Yes, the initial shock has worn off both for the kids and us. The Christmas lights are up, the trees are in season and we are officially in Holiday Season. You know what that means, booking that Christmas buffet and buying those presents (come on, you can’t expect us to be that organised) in time for December to roll around. And even as you’re thinking about all that, there’s still Thanksgiving to get through.
But first, the weekend.
1. Get Fit Fam!
You heard us! Grab the kids and get down to Singapore Sports Hub for the Grand Finale of the Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG. There’ll be interactive booths, cooking demonstrations, a bouncy castle and plenty of giveaways – all geared towards helping the kids lead a healthier lifestyle. If anything, you’ll figure out the best way to burn calories in time for Christmas feasting.
When: 10-11 November, 11am – 8pm
Where: Singapore Sports Hub
2. Celebrate Downtown East’s Birthday
Downtown East is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with music performances and a carnival. Get your fill of local treats from the food bazaar and take the awesome carnival rides like the ‘Meteorite’ for a spin, while the kids pile onto the Ghost Train. There will be game stations for you and the fam to test your teamwork and discover the history of Downtown East through the Heritage Walk. Don’t miss the mystery event #ChasingRooster for a chance to win up to $10,000! What’s it about? It’s a mystery…
When: 10 November, 10am – 10pm
Where: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Cost: Free entry
3. Pick up all things Chinese
Discover Chinese heritage at the Wan Qing CultureFest. We popped along to the preview and there’s plenty to expect from exciting wushu performances to tea demos, Teochew opera and an intro to TCM. That’s not all: there’s heritage trails, movie screenings, concerts, a book swap and plenty of crafting to keep those little hands busy. Don’t forget to check out the brand new Between the Lines exhibit at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall!
When: 10 – 11 Nov, 10am – 10pm
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
Cost: Free entry
4. Get into the arts sprawl
Time to discover (or rediscover) the arts along Bras Basah.Bugis. Sprawled along this stretch will be a lifestyle market where you can get a haircut or attend a workshop. There’ll be music performances to liven up the place and of course, plenty of stalls to get your noms. Keep an eye out for the 3D optical illusion art installation and don’t forget to snag a shot!
When: 9-10 November, 5pm-11pm
Where: Bras Basah.Bugis, Handy Road Open Space outside The Cathay
Cost: Free entry
5. No strings attached for this fest!
Fans of Pinocchio and all things puppets can head to the ultimate puppet fest organised by Paper Monkey Theatre. For the third year running, local and international acts will be presenting puppet performances, puppet workshops and inspiring kids to stretch their imagination for a weekend of fun for the whole fam.
When: 9-11 November, DIY puppetry activity: 10-11 Nov, 12.30pm-5.30pm.
Where: Goodman Arts Centre
Cost: $15 per show
6. Gather at the kampung!
There’s a festival happening this weekend to connect the community to nature through play. We’re talking an actual endless list of activities happening from yoga of all sorts, a bee farm tour, crafts like finger knitting, storytelling and even circus performances and parkour. Get ready to join in the community for a weekend filled with fun!
When: 10 November, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kampong Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201
Cost: Free entry, get your coupons online
7. Light up the night with music and arts
Step out of your comfort zone and get into something new and cool! Discover new music at this outdoor music fest at Fort Canning. The luscious lawn will be transformed into a neon paradise with art installations, roving performances and good vibes. There’s even plenty of fringe activities for the kiddos to get stuck in with craft workshops, sideshow garden games and UV face and body painting.
When: 9-11 November, 2-10.30pm
Where: Fort Canning Park, Fort Gate, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Cost: From $25
8. Take part in a special run
The Singapore Specials Run is an annual run aimed at raising awareness for stray and abandoned dogs. Take a paw for them and run to raise funds to support rescue doggies living at shelter and foster homes while awaiting their forever home. You can team up with your own furkid or run solo at the the Paw & Buddy Run (2km) and the Paw Lover Run (5km).
When: 11 November, 4pm
Where: Activity lawn, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Cost: Paw Lover Run: $55; Paw & Buddy Run: $65
9. Mama Mia! Here we go again!
Mums, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. The classic ABBA musical is back in Singapore to bring you sunny smiles, smash-hits and good ABBA tunes. It’s love, friendship and an island paradise rolled into one awesome musical.
When: until 18 November
Where: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Cost: From $58
10. Geronimo Stilton is on the case!
Watch the daring debonair mouse, Geronimo Stilton come to life on stage in a musical spectacular. If your kids are amazed at the books, they’re sure to be wowed by this quest of witches, mermaids, dragons, and a giant!
When: 9-11 November
Where: MES Theatre at Mediacorp, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
Cost: $48, $68, $88, $108, $138 (excludes booking fee)
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