Things to do with the kids this weekend in Singapore: 24 & 25 August 2019

Singapore’s Night Festival, a beach clean-up, an organic farmers' market… here’s everything on this weekend!

This weekend brings with it the opening of the Singapore Night Festival! There’s many programs going on over the next fortnight, so it’s definitely one for the diary. Kids can’t resist staying up late? Why not take them to check out Rainforest Lumina at the zoo for a fun evening out? Or you could do your part and volunteer to clean up Changi coast, or head to Tiong Bahru and borrow a reusable cup to enjoy some of the best coffee in Singapore. Here’s everything on this weekend…

1. Shadows searching in the night

Things to do in Singapore: Singapore Night Festival

The Night Festival is back, and looks to be another smash hit! Photography: National Heritage Board

It’s back! The Singapore Night Festival returns this weekend and there’s loads of nocturnal activities for the whole family. The two festival villages open first, with musical performances taking place next weekend. It’s worth checking out Keep Dreaming at the National Museum, a whimsical journey that brings to life three mysterious characters who adventure around the museum. Another installation to keep an eye out for is Waves of Time, inspired by Singapore’s own legend of a prince who journeyed across the seas to visit the Little Red Dot. This one is by famed animation group Chips and Toon & The Electric Canvas… sounds like it’ll be a hoot! Check out the website here for info on more things happening at Singapore Night Festival.

When: Both of the above installations are running from 23 August–31 August, 7.30pm–12 midnight. 
Where: Keep Dreaming is at National Museum Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897, Waves of Time is at Chijmes, 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996
Cost: Both are free admission. Check out the Singapore Night Festival website for info on other ticketed programs. 

2. Happy anniversary!

Little Farms Holland Village is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend! Shop ‘til you drop on UK raspberries, Australian avocados and more fresh produce while the kiddos enjoy a spot of face painting and balloon sculpting. The first 100 customers of the day will receive a free tote bag with delicious goodies inside!

When: 24 & 25 August, 10am–6pm
Where: Little Farms Holland Village, 3 Lorong Liput #01-04/05/06, Holland Piazza, Singapore 277725 
Cost: Free admission

3. Reduce, reuse, recycle

Things to do in Singapore: revolv's takeover of Tiong Bahru

$1 off your cup of joe? Yes, please! Photography: revolv

Get $1 off drinks served in revolv’s reusable cups at four cafes in Tiong Bahru this weekend. Revolv has a cool policy whereby you can borrow a reusable cup (for a refundable deposit), use it to sip your discounted drinks and return it – or keep it, if you happen to need something for your morning cuppa! Participating outlets include Creamier, Forty Hands, Merci Marcel and Plain Vanilla Bakery. It’s time to banish the plastic!

When: 24 & 25 August, 7am–7pm
Where: Four cafes in Tiong Bahru: Creamier, Forty Hands, Merci Marcel and Plain Vanilla Bakery
Cost: Simply pay $8 in a refundable deposit for revolv’s reusable cups, grab your coffee from one of the four outlets and enjoy $1 off your drink. 

4. Beach, please

Do something good by taking part in a beach clean-up hosted by Seven Clean Seas and Potato Head. Bring the kiddos along (be safe – wear good quality gloves, closed shoes, SPF and mosquito repellent!) and join the masses to collect rubbish along Changi coast. All volunteers will receive a limited-edition Potato Head keyring, which will entitle them to a 10 per cent discount when you dine there in future. Don’t forget to bring water as it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!

When: 24 August, 9am–12.30pm
Where: Meet at Constant Wind Sea Sports Centre, 11 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499740
Cost: Free admission

5. This little piggy went to market…

Head over to Orchard for a farmers’ market filled with organic vegetables, healthy drinks and artisanal creations. You’ll also get a taster of some delicious plant-based food (yes, it can taste good!), teas, jams and more. Happy tasting… and shopping!

When: 24 August, 9.30am–4pm
Where: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore by Shangri-La, 277 Orchard Road #10-01, Singapore 238858
Cost: Free entry!

6. A magical night at the rainforest

Rainforest Lumina SIngapore Zoo Honeykids Asia Singapore

An incredible multimedia experience! Photography: Wildlife Reserve Singapore

If you’re willing to delay bedtime a bit, this is a winner. Described as a “multimedia night walk on the wild side”, Rainforest Lumina is part art installation, part magic. With loads of different immersive displays, light shows and interactive elements, this is sure to entertain kids and grown-ups. Older kids are more likely to enjoy this one!

When: Ongoing
Where: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Cost: Adult tickets are $18, child tickets are $14

7. Hush Candle Workshop

Ditch the kids and grab the girls for a relaxing afternoon making candles with Hush Candle. Upcycle any old candle holders or jars by filling them up with wax and essential oils of your choosing. Need help sleeping? Opt for lavender. Need to ward the bugs off? Go with a citrus scent. Sounds like it will be super relaxing!

When: 25 August, 10am–3pm
Where: Botany Singapore, 86 Robertson Quay, #01-03, Singapore 238245
Cost: Prices start from $20 for a 100ml candle, additional $20 for every additional 100ml. Walk-in only, no need to register ahead of time.

8. Shop ‘til you drop

Managed to organise some peace and quiet for yourself this weekend? For a spot of vintage shopping, check out our list of the best second-hand and vintage shops in Singapore… you’ll walk away with a pre-loved bargain or three!

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