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Last Update: 20th Jan - 26th Jan 2020 (Click here for previous updates) 

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1. Join in the Chinese New Year Celebrations at Asian Civilisations Museum!

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Asian Civilisations Museum
Photo credits Asian Civilisations Museum

Location: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Date:
25 Jan 2020
Hour:
1 pm – 5 pm
Admission:
Free

Usher in the year of rat with your little ones at Asian Civilisations Museum with a variety of activities, from admiring scrolls by master painters at the Living with Ink exhibition to creating your own blessing scroll!

Liven up your day with an interactive drama performance on how the rat fared in the animal race and get your blessings from the lion dance performance!

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Asian Civilisations Museum
Photo credits Asian Civilisations Museum

2. Frolic in the Snow with Your Tots this Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year at Snow City
Photo credits Snow City

Location: Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Date:
25 Jan – 27 Jan 2020
Hour:
10 am – 6 pm
Admission:
Free (admission charges to Snow City applies)

Pop by Snow City with your little ones to spend a white Lunar New Year this holiday weekend! Cool down from the Singapore heat with Snow Fall and experience a Snow Blizzard. On top of that, you’ll get to meet not just Oki and Friends but also the God of Fortune! And while you’re there, enjoy the Lion Dance Performance and don’t forget to grab your complimentary oranges (while stocks last)!

3. Take a Trip to the Lunar New Year Istana Open House!

Lunar New Year Istana Open House
Photo credits The Straits Times

Location: Istana
Date:
26 Jan 2020
Hour:
8.30 am – 6.00 pm

Admission:
(Child: 4 – 12 yrs)

  • Singaporeans & PRs
    • Unguided: $2
    • Guided: $2/child | $4/adult | $12/package for family of four
  • Others
    • Unguided: $2/child | $4/adult
    • Guided: $2/child | $10/adult | $30/package for family of four

The highlight of the first Istana Open House of the year is the I’mable Gift Market, which aims to promote artworks and artisanal products by talented people with disabilities. You will be able to shop for a myriad of items such as homeware, jewelry, notebooks, paintings, and leather products at this edition of the I’mable Gift Market.

Kick of the year of rat by learning more about rats and their rodent relatives at the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore awareness booth. You can interact with two species of rodents—the Dumbo Rats and Guinea Pigs—play a mini-game and craft rat noses with recycled red packets.

Additionally, there will be performances by buskers, traditional Chinese performances like Lion Dance and Chinese drums, Nature Guided Walks, and guided tours of the main building. There will also be food trucks where you can feast on Thai fusion food and burgers.

4. Discover Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts with Your Little Ones!

Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts
Photo credits Esplanade

Location: Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Date:
31 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Hour:
Various timing
Admission:
Free & Paid

Esplanade’s annual Chinese Festival of Arts, Huayi 2020 is here to usher in the year of the rat with a medley of programs by Chinese artists from Singapore and beyond who will be showcasing their wit, imagination and curiosity (which are words often used to describe the rat)!

Read More: A list of family friendly activities at Huayi 2020!

Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts
Photo credits Esplanade

Alongside theatre, music and dance performances, you can also look forward to an array of kids-friendly storytelling sessions, workshops and activities, such as Traditional Paper Making, Zodiac Bodypainting, Rooftop Reads and Acting Workshop!

5. Usher in a Sparktacular Chinese New Year at Spring Surprise!

Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date:
27 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Hour:
Various timing
Admission:
Free (admission charges to Flower Dome applies)

Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay sets off sparks with the Golden Pyro Dragon Dance, an electrifying showcase of dragon dance under a shower of firework-like sparkles! But that’s not all that awaits you.

You can stock up on goodies at the Festive Bazaar and immerse yourself in a variety of performances, featuring traditional Chinese instruments among others. Catch the tale of The Zodiac Race through a Shadow Puppet Performance and watch the Story of Nian come to life with the use of puppetry, music and drama!

Also, keep an eye out for the God of Fortune for a blessed year ahead!

 

ONGOING

1. Get Ready for Rainforest Lumina Season 2 at The Singapore Zoo!

Get Ready for Rainforest Lumina Season 2 at The Singapore Zoo!

Location: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Date:
 14 Jun 2019 - 9 Feb 2020
Hour:
 7.30 pm – 12.00 am (last entry: 10.30 pm)

Admission:

  • General Rate
    Adult: $18
    Child: $14
    Student/Senior Citizen (60 yrs and above): $14

  • Top-up Rate (with any day park admission)
    Adult: $10
    Child: $10

Set in the backdrop of a tropical rainforest, Rainforest Lumina is a multisensory night trail featuring a mixture of audio, visual and light projections.

Get Ready for Rainforest Lumina Season 2 at The Singapore Zoo!

The Luminous Pathway, Sing Like an Animal, where you’ll be able to use your voice to regenerate the rainforest, Shimmering Islands, a garden of luminous orchirds pulsating to cultural music, and Water, where you’ll be able to catch Bob the otter’s dazzling aquatic orchestra of light, are just a few of the multisensory zones you’ll come across.

Get Ready for Rainforest Lumina Season 2 at The Singapore Zoo!

If you missed last year’s edition, this is your chance to experience the magic of the rainforest at night for yourself!

For more information, click here.

Photo credits Wildlife Reserves Singapore

2. Experience Decades of Disney’s Magic at The ArtScience Museum!  

Experience Decades of Disney’s Magic at The ArtScience Museum!
Photo credits ArtScience Museum

Location: ArtScience Museum, 
Date:
 26 Oct 2019 – 29 Mar 2020
Hour:
 10 am – 7 pm (last admission: 6 pm)

Admission:

  • Local Rate
    • Adult: $15
    • Senior (65 & above) / Student / Person with Disabilities / Child (2 – 12 yrs): $11
  • Standard Rate
    • Adult: $18
    • Senior (65 & above) / Student / Person with Disabilities / Child (2 – 12 yrs): $13

Shown in Southeast Asia for the first time, Disney: Magic of Animation will be featuring more than 500 remarkable art pieces, such as original drawings, paintings, sketches, and concept art curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

Discover the magic behind over a century of artistry and technological innovations that brought to life your favorite films and characters, from Mickey Mouse and Lion King to Moana and Elsa! You’ll be able to witness the evolution of animation across the decades through interactive exhibits, projections and audio-visual displays.

Experience Decades of Disney’s Magic at The ArtScience Museum!
Photo credits ArtScience Museum

3. Join in the Merrymaking at City Square Mall’s Springfest Carnival!

City Square Mall’s Springfest Carnival
Photo credits City Square Mall

Location: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
Date:
 3 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Hour:
 10 am – 10 pm
Admission:
 Free

As we enter a new Zodiac cycle and usher in the Year of Rat, City Square Mall brings you a celebration with not just an abundance of festive lunar promotions but also a joyous Springfest Carnival! Bask in the festive vibes under the shimmering lights of the Tunnel of Spring Blossoms and enjoy carnival rides and games by Uncle Ringo at the City Green Park!

4. Usher in The Lunar New Year with Doraemon & Friends at M Malls!

Doraemon & Friends at M Malls
Photo credits M Malls Jurong Point

Location: Ang Mo Kio Hub | Jurong Point 
Date:
 3 Jan – 8 Feb 2020 
Hour:
 10 am – 10 pm 
Admission:
 Min. Spending Required

Aside from the yearly Lion Dance Performance and roving God of Fortune Mascot, this year, Ang Mo Kio and Jurong Point mall will also be visited by Doraemon and Friends! You can redeem Doraemon Red Packets, Snack Container and EZ-Charm at both malls when you spend a certain amount. Additionally, you’ll also get to meet Doraemon and Friends!

Schedule

  • Jurong Point: 3 Jan – 24 Jan 2020
    • Doraemon Red Packets
      Spend $80 in 2 same-day combined receipts to redeem 1 pack
    • Doraemon Snack Container
      Spend $180 in 3 same-day combined receipts to redeem
    • Doraemon, Nobita and Shizuka Meet & Greet: 17 Jan – 19 Jan 2020: 1 pm | 3 pm | 5 pm | 7 pm
      Spend $30 in single same-day receipt to redeem 1 photo pass (admits a max group of 4)
    • Roving God of Fortune: 18 Jan – 19 Jan | 1 Feb – 2 Feb 2020: 5 pm
    • Lion Dance Performance: 30 Jan 2020: 3 pm

  • Ang Mo Kio: 3 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
    • Doraemon Red Packets
      Spend $80 in 2 same-day combined receipts to redeem 1 pack
    • Doraemon Snack Container
      Spend $180 in 3 same-day combined receipts to redeem
    • Doraemon EZ-Charm: $16.90 (no min. spending required)
    • Doraemon, Nobita and Shizuka Meet & Greet: 10 Jan – 12 Jan 2020: 1 pm | 3 pm | 5 pm | 7 pm
      Spend $30 in single same-day receipt to redeem 1 photo pass (admits a max group of 4)
    • Roving God of Fortune: 18 Jan – 19 Jan | 1 Feb – 2 Feb 2020: 5 pm
    • Lion Dance Performance: 30 Jan 2020: 11 am

5. Check Out the Asian Night Market with Your Little Ones!

Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival
Photo credits Sentosa

Location: Siloso Point
Date:
 16 Jan – 9 Feb 2020 (closed: 20 Jan – 22 Jan)
Hour:
 5.00 pm – 10.30 pm 
Admission:
 Free

If you pop in Sentosa island anytime from 16 Jan to 9 Feb 2020 (excluding 20 Jan – 22 Jan), you will be able to explore a mini Ningxia Night Market! Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival will be bringing you more than 30 food vendors direct from the popular night market.

Spanning from Siloso Point to Siloso Beach, you will be able to indulge on a variety of treats, from Egg-bombed Scallion Pancake and Tian Bu La (Taiwanese oden) to Fried Chicken Cutlet and Crispy Salted Chicken!

Additionally, there will also be games and popular Mandopop performances by local artists like Ruth Kueo and Wang Weiliang.

6. Bask in Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay!

Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date:
 17 Jan – 23 Feb 2020
Hour:
 9 am – 9 pm

Admission:

  • Singapore Residents – Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
    • Adult: $20
    • Child: $12
    • Senior Citizen: $15
  • Singapore Residents – Flower Dome OR Cloud Forest
    • Adult: $12
    • Child: $8
    • Senior Citizen: $8
  • Standard Rate – Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
    • Adult/Senior Citizen: $28
    • Child: $15

 

Gardens by the Bay’s Dahlia Dreams has made another return for this year’s Chinese New Year!

Aside from the magnificent display of dahlias of different shapes and sizes—ball, cactus, pompon, etc.—and festive blooms such as the Narcissus, Azalea and Celosia, scattered around the Flower Dome are an assortment of Mosaiculture (the art of composing a motif or sculpture using carefully selected and pruned greeneries) display, from a Fu medallion to the 12 zodiac animals!

7. Join in the Chinese New Year Celebrations at Frasers Malls!

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Frasers Malls
Photo credits Frasers Property

Location: Yew Tee Point | Waterway Point | The Centrepoint | Northpoint City | Changi City Point | Causeway Point | Anchor Point | Bedok Point 
Date:
 3 Jan – 24 Jan 2020
Hour:
 Various timing 
Admission:
 Free (with certain activities requiring minimum spending)

The Frasers Malls around Singapore have come to life with festive celebrations this Lunar New Year! In addition to being able to redeem goodies such as red packets and a gorgeous Yusheng plate when you spend a certain amount, there is also a line-up of activities you can enjoy with your family.

Keep an eye out for Roving Fortune Mascots, Mediacorp’s mascots, Yu Shu Shu and Le Shu Shu, workshops, fairs, and Lion Dance Performances.

8. Explore Interactive Arts at #futuretogether!

#futuretogether
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location:

  • Outdoor Exhibits – Dragonfly Lake & Bayfront Plaza
    • 15 Dec 2019 – 15 Mar 2020: 7 pm – 12 am | Free for all  
  • Indoor Exhibits – Bayfront Pavilion
    • 16 Jan – 15 Mar 2020 | Singapore Residents: Free | Standard Rate: $10
      Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup indoor exhibit: Singapore Residents: $3 | Standard Rate: $7

#Futuretogether features a series of interactive light art installations by teamLab in support of the Singapore Bicentennial. There are a total of seven digital art installations, encompassing three themes—Aspirations, Connectivity and Possibilities—across both the indoor and outdoor exhibits.

You can experience the continuous cycle of life and death as represented by the flowers growing, blooming and scattering, among other things at the exhibits.

RELATED: #futuretogether at Gardens by the Bay | Featuring Interactive Light Art Installations

UPCOMING

1. Usher in the Year of Rat with Your Tots at the Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020!

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
Photo credits Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
Date:
 1 Feb – 2 Feb 2020 
Hour:
 10 am – 9 pm 
Admission:
 Free

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020 has a line-up of family-friendly activities, ranging from auspicious lion and dragon dance performances to Chinese painting and drumming workshops and craft activities for your little ones!

You can also join in the Memorial Hall’s signature mass lohei, get your zodiac predictions for the new year, and immerse yourself in an evening concert of contemporary and traditional performing arts.

Additionally, there will also be an outdoor installation, Lunar Guardians, produced by Hong Kong collectible label, BigBoysToys, in collaboration with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, that pays homage to the ancient Chinese art of lion dance. Featuring two lion-dance-inspired sculptures in the ‘mecha’ anime style, the installation juxtaposes tradition with modernity, encouraging conversations about the evolutions in this rapidly changing world.

The installation will be on display from 4 Jan to 9 Feb 2020 on the lawn of the memorial hall.

 

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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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  • Noel Ng

    Hey bykido,
    Klook FnB curated a school holiday fun promo fnb dine out events for kids https://www.klook.com/en-SG/promo/SGschoolout

    for your onward perusal! cheers :)


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