It has been a year of alternative celebrations, and this Children’s Day long weekend is gearing up to be uniquely different as well. Firstly, instead of happening on the first Friday of October, this year’s Children’s Day falls on the second Friday of October, 9 October 2020. Secondly, with large-scale events out of the picture, it is inevitable that Children’s Day celebrations will be small, intimate, and personal.
But every celebration’s a celebration, no matter how small, so go forth and make merry with your little movers and shakers! What we love is how going online makes events and activities inclusive and accessible to more children — able-bodied or not, and not just in Singapore, but everywhere else in the world. That’s something to celebrate too, isn’t it?
:: NEW :: Do the Standard Chartered Kids Run – Virtually!
Sweat it out with the kids this long weekend at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon’s (SCSM) first ever Kids (& Parents) Virtual Race event. Parents and kids can race together in two different categories, 1.5km or 3km, and collect virtual race medals at the finish. The Kids Bundle (above) which includes a Finisher’s Medal, T-Shirt, and a SCSM plush toy, can be purchased too. Web
:: NEW :: Enjoy Children’s Day Meal Deals
Like any true blue Singaporean, we celebrate with food, and Children’s Day is no exception! Keep those little tummies filled with these F&B promos. All you have to do is flash the artwork on your mobile, and follow the outlets on FB/IG to redeem the promos.
- Amazing Hokkaido: Free udon for kids below 10 years old (9 Oct only)
- Monga Fried Chicken: 1 Free Packet of Signature Fries and 1 can of Soft Drink when you order any of the three cutlets (9 Oct only)
- Yun Nans: free kids meal for children aged 12 years and below (9 Oct only)
- Shake Shake in a Tub: BBQ Popcorn Chicken or BBQ Onion Rings for just $1 with purchase of any combo meal (9-11 Oct)
- Milksha: 50 cents off Milksha’s Tea Latte Series when you buy a cup from the Summer Mango Series (till 31 Oct)
Go Green with a Picnic at the Botanic Gardens
Have a gourmet picnic as the kids let off steam in the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, our first UNESCO Heritage Site — without having to lift a finger! Until 11 October, every purchase of a Picnic Buzz-ket (for four or five) from Bee’s Knees at The Garage gives you a complimentary Kid’s Basket — an actual mini basket filled with Truffle Tater Tots, a juice box and a kid’s toy or activity set for your little one. Each Picnic Buzz-ket (created in partnership with Packdd Singapore) contains everything you need for a great day out — basket, picnic mats, foldable table and cushions as well as your choice of picnic-friendly food, either a full meal, or light bites. All you have to ‘pack’ are the kids, sunscreen, and some outdoor toys. Return the basket and other picnic paraphernalia to Bee’s Knees when you’re done. They’ll do all the rest of the packing up! Available from 8am at Bee’s Knees at The Garage. Web
Experience The Wish Effect
The power of a wish. That’s what Make-A-Wish Singapore wants everyone to experience this Children’s Day, and beyond. The non-profit organisation wants to share how one wish fulfilled can change the life of children with critical illnesses, as well as those around them, and it’s doing this though The Wish Effect campaign which features a children’s storybook One Tiny Wish, an animated video, and a fun IG filter. To date, Make-A-Wish Singapore has granted over 1,560 wishes, bringing renewed strength and hope to children and to their families. What if you could help bring laughter, joy, and hope to a child this Children’s Day? Do it by making a referral to help spread The Wish Effect, or by supporting Make-A-Wish Singapore today.
Create, Move, and Make with Octoburst! – A Children’s Festival
This year’s Octoburst! comes to our homes with free-to-access digital programmes, and all are invited to be part of it! There’s something for every arts lover, from music, to dance, to theatre. Everything below will be happening at www.esplanade.com/octoburst so remember to bookmark it!
Kids can watch and learn rhythms and moves from online tutorials, then send in their videos for a chance to be featured in a PIParade Online video featuring music composed by Sandra Lim. 5 Oct, Mon, 12pm – 18 Oct, Sun, 11.59pm
Hold My Hand
This table-top toy theatre puppetry production is the first-ever festival commission! Presented as a film by Paper Monkey Theatre and Jean Tay, it follows older brother Boy, and his younger sister Girl. As they make their way home from school, Boy learns responsibility, while Girl faces her fears. Streaming from 5 Oct, Mon, 1pm – 18 Oct, Sun, 11.59pm
The Putu Piring Incident of Batu Bulat
Three characters — an ice-factory prince, an island adventurer, and a putu-piring seller — disagree on what really happened the day they met on Batu Bulat. Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozhi Adichi’s The Danger of a Single Story, this work by Adib Kosnan encourages empathy, active listening and compassion. Watch along with your child, and download the resources on diverse thinking to guide your little ones to learn how to think of, and for, others. The performance consists of three individual stories which premiere at half-hourly intervals. Streaming from 5 Oct, ,Mon, 3pm, 3.30pm & 4pm – 18 Oct, Sun, 11.59pm
Beats and Doodles
A DJ mixtape calms and promotes relaxation as kids and parents create ‘little moments of expressions’ by doodling. Sounds like something we could really get into! When you’re done, snap a video of the doodle with the music running in the background, then tag it with the hashtag #beatsdoodles #octoburst2020 #mydurian on Instagram to share with others. Streaming from 5 Oct, Mon, 5pm – 18 Oct, Sun, 11.59pm
Elastic Plastic Crew
It’s Octoburst!’s first-ever virtual dance party! Learn silly dance moves and groove to dance music made locally and played by the Elastic Plastic Crew DJ! Live broadcast via 9 Oct, Fri, 2.30pm, 10 Oct, Sat, 11.30am
The Noisy Forest
Explore new ways of playing with sound with your little ones. You’ll need to pre-register, so you can receive a complimentary instrument construction kit to assemble with your child, to use during the 15-minute play session. Live Broadcast via Zoom on 10 Oct, Sat, 2.30pm (ages 2-4 years), 11 Oct, Sun, 5pm (ages 4-6 years)
Become a Little Great Storyteller with Act 3 International
Kids get to unleash their imaginations as they play, create, and build communication skills in these drop-off drama workshops. Younger ones aged 3-4 years dive underwater to discover sea creatures and learn about teamwork with Swimmy. Older ones aged 5-7 years discover the beauty of words and colours with Frederick the field mouse. Finally, tweens abed 8-12 years learn the importance of friendship, love, and responsibility with The Little Prince. 9 Oct, Fri, various timings, ACT 3 Drama Academy, 126 Cairnhill Road, ONE-TWO-SIX Cairnhill Arts Centre, S(229707). Web
Get Steam-y at KidsStop
This year’s STEAM Festival for Young Learners lets kids reach for the skies and dream up crazy ideas and endless possibilities. How fun! Join in virtually from home, or at KidsSTOP™ itself. MIssions are open to kids from age three onwards, and those who complete them are rewarded with e-Explorer certificates and more! 8-11 Oct, 9.30am-1pm or 2-5.30pm, at KidsSTOP™, Science Centre Singapore, or online.
Enter a Musical Canvas
Model student May doesn’t have problems with academic school work. It’s only when she has to use her imagination to create artwork that she finds herself stuck. However, when May realises that she experiences sound and music visually, a whole new world opens up to her. Follow May as she learns about the different Chinese instruments and the roles they play in an ensemble. You can discover them yourself too, in this audio-visual experience by the Esplanade, and Ding Yi Music Company. Till 30 Oct, various timings, $12. Web
Make this Children’s Day long weekend one to remember!
Need some out-of-the-home ideas for this Children’s Day long weekend as well? How about:
- taking a family-friendly staycation in one of these hotels
- having a feast at a kid-friendly cafe/restaurant that you’ve never been to
- exploring one of these 13 kid-friendly nature trails in Singapore
It doesn’t matter what you choose to do with your little ones on this special day. Most important is that they know that you love them, and care for them no matter what. And that, we think, would make every day, and every Children’s Day, the very best one of all.
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