Aug 3, 2017

30 Activities for Kids this 5/6 Aug Weekend & National Day Holiday 2017

It's Singapore's 52nd Birthday this coming Wednesday and even though there's no long weekend (bummer), the celebrations go into full swing THIS 5/6 Aug WEEKEND!

Other than catching the NDP Fireworks at Marina Bay, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep the kids all active and occupied. So head out this weekend and have fun!

4 - 6 Aug 2017 | 12pm - 9pm
Singapore EXPO Hall 5
FREE Admission

National Day is upon us again, and PlayLAH! is back at Singapore EXPO! PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate! National Day 2017 has an even more exciting line-up of activities this year, complete with hands-on workshops, game booths and musical zones for you and your family’s ultimate day out. Let’s get creative, learn a new skill or simply soak up the carnival atmosphere with hours of fun and thrills in our 4 dedicated zones, thematic villages and stage programmes! Visit for more details.

Civic District Outdoor Festival
4 - 5 & 11-12 Aug 2017 | 5pm - 11pm
Civic District

For two weekends this August, Singapore's Civic District comes alive with art, light, sound – and you're invited! Held in Singapore's Civic District, the inaugural Civic District Outdoor Festival will transform the district's charming and historical architecture into an extravaganza of multimedia, art installations, stage and music performances, art markets and food streets. Amidst all the excitement, the Padang will also be transformed into a giant picnic area for you and your family and friends to take in the festivities. For a complete listing on all activities, visit HERE.

So Singapore at Sentosa
4 - 27 Aug 2017
Various events & timings
FREE (Island admission and car park charges apply)

Celebrate all things Singapore at Sentosa from 14 July to 27 August. Go loco with all things local as Sentosa lines up a slew of exciting free day and night programmes and activities for everyone. Visit for a complete listing of all activities.

Heritage Carnival 2017 - So Singapore

The all-day Heritage Carnival will take you back in time to Singapore's fishing village days to the post-war era. You will get to interact with 'villagers', snap selfies with retro exhibits and larger-than-life food props, or take a trip down memory lane with old-school Singapore artefacts and collectibles that will be on display. What's more, there will be food stalls selling delectable Singaporean delights such as Peranakan Kueh, Burger Bombs and Chendol on selected days!

Dates & Time: 4 – 13 August, 11am – 9pm
Venue: Palawan Green (Beach Station)
Food and Retail Stalls: 4 – 6 August | 3pm – 9.30pm (Friday) | 11am – 9.30pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Movies by the Beach

Catch popular local films such as 'Ah Boys to Men' and 'Ilo Ilo' with your families and friends by the beach when night falls.

Dates: 4 – 13 August
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Palawan Green (Beach Station)
Click here to view movie screening schedule

Merlion Magic Lights

Get your cameras ready and stand in awe as the majestic Sentosa Merlion comes to life with vibrant and colourful National Day-themed lights and projections, when night falls! Apart from the theme of patriotism, the ever-popular light and music extravaganza now comes with an added feature so that you can experience augmented reality (AR) effects while watching the show through your smartphones. Just download the free AR App marq+, available on both the App Store and Play Store.

Dates: Now until 27 August
Time: 7.45pm, 8.15pm, 8.45pm & 9.15pm,
*2 additional shows at 9.45pm & 10.15pm on Weekends, Eve of Public Holiday and Public Holiday
Venue:  Merlion Plaza (Imbiah Station)

Steady Pom Pee Pee

Relive your childhood with nostalgic kampong games like the colorful Five Stones, the exciting Chapteh, and the Eraser Gamer, just to name a few!

Dates: Now until 27 August
Time: 11am – 8pm (Weekdays); 10am – 8pm (Weekends)
Venue: Beach Plaza (Beach Station)

Saturdays@ACM: Where I Belong
5 Aug 2017 | 1pm - 11pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
FREE Admission

Happy Birthday, Singapore! Make your own rojak and catch and song and dance performance at the museum. More of a night owl? Leave your mark on the walls of a massive glow-in-the-dark installation by local artist, Rajesh Kumar. Experience historic buildings in a different light with special Monuments by Moonlight tours.

Gardens by the Bay Celebrates National Day
5 Aug 2017
8.15am - 9.30am (Mass walk) | 5.30pm - 7.00pm (Dance fitness party)
Supertree Grove
FREE Admission

Come celebrate our Nation's birthday on 5 August. Gather your family and friends to enjoy a fun and energetic bonding time and do not miss the “Dance as One” fitness party specially created for this occasion. Visit HERE for more information.

Families for Life ‘Celebrating NS50’ Picnic
5 Aug 2017 | 4.30pm - 9.30pm
Singapore Discovery Centre
FREE Admission

Head at the Singapore Discovery Centre between 3pm and 9.30pm, expect plenty of family-friendly activities like games, bouncy castles, face painting and an outdoor movie under the stars!

And in celebration of 50 years of National Service, families can also look forward to fun NS50-themed activities and games... including the first-ever SAFTI-Pasir Laba coach tour, families can test their skills at the mini Standard Obstacle Course (SOC) and Individual Marksmanship Trainer (IMT) shooting. Families will also be able to DIY their own ID tag and rank insignia!

For more details on various activities, read my previous post here:

NParks Live Out Loud
5 Aug 2017

Music in the Park (in collaboration with People's Association)
Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, River Plains
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Music by the Beach
Venue: East Coast Park, Parkland Green
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm 

What better way to spend your evenings in the park than chilling out to music at sundown? NParks' open mike series, "Live Out Loud" (LOL), showcases budding talents, with performances taking place in our green spaces! LOL features hobby musicians and non-professional performing acts – each will be given 15 minutes to display their musical talents, be it singing, dancing, playing an instrument, beatboxing or rapping.

Sundown Festival 2017
5 Aug 2017 | 4pm
City Beach Resort, Labrador Park
$15 (Free for kids below 6)

Asia’s leading music festival returns for eighth edition at a brand-new entertainment and events venue at Labrador Park. Sundown Festival continues to support the growth of home-grown talents with this year’s edition featuring an explosive line up of local artistes; Derrick Hoh, FARRAGO, Jack & Rai, Jason Chung, Ling Kai and The Summer State.

The Sundown Festival is an iconic annual event that celebrates Asian music and culture with the objective to showcase the vibrant Asian entertainment scene on a singular platform, uniting and bridging the diversity of Asian countries. For more information, please visit

Get Active and Celebrate NS50’ Sports Festival
5 & 6 Aug 2017 | 9am - 9pm
Toa Payoh Hub Atrium
FREE Admission

Visitors to the carnival can look forward to activities:

- NS-inspired obstacle course
This obstacle course is inspired by training in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Home Team, and promises a fun-filled challenge for kids and parents! The six obstacles include Low Wall; Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Ladder; Swing Bar; Tyre Flip/Hop; Dodge the Crowd; and Flying Fox.

Each participant will be given a Singapore flag during registration, which they will have to carry as they make their way through the obstacle course. At the end of the obstacle course, participants will insert the flag to create an ‘NS50 Pledge’ art installation wall. The NS50 logo will be visible when the wall is completely filled with flags.

- Fitness workouts and active health stations
After completing the obstacle course, participants can head over to nearby activity booths where they can take part in sports try-outs and static workouts. Examples include an Active F.I.T challenge, a Watt Bike challenge and a martial arts workout. Those who have completed the ActiveSG Steps Challenge can also redeem a limited edition NS50 Jerrycan water bottle at the redemption booth (while stocks last).

- Live Music Performances
Camokakis, Edric Hsu, and Shabir will be performing songs from the NS50 Music Album at the Sports Festival.

- Festival stage activities
Fitness-related workouts and performances will take place on the festival stage throughout the day.

FREE Gym and Swimming Pool Entry for National Servicemen, Family &Friends
5 & 6 Aug 2017

Entry to all ActiveSG gyms and swimming pools will be free on 5 and 6 August 2017! Past and present national servicemen will just have to present their 11B, or SAFRA/HomeTeamNS membership cards to the counter staff on duty before entering the facility. Family members and friends also enter FOR FREE!

5 - 9 Aug 2017 | 1pm - 5pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
FREE Admission

Join in to celebrate National Day at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall! Learn more about the Chinese auspicious motifs through interactive storytelling in the galleries and experience the fun of being a young patriotic Scholar!

Storytelling: Stitches of Love (English)

Uncle Rajah and his friends are back this National Day! Hop onto the magic carpet and travel back in time to discover the bright and colourful world of Chinese children’s clothing, stitched with parental love.

Date: 5, 6 & 9 August 2017
Time: 2.00pm - 2.45pm

Storytelling: Stories of the Animal Kingdom (Mandarin)

Enter into the world of the animal kingdom, and join storyteller Liang Huiyu for an interactive storytelling session to learn more about family love and friendship!

Date: 5, 6 & 9 August 2017
Time: 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Activities: SG Icons Badge

Animal motifs are often found on Chinese children’s clothing. Find out more about Singapore’s very own animal icons as you make your SG Icons Badge!

Date: 5 August 2017
Time: 2pm - 5pm

Activities: Fan of Motifs

Have fun designing your Fan of Motifs with different Singapore icons and symbols from our special exhibition!

Date: 6 August 2017
Time: 2pm - 5pm

National Day Highlight: Be a Young Patriotic Scholar!

Chinese parents traditionally hope for their children to excel in their studies and bring glory to the family. Other than academic pursuits, children were expected to learn calligraphy and painting as well. Experience life as an ancient Chinese scholar at our various activity stations and bring back home your own unique crafts that express your love for Singapore!

Date: 9 August 2017
Time: 1pm - 5pm

City of Dreams
6 Aug 2017 | 6pm - 7.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

"City of Dreams" symbolises and celebrates Singapore's vibrant band scene while remembering our nation’s history, especially as National Day comes around. Experience nostalgia as the bands present a variety of uniquely Singaporean songs, from National Day songs such as 'Home' and 'Where I Belong', to classics such as 'Kopi-O' and Bunga 'Sayang'. Come join us with family and friends and have an enchanting time of singing, dancing and simply reliving the good old days while celebrating our Nation’s 52nd birthday!

RED-X Games - The Family Challenge 2017
Now until 8 Aug 2017 | 9am - 7pm

Held at the Padang from 29 July to 8 August (9am to 7pm), the RED-X Games - The Family Challenge 2017 will feature an obstacle course with a 'Own Time Own Target' mode which allows everyone try and complete the obstacle course at their pace. The individual stations are specially created to mimic the training that every soldier undergoes. Participants can expect popular obstacles like Low Wall, Multi-Rig, Monkey Bar, Rope Climb, Farmer's Walk and Tyre Flip.

The ‘Discovery” Challenge allows everyone to complete the obstacle course at their pace while those who are up for a challenge can participate in an ‘Ultimate’ Challenge, which is opened to families and individuals, where participants are to complete all the obstacles in the shortest possible time, to win a RED-X dry bag.

*Interested public may register at the RED-X Booth at the GASG Sports Festival at the Padang. Registration is free for the ‘Discovery’ Challenge and $20 for the ‘Ultimate’ Challenge.

NS Obstacle Challenge @ Eastpoint Mall
7 - 13 Aug 2017
Eastpoint Mall

Eastpoint Mall will be holding a mini ‘NS Obstacle Challenge’ from 7 to 13 Aug to commemorate NS50 and celebrate National Day. Children aged 6 to 12 years old will be able to experience military training through a realistic obstacle course, and will receive a certificate that certifies them fit to protect the nation.

Sports Hub National Day Fiesta
9 Aug 2017 | 9am - 9pm
Singapore Sports Hub

The Sports Hub National Day Fiesta, which is part of GetActive! @ Singapore Sports Hub event, is a full day celebration featuring a variety of sports, fitness, entertainment and lifestyle activities including a live telecast of the National Day Parade and family picnic, sports challenges, 52-minute National Day fitness workout, aquathlon workshop, and a carnival.

Key highlights include Live NDP Telecast & Family Picnic, experiencing 8 different sports – tennis, table tennis, lawn bowl, athletics, touch rugby, basketball, futsal and floorball, and a National Day Carnival. Please visit for more information.

National Day Celebrations at the National Museum
9 Aug 2017 | 10am – 8.30pm
National Museum Singapore
FREE Admission

Come celebrate National Day at the National Museum of Singapore with day-to-night programmes for the family. Join in for an up-close session with Jimmy Lam, the author and photographer of Singapore: Country of Many Faces; a live telecast of the National Day Parade with D.I.Y. picnics featuring your favourite Singapore food and new local creations; fun craft activities with our favourite national symbols and icons; music performances on a Red Steinway piano that include sets by William Lim Jr. from popular local band Electrico, and more! Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to collect special Singapore souvenirs and complimentary National Day Parade fun packs, which will be given out to the first 500 visitors to our live telecast – while stocks last! For more details on programme timings, visit HERE.

National Day Family Fun
9 Aug 2017 | 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free admission for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents (Admission charges apply for other visitors)

Lively Fairy Tales by Shakespeare's Globe
Timings: 11:00am - 11:30am | 2:00pm - 2:30pm | 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Shakespeare's Globe presents an interactive fairy tale. Get into the think of the action and explore the magical story not just as listeners but as storytellers too. A wonderful experience for the whole family!

Fun Quiz
Timing: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Get together and hunt for answers in our galleries and win a small prize! *While stocks last.

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio
Now until 6 Aug 2017
Weekdays: 9am | Weekends: 10.30am & 2.30pm
Drama Centre Black Box
Weekdays: $28 | Weekends $38

This is a unique retelling where the story leaps off the page and onto the stage. Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course, the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books, while Patrick Lynch pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie. Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy. For tickets, visit HERE.

Celebrate Singapore’s 52nd Birthday with KidZania Singapore
Now until 13 Aug 2017
10am - 6pm
KidZania Singapore
Admission charges apply

Unite at KidZania Singapore and experience what it means to belong as One Nation Together as KidZania Singapore celebrate Singapore’s 52nd birthday with a host of activities!

Be part of the National Day Parade and dance with us at KidZania Singapore
Celebrate National Day with a special rendition of the City Parade, and dance to heart-warming National Day songs with the Team Members in a specially choreographed National Day dance at the City Clock.

Ink your love for Singapore
Get a temporary National Day themed tattoo at the Main Square.

Pledge your wishes for Singapore
Make your own personalised human cutout with your kids and pledge your wishes for Singapore on our Pledge Wall. Remember to pose for a photo with the wall too!

Support Local and earn extra kidZos
Kids will earn 2 extra kidZos when they work at our local role-play establishments! These include: Accident & Emergency, Coach Station, Fire Station, Makeup Atelier, Mountaineering School, Operating Theatre, Optical Shop, Peranakan Museum, Police Station, Radio Station, Soup Kitchen, Traditional BBQ Meat Store, and University.

Exclusive promotion on Kid Ticket and B.KidZanian CitiZenship
From now until 31 August 2017, enjoy 52% off your second kid walk-in ticket when you purchase your tickets over at the ticketing counters at KidZania Singapore. Also, enjoy 35% when you register your kids as a B.KidZanian CitiZen at KidZania Singapore’s PaZZport Office, and enter your kids into a world of exclusive B.KidZanian benefits.

Straits Family Sunday: This is Home, Truly
13 Aug 2017; 1pm - 5pm
Peranakan Museum
FREE Admission

What makes a country a “home”? Let us bring you down memory lane to revisit what makes Singapore, uniquely Singapore. Continue celebrating Singapore’s independence this Sunday with your whole family.

Orchid Extravaganza
Now until 20 Aug 2017 | 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply

This year, the “Orchid Extravaganza” floral display tells the story of Singapore through the motif of a butterfly’s life cycle. Stunning orchids in myriad shapes and colours will fill a landscape depicting the stages of a butterfly’s growth, including a ‘Chrysalis’ structure in the main Flower Field. Visitors can look forward to seeing​ orchid varieties such as Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Dendrobium, Grammatophyllum and many others. There will also be a sculpture of 52 butterflies - in celebration of Singapore's 52nd National Day - in the shape of Singapore. Visit HERE for more information.

Dino Robot Factory
Now until 27 Aug 2017
Hall 2, Annex, Science Centre
Adult & Senior Citizen $5 | Child $7

A travelling exhibition direct from Japan especially curated for young children. The Dino Robot Factory walks children through and allows them to experience the process of creating a robot dinosaur. Along the way, they learn about the basics of design, automation, assembly and mechanics in a fun and exciting manner. For more details on activities, visit HERE.

Now until 27 Aug 2017
8pm (Matinee shows on weekends)
Under the Big Top Tent, Next to Marina Bay Sands
From $88

Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore with an awe-inspiring production presented in the intimate setting of the blue and yellow Big Top. Seen by over 7 million people around the world, KOOZA pays homage to Cirque du Soleil's roots by combining thrilling, heart-stopping acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. Read my REVIEW here. For tickets, visit HERE.

Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth
Now until 27 Aug 2017
Mon - Sun 10am - 7pm | Fri 10am - 9pm
Singapore Art Musuem
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs | Adults $6 | Senior Citizens (above 60) & Kids $3 | Kids below 6 FREE

Explorers of the land! How much do you know about the planet we inhabit? Singapore Art Museum welcomes you back to the seventh edition of our family-focused exhibition, Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth. Taking a closer look at the surroundings and environments we reside in, we see how people, flora, and fauna, adapt to their ever-changing surroundings. With the technological progress we have made, we now have better insight into far-flung locations, and are better connected than before, but are we really any closer to appreciating earth’s many marvels?

Through inspiring and engaging artworks, Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth introduces explorers to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us. For more details, visit HERE.

52% off Admission at Zoo, River Safari & Jurong Bird Park
Now until 31 Aug 2017

To celebrate Singapore’s 52nd birthday, Wildlife Reserves is offering a 52% discount off the admission fees to the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park in the month of August. Local residents can choose between Singapore Zoo and River Safari, or Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park for the special two-park combination offer. The offer is valid only for purchases on-site and allows the ticket holder to visit the two selected parks within a week.

A number of special performances will also be helo, including busking, Mascots meet & greets, Mask Crafts and more. Visit HERE for more information.

Red Riding Hood 小红帽 (Mandarin)
Now until 1 Sep 2017
Weekdays: 10am | Weekend & Public Holiday: 11am & 2pm
KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT
$25, $28

After successfully staging it in English, SRT’s The Little Company now presents Red Riding Hood in Mandarin. Red Riding Hood is an uplifting story about a brave girl named Red who must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save Mother's bakery from closing down. Join Red on her adventure into the woods, where no one is what they seem! Filled with humour and packed with original music, this is a fantastic show to be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. For tickets, visit HERE.

PIECE OF PEACE World Tour − World Heritage Exhibit built with LEGO Bricks
Now until 3 Sep 2017
Weekdays: 10am - 9pm | Weekends & PH: 10am - midnight
Fort Canning Arts Centre, 5 Cox Terrace
Adult (17 & above) - Weekdays $17 & Weekends $19
Child (4-16) & Senior Citizzens (60 & above) - Weekdays $13 & Weekends $15

The exhibition is a celebration of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, and features highlights such as LOVE EARTH, LOVE ASIA; and LOVE ASEAN. The LOVE ASEAN segment is exclusively showcased in Singapore, featuring seven — out of a total of nine — brand-new replicas of ASEAN’s UNESCO heritage sites, including our very own Singapore Botanic Gardens, all built with LEGO bricks! The younger ones can unleash their imagination at the LEGO Kids Play Zone. For more information, visit HERE.

Children's Biennale 2017
Now until 8 Oct 2017
National Gallery Singapore
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs

Themed “Dreams & Stories,” the first edition of Gallery Children’s Biennale invites the inner child in each of us to embark on a creative journey. Explore the world through the eyes of nine artists from Singapore and beyond: Chng Seok Tin, Mark Justiniani, Yayoi Kusama, Vincent Leow, Lynn Lu, teamLab, Tran Trong Vu, Ian Woo and Robert Zhao. For more details, visit HERE.

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.

Playeum's 'Making It Home' Exhibition
Now until 29 Oct 2017
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum (Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
$22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Located at Gillman Barracks, Playeum is a museum without walls which hopes to inspire children through self-directed exploration and learning and in the process, establish a culture of meaningful and impactful play. The new exhibition is all about dreaming rooms, making spaces and creating places. Kids (and parents) will be able to experience the home as a place where many ordinary materials can have multiple purposes and support imagination, innovation and sustainability.

Interestingly, the spaces within the indoor playground - if you can call Playeum that - have been transformed into different ‘rooms’, each with a different purpose with different opportunities for the kids to explore, experiment and redefine. Whether it is imagining colours, materials and designs for floors walls and ceilings, to conjuring up art works with sand or recyclable materials, kids can stretch their creativity and imagination to the limit! Head HERE for my review.

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