It’s official folks: we’re nudging closer and closer to December and it’s getting harder to contain our small elves’ merry excitement. We need some great adventures this weekend to distract them from wanting to put the Christmas tree up, looking out the window every five minutes for Santa Claus and counting down the seconds to Christmas Eve on their jolly apps. Luckily there are plenty of activities for kids happening this weekend, including the pretty nifty HoneyKids Asia International School Fair in Partnership with HSBC for the grown ups currently being bewildered by all the schooling choices in Singapore…
1. Get the lowdown on 20 international schools: all in one place!
Finally it’s happened. The international schools of Singapore have been gathered together in one place, on one day to make parents’ lives SO much easier when it comes to narrowing down where to send your young learners. We’ve partnered with our good friends at HSBC to bring you the best international schools in one magical room where you’ll have the chance to fire all your questions at the principals and admissions gurus from 20 different schools and experts. And it’s free! See you there!
When: 18 November, 9.30am-4pm
Where: Hotel Jen Tanglin, The Gallery Ballroom (level 2), 1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716
2. Get festive at an affordable market
It’s never too early to get ahead of the Christmas gift shopping game, and if you are looking for something a bit different to buy the hubby (or yourself) this year, then The Affordable Art Fair is where it’s at. Browse over 65 international and homegrown galleries where you’ll find wallet-friendly art starting from just $100. After all, budgeting is key when it comes to Xmas! Kids aged four to 12 years will love the Children’s Art Studio by Art Wonderland where they can harness their inner creative genius while you shop the fair (without worrying about sticky hands on $15,000 pieces of artwork).
When: 17-19 November, various times
Where: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
3. Join a puppet for a storytelling session
After the success of the Singapore Writers Festival earlier this month, we’re still in the mood for getting our little bookworms exposed to as many storytelling opps as possible. Which is why you will find us at a Grace Kalaiselvi: Stories of Light and Love session where tots will adore sweet tales with solid messages told by Grace and her cheerful puppet, Meera.
When: 18 & 19, 25 & 26 November 2017
Where: PIP’s PLAYbox, Esplanade
Cost: Free. First come, first served basis
4. Learn how to bake at a Pup-up cafe
Here’s an animal adoption drive with a difference: head over to a Pup-up Cafe where you’ll find the SOSD with a bunch of fur kids looking for a new family. And even if you aren’t looking for a furry new friend, come along to try puppy-themed dishes by SPRMRKT and Snowcology, and chow down on mouthwatering desserts prepped by Chef Yamashita. There’ll be live baking sessions too! All proceeds go to SOSD.
When: 18 November, 10am-3pm
Where: Bosch Experience Centre, 11 Bishan Street 21 Level 4 Singapore 573943
5. Enter a drawing competition with the prize of world fame
If you have kids who just can’t seem to find the soft toy of their dreams, it could be time they designed their own! Take yourselves over to IKEA Alexandra or Tampines before 19 November where your småles can enter the Soft Toy Drawing Competition for a chance to see their creative design turned into an actual cuddly, sold all over the world! Plus: meatballs for lunch. Win, win.
When: Now until 19 November
Where: IKEA Alexandra and IKEA Tampines
6. Head over to a Wonderland: in a library
Kids can get their hands painted with cool henna designs and get creative with air dry clay and colouring activities at the This Way to Wonderland event happening at Sengkang Public Library this weekend. Get your craft on!
When: 18 November, 1-3pm
Where: Sengkang Public Library, 1 Sengkang Square, #03-28 & #04-19 Compass One, Singapore 545078
Cost: Free. No registration required.
7. Sing along at a classic musical theatre treat
What did we love about the latest musical for families hitting the stage for a pre-Christmas run? Pretty much everything! Read our review of The Sound of Music and then book some tix, stat!
When: Now until 3 December, various timings (including matinees at the weekends which would be our pick if you’re bringing kids)
Where: The Sound of Music, Sands Theatre Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Cost: From $65 per person (kids aged 3 and above will need a ticket)
8. Watch a family movie under the stars
Pack a picnic and head to family favourite patch of green, Singapore Botanic Gardens, for Movie Screening: Snow Time! This award-winning Canadian film is full of jolly ol’ cheer and a whole lot of frosty adventure.
When: 18 November, 7.30-9pm
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Garden, Eco Lake Lawn (Nearest Entrance: Bukit Timah Gate / Botanic Gardens MRT)
Cost: Free. No registration required. Event may be cancelled if the weather continues to be dreadful.
9. Light up your weekend at Sentosa Cove
Sentosa Cove is lighting up this weekend with the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade, where you can expect a Christmas Wonderland the whole fam will love. Try an LED pool party, shop at the Sentosa Cove Holiday Market, hum along to Christmas carollers and be dazzled by the Xmas tree light up and boat light parade.
When: 18-19 November, from 3pm daily
Where: ONE15 Marina Sentosa Cove
Cost: Free admission
10. Ditch the kids and pick up a new skill
With the rush of Christmas about to hit us parents at full pelt, we think it’s only fair to take a mum time moment and try out this adults only workshop: Soy Candle Making by Hush Candle. You’ll learn how to make your own personalised pressed flower candle using natural soy wax and therapeutic essential oils, plus whip up a floral hand-tie while your candle cures. Sounds wonderful.
When: 18 November, 10am-1pm
Where: Get Grounded Upstairs, Level Two, 22 Martin Road, Singapore 239058
Cost: $80 per person
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