Jan 20, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020 in Singapore: 32 Activities for Kids over the CNY Long Weekend

The Chinese New Year long weekend is upon us and as usual, there are plenty of fun kid-friendly CNY events in Singapore! From the annual Chinatown light-up, to carnivals and fireworks, to open houses at the museums, take your pick from the many activities happening during this weekend... and the next too.

Oh and in case you didn't know, 28 Jan is a SCHOOL HOLIDAY which means the kids get a 4-day break! Those lucky buggers.

So get the kiddos decked out in their new clothes and join in the CNY fun.. because with this list, it's gonna be a
鼠-per CNY(Sorry, couldn't resist making at lease one rat pun in the Year of the Rat 😂)

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020
Now until 22 Feb 2020

Street Light-Up
Date: Now until 22 February 2020
Time: 7.00pm – 12.00mn (Daily)
7.00pm – 6.00am (Chinese New Year Eve)
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Festive Street Bazaar
Date : Now until 24 January 2020
Time : 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue : Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

Nightly Stage Shows
Date : Now until 24 January 2020
Time : 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue : Kreta Ayer Square

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Date: 24 January 2020
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Chingay 2020 @ Chinatown
Date: 2 February 2020
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: 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 nine (9) beautifully decorated and lighted float.

Dahlia Dreams
Now until 23 Feb 2020; 9am - 9pm
Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
Admission charges apply

Get caught up in the tale of the heavenly race and feast your eyes on Dahlia Dreams – The Heavenly Race, the first-ever collaboration with Beijing Florascape Co., Ltd. in Southeast Asia. Gracing the Flower Field with their famed Mosaiculture, the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures with the use of bedding plants to carpet metal frames, the display also features an abundance of more than 70 Dahlia cultivars, and other festive plants commonly associated with the season such as Narcissus, Azalea and Celosia.

Usher in good luck this Chinese New Year with a spectacular Fu medallion at the entrance of Flower Dome. Then stroll past a landscape akin to a Chinese painting, dotted with peach blossoms, red-crowned cranes and a pavilion. Finally, make a grand entrance through the magnificent archway placed front and centre, and catch up with the rat, the first to reach the Jade Emperor by outwitting the other 11 zodiac animals.

River Hongbao 2020
23 Jan - 1 Feb 2020; 2pm - 11pm daily (Extended till 1am on CNY Eve)
The Float @ Marina Bay
FREE Admission

Fireworks Spectacular! With a Local Twist
Fireworks Spectacular! With a Local Twist is a series of magnificent fireworks choreographed by local fireworks artist set to send the echoes of celebration across Singapore's most iconic Marina Bay skyline.

Daily Fireworks Timing:
23 Jan: 9.00pm
24 Jan: 12:00am
25-28 Jan: 9.00pm
29 & 30 Jan: 10.00pm
31 Jan & 1 Feb: 9.30pm

Dazzling Lanterns
Lanterns have been one of River Hongbao's key attractions year after year. They are an integral piece in Chinese cultural celebrations because they symbolize wishes for a brighter future. Create the perfect photo opportunity with more than 20 dazzling lantern pieces at River Hongbao 2020, with the largest lantern set stretching over 50m long, and the tallest lantern up to 18m high.

Carnival & Food Street
Enjoy over 20 thrilling rides and games with yummy street bites just a stone's throw away from the carnival rides. Be sure to try out the authentic taste of local traditional bites from different major dialect groups in Singapore.

Saturdays@ACM: Rat Race
25 Jan 2020; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum

Race into the Year of the Rat with a special Chinese New Year celebration at ACM, and get blessings from a lion dance performance! Create your own blessing scroll and visit the Living with Ink exhibition at a discount to see scrolls by master painters. Discover how the rat fared in the animal race in the interactive drama performance or join a complimentary guided tour of the galleries.

Jurong Lake Gardens - Ant Play
25 Jan 2020; 9am - 12pm
Jurong Lake Gardens, Forest Ramble - Play Pavilion

Build your fortress, have fun interacting with new friends made as children learn how ants build homes as they get the opportunity to mimic ants and play with huge blocks bigger than regular blocks.

CNY 2020 @ Wildlife Reserves Singapore Parks
25 Jan - 8 Feb 2020
Singapore Zoo | River Safari | Jurong Bird Park | Night Safari
Admission charges apply

Oh Rats! It's 2020. Time to usher in the new year with these auspicious activities! Meet the adorable rats and discover the heroic and helpful side of these animals with edu-taining activities, upcycling crafts and more! Don’t miss out on our popular lion dance performance, mascots and Zoo-diac Predictions for the Year of the Rat. Local Residents enjoy up to 20% savings online! Visit HERE for programme details and activities at the individual parks.

Istana Open House
26 Jan 2020; 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.

Lunar New Year Celebrations at NMS
27 Jan 2020; 11am - 5pm
National Museum Singapore

Celebrate the year of the Rat with your friends and family at the National Museum! Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn about the different or similar practices celebrated by other visitors during Chinese New Year. You can also create a special festive keepsake at our drop-in craft stations, and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes. For details on activities, visit HERE.

Chingay 2020
31 Jan - 1 Feb 2020; 8pm - 9.45pm
F1 Pit Building
31 Jan: $28.50, $40 & $50 | 1 Feb: $28.50, $50 & $60
*20% discount for PAssion Card holders

Chingay 2020 brings to you “Colours in Harmony”, a dynamic showcase of our multiculturalism and diversity. About 6,000 volunteer performers will be involved in co-presenting this People’s Parade that also marks PA’s 60 years of community building with our people. Highlights include:

- Electrifying Opening with release of 200-m long firecrackers
- The World’s Biggest and Longest Flying Dragon
- Highly skilled Stilt walkers vs Sky Runners - Traditional Art vs Contemporary Displays
- Multi-ethnic cultural performances by local talents and international acts
- Stunning display of lights, lasers, pyrotechnic and fireworks!

For tickets, visit HERE.

Chinese New Year at Sentosa
Now until 7 Feb 2020
Beach Station & Beach Plaza, Sentosa
FREE (Island admission applies)

Leap right into a prosperous year and celebrate spring with exciting festive performances and activities!

25 - 27 Jan
11.30am -12pm | 12.30pm -1pm | 1.30pm - 2pm | 3pm - 3.30pm | 4.30pm - 5pm | 6.30pm -7pm
Beach Station

25 - 27 Jan
4pm - 4.30pm | 5.30pm - 6pm
Beach Plaza (Roundabout Area)

25 - 27 Jan
7pm - 7.30pm | 8pm - 8.30pm
Beach Plaza (Roundabout Area)

Now until 8 Feb
Beach Plaza

Huat Huat Land
Now until 8 Feb 2020; 9am - 11pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Roll into prosperity with larger-than-life pineapples, sit on a pile of gold and shuffle gigantic mahjong tiles at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre as it transforms its Roof Garden to usher in a prosperous Chinese New Year with Huat Huat Land. One can also step into familiar scenes of Chinese New Year celebrations in the heartlands with a series of murals designed by award-winning local illustrator Lee Xin Li, and learn more about how Chinese New Year is celebrated in Singapore.

Chinese New Year 2020 at Universal Studios Singapore
Now until 9 Feb 2020
10am - 7pm (24 Jan 0 2 Feb - 10am - 9pm)
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Universal Studios Singapore with a lineup of auspicious activities. Start the year with prosperity and fortune as you follow a mystical dragon dance on an exciting park-wide trail, and join in a reunion with all your favourite characters, dressed in their New Year best. Plus, enjoy the many thrilling rides, shows and attractions as you celebrate the brand new season of good fortune with family and friends.

Abundance in the Sea
Now until 9 Feb 2020; 10am – 7pm
S.E.A. Aquarium
Admission charges apply

This new year, get up close to our living auspicious symbols of wealth! Be surrounded by water as you visit animals like the Mouse Grouper and the Pineapple Fish. Enliven your selfies with festive décor and photo props. Don’t miss our underwater dragon dance!

Spring Surprise
27 Jan - 9 Feb 2020
Various programmes & timings
Gardens by the Bay
FREE (except Flower Dome & Cloud Forest)

Usher in the Year of Metal Rat with a variety of festive programmes and activities this Lunar New Year. Watch The Story of Nian unfold through music, puppetry, and drama, and don’t miss out the spark-tacular Golden Pyro Dragon Dance making its first appearance in Singapore. Visitors can also look forward to thrilling acrobatic stunts by a lion dance troupe, music performances by local ensembles, shadow puppet shows telling the story of the Chinese zodiac, meet-and-greet sessions with the God of Fortune, and a festive bazaar! Highlights include:

Lion Dance
Mon, 27 Jan | Fri, 31 Jan - Sun, 2 Feb | 6pm | Supertree Grove | FREE
The Rat zodiac symbolizes strong vitality in the chinese culture and display both agility and alertness. Usher in the Lunar New Year with thrilling lion dance performances by an award-winning local lion dance troupe! Try not to hold your breath as the lion leaps from pole to pole and performs difficult stunts.

Golden Pyro Dragon Dance
Fri, 31 Jan - Sun, 2 Feb | 9.10pm | Supertree Grove | FREE
Usher in the year of the Metal Rat and be the first in Singapore to catch the sparktacular Golden Pyro Dragon Dance under a shower of firework-like sparkles achieved through the use of special metal granules to create these pyrotechnic displays!

The Story of Nian
Sat, 1 Feb - Sun, 2 Feb (5.00pm, 6.15pm & 9.30pm) | Fri, 7 Feb - Sun, 9 Feb (7.00pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm) | Supertree Grove | FREE
The Story of Nian comes to life with the use of puppetry, music and drama. A village finds itself under threat from a terrifying monster, the Nian, who descends upon them from the mountain every year. Little do they know that it is actually the discord and squabbling amongst them that draws the monster to the village every year. A wise old man holds the key to repelling the Nian, and reminds them of the importance of the village's history and traditions. But will the villagers be able to learn from his wisdom and experience, and to put aside their differences to unite and fight the beast together?

Festive Bazaar
Mon, 27 Jan - Sun, 9 Feb | 12pm - 5pm | Flower Dome
Stock up on Chinese New Year goodies such as homemade snacks to DIY crafts from our festive lineup of stalls!

Visit HERE for more activities.

LEGO Lunar New Year @ JEM
Now until 9 Feb 2019
Retail: 10.30am-9.30pm | Activities 11am-9pm
JEM Atrium

Redeem exclusive gifts and promotional items/bundles, take part in building competitions, add your wishes to the Wishing Tree, insta yourself at the life sized LEGO set sculptures,  beat your drum to waken the lion, create your own puppet shows and find Kai to get your ang pao. Visit HERE for more information.

Festive Celebrations at City Square Mall
Now until 9 Feb 2020
City Square Mall

Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival featuring Ningxia Night Market
Now until 9 Feb 2020 (Closed on 20 - 22 Jan 2020)
5pm - 10.30pm
Siloso Beach, Sentosa
FREE (Island admission applies)

From 16 Jan to 9 Feb 2020, the critically acclaimed Taiwan Food Festival (士林嘉年华), will make Sentosa home. Spanning from Siloso Point to Siloso Beach, Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival will recreate a mini Ningxia Night Market (宁夏夜市 ) with more than 30 food vendors direct from the popular night market.

You can savour popular dishes such as Flaming Beef Cubes (火焰骨子牛肉), Taiwanese Oyster Omelette (蚵仔煎), Egg-bombed Scallion Pancake (鸡蛋葱油饼), Fried Chicken Cutlet and Crispy Salted Chicken (炸鸡排, 咸酥鸡), Grilled King Oyster Mushroom (烤杏苞菇), Tian Bu La (Taiwanese oden) (甜不辣), and many more. If you’re a fan of Beef Noodles (牛肉面), be sure to check out the yummy dish served up by award-winning Taiwanese chef and entrepreneur, Cheng Cheng Chung! Visit HERE for more details.

Rainforest Lumina: Season 2
Now until 9 Feb 2020
7.30pm - 12am daily
Singapore Zoo
Adult $18 | Child & Senior Citizen $14
*Get 10% discount for online bookings

At night fall, after the animals have drifted off to sleep, the 8 Creature Crew set off on a mission to take you on this enchanted night walk. From creativity to courage, every member of the Creature Crew has a special virtue to strengthen the unity among humans, animals and nature. Consisting of 11 zones - of which 3 are interactive and will prove extremely popular with kids (& adults) - the trail will allow visitors to meet the Creature Crew, a group of unlikely animals heroes who will take visitors on a whimsical adventure along the paths of their enchanted world. Visit HERE for tickets.

Lunar New Year @ LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until 9 Feb 2020
Admission charges apply

Welcome the year of the Rat with loads of Brick-sperity fun! LEGOLAND Malaysia welcomes a brand new Lunar New Year with fabulous exclusive activities, festive shows and games for the whole family. Come and join us to experience brick-sperity at its full glory! For details on activities, visit HERE.

Meow! Where’s the Cat?
24 Jan - 9 Feb 2020; All Day
Esplanade Festival Corner, Esplanade

Have you ever wondered why the cat is not one of the 12 zodiac animals? Unravel this mystery through a colourful and whimsical installation at the Esplanade Festival Corner!

An Intergalactic Odyssey
Now until 16 Feb 2020
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
$7 per pax

Take an out-of-this-world voyage to the edge of the galaxy and beyond! This multi-media fully immersive experience will take your breath away with stunning interstellar scenes and a flying saucer ball pit. Strike a pose in space and twinkle brightly against the night sky as part of An Intergalactic Odyssey.


Dolittle - Now showing
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - Now showing
Bernie The Dolphin 2 - Now showing
Playing With Fire - Now showing

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
1 & 2 Feb 2020; 10am - 9pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Usher in the Year of the Rat at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations! Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020 presents an exciting line-up of festive offerings suitable for all ages, including auspicious lion and dragon dance performances, Chinese painting and drumming workshops, heritage tours and trails, and craft activities for the little ones. Join the Memorial Hall’s signature mass lohei and toss to bountiful luck and prosperity, get your zodiac predictions for the new year, enjoy an evening concert of contemporary and traditional performing arts, and more. For more details, visit HERE.

Chingay @ Heartlands
Various dates and timings
Various locations

To enable more Singaporeans and tourists to enjoy the parade, Chingay celebrations will continue at the following venues:

Chingay 2020 @ Chinatown Festival
Sun, 2 Feb 2020 | 7pm
Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road

Chingay Colors in Harmony @ North
Sat, 8 Feb 2020 | 6pm
9 Woodlands Avenue 9 @ Republic Polytechnic, Woodlands Ave 6 (near Vista Park Sport Hub), Woodlands Ave 7 opposite Admiralty MRT, Sembawang Drive opposite Blk 319 and 320 Hard Court, Canberra Walk in front of Open Field

Chingay Heartland @ Tampines GRC 2020
Sun, 9 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Our Tampines Hub

Ang Mo Kio GRC & Sengkang West SMC Chingay 2020 @ Heartlands
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Teck Ghee Square near Blk 409 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Outside Jubilee Square (61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8), Blk 525 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Buangkok Square Park beside Buangkok Square Mall (Blk 991 Buangkok Link), Hougang Ave 9 (Opposite Cui Yuan CC), Sengkang East Way (in front of Blk 351A and 351B Anchorvale Road), in front of Blk 443C along Sengkang West Avenue

Chingay @ Heartlands 2020 - Colors in Keat Hong
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Keat Hong CC

Chingay 2020, Colors in Harmony
Sat, 22 Feb 2020 | 4.30pm
Cambridge Road, Holland Ave near Bus Stop 11409, Dawson Road near Skyville @ Dawson, Tiong Bahru Road near Tiong Bahru Park, Cantonment Road near Pinnacle @ Duxton

Colours of the East Chingay 2020
Sun, 23 Feb 2020 | 6pm
Simei Street 1 (open field beside Eastpoint Mall), Bedok South Avenue 3 near Siglap CC, 208C New Upper Changi Road near Bedok Town Square, Bedok North Road (in front of Fengshan Greenville Estate, 186 Bedok North Street 4), Bedok South Road (Open Space between Blk 19 & 20)

West Coast GRC & Pioneer Constituency Chingay @ Heartlands 2020
Sat, 29 Feb 2020 | 5.30pm
Jurong West Street 63, Boon Lay Place in front of Blk 207 Boon Lay Place, Open field opposite Blk 41 Teban Gardens Road, Blk 78B Telok Blangah Drive, Clementi West Street 2 from West Coast CC

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Chingay @ Heartlands 2020
Sun, 1 Mar 2020 | 5.30pm
Bishan Street 13 in front of Bishan Community Club, Bishan Street 22 (in front of Bishan North Shopping Mall), Sin Ming Ave in front of Blk 454, Lorong 1A Toa Payoh in front of Blk 127 Market, Apex and Blk 29 Toa Payoh Lorong 5, in front of Toa Payoh Library next to Blk 179, Toa Payoh Central

Chingay Heartland @ Marsiling - Yew Tee GRC
Sat, 7 Mar 2020 | 5pm
Open field between Woodlands Ave 5 and North Woodlands Link

Now until 15 Mar 2020
OUTDOOR EXHIBITS: 7pm - 12am | Dragonfly Lake & Bayfront Plaza | FREE
INDOOR EXHIBITS: 9am - 9pm | Bayfront Pavilion (Bayfront Plaza) | FREE for Singaporeans & $10 for others
Gardens by the Bay

Come experience the interactive art that art collective teamLab is renowned for! Take a peek into the #futuretogether – an immersive art exhibition jointly presented by Gardens by the Bay and GIC, with art by art collective teamLab, in support of the Singapore Bicentennial. Featuring seven digital art installations spanning across both the indoor and outdoor spaces of Bayfront Plaza, these exhibits encompass three themes – Aspirations, Connectivity, and Possibilities. Head HERE for more information and tickets.

Total Defence Special Exhibition 2020
Now until 22 Mar 2020
9am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays except Public & School Term Holidays)
Singapore Discovery Centre
FREE for Singaporeans & PRs

What can we as Singaporeans do to defend against evolving threats? Head to Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) to explore how you can be better prepared to deal with these challenges to contribute to the whole-of-nation effort in ensuring Singapore’s survival. Curated by SDC in commemoration of Total Defence Day 2020, the Special Exhibition “Will You Do You?” is set against the current geopolitical backdrop and casts a spotlight on issues like digital threats, climate changes and trade wars that bear an impact on Singapore.

Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Exhibition
16 Nov 2019 - 22 Mar 2020
Annexe Hall, Science Centre Singapore
Adult $23 | Child $18 | Family (2A&2C) $66

Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience is the world’s first travelling wildlife and exploration exhibition created and produced by Kingsmen. Made in collaboration with Discovery Inc. and Science Centre Singapore, it is a first-of-its-kind edutainment exhibition that explores the interdependent relationship between animals and the environments they inhabit through bespoke multimedia interactives and never-seen-before footage to narrate stories of the natural world. The exhibition also leverages on the latest technology to captivate visitors with unique immersive experiences and interactive play elements, while fostering environmental consciousness. For more information and tickets. visit HERE.

Every Saturday & Sunday (Now until 29 Mar 2020)
Imbiah Lookout: 5pm - 7pm | Beach Station: 6pm - 8pm
FREE (Island admission applies)

Circus In Motion presents a series of contemporary circus acts Islandwide! The use of inventive live performances and geometrical shapes will enthral you in various ways. From the walking mirror man, roaming Monowheel LED twirler, magicians and more, one can never be prepared enough to be blown away!

Disney: Magic of Animation
Now until 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.

2219: Futures Imagined
Now until 5 Apr 2020; 10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Singapore Residents: Adult: $16, Child: $12
Tourists: Adult: $19, Child: $14

Discover the possible futures of Singapore 200 years from now through a series of immersive installations, meditative spaces, films, paintings and sculptures. Inspired by the work of Singaporean writer and poet Alvin Pang, 2219: Futures Imagined marks this year’s Singapore Bicentennial by looking two centuries into the future.

While we cannot be entirely sure what is to come, each section of this exhibition hinges on the scientific certainty that changes in our climate will require us all to adapt. This massive global transformation will act as a backdrop, upon which Singapore’s daily life, communities, cultures and traditions will evolve and change.

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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