23 Fun And Exciting Things To Do This Children's Day Weekend



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Children's Day falls on 7th Oct 2022, and here are some of the activities to bring the children (and the young at heart) to celebrate their day! 

*Updated for 2022

You may recall that Children's Day falls on 1st of Oct, but this was changed in 2012 to the first Friday of October as it gives teachers and children a long weekend instead of a random day off. 

However, this brings up the issue of filling up 3 days with things to do for the kids! Here's a list of events happening that we hope will be helpful for parents needing to find ways to keep the kids occupied. 

1. Celebrate With Octoburst! @ Esplanade

Venue: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Dates: 7 Oct 2022 
Admission: Free

In conjunction with Children's Day, Esplanade presents Octoburst! – a children's festival that encourages artful play and fun for all. There will be a total of 9 onsite activities and 1 online one, including an opening performance by Singapore's first and only preschool marching band as well as a classical concert with Singapore's first and only orchestra for young musicians! Other to-dos include a beginner K-pop Dance Workshop, Performances, a Self-guided Hunt for PIP, and more - the best part is that it is all FREE!

Find out more about Octoburst! now!

2. Carnival Fun At Oasis Terrace & Canberra Plaza

Venue

  • 28 Sep - 16 Oct at Oasis Terraces, Community Plaza Level 1 (Outdoor) 
  • 30 Sep - 16 Oct at Canberra Plaza, Community Plaza Level 1 (Outdoor) and Outdoor Atrium Space Level 1 (Indoor)

Admission: Carnival Games and Amusement Rides start from $5

J'Kids Funland will be happening at 2 neighbourhood malls over the Children's Day weekend! From 28 Sep, get ready to have fun at Oasis Terraces in Punggol and fun starts at Canberra Plaza from 30 Sep! Both carnivals will end on 16 Oct 2022! 

From exciting amusement rides such as the Pirate Ship, Battery Rides and more, to fun carnival game stalls for prizes to be won, there will be lots of fun and laughter when you visit J'Kids Funland! 

Earn ShopperLink Points when using the ShopperLink App at the malls and use it to redeem FREE credits or a FunCard to be used at the carnivals too! 

  • $2 off J’Kids Funland Voucher with 100 ShopperLink points
  • $10 Fun Card with 500 ShopperLink points
  • $15 Fun Card with 700 ShopperLink points

Get more details on the carnivals here

3. Take A Walk Down Memory Lane @ Jurong Bird Park

Venue: Jurong Bird Park
Date: now to 3 Jan 2023, 8.30am to 6pm
Fee: Admission fees apply (Check prices here)

Perhaps you remember Jurong Bird Park as a place of your childhood? Did you know that the park will be closed in 2023? Take a walk down memory lane and join in the festivities with "A Flight To Remember" as the park celebrates its final flight at its current Jurong premises before moving to Mandai. 

There will be a heritage trail, tour and more. Did we mention that Birdz of Paradise, the water play area, has reopened too? Here's a list of water playgrounds in Singapore that has reopened. 

4. Bake @ Home With Teddi Beary Cookies Deco Kit From Genius R Us

Venue: Home
Dates: While stocks last
Price: $18.90

Maybe you are looking for gifts for your child or your child's classmates, the Teddi Beary Cookies Deco Set from Genius R Us is both a gift and activity that you can do with your child at home! Surprise the kids with this simple to play Deco Kit with 6 pieces of Bear Cookies, 5 packets of coloured icings, 2 toppings, instructions and picture which allow them to ignite their creativity and have family fun at the same time! 

Kits are available at $18,90 each and from $9 each for bulk purchase. Check out the pricing here

5. Enjoy Some Nostalgic Fun @ ORTO

Venue81 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769198
Opening Hours: 24 hours

The hidden rustic surroundings of ORTO provides families with an array of nostalgic activities for a good family time. This includes longkang fishing, prawn fishing, a nature trail and lots of good food too! 

Unfortunately, it was recently announced that ORTO will be closed from 2023, thus you may wish to take this long weekend to visit and to take part in some activities of your younger days too! If you need help planning, here's our family's guide to visiting ORTO

6. Learn About Your Five Senses At A Chinese Carnival 

VenueUnion Book Store at Bras Basah Complex
Date: 7 Oct 2022, 2 pm - 5 pm
Admission: Free

Here's a fun and unique way to learn Chinese phases and vocabulary! On 7 Oct 2022, Union Book Store will be hosting a 'Five Senses Carnival' where kids will be introduced to the 5 senses through fun and games! Through different tasks at the 9 game booths at the carnival, children will pick up Chinese vocabulary and learn interesting facts about senses - including the importance of using the senses and sharing about those who have compromised senses. 

Children who complete the tasks at the game booths will also get to take home a prize as reward too! 

7. Visit Sentosa for Free & Get More Rewards Too

Venue: Sentosa

It was recently announced that free entry to Sentosa will be extended till 31 Dec 2022 (from 30 Sep 2022), that means you can still enter the island of fun for free over the Children's Day long weekend! 

That's not all! The newly revamped Sentosa Islander membership also promises more rewards for those who spend and enjoy a good time on the island! The membership features 3 tiers based on the accumulated spending of the members. Families can join the membership from the Islander Explorer, which is free to join and start earning rewards immediately! 

Accumulate 5,000 points to upgrade to the Islander Priority tier and start enjoying reserved parking lots, exclusive access to a Member's Lounge and even redeem a free night stay on the island too! 

8. Immerse Yourself In A Minion's World

Venue: Resorts World Sentosa Waterfront
Dates: 3 Sep 2022 - 2 Jan 2023, 10 am - 7 pm (daily)
Admission: from $25

Also at Sentosa, don't miss the interactive exhibition, A Minion’s Perspective Experience! This international touring exhibition offers fans of all ages an opportunity to immerse themselves into the captivating world of the Minions across 8 thematic zones. 

We feel that this is for the absolute Minion fans - if you are not a fan, the experience might be half and half. But if you (or your little ones) are, this is the place to be! 

9. Go On A VR Adventure For Kids @ Headrock VR

Venue: 80 Siloso Road, Southside Block B, #01-03, Singapore 098969
Opening HoursOpen Thursday - Tuesday (closed on Wednesday), from 11am - 7pm 
Admission: from $36

Looking for a place to go-to for loads of fun and adventure? HeadRock VR offers adults and older kids 8 interactive VR games at the VR Theme Park Zone, and for the younger kids, they can have fun at the Kids Interactive Zone with 4 different playing sections!

With this special package, families can enjoy 1-hour play time at the futuristic children's playground, Hello! My Dino Dino and any 2 VR attractions at HeadRock VR. This package is especially great for kids who can enjoy both play areas!

Purchase by 30 Sep 2022 and enjoy $10 off the Hello! My Dino + 2 VR Attractions Package (U.P. $46), limited to the first 10 purchases only!

10. Try Your Hands On RC Car Racing

Venue: 190 Middle Road, Level 6B of the Multi-Storey Car Park, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours
Sat - Sun / PH: 10 am - 7 pm
Admission: $60 (U.P. $90)

Want to try RC Car Racing? Head over to the Urban RC, Singapore's premier RC model car hobby shop and race track where families can give this hobby a try by renting a true hobby grade RC model car. 

For a limited time, you can purchase an exclusive Urban RC Trial Package at $60 and it includes 2 x 30mins RC Car Racing for 2 pax, and a FREE 1 x 30mins RC Car Racing! The additional 30 mins can be used by 1 pax or shared by 2 pax (15mins each). 

Do note that Urban RC is only open on Sat & Sun, thus you will not be able to visit on 7 Oct, Children's Day but the weekend instead. 

11. Bask In The Deepavali Atmosphere At The Indian Heritage Centre

Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Dates: 1 - 23 Oct 2022
Admission: Free with fees for certain activities

Known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, Deepavali is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. This year, the Indian Heritage Centre’s (IHC) Deepavali Open House extends over the Children's Day weekend and it will be a great opportunity to visit the centre and to celebrate the joyous occasion with an exciting array of programmes.

If you are lucky to get tickets, you can go on a special open-top bus tour of Little India on 8 Oct and to enjoy the festive light-up in the area or take in the sights and sounds via trishaw on 7 Oct on the Little India Trishaw Trail. Both activities cost just $10 per pax but limited seats are available. 

There are more festive happenings at the IHC where you can get a better understanding of Deepavali and the Indian culture too!

12. Go Bonding While Flying A Plane (Simulator)

Venue: Oxley Bizhub # 01 - 50, 63 Ubi Road 1, Singapore 408728
Opening Hours: Tue - Sun (10 am - 10 pm)
Admission: $140

Here's an interesting parent and child activity! Head down to Aeroviation and let dedicated instructors guide you and your child through the steps to fly an aircraft on the flight simulator - take over the controls and fly the aircraft on your own as well! We have done it and we believe you can too!

This 1 hour Flight Experience is suitable for parent and child, with a suggested age of 7 years and older. 

13. Drop By A Kid-Friendly Museum

Did you know that there are over 60 museums in Singapore and definitely more than 100 exhibitions and showcases at any time? Did you also know that Singapore is home to MANY amazing family-friendly museums and many are free for Singaporean residents too?

Here's a our list of 30+ of the best kid-friendly museum and exhibitions, and you can take your pick on which to visit over the Children's Day weekend. 

14. Enjoy A Meal Where Kids Eat Free

We are always on the lookout for dining options - new places to visit, best deals available and the most kids-friendly ones too. Here's a list that includes all 3, discover the best places where Kids Eat For Free

15. Take Part In A LEGO Young Rebuilders Playdate

Venue: library@harbourfront 
Date: 9 Oct, 11.30 am - 1 pm or 2.30 pm - 4 pm
Admission: Free

The LEGO Group, in partnership with the National Library Board (NLB) will have an interactive LEGO Young Rebuilders Playdate session held at library@harbourfront on 9 October. The session will be hosted by parenting coach Jacinth Liew (@ourlittleplaynest). Parents and their children can look forward to a fun-filled play date that encourages family playtime and creative problem-solving through building and rebuilding with LEGO bricks! During the event, the participants will be able to find specially curated books and recommended programmes by librarians.

Unfortunately, this event seems to be sold out - you may check here to see if new slots are open up. Otherwise, you may wish to look out for actress-parent Nurul Aini (@aanurul) and entrepreneur-parent Jerilyn Moon’s (@jerilynmoon) Instagram pages to sign up for exclusive LEGO Young Rebuilders Playdate sessions on 8 October that are organised specially for their followers, friends, and family. 

16. Visit The Harrowing Halloween 2 At Singapore Discovery Centre

Venue: Singapore Discovery Centre
Dates: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 October 2022, 7 pm - 11 pm
Admission: Free, fees apply for activities

Following last year's sold-out edition of the first ever Halloween at Singapore Discovery CentreHarrowing Halloween returns bigger and better this year with a haunted house, an after-dark tour, a F&B zone, fringe activities and more! 

While the haunted house and after-dark tours are recommended for 13 years old and above, families with younger kids can still enjoy the F&B/chill zone and drop-in craft activities at SDC too.

17. Enjoy The USS Family-Friendly Daytime Halloween Event - Trick or Thrills

Venue: Universal Studios Singapore
Date: 7 Sep to 6 Nov 2022
Fee: Admission fees apply (Check prices here)

Celebrate Children's Day AND Halloween at the same time at Trick or Thrills at Universal Studios Singapore! This special daytime Halloween event will be highly suitable for families and kids and will include park-wide procession where you can collect lots of candies and opportunities to meet your favourite characters all dressed up for Halloween! 

18. Kids Enter LEGOLAND Malaysia For Free This Children's Day

Location: 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
Dates: Selected days from 7 Oct - 6 Nov 2022
Admission: from RM199

LEGO Monsters are taking over LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort this Halloween season. The annual Brick-or-Treat celebration presents the all-new Monster Party and this children's day is the best time to go down as kids enter free every Friday to Sunday from 7 Oct to 6 Nov 2022!

Simply come fully dressed in a Halloween costume and kids (3 - 11 years old) get to enter free with an accompanying adult holding a full-priced ticket.

19. Donate Your Preloved Books & Toys at Woods In The Book

Location: Woods in the Books - 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168642
Dates: 7 - 9 Oct 2022

Donate your preloved books and toys at Woods in the Books this Children’s Day Weekend! Bringing back their Children For Children Donation Drive for the 2nd year, Woods in the Books is looking to offer you an opportunity to celebrate Children's Day by sharing! 

Start a new tradition this Children's Day and encourage them to sort out their possessions and choose some items to give away (make sure they are clean and reusable books or toys in good condition). You can even write a note to the recipient too - example a simple “Thank You for adopting my toy”, “I hope you will enjoy my favourite bedtime story” or even a drawing is all it takes to make this act of giving more meaningful - not to mention, bring joy to the giver and the recipient!

Do note that due to hygiene reasons, clothes and stuffed toys will not be accepted by Woods in the Books. All the donated items will be passed on to a not-for-profit organisation as donation. 

20. Go Bouncing At Kiztopia Bouncy Land @ West Mall

Location: West Mall
Dates: 30 Sep - 9 Oct 2022
Admission: from $5 (Get tickets from Klook)

Watch out! Kiztopia Friends will be heading to Boo Fest at West Mall from 30 September to 09 October. The fun’s all out at Kiztopia Bouncy Land, indulge in a good bouncy time at the ‘gardens’ and ‘bakery’ with Mark, Drago and Bell! Don’t miss out on outdoorsy sport inflatables at the Open Plaza too.

Tickets are available at $5 for adult or $10 for children, or as a bundle at $9. Note that you will need to buy separate tickets for visiting the indoor and outdoor play areas. 

21. Enjoy A Free Jack's Place Children's Meal @ SAFRA Punggol

Venue: SAFRA Punggol

Simply spend a minimum of $10 nett (inclusive of discounts, GST and service tax) in a single receipt at any outlet at SAFRA Punggol to redeem a Jack’s Place Kids Meal voucher worth $9.80!

Promotion is valid from 3 to 31 Oct 2022! For more details, click here

22. Have Fun As A Family At The Beyond The Label Festival 2022

Venue: Gardens by the Bay, SuperTree Grove
Dates: 7 Oct 2022
Admission: Free

Beyond The Label Festival (BTL Fest) is happening on, 7 October 2022 (Fri), in conjunction with World Mental Health Day! Head down to the event that advocates for greater awareness surrounding the stigma experienced by Persons with Mental Health Conditions (PMHCs), and to promote greater help-seeking behaviour.

Families will also get to take part in fun-filled activities, such as a family amazing race, carnival games and educational workshops. These activities aim to promote better mental well-being and provide a safe space for participants to have conversations about mental health conditions and where to seek help. Expect a line-up of entertainment by local artistes and performance groups, such as Dick Lee, The Freshman, and NUS’ cheerleading squad among others; activity and merchandise booths, food trucks by local brands!

23. Discover Comic Con At The Prelude Event @ City Square Mall

Venue: City Square Mall
Dates: 
8 & 9 Oct 2022, 11 am - 8 pm
Admission: 
Free

Singapore Comic Con 2022 will be happening in December! For the very first time, the SGCC will be running a prelude event for fans and first-timers to have a peak into what to expect at SGCC 2022! Happening at City Square Mall, families can expect intense live games of Dungeons & Dragons to cosplayers dressed in intricate costumes making their rounds for phototaking opportunities! 


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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