Apr 30, 2015

22 Activities for Kids this May Day Long Weekend

For parents who have primary school-going children, this Labour Day long weekend probably marks the start of some serious mugging before the mid-year exams (WAIL!!!). If you are not in this category, lucky you!

But no matter what, kids need a break too - okay I admit, me too! - so what better way to enjoy a breather away from the books than taking your pick from these activities on offer?

Singapore HeritageFest 2015
Now until 18 May 2015
Various events

Into its 12th year, National Heritage Board’s signature Singapore HeritageFest promises yet another edition of heritage fun! Spanning five weekends from 17 April to 18 May, Singapore HeritageFest 2015 will be the largest edition to date. In the festival’s spirit of celebration and discovery, explore familiar places, rediscover the lesser known and forgotten stories behind their past, and come to appreciate them in a whole new way.

For events held over the 1-3 May long weekend, visit heritagefest.sg/weekend-highlights/1-to-3-may.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
1 May 2015; 9am - 6pm

The public can enter the railway station using the main entrance along Keppel Road or through the side entrance along Spottiswoode Park Road. Read about our previous experience here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2015/02/tanjong-pagar-railway-station-open-house.html

Istana Open House
1 May 2015
8.30am - 6pm

The Istana grounds is open to the public five times a year. Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road.

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.

Singapore Flyer May Day Family Fiesta
1 - 3 May 2015, 1pm - 9pm
Singapore Flyer

As part of the festivities, children 12 years and below fly for free with every full priced adult ticket purchased! The first 500 children also get to enjoy a free carnival ride or game. Families can also get crafty at the Maker's Market, or discover new stories at the Book Exchange. There'll also be a Food Fare selling everything from ice cream to freshly brewed coffee, as well as carnival rides and games from the little ones! For a detailed listing on all activities, visit HERE.

The Fantastical Story Factory
1 - 3 May 2015; 3pm daily
SOTA Drama Theatre
$58, $48, $38

A musical adventure which will have you exploring magical kingdoms, meeting wonderful characters and singing along by the end. YOU decide where the story is set, what happens next and who the characters are. You can even join in if you want to! An improvised musical adventure for kids of all ages - and adults who act like kids! Everything is made up on the spot entirely from audience suggestions. There is no minimum age for this performance. Our review HERE and for tickets, visit HERE.

Singa and the Kindness Cubbies LIVE!
1 - 3 May 2015
1 May 7.30pm | 2 & 3 May 2.30pm & 7pm
Downtown East

Join in the fun with Singa and the Kindness Cubbies as they sing and dance to happy tunes! Not forgetting the many edutaining activities at the booth from 11am – 9pm!

Saturdays@ACM meets Singapore HeritageFest 2015
2 & 3 May 2015; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
FREE Admission

Unearth the heart of old Singapore this weekend! Come visit a career fair of vanishing trades, watch puppet shows and performances of stories long past, and create colourful crafts inspired by the river.

Star Wars Day 2015: Celebrate the Force
2 May 2015: 11am - 8pm | 3 May 2015: 11am - 6pm
Suntec City, East Atrium (Between Tower 3 and 4)
FREE Admission

The force awakens on May the 4th 2015. A calendar highlight for all Star Wars fans, this year's event will see a slate of Star Wars-related activities and performances, including:

Appearances by 501st Legion & Rebel Legion
Catch members of the 501st and Rebel legion dressed up as Star Wars characters. Meet and greet these Star Wars costumers; attendees can also do their part for charity by making a donation for a photo opportunity.

FightSaber Performance and Workshop
Catch stage performance by FightSaber crew, Southeast Asia’s premiere LightSaber fight choreography team. Plus! Kids get a chance to learn LightSaber fighting skills from the FightSaber crew!

Exclusive Star Wars Goodie Bags Giveaway
Be the first 100 attendees at the Star Wars Day “Celebrate the Force” event at Suntec City on Saturday and Sunday, and redeem an exclusive Star Wars goodie bag. While stocks lasts.

Star Wars Kids Fashion Parade (Only on 3rd May, Sunday)
Participate in kids Star Wars themed costumes contest and fashion parade with prizes to be won!

Character Sketch Sessions by Jashorn Lee
Catch ‘live’ sketch artist, Jashorn Lee, draw Star Wars themed caricatures! Attendees can also bring home a piece of sketch by making a donation.

Band of Doodlers Live Sesssions
Don’t miss the reknowned ‘white space bandits’ in action, drawing a large Star Wars themed canvas. Plus! Attendees can own specially designed mini canvas and Stormtrooper helmets by making a donation.

Toy Photography Workshop by Wonder Factory
Check out the gallery of Star Wars toys photographs on display. Learn more about toy photography from the professionals!

X-Wing Games Demo, Star Wars Stage Games and Quizes
Participate in game demos and answer questions to win great prizes!

BBQ Under the Stars @ Port of Lost Wonder
2 May 2015; 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Port Of Lost Wonder, Sentosa
Adult $39 | Child $15

Experience the beauty of the Port at night, take a splash at the Pirate Ship, enjoy the cool sea breeze and the calming, rhythmic waves as you dine! Treat your taste buds to a delectable spread of starters, mouth-watering barbecued meats and sweet treats at our dessert bar. Cuddle as a family along our picnic grounds and catch a show under the stars too! Children below the age of 5 enjoy complimentary entry. For tickets, visit HERE.

Sentosa Ukulele Festival
2 May 2015; 4pm - 10.30pm
Palawan Beach, Senotsa
FREE Admission

Delight in spectacular live performances with international and local artistes like Daniel Ho (USA), Sungha Jung (Korea), Carmine Filice (Canada) & Kelvin Ng (Singapore). Indulge in delicious food as your unwind to a great time with your friends and be entertained by wonderful tune.! Bring your ukulele and jam along at the Sentosa Ukulele Festival!

Mom's Day Out @ HDB Shopping Centres
2, 3, 9 & 10 May 2015; 5pm - 7pm
Various locations

In celebration of the upcoming Mother’s Day, HDB Shopping Centres will be hosting a series of exciting activities such as workshops, demonstrations and games over the first two weekends of May! Activities include, DIY Mother’s Day cake decoration session, LIVE cooking demonstrations and secrets behind hand-made creations, Handicrafts session and more!

2 May 2015 (Sat): Kitchener Complex @ Kallang/Whampoa & Taman Jurong Shopping Centre @ Jurong West
3 May 2015 (Sun):  Dawson Place @ Queenstown & Rivervale Plaza @ Sengkang
9 May 2015 (Sat):   Pioneer Mall @ Jurong West & Vista Point @ Woodlands
10 May 2015 (Sun): 888 Plaza @ Woodlands & Gek Poh Shopping Centre @ Jurong West

PLAYtime!: The Magic Treetop
3 - 13 May 2015
Mon - Fri: 9.30am & 11am | Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Esplanade Recital Studio
$18 per ticket

Fly up to The Magic Treetop with Mama Robin as she waits excitedly for Baby Robin to hatch. But something is not quite right... The egg is not in its nest! Jump straight into the action and help Mama Robin find her precious egg. Push the leaves out of the way, clamber up the branches and go on a hunt for the missing egg. Specially designed for 2 - 4 year olds, the little ones will discover a world of action words and rhythms through theatre, music and interactive fun in The Magic Treetop. For tickets, visit HERE.

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

LEGO Star Wars Days
Month of May (3 May 2015 onwards)
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission charges apply

Throughout the whole month of May, the park will host LEGO Star Wars Days activities transporting families into hyperspace and to a galaxy far far away.... LEGO Star Wars Days activities during the month of May include: Building Activity: LEGO Star Wars Microfighters, LEGO Star Wars Fan Gallery, Meet & Greet with LEGO Darth Vader, Mindstorms workshop: LEGO Star Wars mission and watch LEGO Star Wars movies @ Mindstorms. For more information, visit HERE.

LEGO Friends LIVE @ LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until 18 July 2015
12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4pm daily (No shows on Wed)
Admission charges apply

Discover the magic of friendship and enjoy the original LEGO Friends song and amazing dance performances. The LEGO Friends Show is a brand new production, exclusively written for LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. Build your own LEGO Cupcake with LEGO Bricks too, everyday at LEGO City Stage between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Beauty and the Beast
21 March - 3 May 2015
Tue - Fri: 8pm | Sat: 2pm & 8pm| Sun: 1pm & 6pm
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$65, $85, $115, $145, $170 & $190

From the producers of The Lion King, the award-winning production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comes to Singapore in March 2015. This new touring production has been put together by the original creators of the Broadway production, including the Tony Award winning costumes from Ann Hould-Ward. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST features the animated film's Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. For more information and tickets, visit HERE.

A Night of Magic at Raffles - Joe Labero
Now until 3 May 2015
Sat & Sun: 3pm | Wed - Sat: 7.30pm
Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Adult: $75, $125, $230 | Child (5-12) $50, $60, $215
*Quote 'MAGIC' for a 1-for-1 offer!

Returning to Singapore after the spectacular success of INCANTO and A NIGHT OF MAGIC AT RAFFLES, Joe Labero is back with a brand new fiery show in 2015, assisted by the hottest guest performers and fire artistes – Burnt Out Punks. With illusions so awe-inspiring as they are mind-blowing and spectacular, watch this four-time Merlin Award Winner's exclusive brand of magic, which includes illusions that are altogether unbelievable, outrageous, impossible, death-defying as they are stunning in their slick and beautiful execution. For tickets, visit HERE.

Tulipmania 2015
Now until 10 May 2015; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission fees apply

The highly anticipated, annual Tulipmania display returns to Gardens by the Bay - this time amidst a colourful setting of magical fairy tales. In this third edition, visitors can look forward to an even wider selection of tulips at Tulipmania - over 40 varieties in a myriad of hues and forms! Look out for captivating blooms like the scarlet "Red Riding Hood", the “Purple Prince”, and the “Orange Princess” as they grace familiar fairy tale settings like Cinderella‘s carriage, Rapunzel’s tower, and the ginger bread house of Hansel and Gretel. There’s even a tulip named “Singapore”! Fore more details, visit HERE.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Now until 10 May 2015
Mon - Fri 10am | Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm
DBS Arts Centre
Weekdays: $25, $22 | Weekends: $35, $32

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (affectionately known as "Baby", "Middle" and "Big") graze happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly. But one day, it dawns on them that they are in the middle of a horrible drought. As the grounds turn a dreadful shade of brown, they are slowly but surely running out food. Together, the gang makes the decision to cross a bridge to the other side of the valley, where lush green grass awaits. Unfortunately, below the bridge lives a frightening troll that – gulp – loves to feast on goats! Can they outsmart the monstrous, greedy troll in this fight for survival? Come on this adventure with catchy tunes and laugh-out-loud moments! For tickets, visit HERE.

Da Vinci: Shaping the Future
Now til Mid-May 2015; 10am - 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum
Standard: Adult $22 | Senior Citizens (>65) $22 | Child (2-12) $14
Local Residents: Adult $18 | Senior Citizens (>65) $16.50 | Child (2-12) $9.50 

Da Vinci: Shaping the Future is a journey through the work and legacy of the most celebrated artist and scientist of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Presenting original masterpieces by da Vinci for the first time in Southeast Asia, the exhibition focuses on the Codex Atlanticus, da Vinci’s largest notebook. There is a great range of child-friendly activities in Da Vinci: Shaping the Future which can keep children and their parents occupied for hours! From interactive exhibits throughout the route through the exhibition, to take-home activities and creative, hands-on workshops, there is something to suit all ages and learning styles.

*Family Fridays: Starting from 23 January, children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased. Visit HERE for more information.

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
Now until 19 July 2015
Mon - Sun 10am - 7pm | Fri 10am - 9pm
Free Admission for Singaporeans & PRs
SAM at 8Q

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, an exhibition for everyone and anyone with a head for ideas and a heart for adventure, is the new edition of SAM’s much-loved annual contemporary art exhibition for children, begun in 2010 and now in its fifth year. In the spirit of SG50, this year's exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, a symbol of a young nation on the rise and with it, the capacity to dream big and think large. What might we be able to envision and aspire to? What worlds could we imagine for ourselves and create for others? Particularly targeted at children, Imaginarium is both immersive and interactive with hands-on activities at every turn.

Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats
Now until 27 September 2015
Monday 1pm - 7pm | Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum, Level 2
Free admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs

The exhibition aims to bring children into the fluffy, cheeky world of goats and sheep. Here, children get to learn about the small ruminants, one of the first animals to be domesticated. They will meet four-legged friends from different stories and cultures, and get up-close and personal with beautiful goat themed stamps from around the world. For more information, visit HERE.

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
10am to 7pm (Closed on Mondays)
Local Residents Adult $16 | Children (3-12), students, Senior Citizens and NSFs $9
Standard Ticket Adult $21 | Child $13
*All prices are inclusive of $1 SISTIC booking fee

The newly-opened LKCNHM is a must-visit for families! With 20 zones spread over two floors, the Museum traces the history of life on earth - from the microscopic to the enormous, and from the awkward to the awesome. Three dinosaur skeletons - Prince, Apollonia and Twinky - form the highlight of the museum. For my review, visit www.cheekiemonkie.net/2015/04/11-things-to-know-about-lee-kong-chian.html.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew
Now until 28 June 2015
10am - 8pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun) | 10am - 10pm (Fri, Sat)
Glass Atrium, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore
FREE Admission

This memorial exhibition chronicles the life and political career of Singapore’s first Prime Minister and founding father Lee Kuan Yew. It also highlights the ideals and convictions that shaped Mr Lee and his generation of leaders. Through a selection of photographic images and audiovisual recordings, as well as artefacts from the National Collection, the exhibition chronicles his political journey and pays tribute to his contributions.

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