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What’s New Mama: Pop-up ‘Hotel Rooms’ in National Museum, August’s Second Supermoon Sighting & More

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There’s a new pop-up ‘hotel’ at National Museum Singapore! Plus, find out when the second Supermoon will be appearing in August, all about Singapore Night Festival 2023 and more!

New month, new finds! Have you been to the National Museum of Singapore recently? They’ve just added new experiential pop-up ‘hotel’ rooms at their latest exhibition; check out a new preschool – Agora Colearning Preschool – at HarbourFront Centre; mark your calendars for the Singapore Night Festival with projection mapping, night light installations, delicious food and more; and plan a trip to The Palawan @ Sentosa, the latest family-friendly playground for a splashing good time!

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August’s Second Supermoon: The Blue Moon, 31 August

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Did you catch the Sturgeon Moon on 1 August? According to Science Centre Singapore, it was the second closest Supermoon to our planet this year (out of four Supermoons in 2023), while the brightest and closest Supermoon to earth this year will be appearing later this month! The second Supermoon in August is called the Blue Moon, and will be visible in Singapore on 31 August. At its nearest point, the Blue Moon will be 357,182km from Earth! Funnily enough, the Blue Moon is not actually blue in colour. The term refers to the second Full Moon in a month and does not refer to the colour of the moon. While it may be very rare for a Blue Moon to appear blue, there are times when it can appear so due to the water droplets in the air, certain types of clouds, or particles thrown into the atmosphere by natural catastrophes.

The Blue Moon will begin rising at 7:34pm on 31 August, approximately from the East direction. The Moon may be at an appreciable height for viewing in Singapore from 9pm onwards. The Blue Moon will continue rising till it reaches the highest point in the sky at 12:51am and continue setting towards the Southwest direction until it disappears completely at 7:03am on 1 September. The Blue Moon can be seen from anywhere in Singapore as long as the skies are clear. Open public areas such as Marina Barrage, East Coast Park, and the Southern Ridges could offer good views! And if you miss this Blue Moon, you’ll have to wait 9 years for your next chance to see this phenomenon!

Don’t forget to look up on the evening of 31 August!

New Experiential Rooms at National Museum of Singapore

Remember when we shared about National Museum of Singapore’s newest travel-themed exhibition? Two new experiential rooms will be joining the Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s – 2000s exhibition! The new pop-up rooms have just opened to visitors at the National Museum’s Glass Atrium. Don’t miss the Hotel pop-up room, inspired by the Goodwood Park Hotel in the 1980s with its own recreated hotel lobby, corridor and hotel room, perfect for taking optical illusion photos! There’s also the Travel Lounge, which takes inspiration from Singapore Airline’s (SIA) Raffles Lounge and spotlights three unique amenities and services that were offered on SIA flights from the 1970s to the 1980s. Read more about all the latest exhibitions in Singapore here!

When: Now – 19 November 2023
How much: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897

New! Agora Colearning Preschool at HarbourFront Centre

Agora Preschool, conveniently located at HarbourFront Centre (adjacent to Vivocity), is now fully licensed as an Early Childhood Development Centre and is open to new registrations! The new preschool focuses on providing personalised learning experiences for every child in their unique and carefully designed centre. Plus, they’re keeping things simple – a single rate card with no registration fees or other hidden charges! They offer half-day programmes throughout the year, Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 2pm. Keep your eyes peeled for further afternoon programmes with their partner education providers. You can find out more on their refreshed webpage (don’t forget to download the free parent handbook), or explore the wonderful centre yourself during their upcoming Open House events:
9 August, 1pm-3pm
13 August, 10am-12pm
3 September, 2pm-4pm
9 September, 9am-11am

The first 20 sign-ups will receive an entire month free using code SMM20!

Agora Colearning, #04-01 access via Lobby C, 1 Maritime Square, HarbourFront Centre, Singapore 099253,

Singapore Night Festival: 18 – 26 August

singapore night festival 2023 a stone's throw away

The Singapore Night Festival will be back again this August! Themed Singapore, the Great Port City, this year’s Singapore Night Festival will light up the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct. There’s an exciting line-up of programmes to look forward to including dynamic projection mappings featuring works by local artists, Night Lights installations and more! In addition to interactive activities, you can also look forward to unique food and retail experiences.
 Singapore Night Festival, Bras Basah.Bugis precinct

The Palawan @ Sentosa

the palawan sentosa new beach club

The Palawan @ Sentosa is finally open! After a long wait, families can finally add the kid-friendly Splash Tribe beach club to their list. Look forward to other fun attractions such as an electric go-kart circuit, an 18-hole mini golf course, plunge pools and iconic food trucks and more
The Palawan @ Sentosa, 54 Palawan Beach Walk, Sentosa Island


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