What are your weekend (22-23 March) plans? Check out these fun, mostly FREE, kid-friendly weekend things to do in Singapore
If your kiddos aren’t in a March school holidays camp — hang in there! We’ve got all the ideas on how to keep them busy through the end of week …from free PJ Masks mall shows to carnival fun at Jurong Bird Park, and photo opps with Paw Patrol at Nickelodeon Fiesta. We dish on where to go for storytelling amongst nature, obstacle courses at Sentosa Fun Fest, and kid-friendly heritage events. And with these educational TV shows for all ages, if you plop the kiddos in front of a science or historical show for 30 minutes it wouldn’t be the end of the world! You got this!
“Reading With Nature” A Storytelling Session and Guided Tour (FREE!)
Join the nature-loving peeps at one of our fave parks, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, for a fun-filled session to find out what happens when the Chinese emperor announces an unusual way to choose an heir! This “reading with nature” session for The Empty Pot by Demi, will provide kids with the opportunity to explore nature together. Afterwards, there will be a general tour around Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden (home to one of our favourite playgrounds in Singapore)!
Deets: Saturday 23 March a 10am – 11am at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Victoria School Concert Band, Cedar Girls’ School and Victoria Junior College Symphonic Bands will be on stage this Saturday for upbeat tunes like Japanese Graffiti 15, Mayday Medley and Shape of You. Pack those picnic baskets, mats and mossie spray! Event info here.
Deets: Saturday 23 March from 5:30pm to 7pm at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Musical Hawker Spectacle: Makan Dreaming (FREE!)
Want to know how your fave hawker dish made it to the hawker centre? “Makan Dreaming” is a musical extravaganza that looks at hawker culture in Singapore. Kids can meet a fantastic mix of characters, like Kong, the early immigrant who set up his stall by the Singapore river in the 1960s, and the cook behind those colourful, syrupy ice balls that you love. Sing and along and celebrate everything we love about hawker centres and hawker food. You’ll never look at a bowl of chicken rice without remembering this wonderful story again.
Deets: 22 to 24 March at 2pm; 4pm; 6pm; 7.30pm, Bedok Town Square
If you fancy a breezy morning admiring colourful birds surrounded by lush greenery, flock on over to Jurong Bird Park! Feeding the birds in the Lory Loft is one of the highlights, and kids love checking out all the different hornbills, flamingos and huge pelicans! This weekend catch the Feather Friends carnival right beside the super water play area — there’s a tea cup carousel, game booths a bouncy castle and some dinky water boats to have a go on (rides $5 each). Visitors will receive one free $5 games voucher with admission (limited numbers apply so come early)! Don’t forget to check out the Keeper’s Talk at 2pm on weekends – find out more about the formidable Harris’ Hawks diet, hunting techniques and other cool facts. You can also meet Sally the Hornbill and take a photo together on weekends at 3:30pm. Full event info here.
Deets: Until 24th March, 10am – 5:15pm, Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925,
See PJ Masks at City Square Mall (FREE!)
This weekend join forces with PJ Masks at their first-ever interactive Musical Meet & Greet, where fans of all ages can embark on an action-packed journey, solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons along the way. Expect toe-tapping original tunes and a whole lot of super fun and adventure in the super-heroic session, as Catboy, Owlette and Gekko save the day. All the info here.
Deets: 16 – 24 March 2019 (except Monday), Tue – Fri: 2pm and 7pm, Sat & Sun: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm at City Square Mall L1 Stage
Singapore Festival of Fun — Nickelodeon Fiesta (FREE!)
The third annual Singapore Festival of Fun kicked off last week with the Magners International Comedy Festival (also on this weekend in case you missed it). Nickelodeon Fiesta is the especially kid-friendly part to the carnival (aside from the ongoing street performers at Clarke Quay showcasing street acts, acrobatics and juggling). This Saturday and Sunday at various times there will be game booths and stage games as well as photo ops with SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol and Dora the Explorer characters. Plus arts & crafts sessions (paint your own lantern) and a chance to board the Nickelodeon River Fiesta Cruise! All the info here.
Deets: Nickelodeon Fiesta: 23rd and 24th March, 10 am to 6pm at Clarke Quay. Free Entry.
Sentosa Fun Fest (FREE!)
Head over to Sentosa (free entry till 24th March for residents) and be prepared for a sea of inflatables to greet you on the beach; 800 Gudetama, Hello Kitty and My Melody characters await. What do they do? Nobody knows! If you are looking for more action, try out Sentosa Fun Fest’s inflatable mazes, and navigate the obstacle courses and gigantic slides! Look out for nightly special screenings of family-favouritesat at 7:30pm; this Saturday it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, while on Sunday Beauty and the Beast is showing at Palawan Green. More info here.
Deets: On until 24 March 2019, Palawan Beach Sentosa.
Heritage events for kids: badge making, cartoon workshops & storytelling (FREE!)
Design your own button badge and decorate it with different occupational symbols of Balestier, and learn more about life in the past. Kids can also take part in a cartoon drawing workshop to master drawing “NiuBiZi” in a workshop led by local illustrator Anngee Neo! Local authors will read traditional fables, such as the tale “Wu Song Fights a Tiger” from the Chinese Classic “Water Margin” for some interactive storytelling fun. Full event line-up for Heritage Festival 2019 here.
Deets: 23 and 24 March | various timings from 10am – 5pm at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Need more inspiration? Check out what’s on the calendar here!
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