Things To Do With Kids In Singapore This Weekend: 19 - 25 Jul 2021 [Updated Weekly]



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Here's a list of weekly updated best things to do with kids for Mummies and Daddies to bring their kids out to! Updated weekly with places to go and things to do for families!

*Updated Weekly*                          

Last Update: 19 - 25 Jul 2021

This Weekend | Ongoing | Upcoming | Permanent

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.

The 5 Best Things To Do With Kids This Week

1. Meet the Fin-tastic Friends at S.E.A. Aquarium


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Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium
Date: 17 Jul – 25 Aug 2021
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Fee: From $56

This summer, Pinkfong, Baby Shark and the Shark Family are visiting their Fin-tastic Friends at S.E.A. Aquarium! Learn fascinating shark facts with them, become heroes of the seas together in an exciting game, and meet Pinkfong, Baby Shark, Mommy and Daddy Shark as well as manta ray mascots Mika, Mako and Manja – all dressed to impress in their tropical best!

2. National Day Celebrations with the National Museum


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Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Date: 16 Jul – 31 Aug 2021
Hours: Varies
Fee: Free and Paid

Join in the National Day Celebrations with the National Museum and enjoy music performances, storytelling sessions, and even participate in a scavenger hunt that takes you on a journey through Singapore’s history. You can also attend interesting workshops to create unique Singapore-inspired crafts, and more!

3. Tech Funday – Railway Express


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Venue: KidsSTOP
Date: 1 Aug 2021
Hours: 2 pm – 3.30 pm
Fee: $53.50/adult-child pair
Recommended: 5 – 8 years

Tech Funday is a parent-child programme that encourages the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through mission-based activities. Happening every 2nd Sunday of every month, this August presents Railway Express

4. Flipside 2021 – Playing the Hand


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Venue: Online
Date: 6 – 15 Aug 2021
Hours: 8 pm (6 – 8 & 13 – 14 Aug) | 4 pm (15 Aug)
Fee: $30
Recommended: 6 years and above

Set in a cosy living room and hosted by a pair of best-friend illusionists, Darren Tien and Jerryl Tan, Playing the Hand is a humorous virtual magic show.

Playing the Hand invites audiences to tune out the world and embark on an intimate online journey of magic, misdirection and mystery that will tickle the eye of your mind. This participatory and live virtual experience will have you re-examining notions of perception, introspection and transformation as reality shifts alongside your perspective.

In this live stream, Darren & Jerryl explore themes of the self through a captivating narrative that interweaves vignettes of personal stories, astonishing illusions and unexpected sleights of hand.

5. Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed


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Venue: ArtScience Museum
Date: 12 Jun 2021 – 9 Jan 2022
Hours: 10 am – 7 pm 
Fee: From $12

Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed presents 21st-century game design as a unique form of contemporary art. Step into the realm of the videogame in a series of playful and immersive installations that will take you on a journey through new sonic landscapes and exciting kaleidoscopic worlds.

The exhibition pairs six of the world's most acclaimed videogame developers with six leading media design studios to create six large-scale, immersive installations, which make the six interactive galleries of the exhibit - Synesthesia, Unity, Connection, Play, Narrative, and Everything.

ONGOING

1. June Holidays Family Fun at National Museum of Singapore


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Venue: Online and Onsite
Date: 29 May – 23 Jul 2021
Hours: Varies
Fee: Free and Paid

For this June school holidays, the National Museum of Singapore has curated a collection of digital programs that will bring you through the museum and our special exhibitions – Home, Truly and Picturing the Pandemic. 

Get a glimpse into what growing up in the 1980s and ’90s was like, through Singapore’s currency series and electronics, hear from four interesting characters who have each chosen an object to represent Singapore, join a magical performance and discover how everyday objects represent well-loved moments, among others! 

The museum also offers a series of on-site programs, such as a self-guided treasure hunt and lunchbox-making workshop that you can explore. 

2. Jazz in July 2021


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Venue: Online and Onsite - Esplanade
Date:
1 – 31 Jul 2021
Hours:
Varies
Fee:
Free

From breezy Brazilian jazz to experimental free jazz, well-loved standards to original compositions, Jazz in July returns with daily performances at Esplanade, featuring a diversity of performances and expressions from over 40 Singapore-based bands.

Join the likes of Alemay Fernandez, Richard Jackson, Daniela Ruggieri, Andayoma and Anne Weerapass on Fridays as they fill the air with love through their vocal prowess at the Outdoor Theatre. Immerse yourself in easy-listening jazz at the Outdoor Theatre with Fabian Lim, Daniel Chia, Dapur Smooth Jazz Trio and East Street Groove—a perfect way to relax and recharge before the start of the week.

For those unable to make a trip down to Esplanade, performances from the Concourse will be live streamed daily on Esplanade Offstage. Videos of each performance will be available for viewing on the same platform until the next live stream.

3. Let’s Learn About…Racial Harmony Day!


Image credit Asian Civilisations Museum

Venue: Online
Date:
2 – 31 Jul 2021
Hours:
All-day
Fee:
Free

This month, Asian Civilisations Museum’s Let’s Learn About… series shines a spotlight on Racial Harmony Day! Celebrate cultural diversity by looking at objects in ACM’s collection and learning why Racial Harmony Day is important.

4. Tropical Thrills Summer Edition at Universal Studios Singapore


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Venue: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date:
2 Jul 2021 onwards (Fri – Sun)
Hours:
12 pm – 7 pm
Fee:
From $56      

From 2 Jul 2021 onwards, Universal Studios Singapore is presenting Tropical Thrills Summer Edition! Get ready to meet King Kahula, the talking tiki in an all-new interactive meet and greet. Catch the debut of Guy Diamond from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls and Madagascar’s King Julien, as he cruises by in his sweet tropical ride with colourful hula characters. There is also a whole new themed selfie zone based on your favourite characters that you won’t want to miss.


Image credit Resorts World Sentosa

5. Dad’s The Way 2021!


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Venue: KidsSTOP, 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
Date: 23 – 24 Jul 2021
Hours: 6 pm – 8.30 pm 
Fee: $90/parent-child pair (register)
Recommended: 4 – 8 years

Pair up with your kid for Dad’s The Way, an amazing race challenge and race through KidsSTOP to complete a series of mission-based activities specially curated for father and child! Featuring activities such as making flying aircraft, navigating tech toys, a treasure hunt at Dino Pit, and building pizza wheels, the session is bound to foster parent-child bonding! 

6. OTH – ActiveSG Online Kids Workout Series


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Venue: Online
Date: 17, 24 & 31 Jul 2021
Hours: 5 pm – 6 pm
Fee: Free

Our Tampines Hub is hosting Online Kids Workout Series every Saturday this July. The 1-hour workout session promotes family bonding and good habits while improving self-esteem, posture and balance!

7. Basic Riding Workshop for Kids


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Venue: Gallop Stable 
Date: 13 – 16, 20 – 23, 27 – 30 Jul 2021
Hours: 9.30 am – 12 pm
Fee: $165+
Recommended: 5 years and above

If you want to introduce horse riding to your little ones, the Gallop Stable is offering Basic Riding Workshop for Kids on selected dates through July. You can expect stable classes, riding lessons and lots of fun! As slots are limited for each session, do sign up soon if you are interested. 

For more enquiries and to register, drop an email to enquiry@gallopstable.com

UPCOMING

1. Decathlon Sports Fest 2021


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Venue: Online
Date: 24 Jul – 8 Aug 2021 (registration ends: 23 Jul 2021)
Hours: -
Fee: $20/pax (register)
Early bird fee (valid till 11 Jul 2021): $18/pax

In celebration of Decathlon Sports Fest 2021, Decathlon Singapore has partnered up with Sport Singapore to present its first-ever Virtual Sports Carnival. There are 10 different sports with fun challenges, from Yoga Session to Store-to-Store Walkathon, that you can participate in from 24 Jul to 8 Aug 2021. 


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Registration is open from now till 23 Jul 2021 and each registration entitles you to a free event pack, which you can collect from 19 Jul to 1 Aug 2021 at your preferred Decathlon Experience store. Do note that participants have to be at least 10 years and older, entry is restricted to people born before 31 Dec 2011.  

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
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Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date:
12 Dec 2020 – 12 Sep 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
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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"

4. Gai Gai Tour: A Heritage Tour around Mount Faber

Gai Gai Tour
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Venue: Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Date: Permanent (weekends only)
Time: 10 am & 2 pm 
Fee: $20/adult | $15/child (book)
Free for children below 4 yrs

Take a guided tour around Mount Faber Park to Faber Point, the highest point on Mount Faber and get to know the story behind the mural wall and mini Merlion. Venture to the back-of-house for an exclusive tour of how the Singapore Cable Car operates and relive old memories with a re-visit to Faber Peak. Conclude your tour on a high note with a Joyride on the Singapore Cable Car.

In addition to the guided tour and round trip cable car ride on Mount Faber Line, your Gai Gai Tour tickets will also enable you to enjoy 10% off dining at Arbora Restaurant and 10% off your purchase from the Singapore Cable Car Gift Shop. 

5. Escape Adventure Trails

Escape Adventure Trails
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Venue: Around Singapore
Date: - 
Time: - 
Fee: Free & Paid
Suitable Ages: 10 years and above

Island Wanderer has combined escape room-style puzzles with amazing race-style use of iconic landmarks around Singapore to produce adventurous trails known as the Escape Adventure Trails

How it works is that first, you choose your trail of choice – Tradesmen, Promenade, Hidden Gem, etc. – and you will be given a mission to solve. A chatbot will then give you clues, guiding you from landmark to landmark. You will get to solve tricky puzzles as well as explore the city and uncover her stories! 

6. Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore


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Venue: Gallery, Level 10, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Date: 9 Apr – 26 Sep 2021
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm 
Fee: Free

National Library’s exhibit, Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore, explores centuries of changes in Singapore’s natural environment. Featuring natural history books, botanical prints, plantation photographs, maps, and natural history specimens, the exhibit reveals the impacts on the natural world as a result of interaction from various communities. 


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7. Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom


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Venue: Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
Date: 23 Apr – 1 Aug 2021
Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Fee: From $8 - $20 (ticket)

A well-known glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly will be presenting his spectacular glass masterpieces at the Gardens by the Bay. Premiering in Singapore, Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom is an immersive art experience in a garden setting featuring incredible glass sculptures that shine with colour, light, and form. Encompassing the essence of versatility reflected in glass art, this exhibition delivers unique and diverse experiences by implementing an eclectic mix of art and nature.

8. Digital Light Canvas at The Shoppes


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Venue: 2 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B2-50, Singapore 018956
Date: Permanent (Mon – Sun)
Hours: 11 am – 9 pm (last entry: 8.50 pm)
Fee: $5

An immersive digital art installation, Digital Light Canvas at Marina Bay Sands will have you chasing after shoals of fish and painting calligraphic art. presented in collaboration with teamLab, the Japanese collective behind Future World: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum, the installation has two shows.

Strokes of Life is a four-minute sequence that takes place half-hourly and within those minutes, you can paint calligraphic art with every step you take, as brushstrokes blossom in your wake. In part two, Nature’s Rhythm, flocks of birds swoop through the 140-metre tall light sculpture overhead as thousands of fishes swim in the LED-lit ocean beneath your feet. If you step on them, they will part ways for you!

Digital Light Canvas also has other interactive features where you can use your phone to set off over 30 animated Crystal Fireworks and light displays and even have personalised messages appear on the LED floor! 

9. Changi Chapel and Museum


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Venue: Changi Chapel and Museum, 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
Date: From 19 May 2021 (Tue – Sun)
Hours: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (last entry: 5 pm)
Fee: Free

The Changi Chapel and Museum, which closed in 2018 for major redevelopment, will be reopening its doors on 19 May 2021. Featuring donations and community loans from families of the internees, the museum will showcase 114 artefacts across eight galleries delving into the daily lives of the internees, their responses to the challenges they faced, and their eventual liberation.


Image credit Changi Chapel and Museum

To commemorate the reopening of the Changi Chapel and Museum, all visitors will enjoy free admission from 19 to 30 May 2021. Visitors are encouraged to pre-book your admission by timeslots (max 2 people) for better crowd regulation and to reduce waiting time. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance and visitors with pre-booked admission will be given priority admission to the museum during their selected time. Visitors without pre-booked entry timeslots may be required to return later.

10. Gallery Children’s Biennale

Venue: Online
Date: 22 May 2021 – Dec 2022
Hours: All-day
Fee: Free

National Gallery’s popular Gallery Children’s Biennale returns for its third edition in the first-ever “phygital” format. Featuring 9 commissioned artworks by local and international artists, both children and parents can look forward to a series of exciting programs, including captivating storytelling sessions, interactive movement exercises, parent-child sound exploration workshops and more!


Image credit National Gallery Singapore 

Gallery Children’s Biennale seeks to empower children to navigate the changing times with empathy and confidence through playful and interactive art experiences that explore topics relevant to the times such as Home, Diversity, Time and Environment. The online experience will be available from 22 May 2021 to Dec 2022. An accompanying on-site installation is expected to open on 4 Sep 2021. 

11. Otah & Friends Vol 2: Blast Off


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Venue: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date: 14 Jun 2021 – 3 Jan 2022
Hours: 9 am – 10 pm (Duration: 55 mins)
Fee: $24/person (min. 2 pax) | $19/pax for Group Ticket (5) (ticket)

Following a successful Volume 1: Hide & Seek, Otah & Friends is back with a brand new adventure in Volume 2: Blast Off! It’s build-a-rocket day at school and you have got to help Otah the otter and Billy the hornbill find and assemble a rocket! Ride on a school bus and rummage through familiar spaces including a library and a classroom to uncover hints for your mission! Unlock the launch control centre and blast off into space!


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RELATED: Our Experience Visiting Otah & Friends At Gardens by The Bay And Suntec City!

12. Dazzling Nights at Kiztopia


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Venue: Kiztopia, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, #01-09, Singapore 039594
Date: Fri - Sun
Hours: 7 pm – 10 pm
Fee: $38 (3-hr playtime)
Each admission admits 1 child and 1 adult

In conjunction with Kiztopia’s 2nd anniversary, the playground has launched a completely new sensory experience – Dazzling Nights. Happening exclusively in the evening, the space will be transformed with special lighting effects and eye-opening light projections. In addition to the unique glow-in-the-dark play experience, there will also be special stage performances and craft activities to enjoy. 


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13. Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Change in China and Singapore Exhibition


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Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Date: 12 Jun – 12 Dec 2021
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm 
Fee: Free for Singaporeans and PRs

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall’s (SYSNMH) latest special exhibition ‘Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Change in China and Singapore’ uses fashion as a barometer of societal change to shed light on the changes in women’s status, roles, and lifestyles since the late 19th century. 


Image credit Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

The exhibition showcases over 90 artefacts and archival photographs from China and Singapore from the late 1800s to the 1970s, a period when women’s roles and lifestyles saw the most drastic changes. The exhibition attempts, as well, to interpret the concept of "the Modern Woman" against the backdrop of historical milestones of each period.

The Memorial Hall is also hosting the “Be a Little Fashionista” Heritage Hunt, where you will get to navigate through a series of digital activities and discover Chinese fashion from the past. When you have completed the hunt, you can redeem an exclusive prize!

14. Otah & Friends Vol 3: Grocery Run


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Venue: Suntec City, North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-486, Singapore 038983
Date: 14 Jun 2021 – 3 Jan 2022
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Fee: $24/pair (ticket)

If you loved exploring the colourful space of Otah & Friends at Gardens by the Bay then you will be excited to learn that there is another colourful brand-new adventure awaiting you at Suntec City! Otah & Friends Vol 3: Grocery Run introduces a new fried – Luckee The Wild Boar – and new space – Chongkee Supermarket! Your mission this time is to gather specific grocery items for Otah’s first tea party. 


Image credit Otah & Friends

15. WILDchild TV by andBeyond


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Venue: Online
Date: - 
Hours: - 
Fee: Free & Paid

With andBeyond’s WILDchild TV, kids learn fun facts about the wildlife and nature in Africa from rangers through educational videos on the website such as Birds and BirdingHow an Animal Works, and Survival SkillsAll the videos are free for viewing. 

andBeyond also offers a virtual experience - WILDchild: Becoming a Ranger – suitable for young ones from 6 to 10 years old. From $200, your child and up to 20 of their friends will have the opportunity to get up-close and virtual with andBeyond’s experienced guides. Kids will be taken through a ranger mission activity of their choice from the comforts of their home!

16. Instructor-Guided Rock Climbing at Upwall Climbing


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Venue: Upwall Climbing, 1 Pasir Ris Close #01-105, Singapore 519599
Date:
Varies
Hours:
Varies
Fee:
From $30

Upwall Climbing is a beginner-friendly Rock Climbing Gym focused on nurturing the young and bringing families together through a fun and engaging activity. Climbers can choose to scale our high walls either with the auto-belay lanes or by top-rope belaying too!

The Instructor-Guided Rock Climbing Class is suitable for beginners, first-timers and children. Parents who would like to accompany their children are required to purchase a slot and be a part of the class.

17. Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto


Image credit Asian Civilisations Museum

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Date: 16 Apr – 18 Jul (First display) | 26 Jul – 17 Oct 2021 
Exhibition will remain open from 19 – 25 Jul
Hours: 10 am – 7 pm | Fri: 10 am – 9 pm
Fee: [Singaporeans & PRs] $12/adult & Free for concession* | [Standard] $20/adult & $15/concession*
Admission is free for children 6 years and below

Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto at Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) explores Japanese art and culture through woodblock prints and photography. The showcase provides a glimpse into both the Edo period and contemporary Kyoto. 

The woodblock prints section looks at lifestyles and trends of Edo period Japan (1603 – 1868), including people’s travels, ideas on beauty, pets, food, and entertainment. The other component explores the beauty of nature and architecture of Kyoto today. It also captures the vanishing traditions of the geisha (geiko in Kyoto dialect) community through the lens of Singaporean photographer Russel Wong.

ACM has introduced hourly-timed entries on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for the exhibition and you are required to book your time slots online prior to your visit. Timed entry will not apply on weekdays. 

*Concession – Students with valid student pass, senior citizens and special access

18. Rainforest Lumina 


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Venue: Singapore Zoo
Date: 8 Jun 2021 – 13 Feb 2022 (Thu – Sun, public holidays & eve of public holidays)
Hours: 7.15 pm – 12 am (last entry: 10.15 pm)
Fee: $18/adult | $14/child or senior

A colourful and illuminated multimedia night trail on the wild side, Rainforest Lumina returns to Singapore Zoo for its final season! The fantastical tropical adventure focuses entirely on the setting and environment, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in a symphony of lights, beautifully orchestrated music, and inspiring interactive play!

This year you can look forward to singing and playing with the Creature Crew, featuring eight virtual animals at the interactive play zones and dance through a digital thunderstorm, among others!


Image credit Wildlife Reserves Singapore

The trail closes with a stunning laser and projection display which reminds guests that ‘We Are One’, and to do their part to protect the rainforest.

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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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