10 things to do with the kids this weekend in Singapore: 12-13 May 2018

Bubbles, pooches, celeb clothing cast offs and a bit of upcycling… Mother’s Day weekend in Singapore is set to be an action-packed one!

Hold on to your homemade macaroni necklaces and wave your DIY flower bouquet in the air: It’s Mother’s Day weekend! Hurrah! And while we’re hoping for a lie in, we also want to get busy with the small, medium and large kiddos in our lives so we can celebrate being their mum. A Champagne brunch would, of course, be marvellous, but in lieu of bubbles we’re also happy to get out and about trying these 10 things to do with the fam…

1. Bring the human AND fur kids for a fun day out
Four-legged and two-legged family members should head on over for the paw-some Doggie Carnival. The day will be packed with dog-friendly activities, including a Dog Health Talk – which we presume will be held by a human, and not an actual talking dog…
When: 12 May, 9am-12pm
Where: West Coast Dog Run
Cost: Free

2. Raid the wardrobes of local fashionistas and celebs
Now here’s an event that really works with our ‘shopping with a conscience’ ethos. The Pasar Glamour pop-up charity sale will feature pre-loved clobber and accessories, all donated by local fashionistas, celebs and home-grown designers! Rummage for goodies from the wardrobes of the likes of Aarika Lee, Sandra Riley Tang, Anita Kapoor and Tracy Philips, and wear your new threads with pride knowing that you helped out three wonderful charities: Daughters of Tomorrow, Arc Children’s Centre and Wild Rice’s Gift of Theatre. We’re very much hoping there might be the odd outfit up for grabs that will cover our ample mum-bottoms…
When: 12-13 May, 11am-7pm daily
Where: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Cost: Free admission

3. Be serenaded by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Spending the day at the Singapore Botanic Gardens sounds like a lovely Mother’s Day to us, especially with the SSO Classics in the Park Mother’s Day Concert to end the evening on a sweet high note. Pack a picnic, pitch a patch, sit back and enjoy.
When: 13 May, 6pm-7pm
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Cost: Free. No registration needed.

4. Relive your teen years
How does Reese Witherspoon stay as fresh-looking today, in her 40s, as she did 17 years ago during her ‘Legally Blonde’ days? We don’t know the answer to her youthful wizardry, but we do know that we can’t wait to catch the musical version of one of our fave rom coms! The New York cast of Legally Blonde – The Musical are bringing ‘Elle Woods’ to Singapore with an updated all-singing, all-dancing show version. There is some ‘mature content’, so this one is best suited to older kids (although there are no age restrictions). Only downside? Reese is not joining the cast. Sad face.
When: 10-20 May, various performance times
Where: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Cost: From $35-$195 per person

5. Adopt a new family member
We love including pet adoption drives in our round-ups. Having recently acquired our own rescued Singapore Special, we know just how much love these unwanted pups and pooches can give. The SOSD Adoption Drive will have hounds of all shapes and sizes – including HBD-approved doggies – looking for their furever homes.
When: 13 May, 1pm-5pm
Where: Paya Lebar Square Retail, 60 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409051
Cost: Free admission. Adoption charges may apply.

6. Join a free storytelling session
Snuggling up with little ones for a wild storytelling session always tops our ‘happy moments’ list. So this lovely event in honour of Mother’s Day, titled ‘My Unique Mum’, sounds just the ticket. Join Kalaiselvi Grace for stories from around the world themed around the unconditional love a mother has for her children (even when they STILL won’t sleep through the night).
When: 12-13 May, 1pm & 3.30pm sessions
Where: PIP’s PLAYbox, Esplanade Theatre
Cost: Free. No registration needed.

7. Twirl over and catch a beautiful ballet performance
Now here’s a mum who is acing her career, along with the trials and tribulations of parenthood… We caught up with prima ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova from the St Petersburg Ballet company as she got ready to perform in the Swan Lake shows throughout this week. Bring your ballet fans to catch a truly stunning performance (we’ve seen it, it’s gorgeous) that will have the kids fancying themselves as dancers for months to come. Tutus at the ready!
When: 8-13 May, various performance times
Where: The MES Theatre at MediaCorp, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
Cost: From $75-$175 per person. No admission for kids aged three years and below.

8. Settle down for movie night
It’s movie night at the library again, and this time around it’s ‘Maleficent’, a film full of magic, mayhem, and a good sprinkle of Disney princess. Bring kids, add snacks and voila, the perfect family evening.
When: 12 May, 5.30pm-8pm
Where: Bukit Panjang Public Library Stories Come Alive Room (Children’s Zone), 1 Jelebu Road, Bukit Panjang Plaza, #04-04 & #04-16/17, Singapore 677743
Cost: Free. No registration needed.

9. Join a free upcycling workshop
Here’s another chance for us to teach the kiddos a thing or two about living an eco-friendly life and doing our part for the environment. At the Weekends in the Park Lifestyle Market and Workshop edition, you can join an upcycling workshop, keep the kids busy with sand art, chalk play and balloon sculpting, and spend a happy afternoon browsing the Sustainable Lifestyle Market.
When: 12-13 May, 11am-8pm daily
Where: Parkland Green, East Coast Park
Cost: Free. Activities are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

10. Be treated to a champagne brunch…
We can’t have a Mother’s Day weekend guide without nudging you in the direction of a decadent feast with bubbles (and zero washing up). It’s not too late to bag the fanciest seats in town for the high tea, brunch and dinner date every mum deserves. Dive into our guide for all the fizzy fun, and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you all. xxx

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