10 things to do this weekend in Singapore with kids: 13-14 January 2018

Painting with limbs, earth-friendly shopping and decorating pots are on our radar this weekend...

With the weather being so unpredictable at the moment, we totally get how essential it is to have things to do at the weekend all lined up: rain or shine! We’ll be busy checking out an earth-friendly pop-up event, creating art with our limbs, learning all there is to know about Little India and stocking up on organic goodies at a Farmers’ Market…

1. Shop sustainably at a pop-up earth-friendly carnival and market
Featuring a food fair of delish international and planet-friendly foods, as well as an eco-carnival full of low carbon activities and games, we can’t wait to visit over 100 stalls at the Earth Fest event over at Marina Barrage. See you there!
When: 14 January, 11-4.30pm
Where: Marina Barrage
Cost: Free admission

2. Get busy with free Pongol activities
We love throwing some culture at our kids, and this sounds like a fun way to do just that: head over to the Indian Heritage Centre where you’ll find Pongol Open Day! The whole fam can get creative painting Pongol pots before joining in with activities that include a heritage guided walk around Little India, demos in basketry and a palm leaf craft session.
When: 13-14 January, 10am-4pm
Where: Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, 209924
Cost: Free

3. Hang out with local celebs at a caring carnival
Rub shoulders with Mediacorp celebs, meet with community groups and join in with activities such as ‘Fashion for a Social Cause’, kid-friendly games and plenty more at the SG Cares Carnival. We say explore the rest of the very cool Our Tampines Hub while you’re there: one of our fave new shopping and entertainment hives on the east!
When: 13 January, 10am-9pm
Where: Our Tampines Hub
Cost: Free admission

4. Release your toddler’s inner ‘artiste’ at a workshop
The tiny tots don’t always get to join in the ‘official’ fun, so this is a great one if you have an 18-month-old through to a four-year-old!  Singapore Art Museum is running fun little workshops for little people, with plenty of sensory play and arty tomfoolery. The HoneyKids junior team had a great time recently getting creative with glitter, sticks, glue, and pipe cleaners galore.
When: Saturdays during November 2017-March 2018, 10.30-11.30am
Where: Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, 8 Queen St 188535
Cost: $35 per adult-child pair per class, or sign up for 6+ classes at $30 per class

5. Stock up on fresh goodies at a Farmers’ Market
It’s Farmers’ Market time again at Loewen Gardens so pick up some fresh foods, artisanal goods and, of course, a heavenly slice of cake from The Pantry. Expect kids’ activities too!
When: 13 December, 9am-2pm
Where: Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248844
Cost: Free admission

6. Discover the macaques of Bukit Timah
Another chance to catch this free, fun and informative walk, the guided adventure around Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is suitable for kids aged eight and up, and will be led by experts from the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore. Spot the cheeky macaque characters and learn about their social world, family networks and day-to-day lives.
When: 13 January, 5pm-6.30pm
Where: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, BTNR Visitor Centre’s Front Courtyard
Cost: Free but registration should be made via email at sg.monkey.walk@gmail.com at least three days in advance. Do provide your name, contact number, number of adults and kids (maximum five participants per registration). Upon receiving your registration, they will reply with a confirmation email. The walk will be cancelled if there is bad weather 45 minutes before the walk.

7. Recycle your trash at a creative workshop for kids
We’re well on board with doing our bit for the environment whenever we can, so any excuse to recycle some trash is good in our book. Add a big dose of creativity and you’ve got the perfect wet weather activity: The Upcycling Workshop! Suitable for kids from age five years to 16 years (kiddos age seven and below will need a grown up to help), bring down your old clothes, used paper, and plastic bottles and learn how to transform them into coasters, eco-planters and other crafty things in a workshop conducted by the National Environment Agency. Spaces are limited so register quick!
When: 13 January, 11am-1pm
Where: Sengkang Public Library Programme Zone, 1 Sengkang Square, #03-28 & #04-19 Compass One, Singapore 545078
Cost: Free but registration required.

8. Check out a brand new arty exhibition at ArtScience Museum
The galleries of ArtScience Museum will be invaded for the next six months by some of the world’s top street artists in one of the boldest exhibitions of the year: Art from the Streets. There’ll be live painting and installations created on-site by iconic names in the street art world, with the spotlight on urban art in Southeast Asia. A must for any young artistes in the family: it opens this weekend.
When: 13 January – 3 June
Where: ArtScience Museum
Cost: From $17 for adults and $12 for kids

9. Encourage your child’s musical talents at a talk with a world-famous choir
The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir are performing this weekend in Singapore, and ahead of their performances comes the chance for your child to be exposed to the musical talents of the choir by meeting the Artistic Director and President of the Vienna Boys Choir, Professor Gerald Wirth. He’ll be speaking about how to identify, develop and encourage musical talent in your child. You’ll also get the chance to meet the choir over lunch.
When: 13 January, 9.30am
Where: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Cost: Talk and Buffet lunch for 1 adult and 1 child  is $150. A goodie bag worth $150 is also included.

10. Use your limbs to create an art masterpiece
Why use a paintbrush when you can use your body? Parkview Museum’s Painting with Limbs sessions look at action painting artist, Hermann Nitsch, before encouraging grown ups and kiddos to create an art masterpiece using body parts as paintbrushes and pencils! Sounds like a whole lot of messy fun to us. Best to wear clothes you don’t mind being a little splattered. Kids of all ages welcome, but supervision is recommended for little ones age six and below.
When: 13 January, 3pm
Where: Parkview Museum, 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square Level 3, 188778
Cost: Free but registration is required (spaces are limited to 20 per session)

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