Calling all Pokemon Go fans, you can now catch ’em all at Sentosa’s highly-anticipated Pokemon Carnival! It’s sure to be ultimate Pokemon experience, as there will be 403 of the adorable creatures from the Pokemon region of Alola gathered in one place for the first time in Asia.
From adorable Pikachu Parades, mascot Meet & Greet sessions, carnival games, Pokemon-themed inflatables and even movie screenings, this evening carnival is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
From June 15 to 30, 5pm to 9pm, at Sentosa Cove. Admission is free! Go here for more information.
McDonald’s Weekly Storytelling Session
Instil the love of books and reading in your children from young, by bringing them to these fun storytelling events led by McDonald’s very own Ronald McDonald and supported by professional storytellers as well as Junior and Teen Reading Ambassadors from the National Library Board. The interactive sessions will also include hands-on activities.
Part of the Happy Meal Readers Programme, the fast food restaurant has also begun offering the option to opt for a book instead of a toy to accompany your child’s Happy Meal purchase. June 2’s storytelling session will be held at the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 outlet, while the one on June 9 and June 16 will be held at the Choa Chu Kang St 51 and Bishan Park outlets respectively.
Every Sunday, 2pm to 3pm. You need to register with the participating outlet. For more details, visit here.
Indulge in nature and go back in time at the rustic island of Pulau Ubin, which is home to Singapore’s last ‘kampung’. A whole line-up of events has been planned for Pesta Ubin, whose theme this year is Supporting Ubin Businesses. The activities are free but some require registration. From kayaking along mangrove rivers or its granite quarry to exploring its trails to special evening nature walks and a tour of Chek Jawa, there are plenty of fun and fulfilling activities to make it a meaningful day out.
While you’re there with your family, make sure to keep to its theme by purchasing a drink from one of its provision shops or from the iconic Ah Ma’s Drink Stall, and have a meal at its coffee shops and restaurants. Rent a bicycle from its kiosk to do your own island exploration, or if you have a big group, you can find vans (10 pax max) at a taxi stand near the jetty — they serve as the taxis of Ubin.
From May 18 to June 30 at Pulau Ubin. Take a 15 minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal at Changi Village (51 Lorong Bekukong, Singapore 499172) to Pulau Ubin. It costs $3/person, additional $2 per bicycle. For a list of activities, visit here.
KidZ & Zoology
There’s no better time than now to impart the importance of wildlife, the fragility of nature and the love of animals in your children. Bring your kids to KidZania Singapore during the holidays to learn more about wildlife welfare issues and conservation efforts by ACRES in an exhibition (June 1 to 12) or catch a movie screening at $10 in the City’s Theatre. Some movie titles include Monkey Kingdom, Racing Extinction and more, and it’s all for a good cause too, as proceeds raised from the movie screenings will go to ACRES’ fundraising efforts.
Your kids will also get up close and personal with animals on selected Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays where they get to witness the display of intelligence, agility and responsiveness from various animal friends and interact with feathered animals. Apart from that, other fun activities include animal origami and photo crafting, a safari-themed City Parade and wild animal rides by ZOOMOOV.
From May 18 to June 30, 10am to 6pm daily (closed on selected Wednesdays) at KidZania Singapore, Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View #01-01/02, Singapore 098008. Regular admission charges apply. For more info visit www.kidzania.com.sg.
This interactive visual arts play space, designed by illustrator and mother of two Gracie Chai, allows kids to have fun through items from everyday life, and lets them see ordinary objects around us in a different light.
The little ones can crawl through a washing machine, slide down a bed, jump into a laundry basket and more. How fun!
The Artground also has a few ticketed events for the June Holidays that might prove fascinating to your children, such as BEAM by The Artground’s Artist-in-Residence, Stan, which is in collaboration with Tiny Feat and The Finger Players. The performance ($20, June 22, 23, 29 and 30, from 2pm to 2.45pm) is about a girl, a light beam and a series of adventures. After the performance, children will get to create their own mobile light kit to carry on their own adventures.
From May 23 to Sept 15 at 90 Goodman Road, #01-40 Blk J, Singapore 439053. More info here.
Children’s Festival 2019 by Gardens by the Bay
Let your child reach for the skies to infinity and beyond at this year’s rendition of the annual Children’s Festival. The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay will be transformed into a spectacular carnival that is based on the upcoming Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 film, as part of a three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia (Disney). There will be family-friendly games and activities inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang and carnival game booths.
Highlights include a first-ever Toy Story 4 themed marble run track in Singapore, which will run twice every hour. Watch the marble as it weaves around two Supertrees and travels along the track that spans approximately 150 metres. The ride will be accompanied by familiar tunes from previous Toy Story films.
There’s also the Star Adventurer, where the young ones can race in self-driving cars in order to recharge Buzz Lightyear; and Bo Peep’s Adventure, an obstacle course for children to test their speed, agility and endurance. Don’t forget to stay for the Toy Story 4 inspired-edition of the Garden Rhapsody — a signature light and music show by Gardens by the Bay.
From June 15 to 30, 10am to 9pm, at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. Admission is free. More info here.
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder
With the theme Embracing Wonder, you can be sure that the artworks and displays at this year’s Gallery Children’s Biennale will be nothing short of magical.
Boasting 11 interactive and multi-dimensional artworks by 13 Singapore and Southeast Asian artists, with some pieces encouraging imaginative play, they aim to spark curiosity, encourage openness to discover diversity, and imagine new possibilities. There’s Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace, where you cross a 16-metre bridge and peer down into what looks like an endless rock formation that glimmers and glows.
There’s Every World, where you enter five frosted domes made of paper cut-outs to experience the magic of five different landscapes, including underwater, underground and English and tropical gardens. There’s The Other Wall, where you enter two traditional Burmese homes plated entirely in gold and get a rare glimpse into a typical Burmese childhood. It’ll be a lovely afternoon of discovery, creativity and exploration for both you and your little one.
From May 25 to Dec 29 at various locations in National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957. General admission applies. More info here.
Goodman Open House: The Play-full Edition
Dance, play and fill your tummies at this family-friendly arts festival. The one-day event will have over 20 different workshops and performances by Goodman’s resident artists and arts groups based on the themes of Music, Dance and Play.
Workshops include rubber stamp carving, wind-chime-making and magnet-making, while performances include music from the Singapore Lyric Opera’s Children Choir and the Philharmonic Youth Winds, a puppetry production, and a jam-along Music Jamboree featuring live musicians and ethnic instruments playing old and new songs.
There’re also storytelling sessions, caricature drawing, a mini food and art marketplace, and the opportunity to visit the intimate spaces of the artists’ studios to better understand the art-making process. Sign us up!
On June 22, 11am to 5pm, at Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053. Admission is free but you have to register for the workshops. More info here.
Durian High Tea Buffet at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Are your kids a fan of the King of Fruit? Marriott Cafe’s highly anticipated Durian High Tea Buffet is back for just two months only, so now’s the best time to give them a treat.
Expect an array of decadent durian gourmet creations that are chock-full of luscious Mao Shan Wang durian. There’s the Durian Red Bean Pudding which is made of Japanese adzuki beans and durian purée, the Durian Coconut Custard — a velvety yet light custard encased in a thin, delicate crêpe and topped with crispy, caramelised shredded coconut for a satisfying crunch, Durian Tarts, Baked
Durian Strudel, Durian Bread & Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce and more.
For an additional $5++ each, you get to complete the meal with a rich and specially concocted Durian Pandan Smoothie or Durian Banana Smoothie. As though that’s not satisfying enough, you also get to tuck into local and international fare, such as fresh seafood on ice, Nasi Lemak with Crispy Chicken Wings and Bak Kut Teh. It’ll be a feast for the senses.
From June 3 to July 31, 3pm to 5.30pm, at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865. $45++ (weekdays) and $48++ (weekends) for adults, and $27++ (weekdays) and $30++ (weekends) for children 5 to 12 years old. Call 6831 4605 or visit singaporemarriott.com/dining for reservations.
A new fun edutainment playground is set to launch on June 15, so why not check out this newest entertainment option during the holidays? This park marks the company’s first venture into Southeast Asia outside of China.
With 18 different play areas spanning an 18,000 square feet space in Marina Square, this adorable adventure-land, which emphasises on active play, even has its very own Intellectual Property (IP) registered characters. They include Mark the monkey, Chichi the chick, Tiger, Raby the rabbit, Bell the bear and Pepe the pig, and every character — there are 11 — has its own personality and profession.
Your little ones will have ample opportunity to cultivate their social, emotional, and motor skills as each play zone is designed with specific learning objectives in mind. Fun facilities include an indoor driving school, role play rooms, Augmented Reality (AR) studios with arts and sports content, and even its own themed café.
Opens June 15. Kiztopia is at #01-09 to 15, #01-26 to 29, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594. Single Entrance tickets ranging from $28 to $48, depending on duration of play. More info here.
Text: Joy Fang, Natalya Molok and Elizabeth Liew
This post was first published on May 25, 2019, and updated on June 12, 2019.