Hip, hip hooray! It’s Grand Prix time in Singapore again and we can’t wait to speed over for our tenth family-friendly Formula 1! If racing isn’t your bag, fear not! We’ve also got puppets, a world-famous musical, the chance to get urban kids into gardening and some furry friends who need a new fur-ever home…
1. Speed over to the family event of the year
Yes, folks, it’s F1 time again, and as veterans of this annual race and festival, we can’t wait to take our seats and get in on the racing and festival feels! Also: Duran Duran. Sigh.
When: 15-17 September
Where: Various locations
Cost: From $78 per person
2. Join a race for small people
While the bigger kids race over to the F1, we think smaller fam-members will love the eXplorerkids’ Baby and Junior Race for little people aged eight months to six years. Prizes include a 4D3N cruise to Penang: no pressure, kids!
When: 16 September, 10am-6pm
Where: D’Marquee @ Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Cost: Free admission to event; registration fees applies of $15-$25 for Baby & Junior Race
3. Go on a musical date night
You know the story: girl meets boy which brings about a ton of disapproval and a whole lot of musical theatre… Yep, West Side Story is in Singapore and we can’t wait for a slice of the warbling action. Suitable for kids aged three years plus (but with an advisory message of some adult content), we think this one is a good reason to ditch the small people and treat yourself to a date night.
When: 13-30 September, various timings
Where: Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Cost: From $55 per person
4. Kick off your Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations
Get down to Chinatown where the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations are kicking off with a lantern painting competition and a street bazaar. Bring on the mooncakes!
When: 10 September to 9 October
Where: All around Chinatown!
5. Bring the kids to a puppet show
Veteran puppeteer, Christopher Chow Pak Hong, is bringing two great stories to life over at Marine Parade Public Library with his fabulous puppet skills. Kids will love seeing puppet performances of ‘Who Can Call Back the Sun?’ and ‘The Three Evils’, and don’t forget to try your hand at working the puppets for yourselves after the show.
When: 16 September, 1-2pm
Where: Marine Parade Public Library, 278 Marine Parade Road, #01-02 Marine Parade Community Building, Singapore 449282
Cost: Free. No registration required.
6. Head into orbit for a family-friendly flick
If your kids missed the recent Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, then all is not lost. Fly over to the special Kids Flix screening happening at Golden Village cinemas all over Singapore where tix are just $6 a pop!
When: 16 September, various times
Where: Selected Golden Village outlets
Cost: $6 per person (kids under 90cm are free) plus free gift while stocks last
7. Get your little warriors onto an obstacle course
A warrior obstacle course, movie screening with free popcorn, face painting, bouncy castles and sport tryouts are just a fraction of the action happening at the National Stadium this weekend, all part of Sports Hub Community Play Day.
When: 16 September, 9am-7pm
Where: National Stadium Singapore, 2 Stadium Road
8. Pick up a fur-ever feline friend
With the super sad news that The Cat Museum is having to shut its doors on its adoption and rehoming programme for kittens and cats, now is definitely the time to get over there and adopt a new family member if you can.
When: Open weekends 1-3.30pm and 4-7pm
Where: 8 Purvis Street, #02-02
Cost: From $9 admission per person (kids under six years are free)
9. Flex your green fingers at Gardener’s Day Out
Get out into the fresh air and pick up a gardening tip or two at the Gardener’s Day Out event over at Hort Park. Check out the family activities including a Junior Butterfly Workshop, storytelling sessions, a food bazaar and nature walks.
When: 16 September, 9-11am
Where: Hort Park, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578
10. Catch a fairy tale brought to life on stage
We’re rather partial to a page-to-stage version of our favourite fairy tales, and it’s the last chance to catch Rumpelstiltskin spin his magic in this musical adaptation, suitable for kiddos aged three and up!
When: 9-17 September, various timings
Where: Ulu Pandan CC Theatrette, 170 Ghim Moh Road, #01 – 01, 279621
Cost: From $27 per person (including infants in arms)
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