The school holidays are heating up, with more and more fun, exciting things to do and see. With so many activities available, you can be sure the kids will be well-occupied this weekend. We highlight some of the main events on the slate.
1. The Enormous Turnip
21 Nov to 6 Dec
School of the Arts Drama Theatre
A farmer, a tiny mouse and a humongous turnip take centre stage in I Theatre’s second season of their hit musical play, which was completely sold out on its maiden run in 2013. Fast-paced, colourful and interactive, it’s perfectly designed for younger audiences, who are sure to love the cute characters and catchy tunes. Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew, or read our review here. Get the The Enormous Turnip Printables – Fun Activity Pack and more from Little Day Out Shop too!
2. Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2015
27 Nov to 3 Jan, 4 pm to midnight
Supertree Grove, The Meadow & The Flower Dome
Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair is back, with more dazzling Italian Luminarie light sculptures, a European-style festive market, carnival rides for the kids and a brand new Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome. There are also song and dance performances lined up, as well as storytelling sessions.
3. Art Carnival at Padang
27 to 29 Nov, 5 pm to midnight
In celebration of the opening of the newly-opened National Gallery, the Padang will be transformed into giant fair full of interactive art installations, community art workshops and artisanal treats. There are five themes for the festival, such as Family & Community and Passion & Love, and each of them is presented in a large tent that you can explore. More details here.
28 Nov, 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm
Esplanade Recital Studio
Part of the Esplanade’s Indian Festival of Arts, this dance- and music-filled tale tells of how Hanuman, the cheeky monkey child, was stopped from devouring the sun and went on to become the fearless monkey god with ‘the broken chin’. Performed in English and recommended for kids aged four to eight.
5. SSO Babies’ Proms
28 to 29 Nov, 2 pm to 4 pm
Victoria Concert Hall
Get set for an afternoon of fun and music at the SSO’s special annual event for little ones aged six and below. Apart from great entertainment, it’s also an opportunity for kids to discover the wonderful world of the orchestra and its many musical instruments.
6. 398.2 Storytelling Festival
28 to 29 Nov, 11 am to 5:30 pm
National Library Building & National Museum of Singapore
It’s a two-day storyelling bonanza with some of Singapore’s finest tellers. Taking place at the National Library on 28 Nov and the National Museum on 29 Nov, there will be five sessions running simultaneously, each with a different theme such as Asian Tales and World Folklore. Admission is free.
7. The Emperor’s New Clothes
20 Nov to 12 Dec
Drama Centre Theatre
Wild Rice Productions puts a cheeky local spin on this classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This funny, light-hearted musical sees the Emperor celebrating the 50th anniversary of his reign with an extravagant National Dress Parade. But when he neglects his citizens unless they compliment his appearance, two tailors decide to teach him a lesson.
8. NUS110 Concert in the Park
28 Nov, 6 pm to 7 pm
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Pack your picnic mats and baskets and join the NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra at this free-admission concert as they perform a repertoire of rousing compositions in celebration of the university’s 110th year of founding. Familiar favourites to look forward to include Dvorak’s New World Symphony and John Williams’s orchestral suite from Harry Potter.
If your kid is a Pororo fan, then you should definitely check out Southeast Asia’s first Pororo-themed indoor play park. Intended for kids between the ages of one to nine, highlights of the park include a kiddie train ride called Pororo Express, a Shark Ball Pool, the little penguin’s snow-covered cottage and a multi-storey obstacle course.