F1 is way more than just cars! From magicians, to silly acrobats, to a “bubble pirate,” here’s our kid-friendly guide to the F1 Singapore Grand Prix
Mamas, start your engines! The FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 2019 is upon us, and we’ve rounded up our fave bits for kids and families!
As anyone who’s been in Singapore for a hot minute could tell you, the Singapore Grand Prix (the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 if you want to be formal about it!) is an annual highlight on the Singapore events calendar. And with some amaaaaazing musical acts (Gwen Stefani! Red Hot Chili Peppers! Fatboy Slim! Muse! Many others!) and rockstar chefs in town, the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.
Yet while the F1 certainly has its share of glitz and glam and fancy cars – and is known for plenty of action once the sun has gone down (it is the F1’s only night race, after all!), it’s also a super family-friendly event with lots of unique features to delight kiddos of all ages. And there’s plenty of fun to be had even before it gets dark!
Click through to see our Top 5 picks for kid-friendly fun at the F1 (and all the deets on what to bring and how to get tickets)!
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What kid wouldn’t go crazy for a race car simulator?! Or the chance to pick up the jersey from their favourite driver’s team? Fans of all ages can also enjoy airbrush tattoos, interactive games, and a photo booth!
Keep an eye out for Pitstop @ Empress Lawn (Zone 4) for specially curated experiences like drum clinics, more games and airbrush tattoos, and even an art called “Body Marbling”… Of course, there’ll also be plenty of delectable culinary delights in Zones 1, 3 and 4 as well (more on that in a minute!).
Where: Zones 1 and 4 (Fan Villages) and Zones 1, 3, and 4 (Food Stalls)
When: Friday to Sunday, 20-22 September. Park opens at 2:25pm on Friday and Saturday, and 3:30pm on Sunday.
There will be so much kid-friendly fun to keep a lookout for as you wander the Fan Village, mama! Among our top picks:
- The Bubble Pirate (pictured above), who’ll be roaming each of four zones from Friday to Sunday (click the link for timing details) as he shares the art, science and magic of bubbles!
- British illusionist Troy, performing close-up magic and situational illusions that are sure to leave kids spellbound on both Friday and Saturday.
- The Rhett & Tilly Show (performing all three days) will thrill everyone with their fun, high-energy act that combines dance, comedy, acrobatics and more – in the most ridiculous and silly ways!
- Straight out of a fairy tale, the Glitterbelles will mesmerise with their exquisite, disco-inspired costumes, with inbuilt light balls and LEDs that give off an opulent glow.
Click links above for exact timings and locations!
While Swedish House Mafia (Friday), Gwen Stefani and Muse (Saturday), and Fatboy Slim and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will each headline the Padang Stage late at night, there are plenty of other great musical acts that kiddos can catch before the sun goes down.
Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer will play the Zone 1 Wharf Stage at 6pm on Sunday the 22nd; legendary reggae band Toots & The Maytals (sure to be trending since Barack & Michelle Obama included them on their new summer playlist!) will play the Wharf Stage at 6:15 on Friday and the Zone 4 Esplanade Theatre at 7:05 on Sunday; and “robot pop” artist Wolfgang Flür (formerly of Kraftwerk) will put on what’s sure to be a captivating audio-visual performance at the Zone 4 Downtown Stage on Saturday at 5:30. Come ready to boogie, mamas!
Toots & The Maytals image by John David Scarcliff
There’s something totally exhilarating about seeing (and hearing) race cars zoom by at incredible speeds. Any child who’s ever delighted in the movie Cars (or who loves to play with their own little plastic toys) will probably get a pretty big kick out of the race — and we have a feeling they’d be happy to watch earlier races like the Ferrari Challenge and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia on the very same race track! Click here for the full racing schedule, which begins at 2:25pm on Friday afternoon!
Hardcore gearheads might want to consider a 3-day package at the famous Paddock Club, above the garages and even gives fans the chance to walk the Pit Lane to see the cars and drivers close up each day! Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that international celebrity chefs like Heston Blumenthal, Nobu Matsuhisa and Neil Perry will be on hand to serve up specially designed menus just for Singapore F1 fans!
Of course, no fan will go hungry, with dozens of deletable food stalls to choose from at Market Street (Zone 1), Uptown Village (under the Bay Grandstand, Zone 3), and Portside and Dockside Hawkers in Zone 4 next to the Padang stage. Rest assured there will be plenty of vegetarian and halal options available throughout, mamas!
Pssst! If you really want to live it up, consider splashing out for the all new Upper Deck at the Paddock Club. Maybe not the kid-friendliest, but we think mamas will enjoy!
Tickets: Ticket prices start with Zone 4 Walkabout Tickets, which give patrons free access to rove all the above mentioned entertainment in Zone 4, along with specially designed viewing platforms at strategic trackside locations. Plus you can catch all the big concerts at The Padang! Three-day passes have sold out, but day passes range from $98 for Friday to $208 for Sunday.
All patrons – including children – must have a valid ticket for entry. Children under the age of 7 are required to have a signed indemnity agreement for admission into the Circuit Park. Click here to download a form, or one can be obtained at the gate.
What to wear: Dress comfortably, with shoes that won’t give you blisters, and cool fabrics that can stand up to the heat, because whether you’ll be walking or dancing, you’ll probably work up a sweat!
What to bring: A hat, sunscreen and water bottle are all absolute musts! It’s also a good idea to have some cash on hand, as not all vendors will accept credit cards. And an umbrella might be a good idea, if you have the space!
Headphones: Be sure to bring a good pair of headphones for your baby or child to keep their little ears safe. We’ve seen a wide range of options on Lazada, at CottonOn, at PlayHao, and Courts. You can also pick yourself up a pair of ear plugs at the official F1 stores!
In total this year’s Singapore Grand Prix will feature 388 world-class artists from 17 different countries, with more than 130 hours of entertainment packed across 10 stages in three days. Throw in food offerings from around the world, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice little weekend, mamas!
We’ll see you on September 20, mamas!