For those who may be feeling a little sour about missing out on Ed Sheeran tickets (yep, us), we need to fill the weekend in Singapore with some seriously cool distractions. This week we’re celebrating a new and awesome playground, encouraging our little one’s love of music, rubbing shoulders with a famous author or two, and adopting-not-shopping for a new family member. Pah: who needs Ed, anyway?
1. Join a festival created with small people in mind
We all know how fabulous Singapore Botanic Gardens is, but did you know that the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden just got itself a shiny new makeover and extension? We’re all invited to the Children’s Festival to check out the green patches, catch interactive performances, join in with the games and listen in on a story or two by way of celebration.
When: 11-26 November, 12pm-7pm daily
Where: Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
2. Go all French at the movies
Ooh la la, we’ve got a magnifique date night idea for you this weekend: The French Film Festival is bringing us a diverse line-up of 16 gorgeously Francais films from action thrillers to comedies, with the odd kids’ film thrown in if you really can’t ditch them (mummy guilts: we get it).
When: 9-19 November, various times
Where: Shaw Theaters Lido, Alliance Française de Singapour and The Projector
3. Get ahead of the Christmas shopping game
The annual Gifting Edition of Boutique Fairs is back for three full days of shopping, shopping and more shopping. Stock up on all things Xmas from over 200 vendors selling everything festive imaginable under the sun. Fashion, food, home, decor, art, toys – you name it, you’ll find it! Kids not loving being dragged around for a serious shopping fest? The dedicated play area with games, face painting, storytelling and more will ease their (and your) burden…
When: 10 (9am-8pm), 11 (10am-6pm) and 12 (10am-4pm) November
Where: The F1 Pit Building, Levels 2 & 3 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Cost: Free admission
4. Toe tap your way through a family musical
While Singapore might not have too many hills, they will certainly be alive come this week’s opening of all-time fave theatre musical, The Sound of Music. Expect to have tunes including Sixteen Going on Seventeen and Do-Re-Mi in your mind for days after catching this heartwarming tale of love conquering all.
When: 9 November to 3 December, various times
Where: Sands Theatre Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Cost: From $65 per person
5. Send the kids behind the curtain of life as a musician
Got a wannabe little Mozart in the house? Perhaps a career on the stage as a musician might be the answer, and we’re loving these sneak peek interactive Backstage Tours and Closed Door Rehearsal sessions run by Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series. Kids aged six to 12 years will be able to hang out with musicians before a real show, meet crew members and even sit in on a dress rehearsal.
When: 10-11 November, 5.05pm, 5.35pm and 6.05pm sessions
Where: Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, Esplanade Recital Studio
Cost: $32 per child
6. Hang out with famous authors at Singapore Writers Festival
From music we turn to writing, and there is still plenty of action happening at Singapore Writers Festival this coming weekend. Tots to teens are covered with workshops, meet and greets with international and local authors, wild storytelling sessions and a whole heap of wordy fun. Check out our guide to all the highlights for families at SWF before heading over.
When: Now until 12 November, various timings
Where: Various (check website for full schedule)
Cost: Free and ticketed events
7. Get crafty at the library
Oh how we love all the wonderful libraries around Singapore that not only offer our tiny readers a never ending supply of reading fodder, but also lay on a pretty neat craft session on a regular basis. Pop along to the Draw, Snip and Tell event, suitable for kids aged five to nine years, for a parent-child workshop where you’ll create some cool pictures based on a story or two.
When: 11 November, 2-3pm
Where: Bukit Panjang Public Library, Stories Come Alive Room (Children’s Zone), 1 Jelebu Road, Bukit Panjang Plaza, #04-04 & #04-16/17, Singapore 677743
Cost: Free but registration required.
8. Watch a Premiership team football match live in Singapore
If you have kids who are even remotely soccer mad, then you’re going to score the ‘parent of the year’ award for bagging them tix to this match between two UK footballing legends: Battle of the Masters brings us Liverpool and Arsenal Masters teams where the likes of Luis Garcia, David James and Mikael Silvestre will be showing off their skills. Ed is playing next door, so strain your ears…
When: 11 November, from 7pm
Where: National Stadium of Singapore, 2 Stadium Walk, 397718
Cost: From $20 per person
9. Give a furry friend a new home
We’re suckers for a big pair of eyes and a wagging tail, so we always like to help our animal friends in need whenever we can. If the requests for a small pet have moved on to an all-out campaign for a dog, then the SOSD Adoption Drive is where you need to be this weekend. With every size, shape, age and colour imaginable, you’ll sniff out your new furry BFF, no problem.
When: 12 November, 2.30-4.30pm
Where: 115 Whampoa Rd, Singapore 320115, Singapore
Cost: Free admission. Adoption charges may apply.
10. Doodle your weekend away at the park
If you have a creative kid, we love this sustainable art project that requires nothing more than chalk and imagination. One of our favourite areas of the East Coast Park, Parkland Green is up for a bit of floor redecorating: unleash your chalks (available for free from participating outlets) onto the concrete floors and go wild with your colourful visions!
When: Now until 15 November, 7.30am-11pm daily
Where: Parkland Green, East Coast Park
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