We've got a circus, art jam gone wild, a preschool roadshow and more weekend family fun in store...
Yesss, it’s almost the weekend again! We can finally have a lazy lie-in with a piping hot cup of coffee… scratch that. Shove that coffee into your favourite reusable mug and get ready to roll out before the kids find the iPad. We’re as busy as summer in Singapore is hot and here’s your line-up for the weekend…
1. Busy Bees Best Start In Life – Play, Nurture, Grow
Busy Bees’ very first roadshow is happening 6-7 July for parents to meet all its preschools under one roof while the kids attempt to smash a Singapore Record. It’s a day of fun, crafting and racing cardboard cars with the chance to win prizes. Register now and receive an exclusive goodie bag and free yummy treats for the whole fam!
When: 6-7 July
Where: Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Concourse 3
2. Fill your weekend with messy colourful fun!
Singapore’s first and only splatter paint studio is the art jam-paintball-foodfight you’ve always dreamed of. The kids are sure to have a blast whipping up (literally) their own masterpiece using water guns, spray bottles and even water balloons. Check out our magnum opus from when we visited Splat Paint House – Pollock’s got nothing on us.
When: now until 16 August
Where: MOX – 451 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427664
Cost: From $30
3. Experience the magic of Harry Potter
Magic yourself and the kids over to your local library for a special Harry Potter-inspired storytelling session to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Come decked out in your best wizarding garb for spellbinding stories and fun activities. Suitable for seven to nine year olds, visit the NLB website for specific timings and venues.
When: 5-7 July
Where: Marine Parade Public Library, Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Sengkang Public Library, Jurong Regional Library
4. Enjoy Ballet Under the Stars
Pack a picnic basket for a night of Ballet Under the Stars at Fort Canning. This weekend will showcase three contemporary works Evening Voices by Timothy Rushton, Linea Adora by Timothy Harbour, as well as SYNC by Nils Christe. Fans of Tchaikovsky can catch highlights of Giselle’s Act II, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker Act II next weekend. Don’t forget the tutus!
When: 5-7, 12-14 July
Where: Fort Canning Green (in front of Fort Canning Arts Centre)
5. Put the fun in funeral
Contemplate life, love and loss at this unconventional carnival chock full of performances, installations, films, and participatory arts activities for all ages. Morbidness aside, this is a great way to introduce the concept of loss to the little ones (bar watching The Lion King). Relax and reflect on what it means to “live well, leave well” with music performances, collaborative painting, treasure hunting and collage making. Pack tissues into your picnic basket and snuggle up.
When: 3–7 July, 5pm–10pm
Where: Open field next to SAFRA Mount Faber
6. Start Right, Start Bright!
Get all your burning parenting questions on children’s health answered at a seminar by SBCC. A team of experts from SBCC Baby and Child Clinic and Child Development Centre will be providing evidence-based medical insights into common health issues and how to optimise your child’s health by establishing healthy habits.
When: 6 July
Where: Stephen Riady Auditorium @ NTUC, One Marina Boulevard
7. Spend your weekend at The Artground
TAG is celebrating the day it turns two with a special birthday fundraiser, with goodie bags for each parent-child pair. Drop-in over the weekend to enjoy interactive music and dance sessions, craft activities, a family dance party plus heaps more for kids of all ages.
When: now until 15 September
Where: The Artground
Cost: Free entry, drop-in programmes: $10 per parent-child, $15 per parent child (7 July only)
8. Open a cabinet of curiosities
The circus is back in town! Kurios, the latest offering from those mega-talented Cirque du Soleil peeps, is opening a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ filled with balancing acts, daring acrobatics and ingenious machinery props. We can’t wait until we’re under the big top once again!
When: 6 July–4 August; Tues–Fri: 4.30pm, 8pm; Sat: 4.30pm, 8pm; Sun: 1.30pm, 5pm
Where: Under The Big Top, Bayfront Avenue, Beside Marina Bay Sands
Cost: From $85
9. Visit an outdoor gallery
There’s a brand new outdoor gallery at Kampong Gelam with framed artwork, murals and wall designs by over 20 artists. Sign up for a guided tour to Gelam Gallery or take our guide to Kampong Glam with the kids. Nothing like a good wall crawl to get us excited about exploring the city!
When: 5-7, 12-14 July
Where: Masjid Sultan Front Entrance (Gate 5), 3 Muscat Street, Singapore 198833
Cost: Free, registration required for tours
10. Have a family day with the helper!
Helpers are our literal right-hand women, so equipping them with the right skills is totally practical. Head down to Aidha’s Open House to check out the courses on offer for FDWs and attend its awesome birthday party afterwards. It’s a food potluck with games, a raffle and a photobooth for a family day for all.
When: 7 July, 12.30-3pm.
Where: United World College South East Asia, Singapore 139654
Cost: Free, registration required
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