Every month we bring you what’s new on the island! Here’s what we’re eyeing in September – from kid-friendly movies like Nightbooks and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to Jumptopia, a new karting arena, Eatbox food hall, and a free kayaking initiative!
New month, new finds! We’re so excited for some new openings this month – scroll down to read about the newest go-karting arena in Jurong for kids nine years old and up; find out how you can go kayaking for free this month; check out Little Farms’ revamped supermarket in Holland Village; hear about new food festival Eatbox; check out a Hello Kitty-themed restaurant, and more!
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Nightbooks – Now on Netflix!
Based on the popular children’s book by J.A. White, Nightbooks revolves around Alex Mosher, a Brooklyn native who’s obsessed with horror stories. But his knack for writing scary stories also means he’s often alienated by his peers. When Alex decides he’s had enough, he heads to the basement to burn his stories but somehow ends up in a wicked witch’s magical apartment where he must tell a spine-tingling tale every night or remain trapped in the apartment forever.
Produced by horror mastermind Sam Raimi, Nightbooks is a delightful watch for children aged at least 10 and up. In addition to some frightening visuals – think creepy dolls, freaky monsters, ghosts with white eyes and children being locked in a cave filled with skulls – the movie also has plenty of jump scares (one sent our bowl of cereal flying). Scary scenes aside, the movie has plenty of positives, too, because it shows children the importance of treasuring friendships, as well as practising teamwork and cooperation in tough situations. Most importantly, Nightbooks also highlights why you should always be true to yourself even when those around you say otherwise.
Little Farms Holland Village
Little Farms Holland Village has been revamped to expand their range of Alcohol/Wine, Organic products, Diet foods, Chocolates and Baby & Kids’ food! You’ll now find lots of great quality fresh and frozen ready-made foods by Go! Kidz and Fusspot & Foodie too. Little Farms wants parents to help kids cultivate a healthy relationship with delicious food early on, with suitable baby and kids’ food that’s perfect for little ones as young as 6 months and through their growing phase. Check out the nutritious ready-to-eat meals (as a lunchbox idea or family picnic) as well as their frozen ready meals. Having a dinner party? Pick up some of the freshest vegetables, gourmet crackers, and imported cheeses for a charcuterie platter or simply stock up on delicious healthy food for the family at Little Farms, Holland Piazza. If you aren’t based near HV, check out their other outlets or shop online for same-day delivery!
Little Farms Holland Village, Holland Piazza, No. 3 Lorong Liput, #01-04/05/06, Singapore 277725, Tel:(+65) 6365 2557, www.littlefarms.com
Impressions Kids Club: Indoor Playground & Drop-off Programmes
Looking for a good place to work, dine, relax and make sure the kids stay occupied all at the same time? Impressions Kids Club is where it’s at! This exclusive members’ club located at Furama RiverFront Hotel is a place where families can come together to enjoy creative classes and relax at the tranquil Waterfall Lounge, alongside a safe indoor play area for kids. As club members, your membership allows your kids to enjoy fun and enriching Drop off Creative Activities, while you can enjoy curated breakfast or high tea sets and access the hotel facilities. What’s more, enjoy special rates for Furama RiverFront’s co-working passes that come with all-inclusive perks and special admission bundle rates to Waka Waka safari-themed indoor playground!
Impressions Kids Club @ FURAMA, Furama RiverFront Hotel, 405 Havelock Road #01-05, Singapore 169633, www.impressionskidsclub.com
Osteria Mozza by Chef Nancy Silverton to open in Hilton Singapore Orchard Next Year
Osteria Mozza is set to open at Hilton Singapore Orchard in 2022! Helmed by famed American chef Nancy Silverton, you can expect a reinvigorated menu that includes winning classics from her original, one-Michelin-starred Los Angeles restaurant plus newly crafted dishes for Singapore. Osteria Mozza will also boast a wide selection of wine labels from across Italy and a curated list of creative cocktails.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: in Cinemas Now!
Shaun (aka Shang-Chi) and his best friend, Katy, work as parking valets by day and sing loads of karaoke by night. Eventually, Shaun’s hidden past catches up with him when the Ten Rings find him in San Francisco and steal his pendant, which is the key to finding the ancient village of Ta Lo. Shaun must reunite with his estranged sister and protect Ta Lo from his father, who wishes to unlock the village’s darkest secret for his own gain.
Stunning visuals, catchy soundtrack, top-tier Asian representation, gorgeous costumes and impressive martial arts choreography – there’s plenty to love about the latest theatrical adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is good fun for kids (the fight scenes are almost entirely bloodless), but there are several points in the course of the film that may prompt questions about grief, loss and death. It’s PG 13 but Common Sense Media says the movie is suitable for kids aged 11 and above. Oh, and be sure to stay till the end for the usual Marvel mid- and post-credit stingers with familiar faces from previous MCU outings. You won’t be disappointed, we promise!
Jumptopia: New Bouncy Castle Playground in Downtown East
Jumptopia has just opened in Downtown East (from now until 10 October 2021)! This huge bouncy castle playground is brought to you by the folks at Kiztopia – so you know some real good bouncy fun awaits! There are 7 giant Kiztopia-themed bouncy castles in total, plus claw machines, an IG-worthy photo booth and more. All the bouncy castles are towering at an average height of 5m to 6m and 9m to 12m in length! One of the largest structures has to be the Alien Snail bouncy castle, which stands at a massive size of 22m wide and 8m high. Recommended for kids aged two and above, each bouncy castle has a maximum capacity of 20 to 25 children at any one time. Opening hours are from 10am to 8pm on Sundays to Thursdays. Remember to bring socks!
Jumptopia, D’Marquee @ Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599, kkday.me/Jumptopia
The Karting Arena Opens in Jurong
The Karting Arena has just opened its second track in Singapore! Catered to karters, motorsport enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, the new state-of-the-art track in Jurong promises equal measures of adventure and safety with their latest fleet of petroleum-powered go-karts. The track is open to karters of all abilities, and kids from nine years old can hit the track. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled as The Karting Arena will also be establishing a race academy for budding racers and motoring enthusiasts to enjoy competitive motorsport! Prices start from $25 for Novice karters (age 9-17) .
The Karting Arena Jurong, 511 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638366, www.thekartingarena.com
Eatbox: Artbox Singapore’s New Food Hall
Remember the awesome Artbox fairs in Marina Bay? The peeps behind the wildly popular Artbox Singapore and Shilin Night Market have created Eatbox, a creative permanent food hall with its very own permanent location in Tekka Place! The creative food hall spans 9,500sqft and will feature crowd favourites from Artbox Singapore as well as new, exciting food stalls. There are a total of 20 booths and 4 kiosks with international cuisines and fusion fare, including Satay Ummi, Butcher The Burger Bar, Okinawa Onigiri and more. Dining in is open to all vaccinated visitors, just like a regular food court! Besides food, there’s also a large thematic Experience Centre of over 6,000 sqft in size and a retail and recreational content space opening later this month.
Eatbox, Tekka Place, 2 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218227 (right above Rochor MRT), www.artbox.sg/eatbox
Kayak for free this September with PAssion Wave
In line with International Coastal Cleanup Singapore’s vision for a healthier ocean, PAssion Wave is hosting Rent-a Craft, Pay-by-Trash during the month of September to battle marine debris and help revitalise our precious waterways! Kayak rental is for 2 hours each time (Wednesdays to Fridays only), and all you have to do is pick up any trash you spot in the sea or reservoirs while you’re kayaking. All clean-up equipment such as pails and tongs will be provided too! New slots at all 6 PAssion Wave outlets will open every Monday, so make sure to keep a lookout before you book. Relevant kayak certification is required for rentals at sea outlets (Sembawang, Pasir Ris and East Coast) while no certification is required at reservoir outlets (Jurong Lake Gardens, Marina Bay and Bedok reservoir).
Find out more!
Hello Kitty Restaurant Pop-Up at Orchard Central
Kumoya, the experiential cafe behind past pop-ups like the Sumikkogurashi and Crayon Shinchan Cafe, has launched their newest pop-up concept – Hello Kitty Shabu Shabu Restaurant! Located at Orchard Central, the pop-up has decked out the entire restaurant in Hello Kitty cuteness, complete with Hello Kitty-themed menu items to go along with a yummy shabu shabu hotpot set.
Hello Kitty Shabu Shabu Restaurant at Kumoya Cafe, Orchard Central, #04-08, Singapore 238896, www.facebook.com/kumoyasingapore
Catch PAW Patrol The Movie
Any Paw Patrol fans in the house?! For the September school holidays, it’s time to munch on some pup-corn and catch PAW Patrol: The Movie which has just come out in theatres! It’s airing in all major cinemas, but City Square Mall is celebrating the launch of the long-awaited feature film with special rewards and activities for everyone in the family to look forward to until 26 September 2021. There are chances to redeem an exclusive PAW Patrol children face mask when you shop and dine at the mall, plus a series of self-guided activities available from 3 to 12 September 2021!
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
Foodie News Flash: 10 New Restaurants & Cafés in SG this Month
New cafés and restaurants are popping up all over town (while others like one-Michelin Star Australian Cheek Bistro, and Jamie’s Italian at Forum have closed). Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest new cafés and hottest new restaurants so you can book that meal out on the town! Here’s our list of new cafés and recent restaurant openings in Singapore.