Not one for celebrating the festivities? Spend this weekend doing something else with the kiddos instead.
Chinese New Year is finally here! It’ll be three days of feasting, snacking and travelling all around the city to visit relatives, and we can’t wait. But if you’re not out celebrating the festivities, don’t fret as there are tons of other exciting activities to do in Singapore. For one, we think it’s a great opportunity to explore the places you haven’t been – like a new ‘hood, a different museum or a new kid-friendly restaurant. Need recommendations? We’ve got stellar non-Chinese New Year activities right here – happy exploring!
1. Walk the grounds of the Istana
If you’ve never explored the Istana before, you’ll want to bring the littlies along this weekend. Head on over to the Istana Open House this weekend, where you’ll get to enjoy a guided tour of its flora, fauna and biodiversity on a nature guided walk, or visit the main building where you’ll get an insight into the various function rooms and collections of state gifts presented to the President and Prime Minister.
If you’re looking to do some shopping, pop on over to the i’mable gift market where you’ll get to purchase handmade leather products, homeware, jewellery and other artisanal products by talented people with disabilities. Kids can also learn about rats, the Chinese zodiac of 2020 from the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore – including a chance to interact with dumbo rats and guinea pigs, too! Entry is free for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents, and costs $2 otherwise.
When: Saturday, 26 January, 8.30am-6pm
Where: The Istana, 35 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238823
2. Take a trip to space and beyond
Head to the ArtScience Museum for an immersive experience to the edge of the galaxy on An Intergalactic Odyssey! The young ‘uns will be captivated by extraordinary interstellar scenes and will definitely love the flying saucer ball pit, too! It’s simply out of this world.
When: From now till 16 February, 10am-7pm
Where: Inspiration Gallery, Level 4, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
3. Entertain the kids by catching a new flick
Want to avoid the crowd around town? Put on some jammies, cuddle with the kiddos on the couch and watch a rat-tastic flick on Netflix. Or, hideaway in a cinema and catch the latest blockbusters like Dolittle, Spies in Disguise, Frozen 2 or Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Either way, we’re sure it’ll be fun!
4. Be part of this Aussie Day spectacular
Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi! Celebrate Australia Day with the family at Little Creatures this Sunday. Get there early for breakfast, or pop by for lunch and enjoy its signature menu with delicious bites. Meanwhile, the kids can enjoy fun activities such as face painting, caricature drawing and more while you sit back and relax with a pint or two.
When: Sunday, 26 January, 9am onwards
Where: Little Creatures Brewing Singapore, 36 Club Street, Singapore 069469
5. Chow down on some hotdogs
Get your dancing shoes on as you boogie your way to Hotdogs and Hip Hop this Saturday! Party and celebrate Lunar New Year and Australia Day with hip hop tunes and artisanal hotdogs (or two), made lovingly with the finest chilled meats from Australia. Psst, you’ll want to get there early, as there are limited hotdogs up for grabs.
When: Saturday, 25 January, 6pm-2am
Where: Victoria Wholesale Centre rooftop #08-02, 101 Kallang Avenue, Singapore 339508
6. Spend an afternoon learning a new dish
Head to habitat by honestbee for a free cooking class! This Sunday, learn how to make a bacon-wrapped black cod at this free cooking demonstration. You’ll also get a recipe card at the end of the session so you can make your own dish at home, too. The best part? Shopping for ingredients at habitat by honestbee after the class… it’s a win-win for us!
When: Sunday, 26 January, 2pm-2.30pm
Where: habitat by honestbee, 34 Boon Leat Terrace, Singapore 119866