Apr 10, 2017

15 Activities for Kids this Easter Long Weekend 2017

With school exams looming, the Good Friday long weekend is a welcome break for all of us... which probably gives you a great excuse to do something fun with the family. So here are some suggestions to enjoy with your kids to make this Easter long weekend a fruitful and enjoyable one!

Tulipmania 2017
Now until 7 May 2017; 9am - 9pm daily
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply

See art blossom before your eyes as Gardens by the Bay takes inspiration from one of the Netherland's most celebrated artists, Vincent van Gogh, in this year's Tulipmania Inspired. Be enthralled as Flower Dome transforms into a floral gallery where Van Gogh's self-portrait and famed art piece "The Starry Night" come to life with the vivid hues of tulips. More than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths - including Darwin hybrid tulips often appreciated for their large blooms - will be on display in a palette of colours.

*Local senior citizens enjoy 50% discount on their admission tickets to Single/Double Conservatories.

Roald Dahl's Propsposterous Playtime
Now until 16 Apr 2017
Mond - Thurs 3pm to 7pm | Fri - Sun 12pm to 7pm
United Square Mall

Celebrate Easter week by taking part in a delightful (and delicious) Dahl extravangaza! Make a GIANT Peach, devour Chocolate Eatable Marshmallows*, dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl character and concoct a Marvelous Medicine! Present any single same-day $20 retail receipt at the event area to qualify.

*A nominal fee of $2 is chargeable for marshmallows. All funds collected will be donated to Playeum.

Uncover Hidden Egg-citement With Smurfs
Now until 30 Apr 2017; 8.30am - 6pm
Jurong Bird Park
Admission charges apply

The Smurfs are setting up camp in the Waterfall Aviary here at Jurong Bird Park! Activities include:

Spot All 300 Smurfs!
8 - 30 April 2017 | 8.30am – 6pm
300 Smurfs are hanging out at the Waterfall Aviary! Come spot and snap a picture with them all!

Great Aviary Egg Hunt
14, 15, 16 April 2017 | 10am – 4pm
Home to over 600 free-flying birds, our Waterfall Aviary is the perfect oasis to hunt for eggs-traordinary treasure. Win a prize for every 5 eggs you find!

Let Your Creativity Fly
14, 15, 16 April 2017 | 10am – 4pm
Get hands-on with Easter-themed crafts which you can make on the spot to bring home!

Go Glittery!
14, 15, 16 April 2017 | 10am – 4pm
Hands up, if you love to shine! Let our glitter paint artist put an extra sparkle on your hands!

Smurfy Meet and Greet
14, 15, 16 April 2017 | 10.45am, 12pm and 1.30pm
Meet the Smurfs when they stop by to say hello!

Precious Eggs: Of Art, Beauty and Culture
12 Apr - 8 Oct 2017 | 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents | Other visitors: Adults $8 & Child $6

The egg’s unique form and life-giving symbol have inspired artists and craftsmen, resulting in historical pieces like the Russian Imperial porcelain eggs, Fabergé egg pendants and other works using materials ranging from crystal to horn.

Besides colourfully decorated quail, chicken, duck, goose, swan and ostrich eggs, there are also eggs crafted of precious and enamelled metals, glass, porcelain, wax, crystal, marble, stone, wood, reindeer horn, cardboard, and papier-mâché.  Also on show is a series of artists’ eggs, a set of commissioned sculptures to showcase the works of Liechtenstein’s leading artists. From Singapore, 24K gold plated ostrich, emu, goose, chicken and quail eggs from RISIS are on display.

Easter Sunday @ Singapore Philatelic Museum
16 Apr 2017; 10am - 7pm

Pet Expo 2017
14 - 16 Apr 2017 | 11am - 8pm
Singapore Expo Hall 7
$5 per day | $12 for 3-day pass | Free entry for children below 12 | Pets are welcome!

Pet Expo is back for the fourth year running, and promises to be the biggest and most exciting edition yet. Spanning 5,500 square metres across Singapore Expo Hall 7 from 14 – 16 April 2017, Pet Expo 2017 places a renewed focus on outreach, education and fun! Visitors can look forward to adoption drives hosted by AVA and independent animal welfare groups, show support by donating necessities to them through Pet Expo’s first donation drive, explore the fair’s first Interactive Aqua Zone, and participate in entertaining competitions planned to bring the pet community together on a fun-filled learning journey towards pet ownership! For more information, visit https://petexposg.com.

Artbox Singapore
14 - 16 & 21 - 23 Apr 2017; 3pm - 11pm
Bayfront Event Space
FREE Admission

Thailand's largest creative Art-ivity Pop-up market Artbox has arrived in Singapore, making it the first installation of Artbox Asia. With more than 300 fashion and food stalls, featuring an array of works from Thai fashion designers to quirky lifestyle products and scrumptious street food in a delightful setting, visitors are sure to have an enjoyable time here at Artbox Singapore! Visit artbox.sg for more information.

KidZania Go!
14 - 23 Apr 2017, 11am - 9pm
Plaza Singapura, L1 Main Atrium

Shoppers will get to experience selected role-play activities available in the City – including being part of the Cabin Crew at the Aviation Academy and as Telematch Participants at the Stadium. The little ones can also look forward to an express makeover at the Makeup Atelier, a 3D floor sticker photo opportunity by the Peranakan Museum, and also participate in daily stage programmes and games. KidZania’s RightZKeepers Urbano and Vita will also make daily meet-and-greet appearances. Shoppers can also stand a chance to win prizes from KidZania Singapore and its Industry Partners, and check out exclusive ticket promotions.

And because KidZania Singapore turns one this month, kids aged 4-17 will enjoy 30% off their walk-in tickets to KidZania Singapore for the whole month of April! Tickets can be purchased over the ticketing counters at KidZania Singapore for visits on any day except public holidays.

PAssion WaVe Family Day @ Marina Bay
15 Apr 2017; 12pm -5pm
Bay East Garden (under Benjamin Sheares Bridge)
FREE but registration required for activities

There's something for everyone at PAssion WaVe Family Day! Enjoy a myriad of complimentary fun activities like a bouncy castle among a scenic skyline. Water activities include Bell Boating, Pedal Boating, Dragon Boating and Kayaking.Wind down after with the screening of one of Singapore’s favourite film “Long Long Time Ago”. Register online HERE.

Gardeners' Day Out
15 Apr 2017 | 9am - 3pm
FREE Admission

Gardeners' Day Out promises an entire day of gardening and lifestyle activities for everyone. Favorite highlights include Gardeners' Market, Food Bazaar, free talks and demonstrations, free garden tour of HortPark and kids' activities like storytelling and handicrafts! Details in the poster above (click to enlarge).

Singapore Chinese Orchestra Music Oasis Concert
15 Apr 2017; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE Admission

Join the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) in a programme of themes across cultural heritages around the world at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Listen out to cultural elements through these pieces you will hear including Bumper Harvest Worship, Izpirazione II, Mahjong Kakis, Lion City Street Opera and The Ceilidh.

2017 HSBC Singapore Rugby 7S
15 - 16 Apr 2017
National Stadium
Adult: From $50 | Youth: From $25 | Child: From $2

Show your colours at the 2017 HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s! The HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s is a two day fiesta for everyone to enjoy world class rugby and entertainment in the iconic Singapore Sports Hub. Get ready to rub shoulders with Olympic Rugby 7s Champions, Fiji and 15 other international rugby teams in this 2 days of fast paced and action packed event. For more information and tickets, visit www.singapore7s.sg.

Jazz @ Red Dot
16 Apr 2017; 5pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE Admission

Come and join us for Jazz @ Red Dot at Singapore Botanic Gardens where you will be entertained by international standards performances by New York and local jazz stars along with their students and future jazz greats. This promises to be an event for families and music lovers of all ages.

A Peter Rabbit Tale
Now until 14 Apr 2017
Weekends & Public Holiday: 11am & 2pm | Weekdays: 10am
KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT
$28, $25

Peter goes on a musical adventure of new places and new faces as he discovers the importance of family and the wonderful freedom of being yourself. This play teaches children the importance of family and to cherish their loved ones. A Peter Rabbit Tale is based on the beloved children’s classic by Beatrix Potter and beautifully reimagined by Sarah Brandt. For tickets, visit HERE.

Lao Jiu: The Musical 《老九》音乐剧
Now until 23 Apr 2017
Tue - Sat: 8pm | Fri - Sun: 2.30pm (星期五至日 Fri to Sun)
Drama Centre Theatre (National Library Building, Level 3)
$81, $71, $51

Lao Jiu, a Singapore classic that has stood the test of time, will awake your aspiration to pursue your dream. Lao Jiu, literally “the ninth child”, is the only son in the family.  An incredibly intelligent boy on track to win a prestigious scholarship, but he finds his true calling in the declining traditional puppetry arts. Torn between his dream and responsibilities, will Lao Jiu follow his heart; or will he cave to the needs of his family, seeking wealth and success?

Lao Jiu: The Musical is adapted from a play by late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun. Featuring songs composed and written by local Mandopop luminaries Eric Ng and Xiaohan, this acclaimed musical has moved countless audiences, both young and old. Directed by The Theatre Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, Lao Jiu: The Musical returns by popular demand this 2017 to tell a courageous and heartwarming story through a flawless union of song, dance, and various forms of puppetry. For ages 6 and up. For tickets, 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.

OR, if you prefer to stay at home, here's an oldie but still a goldie - DIY Easter Eggs!

We have made our very own colourful Easter Eggs in the past and the monkies loved them! For a step-by-step guide on DIY Easter Eggs, visit www.cheekiemonkie.net/2012/04/easter-eggs-diy.html.

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