Things to do with kids for Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018

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We've been finding all the fun Chinese New Year stuff to do with kids to celebrate The Year of the Dog...

Chinese New Year is happening on 16-17 February, and will be here quicker than you can say ‘Year of the Dog’! And when it does roll around, we’re going to need to know exactly where all the CNY fun is at. We’ve got you covered, folks, with a whole heap of doggone cool things to do. Check back regularly as we’ll be updating when news of more events come our way!

Street Light-Up in Chinatown
Dazzling lights, colourful lanterns and giant dogs are what it’s all about over in Chinatown. Head to Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge to check out the spectacular displays adorning the whole area.
When:27 January-16 March 2018, from 7pm daily (light up ceremony on 27 January)
Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Chinatown Festive Street Bazaar
With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies and get ahead of the CNY shopping game at stalls selling everything from traditional goodies to waxed duck! Start at Pagoda Street for a colourful feast of paper lanterns, lion puppets, giant paper pineapples and bright doggy-themed decorations. Pick up a cheongsam or Chinese-collared shirt while you’re there!
When: 26 January-15 February 2018, 6pm-10.30pm daily,  (extended to 1am on CNY Eve)
Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

Last year our junior reporter, Angelica, didn’t let rain spoil her fun (or her photography skills). Photography: Angelica Tristram

Chingay Parade
Can it really be almost a year since our mini-reporter, Angelica, went along to check out Chingay to get the scoop? Seems so! This year is just as bright and bold as ever (we’re hoping there will be less rain though for 2018) and the usual array of cultural performances, decorated floats, lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks can be expected.
When: 23-24 February 2018, 8-9.30pm
Where: F1 Pit Buildings
Cost: From $28.50 to $50 per ticket

Istana CNY Open House
The Istana is throwing open its doors to the public for Chinese New Year, and we’re all invited for a sticky beak around Singapore’s most famous home and office. Visitors can take a tour around the main building, and also join a guided walk through the gardens for the chance to learn some history in a gorgeously green setting.
When: 17 February, 8.30am-6pm
Where: The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Cost: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs. $2 for everyone else.

Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Usher in the Year of the Dog with awesome family-friendly live performances, music, games, firecrackers and fireworks at a street party we’re all invited to.
When: 15 February, 9.30pm-12.30am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

River Hongbao 2018
It’s big, colourful and full of family fun: yep, River Hongbao is back! We’re talking dazzling performances, traditional handicraft stations, a carnival with rides, game stalls and workshops suitable for all ages. Refuel after all that fun at Food Street where you’ll find sellers galore dishing up local eats, and then sit back and wait for the fireworks and laser shows happening every night at 9pm (midnight on New Year’s Eve).
When: 14-24 February, 2pm-11pm daily (extended until 1am on CNY Eve)
Where: The Float@Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805

Don’t miss the lion dances!

11th International Lion Dance Competition
Drums, stunts and lions? Sounds like a heck of a competition to us! Head over to Banda Street to watch a small army of colourful lions showing off their acrobatic tricks at this international comp sure to be a roaring success for the whole family.
When: 2 & 3 February, 6.30-10.30pm
Where: Carpark at Banda Street (off of Sago Lane)
Cost: $10 for one day, $15 for two. Tickets available from Kreta Ayer Community Club, 28A Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 088995

Free stage shows
Head over to Kreta Ayer Square to catch colourful Chinese cultural performances by local artists and international troupes from China.
When: 27 January – 15 February, 8-10.30pm nightly
Where: Kreta Ayer Square

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at a doggy carnival!

Ushering Paws-perity @ Chinatown
If you have a pooch in the family then this year really is their year so the festivities have been rolled out to include your four-legged friend too. Ushering Paws-perity @ Chinatown is a special dog-themed carnival where you can expect competitions, street stalls and stage paw-formances. Don’t forget to bring along your own doggy pal.
When: 3 February, 9am-1pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Square

Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2018
Take the kids along to Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts for fun theatre shows and workshops with a big dose of CNY culture, language, and art immersion. Kids can get crafty at free workshops and join interactive storytelling performances while learning all about the origins of Chinese New Year. For the thesps amongst you: make sure to catch a Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare’s War of the Roses-based plays: Blood and Ensemble performed by Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group from Taiwan.
When: 24 February – 4 March, various timings
Where: Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Cost: Free and ticketed events (from $15)

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