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

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Activities and fun things to do this weekend with kids in Singapore

Are you looking for inspiration for your weekend? Here’s our weekly weekend planner with kid-friendly activities! Take the kids to admire the giant inflatables at Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay, take part in Batik painting and storytelling at the Pesta Raya Malay Festival of Arts; see close combat vehicles, drones, and fireworks at The Army Open House; plus it’s your last chance to catch the Rainbow Light Display!

Image by @clicknsnapshot (Image is a past Children’s Festival)

1. See Giant Inflatables at Children’s Festival!

Children’s Festival – Around the World with Kiztopia at Gardens by the Bay is back from this weekend 28 May to 19 June 2022, with eight specially-designed giant inflatables (that sadly you can’t allow the kiddos to jump on!) However this year there will be more interactive kid-friendly activities in store in addition to these inflatables! Look out for Kiztopia Friends characters in hot air balloons (you’ll be allowed to “board” two hot air balloon inflatables to take pics. Pick up a complimentary activity booklet so that kids can discover interesting facts at selected points about each of the countries featured. Kids can collect stamps and hit milestones to redeem an exclusive sticker sheet upon completion of the mission. There are also two ticketed zones – Happy’s Craft World ($8 per activity) where kids can take part in clay art painting, scratch painting and 3D puzzle assembling as well as Tiger’s Sports Arena ($18 to enter) where kids have a go at sports carnival games, including basketball, ring toss, soccer and more amongst 5 inflatables (best for kids aged four and above). Read more here.
Deets: from 28 May to 19 June 2022, 10am – 7pm, SuperTree Grove


2. Pesta Raya Malay Festival of Arts: Batik Painting & Storytelling 

Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts is on and there are plenty of fun kids’ activities to take part in this weekend!  Learn the basics of batik painting in a kids batik painting workshop (11am & 2pm, $15 per person). There’s also a free Children’s Storytelling event and a basic parent-child Malay Dance workshop.
Deets: Saturday 28-29 May, various timings, Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

Jelutung Harbour Park water playground within an HDB at Admiralty Link
Jelutung Harbour Park within an HDB at Admiralty Link

3. Splash around at a Water Play Playground (FREE!)

There are so many great outdoor water play options for kids of all ages to splash around at here in Singapore. From the new water park playground Play @ Heights Park in Toa Payoh (complete with flying fox, bucket swings, plus trampolines and a mini track too) to the impressive water sluice gates at the Clusia Cove Lakeside water playground, we’ve rounded up the best free water play spots in Singapore so your little ones can splash away to their heart’s content. Check out our guide to water playgrounds here!


Image credit: Malay Heritage Centre

4. Last Chance: Catch the Rainbow light display (FREE!)

If you haven’t been to see this dazzling display of rainbow lights, now’s your last chance! Rainbow Connection II is made up of 500 suspended solar light modules made from upcycled cookie containers and solar lights! The installation is by local artist Lee Yun Qin and individuals from underserved communities as a collaboration between National Heritage Board x Malay Heritage Centre. The display is beautifully lit up at night, scattering prismatic projections all around while gently rotating and swaying in the wind. While you’re in the area, take a stroll around Kampong Gelam hood!
Deets: till 29th May, 10am-9pm 85 Sultan Gate, Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore 198501


Army Open House 2017

5. Army Open House: fireworks & close combat display (FREE!)

The Army Open House returns to celebrate 55 years of National Service in Singapore. From 28 -30 May, head on over to the Army Open House 2022 for 13 fun zones featuring drone flying, story-telling exhibits, augmented-reality features, an immersive 4D multisensory show, and a night walk experience where you can wear Night Vision Goggles! Kids can have fun at the Kids Zone, where there’s a mini obstacle course, jungle maze and campsite, balloon sculpting and face painting activity. There will also be photo opportunities for kids to dress up in virtual Army uniforms. The event will also include music performances, an Army Showcase with the presence of the Red Lions and drum roll…fireworks! Check out the full lineup and register for your place ahead of time here
Deets: The Army Open House 28 -30 May, F1 Pit Building, Free, booking is required.


6.  Kids’ trial classes at new family club b_together (FREE!*)

Upcoming family club, b_together, in Dempsey is opening in June and they are offering taster sessions of their kids’ classes. Each class type ‘Create’, ‘Sense’, and ‘Explore’ has been designed to be lots of fun and spark creativity and curiosity in little ones as young as 6 months old to big kids up to 10 years old. In the ‘Create’ sessions, little ones will be pasting pet portraits using upcycled magazine pictures and fabric. In ‘Sense’ sessions, youngsters will be making their own pet sensory toys out of upcycled balloons. In Explore, kids will learn about the many things our pets can do which will inspire a pet puppet talent show where littles can demonstrate special tricks with their ‘pet’. We are giving away 3 tickets: CREATE: 26 May 3pm (4-6-year-olds); SENSE: 27 May 9.30am (6-12 months); EXPLORE: 28 May 11.30am (5-10 year-olds). Sign up for your free spot now (first come first serve by emailing [email protected]) and if you miss a free spot you can still attend by booking a $45 taster session. 
Deets: Free sessions as above, other classes $45: 28-29 May, 11am -6pm, At Feast, 16A Dempsey Rd


7. Play sport at the National Stadium with your kids!

If you are looking for ways to bond with your kid, we’ve found a super fun event coming up – Multi-Sport Family Fun on 11 June (for families with kids aged 5-12 years old) taking place right inside the National Stadium! This event by Active Parents is all about experiencing lots of sporty activities (athletics, basketball, football and dance fitness) with your child (best for kids aged 5-12 years old). Hurry, first 50 signups per timeslot get an exclusive Active Parents’ tote bag!
Deets: Saturday 11 June 2022, Tickets $30, National Stadium


8. Singapore HeritageFest 2022 (FREE!)

There’s lots of family fun in store at the Singapore Heritage Festival! Join Xiao Qing on a free self-guided photo trail with your activity passport to trace the footsteps of Dr. Sun Yat Sen and his friends. Learn about the Nian Hua (new year prints) on display and discover where these colourful woodblock-printed images are produced! You can also learn Mandarin with Xiao Qing as kids explore the various modes of transportation in the past through a bilingual “Fun with Chinese Activity Kit: Xiao Qing & Transportation” ($9.90). Entry to Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is free, some activities are ticketed.
Deets: 2 – 29 May 2022, 10am – 5pm, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall


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Image credit: Beate Baldry @flavourforager

Kids’ Karting Circuit at Star Vista Mall

If you need to get your shopping done and want to squeeze in a kids’ activity at the same time – head on over to The Star Vista for the KF1 Kiddy Circuit – a pop up mini race circuit around the basement of the mall from 6 May – 10 July 2022. Spend a minimum of $100 to redeem a KF1 kart ride worth $15 (Limited to the first 50 redemptions per weekday (not applicable on weekends & PH). Each ticket admits 1 adult and 1 child (85 – 120cm height) or 1 adult/ child (above 120cm height) only. You can also buy tickets at $15 per ride; $35 for 3 rides.
Deets: 6 May – 10 July 2022, The Star Vista, Star Plaza B1


Jurong Lake gardens playground kid-Friendly Nature Park Alert!
Kid-Friendly Nature Park Alert! Lakeside Garden in Jurong

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


bouncy castle playground let's play d'marquee downtown east

Check out a new massive inflatable bouncy playground!

New pop-up playground Let’s Play @ D’Marquee in Downtown East opens on Saturday 7 May! This indoor playground will have the biggest inflatable bouncy castle playspace in town! Best for older kiddos, the space boasts eight different-themed inflatable obstacle courses including a bouncy challenge, an inflatable ball pit and mini-maze. Plus look out for dinosaur rides, bumper cars, robot rides, a train ride and more! Tickets from $25 available here.
Deets: 7 May to 9 August, Downtown East, Begonia Car Park/Begonia Downtown East Taxi Stand


Go on a Treasure Hunt: Try Geocaching! (FREE!)

We love a treasure hunt (we can’t wait for Easter where we hope hunting for Easter eggs is back on!) but in the meantime, you can try geocaching with the kids! Geocaching involves finding treasures (called geocaches) hidden by fellow Geocachers – you find the clues to where each treasure is hidden using the GPS on your mobile phone. All you’ll need to do is to download the Geocaching App (the basic access is free), look for a geocache near you and start hunting. Once you find the treasure (which is often a small waterproof container containing a piece of paper where those who found it can write their name) you rehide it in the same place and log your find on the app. A fun way to get the kids out into nature and exploring your neighbourhood.


Fire station open house kids
Fire station open house (taken pre-Covid)

Visit a Fire Station Open House in person (FREE!)

It’s all systems go as our beloved Fire Station Open Houses are back! 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 you can learn about the cool Emergency Vehicles and their capabilities, watch a demo on donning the full firefighting protective gear, see how the equipment is used (nothing beats seeing those massive sprays in person!). Walk-ins are allowed, but groups of 10 pax or more will be required to make a pre-booking.


Image: Sports Hub

Play Giant Chess or Lawn Bowls (FREE!)

Did you know that you can hire out free Giant Chess sets from Sports Hub if you book ahead? Make it a family game. It’s brainpower and a physical workout as you will have to use both your hands and feet to make the Chess pieces move. There are lots of other free outdoor facilities from basketball courts, to beach volleyball courts, a playground, and lawn bowls.
Deets: Prebook Chess sets ahead. Singapore Sports Museum rooftop, 6 Stadium Walk


street art little india guide

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.


tiong bahru park halloween events

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

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!

WATCH: 12 Best Playgrounds in SG


Image credit: Gallop Stable

Take the kids for pony rides!

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/pony-and-horse-rides


Visit a Kid-friendly Museum

There are plenty of kid-friendly and interactive museums in town to explore local history, science and art. From Keppel Centre for Art Education at The National Gallery, with its interactive activities and art printmaking workshops to seeing dinosaurs at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, here’s our post on Singapore’s best museums for kids.


Check out Coastal Playgrove playground!

Coastal PlayGrove is a free playground for kiddos on the East and boasts the tallest outdoor play feature in town – it’s 16 metres high – with fun climbing activities, long metallic tube slides, a nature playgarden with sandpits and teepees. Read all about this fun playground here. Most of the features are only open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am – 8pm.
Deets: Coastal PlayGrove Playground, 902 East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449874


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