With SO much fun things happening for kids in Singapore right now, there’s no way any little person in your family should complain about feeling bored. From creative craft activities to an interactive history lesson, theatre for kids to blockbuster movies, it’s all happening in our adventure checklist…
1. Bring the kids to Angkor Wat – without leaving Singapore
If you haven’t made it over to Siem Reap with the kids yet, the next best thing is in Singapore right now. Head over to the Asian Civilisations Museum, one of the island’s most fam-friendly museums, and check out Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. You’ll get up close to rare Khmer sculptures and historical memorabilia that tell the story of the French influence on Angkor (the exhibition is in partnership with the Guimet Museum in Paris). Fascinating stuff!
When: Now until 27 May
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)
Cost: From $11 per person.
2. Make Mandarin fun for the kids
Exposure is always the quickest way for our little linguists to pick up new languages. The Amazing Journey (儿童剧 “勇闖黑森林), a children’s drama narrated in Chinese, is a fun way to introduce Mandarin in a theatrical setting. Meet Kiki the ant, a small grasshopper and a timid beetle named Jimmy who end up on an adventure together as they embark on their quest to find paradise.
When: 14-15 April, various performance times
Where: Drama Centre Theatre, #03-01 National Library Building, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
Cost: $35 per person
3. Doodle on floors and soak up a lifestyle market
If artisan crafts, chalk art and free play activities are up your alley, then gather the troops and head over to the East Coast Park for a pop-up lifestyle market. Look out for workshops on how to creatively reuse old materials (happening throughout the day), and don’t forget to pick up free chalk at any outlet at Parkland Green for some freestyle doodling on the floor!
When: 14-15 April, 11am-8pm daily
Where: Parkland Green, East Coast Park (Car Park Area C1)
4. Introduce to the kids to a classic ballet performance
Kids age four and above will be mesmerised by the beautiful tale of Giselle, which is pirouetting to the stage for this week only. Presented by the Singapore Dance Theatre, this classic tells the story of romance and betrayal, features breathtaking choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, and a stunning score by Adophe Adam. Expect demands for dance lessons before the curtain falls on the final act!
When: Now until 15 April, various performance times
Where: Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
Cost: From $35 per person. No admission for infants in arms and children below four years old.
5. Catch a free movie screening
Wind up your busy Saturday with a chilled free movie session at Bukit Panjang Public Library. No registration required, just pitch up with your snacks and settle down for a showing of Ratatouille – a rat who has grand plans for becoming a small but mighty masterchef!
When: 14 April, 5.30pm-8pm
Where: Bukit Panjang Public Library, Stories Come Alive Room (Children’s Zone), 1 Jelebu Road, Bukit Panjang Plaza, #04-04 & #04-16/17, Singapore 677743
6. Join a free art ‘n’ craft session
Pop by to PIP’s PLAYBox and colour or draw your own ‘Blowing in the Wind’ themed tapestry flag to symbolise hopes, dreams and wishes.
When: Now until 30 April, 11am-6pm daily
Where: PIP’s PLAYbox, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Cost: Free. No registration required.
7. Sail over to the Singapore Yacht Show
Glamorous parties, superyachts, supercars, fine dining, high fashion, art and fam-friendly activities are all part and parcel of the 8th edition of the Singapore Yacht Show. Look out for the kids’ creative workshops – and the gin festival! This one makes for a great date night if you can offload the kiddos… Just sayin’.
When: 12-15 April, 3pm-9pm daily
Where: ONE15 Marina Sentosa Cove
Cost: $50 per person for one day ticket, $75 per person for multi-day ticket. Free admission for kids age 11 and under.
8. Adopt a furry family member
Mutts and Mittens are full to the brim with pooches looking for a home to call their own, and with it being the Year of the Dog, there’s never a better time to adopt a pup of your own. There’ll be dogs of all shapes and sizes (including HDB approved ones), so go along and sniff out your new best friend!
When: 15 April, 12pm-5pm
Where: 11 Pasir Ris Farmway 2, Singapore 519326, Singapore
Cost: Free admission but adoption charges may apply.
9. Join a storytelling and craft activity
Join an interactive storytelling session with Linda Locke, co-author of the book Agnes & Her Amazing Orchid. Learn how Singapore’s National Flower was created as you and kiddos take part in a hands-on colouring activity. Suitable for little ones aged five to seven years.
When: 14 April, 2pm-3pm
Where: Yishun Public Library, Story Circle, 930 Yishun Ave 2, #04-01 North Wing, Northpoint City, Singapore 769098
Cost: Free. No registration required.
10. Whip up a creative masterpiece with the kids
Head over to the National Gallery and get the creative juices flowing at the parent-child Family Art Workshop. Artists will guide you as you whip up your own masterpiece, inspired by works in the Gallery.
When: 14 April, 1.30pm-3pm
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Cost: $20 per adult/child team. $30 per trio. Registration required.