Got any plans this weekend (20-21 July)? Check out these fun, mostly FREE kid-friendly things to do in Singapore!
This weekend we’ve got you covered with a heap of FREE kid-friendly activities, thanks to the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival that goes on all weekend, bringing us free kids drama workshops, free outdoor concerts, free movie screenings, heritage tours, cooking demos and more! Then there’s a free mindfulness session at Gardens by the Bay, lots of moongazing events, Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail and more!
This popular interactive theatrical journey is returning for a third run! Experience Singapore’s history and artefacts in the Singapore History Gallery of National Museum of Singapore, with Xiao Ming, a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. How will he fix his broken time machine? Young audiences can look forward to storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun! This production is designed to support children with additional needs and their families to experience the museum. Families with typically developing children are also welcome to register for the programme. Limited to 10 parent-child pairs per session, $10 per pair of parent and child. Click here to register.
Deets: Saturday 20 July and 25 July, 10:30am – 12pm, National Museum, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Whoop it’s the annual Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival! Head over to one of our all-time fave parks, the Botanics and look out for special tours, workshops, talks, and other fun carnival activities plus free music concerts and free outdoor movie screenings. There’s also FREE* admission to the National Orchid Garden and various other exhibitions. Below are some of the events we think look especially fun for the family (but for more programme info click here):
Drama workshops (FREE!)
Let your little ones (from K1 – P4) explore nature through dramatisation and get an understanding of nature’s rich biodiversity through drama workshops for kids. The two themes/sessions to choose from are “Learn about Seeds” and “Where the Wild Things Are”. Registration required but workshops are free.
Deets: 21 July 2019, 10am-11am and 11am-12pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Centre for Education & Outreach (House 1F)
Music concerts at Botanics (FREE!)
On Saturday 20 July from 5:30pm to 7pm there’s a Youth4Climate Concert with a line-up of dance, song and instrumental performances. While on Sunday 21 July, Sunday look forward to The Straits Times Concert in the Gardens by SSO at 6.pm. You know the drill: picnic mats, nibbles, mossie spray!
Deets: 20, 21 July 2019, various timings, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Movie screenings at Botanics (FREE!)
On Friday and Saturday (19 & 20 July) from 5pm to 9pm head over to the Eco-Lake Lawn where Singapore Art Museum presents Shorts Under the Stars— two nights of award-winning local and international short films curated for the well-loved family-friendly exhibition Imaginarium. Bring your picnic mat, and they will provide the snacks (while stocks last)! On Sunday 21 July, Moana will be screening as an outdoor movie at 7:30pm.
Deets: 19, 20, 21 July 2019, various timings, Eco-Lake Lawn (nearest entrance: Bukit Timah entrance/Botanic Gardens MRT) Singapore Botanic Gardens.
For all the events happening for Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival from Rainforest or Heritage tours to Chocolate cupcake baking and Roselle Basil drink demos, click here.
*Mostly free events, some ticketed. Free Admission to Orchid Garden for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Student Pass & Work Permit Holders
Moongazers at ArtScience Museum (FREE!)
The special event Moongazers gets families to reflect on the significance of the groundbreaking journey of the first trip to land on the Moon. Look out for performances, films, talks, displays and workshops during this 3-day programme to celebrate human explorations that bring about new scientific understandings of the world. Operation: Moonshot on Saturday (3–5pm, 7–9pm) sees Astronomy.SG teach children how to create Astrolabes and gauge the stars, followed by a session to build a rocket of your own. There will also be special film screenings throughout the weekend. Read more here.
Deets: 18–20 July 2019, various timings, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Read more: The Best Museums for Kids in Singapore
Picnic Under the Planets: Stargazing at the Science Centre (FREE!)
This is one exciting event for older kids! Science Centre Singapore’s signature After-Hours event – Picnic Under the Planets promises to be an experience that brings the magic of astronomy to kids with movie screenings on the Lakeside Lawn (bring your own picnic mats), as well as stargazing through telescopes (free but register for your preferred slot here). Full deets here.
Deets: Saturday 20 July, 6 – 11pm, Science Centre Singapore, Lakeside Lawn (Between the Observatory and Snow City)
Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail 2019
The annual children-only street event Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail is back on Sunday 21 July! Get the kiddos to follow the trail around Yong Siak Street for hidden treasures and activities happening throughout the day at participating stores! There’s a hands-on 30 minute cookie making workshop ($25), a make your own special handbag! ($5), balloon sculpting (free), upcycled parent-child crafting session ($8), games with prizes to be won, and more. While you’re in Tiong Bahru don’t forget to check out the Tiong Bahru playground with the famous tilting train play area, plus flying fox ride, the maze, swings and plenty of pathways for scootering. All the deets with timings for Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail here!
Deets: Sunday 21 July, 9am to 5pm, various stores at various times on Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru
Read more: Family-friendly Guide to Tiong Bahru
Mindfulness by the Bay (FREE!)
Teach your kids about mindfulness. Enjoy a beautiful Saturday morning in the tranquil Gardens by the Bay– relax and recharge your body and mind through a series of light activities at the free event Mindfulness by the Bay. A group of meditation practitioners will guide you to through light exercise, mindful stretching, mindful sitting, mindful walking and a sharing session. Wear comfortable casual wear – loose long pants, no jeans or shorts/Bermudas – and don’t forget to bring along a water bottle, hat and yoga mat. Best for adults or older kids (who can follow instructions mindfully and in silence). Event info here.
Deets: Saturday 25 May, 7:30am – 9:30am SuperTree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive 018953
Need more inspiration? Check out what’s on the calendar here!
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