Sep 9, 2016

5 Places in Singapore to bring Kids to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2016 this Weekend

This year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 15 September 2016, which is a Thursday. And this means that the bulk of the Mid-Autumn activities will be taking place this 10/11 weekend. Oh, include 12 September too since it is a long weekend! WOOHOO!

And since the Mid-Autumn Festival is all about spending time with the family, parading lanterns and of course, gorging on mooncakes, what better way to spend the long weekend than to get those lanterns ready, head out and bring the kiddos down to the following festivities this weekend.

Activities for kids families mooncake festival

So depending on your preference, there are five to choose from:

If you wish to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with humongous colourful lantern displays, including a huge coliseum-like interactive stage:

Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay
3 - 18 Sep 2016
7pm - 11pm
Gardens by the Bay

Experience the Mid-Autumn Festival in a whole new light as Gardens by the Bay celebrates the lantern festival with a fusion of the traditional and modern. From 3 to 18 September, the Gardens comes aglow every evening with a dazzling display of elaborately handcrafted lantern sets that bring to life Asian stories of the Moon.

Spectacular, giant lantern sets, with the largest measuring up to 27 metres across, will be on display at various locations in the Gardens - Golden Garden, near Conservatories, Supertree Grove and Dragonfly Bridge. These lantern sets include stories of well-loved tales like Chang Er, The Jade Rabbit and The Ten Suns.

Also making a debut this year is the immersive multimedia installation, Ron Arad’s 720°, brought in by the Singapore International Festival of Arts, featuring projected imagery and videos.

Ron Arad's 720°
2 - 17 Sep 2016 | 7pm to 11pm | Meadow | FREE

Designer extraordinaire Ron Arad presents 720°, a monumental outdoor video installation that will wow you with its immense size and creativity. Gather your friends and family, and enter this magical interactive stage - shaped like a coliseum - right here in Singapore at Gardens by the Bay.

Colonnade of Lights
3 - 18 Sep 2016 | 7pm - 11pm | Colonnade (Supertree Grove) | FREE

Take a picturesque stroll along the Colonnade as 4,000 colourful lanterns in a myriad of colours and design hang overhead, bathing the path in a gentle glow. These lanterns are decorated by the community, so you might even spot some bearing the artistic touches of friends and family!

Food Street
2 - 18 Sep 2016 | 6pm - 10.30pm | Colonnade (Supertree Grove)

Indulge in a hearty spread of Asian delights at the Supertree Grove, including savoury eats like salted egg fries and the chili crab mantou.

Craft and Fringe Activities
3 - 18 Sep 2016 | 7pm - 10pm (**Chinese Riddles: 8pm - 9.30pm| | Superteee Grove

Immerse yourself deeper into Chinese culture this Mid-Autumn season by trying out cultural activities* like lantern decorating, calligraphy and guessing of riddles** at the craft booths.
*Some activities are chargeable.

For more information, visit HERE.

If you wish to relive your childhood with life-sized lanterns in the form of retro playgrounds:

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2016
9 - 18 Sep 2016; 7pm - 10pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

To celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this September, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall has created its own lantern playground in the form of life-sized heritage playgrounds! Handmade by traditional craftsmen, these nostalgic lantern installations promise to be great for family photo-moments under the stars.

The lanterns light-up is open to public from 9 to 18 September 2016 and admission is FREE for everyone. But to soak in the Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere, head down on the weekend of 10 & 11 September where the Wan Qing Weekend: Mid-Autumn Festival 2016 Celebrations will be taking place!

Other than reliving childhood memories with life-sized lantern installations resembling old playgrounds that promise to be great for family photo-moments under the stars, a host of free programmes awaits everyone – lantern riddles, lantern-making, guided tours unveiling this monument’s layers of history, storytelling sessions featuring Mid-Autumn tales, performances of popular ‘90s music and more. Activities last until 10pm, and click on the image below for the full schedule.

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If you wish to soak in the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere:

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2016
3 - 30 Sep 2016
Various activities & timings

Re-discover the origin and history of the Mid-Autumn Festival at Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations this August. A myriad of colourful and dazzling LED lantern displays will bring alive the beloved folk tale of Chang’E and Hou Yi while lighting up the streets of the Chinatown precinct. 

Street Light-Up
3 - 30 Sep 2016 | 7pm – 2am (Fri & Sat) & 7pm – 12mn (Sun – Thu) | Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road
This year, visitors will be intrigued with dazzling lantern displays telling the origin and history of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Designed and conceptualised by the faculty and students of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), the Street Light-Up features vivid lantern displays that tell the legendary story of Chang’E and Hou Yi.

Festive Bazaar & Carnival
3 - 15 Sep 2016 | 10.30am - 10.30pm | Along Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street and open space in front of People’s Park Complex
At night, Chinatown will come alive with a plethora of stalls lining the streets and selling a wide variety of items including traditional and modern mooncakes, decorative ornaments, preserved fruits, potted plants, clothing and more.

Nightly Stage Shows
3 - 15 Sep 2016 | 8pm - 10.30pm | Kreta Ayer Square
Showcasing performances by local entertainers and troupes from China, the Nightly Stage Shows at Kreta Ayer Square will wow visitors during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations. Look out for an exciting line-up of Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, music and dance performances to bring in the celebratory mood of the Festival.

Mass Lantern Walk
11 Sep 2016 | 7pm - 10pm | Starting point – Kreta Ayer Square (Registration location) | End point – Main Stage at New Bridge Road
Soak in the festive mood of the Mid-Autumn Festival at the annual Mass Lantern Walk. Walk amongst 3,000 participants and eat to your heart’s content at the food trucks and push carts selling a delectable menu of yummy goodies. Take a leisurely stroll under the dazzling lantern displays around Chinatown while being entertained by live performances along the way, featuring local dragon dance troupes, dancers and artists as well as overseas performing groups.

For more information, visit HERE.

If you wish to encourage the little ones to get in touch with Chinese traditional art forms:

Moonfest 2016
9 - 11 Sep 2016; Various Timings
FREE and Ticketed events

Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration is an annual Chinese traditional arts festival held in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival. Now in its 12th edition, Moonfest showcases the intrinsic beauty of traditional arts so that all may cherish our shared heritage in this increasingly tech-savvy world. The festival is also a great opportunity for parents and their children to get in touch with our roots and keep traditions alive. Highlights include:

Roving Stilt Walkers
9 – 11 Sep 2016 | Fri: 7.15pm, 8.30pm & 10.15pm; Sat: 7.30pm, 8.45pm & 10.15pm ; Sun: 7.15pm, 8.30pm & 9.30pm | Esplanade Waterfront | FREE

Sprightly stilt walkers dressed in Chinese Opera costumes roaming the Esplanade Waterfront! 

Lantern Walkabout
10 Sep 2016 | 7.45pm | Esplanade Waterfront | FREE

A Moonfest crowd favourite! What better way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival than gathering with family and friends for its annual Lantern Walkabout! Take a leisurely stroll along the Esplanade Waterfront with your favourite lantern and take in the beautiful scenery along the way. A sprightly Dragon Dance by Hong Jie Association will add to the festive mood.

The Moonlit Smile
10 & 11 Sep 2016 | 3.15pm, 4.15pm & 5.15pm | Concourse | FREE

Little An An falls asleep and meets an old granny from the moon who has lost her way. As they search for their way home, they begin to miss the ones they love... Travel on a magical journey and rediscover the meaning behind the Mid-Autumn Festival with The Pop-up Storytellers.

Fluffy Jade Rabbit Craft Workshop
10 & 11 Sep 2016 | 2pm – 6pm | Concourse | FREE

Make your own Fluffy Jade Rabbit this Mid-Autumn by using simple recycled materials like toilet paper rolls and colourful crepe paper! Activity will take approximately 45 minutes.

11 Sep 2016 | 5.45pm & 6.45pm | Forecourt Garden | FREE

Ever wanted to learn cool moves from kungfu movies? Instructors from RexArts Wushu take you through the basics of Chinese martial arts.

For a detailed listing of both free and ticketed activities, visit HERE.

If you wish to just chill, enjoy a picnic & spend some family time together:

Families For Life School Holiday Edition Picnic
10 Sep 2016; 5pm - 9pm
Jurong Central Park

Spend family time at the Families for Life Picnic and celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival together. Families can also look forward to the fun family activities for the young and old, music performances and movie under the stars! For more information, visit HERE.

Highlights include:

Family DIY Activity: Decorate Your Own Lantern!
What’s the Mid-Autumn Festival without the lantern! Bring along your own art materials and decorate your very own lantern! (Each family is only allowed to redeem ONE lantern. Redemption is based on a first-come-first-served basis, while stocks last.)

Walkabout with your lanterns
Join in a short walk around the park with your decorated lantern.

Lantern riddles
Solve the riddles and receive a token!

Care & Share Charity drive
Make a donation of $25 and receive a Sharity Plush toy and a limited edition FFL picnic cooler bag. All donations go to the beneficiaries under Community Chest.

Evening picnic and Movie screening
Wind down your weekend with a chill and relaxing picnic. Pack your family favourite food and enjoy the evening picnic with the family. As the sun set, enjoy the movie Minions!

*Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay 2016 & Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2016 photos are kindly provided by Belinda Tan.

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