Whether you're stuck with a terrible two, tenacious tyke, or temperamental teen, there's always something fun in Singapore to keep 'em kids entertained. Take the kids away from the screens for a stage production at a theatre, an arts and crafts session at a gallery, an interactive exhibition at the museum, or even a themed family-friendly shindig atop the Marina Bay Sands. Read on to find the best events in the city to check out with the brood.
Let the kids' imagination run wild through play and the arts at Playeum's hand-on exhibition, I-Opener. The multi-sensory experience features play-worlds inspired by the artistic designs and creations of four artists with a disability – Dr. Dawn-joy Leong, Cavan Chang, Sol Pickens, and Jo Devadason. Beyond the play-worlds, children up to 12 can explore shadows and light, transform artworks into holograms, and create colourful collages by letting their eyes roam.
Embark on a magical adventure with your little explorers at the Esplanade's interactive theatre series for children between the ages of two and six. Expect local stories of friendship, playfulness and imagination that ignite your kid's creative flame, encouraging learning through the performing arts.
The ArtScience Museum’s first-ever permanent exhibition is a world of high-tech, immersive digital art installations. Featuring a plethora of works by award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab, Future World will be constantly updated with new works over the years. Highlight pieces include Transcending Boundaries, where kids can meander through the digitally-rendered garden featuring waterfalls that log in accordance with the laws of physics, butterflies that fly away upon touch, cherry blossoms that scatter like they would in the wind and more.
If there's one thing Singapore's known for, it's the food culture here. Inspired by local snacks, this all-new digital projection light show at ION Sky takes you on a flavourful adventure with whimsical characters like Ang Ku Kueh Girl, Roti Prata Boy and Kueh Lapis Girl. Follow them as they do all they can to defend their Food Wonderland. Get your tickets for the show via the ION Orchard Mobile app or over the Concierge counters. Simply spend a minimum of $20 per receipt at the mall to redeem an ION Sky ticket.
A global staple for more than 3.5 billion people, rice has shaped numerous cultures, diets, and economies. Therefore, it's not far-fetched to claim that for many, rice is life. Bring your tiny curious creatures to this Science Centre Singapore exhibition which explores the history, culture, heritage and biology of the life-sustaining grain, as well as the challenges faced to preserve this staple food source.
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Play superhero and save the day at The Fear Factory. Doctor F has unleashed a gas that breathes life into your worst fears, and the only hope is to find the antidote hidden away in Doctor F's laboratory. Go on the mission to find the said antidote before it's too late. Be prepared to face and overcome your deepest, darkest fears – if you're up for it, of course.