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National Day 2021: NDP, fireworks, Red Lions, and more! (+ staycation giveaway!)

The National Day Parade is back at the Floating Platform this year, hooray! As you’ve probably heard, it has been postponed to 21 August 2021 because of the recent COVID-19 restrictions. On 9 August, the actual day itself, only a ceremonial parade (similar to the one at the Padang last year) will take place at the Floating Platform. But you can still celebrate National Day 2021 in style (like mum Selina and her five-year-old son Callum in the picture above, who watched the Red Lions at Jurong East last year) no matter where you are on our little red dot. Read on to find out how.

Note: Due to the constantly changing situation out there, do be very Singaporean and double check and confirm that the activities are actually happening before heading out yah.


Have an NDP Watch Party at Home 

Image: NDPeeps Facebook

This year’s NDP 2021 theme ‘Together, Our Singapore Spirit’, and you can celebrate together with the rest of the nation right from home. Garb yourselves in red and white, cook up or dabao a local food feast, and watch the parade on TV or on livestream. NDP 2021 is its first ever live-virtual performance, so look out for TV-exclusive special effects, and an innovative blend of live performances, and animated short films created by homegrown animation artists. Like last year, there will be fireworks displays at heartlands sites after the Show. Get more details here

See the state flag flypast, aerial display, & the Red Lions in the Heartlands

While the main parade continues at The Float @ Marina Bay, there will also be celebrations closer to homes to ensure public safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On 7 and 8 August, the weekend before National Day, catch the Red Lions as they perform their daredevil parachute stunts in the heartlands. [CANCELLED] On August 9, look out for the State Flag as it makes it way across the heartlands with Republic of Singapore Air Force fighter jets flying in formation. 

Join the NDP 2021 virtual choir

The NDP Virtual Choir is back! If you haven’t heard this year’s National Day song ‘The Road Ahead’ yet, learn it here then join the virtual choir to sing your heart out for Singapore! Get a step-by-step guide from #NDP2021 mascot August on how you can lend your voice and be part of this year’s #NDP2021 celebrations here. Want a chance to feature in the parade? Record yourself and submit your video here.

Learn the NDP Dance of the Nation (Virtual Dance)

The NDP 2021 Dance of the Nation (Virtual Dance) is a dance fitness routine to a remix of this year’s NDP 2021 theme song ‘The Road Ahead’. This fun workout produced in partnership with GetActive! Singapore (GASG) is suitable for all ages so gear the fam up and learn the #DanceOfTheNation here. It’s a great way to get your steps in as well! 

Read about NDP with the kids

Do you know that Tan Yun Xin, a student at Nanyang Polytechnic, is the designer behind the NDP 2021 logo? This special NDP 2021 issue of Kindsville Times by the Singapore Kindness Movement introduces kids to the meaning behind National Day, but we think we adults can learn quite a lot from it too. Download a copy here and learn along with your little ones. Don’t miss the fun family activities at the back; we’re trying to complete the National Day 2021 Bingo! 


Celebrate Seniors with Get Active Singapore 2021

This special Zoom event by the ActiveSG Masters Club for the elderly in our families! Rally the grandparents and join in with them (if they’re shy) for an hour of fun. They’ll be singing the national anthem, reciting the pledge, and doing the GetActive! Singapore workout, which is suitable for all, including those who prefer to do it seated. Register here

Do the Majulah SG56 Virtual Run

Run 5.6 km or 56 km at your own convenience till 31 August, and receive a three-medal collectible set with the medals depicting Unity, Hope, and Victory. With every registration of the SG56 bundle (Finisher 3-Medal Collectable Set + Exclusive SG56 T-Shirt + e-Certificate), $6 will be donated to The Courage Fund. Sign up here

Run for Singapore Online Challenge 2021

Exercise together with the rest of Singapore to reach the distance goal of 560,000 km in this virtual challenge organised by GetActive! Singapore. Qualifying activities include running, hiking, steps, treadmill, cycling, elliptical, swimming, aerobics, yoga, and gym workouts. Sign up here


[POSTPONED] Visit the Istana Open House (IOH)

If you have tickets for the cancelled IOH in May earlier this year, you’ll have been invited via email to the National Day IOH on 1 August 2021. Take the opportunity to enjoy a family day out while strolling the lush grounds, look for the unique ponds, and pose for pictures with the building as a backdrop. While there will be no live performances, you can still look forward to purchasing Istana souvenirs, including President’s Challenge memorabilia. All proceeds go to charities supported by the President’s Challenge. More details here

See the National Day floral display in the Flower Dome

From 29 July, see a stunning variety of orchids at a National Day edition of floral displays at Gardens by the Bay. This vibrant showpiece at the Flower Dome complements the Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition, and includes species such as the Aranda Pure Heart and Dendrobium Candy Stripe in shades of pink, white and purple, as well as Renanopsis Five Friendships Tanaosri and Aranda Singa Gold in vibrant hues of orange, yellow and red. From 29 July, more details here

See also: Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom at Gardens by the Bay)

Enjoy even more playtime on Sentosa

Playtime on the State of Fun just got better, with discounts and offers of up to 56 per cent off at Sentosa’s attractions. If you’ve been thinking about visiting the floating aqua park Hydrodash, the Trick Eye Museum, iFly Singapore, VR at Madame Tussauds Singapore, or just going on a cable car joy ride, this is the time to do so. Purchase and book these National Day treats online from 31 July 2021. Valid from 31 July to 31 October 2021. More details here

One Raffles Place Shopping Mall

Throughout August, Tower 2 of One Raffles Place (ORP) will light up in red across the city skyline to pay homage to the Republic’s birthday. Take part in three weekly challenges (from 19 July to 6 August) and snap a shot of yourself shopping here, then tag #ORPOneSG in your photos on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win a $30 ORP e-voucher. More details here

Singapore Discovery Centre

Have you ever watched the live telecast of the National Day Parade at an iWERKS Theatre? You can, at the Singapore Discovery Centre, as part of the centre’s celebrations during the National Day weekend. There’ll be family-friendly activities like sticker crafts, guided tours of the Permanent Exhibits Gallery, the eco-sustainability installations, as well as SAFTI Military Institute. Look forward to screenings too, of Singapore Stories films, and more. Get more details at https://www.sdc.com.sg


It’s no secret that we have become a nation of staycationers. What to do? With travel restrictions still in place, the best way to holiday is a Singapoliday, yes? 

Slay, Stay & Play Local staycation at Hotel G

Slay, Stay & Play Local in the heart of the cultural district at Hotel G, which has collaborated with homegrown businesses in this special National Day staycation. The Slay, Stay & Play Local staycation package includes an upgrade to the hotel’s king-bedded Great Room along with exclusive items from local partners such as:

  • An exclusive check-in kit from Sigi Skin
  • A complimentary box of Jewel Coffee Specialty Coffee Capsules – Bold As Love
  • Complimentary playbox from Play Nation with Hawker Wars and Kopi King
  • A meal for 2 consisting of 2 Satay Burgers & 2 Chendol Milkshakes from 25 Degrees Burger & Liquor Bar (will be served as a takeaway if the stay takes place during the Heightened Alert phase)

From $156++ per room per night, for stays from 26 July to 31 August 2021. Book directly on www.hotelgsingapore.com from 26 July using the promo code STAYLOCAL. 

:: GIVEAWAY! :: 

We have one Slay, Stay & Play Local staycation package at Hotel G to give away. Do note that the stay MUST be done in the month of August 2021. Why? Because it’s a National Day staycation, and National Day is in August, duh. Here’s what you can do for a chance to win it: 

  1. Like and share this article on Facebook. Tag @singaporemotherhood.com so we know you have done it
  2. Tell us what you love most about Singapore 
  3. Sit back and relax. We’ll get in touch if you’ve won!

Terms and conditions: 

  • This stay is valid at Hotel G Singapore only, and must be completed in the month of August 2021.
  • Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply, and advanced reservation is required. 
  • Prize voucher is non-replaceable, non-refundable, and not redeemable for cash.
  • After the expiry date, there will be no extension of the voucher’s validity period. 
  • The original voucher must be presented at check-in. It is valid for one-time use only. 
  • Hotel check-in time is 3pm, and checkout time is at 12 noon (Singapore local time).
  • Failure to arrive at the hotel is regarded as a no-show. No refund will be given.

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 26 July 2021

(See also: Hotel G Singapore: 8 Ways we Love this Small but Swell Staycation Spot)

Happy Birthday Singapore Staycay at Mandarin Oriental

Mark the nation’s 56th birthday with a splendid Happy Birthday Singapore staycation at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. This includes a stay for two in the hotel’s Deluxe Room, with lunch for two, early check-in at 12pm and late check-out at 6pm (both subject to availability), a complimentary bed and lunch for the third and fourth occupants (applicable room types only). For added pampering, enhance your stay with two additional privileges when you sign up for the Fans of M.O. guest recognition programme. 

From $309++ per night (weekdays) and $369++ per night (weekends). Valid for stays from now till 31 October 2021. For reservations call 6885 3030 or book online here

Do Good with the Family at Sofitel Singapore City Centre 

Perfect for a kid-friendly getaway, Do Good with the Family is a 2D1N stay for two adults and one child in a luxury room. This includes a tent for the child, breakfast and a heart-warming gourmet dinner featuring well-loved Singaporean flavours such as Egg Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Chicken. Kids will also get merchandise by students from The Art Faculty, a social enterprise by the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) to utilise while on staycation or to take home. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of these products will support the ARC.

SRV-eligible, from $419 nett per night (weekdays, two adults and one child), from 19 July to 15 August 2021. Book your stay here

Otah & Friends Staycation at Pan Pacific Hotels

How about an otter-ly fun staycay with the kids? The ‘Stay, Hide and Seek with Otah & Friends’ package includes an adorable Otah the otter mascot plush toy, two limited-edition Otah & Friends cushions, and one Otah & Friends clue kit. Snacks will be provided too. Each of the four Pan Pacific Hotels has a different exclusive Otah plush: Otah dressed in Chang Shan at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Otah dressed in Batik at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Otah dressed in Baju Kurung at PARKROYAL on Beach Road, and Otah dressed in Sherwani at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Beach Road. Hmmm, why not stay at all four?

From $330 nett per night, valid for stays till 30 September 2021. Book here or here. 

We’ll be adding to this list as more events and activities are announced, so do bookmark this article and check back for more National Day 2021 fun for the family! 

Featured image: from the NDP2021 website, showing mum Selina with her five-year-old son Callum watching the Red Lions at Jurong East last year.

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