10 things to do with kids in Singapore this weekend: 21-22 October 2017

A date with your helper, spooky craft, cool markets and an animation film fest: it's all going on this weekend in Singapore...

With so much dazzling fun happening this week thanks to Deepavali, it’s going to be tough to back it up for this weekend in Singapore. Fear not! We’ve done it again: we’ve rustled up 10 cool things to do with the kids (and the rest of the family – your helper included) that will hit the spot and make you an all-round popular parent…

1. Say ‘thank you’ to your helper with a special screening event
We’ve joined forces with Hello Sister Strategy to host a screening of “The Helper” at The Projector as a big fat “THANK YOU” to our very own helpers. Bring your helpers and friends to catch this touching true life story of the women that give it all for a better life. Come an hour early to enjoy a free glass of Mumm Champagne (thank you Pernod Ricard!) before the movie starts rolling at 6pm. All proceeds from this event will be donated to HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics), to help them continue the great work they do to support helpers in Singapore. We’ll see you there, tissues in hand!
When: October 22, 5-8pm
Where: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589
Cost: Foreign domestic worker $15; Others $40.

2. Say goodbye to an awesome kid-friendly exhibit
The time has almost come to say a sad goodbye to Playeum’s fantastic ‘Making It Home – Dreaming Rooms, Making Spaces, Creating Places‘ exhibit, one of our favourite exhibitions this year. The space will be cleared at the end of the month (no doubt for something fabulous) so don’t miss your last chance to catch it!
Where: Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity, 47 Malan Road, #01-23 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444
When: Now until 29th October
Cost: Child (Includes entry for one accompanying adult): $22 per child, Additional Adult: $10 per adult

3. Catch an animation festival
Singapore’s first and largest independent animation festival is back for its sixth edition with a host of awards for animations from across the region and the world. Who will win the Golden Durian award? Grab a beer (for you, not the kids) and a bucket of popcorn (for you and the kids) and catch award-winning animated films and applaud the winners.
When: 21 October, 6-10.30pm
Where: kult kafe, 11 Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228120
Cost: Admission is by donation but you’ll need a ticket

4. Let the kids find their inner warrior
As part of ‘Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History’, the current exhibition at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, artist Angie Seah is holding a workshop for kids to find their inner warriors through art. This artist-run workshop for children aged seven to 12 years explores the invisible force within us and the inner strength that keeps us all going, and young creatives will be introduced to stencil techniques, as well dripping and sponging skills needed for action painting. Can we come too?
When: 21 October, 1.30-3.45pm
Where: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Cost: $20 per person

5. Bring some mindfulness to your weekend
Mindfulness is all the rage these days, but what exactly is it? In partnership with Om Shiva Yoga and The Mindfulness Collective, The Open Centre has organised this cool sharing session for parents, directed by Dawn Sim, creator of the popular Resilience and Mindfulness Camp. Anything that gives us a bit of a mum time-out sounds good to us.
When: October 21, 3-4.30pm
Where: The Open Centre, Horsecity, 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992
Cost: Free but registration is required

6. Return to the 1990s for an epic musical treat
Teens of the 1990s: You’re going to feel ‘Incomplete’ for sure if you miss out on ‘The Call’ to the biggest music event of the year for us mum types… Yep, the Backstreet Boys are in Singapore and we can’t wait! ‘In A World Like This’ we think we need to ‘Quit Playing Games’ and book some tix, pronto. Squeal!
When: 21 October, 8.30pm
Where: Singapore National Stadium
Cost: From $108 per person

7. Join an urban street party
We can’t wait to hang out with drag queens and other colourful characters at the seventh Underground Market happening this weekend! Expect food, drinks, fun and bargains galore! Kids are welcome with open arms for this one, but we’re tempted to ditch them for this week’s date night
When: 21 October, 4-10.30pm
Where: Urban Ventures, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Cost: Free admission


8. Take a peek inside the President’s home
The Istana is throwing open its doors to the public for Deepavali, and we’re all invited to have a nose. Visitors can join a tour around the main building, and also take a spin through the gardens for the chance to learn some local history in a gorgeously green setting.
When: 22 October, 8.30am-6pm
Where: The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Cost: Free admission, $2-$10 per person for tours

9. Extend the Deepavali feels
Sadly the Deepavali bazaar and activities have all wrapped up in Little India, but the lights are still dazzling for a few more weeks. Go exploring around this colourful area of Singapore and catch the lights, sights and sounds before heading to one of the delish eateries along Race Course Road for a truly fabulous curry.
When: Now until 12 November
Where: All around Little India (Serangoon Road and Race Course Road are particularly lit up!)
Cost: Free

10. Kick off your Halloween with art, craft and stories!
With this weekend sandwiched right in between Deepavali and Halloween, we’re turning our mind to the start of the spooky season with the first of many skele-fun events we’ve got lined up. Head over to Queenstown Public Library for a special Halloween themed storytelling and craft session suitable for small spooks aged four to six years.
When: 21 October, 10.30-11.30am
Where: Queenstown Public Library, Storytelling Corner, 53 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149297
Cost: Free. No registration required.

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