Got any plans this weekend (19-20 October)? Check out these fun, mostly FREE kid-friendly things to do in Singapore!
Looking for fun stuff to do this weekend with the kids? Take the kids for a free cooking class with MasterChef Singapore winner Zander Ng; check out Malay CultureFest for theatre performances by kids, musical instrument-making workshops and a wonderful children’s space; celebrate Deepavali early at National Museum Singapore with kids’ rangoli workshops and print-making; tweens and teens can join an interactive creative toolbox workshop to spread the message of cleaner seas; watch The Wizard of Oz outdoors in the Botanics and more!
Sagra Italiana the Italian Festival is on at United Square from 18-20 October showcasing Italian cuisine, culture, charity and more with fun-filled activities for children. The main draw here is the chance to meet the first MasterChef Singapore winner Zander Ng (12pm – 1pm, Saturday 19th October). He will be conducting a master class especially for children 6 to 12 years old, covering topics like fresh vs. dry pasta, different regional styles, and shapes in this hands-on class. There will be other free kids cooking sessions (4pm – 5pm Saturday, and 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Sunday) where kids can roll pasta dough using a manual pasta machine and slice it into fettuccine, then cook it with homemade tomato sauce before tasting it! There will be plenty of other Italian inspired events from free kids Italian language and art classes to free Italian food Samples, Italisn style demos and more!
Deets: 18th October -20th October, various timings; United Square Shopping Mall, B1, Main Atrium, 101 Thomson Road, Singapore 307591
Everyone Can Create: Clean Seas (FREE!*)
Join an interactive workshop by MeshMinds at the ArtScience Museum that will make use of the cool Everyone Can Create curriculum from Apple. This workshop sounds like it would be right up older kids’ alley – it’s taught on iPad and will explore photography, drawing, video and music. Kids will get to transform their creations from 2D to 3D using AR Makr for iPad – a creative toolbox for augmented reality – and place them in the real world to spread the global movement to beat plastic pollution and create clean seas for future generations. *Free admission, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Deets: 19th – 20th October, 11am-12pm, ArtScience Museum, Rainbow Room, Basement 2, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Kid-Friendly Malay Cultural Fun (FREE!)
Introduce the kids to Malay folk tales through theatre performances at the Malay Heritage Centre and find out how these legends form an important part of Singapore’s history! In conjunction with the special exhibition Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera & Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting & Refracting Singapura, check out the annual Malay CultureFest. This year’s edition focuses on the theme of ‘Bangsa’, which means nation or people, and looks at different communities and their lives from the 15th to 19th centuries, and how they have shaped our collective identities today. Highlights include theatre performances by children, musical instrument-making workshops, and a wonderful children’s space (created in collaboration with The Artground!) featuring books and sensory play items in a mini Kampong house.
Deets: Now until 2 November, Malay Heritage Centre, 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
STEAM Fun, Woodworking and more! (FREE!*)
At the Singapore Maker Extravaganza (18-20 October) check out the amazing efforts of makers from all walks of life as well as a showcase by young technopreneurs at the inaugural Young Technopreneurs for a Sustainable 2030 Expo Showcase! There will be plenty of inspiring talks and workshops (more information here). If you are visiting the Science Centre (fee applies) don’t miss the new creative woodworking workshops to launch new tinkering space Tinker Too this October (19th at 11am and 1pm). Laurence Sutrisno will be on hand to demonstrate the art of wood whittling, plus there will be tinkering activities like hands-on fun with a marble machine, or make your own lightweight flying designs over a wind table.
Deets: 18 – 20 October 2019, *various prices, 10.00am – 5.00pm, Annexe Halls 1 – 3, Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
The Wizard of Oz Movie Screening (FREE!*)
Enjoy a movie by moonlight with an evening outdoor showing of The Wizard of Oz at Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Eco-Lake Lawn on Saturday 19 October. Bring mossie repellant, a picnic blanket and some nibbles as it’s probably a little late for the little ones (or swing by The Bee’s Knees beforehand for some provisions, though there’ll also be free-flow popcorn, candy floss and ice cream from 7pm while stocks last)! The show is free but as it’s in support of Breast Cancer Research you may want to donate here.
Deets: Saturday 19th October, 19:30 to 10:30pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens Eco-Lake Lawn (near Botanic Gardens MRT), 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259777
A great Sunday afternoon for older kids awaits with Apple’s Coding Lab for Kids. The challenge? To help a Sphero robot navigate obstacles using code in the Sphero Edu app on iPad. Kids will explore block-based coding by programming simple movements, changing colours and more. They’ll set up obstacles and use iPad to program a path for their robot to navigate. Recommended for kids aged 6–12 years old.
Deets: 20th October, 12:30-1:30pm, Apple Orchard Road, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857
This one’s for mamas (or dads) only — everyone needs some self-care right? Join the True Yoga team for an invigorating morning with stretches and heart-opening poses in the lush surrounds of Gardens by the Bay (look out for otters while you’re there!). Bring your own mat and plenty of water and book ahead!
Deets: Sunday 20 October from 07:30-09:00am, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Deepavali Arts & Crafts, Dance and Rangoli workshops (FREE!)
Celebrate the Festival of Lights at the National Museum of Singapore early this weekend! There will be music and performers, plus the chance to learn about the significance of Deepavali through special activities. Kiddos get to take part in a drop-in craft activity (11am – 5pm) where they can design their own fabric with block prints, using Indian-inspired motifs and designs. There’s a Rangoli Workshop by ACE Seniors (10.30am – 11.30am) where you can join Rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan, as she creates a special rangoli design inspired by plants and animals found in the museum’s prized William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings! Round off the day with some Oyilattam Dance Appreciation (at 1.30pm, 3.45pm, 4.30pm) and the 80-min historical fiction production Sea of Cloth – The Journey of Sari to Singapore (two show timings at 2pm – 4pm or 7pm – 9pm).
Deets: Saturday 19 October (various timings), Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Looking for more? Check out our events calendar here!
Lead image credit: ArtScience Museum. Botanic Gardens movie image via NParks Facebook