Jul 5, 2019

30 Activities to keep the kids busy this Youth Day Long Weekend 2019

The lucky kids enjoy a long weekend this coming 6/7 July weekend, thanks to the Youth Day school holiday on 8 July. And there are plenty of places and activities to bring them to this weekend... even if parents don't get an extra day of rest. 😪

Late Night Rewards at Jewel
Now until 9 Jul 2019
Jewel Changi Airport

Want to visit the Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport for FREE? You can, from now until 9 July 2019! There's a catch though - you have to spend $10 between 11pm and 2am and you’ll receive 2 Canopy Park tickets (worth $10). Head on over to the Level 5 Jewel Concierge with your receipt (min. spend $10) and receive a pair of Canopy Park tickets. Perfect if you have kids who are night owls! Head to HERE for participating outlets information.

Rock Guardians of the Sea 守护海洋的神岛
Now until 14 Jul 2019
9 Jul & 10 Jul 2019, Tues & Wed : 8pm | Thu - Sun : 2.30pm & 8pm
Drama Centre Black Box

This July, The Fool Theatre 愚者剧场 presents Rock Guardians of the Sea - a brand new Chinese musical based on the legends of Pulau Ubin! See through the eyes of an ordinary school student Wang Cai - a boy who sees history and heritage as homework and grades. His attitude takes a sharp turn after he is warped into the mythical landscape where he comes face to face to the legendary characters he read in books. Perfect for school-going kids, the musical will open their eyes (and ears) to the significance of Pulau Ubin’s forgotten stories and our modern connections to local history and heritage. And yes, it comes with English surtitles. Visit HERE for tickets.

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
Now until 18 Aug 2019
Tues - Fri: 4.30pm, 8pm | Sat: 4.30pm, 8pm | Sun: 1.30pm, 5pm
Under the Big Top, Bayfront Ave, Beside Marina Bay Sands
From $95

Cirque du Soleil comes to Singapore with its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities. Kurios celebrates the greatest inventions of the 19th century, as audience members are transported into the Curio Cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimensions in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible become invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is turned upside down. For tickets, visit HERE.

Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre
5 - 7 & 12 - 14 Jul 2019
Fort Canning Green

An enchanting escapade awaits you as Singapore Dance Theatre brings to you two weekends of extraordinary works at the 24th edition of Ballet Under the Stars! A phenomenal line-up specially put together for true-blue ballet lovers to enthusiastic dance novices, this is an event for everyone, of all ages. Spread out your picnic mats, pack along your picnic baskets, and join us in the lush greenery of Fort Canning. For tickets, visit HERE.

5 – 7 July
The first weekend will stage three remarkable contemporary works that have been raved as Audience’s Favourites - the breathtaking and awe-inspiring Evening Voices by Timothy Rushton, Linea Adora, which was specially created by Timothy Harbour for SDT’s 30th Anniversary, as well as SYNC by Nils Christe, which received Best Premiere of 2018 by Dance Europe Critic's Choice.

12 - 14 July
The second weekend brings to stage the highlights of some of the world’s most famous classical ballets including Giselle’s hauntingly beautiful Act II, Swan Lake divertissements, as well as The Nutcracker Act II.

Singapore Youth Festival 2019 - Indoor Drama Showcase
5 - 7 Jul 2019
5 Jul - Contemporary Puppetry: 5.30pm & 6.30pm 
6 Jul - Traditional Puppetry: 5.30pm & 6.30pm
7 Jul - Chinese Music Ensemble & Chinese Opera: 5pm
Esplanade Concourse

The Esplanade Concourse will host a range of performances featuring unique dramatic forms like puppetry and Chinese Opera, performed by schools across Singapore. On 5 July, Catholic High School’s Chinese Drama programme students collaborate with students from Woodgrove Secondary School’s English Drama programme to present a contemporary puppetry performance, mentored by theatre director, playwright and actor Mr. Oliver Chong.

Also look forward to another collaborative piece between Drama students from Damai Secondary School and Tampines Secondary School on 6 July, as they present a traditional puppetry performance, mentored by theatre director and playwright Mr. Benjamin Ho. Last but not least, witness a dramatic storytelling of excerpts from Lady White Snake by the adorable students from Poi Ching School’s Chinese Opera group on 7 July.

Singapore Youth Festival 2019 - Indoor Music Showcase
5 - 7 Jul 2019
5 Jul - Harmonica Ensemble: 7.30pm & 8.30pm
6 Jul - Angklung Ensemble: 4.30pm | Choir: 7.30pm & 8.30pm
7 Jul - Chinese Music Ensemble: 4pm | Acapella Music: 6pm & 7pm
Esplanade Concourse

Enjoy delightful musical performances at the Esplanade Concourse featuring a variety of works for the Harmonica Ensemble on 5 July. On 6 July, look out for a special guest appearance by the Angklung Ensemble from Senior High School 28 Jakarta, Indonesia, and revel in the variety of choral works that will be featured. Come immerse yourself in an evening of relaxing music by students from primary and secondary school Chinese Music Ensemble on 7 July. The programmes at the Concourse will close with a collaborative performance between secondary schools and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central’s That Acapella Group (also known as T.A.G.). Look forward to familiar hits such as It’s My Life by Bon Jovi and Angel by Sarah McLachlan.

Pokémon Parade @ Jewel Changi Airport
6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 Jul 2019
2pm & 6pm
Rain Vortex, Jewel Changi Airport

For the month of July only, Pikachu and friends will be dancing their way in a Pokémon Parade that will be held every weekend, twice a day, at 2pm and 6pm. The parade will see eight Pikachus, one Eevee and one Mimikyu sashaying against the iconic backdrop of the Rain Vortex. Each performance will last approximately 30 minutes and begin from the west corridor of Shiseido Forest Valley on level 1 before proceeding to the North Canyon where the characters will perform a four-minute dance.

SMU Symphonia - Photosymphony
6 Jul 2019; 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Photosymphony is a play on the words photosynthesis and symphony. Just like how photosynthesis is the process in hardness the most important source of energy from the sun, ensuring the growth of plants and trees, music plays a similar role in human lives. In that spirit, SMU Symphonia will present familiar songs, ranging from childhood favourites like Beauty and the Beast to modern tunes of the animated movie Your Name to celebrate music and its significance in our daily lives.

The Youth Station Project: Top 15 Live in Concert!
6 Jul 2019
7.30pm & 8.45pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

The Youth Station Project is an SYF Celebrations platform dedicated to showcasing students’ original creative work in art and music. These original songs showcase the diversity of expressions, creativity and imagination of the students. The top 15 student-songwriters were provided with opportunities to develop their interest and skills in songwriting, music production and performing, through mentorships with established professional musicians, culminating in a live concert on 6 July at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

SBG Market Square
6 & 7 Jul 2019; 9am - 7pm
Orchid Plaza, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Enjoy scrumptious bites and shop for plants at the Market Square in the Orchid Plaza as part of your weekend outing from 6 to 7 July 2019! Stay till the evening for our concerts and revel in the enchanting music!

Children Drama  - "The Prince and Pauper" in Mandarin 
6 Jul 2019: 7.30pm | 7 Jul 2019: 3.30pm
Drama Centre Theatre

Due to an accidental coincidence, Prince Edward and Tom Canty, who looked like each
other, exchanged clothes, which led to the reversal of fate. Living on assumed positions, the two teenagers learned a lot during this period. Prince Edward deeply understood the hardships of the people, and Tom also experienced the hardships of ruling a country. However, Prince Edward and Tom's identity change was discovered by the evil Count. The Count wanted Tom to become King so that he can rule the country through Tom. The Count threatened Tom with the life of Tom's friend. Visit HERE for tickets.

Archaeologist programme @ Fort Canning Park
6 & 7 Jul 2019; 10.30am - 4.30pm
ASEAN Sculpture Garden, at the pavilion, Fort Canning Park

Ever wanted to meet an archaeologist? Come down to Fort Canning Park to learn about the work of an archaeologist, and the excavations done in Singapore, from an archaeologist himself. Witness a small archaeological test dig and find out about the other historic findings made on Fort Canning Hill. The session will be held by Mr Lim Chen Sian, an Associate Fellow at the Archaeology Unit of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. No registration is required – participation is free and on a walk-in basis.

Celebrating Our Community Spirit at Downtown East
7 Jul 2019; 12pm - 9pm
Downtown East

Visit HERE for more information on activities.

Chisholm College Bands
7 Jul 2019; 5.30pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Join in for an enthralling evening with the Chisholm Concert Band and Showband’s performance at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. The bands will be bringing you a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to funk that will leave you tapping and grooving to the beat amidst the lush greenery! Bring along your family and friends and get ready to groove in the evening!

Popular Show 2019
Now until 7 Jul 2019; 11am - 9pm
Marina Bay Sands, B2 Expo Hall D & E

In conjunction with POPULAR's 95th Anniversary celebrations, the POPULAR Show  is the only Stationery & IT Show in Singapore and will also feature lifestyle offerings such as an exclusive "Local Delights" section showcasing the best local food and iconic Singapore food products. The local flavours at the show is further enhanced with uniquely Singaporean activities great for the whole family. Expect all things Singaporean at the POPULAR Show! Vist HERE for more information.

Spider-Man @ Changi Airport
Now until 14 Jul 2019
Changi Airport T3

From 31 May to 14 July 2019, experience Europe with Spider-Man as he takes you to Venice, London and Prague. Channel your inner Spider-Man energy at the fun adventure playground and meet your favourite hero up close! What’s more, be amongst the first to watch the movie. Redeem Spider-Man Far From Home movie tickets and exclusive Spider-Man themed premiums when you shop & dine at Changi Airport Terminals 1 to 4!

Location: Terminal 3, Departure Hall Level 2 (opposite Check-in Row 11)
Jump in and unleash your inner Spider-Man as you conquer stepping stones, suspension bridges, spider-webs in this fun adventure playground. Strike your coolest Spider-Man pose while making your way through the zip-line! All redemption for activity slots must be made through this link : https://playpass.changiairport.com

Rose Romance Floral Display
Now until 14 Jul 2019
9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply

Stop and smell the roses as you take a stroll through a romantic European garden setting adorned with over 40 varieties of roses in myriad hues of red, pink, orange, yellow and white. These are not your garden variety roses, but a spectacular medley of classic, unique and whimsical ones rarely seen in this part of the world. There is Roald Dahl, which was named for the English author and is peach-coloured like the fruit in his well-loved novel “James and the Giant Peach”; Rosa Mundi, which was first introduced in 1200 and is said to be named after the beautiful mistress of the then King of England Henry II; and Boufarick, which traces its origins to Algeria and is cultivated for its damask fragrance, the scent most often associated with roses. These lovely blooms trail down from trellises and arches, flourish amidst magnificent ruins reminiscent of castles of long ago, and surround a tower where Juliet on her balcony is wooed by Romeo in the courtyard below.

Read! Fest 2019
Now until 28 Jul 2019
Various programmes and timings

Read! Fest 2019’s theme of Voyage sails in tandem with the Bicentennial commemoration in Singapore – rediscovering the past with fresh perspectives while also looking to the future. This year, it features 130 programmes curated to topics revolving around Singlit past and present, the Singapore story retold, future narratives, and new thinking in a new world. Download the Read! Fest 2019 Programme Booklet for more information.

Gateway Arts Festival
6 - 28 Jul 2019
Various events
Gateway Theatre
FREE & Ticketed programmes

In celebration of Gateway Theatre’s second anniversary, it has lined up a series of entertaining performances and engaging programmes for the family in the first ever Gateway Arts Festival! The festival will fill Gateway Theatre with children’s programmes over the month of July, with Shows, Workshops, and a Carnival! Join in the festivities and be filled with the wonder of the arts!

The Carnival
6 & 7 July | 10am – 4pm | Sky Garden, Gateway Theatre | FREE
Have fun on the bouncy castle, play games, and try your hand at juggling! There’ll also be balloon-sculpting, face-painting, food and more!

6 & 7 July | 11am (30min) | Black Box | $10
Woolie and Goolie appear with a Magic Bag of stories. When they reach into the bag and say the magic words “gedebak-gedebuk-tingtong” ordinary household items turn into extraordinary tools and puppets! Come hear their many stories.

PAssionArts Festival 2019
6 Jul - 25 Aug 2019
Various timings & locations

The nationwide PAssionArts Festival returns this year from 6 July to 25 August 2019. As part of a special-edition national-level art initiative presented by PAssionArts this year, some 200 “gardens” will pop up around the island at open spaces in residential estates from July till September! These 200 “Garden of HeARTs”, located at community locations, will bloom with 4,000 multi-coloured big, medium, and small hearts hand-painted by residents and young families, capturing their hopes and dreams.

This year, the festival presents different thematic experiences for people to enjoy and interact with arts such as a 'starry starry night experience' at "Carousel of Time" taking place at Jurong Lake Gardens on Saturday, 27 July 2019. Families can join in the canvas painting and art jamming session with a scenic view of Singapore’s newest national gardens in the heartlands! Over at "Whimsical Arts Wonderland" happening on Saturday, 10 August 2019, festival go-ers can look forward to Boat Ki - a large-scale installation of a Chinese junk, built and painted by the artist and 200 volunteers. The installation is inspired by the bustling trade history that used to take place in Boat Quay.

For the full event schedule, download the programme booklet HERE.


Woodgrove PAssionARTS Village @ Si Ling Primary School Open House 2019
6 Jul 2019 | 2pm - 4pm | Siling Primary School

Limbang PAssionArts Festival 2019
6 Jul 2019 | 7pm - 9.30pm | Limbang Shopping Centre

West Coast PAssionArts Festival Village 2019
7 Jul 2019 | 9am - 12pm | West Coast CC

Vibrant Arts for All
7 Jul 2019 | 5pm - 9pm | Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, River Plains, Ficus Green

Now until 31 Aug 2019
11am - 10pm
Marina Foyer (area along McDonald's till Desigual), Marina Square

Photo opportunities galore! Specially created photo stations will put visitors in enviably fun scenarios. Strike a pose among the clouds with unicorns and rainbows, get behind mermaid icons in an underwater scene, transform yourself into a popular poo emoji™, and climb aboard oversized floats in a fun-filled ball pit. There will also be 15 life-sized 3D emoji™ in the world’s favourite expressions and a full-size know-your-emoji™ panel that’ll help you put a name to your favourite icons. Without doubt, it’s a full immersion into an emoji™ world IRL!

Now until 31 Aug 2019
Science Centre, The Annexe
$18/ adult, $15/ child, $52/ family

Discover how different fields of science work together in a real-life dinosaur expedition at Science Centre Singapore’s latest exhibition, DinoQuest. Also, find out more about the science of palaeontology and the process of fossilisation.

Curated by world-renowned palaeontologist Emerita Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich, DinoQuest spans across seven thematic zones that promise a multi-sensory experience like no other. An ambitious gamification creation that blends the latest multimedia technology, from holographic mapping to augmented and virtual reality environments, with dramatic fossil displays and ancient backdrops, be transported into a long extinct world. Embark on the quest to find out if you have what it takes to be a Palaeontologist extraordinaire! For more details, visit HERE.

Circle of Life Festival
1 Jun - 31 Aug 2019
Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
Admission charges apply

Hakuna Matata. It’s time to put your worries away and join us for a fun-filled day! Welcome to the Circle of Life Festival. This day-to-night wildlife experience promises to take you on an extra wild adventure to explore what shines in the light and what lurks in the dark. Meet the real animals seen in all new Disney's The Lion King like Mufasa, Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, the laughing hyenas and other favourite characters from Pride lands. For more details on Singapore Zoo's and Night Safari's activities, visit HERE.

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience
Now until 15 Sep 2019
Time Traveller: Monday: 0830 – 1730 | Tuesday – Sunday: 0830 – 2200
Pathfinder: Monday – Sunday: 0830 – 2230
Echoes: Tuesday – Sunday: 1900 – 2230
Fort Canning Centre (5 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179620)

As the centrepiece event of the Singapore Bicentennial, this multimedia sensory experience brings you back in time to witness key moments in Singapore’s transformation from as far back as 1299. It comprises of two parts - Time Traveller and Pathfinder. The first is an indoor cinematic, immersive journey which requires pre-booking of time slots while the latter is an outdoor exploratory trail featuring eight interactive pavilions and installations with no pre-registration required. Read more about my experience 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.

Floating Utopias
Now until 29 Sep 2019
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
From $15 per Adult & $11 per Child for Singapore residents

Floating Utopias is a playful and poetic exhibition that explores the social history of inflatable objects, showing how, over the decades, they have been used in art, architecture and activism. Floating Utopias reveals the impact inflatables continue to have on our collective imagination. The exhibition juxtaposes historical and contemporary works, featuring over 40 artworks by international and local artists, as well as hands-on workshops and interventions in urban space.

Inflatables invite us to be playful and to reclaim public space; they help to forge communities and promote participation. Their disruptive, ephemeral presence challenges power structures, by reminding us that after all, everything is temporary. For more information, visit HERE.

Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder
Now until 29 Dec 2019
Sat–Thu: 10am–7pm | Fri: 10am–9pm
National Gallery Singapore
Free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs). Ticket prices start at $20 for others

Back for the second edition, the Children’s Biennale has opened at the National Gallery Singapore from now and will run all the way until 29 December 2019. This year’s exhibition is themed ‘Embracing Wonder’ and invites kids all all ages to experience a new dimension of creativity and open themselves up to wondrous surprises. Through 11 imaginative artwork installations, kids can embrace a fantastic, magical world by composing their own tunes, braiding giant tresses, wandering beneath massive lanterns, popping into a dome, and more. And the best part? It is all FREE for for Singaporeans and PRs! Read more about our experience HERE.

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.

200: A Natural History
4 Jun 2019 - Jun 2020
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Admission charges apply

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum's Bicentennial exhibition, ‘200: A Natural History’ will showcase more than two centuries of Singapore’s natural history.

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