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.
Go behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ most beloved animated movies at the Art Science Museum. The landmark exhibition is shown in Southeast Asia for the first time and features over 500 exceptional art pieces including original drawings, paintings, sketches, and concept art curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Movies range from Steamboat Willie (1928), the first Disney cartoon with a synchronised soundtrack, to classic films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and The Lion King (1994), as well as blockbusters such as Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016) and Moana (2016).
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.
Japanese art collective teamLab, famed for the Future World exhibition at the ArtScience Museum, combines technology and art for the #futuretogether exhibition in honour of Singapore's bicentennial. Highlights include The Dragonfly Lake which is scattered with a bunch of ovoids or egg-shaped structures floating about on the water's surface. Come nightfall, the ovoids light up with bright hues that change in colour when touched. Another highlight at the outdoor garden is the lattice with seasonal flowers that scatter and change over the course of an hour, signifying the continuous cycle of life and death.
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.
Step out with the kids for an exciting exploration into the wild at the world's first travelling edutainment exhibition that looks into the interdependent relationship between animals and the environments they inhabit. See the world through their eyes via interactive multimedia play elements, never-seen-before footage and stories of the natural world, all while fostering environmental consciousness.
School the children on the unfrequented stories of World War II (WWII) in Singapore with a wide variety of programmes organised by the National Heritage Board. Strap into a comfy pair of kicks and join in any of the 74 guided tours including trips to two lesser-known WWII-related sites, the Former Admiralty House (now Canberra House) and Former View Road Hospital, as well as soapbox tours at National Museum of Singapore.
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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Journey across raging seas and snowy mountains with Disney’s Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled, Cinderella, as well as Disney and Pixar’s Coco. Gliding in with their special choreography are guests Winnie the Pooh and Tigger who will have the kiddos breaking into dance.
Imagine a post-apocalyptic world where electrical energy is the new universal currency and it's every man for himself. The only means of survival? Harnessing electrical energy through the use of renewable energy sources and to outwit and outlive your peers. This year, Science Centre Singapire is hosting Mindfest, an Amazing Race-inspired event where you and your mini teammates scour its many exhibits to collect as many 'Joules' as possible. Be prepared for thrills, adventure, and a whole lot of learning.
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.