What’s on in March? Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s annual children’s festival March On is back from 9 to 19 March with an exciting line-up of programmes for children and their families. Theatre shows, Live Action Role Playing (LARP), interactive dance performances, parent-child workshops and child-led activities await!
Get ready to explore new worlds, embark on a theatrical roleplaying game, uncover the story of a lost boy and dance together with family and friends.
Expect a whole host of ticketed and free music, dance, storytelling programmes and workshops for all – children, families and caregivers – over the March school holidays in Singapore.
Here’s a taster of the programmes to expect at Esplanade’s March On 2023!
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March On 2023 – A Children’s Festival at Esplanade
The Beginning of Anything
6-year-old Shan wants to be an explorer. She creates worlds using her paper and pencils, and discovers a new frontier – school. Would she dare to enter it? How will she find her place in this new world? Directed by Edith Podesta, The Beginning of Anything uses music, animation and storytelling to address fears of change and encourage children to bravely navigate their own fears.
Dates: 9 to 12 March
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Find out more about The Beginning of Anything
Last year’s Monster Hunt returns in a different form this year, as a theatrical role-playing game Changeling. The children’s mission is to locate Nadim, a runaway boy who disappeared twenty years ago. Sounds intriguing? Players will journey into a dark mirror of ancient Singapura ruled by a monstrous monarch. Free Nadim from this living nightmare!
Dates: 11 to 19 March
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio
Get more details about Changeling
Come Back Home
Participate in an immersive theatre experience about a child who went missing a long time ago and inspired by the quintessential Singaporean space – HDB void decks. Audiences can choose between being a participant, actively bringing the story to life, or an observer, taking part in key moments throughout the show. Come Back Home by Polyglot Theatre is a collaborative project by artists from Australia and Singapore.
Dates: 10 to 19 March
Venue: Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
Find out more about Come Back Home
We Touch, We Play, We Dance
Just for the children under 3, dancers will dance in a playful performance accompanied by music mixed live by DJ. The dancers will respond and guide the children through interactive movements, high fives, hugs and dancing. This experience is created by Second Hand Dance from the UK. Let loose and join in the fun!
Dates: 16 to 19 March
Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Find out more about We Touch, We Play, We Dance
WEAVE – A Children’s Workshop on Hopes, Dreams and Fears
WEAVE is a children’s workshop with games, therapeutic art activities and somatic movements. It provides young ones with a safe space to explore the threads of dreams and fears interwoven with events and changes in life.
Dates: 11 & 12 March
Venue: Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
Get more details about WEAVE
INTERTWINED – A Parent-Child Workshop on Hopes, Dreams and Fears
Gather the family and participate in INTERTWINED to uncover shared family stories. Sharing stories that run through generations will provide a bonding opportunity for families to connect as they listen to one another and learn about each other’s fears and dreams through games, art and somatic movements. Find moments of healing in familial relationships with an intimate time sharing stories.
Date: 11 March
Venue: Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
Find out more about INTERTWINED
You can also look forward to a whole range of other free activities at March On 2023 at the Esplanade!
Kiap Kiap Revolution: Re-Imagine, Re-Order, Re-Connect
Pay a visit to Kiap Kiap Revolution: Re-Imagine, Re-Order, Re-Connect, a participatory art exhibition where artist Jimmy Ong and 3Pumpkins explore how toys can be deconstructed and reconstructed to discover the meaning behind acts of charitable giving.
Dates: 9 to 12 March, 17 to 19 March
Venue: Esplanade Courtyard
Find out more about Kiap Kiap: Re-Imagine, Re-Order, Re-Connect
Rattle King 2
Cars roaring by, people talking, the noises in the city are loud! Ever felt that way? Rattle King sure does! How does he deal with all the sounds? Join Rattle King and his jesters who learn to live with all the urban cacophony. Come early for a pre-show activity from 6 pm to 6.30 pm
Dates: 10 to 12 March, 17 to 19 March, 6.45 pm
Venue: Esplanade Forecourt Garden
Get more details about Rattle King 2
Other free music, dance and story-telling programmes that will be taking place over the course of the Esplanade children’s festival. Perfect for a fun day out during the March school holidays.
Promotions & Prizes to be Won
From 9 to 19 March, PIP’s Club members can also redeem a colourful PIP face mask with a minimum spend of $20 at participating outlets at the Esplanade Mall. Not yet a PIP’s Club member? Sign up for free here.
Children can also let their imaginations run wild and draw a friend for PIP to meet. Get creative and conjure up a new character, then email a picture of PIP’s new friend to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. Stand to win Esplanade Mall vouchers and PIP merchandise. Get the full contest details here.
March On Down to Esplanade’s Annual Children’s Festival during the School Holidays
Head down to Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for a wonderful time with the kids through the arts during the March school holidays 2023.
Find out more about Esplanade’s March On 2023 children’s festival.
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