5 Things to do and Places to go with Kids this weekend in Singapore (20th - 26th Jan 2020)

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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
25 Jan 2020
1 pm – 5 pm

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
25 Jan – 27 Jan 2020
10 am – 6 pm
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
26 Jan 2020
8.30 am – 6.00 pm

(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
31 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Various timing
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)!

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
27 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Various timing
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!


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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