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Weekly Recommended Family Events and Activities in Singapore

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Last Update: 25th Jan - 31st Jan 2021 (Click here for previous updates) 

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Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we encourage families to check with the respective events beforehand and to stay home if you are unwell. For families who prefer to avoid going out, here's a list of stay-home activities to do as a family.

1. Singapore Art Week 2021

Singapore Art Week 2021
Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall - Art Skins on Monuments/Image credits National Gallery Singapore

Venue: Around Singapore
Date: 22 Jan – 30 Jan 2021
Time: Varies
Fee: Free and Paid

The Singapore Art Week is an annual celebration of the visual arts and it returns again this year with a line-up of over 100 programs – online and onsite. This year will also see visual arts at unconventional public spaces and neighbourhoods such as shopping malls, national parks, and bus stops.

Some of the event highlights include the Light to Night Festival 2021ARTWALK at Little India and Moo Moo PARK, Asia’s first drive-through exhibition. 

2. Usher in the Fun at Universal Studios Singapore 

Usher in the Fun at Universal Studios Singapore
Image credits Resorts World Sentosa

Venue: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date: 7 Jan – 28 Feb 2021 (closed: Mon – Wed)
Time: 2 pm – 9 pm 
Fee: From $43 (book)

This festive season, some of your favourite characters such as Shrek, Fiona, Kitty Softpaws, the muppets from Sesame Street, the characters from Madagascar, and the minions, will be making an appearance at the Universal Studios Singapore (USS) decked out in festive garb. While you’re there, you will also be able to meet the Majestic Dragon, attempt a tongue twister challenge, listen to Mandarin greetings from Optimus Prime and Megatron, as well as try out the different festive bites!

To sweeten up your visit, USS is also offering a free treat with every One-Day Ticket you purchase. Be sure to book your trip online in advance!

3. STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition

STAR WARS™ Identities_The Exhibition
Source: ArtScience Museum

Venue: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Date: 30 Jan – 13 Jun 2021
Time: 10 am – 6 pm (Admission every 15 mins)
Fee (Singapore Residents rate): $25/adult | $20/concession (book)
Concession: Senior, students, person with disabilities, child (2 – 12 years)

STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition is an interactive exhibit showcasing close to 200 artefacts from the original Star Wars™ films. You can get up close and personal with original movie props, artworks, costumes and models of the famed starships, the Millennium Falcon and the Star Destroyer from Star Wars™.

STAR WARS™ Identities_The Exhibition


Source: ArtScience Museum

Learn more about the creative process of movie-making from early concept drawings, storyboarding, model making, through puppetry and costume design. Follow iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2, C-3P0 and see the personal choices that they made that helped shape their identities.

You might want to plan your trip to the exhibit well in advance as slots are filling up really fast.

4. Storytelling Series: Why is the Sky Far Away

Storytelling Series_Why is the Sky Far Away
Image credits Gateway Theatre

Venue: Online – SISTIC Live Stream
Date: 30 Jan – 5 Feb 2021
Time: 11 am – 11 pm 
Fee: Free

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, the sky hung very close to the ground. The sky was friends with the earth and all the people living in it and wanted to be close to them. Whatever food or drink the people needed, the sky would grant them. On one condition, “Never take more than you need”. The people were respectful to the sky and they all lived in harmony. Until one day, a lady asked for a huge HUGE chocolate cake. As hard as she tried, she couldn’t finish it! The sky was not happy at all. Find out what happened next in “Why is the Sky Far Away”, told by a Young Storyteller from The Storytelling Centre.

5. Aqua Gastronomy Spring Edition

Aqua Gastronomy Spring Edition
Image credits Resorts World Sentosa

Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium (Open Ocean Habitat), 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date: 14 Jan – 28 Feb 2021 (Thu – Tue)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm | 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Fee: From $138

The popular Aqua Gastronomy, a-one-of-a-kind underwater dining experience, returns for a final run with its Spring Edition. Step into one of eight underwater pavilions or head to one of the whimsically-decorated tables and let the Lady of the Ocean mesmerize you with an ancient tale. One about a celebratory underwater feast hosted by the Dragon Emperor and joined by the Golden Ox.

Watch the sea animals glide by as you indulge yourself in that very tale’s legendary five-course spread, inspired and named after each of the five fortunes - Fortune, Prosperity, Longevity, Joy and Wealth.

Judging by the previous editions of Aqua Gastronomy, you might want to book a table fast if you’re interested or you might out on this sumptuous gastronomic experience.

ONGOING

1. Otah & Friends: Multi-sensory Exhibit

Otah & Friends_Multi-sensory Exhibit
Photo credits El Masnou

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date:
15 Dec 2020 – 26 Feb 2021
Hour:
9 am – 9 pm
Fee:
$15/pax (min. 2 pax) | $60 for group of 5

Singapore’s first otter-themed escapade, Otah & Friends! has popped up at Gardens by the Bay for a limited time! The colourful exhibits provide plenty of opportunities for snooping around nooks and crannies as well as snapping Insta-shots but don’t lose track of time shooting your photos because you have a mission and that is to find Otah before the cookies in his oven burn!

Upon your success, you will be rewarded with refreshing lemonade and ooey-gooey cookies from instafamous homegrown bakery, Whiskdom. Be sure to book your tickets online and fast, as the timeslots are filling up fast!

RELATED: Otah & Friends | New Otter-themed Attraction at Gardens by the Bay Invites You for a Game of Hide-and-Seek

2. Planet or Plastic?

Planet or Plastic?
Photo credits Jordi Chias via ArtScience Museum

Location: ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Date: 12 Sep 2020 – 28 Mar 2021
Hour: 10 am – 7 pm (last admission: 6 pm)
Fee (tickets): 

  • Standard Rate – Adult: $19 | Concession (child/student/senior): $14
  • Singapore Residents - Adult: $16 | Concession (child/student/senior): $12

An exhibition by National Geographic, ‘Planet or Plastic?’ is ArtScience Museum’s first exhibition to launch since re-opening after Singapore’s circuit breaker. 

Planet or Plastic?
Photo credits Randy Olson/National Geographic via ArtScience Museum

‘Planet or Plastic?’ traces the history of plastic from its invention to the present day and shines a spotlight on the global plastic pollution crisis through more than 70 photographs and videos. The exhibition also provides practical steps we can take to responsibly reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse single-use plastic products. 

RELATED: 7 Museums in Singapore to Go Exploring with Your Kids

3. #SmallBigDreamersAtHome

#SmallBigDreamersAtHome

Date: 1 June 2020 - 28 March 2021
Hour:
 Online
Fees:
 Free

Following the introduction of new weekly activities on Gallery Kids! during the May school holiday, #SmallBigDreamersAtHome will be an online art festival aimed at bringing more art experience to families at home!

Expect a series of fun and engaging activities curated for children aged 6 to 12. This festival boosts interactive games, and easy-to-follow, hands-on activities designed to let children unleash their inner artist!  

4. DiscovHER at Science Centre Singapore 

DicovHER at Science Centre Singapore
Image credits Science Centre Singapore 

Venue: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Date: 29 Jan – 31 Jan & 5 Feb – 7 Feb 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 12.30 pm | 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm 
Cost: Free with every Science Centre admission

DiscovHER, a series of specially curated on-site and online activities, pays tribute to the incredible women of STEM, organised in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Young learners will be inspired by this showcase of the best and brilliant female scientists who overcame the odds to make significant breakthroughs.

RELATED: Fun And Exciting Happenings At Science Centre Singapore This January 2021!

5. Japan Rail Café In-flight Meals

Japan Rail Café In-flight Meals
Image credits Japan Rail Cafe

Venue: Japan Rail Café, 5 Wallich St, #01-20 Guoco Tower, Singapore 078883
Date: 2 Jan – 31 Jan 2021 
Time: 11 am – 9 pm (Mon – Thu) | 11 am – 9.30 pm (Fri – Sat) | 11 am – 8 pm (Sun)
Cost: $23 - $25

From 2 Jan to 31 Jan 2021, you can get in-flight meals, prepared by SATS at the Japan Rail Café. On the menu are two favourites, the Salmon Miso Yaki Dainomono consisting of grilled miso-marinated salmon fillet, shiitake mushroom, carrot, snow peas, and shredded tamago on Japanese rice, and the Chicken Takiawase Tamago featuring a succulent chicken thigh with shiitake mushrooms, green beans, red peppers and shredded tamago on Japanese rice. Though, do note that only 600 meals are available during this month-long promotion.

6. Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021
Image credits Chinatown Festivals 

Venue: Online and Onsite
Date: 23 Jan - 12 Mar 2021
Time: Varies
Fee: Free

The Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021 will kick-start on 23 Jan 2021 with the Official Light-up and Opening Ceremony. Given the current pandemic, the ceremony will be launched virtually and live-streamed on Chinatown Festivals Facebook page. You can still look forward to lion dances, cultural and acrobatic performances.

This year’s street light-up will feature sculptured lanterns of the Ox, gold coins, golden ingots, flowers and greetings among others, combining traditions with modern design.

The celebrations, which will run till 12 Mar 2021, features a line-up of mostly virtual programs such as festive goodies baking workshop, giveaways, virtual tours, and short films featuring renowned Chinatown Merchants like Bee Cheng Hiang, Kele and Spring Court.

7. Light to Night Festival 2021

Light to Night Festival 2021
Image credits Light to Night Festival

Venue: Civic District
Date: 22 Jan – 31 Jan 2021
Time: Varies
Fee: Free with some paid activities

A marquee event of Singapore Art Week, Light to Night Festival 2021 returns with an assortment of online and onsite art experiences. Centred on the theme “____-in-Progress”, the festival features annual favourite, Art Skins on Monuments, art installations, workshops, as well as online and onsite performances.

This year will also see the Rotunda Library & Archive in the National Gallery of Singapore light up in an immersive display. Through these various programs, the festival invites you to fill in the blanks with new possibilities and hopes for the future.

RELATED: Light to Night Festival Returns with a Hybrid Format

8. Dahlia Dreams 2021

Dahlia Dreams 2021
Image credits Gardens by the Bay

Venue: Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953
Date: 15 Jan – 21 Feb 2021
Time: 9 am – 9 pm 
Fee (Singapore Resident rates): $10/adult | $5/child or senior (ticket)

Another annual event that has returned this year is the Dahlia Dreams 2021 at Gardens by the Bay! Take a stroll through a field of about 2,000 pretty dahlias of mixed varieties, all grown in-house for the very first time by the Gardens’ own horticulturists alongside a host of Lunar New Year floral favourites such as azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums.

Dahlia Dreams 2021
Image credits Gardens by the Bay

The conservatory will also be spotting the iconic Chinese pavilion and a huge lantern globe. Walk through the golden moon gates to admire more than 200 red lanterns, symbolising prosperity and luck, from within the lantern globe!

UPCOMING

1. MuzArt Grand Opening and Open House

MuzArt Grand Opening and Open House
Image credits MuzArt Singapore

Venue: MuzArt, ActiveSG Jurong West Sports Centre, 20 Jurong West Street 93, Singapore 648965
Date: 30 Jan – 31 Jan 2021
Time: 9 am – 7 pm 
Cost: Free (paid activities available)

MuzArt is celebrating their grand opening at the ActiveSG Jurong West Sports Centre with an open house. Expect hands-on activities as well as a chance to win prizes such as $100 MuzArt vouchers, free clay class, and free resin class when you complete your mission.

MuzArt’s Jurong East and Sengkang outlets will also be having open houses.

PERMANENT/SEMI-PERMANENT

1. SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture 

Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Gallery, Level 2
Date:
 Permanent
Hour:
 2 pm - 8 pm (Mon), 10 am - 8 pm (Tue - Sun)
Admission:
 Free

*Note: Early Closures at 3 pm on 7, 14, 21 and 28 Aug 2020

The Chinese Singaporean identity is complex and always changing. Singapore is a Chinese majority nation-state with a significant proportion of non-Chinese. At the same time, Singapore is in Southeast Asia, a region with many ethnic groups, of which the Chinese form a small part of the overall population.

After interacting with diverse influences over many years, Chinese culture in Singapore has evolved in a way quite unlike other communities around the world. Go on a journey at SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture across five specially curated zones to discover the Chinese Singaporean identity!

2. Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express

Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express
Photo credits Orient Express

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date:
12 Dec 2020 – 13 Jun 2021
Hour:
Mon, Tue, Fri & Sun: 10 am – 9 pm | Wed & Thu: 10 am – 7 pm | Sat: 10 am – 10 pm
Fee:
$25
Free for kids 3 years and under

The Pop-Up Attraction “Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express” will open for visitors to witness what then, only a few explorers and diplomats had experienced over 100 years ago! The exhibit will present some of the most extraordinary objects and documents to showcase centuries-old of history that retraces the legacy of the train, allowing visitors to discover events that transformed the world and shaped the map.

RELATED: Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express in Singapore at Gardens by the Bay

3. Home, Truly: Growing up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

Home, Truly: Growing up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present
Photo credits National Museum of Singapore

Location: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Date:
19 Dec 2020 – 29 Aug 2021
Hour:
10 am – 7 pm
Fee:
Free

National Museum of Singapore’s latest on-site exhibit, Home Truly, explores the moments and experiences in Singapore’s past and present that express our identity and collective memory as a people. Through five key themes, the exhibit is presented in an intimate way that invites visitors to see themselves in the stories presented.

Featuring photographs and artefacts, including those contributed by members of the public, as well as audio-visual footage, sounds, scents and special digital features, Home Truly invites you to reflect on what Singapore means to you as your home, and your hopes for the home we aspire to be.

RELATED: National Museum of Singapore Launches Latest Exhibition "Home, Truly"

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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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3 comments


  • Jenn

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  • Lance

    Some shopping malls to explore.
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    Some interesting food places to explore.
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  • Noel Ng

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