May boasts the most public holidays this year, with Labour Day, Hari Raya Puasa, and Vesak Day giving us two long weekends. In case you’re wondering what to do, don’t fret, we’re here to let you know! Continue reading to stay on the radar of all things fun to see, do, shop for, and eat – especially for families and kids – on our little red dot. From the newest playgrounds and pop-ups to world-class productions and family-friendly menus, there’s plenty in Singapore this month to engage everyone of all ages.
GO & SEE
SCCC Cultural Extravaganza 2022
Back for the fifth time, this year’s SCCC Cultural Extravaganza features the leading lights of Singapore’s cultural scene. Guided by the idea of “crossovers”, this showcases a cultural collision of different disciplines.
These include a re-staging of pioneering dance doyenne Santha Bhaskar’s 1958 performance of Butterfly Lovers, the Shadow Moon musical that borrows from the love story of Chang É and Feng Meng (played to a backdrop of alternative music and nostalgic xinyao), and even an exploration of local dialect music by The TENG Ensemble in their lecture-concert The Forefathers Project.
For a unique experience that kids will enjoy, head to Mythology RElooked! at level one of the SCCC concourse. Here they can watch their favourite mythological characters come to life and relive epic stories — all through augmented reality (AR) technology on your phones!
Pesta Raya — Malay Festival of Arts
Apa khabar? After two years of digital presentations, Pesta Raya is back — live, and in person! This year’s edition celebrates icons such as Jatt Ali, Hady Mirza and Sufi Rashid, Art Fazil who have shaped Malay arts and entertainment, as well as the next generation who are making their mark on the scene.
Watch Suhaili Safari’s multi-disciplinary one-woman performance in the Esplanade commission, Kepaten Obor, while dance artist Norhaizad Adam questions gender and performance themes in The Wrong Geng 2.0. Go online for exclusives such as the premiere of the film Pulang Balik by Teater Ekamatra, as well as a recording of Tempoh by OrkeStar Trio and Djangat.
There’s lots for young ones too. Our picks – Wayang Kulit by Sri Setia Pulau Singa; Wow, Bulan! – Children’s Storytelling by Kelana Purba, and a Batik painting workshop by Kamal Arts Ltd. Parents, you can join in the fun too. Groove to the beat with your little ones at the parent-child basic Malay dance workshop!
26 to 29 May 2022, at Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay. More details here.
I and You
If you have older children, this play could be an eye-opener for them. Written by Lauren Gunderson, it explores that tricky stage of life where teens navigate towards adulthood. Caroline stays home from school often because of a liver disease. Anthony is the star basketball player who oozes confidence, charisma, and boasts good grades to boot. As their friendship develops, they share their anxieties and dreams, and discover more about themselves than they ever imagined. “This play encourages teenagers to think about how they want to live their lives,” says director Samantha Scott-Blackhall. In light of this, there will be post-show dialogues to help audiences process themes discussed in the play.
20 to 28 May 2002 at Black Box, Gateway Theatre. Tickets at $35 (excluding booking fee), available at SISTIC.
The Wild & Wonderful: Adventure Trail Booklet for Families
Get your little ones to pack up their old kit bag and explore the natural world at the Asian Civilisations Museum. They can do this with The Wild & Wonderful: Adventure Trail Booklet for Families, an explorer’s guide that leads them on an adventure to discover wild and wonderful nature-inspired objects from various parts of Asia on all three levels of the museum. Once completed, kids can redeem an exclusive Travel Essentials Kit (6 to 29 May, limited to 100 per week) from the Front Desk!
2 to 29 May 2022, Asian Civilisations Museum. Free; limited redemptions.
Singapore HeritageFest 2022
The Singapore HeritageFest is back with more than 120 on-site and online experiences through which everyone can explore our local heritage and culture. Don’t miss Homeground (above), where you can travel back in time to visit a life-sized recreation of the classic Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train. Additionally, the festival’s signature Ride & Discover programme returns this year to four different MRT stations, telling the stories of Singapore landmarks that we know and love.
2 to 29 May, various locations islandwide. See the full programme and get all the deets here.
Photo Trail: Travel around the world with Xiao Qing
Did you know that Dr. Sun Yat Sen went to Honolulu, Hawaii to study when he was young? Join Xiao Qing on a magical journey as she travels around the world using various modes of transport from the past, tracing the footsteps of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. Kids can pick up an activity passport and embark on this free self-guided photo trail, then present their completed activity passport to redeem an exclusive goodie bag (3 to 29 May 2022, while stocks last)!
2 to 29 May 2022 (closed on Mondays), 10am – 5pm, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. More details here.
Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2022
The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the oldest cultural festivals in the world. Learn how it began, the traditions behind it, and enjoy performances, workshops, heritage tours and more. Bring the kids for storytelling sessions during the weekend open house as well! Get programme updates at the website and Facebook page throughout the entire festival period.
16 May to 3 June 2022 (Digital), 28 & 29 May 2022 (Weekend highlights), Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall & SYSNMH Facebook page (@sysnmh). Admission is free for all during weekend open house. More details here
Hari Raya Open House 2022 – #LastKopekRayaFest
Celebrate Ramadan and Syawal at the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC)’s annual Hari Raya Open House. This year’s is the #LastKopekRayaFest before the MHC pauses for a revamp so drop by for entertaining live performances, vibrant art installations, craft workshops, storytelling sessions and more!
27 to 29 May 2022, various timings, Malay Heritage Centre. Free, with ticketed events (register here)
EAT & DRINK
Jurassic World Dominion Dining Adventure
Enter the universe of Jurassic World Dominion – even before the movie arrives in cinemas on 10 June 2022. You’ll get to meet Dr. Rodney, see a newly hatched Velociraptor egg, and enjoy a Jurassic World-themed feast. Throughout the 2.5-hour multi-sensory dinner there’s storytelling and life-size dinosaur appearances as well. Tickets include one-day admission to Universal Studios Singapore from 10am, the Universal Express Unlimited Pass, Prehistoric Meet-and-Greets, and four-course dinners (with free flow drinks). Don’t miss this if your young adventurer is a dino-lover!
$188 (child) | $248 (adult). From 6.30-9pm on selected dates from May to August 2022. Make your reservation here. Maybank cardholders enjoy $50 off package prices.
EggSugarButter at Baker X
Baker X studio and cafe gives home bakers residency opportunities so they can explore what it’s like to run their own brick-and-mortar shop. This month’s is Egg Sugar Butter (@eggsugarbutter), whose founder Felicia Kwan trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Japan and who combines French and Japanese influences to create light Chantilly cream cakes and pastries. Must-tries include her signature shortcakes, tarts, tiramisu in a cup, and Matcha Rollcake. Psst! If you love chocolate, don’t leave without the luscious dark chocolate macarons with 70% dark chocolate ganache filling.
Till 15 May 2022 at Baker X, #04-29 Orchard Central, 11am – 10pm. More details here
GROW with Creativity at Apple
Sign your young ones (aged 6 to 15 years) up for these fun sessions led by artists from GROW — an inclusive arts programme by Superhero Me. Using a iPad or an iPhone, they can make their own animations, stories, songs, games and more to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which happens on the third Thursday in May every year.
Craft a short clip with author Quek Hong Shin, pick up drawing skills with illustrators 8EyedSpud and young doodler Rinn from Superhero Me, record a song with music duo Hanna and Hannah and Superhero Me, and learn to draw digitally with artist Yellow Mushmellow and young creator Aliyya.
Various dates throughout May 2022, 10:30am to 12pm, Apple Orchard Road Store. More details here.
Cartoonito by WarnerMedia is a new programming block on Cartoon Network created especially for preschoolers aged 2 to 5. Don’t worry, mum, it’s not just another series of mindless cartoons. Designed by early childhood education expert, Dr. Laura Brown, the shows follow a curriculum with four core pillars of Creativity, Caring, Curiosity and Courage so shows celebrate individuality and originality while championing compassion and inclusion, and helping little ones learn kindness and perseverance.
Stream Cartoonito on HBO GO, and download learning resources and activity sheets here
Star Wars x Pandora (May the Fourth)
Slay the style galaxy this Star Wars Day (4 May) with the Star Wars™ x Pandora collection. This year’s collection finds balance in the dark and light of the Star Wars™ universe. Think open bangles, new icons – the Ewok™ from the light side, Stormtrooper™ from the dark side – as well as a two-tone spinning medallion charm representing the Rebel Alliance.
From $89 at Pandora stores and e-store
lululemon Align Collection
When you want to feel strong yet weightless, lululemon’s best-selling Align collection can help. Made with its Nulu™ fabric that’s buttery soft, sleek, and sweat-wicking, the pieces envelope every curve like a second skin so you can focus on your breath, your pose, and yourself. Great for low-impact workouts, yoga, and all the mummy duties you do all day!
UNIQLO PAUL & JOE Spring/Summer 2022
Get dressed for fun and spring with UNIQLO’s new collaboration with French brand Paul & Joe. This SS2022 collection has adorable cats and swallows as motifs. You’ll see these in twining styles for mums and girls, cropped T-shirts, as well as inner wear options. Frankly, we’re also going a little gaga over the super cute baby bodysuits – available for the first time in this lineup!
Available online and at UNIQLO stores islandwide. More details here
HAVE A STAYCATION
Thrills and Wonders at Resorts World Sentosa
We’re not sure if screams are allowed yet at Universal Studios Singapore (USS)? One thing’s for certain though – you can experience thrills galore with the new Triple Thrills Pass. This includes 3 visits to USS, where pass holders can skip 3 ride queues and enjoy a special experience of their choice, such as a back-of-house tour, an exclusive dining menu and experience and exclusive meet-and-greet sessions! *cue silent screams of joy*
$388 per person. Buy from 1 April to 31 July 2022 for 3 visits from 1 May to 30 September 2022. More details here
Prefer to stay and play? The Two-Night Rockstar Thrills and Wonders package at Hard Rock Hotel Sentosa includes tickets for two adults to USS and S.E.A. Aquarium, as well as retail and F&B vouchers. In addition, there are welcome drinks and daily breakfast for two adults too, with your stay in a Deluxe Room. All rooms come with a pull-out bed, so kids can come along as well (check with the hotel first!). Do note that third party and set-up charges will apply.
From $746++ with payment by Mastercard. More details here
TAKE A MINI-VACATION
Legoland School Holidays: Build The Thrills
Go fast and furious at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort this holiday season! The theme park has been transformed into a world of racetracks for its all-new Build The Thrills Festival for fun activities such as the Friends Rally Showcase, Tech Mech and bike stunts, speed tests, as well as lucky draws. Furthermore, you can get up close and personal with the iconic LEGO® Ferrari 512 M model!
Tip: Stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel for non-stop building fun, make waves at the Water Park, and go on an oceanic journey at SEA LIFE as well!
Till 26 June 2022. From 1 May to 31 May 2022, book any 1-day pass 3 days in advance and enjoy a 25% discount. More details here
Featured image: Resorts World Sentosa