Oct 2, 2019

More than 35 Kids' Activities for Children's Day Weekend 2019 (Singapore)

Exams may be lurking round the corner  - unless your child is a PSLE student (congrats!) - but I reckon kids can afford to chill a little on CHILDREN'S DAY. After all, it's the day where kids aged 12 and below get their day of fun and trust me, there comes a time when your kids will find the activities below too childish.

So make most of the chance to bring them out this 4th to 6th October 2019 weekend and if you are fretting over where to bring them, I have done the homework for you... more than 35 options - with more than half being FREE! - to take your pick from!

Octoburst! 2019
4 - 6 Oct 2019
Various programmes and timings
FREE & Ticketed events

It's all about fun, friendship and imagination at Esplanade’s 17th edition of Octoburst! from 4 – 6 Oct 2019. There’s lots to look forward to this year with its line-up of interactive performances from around the world and workshops that encourages play and family fun.

On Children’s Day on 4 Oct, everyone is invited to join in the PIParade as everyone troops down the waterfront led by its lovable children’s mascot PIP and the boys and girls from Kinderland Marching Band and Maha Bodhi School Symphonic Band.

There are 4 ticketed shows and 35 (!!!) FREE programmes at Octoburst! 2019 so do check them out in detail HERE!

Children’s Day Specials @ ArtScience Museum
4 Oct 2019; Various Timings
ArtScience Museum
Admission charges apply

Calling all children! Celebrate on how we achieve balance between art, science, technology and creativity here at ArtScience Museum! Participate in fringe activities around our permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science. Colour in your own Koinobori bag and learn a song as you go, and explore how simple coding can be!

Play with Coding
Friday 4 Oct | 11am - 12pm
Venue: Rainbow Room, Basement 2
Tinker with the basics of coding in this exclusive programme, only available at ArtScience Museum! Check out how coding is used in our daily lives, try your hand at some basic concepts and get active testing your “codes” with your friends.
*$5 per participant, up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to book the workshops.

Colours of Koinobori
Friday 4 Oct | 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Rainbow Room, Basement 2
Koinobori are carp-shaped windsocks traditionally used in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day. Colour in your very own Koinobori and join in story-telling and sing-along session to find out more about this culturally significant fish in Japan!
*This drop-in session is complimentary to all ArtScience Museum visitors. Spaces subject to availability.

Future World Spotlight Gallery Talks
Friday 4 Oct | 3pm - 4pm
Venue: Various locations in Future World: Where Art Meets Science galleries, Basement 2
Boundaries between art and technology are becoming increasingly blurred as new grounds are broken in digital artistic expression. Discover the ideas and themes in our permanent exhibition through this series of lively spotlight talks. Join us for interactive play happening at various exhibition zones.
*Complimentary to ticket-holders of Future World: Where Art Meets Science.

Make Your Own Tote Bag
Friday 4 Oct | 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: The Sun, Basement 1
Experience silkscreen printing – from the creative use of positive and negative space, to preparing a screen, then printing on fabric with special inks. Finally, design your own custom-made tote bag by choosing your favourite print combination and colourway!
*$5 per participant, up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to book the workshops.

Monster Mashup Halloween
4 Oct 2019; 3pm - 6pm
Wheeler's Estate (2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park)
FREE (Pre-registration required)

The Finder Kids is throwing a kooky Halloween carnival, and you are invited!  Pre-register online for an afternoon filled with awesome activities such as the Monster Hunt, photo-taking, terrifyingly delicious treats, a costume contest and much more! Suitable for kids aged 2 to 12. Spaces are limited! Click here to pre-register.

Walk for Dyslexia
4 Oct 2019; 6pm - 8pm
Gardens by the Bay, Bayfront Pavilion (Flag off)

Wear red and  join us for a walk around the Gardens in support of World Dyslexia Awareness Week. The flag off will be held at Bayfront Pavilion and the walk ends at Supertree Grove Lawn where participants get to enjoy a nice evening watching our Garden Rhapsody Light & Sound Show! Purchase tickets HERE.

Make Your Mark!
4 & 5 Oct 2019; 10am - 5pm
$15 per pax, or $48 for 4

Taking place on Children's Day weekend, Playeum invites creators of all ages to come celebrate the role of mark-making and drawing in their lives! Make Your Mark brings together all who enjoy doodles, sketches and drawings, and celebrates the role it plays in our lives. On top of our current hands-on exhibition, there'll be fun art activities, workshops, roving artists and visual exhibits!

Shake and Waddle
4 Oct 2019: 6pm - 8pm
5 Oct 2019: 4pm - 6pm
Oasis Waterpark at Nee Soon East
FREE (Registration required)

A first-of-its-kind dance game! “Shake & Waddle”, is a twist to the traditional favourite, “Snake & Ladders”. You ‘Got to Move’ and complete dance challenges with your team to make it to the top of the board! Suitable for ages 5 and beyond. (no dance experience needed!)

The aim is to try to be the first team to reach the no.“100” spot. Players will be grouped into 4 teams. The leader of each team will roll the dice and on every square is a dance challenge/mission attached to it. To win each challenge, all team members must participate in this dance activity. If successful, the team gets to roll the dice again to advance on the board. The dance challenges will get more difficult as the players advance on the board. REGISTER HERE.

Children's Fiesta @ OTH 2019
4 - 6 Oct 2019
Our Tampines Hub

Our Tampines Hub is throwing a 3-Day fiesta from 4 to 6 Oct for all kids above 3 years old with non-stop play at Festive Walk East. Highlights for the event include a 20-meter Zipline, Pinata Games, Craft Workshops and free treats from Totti Candy Factory. Admission is free!

Children's Day Weekend at The Artground
4 - 6 Oct 2019; Various Timings
FREE & Ticketed
The Artground, Goodman Arts Centre

It’s the Children’s Day weekend at The Artground and it has a 3 days of programmes lined up, along with the launch of a brand new installation!

From 4th October 2019 till 22nd March 2020, enjoy The Curious Sky by Ng Fongyee, a multi-sensory arts play space inspired by elements of the weather. We often talk about the weather, but have we ever truly experienced the full spectrum of what it can bring? Come and join us to sing in the rain, dance with the rainbow, hear the thunder rumble or simply look up for the endless possibilities The Curious Sky brings you. Entry into The Artground itself is free and donations are encouraged. For a detailed listing of all activities, visit HERE.

4 - 6 Oct 2019
7pm, 7:45pm and 8:30pm
L1, ION2

As part of ION Orchard’s 10th Anniversary and in conjunction with the Autumn Winter 2019 collections, be entertained by Orchard Road’s first performances by BANDALOOP, the pioneers of vertical dance, at ION Orchard’s Level 1 outdoor ION2.

Children's Day @ Wild Wild Wet
5 Oct 2019; 2pm - 6pm
Wild Wild Wet
$20 for 4pax (min 1 child) for NTUC and eXplorerkid members

This Children's Day, have a splashing good time at Wild Wild Wet with your family at eXplorerkid's event! Enjoy fun fringe activities, take part in a catwalk contest and get to meet our dear mascots Enzo & Kayla! What's more? Tickets are priced at $20 for 4pax (min 1 child) for NTUC and eXplorerkid members. Purchase your tickets here: http://bit.ly/EKChildrensDay

Singapore Malaysia Celebrity Cup 2019
5 Oct 2019; 3pm
Jalan Besar Stadium

Boss Productions Pte Ltd is bringing the football fever back with the celebrity match between Malaysian Artiste Sports Club (MASC) VS Ex Singapore International in the shape of SINGAPORE MALAYSIA CELEBRITY CUP 2019 #SMCC2019.

MASC will compromise of actors like,Roy Azman and Harris Anuar, comedians Yassin Senario and Mamak Puteh, singers Tomok and Fiq Mentor just to name a few. For the EX Singapore International, household names like Fandi Ahmad,Razali Saad, Malek Awab, Nazri Nasir, Noh Alam Shah,Yazid Yasin and others will again put on the national jersey for this event. This event is catered for all ages as there will be entertainments, lucky draws and fun games throughout the duration of the events. For tickets, visit HERE.

5 Oct 2019; 2pm - 5pm
SAFRA Jurong
Free (SAFRA Member) | $2 (Guest)

Calling All Little Scientists! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of scientific experiments and shows that will pull your curious little ones into the fascinating world of science! Register here or visit SAFRA Jurong Customers Service Counter. Registration ends Sat, 5 Oct 2019.

Beethoven im Garten
5 Oct 2019; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Singapore’s wunderkind conductor Kahchun Wong returns with principal musicians of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra to lead the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra of his alma mater in this second Beethoven im Garten concert. Bring your picnic mats and let Wong take you on a country walk with Beethoven and experience music and nature on a high note! In addition to the concert, come and enjoy scrumptious bites and shop for plants at the Market Square in the Orchid Plaza as part of your weekend outing from 5 to 6 October 2019.

Klook Travel Festival 2019
5 & 6 Oct 2019; 11am- 9pm
Halls 401 and 402, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
FREE Admission

Breaking free from this traditional mould, Klook is pleased to launch the Klook Travel Festival, a one-of-a-kind experiential travel fair that brings together and celebrates travel, fun and community under one roof. The Klook Travel Festival will also be the first fair in Singapore to exclusively target a growing segment of Free and Independent travellers (FITs).

Held on 5 and 6 October 2019 at Suntec City Convention Centre, the event will help travellers build their perfect holiday with eight experiential travel zones, a weekend of talks featuring some of the most intrepid personalities such as Nas Daily and event-exclusive discounts. Attendees also stand a chance to win $50,000 worth of prizes. 

Supported by travel partners and brands such as Universal Studios Japan, Japan Rail (JR) West, Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO), Scoot, Shopee, GoPro, Agoda and Sephora, the event promises to be a two-day extravaganza for free and independent travellers of all ages. Entry to the Klook Travel Festival is free. Simply download the Klook app and join in the revelry by checking out with the entrance pass here.

SBG Market Square
5 & 6 Oct 2019
F&B Time: 9am to 7pm | Plant and Retail: 9am to 6pm
Orchid Plaza, Singapore Botanic Gardens
FREE Admission

Enjoy scrumptious bites and shop for plants at the Market Square in the Orchid Plaza as part of your weekend outing from 5 to 6 Oct 2019! Stay till the evening for the concerts and revel in the enchanting music!

Up Close with Sharks: Interactive installation and storytelling sessions at public libraries
Storytelling sessions: 5 & 12 Oct 2019 |12.30pm - 1pm | Sengkang Public Library, Programme Zone
Interactive Installation: 1 - 25 Oct 2019 | Marine Parade Public Library & Clementi Public Library

Ready for a hands-on learning experience about sharks? Head to our immersive interactive installations at public libraries and discover fascinating facts about these majestic animals. If you love stories, you can also join the S.E.A. Aquarium team from Resorts World Sentosa as they tell you a meaningful story about what would happen if sharks disappeared!

Reading @ The Gardens
6 Oct 2019; 8am - 1pm
Gardens by the Bay, Bayfront Plaza

In conjunction with MENDAKI's launch of Raikan Ilmu (Celebrating Knowledge) Month, Reading @ The Gardens invites families to go outside, have fun and learn. Happening at Gardens by the Bay, the event will organise a fun-filled morning with Story Telling, Zumba Phonics, Mass Reading and various activity stations to show that learning can happen anywhere and in any form. Plenty of freebies for the whole family!

Sunday Playdates
6 Oct 2019; 12pm - 5pm
Clarke Quay

Nothing to do on the weekend? Head on down to Clarke Quay on the first Sunday of every month for some quality time with your loved ones. Check out the carnival game booths and bouncy houses at the Fountain Square for the whole family. It's free for everyone to play!

Singapore International A Cappella Festival 2019
6 Oct 2019; 6pm - 8pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Celebrate the 12th Singapore International A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL! The Festival will bring the theme of nature in celebration of Singapore Botanic Gardens 160th Anniversary! The mix of local community groups and our international guests, acclaimed A Cappella group Vocaldente from Germany, promise a varied and entertaining program for everybody.

China, Lit!
Now until 6 Oct 2019
Changi Airport T3

From 6 Sep to 6 Oct 2019, catch a glimpse of modern China at Changi Airport T3 Departure Hall! Illuminate your senses at China, Lit! Exhibition and treat your kids to the larger-than-life Flavours of China Indoor Playground. What’s more, redeem a complimentary hotpot-inspired kids activity pack at participating F&B outlets! 

Simply spend a minimum of $50 (or $80 for supermarket purchases) in a single receipt to qualify for 2 play passes to Flavours of China playground. Pay by Mastercard® to qualify for an additional pass! For more details, visit HERE.

Bouncy Paradise
Now until 6 Oct 2019
1pm to 9pm (Friday) | 10am to 9pm (Saturday/Sunday) | 10am to 9pm (Children’s Day 4th Oct)
200 Pandan Gardens (PeopleUp Enrichment Hub)
$10 for unlimited play

Occupying an air-conditioned space of 20,000sqft, the playground features 20 huge bouncy castles and 1 mega ball pit for visitors. This is Singapore's largest indoor bouncy castle playground! For more details, visit HERE.

Kid's FunLand @ Parkway Parade
Now until 6 Oct 2019; 11am - 9pm
Parkway Parade

Mark a date with Kid's Funland @Parkway Parade from 30th September to 5th October 2019. Plenty of fun-filled activities for kids in 3 categories: Adventure, Talent & Movement Zone. Absolutely FREE ! Register (either pre-event or during event period), get a gamecard & collect 3 stamps at the activities station and return for a sure-win lucky spin to win fabulous gifts.

Now until 10 Oct 2019
Tues - Fri: 10am, 11am, 3pm | Sat & Sun: 10am, 11am, 3pm, 4pm
KidsSTOP™, Science Centre Singapore

Join in for a brand-new theatre experience by Singapore Repertory Theatre, where audiences roam KidsSTOP™ at Science Centre Singapore, to be immersed in unforgettable STEM learning experience.

Madame Curie, the KidsSTOP™ Cat, has been 'catnapped' by the grouchy inventor Dr FeelBad, whose mission is to make everyone feel bad, always. Recruited by the familiar KidsSTOP™ mascots, Jo and Win, join the adventure, spurred on by Madame Curie’s advice to "Always question. Always wonder”. Venturing by rocket, train and even dinosaur, they set on a rescue mission to bring Madame Curie home and get to the bottom of why Dr FeelBad feels so bad.

Audiences are immersed in this performance by wearing headsets as they walk about from scene to scene guided by actors. Experience a story that helps children (and adults) understand emotions. For tickets, visit HERE.

Family Lounge presented by PLAYSTATION
Now until 13 Oct 2019
ST3PS, Changi Airport T3

Come immerse yourself into Singapore’s very first Family Lounge presented by PlayStation®. Be amongst the first in Singapore to try your hand at the Marvel's Iron Man VR Game before its official release! There will be movie screenings, Saturday performances and fitness activities for the whole family. Vist HERE for schedule.

Island Jamboree @ Sentosa
Now until 20 Oct 2019; 10am - 10pm
Sentosa, Merlion Plaza

Sentosa turns 47 this September, and it's throwing a big birthday bash! From 1 Sep - 20 Oct, Merlion Plaza and Merlion Walk are transforming into a mini carnival complete with arcade game booths where you can win limited edition Sentosa merchandise, interactive photo points and roving musicians. Also, don’t forget to catch a very special edition of Merlion Magic Lights! Visit HERE for more information.

SNCF Bicentennial Pop-art Event: Coming Together As One Through Art
Now until 28 Oct 2019; 3pm - 9pm
Plaza Singapura, Outdoor Front Plaza

Themed Better Together, let us take you on a journey through the Singapore Co-operative Movement from the 1900s to present. Be sure to experience fun and interactive installations while learning about the impact people can create when they band together towards a common goal.

The Dessert Museum
4 - 27 Oct
Sun - Thu , 10am to 10pm | Fri & Sat , 10am to 2am
Plaza Singapura, Main Atrium, Level 1 

Feast your eyes and get your taste buds ready for this dreamy wonderland of five insta-worthy dessert themed room at the 1st Dessert Museum in Singapore! Min. spend of $45 in a single receipt for a pair of entry tickets. Free entry for children below 3 years old.

Rhododendron Radience
Now until 28 Oct 2019; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply

Showcased for the first time in a floral display at Gardens by the Bay, rhododendrons are among the showiest flowering shrubs admired for their big, beautiful and bright blooms. Amidst this lush and vibrant landscape filled with over 80 varieties of rhododendrons in white, yellow, orange and red, spot the Gardens' adorable bear mascots soaking up the great outdoors. From camping and fishing to zip-lining and hot air ballooning, join in the adventure as you explore this colourful display.

Halloween Fun For Everyone
Now until 31 Oct 2019
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply

This September and October, enjoy family-friendly Halloween fun at Universal Studios Singapore. Join Illumination’s Minion Monsters in a mini-parade with goodies at Minion Monsters Tricky Treats, watch a musical-filled show of friendship and kindness in Trick or Treat with Sesame Street, or take part in interactive games at the all-new Halloween Carnival. For more details, visit HERE.

Fight the Deadliest Monster
Now until 31 Oct 2019
Singapore Zoo & Jurong Bird Park
Admission charges apply

This October, kids enter Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo for free with every full paying adult*! Join in the fight against the deadliest monster, plastic! Over a million animals are killed each year when they mistake plastic waste for food or get entangled in plastic debris. Plastic waste in our environment never breaks down and never goes away. Witness the extent of plastic build up in aquatic habitats through the interactive Shore Debris Table and learn how binning trash right will keep plastic waste out of wild habitats. For full details on activities, visit HERE.

*Applicable for local residents only. Free admission for one child (Ages 3 – 12 years old) with each full paying adult admission.

Now until 31 Oct 2019
River Safari
Admission charges apply

Join in for a glowing fun party as the Mermicornos and River Safari's river friends celebrate the discovery of the hidden river gem. Complete the River Gem Trail to take home limited-edition tokidoki x River Safari pins. Plus, have fun in exciting Ha-Glow-een games and crafts! For more details, visit HERE.

Halloween Brick-or-Treat
Now until 3 Nov 2019
Mon - Thur: 4pm - 6pm | Fri, Sat & Sun: 3.30pm - 6pm
Admission charges apply

Time to step it up ghost hunters! Miniland is overrun with ghosts. Use the LEGO® Hidden Side app to find and catch them! Looking to show off your spooky side? Awesome kids, dress up in your best Halloween costume & get FREE ENTRY to the park throughout the event period. Best costume participant stands a chance to win EXCLUSIVE LEGO® Hidden Side set! For more details in activities, 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.

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience
Now until 31 Dec 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.

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

As part of Singapore’s Bicentennial, LKCNHM reflects upon 200 significant natural history events in the island’s past. These interweaving, and sometimes quirky, threads of animals, plants, events, places and people have played an important role in shaping the country’s natural heritage. For more information, visit HERE.

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