Give your kids a heads up on the Year of the Rooster at the Esplanade’s Chinese Zodiac Programme. Plus, take a look at the other fun interactive programmes your munchkins will have a blast at this weekend!


Learn about the Chinese zodiac
The Lunar New Year is just around the corner, so take your young ’un on a journey to discover the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Head down to PIP’s PLAYbox ― a bright play space located at level 4 of the Esplanade ― so that junior can do fun zodiac-related activities like print rubbings and tangrams. The interactive sessions will be on from 11am to 6pm daily till 28 February. Admission is free.


“Cast” some spells
Get up close with Harry Potter collectibles and movie memorabilia from all over the world at the Collecting Magic: From Stamps To Wands exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Among the collection are first-licensed Harry Potter stamps, limited-edition books and postcards, as well as replicas of movie props. You’ll even see Privet Drive, where Harry Potter was staying when he first received his letter to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Junior will even be able to “cast” some spells at an interactive wand station. The exhibition is on till 25 June ― free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.


Catch an animated feature
Opening in cinemas this weekend, Sing is the story of how Buster Moon, a koala bear, tries to save his theatre by hosting a singing contest. Thanks to a misprint in the promotional flier ― the grand prize of $1,000 is mistakenly printed as $100,000 ― the competition becomes grander than he had ever anticipated. This animated feature, which features the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson, is all about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.


Paint a Chinese opera mask
Want your peewee to share your passion for Chinese opera? Then sign her up for the Chinese Opera Mask Workshop at Pasir Ris Public Library on 8 January to introduce her to the captivating stories, dazzling costumes and dramatic makeup of this traditional art form. She’ll also learn how the painted faces depict the traits and characteristics of a specific role the actor is playing. The session ― from 2pm to 4pm ― is suitable for kids aged 7 to 1. Sign up for the workshop here. Check out other NLB programmes here!


Burn some energy
If you haven’t been to a trampoline park, what are you waiting for? Not just great fun for the kids, it’s a fantastic workout that adults can join in, too. Katapult Trampoline Park boasts 30 joined trampolines where you can play vertical dodgeball, free fall into a huge airbag, or do a slam dunk. An adult needs to accompany kids who are aged 4 and under. Prices start at $15 for an hour of jump-time (non-peak rates).

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