Things to do with kids for Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018

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Chinese New Year is getting closer, and will be here quicker than you can say ‘Year of the Dog’! When it does roll around, we’re going to need to know exactly where all the CNY fun is at. We’ve got you covered, folks, with a whole heap of doggone cool things to do. Here’s where you can get your fill of lion dances, craft, performances and delectable Asian street eats

Street Light-Up in Chinatown
Dazzling lights, colourful lanterns and giant dogs are what it’s all about over in Chinatown. Head to Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge to check out the spectacular displays adorning the whole area.
When: Until 16 March 2018, from 7pm daily
Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

We’ve spotted dog plushes of all shapes and sizes at the Chinatown Festive Street Bazaar. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Chinatown Festive Street Bazaar
With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies and get ahead of the CNY shopping game at stalls selling everything from traditional goodies to waxed duck! Start at Pagoda Street for a colourful feast of paper lanterns, lion puppets, giant paper pineapples and bright doggy-themed decorations. Pick up a cheongsam or Chinese-collared shirt while you’re there!
When: Until 15 February 2018, 6pm-10.30pm daily,  (extended to 1am on CNY Eve)
Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

Last year our junior reporter, Angelica, didn’t let rain spoil her fun (or her photography skills). Photography: Angelica Tristram

Chingay Parade
Can it really be almost a year since our mini-reporter, Angelica, went along to check out Chingay to get the scoop? Seems so! This year is just as bright and bold as ever (we’re hoping there will be less rain though for 2018) and the usual array of cultural performances, decorated floats, lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks can be expected.
When: 23-24 February 2018, 8pm-9.30pm
Where: F1 Pit Buildings
Cost: From $28.50 to $50 per ticket

Istana CNY Open House
The Istana is throwing open its doors to the public for Chinese New Year, and we’re all invited for a stickybeak around Singapore’s most famous home and office. Visitors can take a tour around the main building, and also join a guided walk through the gardens for the chance to learn some history in a gorgeously green setting.
When: 17 February, 8.30am-6pm
Where: The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Cost: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs. $2 for everyone else.

Spring Surprise Honeykids Asia Singapore

Don’t miss the lion dances! Photography: Gardens by the Bay

Spring Surprise
It’s no surprise how much we love celebrations at Gardens by the Bay. Other than being blown away by Dahlia Dreams, a beautiful floral display at the Flower Dome, expect movies on the lawn and spot stilt walkers roving about the gardens. Be there at the right time you’ll also catch ultraviolet (UV) light performances with UV Lotus Dragon and UV Northern Lions in their Singapore debut. All dogs are welcome!
When: Until 25 February, 12pm-8.30pm (various timings)
Where: Supertree Grove, Flower Dome, The Canopy
Cost: Programmes are free. Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.

Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Usher in the Year of the Dog with awesome family-friendly live performances, music, games, firecrackers and fireworks at a street party we’re all invited to.
When: 15 February, 9.30pm-12.30am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

River Hongbao Honeykids Asia Singapore

Watch a magical parade of floats from Singapore’s iconic floating platform. Photography: River Hongbao.

River Hongbao 2018
It’s big, colourful and full of family fun: yep, River Hongbao is back! We’re talking dazzling performances, traditional handicraft stations, a carnival with rides, game stalls and workshops suitable for all ages. Refuel after all that fun at Food Street where you’ll find sellers galore dishing up local eats, and then sit back and wait for the fireworks and laser shows happening every night at 9pm (midnight on New Year’s Eve).
When: Until 24 February, 2pm-11pm daily (extended until 1am on CNY Eve)
Where: The Float@Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805

Free stage shows
Head over to Kreta Ayer Square to catch colourful Chinese cultural performances by local artists and international troupes from China.
When: Until 15 February, 8pm-10.30pm nightly
Where: Kreta Ayer Square

Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2018
Take the kids along to Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts for fun theatre shows and workshops with a big dose of CNY culture, language, and art immersion. Kids can get crafty at free workshops and join interactive storytelling performances while learning all about the origins of Chinese New Year. For the thesps amongst you, make sure to catch  Blood and Ensemble, a Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare’s War of the Roses, performed by Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group from Taiwan.
When: 24 February – 4 March, various timings
Where: Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Cost: Free and ticketed events (from $15)

Gong Sea Fa Cai from the sea dragon! Photography: S.E.A. Aquarium

Gong Sea Fa Cai at S.E.A. Aquarium
We all love a dragon dance, but have you ever seen an underwater dragon dance? Join in the Gong SEA Fa Cai festivities over at S.E.A. Aquarium for a huge dose of auspicious celebrations: don’t forget to dive into the new shark exhibition! And with plenty of other fantastic family attractions on Sentosa (have you checked out the HoneyKids’ guide to the five things to do on Sentosa for CNY vid yet?), once you’re done with the fishy friends, stay for a day of exploration on the island.
When: Until 28 February, daily 10am-7pm
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa
Cost: From $34 per adult and from $22 per child (age four to 12 years)


Photography (top image): Darissa Lee

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