There’s a brand new library opening at VivoCity this Saturday. That’s right, the Bukit Merah Public Library has moved to sunnier shores at library@harbourfront. But if you’re not planning to spend the weekend trying out the new children’s makerspace or getting comfy with a good book, you’re going to need some other weekend inspo. Those who have already got their cheongsams and mandarin collars sorted for CNY should put them to good use and head to craft workshops at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. But if you’re resisting the red, there’s plenty more festivals, carnivals, sales and more to keep the whole fam busy this weekend in Singapore.
1. Get into the CNY spirit at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
It’s never too early to start celebrating, we say! Especially when it means a whole weekend of fun-filled activities for the fam. Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has organised a lineup of awesome adventures for kiddos from a puzzle-filled hunt for the real God of Fortune to Chinese New Year-themed crafts and cultural workshops including a crash course in lion dancing! There’ll be performances for all ages and a chance to redeem the exclusive “lo hei” themed red packets (check out the song that goes with it!).
When: 12-13 January
Where: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906)
Cost: Free, registration required
2. Enjoy a concert in the gardens
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday evening than with a picnic in the park. And even better when that picnic is set to the soothing Songs of Spring at the Gardens performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
When: 12 January, 6-7pm
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
3. Colours in Bloom Workshops
Budding artists aged five and up can see their skills come to fruition at this coloured pencil drawing workshop. Set in the luscious surrounds of Gardens by the Bay, there’s no better way to explore the art mediums than by using the vivid plants and flowers of the gardens for inspiration.
When: 12 January, 3-5pm
Where: Cannonball Room, Supertree Dining
4. Shop local labels at the Keepers Red Letter Sale
If you’re a fan of local designs then you’re not going to want to miss this sale. From accessories, fashion and footwear to books and interior design, you’ll be able to kit out the house in time for New Years with new goodies AND snag discounts up to 90% off. You *may* spot us there…
When: 11-13 January, 11am-7pm
Where: National Design Centre, Level 1 and 2
5. Join an inclusive carnival for all!
We love an inclusive carnival, especially one that promotes sports for people with disabilities. Head down to Marina Bay and take part in carnival games, crafts and a bouncy castle and then get busy with tryouts for Dragon Boat, Hansa Sailing, Wheelchair Fencing and more. There’s something for everyone!
When: 12 January, 10am – 5pm
Where: Passion Wave @ Marina Bay, 11 Rhu Cross, Singapore 437440
6. Tee off at a golf carnival
Keen to give your little ones a chance to tackle a new sport? Head down to the golf carnival happening at Sentosa Golf Club and let the kiddos take part in golf-themed activities at the Kids Zone and the Kiddy’s Golf Safari. There’ll be challenges and awesome prizes up for grabs so be sure to brush up on your Million Dollar Swing!
When: 13 January, 2pm – 6pm
Where: Sentosa Golf Club, The Range @ New Tanjong
7. Enjoy a weekend social at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
Kick back for another Sunday of music, roasts and shopping at the Sunday Social Market. While the kids are busy getting temporary tattoos and taking part in crafts, you’ll get to enjoy a drink and good company.
When: 13 January, 12 – 10 pm
Where: Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, 66 Kampong Bugis #01-01, Singapore 338987
8. Shop at the Pongal Festival Village
Pongal doesn’t start until 15 January but Little India is already ramping up for the celebrations with decorations, lights and a festival village. Take a wander down Campbell Lane for traditional Indian outfits, delicious sweets and decorated pots for cooking Pongal, all the way from India. Don’t forget to try some of the sweet rice and milk pongal yourself!
When: 11-21 January, 10am – 10pm
Where: Campbell Lane
9. Visit the museum
Learn about the world through stamps with a whole day of programmes at the Singapore Philatelic Museum Open House. Design your own greeting card, listen to a storytelling session and snag a The Little Prince-themed paper crown. Did we mention entry is free?
When: 12 January, 10am – 7pm
Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
10. Indulge in a feast at Eatbox
Never had a chance to go to Artbox? Now’s your chance to venture into the specially curated Eatbox with 50 local and regional F&B brands along with live music and urban art. Plus, why not pop along over to Wild Wild Wet for a swim after?
When: 11-13, 18-20 January, 3-11pm
Where: Downtown East, Singapore, Open Plaza 1 & 2
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