Happy New Year! It’s 2022 and the Year of the Tiger is roaring in with lots for families to enjoy and explore, and we’re going to keep you on the radar of all things 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 engage everyone in the family. We even have ideas for #stayhome days so scroll down to find out what’s in store for you and the kids this January.
Celebrate Pongal at Indian Heritage Centre
It’s all hands on deck at the Indian Heritage Centre, which celebrates Pongal with Crafting Nature, an immersive display of culture, tradition and thanksgiving. Try Pongal pot painting, miniature clay crafting and Tanjore art, and discover more with heritage trails and farm tours. What’s more, it’s FREE admission for all during Open House dates. Tip: Time your visit so you can have dinner and watch Little India light-up for Pongal as well!
Open house on 8 – 9 and 15 – 16 Jan 2022, 10am – 5pm, Indian Heritage Centre. Visit https://www.indianheritage.gov.sg/ for more details
Visit Le Le at River Wonders
The wait is over. Singapore’s first baby panda Le Le can now receive visitors at his very own nursery at the Giant Panda Forest. Catch a glimpse of the cub’s daily routine, which includes playing with specially created enrichment toys, learning to walk more confidently and catching up on lots of snooze time (like dad Kai Kai!). Do plan your visit though, as there are only two viewing times (10.30am and 3.30pm) to coincide with mum Jia Jia’s feeding and exercise sessions, and each lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.
10.30am and 3.30pm, Giant Panda Forest. River Wonders admission applies. More details here.
Light to Night Festival
The Light to Night Festival is back — bigger, bolder, and better than before — with 60 engaging and multi-sensory experiences spanning across three weeks. Gaze upon the flight of hundreds of birds as they migrate across the National Gallery facade, discover cutting-edge artworks in an augmented reality art trail, and flex those craft muscles at the festival village.
14 Jan to 3 Feb at various locations along the civic district. Get more details here.
Meet Beethoven at the Esplanade
Introduce your kids to Beethoven through these fun and engaging Concerts for Children by the Chamber Music and Arts Singapore. Little ones will experience the composer’s colourful inner world and how it is inspired by nature through his famous Sonata No. 5 (nicknamed ‘Spring’) for piano and violin, or join in a musically ticklish morning catching musical jokes and playful rounds. Tickets are sold out, but you can go on the waitlist and see if you get lucky!
8 January, 10am (ages 0-6 years) and 11am (ages 6-12 years), Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets at $28 (waitlist) available here.
Set up your Apple Family
Staying connected can be tricky when everyone in the family has different schedules and priorities. But it’s easy with Apple Family Setup. With this, kids who don’t have iPhones can make and receive phone, text, and FaceTime audio calls — all on their Apple Watch. Parents, you’ll also be able to track their locations easily, without compromising data. In addition, tools like Emergency SOS help keep grandparents safe through alerts if they’ve had a fall.
Apple Family Setup is available on Singtel at $8/month for a limited period. Get more details here.
Build Lunar New Year LEGO®
Confession: building a Lunar New Year LEGO® set has become a CNY tradition for us, so we look forward to seeing what new designs appear each year. This season’s offerings look promising. The 80108 LEGO® New Year Traditions celebrating six different festive traditions come in modular format so each child can do a section without fighting over which part to work on. They’re accompanied by cards to teach kids about the traditions too, because we always have to inject an element of learning into play, don’t we?
80109 LEGO® Lunar New Year Ice Festival is a scene at an ice skating park, and includes a Tiger mini-fig to mark the Year of the Tiger. For little ones, 31129 LEGO® Majestic Tiger is a three-in-one set that can build a tiger, a koi fish, or an adorable red panda.
Available online and at certified LEGO® stores islandwide.
EAT & DRINK
PBD XO Smoked Duck Lobster Roll
Created by the folks at Park Bench Deli (PBD), the PBD XO Smoked Duck Lobster Roll ($30.50) concludes Luke’s Lobster’s stellar line-up of local collaborations, marrying chunks of mayo-dressed lobster meat with their homemade version of the iconic Cantonese condiment. The result? A fragrant, smoky, and umami-infused flavour bomb that’ll have you saying “I do!” to this fusion food with the very first bite.
15 January – 15 February 2022 at all Luke’s Lobster Singapore outlets ((Great World City, Isetan Scotts and Jewel Changi Airport) and online.
Suno Hada Skincare
SunoHada is a combination of the Japanese term ‘Suno’, which means natural and pure, and ‘Hada’, meaning skin. Created by a dermatologist specially for sensitive skin, this is free of parabens, alcohol, steroids, colourants and fragrance, and uses a unique plant-based ingredient called MTO to hydrate skin while locking in moisture. What you get is calmer, clearer skin, without the itch. There’s a wash and lotion range for babies as well, with the latter clinically proven to reduce dryness, redness and itch with one week’s use.
From $14.90 at Fairprice, Isetan, Don Don Donki, Meidi-Ya, the National Skin Centre, Watsons, pharmacies, and online at Lazada, Shopee, and Redmart.
Bugaboo Fox 3
Strap your little co-pilot in and get set for adventure in the all-new Bugaboo Fox 3. The most comfortable go-anywhere, do-anything stroller Bugaboo has ever made, this boasts advanced ergonomic features such as high performance aerated mattress, improved quick-click harness, and breezy bassinet. Furthermore, with Bugaboo’s signature effortless maneuverability, this is the perfect four-wheeler for any mum on-the-go.
$1,999 at First Few Years, Mothercare, Motherswork, and online at the Bugaboo Official Store on Lazada and Shopee.
Have a wonderful January 2022!
Featured image: Bugaboo