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. It’s also the month we celebrate Children’s Day and International Day of Older Persons, and mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and World Mental Health Day — more to look forward to! We’ve even included some exciting ideas for those #stayhome days. Read on to find out what’s happening this outrageous October!
Deepavali Open House 2021
Take in the sights and sounds, traditions and meaning of the Festival of Lights at the Indian Heritage Centre. Go on Friday evening rides with Little India Trishaw Trails to soak in the festive atmosphere of the precinct. On weekends, embark on a puzzle hunt and uncover the lost relic of Little India. Other exciting drop-in activities range from rangoli and kolam workshops to crafting paper garlands and lamps.
Till 14 November at Indian Heritage Centre; more details here
New Kids on the Singapore Zoo Block
Have you heard? It’s truly Children’s Day at the zoo. Besides Singapore’s now-famous panda baby at the River Safari, the Singapore Zoo welcomes two new kids to its fold. They took a 22-hour interstate road journey and a seven-day sea voyage to get here! Meet Adhil and Balaji, Rothschild’s giraffes who came all the way from India’s Mysuru Zoo. You can now visit the two young lanky boys in their new home at the Wild Africa zone.
From now onwards at Singapore Zoo; more details here
Tulipmania & Gardening Workshops
After a two-year hiatus, Tulipmania is back at the Flower Dome! Follow in the footsteps of Kazakh nomads and trace the origins of wild tulips in the Central Asian steppes. Amid the vibrant blooms, discover a traditional yurt handmade by Kazakh craftsmen, complete with felt textiles and a crackling fire. Create your own preserved flower box arrangement with Botany Studio while you’re there. Open to adults and children from five years, these 30-minute drop-in activity workshops take place throughout 30 and 31 October.
7 October to 14 November at Gardens by the Bay; more details here
UNTAME Children’s Day at KidsSTOP
Have an UNTAME Children’s Day celebration at the STEAM Festival. Find out how to nurture and inspire your little eco-warrior by discovering ways to build a more sustainable world. Take part in a variety of intriguing STEAM challenges, fun parent-child activities, and informative educator workshops both online and on-site.
8 to 10 October at KidsSTOP; more details here
International Day of Older Persons at Science Centre Singapore
Bring Grandma and Grandpa along to the Science Centre, where exciting on-site activities await. Help them discover how they can be empowered digitally, just like the kids are these days! Learn about ageing through interactive games, and explore the use of smartwatches, digital oximeters, and contactless payments. At the Tinkering Studio, design your own paper circuit and create a greeting card for your grandparents that lights up!
8 to 10 October at Singapore Science Centre; more details here
SGF Hort Show 2021
This year’s Singapore Garden Festival Hort Show offers a hybrid programme of virtual and physical activities. Besides a series of online talks and workshops, you can shop all things plants at the e-marketplace. To marvel at on-site horticultural displays, visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens (SBG) and Jurong Lake Gardens (JLG). Other highlights you shouldn’t miss include SBG Heritage Festival and Bazaar in the Garden at JLG.
9 to 17 October at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 23 to 31 October at Jurong Lake Gardens; more details here
ACM Adventures: A Royal Time
Take your younglings to explore the royal courts of India through the amazing craftsmanship in the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Court and Company Gallery. The latest instalment of ACM Adventures will allow visitors to experience sights and sounds of a different civilisation. And it all happens through storytelling, drama performances, and craft activities inspired by objects on display.
31 October at Asian Civilisations Museum; more details here
Shinchan Biu Biu Virtual Run
If you’re a fan of the hilarious anime character Crayon Shinchan, then don’t miss this virtual fun run. Complete your run to get limited-edition goodies, including a finisher medal, t-shirt, tattoo sticker, and drawstring bag. To participate, download the JomRun app, register for the run, pick the 5-km or 21-km category, and choose your entitlements. Then simply activate the JomRun app tracker, run whenever and wherever, and submit the results by 30 November to receive your rewards.
1 October to 30 November via JomRun app; more details here
(See also: Raising Olympic Champions: A Guide for Parents)
Build Outside The Box with LEGO
LEGO’s Rebuild the World campaign celebrates children as the masters of creative problem-solving. By building and rebuilding with LEGO bricks, kids discover how to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. This October, hear more about this from actress-mum Joanne Peh and early learning expert Fynn Sor, and other celebrity mums and parenting experts, through weekly IG Live sessions. They’ll be sharing their experience, discussing parenting tips, and fielding Q&A with viewers. Tune in and stand to win LEGO sets too.
2 to 23 October via Instagram; more details here
Goodman Grows 2021 Children’s Day
Goodman Arts Centre is collaborating with Cultivate Central to present a socially driven community farm and art project. It includes a multitude of experiences from workshops and talks to artist installations and trails. For Children’s Day, families and little ones can take part in engaging online art activities. The four sessions feature Music Jamboree, Nature Mask Making, Plastic Weaving, and Make-your-own Cocodama.
9 October via Zoom; more details here
Families for Life “Celebrating Our Grands”
Gear up for the annual “Celebrating Our Grands” campaign with Families for Life and honour the ties that bind generations. Join 309,000 children across 950 preschools and 185 primary schools to make your own origami craft. Then present it to your grandparents with a handwritten message of ‘Love’, ‘Care and Concern’, ‘Commitment’, and ‘Respect’. Post a snapshot on social media with the hashtag #CelebratingOurGrands and stand to win prizes!
9 October on FFL website, Facebook, or Instagram; more details here
Live 10.10 with Vitality
In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, AIA Singapore is hosting Live 10.10 with Vitality. Join in dance and yoga sessions, make a healthy dessert with MasterChef Singapore runners-up, learn how to safeguard your mental and emotional wellness, and take part in colouring workshops for well-being with your children. Gear up with the third edition of AIA iRun for Vitality, a virtual run happening from 4 to 24 October.
10 October online; more details here
EAT & DRINK
Fun-Taste-Tic Children’s Day Celebrations at Shangri-La Singapore
Treat the kids to a charming high tea experience full of whimsical teatime delights at The Rose Veranda. Savoury bites such as Treasure Tuna and Peach on an Heirloom Carrot Bun and adorable desserts like Chocolate Cakesicles are served on a three-tier high tea stand for two children. Each child dining in can also choose from a selection of main courses. The first 50 sets ordered come with a complimentary Shangri-La Kids Fun Pack.
$48++ per set from 1 to 10 October at The Rose Veranda or $38 nett for a takeaway set; more details here
Deliveroo x Impossible
To make it easier for you to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle, Deliveroo is teaming up with Impossible Foods. For every Impossible dish you order via the delivery platform, they pledged to plant one tree in the Amazon rainforest. Choose from over 200 participating restaurants, including Da Paola, Three Buns, and PS.Café. Now you can leave a green footprint on Mother Earth, one delicious meal at a time.
Till 15 October via Deliveroo; more details here
Fashionista Afternoon Tea at Conrad Centennial Singapore
Set the trend with the new haute couture afternoon tea experience at Conrad Centennial Singapore’s Lobby Lounge. Start with a Heel Top welcome drink, before savouring a showcase of stylish pastries and sweets. Think Gold Dust Bresaola Puffs, Smoked Salmon and Caviar Wheels, Lapis Purse, Chocolate and Mango Heels, and Berry Rouge Lipstick. From now till 31 October, the second diner enjoys 60% off. It’s perfect for mummy friends or a mum-daughter day out.
From $40++ per person till 22 November at Conrad Centennial Singapore or $150++ for a takeaway package for two; more details here
Goodwood Park Hotel presents the Rosy Medley Set
To mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, Goodwood Park Hotel presents a special collection of enticing treats in shades of pink. Ladies, treat yourselves to an indulgent English Afternoon Tea with Rosy Medley specials and local favourites. For a tête-à-tête with loved ones at home, two-tier Rosy Medley Sets are available for takeaway or delivery. For every Rosy Medley set sold in October, Goodwood Park Hotel is donating $2 to Breast Cancer Foundation.
$60++ per adult, $36++ per child from 1 October to 30 November at L’Espresso or from $72 per set at The Deli at Goodwood Park Hotel; more details here
HaruPlate x Olsen Bakehouse Fundae Roti Bundle
Recreate one of your favourite childhood memories with the kids this Children’s Day. HaruPlate’s Fundaes combine perfectly with Olsen Bakehouse’s special-edition Rainbow Loaf for a ‘siu dai’ (low sugar) bundle. It’s specially designed to bring healthy goodness to a traditionally sugar-happy treat. Each bundle comprises four HaruPlate Fundaes and one Olsen Bakehouse Rainbow Loaf, so you can create awesome new ice cream memories with the kiddos.
$30.80 per bundle from 8 to 31 October; more details here
Cheers x Pokémon
As part of their 23rd anniversary celebrations, Cheers is hosting a Pokémon Purchase with Purchase campaign. Spend at least $5 to get a Mini Poké Ball at $7.90, or from $10 to get one for $4.90. There are four different Poké Balls available: Pikachu, Charmander, Eevee, and Squirtle — gotta collect ‘em all! At the same time, enjoy attractive discounts on up to 100 popular products, such as Farmhouse’s Dark Chocolate Milk and Ben & Jerry’s Netflix & Chill.
1 October to 1 November at Cheers outlets; more details here
Children’s Day at CDL eMall
Pamper your little ones in the safety of your home by shopping with City Developments Limited (CDL) eMall. Celebrate Children’s Day with feasts from all-time kid favourites like ASTONS Specialities, Café Amazon, and Chic-A-Boo. Then get their creative juices flowing with a crafting kit from Star Arts. Or spend the day twirling and dancing away with brand new speakers from Bose. With fabulous deals and savings from a wide range of dining and retail stores, anything’s possible!
Till 30 November at CDL eMall; more details here
(See also: On a Roll with PAW Patrol at City Square Mall!)
LEGO City Stuntz
A sensational new play experience for builders ages five years and up has burst into the LEGO City arena. It features six exciting new products including launch ramps and flywheel stunt bikes. Each set enables kids to play out real-world scenarios and be in control of their own adventures. Don’t miss the first-ever LEGO x Lazada Super Brand Day 24-hour shopping event happening on 6 October. There’ll be storewide discounts, exclusive bundles, gifts with purchase, and an interactive virtual LEGO experience!
From $14.90 at LEGO Certified Stores, LEGO Official Store on Lazada, Shopee, Amazon, and major retailers islandwide; more details here
Pigeon Natural Botanical Baby
Leading baby care brand Pigeon has just launched its new Natural Botanical Baby range of products. In line with their guiding philosophy of caring for both babies and the planet, the range of four dermatologically tested products — Head & Body Wash, Water Gel, Milky Lotion, and Massage Oil — are created sustainably. Within each recycled plastic bottle, nutrient-rich ingredients like argan oil and chamomile support the development of strong and healthy skin.
From $7.90 at major departmental stores, baby specialist stores, online marketplaces, and Pigeon e-Shop; more details here
STAY & PLAY
Ultimate Häagen-Dazs Holiday with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Singapore
Get a sweet escape with Singapore’s first ice cream-themed staycation at Shangri-La Singapore or Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa. A perfect cool retreat for families, couples, or friends, the package includes a themed room equipped with your personal mini-freezer stocked with Häagen-Dazs goodness. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and a special dessert during your stay, and take home exclusive Häagen-Dazs collectibles. These include a cushion, teddy bear, bath bomb, face mask, coaster set, picnic mat, and cooler bag.
From $499++ from 1 October to 18 November; more details here
A Slurping Good! Stay at Hotel G Singapore
Been wanting to explore the new instant noodle-themed experience playground at Tekka Place? We recommend upsizing your outing with a stay at Hotel G. The Hotel G x Slurping Good! package includes an overnight stay in a king-bedded Good Room and admission tickets for two to Slurping Good! You also get an It Takes Two Burger Box from 25 Degrees Burger & Liquor Bar, and a Slurping Good! tote bag filled with official merchandise voucher, Eatbox voucher, claw machine tokens, instant noodles, and more.
From $155++ per night from 1 October to 31 December; more details here
D’Ultimate XCape’s Vacay to the East at Downtown East
Take a unique staycation in a first-of-its-kind nomadic 10-room boutique hotel concept, complete with a slew of fun activities. Stay in a pop-up container hotel at Downtown East’s Begonia open-air car park. Each SHOWroom features smart home technologies and ‘room service’ with contactless ordering and free delivery service. For play, think carnival rides, inflatable bouncy park, art workshops, art installations, and complimentary day passes to Wild Wild Wet.
From $239 per night from 13 October 2021 to 20 March 2022; more details here
Featured image: Goodman Arts Centre