We’re one weekend away from National Day, and there’s plenty going on for the whole family to start those celebrations early! Catch the rehearsals of the NDP fireworks around town, enjoy a food festival or two and take part in a charitable act at Marina Bay Sands. Here’s everything going down this weekend!
1. Let’s go fly a kite!
Bring the whole family – along with a picnic! – for a fun day out at Marina Barrage. There’s loads on, including kite-making and kite-flying, tattoo art, a special NDP-edition photo booth, live musical performances, parent and child Zumba… the list goes on! End the evening watching a preview of the National Day fireworks on the roof garden.
When: 3 August, 3.30pm–8.30pm
Where: Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
Cost: Free, register here.
2. Games of the past
Relive your youth at Suntec City this weekend! There’s an old-school themed “Gai Gai” carnival happening with traditional game stalls, snacks from yesteryear and a “Kueh”-inspired bouncy castle. With plenty of prizes up for grabs, the whole fam will definitely enjoy this one.
When: 2–4 August, 12pm-9pm
Where: East Wing L1, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
3. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Enjoy a date night with a twist: Films At The Fort is back for its seventh edition this August with plenty of old classics and some new ones to boot. Kicking off the weekend is Hotel Mumbai, but the tickets are sold out! You’ll definitely want to catch The Talented Mr Ripley on Saturday, or Bohemian Rhapsody on Sunday.
When: 2–4 August, other films are running well into August.
Where: Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Cost: $31.80, tickets available here.
International Twins Day is this Sunday, and Pan Pacific hotel is celebrating with a very special brunch. Each pair of twins will only have to pay for the price of one for a buffet lunch at Edge, the hotel’s signature restaurant serving up authentic tastes of the little red dot. Indulge in double egg chilli crab with deep-fried golden buns before tucking into a giant Turkish lamb burger, and finishing up at the chocolate fountain. Check out our other favourite family-friendly brunch spots!
When: 4 August, 12pm–3.30pm
Where: Edge, Pan Pacific, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Cost: $138 per adult, $69 per child, includes unlimited orange juice, ice lemon tea, coffee and tea. Top up $60 for unlimited champagne.
5. Flower power
Head indoors to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay for an Orchid Extravaganza! Celebrating Singapore’s pop culture, the orchid display melds floral arrangements and pop art, featuring landmarks and objects that are part of the local culture… what an interesting way to celebrate National Day! You’ll definitely be wowed with the landscape of more than 15,000 orchids, which includes over 80 varieties.
When: Running until 15 September, 9am–9pm
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Cost: Until 31 August, enjoy $4 off the regular ticket price for the Flower Dome, applicable to adult, senior and child tickets.
6. Adults only
Ditch the kids and catch a preview of the NDP fireworks at the Singapore River Festival. This weekend’s edition is at Boat Quay, and will have live musical performances, outdoor dining and a local bevvie or two – Tiger Beer, of course! Don’t forget to wear red and white!
When: 2–3 August, 6pm–10pm
Where: Circular Road
Cost: Free entry
7. For charity
Do something good while enjoying the sights and sounds of the attractions around Marina Bay Sands with the kids. Bring them along to the ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, the Sampan Rides and Digital Light Canvas this weekend as proceeds from the admission fees will be donated to Community Chest. We love doing charitable acts without even thinking about it! Check out our article on volunteering in Singapore if you’re interested in doing more.
When: 2–4 August
Where: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Cost: The ticket pricing for the ArtScience Museum can be found here, the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck here, the Sampan Rides here, and Digital Light Canvas here.
8. Youth of the Nation
Get your teens and tweens discovering their passion and purpose at Singapore Sports Hub’s YouthX weekend. Think live music all day long in the Festival Village, dance competitions, video game competitions and more. Head to the National Youth Council’s website for the very extensive schedule.
When: 3 & 4 August
Where: Singapore Sports Hub
9. Play it again
This weekend sees the first Friday of the month, which means Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s TGIF Music Station is back! Featuring a series of live music performances from some of Singapore’s favourite artists and rising stars, this Friday’s edition has Tan Yong Qing, Jin An and Olinda Cho. Head over and enjoy some of the local talent.
When: 2 August, 12.30–1.30pm and 7.30–9.45pm
Where: The lunchtime session is at Guoco Tower, Level 1, Urban Park, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 078881. The evening session is at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906.
10. Food, glorious food
Head over to the Bukit Batok branch of HomeTeamNS, a recreation club for National Servicemen. There’s a fun food fest going on for the whole family to ring in Singapore’s 54th birthday in style! Take part in old kampong games and watch live performances while the kiddos can get their face painted and enjoy a balloon twister. This weekend is the preview, with the main event happening over the National Day weekend.
When: 2–4 August, 3pm-10pm; 9–12 August, 11am-10pm
Where: HomeTeamNS 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Singapore 659003
Cost: Free, register here.
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