges apply; $2 fee per activity

This year’s theme is “Nature’s Explorers” and kids will be given the opportunity to participate in a couple of hands-on activities and bring back their own hand made souvenirs. In addition, through exclusive garden activities, they can immerse themselves in the Ecogarden and be thrilled by a delightful experience with the plants and animals. A fascinating Science show will top off a day's worth of fun with science!

Big Dream Climber Race 2016 @ KidsSTOP
7 Oct 2016
11.30am - 1pm | 2.30pm - 4pm
$10 donation

Join in the popular 'Big Dream Climber Race 2016' - a parent & child race this Children's Day! Be prepared to race up the magnificent 'Big Dream Climber' which is a 2-storey high vertical maze. Participants will be required to complete a mystery task before racing down to the starting point. All donations collected from the race will be channelled to the development of programmes for children with different learning capabilities. For more details, visit HERE.

Tinker Kids
7 Oct 2016
Session 1 (6-8 years old): 10.30am to 11.30am | Session 2 (9-12 years old): 12noon to 1pm
Session 3 (6-8 years old): 2pm to 3pm | Session 4 (9-12 years old): 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Information and Communications Technology Experience Centre

Looking for an exciting activity this Children’s Day? Put on your tinker caps and hop on over to IExperience to get creative and have fun constructing your own game! With simple visual programming software, participants will learn about game design, creative thinking and problem solving during the 1-hour workshop. Participants will need to bring along their own laptops with the software pre-installed (instructions will be sent to participants once the registration is confirmed).

Tinker Kids workshops are FREE and registration is required. To join the workshops, please email iexperience@imda.gov.sg with your child’s particulars (including name, age of child and contact information) and your preferred workshop session. Each workshop can accommodate a maximum of 15 participants. All registrations are subjected to availability based on first-come-first-serve basis.

Sentosa Poké Race
7 Oct 2016; 3pm - 7pm
Palawan Green, Palawan Beach, Sentosa
FREE but island admission and car park charges apply

Think your family can be the very best? Sign up for Sentosa Poké Race and stand to win attractive cash prizes! Lures will also be released on the island during the race for non-participating guests who just want to catch ‘em all! NOTE: Online sign-up prior to the event is required. Sign-up will close on 11.59pm, 6 October 2016. Find out more HERE!

In addition, children (local residents) 12 years old and below will enjoy free admission to Sentosa from 7 to 9 Oct 2016! Just flash your child’s identification document* to redeem the complimentary ticket^ at Sentosa Station redemption booth from 9am to 5pm.

*Proof of identification (Student Pass or Birth Certification) is required at point of redemption.
^Valid for entry via Sentosa Express only.

Causeway Challenge 2016
7 Oct 2016; 8.30pm
National Stadium
$28, $18 (Concession $16 & $8)

The Causeway Challenge is an international friendly match between Singapore and Malaysia, a football rivalry that has been continually renewed since the Malaysia Cup days. On 7 October - which is Children's Day - expect a raucous derby atmosphere at the National Stadium when you support the Singapore Lions with your loved ones against Malaysia! For tickets, visit HERE.

Makers Festival
7 - 30 Oct 2016
The Centrepoint

The Makers’ Festival at The Centrepoint is a three-part, many-tentacled extravaganza of creativity and interactivity, consisting of: Makers’ Block, Makers’ Workshops and Makers’ Marketplace. From old-school craftsmanship like leather crafting to mind-boggling technology like virtual reality, there’s plenty to set you thinking and get you making. It’s immersive, interactive, inspirational – and above all, it’s FUN. For more details, visit HERE.

Makers' Marketplace
Basement 2 | 7 - 9  & 14 - 16 Oct 2016

Makers' Block
Level 1 Atrium | 11 - 16 Oct 2016

Makers' Workshops
All over the mall | From 7 Oct 2016

Gardeners' Day Out
8 Oct 2016; 9am - 3pm
FREE Admission

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NParks' signature event, Gardeners' Day Out promises an entire day of gardening and lifestyle activities for everyone. Favourite highlights include a Gardeners' Market, Food Bazaar, free talks and demonstrations, free garden tours of HortPark and kids' activities like storytelling and handicrafts!

A walk with your neighbours: The macaques of Macritchie
8 Oct 2016; 5pm - 6.30pm
MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Lawn @ Paddle Lodge
FREE (suitable for kids aged 8 and up)

The long-tailed macaques are the most conspicuous animals at Macritchie Reservoir Park. Although commonly seen, they are very misunderstood. Few seeing them realise anything about the social world these monkeys live in. If you would like to learn more about the interesting world of macaques at Macritchie, join in the walk which is led by experts from the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore.

Register vis email at sg.monkey.walk@gmail.com, at least 3 days in advance. Do provide the date of the walk, name, contact number, number of adult and children participants (maximum 5 participants per registration).

Families for Life Picnic: Children’s Day Edition
8 Oct 2016; 5pm - 9.30pm
The Lawn @ Marina Bay
FREE Admission

Join in for an entertaining time celebrating Children's Day with DIY kite decoration, mini games, delish offerings, music performances and more! Don’t forget to catch the unassuming Po and gang too at the outdoor screening of “Kung Fu Panda 3”.

SMU Orchestra Outreach
8 Oct 2016; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE Admission

Don’t miss SMU Symphonia - Singapore Management University’s Wind and Strings symphony, as they present their first outdoor orchestra concert! Led by seasoned conductor Mr Adrian Chiang, the group of young musicians aims to share the joy of music with residents in the heartlands, while staying true to their core values of Music, Friends and Fun. The debut of Symphonia’s Orchestra wing will see the group performing a mix of classic compositions such as “Hungarian Dance No.5” and "Orpheus in the Underworld”. The highlight of the night features a collaboration with SMU’s Chamber Choir, as they perform a “Les Miserables” medley specially arranged by local composer Lee Jin Jun.

Kiddie Carnival @ Urban Farm & Barn
8 & 9 Oct 2016; 1pm - 6pm
Urban Farm & Barn (Bukit Panjang Hill, Singapore 670210)
FREE Admission

Join in for a Garden Carnival at Urban Farm & Barn to celebrate our little ones this Children’s Day. There will be stalls with activities for kids of all ages - from naturally dyed play dough to seed bombs and planting, your young ones will have a special day at the farm!

The Big Draw 2016
9 Oct 2016; 11am - 6pm
Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity
FREE Admission

Playeum's biggest drawing festival is back! This year the theme is STEAM, and a programme of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths has been put together to support this theme. There will be a host of exciting FREE activities lined-up for all families and FREE admission into the Children's Centre for Creativity the whole day!

The Amazing Shapes Trail
Go on an adventure and hunt for different shapes around Gillman Barracks! Look around you to discover and draw all kinds of shapes in a booklet specially provided at the Children’s Centre for Creativity. How many shapes can you spot in a work of art, or in the leafy nature surrounding Gillman Barracks? Cover specific areas, get creative and collect stamps along the way. Come back to Playeum to claim your special token when you have completed the activity. For ages 3 to 12.

Power Up Gillman
Let’s have fun with technology! Tinker with recycled materials and immerse yourself in an environment where paper meets electronics by building upon the landscape of Gillman Barracks in this all day drop-in activity at Playeum’s Children Centre for Creativity. Integrate circuits, add on 3D structures and personalise your creations with LED lights in this collaborative installation layout that will gradually expand as the day goes on. For ages 2 to 12.

Tell your own stories with puppet play. Using everyday materials, parents and children can work together to create a puppet theatre to tell their favourite story. Work with the puppets provided puppets or make your own! For ages 5 to 12.

Tell A Story Through Stop Motion Animation
Enjoy collective storytelling through stop motion animation. In this creative workshop, children can contribute individual ideas to create a group story, then fabricate their own puppet actors, and learn to animate. Don’t miss this collaborative, fun activity that encourages quirky storytelling ideas, creativity, experimentation and imagination. For ages 6 to 12.
*Advance booking is essential as places are limited for each time slot.
Time Slots (1 hour 45 minute sessions):
11:00am – 12:45pm | 1:30pm – 3:15pm | 3:45pm – 5:30pm 
 Register for your free place HERE.

Straits Family Sunday: Of Butterflies and Peonies
9 Oct 2016; 1pm - 5pm
Peranakan Museum
FREE Admission

How many butterflies can you find? Tour the museum and find objects with hidden butterflies. Be inspired by the colourful floral designs on kamchengs and paint your own artwork to take home.

9 Oct 2016; 2pm - 6pm
Archifest Pavilion@Raffles Place Park

Barter Market is back with a mish-mash of homegrown pride sharing love for the community and good vibes all around with a special edition involving local makers and craftsmen. So come down, bring a little something if you can, trade, no money exchanges, just good vibes.

U.S. 7th Fleet Band "Orient Express"
9 Oct 2016; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE Admission

The U.S. 7th Fleet Band's popular music group "Orient Express" is an exciting eight-piece group of professional Navy Musicians who continue to be a featured attraction throughout the SEVENTH Fleet area of operation. They play an exciting mix of music ranging from classic rock to modern Top 40 hits by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Adele, The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars.

Barnyard Balloon Festival
Now until 9 Oct 2016
The Centrepoint, Level 1 Atrium
FREE Admission

Visit the ducklings and sheep at the super cute air-filled barnyard that's sculpted entirely from balloons by Guinness World Record-setting artist Lily Tan. Remember to snap the most creative photo of yourself or your children, and join in the Balloon-tastic photo contest on Facebook and Instagram to win attractive gift cards!

Balloons Sculpting Workshops
Now until 9 Oct 2016 | 1pm to 2pm & 5pm to 6pm
Spend a minimum of $10 and sign up to learn how to sculpt balloons at the daily workshops. Maximum 20 pax per session.

Captain Dazzle's Balloon Show
7 to 9 Oct 2016 | 7pm to 7.30pm
Enjoy Captain Dazzle's unique brand of entertainment mixing comedy, clowning, magic shows, juggling stunts and a Giant Balloon finale act in one.

Magical Balloon World
Now until 9 Oct 2016; 12pm - 8pm
YewTee Point, Level 1 Atrium

Step into a magical balloon world with your favourite fairy tales characters at YewTee Point this October! Admire your favourite characters such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood come to life!

Furry Fun Carnival
Now until 9 Oct
​6pm ­ 10pm (Mon ­ Fri); 12pm to 10pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Level 1 City Green (Outdoor Park), City Square Mall

Let the kids have some outdoor fun at the Furry Fun Carnival! Get your cameras ready for a photo with The Look­Out headquarters and life­size PAW PATROL's vehicles – Chase's Cruiser, Marshall's Fire Fightin' Truck and Skye's High Flyin' Copter. Look out for other activities such as the Dog­themed inflatable, Dog Pirate Ship and other fun­filled activities. Come on down and have a barking good time with your family!

Tribal Tempo Flower Field Display
Now until 30 Oct 2016; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission Charges apply

The Flower Dome will be transformed to feature the floral landscapes of South Africa at the Tribal Tempo Flower Field Display. Take in myriad blooms — from the vivid African fynbos (natural shrub vegetation) and the elegant Birds of Paradise to the national flower of Africa itself, the exquisite King Protea. Be intrigued, too, by the unusual-looking Aloe trees that take root in semi-desert regions or play peek-a-boo with rock art and animal sculptures hidden among the flora. To top it off, a gushing waterfall beckons in the midst of wildflower fields that grace Namaqualand each spring.

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.

Halloween Brick-or-Treat @ LEGOLAND Malaysia
7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 Oct 2016
Admission charges apply

Spook-tacular chills and thrills await the bravest of the brave who attend LEGOLAND Malaysia's Halloween Brick-or-Treat. This year promises more spine-tingling fun and super-rific treats, games and giveaways with a legion of walking Halloween characters, LEGO® Building Activities, Brick-or-Treat Trail and more. Take home a special Halloween Commemorative Brick on every visit! For more details, visit HERE.

*For kids who dress up in Halloween costume during the Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, they will enjoy FREE admission to the Theme Park!

Children's Day 2016 Promotion @ Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo
Now until 31 Oct 2016

In line with Children’s Day, Singapore Zoo is celebrating kids of all species for the whole month of October and little people 12 years and under will be treated to some serious fun. From 1-31 October, children 12 years and under enjoy complimentary admission into Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, with the purchase of an adult ticket! For more details on activities for kids, visit HERE.

Safari Boo 2016
21-23 & 28-30 Oct 2016; 6pm - 10pm
River Safari
Admission charges apply

Safari Boo, a merry-not-scary kids event, returns this year with friendly aliens and merry-making monsters. Set in the gathering dusk, join the annual nocturnal bash for monstrous trick-or-treating, wild discoveries, edutainment with live animal presentations and more. For more details, visit HERE.

Spooky Seas 2016
Now until 31 Oct 2016; 10am - 7pm daily
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore Residents: Adults $30 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $18
General Admission: Adults $34 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $24

Ahoy! You are in for a swashbuckling time, as S.E.A. Aquarium transforms into a pirates’ lair for S.E.A. Aquarium's month-long Halloween celebrations!

Find the treasure on Captain Spooks’ Treasure Trail
Let your little ones follow the trick or treat trail and Captain Spooks will guide them through the many fun and educational challenges as they embark on this great adventure!

The Skeleton Wanderers – Underwater show at Open Ocean Habitat
Time: Weekends at 2:15pm & 4:15pm | Venue: Open Ocean Habitat
Be transported into the underwater world of wonder as the Skeleton Wanderers descend upon the depths of the ocean to seek out the Sea Fairies. Are they real or is this just a spooky dream?

Meet Gypsy, the Storyteller
Time: Weekdays at 12:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm* & Weekends at 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm* | Venue: Ocean Dome
Once upon a time, the Gypsy sailed the seven seas, and she’s here to regale your little ones with oceanic tales of the ocean. A captivating session awaits as she tells real stories from her adventures with her marine friends.
*Song performance with Captain Spooks

Take your Halloween pictures with mascot and divers
What’s Halloween without the fun, fun, fun of dressing up as a character! Catch Mai the manta mascot, or the spooky skeleton divers for fabulous photo opportunities.

Mai Appearance: Daily at 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm | Venue: Ocean Dome
Skeleton Diver Appearance: Weekdays at 2:15pm, 4:15pm | Venue: Open Ocean Habitat

Halloween-themed crafts for the kids
Venue: Ocean Gallery
With their imaginations all fired up by the spooky atmosphere of the aquarium, your little ones will be all set to make some spooky craft items of their own!

WICKED -The Musical
Now until 20 Nov 2016
Tue - Fri: 8pm | Sat: 2pm & 8pm | Sun: 1pm & 6pm
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$230, $165, $145, $125, $95, $55

WICKED has captivated 50 million theatregoers of all ages, and is already one of Broadway and the West End's most celebrated, spectacular and successful musicals of all time. Discover a colourful fantasy world of wizards, witches, sorcery and magic and experience an enchanting story of two unlikely friends - the blonde and popular Glinda and the green-skinned outcast, Elphaba. For tickets, visit 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.

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