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August 2023: Eat, Play, Shop & More for Families in Singapore this Month (+ Giveaway!)
The SG58 celebrations are right around the corner, but there’s more to August 2023 than fireworks. As always, we’re here to update you on everything fun to see, do, and feast upon right here on our little red dot. Join us as we explore the newest playgrounds and pop-ups, review world-class productions and family-friendly menus, and share all the good deals and best buys for families in Singapore. There’s even a giveaway worth $399 up for grabs! So scroll down to find all that’s in store for families this month and beyond….
Sands for Singapore Charity Festival 2023
On the weekend before National Day, Marina Bay Sands’ Event Plaza comes alive with music performances by homegrown talent. Continue celebrating all things local at the Giving Marketplace. There, 16 non-profits and social enterprises will offer lifestyle items, baked goods, and handcrafted products for sale. Other highlights include gourmet pop-ups, community-driven tapestry weaving, the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk, and the Vertical Marathon.
4 to 6 August at Marina Bay Sands. More details here
The Penguin Family Fun Fest + Giveaway!
To celebrate its second anniversary and National Day, PenguinLada invites you to The Penguin Family Fun Fest. The exciting family fair event brings together over 20 local brands to showcase their unique products and services. As part of its commitment to empower women, these include several inspiring mumpreneurs from CRIB Society. Also look forward to family-friendly activities, such as a bouncing ball pit by Kiztopia, perfume workshops, and sure-win lucky draws.
5 to 6 August at Singapore Flyer Event Hall; register for free admission. More details here
:: GIVEAWAY! :: Starry Starry Home from PenguinLada (worth $399)
Made of New Zealand pinewood and assembled in Singapore, PenguinLada’s bestselling four-sided busyhouse imparts essential skills through the Montessori method. Via play and sensory exploration, babies and toddlers develop logical thinking and fine motor skills. Suitable for tots from eight months and up, it keeps tiny hands engaged and learning, for years to come.
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Closing date: 12 noon on 8 August 2023
Singapore Night Festival 2023
The Singapore Night Festival is back to light up the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct, with the theme ‘Singapore, the Great Port City’. Delve into Singapore’s evolution, from its early role as port city into today’s leading global hub. Expect a line-up of multi-cultural offerings featuring works by local artists across all the museums and heritage sites around BBB. Families can also explore projection mappings, Night Lights installations, experiential programmes, and food and retail experiences.
18 to 26 August at Bras Basah.Bugis precinct. More details here
OUT & ABOUT
Le Le Turns a Two-rrific Two!
Our beloved giant panda cub Le Le is turning two! To celebrate, River Wonders is hosting a series of panda-themed activities, beginning with a party on 14 August. Head into River Wonders bright and early to watch the birthday bear receive treats and unbox gifts. Then embark on Le Le’s Panda-stic Trail, learn how to be a panda keeper, make your own panda hat and puppet, and meet-and-greet with Giant Panda mascots. The whole family can also dress in adorable Le Le apparel by bossini!
Till 10 September at River Wonders, Mandai Wildlife Reserve. More details here
Royal Albatross Cat Cruise
After many successful canine cruises, Asia’s only luxury tall ship is introducing another world fur-st. Yup, the Royal Albatross welcomes your feline friends to join the seafaring fun starting this August. Cats have sailed on tall ships for over 600 years. Now, your land-bound kitty can experience it too! Enjoy sea views and a cat playground in the Cat Lounge, learn care tips from cat experts, and take home PetCubes cat food. Paw-rents and siblings also savour a gourmet four-course dinner.
From $125 per child, $225 per adult; cats sail free. More details here
Heritage Orchids & Traditional Dances of the East Tropics
This August, uncover orchids in the east tropics with the latest launch of Orchid Extravaganza at Gardens by the Bay. Discover species of tropical orchids with ancestry traceable to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Besides the flowers, the displays also showcase each country’s traditional houses, cultural handicrafts, kebaya, and artefacts. Catch cultural dance performances from Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia at the Baobabs zone on selected days too.
Admission charges to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay apply. More details here
The Palawan @ Sentosa
Hot on the heels of KidZania’s return to Sentosa, the island destination unveils The Palawan @ Sentosa. The new 183,000-sq-ft lifestyle and entertainment precinct features eight distinct family fun experiences. These include UltraGolf, an 18-hole mini golf course and HyperDrive, a gamified go-kart circuit to get your adrenaline going. Then cool off at Splash Tribe, a family-oriented beach club with a sandcastle-themed wet-play zone and infinity pool. See you at the beach!
Opening progressively at 54 Palawan Beach Walk. More details here
VIVA Foundation presents ‘FIVERA Goes West End with Joanna Ampil’
To raise awareness and support for children with cancer, VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer joins forces with Thai pop-opera group FIVERA and Joanna Ampil, West End thespian and former ‘Miss Saigon’. These global talents will be performing a one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza that’s free and open to all. Please join them to further fuel the hope for children with cancer. If you can’t make it and wish to help rewrite their futures, do click here to donate.
27 August, 5.30pm at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens. More details here
EAT & DRINK
JUSTIN Gastro Café-Bar
After satisfying celebrity palates over a 41-year illustrious career, acclaimed chef Justin Quek’s latest venture is JUSTIN. The gastro café-bar’s menu will feature everything from Western staples like Scrambled Eggs to elevated Asian classics such as Homemade Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao. We hear Chef Justin’s Spring Salad and Lobster Capellini are must-tries — both favourites of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew! JUSTIN will also be home to the first local flagship of Vittoria Coffee, Australia’s No. 1 pure coffee brand.
Opening in August at Level 4, TANGS @ Tang Plaza. More details here
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
A new wave of ice cream is coming. The cult-favourite Brooklyn brand began as a humble yellow truck plying the streets of New York City in 2008. Its first overseas outpost will serve its signature French ice cream like Honeycomb and Praline Butter Cake. Lactose-intolerant folk can also enjoy honest-to-goodness vegan scoops such as Churros & Fudge and Choc Chip Cookie Dough. Psst… the first 100 customers in line for the opening scoop will receive exclusive perks, so stay tuned!
Opening early August at #01-19/20, Orchard Central. More details here
Cai Lin Ji
Famous for hot dry noodles, the century-old culinary icon from Wuhan, China, opens its first overseas outpost on our shores. Serving at least 30,000 bowls of their signature dish every morning across 300-plus stores in Hubei province, its noodle-making technique was even inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2011. Look forward to trying this and other iconic Hubei street food items when Cai Lin Ji opens here in mid-August.
Opening mid-August at #03-56, Jurong Point. More details here
JAH Life PAPILIO Waist & Back Therapeutic Belt
Do you suffer from low back pains? Whether they’re childbirth-related or due to poor work-from-home posture, this new product might be the answer. Supported by Innovation Factory @ SIMTech, Singaporean deep-tech firm JAH Life launches the PAPILIO Waist & Back Therapeutic Belt. While providing back support, embedded Unitatem PRIMIS™ nanotechnology unleashes a ‘butterfly effect’ that aids muscle recovery across the lower back. Try it to believe it!
To celebrate National Day, the first 58 pre-orders enjoy 58% off the usual price of $268
TruLife Sanrio Bird’s Nest & Collagen Collection
Tracing its roots back to a small medical hall in the 1950s, TruLife maintains sustainable, free-range farms in Sarawak, Malaysia, practising ethical organic farming methods. The trusted local healthcare brand now introduces an adorable Sanrio collection. TruLife My Melody Bird’s Nest is available in four variants, including Rock Sugar and Sugar Free. The TruLife Hello Kitty Collagen range comes in Cell Renew, as well as the freshly launched Pearl Activa and Manuka Honey.
“Hey, Let’s Go!” by UNIQLO x Studio Ghibli
Wear your love for your favourite characters with a second inspired collection from UNIQLO x Studio Ghibli. The UT collection comes in sizes for men, kids, and babies, alongside sweatshirts, socks, and shoulder bags, so the whole family can match. It launches exclusively at UNIQLO Bugis+ on 17 August, before becoming available islandwide and online from 21 August. From 18 August to 14 September, there will also be immersive installations, interactive activities, exclusive goodie bags, and movie giveaways as the world of Ghibli takes over Bugis+. So, hey, let’s go!
From 17 August at UNIQLO outlets. More details here
Kew Organic’s National Day Specials
This August, get the Kew Organics Hydration Petite Travel Kit at just $60 (usual $85.80). It comprises travel-size Clear Skin Treatment Essence, Deluxe Hydration Nutrient Mist, and Absolute Youthful Hydra Cleanser. Presented in a convenient toiletry pouch, it’s also ideal for the gym and as a trial set. The first 58 customers to book either Clear Skin Deluxe Hydra Facial or Ferulic C Apple C Facial also receive two complimentary travel-size skincare products for your skin type.
The Smeds and The Smoos
On a far-off planet, Smeds and Smoos can’t be friends. So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space, what do their families do? Soar into space with this enchanting new stage adaptation of the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. There’ll be music and laughs in this interplanetary adventure for everyone aged three years and up. Save 15% off Thursday and Friday matinee tickets now by using promo code SMS15.
21 to 24 September at Victoria Theatre; tickets from $38 to $68 via SISTIC
Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas
Good news, great news! Fresh itineraries await travellers sailing from Singapore on Anthem of the Seas from November 2024. Yes, we’ll be bidding farewell to Spectrum of the Seas but meeting another Quantum-class ship for the first time. There’s an 8-night Bali getaway, a 10-night Vietnam and Thailand escape, in addition to the popular 3- to 5-night sea-cations to Penang and Phuket. Furthermore, Royal Caribbean is offering 30% off every guest and up to $600 instant savings until 31 August 2023. Plus, kids sail free!
Book now for Anthem’s season from November 2024 to March 2025
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