Singapore HeritageFest Returns For Its 18th Edition With An Array Of Physical And Digital Family-Friendly Programmes!

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The annual Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) is back! Happening from 3 to 30 May 2021, the Festival will feature over 100 on-site and online programmes in a refreshed, hybrid format!

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The thematic approach of SHF 2021 differs from its recent past editions, and invites Singaporeans from all walks of life to discover the lesser-known stories of Singapore’s healthcare history and food heritage as we commemorate our healthcare milestones and continue to celebrate our rich food culture.

Here are some of the family programmes that you and your little ones can look forward to enjoy together at this year's Festival:

1. Interactive Tours & Workshops

  • This Is What We Eat At Home - An Interactive Tour

Photo Credit: 3Pumpkins

Venue: Boon Lay
Date: 22, 23, 29 & 30 May 2021
Time: 10am
Fee: $10/pax | Register here

What keeps our youth busy these days? Take a deep dive into the lives of six young Boon Lay residents from culturally diverse backgrounds in this experiential tour of their neighbourhood and guided tour of a void deck exhibition which they helped develop!

  • Wheels On The Bus - Mushroom For Learning!

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ï»żVenue: Lim Chu Kang (Meeting Point: Kranji MRT Station)
Date: 9, 16, 23 & 30 May 2021
Time: 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Fee: $18/pax | Register here

Have you ever grown produce of your own? Join farmers from Kin Yan Agrotech as they take you on a workshop to learn to grow your very own mushrooms! Following that, take a tour around Singapore's largest commercial organic mushroom farm and learn more about how each mushroom grows in its own optimum climate. At the end of each session, participants will get to take home their very own DIY mushroom growing kit!

  • Wheels On The Bus - Ready, Set, Goat!

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ï»żVenue: Lim Chu Kang (Meeting Point: Yew Tee MRT Station)
Date: 9, 16, 23 & 30 May 2021
Time: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm
Fee: $10/pax | Register here

Loved by people of all ages, come join Hay Dairies as they take you on a short tour around their goat farm. On the tour, you will learn more about the efforts put into our locally produced goat's milk, the lesser-known health benefits of goat's milk and some of the processes that go into making goat milk safe for consumption. Each participant will be handed out a drawstring bag with a small bottle of goat's milk and an activity booklet will be handed out to children aged 12 and below.

  • The Greatest Supper Party!

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ï»żVenue: National Museum of Singapore
Date: 8, 15, 22 & 29 May 2021
Time: 3pm
Fee: $15/pax | Register here

An inclusive storytelling and craft workshop themed on friends and food. Participants will enjoy an interactive performance based on stories created by children from Superhero Me, craft a local dish they will bring to a party and have a mini dance party with new friends.

Recommended for children aged 4 to 9 years. 

2. Interactive Games, Videos & More

  • What's In My Dish?

Photo Credit: Singapore HeritageFest

Venue: Online

Find out what are the ingredients that goes into our local Singporean dishes such as snow fungus soup, nasi ulam and rasam through an AR filter mini game. The game can be played either as a single or double player mode.

  • Bingo Balestier Hunt: Modern Women of Yesteryear

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Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Date: 3 to 30 May 2021

Do you love snapping photos for the ‘gram? Grab or download your bingo sheet and go on a photo hunt to learn more about the women of yesteryear by exploring our galleries and the Balestier neighbourhood.

Present your completed bingo sheet at the Memorial Hall by 30 May to redeem an exclusive gift!

Please visit the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall website for more information.

  • Behind Our Farms - A Video Documentary

Photo Credit: Singapore HeritageFest

Venue: Online
Date & Time: TBC

Traverse land and sea in this deep dive of the nation’s various farming operations. The documentary features Hay Dairies, Kin Yan Agrotech and Ah Hua Kelong.

  • Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth

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Venue: Online
Date & Time: TBC

Wielding 10-cents toothbrushes, school-going children once squatted along drains to brush their teeth. Learn more about this uniquely Singaporean Dental Health campaign in the 60s to 70s by joining the Wigglepods’ team in their short story and sing-along!

  • Sing Along - A Tummy Quest!

Photo Credit: Singapore HeritageFest

Venue: Online
Date & Time: TBC

Are you a foodie hoping to impart your love for local dishes to your young ones? This interactive sing-along by Wigglepods could kick-start your child’s very own food journey.

3. HomeGround @NMS

Photo Credit: Singapore HeritageFest

This year’s Festival will also feature HomeGround @NMS, an art installation on the National Museum of Singapore’s front lawn. It is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional kampong (“village” in Malay) house, taking inspiration from its most recognisable form and key architectural elements. Constructed entirely using one singular material, the perforated metal mesh is also a cheeky reference to the ubiquitous chicken coop cages often seen in kampongs.

4. Ride & Discover Programme

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The Festival’s signature Ride & Discover programme, which reimagines MRT stations and trains as exhibition spaces, will also return this year to present stories of landmarks such as SGH and Maxwell Food Centre at the Outram Park, Novena, Bedok and Toa Payoh stations.

SHF 2021 programmes are open for registration. For more information, you may visit the Singapore HeritageFest website and/or Facebook Page.


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This article is prepared by

Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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