Today is the 4th of July, it’s Independence Day in America but here in Singapore we’re not expecting any fireworks until 9 August (boo hoo!) – but we’re saving the tears for when the team we’re rooting for doesn’t make it to the next round of the World Cup. Other than ferrying the kids to and from soccer lessons, and catching the quarter finals this weekend, we’re also looking forward to street art, a Pikachu parade and a movie screening of The Lion King 2 (we caught and LOVED the musical and can’t get enough of Hakuna Matata!).
1. Watch Singapore’s homegrown footie stars
The World Cup quarter finals are happening this weekend but we’ve got our own footie matches to occupy us during the day. The Singapore Premier League has three games scheduled for this weekend, with tix available for under $10.
When: selected dates from now until 22 July
Where: Various locations
Cost: Adult $6, Child $2
2. Appreciate some fun street art
Have we mentioned recently how much we love visiting Little India with the kids? The fun wall crawl is definitely one to add to the list for plenty more instagrammable moments in this buzzing pocket of town. Check out our guide to Little India for where to stop for delish local food to appease hangry children.
Where: Little India MRT station
3. Sample Singapore’s local delights
Ever wondered what a Singaporean restaurant would have looked like back in the day? The Singapore Visitor Centre has prepared a special old-school display showcasing some of Singapore’s most treasured foods, including chicken rice and laksa. You can even take home food samples including one of our favourite local treats, kaya jam,
When: now until 12th August, samples available weekends 10am-1pm
Where: Singapore Visitor Centre Orchard Gateway
4. Practise your French for Bastille Day
Bastille Day is not until next weekend but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a bit of French storytelling session in the meantime. Kids aged three to seven years can bring along their parents for some fun reads in French. This is the perfect opportunity for you to brush up on your French and best of all – you don’t need to actually know any French! Magnifique!
When: 7 July, 10.30am
Where: Alliance Française de Singapour
5. Catch a Pikachu parade
Experience all things cute at the Super Japan Fest with an indoor carnival filled with games, activities and performances including comedy magic, a tambourine performance and a parade of adorable dancing Pikachus! Don’t forget to race for prizes and get your vogue on at the Harajuku Fashion Walk. It’s going to be so matcha fun!
When: 7-8 July, 11am-11pm
Where: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore, 039596
6. Venture into the streets for art, music and culture
The 10th edition of urban street festival, Urban Ventures X is celebrating with yoga, street performances, pop-up food stalls, wordsmithing booths, art workshops, art markets, sidecar vespa tours and even a free manicure (available from 5 – 8pm). Don’t forget to rack up some good karma by donating to Transient Workers Count Too!
When: 7 July, 4 – 10:30pm
Where: Temple Street
7. Get into healthy food groove
Whether you already eat healthily or are thinking about starting better food habits, Sprout is determined to get you into the veggie groove. Take the fam along to grab fresh produce, pick up tips on urban farming, dine on delish farm-to-table meals, attend chef showcases and hands-on cooking lessons, all while the kids are kept busy with activities and a special play area, Sprout & Play.
When: 7 – 8 July
Where: Singapore Convention Centre & Exhibition Centre, Hall 406
8. Dress up for an anime fest
Any anime fans in the house? Cosfest XVII, one of the biggest cosplay events of the year, is back with a special parade planned at Wild Wild Wet. If you haven’t had time to put together an outfit, there’s still cosplay parades, performances and an artist market to enjoy at the fest. Snap some pictures while you’re there, but don’t forget to ask for permission!
When: 7-8 July, 12-7pm
Where: D’Marquee Downtown East, Singapore
Cost: Free, entry fee to Wild Wild Wet applies for Cosfest WaterWorld
9. Get into the Lion King spirit
If you haven’t heard, The Lion King musical is in town and we had our lion’s share of fun. If you weren’t able to get tickets, good news, it’s just extended its run to September so there’s still plenty of time to catch the mane event. In the meantime, we’ve got Popcorn Pop Up Cinema for kids, which is kicking off with a screening of The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride to get you roaring and ready for the real-life musical. Dressing up is not only welcome, but encouraged!
When: 7 July, 10.30am-12.30pm (screening starts at 11am)
Where: Picnic Food Park, Orchard
10. Get funky fit with a rainbow edition of ZUMBA
Get fit in celebration of PinkFest 2018 and in support of the LGBTQ+ community. There’s a special rainbow edition happening for members of the community to pick up some new moves and get fit together. Cash donations will be collected to support Oogachaga, Singapore’s community-based LGBTQ counselling centre.
When: 7-8 and 15-16 July
Where: Fit Eleven, 1 Venture Avenue, #07-11, Big Box, Singapore 608521
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