Feb 5, 2013

Chinese New Year Activities for Kids 2013

(Daddy compiles)

What do you know - the Year of the Snake is just round the corner. Besides the usual fare of house-to-house visiting (and gorging), here are a list of kids-friendly activities that will help to keep your little ones occupied throughout the long weekend and beyond. HUAT AH!

Spring Celebrations 2013 at Gardens by the Bay

Themed ‘Spring Celebrations 2013’, the floral display in the Flower Dome features some 8,000 colourful blooms including peonies, camellias, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, dahlias, azaleas, orchids such as Cymbidiums and Phalaenopsis, and more than 8 varieties of kumquat (Citrus) plants such as the Giant Golden Citrus and Buddha’s Hand Citrus, and the Dwarf Flame Celosia. Accompanying the picturesque blooms are a selection of penjing (or bonsai), life-sized oriental pavilions as well as lots of kumquat snakes!

Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Dates: 1 - 28 Feb 2013
Time: 9am - 9pm daily
Charges: Entry fees into the Cooled Conservatories apply. For admission charges, click HERE.
*Usher in a prosperous year by paying only 88% for tickets to the Conservatories (12% savings off the regular admission prices). Promotion is valid for the first 15 days of Lunar New Year (10 to 24 February 2013) and for local residents only.
Website: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2013

Drop by the carnival-like bazaar to shop for a wide range of New Year goodies from auspicious plants and flowers to festive delicacies. Usher in the prosperous Year of the Snake with a 108-metre-long 3D snake sculpture made up of about 5,000 square lanterns as well as other colourful illuminated lanterns forming motifs of snake and colourful fairy lights in Chinatown.

Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Garden Bridge and inner streets of Chinatown
Dates: Now til 11 Mar 2013 (*Street Bazaar ends on 9 Feb 2013)
Time: Sun-Thurs 11am to 10.30pm | Fri, Sat & PH 11am to 1am
Charges: FREE
Website: http://www.chinatownfestivals.sg/index.php

Chinese New Year 2013 @ Singapore Flyer

Embark on a flight of prosperity at Singapore Flyer, Giant Wheel of Fortune with its Signature Auspicious Trail, and triple your blessings this Lunar New Year! Have fun with other new year festivities such as Singapore’s tallest ‘Chun Dao’ (春到) tree, meet-and-greet Furball God of Fortune, an award-winning rainforest full of cherry blossoms and more!

Venue: Singapore Flyer
Dates: Now til 23 Feb 2013
Time: 8.30am to 10.30pm daily
Charges: Some activities are free. For a detailed listing of all activities, dates and timings, please visit the website below.
Website: http://www.singaporeflyer.com/promotions/cny2013/

River Hongbao 2013

This of course, should be familiar to almost everyone as this annual affair returns to the Marina Bay come Chinese New Year. And this year, River Hongbao promises an even more vibrant atmosphere than before with larger-than-life lantern displays, intricate handicrafts, and crowd pleasing local delights and foreign delicacies at the largest outdoor Food Street in Singapore.

Visitors to The Float will also be entertained by a myriad of activities from the Fringe activities happening throughout the grounds, amusement rides, carnival games to nightly Main Stage Shows featuring local and foreign performers.

Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Dates: 8 - 16 Feb 2013
Time: 12pm - 11.30pm daily
*8 Feb: Fireworks at 8pm
*9 Feb: 12pm - 1am with CNY Countdown with Fireworks at midnight
Charges: Free Admission
Website: http://www.riverhongbao.sg/

Sentosa Flowers 2013

Usher in the year of the Snake along with the sun, sand, sea and a million blooms on Sentosa! Into its eighth year, Sentosa Flowers 2013 will be setting flower beds by the beach for the very first time. This year, the
much anticipated Lunar New Year event stretching from Beach Station to Palawan Beach will transform Sentosa’s golden sand  into a colourful floral wonderland, filled with seasonal blooms and  larger-than-life floral displays.

Venue: Sentosa – Beach Station to Palawan Beach, Sentosa
Dates: 9 - 17 Feb 2013
Time: 10am - 7pm daily
Charges: $5 per adult (Free entry for children under the age of 12)
*Usual island admission charges apply
Website: http://flowers.sentosa.com.sg/

(shé)lebrations at Singapore Zoo

Usher in the Year of the Snake with a host of exciting snake-tivities!

Auspicious Snake Showcase
Come view the blood pythons and mangrove snakes to give yourself a cool start to the New Year!
Dates: 8 - 24 Feb
Time: 8.30am - 6pm
Venue: Outside Gift Shop (Entrance)

Acrobatic Lion Dance on High Poles
Watch in awe as one acrobatic lion leap from pole-to-pole performing jaw-dropping stunts! Stay on to give the playful twin lions a lucky rub after the performance!
Dates: 9 - 12 Feb
Time: 10am & 2pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo Entrance

Meet & Greet with “Fu Lu Shou”
Rub shoulders with prosperity mascots and take away some lucky candies!
Dates: 9 - 12 Feb
Time: 11.00am & 1.00pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo Entrance

Snake Photography Session
Ssssmile and capture the moment with the zoo's lucky snake!
Dates: 9 - 12 Feb
Time: 9am, 10am, 11am
Venue: Outside Gift Shop (Entrance)

Snake-tivity Booth
Learn all about the slithery ones and even play a part for charity when you get your hand painted*!
Dates: 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 Feb
Time: 9am - 2pm
Venue: Outside Zoo Shop (Main Entrance)
*$4 per hand painting. Proceeds go to education outreach efforts and upkeep of the park.

*Usual admission charges apply.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at LEGOLAND Malaysia

To celebrate the beginning of the wonderful Year of the Snake, LEGOLAND Malaysia will be building the longest LEGO snake in the world and you can play your part too!

Venue: The Beginning
Snake Building Event | 9 - 16 Feb 2012 | 2pm onwards
Traditional Chinese Drums | 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 Feb 2013 | 10am & 6.30pm
Dragon Dance | 10 Feb 2013 | 1pm & 6pm
Musical Fireworks | 10 & 11 Feb 2013 |8.15pm

Venue: Market Restaurant, BIG Shop & The Cafe
Lion Dance | 10 Feb 2013 | 3pm

Venue: Miniland - China
Meet Puteri Hang Li Po | 9, 10, 11 Feb 2013 | 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

Venue: LEGO City Stage
Chinese Magic Mask Performance | 9 - 17 Feb 2013 | 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm
Traditional Chinese Drums | 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 Feb 2013 | 11.30am, 3pm

*Usual admission charges apply.
Website: http://www.legoland.com.my/Plan/CNY2013/

Spring Celebrations at Jurong Bird Park

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Jurong Bird Park's feathered friends where a wealth of festivities await both the young and old!

Prosperity Snake Showcase
Usher in the year of the snake with the Dog-toothed Cat Snake and Ball Python!
Dates: 9 - 24 Feb
Time: 8.30am - 6pm
Venue: Penguin Coast

Learn more about these slithery wonders and get a snake hand painting* for good luck!
Dates: 10, 11, 12, 16 & 17 Feb
Time: 9am - 2pm
Venue: Main Tram Station
*$4 per hand painting. Proceeds go to education outreach efforts and upkeep of the park.

God of Fortune Prosperity Blessings
Come mingle around and get prosperity blessings for the whole year!
Dates: 9 - 12 Feb
Time: 9.30am & 1.30pm (Duration 30mins)
Venue: Penguin Coast

Festive High Flyers Show
Amigo, the Amazon parrot will wish you ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ while Sassy the cockatoo will give away lucky red packets!
Dates: 9, 10, 11, 12, 16 & 17 Feb
Time: 11am & 3pm (Duration 30mins)
Venue: Pools Amphitheatre

Exciting Lion Dance on High Poles
Come watch this adrenaline-pumping performance and get all psyched up for the New Year! Stay on for a mingling session with the twin lions too!
Dates: 9 - 12 Feb
Time: 12pm & 2pm (Duration 30mins)
Venue: Penguin Coast

*Usual admission charges apply.
Website: http://www.birdpark.com.sg/events-promos/cny13.html

CNY Open House at Singapore Art Museum

Usher in the Year of the Snake with contemporary art at the Singapore Art Museum! Revel in the festivities by posing with Chinese New Year decorations and costumes or add to the festive cheer by making your own rattle drum for the new year. You can also create your own art piece inspired by the exhibition, The Collectors Show: Weight of History, and look forward to complimentary beautiful sculptured balloons.

The Beauty of Chinese Characters*
Hourly from 11am - 6pm | Glass Hall, Level 1
*Suitable for ages 4 and up. Each workshop will run for an hour and the last workshop starts at 5pm.

Dress Up, Pose and Celebrate!
11am - 6pm | Outside Glass Hall, Level 1

Chinese Rattle Drum*
Hourly from 11am - 6pm | Chapel, Level 2
*Suitable for ages 4 and up. Each workshop will run for an hour and the last workshop starts at 5pm.

Balloon Sculpturing
11am - 2pm and 3pm - 6pm | Outside Chapel, Level 2

Lion Dance Performance
2pm | SAM Car Park

Venue: Singapore Art Museum
Dates: 10 & 11 Feb 2013
Time: 10am - 7pm (Activities from 11am - 6pm)
Charges: FREE

Istana Open House

Visitors will be entertained by performances put up by PA talents, Zhenghua Primary School Band, the Singapore Soka Association and the Guitar Connection. There will also be a display of snakes by the Singapore Zoo.

Venue: Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
Dates: 11 Feb 2013
Time: 8.30am - 6pm
Charges: FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person.
Website: http://www.istana.gov.sg/content/istana/news/pressreleases/2013/istana-open-house-on-11-february-2013.html

Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes

Transform yourself into your favourite Disney character with a magical wave of your hand. Slay the dragon like Prince Philip and be handsomely rewarded with a Disney hero badge. Enjoy fairy tale glamour with authentic Disney costumes worn by the characters, for the first time in Singapore.

Venue: Yew Tee Point
Dates: 15 - 17 Feb 2013
Time: 11am - 9.30pm
Charges: FREE

Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts 2013

Do you know the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac? Are you able to list them in the correct sequence Celebrate the year of the snake in a fun and meaningful way. Learn to draw all 12 animals and make your very own zodiac art-book in this unique and fun-filled workshop for parents and children not to be missed!

Venue: Esplanade Bay Room, The Esplanade
Dates: 16 Feb 2013
Time: 10.30am & 2.30pm
Charges: 1 Adult + 1 Child: $24 | 1 Adult + 2 Children: $36 | 2 Adults + 1 Child: $36
Website: http://www.huayifestival.com.sg/2013/12zodiac.html#.URBu1Cc_D9U

Climb up to The Magic Treetop with Yasmin and sing and dance with Mummy and Papa Robin as they wait for Baby Robin to hatch. Jump straight into the action as Yasmin helps the Robins to find their precious egg when it goes missing! Move your body to the rhythms and clamber into the world of verbs in this theatre specially created for children aged 2 – 4.

Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio, The Esplanade
Dates: 22 - 24 Feb 2013
Time: 22 Feb: 9.30am, 11am, 4pm | 23 & 24 Feb: 11am, 2pm, 4pm
Charges: $15, or Package of 4 at $50
Website: http://www.huayifestival.com.sg/2013/magictreetop.html#.URBvySc_D9U

Learn the interesting art of hand puppetry through an excerpt from the well-loved Chinese tale Journey to the West! Through simple storytelling exercises, participants will be encouraged to explore space, movements and vocal techniques with the help of traditional hand puppetry.

Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio, The Esplanade
Dates: 23 & 24 Feb 2013
Time: 11am, 2pm & 5pm
Charges: 1 Adult + 1 Child: $24 | 1 Adult + 2 Children: $36 | 2 Adults + 1 Child: $36
Website: http://www.huayifestival.com.sg/2013/monkey.html#.URBwhSc_D9U

Chinese New Year Family Fun Day @ The American Club

Bring along the little ones on the 7th day of the Lunar New Year and join the auspicious lion troops in blessing and sprinkling good fortune around the Clubhouse.

Venue: Poolside, The American Club
Dates: 17 Feb 2013
Time: 11am - 3pm
Charges: FREE
Website: http://www.amclub.org.sg/wine-dine/events?task=view_event&event_id=28

Chingay 2013

Chingay 2013 celebrates the strength of the human spirit in the face of life’s challenges. Themed ‘Fire in Snow’, it presents a dazzling spectacle of fire as a symbol of power, passion, dynamism and determination. In contrast, the cold, harsh snow symbolises struggles and hardships, which are overcome by fire’s indistinguishable light of hope.

Venue: F1 Pit Building
Dates: 22 & 23 Feb 2013
Time: 8pm
Charges: $28.50 | $40 | $50/$60 *20% discount for PAssion Card members.
For tickets, please visit HERE.
Website: http://www.chingay.org.sg/

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