Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! It’s finally the Lunar New Year for all our Chinese friends and now that the (official) festivities are over and the visiting is slowing down we can take a break from our ‘break’. After all, spending the better part of the day fielding judgey questions like “Have you been breastfeeding?”, “What school do they go to?” and the dreaded “So when’s the next one?” deserves a holiday of its own. Don’t worry, we’re already almost at the weekend. Dress the kids up in their best CNY threads and fill up your agenda with these things to do. Expecting another visitor? “Sorry, we’re busy that day!”
Go to the National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore is celebrating Chinese New Year this Saturday. Drop in for a lion dance performance, craft your own decoration to take home, or learn more about traditional Chinese puppet theatre and enjoy a live music performance of CNY classics. Plus, those who are born in the Year of the Pig get free entry to the Polaroid Exhibition from now until 19 February.
When: 9 February, 10am – 7pm
Where: National Museum of Singapore
Get building with Lego
Lego is celebrating the launch of Lego Movie 2 with the largest ever Lego event in Singapore. You’ll be able to step into the world of Lego Movie 2, meet and greet your favourite characters Emmet and Lucy, check out the special displays and take part in games. Don’t miss out on special workshops and learn to direct your own movie using the Lego Movie Maker. Everything is awesome!
When: 8-24 February
Celebrate CNY by the Singapore River
For big, colourful family fun, River Hongbao has it all. We’re talking dazzling performances, traditional handicraft stations, a carnival with rides, game stalls and workshops suitable for all ages. This year there’s a honking great junk (boat) exhibition that will take you on a historical journey of the Singapore River. Refuel after all that fun at Food Street where you’ll find sellers galore dishing up local eats, and then sit back and wait for the fireworks and laser shows happening every night (check website for timings).
When: now until 10 February, 2pm-11pm daily
Where: The Float@Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
Explore the quirky world of quarks
Step inside the The Incubator and into a quirky, quarky world. Discover all the “flavours” of quarks, the basic building blocks for Protons and Neutrons, and be sure to snap lots of pics!
Be amazed, have fun and question everything.
When: 28 January – 24 February, from 7.30pm
Where: Esplanade Park
Experience the uniqueness of Chetti Melaka cuisine
Planning on widening your culinary repertoire? Pick up traditional recipes from expert Chetti Melaka cooks and join in a demo to unveil the secrets of this delicious cuisine that incorporates Indian, Malay and Peranakan flavours.
When: 10 February, 10.30am – 12pm
Where: Indian Heritage Centre
Cost: Free, registration required
Let the kids unwind with some yoga
Fresh organic produce, groceries, baby food and vino, all that’s missing from kickstarting a healthy lifestyle at Mahota Market are yoga classes – and that’s happening this Saturday! Just drop the kiddos aged three to six off at the Kids Yoga Garden Adventure Class. There’s singing and storytelling along with breathing practices, creative yoga poses and quiet time for the kids while you get to enjoy a shopping trip in peace.
When: 9 February, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Where: 809 French Rd, Mahota Commune, Kitchener Complex, Singapore 200809
Face the (Chinese) music!
Always wondered what instruments are used in Chinese music? And what makes a Chinese New Year song? Kids aged nine and up can get to know more about Chinese music in this music literacy series. What better way to spend the weekend than by learning something new? The session is conducted in English.
When: 9 February, 2- 3pm
Where: Jurong Regional Library, Programme Zone (Level 1), 21 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609732
Hop into a ToyBox full of fun
All your favourite characters are chilling out in Sentosa from now until this weekend with plenty of rides, games and activities to keep the kids entertained. We went along to check out the fun last week and the kids had a blast at the Nerf Gun Challenge, explored the inflatable playground and scored some epic prizes in the Human Claw Machine. Expect to blow a pretty penny all in one day, but if you’re feeling the pinch from the festive season, don’t worry, the live shows and meet and greets are all FREE!
When: now until 17 February, 10am – 10pm
Where: Palawan Green Sentosa
Cost: Free entry
Snag some CNY goodies at the Chinatown Street Bazaar
With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies and continue your CNY shopping game at stalls selling everything from traditional goodies to waxed duck! Start at Pagoda Street for a colourful feast of paper lanterns, lion puppets, giant paper pineapples and bright piggy decorations. Pick up a cheongsam or Chinese-collared shirt while you’re there!
When: Until 15 February, 6pm-10.30pm daily
Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
Cost: Free entry
Try your hand at bookbinding
Pick up a new skill at the Japan Rail Cafe courtesy of Yang Shihui and learn about Japanese Stab Binding to bind your own book using coloured thread. Not exactly date night, but still a fun way to bond with your partner ahead of Valentine’s Day. Plus you can finally put together that baby book you’ve been putting off.
When: 10 February, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Japan Rail Cafe, 5 Wallich Street #01-20 Tanjong Pagar Centre Singapore 078883
Cost: $80 per person; $120 per couple
And if you’re still stumped, check out our guide to what’s open this Chinese New Year for minimum disappointment and maximum fun!
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