Aug 6, 2014

12 Activities for Kids on National Day Weekend 2014

Singapore turns 49 this weekend, so that definitely calls for a celebration. So what better way to have fun together with the family than having kids-centric activities to do? After all, the kids will be the ones enjoying a long weekend this National Day! Lucky them.

Watch Fireworks at the National Day Parade (NDP)
9 August 2014, 5pm onwards
Marina Bay Area

This year's fireworks will feature pyrotechnics like no other - in the form of Singapore's crescent moon and five stars! Each star is made out of 49 individual red flames and the crescent moon with 4 sets of 49 individual red flames. The fireworks come on at 8.06pm on 9 August this year but to be safe, anytime before 8pm will be perfect.

If you have no NDP tickets, you can still be part of the action and hustle with the crowd for front-row standing room at around the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade. The Merlion Park and the Esplanade Bridge will no doubt also be very crowded, so do head on down early to book your viewing spot. Or you can check out the rest of the other Vantage points around the Marina Bay area too.

If you want to take things easy though, pull out the family picnic mat at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, Bay East Garden or Marina Barrage and sit back to enjoy the show in the sky.

National Day Celebrations @SAFRA
9 Aug, Various Timings
Various SAFRA Clubhouses

Don't want to squeeze with the crowd around Marina Bay? Head on down to the nearest SAFRA and join in the revelry on 9 Aug! There will be live screening of the NDP, complete with food and drinks, free dips in the pools, and fringe activities for the kids.

Venues & Timings:
SAFRA Jurong: 11am-9pm | SAFRA Mt Faber: 4-8pm | SAFRA Toa Payoh: 4-8pm | SAFRA Tampines: 3.30-8.30pm | SAFRA Yishun: 3-9pm

Sentosa Celebrates National Day
9 - 11 Aug 2014; 11am - 7pm
Merlion Plaza & Palawan Beach, Sentosa

As Singapore celebrates her 49th birthday, take a trip down memory lane to reminisce 49 years of nation building. Spend quality time with family and friends basking in island fun with the following activities:

Venue: Merlion Plaza
Take a picture of yourself looking like you live in Singapore during the 60s. ‘Transport back in time’ with FREE costume change available at Makeover Booths. Take part in our #SentosaRewinds Photo Contest and stand to win attractive prizes!

Kampong Spirit
Venue: Palawan Beach
Play, eat and learn as a kampong kid! Recollect memories in our 80’s inspired playground, learn ketupat making among the many other activities to rekindle our long-lost kampong spirit.

For more information, visit

Esplanade Presents... National Day Celebrations 2014
8 -10 August 2014
Various Programmes and Timings
Esplanade, Marina Bay

Express the joy and pride of being Singaporean this National Day over a weekend of activities for everyone! From free music performances, to art & Craft activities, face-painting and playing kampung games, there will be more than enough stuff to keep the kids occupied. For a detailed listing and timings of all activities, visit

Museum Open Houses

The National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Philatelic Museum will be holding Open Houses on National Day (9 Aug) while Peranakan Museum will be having its ever-popular Straits Family Sunday event on 10 Aug 2014.

National Museum of Singapore
Date: 9 Aug 2014
Time: 10am - 6pm (activities till 5pm)
Admission: Free
Enjoy craft activities and introduce games reminiscent of childhood in the 1980s to your children.

DC Super Heroes Open House @ Singapore Philatelic Museum 
Date: 9 Aug 2014
Time: 9.30am - 7pm
Admission: Free 
Come dressed as your favourite DC Comics Super Heroes character & get to meet other cosplayers at the event. Participate in activities such as Pose and Post (pose in Super Heroes costume and post your photo in the form of a postcard), and Make Your Own Super Heroes Stamps and Buttons. Our experience HERE.

Straits Family Sunday @ Peranakan Museum
Date: 10 Aug 2014
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Admission: Free (Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents)
Watch exciting performances that explore hidden meanings of the designs on altar cloths, and create art inspired by the colourful textiles in the exhibition. Dress up with the whole family in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya or go on a special, themed tour of the galleries. 

ArtScience Museum
Date: 9 & 10 Aug 2014
Time: 10am - 7pm
In commemoration of Singapore’s 49th birthday, ArtScience Museum will be offering free admission to the museum for the upcoming National Day weekend. The public can visit the museum’s current exhibition, Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990 – 2005, for free during the weekend. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a free guided tour around Annie Leibovitz on Sunday, 11.30am. For more details, visit HERE.

Free public programmes activities are also lined up over the weekend for visitors to take part. Both the Cyanotypes and Photograms workshops will be themed with National Day insignia. *Pre-registration is required 5 minutes prior to activities.

Painting with Light: Cyanotype
Sat (9 Aug), 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Learn about one of the oldest photographic processes and create your own ‘blueprint’.
The Architecture of ArtScience Museum
Sat (9 Aug), 5pm – 6pm
Discover the architectural and environmentally friendly features of ArtScience Museum through a guided tour.
Fun with Photograms
Sun (10 Aug), 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Create photograms in a darkroom setting and develop them using traditional print photography methods.
Architecture Adventure
Sun (10 Aug), 5pm – 6pm
Find out more about architecture through an interactive tour and hands-on activity using construction materials.

Singapore Cable Car National Day Promotions
8 - 11 Aug 2014
Faber Peak Singapore

To celebrate Singapore's 49th Birthday, get 49% off on the second ticket for every full-priced adult ticket purchased. Senior citizens aged 60 years and above can ride for only $4.90! What's more, soar through the sky with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern onboard the Singapore Cable Car and join forces with the DC Super Heroes in battling The Joker to save the day! For more information, visit HERE.

The Sound of Music
Now till 10 Aug 2014
Tue - Fri: 8pm | Sat: 2pm & 8pm | Sun: 12pm & 6pm
MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$65 - $195

The world’s best-loved musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will be ending its run on 10 August 2014! This lavish and critically-acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the mountains. Don't miss this dazzling production from the home of West End musical theatre, the famous London Palladium! For tickets, click HERE.

Wild Wild Wet's 10th Birthday Spree
Now until 31 Aug 2014
Wild Wild Wet
Admission Fee applies

Wild Wild Wet is celebrating its 10th birthday with a huge splash! There will also be life-sized sea creature mascots that will be joining the celebrations, an Aqua Zumba to watch for those who are in for dancersizing PLUS lots of party games! For more details, visit HERE.

FREE Play at Singapore Sports Hub
Now till 17 Aug 2014

Enjoy most of the new facilities at Singapore Sports Hub for free until 17 Aug 2014. Check out some of the free activities like canoeing, kayaking, swimming at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Skate Park and Kids' Playground! Do note that some of the activities require pre-registration. For more details, visit

An Exhibition Exploring Nature's Design
Now until 24 Aug 2014
The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Adult $13 | Child $9

It has been said that Nature is the greatest of all inventors; as such many inventors and scientists actually study nature for inspiration to solving their various problems. Explore an exhibition that highlights nature's design, where you will learn to appreciate, be inspired and bring out the craftsmanship in you.

The exhibition features a Robot Zoo with robot animals, a Tinkering Space, stocked with electronics, papercrafts, robotics and other crafts; and seed carving.. For more information on the exhibits, visit

OR why not end the day with a visit to the Human Body Experience (HBX) or KidsSTOP? Your kids will defnitely LOVE you for it! Click on the links for our experiences.

The Nightingale (Play)
Now till 14 Sep 2014
Tue - Fri: 10am & 2pm | Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT
Weekdays: $22, $25 | Weekends: $32, $35

SRT's The Little Company brings you a refreshing new take on Hans Christian Andersen's well-loved fairy tale. The Nightingale is a joyful burst of song that reminds us all to appreciate and value the world around us. Enchanted by the lilting birdsong of the plain-looking, brown Nightingale, the little Emperor of China captures and keeps her in a gilded cage for his daily entertainment. But soon, along with her freedom, the beautiful voice of the Nightingale is lost and a singing mechanical bird replaces her. Join the Nightingale and friends in their quest for her freedom. For tickets, click HERE.

Enjoy 49% off admission to Jurong Bird Park in August

Print out the e-coupon below to enjoy a 49% discount for admission to Jurong Bird Park - $12.75 for Adults and $8.16 for children (3-12) after discount!

Terms and conditions:
- Valid from 1 July - 31 Aug 2014.
- Flash printed coupon and proof of identity at Jurong Bird Park ticketing counters to enjoy offer.
- Valid for all Singaporeans, PRs and employment pass holders.
- Each redemption is limited to a maximum of 5 tickets.
- Child is defined as 3 - 12 years old.
- Excludes tram ride.
- Not valid with other discounts, promotions or rebates.

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Unknown said...

Wow, so many great activities for kids during national day in Singapore!

Cheekiemonkies said...

Hi Smartan Dad,

Yes, there sure are! Hope you managed to bring your family to some of them over last weekend!

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