Five things to do with kids on the Deepavali Public Holiday in Singapore

Rangoli, henna, art, craft and a whole heap of lights...

Singapore is at its most colourful this week with the Deepavali celebrations happening all over the island, and with an extra day off this week, we’re making dazzling plans to keep the family shining bright with happiness for the Deepavali Public Holiday. So if you haven’t made a checklist of things to do with the kids on your cheeky mid-week day off, we’ve come to the rescue with five things around Little India and beyond that the whole family will want in on…

1. Deepavali Open House at National Gallery Singapore
Not only is admission free to all exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore for the Deepavali Public Holiday (oh how we love a money saver!), there are also special Festival of Lights arts and craft activities happening all day. Craft and culture all in one fun hit? We’re so there.
When: 18 October, 10am-7pm
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, 178957
Cost: Free

2. Deepavali Open House at The Indian Heritage Centre
Food, fun and festivities are what you can expect at the Indian Heritage Centre, with activities lined up for tiny tots through to grown ups including rangoli workshops, henna tattoos, dancing and lots and lots of colour!
When: Now until 18 October, daily from 10am
Where: Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
Cost: Free

3. Deepavali Event Day at Singapore Philatelic Museum
We love that the Singapore Philatelic Museum always manages to make stamps cool, and its come up trumps for the Deepavali celebrations. Head over for a special event day where you’ll find rangoli craft, a culture quiz, tons of art activities plus, of course, the ongoing stamp exhibitions (we love A Little Magic, the fairy tale inspired collection for kids aged four and up who believe in magic).
When: 18 October, 10am-7pm
Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Cost: Free for all residents (including work and dependant pass holders). From $6 for non-residents.

4. Little India lights
Sadly the Deepavali bazaar and activities have all wrapped up in Little India, but the lights are still dazzling for a few more weeks. Really get into the Festival of Lights feel by bringing the kids after dark to catch the myriad of colours and displays in the area before heading to one of the delish eateries along Race Course Road for a truly fabulous curry.
When: Now until 12 November
Where: All around Little India (Serangoon Road and Race Course Road are particularly lit up!)
Cost: Free

5. Meet the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Kid’s author Jeff Kinney is in town and he’s hanging out at the Bras Basah branch of Popular Book Company, meeting fans and signing books as part of his World Tour. Missing out on this one off event will definitely make a real Wimpy Kid fan a big ol’ cheese touch…
When: 18 October, 4pm-7pm
Where: POP@Central, Blk 231 Bain Street, 04-23/33 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231
Cost: Free but registration is required. Sign up quick as spots are limited (and his Our Tampines Hub appearance is already sold out!)

Photography: Choo Yut Shing via Flickr

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