Here's where we'll be celebrating with the kids on Singapore's special day - at all the fun family-friendly National Day events!
Party poppers at the ready! National Day Singapore 2021 is fast approaching, and there’s plenty of events lined up to celebrate our nation’s big five-six, with no shortage of kid-friendly picks. We’re definitely not letting the pandemic stop us – we’ll either be celebrating safely from our homes, or socially distant from other families if we’re going out. It’s such a bummer that fireworks may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate in style come 9 August! So without further ado, here’s all the fun for families this National Day 2021…
Family-friendly National Day 2021 events in Singapore
1. Watch the Ceremonial Parade
With the latest Covid-19 restrictions, we’re absolutely bummed out that the National Day Parade is postponed this year to 21 August. However, to celebrate the Lion City’s 56th year of independence, there will still be a ceremonial parade held on 9 August, similar to the one from last year, at the [email protected] Bay.
In terms of fireworks, we are not sure if there will be any. However, the Gov has encouraged people to watch the festivities from home (cue the word ‘festivities’), so we’re hoping there will be fireworks set off at heartlands come 9 August. Watch this space as we will keep you guys posted!
When: 9 August
Where: find out detailed information on the NDP website
2. Participate in Singapore Sports Hub events
This year, Singapore Sports Hub has curated a full lineup of pandemic-appropriate activities to keep you and the fam entertained! You and the kids can vote for your fave light designs for the National Stadium, and see if it glows up in your choice of lights on 9 August! Done with the voting? Put on your workout gear, and get pumped up in the Workout Lah! Cardio Dance class or the Dance Saber session (or both!). Since you and the kiddos are already dressed, how about embarking on a GPS hunt at Kallang Wave mall and National Stadium? We hear the goodie bags are oh-so-worth it! And if you come early enough, you each can score an ART self-test kit.
To wind down, take a trip down memory lane at the Singapore Sports museum, and let the kids be mesmerised by how glorious the stadium once was. Then, head home to snooze because you’ll all have had an awesome day out!
Where: find out more details on Singapore Sports Hub website.
3. Partake in the #TOGOSG56 Virtual National Day Challenge 2021
Get your outdoorsy fix with this sports challenge! From now until 22 August, make it your mission to get the whole fam out (furkids included!) and complete 56km of either cycling, running, or both, in order to contribute to Togoparts‘s goal of achieving 560,000km before 21 August. What an awesome way to celebrate the nation’s 56th birthday! All you gotta do is sign into your TOGOPARTS account, and connect with your Strava app to record the distance. We hear there’s some cool merchandise waiting for ya at the end of the challenge. Need help to get started on your biking journey? Check out our ultimate guide to all the fam-friendly biking trails, along with a curated list of bike rentals in SG, in case you need one.
When: until 22 August 2021
4. Watch National Day light up
The National Museum facade lights up every year on 9 August, and this year won’t be any different. Come in pairs and catch the façade projection at the National Museum of Singapore as it lights up in celebration of Singapore’s 56th birthday with the theme Together Our Singapore Spirit!
When: 1 – 31 Aug 2021, 7.30pm – 12am daily
Where: National Museum of Singapore
5. Join an interactive storytelling session
Kids, this one’s for you! On 9 August, livestream National Museum’s interactive storytelling session based on the popular children’s book Timmy & Tammy: What is Singapore? You will hear from four interesting characters who have each chosen an object to represent Singapore. Look forward to participating in the fun activities these characters have prepared in their quest to decide which “Singapore” resonates best with them!
When: 9 Aug 2021, 10 – 10:30am
Where: National Museum of Singapore Facebook page
6. Order in
Who loves to just lounge around and not have to do the dishes? We do! This National Day long weekend, skip the cooking and the dishes altogether and order in some National Day-exclusive dishes from our carefully curated list of restaurants that deliver to your doorstep. Whether you’re into dim sum or you’re a big fan of chilli crab, we’ve got you covered!
7. Watch the annual National Day Concert
Music lovers, you’ll want to catch the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO)’s annual National Day Concert. Not only is it a great family-friendly event, it’s also one of the main events we look forward to catching every year. This year, the concert will be exclusively streamed on SISTIC Live from 13 August at 8pm. Expect to see and hear a range of beloved National Day songs including ‘Majulah Singapura’ and ‘A Little Trip Down Memory Lane’! Jason Lai will be master of ceremonies and the performers include singer Jessica Tam and violinist Kailin Yong.
Tickets this year start at just $5 and one ticket is enough for a whole family to watch together. And, the concert will be available to watch until 12 September, too.
When: 13 August 2021, 8pm
Where: Online via SISTIC Live
8. Experience the Bras Basah – Bugis light-up
This National Day, take a stroll around the Bras Basah – Bugis (BBB) area and observe the illumination of seven buildings in the precinct in red and white. The landmarks include:
- The Central Fire Station
- Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
- National Museum of Singapore
- National Design Centre
- Stamford Arts Centre
- Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Fim
- The Cathay
There will also be a second light-up in the Civil district if you happen to be in that neighborhood instead. The landmarks to look out for include:
- Esplanade – theaters on the Bay
- National Gallery Singapore
- The Arts House
- The Fullerton hotel Singapore
- Victoria Theatre
- Victoria Concert Hall
Besides these 2 light-up events, the National Heritage Board has prepared a line-up of online performances, stories and interactive offerings so you can join in on all the festivities at home.
When: 1 August – 31 August | 7PM – 12 AM
Where: Follow this map to get a complete view of all the landmarks https://goo.gl/maps/ofosVyr9EKdzBsXQA