Wow Weekends! 28 to 31 January

TGIF! Here’s your weekly round-up of top things you’d want to check out with the family this extended weekend!

Catch amazing fireworks and laser show

Not just a stunning light-up and lantern display but rides and games galore, too? These highlights await you when you head to River Hongbao 2017 at the Marina Bay floating platform from 26 January to 4 February. Besides more than 30 amusement rides and games booths, your brood can check out handicraft and food stalls, as well as nightly fireworks and laser displays. Local singing sensation Nathan Hartono will also be performing long with overseas artistes. Get a 360-degree view of the sky lanterns when you put on some virtual reality glasses! Admission is free.


Go on a nature walk at the Istana

Satisfy your inner kaypoh and sign up for a tour of The Istana building’s function rooms ($2 per person). Open to the public five times a year, including during Chinese New Year ― on 29 January, you can admire the grounds’ vast greenery and enjoy public performances. The National Parks Board will also be conducting a guided nature walk ($2 for kids aged 3 years and above, $4 for adults) to showcase the flora, fauna and biodiversity at the official residence and office of Singapore’s President. Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents.


Marvel at LED dancing dragons and a giant phoenix

Catch glimpses of a giant LED phoenix and dragons dancing at the Supertree Grove from 30 January to 12 February at Gardens by the Bay’s Spring Surprise. Besides meeting the God of Fortune at the Flower Dome, there are various craft booths where the entire family will have fun customising their very own prosperity egg or learn the art of Chinese calligraphy. Prices start at $8/child or $12/adult for admission to a single conservatory. Admission to the outdoor gardens is free.


Watch an underwater dragon dance

You’ve seen dragon dance shows, but what about an underwater version? Catch one at SEA Aquarium’s Ocean Gallery from 21 January to 11 February. Expect special lighting effects as well as a mischievous monkey making way for the tireless rooster. Your little one can transform colourful pieces of paper into little fish at the origami corner or take part in an an interactive Trail of the Rooster treasure hunt. Here, the kiddos who are armed with clues will uncover facts about marine life considered auspicious in Chinese culture. Tickets are priced at $22/kids and $34/adults.


Learn about Chinese customs in role-playing activities

If you’re in search of something to thrill your munchkins this long weekend, visit KidZania, which has lined up role-playing activities, so that junior can wise up to Lunar New Year customs and cultures. Its New Beginnings event, from 21 January to 12 February, also boasts a Lion Dance City Parade at 2.45pm daily at the Acting Academy. Kids who participate in the craft and calligraphy activities will be able to take their artwork home. In addition, all returning and new “CitiZens” will receive a hongbao with 80 kidZos (KidZania currency) upon entering the City. Prices start at $23.75 (2 to 3 years); $55.10 (4 to 17 year); $33.25 (adults over 18). Free entry for infants under 2.

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