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Kids activities this Chinese New Year in Singapore 2019
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Where to see lion dances, catch the magnificent Chingay Parade, marvel at the CNY fireworks and more, this Lunar New Year 2019 in Singapore!

2019 Chinese New Year festivities have started! Singapore welcomes in the Year of the Pig with a host of fun kid-friendly CNY events around town! From the annual Chingay parade, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, to light displays, fireworks, Cantonese opera, lion dances and pineapple tart workshops, there’s heaps of holiday fun for the fam.

So dust off those cheongsams (with matchy-matchy CNY outfits for junior of course), book your reunion lo hei and get ready to yell Gong xi fa cai!

Chinatown Street Light Up

Chinatown is the place to head for Lunar New Year celebrations! The official light up and opening ceremony will be followed by 6 weeks of dazzling street lights and decorations at Chinatown. The light-up will feature handmade sculptured lanterns of Pigs, flowers and greetings so get your cameras ready peeps!

When:  20 January – 6 March 2019, 7:00pm – 6:00am (4 & 5 February 2019), 7:00pm – 2:00am (Friday & Saturday), 7:00pm – 12 midnight (Sunday – Thursday)
Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and GardenBridge
How much: Free!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party

Usher in the Year of the Pig with live performances and a countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown. Lively performances await; from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games as the countdown party culminates with firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks. We are excited about this one!

When: 4 February 2019, 9:30pm – 12:30am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
How much: Free!

Fireworks galore at River Hong Bao
Fireworks galore at River Hong Bao (Image credit: River Hong Bao Facebook)

Ten Minutes of Firework at River Hongbao Carnival

Like fireworks? The River Hongbao lights the skies with award-winning firework displays from artists from across the globe! There are various minute long displays but the biggies (10 minutes of fireworks) are on 3 February (10pm), 4 February (12am), and 9-10 February at 10pm. Larger-than-life lantern displays depicting familiar Chinese mythological figures will enchant little ones, while the exhibit “A Harbour and Home: The Singapore River Through Time” takes you through a historical ride into our past. Thrill seekers should check out the carnival with 20 rides and games, while foodies can satiate their taste buds with more than 40 sumptuous varieties of local and regional delicacies on offer.

When: 3 –10 February 2018, 2pm – 11pm daily
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
How much: Free!

Chinatown Nightly Stage Shows

Catch stage performances every night during the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations. From Lunar New Year songs to Cantonese opera and dance performances by local and overseas artists and performing groups.

When: 19, 20, 26 and 27 January from 7 pm to 10 pm,
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
How much: Free

Chingay Parade in Singapore 2019
Chingay Parade in Singapore (Image credit”: PAssion Chingay Club Facebook)

Chingay Carnival

Get excited for the Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia! The Chingay carnival takes place over three days from 15 to 17 February 2019, at the open space behind the Singapore Flyer. The area will turn into a whimsical Chingay wonderland with family-friendly activities, plus stunning Chingay performers and floats. On Sunday (17 February 2019), the F1 race track will turn into a huge adventure playground, plus there’s a movie under the stars at night, right on the F1 race track.

When: 15 to 17 February 2019, 3pm – 10pm
Where: open space behind the Singapore Flyer
How much: $28.50 – $50

Chingay 2019 @ Heartlands

The Chingay parade will also make an appearance in Chinatown to mark the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Grab the fam and head over for a dazzling night of special performances by local and overseas performers, plus the pièce de résistance – the beautifully decorated and lighted mega float!

When: 17 February 2019, 6pm – 10pm
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

 Celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore

Celebrate Lunar New Year at The National Museum of Singapore where there’s lots of fun for the whole family in store. Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn more about traditional Chinese puppet theatre and watch a live demonstration in the special edition of A Lighter Side of History. You can also create a special festive keepsake at drop-in craft stations (11am-4pm at National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium, Level 2), and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes at 12.30pm-1.30pm. For full event break down read this.
When: 9 February
National Museum of Singapore
How much: Free

Auspicious Lion Dance Performance & Lo hei (Image credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall)

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2019

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2019 with their exciting line-up of festive offerings suitable for all ages! There will be auspicious Lion and Dragon dance performances, heritage tours and trails, and craft activities for the little ones. On 16 February 2019 at 6pm, join in the Memorial Hall’s signature mass outdoor lo hei, and toss to bountiful luck and prosperity for the Lunar New Year! Kids can get crafty with a Paper Sculpting Workshop on 16 February (11am – 12pm; 4pm – 5pm). Plus don’t miss a chance to get your zodiac predictions for the new year, challenge your friends in our Kampung Games, enjoy an evening concert of contemporary and traditional performing arts, and more.

When: 16 & 17 February 2019, 10:30am – 9:30pm
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
How much: Free

Pineapple Tart Making Workshop

If there’s one goodie that just yells Chinese New Year it’s gotta be the delicious pineapple tart. If you are interested to learn how to make this special treat with your family to celebrate Lunar New Year, join the pineapple tarts making session at Kreta Ayer Community Club in Chinatown! It’s a family affair so bring Auntie, Grandma, and the little ones too!

When: 27 January 2019, from 10am to 1pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Community Club
How much: Ticket at $5 for a family of up to 5 pax. Buy tickets at Kreta Ayer Community Club (Tel: +65 6222 3597) and Kim Seng Community Centre (Tel: +65 6272 3878). Closing date for registration: 20 January 2019.

    Read more: Where to Eat Pineapple Tarts, Renuion Dinners and CNY Goodies

12thInternational Lion Dance Competition

Kids will be entranced with the rhythmic beat of the drums and the jaw-dropping stunts involved in the lion dance! Littler kids or very sensitive kids may need their ears covered if you are watching up close. Steeped in tradition and culture, the lion dance marks Chinese New Year celebrations and is now an internationally recognised sport. This annual event International Lion Dance Competition to name the ‘King of the Lions’ will see numerous reputable top lion dance troupes from Singapore and Asia Pacific, all vying for the grand prize and the honour of being recognised as ‘the best of the best’ as they face off with skilful stunts and intricate manoeuvres on the meihuazhuang.

When: 26 January 2019, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
How much: $10 (Buy tickets by calling (+65 6222 3597)

Lion dancing on poles at Gardens by the Bay (Image Credit: Karien van Ditzhuijzen)

Lion Dancing on Poles at Gardens by the Bay

Get settled in for an LED performance of “Carps Leaping Over The Dragon’s Gate” of auspicious Chinese myths, as well as Chinese Orchestra performances from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Ding Yi Music Company. Over at the Supertree Grove the majestic lion dance takes place as well, including one on poles for fun acrobatics at Gardens by the Bay.

When: 2 – 10 February, various timings
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
How much: Free!

So Much Fun – An Ah Guo Exhibition

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) has launched its first “singing” red packet this year! It pays tribute to our local Chinese New Year practice – the tossing of the yusheng (lo hei). This collaborative effort by local illustrator Ah Guo (Lee Kow Fong) and pianist-composer Peng Chi Sheng makes the red packets come alive with a beautiful yusheng painting paired with a catchy Chinese New Year tune titled The Lo Hei Song. Take the kiddos to see Ah Guo’s artwork collection in the “So Much Fun” – An Ah Guo Special Exhibition and experience “walking into” the yusheng painting!

When: Now till 7 February 2019 (closed on 5 & 6 February), 10am – 8pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Gallery, Level 2
How much: 

Visit the Istana
Take a peek into the Presidential grounds! Entry to the Istana grounds is free for Singapore Citizens and PRs, while entrance into the Istana Main Building costs just $2. There is often a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House, and visitors are encouraged to embark on guided tours.

When: 6 February 2018, 8:30am – 6pm
Where: The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
How much: Free for Singapore Citizens and PRs, $2 per person for other visitors.

Chinatown Food Street Pig-turesque Photo Tunnel

Chinatown comes alive this year with over 200 piglet plushies and sparkly fairy lights forming a 6 metres long pig-tastic tunnel. Plus there’s a complimentary calligraphy workshop on 2 & 3 February 2019, 4pm – 6pm at Chinatown Food Street.

When: 19 January – 24 February, 11am-11pm
Where: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown
How much: Free!

Chinatown Wishing Tree

Make your New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Write wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the banyan tree. Each wishing card costs $2 and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors ‘ Activity Centre to help the needy elderly. Through this meaningful community event, you can bring festive cheer to the less fortunate.

When: 15 January – 3 February 2019, 11am – 9pm
Where: Chinatown Point
How much: $2

Huayi Festival – workshops, plays and activities for kids (image credit: Huayi Festival Facebook)

Huayi Festival at The Esplanade 

Huayi Festival, Singapore’s annual Chinese Festival of the Arts, is back, complete with theatre, music, and lion dance performances plus kid-friendly shows and workshops (like learning Chinese dance for kids) too. The festival kicks off on the 15th February with a lively performance by ZingO, followed by Yiwei Athletic Association’s acrobatic lion dancers. There’s also a modern, Chinese adaptation of Hamlet by acclaimed director Li Liuyi, an opera in concert and something for the little ones – Child’s Play, The Story of the Banyan Tree. This show aimed at ages 6 to 11 is adapted from a classic local folklore, and is packed with hands-on activities and creative storytelling to teach children the importance of teamwork.

When: 15 – 24 February, various timings
Where: The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
How much: various pricing

     Read more: Kid-friendly Museums in Singapore

CNY at Universal Studios Singapore! (Image credit: Resorts World Sentosa Facebook)

RWS Universal Studios

There’s a 15-metre long dancing dragon waiting for you at Universal Studios Singapore – kids can follow this mighty beast along with their favourite character as along the Auspicious Dragon Trail around the theme park. Look out for exciting performances, as well as photo opps with the Minions, Bumblebee, Shrek, Puss In Boots, Elmo and more at designated zones along the trail.
NEW! Sesame Street friends present Monster Lo Hei (available from 1 February), a brand new interactive show which tells the story of the local Lo Hei tradition. This show will marry elements from the East and West for an informative and entertaining take on an evergreen Lunar New Year tradition.

When: 25 Jan – 19 Feb 2019
Where: Universal Studios, Resorts World Sentosa
How much: Tickets from $56 per child and $75 per adult

Springtime Rhapsody at Jurong Point

If Jurong Point is in your hood – head over for their lion dance performance, meet and greet with the God of Fortune mascot, and a chance to shake the Fortune Prosperity tree. Foodies take note, because you can learn tips and tricks from Singapore’s top celebrity food artist, Little Miss Bento on Yu Sheng platter-making, too!

When: Lion Dance Performance(13 February 2019, 11:30am at JP2 Main Entrance); God of Fortune Mascots Meet & Greet (26 – 27 January, 2 – 3 February, 1pm & 5pm at JP1 & JP2 Level 1); Yu Sheng Platter-making Workshop (3 February 2019, 2pm at JP1 Centre Stage)*
Where: Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 648886
How much: Free (and with* minimum spend)

What does the Year of the Pig have in store for you? Fortune Street RWS (Image: Resorts World Sentosa Facebook)

RWS Fortune Street

What will the year of the Pig bring you? If you want your fortune told, head over to RWS’ Festive Walk, Fortune Street where 16 fortune tellers spanning Palmistry, Ba Zi, Numerology Analysis, Crystal Chakra Divination, Face Reading, and Astrology Stone Casting.

When: 5 – 17 February 2019
Where: Festive Walk, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
How much: Admission to Fortune Street is priced at $38 ($28 for RWS Invites members). Click here to book fortune telling sessions.

CNY Events for kids in singapore ION Orchard zodiac signs
The Indoor Chinese Garden on Level 3 of ION Orchard features info on zodiac signs and predictions for the new year

CNY Art, Projections and Zodiac Fun

Catch a CNY multimedia projection light show of Koi fish swimming with grace through a stream of abundance amid a cherry blossom forest at the highest point ION Sky on level 5 along Orchard Road, then take a peek around CNY themed art exhibitions at ION Art by the Singapore Art Society (1-10 February). Looking for insight into your zodiac sign? Stroll through the Chinese Garden display at ION Orchard to learn more about what your sign will bring you this new year (at ION Orchard Level 3).

Pssst! Here’s your chance to take home a free calligraphy greeting penned by renowned Chinese calligraphy artist, Shen Guang Han. On select days, special scrolls featuring delicate hand letterings of auspicious and meaningful words will be given out by the famous Shen, a master of Chinese palaeography. (at ION Orchard Level 3 on 19, 20, 26, 27 January; 5 & 6 February)

When: Various activities from now – 19 Feb 2019
Where: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
How much: Free (except ION Sky access – 1 admission ticket redeemable through ION Orchard mobile app per $20 spend at ION)

Splendour of Spring at One Raffles Place

Take a peek at your fortune at the Forecast Your Fortune exhibition at levels three, four and five, meet the God of Fortune – Master Bro Alec Chia, one of Singapore’s renowned Geomancer and Numerologists, as he speaks more about the different zodiac signs. Plus there’s a high-energy lion dance performance and Cai Qing performed by the champions of the Ngee Ann City National Lion Dance Competition in 2018.

When: 17th January – 4th February 2019, Lion Dance performance 12 February
Where: One Raffles Place shopping mall, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
How much: Free!

CNY Lion Dance Performance
CNY Lion Dance Performances around Singapore

Lunar New Year at AMK Hub

AMK Hub gets into the CNY spirit with an entertaining lion dance where agile lions leap onto high poles and perform various entertaining acrobatic stunts, vibrant blooms aplenty and Chinese drum performances featuring a 6-piece drum ensemble. Plus shoppers can also redeem exclusive rewards when they shop at AMK Hub during this period of festivities.

When: Chinese Festive Drum Performance – Saturday, 26 Jan, 2 & 9 Feb 2019 at 3pm
Where: Level 3 (in front of Foodfare), AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 Singapore 569933
How much: Free!

When: Lion Dance Performance Sunday, 27 Jan, 3 & 10 Feb 2019 at 3pm
Where: Level 1 Main Entrance, AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 Singapore 569933
How much: Free!

Lunar New Year with Snow City 

Celebrating the lunar new year in a snow chamber with snow falling around you may not be the first place that springs to mind but know that there will be a lion dance performance *6 Feb 2019, 4pm), free tickets* for your next visit, an appearance by the God of Fortune (5 & 6 Feb 2019, 3pm), meet and greets with mascots  (1 – 6 Feb 2019, 2pm) and complimentary oranges (1 – 6 Feb 2019, 10am – 6pm)!

How much: Check our events page for more deets on pricing, dates and *free ticket info.
Where: Snow City Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433

Under-the-sea dragon dance at S.E.A Aquarium

Underwater dragon dance at S.E.A. Aquarium

Over at S.E.A. Aquarium, your little sea monsters can look forward to the only underwater dragon dance in Singapore! This signature show stars an intricately-designed dragon swimming amongst 40,000 marine life and has been a staple in the aquarium for many years. Go on a treasure hunt trail around the aquarium and receive an abundance of blessings across eight stations, each featuring an iconic marine animal symbolising Longevity, Wealth, and Abundance and others.

When: 25 Jan – 19 Feb 2019
Where: S.E.A Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
How much: Tickets from $26 per child and $36 per adult

Festive Goodies Fair

Check out the abundance of all-time CNY favourites on offer by visiting the Festive Goodies Fair happening at the Level 1 atriums of Tiong Bahru Plaza, Hougang Mall, Century Square and White Sands. Look out for treats from a variety of shops including Deli Indo, Arkon, Cookies 4 U, Chop Tai Chong Kok, House of Melon Seed and Bakery Cuisine.

When: 25 January – 4 February 2019
Where: Tiong Bahru Plaza, Hougang Mall, Century Square, White Sands
How much: Free

Lion Dance at City Square Mall (Image credit: City Square Mall Facebook)

Springfest Carnival & Lion dance at City Square Mall 

Welcome the New Year at City Square Mall with the lion dance troupe as they perform their elaborate stunts to the majestic beats of the drums and cymbals.

When: 15 February 2019 at 4pm
Where: L1, City Square Mall Main Entrance
How much: Free!

Youngsters and the young at heart can check out exciting games and rides such as a carousel, trackless train, inflatable bouncer, pirate ship, swing chairs, and more! After you’ve ridden every ride till your tummy can take no more, grab some dinner nearby, likd dumplings at Din Tai Fung to Japanese meals at the newly opened Don Don Donki store!

When:  11 January – 17 February 2019, Weekdays: 5pm – 10pm, Weekends and Public Holidays: 1pm – 10pm
Where: L1, City Green Park
How much: rides priced individually

CNY at The Centrepoint

At The Zodiac Balloon Fiesta feast your eyes on an incredible life-sized balloon display of zodiac animals when you swing by Level 1, Atrium! Crafted by award-winning balloon sculptor and Guinness Record holder Lily Tan. Learn how to sculpt your own zodiac animal at the Zodiac Balloon Sculpting Workshop (at 2pm), and get to bring your new piggy balloon home afterwards.
When:  26 Jan to 1 Feb
Where: Level 1, Atrium, The Centrepoint
How much: To participate, simply spend a minimum of $30. Click here for more info on upcoming pop-shops. 

Lion dance performance at IKEA

If you’ve been cleaning your home with a vengeance and need to restock, or are just on the lookout for some CNY decor, you know where to head for affordable gear! IKEA stores will be ready on 10 February with a vivacious Lion Dance performance. While you are here, snap up some CNY treats (from cookies at $8 to Salmon Yu Sheng at $13.80) and, for the first time ever, Bak Kwa ($20.80)

When: 10 February, 10am-11am at IKEA Tampines and 2pm-3pm at IKEA Alexandra
Where: IKEA Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764; IKEA Alexandra 317 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159965
How much: Free

Year of the Pig – Singapore Wildlife Parks Red River Hog (image credit: Singapore Wildlife Parks)

Year of the Pig at Singapore Zoo

What better way to celebrate the Year of the Pig than by checking out all the pig species in Singapore’s wildlife parks? There’s the Red River Hogs, one of the most beautiful pig species, and Babirusas, the charismatic toothy pigs from Sulawesi. There are a host of fun-filled activities during the Lunar New Year period, too.

When: 5-19 February 2019
Where: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
How much: Individual park entrance fees apply.

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Lead image credit: Huaiyi Festival Facebook

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