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The best things to do for kids in Singapore

Keep ’em tots, tykes and teens sharp and active with exciting events, activities and other things to do in Singapore

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By Cam Khalid, Delfina Utomo and Jayme Chong |
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Had your breakfast this morning? Great, because you’re going to need all that energy to get you through the high-octane activities Singapore has in-store for the toddlers, pre-teens and teens. No matter what your kids are into – be it the arts, science, or sports – keep your pint-sized posse occupied with heaps of physical challenges, cool exhibitions and some edutainment fun. Plus, we believe that the June school holidays should be used for exploration and the creation of fond family memories. Here are some of the best activities around town to do just that.

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Aquaducks
Kids

Baby goes swimming with Aquaducks

icon-location-pin Kent Ridge

The earlier the kids learn to swim, the better. AquaDucks is Singapore’s pioneer infant swimming school, with programmes adapted from a mix of European, USA, and Australian teaching techniques. The school prides itself on being child-centric, providing a safe and fun environment to build your child’s confidence in the water. Parent-child interaction is emphasised and you’re encouraged to be the personal coach, under the supervision of swimming instructors. The programme is divided into six levels to encourage children to reach the next milestone.

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Rainforest Kidzworld, Singapore Zoo
Things to do

Pat critters at Rainforest Kidzworld

icon-location-pin Mandai

After admiring animals in their respective enclosures, bring the kids to Rainforest Kidzworld in the Singapore Zoo where they can interact with the animals – that means actual touching of furry critters is allowed! Get to meet bunnies, goats, ferrets, guinea pigs, mini pigs, falabellas (that’s miniature horses for you) and rats. On top of consorting with the animals, young ’uns can also have a splashing time at the pool so be sure to pack some bathers.

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Woods in the Books
Shopping, Bookshops

Join a reading at Woods in the Books

icon-location-pin Tiong Bahru

A quaint bookshop that specialises in picture books, Woods in the Books is a literary wonderland for the curious ones. It offers a feast of pictorial treasures including classics like Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are, pop-up versions of The Little Prince and a wide selection of activity and colouring books. Bring your tots to a reading session at the store. They occur regularly so try your luck! You could be grooming Singapore’s next literary genius.

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The Better Toy Store
Shopping

Shop for a teddy bear at The Better Toy Store

icon-location-pin Orchard

The best part about The Better Toy Store is that it stocks toys for kids as young as three months all the way to teens – plus it even has a modest selection of collectibles and limited edition teddy bears for adults. That’s right, no one is too old for toys. For the toddlers, it is good to have toys that engage and build, rather than fragment, a child’s attention span. With that in mind, this chain stocks a huge array of toys selected for their play value, functional design and impact on the environment.

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kiztopia
Kids

Run wild at Kiztopia

icon-location-pin City Hall

Opening from June 15, the new massive indoor playground at Marina Square is an interactive play space for children 12 and below. Kiztopia offers an environment where kids can play and learn valuable skills as well. Let them loose at the bouncy castles and trampoline arena, pick up cooking, driving and more at the role playrooms and even bring home the goodies they have made in the kitchen.

RECOMMENDED: The best indoor playgrounds in Singapore

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Kids

Unwind at Café Melba

icon-location-pin Buona Vista

At some point, you have to take your kids out for a meal, so why not order comforting treats at this Aussie-inspired restaurant? The young ’uns can dig into stacks of pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup, or French toast with honey at this cosy nook in the west. Kids eat free with every main course ordered on Mondays. But first: let them jump around the bouncy castle from 3pm, or let their creative juices flow at the arts and crafts corner from 5pm to 8pm.

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Forest Adventure
Kids

Overcome the obstacles of Forest Adventure

icon-location-pin Bedok

Encourage the kids to aim high at this kid-friendly obstacle course. Designed for those between five to nine years old, your mini adrenaline junkies can go ham on 22 crossings including zip-lines, ladders, swings, nets, and tunnels. Parents, don’t sweat – as safety is a priority, briefings are conducted once your kids are strapped in the harness prior to taking on the challenge.

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The Rink
Sport and fitness

Ice skate a figure eight at The Rink

icon-location-pin Jurong East

This Olympic-sized rink maintains its frosty temperatures all year round, making it the perfect spot for some fun away from the sun. Aspiring figure skaters, ice hockey players and rookies can learn the basics of gliding and turning. There are also adorable ice skating aids in the form of penguins and seals for the extra confidence boost.

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Epigram books, bookstore
Shopping, Bookshops

Read Sing lit at Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Unlike other book cafes, Huggs-Epigram only stocks Singapore reads: books about our country, and books written and published by Singaporean authors and publishers. The café, Huggs Coffee, serves espresso-based and local-style cuppas plus light bites like sandwiches and cakes.

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Wave House Sentosa
Sport and fitness, Water sports

Hang loose at Wave House Sentosa

icon-location-pin Sentosa

Keep cool in Singapore’s sweltering weather by riding the waves at Wave House Sentosa. The lads and lasses can show off cool surfing tricks, improve bodyboarding techniques or take this opportunity to master the art of flowboarding – a hybrid board sport combining surfing, skateboarding and wakeboarding – on rides like the Flowbarrel and Double Flowrider.

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The Karting Arena
Things to do

Unleash your inner Mario at The Karting Arena

icon-location-pin Bukit Timah

Let your teens get a headstart at driving their first car – well, almost – when they go-kart on fun circuits at this racing arena. It has different experiences on offer, such as casual Fun Karting sessions and Grand Prix competitive group races that follow the F1 race format. As they bolt through the combination of tight corners, 90-degree turns, overtaking points, and long sweepers, they’re sure to feel the rush of a car racer. Hello, future Lewis Hamilton.

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Universal Studios Singapore
Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
Things to do

Scream out loud at Universal Studios Singapore

icon-location-pin Sentosa

This one’s a no-brainer. Beat the summer boredom at Universal Studios Singapore. With so many rides and attractions across the park’s seven themed zones, teens can get their heart rates pumping on thrilling rides like the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cyclone. Don’t miss meet and greet opportunities with characters such as Marilyn Monroe and Transformers’ Bumblebee. Its all-new Universal After Hours programme offers a line-up of after-dark activities such as the Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade and a fireworks display.

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DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
Restaurants

Eat like a superhero

icon-location-pin Marina Bay

The superhero trend is still going strong, especially with the recent release of Avengers: Endgame. If your teen is a fan of all things superhero – whether it’s Marvel or DC – hop on the bandwagon with a trip to the DC Comics-themed cafe at Marina Bay Sands. It houses life-size statues of DC superheroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, and has comic book-inspired menus featuring superhero-themed dishes, like The Dark Knight Burger ($30.90), Smallville Schnitzel Chicken Burger ($23), Harley Quinn Fruity Yogurt Freakshake ($19.90) and Match Lantern Milkshake ($11.90), to feast on within themed seating booths.

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Bounce Singapore
Kids

Jump around at Bounce Singapore

icon-location-pin Orchard

There isn’t a moment of stillness at Bounce Singapore, where you can jump off walls and fly through the air. This addition to the trampoline scene has three areas designed for different interests and various levels of difficulty, so young tots, older teens, adults and even fitness enthusiasts are catered for. Got a pre-schooler in the house? Specifically designed for kids aged three to five, KinderGym is equipped with a safe, multi-sensory environment to give them their jumping fix.

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Far East Organization Children's Garden
Kids, Playgrounds

Splash around at Far East Organization Children's Garden

icon-location-pin Marina Bay

Surrounded by the lush greens of Gardens by the Bay, this outdoor playground has one mission in mind: to get everybody drenched. There are water tunnels, stepping springs and various jets your pint-sized terrors – or your mischievous side – can use to hose everyone else down. Even toddlers can get in on the aquatic action, with a safe play zone you’ll feel comfortable letting them roam around in.

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Kite flying at Marina Barrage
Things to do

Fly a kite at Marina Barrage

icon-location-pin Marina Bay

Marina Barrage attracts couples and families all year round thanks to its breathtaking 360-degree view of the bay area. Pack a picnic basket and a kite for some family fun. Don't have one? Browse through the cavalcade of colourful creations at the shop on the grounds. Then, help your kid unleash his or her kite into the air and let it sail in the bay's gusty winds.

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library@orchard
Things to do

Sit in for a storytelling session at the library

icon-location-pin Orchard

Elevate your tiny bookworms' reading experience by bringing them to engaging storytelling sessions regularly held at public libraries in Singapore, except for library@chinatown and library@esplanade. Children of various age groups, as well as parents, are invited to journey through the exciting adventures of Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk and more.

Also, check out the spankin' new library@Harbourfront where there is a dedicated children's zone for young readers to learn through technology with the first-ever makerspace for those aged three to nine. The kids can also see stories come to life via the augmented reality books.

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Siloso Beach
Photo: Terence Ong
Attractions, Beaches

Build sandcastles at Siloso Beach

icon-location-pin Central

Siloso Beach is a hive of activity with numerous beach clubs and an array of watersports options that simply exudes good summer vibes. And you can enjoy some fun under the sun without spending a dime here. Help your little beach bums with sunscreen application and watch them unleash their imagination in sandcastle building, splash around in the sea (with your guidance, of course) and play a friendly game of beach volleyball.

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Punggol Waterway
Photo: NParks
Things to do

Reconnect with nature at Punggol Waterway Park

icon-location-pin Punggol

This peaceful park offers four unique themes with something in-store for visitors of all ages. The Nature Cove features a picturesque view of the waterway, with areas for families to spend lazy Sundays on the grass. At the Recreation Zone, little ones can let loose with activities like water play and sand play, while the rest of the family gets a workout at the fitness corner.

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Bollywood Veggies
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography
Things to do

Farm hop at Kranji Countryside

icon-location-pin Lim Chu Kang

Escape to the countryside with the fam. At Kranji Countryside, kids can watch goats getting milked and even feed, erm, other kids at Hay Dairies, see vegetables being harvested and grown at Quan Fa Organic Farm, get schooled on organic produce at Bollywood Veggies, and more.

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Mint Museum
Photo by: Albert Lim K S
Things to do

Check out childhood memorabilia at MINT Museum of Toys

icon-location-pin City Hall

Parents, relive your childhood and bask in nostalgia while introducing your kids to time-honoured characters like Tintin and Popeye at this private museum showcasing a collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys. With rare, one-of-a-kind pieces from more than 40 countries – some of which date back to the mid-1800s – it’s easy to get caught up in past in this five-story shrine to toys.

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Splash @ Kidz Amaze
Kids

Put on your goggles for Splash @ Kidz Amaze

icon-location-pin Punggol

One for the kids – make a splash at this indoor water playground (from $8, free for babies below 18 months) that stretches out to 23,000 square feet. It has five slides and eight play decks, all interconnected by climbing structures. Big buckets of water topple at random over a few areas, so expect most children to cluster around that splash pad to get dunked. You probably don’t want to leave your toddler under that waterfall. Head instead to a separate wading area, specially for those aged 18 to 36 months, where water jets gently spray streams at you. 

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artscience museum, future world, marina bay sands
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
Art

Immerse in a digital world at ArtScience Museum

icon-location-pin Marina Bay

The stunning lotus-shaped building is an iconic landmark in the Singapore skyline and also a place where art, science, culture and technology come together. Take your kids on an artistic adventure at the museum's permanent exhibition, Future World – Where Art Meets Science. Together with digital art installations by teamLab, a trip here will light up your kids’ creative bulb where they can watch their 2D crayon creation transform into animations, create thrones out of colour-changing blocks, and go down an interactive slide.

RECOMMENDED: The best museums in Singapore

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iFly
Attractions

Skydive indoors at iFly

icon-location-pin Sentosa

Be blown away, or in this case, up, by this wind tunnel which gives the thrilling sensation of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. Under the watchful eye of iFly's team of pros, kids can have a ball pretending to be Superman.

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Gallop Stable
Things to do

Ride a horse at Gallop Stable

icon-location-pin Bukit Timah

Saddle up – horse riding isn’t just for trust fund babies or polo players. Learning to ride at Gallop Stables starts from as little as $65 (per 30-minute session). The little ones can enjoy a 20-minute pony ride ($45) which is suitable for three years and up. Alternatively, opt to go on a supervised riding for an hour ($85) on the Fairways Green Track or Fairways Sand Ring.

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Snow City
Things to do

Beat the heat at Snow City

icon-location-pin Jurong East

Escape the hot and humid Singapore weather to experience the cold and snow at Snow City. Gather the family and dress up in matching winter gear – don't worry, these are available for rent – and stomp around in the snow. Slide down a 60m snow slope, take photos with life-sized snow sculptures in the artic playground or get toasty in an igloo home.

Events to keep 'em entertained

big hug, gallery children's biennale
Photo: National Gallery Singapore
Things to do

Get creative at Gallery Children’s Biennale

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Take the kiddos on an art adventure through National Gallery Singapore. This year’s Children’s Biennale features 11 interactive artworks by local and international artists. Let your little hitmakers create their very own tunes at Chance Operations or embark on an experiential journey across time and space at Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace.

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TRANSPORTA: Gooey Oozy Madness!

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Enter a world where art and science come together at the balloon truck at the Supertree Grove Lawn where a secret portal to an Instagrammable factory awaits. Treat your senses to interactive light installations and projections that you can control with a special glove. Highlights include floor projections that track movements to create fluid animations and a maze of giant balls that you can touch to light up. Play with the shimmering fabric nearby to create various shapes and forms, and jump on trampolines – all in the quest of learning about the physical qualities of a viscous solution.

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Art, Digital and interactive

Step into the fantasy world of Wonderland

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Go down the rabbit hole and enter the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland from now until September 22. Suitable for curious creatures of all ages, the exhibition showcases the evolution of Lewis Caroll’s beloved characters throughout the years in various mediums. Further explore the space with hands-on activities, bespoke digital activities and more

Floating Utopias
Photo by: Luca Girardini
Things to do, Exhibitions

Floating Utopias

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Feast your eyes on a visual treat at the ArtScience Museum. Titled Floating Utopias, this playful yet poetic exhibition explores the history of inflatable objects, showcasing the effects they have on art, architecture and social activism over the decades after the first hot air balloon took off. There are also kid-friendly activities for your mini artists to get creative.

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Things to do, Sport events

Beat the heat at Adventure Cove Waterpark Splash Bash

icon-location-pin Adventure Cove Waterpark, Sentosa
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Pack the swimmers for a whole slew of thrilling activities – think exciting riddles and physical challenges at the Adventure River and Bluewater Bay, and participating in a water-filled battleground to win attractive prizes – await you. Update the 'gram with family photos by the whimsical photo zone featuring larger-than-life decorations of tantalising ice cream cones, icy popsicles and an ice-cream see-saw to commemorate the day.

Theatre

Be the star of your own fairytale at 22 Stories

icon-location-pin PeopleUp @ Pandan, Jurong East
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Bring your child's (or your childhood) dreams to life at Andsoforth's latest immersive theatre production where 22 experiential rooms are decked with Instagrammable backdrops. Trek the desert with Ali Baba, fall down the rabbit hole with Alice, slide down the beanstalk with Jack, go under the sea with The Little Mermaid and more. Not only does your Instagram feed get a load of feeding – you can refuel at the dedicated rest area, Wonder Foodland, where meals are freshly prepared by Farm Appetit.

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Kids

Run riot at the Children’s Special at the National Museum

icon-location-pin National Museum of Singapore, City Hall
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Join in the family-friendly bash as the museum launches its new interactive guide, Get Curious!. For the whole month of June, the museum invites you to explore the fascinating worlds of the land, sea and forest. Jump around in its bouncy castles, discover old toys and share your stories. There are also character tours, film screenings and engaging workshops to create your own masterpieces.

Kids

Roar with the dinosaurs at Dinoquest

icon-location-pin Singapore Science Centre, Jurong East
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From now till August 31, travel back in time to the Cretaceous period and solve the mystery behind the elusive Australian polar dinosaurs. Get your little paleontologist started at seven thematic, multi-sensorial zones that explain the science of fossilisation. Engage with everything from holographic mapping to augmented and virtual reality environments.

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Things to do

Revisit Singapore's history with From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

icon-location-pin Fort Canning Park, City Hall
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Perfect for the whole family, delve further into Singapore’s past with a two-part showcase at the historic Fort Canning Park. Time Traveller is a cinematic experience that takes you through 700 years of history with five multimedia shows. While Pathfinder is a free-and-easy experience that presents Singapore’s journey from past to present through eight interactive pavilions and installations.

Kids

Be part of the Paw Patrol at City Square Mall

icon-location-pin City Square Mall, Kallang
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Nickelodeon's cutest – and heroic – pups are making their way to City Square Mall this June school holiday to scout for brave and strong patrollers to be a part of their rescue team. From June 8 to 23 (excluding Mondays), show what you got by taking on an exciting fire rescue training with Ryder and pals, challenge yourself with problem-solving activities, and catch the team in their ultimate rescue kit during a meet-and-greet session.

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Kids

Act it out at ACT 3 Drama Academy June Holiday Workshops

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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Looking to keep your little actors busy during the school holiday? Let Act 3 Drama Academy help you hone your kids' acting chops with its June holiday workshops. Highlighting a gigantic veggie and the power of imagination, its engaging role-playing performative sessions encourage children aged seven months and older to use all their senses and think outside the box.

Gardens by the Bay's Children's Festival 2019
Photo: Gardens by the Bay's Children's Festival 2019
Kids

Hang out with Woody and gang at Children’s Festival

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Before catching Toy Story 4 in the cinema on June 20, keep the tots busy with heaps of activities at Gardens by the Bay’s annual kid jamboree. Let them run riot at the colourful world of Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story as the Supertree Grove transforms into a wondrous playland complete with carnival games inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang.

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Things to do

Immerse in captivating tales at StoryFest

icon-location-pin The Arts House, City Hall
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The annual festival encourages children to dream big and embrace the natural world and cultural arts from around the globe through the power of storytelling. From June 21 to 24 gather around The Storyteller’s Fire, embark on Jungle Adventures, and join a musical storytelling experience. There are also plenty of workshops and public activities at The Arts House during this period so head on over.

Goodman Open House
Photo: Arts House Limited
Things to do

Appreciate art at Goodman Open House

icon-location-pin Goodman Arts Centre, Marine Parade
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Soak in all things art at this year’s Goodman Open House on June 22, themed ‘The Playfull Edition’. Expect a line-up of fun-filled programmes for the whole family. Step into artists’ studios to learn more about the artmaking process by participating in different workshops like creating a floor mural and wind chimes.

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Things to do

Soar into Summer at Universal Studios Singapore

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa
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Fill your summer with everything Universal Studios Singapore has to offer, from spectacular shows and attractions to thrilling rides worth every scream. Look forward to heaps of fun activities like meeting a talking Megatron and Sanrio's famous stars Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel, as well as keeping an eye out for the adorable Minions dressed in Hawaiian-themed outfits – think grass skirts and coconut shell bikinis. Stay on until sunset to experience the all-new Universal After Hours programme. Held on weekends and selected nights, expect a line-up of after-dark activities from the Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade to entertaining local bands and pop-up food stalls.

Theatre, Circuses

Time travel at Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities

icon-location-pin Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay
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Globe-trotting circus company Cirque du Soleil is turning the iconic Big Top into a whimsical steampunk dream – think cool combos of metal and leather, clunky machines, futuristic inventions, and acrobats that break the laws of physics. Time stops in this alternate Victorian era, transporting you and your kids to a fantasy world where the possibilities are endless.

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Theatre, Musicals

Go on a magic carpet ride with Aladdin

icon-location-pin Sands Theatre, Marina Bay
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Strap in for a magic carpet ride to a whole new world with this hit Broadway musical. It’s a chest full of catchy songs from the Disney classic, fourth-wall-breaking humour, glittering costumes, and lavish sets to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah. There's no doubt it's going to be shining, shimmering, splendid.

Kids

Gear up for the Spartan Kids Race

icon-location-pin The Grandstand, Bukit Timah
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Things are about to get dirty as the Spartan Kids Race returns on August 3. With plenty of obstacles, your little ninja warriors are expected to crawl, climb, jump and run through the muddy grounds. Whether your little racer takes on the 800-metre or 1.6-kilometre runs, this sporting event is going to be heaps of fun

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