The countdown to 2020 is on and just because we have kids, doesn't mean we want to stay home with a cup of tea. We've found the events where kids can party, too...
Once the turkey feasts have been devoured, the Christmas tree has decided to drop all its pines and the kids are done squabbling over the last mince pie or slice of log cake, it’ll be time to start planning the countdown to 2020 with celebrations for the whole family. Having kids in tow doesn’t mean you have to forfeit the parties, bubbly and fireworks – bring the kids along, too! Here’s where you can celebrate the last night of 2019 as a family, from top spots to watch the fireworks to fun parties. Ladies and gents, we bring you: our guide to New Year’s Eve with kids in Singapore…
Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition
How about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Singapore with an unforgettable fireworks display? Star Island Singapore is featuring a whole new futuristic firework display hanabi – a pyro-technicoloured musical extraordinaire with lights, 500 drones completely synchronised with the fireworks, 3D sound technology and live performances. Start the celebrations off early with fun pre-show activities and if you’ve left the kids home with the sitter, stick around for the after-party to dance into the new year.
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay
When: Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 10.30pm
Cost: From $88
Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Grab a spot around the Marina Bay area and join hundreds of other families gathered to watch the fireworks and revel in the New Year’s Eve party atmosphere. The Uncle Ringo Carnival will be in town with carnival rides, games and plenty of F&B for a truly delightful gastronomical experience. Entry is free; ride tickets and game coupons can be purchased on-site. Marina Bay pulls out all the stops to end the year with a huge bang, so make sure you come early to bag yourself a prime patch.
Where: Marina Bay
The Great Circus of Europe presented by Uncle Ringo
Here’s a fresh idea for fams: ringing in the New Year with the kiddies under the big top at The Great Circus of Europe by Uncle Ringo! Catch a special New Year’s Eve show featuring an ensemble of world-class performers from across Europe who’ll perform a plethora of action-packed circus acts. Think: acrobatics, gravity-defying aerial performances, daredevil motorbikes on thin tightropes and more! Yippee!
Where: Bayfront Event Space (next to Marina Bay Sands), 12A Bayfront Ave, Singapore
When: 4pm, 7.30pm & 10pm)
Cost: From $100
Countdown party at Shangri-La Hotel
Celebrate NYE in style at the luxe Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel. Dress yourself and the kids in your finest and sparkliest as you dance along to the tunes of Havana Social Club and DJ Camille G. The best part? You can sip your Veuve in peace while the tots party at the ball pit at buds, which is open till 12.30am for the night! When they’re ready to join the adults, they can enjoy the free flow-hot chocolate – woo hoo!
Where: The Lobby Lounge, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Cost: $50 per child, $150-200 per adult, entrance to buds applies at $58
Bollywood Countdown 2019
Say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020 with family and friends, Bollywood style! Feast on delicious Indian fare and shimmy your way over to the Bollywood Countdown Party, where DJ Kevin will spin all the toe-tapping tunes at this kid-friendly New Year’s eve party. Fireworks can be oohed and ahhed over from the gallery overlooking the Singapore Flyer. Dress in your Bollywood finest for a chance to win great prizes for the snazziest outfits. We hear there will also be family-friendly games.
Where: F1 Pit Buildings
Cost: Family packages from $180 (includes buffet dinner for all). Individual tickets from $35. Kids aged three and below are free. Drinks not included in pricing.
The Philharmonic Orchestra presents New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert 2020
There’s something to be said for a quiet night of beautifully orchestrated music in a glitzy concert hall. Get the family dressed in their finest threads and celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids with an evening of classical tunes by the Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by music maestros Lin Juan and Edward Tan, it’s set to be a delightful, calm evening in good company: the complimentary glass of bubbly on Empress Lawn for the fireworks for the grown-ups doesn’t hurt either!
Where: Victoria Concert Hall
Cost: $42 per person. Children aged two and above will need their own ticket.
Universal Studios Singapore Countdown to 2020
Singapore’s best theme park extends its hours until 12am for families this New Year’s Eve for a one-in-a-minion fun-packed family night. Rollercoaster your way into 2020 and expect live performances, dazzling pyrotechnics, street performances galore and the largest snowfall EVER.
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Cost: Individual tickets cost from $56 per person and family bundles from $150.
Esplanade New Year’s Eve Countdown
Lovers of live music, strap on your dancing shoes and head to the Esplanade for a night of smooth tunes, feisty beats and non-stop high energy. Bop along to toe-tapping tunes by local artists like Hillary Francis, Joe & The Soul Express and MOTUS as they ring in the new year with celebrity host Timothy Nga. The event is not only family-friendly, it’s free too! Yay!
Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
When: 7pm onwards
Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2020
We’ve already got enough reasons to go to Our Tampines Hub but here’s one more – the Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2020! Party with local stars, and greet the New Year with a special firework, laser and flame show at midnight.
Where: Our Tampines Hub, Town Square
Locoland 2020: early New Year Kids fiesta
For kids (and adults) who need their beauty sleep, head to Locoland, where midnight happens at 9pm! Dine on quesadillas, tacos and nachos while the kiddos get into face-painting, a screening of their fave movie, and arts and crafts. When the clock strikes 9pm, you and the kiddos can ring in the new year with sparklers and piñata bashing. Plenty of tipple and none of the tantrums, olé!
Where: Super Loco Robertson Quay, 60 Robertson Quay #01-13 The Quayside Singapore 238252
Feast and fireworks on the hilltop at Faber Peak
Ring in the new year at Faber Peak, Singapore’s only hilltop destination. Wine and dine surrounded with a bird’s-eye view of Harbourfront and Sentosa Island from a cable car or hilltop dining and enjoy live performances, party games and a special firework display at midnight. The Singapore Cable Car will be extending its operating hours until 1.30am on the 31 December, so it’s smooth sailing when the revelry is done.
Where: Arbora, Dusk Restaurant & Bar and Cable Car Sky Dining
When: 6pm-2am for dinner and New Year’s Eve celebration
Cost: From $141/person ++
New Year’s Eve dinner 2020 with Chef Javier Vicente
The kids will love feeling like grown-ups at this sit-down affair at the super family-friendly FOC Pim Pam! They’ll be treated to delish Spanish food, including a seafood paella and lots of drool-worthy tapas. And to ring in the new year, the folks at FOC following the Spanish tradition of gobbling down 12 lucky grapes at each strike of the clock in the last 12 seconds leading up to midnight! Don’t forget to take advantage of the free flow Cava!
Where: FOC Pim Pam, 442 Orchard Rd, #01-29, Singapore 238879
Cost: From $78
If the thought of massive traffic jams and packed-to-the-brim public transport strikes fear in your heart, we suggest you stay close to home and catch the celebrations going on in your ‘hood. The community countdowns may not be big on frills, but they are huge in fun and family spirit. Expect activities ranging from balloon sculpting to live performances and even the odd fireworks display. Details of individual events will be popping up closer to the time.
Where: Various locations