Oct 21, 2019

35 Activities for Kids during the Deepavali long weekend 2019 Singapore

For most kids, this coming Deepavali long weekend will mark the end of the exams! (Not for mine though 😥)

What's for certain is that the 3-day break will definitely be welcomed by all. So just how can you keep the kids occupied during the long weekend? Check out these 35 kid-friendly activities to enjoy together as a family, of which more than half are FREE!

Deepavali Celebrations 2019
Now until 10 Nov 2019
7pm to Midnight
Serangoon Road & Race Course Road

Little India’s extravagant biannual event is back this year with a whole new twist catch elements of drama, dance and vehicle convoy, commemorating Singapore’s bicentennial year. Race Course Road comes alive showcasing the history of Little India in the parade and there will be launch of the Street Light Up.

The Gingerbread Man
From 23 Oct 2019
Weekdays: 10am | Weekends & Public Holidays: 11am & 2pm
KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT
$26, $29

This new original play from SRT’s The Little Company is a reimagining of the classic tale, The Gingerbread Man - an uplifting story about the value of teamwork and friendship, set to a rousing, rock score.

Ginger is a giant cookie who can walk, talk and most importantly, he loves to run, run, run as fast as he can! Teamwork is especially important on the farm where Ginger lives, but Ginger would rather do things on his own. Ginger ends up making a terrible mess and breaking his mother, Anya's most prized possession; the oven. Ginger is taken under the influence of Sly Fox, who lures him away from the farm with a promise of an exciting local race in which the first prize is a brand new oven. Of course, Sly Fox's real aim is to gobble Ginger up as soon as he can get Ginger back to the fox den. Anya and the farm animals realise Ginger is in danger and come to his rescue, but Ginger must learn how to work as a team in order to defeat the fox. For tickets, visit HERE.

SpookyTown 2: The Masquerade Hunt
25, 26, 27 Oct, 1, 2, 8 & 9 Nov 2019
6:30pm – 10pm
KidZania Singapore
$43 per person

SpookyTown returns for its annual Masquerade Ball and exciting activities are in store for the whole family this Halloween! Following the mysterious events that happened at SpookyTown: The Lost Carnival last year, look forward to a night of family-friendly adventure as you search for clues and embark on The Masquerade Hunt to locate the town’s missing Mayor Fabiola! For tickets, visit HERE.

Bazaar In the Garden @ Jurong Lake Gardens
26 Oct 2019; 9am - 5pm
Jurong Lake Gardens, Garden House

Head to the first-ever gardening and lifestyle market in Jurong Lake Gardens! Double the scale this month, be sure to check out the food stalls, plant retailers and local businesses! There will also be fun craft activities suitable for children of all ages. Gardening enthusiasts, you can sign up for our various workshops to learn skills and techniques from our experienced speakers.

PAssionWaVe x TGIF Bazaars Pop-Up Festival
26 Oct 2019; 10am - 4pm
Passion Wave at Marina Bay (11 Rhu Cross)

Enjoy the scenic Marina Bay skyline at PAssion WaVe @ Marina Bay as you shop for fresh produce and support local artisan products. Don't miss the free water try-outs from 2pm to 5pm!

Saturdays @ ACM
26 Oct 2019; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum

Welcome Deepavali this year with your very own candle holder to light up your home. Discover the triumphant story of good versus evil in Hindu mythology, and why lamps are lit during Deepavali during an interactive drama performance.

The Grandstand's October Playdate
26 Oct 2019; 9am - 1pm
The Grandstand

The Grandstand brings you the opportunity to bond with your little ones while trying out new enrichment activities at the October Playdate!  Come on down to The Grandstand on 26 Oct (Sat) for a morning of fun craft, robotics classes & much more.

NParks Parks Festival 2019
26 Oct 2019: 11am to 10.30pm
27 Oct 2019: 8.30am to 12pm
Esplanade Park, Empress Lawn and Queen Elizabeth Walk

Parks Festival is back for its fourth edition at Esplanade Park, Empress Lawn and Queen Elizabeth Walk from Sat, 26 Oct (11am to 10.30pm) to Sun, 27 Oct (8.30am to 12pm). Get active with a range of activities such as the Imagination Playground by ActiveSG, Piloxing and KpopX Fitness by ActiveGroove, and LTA’s Move Happy Cycling Festival. Kids can also have a ball of a time at the outdoor ball pit and inflatable play area! For more details on activities, visit HERE.

NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra®
26 Oct 2019
7pm - 10.30pm
Empress Place, Empress Lawn

Hosted by Justin Misson and featuring local acts Enigma, Jive Talkin', SuperSonic, The Common People and The Jukuleles, get ready to party the night away to hits from the 00s' by Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, One Republic, Pitbull and many more artistes!

Singapore Polytechnic Presents- Pop Legends
26 Oct 2019; 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Music is a universal language that transcends boundaries. This year, the Singapore Polytechnic Symphonic Band pays homage to music history and relive the jazzy 30s, disco 60s, rocking 80s and popping 21st century. Bring your family and friends, your dancing shoes and your picnic baskets and join us for a wonderful time!

A Singapore Botanic Gardens Movie: "Marnie’s World”
26 Oct 2019; 7.30pm - 9pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Garden

Free movie event under the stars! As part of the 23rd German Film Festival and in partnership with Goethe-Institut Singapore and the Embassy of Belgium in Singapore, NParks is happy to present a Singapore premiere! Pack a picnic basket and bring your friends and family to enjoy a movie screening of “Marnie’s World” (English audio with no subtitles).

Halloween Spooktacular @ Sentosa Cove
26 Oct 2019; 6pm - 9pm
ONEº15 Marina, Sentosa Cove Central Precinct and Quayside Isle

Join in the spooky fun at this Halloween event to mark fright night with a series of fun Halloween activities. Don’t forget to dress your kids in their scariest and most impressive Halloween costumes!

ACM After Dark: Tales from Beyond
26 Oct 2019; 7pm - 11pm
Asian Civilisations Museum

Inspired by the famous 18th-century Chinese book Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, ACM has created a fantastical world full of creatures in this one-night-only Halloween special. Get spooked by chilling performances and paranormal panellist talks. Or go on its first-ever, adults-only immersive experiential storytelling in the dark. Make your own wicked awesome souvenir or try special ACM After Dark customised ice cream and tea flavours by Butterknife Folk and Antea Social. You might just find your new favourite haunting ground. For programme details, visit HERE.

NMS: Nightfall - An Interactive Experience for Youth
26 Oct 2019; 7.30pm – Midnight
Basement Level, National Museum of Singapore

Created for youth, by youth, NMS: Nightfall is an interactive experience that will reshape the way you experience history at the National Museum. Head to the National Museum’s first ever after-hours youth event, organised by our inaugural Youth Panel! Enjoy a night at the museum as you embark on a thrilling journey through our latest exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819, collecting clues and completing tasks to win prizes. Or chill out at our marketplace with light bites, good music, and some late-night shopping! Visit HERE for more information.

Admission is free with limited capacity; registration on Peatix secures your entry and entitles you to a door gift when you drop in between 7.30pm and 11pm (while stocks last)!

26 & 27 Oct 2019; 2pm & 5pm
Eastpoint Mall

Beloved Cartoon Network characters Ben10 and the effervescent Powerpuff Girls are making their way down to Eastpoint Mall to meet all of their fans. The human boy with the coveted Omnitrix watch-like device, Ben10, will be there on 26 October while the superpowered trio Powerpuff Girls will be taking centrestage on 27 October. Sessions are at 2pm and 5pm on both days.

Disney: Magic of Animation
26 Oct 2019 - 29 Mar 2020
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Local Adult $15 | Local Concession $11 | Local 2A & 2C $41
Adult $18 | Concession $15 | Local 2A & 2C $50

Fall in love again with your favourite films and stories from Walt Disney Animation Studios! From Mickey Mouse to Anna and Elsa, uncover the magic behind almost a century of artistry and technological innovations that has brought to life our most beloved animated characters. Disney: Magic of Animation at ArtScience Museum also debuts original artworks from the highly anticipated Frozen 2, which will be on display before the release of the animated film in Singapore.

In keeping with ArtScience Museum’s ethos of presenting captivating interactive exhibitions, the show also includes projections, audio-visual displays and alluring exhibits that transport visitors into the world of Disney’s films using hands-on educational activities. Go behind-the-scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and delve into a world of art and technology developed by the talented artists and production teams behind the films. For more information and tickets, visit HERE.

Weekends at The Artground
26 & 27 Oct 2019
The Artground
FREE Admission

From now until 22 Mar 2020, on display is The Curious Sky by Ng Fongyee, a multi-sensory arts space inspired by elements of the weather. Come and join in 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 details on programmes for 26 & 27 Oct 2019, visit HERE.

Deepavali Open House 2019
26 & 27 Oct 2019
26 Oct: 10am - 6pm | 27 Oct: 11am - 3pm
Indian Heritage Centre

This Deepavali, feel right at home as you celebrate the Festival of Lights with us at Indian Heritage Centre!

Pororo's Mini Monster Bash
26 & 27 Oct 2019
10.30am onwards
Pororo Park Singapore
Babies under 1: Free (Adults $6) | Toddlers under 2: $24.50 | Children aged 2 - 12: $29.90 | Accompanying Adults: $6

Pororo Park Singapore is having a party and you're in for a scare! It's a Mini Monster Bash so dress up if you dare! What a great time to become the monster in your closet! Pororo & Friends is bringing Halloween town  for a ghoulish adventure so crawl on over to enjoy great fun. Visit HERE for more information.

Istana Open House
27 Oct 2019; 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. 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.

Singapore Really Really Free Market
27 Oct 2019; 8am - 12pm
Amoy Street carpark, next to Thian Hock Keng Temple

The Really Really Free Market is a temporary market based on the concept of giving and building a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Everything is free! Come share your stuff (books, cds, toys, food, etc) or skills (tarot card reading, hair cutting, poetry writing, singing, etc) by giving them to others who need them!

ASEAN-Russia Youth Orchestra
27 Oct 2019; 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Join us in this exciting month as the ASEAN-Russia Youth Orchestra will be making their first appearance in Singapore! The stage will be filled with young talented musicians from all ASEAN countries and Russia, to bring forth a unique cultural performance at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Under the direction of two experienced conductors from both Singapore and Russia, the Orchestra will play the classical masterpieces by renown composers such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossinin, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. Additionally, the concert will be featuring Russian sopranos Irina Vashchenko and Anastasia Belukova and a folk group “Lubo-Milo” from Russia.

Youths Celebrate! 2019 
Now until 27 Oct 2019; 4pm - 11pm
Supertree Grove, Bayfront Plaza & Colonnade
FREE, unless otherwise stated

Watch Supertree Grove transform into an enchanting neon jungle at this year’s youth festival, Youths Celebrate! Snap pictures of neon light installations and enjoy a host of exciting programmes from movie screenings and performances to upcycling workshops. Don’t forget to drop by the neon night market for interesting offerings, and the fun zone where you get to experience games and activities amidst vivid neon lights. Visit HERE for more details.

The Dessert Museum
Now until 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.

Deepavali 2019 @ Gardens by the Bay
Now until 28 Oct 2019
Colonnade (Supertree Grove)

Gardens by the Bay celebrates Deepavali this year with a mix of tradition and experimentation at the Colonnade from 14 - 28 October 2019. Enjoy a series of informative and fun activities in conjunction with the exhibition on Indian Traditions in Singapore, and Rangoli art reimagined with reused bottles!
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.

The Bubble Tea Factory
From now until 18 Dec 2019
Weekdays - 4pm to 10pm | Weekends - 10am to 10pm
*SCAPE (2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978)
$24 on weekdays | $28 on weekends/PH/eve of PH

The first of its kind in Singapore, The Bubble Tea Factory (TBTF) is an immersive, multi-sensory journey that takes you through an enchanting world of bubble tea. Spanning across more than 10 playful, visually spectacular installations, you will be treated to an experience like no other! Read my review 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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