This weekend there might not be quite so much chocolate involved (Easter if officially over, sob!), but we’re not letting up on the fun. With an entire expo dedicated to pets, plenty of live music, theatre galore and the chance to flex your green fingers, this weekend is going to be anything but a slow one. Dive in for all the deets…
1. Bag tickets to see a singing superstar
Hey, Hey, Hey, Get ready to Roar with the older kids this weekend as pop princesses, Katy Perry, takes centre stage and performs her greatest hits at the Indoor Stadium for one night only. Don’t let this event be The One That Got Away!
When: 8 April, 8pm
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Cost: From $128 per person. Suitable for kids age seven and above. No children age 6 and below will be admitted.
2. Watch a fun show packed with great values
We love that this traditional classic has been given an update for 2018, and includes some really important environmental issues that families can get on board with. Pinocchio: A Whale of a Tale is a musical that is not only fun-packed, but will transport the ‘lil ones on a journey of curiosity and fantasy, while imparting values of integrity, courage and sustainability.
When: 7-15 April, various times
Where: The Pavilion at Far East Square
Cost: $40 per person. Suitable for kids age two-10 years. Kids age two and above will need a ticket.
3. Bring the pets on a family day out
Pet Expo 2018 returns for its paw-some fifth year edition, and we can’t wait! Four-legged friends are welcome to join events such as Guide Dog demos, expert talks, workshops, a sausage dog gathering and plenty of cool competitions (we totally want in on the Unique Pet Showcase!). There’ll also be a chance to meet dogs and cats looking for their fur-ever homes – we recently adopted our own Singapore Special from one of the amazing pet rescue teams who will be there helping furries find new families. It is the Year of the Dog, after all!
When: 6-8 April, 11am-8pm
Where: Singapore Expo, Hall 7
Cost: $5 per day or $12 for 3-Day Pass. Free entry for children below 12 years. Pets welcome!
4. Join a free workshop with your tweens and teens
Here’s a great workshop perfect for older kids and grown ups: Contemporary Candle-making with Hough & Gough Lifestyles. Candle guru, Emelda Houghton, will be hosting a one-off workshop to teach the art of making a wax masterpiece. And it’s free!
When: 7 April, 11am-12.30pm
Where: M Social Singapore, 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259
5. Earn your green fingers at a community project
Join the Community in Bloom project over at Queenstown Library, where kids can get into some urban gardening with simple planting and garden maintenance projects and activities.
When: 7 April, 11.30am-12.30pm
Where: Queenstown Public Library, Garden Area, 53 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149297
Cost: Free. No registration required.
6. Go to the theatre: for free!
We love seeing kids showcase their theatrical talents, so can’t wait to catch the thesps from Victoria Junior College Drama Club bringing their artistic flair and talents to a dramatised script reading of The Silly Girl and the Funny Old Tree by Kuo Pao Kun.
When: 7 April, 2pm
Where: Open Stage, library@esplanade
Cost: Free. No registration required, but admittance on a first come, first served basis.
7. Rock the night away with the family
Practise your best mum and dad moves and bring the kids to a live family music event packed with pop and rock music. NParks Rockestra concert is set to be a corker, and once you’ve finished embarrassing the kiddos with your dancing, bring them to the fringe activities which include, a mobile cafe, arts and crafts, face painting and bouncy castles.
When: 7 April, 6.30pm-10pm
Where: East Coast Park, Angsana Green
Cost: Free. No registration required.
8. Catch the latest Spielberg blockbuster
Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, Ready Player One has hit the silver screen and tells the tale of an unlikely young hero who finds himself in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe filled with mystery and danger. It’s getting rave reviews, so we’re putting it on this week’s list as a ‘must do’ with older kids. Bring the smaller folk to see Sherlock Gnomes.
When: Now on general release
Where: At all Singapore cinemas
9. Bag some goodies at a farmers’ market
Head to Hotel Jen to fill your bags with artisanal goodies at the ninth edition of the Organic Farmers’ Market. Urban farming workshops, live performances, bag loads of fresh produce and yummy eats are all part of the fun!
When: 7 April, 9.30am-4pm
Where: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, 277 Orchard Road #10-01, Singapore 238858
Cost: Free admission
10. Start your Sunday off with a gentle family stretch
Yes, the kids will probably put your flexibility to shame with their knack for bending (while you may well creak), but we think starting off your Sunday with a free family yoga session is sure to release enough inner peace to get you happily through the day. Bring a change of clothes for little ones who will love cooling off in the water playground after the session.
When: 8 April, 8-9am
Where: Bishan Park-Ang Mo Kio Park, Tecoma Green
Cost: Free, but bring your own yoga mat
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