Welcome to our guide on fun-filled, kid-friendly weekend activities during the year-end holidays. Up this week: build a city at the Science Centre, see a magical tree-lit wonderland, go on a galactic quest, meet well-loved storybook characters, and take a trip to the past.

Trees of the World Light-Up

The Singapore Botanic Gardens serves up a visual feast with the Trees of the World Light-Up that transforms the Gardens into a magical wonderland for the year-end festive season. Bring the camera, and ooh and aah at tropical trees adorned with an eye-popping array of ornaments and lights. Make it a truly enchanting evening with a picnic as you are serenaded by the Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir (SLOCC) at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage at 7pm on 3 Dec.
3 Dec-1 Jan 2012, Singapore Botanic Gardens


Common Spaces at Science Centre Singapore

Make that journey to the west for this, if you haven’t already done so. With this collaboration between the Science Centre and Make*Believe LLP (which specialises in children’s enrichment programmes), kids from 18 months to six years can get involved in urban planning and architecture through hands-on activities like piecing together a model of the Central Fire Station, being a fireman, town planning, and building a city of foam (oh and learn about creativity, mathematical concepts, and boost their imaginative abilities as well).
Till 31 Dec, various timings, Omni-Theatre, Science Centre. $9 (child), $4 (accompanying adult), excluding Science Centre admission. Tel 6425 2821

Storytelling Comes Alive!

The award-winning Storytelling Comes Alive! programme features well-loved children’s stories – all super-sized! They are narrated using a giant story book, with puppetry and characters coming alive.
Till 26 Dec, every Wed – Sun, 11.30am, 2.30pm & 5pm, Images of Singapore Forecourt, Sentosa

It’s A Great Great Weekend at ACM!

Pack your picnic baskets, and take a trip to the past at the Asian Civilisations Museum! Enjoy the local blockbuster, It’s A Great Great World under the stars: set in the 1940s, the movie follows a multitude of characters who lived, worked, played, and fell in love at Singapore’s legendary amusement park, Great World. There’s also the latest exhibition, “Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export, 1400 – 1900” to examine, and many other fun activities. Look forward to a special programme featuring Mark Lee and Suhaimi Yusof!
3 Dec, 6pm – 9pm
 (6pm – Fun activities, 8pm – Movie screening), Asian Civilisations Museum. Free admission to galleries from 6pm – 11pm.

Mr Moon World Premiere

Mr Moon and friends blast their way to Singapore with their first-ever live performance here. This series of tales created by British author Kate Veale follows Mr Moon and his friends Sunny, Silva and Gold Star as they go on galactic adventures in the wondrous universe. Kids interested in Mr Moon animation can find out how it’s done, and even try their hands at creating some at Northpoint Shopping Mall.
Till 4 Dec, 1pm, 4pm & 7pm, Compass Point (shows only)

ONE TO LOOK OUT FOR

John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean

This one-of-a-kind magical undersea adventure with ‘live’ glow-in-the-dark puppets starts thanks to a treasure map. Three best friends, Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel, set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. As they swim off in search of clues, they’ll sing, dance, and make new friends, including the audience! Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all – Friendship! Be mesmerised by glow-in-the-dark bubbles, lasers and underwater magic, and bop along to with music ranging from swing, R&B to Big Band. Kids of all ages will love this.
15-18 Dec, various timings, D’Marquee, Downtown East. Tickets from $28 available at Sistic. Free admission for infants in arms or children below the age of 2.

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