Lantern Walk, Moongazing And More At The Singapore Discovery Centre Mid-Autumn Celebrations

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Join the Singapore Discovery Centre's Mid-Autumn celebrations, Moon-LIT, for a line-up of free and exciting activities for the family! 

Venue: Singapore Discovery Centre
Date: 4 - 26 Sep, 1pm - 6 pm (Weekday), 11 am - 8 pm (Weekend)
Admission: Free

The Mid-Autumn festival happens on 21 Sep 2021, and there is no better way to celebrate this traditional festival than with family, especially if you are engaging in an engaging family Lantern Walk or viewing the full moon in a serene setting. Don't miss out on Moon-LIT, Singapore Discovery Centre's Mid-Autumn celebrations with free and exciting events for the kids and families! 

Here's what you can expect on your visit to the SDC this Mid-Autumn Festival!

Peaceful And Beautiful Night Lights On The Lake

Date: from 4 Sep 2021
Time: All Day (light up at 6 pm)
Venue: The Discovery Lake

Be prepared to stay late and catch the Moon Mirrors in its full glory! Moon Mirrors is a floating light installation by the Discovery Lake and is best visited at night where you can catch the reflection of the lights on the peaceful lake.

*BYKIDO TIP: The picture above was captured at about 8pm! You can enjoy the activities at the SDC before heading outside when the sky has turned dark! 

Mid-Autumn themed Craft Activity

Date: 4 - 26 Sep 2021, Weekdays: 1pm to 6pm | Weekends: 11am to 8pm
Venue: Play Ground
Fees: Free

Before heading out to the Discovery Lake, let your little ones make their own Rabbit Lantern using paper and craftwork! After finishing their paper Rabbit Lantern, they can bring it out to the Discovery Lake or the Lantern Walk Storytelling Tour that happens around the lake!

Just note that the lantern does not come with a light. You may purchase an LED light from the shop@SDC at just $1 - a pretty good way to complete the lantern walk experience!

Lantern Walk With Storytelling

Date: 18, 19 and 21 Sep 2021, 7 pm to 9 pm
Venue: Outdoors @ The Discovery Lake
Fees: Free (pre-registration required)

Bring along the newly self-made rabbit lantern as you embark on a Lantern Walk around the beautifully lit lake while listening to stories about the Mid-Autumn Festival! The storytellers will engage with your family as they share stories about the Mid-Autumn Festival, like why did the rabbit end up on the moon with Chang-e? Why is Wu Gang also on the moon, and why does he keep cutting the tree?

The walk happens every 30 mins between 7 pm and 9 pm. The walk is free and you can register for the Lantern Walk here. Pre-register early! Note that there are remaining slots for 21 Sep only. 

Pictures from another storytelling session, Moon Tales @ Gallery.

We took part in a similar Lantern Walk at the Gallery where the kids (and parents) were wonderfully entertained by the engaging storytellers and gained new knowledge about the festival through the stories shared. 

Moongazing By The Lake

Date: 18, 19 and 21 Sep 2021, 6 pm to 9 pm
Venue: Bandstand @ The Discovery Lake
Fees: Free (pre-registration required)

If you want to capture the serenity of the lake, you may wish to join in this easy watercolour painting session to explore different watercolour techniques and create your own unique moon portrait! Imagine the full moon's reflection on the lake, captured on paint by you and your kids!

Pictures from another watercolour workshop at SDC.

This activity is available from 6 pm to 9 pm in 30 mins intervals. The activity is free and you may register here. 

Games & Booth Activities 

Date: 18, 19 and 21 Sep 2021, 5 pm to 9 pm
Venue: Concourse
Fees: Free

Take part and solve some traditional lantern riddles or have a go at the tabletop games set-up for the kids to have fun at. This can be a great filler activity to keep the kids entertained as you wait between activities. 

Moonwalk - A Self-Guided Trail

Date: 18, 19 & 21 September 2021, Weekdays: 1pm to 6pm | Weekends: 11am to 8pm
Venue: Centre-wide, collect the trail card at the Play Ground
Fees: Free

This simple yet exciting self-guided trail is highly recommended by our kids! Hidden around the Singapore Discovery Centre are 7 clues for you to discover and fill-up your Moonwalk trail card - split up and challenge each other or work as a family to complete your trail cards! Once completed, you can present the card to the redemption counter to get a chance to spin the prize wheel to win prizes too!

This self-guided centre-wide activity is sure to get the entire family excited and involved - for those with active little ones, you can expect some running between clues too!

Other To-Dos & Membership Perks!

Not only will you enjoy these Mid-Autumn Festival-themed activities. At the SDC, you may also visit the permanent gallery, Through the Lens of Time, to learn more about the history of Singapore - a guided tour is available at just $4 per pax. Or catch the latest blockbusters at iWERKS Theatre (selected blockbusters are only at $10 on weekends) - they are currently screening Free Guy and Shang-Chi. 

Families may consider getting the Family Explorer Membership at $120 for a year (up to 4 family members may be registered under the membership). With the membership, you will enjoy complimentary parking (1 vehicle), a free ticket each to a blockbuster movie every month, free play at the Escape Room, Paintball and Laser-Tag, and more!  

Getting To Singapore Discovery Centre

The Singapore Discovery Centre is one of our favourite places, but it is not one of the most accessible. Here are your options to get to the SDC. 

The easiest option is to drive, cab or private hire to the venue. Otherwise, you may take a train to Joo Koon MRT Station (EW29), before taking SBS bus service 182 or 182M. Alternatively, you can take a 10min walk to SDC from the station.


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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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