May 19, 2016

16 Activities for Kids this Vesak Day Weekend 2016

It's the Vesak Day long weekend! Oh wait, only the school-going kiddos get an extra day off on Monday. Lucky buggers. But that alone is no reason stay cooped up at home this weekend... especially since the mid-year examinations are over. Woot!

Plenty of 'Open House' events will be happening this weekend - Pulau Ubin, RSAF Open House, and Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Then there is a Japanese festival, Car Garage Sale, new kid-centric exhibition and your absolute last chance to catch the blooming tulips at Gardens by the Bay. Phew, it's gonna be a power-packed weekend!

Pesta Ubin 2016
Now until 12 Jun 2016, Various Timings
Pulau Ubin

Pesta Ubin is Ubin Open House! Once a year, people who love Ubin step up to share with the public their special slice of Pulau Ubin. Pesta Ubin activities are heartfelt, organic and led by the community. Passionately highlighting Ubin's unique charms, get a taste of the kinder, gentler way of life on Ubin during Pesta Ubin. Visit for more details.

Happening on 21 & 22 May 2016 Weekend:

20-25 May: Tua Pek KongFestival
For six days, Pulau Ubin celebrates Tua Pek Kong's birthday! Ubin Jetty is decked out in colourful flags and lanterns, and Ubin Town is host to lavish rituals. FREE for all. For more information, visit HERE.

21 May: Coastal Cleanup with Sea Shepherd at Jelutong Beach
2.30pm - 5pm | Meeting point: Assembly Area opposite the HSBC Volunteer Hub (map)
Get hands-on experience and help keep our shores clean. You will learn how trash is affecting marine life, as well as how Singapore manages its trash. You will also have fun as we will be on the look out for interesting and weird finds amongst the trash! FREE for all. For more information, visit HERE.

Ongoing: FREE Treasure Ubin treasure hunt with Treasure SG
Join this mini treasure hunt around Ubin Town, happening every day of Pesta Ubin. Take some time to hunt for hidden treasure tags, learn more about Ubin Town and win attractive prizes! For more information on how to take part, visit HERE.

Ongoing: FREE Kampung Photo Booth & Colouring the big Pulau Ubin Fun Map at Uncle Lim's shop
10am - 4pm daily | Uncle Lim's shop, No. 42 Pulau Ubin, opposite the Wayang Stage, 3 min walk from Ubin Jetty (map)
Drop by Uncle Lim's shop at the centre of Ubin Town and choose from cool props and quirky kampung accessories to have a FREE Kampung makeover! Also, remember to chip in your colouring effort and colour a shared copy of the huge Pulau Ubin Fun Map. FREE for everyone. For more details, visit HERE.

Ongoing: 'Open House' at Pulau Ubin fish farms
9am - 5pm | $15 per person
Find out more about aquaculture in Singapore and the heritage of fish farming in Singapore in this special 'Open House' opportunity every day of Pesta Ubin! Don't miss this unique opportunity to get a glimpse of the community that live and work in the waters off Pulau Ubin.

Suitable for kids aged 8 and above, accompanied by adults. Safety equipment and procedures will be provided and explained. Minimum 4 persons per trip, maximum 10 persons per trip. Subject to availability of free time slots at the farm. Registration required. Visit HERE for registration information.

Super Japan Matsuri
20 - 22 May 2016
20 May 5pm - 10pm | 21 & 22 May 3pm - 10pm
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Lawn
FREE Admission

The matsuri is a Japanese communal festival that is typically held during summer, in celebration of an event. Encompassing a wide variety of performances, games, and Japanese street snacks, it symbolises the community's unity as a whole and its harmony with the gods. With more than seven food and games stalls, Super Japan Matsuri by WAttention recreates this uniquely Japanese experience that the whole family can enjoy. Satiate your hunger with a range of popular snacks such as the takoyaki (grilled octopus ball), okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), and kushimono (skewered food); or have fun playing yo-yo tsuri (yo-yo balloon fishing) and senbonbiki (lucky string game).

RSAF Open House
21 & 22 May 2016; 9am - 6pm
Paya Lebar Air Base
FREE Admission

The RSAF Open House is Back – Bigger and Better this time! Be prepared to feast your eyes on aerial displays, aircraft arming demonstrations and our whole range of aircraft and weapon systems! If you’re lucky (and daring enough), you might even get to soar through the skies on board one of the aircraft! Programme schedule is as follows:

For more information on the Open House and how to get there, visit HERE.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
21 May 2016; 9am - 6pm
Free Admission

Other than exploring the railway station, visitors can also look forward to an exhibition titled WOMEN: New Portraits by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The photo portraits feature women of outstanding achievement including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists. The exhibition will be open to the public from 29 April to 22 May 2016 at the Main Hall, as part of a 10-city global tour.

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:

PLAYtime! Grandpa Cherry Blossom
Now until 21 May 2016
Tue, Thu & Fri: 9.30am & 11am  | Sat & Sun: 11am & 4pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio

A theatrical retelling of the popular Japanese folktale, Grandpa Cherry Blossom is a heartwarming tale of friendship and gratitude. Recommended for children between 2 and 4 years old. For tickets, visit HERE.

Craft Workshop: Cloth Koinobori
21 May 2016; 4pm (1.5 hours)
Theatre Meeting Point, Esplanade

Using stamps and paint, come transform a plain cloth into a koinobori that is uniquely yours!

Novo Winds
21 May 2016; 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE Admission

Head to Singapore Botanic Gardens for a fun evening with Novo Winds! Put on your dancing shoes and dance to the songs from the famous Broadway musical,Grease, or sing-along to the beautiful and nostalgic tune of Those years <<那些年>> and even melodious hits from Mayday <<五月天>>. So bring your picnic baskets for a splendid evening in the gardens!

GUNPLA Power: Build your own Gundam model
21 & 22 May 2016; 4pm (2 hours)
PIP's PLAYbox (Esplanade)

GUNPLA are model kits that depict characters and vehicles from popular anime series, Gundam. Assembling and painting them trains the mind and helps improve one’s patience, determination, and creativity. Collect a free* GUNPLA and build it at PIP’s Playbox!

*Only for PIP’s Club members and for children ages 7–12 years old.
*Sign for for FREE PIP's Club membership HERE.
*Limited quantities available, on a first come first serve basis

The Great Singapore Garage Sale
22 May 2016; 10am - 6pm
Goodman Arts Centre, The Garden (Behind Block B)
FREE Admission

The Great Singapore Garage Sale is a community event bringing together the Island’s preloved goods at a bargain price. For locals and expats alike, the Garage Sale is the place for clothes, toys, furniture, ornaments, knick knacks, electronic goods and more to find a new home. Rain or shine it’s a family day out attracting more and more people at each event. As well as second hand bargains there’s face painting and balloon modelling for the kids plus snacks for the shoppers.

Tulipmania 2016
Now until 22 May 2016; 9am - 9pm daily
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission Fees apply

Tulipmania returns in full bloom at the Gardens! Witness a stunning spectacle of tulips set amidst an elegant Persian-style backdrop, and learn about how the flower originated in the ancient Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) and its significance on Turkish arts and culture. Our review HERE.

*Local Senior Citizens enjoy 50% off admission tickets to the Flower Dome! Offer valid till Sunday, 22 May 2016.

Supa-Ongaku: Japanese Anime and Games
22 May 2016; 3pm (1 hour)
Esplanade Concert Hall
FREE Admission

Lose yourself in the enchanting world of anime and classic Japanese games performed by the Philharmonic Youth Winds! Look forward to an afternoon of magic and fantasy as the music of your favourite Studio Ghibli animated films fill the Esplanade Concert Hall. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon and relive the good times spent trying to “catch ‘em all”. And sit back and enjoy timeless tunes from well-loved Japanese shows and games. Listen out for the best of anime music with tracks from Galaxy Express 999 and many more!

Craft Workshop: Kumihimo Bracelet Braiding
22 May 2016; 3pm & 5.30pm (1.5 hours)
Theatre Meeting Point, Esplanade

Kumihimo (thread-gathering) is a traditional Japanese technique of braiding which produces colourful cords that serve both functional and decorative purposes. It is used to create obijime, a belt which holds the obi of a kimono in place, samurai armours, and even friendship bands! Create your own intricately designed kumihimo bracelet! *Adult supervision is recommended for children under 7 years old.

Roald Dahl's The Witches
Now until 29 May 2016
21 May 11am | 22 May1pm | 28 May 11am | 29 May 1pm
Ulu Pandan CC Theatrette

This spellbinding production of Roald Dahl's award-winning story has all the answers. If you adore the book, and love the film, you will scream with delight when you see this Roald Dahl classic brought to life on stage. Roald Dahl's The Witches promises to be a spine-tingling treat for the whole family, be sure to catch it! For tickets, visit HERE.

LEGO Star Wars Day 2016
30 Apr - 31 May 2016
Admission Fess 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:

Build and Take home a Mini Millennium Falcon
Every weekend in May 2016
Bring home a piece of the action by building your own mini limited edition LEGO Millennium Falcon as a take-home reminder of the day's amazing LEGO Star Wars memories!

Kids enter LEGOLAND Malaysia FREE for the whole month of May 2016 when they go dressed in full Star Wars costumes!

Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea
Now until 28 Aug 2016
Mon - Sun 10am - 7pm | Fri 10am - 9pm
Singapore Art Musuem
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs | Adults $10 | Senior Citizens (above 60) & Kids $5 | Kids below 6 FREE

Delving into the deep, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea – the sixth edition of SAM’s children-focused annual exhibition – invites adventurers of all ages into the watery realms of our Earth as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists.

A whimsical introduction to the many stories and ideas that surround seascapes, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea presents tactile and interactive works that encourage discovery through exploration and play. At SAM at 8Q, young people are invited to comb the shores and navigate the deep where they make the acquaintance of mysterious denizens and underwater wonders. We hope that, as protectors of the future, our young visitors will also think about the impact we have on the natural world, and of how, through inventive and wise ideas, we can save our earth and its awe-inspiring oceans. For the detailed listing and programme, download the brochure HERE.

Hideaways - Creating with Nature
Now until 30 Oct 2016
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum (Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
$20 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Hideways - Creating With Nature is all about immersive experiences - experiences that will invite kids to explore, observe, construct, reflect, innovate and engage with nature and natural materials through hands-on exhibits and interactive artists’ installations. Specifically designed for kids aged 1 to 12, the exhibition helps them explore these questions through various installations - providing an interdisciplinary and engaging experience serving as an important reminder of the world’s ecosystem. Read more in my review HERE.

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