Welcome to a brand new year! We’re looking forward to what 2023 has in store for us and as always, we’ll be 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. At the same time, we also have ideas for #stayhome days. So you know what to do as we begin the roll call for the year ahead: scroll down to find all that’s in store for us this January 2023!
GET OUT & ABOUT
Light to Night 2023
Are you ready for the very first big arts event of the year? Light to Night is the Singapore Art Week’s marquee event and it’s back with a bang this year! Enjoy art-meets-lifestyle activities, large-scale interactive art installations, the iconic Art Skins on Monuments, and the Art X Social Festival Market. This year’s theme – “Here and Now” – celebrates what it means to be in the present. That’s certainly something that we’re all grateful for, isn’t it?
6 to 26 Jan, around the Civic District. Get the full programme lineup at nationalgallery.sg/lighttonight2023
Textures, an annual literary festival that celebrates Singapore literature (SingLit), returns with family-friendly programmes at various venues. Our picks for kids:
Read with A Storyteller: Beware the Sunda Slow Loris and Other Singaporean Fables. Learn storytelling techniques at this parent-child (4-7 years) session. 8 & 14 January 2023, 2pm | National Gallery Singapore Rooftop Studio (Level 5) | Free with registration
What Ants Do on Stormy Days. Storytelling and fun-filled drawing activities for children aged 5-9 years old with author Josef Lee. 15 Jan, 10.30am | Ang Mo Kio Public Library Programme Zone (level 1) | Free with Registration
A peek into the world of Mist-Bound. Author Daryl Kho will take audiences (10-12 years old) behind the making of Mist-Bound, its world and its creatures. 8 January 2023, 11.45am | Woodlands Regional Library Programme Zone (Level 1) | Free with Registration
YOUR RELATIVES ARE WEIRD! 你的亲戚好奇怪!. A bilingual story and cartooning session with the DIM SUM WARRIORS 点心侠 in English and Mandarin. For children aged 4 to 6 years. 7 January 2023, 11am | Woodlands Regional Library Everest Room (Level 4) | Free with Registration
6 to 15 Jan, The Arts House and other venues around Singapore. See the full programme at artshouselimited.sg/tah-textures-2023
Pongal Open House 2023
Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebration that gives thanks to Surya, the Sun God for the blessings of a bountiful harvest! Come to the Indian Heritage Centre this January and discover how Pongal is celebrated in Singapore. There’ll be family friendly cultural activities and fun workshops for all!
Aliwal Urban Art Festival (AUAF)
Held in conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2023, the Aliwal Urban Art Festival celebrates this precinct’s vibrant and diverse urban arts scene. Watch live graffiti painting, music and dance performances, and shop at a pop-up artists’ market in the heart of Kampong Gelam.
14 Jan, 12pm till late, various locations around Aliwal Arts Centre. Free admission. Find out more at artshouselimited.sg/aac-auaf-2023
A Minion’s Perspective Experience
Bello! Fans of Despicable Me and the Minions movies have an extra three months to visit this pop-up. Take photos with life-sized characters from the films, play interactive games and more at the 1,400 sqm exhibition space. There are eight thematic rooms including Gru’s lab, The Girl’s Room, and the Minions Zone to visit! Afterwards, bring the fun home with over 100 exclusive merchandise options at the shop.
Till 19 March, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets from $22 (child) and $30 (adult) available exclusively at Klook
EAT & SHOP
Don Don Donki Jewel Changi Airport
Another Donki? Yes but this aviation-themed Donki is worth a visit, whether you’re actually flying off or not. Firstly there’s Donki’s very first “Halal Corner” with over 100 local and Japan imported products ranging from beverages, snacks, noodles and sauces, to curated food products such as Sweet Potato cake, Kabosu cookies, organic matcha powder, and even cup noodles. Then there’s a food court with Senraku Shokudo, the first Japanese set meal concept, hot favourites like Takoyaki, Wagyu Kushi beef skewers, as well as mochi made using premium glutinous rice. Fancy a pre-flight tipple? Choose from over 40 different sake types (five exclusive to Jewel) at the Sake Bar and pair it with broiled sushi at Sen Sen Sushi. Psst: the wagyu one is divine!
10am–11pm daily, B1- 224, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard Singapore 819666
Picket & Rail Baby Cot Convertible Companion Cabinet ™
Make changing, cleaning and putting Baby to sleep significantly easier with the Picket & Rail Baby Cot Convertible Companion Cabinet. That’s because all the essentials, such as wet wipes, diapers, tissues, and grooming accessories, will all be within easy reach. Made from 100 per cent formaldehyde-free virgin wood, this convertible shelving unit can even follow Baby from infancy to adulthood. How? It converts into a study desk or a sofa as your little one grows. Customise your preferred colour, size and fit (from 1.8m to 2.4m tall and 1.6m to 2.4m wide). What’s more, there’s free installation too.
From $599 from Picket & Rail (Baby & Kids)
Naked Blend Detox Glow
Flush out the excesses of 2022 and start the year clean with this vegan-friendly beverage that’s packed with natural plant prebiotics, fibre, fruit enzymes, and antioxidants. The drink, which comes in flavours of Muscat Grape and Peach, supports the body’s natural detoxification processes. Along the way, it also helps promote a healthy immune system, boost collagen production, aid hormonal balance, and revive the skin’s natural glow. Not a bad way to start the year, surely!
$68 per box (15 sachets each) at nakedblend.co/
Mediacorp’s Juara Mic Junior S2
The second season of this children’s reality singing competition sees 16 young contestants aged seven to 13 display their vocal abilities and more. Hosted by popular local personality Zhin Sadali, actress Farah Farook and Pesta Perdana 2021’s “Best Young Star” Nik Aqimi, it includes a new component where contestants can showcase other talents such as acting, storytelling, dancing, or playing musical instruments. See if you can predict who the panel of five judges will crown the overall “Juara (champion) Mic Junior”. The winner takes home a $10,000 cash prize!
Every Tuesday, 8.30pm, from 10 January 2023 on meWATCH and Suria!
Hey Duggee S4
It’s all fun and adventure in this popular animated series for preschoolers. Guided by lovable Club leader Duggee, the Squirrels play, learn and make new friends while having the most comical adventures! Thankfully, these always end well, with an achievement badge and a Duggee Hug!
7pm every Monday to Friday from 2 Jan, on StarHub channel 303, Singtel channel 236, and BBC Player
An Otterly Adventurous Staycation with Otah & Friends
Its first run was so popular that the Otah & Friends-themed staycation is back with even more activities, goodies and merch for fans of Singapore’s favourite otter mascot. An Otterly Adventurous Staycation with Otah & Friends includes a one-night stay with breakfast for two adults and one child at a PARKROYAL property of your choice, and a pair of collectible plushies featuring Otah the Otter and his little brother Chaotah, each dressed in a themed T-shirt. Furthermore, there’s a welcome pack filled with themed goodies for little ones, including an exclusive Otah & Friends adventure journal, colouring pencils, and a clue kit with a hide-and-seek game to uncover hidden snacks in the room.
From $490 nett, from now till 31 March 2023, at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, or PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road. Book online at panpacific.com/otah-staycay
Disney’s Frozen the Musical
Journey to Arendelle with Elsa, Anna, and their friends in an all-new, unforgettable theatrical experience of sisterhood and true love. With all the songs we love from the Oscar-winning movie, as well as new numbers, gorgeous sets and costumes and sensational special effects, Disney’s Frozen The Musical is a moving, spectacular show for all in the family.
5 Feb to 19 Mar 2023, various timings, at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from $88 available at marinabaysands.com
Disney On Ice: Mickey and Friends
Marvel in the magic of Fantasia as you join Mickey Mouse and his friends, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy on a magical journey to discover his favourite memory of all time. As the gang reminisces their way through Disney stories, you’ll get to sail away with Moana, let it go with Elsa, and fly to infinity and beyond with the Toy Story gang!
11 to 19 March, 10.30am, 2.30pm, and 6.30pm (different timings on different days), Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $25 at Ticketmaster
Shaun the Sheep Circus Show
Shaun the Sheep in addition to a circus? Yep, it’s undeniably the best of two worlds colliding as Australian circus ensemble, Circa, and Academy Award®-winning studio, Aardman, bring the popular children’s TV show, Shaun the Sheep, to life on stage. This visual spectacle with daredevil acrobatics and exhilarating circus skills will be a thrill for all ages.
10 to 21 May 2023, various timings, at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from $45 available at marinabaysands.com
Featured image: Ephemeral by Atelier Sisu (Image Courtesy of Markus Ravik)