Due to the Chinese New Year long weekend (woohoo!) Sassy Mama will be off next Monday and Tuesday. Here’s how to keep yourself and the kids busy in Singapore over the next week. Gong Xi Fa Cai, mamas!
Gardens by The Bay Spring Surprise Craft Activities
Seek refuge from the heat in one of Gardens by The Bay’s domes mama! Let the bubs try their hands at traditional spring crafts like Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Chinese Knotting to bring home, all while being treated to performances and festive songs to light up the atmosphere.
When: Through Sunday, 21 February 2016, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
How much: Entry fee for Flower Dome applies ($8 & up)
“More Than Monkeys” Exhibition
Looking for fun ways to spend time with the kiddos over the long holiday weekend, mama? Check out the “More than Monkeys” exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. This small room is exhibiting over 300 stamps from all over the world dating from 1947, all featuring monkeys and apes. How fitting for The Year of the Monkey! This is more than just cute, colourful pictures, too; there’s information on deforestation, poaching and conservation, plus facts about primates and their habitats.
When: Through 25 September 2016, Monday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6:30pm)
Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
How much: Free for Singaporeans and PRs or $6 for adults and $4 for kids (3-12 yrs). The Museum is FREE to the public on Chinese New Year!
CNY Bootcamp by Eat Train Love
If you haven’t been to any of Eat Train Love’s CNY bootcamps yet, you’re in for a treat mama! Squeeze in some training with three ETL trainers for a morning of fit and fab fun with little ang pows of surprises (more like ‘exercises’!) before you head off for a second day of visiting (and eating).
When: Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:30am
Where: Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
How much: Book via Guavapass here (enter SASSYSG at login to receive a free week trial plus a rate of only $99 per month membership!)
Istana Nature Guided Walk
The Nature Guided Walk during the Istana Chinese New Year Open House is a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board, which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity. Guided walks are conducted hourly. Look out for signs on the Istana grounds to find out where you can register for the guided walk!
When: Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10am – 4pm
Where: The Istana, 91 Cavenagh Rd, 229629
How much: $2 per child aged 3 years & above, $4 for Singaporeans/PRs aged 13 and above. $10 for foreigners aged 13 & above. Family of 4 package at $12 for Singaporean/PRs and $30 for foreigners. Payment to be made on the spot on the event day.
National Gallery Singapore
If you find yourself completing all the CNY visiting early mama, make a day of it and take the kids to the National Gallery! It’s open through the holidays, perfect for exploring all the exhibits and having a meal or two (Aura Restaurant, Aura Sky Louge, Yan, and Smoke & Mirrors will all be open as per usual!). Kiddos in particular might enjoy checking out the Keppel Centre for Art Education.
When: Sunday, 7 February 2016 – Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10am – 7pm
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01-01, 178957
How much: Free!
Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Want to be surrounded by the festive cheer on CNY Eve? Usher in the Year of the Monkey with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown. Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits and interactive games as the countdown party culminates with lively firecrackers and a spectacular fireworks display!
When: Sunday, 7 February 2016, 9:30pm – 12:30am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
How much: Free!
River Hongbao Carnival
River Hongbao’s 30th Anniversary at Singapore’s iconic floating platform packs a punch this CNY! 2016 is a significant chapter for River Hongbao, and in this auspicious and jubilant period, RHB 2016 has lined up 9 days of fun-filled lights, sights and sounds to celebrate this momentous milestone.
When: Saturday, 6 February 2016 – Sunday, 14 February 2016
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
How much: Free!
Lion Dance Performances Throughout the Island
If you can’t make it to any of the above events mama, you can at least try to catch a lion dance performance happening near you! Here are some spots around the island where lion dance troupes will be performing:
Jurong Bird Park – Saturday, 6 February – Tuesday, 9 February, 9:30am and 2:30pm
Sentosa (Merlion Plaza & Beach Station), Saturday, 6 February – Tuesday, 9 February (throughout the day)
Singapore Zoo – Saturday, 6 February – Tuesday, 9 February, 10am and 2pm
Gardens by the Bay (Super Grove) – Saturday, 13 February, 5pm
112 Katong – Saturday, 13 February – Sunday, 14 February, 12:30pm
Clementi Mall – Monday, 15 February, 3pm
Great World City – Monday, 15 February, 1pm
One Raffles Place – Monday, 15 February, 11:30am
Orchard Gateway – Monday, 15 February, 12pm
Star Vista – Monday, 15 February, 12.30pm
Suntec City – Monday, 15 February, 12pm
West Mall – Monday, 15 February, 3:20pm
Vivo City – Tuesday, 16 February, 12pm and Saturday, 20 February, 4pm