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April 2023: Eat, Play, Shop & More for Families in Singapore this Month
With not one but two public holidays this month, it’s bound to be full of exciting family experiences. As always, we’re here to update you on everything fun to see, do, and feast upon right here on our little red dot. Join us as we explore the newest playgrounds and pop-ups, review world-class productions and family-friendly menus, and share all the good deals and best buys for families in Singapore. Not forgetting ideas for lazy #stayhome days. Scroll down to find all that’s in store for families this April 2023!
PLAY & DO
Escape @ Science Centre (E.S.C.)
Unravel the mysteries of science with Science Centre Singapore’s new STEM-themed escape rooms. E.S.C. features three unique concept rooms where you’ll race against time to complete challenges. Escape the evil clutches of extraterrestrials with nothing but your phone in ‘Museum of Humankind’. Not your average mythical utopia, ‘Shangri-La’ is a metaverse which will trap you forever if you overstay your welcome. Finally, venture into a secret laboratory to save a friend from the diabolical ‘Dr X’.
$25; Thursdays to Sundays at The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore. More details here
Open My Factory by My Community
Do the kids love crabsticks and fishballs? Now they can see how Dodo Seafood Treats makes them every day! From this month, local industries and household brands are taking visitors behind the scenes for the first time. Find out how they operate and meet employees who will share powerful personal stories about their labour of love. Other eye-opening Open My Factory tours include Eng Hup Shipping, Freshening Industries, Lee Wee & Brothers, Tai Hua Soy Sauce, and Tower Transit.
$20; selected dates at various locations. More details here
Colourful Aquatic Fun at Resorts World Sentosa
Dive into a world of colour at Resorts World Sentosa’s watery attractions this Spring. First, dip into a ‘Sea of Unseen Colours’ at the S.E.A. Aquarium and get in-depth insight into microscopic plankton. Discover the tiny life form through augmented reality and colourful illustrations by Singaporean artist Almostasthma. Children aged 7 to 12 years can also unravel marine mysteries as a Junior Ocean Detective. Then slide into ‘Splashes of Colour’ at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Grab a vibrant float, get vivid photo ops, and marvel at Rainbow Reef’s brilliant corals and reef fishes.
Family & Kids Wellness at Well Commune: Shenton
A month-long pop-up wellness sanctuary in the heart of Singapore, Well Commune: Shenton is a first-of-its-kind holistic playground. It features workshops, talks, and events that cover everything from physical and financial wellbeing to mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. For families, highlights include Paediatrics Tuina for gut health and immunity, Parent and Adult-Child Intergenerational Workshop, and Family Despacho Ceremony. Kids can join Rolypoly Family’s Dance Playgroup and Junior Contemporary Dance sessions too.
Till 30 April at Level 13, PIL Building, 140 Cecil Street. More details here
Esplanade Presents da:ns focus 2023
After 17 successful editions, the Esplanade takes the annual da:ns festival to the next stage. da:ns focus 2023 spans five weekends of dance programmes throughout the year, each focusing on a particular theme. The series kickstarts with ‘EveryBody’ — featuring free and ticketed programmes with inclusivity and diversity in mind. Catch performances by differently abled dancers, dance with migrant workers, and participate in EveryBody Workshops for preschoolers, children, youth, and adults. Because “everybody” and “every body” can and should experience dance.
14 to 16 April at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. More details here
OUT & ABOUT
HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens
Gripping rugby action kicks off in Singapore this April and fans are in for a thrilling time. Besides the main event, look forward to family activities and a sensorial feast. Join the Minions Easter Egg Hunt, have a splashing good time at the Funzone, and let Junior go nuts at the Kids Drop-Off Zone. There’ll be movie screenings, meet-and-greets, Lightsaber Duelling workshops, plus Roller Kids and Roller Disco Zones too. Then refuel on juicy burgers and refreshing popsicles. After the day’s action, dance your heart out to live music performances at OCBC Square.
6 to 9 April at the Singapore Sports Hub. More details here
ION Orchard’s Spring Garden
“Spring Forward: Fashion’s Fresh Mood” takes over ION Orchard this season, complete with a six-metre-tall waterfall installation. Get ready to step into an enchanting world of music, lights, and colours. The whimsical garden pop-up, with a giant waterfall that cascades over two storeys, is the perfect backdrop for #OOTDs. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings (7pm – 9.30pm, with 15-minute intervals), it also transforms into a mesmerising sensorial spectacle of a lightshow. To top off the season’s highlights, a line-up of exciting deals and offers awaits shoppers at the mall.
7 April to 7 May at ION2, Level 1 Outdoor, ION Orchard. More details here
Tulipmania: Its Wild Origins
Admire vibrantly coloured and uniquely shaped tulips in a landscape showcasing Turkiye’s most iconic landmarks and architecture. Tulipmania takes on a Turkish twist as the returning annual floral display retraces the rich history of the blooms. Back in the day, the Ottomans cultivated the tulip in their country, incorporating wild species growing on Turkish soil. While you’re there, design your own lighted glass dome using tulip-shaped acrylic cutouts or craft a pair of tulip earrings. These workshops take place on the last two weekends in April.
21 April to 21 May at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay. More details here
Toa Payoh Heritage Trail
Did you know that Toa Payoh was the pioneering ‘showpiece’ for Singapore’s public housing? Follow the National Heritage Board’s refreshed Toa Payoh Heritage Trail to discover the history of this prototype town. It features 10 heritage trail markers and 29 heritage sites, including two new ones. These are the ‘VIP Block’, which Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1972, and the iconic Toa Payoh Dragon Playground. Hear the lesser-known stories behind such landmarks as you explore three thematic routes. Make it a family outing on one of the upcoming long weekends!
Download the Toa Payoh Heritage Trail’s companion guide and map
EAT & DRINK
Baker X presents Chocolate Anatomy
Next to take over residency at Baker X is Chocolate Anatomy, and just in time for the season of chocolate! Home baker Rachael Chua will be churning out her Signature Fudge Brownies and Original Chocolate Cake. For Easter, Chocolate Anatomy’s Netflix & Chill collection features Signature Dark Chocolate Fudgies and Signature 64% Truffles. These are bite-size chunks of chocolatey goodness in a tub perfect for sharing. Other party treats include Brookies (brownie cookies), and the newly launched Banana Bread.
6 April to 3 May at #04-29, Orchard Central. More details here
Can’t get enough Korean fried chicken? Then you’ll be glad to hear that South Korea’s largest fried chicken chain is coming to Singapore! BHC Chicken, whose name stands for Better & Happier Choice, opens its fourth overseas outpost here this month. Otherwise known as “Jun Ji-hyun chicken”, it’s famous for its sheer variety of flavours and unique preparation styles. Look forward to hot favourites, such as Bburinkle Chicken, Gold King, and Macho King, along with signature sides like Cheese Balls and Bburing Hotdog. They even have Korean comfort foods, ranging from Samgyetang to Tteokbokki!
Opens 26 April at #02-332A/F, Marina Square. More details here
Durian Fiesta 2023
It’s practically unheard of for food promotions to last 40 years. So as Goodwood Park Hotel proudly celebrates four decades of Durian Fiesta, you know it’s no flash-in-the-pan gimmick. This year, the annual affair showcases the king of fruits in six exciting new creations. We love the D24 Honeyed Pear Mousse Bliss and D24 Pineapple-Lime Zest Dome best, but also can’t get enough of time-honoured classics like the D24 Puff. Mao Shan Wang fans, don’t fret. Those signatures will be back from 1 May. P.S. Look out for 40 flash deals that will be progressively unveiled via the hotel’s Instagram too!
Mr Kun Lava Cookie Ball
Looking for something new and different to snack on? Whether you’re a parent working from home or a kid doing their homework — and need a pick-me-up, the new Mr Kun Lava Cookie Ball will satisfy. Each three-layered nugget sees a crispy wafer shell encrusted in buttery cookie crumbs enveloping a gooey molten core. Created by the founder of award-winning restaurant Joie by DOZO after three years of R&D, it combines premium ingredients with fine-dining dessert-making techniques. It currently comes in two flavours: yoghurt and strawberry — and we can’t get enough of both! Best of all, it doesn’t even need refrigeration, so it makes a great gift too.
$5.80 per can at NTUC Online, Giant, POPULAR & Mr Kun’s e-shop
voco Orchard Singapore’s New Afternoon Tea
Savour a taste of Orchard Road’s heritage with the all-new Afternoon Tea at D9 Cakery. In crafting this menu, award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Edwin Leow takes inspiration from the shopping district’s history as the home of fruit orchards, pepper farms, and nutmeg plantations. Begin with savoury bites such as Poached MSC Boston Lobster with Blue Pea Flower Dashi and Chives. Then treat your sweet tooth to the likes of Lemon and Lavender Madeleine and Ginger Orange Scones with Bitter Orange Marmalade and Clotted Cream.
From $44++ per person; daily at D9 Cakery, Ground-floor lobby, voco Orchard Singapore. More details here
A cultural crossover between Japanese ramen broth and Chinese la mian, WOKE Ramen delivers a breath of fresh air. Or rather, the ‘breath of the wok’ or wok hei. After getting tossed about in seasoned woks, the smoke-kissed noodles are doused in creamy chicken collagen or umami prawn paste broths. If deciding between the broths isn’t hard enough, you then have to choose from five different versions each. Our favourites are Chicken Katsu Collagen Ramen and Prawn Paste Ramen. Top up $5.50 to complete your meal with a choice of side and drink. Chicken Karaage, Hot & Spicy Bean Dumplings, and WOKE Gyoza are must-tries.
Now open at #03-19, Changi Airport Terminal 1 Viewing Mall Central. More details here
KOMYUNITI’s Non-Stop Buffet Lunch
There’s a new all-you-can-eat buffet in town for weekend unwinding with friends and family. From 12.30pm to 3pm every Saturday, enjoy great value and live music at KOMYUNITI’s Non-Stop Buffet Lunch. Begin with fresh seafood on ice, salads, cheese board, and pastries. Then tuck into hot dishes from Braised Lamb in Red Wine Sauce to DIY Singapore Laksa. Carvings of Roast Beef Sirloin and Crispy Pork Belly also await at the live station. Leave space for goodies from the KOMYUNITI dessert bar. Top up for free-flow beverages, including unique cocktail pairings by head mixologist, As’ad Isnin.
From $59++ per person on Saturdays at YOTEL Singapore. More details here
YOUNG by GRAYE
Xie Qian Qian was constantly shopping for new clothes as her toddler outgrew them every few months. It was tedious and unsustainable, and differing sizes between brands didn’t help. So the founder and creative director of homegrown apparel brand GRAYE began problem-solving. YOUNG by GRAYE debuts with the most essential items: a onesie, t-shirt, and ¾-length trousers. With the right cut and proportions, only two sizes of onesies are needed in Baby’s first two years. To further extend their lifespan, GRAYE’s complimentary after-sales service will even transform these onesies into tees!
Available online and exclusively at GRAYE, #02-13, Wheelock Place
New LEGO® DUPLO® Garden Range
Support your toddler’s natural discovery and learning process with LEGO DUPLO’s new Garden range. Mealtimes with young children can often be challenging, but it’s also an opportunity to teach them about nutrition. Embark on imaginative play with fun narratives, bright colours, and engaging characters. For example, you can play a guessing game with blocks from My First Organic Garden. Or roleplay as an owner of a market stall with My First Organic Market. You may find your tot enjoying their fruits and veggies more!
Available at LEGO® Certified Stores, LEGO® Official Store on Lazada, Shopee, Amazon, and major retailers islandwide. More details here
PUMA x SpongeBob SquarePants
Fans of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants series, get ready for a jellyfishing adventure with SpongeBob and Patrick. The collection features a special suite of PUMA sneakers paying homage to your favourite characters. For example, the Suede, Slipstream, RS-Slide, and Future Rider get SpongeBob detailing, while Patrick Star gets his own version of the Rider FV. Complete your vibrant outfit with the T7 tracksuit, T-shirts, hoodies, bucket hats, backpacks, and more. There are items for both adults and kids, so it’s Bikini Bottom family gang time.
Available online and at PUMA stores islandwide
30% Off & 1-for-1 Promotions at Spring Maternity
Leading online maternity wear retailer Spring Maternity makes motherhood even more beautiful this April with special promotions. Enjoy 30% off when you purchase five or more pieces, or 20% off any three, from the Spring Essentials Collection till 30 April. This thoughtfully curated selection features a wide range of stylish, comfortable, and multifunctional clothing made by mothers for mothers. There’s also a buy-one-get-one promotion on selected items from Spring Maternity’s timeless maternity and nursing wear range till 23 April.
Available exclusively at Spring Maternity’s online store, with free shipping on orders over $80 or self-collection at #01-31/32 Wisma Atria
Singapore Dreaming: A Comics Competition for Young Creators
Calling all budding artists! You are invited to draw your hopes, dreams, and concerns for Singapore’s future in comic form. Open to kids aged 6 to 12 years, it’s a chance for young creators to try their hand at visual storytelling. Prizes include award certificates, professional markers, comics app subscriptions, books, workshops, and cash. Winners get to meet the judges at a prize-giving ceremony at the National Museum of Singapore and their work will also feature on various competition presenters’ websites and at Children’s Museum Singapore’s travelling exhibition later this year.
Submit your entry by 11 June. More details here
Looney Tunes ACME Fools Day
What’s up, Doc? Cartoon Network and HBO Go giving top billing to their favourite cast of chaotic animated characters in a month-long programming mash-up, that’s what! With Warner Bros Studios celebrating its 100th anniversary on 4 April, Looney Tunes teams up with Scooby-Doo, Superman, The Flintstones, and The Wizard of Oz. On Cartoon Network, look forward to weekend marathons of Looney Tunes Cartoons, Teen Titans GO!, and The Tom and Jerry Show. Follow @CartoonNetworkAsia on socials to find out how to dub your own videos, create your own cartoon mash-ups, and watch funny skits too!
Ch316 on Starhub TV and Ch226 on Singtel TV
Family Earth Week on Netflix
Celebrate sustainability with Netflix’s Family Earth Week this April. Learning becomes fun when you tune in to The Magician’s Elephant, Unstable, and Ada Twist, Scientist: Season 4. Younger kids will love learning with their favourite characters in new seasons of Cocomelon, Oggy Oggy and Sharkdog. Need more? See The Boss Baby: Back In The Crib return from 13 April and the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always from 24 April. Finally, jump back into the story of Gus and his fellow animal hybrid friends in Sweet Tooth: Season 2.
Catch Family Earth Week on Netflix all month long
#SeedTheFuture with Geneco
Singapore’s number one residential electricity retailer celebrates its 5th anniversary with Geneco FiVesta. Starting 1 April — no joke — Geneco is opening its customisable green add-on electricity option to all existing residential customers. In tandem with the Power Eco Add-on 2.0 launch, Geneco partners with Garden City Fund and homegrown ice cream brand Apiary to #SeedTheFuture. They’ve created a carbon-neutral limited-edition ice cream made with native fruits and seeds, mainly calamansi lime and attap seeds. Geneco customers enjoy 10% off this exclusive pint at all Apiary outlets and online store till 30 April.
Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show
The entertaining, family-favourite circus-theatre production, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show, makes its international premiere in Singapore next month. From the team behind Carnival of the Animals, this production promises to captivate and amuse audiences of all ages. Expect a mix of un-baa-lievable live action acrobatics, hilarious antics, and on-screen animation to bring the Mossy Bottom Farm characters to life, as Shaun sets off to arrange for a bigger triumph for his flock of sheep.
10 to 21 May at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands; tickets from $45. More details here
Dream Academy presents Sherlock Sam the Musical!
Homegrown theatre company, Dream Academy, brings yet another original family-friendly musical production to life. Sherlock Sam and his robot assistant, Watson, set out to solve a mysterious case at Fort Canning Hill. Together with his sister and their friends, Sherlock Sam is determined to uncover the source of strange, ghostly moans. Along the way, the young detectives face unexpected challenges and plot twists that test their investigative skills. Will they ever solve the case?
11 to 20 May at Capitol Theatre; tickets from $38. More details here
Baby Shark Live! – The Hidden Treasure
More earworms await as Baby Shark and friends, Pinkfong and Hogi, come to town for the very first time. Join them for a fin-tastic adventure under the sea as they go in search of hidden treasure. Along the way, Baby Shark and his Fishy Friends have to solve five riddles, and they need your help. Prepare to sing and dance to your favourite classic tunes and new songs through this one-of-a-kind immersive experience.
16 to 18 June at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands; tickets from $48. More details here
Featured image: Tai Hua Food Industries Open My Factory tour
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