Welcome to our guide on fun-filled, kid-friendly weekend activities during the year-end holidays. Up this week: get flocking fun at Jurong Bird Park’s new $7m playground, groove to the ethnic beats of traditional Malay music, indulge in yester-year fun and games, unleash your inner creativity – and if that fails, get inspiration from eight-year-old Singaporean artist.
Neighbourhood Sketches (Episode 1: Traditional Malay Music)
Traditional Malay Music covers various genres including Asli, Zapin, Inang, Dondang Sayang and Joget. These genres are performed with the gambus, violin, and accordion and in modern times with guitars and bass. Join the Malay Heritage Centre along the streets of Kampung Gelam and explore the various melodies and beats of these genres, and discover the different influences from the region that have made Traditional Malay Music a unique cultural icon in Singapore.
26 Nov, 3pm – 3.30pm & 9pm – 9.30pm, Malay Heritage Centre, Bussorah Mall, Bussorah Street
Ol’ School Fun at HealthZone
Put the iPad away for the day and introduce the kids to ‘kampung’ games such as pick-up sticks, coconut bowling and ‘milk can walk’. When all that nostalgic activity gets tiring, they can personalise and keep a sand-art craftwork. For children aged 4 – 12. Call HealthZone at 1800 435 3616 to register.
26 Nov, 9.30am – 12.30pm, HealthZone, Health Promotion Board, 3 Second Hospital Avenue (opposite Outram MRT Station), level 2. $10 per child inclusive of 2 adult admissions
Birdz of Play, Jurong Bird Park
Get wet and wild in a colourful avian paradise. This new $7m playground at the Jurong Bird Park offers 9,700sqm of fun in wet and dry zones for toddlers and older children. Toddlers can scoot over and under water sprays, get splashed by a “Flamdingo” and catch water sprouts at the Dandelion Dome. Older kids can get their friends wet with the “Little Sqwerts Fish and Duck”, ride fun slides, and get a tremendous soaking under the overhanging, tipping bucket at the splash zone. Dry land lovers will be kept busy with see-saws, swings and slides, while older ones take a ride on the Disc Challenge and the Flying Fox. All through the December school holidays, the park is also organising a series of wholesome programmes for the entire family at Birdz of Play. These weekend activities include ‘egg-citing’ creative art and craft stations to a celebratory Hatch Day Party. More details are available at the Park’s website. Admission charges apply.
Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill
Explore Singapore’s – Blast From The Past Open House!
Inspired by Great World amusement park, the museum’s fair brings you fun and games like the good ol’ days. Children and parents can challenge each other by playing traditional games of Singapore, including tikam-tikam, gasing and spin-the-wheel. Winners get to take home prizes! Treat your taste buds to nostalgic snacks, catch a wayang performance, or pose with rare vintage cars from Singapore Heritage Car Club. Come dressed in retro style and get a free goodie bag while stocks last! Activity details at the Singapore Philatelic Museum website.
27 Nov, 9am – 7pm, Singapore Philatelic Museum. Free admission
What do you see as you move about daily? Do you secretly wish to be creative? Or what if you could create your own funny insects? Make a date with Playeum (http://www.playeum.com/), the play museum, and let them help your child light up her imagination in the most amazing ways and in the most magical spaces.
26 Nov, 10am – 5pm, West Coast Park. Free
Renn Lim by Renn Lim
Eight-year-old Singaporean boy Renn’s passion for sketching and painting was discovered by his father, Pann Lim, a Creative Director. In an attempt to encourage Renn to express himself through art, Pann and his wife, Claire, started to document Renn’s growing up years through his art pieces. Come and explore the mind of an eight-year-old through paintings, sketches, irreverent scribbling, and other nonsense! Now that’s what we call artistic license!
26 – 29 Nov (Sat – Tues), 12pm – 8pm, 48 Niven Road