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January 2024: Eat, Play, Shop & More for Families in Singapore This Month
If you’ve had a dizzying December in 2023, the last thing you might want is a jam-packed January 2024. But guess what? There’s just so much good stuff to start the year with, we can’t stop! So read on as we update you on everything fun to see, do, and feast upon right here on our little red dot, and join us as we explore the newest playgrounds and pop-ups, review world-class productions and family-friendly menus. We’ll also share all the good deals and best buys for families – because we all appreciate that, don’t we?
Here’s to a terrific 2024 for you and yours, from our SingaporeMotherhood family. Happy new year!
GET OUT & ABOUT
BeLong’s Art Playground
Head to the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s rooftop for a new rendition of Singapore’s iconic HDB dragon playgrounds to celebrate the Year of the Dragon! BeLONG’s Art Playground is an interactive art installation where visitors can explore Singapore’s unique Chinese New Year customs within a fun and colourful playground. There’ll also be free screenings of In Search of the Dragon at 7.30pm on 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 30 Mar, and 27 Apr.
18 Dec 2023 to 30 April 2024, 10am – 10pm, at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Roof Garden. Free Admission. Get more details here.
IHC Pongal Open House
Give thanks for a bountiful harvest with the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) at the annual Pongal Open House, themed “The Sun” for 2024. There’s an all-new Little India Trail led by celebrity guests, a Kranji farm tour, storytelling sessions, music and dance performances, traditional food and craft demonstrations. Can’t commit to a timeslot? Pop by for a free-and-easy viewing of the Little India Pongal Light-up and Cattle Farm.
6, 7, 13 and 14 Jan, 10am – 6pm. Admission is free! Check the official website for the updated full programme lineup.
Museum Roundtable Year of the Dragon red packets
The Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign returns for its 10th iteration this year — featuring a cute and versatile Dragon uniquely designed for each of the 43 participating museums, heritage institutions and galleries. Visit participating museums, heritage institutions and galleries, and collect a set of eight red packets of that particular museum’s design. There’s also a limited-edition Collector’s Box Set featuring all 43 red packet designs up for grabs. Be quick though, as these sell out in a jiffy! Don’t worry though, you can still stand a chance to win the Collector’s Box Set or a full set of red packets of all 43 Dragon designs through online giveaways hosted on the ‘I Love Museums’ Facebook page too.
12 Jan to 9 Feb, various museums. Check the official website for updates once the campaign launches.
Chocolate, Gummy Bears and Giant Robots
Held in conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2024, this multi-sensory exhibition brings us adults back to our childhood, and introduces our kids to our halcyon days. See a comforting curation of artworks that evoke sentimentality, like the warmth of a mug of hot chocolate on a rainy day, and feel the tingling sensation when the Fizzy Kolas you bought from the mama shop downstairs melt on your tongue. Pop by on 20 and 27 January for a free 3D modelling workshop, where you can receive a digital render of your creation. Sign up at White Space Art Asia’s Facebook or Instagram.
13 to 28 Jan, 10am – 7pm, 1H Yong Siak Street S(168641). Get more details at the White Space Art Asia website here.
Dance of The Dragon – An Animated Light Art Installation
Watch an immersive light show where an 8m-wide intricately sculptured dragon comes to life with animated colour-chasing LED lights, and dances to music. Created in collaboration with leading creative studio and art collective Tell Your Children, this 10-minute light show activates every 30 minutes. Just hang around if you’ve missed it to catch the next one!
Funan Level 1 Atrium (18 Jan to 4 Feb, 10am – 10pm daily), and CQ @ Clarke Quay (7 to 24 Feb, 12pm – 3am daily). Get more details at the official website.
The Long Quest for Wisdom
Build long (龙) lasting memories and enjoy family playtime as you go on a quest for wisdom with LEGO’s longevity Dragon! Register onsite for a quest pack, then complete three adventure stations to find missing golden orbs and earn three “Pearl of Wisdom” stamps. Upon collecting three stamps, little quest seekers will receive an exclusive mini LEGO Pineapple build, while the adult seekers get a voucher to use onsite. Find the hidden gold coins too to stand a chance to win LEGO sets, or post a photo on your socials for a customised print-out. Don’t miss the spectacular LEGO-esque dragon and lion dance featuring LEGO-built festive elements on weekends too!
18 Jan to 25 Feb, 10.30am – 9.30pm, at Suntec City Atrium (Tower 1 & 2)
Madagascar The Musical
Move it if you haven’t already for tickets for Madagascar The Musical. This live adaptation of the hit DreamWorks animated motion picture makes its only stop in the region here in Singapore this January 2024! Take a trip down memory lane as you follow Alex the lion and his friends Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo to explore the world. Along the way, they get help from some prodigious penguins, sing some groovy tunes, and have tons of wacky fun.
18 to 28 Jan, various timings, at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Tickets from $48 are available at Sistic.
Light to Night Singapore
@singaporemotherhood Redefine art at Light to Night Singapore's 8th edition💫 From January 19 to February 8, 2024, free and ticketed experiences await in the Civic District, featuring 60+ artworks, interactive installations, light projections, and live performances. Starting this Friday, 7:30 PM to midnight, immerse yourself in art vibes in the Civic District! 🌟🎨 #singaporemotherhood #lighttonightsg #lighttonightfestival #sgartweek #sgkids ♬ Beach Nights – Smith Beats & Brxvs
Go bright at the year’s first light festival, where over 60 artworks and programmes spread across the Civic District challenge us to reimagine art as we know it. Grab a bite at the Festival Village, chope a spot on the Padang to watch Art Skins on Monuments on the National Gallery facade, and explore all the installations that push the envelope on how light creates art. What’s more, from Fridays to Sundays during the Festival period, access to all exhibitions at the Gallery is free!
19 Jan to 18 Feb, various locations around the Civic District. Free admission, with ticketed programmes that can be pre-booked at the festival website.
Aliwal Urban Art Festival
Bask in a celebration of urban art, street culture, and youth subculture in the heart of Kampong Gelam. Our picks for families and kids: live painting sessions, dance and theatre performances, shopping for unique trinkets and wares at a Pop-Up Market, and free dance workshops. You’ll have to register for the workshops and tours but even if you can’t get a slot, it’s worth popping by to wander into the open studios, watch the live graffiti painting and visual arts showcases, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere!
27 Jan, 12pm till late, at various locations around Aliwal Arts Centre. See the full programme lineup here.
Skechers’ Limited Edition Designer Collaboration Collections
Check out all the art in the city this Singapore Art Week (19 to 28 January)? Stride out in Skechers’ limited edition designer collaborations by Jen Stark, Ricardo Cavolo, and tokidoki. Vibrant and eye-catching, they’ll make you stand out in the crowd, while keeping you comfortable while traipsing around town to explore the biggest visual arts event in Singapore.
From $129, at Skechers stores and online.
Happy Low Carb Time Keto-friendly desserts
Because her children have dietary issues, Lucy Asnum decided to create her own low-sugar desserts for them. Enter Happy Low Carb Time Bakery (@happylowcarbtime), where bakes cater not only to the keto lifestyle, but also redefine guilt-free, diabetic-friendly and gluten-free desserts for all. Try the new creations – Matcha Chocolate Cake, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, and Lychee Jelly Basque Burnt Cheesecake – at the Baker X cafe, as well as savoury treats such as Cheesy Curry Chicken Pizza, Vege Pizza, Garlic Butter Cream Cheese Bun, and Keto Chicken Floss Bun. We love how they’ve made our favourite local flavours like the Lychee Rose Cake to the Ondeh Ondeh Cake, and even a Pandan Orh Nee Cake healthier too.
8 Jan to 28 Feb, 11am – 8pm (Tues to Thurs), 10am – 9pm (Fri & Sat), 3pm – 9pm (Sun). Closed on Mondays (except 8 Jan), at Baker X, Orchard Central, Level 4 (opposite Genki Sushi).
Fairmont Singapore x Clarins Babymoon Package
Expectant mums and dads, pamper yourselves with this luxurious Babymoon package before your bundle of joy arrives. Designed for couples to enjoy quality time over a celebratory staycation, you can relax and recharge in a newly renovated Fairmont Gold Room or Suite, enjoy facial treatments at Willow Stream Spa, and bring home a complimentary Clarins Maternity Experiential Kit (worth $96). Also included in the Babymoon package are breakfast, welcome drinks in the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge, as well as $100 Dining Credits per stay.
From $775.20++ (S$687.68++ for Accor Plus Members), from now until 31 March 2024. Blackout dates apply. For more information and bookings visit the official website. Terms and conditions apply.
GET TICKETS FOR
Weekend@Airshow (formerly known as Public Days) is back at Singapore Airshow 2024. Cheer aerobatic flying teams as they take to the skies with adrenaline-pumping stunts and high-speed precision manoeuvres. Get up-close with the latest commercial and military aircraft, and meet and greet with the pilots as well as Singapore Airshow’s mascots – Leo and Leonett.
24 to 25 Feb, 9.30am – 5pm, at Changi Exhibition Centre. Tickets at $17 (child, 3–12 years old) and $34 (adult) are available at Sistic. Get updates and full programme details at the official website.
Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Wonder
Revisit a century of magical Disney classics – on ice! Embark on a princely parade with Aladdin and Genie, soak up the sun in Motunui with Moana, and welcome your favourite princesses – Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana – to the ice. Magical moments abound, with up-close character interactions, spectacular stunts, and gorgeous sets. Do note that children aged two years old and above need to purchase a ticket for admission.
9 to 17 March, various timings, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $25 available at Ticketmaster.
Featured image: Indian Heritage Centre
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