Apr 26, 2017

More than 20 Activities for Kids this Labour Day Long Weekend 2017

For parents with school-going children, the coming Labour Day long weekend probably feels a little muted due to the impending mid-year examinations. But everyone needs a break, no? I know I do! So what better way to take a brief respite from the books than picking a fun activity to enjoy together as a family this weekend.

Because finding fun doesn't have to be hard work on a Labour Day long weekend.

Take your pick from the more than 20 activities happening this weekend!

Singapore Heritage Festival 2017
28 Apr - 14 May 2017
Various Timings & Locations

Explore the nooks and crannies of our island home, and uncover the lesser-known stories of Singapore’s shared spaces and way of life. This Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, take part in heritage trails, tours, open houses, and performances at spots all over Singapore, and hear the hidden tales of our colourful history and heritage.

This year sees a brand new programme named SHF Takes Over!, which “takes over" areas such as Bukit Pasoh and Caldecott Boradcast Centre and gives the public the chance to check out unexplored or inaccessible places!

For a full listing of all events and activities, visit heritagefest.sg. Selected activities that will be held over the Labour Day long weekend include the following:

Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap
28 Apr - 30 Apr | 7.30pm - 8pm & 9pm - 9.30pm | Caldecott Broadcast Centre | Free Admission
Since 2008, Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap has been entertaining audiences with its quirky observations and wacky take on current affairs. This edition of Fat Kids will feature 20 plays in 30 minutes, and the audience gets to decide the order of the plays. This is a show that isn’t afraid to tackle hard issues and for this instalment, it will also draw inspiration from the wonderful world of broadcast.

Island Stories – Untold Stories of Sisters Islands and Kusu Island
28 Apr - 01 May, 05 May - 07 May | 28 April, 5 May, 6 May: 6.15pm - 6.45pm | 29, 30 April: 4.15pm - 4.45pm & 5.15pm - 5.45pm | 1, 7 May: 11.15am - 11.45amCaldecott Broadcast Centre | Free Admission
Three storytellers share two tales of how two Southern islands of Singapore came about. A tale of siblings; two sisters determined to stay together. And another tale of friendship, trust, respect and common goals between two boys of different races and a turtle. Discover the untold tales of Sisters Islands and Kusu Islands.

Studio 6
28 Apr - 1 May & 5 May - 7 May 2017 | Timings below | Caldecott Broadcast Centre (Film Studio) | Free Admission
Join contemporary theatre company Sweet Tooth by Cake, as they present Studio 6, a performance piece that portrays the dynamism of interactions that occur on set. A lively and modern re-visiting of iconic stories and characters, Studio 6 will involve scripts of best loved comedies, comedy-dramas, variety and children shows. It will also feature exciting sound effects, singing, and lots of banter and fun on a mock film studio set.

28 Apr & 5 May: 7pm - 7.30pm & 8.30pm - 9pm
29, 30 Apr: 5pm - 5.30 pm, 7pm - 7.30pm & 9pm - 9.30pm
1, 7 May: 11am - 11.30am & 12.30pm - 1pm
6 May: 7pm - 7.30pm & 9pm - 9.30pm

Video DJ: Pop Rules
28 Apr - 1 May & 5 May - 7 May 2017 | Timings below | Caldecott Broadcast Centre (Film Studio) | Free Admission
Make a song dedication to a secret crush or a loved one at the Video DJ: Pop Rules. Spanning the different eras of pop culture, accompany our DJs and dance to well-loved tunes from the 60s and beyond, including a disco party specially for the young ones! Get ready to dance the night away!

28 April, 5 May:
6pm - 7pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Play That Song (Dedication)
9pm - 10pm: In the Club (Dance)

29, 30 April:
4pm - 5pm: Rockabye (Kids)
5.30pm - 7pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
7.30pm - 9pm: Play That Song (Dedication)
9.30pm - 10pm: In The Club (Dance)

6 May:
4pm - 4.30pm: Rockabye (Kids)
6pm - 7pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
7.30pm - 9pm: Play That Song (Dedication)
9.30pm - 10pm: In The Club (Dance)

1, 7 May:
10am - 11am: Rockabye (Kids)
11.30am - 12.30pm: Electric Dreams (Retro)
1pm - 3pm: Play That Song (Dedication)

Geylang Serai Night Walk
29 Apr, 06 May, 13 May 2017 | 6.30pm - 9pm | Geylang Serai | Free with Registration | Meeting Point: POSB bank opposite Aljunied MRT Station
In conjunction with the Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, the Geylang Serai Integration & Naturalisation Champions (INC) Heritage Group is conducting guided night walk along the Lorongs of the Geylang district. Visit the historical buildings, experience the colourful nightlife and sample the yummy dishes at the famous local food stall (at own expense). *Register at www.one.pa.gov.sg (Select Geylang Serai CCC (6320)).

Live Mural Painting at the National Museum of Singapore by Yip Yew Chong
29 Apr - 30 Apr 2017 | 1.30pm - 5pm | National Museum of Singapore | Free Admission
Catch mural artist Yip Yew Chong in action at this live painting session at the National Museum of Singapore! Visitors can interact with the artist as he creates a painting based on the museum’s rich 130 years of history, drawing inspiration from some of its iconic scenes and features over the years.

Be a Young Fruit Explorer!
30 Apr 2017 | Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall | Free Admission
Do you know what Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s favourite tropical fruits were? Be a young fruit explorer with Miss Pineapple and friends through interactive storytelling and hands-on activities!

Dramatised Storytelling Session (conducted in English)
2.00pm – 2.30pm & 4.00pm – 4.30pm | Gallery 2 (Level 2)

Craft Activities
2.00pm – 5.00pm | Little Paradise (Level 1)

Old is Gold Family Trail
28 Apr - 1 May & 10 May - 14 May 2017 | 10am - 4pm | Singapore Zoo | Free Admission (Admission fees to Singapore Zoo apply)
Embark on the Old is Gold Family Trail with your family and friends, and learn about the lives of Singapore Zoo veterans Inuka the polar bear, Komali the Asian elephant, Omar the white tiger and Astove the giant tortoise.

Art Street @ Campbell
1 - 14 May 2017 | Campbell Lane | Free Admission
Campbell Lane comes alive with street art inspired by floral designs and Indian textile motifs! Organised by the Indian Heritage Centre in collaboration with various community organisations, Campbell Lane will be transformed into a beautiful and vibrant art street. Take a walk through the dazzling artwork and locate the best spot for your selfie or Instagram shot.

Tech Saturday UPSIZED!
29 & 30 Apr 2017; 11am to 7pm
Hall C, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 1
FREE Admission

Singapore’s most exciting tech carnival is back! Double the fun, Tech Saturday, an event of Smart Nation Innovations Week, is upsized with more tinkering stations, cool demos and gadget and free workshops. There’s something for everyone! For more information on activities for kids and parents, visit my article: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2017/04/tech-saturday-2017-6-activities-for.html.

Car-Free Sunday SG
30 Apr 2017; From 7.330am onwards
Civic and Central Business District

The Civic and Central Business District will be transformed into a cycle-friendly, walkable and activity-filled public space with something for everyone on 30 April 2017. The streets will come alive for families, joggers, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts who can look forward to various activities. There will be a Kids Zone where the little ones can oin in various hands-on activities like pebble-painting, sketching, colouring and bouncy castles. For more information, visit HERE.

HPB-ActiveSG Active Family Programme
29/30 April 2017 Weekend
Various timings & locations

Family time just got a lot more fun with the HPB-ActiveSG Active Family Programme! Be thrilled with the wide range of enriching and exciting activities involving the whole family over this coming weekend:

29 April 2017

Adventure Hunt
5.30pm - 6.30pm | West Coast Park (Carpark 3, Pavilion area/integrated fitness corner)

Frisbee Golf (6 Holes)
5.30pm - 6.30pm | Bedok Reservoir Park (Beside WAWAWA)

Inline Skating
5.30pm - 6.30pm | Choa Chu Kang Park (Amphitheatre, near Park's Restaurant)

5.30pm - 6.30pm | Punggol Park (Park's Community Corner)

5.30pm - 6.30pm | Toa Payoh Town Park (Pavilion near cross junction of Toa Payoh Ave 2 & 6)

Mini Athletics​
5.30pm - 6.30pm | Woodlands Street 31, Blk 310 (Sheltered Hardcourt)

Archery Shoot-Out
5.30pm - 6.30pm | Yishun Park (Amphitheatre, behind SAFRA Yishun)

30 April 2017

Family Badminton
9am - 10am | Singapore Sports Hub (Hardcourt)

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! Head here to spot all 300 smurfs!

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.

Istana Open House
1 May 2017; 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.

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.

PLAYtime! 2017 Fatimah and Her Magic Socks
28 Apr - 14 May 2017; 11am & 4pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Meet Fatimah, the little girl with a bright smile on her face and feet that cannot stop dancing! One rainy afternoon, Fatimah meets a mysterious and magical lion that takes her on a thrilling adventure. In this newly discovered world of fun, Fatimah learns about friendship, laughter and the power of... magical socks!

Dance, laugh, sing and imagine with Fatimah in this colourful theatrical delight especially created for children aged 2 to 4. For tickets, visit HERE.

LEGO Star Wars Days 2017
28 Apr - 31 May 2017
Admission charges apply

LEGO Star Wars Days are back! And since it is the 40th year Anniversary of Star Wars this year, the celebration will include a massive Imperial March with over hundred costume characters joining the parade; one of the biggest Star Wars Parades of the region. Featuring the only LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Model Display in Asia, where models are built with over 1.5 million LEGO bricks, look forward to the most avid storytelling experience, reliving the popular scenes from the Star Wars saga as told by model citizens in costumes.

*From 28 Apr - 31 May 2017, FREE ENTRY to the park for children dressed in full Star Wars costumes! For more details on the activities, visit HERE.

Poultry Tales
29 Apr - 14 May 2017; 10.30am & 2pm
Drama Centre Theatre

This brand new and unusual interactive musical centers on the lives of 3 feathered friends—stars of classical tales. The Goose that laid the golden egg, the little Red Hen and Chicken-Licken reveal the world of the Theatre Stage with plenty of humour, fun and many valuable nuggets of wisdom!

Guaranteed to engage young and old alike, with, specially designed with excitement, humour and learning points coming thick and fast! As the audience listens, engages and joins in with each story in turn, valuable lessons are learned. For tickets, visit HERE.

Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life
Now until 23 July 2017
10am - 7pm daily (Fri: 10am - 9pm)
Asian Civilisations Museum
S'poreans & PRs (Adults) $10 | S'porean & PRs (Concession: Seniors, Students, NSF) FREE | Non-Residents (Adults) $15 | Non-Residents (Concession: Seniors, Students) $10 | Non-Residents (Family of 5) $45

Intrigued by sets and costumes from Korean historical dramas and films? Then you will want to see actual furniture, fashion, and decorative arts from Korea’s Joseon era (1392–1897). Spanning some 500 years, Joseon was Korea’s last dynasty, and the legacy of its courtly culture and vibrant city life lives on in South Korea today. Treasures from the National Museum of Korea, the National Palace Museum of Korea, and the Deagu National Museum will be displayed for the first time in Singapore.

The exhibition will be accompanied by programmes and talks relating to Joseon Korea and contemporary Korean culture; as well as a work by South Korean contemporary artist Ran Hwang, best known for using pins, buttons, and thread to create large-scale installations.

Precious Eggs: Of Art, Beauty and Culture
Now until 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.

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