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Weekend Planner: Fun Things to Do With Kids

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What are your weekend plans? Check out these fun (mostly free) kid-friendly things to do this weekend!

EDITOR’S PICK: Adopt a Dog!
(run by a group of volunteers who look after the welfare of Singapore street dogs) is holding an adoption drive this Sunday 4th February 2018, 12pm – 4pm at Downtown Gallery @ 6A Shenton Way. There are some super adorable puppies and dogs up for adoption. Think carefully before you adopt a new pet as it is a commitment but for those ready to open their home to a loveable dog – this is the perfect time! Pre-register for adoption here. 

Visit a Fire Station for FREE!
Fire stations all over Singapore are waiting for little firefighter fans to join them on a tour of the fire station. Kids often get to have a go using the water hoses to spray and climb all over the firetrucks, try on fire helmets, and see firemen (and women) sliding down the pole! The most famous fire station is Central Fire Station (read about it here), but pretty much every local fire station is open on Saturday mornings to the public and your local one may have more time to chat to youngsters. Click here for more info and the full list of locations!

fire station open house kids

Go on a Rock Hunting Treasure hunt for FREE!
Seriously name one person who doesn’t love rock hunting? We bet you’ve read all about how to get started here and have made your way around all the best parks in Singapore for rock hunting by now. Now you’re ready for a rock hunting party! The next one is this Saturday 3 February – and it’s Valentines-themed. You’ll need to be a member of the SG Rocks Facebook page to attend so sign up now and get rock painting!

FamFest CNY Edition at Cafe Melba
This Sunday 4 February Cafe Melba hosts a flea market, food (famous sausage sizzle at $10nett), DJ music on the open field and loads of activities to entertain the kids from a bouncy castle, to kids games, face painting, and a special art and craft corner.

canadian international school steam fair

EDITOR’S PICK:  STEAM carnival fun for FREE!
Expect STEAM activity galore at Canadian International School on 3 February 2018. This carnival full of rides, live music, (massages for parents ahhh), and experiments was so much fun last year that we can’t wait to take both the big and little kids along this year. There’s a chance to see how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are everywhere with activities like creating ice sculptures, building a giant spiderweb city and even developing an electronic device using snap circuits! All the info here.

CNY Arts and Crafts for FREE!
On 3 and 4 February 2018 from 1pm -2.30pm and 3pm -4.30pm shoppers at Raffles City Mall can get their kids into CNY crafts with three workshops. From pineapple weaving felt craft to making your own Chinese New Year hanging fish ornament or a Year of the Dog plushie! Located at Level 1 walkway along Coach (#01-35), you’ll need to spend a minimum of $30 to participate in one craft workshop, $50 for two or $60 to join all three workshops.

Check out the CNY Paws-perity Carnival for FREE!
Take your pups down to Chinatown for some CNY fun, especially for dog lovers. The special dog-themed Paws-perity carnival will take place at Kreta Ayer Square on 3 February 2018, from 9am – 1pm where you can enter the Dog Costume Competition to win cash vouchers and trophies! While you’re there make sure you make a New Year at the Chinatown Wishing Tree!

Kids Activities and Shopping at Flea & Feast for FREE!
From 2 to 4 February check out Flea & Feast at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre – inspired by popular hawkers’ markets in Australia. There’s fun for the whole family from a balloon pit to giant game pieces of human-sized Jenga blocks, Tic Tac Toe and Connect Four to kid friendly craft workshops and Movies Under The “Stars” showing Finding Nemo, High School Musical and Mrs Doubtfire! For mamas and papas – massages and live music and performances plus street cuisine from around the globe.

KidsFest kids theatre shows

Kids Theatre
Take the little ones to the theatre! KidsFest is in town and we are just a little bit excited! For the littler ones there’s The Ugly Duckling, a theatre adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale which is showing at KidsFest for the first time, plus Dinosaur Zoo (ages 5yrs+), Hairy Maclary and Friends (for ages 2+), The Gruffalo (ages 3yrs+), The Gruffalo’s Child (ages 3yrs+), and What The Ladybird Heard (ages 3yrs+). If Julia Donaldson lines your shelves, this theatre ensemble is for you!

Watch kids perform music at the  Singapore International Violin Competition 2018
Inspire your own budding virtuosos as they watch the world’s top young violinists compete in the final live rounds of the Singapore International Violin Competition 2018. The Semi Finals are taking place this weekend at YST Conservatory of Music. Tickets are super affordable and the music is sure to be a treat.

Need more inspiration? Check out our Calendar!

This post was originally published in January 2018 and is updated weekly to bring you news of the best events around town.  Lead image courtesy of SOSD Facebook 1st image by Jeremy Long via Channel News Asia

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