8 fun things for the National Day Weekend

We’ll even tell you where to get a bird’s eye view of the fireworks display!

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We can’t guarantee there won’t be crowds (and sigh, queues) at some of these events but we can assure you, they’ll leave you and kiddo giddy with National Day Parade (NDP) fever!

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1) Gardens by the Bay Celebrates National Day 

WHAT Suit up in comfy sportswear or your casual best and head down to the Gardens by the Bay for an evening of fun and music.

Get into the groove and join in the mass dance at Singapore’s 51st Birthday Bash Fitness Party, guided by ActiveSG ZIN Faiz Aman and participants from 120 Fitness. Work up a sweat as you and your child boogie to a medley of chart-toppers at what is being dubbed “the dance fitness party of the year”.

If dancing in public isn’t your forte, skip over to the GETACTIVE! Singapore Carnival. Spend the evening trying your hand at shooting, bowling and even sphere archery; let junior conquer the kids’ inflatable obstacle course while you are at it!

End the evening with A Small Gift to Our Nation, a symphonic performance by the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band and the Swiss Military Small Band — a unique collaboration that’s a treat for the ears!

WHERE Gardens by the Bay, SuperTree Grove Lawn

WHEN Sunday, August 7, 4.45pm to 7.30pm, admission is free.

2) Orchid Extravaganza 

WHAT Learn more about our national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim, and her cousins while you take in the whimsical arrangements of more than 10,000 orchids from over 100 orchid species and hybrids. Look out for a stunning spiral of orchids above you at the Sacred Trees of Wisdom set against an enchanted forest, all situated within the cool air-conditioned comforts of the Flower Dome, one of two conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay.

WHERE Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

WHEN Till 28 August, open 9am to 9pm daily; admission tickets for locals and permanent residents to the two conservatories are priced at $20 for adults and $12 for children (3 to 12 years old).

3) 50 years of National Day Parades Exhibition

WHAT Revisit the early days of NDP with this travelling exhibition by the National Heritage Board. From the very first parade back in 1966 to the nation’s Jubilee parade last year, all captured in more than 100 vivid images. Get behind the glitz and the glamour and discover intriguing details about the NDP’s different segments too! Be sure to plan your route before heading down to the venue due to road blocks and closures for NDP 2016.

WHERE Kallang Wave Mall, level 1.

WHEN 23 July to 9 August, open 10 am to 10pm daily, admission is free.

4) We Built a Nation Exhibition 

WHAT Journey down memory lane in this exhibition charting the first 10 years of nation building from Singapore’s independence in 1965. The more than 100 different artefacts — some of them never before seen —pay homage to the team of pioneers who laid the foundations for modern Singapore. 

          Be sure to check out the Concourse Gallery’s A Moment of Unity, a special video installation of images captured by photographers on the ground during the week of national mourning following the passing of our late Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.   

WHERE Stamford Gallery, Singapore National Museum; A Moment of Unity is being shown at Concourse Gallery, till 2 October.

WHEN Open 10am to 7pm daily, admission is free.

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