Jul 13, 2015

16 Activities for Kids this Hari Raya Puasa Long Weekend 2015

I don't know about you but the post-holiday blues thanks to the June School Holidays has not exactly dissipated for me. Sigh.

Luckily, the long weekend is in sight and with 16 of the following activities to take your pick from, I reckon it just might be a fun-filled one yet! OR if you are in possession of the 'Got Kids, Go Where?' book, it is probably a good chance to get outside and snap a few photos in order to win one of the 12 prizes on offer! Yes, I never fail to mention my book in case you didn't notice. Heh.

Have an enjoyable Hari Raya long weekend everyone!

Disney on Classic - A Magical Night
16 & 17 July 2015; 7.30pm
The Star Theatre
$120, $85, $65, $55 & $35

Experience the magic of Disney as never before with its most successful live orchestral show, Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night! This full length concert will showcase the most beloved tunes from the famed Walt Disney Studios songbook, performed by 8 international vocalists and Singapore's very own Metropolitan Festival Orchestra under the baton of legendary Disney music maestro, Brad Kelley.

Favourite Disney memories come alive during the performance with original movie footage projected overhead on a large cinematic screen, and specially designed lighting and staging effects for that extra sprinkling of magic! Featuring the timeless music and scenes from Disney's Snow White, Cinderella, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Frozen, don't miss this magical treat to relive the treasured Disney moments we have all loved for a lifetime. For tickets, visit HERE.

Istana Open House
17 July 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 $2 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 for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents and $4 for others, 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.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
17 July 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

Hari Raya Open House @ National Museum
17 July 2015; 10am - 6pm
National Museum
FREE Admssion

Celebrate Hari Raya at the National Museum, for a day of fun filled craft activities and music performances. Get your creative juices flowing and learn how to design and create make your own wau (an intricately designed kite) with the facilitators from the Singapore Kite Association. Young musicians from myPart, a non-profit organization which engages youth through music, will also be putting up a performance of familiar Hari Raya tunes like Satu Hari di Hari Raya and Suasana Hari Raya!

Off The Rails Again!
18 July 2015; 4pm til late
Rail Corridor Art Space, Holland Drive Block 44 Carpark
FREE Admission

Go Off The Rails Again! with a vibin', family-friendly and interactive urban party! Artists from across the region bring a heavy dose of live art to the Corridor while psychedelic, reggae and jungle sounds rock the dancefloor. Grit meets glam as Zentai art and tie-dye create an unexpected fashion experience. For more details, visit HERE.

Animals in the Pink
18 Jul 2015; 10am - 11.30am
Singapore Zoo
Adult: $43 | Child: $32 | Zoo membership card holder: $11

Ever wondered how animals at the Singapore Zoo are kept in the pink of health? Come experience a behind-the-scenes tour by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, as part of the Singapore Science Festival 2015. Become a Changemaker as you learn about caring for over 16,000 animals at the Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari! Catch a vet in action as you peek into the treatment and post-mortem rooms at the world-class animal hospital at the Wildlife Healthcare & Research Centre. You will also get a chance to step into the Central Kitchen – one of the largest in Singapore – and be amazed as you watch how chefs prepare nutritional meals for the animals. *To register, please email to haniman.b@wrs.com.sg. Registration closes on 13 July 2015.

Flowery Fun Times Floral Display
Now until 19 July 2015; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome
Admission Charges apply

Relive your childhood as we bring to life some of your favourite nursery rhymes! Step into a world filled with beloved characters such as Mary and her little lamb, the old lady in her shoe, and Old MacDonald with his farm animals. Amidst a field of colourful Lupins, Delphiniums and Foxgloves, find Humpty Dumpty before his fall and visit Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary in her garden! Local favourites such as " 客人来" will be featured as well! Check out our experience HERE.

Youth Concert
17 - 18 July 2015 | 7pm - 10pm| Supertree Grove | FREE
Catch popular local YouTube musicians perform live on stage at Gardens by the Bay! Experience riding the waves of creativity and amazing vocals together with them. This one of a kind performance featuring multiple top YouTube talents under the magical Supertrees is something not to be missed.

Diverse-City Trails
18 & 19 July 2015
Toa Payoh Trail: 10am - 12pm | Jalan Besar Trail 10.30am - 12.30pm
$25 per pax

The Thought Collective Diverse-City Trails powered by Ben & Jerry’s aims to engage the public on a deeper level with current issues  affecting Singapore in the hope of inspiring change and action while having fun and ice cream! For more details and to book, visit www.trails.thethoughtcollective.com.sg.

The Toa Payoh Trail | 18 July 2015 | 10am - 12pm
One of Singapore's oldest housing estates, Toa Payoh was once Singapore’s test bed for various social innovations to build cohesion amongst communities. Step into familiar grounds in a new light to understand how happy neighbours in a community are forged and explore the way forward.

The Jalan Besar Trail | 19 July 2015 | 10.30am - 12.30pm
Change often requires new people to take the lead and look out for everyone in the community. Come and explore how we can build trust between communities to share our common space.

FREE Ice Skating Admission for Primary School Students and Staff
Whole month of July (*Not valid on 16, 17, 26 & 27 July 2015)
View session timings HERE
The Rink @ JCube

In the month of July 2015, The Rink is giving away free skating admission to all Primary School Students (worth $12 per child) and staff (worth $14 per adult) to promote ice sports to the Singapore youth. Terms and Conditions as follow:

- Skate boots rental of $3.50 is not included
- Valid daily on all public skating sessions, Sat & Sun included.
- Not valid on 16, 17, 26 & 27 July 2015
- Promotion not valid for private schools and universities
- School pass with photo ID must be presented to enjoy the promotion
- Limited to 800 redemptions per day

The Ugly Duckling (Mandarin) 丑小鸭
Now until 1 August 2015
Mon - Fri: 10am | Sat & 17 July (Fri): 11am & 2pm
DBS Arts Centre
$25 & $22 (Family Package of 4: S$85 for Cat 1 tickets)

Told through the magic of song and puppetry, this enchanting play will captivate and warm the hearts of young children and adults alike! Originally presented in English in 2005 to sold-out audiences, The Little Company is proud to present its second Mandarin production of the year, The Ugly Duckling - a wonderful retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen's classic about a little duckling who looks different. For tickets, visit HERE.

Masak Masak 2015
Now until 10 August 2015 | 10am - 6pm daily
National Museum of Singapore
Free Admission

A key event of the annual Children’s Season, Masak Masak 2015 returns for its second edition with a variety of interactive and engaging activities for parents to bring their kids to the National Museum of Singapore. There are lots to do, from bouncy playgrounds reminiscent of our familiar neighbourhood mosaic playground, crafts such as traditional woodblock prints, to a massive maze and up-close giant illustrations! Visit HERE for highlights of the event.

Dreamworks Animation: The Exhibition
Now until 27 September 2015 | 10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Local Rates: Adult $14 | Child (2-12) $9 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $12
Standard Rates: Adult $21 | Child (2-12) $13 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $17

*Check out our experience HERE.

The first stop of its five-year international tour, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition features over 400 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Start with an exhilarating panoramic dragon ride on the back of Toothless through Berk, the Viking township from How to Train Your Dragon. Then, take a fascinating and exciting journey through some of your favourite animated films, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to the amazing stories and worlds brought to the screen by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

Interactive stations throughout the exhibition unveil the secrets of animation and creative filmmaking. Plus, at The Animation Desk, you can learn the basic principles of animation while creating your very own short movie using DreamWorks' software.

FAMILY FRIDAYS: Children go free! Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased! For more details, visit HERE.

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.

Free Admission into National Orchid Garden
Now until 31 August 2015; 8.30am - 7pm daily
Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

SG50 Promotion @ NOG Free Admission is applicable to the following groups:
1. Singapore Citizens
2. Permanent Residents 
3. Employment Passes
4.Work Permit Holders
5. Dependent Pass Holders
*Proof of residency will be required when entering the Orchid Garden during this free entry promotion.

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.

ArtScience Museum presents The Deep
Now until 27 Oct 2015 | 10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Local Rates: Adult $11 | Child (2-12) $7 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $9
Standard Rates: Adult $14 | Child (2-12) $8 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $11.80

Get up close and personal with rarely seen deep sea creatures from the remotest expanses of the ocean at The Deep exhibition. For the first time in Southeast Asia, ArtScience Museum presents a collection of over 40 exquisite deep-sea life forms, including newly discovered species and exclusive exhibition footage of the abyss. Be captivated by the deep-sea fauna on display and learn more about ocean conservation.

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