National Day Singapore 2018: our guide to SG53 events for families

Here's where we're partying with the kids on Singapore's special day...

Party poppers at the ready, National Day Singapore 2018 is happening TOMORROW and there’s already plenty of events lined up to celebrate our nation’s 53rd birthday with no shortage of kid-friendly picks. From fireworks parties to local feasting to flea markets and bouncy castles, we’ve pulled together all the fun for families

Catch the aerial displays and the fireworks

While seats were claimed long ago for the National Stadium’s official parade festivities, those of us not lucky enough to get a spot can still join in with the celebrations! Pick one of our tried-and-tested firework viewing points around town to see the skies light up plus helicopter and airplane displays! This dazzling event is returning to The Float @ Marina Bay this year.
When: 9 August
Cost: Free

Wear the kids out with bouncy castles and sports challenges

Spend the day celebrating all things Singapore at the National Day Fiesta. Expect a whole day of fun at the Sports Hub including a family picnic with live screening of the National Day parade, mass workouts, kopi quiz, a heritage bingo, sports challenges, storytelling, craft workshops and a family-friendly carnival: bouncy castles, people! The event is suitable for kiddos – and grown ups – of all ages.
When: 9 August, 9am-9pm
Where: Singapore Sports Hub
Cost: Free

Watch the fireworks from a play park

The whole family can really get in the party mood at Pororo Play Park for the National Day celebrations where you’ll find activities including face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon sculpting, live streaming of the National Day Parade and a scrumptious feast for all. An aerial view of the fireworks display seals the deal.
When: 9 August, 5.30-10pm
Where: Pororo Play Park, #02-29, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Cost: Family Package (2 adults, 2 kids): from $200, child: from $65, adult: from $55.

Celebrate from the Green Roof

How about colouring in your very own Betta fish? Photography: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Get into the National Day spirit with storytelling sessions of Singapore, regaling the adventures of pioneers as well as of tales of Red the Fighting Fish. The kiddos will be able to colour their very own Betta fighting fish, design tote bags and SG badges to take home and wear proudly.
When:  9 August, 10am – 5pm
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Cost: Free

Remember our history at The Arts House

Cast your gaze on this lineup of workshops, film-screenings, talks and performances as you uncover Singapore’s hidden stories and histories. Rediscover the parts of Singapore no one ever talks about and be reminded of just what we’re celebrating this National Day, from the Japanese Occupation to Nanyang poetry and music.
When: 10-12 August 2018
Where: The Arts House
Cost: Free

Celebrate from the Green Roof

Spread out on the grass at Marina Barrage to watch the fireworks and aerial displays. But snap up your spot, quick!

Don your reds and whites and head to the roof of the Marina Barrage for a perfect view of the sunset and, of course, the National Day parade. There’ll be a live screening of the parade but you won’t need a live feed to see the aerial performances RSAF fighter jets or fireworks. Relive the spirit of pasar malam or night market with flea market stalls from clothes to snacks and carnival games and rides for the little ones.
When: 9 August, 11am-9pm
Where: Marina Barrage
Cost: Free

Picnic under the flypast

The festivities continue over the weekend with The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) 50th anniversary flypast Marina Barrage. This aerial treat will feature more than 20 RSAF aircrafts including F-15SG and F-16C/D fighter aircrafts. Expect a picnic bright and early with plenty of games and craft activities to keep the kids busy including art jams, sand art and a parent-child bonding activity to make a rocket and parachute from scratch. Kids will even be able to snap a photo in a RSAF uniform!
When: 11 August, 8am-4pm
Where: Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive
Cost: Free

Catch the NDP Live Screening and a food fest with HomeTeamNS

HomeTeamNS is hosting live screenings of the National Day parade open to the public at Sembawang, Bukit Batok and Balestier, members only at Tampines. All screenings are free except at Sembawang (HomeTeamNS member: $30, non-member: $35). Head to Bukit Batok for the Jin Ho Jiak Food Festival from 9 to 12 August for a diverse range of local foods and games. Or head to Gardens By The Bay East for old-school games perfect for a picnic and an amazing view of the fireworks.
When: 9 August
Where: HomeTeamNS Sembawang, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, HomeTeamNS Balestier, HomeTeamNS Tampines and Gardens By The Bay East
Cost: Various

Take a walk to admire Singapore’s greenery

Kids will love traversing the Treetop Trail at Macritchie.

Conquering the MacRitchie TreeTop walk is definitely on our list of ways to spend National Day and what better way than with fellow Singaporeans? Explore Singapore’s forests and fauna and wrap up the trail with a hearty meal of durians at the end of the walk. Be sure to come dressed in red and white and don’t forget the bug spray!
When: 9 August, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Where: TreeTop Walk, Singapore 578775
Cost: Free, registration required

Get artsy at The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse may not be serving up a fab feast this National Day but it is bringing you all things Singaporean in the form of artworks and art jamming sessions. Book your spot at workshops to make terrariums and be proud of your ultimate masterpiece.
When: 9 August, 10am – 5pm
Where: The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
Cost: Free entry, book ahead for workshops

Have fun with some craft

Check out all things crafty by local artisans at this festive pop up market and workshop. Millenia Walk North Galleria will be showcasing local handicrafts and you’ll have the chance to team up with the kids to make your own desk lamps, trim bonsais, or embark on your own DIY leather crafting and wood carving projects.
When: 6-17 August, 11am-8pm
Where: Millenia Walk, North Galleria (in front of Koi)
Cost: Free, registration required for workshops

Play with The Polliwogs

Tucker the kids out at one of Singapore’s standout indoor play centres, Polliwogs. Take the kiddos out for a meal, laser fury, games and one crazy hair makeover (thankfully, theirs not yours). Plus, free kacang puteh while stocks last, plus a bento-making contest with prizes to be won. All you have to do is kick back at the cafe (free wifi) while the small people have their fun. Win,win.
When: 9 August, 10am-7pm
Where: The Polliwogs @ Suntec City
Cost: $53

Celebrate in the gardens

Don’t miss the Orchid displays in the Flower Dome. Photography: Gardens By The Bay

Rediscover Singapore’s roots (literally) at the visual and cultural displays in the Gardens By The Bay, from the Orchid Extravaganza floral display to the Peranakan-themed programmes. Look forward to traditional Peranakan performances, workshops, demonstrations and even a Peranakan fashion show – rock those kebayas!
When: now until 22 August
Where: Gardens By The Bay
Cost: Free entry, workshop prices apply

Enjoy food and fireworks

Head up to the rooftop bar, Mr Stork, for a guaranteed 360 panoramic view perfect for firework spottiing. And for some extra SG53 fun, enjoy delish comfort food including fresh shawarma and hot dogs with a side order of live music.
When: 9 August, 6 – 10pm
Where: Mr Stork, Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
Cost:  Adult: $168++, top up $30++ for free-flow Delamotte champagne, wines and Andaz Pale Ale, child: $99++

Race around the mall

Fancy a race? Kallang Wave Mall is organising a bunch of activities for the little ones to take part in such as go karting (with min spend $30), and craft workshops (with min spend $20).
When: 7-12 Aug
Where: Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
Cost: Free entry, min spend required

Take a trip down memory lane 

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Sometimes the best way to say Happy Birthday is through a pop-up card! Photography: National Museum

Deck yourself in red and white and join the fun at the National Museum. Relive the old days of Singapore in the exhibits The More We Get Together, Moving Memories (back for a limited time until 13 Aug and 27 Aug to 9 Sep) and of course, our fave, Story of the Forest in the Glass Rotunda. There will be live music performances, storytelling, a scavenger hunt, craft activities, bouncy castles, a pop-up adventure playground, 3D printing, balloon sculptures and of course, a live telecast of the parade to wrap up the night.
When: 9 Aug, 10am-8.30pm
Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Cost: Free

Check out stamps galore

If you haven’t had a chance to pay the Little Prince a visit yet, now’s your chance! While you’re there, take part in a fun quiz, dress up for a funky photoshoot and learn all about guide dogs.
Where: 9 Aug, 10am-7pm
When: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Cost: Free

Explore the space of time at SAM

SAM is holding an open house from 10am, so now’s the best time to check out the Children’s Season exhibit. Catch Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, as well as hop into one of the hourly workshops to create a sparkling deep space mobile or a paper orchid brooch based off our national flower.
When: 9 Aug, opens at 10am, workshops from 11am-6pm
Where: SAM at 8Q
Cost: Free

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