It’s that time of the year again, mama! Don your best red and white garb, slap on a few Singapore flag temporary tatts and it’s time to party like it’s 1965 – National Day is almost here!
Celebrate what it means to be a Singaporean (and if you’re not Singaporean, simply celebrate all the reasons you love our Little Red Dot!) this 9 August in true red-and-white fashion!
Here at Sassy Mama we love catching the National Day Parade every year and this year is no different. If you haven’t got tickets to the previews or the actual show, tune in to any of the Mediacorp channels (Channel 5, Okto, Suria, Channel 8, Vasantham Central and Channel News Asia) from 5:20pm to catch all the action. Alternatively, the parade will also be streamed live on the official YouTube channel, NDPeeps, in 360 degrees and complete with virtual reality (VR) support! Following previous years where drones have been used to fly through fireworks as they happen, we can’t wait to see how this new feature plays out.
Besides getting psyched for the parade, all kinds of awesome National Day events and promos are already being rolled out, mama! Now that we’ve said goodbye to McDonald’s Singapore’s Nasi Lemak Burger (did you get to try it?), there’s still plenty to eat, see and do with the kiddos, and don’t get us started on all the super-fun kid-friendly parties and dining options all over the island. Check them out below!
Enjoy 1-for-1 entry into Science Centre Singapore, Omni-Theatre or Butterflies Up-Close with every purchase of a full-priced admission ticket! Also look forward to exhibitions such as Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic, The Mind’s Eye and Dino Robot Factory where kiddos can learn about the basics of design, automation, assembly and mechanics!
When: Saturday, 5 August – Sunday, 13 August 2017
Where: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
How much: Entry to Science Centre Singapore applies
Themed “One Nation Together, One Community Gathers”, this edition of PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate will feature a wide variety of family-friendly activities on offer – think Racing Bikes, Mini-Paddle Boats and an Inflatable Maze! Numerous fringe events will be held alongside the carnival, plus the addition of new themed villages within the traditional 4 zones offered by PlayLAH! – Play, Learn, Eat and Bond.
When: Friday, 4 August – Sunday, 6 August 2017, 12pm
Where: Singapore EXPO Hall 5, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
How much: Free admission! Carnival coupons required and can be purchased here
KidZania Singapore will be offering National Day-themed activities for kids at the realistic kid-sized city, plus the wildly popular adults-only Back-to-Kidz event which is open for guests aged 17 and above only. Colleagues, friends and loved ones can role-play together at KidZania with special local-themed games and activities!
When: TODAY, 1 August – Sunday, 13 August 2017
Where: KidZania Singapore, 31 Beach View, #01-01/02, Singapore 098008
How much: General Admission ticket prices apply
Got yourself an artsy kiddo? Children aged 4 to 9 years old are invited to showcase their creativity on how they would like to celebrate “#onenationtogether”, with drawing sheets provided at Junior Champs (#02-02) or around the Retail Centre. All artworks are to be submitted by mail to 18 Tai Seng by 6 August. Colouring materials will be provided on location and entries can be submitted on the spot. There are will be two age categories, 4-6 years and 7-9 years. A total of 6 winners from both categories will win prizes worth $1,500!
When: Now till Sunday, 6 August 2017
Where: 18 Tai Seng Street, Singapore 539775
AMK Hub welcomes you to join in the celebration! Look forward to a satisfying time at the Durian Feast Party, have an indulgent shopping spree and enjoy a series of privileges and rewards. AMK Hub is also adding a special element to this year’s National Day celebration by paying tribute to 50 years of National Service.
When: Now till Sunday, 13 August 2017
Where: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569933
How much: Free!
Catch some of Singapore’s wildest residents saluting the nation’s sovereignty by raising the Singapore flag during show times at Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park, watch a manatee unveil a National Day banner or simply enjoy the National Day songs performed by local buskers at the parks’ entrances!
When: 1 – 31 August 2017
Where: Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and River Safari
How much: Activities are free but normal admission rates to all parks apply
Check out the fun-filled National Day event at Pororo Park that includes a National Day feast, facepainting, balloon sculpting and most of all, a fantastic view of the aerial display & fireworks!
When: Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 5:30pm – 10pm
Where: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29, Singapore 039594
How much: From $55/child (non-member). More deets here, mama!
Don your red and white best and head up to 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar as early as 5pm for a family-friendly celebration of the nation’s 52nd birthday! Toast to the little red dot we call home with the Red Dot 52 — a patriotic concoction available exclusively throughout August; while the little ones can make their own National Day mocktail, Vanda Miss Joaquim, at the DIY drinks booth. Get in early to catch the iconic National Day State Flag flypast!
When: Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 5pm
Where: 1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
How much: 5pm to 9pm: $40 nett (inclusive of one standard housepour and one Red Dot 52 cocktail)
9pm onwards: $45 nett (inclusive of one premium pour and one Red Dot 52 cocktail)
Celebrate over a mouthwatering brunch spread of delectable dim sum, Cantonese favourites, and spirited tipples. Keep your little diners entertained at the dedicated kid’s playroom, complete with cartoons, cushioned seats and a selection of engaging and fun-filled activities!
When: Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Where: Mitzo, Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857
How much: $68 ++ per adult (Kids under 6 diners free / Kids between 6 to 12 years old enjoy 50% off). Additional $60++ for free flow of cocktails, champagne, wines and beer
Inspired by the local favourite Chicken Rice, Jamie’s Italian spins an Italian twist on this Singapore classic in conjunction with National Day. Introducing Chicken & Rice Jamie’s Style, which showcases tender oven-roasted free-range chicken with broccolini and silky Carnaroli rice that has been infused with flavourful chicken stock. Served with green onions and a homemade chilli dressing made from freshly blended red chilli and sweet wine vinegar, it’s priced at just $19.65++ and is available at both VivoCity and Forum outlets. Plus, cocktail lovers can enjoy $5.20 off a Singapore Sling with every order of Chicken & Rice Jamie’s Style only at Jamie’s Italian VivoCity. Promos available from 1 – 13 August 2017.
Jamie’s Italian VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-165/166/167, VivoCity, Singapore 098585, Tel: (+65) 6733 5500
Jamie’s Italian Forum, 583 Orchard Rd, #01-01/04, Forum Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6655 7676
All day breakfast, succulent weekend roast, bouncy castles, face painting, an art corner AND their National Day Singapore Sling special… need we same more? Head down to either Café Melba Goodman Arts Centre or Café Melba Mediapolis and get in on all the fun!
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden will be launching two new pasta dishes with a local twist – Shrimply The Best ($17) and One Nation with Kitty ($17) – as well as Kitty’s Love for SGP ($15.50), a stunning red velvet lava cake topped with Strawberry froyo soft serve; accompanied with fresh strawberries and raspberries – yum! Available only through the month of August, these new dishes can be enjoyed à la carte or in a National Day Set ($26) comprising a choice of either pasta coupled with Kitty’s Love for SGP.
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café, Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Arrival Meeting Hall Central, #01-22, www.hellokittyorchidgarden.com
Executive Chef Jimi Tegerdine pays homage to some of the most-loved local signature dishes with his unique reinterpretation, resulting in the Singapore Platter. Featuring a special rendition of hawker classics such as Cereal Prawns with Lemongrass Emulsion and Beef Hazelnut Satay with Soy, it’s priced at $50++ and is perfect for two! Plus, mamas who want a tipple can sip on a chilled Singapore Sling at just $25++ or Rothschild Champagne at $50++ for 2 glasses.
LeVeL33, 8 Marina Boulevard 33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981, www.level33.com.sg
VLV’s Dim Sum Soirée this month evokes local flavours with a collection of exquisite hand-crafted Dim Sum and modern Chinese creations. National Day highlights include the ‘Chilli Crab Buns’ and Chef’s own rendition of Singapore’s heritage dishes, rojak and bak kut teh, giving your taste buds a nostalgic culinary journey down memory lane.
$138++ per adult
, includes: Charles Heidsieck Champagne, Red Wine, White Wine, Suntory Premium Malt Draft, Brunch Cocktails, Juices, Soft Drinks, Chinese Tea
$34++ per child (6 years – 11 years old), seating: 12pm – 3pm
VLV, 3A River Valley Road #01-02, Singapore 179020, www.vlv.life
Elevate (literally!) your National Day celebrations at CÉ LA VI Singapore with its front-row, unparalleled views of the dazzling fireworks spectacle, roaring fighter jet display, and polychromatic drone light show! You’re also invited to indulge in Chef Joseph Sergentakis’s specially curated National Day Menu while relishing in CÉ LA VI Club Lounge’s day-to-night Majulah National Day Fiesta festivities.
When: 5 – 8 August 2017, 12pm
Where: Cé La Vi, 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971
How much: The indelible five-course Modern-Asian National Day Menu is available at $198++ per guest on National Day (9 August), and $168++ per guest from 5 – 8 August and 10 – 13 August, with the option of bespoke wine pairing at $128++ per guest for drink seekers.
Go on a Michelin-recommended food trail around The Scarlet Singapore while you’re there on staycation! Valid for stays from 4 – 13 August 2017, The Scarlet’s exclusive National Day package deal includes the following:
- Complimentary bottle of Prosecco
- Complimentary breakfast for two at Casa Tartufo
- Guaranteed late checkout at 3pm
- Complimentary wireless Internet access in guest room
- Complimentary use of FLAUNT gym and SODA jacuzzi
The Scarlet Singapore, 33 Erskine Rd, Singapore 069333, www.thescarlethotels.com
Get $52 off on a bundle of 4 adult one-day tickets to Universal Studios Singapore! New rides and entertainment include everything Minions-related, like the latest Despicable Me Breakout Party (available till 20 August) which features a first-ever Minion Mob, exciting games, performances as well as Minion-themed delights. Also make sure you look out for admission discounts to S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark, mama! Each attraction will offer admission at only $52 for two adults. Kiddos will especially love the underwater flag pass amongst the marine animals at the iconic Open Ocean Habitat.
August babies get to dine for free at the Hilton! Simply dine with two full paying adults for the hotel’s popular Hilton Sunday Brunch, newly revamped D9 Desserts + Singapore Flavors Saturday High Tea Buffet and il Cielo weekday 3-course Italian set lunch. Plus, celebrate your birthday dinners at Opus Bar & Grill or il Cielo and enjoy a complimentary selected dessert with any order of Opus prime cuts from $58 or il Cielo mains.
Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238883, www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/singapore/hilton-singapore-SINHITW
Celebrate National Day at Bull and Bear from 6pm on Friday, 4 August and indulge in a bundle of deliciousness with Curry Samosas & Spring Rolls at just $8++, all day drinks specials (Singapore Slings at $13++ and Tiger Beer at $12.50++), and groove to the beats by their in-house DJ!
Bull and Bear, 31 Pekin Street, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 048761, www.bullandbear.com.sg
Treat yourself to guaranteed views of the amazing National Day fireworks display with JW Marriott’s Hotel Room Package from $510++, mama! Package includes daily breakfast for two at Beach Road Kitchen. If you’re looking for a quick one-night staycay, try the Sunday Champagne Brunch Hotel Package (valid for one night stay only) from $600++. Check in on a Saturday and relax in the hotel’s designer rooms, then end your staycation with a tantalising Sunday Champagne Brunch. Package includes:
- One night stay in Club Deluxe Room
- Executive Lounge Access
- Sunday Brunch for 2 at Beach Road Kitchen (12pm to 3pm)
- 4pm late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary internet access
- Complimentary parking per room per night (multiple entries are chargeable)
Note: Rooms do not come with fireworks view.
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Rd, Singapore 189763, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sinjw-jw-marriott-hotel-singapore-south-beach
Dine at Singapore’s only restaurant serving up Japanese, French and Chinese cuisines as it’s planning a birthday bash like no other! From 5:30pm to 8:30pm, [email protected] Fiesta – National Day Edition will see Executive Chef Sam Chin and his team transforming the kitchen with pop-up live roast stations, sushi counters and delectable selection of canapés and desserts. The restaurant also guarantees a bird-eye view of the planned fireworks display and the riveting display by the Red Lions Parachuters, State Flag Flypast, the Presidential Gun Salute and the Salute to the Nation. Priced at $188++ per person, the [email protected] Fiesta – National Day Edition package comes with free-flow [email protected] Singapore Sling Cocktail, house white-wine, rosé wines, Prosecco, beers and soft drinks.
Don’t miss out on these early-bird discounts, mama!
- A 25% discount will be extended to the first 100 guests who make payment directly at the restaurant.
- Children between 7 and 18 years old will be entitled to a 50% discount (the restaurant does not accept reservations for children 7 years and below).
- Doors Open at 5pm
Get 52% off (that’s less than half price, mama!) your second local main dish when you dine at The Salon at Hotel Fort Canning this August! Tuck in amongst views of lush greenery with perennial local favourites such as Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Signature Curry Chicken, Seafood Mee Goreng and Hainanese Chicken Rice. Treat yourself and the kiddos with old school faves like Chendol or Bubur Cha Cha made the traditional way with colourful chewy tapioca jellies!
Whether you’re keen on a National Day Buffet Lunch, High Tea or Dinner, Marriott Cafe presents irresistible dining options with a selection of specially-Singaporean delights, mod-Sin cuisine and International favourites! From iconic local dishes such as Chilli Crab Sauce with Fried Mantou Bun at the buffet lunch to irresistible bites of Oyster Omelette at high tea and even a Chinese Barbecue station at dinner, you’ll be spoiled for choice! All the deets below:
National Day Lunch Buffet
12pm to 2.30pm
Adult: $78++* per person / $98++** per person
Child (5 to 12 years old): $38++ per child
* Inclusive of free flow of juices & soft drinks
** Inclusive of free flow of sparkling wine, beer & soft drinks
National Day High Tea Buffet
3pm to 5.30pm
Adult: $48++ per person
Child (5 to 12 years old): $30++ per child
National Day Dinner Buffet
6.30pm to 10pm
Adult: $80++ per person
Child (5 to 12 years old): $40++ per child
Happy National Day, mamas!
Lead image sourced via Today