28 Things to do for the Labour Day Long Weekend Holiday



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Families can expect a long weekend from 29 Apr - 1 May 2023 due to the Labour Day. Here's a list of to-dos to help fill your it with lots of family fun!

Labour Day falls on 1 May 2023, Monday. This means that families have a 3 day long weekend to head out and to create more family fun! Here's a list of ideas of what you can do this Labour Day long weekend!

In case you don't remember, here's a list of Singapore public and school holidays in 2023 to take note of! 

Not sure what you can do? Let us help you with a list of things to do for this upcoming long weekend! 

1. Have Fun at Volvo 96th Birthday Bash 

Venue: Volvo Showroom, 249 Alexandra Road, S159935
Dates: 29 and 30 Apr 2023, 12 pm to 5 pm daily
Admission: Free, fees are applicable for workshops

Join Volvo as they celebrate the Volvo 96th Birthday Bash at the Volvo Showroom on 29 & 30 Apr, from 12 pm to 5 pm daily! 

Discover Volvo's safety innovations at the brand heritage gallery and enjoy complimentary activities for the whole family, including bouncy castle, face painting, balloon sculpting and even FREE ice cream rollies!

For those looking for more fun, don’t forget to sign up for family-friendly workshops at special prices! These workshops are a great way to pick up a new skill and to try out new experiences with your family.

2. Be the First to Ride a Pokemon-themed Cable Car

Venue: Singapore Cable Car
Dates: 1 May - 30 Sep 2023
Admission: $30 (adults), $25 (children)

Starting exactly on 1 May 2023, families can ride on one of 67 Poké Ball cabins soaring 100 metres above sea level as part of Singapore Cable Car's 50th Anniversary celebrations! Not only will the exteriors of the cable car cabins on the Mount Faber Line be wrapped in the red and white colours of Poké Balls, families can also expect five different interior designs, each themed around first-generation Pokémon like Pikachu and Eevee, as well as Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly from the latest Pokémon video games.

That's not all! At Mount Faber Peak, families will also be able to snap pictures at various photo points ‚Äď including vintage cable car cabins ‚Äď with a variety of Pok√©mon like Pikachu, Pichu, Snorlax and Psyduck!

3. Istana Open House on 1 May

Venue: The Istana, 35 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238823
Date: 1 May 2023, 8.30 am - 6 pm 
Admission: Free but registration is required

The Istana Open House will be happening on 1 May 2023 to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa and Labour Day. The open house will include entry to the Istana grounds as well as tours at the main building too.

Families can also visit the Istana’s enhanced swan pond that features a new viewing deck and garden stream, as well as a curated selection of flowering and fragrant shrubs. There will also be family friendly activities and performances happening as part of the open house!

4. Discover Outdoor Fun @ Decathlon Sunset Camping Festival

Venue: Decathlon Singapore Lab, 230 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore 397799.
Dates: 29 April 2023, 3 pm - 9 pm
Admission: Free

5. Uncover Singapore Stories at the Singapore HeritageFest 2023

Venue: Various venues
Dates: 1 to 28 May 2023

Presented by the National Heritage Board (NHB), the Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) 2023 invites everyone to uncover the lesser-known stories about our unique history and heritage through over 80 programmes! 

This year's edition will celebrate Singapore’s vibrant sporting and public transportation history, which is fitting as this year concurrently marks the 50th anniversary of SBS Transit and SportSG, the 40th anniversary of Singapore Sports Museum, the 35th anniversary of the launch of the MRT system and the 30th anniversary of NHB, among other national milestones.

Families can expect heritage and cultural trails, hands-on workshops, tours, talks, exhibitions and film screenings that illuminate the evolution of sports and public transport in Singapore. 

6. Follow the Singapore Story at Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit

Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Dates: 21 Apr - 29 Oct 2023
Admission: Free

‚ÄúSemangat yang Baru‚ÄĚ are words from the National Anthem, meaning ‚Äėnew spirit‚Äô. The¬†Founders‚Äô Memorial‚Äôs pilot exhibition¬†explores how values and principles such as multiculturalism, integrity and openness became the foundation upon which independent Singapore was built, and invites Singaporeans to reflect on how these ideals remain relevant today.

The exhibition is a pilot for the Memorial to test how it would present its narrative for its eventual interpretive gallery. The museum also includes interactive and family elements to engage younger ones, but we feel the topic and information may be more suited for upper primary school kids and above. 

7. Play and Clean Up at the New Arts & Play Space at The Artground

Venue: The Artground at Goodman Arts Centre, Blk J, #01-40, Singapore 439053
Date:
 15 Apr 2023 to 25 Feb 2024 (Wed to Sun), 9.15 am - 5 pm
Fee: Admission fees apply

While chores are not typically a child‚Äôs go-to version of ‚Äėplay‚Äô or associated with fun times,¬†The Artground¬†(TAG) has collaborated with¬†The Cminors¬†to create¬†Clean Up, Or Else!¬†- an environment designed¬†to make doing chores fun and meaningful, and even take the children on a literary wordplay spin-around!

In this latest arts installation, household chores balloon to enormous proportions to encourage active exploration and literary fun through poems and play to bring home the messages of shared responsibilities and of building good habits.

8. Be Amazed by Wonderland of Music, Lights and Nature at ION Orchard

Venue: ION Orchard
Dates: 7 April - 7 May 2023, Fri - Sun, 7 pm - 9.30 pm (Lightshow)
Admission: Free

Starting this weekend, get ready to step into a world of enchantment at ION Orchard's Spring Garden at ION2 till 7 May 2023! This breath-taking outdoor spring garden is the perfect backdrop for photos, with a giant waterfall that cascades over two storeys.

Families can expect¬†a spectacular lightshow over five weekends ‚ÄĒ every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 7:00pm and 9:30pm, with a 30-minute interval between each show. As the spectacular 8-minute visual spectacle unfolds, shoppers will be swept away by a symphony of beautiful and familiar soundtracks, mist effects, and vibrant projections, providing the perfect reason for photos and a fun-filled time for family and friends.

9. Experience Virtual Reality & More @ HeadRock VR

HeadRock VR offers a unique play venue with lots of fun and excitement around virtual reality. With the addition of the Kids Interactive Zone, Hello! My Dino, HeadRock VR now offers fun for the entire family! Adults and older kids (above 8 yrs old) can go on one of the 8 exciting interactive VR Games, while younger kids can head into the kids interactive zone to play at the 4 sections specially designed for them!

Purchase the Family Package at just $45 (U.P. 60) to enjoy a 1-hour play time at Hello! My Dino and any 2 VR games. 

10. Parent-Child Fishing Experience with a Decorative Fish Tank

Venue: 65 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore
Dates: Every Sat & Sun | 10 am - 7 pm
Fees: $38 per parents & child pair

An exciting activity for families has just popped up! The newly opened Nature Kindred is a nature-themed family space located within a plant nursery. Here, you will find various activities for families as well as a cafe for your meals too! 

Opened every Sat & Sun, the Parent-Child Fishing Experience will give your child the opportunity to catch guppies at the beautifully designed fish pond filled with little guppies of various colours and fin shapes. Armed with a little net and bucket, watch your child as they try to catch these little fishes, and we are sure you will want to join in too! 

You can choose to purchase the DIY Kit package that comes with the opportunity to decorate your own fish tank using rocks, sand and figurines! The collectible fish tank can house 2 to 3 fishes and is a great decorative piece at home! Or go without the kit and you will be provided a plastic container to bring the fishes home.

11. Take Part in the¬†‚ÄúLongest Putt To LIV Golf‚ÄĚ Challenge at RWS

Venue: Resorts World Sentosa, The Forum, Level B1
Dates: 28 - 30 Apr 2023

The ‚ÄúLongest Putt To LIV Golf‚ÄĚ challenge at Resorts World Sentosa aims to draw the public to try their hand at¬†an attempt to hole a putt at a distance of 32 metres and win an array of prizes from¬†tickets to the resort‚Äôs many attractions, to LIV Golf Singapore tickets, to premiums¬†from golfing partner, Leonian Singapore.

In addition to the putting challenge, guests can savour exceptional meals specially curated for celebrity chef dining experiences as part of the LIV Golf Week Experiences at RWS.

12. Have Splashing Fun At The New AND Free Water Play @ Toa Payoh

Venue: In-front of Blk 144 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh
Opening Hours: 8 am - 9 pm (Water Playpark)
Admission: Free

Located at Play @ Heights Park, this new water play venue is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! Not just water play, families will also find a sand playground (with flying fox), a high-element playground, a trampoline park and a mini-skate park for kids on bicycle and kick scooters! 

The most exciting will be the water play area where kids can go splashing in the water! The best part - it is FREE! You will even find a washing area with cubicles for the kids to wash up (note that there are no doors). 

If you are looking for outdoor playgrounds to visit, here's our list of the Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Singapore for families! 

13. Discover Fun At A Museum

Singapore is home to many amazing AND family friendly museums! Some of our favourites include the National Gallery Singapore, Singapore National Gallery, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (image above) and more! 

Apart from these popular museums, have you also head of these less-known ones - MINT - Museum of Toys, Vintage Camera Museum, Singapore Maritime Gallery? To help you discover more, we have put together a list of over 30 family-friendly museums and exhibitions for you to explore - many of these are also free for Singaporean and Singapore residents too!

If you think we have missed something, please reach out and let us know. Or if you wish to contribute your experience at a museum, we will love to hear from you and share your experience with other families too! 

14. Visit the Science Centre Singapore to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of DNA Day

Venue: Various Galleries at the Science Centre Singapore
Dates: 4 - 30 April 2023
Fees: Free, fees apply to enter Science Centre Singapore

April marks a significant month of DNA celebrations, including DNA Day (25 April), the 70th anniversary of the discovery of DNA's double helix, as well as the 20th anniversary of Science Centre Singapore's DNA Lab!

From 4 to 30 April, join the Science Centre Singapore to unravel the secrets of life through a series of exciting activities such as DNA extraction, Traits Tree community project and the Young Geneticist trail.

Furthermore, for two special weekends, the DNA Lab opens its doors to the public to check out lab equipment and activities, along with a workshop and public talk.

15. Go On A Family Escape Adventure Game

Venue: Various routes
Fees: $25

A great way to spend the afternoon with the family! On the Island Wanderer Escape Adventure, you will be given a mission to solve a mystery, and through a chatbot, you will receive clues to guide you to various landmarks.

Choose from different themes and routes, and you will tour through your chosen part of the city and stretch your mind while solving tricky puzzles. There is also a learning element as you learn more about featured landmarks to deepen the understanding of our lovely city.

Each Family Escape Adventure takes 1 - 2 hours to complete and brings you to 8 - 10 iconic locations. The locations can be accessed by foot and no transportation is needed to travel between locations. The games are priced at just $25 per game (each family just requires one purchase) with different games to suit different age groups too! 

16. Go On A Cycling Adventure As A Family

Cycling is a popular sport and is suitable for families with kids of all ages. This long weekend, you can plan a day out with the family at the parks, park connectors and various cycling trails (here's some of Singapore's best cycling routes and nature trails). 

Even if you do not own a bicycle, you can easily rent a bike from one of the many bicycle rentals around the island. This list of bicycle rental shops covers the common cycling routes at East Coast Park, Punggol Waterway, West Coast Park, the Civic District/Marina Bay and Pulau Ubin. 

17. Go On A Trip To A Nearby Island - Pulau Ubin, Lazarus Island/St. John Island

Families may make use of the long weekend to visit the nearby islands of Pulau Ubin and Lazarus Island/St. John Island. Suitable for a one-day trip, families can plan picnics and to spend the day exploring these islands. 

If you need help, here are our family guides to visiting Pulau Ubin and Lazarus/St. John Island. The guides will include information on what to do, how to get there and things to do bring along for families. 

18. Make A Trip To LEGOLAND Malaysia to Celebrate Hari Raya

Venue: 7 Jalan LEGOLAND, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia, 79250 Iskandar Puteri (Nusajaya), Johor, Malaysia. 
Opening Hours: 10 am - 5 pm (closed on certain days, see below for details)
Admission: from RM149 (child), RM189 (adult) - check Klook for latest promotions

From 21 April until 21 May 2023, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort will transform into a heritage Malaysian kampung where families will be transported back to the good old days and get to experience the warmth and charm of a traditional Raya celebration! From traditional performances to curated activities to learn more about the Malay culture, there's something for the whole family to enjoy at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort during this festive season of Raya! 

The family will get to enjoy the many rides and experiences at the theme park, water park and aquarium too! If you are intending to visit all 3 zones at the LEGOLAND, we highly suggest you stay for at least 2 nights. For more tips for families, head over to our Family Guide To LEGOLAND Malaysia!

19. Take Part in Well Commune: Shenton - A Month-long Pop-up Wellness Event

Venue: 140 Cecil Street, PIL Building, Level 13
Dates: 27 Mar - 30 Apr 2023 | Mon-Fri 9am - 9pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 6pm
Admission: Free, fees may apply for selected experiences

Well Commune: Shenton, a month-long pop-up wellness sanctuary in the heart¬†of Singapore,¬†is a first-of-its-kind ‚Äėhealing playground‚Äô, a place¬†where people of all ages can experience a variety of healing methods and to¬†explore alternative well-being therapies through different transdisciplinary practices of art, music, tech, lifestyle and healing.

There are various workshops, talks, events and more, and specifically, families can expect pop-up play and puppet show, dance playgroup, and more. 

20. Have a Bowling Good Time

Bowling is a fun indoor family activity and you may wish to consider this as an activity this weekend. It is not weather dependent and is great for the seemingly erratic weather that we have been experiencing too! If you need help finding the right place to bowl, here is a list of family-friendly bowling centres for your to consider! 

Additionally, we have a couple of bowling deals for you to consider too!

Singapore Bowling

Forte Bowl

21. Let The Kids Play While You Create Art @ Merry Haus

Venue: Oasis Terraces, Blk 681 Punggol Drive #01-34/35, S820681
Date: 

  • Mon - Fri: 12pm - 9pm
  • Sat & Sun: 11am - 9pm

Fees: $45

Here's an interesting Play & Art Jamming Package at Merry Haus for parents to take a break. Long weekend can be pretty tiring, so you may wish to let the children go about their own adventures in Merry Haus' dedicated play area, a thoughtfully designed area to engage them in purposeful play, while you enjoy a personal time at the cafe area with an Art Jamming session. Your children will remain in sight for a piece of mind too. 

This is a 2 hour session priced at $45 and the art jamming session includes materials such as canvas, paint. brushes, apron, and even a complimentary tea/coffee. 

22. Learn The Basics of Pottery 

Venue: 68 Kallang Pudding Rd, #02-04, SYH Building, Singapore 349327
Date: Saturday, 2 pm 
Fees: $75

In this 2.5 - 3 hour session, kids will be guided by an experience teacher at The Art Bones Studio to create their own pinch pot or coil pots. This beginner workshop is recommended for kids between 9 to 12 years old, and will allow them the first-hand experience with pottery - creating their own work from start to finish. 

At the end of the Beginners Kids Ceramic Workshop, kids will be able to express their creativity, and bring home their very own handmade custom pottery too!  

23. Design Your Own Ukulele AND Learn To Play It

Avant-Garde Art Space: Ukulele Paint & Play Workshop

Venue: 865 Mountbatten Road, Katong Shopping Centre, #01-28, 437844
Date: Sat and Sun from 2 pm to 5 pm. 
Fees: $98

This unique 3-hour workshop by Avant-Garde Art Space will combine art and music in a single session! Participants will first take a short course on strumming a tune on the Ukulele before experimenting with splashes of colour to add designs to their Ukulele! 

The Ukulele Paint and Play Workshop is suitable for 3 years old onwards and parents can accompany their kids at no additional cost too! 

24. Explore Singapore With the Kids Using KiddoTrip's Self Guided Tours

Venue: Little India, Chinatown, Joo Chiat
Date: At your own time
Fees: from $30

KiddoTrip is a company that specialises in self-guided toues for families. Their Explore&Play tours are aimed to be easy to use and includes activities for children. This includes¬†an¬†activity book¬†for¬†each child from 4 to 10 years old. These activity books are filled with fun and educative games to do at each stop of the tour. The immersive games like ‚ÄúTreasure hunt‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúFind differences‚ÄĚ help the¬†kids to notice what is in front of them and remember better the history and culture part covered in the tour.

Older children and adults will use the audio guide created with a professional tour guide who has lots of experience with children by guiding schools.

They currently have 3 tours available 

25. Experience RC Car Racing With Urban RC

Venue: 190 Middle Road, Level 6B of the Multi-Storey Car Park, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Date: Weekends only
Fees: From $10

Located at the top-floor of Fortune Centre's Multi-Storey Car Park, Urban RC is a venue for hobbyists and newcomers to gather and to experience Radio-Controlled (RC) car racing!  With an indoor pit space, in-venue store and multiple car tracks, Urban RC provides facilities suitable for racers of varying experiences, even for those looking to try-out RC car racing for the first-time. 

Beginners can rent a car and test their skills on the on-road track. Pricing starts from $30 for 30 mins car rental, and families can consider purchasing the Family Package which includes 3 x 30 mins at just $60 (U.P. $90). 

26. Learn To Fly At Aeroviation

Venue: Oxley Bizhub # 01 - 50, 63 Ubi Road 1, Singapore 408728
Date: Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am - 10pm
Fees: $250

Take the first step into the aviation world with Aeroviation by being in the shoes of 3 aviators! A pilot, an engineer, and also an air traffic controller!

In this 1.5hour Full Flight Experience for 2 pax, you and your child can have hands-on flying experience in the Cessna 172 simulator where instructors will be teaching you how to control the aircraft and complete challenges.

After that, be immersed in the world of VR where you will learn parts of the airplane and be in different aircraft! Finish your experience by testing yourself to manage multiple aircraft in the airport with the voice recognition Air Traffic Controller Simulator.

27. Visit A Fire Station At An Open House! 

Venue: Selected Fire Stations
Dates: Every Saturday, 9.00am to 9.50am and 10.00am to 10.50am
Fees: Free

One of the best free things to do on weekends, head down to the Fire Station Open Houses for an exciting time mingling and learning more about what a fireman does. The activity happens every Saturday morning and you can simply walk into a participating Fire Station to join in the fun!

28. Visit The Latest Indoor Playground - SMIGY United Square

Venue: United Square Level 1, Opposite Information Services
Opening Hours: TBC
Admission: $19 for an hour, $29 for 2 hours

With 2 outlets at PLQ Mall and Tiong Bahru Plaza, SMIGY Indoor Playground brings its signature pastel coloured play elements to one of the most kids-friendly mall in Singapore, United Square Mall! 

This weekend will be the playground's 2nd weekend and we believe many parents will be flocking down to visit for the 1st time. At the playground, kids can play at the giant ball-pit, hinoki wooden blocks sandpit, trampoline, pretend play areas and more! 

If you are thinking of visiting other indoor playgrounds, do check out our complete list of indoor playgrounds in Singapore too! 

 



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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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