Looking for something new to do in this garden city? Or perhaps you are seeking to spend time with your family. Fortunately, there are events that are both family-friendly and fun for the whole family. The best part is, these events take place all-year-round and include everything from music to arts festivals. Whether you’re into something exciting and fun or laid-back and relaxed, there is something for everyone. Even if you are looking to take something of value back home or wish for your children to learn something, the following events will go a long way to educate, entertain and engage the whole family. So mark the following dates on your calendar!
Calendar Of Events
Since its inception in 2012, the inaugural KidsFest features three weeks of world-class theatre for young children in Singapore and Hong Kong. The little ones will be treated to vibrant performances and they will be able to get an up close and personal with their favourite characters from stories such as the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Gruffalo. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Children series, which takes place every year, is specifically organised for children to stimulate an interest in classical music. Although classical music isn’t for everyone, it goes a long way to ensure that it appeals to the younger generation. Performances serenade the masses with a combination of instruments including tubas, flutes and trumpets.
Imaginarium, Singapore Art Museum (April-June)
Imaginarium is an annual contemporary art exhibition that is organised by the Singapore Art Museum. The exhibition is typically held at SAM at 8Q. While there, children can take time to observe and interpret the works of art on display. This will encourage critical-thinking amongst the little ones as well as evoke their interest in the arts and motivate them to visit other museums in Singapore in the future. There will be a number of interactive installation at the site as well. This, in turn, will keep children engaged and entertained for hours.
Singapore Science Festival (July-September)
Get ready to do some mental gymnastics at the Singapore Science Centre during the Singapore Science Festival. Open to the whole family, this event presents itself as a three-day carnival that features innovations, research and experiments. The whole family can partake in practical, hands-on experiments and demonstrations. The yearly celebration stimulates creativity and encourages participants to think outside the box to overcome hurdles and challenges, that present themselves in a number of ways. If your thirst for the arts is still not satisfied, you can consider visiting the family-friendly portions in the National Gallery Singapore. Additionally, the Keppel Centre for Art Education offers children the opportunity to create their own artworks, gain a deeper understanding of the arts and discover their own creativity.
Singapore Writers Festival (October-December)
Organised by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Writers Festival features the best local and international writers in the world. The festival functions as a platform for emerging writers and promotes works of veteran writers as well. The festival also offers attendees a chance to rub shoulders with their favourite authors and gain exclusive insights into some of their works. Apart from that, the festival also conducts workshops, sessions, and other interactive programs for both adults and children. The Singapore Writers Festival is truly a must-attend, as you will not only get to meet your favourite authors but also have a chance to purchase books at jaw-dropping discounts. Another additional benefit of purchasing a book at the event is that you can get it signed from the respective authors with a personalised message from the author.
The unique arts festival features programs that are catered to all ages. During the night, you can groove to the latest beats, whereas in the morning there are a number of family-friendly activities such as stunt-shows, various performance, costume workshops, graffiti sessions and even exhilarating stunt shows. To make it easier for families, there are also family-friendly facilities such as kid-friendly food and baby changing stations available at the event space.
It’s that time of the year again and the Christmas spirit presents itself in a number of ways throughout Singapore. One of the most popular events that take place during this time is the Christmas Wonderland at the Gardens by the Bay. There’s a plethora of activities for the whole family, even for the little ones. You can visit the traditional Christmas Market, hop on the Christmas train, immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the carnival. If that’s not enough to get you into the Christmas spirit, you can take your family to the Ice Palace to test your ice-skating skills or engage in a snowball fight with your family and friends. With brilliant Christmas decorations adorning almost every part of the site, there will also be a number of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities available.