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April 2022: What’s In, Out, and About for Families in Singapore

The month when it all happens — Autism Awareness Day, Indian New Year, Ramadan, Easter, Earth Day — is turning out to be quite the busy one. Are you ready? We’re going to keep you on the radar of all things fresh and fun to see, do, and eat on our little red dot. From the newest playgrounds and pop-ups to world-class productions and family-friendly menus, there’s plenty to engage everyone in the family. We even have ideas for #stayhome days, so scroll down to find out what’s in store for you and the kids throughout April 2022.

GO AND SEE

Indian New Year Open House 2022

Revel in the vibrant culture and traditions of Singapore’s Indian communities at the Indian New Year Open House 2022. Enjoy free admission to museum galleries and explore a community display of different Indian musical instruments. You can also try your hand at craft activities and art workshops that showcase elements of the rich cultural heritage the Indian community practises during the festivals.

9 & 10 April at Indian Heritage Centre. More details here.

Carnival of the Animals

Presented by Base Entertainment Asia, Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa brings Carnival of the Animals to Singapore. The blend of circus, multimedia, and music whimsically reinvents the classic music suite by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Depicting creatures from land, sky, and sea, the performers take children and adults on a magical safari you won’t want to come back from.

14 to 17 April at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. More details here.

Be a Crew Member on Spaceship Earth

20th-century inventor Buckminster Fuller felt that human beings are passengers on ‘Spaceship Earth’ and duty bound to be its caretakers. Set your imagination alight as you journey through his visionary universe. Then come up with your own version of how you can better the future on ‘Spaceship Earth’. Upload your ideas on social media and stand to win attractive prizes. The grand prize is a 2D1N staycation at Marina Bay Sands worth $660 and a membership to the ArtScience Friends Group worth $298!

Till 30 April at ArtScience Museum. More details here.

(See also: 7 Awesome Staycations for Families to Play and Learn in 2022)

Marina Central District presents Body, Heart & Soul

Body, Heart & Soul, a travelling bundle of thematic interactive experiences, launches at the central atrium of Marina Square. In ‘Body at Play’, four illuminating cubes explore how light can affect our perception. Venture into an illusory world and see it respond to your presence and gestures. Then create your own digital shadow artwork in the Programmable Shadows workshop (suitable for children from six years and adults). In the next few months, the pop-up will bring different experiences to Millenia Walk, South Beach, and Suntec City.

Till 18 May at Level 1, Marina Square. More details here.

STEP OUT

Jewel-rassic Quest

Travel 89 million years back to the Late Cretaceous period at Jewel Changi Airport’s new play attraction. Embark on an adventure through an immersive augmented reality dino-verse with a TimeLens. Look out for magnificent T-Rex, Velociraptor, and other species as they roam the Shiseido Forest Valley and HSBC Rain Vortex. Follow their trail, watch them fly, feed them, and hunt for their eggs along the way. But don’t forget your quest to obtain an AstroJewel to solve global warming and save the earth. The first 1000 participants to complete the quest get special goodies, so hurry!

Introductory ticket prices from 31 March to 30 June at Jewel Changi Airport. More details here.

Singapore River Festival 2022

The month-long festival returns for its sixth edition with the launch of a virtual fishing game. Learn about the heritage of the Singapore River and bond with family as you play #TheGreatRiverCleanUp game. As its name suggests, it also serves as a reminder of our duty to keep our waters clean. While taking part in fringe activities and exploring the dining and retail offerings across our three historical quays, scan onsite QR codes and play digital clean-up. There’s a total of $1.1 million worth of prizes up for grabs!

1 to 30 April at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay. More details here.

MINDS Colour Socks Parade

As it commemorates its 60th anniversary this year, MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) announces its plan to expand its range of services and set up MINDS Hubs islandwide to better serve more PWIDs (Persons with Intellectual Disabilities) and their caregivers. You can do your part by participating in the Colour Socks Parade. Rally family and friends to undertake a nationwide challenge to achieve a collective target of 60,000 km over 60 days. You can run, jog, walk, swim, or cycle — it’s entirely up to you. Ready, get set, go!

MINDS Colour Socks Parade runs from 2 April to 31 May. More details here.

Community Gallery Tours: Discover the History and Heritage of Kreta Ayer and Geylang Serai

Go on a walking tour of Kreta Ayer and experience the lives of our ancestors. See how samsui women, opera artistes, traditional Chinese medicine practioners, and coolies worked and lived. Or discover how Geylang Serai, one of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements, got its name. Learn about the history of the area and traditions of food and festivals — just in time for Ramadan!

16 April at Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery & 17 April at Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery. More details here.

(See also: TCM Herbal Soups and Tips to Help Your Child Focus and Stay Healthy and Stress-free)

Food for Thought with National Library Board (NLB) x BreadTalk Group

Redeem these adorable mini-book keychains for free at selected Food Republic or Food Junction food courts. Scan the QR code on them to access four NLB eBooks related to food! Simply purchase any drink to receive a token to unlock the special gachapon machines. They are also available with any item at participating Toast Box or BreadTalk outlets. From 25 April, 3D installations of dining tables will also appear, together with the chance to redeem free local food-themed bookmarks.

Gachapon machines till 19 April; 3D installations 25 April to 24 May. More details here.

Fly to Bangkok and Phuket with Thai Vietjet!

Did you know that Thailand no longer requires pre-departure and day five PCR tests starting 1 April — no joke! Just in time, award-winning low-cost airline Thai Vietjet has also launched new routes from Singapore to Bangkok and Phuket. For starters, they’ll start flying from SIN to BKK every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 28 April. From 2 June, flights to HKT run every Thursday and Sunday. If demand takes off, we can expect the frequency to rise too. The airline is also introducing its official loyalty programme, SkyFUN. Fly and collect virtual FUN Coins to enjoy exciting — and fun — privileges.

Promotional prices available now. More details here.

EAT & DRINK

Xin Cuisine’s Limited-edition Menu: The Classics

Dim sum fans shouldn’t miss Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant’s ode to classics harking back to the Song dynasty. Start with steamed dim sum items of Pork Dumping with Quail Egg, and Luncheon Meat and Chicken Wrapped with Beancurd Skin. Then savour the surprisingly moreish Deep-fried Dumpling with Chives and Chicken — our favourite! — and Deep-fried Dace Ball with Clam Sauce. Learn their origin stories as you dine on dishes from Braised Pork Belly with Mantou and Braised Duck with Taro.

Available for lunch till 24 April at Level 4, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. More details here.

bamboo bowls

Serving eight fast, healthful, and sustainable chef-created Asian bowls, bamboo bowls opens its first outlet in Singapore. Choose from iconic cuisine from Bangkok, Saigon, Tokyo, Sichuan, Bombay, Bali, Seoul, and Singapore, created by eight well-known chefs from Justin Hammond to Bjorn Shen. Each bowl is over 50% organic, 100% sugar-free, and 100% unprocessed, and uses ethically sourced meat options and low-carb alternatives. Simply order via a mobile app and collect your bowl of choice that is freshly made upon order.

Get your first bowl free till 30 April at #01-03 Far East Square. More details here.

Loco Earth Month

This April, Super Loco Group partners Australian plant-based start-up Fable Food to pave the way to carbon-conscious dining. Highlights on the Earth Month Menu include Garden Flautas, Fable Al Pastor Taco, sustainably farmed Kühlbarra Barramundi, and Pomegranate Tres Leches. Every four-course dinner set ($80 per person) lets you adopt a tree planted across Borneo’s endangered rainforests. Super Loco Group will also match every tree with another. You can also participate in add-on eco activities on 16, 23, and 30 April.

Available 4 to 30 April at Lucha Loco (Duxton Hill) and Super Loco (Robertson Quay & Customs House). More details here.

(See also: Earth Day 2021: 6 Kid-friendly Plant-based Recipes to Try)

Green Up Our Hub!

As an advocate of green living and sustainability, AMK Hub is pledging support to raise awareness among Singaporeans. This April, redeem an exclusive collectible lunchbox with a minimum $120 spent ($180 if including supermarket receipts). Use it to dabao takeaway meals at AMK Hub’s NTUC FoodFare and redeem a free Breakfast Set, while stocks last! You’ll also receive an additional $10 voucher if you spend at least $160 ($240 with supermarket receipts).

Available from 1 to 24 April at AMK Hub. More details here.

SHOP AWAY

Baby Be You Gift Sets

Baby gifting brand Baby Be You was founded by a Singaporean mama in Kuala Lumpur. Having experienced first-hand how border restrictions kept loved ones apart during the pandemic, she wanted to create a way for well-wishers to send love to a newborn nephew or BFF’s daughter. Choose from gift sets of soft cotton blankets, huggable bunnies, and organic cotton rompers. Personalise them with baby’s name to turn them into keepsakes for life. With a handwritten card and luxe gift box wrapped in a bow, unboxing becomes a special experience. Gifts are promptly delivered to Singapore within 3-5 working days.

Exclusively for SingaporeMotherhood readers, quote SINGAPOREMOTHERHOOD to enjoy a 10% discount for first-time purchases! Shop at www.babybeyou.com

G-NiiB Immunity +

GenieBiome, a biotech spin-off of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, launches G-NiiB Immunity + in Singapore. This unique microbiome formula strengthens immunity against novel viruses via improving gut health. Yes! 100% of Covid-19 patients who took G-NiiB Immunity + had complete symptom resolution, reduced pro-inflammatory markers, increased favourable gut bacteria, and neutralizing antibodies. Catering to Asian body constitutions, it’s suitable for adults and children over two years old.

$89 per box of 28 sachets at selected Guardian and Watsons outlets. More details here.

Swarovski Hari Raya Collection

The fasting month of Ramadan culminates in Hari Raya Aidilfitri, a time of family, feasting, and celebration. Swarovski pays homage to this special time with brilliant accessories to add the perfect finishing touch to your #OOTD. The stunning designs centre around a verdant green hue, with white, yellow, and rose metallic accents. Devoted mother, singer, philanthropist, and style icon Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza fronts the new Raya collection. The campaign follows her journey of self-discovery, reflecting on the values and traditions of Hari Raya, to usher in a future of radiant self-belief and optimism.

Now available at Swarovski stores and online. More details here.

NTUC FairPrice’s Hari Raya Shop and Win

Planning to host a Hari Raya open house? Head to NTUC FairPrice for its biggest-ever range of Raya must-buys, including across frozen, dessert, and snack categories. Stand a chance to win an EV with any $30 spent. Get a bonus chance of winning when you purchase one of 24 participating products. Back by popular demand, NTUC FairPrice will also be bringing back its pop-up kueh booth! 10 outlets will be doling out traditional Malay goodies and Insta-worthy bakes till 4 May.

P.S. If you’re missing the land Down Under, look out for NTUC FairPrice’s Australia Fair from 7 to 20 April. Exclusive items from Australia’s leading supermarket Coles will be in Singapore for the very first time!

Till 11 May at FairPrice Stores, Warehouse Club, Unity Stores and FairPrice Online. More details here.

(See also: Ramadan 2022: Delightful Iftar Buffets and Dining Promos Worth Fasting for)

Ruhens V Series Marvel Edition

Fans of Marvel superheroes, assemble! Ruhens is launching two limited-edition water purifiers featuring Captain America and Iron Man. Tankless and compact, the Ruhens V series is popular with families with its multi-temperature capabilities. Dispense water at five precise temperatures, including 40 ºC for baby formula and 87 ºC for sterilising bottles. Now, you can even have Tony Stark’s armour and the Super Soldier’s iconic shield gracing your kitchen counter.

$2,799 (inclusive of three years’ worth of filters) at Ruhen’s showroom and Takashimaya. More details here.

#STAYHOME

Hegen Cherish Nature’s Gift Online Seminar: How to Win at Parenting

Calling all first-time parents and parents-to-be! The first days of life with a newborn can be overwhelming. Hegen Cherish Nature’s Gift webinar aims to equip you for it. From breastfeeding to infant care skills, look forward to an evening of informative presentations. There will also be a Q&A session broadcast live from Hegen Experiential Centre. Participants receive a free virtual goodie bag and the chance to win lucky draw prizes.

7pm – 9.30pm on 27 April via Hopin. More details here.

Crea8 Sustainability Competition 2022: Green Our Red Dot

Last year’s winners showcase at the Sustainable Singapore Gallery

The annual Crea8 Sustainability Competition is calling out to young changemakers to help green Singapore’s future. Singapore-based electricity retailer PacificLight has been spearheading this initiative since 2016 to increase awareness and nurture appreciation for energy conservation among the young. Primary school students can submit an original drawing or 2D artwork made from recycled materials showcasing their vision of a sustainable Singapore of the future. There is a separate competition for secondary level students.

Closing date for submissions is 29 April. More details here.

Cordlife Charity Virtual Walkathon Registration

As they mark their 21st year anniversary, healthcare company Cordlife Group is kickstarting a ‘We are Family’ Charity Virtual Walkathon. Taking place from 1 to 21 May 2022, Cordlife invites families to come together to participate in the meaningful event. Simply sign up to complete 2.1-km via your preferred fitness app and stand to win prizes. All proceeds raised will support Metta School for special needs students aged 7 to 21 years. Cordlife has also pledged a donation matching the funds raised, so let’s all do our part!

Registrations are open till 30 April. More details here.

Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

There are plenty of new releases for kids and families to look forward to on Netflix this month. Highlights include Battle Kitty, Samurai Rabbit, and The Creature Cases, as well as Our Great National Parks, an epic five-part documentary narrated by President Barack Obama. But definitely don’t miss Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood. It’s a coming-of-age story of a 10-year-old boy in 1969 Houston, weaving tales of nostalgia with a fantastical account of his journey to the moon.

Available now on Netflix. More details here.

(See also: 23 Nostalgic Movies to Watch with Your Kids)

Featured image: Jewel Changi Airport

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