What’s on this weekend? Check out where to go this weekend, plus don’t miss these fun free weekend events for kids in Singapore
Wondering where to take the kids this weekend? Here’s our weekly roundup of weekend events, activities and what’s on in Singapore! This weekend Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay opens; there’s a fun family day in store at Pet’s Day Out with kids activities and cat meet and greets; take the kids to a free mall show with Robocar POLI; meet The Smurfs for photo ops and more!
More great things to do and where to go this weekend with kids in Singapore!↓
1. Carnival and Christmas Market at Melba
Head over to super kid-friendly restaurant Cafe Melba for their carnival and Christmas market this weekend! As well as a marketplace there will be games including an On the Hour, Spin and Win, Gingerbread house building workshops ($30 per child – call ahead to book) with Chef Jenna (10am/1pm/4pm), Lucky Draw, face painting and games with Camp RockIt (2pm – 5pm), a visit from Santa (2pm – 4pm), and finish off the day with food and dancing as a DJ spins some tracks! More info here.
Deets: 3 December, 10am -8pm Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre
2. Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay opens
Christmas Wonderland, presented by Trip.com returns to Gardens by the Bay from 1 December 2023 to 1 January 2024. We are super excited because this is one of Singapore’s biggest yuletide events, and this year promises a supersized fairground, carnival rides, Christmas Train, dazzling light displays, ‘snowfall’ and festive activities. Read all about Christmas Wonderland, here.
Deets: 1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
3. NPark’s Pets’ Day Out (FREE!)
Looking for a fun-filled educational activity for the whole fam (pets included) this weekend? Look out for Pets’ Day Out where an array of activities await. Kids can join the Petzmania hands-on workshops for junior vets to learn about animal health and nutrition through role-playing. Register here. There are also craft activities (make a cat mask from 10am to 2pm), make a DIY cat toy (2pm to 5pm). There’s a chance to meet and greet the Cat Ambassador Dumpling (2pm to 5pm), join in with games and win prizes, enjoy face painting and shop at the marketplace. More info here.
Petzmania (for kids 7 to 12 years old): 10am to 11am | 11am to 12pm | 12pm to 1pm
Deets: Saturday 2 December, 10am-6pm, Ficus Green, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
4. Meet The Smurfs at City Square Mall
Have you heard? The Smurfs will be at City Square Mall this weekend! Look out for adorable blue Smurfs and spot your favourite characters such as Papa Smurf, Smurfette and even Gargamel. Spend a minimum of $50 and redeem a Meet & Greet Pass with the lovely Smurfette and Papa Smurf. *Meet & Greet passes redeemable 2 hours prior to each session. Limited to 40 passes per session, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deets: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 Dec 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays) 4pm & 7pm, City Square Mall, Level 1, Atrium
5. Take the kids to meet Santa at Cluny Court (FREE!)
We got a message from the North Pole and Santa will be swinging by Singapore (Cluny Court to be exact) this weekend for meet and greets! Snap a jolly family Christmas photo (with your own cameras – there’s no professional photographer on hand this year) — this Santa is the Santa to get pics with — he’s the most realistic of the lot! Santa meets are free and on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early to avoid a long queue! There’s also a Christmas fair where donation boxes will be placed for all to contribute to the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore).
Deets: 30 November – 3 December, 7 – 10, 14 – 17 December 2023; Thursdays to Sunday, 11am – 6pm, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
6. See Robocar POLI on stage (FREE!)
Calling all fans of Robocar POLI – head down to KINEX this weekend for Frosty Holiday Magic where you’ll get to watch Poli, Roy, Amber and Helly live on stage. Join your favourite Robocar POLI team on a festive adventure as they work together on a rescue escapade. And for those who want to get up close for a meet and greet, simply spend $30 in a single receipt to redeem a Meet & Greet (limited to the first 50 families). Plus, don’t miss the kids’ workshops, roving Santa Claus and Snowman, and an exciting staycation giveaway for top spenders. Read more here.
Deets: Robocar POLI Parade with Song & Dance and Meet & Greet, 24 November – 3 December, 4pm & 7pm daily (no shows on Tuesdays), KINEX, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437157
7. Jumptopia Playful Wonders inflatable playground
If you can’t get enough of bouncy castles, head to Jumptopia Playful Wonders at Marina Bay Sands this weekend! It features ten giant inflatables, including some with mechanical and automated features, plus a dedicated non-ticketed zone open to the public, with kiddy go-carts, claw machines and retail vendors for your Christmas shopping. F&B vendor Swensen’s will also be present for when you get hungry. Tickets from $23.80. Click here to purchase.
Deets: 25 November 2023 – 7 January 2024; Mon – Thurs: 10am-7pm; Fri – Sun, 10am-8pm (2-hour sessions); Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall C, Level 1, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore
8. Space Fest @ EXPO: Carnival Rides & Crafts
Space Fest @ EXPO, the largest indoor space-themed carnival opens this weekend! Get excited for over 20 family-friendly carnival rides and games by Uncle Ringo. There will also be fun photo ops as well as interactive craft activities for kids from ages 2 and above. Another highlight is the live stage performances @ Space Beats on weekends making this a super family affair. Get your Space Pass to enjoy the carnival rides on a credits basis. Preload your Space Pass with credits online (more value) or at the door to enjoy rides and games in the hall.
Deets: 2- 31 December 2023; Singapore EXPO Hall 6
9. Enabling Lives Festival: Sensory Art & Storytelling
Enabling Lives Festival is a four-day festival across Singapore that features important dialogues, engaging performances and immersive sensory experiences for kids (and grown-ups!) of all ages. Their goal is to raise awareness and build a more inclusive society so that people with disabilities can thrive in Singapore. Explore sensory installations, art and storytelling experiences led by artists with disabilities. Indulge in a local food street, enjoy pop-up music performances, and shop from 27 makers who will sell artisanal works specially created by talented persons with disabilities.
Deets: 30 November – 3 December 2023, 9am – 5:30pm; multiple locations across Singapore including Enabling Village, Goodman Arts Centre, Gateway Theatre and more; Click here for full programme details.
10. LINE FRIENDS ball pit with slides at Suntec City
Head to Suntec City for their Holiday Wonderland with LINE FRIENDS fun! Look out for the LINE FRIENDS-themed mega ball pit with huge four-meter slides at the BROWN house and five-seater Carousel Bauble Swings. Redeem your event pass with a minimum spend of $50 in 2 receipts. Socks and long pants are required to enter the play area. Plus on the weekends, sing along to live performances, see the enchanting Snowfall Show at the Suntec Plaza and meet roving Mascots, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. There’s also an on-site carnival with a whimsical trackless train, carousel, and a jolly candy ship!
Deets: until 26 December 2023, 11am -9pm, Atrium (Tower 1 & 2), Suntec City
11. Visit the Inflatable Water Park at Sengkang Grand Mall
Sengkang Grand Mall now boasts a new pop-up inflatable water park, the Whimsical Sea-mas Water Park! There is loads of fun for kids from an inflatable stand-up paddle boat experience to an inflatable hamster wheel to zoom round and even an LED-lit sea creatures boat ride. Plus, there will be exciting carnival games, rides and claw machines where you can win sea-themed plushies. Kids under three enter for free, and kids under 5 years old must wear swim diapers. Water depth of the pool ranges from 0.9m to 1m. Parental supervision recommended. Tickets are from $22 per person available here.
Deets: until 9 December; 2-hour slots, Sengkang Grand Mall, L1 Atrium Near Chateraise, #01-56
12. Book Tickets to the Immersive Disney Animation
The highly anticipated exhibition, Immersive Disney Animation has opened. This 90-minute experiential exhibition at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands celebrates the art, technology, music and creativity behind Disney’s iconic animated films such as Frozen, Encanto, Zootopia, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and The Lion King. Follow a swirling pixie dust ‘wish trail’ through the galleries, where you’ll get to see exhibits from Walt Disney Animation Research Library, including a series of animator’s character sketches, and an interactive drawing table that teaches visitors how to draw their favourite Disney characters. The highlight is the 360-degree gallery with scenes, characters and songs from Disney animated films. Immersive Disney Animation is presented by Base Entertainment Asia in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Get tickets ($33 – $78) here.
Deets: 18 November – 31 December 2023, Sands Theatre, 4 Bayfront Ave, B1, Singapore 018973
13. Visit Changi Festive Village
Changi Festive Village has opened with a candy-themed carnival full of games, bouncy castles and carnival rides, plus go-karting. Don’t miss the snow house with ice slides, an igloo and real snowfall every 30 minutes! More on Changi Festive Village here.
Deets: 4 November 2023 – 31 March 2024, Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Level 1
14. Take the kids to see snow! (*FREE!)
Yes, we are in the tropics but amazingly, there is snow in Singapore over the festive period! Take the kids to see snowfall of ‘real’ at these spots or for some foamy fake snow fun head to the snowshow at VivoCity or Tanglin Mall this holiday season! VivCity’s snow display is from Monday to Thursday 7.30pm and 8.30pm and Friday to Sunday 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm and is free. Tanglin Mall’s free Snow Splendours avalanches and snowfall sessions are on daily too — avalanche timings: 7:30pm (weekdays); 7:30pm and 8:30pm (weekends & PH), snow timings: 7:45pm (weekdays); 7:45pm and 8:45pm (weekends & PH). Bring a change of clothes as the kids will get very wet!
Deets: timings as above, Tanglin Mall and VivoCity
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Family Carnival: Bouncy Castle & Games (FREE!)
To celebrate its 5th year anniversary as a fostering department, The Salvation Army Gracehaven Fostering is organizing a family carnival at One Punggol with game booths, craft activities, bouncy castles, an instant photo booth, balloon giveaways and more! The Guest of Honour will be Mr Eric Chua (Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Social and Family Development). Entry is free so head on over for a fun family day!
Deets: 9 December 2023, 10-6pm, One Punggol @ 1 Punggol Drive
More great things to do and where to go this weekend with kids in Singapore!↓
Garfield x Mr Kiasu Pop-up Library at The Centrepoint
The lasagna-loving cat and Singapore’s favourite Mr Kiasu make an unexpected collaboration we never knew we needed at the National Library Board’s first-ever character-themed pop-up library at Centrepoint! Expect Instagrammable murals that showcase the friendship between Mr Kiasu and Garfield and over 120 Mr Kiasu and Garfield comic books. In fact, the pop-up library is actually modelled after the home-grown comic book character Mr Kiasu’s cosy home!
Deets: 23 October 2023 to March 2024, 10am – 10pm, 176 Orchard Road, #01-33K, The Centrepoint
Head to a Fire Station Open House (FREE!)
Does your kiddo love fire engines? Did you know you can take them to see a working Fire Station on the weekend for free? Selected Fire Stations are open for visits on Saturday mornings over two time slots – 9am to 9:50am or 10am to 10:50am. Both timeslots are guided tours. Tots will love this experience where they can learn about the cool Emergency Vehicles and their capabilities, watch a demo on donning the full firefighting protective gear, and see how the equipment is used (nothing beats seeing those massive sprays in person!).
Deets: Saturdays every weekend, 9am to 9:50am or 10am to 10:50am, Selected Fire Stations
New Playground at Gillman Barracks (FREE!)
We love finding new playgrounds around town and the latest one is at The Gillman Barracks beside Carpark A, in front of Block 9. Climb the tower via the climbing wall or cargo net, zoom down two slides or come down via the fireman’s pole! See our video here.
Deets: Open daily, 9 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937
Check out Camp Road Playground (FREE!)
Camp Road Interim Playground just off Tanglin Road is a small play area with a nature playground with logs and tree stumps to balance on and jump across. There’s a short slide and wide spaces to run around shaded by trees. Look out for the longer colourful slide near the bucket swing, and older kid’s swing plus there’s also an old-fashioned chair seat swing. We love that there’s an inclusive element to this playground with the wheelchair swing. Further down you’ll come across reflexology paths in pretty white and black stones and a bee hotel!
Deets: Along Camp Road (off Tanglin Road), open daily
The World Of Nickelodeon Playspace
Calling fans of PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer! You can find all these themes at the new pop-up indoor play space ‘The World of Nickelodeon’ at Let’s Play @ Marina Square. Look out for immersive exploration themed around Nickelodeon characters with multiple bouncy castles and ball pits. You can put out fires with water guns like Marshall or drive an excavator like Rubble. Challenge your active little ones to train to be a ninja at the TMNT Ninja Training obstacle course, have fun with games at the SpongeBob Games Zone (inclusive of bike bubble making), and play with playdough or get artsy at Dora’s Colouring Hub. Plus, look out for meet-and-greets with characters like the Paw Patrol pups! Fun for ages 2 to 6, but ages 3 to 5 will get the most out of it. Tickets are from $28. Bring socks.
Deets: until 14 January 2024, Let’s Play @ #03-208/209 – Marina Square
Check out the Newly Revamped Tayo Station
We are so excited that Tayo Station playground at Downtown East has reopened with an expanded kiddy road circuit, where kids can drive through a realistic cityscape with pedestrian crossings, traffic lights that work and even a garage! Plus, look out for tube slides and a two-storey play structure. Little ones will love the sensory play areas, while older kids can dash up the race ramp and get competitive with a basketball competition. Tickets and more info here.
Deets: Tayo Station, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 3 E!Hub, Downtown East, Singapore 519599
Visit the Children’s Museum Singapore
Singapore’s first-ever dedicated children’s museum, the new Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG), offers young kids a creative way to learn about Singapore’s history thanks to the engaging exhibitions. Young toddlers can explore the Play Pod – a fun area for free play – while older kids can wander the streets of old in Singapore at The Marketplace, discover spices, design stamps, and admire bird life. Plus, there’s a brand new exhibition called LKY100 – The Boy Who Became Prime Minister where kids can get an insight into Mr Lee’s personality through murals and artefacts on display at the exhibition in CMSG’s Discovery Room. Book ahead here.
Deets: Children’s Museum Singapore, 23B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Check Out Playground Dakota Breeze (FREE!)
Mums and dads, do your kids love vehicles and aeroplanes? Have you taken them to the free outdoor playgrounds at HDB Dakota Breeze? There are three unique playgrounds to look out for (plus fitness areas and two rooftop gardens)! Head to the Dakota Heliport where kids can climb up and zoom down the slide. Have a go on the seesaw, then board the special climbing structure aeroplane, buckle up and imagine soaring off the runway! Read more here.
Deets: Dakota Breeze, 92A Jalan Satu, Singapore 392092
Try the Bumper Cars at Jurong Point
Check out the new maxi drift bumper cars at Timezone Jurong Point! These drift cars are designed to be child-friendly and can accommodate up to two passengers onboard each car. Zoom around the 11-metre by 20-metre track at this mega Timezone — the second largest in Singapore, with 130 games on offer. We reckon it will be super popular with kiddos’ birthday parties or for a fun afternoon escaping the tropical heat!
Deets: $12 per bumper car ride, Timezone Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, JP1, #02-45
Visit the New 3-level Go-Kart Circuit Hyperdrive
Part of the family beach club, Shangri-La’s Palawan Sands, the newly opened HyperDrive is a fully electric and indoor go-karting experience! This three-level racetrack offers an integrated gamified experience that will transport drivers into a virtual game. Look out for 308 metres of thrilling straightways and 14 exciting turns. Families can join in the fun with dual karts for double the excitement with the little ones. To go-kart alone, kids must be at least 130 cm tall. Read more about go-karting in Singapore here.
Deets: HyperDrive at The Palawan @ Sentosa, Palawan Beach
Go ‘hunting’ for giants on Sentosa! (FREE!)
The giants are here! Little Lyn, Reef the Chief, Curious Sue, and Dreamer Dee – collectively known as Explorers of Sentosa, have landed on the shores of Palawan Beach in Sentosa! The family of four giant sculptures were made using reclaimed wood by internationally renowned Copenhagen-based recycling artist Thomas Dambo, and each took approximately 700 hours to build. With the help of an interactive online treasure trail map, visitors can join the search for the Explorers of Sentosa, an experiential mixed-media installation, by first discovering “breadcrumbs”, which contain codes to unravel clues that would lead them to the sculptures. The sculptures will be free to view and situated along Palawan Beach till 2024.
Check out Jurassic Nest food court with dinosaurs
If you have little dino fans and are in the Gardens by the Bay area, head over for a meal at the newly opened Jurassic Nest dinosaur-themed food hall. You’ll find 18 dinosaurs including a T. rex and Brachiosaurus, which will come alive, roaring to original soundtracks (approximately three minutes each time). Catch the dinosaur ‘show’ with free admission every hour from 12pm to 8pm. You’ll also find Michelin-starred brands serving up a range of Asian cuisine, from Hawker Chan’s Chicken Rice and Tsuta Ramen to Mama by Putien. Catch the other static dinosaurs scattered across the food hall while you dine on your favourite foods. Don’t miss the new educational trail that takes you around the gardens on a prehistoric adventure to learn more about the unique diets of herbivorous dinosaurs! Check here for opening times.
Deets: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-02, Singapore 018953
Visit Science Centre (the Fire Tornado demo is back on!)
A visit to the Science Centre Singapore is all the more appealing now that water play is back on; plus, the Fire Tornado exhibit is finally back in action too! Come face to face with one of the most terrifying and spectacular phenomena as you marvel at the fire tornado and its flaming vortex that takes place in a specially built chamber. The column of fire reaches over 600 degrees Celsius and makes quite a spectacle while bringing science to life for kiddos! Read our guide to the Science Centre here.
Deets: 2:30pm, weekends, school & public holidays, Science Centre Singapore
Check out a water park (FREE!)
Kids will love splashing around the animal-themed play space at the free rooftop water playground at Tampines 1 mall. There’s also a dry play area with a slide and a wash area to clean up afterwards. See more pics of this water playground here. This new water park is free to enter. Read all about Singapore’s free water play areas here.
Deets: 12pm – 8pm (except Mondays 4pm – 8pm), Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1 Singapore
Have fun at Jurong Lake Gardens (FREE!)
Treat the kids to a play at Jurong Lake Gardens’ playground, Forest Ramble. The water play is open, and the main playground is lots of fun, with structures to climb on and a long slide too. There are 13 different adventure play areas to explore at Forest Ramble, with mini trampolines, rope obstacle courses and other equipment that is nature-inspired based on the actions and motions of the animals that inhabit the freshwater swamp. More info on the Jurong Lake Gardens here.
Deets: Open daily (except Mondays) Clusia Cove and Forest Ramble at Jurong Lake Gardens
Take the kids on a street art hunt (FREE!)
Looking to get the kids out walking? Make it fun by spotting street art along the way! Check out our most comprehensive list of recommended street art murals sorted by neighbourhood here. Head out with a fully charged phone (for all those cute pics) plus a paper and pencil for the kids so they can search out “treasures” that you can challenge them to find.
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Have fun at a Dino-themed Water Playground (FREE!)
There’s a new dinosaur-themed water playground at Causeway Point with a Toddler Dino Zone, Adventure Volcano and Crater Zone. Kids will have a blast zooming down the two long slides, running through the dinosaur ribcage with water jets and watching the volcano erupt (with water!). In the evenings, the Dino-themed Wet Playground comes alive with neon lights! Entry is free, and no pre-booking is required. If you’re excited to see what’s in store watch our video here. Deets: Water Playground @ Causeway Point, 1 Woodlands Square Level 7, Singapore 738099
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