There’s always something fresh and fun to see, do, and eat 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 those #stayhome days. All ready to say aloha to August?
GO & SEE
Trash to Treasure: Crea8 Sustainability Showcase
What would an upcycled world look like? Discover it through the eyes of unique artworks and models by primary and secondary school students. PacificLght’s Crea8 Sustainability competition showcase is a family-friendly educational journey, complete with interactive games and a complimentary guided tour (pre-register here).
Till 9 August at the Sustainable Singapore Gallery; more details here
Crayon Shinchan the Movie x Hakken!
The long-awaited Crayon Shinchan the Movie: School Mystery! The Splendid Tenkasu Academy is finally premiering in Singapore, thanks to a collaboration between MUSE Communication and Singapore’s largest anime retail store, Hakken! Originally scheduled for 21 August but delayed due to P2HA, the exclusive fan screening happens on 4 September (ticket sales begin 21 August), before public screenings begin on 9 September. In the meantime, search out exciting Crayon Shinchan merchandise at the new Hakken! outlet at VivoCity, which stocks over 700 officially sourced anime and pop-culture collectibles, plushies, stationery, and more.
Orphans Félicie and Victor dream of becoming a ballerina and an inventor respectively. Together, the best friends hatch a plan to escape from their rural orphanage in 19th-century France. Starring Maddie Ziegler, Elle Fanning, and Carly Rae Jepsen, this delightful animated movie will inspire kids everywhere to chase their dreams. After the movie, drop by DANCE: A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, a free exhibition showcasing the celebrated dancer’s striking costumes from his signature ballets.
22 August at Le théâtre, Alliance Française de Singapour; more details here
Read! Fest 2021 Literary Trails
Life is no walk in the park, except when you go on Read! Fest 2021’s first multi-sensory self-guided literary trails! Building on this year’s theme of “Reboot!”, this interactive experience is ideal to enjoy as a family. Join in “The Curious Adventure of the Salaryman” as he goes on a journey to reinvent himself. Embark on the trails by scanning the QR codes on art installations located in West Coast Park, East Coast Park, or National Library Building.
Till 31 October; more details here
My Community Festival *POSTPONED*
Singapore’s community-driven festival returns to open the doors to more of the country’s best kept secrets. My Community Festival takes you on physical tours and virtual experiences. Follow fellow neighbours into places where they live and work, listen to their heartwarming stories, and discover the many facets of various communities that call Singapore home. You may be surprised to discover cultural gems in oft-overlooked spaces in the heart of the community!
6 to 22 August; more details here (this event has been postponed till further notice)
PAssion WaVe Kayak Orientation Programme
Sign up as a parent-child duo to learn kayaking. PAssion WaVe’s Kayak Orientation Programme is suitable for kids aged seven years and up. You’ll learn the basics of this fun and easy water sport at picturesque Jurong Lake Gardens. The 2.5-hour class is designed for beginners, no certification required. Just bring sunscreen and a love for outdoor adventure!
29 August; more details here
EAT & DRINK
CP Travel Van Visits the North-east
Catch up with Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s brand-new CP Travel Van on its travels around Singapore. From now till December, its F&B team will be bringing you a menu inspired by countries we love and miss. Try the Siam Salad Bowl with Bangkok night markets’ ubiquitous grilled Kor Moo Yan. Or imagine having a Seoul summer picnic as you tuck into the Annyeonghase-bowl. Pair your meals with a refreshing Bubble Tea. Remember to snap a photo for social media — and stand to win dining treats and staycations!
Glorious Heritage Fried Prawn Noodle
It’s tough being a hawker and even tougher when you start your business during a pandemic! But that’s what two former hospitality professionals and a darts coach have done. By learning from a veteran hawker couple looking to impart their Hokkien mee recipe, they hope to help preserve Singapore’s hawker heritage. Besides the classic fried prawn noodles, Glorious Heritage Fried Prawn Noodles also serves a traditional secret recipe Mee Sua version that’s not to be missed. Head down for your takeaways and #supportlocal.
#02-035 Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre; more details here
Plant-based Bake Boxes from 2am: dessertbar
Make staying in a little bit sweeter with Chef Janice Wong’s latest range of 12 plant-based and keto-friendly treats. Best of all, 2am: dessertbar’s popular Mixed Box Keto and Plant-based Desserts are back, with 30 sets available daily. Perfect for savouring or gifting, each contains individual servings of six items: Coconut Cake, Berries Mascarpone, Chocolate Pecan, Matcha Basque Cheesecake, Banana Chocolate Cake, and Coconut Crunch.
$55 per box for takeaway and delivery; more details here
‘An Artful High Tea’ presented by Sofitel Singapore City Centre x The Art Faculty
Starting this August, Sofitel Singapore City Centre joins hands with The Art Faculty to present ‘An Artful High Tea’ experience. Exquisite French-style delicacies and bite-sized treats that pay homage to Singapore’s culinary heritage are presented in a limited-edition two-tiered box. It showcases “Looking Through”, a vibrant illustration by Selena Seow, an artist who is on the autism spectrum. It’s served 2-5pm daily at Coffea and is also available for takeaway.
From $108 for two from 19 August to 30 November; more details here
SHOP & SWAP
‘Shop Local’ with Amazon
Amazon is showcasing success stories of small and medium-sized businesses in Singapore with a dedicated storefront for National Day. Get exclusive deals up to 40% off across categories including electronics, kitchen, dining, toys, groceries, and more. Highlights include plant-based beauty brand Jomingo, Oddbods plush toys for preschoolers, and coffee purveyor Hook Coffee. Shoppers can also participate in ‘The Great Local Giveaway’, a series of social contests on Amazon.sg’s Instagram.
Till 9 August; more details here
Mickey Loves Singapore
This August, Disney’s Mickey Loves Singapore sees Mickey and friends teaming up with local retail brands to explore our sunny island. Pick up some cool new threads for the whole family from UNIQLO, and redeem a special coaster set when you purchase at least two items from the Magic for All Icons UT or Mickey Mouse Photo Days UT collections. Bring joy into your kitchen with the new Limited Edition Mickey Heritage Collection II mini stand mixer from Mayer. Last but not least, NTUC FairPrice outlets have launched an exclusive purchase-for-purchase Mickey Mouse collection. Collect one bonus point for every $30 spent for in-store purchases and redeem items from dinnerware to backpacks!
Have your little ones outgrown their designer outfits? Perhaps you’re looking for fresh fashion for your growing tots. Founded by three local mums, PreLouLou is a new local online clothing consignment marketplace that connects Singaporeans with preloved baby and children’s apparel ethically and sustainably. Every item is marked down by up to 60% and vetted for peace of mind. Sellers will be glad to know that PreLouLou handles listings, photography, and pickups for more than five pieces of clothing. Easy come, easy go!
15% off red, white, and pink outfits from now to 21 August; more details here
(See also: Save $4,500 in Baby’s First Year)
Thermos JNR Pastel Series
Let pastel shades soothe your world while keeping you hydrated with a new range of one-push tumblers from Thermos. In Ice Green, Pink, and Purple, the leak-proof tumblers are compact, lightweight, and sure to offer an instant mood lift. Exclusive to Singapore, complimentary locally designed stickers featuring local icons and landmarks let you customise your tumbler.
From $45 at official Thermos e-stores and major department stores, including the Thermos Shop-in-Store within Takashimaya; more details here
Roblox Obby Creation Workshop
Who says gaming isn’t educational? Join the Roblox Obby Creation Workshop and learn to design your own games using Roblox Studio. This game creation system allows children and adults to let creativity run wild while learning basic programming concepts. Recommended for kids aged 7 to 12 years, this workshop will be held online via Zoom on 7 August. More sessions to follow, so stay tuned to the onePA website.
$39.20 for non-members (members enjoy further discounts); more details here
Discover Nature Virtually
Always been fascinated by sharks? Then you need to join Dr Neil Hutchinson of James Cook University for the Sharks in Singapore virtual talk on 7 August. Learn amazing facts about the biology of sharks and find out what species prowl the waters around Singapore. Or go on a Virtual Mangrove Exploration adventure with PAssion WaVe @ Sembawang on 21 August. You never know what you might find! Both events are suitable for the whole (nature-loving) family.
Online Cultural Workshops
National Heritage Board has planned a month worth of exciting e-activities so you can have fun while staying home. Get crafty by making a ‘kueh’ bath bomb (8 August) or build your own heritage playground pencil holder (29 August). You can also discover the Sundanese instrument Gamelan (28 August) or learn to appreciate Chinese tea (14 August). Or stand up and try your feet at traditional Indian dances, the Kummi (14 August) or the Bhangra (28 August). There’s definitely something for everyone.
Featured image: National Library Board