Your Guide to Events and Things to do this Year-End in Singapore

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We bring you a compiled list of family-friendly physical and digital events, activities and things you can do in year-end 2020!

Year-end holidays have always been packed with eventful activities. Though many events and festivals may have taken a different form this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they still provide a wonderful opportunity to create memorable moments with your family!

This is why we’ve compiled a list of all the best family-friendly happenings this year-end for you! To pick up a new skill, check out our holiday workshops list!

1. Doraemon’s Time-Travelling Adventures in Singapore

Doraemon’s Time-Travelling Adventures in Singapore
Photo credits National Museum of Singapore

Location: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
31 Oct – 27 Dec 2020
10 am – 7 pm (Last entry: 6.30 pm)

The adventures of the lovable time-travelling robot cat, Doraemon, has led it to the lawn of the National Museum of Singapore. Scattered through the museum’s front lawn is a series of Doraemon statues and you are welcome to snap pictures with them in various poses while keeping a safe distance that is.

You will also be able to find some of Doraemon’s gadgets of the future displayed in the museum as well as some of Singapore’s futuristic gadgets from the past!

2. New at the Jurong Bird Park – African Treetops

New at the Jurong Bird Park – African Treetops
Photo credits Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Location: Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Mon - Sun
8.30 am – 6.00 pm (Last entry: 5 pm)

  • Local Residents: $25.60/adult | $16.80/child | $15/senior
  • Non-residents: $28.80/adult | $18.90/child

Home to thousands of birds, the Jurong Bird Park now has a new edition! Take a trip to the African Treetops zone located near Lory Loft—a walk-in aviary where you’ll find the vibrant-coloured lories and lorikeets—to get introduced to some of the most startlingly attractive members of the bird world: the starlings and turacos. You might witness the birds flying together or foraging for food near the forest ground of the aviary, which simulates a 360-degree walk through a rainforest canopy.

While you’re at the park, also pay a visit to the recently-opened retirement home for senior birds! The spacious area located next to the Hawk Arena houses the park’s pioneer generation of birds that have retired from the Kings of the Skies show. Eagles, owls and vultures are some of the species you’ll find at the aviary.

Do note that all visitors are required to book their visit date and time online before visiting the parks.

3. DigiMuse at ACM

DigiMuse at ACM
Photo credits Asian Civilisations Museum

Location: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
2 Dec 2020 – 16 Jan 2021
10 am – 7 pm (Sat – Thu) | 10 am – 9 pm (Fri)

The DigiMuse programme started in 2017 as an initiative to build a vibrant cultural sector and reach out to the tech sector to crowdsource ideas to enhance museum experiences. As part of the programme, you can now engage in mixed-reality experience at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

With Project Insight by HelloHolo, you can try your hand at conserving a painting in mixed reality. Using mixed reality smartglasses with holographic overlays on the paintings Two Port Views: Amoy and Fuzhou in the museum’s Maritime Trade gallery, you will be able to experience the delicate art of painting conservation for yourself.

If you ever wondered what being an archaeologist is like, the Virtual Reality game, An Excavation Through Time by iMMERSiVELY will interest you. Equipped with a gaming headset and motion-tracked handheld controllers, the game will take you through a first-hand immersive experience at the Empress Place excavations in 1998 and 2015, to unearth artefacts dating from the 14th century.

4. Parent and Child Baking Workshop at Genius R Us

Parent and Child Baking Workshop at Genius R Us
Photo credits Genius R Us

Location: HomeTeamNS Balestier | HomeTeamNS Yishun
1 Nov – 31 Dec 2020

Genius R Us is an enrichment centre that offers a series of cooking and craft workshops for kids. This year-end they’ve rolled out a line-up of parent and child baking workshops that provide a perfect excuse to bond with your little ones! You’ll get to spend more time with your child, bake delicious treats like Magic Unicorn Cupcakes, Holiday Santa Cookies and Frosty the Snowman Donuts as well as eat them!

RELATED: Opening Special: Baking Workshop for Parent & Child @ $50 (U.P. $75) for 1st Time Visit

5. Pokémon Christmas Store

Pokémon Christmas Store
Photo credits VivoCity

Location: VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-87, Singapore 098585
7 Nov – 26 Dec 2020
10 am – 10 pm

Pokémon fans have more reason to rejoice this season as a Pokémon Christmas Store has popped up at VivoCity for a limited time!      You can get your hands on various Pokémon Center Original Goods including Plush Toys, Video Games and Pokémon Trading Card Games! Additionally, any purchase within the store will entitle you to a free Pokémon Plush Keychain with no minimum spending required (while stocks last)!

6. Masters of Speed 2020 – Go Kart Time Attack

Masters of Speed 2020 – Go Kart Time Attack
Photo credits The Karting Arena

Location: The Karting Arena, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-01B, The Grandstand, South Carpark, Singapore 287994
1 Nov – 26 Dec 2020
Adult: $35 | Kid: $30 | Familly: $65 (register)

If you love feeling the rush of the wind against your face, you will probably love Masters of Speed 2020 – Go Kart Time Attack. Held over eight weeks, you can take part in the competition at the convenience of your own time. There will be a total of 4 windows for participants to clock their fastest timing. Winners will be based on the best timing clocked for each category at the end of each window.

There are four categories that you can choose to take part in: Adults – Expert (min. 18 years), Adults (min. 18 years), Kids (9 – 17 years) and Family (1 adult and 1 kid). For first-timers at the arena or expired license-holders, you are required to pay a $5 Annual Race License fee at The Karting Arena.

7. Escape Adventure Trails

Escape Adventure Trails
Photo credits Island Wanderer

Location: Around Singapore
Free & Paid

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

First, you get to choose a trail of your choice - Tradesmen, Hidden Gems, Folk Tales etc. – then you set off on a journey of discovery accompanied by a chatbot, which will be giving you clues to guide you from one landmark to the other. Along the way, you will be challenged to solve tricky puzzles while discovering the different sides of Singapore! You are recommended to undertake the trail with a group of two to four.

 8. Paw Patrol @ City Square Mall

Paw Patrol @ City Square Mall
Source: City Square Mall

Location: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
 4 Dec - 27 Dec 2020
 10 am - 10 pm 

Join forces with Ryder and your favourite PAW Patrol friends and go on an exciting e-treasure hunt all around City Square Mall. With a total of five self-guided e-activities to complete, the paw-some eTreasure Adventure is filled with fun games and pup-tastic prizes!

Start your quest by scanning any of the five PAW Patrol Dino Rescue QR Codes which will lead to different e-games and e-activities that can be played on your own mobile devices. Then continue your self-guided Roaring Dino Hunt by following the provided e-map to get to the different stations scattered around the mall.

Once all five e-activities have been completed, head over to the Registration Booth (#03-18, near M3 Digital Hub) to redeem your PAW Patrol Dino Rescue gift set. A minimum spending of $20 at City Square Mall is required to redeem the gift set. Limited to the first 5,000 participants only.

9. Around the World in 80 Days by Andsoforth Junior

Around the World in 80 Days by Andsoforth Junior
Photo credits Andsoforth Academy

Location: 18 Lorong Ampas, Top Floor, GS Building, Singapore 328779
Date: Dec 2020 – Jan 2021
Hour: 9 am – 4 pm (multiple sessions)
Fee: $48/pax | $1 for children below 2 (limited to 1 accompanying adult per child)
Suitable Ages: 3 – 9 years

Through Around the World in 80 Days, an inventive story written by the Father of Science Fiction, little ones will join Phileas Fogg and butler Passepartout to go on a whirlwind trip around the world in a bid to win a two million dollar wager! 

Children can indulge in an adventurous time travelling back to the 1990s to visit the Gaiety Theatre, escaping the perils of nature, experiencing the art of letter writing, and discovering the danger involved in coal mining, among others, through this immersive children’s book workshop. 

Each session is limited to 10 attendees and everyone, parents and children attending are required to purchase tickets.

10. Gai Gai Tour

Gai Gai Tour
Photo credits One Faber Group

Location: Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Date: Permanent (Sat – Sun)
Hour: 10 am | 2 pm 
Fee: $20/adult | $15/child (book)
Free for children below 4 yrs

You’ve probably taken several trips to Mount Faber but do you know the stories hidden there? Bring your little ones along with you on Gai Gai Tour and get them acquainted with the history surrounding the mural wall and mini Merlion. Experience visiting the highest point on Mount Faber, the Faber Point and even venture to the back-of-house for an exclusive tour of how the Singapore Cable Car operates! 

RELATED: 5 Local Tours to Explore Singapore with Your Family

11. Behind The Magic by Madame Tussauds

Behind The Magic by Madame Tussauds
Photo credits Madame Tussauds Singapore

Location: Madame Tussauds Singapore,
Date: Permanent (Sat – Sun)
Hour: 11 am | 1 pm | 3 pm | 5 pm 
Fee: From $49.90 (ticket)
Suitable Ages: 6 years and above
Free for 1 child up to 12 years per paying adult

Behind The Magic by Madame Tussauds is a 90-minute insider experience where guests go behind the scenes with wax artists and try their hand at the magic required to make the world’s greatest wax figures. You’ll get to learn wax painting, hair insertion and even take home your own wax souvenir! 

As the workshop requires the use of sharp objects like needles, children below 12 have to be accompanied and assisted by an adult throughout the session.

RELATED: 7 Things to do at Sentosa with Your Kids this Year-End Holidays

12. Children’s Season 2020

Children's Season 2020
Photo credits National Heritage Board

Location: Online & Around Singapore
Date: Ongoing
Hour: Varies
Fee: Free & Paid

The annual Children’s Season has returned this year with another long list of inspiring, engaging and educating programs. This year’s edition goes beyond the national museums and heritage institutions under National Heritage Board’s management, offering a wide range of engaging family activities, from virtual Hide-N-Seek and online storytelling sessions to craft workshops and interactive exhibits! 

RELATED: 15 Best Things to do with Your Kids this Children’s Season

13. Floral Fantasy Blooms Again at Gardens by the Bay

Floral Fantasy Blooms Again at Gardens by the Bay
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date: Permanent
Hour: Mon - Fri: 10 am – 7 pm (last entry: 6.30 pm) | Sat – Sun & PH: 10 am – 8 pm (last entry: 7.30 pm) 
Fee: $5 - $15 

After a lengthy closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Floral Fantasy at Gardens by the Bay has once again reopened its doors for visitors to admire its beautiful blooms this month. 

Unveiled for the first time is the aptly-named Joy, a 5m-tall fantastical-themed floral sculpture made of dried and preserved flowers in a riot of colours, which is guarded by a giant woodland troll, his fairy friend and his bird companion – characters crafted by well-known local puppeteer Frankie Malachi. 

Take an enchanting stroll through a pathway flanked by hanging baskets filled to the brim with flourishing fuchsias from Japan spilling over from the sides, then say hello to the tiny, brightly-coloured poison dart frogs who shyly peek out at you from behind the colourful begonias in their vivarium.

Do note that to ensure safe distancing and better crowd regulation, you are required to pre-book your visit date and time before your trip to Floral Fantasy.

14. Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express

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

Location: West Lawn (next to Bayfront Plaza), 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

15. SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture

SINGAPO_Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture
Photo credits Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Location: Online & On-site
Date: Permanent
Hour: Mon: 2 pm – 8 pm | Tue – Sun: 10 am – 8 pm 
Fee: Free

SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture is a permanent interactive exhibit at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. The showcase highlights the Chinese Singaporean culture. And this holiday season, the Centre will also be organizing a series of meaningful online activities in conjunction with the exhibition, which will not only allow you to learn more about the Chinese Singaporean culture but also bond with your little ones over different activities! 



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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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