Disney’s ‘Wish’ hits cinemas, the Central Public Library promises a kids’ biodiversity section, Whampoa Park playground opens with a ninja obstacle course, there’s a month-long space carnival Space Fest @ Expo and more!
December is one of the busiest months with tonnes of events on with the year-end school holidays in full swing. Check off our list of the best things to do during the year-end hols and keep abreast of all the exciting new happenings with our ‘What’s New Mama’ series! This month we’re excited about news of the long-awaited reopening of the Central Public Library on 12 January 2024, a new outdoor playground Whampoa Park which features a ninja obstacle course, two new indoor playspaces, a new cookbook Masak-Masak: Asian Cooking for Kids and Disney’s Wish which is in cinemas now!
Disclaimer: These are external events not owned or managed by Sassy Mama. Always check with the organiser for changes or cancellations.
Whampoa Park playground
Whampoa Park just unveiled its brand-new playground featuring an exciting Ninja Obstacle course for the older kids, swings, see-saws, and a pet park for the doggos. This forest-themed playground also includes a treehouse where kids can head up to the canopy level through different obstacles, from a ladder to a climbing net. The treehouse also features mini rock-climbing stations and massive slides from its canopy — so much fun!
New Children’s Biodiversity Library by S.E.A. Aquarium
The long-awaited reopening of the Central Public Library on 12 January 2024 will feature a refreshed children’s section where little ones can learn more about marine biodiversity! Created by the team from S.E.A. Aquarium and National Library Board, the new Children’s Biodiversity Library will feature biodiversity-themed learning spaces, including a Sea Jelly Zone, with a video projection of sea jellies from the S.E.A. Aquarium, an Intertidal Zone, with interpretive displays about organisms living on marine shorelines and the Submarine Room, where educational programmes will be held.
Read more: Best Public Libraries in Singapore for Kids
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new musical-comedy: Wish
Join the celebration of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 100th anniversary with the enchanting new musical-comedy Disney’s Wish! From the studio that brought you Frozen and Moana comes a tale a century in the making, complete with diverse and relatable characters and unforgettable songs featuring the voices of Academy Award-winning actor Ariana DeBose and Chris Pine. Wish tells the story of Asha, who, after making a powerful wish, sees it answered by a cosmic force — a lively ball of energy named Star. Together, they embark on a journey against the formidable ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico, to save Asha’s community. We won’t give away too much, as we highly recommend experiencing the magic for yourselves! Wish is already in cinemas in Singapore, so grab your tickets for a fun movie date with the family!
Space Fest @ Expo
If you’ve got a budding astronaut at home, head to the month-long space-themed extravaganza, Space Fest, where cosmic adventures await! Taking place at the Singapore Expo, Space Fest proudly stands as Singapore’s biggest space-themed carnival and promises a month filled with celestial excitement for the little ones. Look forward to over 20 carnival rides and games, stage performances, an activities corner, retail booths, food trucks, and so much more!
Masak-Masak: Asian Cooking for Kids — cookbook for little chefs
Calling all foodies! Masak-Masak: Asian Cooking for Kids is the new must-have cookbook tailor-made for your budding chefs! The book by authors Elena Yeo and Arti Daryanani (pictured above!) offers a collection of easy and fun recipes showcasing Singapore’s food culture — from Chicken Tikka to Pork Patties, Bubur Cha-cha, Sago Melaka and Coconut Pancakes. The cookbook boasts 60 recipes accompanied by full-colour images and illustrated steps, making it the perfect kitchen companion for 8 to 12-year-olds. It’s also the first and only kids’ cookbook dedicated to Southeast Asian/Singaporean cuisine. We reckon this would make a great present for kids this Christmas or buy a bunch for a birthday present (or even as a leaving gift if a friend with kiddos is moving away from Singapore!).
SkyPark By Kiztopia @ Cineleisure
The team at Kiztopia heard you wanted another indoor playground for the older kids, and they’ve delivered! The new SkyPark By Kiztopia @ Cineleisure is perfect for kids aged 6 and up, and features an action-packed indoor adventure-scape of thrilling challenges including rock climbing, high-element obstacle courses, pedal-karts and more! Check out our full guide here.
Royal Playland @ Kiddy Palace
Another new indoor playground has sprouted up in Singapore, this time at Kiddy Palace’s Toa Payoh branch! Royal Playland is an indoor playground catered for the little ones and consists of a ball pit and slides, plus arcade games.
Trehaus expands to Jakarta
The ECDA-licensed preschool and childcare Trehaus School is set to embark on a new chapter with the opening of its first international preschool in Jakarta next year. This expansion aims to deliver Trehaus’s mission of providing a holistic, child-led, and research-informed education focusing on character development and 21st-century skills. Trehaus School has also unveiled its new EdTech platform – Little Lab. The AI-powered product is designed to empower teachers, practitioners, and educators, ensuring the delivery of best-in-class early education.
New bike rental service at Changi Airport
Stay active this December holidays and explore the beautiful outdoor sights and gardens of Changi Airport through a bicycle ride! GoCycling has recently rolled into Hub & Spoke (next to Terminal 2), offering the perfect opportunity for you and your family to hop on bikes and explore the Changi Airport Connector. This scenic route includes the exciting Changi Jurassic Mile (where you can see dinosaurs) beaches along East Coast Park, and even downtown Marina Bay! There are tandem and children’s bicycles too, and you can conveniently return your bikes at any GoCycling outlets islandwide.
MUJI Plaza Singapura Reopens
MUJI Plaza Singapura has recently reopened and is now the brand’s largest global flagship store in Southeast Asia! The expansive new store features 15 departments and over 3,000 products, including the brand-new MUJI Renovation, a new tailored renovation and home furnishing service. Other exciting additions to look forward to include the now-permanent MUJI Community Market, an expanded Café&Meal MUJI, a self-serve coffee station and much more!
ARTBOX returns with ARTBOX AVENUE in January 2024
Everyone’s favourite night festival, ARTBOX, is making a grand return this January, and it’s gearing up to be the biggest one yet — 50% larger than its 2023 edition! Spanning two consecutive weekends in January and February, the ARTBOX AVENUE will be held at Singapore Expo Hall 6. Look forward to stage performances, intriguing competitions such as the National Piak Cockroach Championship, creative workshops, and complimentary VR and Nintendo Switch games. Guests can also showcase their singing prowess in KTV containers and indulge in a treasure trove of retail and F&B delights. Tickets are already available, so grab yours before they sell out!
Sa Sa cosmetic store reopens in Singapore
We totally felt the blues when Sa Sa shut its doors in Singapore back in 2020. But hold onto your makeup brushes because Hong Kong’s biggest cosmetics brand is making an exciting return to our shores, and this time, it’s landing at Jurong Point Shopping Centre, housing cult favourite brands such as Suisse Programme, Cyber Colours, Collistar, Tous Fragrance, and more. What’s more, the brand intends to expand next year by introducing more outlets, including Tampines 1 and Westgate!