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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5) National Day at Majestic Seafood Restaurant

WHAT Calling all crustacean and caffeine fans! Tuck into one of our national dishes with a unique twist! Forget the good old chili crab, for the month of August, Majestic Bay will be serving up its signature Kopi-Crab at the discounted price of $51++ per kg (usually $68++). The thick coffee sauce is made with three different varieties of coffee bean together with an intoxicating mixture of rice wine and coffee liqueur! Definitely the makings of a “die-die must try” dish!

WHERE Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, Gardens by the Bay.

WHEN Offer available till 31 August. Not applicable on eve of or on public holidays and certain blackout dates. Call 6604-6604 to make your reservations.

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6) The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps

WHAT Introduce your young millennials to the art of stamps and snail mail with this exhibition documenting the trials and tribulations of Singapore’s history ― in stamps! Get up close with a specially curated selection of stamps reflecting our citizens’ achievements and aspirations for the Lion City. The showcase also includes an array of philatelic materials including rare original stamp artworks!

WHERE Singapore Philatelic Museum, Level 2.

WHEN Open 10am to 7pm daily, till 16 October, admission is free.

7) Music Oasis 2016: A Nation Celebrates

WHAT Grab your mats and picnic basket (don’t forget the bug spray) and spend the evening amidst the lush grounds of Palm Valley at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Listen as members of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra perform classical tunes by local composers. Watch out for Eric Watsons’ piece, An Independent Note, which includes excerpts of the late Lee Kuan Yew’s speeches. If not, the Medley of National Day Songs is bound to leave you ― and the spouse ― with a bout of nostalgia!

WHERE Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

WHEN 6 August, 6pm to 7pm, admission is free. Outdoor concert is subject to prevailing weather conditions.

8) Singapore Flight on the Singapore Flyer

WHAT Take a spin on “the world’s largest observation wheel” and enjoy the panoramic view of Singapore’s iconic and historical landmarks. The Singapore Flight package also includes a visit to the Journey of Dreams, a multimedia show tracing the intricate process of constructing the Flyer and the technology that powers the wheel. Junior will love the interactive segments of the show like the Dream Journal, where he can reflect on the nation’s history and heritage by looking through a series of dioramas! Plus, if you time your ride on the flyer ― one complete revolution takes 30 minutes ― you could get rewarded with the fireworks display 165m in the air!

WHERE Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue. Open daily from 8.30am to 10.30pm (last ride is at 10pm).

WHEN Log on to the Singapore Flyer site to buy tickets for Singapore Flight; tickets are priced at $33 for adults and $21 for children (3 to 12 years old).

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