Feb 14, 2018

23 Activities for Kids this Chinese New Year (CNY) Long Weekend 2018

The Chinese New Year period usually means house-to-house visiting, gorging and more gorging. But in between those house visits and eating, there are other fun ways to usher in the Chinese New Year in Singapore with the kids too. Say hello to the compilation of family-friendly events happening during this CNY long weekend, PLUS additional activities to last through the entire FIFTEEN days of the new year!

OH AND REMEMBER, there is NO school for the kids on the fourth day of the Chinese New Year (19 Feb 2018)! Lucky kiddos.

So get the kiddos decked out in their new clothes and join in the festivities... because with this list, it is going to be a 旺得福 (wonderful) this Lunar New Year!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018
Now until 16 Mar 2018

Usher in the Year of the Dog by thronging the streets of Chinatown, taking in the sights and sounds of the month-long street light-up. Be enthralled by the creativity of the street light-up design, and drop by the street bazaar for a wide range of Chinese New Year goodies!

Street Light-Up
Now until 16 Mar 2018 | 7pm - 2am (Fri & Sat); 7pm - 12mn (Sun - Thu); 7pm - 6am (15 & 16 Feb 2018) | Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Festive Street Bazaar
Now until 15 Feb 2018 | 6pm - 10.30pm (Daily); 6pm - 1am (CNY Eve) | Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Streetand Trengganu Street

Nightly Stage Shows
Now until 15 Feb 2018 | 8pm - 10.30pm | Kreta Ayer Square

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
15 Feb 2018 | 9.30pm – 12.30am | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Chingay 2018 @ Heartlands
25 Feb 2018 | 6pm - 10om | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
The Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height but also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join us with your family and friends for a vibrant night that include special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the 10 over beautifully decorated and lighted floats.

FUN-Tastic Fortune Awaits You on Sentosa!
Now until 4 Mar 2018
Sentosa, Various locations
Island admission applies

Celebrate the festivities with Snoopy as he pops up around the island from 19 January to 4 March 2018. Strike your best pose, and take a selfie with Snoopy while soaking in the festive ambience! Keep a lookout for 2 giant Snoopy sculptures at Sentosa Boardwalk and Merlion Plaza, and don't forget to check your zodiac fortunes at the Snoopy-themed Zodiac Boards at Beach Station (next to iFly Singapore)!

Celebrate the festivities with Snoopy as he pops up around the island from 19 January to 4 March 2018. Strike your best pose, and take a selfie with Snoopy while soaking in the festive ambience! Keep a lookout for 2 giant Snoopy sculptures at Sentosa Boardwalk and Merlion Plaza, and don't forget to check your zodiac fortunes at the Snoopy-themed Zodiac Boards at Beach Station (next to iFly Singapore)! What's more, download marq+ app and scan the icon on the zodiac board to access your full Zodiac fortunes, as well as adorable Snoopy AR effects!

Meet & Greet with Snoopy
Every Saturday (from 20 January to 3 March 2018); 1pm & 5pm
Beach Station, Sentosa

Dahlia Dreams Floral Display
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Now until 4 Mar 2018; 9am - 9pm

Admission Charges apply

Inspired by the picturesque landscape of Chinese imperial gardens, Dahlia Dreams welcomes Lunar New Year with an elegant display of dahlias, camellias and bromeliads in a courtyard garden setting. Auspicious Southern Lions greet visitors as they enter while Chinese guardian lions (also known as “Foo Dogs”) stand guard.

To celebrate the Year of the Dog, intricate diorama cutouts, exquisite driftwood sculptures and ornamental topiaries in the shape of dogs can be spotted in the display. Adding to the majesty are palace lanterns and umbrella curtains that embellish the garden. On selected days in February, the God of Fortune will make an appearance in the Flower Dome to spread wealth and prosperity.

Lunar New Year @ USS
Now until 25 Feb 2018
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply

Bring in a prosperous Lunar New Year in cinematic style at Universal Studios Singapore! Celebrate the festive season with the auspicious dancing dragon, Sesame Street friends, the Minions and more. Enjoy lively martial-arts dances and timeless festive music. Plus, don't miss your favourite rides and shows! For more details, visit HERE.

Usher in the Year of the Dog with PAW Patrol
Now until 25 Feb 2018
City Square Mall

Paw-some Carnival
Mon-Fri 6pm - 10pm | Sat, Sun & PH 12pm - 10pm
City Green, outside City Square Mall
Charges apply

Lion Dance with Chase & Marshall
23 Feb 2018 | 2pm | L1 Main Entrance

Gong SEA Fa Cai
Now until 28 Feb 2018
S.E.A. Aquarium
Admission charges apply

Welcome good fortune with our underwater Sea Dragon. Walk through the Sea Dragon’s Gate and embark on a Trail of Fortune to symbolise a prosperous 2018. Get up close with Kings of the Ocean at our new shark exhibition and enjoy a roaring good time! For more details, visit HERE.

CNY Celebrations 2018 at LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until 28 Feb 2018; 10am - 6pm
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission charges apply

Welcome the Lunar New Year with a host of festive round-the-clock activities for the whole family! Bring your family to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort this February to experience the truest Lunar New Year celebration with all the fun-filled activities, whilst creating fond memories and enjoying quality family bonding time together. That’s not all, receive the Limited Edition Lunar New Year Commemorative LEGO Duplo Bricks when you complete the daily activities trail! For more details on activities, visit HERE.

Spring Surprise
14 - 25 Feb 2018
Supertree Grove & The Canopy, Gardens by the Bay

Usher in Spring and celebrate the Year of the Dog with Gardens by the Bay. Spring Surprise 2018 offers an array of festive performances and fun for the entire family. Do not miss the spectacular ultraviolet (UV) light performances with the UV Lotus Dragon and UV Northern Lions making their very first appearance here in Singapore. For a complete listing of all activities, visit HERE.

FREE Admission to National Orchid Garden
10 - 18 Feb 2018
National Orchid Garden

Enjoy free admission to National Orchid Garden for students, Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Work Permit Holders. Please note that last entry to the National Orchid Garden is 6pm daily.

*Terms and Conditions
1. Students are required to present valid student cards.
2. Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Work Permit Holders and Dependant Pass Holders are required to present their ID cards or relevant documentation.

3. Not applicable to tour groups, tickets purchased in advance and other promotions.

River Hongbao 2018
14 - 25 Feb 2018; 2pm - 11pm daily (Extended till 1am on CNY Eve)
The Float @ Marina Bay
FREE Admission

*FIREWORKS & LASER SHOW nightly at 9pm (Except CNY Eve at 12 midnight, 23 & 24 Feb at approximately 9.40pm)

Held at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay, this iconic event has become an integral tradition of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations for locals and tourists alike. This lively festival offers a special Chinese cultural experience – from giant lanterns to mouth-watering food – that is a feast for your senses. Be astounded by the larger-than life lanterns depicting figures of Chinese myth and legend, handcrafted onsite by craftsmen from China at the River Hongbao Festival. Crowd favourites include the God of Fortune, and of course, the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. A myriad of fringe activities, ranging from amusement rides to carnival games, will ensure that there is never a dull moment. Opera and other street performances round up this colourful extravaganza. For more details, visit HERE.

PAWS-perous New Year @ Wildlife Reserves Singapore
15 Feb - 2 Mar 2018
(Activities on 15-18, 24 & 25 Feb only)
Admission charges apply

EmBARK on the Year of the Dog with wild friends and be part of this pack of activities at Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park! For more details on all activities, visit HERE.

Istana Open House
17 Feb 2018; 8.30am - 6pm
Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. 
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person.

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.

Chinese New Year Open House
17 Feb 2018; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free Admission

Head to the new All About Dogs exhibition (Now until 1 Dec 2018) at Singapore Philatelic Museum and learn more about dogs! Originating from wolf ancestors, this amazing animal is more than a pet.  Using its keen sense of smell and hearing, it provides protection, security checks at immigration control, search and rescue, guide and assistance, and herding for farm animals. The exhibition will also sniff out what the 2018 Earth Dog year has in store for all the 12 animal zodiac signs.

Open House Day Activities (17 Feb 2018)
10:00am - 5:00pm: Family Fun Station
11.30am - 12:30pm: Chinese New Year Calligraphy Demonstration
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Talk by Feng Shui Master
3:30pm - 4:00pm: Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance

Chingay 2018
23 & 24 Feb 2018; 8pm
F1 Pit Building
23 Feb: $28.50, $40 & $50 |11 Feb: $28.50, $50 & $60
*20% discount for PAssion Card holders

Chingay, Singapore's iconic street and floats parade returns grander than before for a uniquely Singapore multicultural extravaganza. Join in the fun at Chingay 2018: Cultural Funtasy to experience Multi-ethnic cultural performances by local talents and international acts featuring elaborately decorated floats, Dazzling array of colourful costumes, creative props and wearable art, Street Party at the end of the Parade and Stunning displays of lights, lasers, pyrotechnic and fireworks display! To purchase tickets, visit HERE.

Date: 23 & 24 February 2018
Time: 5.00pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Along the open space behind the Singapore Flyer
Come along and experience the Street Entertainment & Food Carnival for overseas and local talent showcases and tasty Instagram-able food. Admission is free!

Huayi 2018
23 Feb - 4 Mar 2018

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is cooking up a sumptuous feast for its 16th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, which will be held from the eighth day of the Lunar New Year on 23 February till 4 March 2018. The annual festival will feature a delectable line-up of theatre, dance, and music programmes by outstanding Chinese artists from Singapore and beyond, for all to enjoy during the festive period.

For a complete listing of family-friendly programmes, visit HERE.

24 Feb 2018; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free Admission

Take a break from your Chinese New Year visiting and take the little ones to Saturdays @ ACM, a family-friendly programme organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum. Kids will not only have a great time exploring the museum’s galleries and trying their hand at the various craft activities, they will also learn more about the different zodiac animals. Don’t forget to catch the interactive performances and drama, and the lion-dance show too.

Family Fun at the National Museum
24 Feb 2018; Various Timings
National Museum Singapore

This February, usher in the Lunar New Year with an exhilarating lion dance performance, and create a Straits Chinese panel belt inspired by one from our collection to accessorise yourself when visiting family and friends.

Drop-in Family Fun – Accessorise for a Stylish New Year!
24 Feb | 10.30am to 4.30pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free
Come learn about the twelve Chinese zodiac signs and make your own Straits Chinese panel belt inspired by one from our collection. Join us at the drop-in craft activity station located at Level 2 of the museum and accessorise yourself for a stylish new year! No registration required. While stocks last. Last admission at 4pm.

National Museum Building Tour for Families
24 Feb | 11am (45 min) | Meeting point: Rotunda, Level 1 | Free
Go on a learning journey around the museum and discover more interesting gems about this 130-year-old building. Limited to the first 15 pairs of parent and child, on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

GosTan Back: A Time-travelling Adventure on Wheels by MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions
24 Feb | 10.30am (1 hr & 30 min) | Meeting point: The Canyon, Basement Level | $8 per pair of parent and child
Experience Singapore’s history and artefacts in the museum’s Singapore History Gallery through an interactive theatrical journey – GosTan Back, a story about a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. Young audiences can look forward to storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun!

*This production is designed to support children with additional needs and their families to experience the museum. Families with typically developing children aged 5 to 8 years old are also welcome to register for the programme. Limited to 10 pairs of parent and child per session. Click here to register.

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2018
24 & 25 Feb 2018
10am - 9.30pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Free Admission

Usher in the Year of the Dog at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations! Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2018 presents an exciting line-up of festive offerings suitable for the young and old, including energetic Lion and Dragon dance performances, auspicious calligraphy, geomancy talks, and craft bazaars for the little ones. Toss to good fortune in a mass lohei session, challenge your friends in our Kampung Games, get your fortune predictions, enjoy an evening concert of contemporary and traditional performing arts, and more.

Our festive dog installations also promise to make for great photo-moments this Lunar New Year. Join in the celebration of this much-loved Chinese festival and learn more about the origins, customs and traditions behind Lunar New Year! For programme details and timings, visit HERE.

Circus! Science Under The Big Top
Now until 18 Mar 2017; 10am - 6pm
The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
$18 (Adult) | $15 (Child, aged 3 to 12) | $52 (Family Package, 2 Adult + 2 Child)

The exhibition highlights how science has always had an important role in the circus and how circus relies upon a balance of artistry and science to meet new challenges and fulfil audience expectations. Just as science can satisfy our need to understand, the circus meets our need to be amazed, thrilled and even perplexed. Visitors will learn the science behind the circus by performing, examining and watching the art. They will also be invited to hold various circus acts up to scrutiny, investigating illusion versus reality, pseudo-science versus science.  Visitors will ''live the science'' through the magic of the circus. For tickets, visit HERE.

Witness to War: Remembering 1942
Now until 25 Mar 2018; 10am - 7pm
National Museum of Singapore
Free admission for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

75 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. Hear first-hand accounts from witnesses to war: ordinary men and women whose lives were upheaved by the outbreak of hostilities in Singapore in 1942. The exhibition presents the complexities of the events that led to the fall of Singapore, paying homage to the extraordinary tenacity with which these men and women bore their circumstances.

Featuring artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions, Witness to War will also explore how Singapore’s fall was part of a wider campaign waged by the Japanese Empire across the Pacific.

Anime X Stamps
Now until 1 Apr 2018; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Adults: S$8; Child: S$6; Free admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs

An anime-licious visual feast awaits you at Singapore Philatelic Museum. Experience your favourite anime series and characters in a whole new way - through stamps! Discover the origins of anime and chart the rise of this versatile and pervasive medium. Relive beloved classics such as Astroboy, Doraemon and gems from Studio Ghibli; and current hot favourites such as One Piece, Dragon Ball and Pokémon through over 700 stamps from Japan. Plus, be treated to limited edition collectibles and one-of-a-kind original production artwork.

Marina Bay Carnival
Now until 1 Apr 2018
4pm - 11pm
The Promontory @ Marina Bay
FREE Entry

Fun awaits you at the very first The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival this December! Spanning two activity hubs, The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space, the Marina Bay Carnival promises to be a treat for people of all ages. Set against the backdrop of the city skyline, the carnival will feature over 40 rides and games assembled from different parts of the world. From roller coasters to water rides, the carnival will cater to thrill-seekers and offer family entertainment at the same time. Theme-based entertainment and installations at the carnival will add colour and fun to the year-end festivities, while music bands will serenade audiences on weekends. Food lovers can also indulge in a gastronomical journey with the variety of culinary delights on offer.

Playeum's 'Making It Home' Exhibition
Now until 29 Apr 2017
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum (Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
$22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Located at Gillman Barracks, Playeum is a museum without walls which hopes to inspire children through self-directed exploration and learning and in the process, establish a culture of meaningful and impactful play. The new exhibition is all about dreaming rooms, making spaces and creating places. Kids (and parents) will be able to experience the home as a place where many ordinary materials can have multiple purposes and support imagination, innovation and sustainability.

Interestingly, the spaces within the indoor playground - if you can call Playeum that - have been transformed into different ‘rooms’, each with a different purpose with different opportunities for the kids to explore, experiment and redefine. Whether it is imagining colours, materials and designs for floors walls and ceilings, to conjuring up art works with sand or recyclable materials, kids can stretch their creativity and imagination to the limit! Head HERE for my review.

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