Play at a gigantic water playground, jump in a bouncy castle and more
Things are kicking off this November – we’ve got Thanksgiving happening real soon, and the city’s already all decked out in festive decorations for Christmas next month. But before we begin our countdown to the big one (42 days to be exact), there are a wealth of activities for you and your wee holiday helpers at home to revel in. And, this is also the best time to sign the kids up for enriching and funtastic holiday camps so you can do your Christmas shopping in peace. There are Christmas tree light-ups, markets and performances happening all around town, too – you certainly won’t want to miss it.
Oh, we’ve got several events of our own! Be sure to join us at our New Kids in Town event that is happening next Sunday, and our family fun day, Quest Fest at the sparkling new The Perse School Singapore! Now, on to your regularly scheduled program of thrilling activities to do this weekend…
1. Hang out and run with the Sesame Street gang
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Get your running shoes on as The Sesame Street Run Tour arrives on 17 November at Our Tampines Hub. Meet your favourite characters – Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover and many more on this two or five-kilometre run suited for all ages, from first-timers to seasoned runners. Plus, there’ll be loads of entertainment guaranteed for the whole family during and after the run. You’ll get to run from A to Z, engage in the interactive booths or dive into Ernie’s Rubber Duckie bubble foam, and more!
When: Sunday, 17 November, 6am-12pm
Where: Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
2. Spend an arty day out
Get lost in the arts this Saturday at Goodman Arts Centre’s B-Sides! Explore an artist’s studio and see where the magic happens. Plus, enjoy music performances, paint your own batik, and participate in other workshops that are great for all members of the family. Pop round to the lifestyle market for some handcrafted artisanal goods, too – who knows, you might just find treasures for the home!
When: Saturday, 16 November, 12-7pm
Where: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Rd, Singapore 439053
3. Explore the wonderful world of music
Head to Bravo!!, Vocalise‘s series of introductory music workshops just for parents and kids aged 3-6 years old. Plus, you’ll get to explore Vocalise’s new studio in the heart of Kampong Glam, too. Sign up for either of its parent-child workshops where you’ll get to shake, dance and sing with the little ones, while they learn and discover music through play. More importantly, have lots of fun doing it!
When: Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 November, 9.30-10.30am, 11am-12pm
Where: 5A Pahang St, Singapore 198606
4. Watch a stage production by young aspiring actors
Is your kid an aspiring thespian? Then, they’ll love to catch a performance of HOUSE, performed by young thespians aged 7-17 years old from ACT 3 Drama Academy‘s training programme, SPUR. See these young actors recreate the facets of history in a beautifully preserved black-and-white heritage bungalow at 18 Temenggong Road. We’re sure your kids will be inspired to perform on stage after, too!
When: Saturday, 16 November at 4pm, Sunday, 17 November at 11am and 4pm
Where: Temenggong House, 18/20 Temenggong Road, Singapore 098771
5. Cool off at a gigantic water playground
We’re really excited about this one: this weekend, OCBC Square will be transformed into a humongous water playground for the Singapore Regatta Waterfest! And, there are tons of water-themed activities to enjoy like a bubble run, water obstacles, stand up paddling and tons more. Kids can even try their hand at making their own dragon boats and learn to paddle them after! And, when you’re in need of a break, you can watch local and foreign artistic swimmers compete for the top spot at the 14th Singapore National Open Artistic Swimming Championships.
Plus, head to the event information booth to check-in and redeem an exclusive Splash Pack with a five-litre waterproof bag to keep all your essentials dry, an ice popsicle to keep cool and plenty of other treats to enjoy, too!
When: Friday to Sunday, 15-17 November, 9am-6pm
Where: Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Aquatic Centre, 7 Stadium Dr, Singapore 397632
6. Feast on all things mystical and eclectic
Singapore’s most Instagrammable pop-up event is back – this time, bigger than ever (quite literally)! Check out this year’s mythical-themed Artbox 2019: Eden, which will be held at the Singapore Turf Club (theGrounds@Kranji). With a whopping 200,000 square feet of more than 300 regional and local creative vendors, you can expect eclectic art, food, music and retail products in retrofitted containers. This year’s Artbox 2019 will not only offer you the opportunity to admire art around its premises, but for all budding artists to create your own art at the Garden of Creation as well. If one weekend’s not enough, you can pop round next weekend too!
When: Friday to Sunday, 15-17 November and 22-24 November, 3-11pm
Where: The Grounds @ Kranji, Singapore Turf Club, 1 Turf Club Ave, Singapore 738078
7. Attend a book launch in one of Singapore’s coolest museums
Take a walk on the wild side this Saturday at the launch of the newest children’s book, Make Animals Great Again. Held at the lobby of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, you can expect to hear a short excerpt of the book, and get to answer some fun animal trivia questions to win prizes. Singapore-based National Geographic award-winning wildlife photographer Jayaprakash Bojan will also present some of his best photos and share his experience. If you and the kids want to stay around after the event to explore the museum, be sure to purchase at least one copy of Make Animals Great Again to get discounted tickets. And, if you pre-order five or more books, you can get a guided tour of the museum led by the author, Maureen Yeo, to see and learn more about the animals you’ll read in the book.
When: Saturday, 16 November, 3-4pm
Where: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, 2 Conservatory Dr, Singapore 117377
8. See the lights, jump around in a bouncy castle and more at Sentosa Cove
Ho, ho, ho, Christmas has arrived early at Sentosa Cove this year! This weekend, check out ONE15 Marina Sentosa Cove Singapore‘s Christmas wonderland. First off, head to the annual ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade – not only is it the country’s largest parade of decorated boats, there’s plenty of insta-worthy opps as you see the boats decked out in dazzling Christmas lights and decorations. Then, pop round to Sentosa Cove Holiday Market for some Christmas gift shopping, while your holiday elves hop on carnival rides like the Santa train, chair swings, or catch a free movie screening. But we’re pretty sure they’ll make a beeline for the bouncy castle instead – after all, who doesn’t love jumping around in a giant inflatable castle? And just for the ‘rents: does anyone fancy a new pair of Airpods or an Apple watch? If so, you’ll want to try your hand at the arcade and carnival games, and win these fantastic prizes!
And, bask in a visual feast as the lights around the promenade and Christmas tree lights up in all its glory and splendour. If you want to see more lights, this Saturday’s the perfect weekend – local and international artists will come together to transform Sentosa Cove Village with its signature Island Lights. There’ll be seven unique light installations that’ll illuminate the village grounds with incredible light art that’ll leave you and the kids in awe.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 November, 4-10pm
Where: 11 Cove Dr, 1 Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098497
9. Pop in line to see these adorable characters
Experience the world of LINE FRIENDS and its cuddly characters at its world tour exhibition at Capitaland malls this Christmas! Held at 13 locations around the city, the picturesque LINE FRIENDS landmarks will feature six city-themed exhibitions. For the first time in Singapore, you’ll get to see spectacular icons and landmarks of cities like Istanbul, Las Vegas, Macau, Moscow, New York and Singapore through the eyes of your favourite LINE characters. There’ll be tons of activities like Christmas carolling, live band performances, an igloo playground and other fun, kid-friendly activities. Our tip? Head to Funan and Bugis+ to see your favourite LINE characters come to life at its massive Singapore-themed installations, like a 2.55 metre tall BROWN as the quintessential Merlion, or the 1.6 metre tall CHOCO as Singapore’s industrious Samsui lady, and many more at other Capitaland malls. Plus, you can head over to the LINE FRIENDS pop-up store at the Bugis+ atrium to purchase exclusive merchandise, too!
When: From 15 November onwards
Where: Bedok Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bugis+, Bugis Junction, Funan, IMM, JCube, Junction8, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Plaza Singapura, Tampines Mall, The Star Vista, Westgate.
10. Do some good for the planet
Are you and the fambam looking to do some good for the planet, especially after watching BBC’s Seven Earths One Planet documentary? Here’s your chance – this month, Seven Clean Seas will be holding its monthly beach clean up at Sembawang. It’s a good way to teach the kids a lesson in sustainability by helping the environment and seeing the immediate effects of plastic pollution.
When: Sunday, 17 November, 8.30-11.30am
Where: Water Venture Sembawang, 60 Jalan Mempurong, Singapore 759058