Best of the Singapore River Festival 2017 for families

Singapore River Festival 2017
Head down to the Singapore River Festival for dragon boats, light shows, an alfresco cinema and oodles of riverside fun for the whole family...

You’ll often find us making our leisurely way through Sunday morning with a great coffee, delish brunch and a bunch of happy scooting kids down at a family-friendly cafe by the Singapore River, so we don’t need much persuasion to sail over to Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay this weekend for the annual Singapore River Festival. We’ve been taking a sneak peek of the fun lined up for families in this year’s ever-colourful event…

Skylight Spectacular
Send your kids’ spirits soaring when they catch a look at GoFlyKite’s LED kites that will be taking over the River skyline once the lights go down. This is set to be the biggest LED kite display ever seen at the Festival, and you can expect not just stunts and aerobatic thrills, but also the chance to pilot your own kite via drones during trial sessions throughout the weekend. Shows will be performed on the hour from 8pm onwards, set to music, with laser projection, street performances, jugglers, games and entertainment thrown in for good measure in between displays.
When: 3-4 November, 8pm onwards each night
Where: Clarke Quay Central Waterfront Promenade

The Regatta Rumble
Get the whole family ready to rumble and head to Boat Quay waterfront to find an illuminated battleground set up for dragon boat warriors – all in honour of the first night race at Singapore River in a long, long, long time. Teams from around the region will be battling it out in this super cool water sport that we just know the kids are going to want in on the minute they spot one of those dragon-headed boats! There will also be light shows during intermissions, so make sure you get there early to pitch a prime spot.
When: 3-4 November, 7-10pm each night
Where: Boat Quay Waterfront

Quayside Cinema II
An al fresco cinema makes for the perfect date night if you manage to ditch the kids, but if not bring them along too to catch three animated short films by Robot Playground. Settle back with your popcorn to see ‘The Violin’, ‘The Girl and the Cat’ and ‘Little Red Bricks’ and then get a pizza delivery from nearby Rosso Vino for the grand finale: Royston Tan’s highly acclaimed ‘3688’.
When: 4 November, 7.30-10pm
Where: The Quayside, Robertson Quay

See you there, folks!

Photography: Selina Altomonte

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