It’s the Hari Raya long weekend and Father’s Day (yes that’s right, it’s this Sunday!) and we’ve been good and are actually organised this year with DIY gifts handmade by the kids and the odd store bought ones for good measure. We’ve even booked ahead for Father’s Day brunch: go us! If you need more ideas for family bonding time with Dad, we’ve got 10 things for him (and the kids) to look forward to this long weekend…
1. Walk through a dream with Sun Boy
The National Gallery has just unveiled its offering for Children’s Season with Gallery Children’s Festival: small Big Dreamers. We’re talking a bright yellow hallway filled with noise-makers, one epic ribbon maze for all ages (yes even an adult-sized one for you), the chance to turn pool noodles and velcro bits into works of art and even a place to sit and consider your hopes and fears. Time to follow the footsteps of The Sun Boy on his journey to find the Yellow Man!
When: now until 9 September 2018
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Cost: General admission applies
2. Meet the dinos – LIVE
Embark on a RAWR-ING adventure with Buddy the dinosaur and his friends from Dinosaur Train! There’ll be live shows, workshops, handicraft activities, meet & greets and interactive games for the little ones to learn all about dinos.
When: 15 – 17 Jun, 22 – 24 Jun 2018, live shows: 2pm, 4.30pm, 7pm
Where: Suntec City, North Atrium
3. Pick up a last minute Father’s Day gift at this fair
Browse the Amazing Summer Fair for some unique finds including clothes, crafts, home decor and stationery and then refuel at the Novotel’s tapas and cocktail tasting counter.
When: 16 June, 10am – 5.30pm
Where: Novotel Singapore on Stevens, 28 Stevens Road, Singapore 257878
4. Deal with the dino invasion
More dinosaur fun! Dinos have invaded Our Tampines Hub! Keep an eye out for roving dinos, archaeologist role play opps and explore the Dino Invasion adventure playground and mini obstacle course. There’ll also be movie screenings for when the kiddos get tired and Singapore’s largest bouncy castle to burn off that extra energy.
When: 16-22 June 2018
Where: Our Tampines Hub, 51 Tampines Avenue 4
5. Grab some dad deals at a Father’s Day Bazaar
Dads can head to the special Father’s Day Bazaar at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok for deals on lifestyle products, IT gadgets and other Fatherly goods they’ll want to stock up on. HomeTeamNS members can also score a special live screening of the World Cup on 17 June.
When: 15 to 17 June 2018
Where: HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok Main Lobby
6. Find out what the deal is with dumplings
We’ve been busy learning all about the Dragon Boat Festival at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s annual Wan Qing Dumpling Festival recently. Head over to with the fam to take part in dumpling-making activities, a heritage hunt, storytelling sessions and crafting fun before catching spectacular night time LED dragon dances, Chinese acrobatic performances and even a magic show!
When: 16-17 June 2018
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
7. Say “annyeong Korea” at Great World City
Don a Hanbok (a type of Korean dress) and ride the K-Wave at Great World City where you can try traditional Korean games like Jegichigi. Stay to watch special performances of Taekwondo, music and dance and then whip up some delicious bibimbap (mixed rice dish) for yourself.
When: until 24 June 2018
Where: Great World City
8. Check out all things begonia
Try to spot all 14 flowering begonia varieties in Gardens by the Bay’s newest floral display, Begonia Brilliance at the Flower Dome. Cool fact: Some of these blooms are specially grown in-house by the Gardens by the Bay’s Research and Horticulture team and make up a dazzling underwater world scene.
When: now until 1 July 2018
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Cost: Admission costs to Flower Dome apply
9. Grab your picnic mats for a live screening of the World Cup
Football fans will be able to catch the opening match of the Football World Cup, Russia vs Saudi Arabia, on 14 June at 11pm – for free! Head there early to save your spot and take part in the fringe activities to meet-and-greet Singapore football players, watch football stunt performances and compete with in a FIFA competition for dads on 17 June.
When: 14 June to 15 July 2018
Where: Our Tampines Hub
10. Bring dad for a musical treat
Bring your music-loving dad to a special performance by The Young Musicians’ Foundation Orchestra. It’s also a great excuse to check out the ongoing ‘Imaginarium’ exhibition!
When: 17 June 2018
Where: Moving Image Gallery, SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Cost: Free, museum admission applies
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