Visit the latest indoor playground
Let your offspring enjoy themselves in JCube’s newest indoor playground, LOL Playland, while you shop to your heart’s content. Situated opposite the ice-skating rink, the playground houses a three-storey gym with slides and obstacles that’ll give your child’s motor skills a workout! Kids aged 3 and under can safely explore the two-storey Toddler’s House gym. Junior will love playing pretend in costumes at the miniature hospital, police post and fire station playhouses! Open Mondays to Thursdays from 10:30am to 9pm and Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 9:30pm. Click here for admission prices. Free entry for children under age 1 with up to two accompanying adults. LOL Playland is at #03-04, Level 3, J Cube, 2 Jurong East Central 1.
Catch a captivating lion dance competition
Ramp up your adrenaline plus plunge yourself into the Chinese New Year festivities when you watch top lion dance troupes from around the world duke it out in the high-stakes International Lion Dance Competition! This is the 10th edition of the annual Chinatown Festival competition. Dressed in colourful dance costumes, participants perform impressive high-octane routines as they vie for the ultimate title of “King of the Lions”. It takes place at the carpark at Banda Street and Sago Lane. The show is sold out every year, so grab your tickets now from the Kreta Ayer Community Club, located at #03-68 Block 5, Banda Street, or call 6222-3597. Tickets for a single show on 14 or 15 January cost $10 each while a combined ticket costs $15 each.
Get a guided tour of Chinatown
If you don’t mind the squeeze, Chinese New Year is the best time of the year to visit Chinatown as you can soak in all celebratory sights and sounds. Even better, sign up for a free guided Walking Trail that’ll take you through the heart of Chinatown and covers Sago and Pagoda Streets, as well as New Bridge Road. Junior will discover so much more than what his textbooks say about this historical and cultural venue. You’ll also get ample opportunities to shop for festive goodies at the Festive Street Bazaar and Carnival. End your evening by attending a lively cultural show at Kreta Ayer Square. Organised as part of the Chinatown Festival, the tour is from 3:30pm to 5pm on 14, 15, 21 and 22 January. As the trail is limited to 10 participants, registration is required. Register here, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuck into a delectable Pokémon meal
Is junior still suffering withdrawal symptoms after the Pokémon Run last weekend? Then hop down to the Pokémon Café at Bugis Junction to tuck into a scrumptious Pikachu-inspired meal. Order the I Love Pikachu Ketchup meal, which features a chicken patty wrapped in a yellow crepe that’s printed with Pikachu’s face, and is served with mashed potatoes, rice and a bottle of ketchup. Complete your meal with Volt Tackle is Strong, chocolate cake with caramelised marshmallows and berry sauce! You can take home various collectibles when you order certain menu items ― check with the service crew. The pop-up café is open daily from 11am to 10pm till 19 February. The café is located at #04-05 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street.
Watch The Gruffalo come to life on stage
Catch a riveting performance of childhood classic The Gruffalo at Kids Fest 2017 with junior and instil in him a love for arts. When junior embarks on a nail-biting adventure through the deep dark woods with Mouse in search for hazelnuts, they’ll meet characters like the eccentric old Owl and the party-mad Snake. Will the Gruffalo save Mouse from being served as a dinner dish for the cunning woodland creatures? Watch and find out! Suitable for kids aged 3 and above at the Victoria Theatre, till 16 January. Get your tickets from Sistic.
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