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12 Things to Do This Weekend (28-29 Jan) with Kids in Singapore: Weekend Planner

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Activities and fun (mostly free) things to do this weekend (28-29 January) with kids in Singapore

Are you looking for inspiration for your weekend? Why not take the kids off to a green park to play or check out a kid-friendly café with a playground! If you need more inspo, here’s our weekly roundup of weekend activities and kids’ events: take the kids to Gardens by the Bay for free bouncy castle fun; head over to Singapore Sports Hub for performances like juggling, drumming & LED lion dances; take the furkids on the SOSD Walkathon and enter them in the best-dressed comp and more!

1. SOSD Singapore Outreach Walkathon

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This Sunday look out for the SOSD Singapore Outreach Walkathon where you can walk your pups around the sheltered track, find out more about the volunteer-run charity organization SOSD at the Outreach booth, take part in the fun fitness challenges at the Sports booth and join in the Best Dressed Furkid contest at 10am (with attractive prizes sponsored by Buddy Bites). Register for your spot here.
Deets: Sunday 29 January 2023, 830am to 1030am, Singapore Sports Hub Level 3, Gate 2


2. Juggling, drumming & LED lion dances (FREE!)

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Looking for some jaw-dropping entertainment without opening your wallet? Head over to Singapore Sportshub this weekend where there will be lots of thrilling live performances in store! From juggling, to ‘Diabolo’ and a Crystal Ball Show (28 Jan: 1pm – 1:20pm), stunning LED Lion & Dragon Dances by the Singapore Nanxian Dragon and Lion Sports Association (28 Jan: 7pm – 8pm) plus drumming (showtimes here), and a Cai Qing event!
Deets: various times check here, @ Stadium Waterfront, Singapore Sportshub 


3. Families for Life picnic & bouncy castles (FREE!)

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The monthly Families for Life picnic for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents is back and takes place at Gardens by the Bay on Saturday 28 January. Join them for an afternoon of fun-filled activities, live music band performances and the ever-popular bouncy castles. No need to pre-register (these slots have sold out) but you can still just take the family down and have a good time (fingers crossed it doesn’t rain!).
Deets: 28 Jan 2023, 4pm – 7pm, West Lawn (Parcel B), Gardens by the Bay

Read More: Kid-friendly Guide to Gardens by the Bay


4. Get excited about Glow Festival 2023

Glow Festival is THE festival centered around wellness and self-care. Using technology and bespoke aromatherapy, Marina Bay Sands’ indoor expo hall will be virtually augmented into a peaceful and large outdoor tropical rainforest. A key part of Glow Festival will be the international celebrity practitioners, (think names like Tara Stiles, Hiro Landazuri, Amanda Bisk and Jonah Kest) who will be on hand to guide you through yoga, barre, spin, Pilates and CrossFit practices all week. This one is just for the adults though – but it’s all about self-care so you deserve a bit of time to yourself! Tickets to Glow Festival 2023 start at $49.
Deets:
4 – 12 February, various timings, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue,


5. Last chance: lanterns & carnival rides: River Hongbao

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River Hongbao is Singapore’s largest annual Chinese New Year event and if the rain put you off attending last week – this is your last weekend to visit as it closes after Saturday! Expect lots of fun carnival rides (double-storey carousel and bumper cars!), and 18 stunning lantern displays (including a 30-metre floating lantern display). Don’t miss the floating lantern display within the lake – it’s nearly 30 metres long and promises to be truly a sight to behold. For more info on River Hongbao and how to get there read here.
Deets: until 28 January 2023, Gardens by the Bay


6. CNY Garden Rhapsody light and sound show (FREE!)

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There’s a special 5-minute Spring Blossoms edition of the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show happening at Supertree Grove within Gardens by the Bay where the lights of the Supertrees will dance to well-loved Chinese New Year tunes at two nightly shows.
Deets: 20-29 January at 7.45pm and 8.45pm, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay


7. Suntec City LEGO Prosperity Burrows (FREE!)

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Do you have Lego-mad kids? If you happen to be around Suntec City, swing by the LEGO® Prosperity Burrows event featuring interactive family activities at game booths and a massive 3D lego bunny sculpture. There will be LEGO mascot appearances (28, 29 January 2023, 2pm to 6pm) plus don’t miss the LEGO red packets that will be distributed!
Deets: until 5 February (10:30am – 9:30pm), Suntec City Atrium (Tower 1 & 2), 3 Temasek Boulevard


8.  Take the Kids to Omni-Theatre (get 10% off)

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Ever taken the kids to Singapore Science Centre’s Omni-Theatre’s 3D digital dome theatre? The cinema screen is absolutely huge and gives families a larger-than-life experience where you’ll be completely immersed in the educational shows. There’s a show on dinosaurs of Antarctica, the sea lions of Australia, or a planetarium show! Book your tickets with a 10% discount at $12.60 instead of $14 here and enter promo code OT-PROMO10.
Deets: until 26 February, Omni-Theatre, Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081


9. Go find a Lion Dance to enjoy with the kiddos!

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We love us a good lion dance – the acrobatic feats are truly a sight to behold! There are a few lion dances happening towards the end of the week – catch one at i12 Katong Mall on Friday 27 January, 12pm, plus there’s a Lion and Dragon Dance
on Friday 27 January, at 2pm at Centre Stage, Jurong Point, and a LED Lion & Dragon Dance Performance on 28 & 29 January, 8pm – 10:30pm at Stadium Waterfront, Singapore Sports Hub. Read up on all the CNY events here.


10. See the Disney100 Light & Music show at Jewel

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The magic and wonder of Disney has landed at Jewel Changi Airport! To commemorate 100 years of Disney, look out for a larger-than-life platinum Mickey Mouse statue, see iconic Disney films come to life in a series of exclusive Disney100 Milestone interactive photo installations (Canopy Park, Level 5). Plus experience a music extravaganza with a specially choreographed Disney100 Light & Music showcase (Mon- Thu: 7.30pm, Fri – Sun, PH & Eve of PH: 7.30pm & 9.30pm at the HSBC Rain Vortex).
Deets: 16 January to 9 April 2023, various locations at Jewel Changi Airport


11. Visit Chinatown for cute bunny lanterns

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Chinatown should hopefully be less busy now if you want to take the kiddos over to admire the bunny lanterns at the Chinatown Street Light-Up (until 19 February 2023, 7pm – 12am, along New Bridge Rd, Eu Tong Sen St & South Bridge Rd.). More info here.


12. Check out (Tu)gether exhibition & light show (FREE!)

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To usher in the Year of the Rabbit, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has transformed its rooftop garden into a spectacular rabbit-themed art installation (from now until 31 March 2023) that showcases the traditional Chinese New Year practices of reuniting with family and friends. Don’t miss the special light show (28 January, 25 February & 25 March 2023) that shares the story of Tu Zai’s journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year with loved ones. Read more here.
Deets: 7:30pm – 8:30pm, dates as above for Light Show, SCCC, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore


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Check out ‘Let’s Play, Mattel Playhouse’

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Mattel Playhouse is an all-new experiential pop-up playspace featuring 12 activities for young kids. Get your race on with Hot Wheels and have fun driving on the iconic orange track; unlock your little ones’ limitless creative potential with Barbie; you can become a pop star, gymnast, painter and more; take a train ride and enjoy three Thomas the Tank Engine themed arcade games and more. Buy tickets from $28 per person at Trip.com.
Deets: 13 Jan – 9 April 2023, Let’s Play@Marina Square, #03-208/209


Head to the Mega Carnival @ Downtown East

Have you checked out the Mega Carnival at Downtown East yet? They’ve just added bumper car rides to the mix so now there’s even more to offer. Enjoy unlimited play at all the attractions within your time slot, all for the single price of admission. Look out for Virtual Reality stations, an old-school arcade with dance games and LED air hockey, inflatables of all sizes to bounce on, a bubble-clad gladiator attraction, special dinosaur-themed attractions and rides, swan pedal, robot rides, and bumper cars!
Deets: Open until 5 Feb 2023, D’Marquee Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close


Go ‘hunting’ for the 4 new giants on Sentosa! (FREE!)

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The giants are here! Little Lyn, Reef the Chief, Curious Sue, 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.


Visit the Children’s Museum Singapore

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Singapore’s first-ever dedicated children’s museum, the new Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG), is now open – read all about it here! Brimming with interactive exhibits and hands-on fun, CMSG offers kids a chance to learn about Singapore’s heritage and culture in a way that will spark imagination and curiosity. Book ahead here.
location-icon-1024x1024-1-e1620963611654Deets: Children’s Museum Singapore, 23B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807


Check out Jurassic Nest food court with dinosaurs

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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: Jurassic Nest Cafe &  Jurassic Nest Food Hall, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-02, Singapore 018953


Go on a pony ride!

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Take the kiddos (as small as 3 years old) for a short pony ride at Gallop Stable – there’s one at Horsecity (Bukit Timah) and Pasir Ris Park, and rides are just $10. There are two sessions of pony rides on weekends (details here). Helmets will be provided and all pony rides are fully supervised by trained staff.
Deets: Weekdays & weekends, Gallop Stable 2 locations, www.gallopstable.com


Visit Science Centre (the Fire Tornado demo is back on!)

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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 Science Centre here.
Deets: 2:30pm, weekends, school & public holidays, Science Centre Singapore


Check out a water park (FREE!)

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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 get cleaned 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: Open from 12pm – 8pm (except Mondays 4pm – 8pm), Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1 Singapore


Have fun at a Dino-themed Water Playground (FREE!)

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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

Read More: 16 Places Where Kids Can See Dinosaurs in Singapore


Visit The Arena @ Keat Hong (FREE!)

outdoor playground in north Choa Chu Kang Mega Playground: The Arena @ Keat Hong
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The Choa Chu Kang outdoor playground, also known as The Arena @ Keat Hong, is making waves with its three amazing playgrounds for kids of all ages. From a stunning treehouse-like tower and massive slides that loop multiple times before reaching the bottom, to pirate ship play equipment and swings, there is something fun for children of all ages in each of the three playgrounds. Read all about this playground and 20 other free spots to take the kids to play, here!
Deets: The Arena @ Keat Hong, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 and 5.


Check out food-themed play space at The Artground (FREE!)

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The Artground playspace has a foodie theme! Part indoor playground, part arts and interactive theatre space, The Artground offers heaps of movement and dance workshops along with arts and craft activities. The play installation, Masak Masak, features a food-themed play area with food-related installations to play with. From climbing huge bowls of cendol to jumping on an egg tart trampoline, and making prata and kopi at their own ‘hawker stalls’, there are so many fun things for little kids (best for toddlers up to 6 years old). Check out our Instagram Reel for all the highlights! Free to enter the playspace but special programmes are ticketed.
Deets: until 26 March 2023, The Artground, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block J #01-40


Head to the Singapore Zoo for water play!

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Singapore Zoo’s Wet Play Area at KidzWorld is hands down one of our kids’ favourite spots! This water play area is the best thing after a morning spent seeing all the animals in the zoo. Don’t forget to book a slot to feed some of the animals from giraffes to rhinos and elephants, plus see the educational animal shows while you are there! Read our full guide to Singapore Zoo here.
Deets: Now open! Wet Play Area at KidzWorld, Singapore Zoo 


Have fun at Jurong Lake Gardens (FREE!)

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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!)

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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.


Ride the playground “train” at Tiong Bahru (FREE!)

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Looking for outdoor playgrounds where the kids can let off some steam? The playground in Tiong Bahru makes for a fun kids activity and when the kids have had enough of the choo choo train, you can head to the Wet Market to gorge on pau at Tiong Bahru Pau (or grab a croissant at Tiong Bahru Bakery)We wrote a whole guide to Tiong Bahru neighbourhood here or check out this article for a list of other amazing outdoor playgrounds that are all FREE!

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