As we draw near to the end of the year and start prepping for the year-end school holidays, you may be wondering what to do with the kids for a whole six weeks. Fret not — help is here for November. Festivities this month include Deepavali, the Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar, and an initial trickling of Christmas offerings. From Disney to Warner Brothers, dance and theatrical performances to charity events, sustainable workshops and slime stations, there’s got to be something here that will catch your attention.
Deepavali Celebrations @ Little India
Even though they’ve been lit up for a while now, the streets in Little India seem to get more vibrant and ‘buzzy’ as we near Deepavali. This year’s actual Diwali celebrations will take place from 10-15 November, when the Hindu festival of lights is celebrated by devotees with family get-togethers, prayers, gifts, feasts and even more dazzling lights.
Check out the diverse line-up of weekend programmes organised by the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) at their annual Deepavali Open House celebrations, or soak up the delicious festivities by visiting the Deepavali Food Bazaar located at Poli@Clive Street, any day from now until 11 November between 2-10PM. In any case, just driving or walking through Little India during this joyous season and soaking up all the lights, sounds and smells will prove an exciting cultural treat for the whole family. You might even find some festive garlands or cool decorations for your home.
Happening from now until 15 November at Little India, Singapore. Visit their website for more information.
Fever’s Chaos Lab
Dubbed a “fun and creative experience for children”, Chaos Lab is a wacky lab-themed experience that truly looks like oodles of fun for everyone.
Debuting on 11 November at Changi Airport Terminal 2, helmed by resident mad scientist Dr Splat, Chaos Lab offers 11 interactive stations where visitors will be treated to intense chaotic creativity (or creative chaos if you prefer) — from the neon gravity wall to DIY slime station, ball pit to a pneumatic pressure pipes segment where you can hone your reflexes by catching aerial balls. Guided by Dr Splat and his laboratory assistants, here’s a crazy place where the whole family can play, create, learn and get just a little messy. Tickets start from $30 for kids aged 4-12, $9 for adults over 13, and can be pre-booked here. Children under 3 can enter for free.
Happening from 11 November at Changi Airport Terminal 2, Airport Boulevard, 60, Viewing Mall North, Level 3, #03-03, Singapore 819643. Visit their website for more information.
Enter the world of your favourite Warner Brothers characters at WB100 this November, where we’ll celebrate a century of movie magic with Warner Bros. Studio—established since 1923! Be thoroughly entertained by projected and interactive installations bringing to life beloved DC superheroes, Tom and Jerry, and Loony Tunes friends. Enjoy fun and games for the whole family, and relax to outdoor movie screenings come sundown on weekends.
Simply pack your blankets and have a picnic while taking in one of these WB classics: Godzilla Vs. Kong, Barbie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Flash, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or Aquaman. Admission is free and the first 1,500 Sentosa Islander members can even redeem an exclusive WB100 goodie bag containing a WB100 picnic mat, water bottle and reusable fan. Simply claim your voucher on the MySentosa app and head down to the Central Beach Bazaar redemption booth.
Happening from 11AM-9PM on 10-26 November at Central Beach Station, Emerald Pavilion & Southside, Sentosa, Singapore. Visit their website for more information.
Workshop Wonderland @ the Sustainable Christmas Market 2023
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Held over two days, Workshop Wonderland offers 70 workshops curated for eco-conscious engagement, where participants can learn about sustainable living while helping needy children this Christmas. Every ticket is a 100 per cent donation to underprivileged children of Young Hearts living in Singapore’s public rental housing, and all donations are 250 per cent tax deductible. From Christmas artisanal workshops to kids handicraft activities, fitness sessions to music and dance performances by children as young as four, workshops at Workshop Wonderland will entertain both young and old. Vendors include Charlotte Puxley, Lab Studios, Commune, Plantitude, Early Readers Club, Chokmah, and many more.
Happening from 10AM-8PM on 11-12 November at South Beach, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763. Visit their website for more information.
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
A satirical modern rendition of the beloved classic Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, this Wild Rice production returns to our local stage 15 years after its successful world premiere. Boasting a brand-new cast led by Queen Chua Enlai and Snow White Nadya Zaheer, the familiar play remains scripted by Alfian Sa-at with original music by Elaine Chan, and directed by Hossan Leong. Smart and sassy, this hilarious heart-warming musical comedy will put a smile on the whole family’s faces. Approximately 2.5 hours, this production is recommended for audiences aged 5 and above. Tickets range from $25-$90, and are available at SISTIC.
Happening at 7:30PM on Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 2:30PM on Saturdays and Sundays, from 16 November – 17 December at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ Wild Rice, Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, #04-08, Singapore 179105. Visit their website for more information.
Immersive Disney Animation
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A 360-degree multi-sensory experience that will transport you inside your favourite Disney movies, this immersive Disney experience is one that will awe and delight both you and your child. Brought to life in myriad pixels with state-of-the-art projectors, over 40 of Walt Disney’s beloved timeless classics and modern blockbusters will come larger than life with their iconic songs and scenes, making you feel like a part of the story. From Zootopia to The Little Mermaid, Aladdin to The Lion King, and even the icy world of Frozen, you will be treated to celebrated song after song, familiar scene after scene.
Exclusive, custom-designed interactive exhibits will also present insights on how these animated movies were brought to life, and you will even learn tips and tricks on how to draw your favourite characters. This production is open to all ages, and free for infants under one. Tickets start from $33 onwards and can be pre-booked here.
Happening from 18 November – 31 December at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956. Visit their website for more information.
Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar
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The 11th edition of the Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar is happening this month at Ngee Ann City, graced by the President himself, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. In partnership with foreign embassies, schools, local and international brands, the bazaar will offer an immersive array of global traditions, ethnic food and cultures, unique keepsakes and lively performances. Kids can play games and get temporary tattoos, face paint or balloon sculptures — there will even be a fun bouncy castle for the younger ones. Adults can shop trinkets and handicrafts, confections, snacks, souvenirs, and much more. All proceeds will go towards the Singapore Red Cross’ local humanitarian efforts, so purchase your coupons now.
Happening from 9:30AM-7PM on 18 November at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, 391A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873. Visit their website for more information.
HCA Walk With Me
Credit: HCA Hospice Care Association
If you feel like taking a walk for a good cause, ‘Walk With Me’ is a family-friendly walk around the Marina Barrage that supports terminally ill patients and their families. Enjoy a cool morning walk amidst the beautiful natural surroundings of Marina Bay, as you stand alongside HCA patients and their caregivers in a collective celebration of life and lives well lived. All participant fees will be directly channelled towards providing compassionate hospice and palliative care services to patients and families in need.
You can choose to walk 4KM or 8KM, or even participate virtually anytime, anywhere and set your own target distance. Participation fees are $39 and $19 respectively for the physical event or virtual walk. Groups of 20 or PAssion members can enjoy 20 per cent off.
Happening 7:30AM-11AM on 19 November at Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951. Visit their website for more information.
Esplanade’s da:ns FL/OW Dance Workshops
This year, Esplanade’s beloved da:ns festival presents da:ns focus, a series of introductory dance workshops for all ages that will culminate in street dance festival royale da:ns focus – FL/OW (The FULL OUT Weekend) on 1-3 December. Offering street dance workshops helmed by experienced local dance instructors on the 18, 19 and 25 November, you and your kids are invited to come work out your dance moves to a range of fun genres—including hip hop, street jazz, K-pop and party grooves. There are two versions of this workshop—one-hour sessions for adults and kids aged 6-12, and a slightly shorter 45-minute version for adults and pre-schoolers aged 3-6. Tickets cost $34 per adult-child pair and are available here and here at SISTIC. Check out the adult and youth workshops here if your kids are over 13.
Happening at various timings on 18, 19 and 25 November at Esplanade Rehearsal Studio, Theatre Studio Entrance Level 4, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981. Visit their website for more information.
Poinsettia Wishes @ Flower Dome
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Later in the month as the yuletide fever hits and we start putting up our Christmas trees, GBTB’s signature Christmas display ‘Poinsettia Wishes’ will begin its annual appearance at the Flower Dome. The iconic Magical Christmas Tree will take centre-stage as usual, adorned with its larger-than-life European-styled ornaments. The loveable Nordic Nisses will also return to showcase their Nordic Christmas traditions, framed by rows upon rows of the beautiful red Christmas flowers and their rich green foliage. Christmas is nearly upon us! Regular Flower Dome admission fees apply.
Happening daily from 9AM-9PM on 24 November – 1 January 2024 at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. Visit their website for more information.