Got any plans this long weekend (24th-27th January) for Lunar New Year? Check out our weekend planner for fun kid-friendly things to do in Singapore!
Looking for things to do this long CNY weekend? We’ve found some fun, mostly FREE activities to keep the kids as well as the whole family entertained if you aren’t busy with Lunar New Year festivities…
- Celebrate CNY with free arts & crafts, stories and lion dances around town
- Take a peek around the Istana!
- Check out the free crane dance with pyrotechnics and water effects
- Build your own fortress with huge blocks at Lakeside Garden Park
- Catch River Hong Bao in all its colourful glory
- And more!
Visit the Istana (FREE!*)
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 for others. There is often a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House, and visitors are encouraged to embark on guided tours.
Deets: Sunday 26 January 2020, 8:30am – 6pm, The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Gateway Kids Club (FREE*!)
Gateway Kids Club is a weekly kids programme that includes storytelling, arts and crafts, free play activities, as well as featured parenting talks and workshops. Activities are centered around performing arts, visual arts, music or dance and each month there’s a different theme for kids (recommended for children 3 to 8 years old). “Once Upon a Time” Storytelling is a free storytelling sesh (limited spaces are available, so register now for the 40min session starting at 11am) while “Look What I Made” Arts & Crafts runs from 9am- 1pm *at $2 and Kids Free Play runs from 9am – 1pm.
Deets: Saturdays 9am-1pm, Gateway Theatre, Level 5, 3615 Jalan Bukit Merah, Bukit Merah Estate, Singapore 159461
Pyrotechnics Crane Dance Show (FREE!)
Inspired by the traditional Chinese belief that cranes symbolise longevity, abundance and good luck, this mesmerizing 10-minute show at Sentosa is full of LED displays, orchestral music, light and water effects. Kids will be amazed to know that the cranes are 30m tall and the whole structure weighs over 500 tonnes (about the same as two Airbus planes). Each crane is powered by four hydraulic power units (each powerful enough to fly a small aircraft) and every performance uses 36,720 litres of sea water to form the cranes’ 25m long ‘water wings’. Marvel at this show before it ends permanently on 1 March (every night, 8pm).
Deets: Nightly until 1 March 2020, 8pm, the Waterfront, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
[email protected]: Rat Race (FREE!)
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) with the kiddos. Catch the mesmerizing lion dance performance, and create your own blessing scroll to bring home. Looking to understand the origins of the Chinese zodiac animals? Discover how the rat fared in the animal race in the interactive drama performance or join in a guided tour of the galleries.
Deets: 25th January, 1pm – 5pm, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Head over to the cinemas for a special CNY movie session to catch the latest movie releases like Dolittle, Little Women or the global sensation Parasite. Read our article how to score FREE tickets for the kids, or check out GV’s Movie Huat Huat EXTRA Deal, where you can purchase a second standard movie ticket at just $8.80 when you purchase a total of two tickets to the movies. This works out to $11.15 per ticket, so you enjoy more than $2 discount off the weekend and public holiday ticket price of $13.50! Promo valid till 11:59pm on Friday, 24 January with the use of the promotional code GVHUAT88 during your movie ticket purchase via the Golden Village website or iGV app (iPhone and Android) only. While the booking promotion ends on 24 January, you will be able to use this offer to book for movie screenings between now and 27 January. Enjoy!
River Hongbao Carnival 2020 (FREE!)
Hands up, who likes fireworks? River Hongbao 2020 is where you’ll catch special choreographed fireworks* (every night from 23 Jan to 1 Feb 2020 – check here for timings), interactive exhibits, nightly stage performances, and lantern displays that truly bring the festivity of CNY to life! Look out for the carnival with over 20 thrilling rides and games plus street snacks of local traditional bites to keep you satiated (only on 29 and 30 Jan 2020). *The viewing gallery is open to the public based on first-come-first-served basis. No ticket is required although carnival rides and food for purchase.
#futuretogether at Gardens by the Bay (FREE!*)
If you love the digital creativity by teamLab (the folks behind Future World at ArtScience Museum) then you’ll be excited to see the interactive art back in action at #futuretogether for part of the Singapore Bicentennial. The exhibition comprises seven outdoor and indoor exhibits (the latter only opened on 16 January!). Touch the colourful ovoids floating on Dragonfly Lake to trigger a tapestry of colour and sound; digitally add your well wishes for Singapore to a virtual “tree” of messages; and watch as flowers bloom and scatter across the Gardens’ iconic lattice structure according to the movement of people. It’s free entry if you are Singaporean, PR or a resident (including EP, WP & DP holders) but reserve tickets online as entry is time-stamped, otherwise it’s $10 entry. Outdoor exhibits: 7pm – 12am, Indoor exhibits: 9am to 9pm (last entry at 8:30pm).
Deets: Daily until 15 March 2020, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Ant Play at Jurong (FREE!)
Kids, this is your chance to learn how ants build: Mimic ants and build your own fortress with huge blocks at the forest Ramble Play Pavilion at Jurong Lakeside Garden (suitable for children from 3- 12 years old). Afterwards check out the Forest Ramble kids’ playground with animal-inspired play areas featuring ziplines, dens, swings, slides, mini trampolines and rope courses all for free, or the water play area Clusia Cove (also at Lakeside).
Deets: Saturday 25 January, 9am – 12pm, Jurong Lake Gardens, Lakeside Garden, Forest Ramble Play Pavilion
There’s plenty on this weekend at the National Museum! Enjoy a free lion dance performance (1:30pm), create a special festive keepsake (a customised and unique keychain) at the drop-in craft stations, enjoy free storytelling (2pm and 3:30pm) for ages 5+, and catch special Chinese New Year musical performances (3pm – 3:30pm) with talented musicians and groove to popular Lunar New Year Tunes!
All event information is supplied by third parties so please always check with the event in case of any changes before you make plans for your weekend!