May 15, 2019

16 Things to Do for Families this Vesak Day Long Weekend 2019 in Singapore

Vesak Day falls on on a Sunday this year, which means 20 May 2019 is a public holiday - which also means it's a LONG WEEKEND! Woot! For most kids, the mid-year exams should be over so it's time for some fun activities this weekend. Double woot!

So if you haven't got anything planned this long weekend, here are 16 suggestions for you:

Thai Festival 2019
16 - 19 May 2019; 11am – 9pm
Royal Thai Embassy, Orchard Road
FREE Admission

Thai Festival 2019 at the Royal Thai Embassy, Orchard Road, is coming back! Enjoy your favourite Thai Food, Thai Fruits and Thai Fashion which are flew from Thailand, as well as having Fun with our cultural performances including Muay Thai.

Young Children's Concert: DiSCOvering Treasures of Chinese Music - Winds in the Bamboo Grove
17 & 18 May 2019
Fri : 10.30am | Sat : 2.30pm , 5pm
SCO Concert Hall (Singapore Conference Hall)
$27, $37

Join Adventurer Quek Quek on a journeuy to the bamboo forest to listen to different sounds, be it the chirping of morning birds, wild animals, grasshoppers fooling with the rooster, or even hundreds of birds adoring a phoenix! Did you realise that these sounds were actually produced by music instruments? Good for kids aged 5 and up. For tickets. visit HERE.

International Museum Day 2019
18 May 2019; 11am - 5pm
National Museum Singapore

Celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) and find out more about the past and future of museums, in line with this year's IMD theme - Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Traditions. Attend a HistoriaSG talk to learn about the development of early natural history in Singapore through the story of the Malayan Tapir! Participate in a thrilling scavenger hunt in our permanent galleries, enjoy live music performances, or visit our craft stations and take home handcrafted keepsakes. For details oin programmes, visit HERE.

Gardeners' Day Out
18 May 2019; 9am - 3pm

Gardeners' Day Out promises an entire day of gardening and lifestyle activities for everyone. Favourite highlights include the Marketplace, free talks and demonstrations, free garden tour of HortPark, and kids' activities like storytelling and handicrafts!

Pop Through the Decades
18 May 2019
5pm, 6pm & 7pm
Esplanade Concourse

Take a stroll down memory lane with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Show Choir as they present pop classics from yesteryear. With a repertoire ranging from 1960s swing to pop hits of the 2000s, the choir aims to inspire and appeal to music lovers from all generations.

SG:Digital Wonderland 2019
18 & 19 May 2019; 11am to 8pm
Suntec City Convention Centre, Hall 404 - 406
FREE Admission

Previously known as Tech Saturday, Singapore’s largest tech carnival is back as the SG:Digital Wonderland, with more cool gadgets and exciting activities lined up for everyone to discover, experience and innovate!

Explore the latest technology to see what it is like to live in a digital future, and try the interactive experiences to discover how technology is positively changing the way we live, work and play.  Whether you are young or young-at-heart, there would be something for everyone, come and Discover, Experience and Innovate with new and exciting tech at SG:D Wonderland! See all the FREE family-friendly activities that everyone can participate HERE.

Bands We Grew Up With
19 May 2019
7.15pm, 8.30pm & 9.45pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Join Hoodw¡nked for a night of fun and nostalgia as they perform your favourite hits from the ‘90s, featuring the likes of Backstreet Boys, Michael Learns to Rock, Spice Girls, Savage Garden, Radiohead, Xiao Hu Dui, 5566, Mayday, Power Station and many more.

Now until 20 May 2019; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charge to Flower Dome applies

Explore the Dutch countryside as Tulipmania returns to Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay with a brand-new tulip display set in an idyllic pastoral landscape.

Discover the agricultural roots of the Netherlands as you stroll across blooming tulip fields dotted with traditional thatched-roof farmhouses, stopping ever so often to admire the over 35 varieties of tulips, including crowd-pleasers such as the brilliant golden 'Yellow Flight' and new ones like the vibrant red and white 'Singapura' which commemorates the 200th anniversary of Singapore's founding. Along the way, learn about the different stages of growth in a tulip's life cycle, step into a windmill to take a closer look at its clockwork mechanism within, and look out for adorable chicken and cow sculptures roaming the tulip fields in the little Dutch village!

Complementing the country-style tulip display is a European-themed fair in Flower Field Hall! Get ready for European culture and gastronomy such as dressing up in Dutch folk wear, decorating the wooden clogs, and feasting on delicious snacks like Dutch stroopwafels, Swiss meatballs and Spanish churros.

Universal After Hours
Now until 31 May 2019
Fridays, Saturdays & Select Public Holidays - From 5pm
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply

Experience more thrills and more fun at Universal Studios Singapore after the sun goes down! On select evenings, enjoy the coolest line-up of nighttime activities during Universal After Hours. For the first time ever, experience the evening incarnation of the Hollywood Dreams Parade as it transforms into the Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade. See the floats and dancers in a new light as they’re illuminated with neon lights and LED magic.

Rewild Our Planet
Now until 2 Jun 2019; 10am - 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Inspiration Gallery, Level 4
Rewild Our Planet is Singapore's first Social Augmented Reality (AR) experience, jointly brought to you by WWF, Google, Netflix, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and PHORIA. The experience connects people to nature and one another through immersive storytelling that blends cutting edge persistent AR technology with stunning content from Our Planet, a new Netflix original documentary series. It combines spectacular IMAX style projections with spatial soundscapes and AR to transport visitors to the last wilderness landscapes on Earth - from vast Arctic ice caps to the remote jungles of Borneo and coastal seas of Southeast Asia. At Rewild Our Planet, visitors can interact with the environment and each other to understand how collective action is desperately needed to restore balance and protect the Earth's vibrant and diverse natural habitats. Visit the Website for more information.

Spongebob Squarepants @ Paradigm Mall, JB
Now until 9 Jun 2019
Paradigm Mall, Johor Bahru

Heading to JB this long weekend? Be sure to pop by Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru to snap a selfie with the 11m-tall Spongebob Squarepants, certified as the biggest inflatable Cartoon Character in Malaysia! There'll be plenty of activities for kids too, including a Spongebob playground, 20 life-sized SpongeBob mega figurines, and never-seen-before merchandises for sale!

Hari Raya Light Up 2019
Now until 16 Jun 2019

Bazaar food and a gorgeous light-up? Enough said.

Ocean Fest
17 May - 30 Jun 2019
S.E.A. Aquarium
Admission charges apply

Come celebrate the S.E.A. Aquarium’s Ocean Fest: The Noisy Ocean! Learn all about the good and bad sounds of the ocean with interactive installations. Play at our audio-visual experiences, enjoy live shows and discover fascinating facts about the impact of noise on marine animals and the sea. For programme highlights. visit HERE.

Ocean Fest Exhibition and Storytelling Sessions at Tampines Regional Library, Level 2
14 - 30 May 2019; FREE
Get a glimpse of ‘The Noisy Ocean’ when you visit select public libraries for a special Ocean Fest 2019 outreach programme. Join the S.E.A. Aquarium team for storytelling sessions, craft workshops and marvel at its immersive installations as you discover the sounds of the ocean!

Pesta Ubin 2019
18 May - 30 Jun 2019
Various activities and timings
Pulau Ubin
FREE & ticketed

Pesta Ubin is Ubin Open House! This year's theme is "Support Ubin Businesses" as the organisers hope to support and preserve the unique businesses that service Ubin visitors, from bumboats and vans to the local food fare.

Many Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge. Some do NOT require registration. Simply come to Pulau Ubin and join the fun! Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest! Head HERE for the full list of activities taking place on the island.

Happening on 18 & 19 May 2019 Weekend:

12-20 May: Tua Pek Kong Festival
All are welcomed to experience this authentic village festival at Pulau Ubin! Click on the link for more videos and programme of activities.

18 May (Sat): FREE Pulau Ubin Ramble with Nature Society (Singapore)
Join Nature Society (Singapore)'s Nature Ramblers to explore this beautiful island.
Time: 8am - 1.30pm.
Meeting Point: Changi Point Ferry Terminal. 
Cost: $6 per person (for ferry ride, $3 per direction payable directly to the boatman.) 
No registration required, just turn up at the meeting point at the meet up time.

19 May (Sun): FREE Mystery Boxes with Young Nautilus
What're in the mystery boxes?! Touch and feel, learn more about our marine life with Young Nautilus! Specially for families and kids! Play a little game at our interactive booth to touch and learn more about these amazing animals, and find out the dangers that they are facing due to our actions!

22 Stories
Now until 30 Jun 2019
Friday: 5.30pm - 9.30pm | Weekends: 10am-2pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm
PeopleUp @ Pandan
$38 per pax | $140 for family of 4

22 Stories is a brand new immersive theatrical experience from ANDSOFORTH Jr., the masterminds behind hit shows such as Tales of Grimmsneyland and Wonderland. This time around, audiences are in for a big treat as they enter a sprawling, 20,000 square foot play area and explore 22 unique, Instagram-worthy experiential rooms.

Suitable for both the young and young at heart, get ready as your favourite childhood stories come to life through meetings with familiar characters and interactive art installations across four colourful, unique worlds. Promising plenty of laughs, fun and all-around wonder, satisfy your curiosity and get ready for the epic adventure of a lifetime. For tickets, visit HERE.

Now until 22 Sep 2019; 10am - 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm daily
From $15 per Adult & $11 per Child for Singapore residents

Wonderland is a playful and interactive exhibition for all ages, based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories of Alice and her adventures. Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind exhibition which follows Alice’s journey through popular culture and reveals how artists and filmmakers have portrayed Alice and her story for over a century. Visitors will step into an enchanted world that draws together a remarkable selection of over 300 artefacts and objects, including first edition books, drawings, original costumes, films, magic lantern projectors, and more. Developed by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), this immersive exhibition makes the first stop of its global tour at ArtScience Museum. Visit the Website for more information.

I-Opener by Playeum
Now until 26 Apr 2020
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
$22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

I-Opener features the aesthetic and sensory play-worlds co-created by individuals with various disabilities, and also without. It invites kids aged 1 to 12 to explore their senses through play and the arts.

As we all know, the senses - sight, touch and hearing all play an important role in a child’s discovery of the world as well as their social-emotional development. But more than that, this exhibition DIFFERS from Playeum's previous exhibitions in that instead of just introducing the art of play to kids, it allows kids to step into the world of those with special needs and experience the way how they interact, play and sense the world around them. Read my review HERE.


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