So here we are: a brand new year stretching ahead of us glistening with possibility. And while we’re busy making New Year’s resolutions we can actually keep, and planning as many quick vacays as possible throughout 2019, we’re also turning our minds to the first weekend of the year. From an awesome free playgroup to bento making workshops, we’ve got every intention of packing 5-6 January 2019 out with plenty of cool activities.
1. Join us at our playgroup with Learning Vision
Whoop, whoop: it’s FREE playgroup time again and we can’t wait to meet you and your little ones for singalongs, baby chef activities, messy (and non-messy!) play and morning refreshments. See you there, folks!
When: 5 January, 9am
Where: East location: 15A Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-01 The Eightrium, Singapore 486035
West location: 10 Science Park Rd, #01-02/03 The Alpha Singapore Science Park II, Singapore 117684
Cost: Free, RSVP required at our online form!
2. Celebrate Shogatsu (New Year) at Liang Court
Catch a Shishimai performance to bring good luck for the year ahead, take part in a fam-friendly workshop (including bento making) and listen to a Taiko drum performance this weekend at Liang Court.
When: now until 6 January, 10am-10pm daily
Where: Liang Court (177 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179030)
3. Take part in Straits Family Sunday
The ‘Say Cheese’ edition of Straits Family Sunday is happening this weekend and you can expect a whole heap of cultural fun. Pose for a new year family pic while decked out in a sarong kebaya or batik shirt, create your own photo frame and check out the special Amek Gambar exhibition. Don’t forget to also join an activity trail or go on a character tour to find out more about how people captured memories in days of old.
When: 6 January, 1-5pm
Where: Peranakan Museum
4. Float over to The Artground for a special performance
Explore an ecosystem of balloons at a poetic and intriguing performance that’s come all the way from the UK to entertain our two to six year olds. Rise and Fall is an interactive show designed especially with little ones in mind to encourage them to think about holding on and letting go.
When: 5-6 January, 2.30pm & 4pm
Where: The Artground (Whitebox), 90 Goodman Road, #01-40, Block J, Singapore 439053.
Cost: $20 per person
5. Spend a day out at the carnival
If you haven’t swung by to The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival yet then we say make it a plan for this weekend. On top of rides and games aplenty, three of which are brand new, there will also be roving food trucks to keep you fuelled and art and craft workshops led by local artisans.
When: Now until 24 Mar 2019
Where: Bayfront event space
Cost: Free admission
6. Magic up a great slice of pizza
Combine pizza and magic over at Picotin by joining the Mystical Time at Joo Chiat this Saturday evening. Bring the kiddos for excellent food and keep them entertained with magic tricks aplenty from a variety of Singapore’s top magicians.
When: 5 January, 7-9pm
Where: Picotin Joo Chiat, 382 Joo Chiat Road, 427622
Cost: Free but reservations must be made.
7. Kick off the new year with an adoption
An adoption of the furry kind! Exclusively Mongrels (where we adopted our own Singapore Special from), Mutts Rescue and Causes for Animals are joining forces for the first adoption drive of the year. Pop along to see if your fur-ever new friend is amongst the pups and pooches of all sizes at the event.
Where: Fountain Square, City Square Mall
When: 5 January, 11am-3pm
Cost: Free (adoption charges may apply).
8. Catch a storytelling session at Gardens by the Bay
Listen to author Maureen Yeo read her charming story, The Great Singapore Poo Sale and Other Beastly Business, and find out what happens to Singapore’s wildlife when its usual habitats are threatened by urbanisation. As well as being enthralled by the fun-packed tales, there will also be plenty of family-friendly activities happening including an interactive art session, singalongs and stories galore. There will also be the chance to listen in on a talk by National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Jayaprakash Bojan, who will be sharing some of his experiences and amazing photos of Singapore’s wildlife.
When: 5 January, 4-5pm
Where: Gardens By The Bay, Cannonball Room
9. Brush up on your Mandarin
Bring your little bookworms age four to 10 years over to Tampines Library for a fun and free Stories Come Alive session, where storytellers from Chou Sing Chu Foundation will entertain the fam with a series of fun-filled, interactive tales.
When: 5 January, 11.30am-12pm
Where: Tampines Regional Library, Level 3, 1 Tampines Walk #02-01 Our Tampines Hub Singapore 529684
Cost: Free, no registration required.
10. Get science-y with your toddlers
Totally Science is Singapore’s first-ever toddler science programme that offers tiny tots a multitude of opportunities to learn through play and inquiry. Activities are appropriately designed to engage toddlers to help discover, explore, experiment and develop a pash for all things science. This one is a parent-child combo so grown ups get to join in with the fun too.
When: 5 January, 10–11.30am
Where: The Party Room, KidsSTOP™
Cost: $53.50* per caregiver and child pair (Fee excludes administration charges)
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