1. Sentosa – The State of Fun Your kiddos will have a blast at Sentosa next week! Palawan Beach will be transformed into Singapore’s largest inflatable playground, with bouncy castles, inflatable slides and obstacles courses. There’ll also be over 300 inflatable bears from Cartoon Network’s We Bear Bears, so you can take tons of adorable selfies with your favourite cubs. At 7.45pm every night, wind down with the special screenings of We Bear Bears episodes at Palawan Green, where you can also enjoy special barbecue items by the beach. By the way, from 10 to 18 March, you’ll get free entry into the island via the Sentosa Express, vehicular gantry and the Sentosa Boardwalk!
2. Little Singlit Puppet Theatre Support local authors and head down to Woods In the Books (3 Yong Siak Street) on 10 and 11 March for an hour of games, puppetry and colourful tales! Listen to stories about the fearless Savitri, who must dream up an impossible task to outwit a demon in a puppet show based on Savitri: The Task for the Mighty Demon, play sarong games brought to you by The Amazing Sarong! Buy $28 worth of SingLit and get free entry to the session for a parent-child pair.
3. Marine Cove If you haven’t been to this huge play area at East Coast Park, you need to make tracks there, stat. Besides a host of new dining options, the sprawling new 3,500sq m playground includes a three-storey play tower and lots of climbing structures for younger kids.
4. Dreamworks KouKou Festival DreamWorks fans can now meet their favourite movie characters in CapitaLand malls from now to 1 April. During the month-long food-themed festivities taking place in the 15 participating malls, well-loved characters from popular DreamWorks animated films including Kung Fu Panda, Shrek the lovable ogre, and Skipper, the leader of the penguins from Madagascar, will thrill fans in adorable bite-sized form known as KouKou (“kou” or “mouth” in Chinese, “口”). You can even interact with KouKou characters in various adventures, such as the KouKou Drone Dash, and even take part in a Koulicious local specialty food maze, as well as a Lo-Koulicious inflatable obstacle course. Don’t forget to check out “Koulicious Delights” at the 50-seat DreamWorks KouKou pop-up café that offers a dishes named after popular DreamWorks KouKou characters at Bugis+ Level 5. Plushie-loving shoppers will want to get their hands on adorable DreamWorks KouKou merchandise, too. For details on where all the KouKou action is taking till 1 April, please click here.
5. Book a staycation at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore If you intend to treat your brood to a luxurious, kid-friendly staycation, Shangri-La Hotel. Book one of 19 themed suites (from $657 per night) – which include whimsical interiors for the young ones and dream-themed beds (including safari, treetop and space). These guests will also get complimentary entry to Buds ― an interactive play space within the hotel that spans over 2,150sq m in all. Besides a soft play zone for toddlers, there are ball pits and slides, an explorer zone for the older kids, as well as an outdoor playground with a giant pirate ship and water play zone. Dedicated spaces are also included for budding artists to create artworks, plus, a music studio for young performers. For non-hotel guests, admission is $48/3 hours for kids over 4 years old, and $28/3 hours for kids under age 4.
6. Shimmer & Shine ‘Live’ Musical Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a sing-along with Shimmer & Shine, Nickelodeon’s twin genies-in-training at City Square Mall! From 10 to 18 March, you’ll want to check out the musical show, score a meet-and-greet pass (with a minimum spend of $500), and even party with the genies at the first-ever Glitter Party! Simply redeem a party pass with a minimum spend of $80, So that you can bring home a friendship bracelet and gift bag, too!
7. iLight Marina Bay The sustainable light art festival is back from 9 March to 1 April, at the Marina Bay Waterfront! Feast your eye daily on vibrant art installations and displays Every day, from 7.30pm to 11pm, including Milk Bottle Cows by Singapore-based artist BP Loh, which aims to encourage recycling and upcycling through a showcase of life-sized “cows” created with some 2,000 plastic milk bottles. There will also be music performances, the Art Zoo Inflatable Pwn to Woods In the Books (3 Yong Siak Street), on 10 and 11 March for an hour of games, puppetry and colourful tales! Listen to stories about the fearless Savitri, who must dream up an impossible task to outwit a demon in our puppet show based on Savitri: The Task for the Mighty Demon, play sarong games brought to you by The Amazing Sarong! Buy $28 of SingLit, and you’ll get free entry to the session, for a parent-child pair.
8. TrollsTopia From 9 March to 29 April, the Trolls from DeamWorks Animation will be invading Universal Studios Singapore in TrollsTopia! Join the ever-optimistic Poppy on a journey filled with music and hair-raising adventures! There’re two all-new musical shows, a glitter-filled dance party, and exciting virtual reality games. Universal Studios ticket admission prices apply ($72 for an adult one-day ticket with a $5 meal voucher) – There may also be additional charges for selected experiences.
9. Jurong Bird Park Listen to the cries of the macaw and watch the white-tailed sea eagle soar through the sky at Asia’s largest bird park. Your little ones would love to hear their feathered friends chirp up close, and feed the gregarious birds at the Lory Loft. Marvel at the 30m high waterfall at the Waterfall Aviary, and make sure to end your day at the impressive Birds of Play water-play area!
10. Art Zoo is back with its amazing colourful inflatables – this time, at The Float at Marina Bay! Check out a whole new line-up of inflatable characters ― junior will jump for joy as he wrestles with the otter family, search for the gentle Yeti, or jump into a massive ball pit with the bubbly bear. He can even outwit the owls in a giant game of chess, or take a kaleidoscopic slide down the “Magical Rainbow”. Tickets from $17.80 each.
11. The Playground Let your little ones experience design and experiential play at The Playground at Design District Dialogue (26 Jalan Kelabu), from 10 to 18 March. Featuring interactive installations and workshops, your mini-me will love learning through play. Sign up for workshops that will let you build robotic pets, work on fundamental coding skills, and engage in craft sessions. They’ll also be able to create their own masterpiece on the walls on the Rainbow Room. Get your workshop tickets on the website.
12. Future World This is one cool permanent exhibition to check out at the ArtScience Museum. Besides marvelling at the numerous digital installations, your sweetie can watch his adorable drawings come to life on the big screen at this kid-friendly showcase, plus enter an awesome “crystal universe” illuminated by 170,000 LED lights that change colour. A family package costs $36.80 (two adults and two kids).
13. Treasures of the Zoo Feast your eyes on Marina Square’s magnificent balloon exhibition, Treasures of the Zoo, from 9 to 18 March. Some 38 balloon artists from nine countries, including Australia and Israel, have put together a fantasy balloon zoo like no other! Get set to be wowed by majestic elephants, zebras, and a show-stopping 4m-wide balloon panda feasting ons bamboo shoots. You can also sign your young ’un up for balloon-sculpting workshops ($15 per child) at the Customer Service Counter on level 2. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.
14. National Geographic Ocean Wonders Got a budding photographer in your family? Learn from only the best at this SEA Aquarium exhibition, from 10 March to 20 May. Check out the new marine resident, the Sand Tiger Shark, famed for its rows of ragged teeth and vicious appearance! Embark on the photo trail, where you’ll received pro-tips on how to capture stunning aquarium images, even without an underwater camera. Kids aged between 7 and 12 may want to enrol in the full-day National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop ($295 for an adult+child bundle), which includes interactive edutainment through fun, hands-on activities and exciting learning sessions.
15. Alive Museum Love optical illusions, or can’t resist snapping unusual photos of your brood? Then spend a couple of hours at this Suntec City museum and put yourself in more than 80 “masterpieces” where you might be attacked by a large croc, or have by Superman carry you “up, up and away”. Tickets cost $25 for adults, and $20 for kids aged 3 to 12.
16. March Holiday Drama Workshops Let your little drama queen take part in one of Act3 International’s drama workshops, which are loosely inspired by EB White’s classic tale, Charlotte’s Web. Little ones from ages 7 to 17 months can enjoy the interactive “A Web of Shapes” workshop ($40), while toddlers from 18 to 36 months will love the “Let’s Build a Story” workshop ($50), packed with song, dance and movement fun. There are also five-day workshops ($300 each) for older kids, aged 3 to 7.
17. KidZania Singapore A scrumptious treat is lined up for you at KidZania this March holidays! The Kidz & Food event ― from 1 to 25 March ― will give junior the chance to blend his own smoothies and milkshakes, and even get creative with their own cheese skewers. Head to the Food Lab, where the kiddos will be able to put their taste buds to the test while sampling various flavours while blindfolded. There are even bento-making and cupcake-decorating activities that kids and parents can participate in together. KidZania admission fees apply.
18. Maritime Experiential Museum Love the fascinating tales of legendary seafarers like Marco Polo and Zheng He? Check out the newly-revamped museum on Sentosa, where you’ll experience 15 immersive galleries, practise tying classic mariners’ knots and learn about ancient navigational methods. Plus, give your little navigator (aged between 7 and 12) the chance to become a Junior Maritime Explorer ― just submit a short news report-style video on a maritime event, or on this refurbished museum. The winner of this video competition will not only interview National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman, they might even be featured on a National Geographic video with her!
19. The Nightingale is a beautiful tale about love and friendship by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Catch Singapore Repertory Theatre’s take on this well-loved tale, in which the Emperor of China captures a brown nightingale and keeps her in a gilded cage for his daily entertainment. With catchy rhymes and clever dialogue, your little ones will be captivated by this production, on from 7 March to 20 April. Ticket prices start at $26.
20. Disney On Ice ― Everyone’s Story If your sweetie loves her Disney princesses, from Rapunzel to Snow White, Anna and Elsa, she’ll love celebrating 25 years of Disney magic with Disney on Ice! From 14 to 18 March, catch over 50 Disney stars in the rink at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Sing-along to top Disney hits like Let it Go, and Hakuna Matata, together with “Mouse-ter” of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, and his sweetheart Minnie Mouse! Ticket prices start at $25 each.
21. Check out an indoor playground Let junior play, rain or shine while you kick back in air-conditioned comfort! With different playscapes, climbing structures, role-playing set-ups and more, junior will be thrilled by what indoor playgrounds have to offer. We rounded up a list of 11 fantastic playscapes, some of which even have little cafes and free Wifi for you to enjoy while the little ones play. Find the list here!
22. Prepare for Infinity War Those little hands will surely get busy at this Lego Avengers Universe event –– from 3 to 18 March, at Level 1, East Wing, Suntec City Mall. You’ll get first dibs on the never-before seen Lego Marvel Super Heroes range of collectibles. Junior will also look forward to an exciting line-up of super hero-themed activities. Kids and adults can unleash their imagination and create their own super-heroes. Simply spend a minimum of $80 at the event.
23. Clip ‘n Climb With 19 exciting climbing challenges for climbers of any level, you’ll be able to scale new heights with junior at Our Tampines Hub’s new family-friendly climbing area. Everyone will climb with peace of mind as an automatic belay system ensures the safety of your family members or friends. An individual walk-in ticket costs $25 for 90 minutes. You pay $6 for every additional 30 minutes after that.
24. Children’s Disney Love Stories Pack a picnic basket and cosy up to a night of Disney Magic with music from Tarzan, Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas and a series of kids’ favourite animation tunes, brought to you by West Symphonia. It’s on 10 March from 6pm to 7pm at the Botanic Gardens. Free admission.
25. Splash around in a water playground What better way to beat the sweltering weather than to dive into water fountains, wade in a splash pool, or simply let loose among some water sprinklers? In Singapore, we’re lucky to have our pick of water playscapes in malls (yes, most are free!), water parks, as well as play areas in some local attractions. Check out our list of best water play areas here!
26. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Sungei Buloh is the perfect place to take your brood for a picturesque nature retreat. Take a walk along the Migratory Bird Trail to spot birds, flowers and fruit, as well as mangrove trees. You might also catch sight of mudskippers, otters, monitor lizards and perhaps, even a crocodile. Admission is free.
27. Kids Amazing Race at the GrandStand Get your running shoes ready! If junior is 7 to 12 years old and always thought that the Amazing Race TV show looked super-fun, he’ll love to race from one checkpoint to another at the Grandstand’s version of a Kids’ Amazing Race! He’ll be running to various participating shops across the mall to complete as many challenges as possible. The top three winners will walk away with a grand prize, while the other kids win goodie bags worth over $100 each with a completed task card. The race will be held on 10 March, from 10am to 3pm. A registration fee of $10 applies.
28. The Dog Goes Woof Woof Live music, minimal dialogue and puppets dressed in colourful batik in this adorable production will give your mini-me the chance to experience the magic of theatre. The Dog Who Goes Woof Woof, to be staged at the Esplanade Recital Studio from 2 to 11 March, is a heart-warming story of how friendship can be found in all forms if only the heart is open. Recommended for ages 2 to 6, find out what happens when the playground, a child’s haven, is disturbed when two strangers take over. Tickets cost $20 each.
29. Children Little Museum Located in Kampong Glam, this little gem of a gallery displays toys and trinkets of yesteryear. Check out kites, chapteh, and other vintage paraphernalia in this quaint two-storey shophouse along Bussorah Street. The entrance fee is $2.
30. Air Force Museum Take your peewee on an educational journey where he’ll learn all about the history of the Singapore Air Force and how it safeguards our skies. They’ll be inspired by the air men and air women through the ages ― don’t miss the outdoor gallery where they can even get up close with fighter jets. Admission is free.
31. Admiralty Park Playground Haven’t checked out one of the latest outdoor offerings by NParks? Make tracks to Admiralty Park Playground, where your little Energizer Bunny will go wild with the hilly terrain, tunnels and slides and climbing structures! There’s even a sand pit and an inclusive play area. Just remember to apply lots of sunscreen!
32. Pop by a free mall playground Our local malls boast plenty of amazing play that are perfect for those moments when junior starts to get cranky, or after a long fay of shopping! From IMM’s outdoor garden plaza playscape to a spanking new play structure at Suntec City Level 3, you’ll never be short of fun places where junior can burn off their excess energy during the weekend. Simply click on the link above to suss them out. Best of all, they’re all free!
33. Playeum’s current hands on exhibition, “Making it Home”, is running from now till 29 April. With the exhibition, the Children’s Centre for Creativity (located at Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road) has been transformed into various rooms, each serving a different purpose. Junior will be able to play make believe with fabrics in the Bedroom, or cook up ideas using materials like sand in the Kitchen. Admission is $22 per child.
34. Singapore Festival of Fun The Clarke Quay Fountain Square comes to life from 8 to 18 March at the Singapore Festival of Fun, featuring the Nickelodeon Fiesta and Clarke Quay Street Fest. Kids will love meeting their favourite Nickolodeon characters like Paw Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on 10 and 11 March. Expect to catch plenty of street performances from London’s Covent Garden. Admission is free.
35. Bollywood Veggies This iconic farm at Neo Tiew Road is the perfect way to retreat from urban life with your little ones. You’ll learn just how the food that you eat is grown and harvested, plus, get to taste fresh produce as you explore the gardens. Find bitter gourd, custard apples, eggplant and more than 20 varieties of bananas. Head to Poison Ivy Bistro once you’ve worked up an appetite ― almost all the vegetables, herbs and spices served by the bistro are grown on the farm. The entrance fee is $2, you pay for what you eat at the bistro.
36. Sports Hub Community Play Day – Water Festival Go outdoors with the family and get fit at the Sports Hub Community Play Day. Held at the Water Sports Centre and OCBC Square (8 Stadium Walk), sample lots of fitness workouts, including kickboxing and Aqua Zumba, and visit not just a water playground, but even a beach volleyball playground. Cheer on the dragon boat racers, while the kids will go wild at the bouncy castle. Head over to the Sports Hub Library for talks about essential oils for children and Reiki healing, then adjourn to the Singapore Sports Museum for a “Games of Yesteryear” interactive tour and other kids’ activities. Admission is free.
37. Visit a family-friendly restaurant We’ve got tons on our list, such as this buffet with a miniature spread for the little ones, and this Italian restaurant that boasts a bouncy castle, an indoor playroom and a water-play area.
38. Arts in Your Neighbourhood is bringing nearly 50 arts activities to you in 16 locations across Singapore, from 8 to 25 March. Performances include Nadine & the Enchanting Pots, a delightful tale told with music and imagination (11 March at Bedok Town Square and 24 March at Ang Mo Kio Central Stage), as well as The Birdman and his Chimera Orchestra, a roving interactive street performance (10 March at the Marina Barrage and 11 March at Our Tampines Hub). All performances are free! Visit the website for the full programme schedule.
39. Fire Station Open House Every Saturday morning, all fire stations in Singapore (except Jurong Island Fire Station) conduct an Open House for members of the public. From 9am to 11am, your munchkin will watch firemen jump into their fire-protective suits, learn about the different parts of the fire engine and even sit at the wheel of the “Red Rhinos”. Admission is free.
40. The Artground, located at the Goodman Arts Centre, is a multi-disciplinary space that’s divided into four areas. The Baby Stage is a safe space for the littlest explorers to discover colours and textures. The Ground Floor lets toddlers aged 2 and up engage with art installations. The White Box is a cosy and intimate space for kids to attend performances, while The Good Garden features greenery that allow kids acquire an appreciation of nature. Admission is free ― sign your child up for workshops ― they cost $10 each. Find the workshop schedule here.
41. Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden This recently-revamped nature haven is one of the best places to let little ones explore the outdoors! The new extension also makes it the largest Children’s Garden in Asia! It now has a flying fox, a canopy bridge, a vegetable farm and new kid’s cafe, Food for Tots, in addition to the water fountain, huge treehouse playground and herb garden. The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is at 1h Cluny Road.
42. Superhero We Wild Child Festival 2018 This inclusive arts movement Superhero Me brings together children of different needs. From 5 to 17 March, check out this all-encompassing arts festival that includes a wide range of arts, crafts, music and dance workshops. An inclusive arts camp will also be held from 12 to 14 March, where 30 children will spend three half-days working in teams with those of different abilities. The free play areas, which will be open all day from 10 to 17 March, include a Wild Dance Island, Maze to Dinner (A tunnel of tents featuring stories by children from Kindle Garden), and the Village Square, where children craft an item that signifies their role in their tribe. Held at the Enabling Village (20 Lengkok Bahru), you can sign up for plenty of workshops, some of which are free of charge. Get all the details here.
43. Katapult Trampoline Park Burn off some of your kiddo’s energy and even cull your own calories here! Trampoline parks aren’t just great fun for the kids, it’s a fantastic workout for adults, too. Katapult boasts 30 linked trampolines where you can play dodgeball, free fall into a huge airbag, or do a slam dunk. Kids aged 4 and under require adult supervision. Prices start at $15 for an hour (non-peak rates) of jump-time.
44. Make the Future 2018 Has your car-crazed little guy ever imagined what his vehicle of choice will be like in the future? He’ll catch a glimpse of the future that’s to come at this free event at the Changi Exhibition Centre. He’ll build his own race car that’s powered by saltwater, catch a futuristic eco-car race, and engage in plenty of interactive installations. The event is on from 8 to 11 March at the Changi Exhibition Centre, 9 Aviation Park Road.
45. All about Dogs Because it’s the Year of the Dog, why not take your pooch-loving peewee to this cute exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum? They’ll visit plenty of interactive exhibits, including one where junior can pit his senses against a dog’s (how does his sense of smell compare), as well as learn more about the life cycle of a dog. You’ll also find out what Singapore’s most popular dog breed is, and check out stamps with iconic dog characters such as Snoopy and Goofy. The exhibition is on till 1 December ― admission is free.
46. Diggersite@ORTO If you’ve got a construction-obsessed little guy or gal, this is definitely the place to be. Diggersite@ORTO at Lorong Chencharu is packed with mini-construction vehicles like tower cranes, excavators and forklifts that budding builders can operate on their own (those under 6 years need to be accompanied by an adult). Knock down plastic bottles with a mini-wrecking ball, drive a forklift loaded with a wooden mallet, or use a digger to scoop sand into a bucket. Alternatively, dive into the sand pit full of digging toys, or hop onto the coal-mine cart ride that takes you around the compound. Don’t forget to slap on sunscreen, as the rides are mostly outdoors! Each ride, lasting 5 to 7 minutes, costs $5.
47. Sesame Street at Changi Airport Taking a short trip out of Singapore for the school holidays? Then ,ke time to check out the Sesame Street gang who have taken up residence in Changi Airport’s Terminal 3! Lots of fun and interactive activities aside, your mini-dynamo will like the huge inflatable playground featuring life-sized characters, slides and a ball pit. What’s more, dine with your kids at participating restaurants and get a free Sesame Street activity pack with stickers! You can also buy limited-edition Sesame Street Marker notebooks at a special price of $6.90 each ― just spend $60 (with a maximum of 2 combined receipts) at Changi Airport.
48. Singapore Maritime Gallery Let your mini-captain test his steering skills when he takes the wheel at the Ship Handling stimulator at the Singapore Maritime Gallery. Open from 9am to 5.30pm at Marina South Pier, it also features a ship spotter installation where junior can pan and tilt digital scanners to learn all about various vessels, plus, get a taste of navigating the high seas. Open daily except Monday. Admission is free.
49. Mission Possible with Geronimo Stilton Junior can role-play a forensic scientist on a mission when they catch Geronimo at his first interactive “Live” show from 9 to 18 March at United Square Shopping Mall (101 Thomson Road)! Parts of the United Square atrium will even be converted into a Crime Investigation Lab! All you have to do is spend $60 at the mall to redeem an activity pass, which entitles you to two of four activities. Plus, you’ll even get a meet-and-greet pass with Geronimo!
50. Peppa Pig Live! This live performance of everyone’s favourite piggy family will be staged from 9 to 11 March at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp. Mummy Pig has prepared a special treat to celebrate treasured memories with the entire family, and Peppa’s friends have been invited to join in the celebration. Get set to enjoy lots of new songs, games and jumps in muddy puddles! Ticket prices start at $58.
51. SSO Concerts for Children: Summon the Superheroes Your young ’uns will actually be enthralled by orchestral melodies! From 17 to 18 March, the SSO will put together a roller-coaster ride of super-hero music, presented by Alasdair Malloy as Supermac, the Kilted Crusader. The concert, suitable for kids aged 4 and above, will also feature recognisable theme music from super-hero films like Superman and Spider-Man. Tickets cost $30 and $40 each.
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