Jan 24, 2017

More than 25 Activities for Kids this Chinese New Year (CNY) Long Weekend 2017

Barely less than a month of school and work, here comes another long weekend to celebrate the Year of the Rooster! Of course, there is the usual fare of house-to-house visiting and gorging. But if you are looking for fun ways to usher in the Chinese New Year in Singapore with the kids, then look no further. I've compiled the best family-friendly events happening during this CNY long weekend, PLUS additional activities to last through the entire FIFTEEN days of the new year!

OH AND REMEMBER, there is NO school for the kids on the fourth day of the Chinese New Year (31 Jan 2017)!

So get the kiddos decked out in their new clothes and join in the festivities... because with this list, there is absolutely 鸡-ro chance of being bored this Chinese New Year!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017
Now until 25 Feb 2017

Usher in the Year of the Rooster by thronging the streets of Chinatown, taking in the sights and sounds of the month-long street light-up. Be enthralled by the creativity of the street light-up design, and drop by the street bazaar for a wide range of Chinese New Year goodies!

Street Light-Up
Now until 25 Feb 2017 | 7pm - 2am (Fri & Sat); 7pm - 12mn (Sun - Thu); 7pm - 6am (27 Jan 2017) | Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road

Festive Street Bazaar
Now until 27 Feb 2017 | 6pm - 10.30pm (Daily); 6pm - 1am (CNY Eve) | Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Streetand Trengganu Street

Nightly Stage Shows
Now until 27 Jan 2017 | 8pm - 10.30pm | Kreta Ayer Square

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
27 Jan 2017 | 9.30pm – 12.30am | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Chingay 2017 Night Fiesta @ Chinatown
12 Feb 2017 | 7.30pm - 9.30pm | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
The Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height but also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join in the fun with your family and friends for a vibrant night that include special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the 10 over beautifully decorated and lighted float.

Dahlia Dreams Floral Display
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Now until 19 Feb 2017; 9am - 9pm
Admission Charges apply

Be greeted by the auspicious, gilded hues of yellow, orange and red Dahlias (大丽花) and Begonias (秋海花) as you step into the crisp climate of the Flower Dome. Take in the beautiful sights while strolling through the Chinese garden inspired landscape, complete with a three-tier pagoda, a pavilion, moon gates, and even intricate sculptures of adorable chickens to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Adding to the festive ambiance and bringing an innovative twist to tradition is the projection mapping depicting scenes of Lunar New Year celebrations - a first for the floral displays at Gardens by the Bay!

*Local seniors enjoys FREE admission with local adult conservatory tickets purchased. Applicable to Local Single or Double Conservatories ticket (Valid for on-site & online purchases).
Offer is valid from 28 Jan 2017 to 12 Feb 2017.

Spring Treats
30 Jan - 12 Feb 2017 | 12pm - 5pm | Flower Dome
Besides admiring the beautiful floral display in the Flower Dome, visit various craft booths where the entire family can have fun customising their very own prosperity egg or learnt the art of Chinese Calligraphy.

God of Fortune Meet & Greet
30 Jan 2017, 4-5 Feb 2017 & 11-12 Feb 2017 | 12pm, 2pm, 4pm  | Flower Dome
Keep an eye out for the adorable God of Fortune, who will be making his appearance in the Flower Dome to share his "Wealth and Fortune" with you.

Istana CNY Open House
29 Jan 2017; 8.30am - 6pm
The Istana
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs | $2 for other visitors

The Istana is throwing open its doors to the public for Chinese New Year! There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House.  For an entrance fee of $2 for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents and $4 for others, 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.

Singapore Biennale 2016 Celebrates Chinese New Year
29 Jan 2017; 11am - 6pm
Singapore Art Museum
Free with Singapore Biennale 2016 admission

Experience the Singapore Biennale 2016 artworks in fun and interesting ways and usher in the year of the rooster with free family-friendly activities from 11am to 6pm. Adding excitement to your festive season is a Lion Dance performance happening right at SAM’s front lawn. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot the roving God of Fortune mascot!

Singapore Philatelic Museum CNY 2017 Open House
29 Jan 2017; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
FREE Admission

Gong SEA Fa Cai
Now until 11 Feb 2017; 10am - 7pm
S.E,A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Admission charges apply

Dive into a sea of celebration this Lunar New Year with the Aquarium's fin-tastic line-up of festive programmes for you.

Trail of the Rooster (Hogfish)
Go from station to station, armed with clues to uncover fun facts about marine life considered auspicious in Chinese culture, such as the Leafy Sea Dragon and Abalone. This interactive trail will also bring visitors up close to threatened sea creatures such as the manta ray and this year’s star animal – the Rooster Hogfish. What’s more, you’ll be rewarded with treats at the end of your adventure!

Meet the Ancient S.E.A. Guardian
21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Jan and 4, 5, 11 Feb 2017 | 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm | Before Shipwreck Habitat
Making a special appearance, this elusive personage is a lucky sight to behold, and those who completed the Trail of the Rooster can look forward to receiving golden chocolate coins from him!

Manta Mai Meet & Greet
1pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:30pm daily | Ocean Gallery

Underwater Dragon Dance
2:15pm and 4:15pm daily (27 Jan - 11 Feb) | Ocean Gallery
This is no ordinary dragon dance – watch in wonder as the underwater dragon rides the currents of the Open Ocean Habitat and the mischievous monkey makes way for the tireless rooster, spreading luck to all spectators. Special lighting effects will be used to create an aquatic atmosphere with a Chinese drummer to heighten the excitement!

Festive Crafts Corner
10am – 7pm daily | Ocean Dome
Let us engage your little ones with origami, as they transform colourful squares of paper into cute little fish. Being creative can be so much fun!

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2017
Now until 11 Feb 2017
Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm (extended till 10pm on 4 Feb; Lawn opening hours extended till 7pm from now to 11 Feb)
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Ring in the year of the Rooster at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Chinese New Year celebrations! The memorial hall will be presenting an exciting line-up of programmes suitable for the young and old throughout the festival such as special guided tours led by Y.E.S. 93.3FM DJ Zhong Kunhua, arts and craft workshops, snack bazaars, cultural performances, and more. Our festive rooster installations also promise to make for great family photo-moments this Lunar New Year. For a detailed listing of all activities, visit HERE.

Sentosa Celebrates Lunar New Year 2017
Now until 26 Feb 2017
Various locations on Sentosa
Island admission charges apply

Traditional Lion Dance & LED Dragon Dance
28 – 30 Jan 2017 | Beach Plaza
Lion Dance – 4.30pm & 6.30pm, Dragon Dance – 8.10pm & 9.10pm

The Jay Show & Chinese Acts Reinvented
28 – 30 Jan 2017 | Merlion Plaza
The Jay Show – 4pm & 6pm, Chinese Acts Reinvented – 5pm & 7pm

Merlion Magic Lights!
Now until 26 Feb 2017 | 7.45pm, 8.15pm, 8.45pm & 9.15pm | Two additional shows 9.45pm & 10.15pm on Weekends, Eve of Public Holidays, and Public Holidays | Merlion Plaza
Be amazed by dancing lights on Singapore's iconic Sentosa Merlion, The Guardian of Prosperity. The night extravaganza weaves together a dazzling display of colours, lights and music to give you an unforgettable visual and auditory experience.

12 Zodiac Lanterns
Now until 26 Feb 2017 | 11am - 11pm | Palawan Green
Capture a unique Lunar New Year memory with the 12 Chinese zodiac lanterns each stylised to tell a love story. Strike a pose with the 3D lanterns as you discover the fable they tell, and don’t miss the captivating view when the lanterns light up at night!

Spring Fun in the Park Outdoor Carnival (Uncle Ringo)
Now until 12 Feb 2017; Mon-Fri 6pm - 10pm | Sat, Sun & PH 12pm - 10pm
City Green, outside City Square Mall
Charges apply

Bring the kids to the Spring Fun in the Park carnival located at the Level 1 City Green at City Square Mall, where a giant rooster slide inflatable and shooting gallery await.

KidsFest 2017
Now until 12 Feb 2017

KidsFest 2017, a theatrical extravaganza where world-class theatre productions take the stage, featuring a dazzling array of productions recommended for children from as young as three! Dedicated to creating and promoting a wide variety of performance styles from all corners of the world. KidsFest is an exciting Festival for the whole family where compelling characters are brought to life and scenes from well-loved books are enacted vividly on stage. For the full schedule, visit www.kidsfest.com.sg/schedule.asp.

Here are some of the shows that will be put up during the Chinese New Year period:

Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians
25 - 28 Jan 2017
Details & Tickets: www.sistic.com.sg/events/ckidsfest2017d

Stick Man
26 - 29 Jan 2017
Details & Tickets: www.sistic.com.sg/events/ckidsfest2017e

Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain
27 - 29 Jan 2017
Details & Tickets: www.sistic.com.sg/events/ckidsfest2017f

Romeo and Juliet Untold
4 - 5 Feb 2017
Details & Tickets: www.sistic.com.sg/events/ckidsfest2017g

Romeo and Juliet Untold
8 - 12 Feb 2017
Details & Tickets: www.sistic.com.sg/events/ckidsfest2017h

River Hongbao 2017
26 Jan - 4 Feb 2017
2pm - 11pm daily (CNY Eve on 27 Jan: 1am)
The Float @ Marina Bay
FREE Admission

*FIREWORKS & LASER SHOW nightly at 9pm (Except on CNY Eve at 12 midnight)

Held at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay, this iconic event has become an integral tradition of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations for locals and tourists alike. This lively festival offers a special Chinese cultural experience – from giant lanterns to mouth-watering food – that is a feast for your senses. Be astounded by the larger-than life lanterns depicting figures of Chinese myth and legend, handcrafted onsite by craftsmen from China at the River Hongbao Festival. Crowd favourites include the God of Fortune, and of course, the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. A myriad of fringe activities, ranging from amusement rides to carnival games, will ensure that there is never a dull moment. Opera and other street performances round up this colourful extravaganza.

Rooster in the Roo-nar New Year @ Wildlife Reserves Singapore
27 Jan - 11 Feb 2017

Singapore Zoo

Zoo-diac Trail
Will you rule the roost this year? Learn about the zodiac predictions for the Year of the Rooster.
Follow the trail below and explore the park on foot.

Auspicious Mascots Meet & Greet
27 - 30 Jan 2017 | 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm | Singapore Zoo Entrance Plaza
Receive blessings as you say hello to Fu Lu Shou – the three gods of Prosperity, Status and Longevity – and God of Fortune. Snap a shot with them too.

Captivating Lion Dance
28 - 30 Jan 2017 | 10am & 2pm | Singapore Zoo Entrance Plaza
Be amazed by our rousing lion dance performance. Pose for a photo with them after the show!

Fowl Facts
28-30 Jan 2017 | 10am - 4pm | Outside Retail Shop
Come and learn how chickens evolved from wild fowls to domesticated birds!

Jurong Bird Park

Zoo-diac Trail
See what lies ahead with zodiac predictions for the Year of the Rooster. Will luck be on your side?
Follow the trail below and explore the park on foot.

Auspicious Mascots Meet & Greet
27 - 30 Jan 2017 | 11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm | Penguin Coast
Receive blessings as you say hello to Fu Lu Shou – the three gods of Prosperity, Status and Longevity – and God of Fortune. Snap a shot with them too.

Majestic Lion Dance
28 - 30 Jan 2017 | 9.30am & 1.30pm | Penguin Coast
Roar into the New Year with our riveting lion dance performances. Stick around for snaps with them!

Fowl Facts
28-30 Jan 2017 | 10am - 4pm | Penguin Coast
Learn the importance of chicken to man and get an up-close look at our newly-hatched chicks!

Happy Hatch-day
28 - 30 Jan 2017 | Breeding and Research Centre
Drop by our Breeding and Research Centre to witness new chick hatchings!

Wings of Asia Encounter: Pheasant Edition
28 - 30 Jan 2017 | 11.45am | Wings of Asia
Set your eyes on these exotic birds on a guided tour within Wings of Asia. Pick up trivia, and catch the pheasants enjoying festive treats.

River Safari

Zoo-diac Trail
Will you have much to crow about in the Year of the Rooster? Find out what the horoscope forecasts.
Follow the trail below and explore the park on foot.

Auspicious Mascots Meet & Greet
27 - 30 Jan 2017 | 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm | Singapore Zoo Entrance Plaza
Receive blessings as you say hello to Fu Lu Shou – the three gods of Prosperity, Status and Longevity – and God of Fortune. Snap a shot with them too.

Captivating Lion Dance
28 - 30 Jan 2017 | 10am & 2pm | Singapore Zoo Entrance Plaza
Be amazed by our rousing lion dance performance. Pose for a photo with them after the show!

Good food. Great luck.
28 - 30 Jan 2017
Manatee Feeding: 12.15pm, Amazon Flooded Forest
Arowana Feeding: 11.50am, Squirrel Monkey Forest
Let blessings unfold as our manatees and arowanas reveal auspicious couplets upon having their fill of food.

Night Safari

Zoo-diac Trail
28 - 30 Jan 2017 | Elephant Courtyard
Let the zodiac predictions shed some light on what the Year of the Rooster has in store for you and your family.

Dazzling Mascots Meet & Greet
27 - 30 Jan 2017 | 6.45pm & 7.45pm | Night Safari Entrance Plaza
Let luck shine on you as you meet our auspicious LED God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots – the three gods of Prosperity, Status and Longevity!

Electrifying Dragon Dance
28 - 30 Jan 2017 | 7.30pm & 8.30pm | Night Safari Entrance Plaza
Be mesmerised as our bright and colourful LED dragon twirls and whirls in the dark of night.

Spring Surprise @ Gardens by the Bay
30 Jan - 12 Feb 2017
Supertree Grove

Usher in the new spring and celebrate Chinese New Year with us at Gardens by the Bay. Spring Surprise 2017 offers an array of traditional performances as well as the biggest ever LED Phoenix making its debut appearance here in Singapore.

1 - 5 Feb 2017 | 5pm | Supertree Grove
Come and enjoy performances by talented young musicians from various schools and be entertained by the melodies played from various traditional Chinese Instruments.

3 - 4 Feb 2017 | 7pm | Supertree Grove
Begin your evening with an energetic drum performance by ZingO Festival Drums who will guarantee a spectacular evening of rousing music to get you in the mood for the Lunar New Year!

3 - 4 Feb 2017 | 7.15pm | Supertree Grove
Don't miss this mesmerizing performance "Dance of a Thousand Hands". An incredible masterpiece of seamless coordination and traditional fantasies. It is simply art in motion.

3 - 4 Feb 2017 | 7.30pm | Supertree Grove
Catch the gravity defying performance by the aerial contortionist as she demostrates both grace and strength in her stunt.

3 - 5 Feb 2017 | 12pm - 9pm | In front of Floral Clock
Shop and complete your Spring Surprise experience by bringing home artisan souvenirs at our Spring Street.

3 - 4 & 10 - 11 Feb 2017 | 8pm (3-4 Feb) / 7pm (10-11 Feb) | Supertree Grove
Catch the thrilling stunts and dazzling performances by the LED dragons, lions and stilt walkers all underneath the iconic Supertrees. Behold and catch the biggest LED Phoenix dancing its debut in Singapore. Do not miss the golden opportunity!

5 Feb 2017 | 7pm - 9pm | Supertree Grove
Enjoy your Sunday evening with the one and only Philharmonic Winds who will entertain you with familiar tunes and featuring vocalist Hong Shao Xuan, Tay Kewei and Dizi specialist Heng Xiangle.

BBC Earth's Steve Backshall in Deadly 60 Live! Pole to Pole
3 - 5 Feb 2017 | 2pm
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$30, $50, $70

Need help with answering your children's questions about wildlife and the natural world? Let award-winning naturalist Steve Backshall help you out with his entertaining and educational LIVE show in Singapore. Based on the hit BBC Earth series, "Deadly 60 Pole to Pole", the star of one of the most popular children's shows on the planet is coming to Singapore February 4 - 5. Steve will answer all your questions and share his experiences travelling from the South Pole to the North Pole, and his gripping encounters with majestic creatures from all corners of the globe.

Saturdays@ACM: Fowl Play!
4 Feb 2016; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free Admission

Be captivated by fascinating performances, journey across Asia with incredible storytellers, or make your own masterpiece.

Springtime Dragon on Ice!
4 Feb 2017; 5.15pm - 7.15pm
The Rink at JCube, L3
Adult $14 & Child $12 for 2-hour session (subject to festive surcharge)

Usher in the year of Rooster at The Rink with spectacular dragon dance, traditional drums and flag performance!

Straits Family Sunday:  My Intan Berlian (My Diamond)
12 Feb 2017; 1 - 5pm
Peranakan Museum
FREE Admission

Make arts and crafts based on the museum's collection, or go on a special, themed tour of the galleries. Dress up with the whole family in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya, and enjoy a fun-filled Sunday at the Peranakan Museum.

CNY Celebrations 2017 at LEGOLAND Malaysia
27 Jan - 12 Feb 2017; 10am - 6pm
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission charges apply

Welcome a new lunar year and celebrate together with the joys of play! A dazzling variety of festive live shows & activities await at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort! Before you begin your adventure, don’t forget to collect your Activity Trail Card at Festive Stage @ LEGO City, you will stand a chance to bring back the limited edition Lunar New Year 2017 commemorative brick. For more details, visit HERE.

Huayi 2017
3 - 12 Feb 2017
Various Shows & Dates

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay ushers in the Year of the Fire Rooster with an exciting and rousing line-up of performances by outstanding artists from Singapore and beyond at its 15th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts. Taking place from 3 – 12 February 2017, the annual festival will celebrate the Lunar New Year with the community through an exciting array of ticketed and free programmes featuring theatre, dance, music, visual arts and more. From Chinese dance, instrumental and choral music, to evergreen hits and getai performances by talented local singers and ensembles, there will be something for everyone.

For a complete listing of family-friendly programmes, visit HERE.

Chingay 2017
10 & 11 Feb 2017; 8pm
F1 Pit Building
10 Feb: $28.50, $40 & $50 |11 Feb: $28.50, $50 & $60
*20% discount for PAssion Card holders

In the special 45th Edition of the Chingay Parade, Chingay 2017 boasts exciting highlights that includes:

• Spectacular Water, Fire, Snow and Lighting effects
• Captivating Multi-ethnic Performances by Local Talents and International Acts
• Intricately Designed floats
• Reminiscing the Best of Chingay Classics
• Sing-a-long to Melodious and Evergreen Singaporean Music "Xinyao"
• Groove Along to Enchanting Dance Moves
• Stunning Pyrotechnics and Fireworks Display

For tickets, visit HERE. Visit chingay.org.sg/welcome for more information.

Now until 5 Mar 2017
10am - 6pm
Science Centre Singapore, Annex Hall

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a completely interactive experience that brings visitors into the cinematic world of Marvel The Avengers. This exhibition will provide a first hand look at intelligence files, classified studies, and experiments that explores the history and scientific origins of Marvel The Avengers including Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and more. This exhibition brings to life the science behind Super Heroes and allows fans of all ages to participate in a simulated recruitment, as if they were being trained to become Official Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N agent of the beloved Marvel Universe. For more information and tickets, visit HERE.

NASA – A Human Adventure
Now until 19 Mar 2017
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Admission charges apply

NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world. The exhibition marshals an extraordinary collection of over 200 historically significant artifacts from the U.S. and Soviet Union space programs. The objects on display in the exhibition are original and space flown objects or high fidelity replicas and scale models. For more details, visit HERE.

Playeum's A World Full of Stories
Now until 30 Apr 2017
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
$22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Playeum has refreshed its exhibition with 'A World Full of Stories', which combines the fundamental facets of stories with play. Specifically designed for children aged 1-12, the exhibition offers a series of interactive and open-ended spaces for young minds to feed their creative imagination through role play, storymaking, illustration, writing, drama and puppetry.

Encouraging children to employ the active use of imagination through creative expression, ‘A World
Full of Stories’ consists of ELEVEN installations in total! Check out my preview guide HERE.

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