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Joyous July: What’s In, Out, and About for Families in Singapore (+ Giveaway)

There’s always something fresh and fun to see, do, and eat on on our little red dot. From the newest playgrounds and pop-ups to world-class productions and family-friendly menus, there’s plenty to keep you and the kids engaged. We’ve even included some exciting ideas for #stayhome days, so read on and plan for the month ahead with these fun activities that will surely spark joy this July!

GET MOVING

Summer Fun at Universal Studios Singapore 

Images: Resorts World Sentosa

Summertime, and the livin’ is thrilling when you’re at Universal Studios Singapore for this season’s Tropical Thrills. Watch the new musical spectacle — Sesame Street Goes Bollywood. Pose with themed photo stations at Mahalo Memories, and catch King Julien Cruisin’ the Street in the New York zone. Look out for your favourite characters to snap that money shot with: Illuminations’ Minions, the velociraptor from Jurassic World, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, Madagascar, and many more! 2 July to 9 August; more details here

I’mPOSSIBLE Celebrations 2021

Our national athletes are gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in September 2021, and you can show your support for them! Sign up for the buddy run (modelled after the guided run event in the Paralympic Games) with a #BFF, taking turns to blindfold yourselves during the run. And let the kids read and be inspired by the story of national archer Nur Syahidah Alim. The world number 1 in the in the Women’s Compound category for para archery shares her story of grit and perseverance in two I’mPOSSIBLE Storybooks, a Beginners Book for little ones aged 6 and below, and an Early Reader for children aged 7 to 12 years. You can also order physical versions of the books here.

Till 30 September 2021; more details here

Explore Singapore with Piqolo Kids

How about getting to know our little red dot better this July, in the run-up to National Day in August? Young ones can do that with Piqolo Kids’ Young Explorers Journal (best for ages 6 onwards), which has over 50 activity ideas that they can embark on with the adorable space cadet characters Peppy and Lili. Together, the intrepid explorers will discover the Lion City’s diverse cultures, attractions, wildlife, and give their tastebuds a treat with the amazing culinary options available as well.

P/S Use FAMILY10 for a 10% discount on all books (except bundled products) this month.

:: Giveaway! ::

We have 3 Young Explorer’s Journals by Piqolo Kids to give away. To win one,

  • Like and share this article’s Facebook post
  • Tell us which place you and your child love to explore in Singapore
  • Tag a friend to join in the adventures
  • Sit back and relax; we’ll get in touch if you’ve won!

Closing date: 12pm, 12 July, 2021.

Kids dine for FREE + discounts at Jewel Changi Airport

Celebrate Changi Airport’s 40th anniversary this July with up to 40% discounts off ticket prices for bundle packages at Jewel. There are four to choose from, starting from $20 (child) for Bundle 1 which includes Canopy Park (Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden, Topiary Walk), Canopy Bridge, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze, and Manulife Sky Nets – Walking. Little ones (aged 12 and below, other terms and conditions may apply) can also feast for free at these outlets: O’Coffee Club Roastery, Perch, PUTIEN, and Tonito!

1-31 July, more details here

Skechers Friendship Walk 2021

Sign up this month for the virtual walk which takes place 2 – 22 August. Participants receive a 30% off voucher for Skechers GOwalk footwear, as well as a ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ voucher upon completing the Walk. Additionally, one winner will walk away with a year’s supply of Skechers footwear. $1 from every sign-up also goes to support the APSN, a social service agency which provides special education for individuals with mild intellectual disabilities.

Register at Skechers stores, or online.

GO & SEE

Da Vinci The Exhibition: Be Inspired to Innovate

You know that Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper. But did you know that this Renaissance man also conceptualised and crafted the first dive suit, skis, paddle boats, and parachutes as well? Step into the 15th-century and explore more than 50 life-size replicas of da Vinci’s inventions, 15 reproductions of his art, and displays showcasing his achievements. While you’re at the Science Centre, don’t miss the revoltingly riveting and hilarious That’s Gross Science Show. Remember to pop over to Snow City Singapore too, for the Youth Day Promotion of two fun shooting activities at the Winter Shooting Arena, and 20% off one hour of Snowplay + Target Shooting bundled tickets from 2 to 5 July.

Till 2 January, 2022, at The Annex, Science Centre Singapore. Half-day passes which include access to the Science Centre: $19.90 (adult); $17.90 (child) available here.

Bee Amazed Bee Farm

Bees may be tiny but they play an important role in global food production. Find out why at the Bee Amazed Garden, where families can learn about beekeeping, and also visit a beehive observatory. Get tips on how to not be stung, learn the differences between bees, wasps, and hornets, and the various roles that different bees play in a colony. Brave ones can also try their hand at being a pro beekeeper! Still scared? It’s okay. Try other similarly family-friendly activities — like skating activities and turtle & tortoise museum visits — at Pelago, a travel experiences platform owned by Singapore Airlines. You can pay for them with your KrisFlyer miles!

$50/pax; more details here

EAT & SHOP

Minions High Tea at 2am: dessert bar

Yellow? Are you a Minions fan? If you are, head to 2am: dessertbar for a heady dose of Minions magic this month. The Minions High Tea is a family-friendly experience featuring edible canapés inspired by the sunny characters. Fill up on Orange Blossom Macaroons, Stuart’s Lemon Tart, Gru’s Bay, and more. There are also Passionfruit and Peppermint Chocolate Paint and Crayons so kids can (and will) play with their food!

Every Tuesday to Sunday till 31 July, 3pm-6pm, dine-in only. $55 nett per adult and $40 nett per child under 12, at www.2amdessertbar.com

Fitbit Ace 3 for kids

Get the kids motivated to keep fit with Fitbit’s next generation activity trackers. Pair your child’s new Ace 3 (for kids aged 6+ and above) with the Fitbit Family app to access Parent View, where you can see your child’s activity, manage what they see, and approve friend requests. Meanwhile, your child’s Kid View access lets them see their own activity and sleep stats, and customise their preferred clock faces, avatars and badges for a fun experience. With an 8-day battery life, and water-resistant up to 50m, the Ace 3 is the perfect companion for every active kiddo!

$118; buy it online here

UNIQLO Thank You Festival

UNIQLO’s Thank You Festival starts tomorrow, with lots for fans of this Japanese apparel brand. Think first-time ever offers on LifeWear selections, giveaways, exclusive UTme! designs, and even a chance to walk away with a $500 UNIQLO Gift Card. Spend a minimum of $80 to receive an exclusive UNIQLO Japanese Knot Bag designed by Singapore-born artist Ros Lee, whose lifestyle brand Polkaros is known for its quirky and colourful designs on everyday products, and look for a special Spin & Win activity at the three UNIQLO Town stores over the weekends of 3 – 4 and 10 – 11 July. 

2-15 July, at UNIQLO stores islandwide. More details here

Swap for Courage

Swap your clothes, and help needy mums-to-be at this Fundraising Swapathon for Safe Place, a shelter for unsupported moms-to-be. Organised by Women of Courage Asia, Stillen Maternity, and author Jucelyn Ong, this unique swapathon includes has two segments: a maternity clothes drop-off, and a Swap segment, which has female, men, and children’s apparel, as well as fashion accessories.

MATERNITY WEAR DECLUTTER DRIVE
📅 25 Jun – 25 July 2021
📍Swap Shop, #04-07 Orchard Central
⏱️ 11am-10pm, no need to book a slot
📗 Drop off pre-loved maternity wear to give them a second life. Earn 1 extra Swapling point too!

SWAP FOR COURAGE PACKAGE
📅 25 July – 25 Oct 2021
📍Swap Shop, #04-07 Orchard Central
⏱️ 11am-10pm, no need to book a slot
📗 $44 Swap Plan allows you to swap in 11 items
⭐Redeem a chance to enter the lucky draw. Enjoy $15* off Stillen maternity wear and receive vouchers from supporting partners

STAYHOME

Puffin Big Dream Contest

Are you between 7 and 12 years old? Share a big invention that you have dreamed of that could help to change the world or make our lives better, and you could win a Wacom Intuos M, or a Puffin Hamper worth $50! Submit entries in text and/or illustrations (limited to 2 A4 pages per entry) via email to [email protected] with ‘Puffin Big Dream Contest’ as the subject header. 

Full details at timesreads.com

(un)becoming

A little girl walks alone. The relationship between a millennial mother and her Gen Z disintegrates. A doula is trapped in a cycle she can’t break. What does it mean to mother, or to be a daughter? Watch these stories and more unfold in (un)becoming, which explores the dynamics of mother-daughter relationships in Singapore today through an online experience combining live performance, short films, and digital snooping. This is part of T:>Works’ Festival Of Women: N.O.W. 2021, a festival of women, by women, and a digital celebration of everything female.

14-17 July, more details here. Donation tickets at $25/50.

Read for Books

If your children love to read, get them to indulge in this past-time while helping others during Read!Fest 2021. Read for Books is a charity book drive that aims to raise awareness and share the gift of reading with the less privileged, and it’s easy to be a part of it. For every 10 people who read for 15 minutes, one book will be donated to selected beneficiaries.

10 to 26 July 2021; register and get more details here

(See also: 6 Best Air Purifier options to Clear the Air in every Singaporean Home (2021))

Featured image: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

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