March school holidays are just around the corner (16 March, to be exact!) and that means we’ve got about 20 days to fill up with things to do. Don’t worry if you haven’t managed to book a flight to one of our fave family-friendly destinations, this month is absolutely jam-packed with festivals, exhibits and theatre shows happening around the island. Make sure you’ve pre-registered for our HoneyKids Asia International School Fair with HSBC and get your school-hunting done before you speed off to these awesome events. There’s also plenty of time to sneak in a cheeky weekend away with the girls once the kids are back in school…
HoneyKids Asia International School Fair with HSBC
Have you registered for the HoneyKids Asia International School Fair yet? Well, get on it! We’ve got over 20 international schools from Singapore and overseas, and 10 universities thrown into the mix to answer all your burning education questions. While the little ones enjoy free play time, you’ll have plenty of time to attend talks and workshops, speak to the experts and grab your free goody bag. This is THE event to help you find the right school or university, and really will lessen the load when it comes to finding the perfect education fit for your fam.
When: 16 March, 9am-3pm
Where: Pan Pacific Singapore – Pacific Ballroom (ground floor) – 7 Raffles Blvd, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is still in town until April 2019 so there’s plenty of time to take the kiddos along for rides during the March school holidays. Hop aboard thrilling rides like The Wave Swinger, Spring Break, Jumper jumper and Remix Extreme, or stick to kid-friendly rides like Dumbos and Chairs O’ Plane. The best part? It’s got a 2-for-1 offer on all rides and games, running until 10 March 2019. And if you’re visiting on a Wednesday, wear pink and snag yourself 10 extra credits!
When: now until 24 March 2019
Where: 12A Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018970
Singapore Design Week
DesignSingapore Council brings you the sixth edition of Singapore Design Week with local and international design activities, workshops, talks, fairs and exhibits open for everyone to enjoy. Not sure where to start? Kids aged five years and up can get designing at the OneMaker Group’s Open Unstructured Play using rapid prototyping tools including the 3D Gello Pen and Polymorph, as well as learn about robotics and coding through Strawbotics and Glicode. Or head to the Street of Clans from 8-10 March where little kids can tour clan houses, dive into a ball pit art installation and make their own lanterns.
When: 4-17 March
Where: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Clarke Quay Streetfest
Ever seen an upside down juggler? How about a pogo stunt show? The Clarke Quay Streetfest has a line up of amazing international street performers like The Sergeant Majors, Otto – The Master of Balloons, Felicity Footloose, and even Singapore’s very own The Annoying Brothers, ready to wow the crowd.
When: 14-19 March, 6pm – 10.30pm
Where: Clarke Quay Fountain Square
Cost: Free admission
All your favourite Nickelodeon characters are coming to town in a carnival with a local twist. The third edition of Nickelodeon Fiesta will feature stage games, photo opps, food stalls and characters from shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol and Dora the Explorer!
When: 23 and 24 March, 10am to 6pm
Where: Clarke Quay
Cost: Free admission
Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Celebration
Celebrate 50 years of Sesame Street at Universal Studios Singapore with brand new interactive shows and exhibits featuring your favourite Sesame Street characters. Get ready to blow out the candles on the cake in Sesame Street Birthday Blowout show, visit Big Bird’s Nest and Abby’s Fairy Garden, and meet special guest Lily the Tiger (莉莉虎) from China. The fun continues on Fridays, Saturdays and select public holidays with extended park hours. This is one birthday bash you don’t wanna miss!
When: 8 March – 28 April
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Sakura Matsuri 2019
Time to work off that Spring fever! Gardens by the Bay is bringing Japan’s famous cherry blossom festival back again this year with over 20 varieties of cherry blossoms, Torii gates, and more Japanese architecture. Explore Nippon Street for food, carnival games and enjoy the special Cultural Programmes featuring instrumental and dance performances.
When: 9-31 March, 10am – 8pm
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Organised by Superhero Me, a ground-up inclusive arts movement, Peekaboo! Is a showcase of works by Rainbow Centre students. Sign up for a guided tour to explore the six original artworks by children with special needs exploring the themes of identity and their place in the world. There’s also fun in store for the kiddos with inclusive arts workshops and camps. What are you waiting for? Go get creative!
When: 9 – 30 March, open to the public on Saturdays
Where: Rainbow Centre at Margaret Drive, 501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306
Arts in Your Neighbourhood
The arts are coming to YOU again this March holidays at the twice-yearly Arts in Your Neighbourhood. Sing along to Mandarin nursery rhymes in a mini-musical by The Theatre Practice and watch the sky turn into an aquarium in an art installation by Darel Seow. Expect three weekends of over 50 activities including arts and crafts, storytelling, dance, music and literary arts, all at a location near you.
When: March 7-24
Where: Tampines, Bedok, Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio
The third edition of BuySingLit is happening this March with over 50 programmes to celebrate local literature. Grab new titles over at pop-up book fairs, enjoy puppet performances, writing workshops, crafting sessions and storytelling in English, Chinese and Malay!
When: 8 – 10, 15 – 17 March
Where: various locations around Singapore
Textures: Love and Loss (and some things in between)
Experience Love and Loss (and some things in between) at this year’s edition of Textures through plays to music performances, workshops and exhibitions. There will be storytelling for all ages in English, Tamil and Chinese, including live adaptations of spooky tales for the teens, talks and discussions on mental health and migrant workers and even a comic-writing workshop for kids. Pop by in the evening to order your very own personalised poem from the Proletariat Poetry Factory.
When: 7-10 March
Where: The Arts House
Head to this eco-friendly music and picnic fest for inspiring talks, garden games, tasty food and of course, music! We may not know exactly who’s who in the line-up but we’re ready to get inspired by the green art workshops by Mural Lingo using sustainable art materials, and we can’t wait to get an eco-friendly makeover.
When: 9 Mar, 1pm – 10.30pm
Where: Fort Green, Fort Canning Park
Tech meets art in the second edition of ArtxTechforGood featuring cutting edge technology such as augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing and artificial intelligence used to tackle sustainability issues through art. What do we as global citizens need to do to solve the questions on sustainable development? Interact and learn just what needs to be done through exhibits like OceanScrub and Water Bodies.
When: 7-17 March, 10am – 7pm
Where: ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands
March School Holidays: School’s Out, Play’s In!
National Museum of Singapore is rolling out yet another fun-filled family day on Saturday that’s absolutely packed with activities like messy play stations, a free building tour, drop-in colouring activities, storytelling and a special exhibition Moving Memories, featuring Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals.
When: 16 March, 10.30am – 5pm
Where: National Museum of Singapore
Books Box Sale
Planning on restocking your home library? Head to Pansing Building for a book buffet of epic proportions. Fill up a box with as many books as you can for $50 or purchase books from as low as $1 each.
When: 8 – 16 March, Mon-Fri: 9am to 4pm, Sat – Sun: 9am to 6pm
Where: Pansing Building, 438 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 1, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 (Level 3), Singapore 569619
Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away.
It’s the final chapter of The Substation’s The Vanishing, or Time Goes Away, and despite its depressing title, it really is a celebration of colour, creativity and imagination for kiddos (and a huge dollop of nostalgia for the adults). Head down for an interactive, indoor playground for ages six years and up, kueh-making workshops, storytelling sessions of Bedah’s Fantastical Travel’s with Epok-Epok and a diorama and storytelling workshop with Darel Seow. Don’t miss the interactive puppet performance featuring live music in Annie Ting and the Dragon
When: 16 Mar – 7 April
Where: The Substation Theatre
Singapore Heritage Festival
This islandwide celebration is bringing you a special Singapore Bicentennial edition taking place across four weekends in March. Starting in Kampong Gelam & Armenian Street Park (15 – 17 March), the festivities will continue at Bedok (22 – 24 March), Telok Blangah (29 – 31 March) and close at Kranji (6 – 7 April). From Peranakan culture to foodie delights, maritime trade and farming industry, learn all about Singapore’s history and heritage in this month-long festival.
When: 15 March – 7 April
Where: Kampong Gelam & Armenian Street Park, Bedok, Telok Blangah and Kranji
World Down syndrome Day
Learn more about differently abled people in the 14th edition of World Down syndrome Day. Organised by Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), this event will celebrate people with Down syndrome with a community walk and family carnival. Can’t make it to the carnival? Donate to show your support!
When: 16 March, 8am – 3pm
Where: Our Tampines Hub, Central Plaza, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Armenian Street Party
Join The Peranakan Museum for its last hurrah before it closes for redevelopment on 1 April 2019. Don your kebayas and batik shirts for a fundraising tok panjang feast on the street! Immerse yourself in Peranakan culture through a fashion show, wedding procession, and rousing performances.
When: 15 Mar – 16 Mar, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Peranakan Museum
The world of tokidoki at Changi Airport!
tokidoki is landing in Changi Airport this March to turn your world into a riot of colour. Look forward to a giant inflatable playground fitted with trampoline donuts, an obstacle tunnel, a lit ball pit and the world’s largest Unicorno slide. Plus, check out the first-ever tokidoki show flat designed with all things tokidoki, limited edition merch, and meet-and-greet sessions tokidoki characters SANDy and Donutella!
When: 13 March – 1 May
Where: Changi Airport T3, Departure Hall near check-in row 11
Magners International Comedy Festival
Leave the kiddos at home for a bar-hopping, rip-roaring, adults-only time with an incredible line-up of top-billing international comedians over two weekends. Don’t miss out the hotly anticipated Singapore versus Malaysia comedy standoff which will take place at Get Juiced.
When: 15-16, 21-24 March, 8pm onwards
Where: Cask & Bangers, Crazy Elephant, Get Juiced, McGettigan’s Irish Bar and Pong
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