And just like that we’ve skedaddled into November, and find ourselves heading rapidly towards the end of 2017! Thankfully we still have plenty of post-Halloween parties, kid-friendly blockbuster movies and a ton of festivals to look forward to before the year winds up to make way for 2018. Stick with us people, your weekend in Singapore with kids is going to be jam-packed not only this weekend, but ALL weekends right through the last two months of an already fun-filled year…
1. Introduce tiny ears to classical music
It’s never too early to get your little people aged four and above on board with some classical music, and the SSO Concerts for Children: Nature Tales ticks all the boxes for a great introduction. Join cool puppets Leopold the Leopard and his best friend, a talking tree, as they set off on an adventure inspired by nature set to the score of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
When: 4-5 November, 2pm and 4pm shows
Where: Victoria Concert Hall
Cost: From $25 per person. No admission for infants in arms
2. Get crafty at PIP’s PLAYbox
While the colourful lights might be dimming post-Deepavali celebrations in Singapore, there’s still the chance to get creative with the kids at the free Rangoli Fun craft sessions happening throughout November. Suitable for kids of all ages, the drop in session involves oil lamp and elephant decorating – and a whole lotta sticker action!
When: Now until 29 November, 11am-6pm daily (closed from 2pm-3pm for cleaning)
Where: PIP’s PLAYbox, Esplanade Theatre
Cost: Free. No registration required.
3. Prepare for a friendly battle at a family festival
Roll up, roll up! Bring the whole family for a day of fun that includes carnival rides, performances and workshops. Oh and an ultimate Nerf gun battle the kids (and dads) will SO want in on, all part of The Giving Family Festival by TOUCH Community Services.
When: 4-5 November, 10am-9pm daily
Where: Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square
Cost: Free entry and various costs for activities (you will need to buy coupons).
4. Get wild, wet and a little bit panicky…
Prepare to get wet and wild at a fun run for families with a difference: Panic in the Park is Singapore’s first race in a water park! Pitch your running skills against ghastly ghouls who will be hell bent on stealing your candy in either the 5km Frenzy Race (for kids aged 12 and up) or the 1.5km Pumpkin Dash (suitable for little racers aged four to 12 years, accompanied by a grownup). On your marks, get set, GO!
When: 4 November, 4pm-7pm
Where: Wild Wild Wet@Downtown East
Cost: From $45 per person. Registration required.
5. Eat, dance and be merry at an indie art and music market: in a food court!
The Local People (TLP) are taking over Chinatown Food Street (CFS) and turning it into an indie art and music market: and we’re all invited! Build your own tiffin carrier (tingkat), get a taste for local flavours (red plum ice pops, anyone?) and celebrate the old and new of Chinese customs at an eclectic experience suitable for the whole fam. Chinatown, oh how we love thee.
When: 4-5 November, 1-11pm daily
Where: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown
Cost: Free admission
6. Celebrate words at The Singapore Writers Festival
The Singapore Writers Festival is back (is it really a year since we went all shy meeting the very awesome Hana Yanagihara, author of harrowing but beautifully written A Little Life?) and the line up, as ever, is full to the brim with mega writing talent from both near and far. This is the 20th edition, so all the stops have been pulled out with authors including Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why), O Thiam Chin (Now That It’s Over) and Philip Ardagh (The Grunts) holding workshops and talks, plus tons of cool stuff for little bookworms including art, craft and performances. Check out our guide to all the SWF fun for families before heading over.
When: 3-12 November, various times
Where: Various including Victoria Theatre and Arts House
Cost: Free and ticketed events
7. Hang out with the Sesame Street gang: Halloween style
Halloween has almost finished over at Universal Studios Singapore, so bring your small ghouls to check out how Elmo, Big Bird, Count Von Count and all are celebrating the spooky season. Expect a whole lot of singing, dancing and Halloween fun as the gang go trick or treating. Be ready to monster mash in this last weekend of fangtastic family fun.
When: Now until 4 November, multiple shows per day
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, Pantages Hollywood Theatre
8. Help create a performance with SRT
Catch the wonderful Singapore Repertory Theatre in action for free with a fun show for kids at the library! Upstairs in the Skies is a tale of adventure and friendship, and your kids are invited to join the action and help create the imaginary journey to a magical cloudscape with lots of lovely sensory play along the way.
When: 5 November, 12.30-1.30pm
Where: Central Public Library, Treehouse Library. 100 Victoria Street, National Library Board, Singapore 188064
Cost: Free but registration required (limited spots)
9. Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream (or river)
Singapore River Festival is sailing back into town this weekend, and Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay are all laying on a colourful spectacle with fam-friendly activities that definitely need to be on your radar. LED kites, dragon boating and a Quayside Cinema are just a snippet of the action you can expect in this annual riverside treat.
When: 3-4 November, various times
Where: Along Boat, Clarke and Robertson Quays
Cost: Free and ticketed events
10. End the weekend at Sunday on the Hill
Wind up your weekend by heading over for the chilled vibes and family entertainment at the Polish Independence Day edition of Sunday on the Hill at kult kafe. Kids can boogie up a storm on the dance floor to music by DJ Pawel Szalak from Poland, take part in an apple pie competition, chow down on delish food by Sidecar Sausages and join in with a heap of other activities for the young and old alike.
When: 5 November, 3-10pm
Where: kult kafe, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Cost: Free admission
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