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What are your plans this weekend (17-18 November)? Check out these fun, mostly FREE, kid-friendly things to do this weekend in Singapore

This weekend your kids can catch up with wild otters (if they are lucky) and Robocar Poli characters alike! Free music performances, storytelling at Jacob Ballas and plenty of free arty fun at Arts In Your Neighbourhood — we can’t wait for the roving theatrical puppetry performance featuring larger-than-life puppets made from recyclables!

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Otters playing with the best backdrop in the world (image credit: Kang Yen Thiing)

EDITOR’S PICK!
Go See the Wild Otters (FREE)

The otter family is back at Robertson Quay — such exciting news for us otter fans. The smooth-coated otter is the largest otter in Southeast Asia and they hunt underwater (for up to 8 minutes at a time) to catch frogs, crabs and turtles. We saw them catching fish at Rob Quay last weekend so why not go and check them out for yourself! To find other Otter spotting locations in SG as well as where to find other wild animals read this. And while you’re at Rob Quay grab some lunch at Three Buns Quayside (best burgers in town?), Publico, or  Super Loco for Mexican!

Read more: New Restaurants in Singapore this November: Foodie News Flash

Arts In Your Neighbourhood 2018
Close to half of all activities at Arts In Your Neighbourhood are held in Woodlands, this season’s focus town.

Arts In Your Neighbourhood Kids’ activities (FREE)

Arts In Your Neighbourhood returns with close to 70 specially curated activities across music, dance, theatre and visual arts suitable for all ages. Look out for The Rubbish Prince – a roving theatrical puppetry performance featuring larger-than-life puppets made from recyclables; Jumbo Fabrica featuring pop-up performances and hands-on furniture upcycling sessions; and 酸甜苦辣 – The Four Flavours of Life – a series of four exciting musical works by The TENG Ensemble inspired by a common Chinese saying that describes the multifaceted intricacies of life. Full event details and locations here.

EDITOR’S PICK!
Rides, Arts & Crafts and Festive Shopping at the Holiday Fairs

Nope it’s officially not too early – so go mama go! Orchard’s Christmas Village launches this week (kids will love the duplex carousel and other amusement rides plus arts and crafts at Santa House) and UWC is having its annual fair to raise money for charity (includes games, a photo booth and free deck-your-cookie stations). All the best holiday fairs and festive shopping here.

Christmas with Robocar Poli & Friends at Marina Square
Celebrate Christmas with Robocar Poli & Friends at Marina Square

Robocar Poli Activities

From this weekend throughout Christmas, Poli, Helly, Amber and Roy – characters from the popular South Korean animated cartoon Robocar Poli, will be spending the festive season in Singapore at Marina Square. Look out for lots of  fun-filled Christmas activities including the Robocar Poli Christmas live show, a whimsical food fair and interactive workshops for more than a month, from 16 November 2018 – 1 January 2019 at the mall’s central atrium. Lineup of activities here.

Food Crafting and Storytelling for Kids
Kids activities in Jacob Balls Food For Tots: toast-making, storytelling, drawing and a quiz session

Food Crafting and Storytelling for Kids 

Author Maureen Yeo and illustrator Gracie Chai of The Great Singapore Poo Sale and Other Beastly Business (mentioned in our roundup of great local children’s books) are teaming up with the food fellas at Food For Tots in Jacob Balls for an afternoon of toast-making, storytelling, drawing and a quiz session. Seats are limited so reserve yours (and your tot’s) today! Reservations and activities here.

KidsWorld Carnival (FREE)

The three-day KidsWorld Carnival promotes holistic development for children in the form of physical and enrichment activities. Kids can take part in games, a lucky draw and meet & greet sessions with Hey Duggee and Go Jetters from British television channel, CBeebies. Event location here.

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Singapore wildlife – Hornbills (Image credit: NParks)

Jurong Bird Park Activities & Movie Sleep Over

Got a wildlife crazy kid? Head over to Jurong Bird Park for a slew of fun weekend activities from now until Christmas: Be entertained by African Penguins as they waddle around their enclosure catching bubbles and learn all about Penguins in the Penguin Encounter! There’s also the chance to spend a night with the penguins through the Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp at Jurong Bird Park on 8 – 9 December, where young guests can learn all about penguins in greater detail and drift off to sleep next to these sweet fluffy back and white birds as they ‘fly’ in the water. Activity timings here.

Read more: Where to see Wild Animals in Singapore!

Admiralty Park, Singapore, Slides, one of the longest slides in Singapore, Children, playground
Fun for all ages – slides at Admiralty Park

EDITOR’S PICK!
Have the Slide of Your Life at Admiralty Park (FREE)

One of the best things about Singapore is the access to all the amazing lush parks and playgrounds for free! Admiralty Park has to be a firm favourite (go early as it gets hot and busy!) and your kids can burn up a lot of energy going down slides and climbing up, again and again. Read all about the fun to be had at this park here!

Need more inspiration? Check out what’s on the calendar here!

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