What are your weekend (19-20 January) plans? Check out these fun, mostly FREE, kid-friendly things to do in Singapore.
This weekend brings you free STEAM workshops for teens, creative drama workshops for younger kids, lots of opportunities to explore art with the family at various art festivals and art exhibits. Plus there’s a chance to fly drones, get skateboarding tips at a mini skate-clinic, enter the kids’ in dance battles, marvel at street art and more!
Kid-friendly Drama Workshop in the park
This Sunday from 10am – 11am take the kids over to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden in the Botanic Gardens for The Mixed-up Chameleon by Eric Carle drama workshop ($10) for kids in K1 – P4 Levels. The drama workshop explores creative play through nature. Join Grow with Nature and find out what happens to a bored chameleon who wishes it could be more like all the other animals! Afterwards check out Jacob Children’s Garden (complete with flying fox, treehouse and slides and water fountain splash area). Sign up for the kids’ drama workshop event here.
STEAM workshops for teens at new [email protected] (FREE!)
[email protected] has officially opened at level 3 of VivoCity shopping with pretty views of Sentosa! The Children’s Area makes a cosy spot for kids to get stuck into their fave books, plus look out for the children’s makerspace “Tinker Truck” (targeted at children ages 3 to 9) with DIY learning materials and activities; Augmented Reality books on topics such as Space, Animals and Body Health; plus STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) workshops. In fact the first workshop will be held this Saturday from 2:30pm – 3:30pm for 10 to 14-year-olds. Younger kids aged 6 years and below can join [email protected], an unstructured play programme, this Saturday 19th from 11am- 2pm. Event deets here.
Kid-friendly Pongal Festival (FREE!)
If you haven’t made it down to Pongal, an important festival celebrated by the Tamil diaspora around the world, there’s still time! Little India comes alive with street decorations and festive stalls, along with dance and musical performances expressing the rich Tamil traditions and culture. Look out for the Animal Farm Heritage Carnival withan exhibit of live animals such as cows, bulls, calves and goats, a chance to learn about rice farming, how to milk a cow, and much more!
Read more: All about Pongal and what’s planned for the Pongal activities here!
Get Arty at Home with the Kids (FREE!)
Feeling inspired by all the art happening in Singapore? Recreate art fun at home with recycled materials from around the house to make your own easy low resource, big creativity art project. It’s all about the art process here – and the bonding time with the kids – not the end product itself. So roll up your sleeves and get arty! Check out our easy how-to step-by-step guide here!
Kids Dance Battles at Aliwal Urban Art Festival (FREE!)
The Aliwal Urban Art Festival at Aliwal Arts Centre is one for the cool cats happening this Sunday 19th January in Kampong Glam. Head here with your tweens for skateboarding, kids’ street dance auditions and dance battles, urban art exhibits, performances, music and a market. If you are a hobbyist or want to get crafty know that they offer silversmith workshops, plus there’s a skate clinic and the fam can even have a go at flying a drone through the obstacle course too! Full event details here.
Entrepreneurial Teens: 1880’s Disruption Factory Talk
Get your teen looking forward into the future jobs market. This inspiring full-day programme introduces adventurers who have started, failed, and succeeded in building something of their own. The event at Studio at 1880 is geared toward entrepreneurs and “disruptors” but it’s open to anyone over 13 years old so if you have an entrepreneurial teen in the fam – take a look. Highlighted speakers include Hossan Leong (Founder, Double Confirm Productions), Christine Amour-Levar (Co-Founder, Women on a Mission), John Lin (CEO, Tilde Trading), Krystal Choo (Co-Founder, Tickle), Sukki Singapora (Burlesque Artist and Activist) and Steve Okun (Founder, APAC Advisors), among many others. Get all the info here.
ARTWALK Little India (FREE!)
This weekend sees the start of ARTWALK Little India, an annual multi-disciplinary public art project set in Singapore’s iconic Little India precinct. This year the theme is Image and Sound of Fragrance and ARTWALK Little India will feature wall murals, storytelling, exhibitions and performances, immersing audiences in the rich culture of the buzzing heritage district. Read more about ARTWALK here.
Of Gardens & Dreams
Of Gardens & Dreams, curated by Shophouse & Co, celebrates the nature and residents of Taman Jurong through two guided trails throughout the area to discover Singapore’s first residential art gallery, Our Gallery at Taman Jurong. Artworks are co-created by artists and residents to make the neighbourhood come alive. The trail features four newly commissioned visual artworks, including two street art pieces from Noise Urban Arts in the Hood. Event deets.
Treasure hunt for Art with Kids (FREE!)
Let’s go on an art treasure hunt through the streets with the kiddos! Here’s our fun list of recommended street art murals by neighbourhood, making a super fun kid-friendly way to spend a day.
Need more inspiration? Check out what’s on the calendar here!
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