10 things to do with the kids in Singapore this weekend: 12-13 August 2017

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Fill your weekend with art, dinosaurs, animals and critters...

We’re going to need lots of cool things to do with the kids this weekend to cheer us up after the fun-packed SG52 celebrations draw to a close this week. Fear not! We’ve got you covered with peg puppets and butterflies, workshops and markets…



1. Recycle your goods and make some friends at a pop-up market
We’re loving this market with a feel-good vibe: The Really Really Free Market is a pop-up event based on building connections within the community. Everyone is encouraged to bring along unused items (toys, books, clothes etc) and share cool skills (tarot card reading, hair cutting, singing, etc), and then share! Even if you haven’t got anything to bring to the event, come along anyway to make new friends and check out the goodies.
When: 12 August, 2-6pm
Where: Lorong Ah Soo, Blk 138, HDB Lorong Ah Soo, Block 138, Lorong Ah Soo, Singapore 530138


2. Get crafty with peg puppets at PIP’s PLAYbox
Pop over to PIP’s PLAYbox for some free crafty fun where little ones can make their own puppets out of pegs! Materials are all included, you just need to provide the imagination.
When: Now until 14 August, 11am-6pm daily
Where: PIP’s PLAYbox


3. Go wild with a Zoo, Bird Park or River Safari adventure
We are all about trying to help our readers enjoy Singapore on a budget wherever we can, so we are loving the fact that Wild Reserves Singapore (WRS), is offering a whopping 52% discount to local residents (IC, PR and FIN) for two park combo package for the whole of August! Weekend fun with the pandas and ‘tangs? Yes please!
When: Now-31st August
Where:  80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Cost: From $13.92 per child and from $23.52 per adult

4. Practise your mandarin at an interactive storytelling session
Join storytellers from Chou Sing Chu Foundation for a fun-filled, interactive Chinese storytelling and activity session suitable for kiddos age four to 10 years. Parents welcome too.
When: 13 August, 2.30pm-3pm
Where: Cheng San Public Library Open Stage, 90 Hougang Avenue 10, #03-11 Hougang Mall, Singapore 538766


5. Explore on the Singapore Botanic Gardens: with a dinosaur!
Join Sara the Botanicosaurus as she explores the Gardens and uncovers treasures that tell a story in a guided tour perfect for small people age six to 12 years.
When: 12th August, 10-11am
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Tanglin Gate Botany Centre
Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost: $6 per person

6. Keep the kids up past bedtime to hang out with giant bunnies!
Yes, we all love it when the kiddos are in a bedtime routine, but we think the Singapore Civic District Outdoor Festival is well worth keeping the kids up late for. Packed with picnics, performances, dancing and those giant bunnies, check out the full deets before catching the last weekend of this lovely event.
When: 11-12 August,
Where: Various locations around the Civic District: National Gallery Singapore; The Arts House; Asian Civilisations Museum; Victoria Theatre; Victoria Concert Hall
Cost: Free

7. Flutter over to a family-friendly butterfly tour
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Science Centre, so we’re loving the look of the Discovering Butterflies Nature Talk happening this weekend. Bring your little critters age seven and up for an informative guided tour of the Butterflies-Up-Close exhibition and learn a thing or two about the 300 species of butterfly that call Singapore home!
When: 12 August, 10.45am-12.30pm
Where: Maxwell Auditorium, Science Centre
Cost: From $7.50 per person (includes entrance into Science Centre)

8. Discover your inner artist
If you’re looking for a cute original piece of art for the kid’s rooms, or simply want to pick up a cool new skill, try the Baby Animal Watercolour Workshop by Naiise for parents and kids age eight and above. Bond with the kiddos (and try not to be toooo competitive) while you’re given step-by-step guidance on the road to releasing your inner creative genius. The price includes a pretty neat goodie bag too.
When: 13 August, 2pm
Where: Naiise @ The Cathay, B1-08
Cost: $95 per person

9. Check out the dottiest exhibition in town
If you haven’t done so already, then you absolutely need to see the fantastically trippy work of internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Her exhibition, YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow features over 120 works, including new, never-before-seen pieces and is the first major showing of Kusama’s work in South East Asia. Prepare to send your Insta-feed into a frenzy.
When: Now until 3 September, from 10am daily
Where: National Gallery Singapore
Cost: $15 Singaporeans & PR, $25 other, FREE for kids under 6, concession prices for seniors and kids 7-12

10. Pick up a unique piece of art with an SG52 theme
No detail gets left out and no one gets left behind in a display by differently-abled students and alumni artists in an awesome collection entitled Art for Autism: All Things Singapore, happening now in honour of Singapore’s 52nd birthday. It’s free to have a look, and originals and prints are available for purchase, so head over to see for yourself how these gifted kids and young adults have put their own spin on what Singapore means to them. #supportinclusion
When: Now until 30 August, 11am-9pm daily
Where: East Garden Foyer, Fullerton Hotel
Cost: Free

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