Maybe you’ve been too busy to realise it, but the fifth month of the year is here and yes, it’s the month for mamas. If you’re wondering how to celebrate the first lady in your life, maybe one of these in Mother’s Day meals and sweet treats for mums will hit the spot. Meanwhile, here’s everything fun to see, do, and feast upon on our little red dot this month. So join us as we explore playgrounds and pop-ups, review world-class productions and family-friendly menus, and share deals and buys for families in Singapore this May 2023. Have a marvellous one!
P/S: If your child has mid-year exams coming up, here’s wishing them all the very best!
(See also: Cruise to the Sweetest Fun with the Sugar Pop Carnival on Genting Dream!)
GET OUT & ABOUT
Flock over to Mandai for its newest attraction! Apart from being a brand new home for our feathered friends, the new 17-hectare bird park offers attractions that everyone in the family will enjoy, such as massive outdoor aviaries, and themed dining outlets. Kids will also love the dry and wet playgrounds, keeper-led interactions, animal feedings, and bird presentations. There’s even a Bird Discovery Tour and a ‘backstage pass’ that takes visitors behind the scenes to discover how the park’s denizens are cared for.
Early birds have privileges! Pre-book your tickets now to enjoy Soft Opening Special Rates for visits from 8 to 26 May, here.
Gallery Children’s Biennale
Themed ‘Let’s Make a Better Place’, the fourth edition of the Gallery Children’s Biennale hopes to inspire children to take an active role in shaping a better world for themselves and others. Apart from 11 art installations by international artists, there are also interactive activities, an on-site to online game, as well as programmes and performances for all ages.
Pro-tip: pick up the ‘My Biennale Buddy’ guidebook to help your young explorers navigate this wonderfully immersive experience. The guide also offers openers for communication, creativity, and reflection about the future. All the better for young movers and shakers to plan their road ahead, we say!
27 May 2023 to 31 March 2024, on-site at the National Gallery Singapore, and online. Find more information and updates here.
Children’s Season 2023 — Hopes and Dreams
We don’t have all of the news on this yet, but Children’s Season is coming back in 2023 and it’s said to be even bigger and better! This year’s theme invites children to explore and imagine jobs or inventions for the future through fun activities such as comic art workshops. They can also collect uniquely designed passport stamp imprints at participating museums, and be rewarded with different prizes! Keep a lookout on our socials for updates.
27 May to 25 June 2023. Visit www.museums.com.sg for more information in mid-May.
Children’s Season with the National Museum 2023: Get Curious! All About Food
Explore five-food themed interactive installations that cover topics ranging from traditional food preparation tools to innovation in food packaging. In addition, check out the range of fun-filled programmes on sustainability and science. With collaborative works from different community partners like My First Skool, 3Pumpkins, and APSN Chaoyang School, kids can also discover how Singapore’s vibrant food culture – a key part of our identity as foodies – has evolved over the years. All this will (hopefully!) encourage picky eaters to be more enthusiastic about mealtimes!
27 May to 25 June, 10am–6pm, National Museum of Singapore
Kiztopia: New openings and the return of a well-loved favourite!
After a revamp, mega-indoor kids’ edutainment playground Kiztopia has reopened its flagship outlet at Marina Square. Here, active tots can look forward to new play concepts where they can learn, while having the best fun in the Bay. Good news too for Kiztopia fans living in the northeast, as a third Kiztopia Club opens at The Woodleigh Mall this month. The 3,000 sq ft oceanic-inspired play area boasts a trampoline and obstacle courses. What’s more, it even has a ‘submarine’ that little ones can navigate and exit at high speed into pools of mini ocean balls!
Tickets from $25.30 (Marina Square) and from $16.80 (The Woodleigh Mall) available here.
Down the River Along the Streets of ACM
Can you imagine what life along the Singapore River was like during your grandparents’ youth? Journey through time along the Singapore River for this year’s Singapore HeritageFest by hopping on a bumboat or embarking on a walking tour to witness the river’s transformation. In addition there’ll be interactive storytelling sessions and performances that bring back the sights and sounds of the river during its heyday.
27 to 28 May, 10am – 7pm, Asian Civilisations Museum. Free. See more Singapore HeritageFest programmes here.
Timezone Orchard Xchange
Play all day at Singapore’s largest TimeZone outlet, conveniently located above Orchard MRT. This new 22,000 sq-ft venue boasts over 160 games and attractions, including bumper cars, and Virtual Reality (VR) games such as King Kong Skull Island and Virtual Rabbids. Kids will love the mini bowling lanes with interactive animations. In addition, there are state-of-the-art arcade games, a Shooting Gallery, driving zones and a competition zone with games such as NBA Gametime Pro and Skee Ball Glow. We could spend all day here!
Orchard Xchange Basement 1 (Above Orchard MRT). From 11am (10am on weekends) – 10pm (11pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and the eves of public holidays). Check promotions and buy tickets here.
Sensory Odyssey: Into the Heart of Our Living World
Wander through seven ecosystems from around the world and wonder at the beauty of our planet’s biodiversity. Fresh from an eight-month Paris run, Sensory Odyssey invites visitors to explore the natural world up close, as if they are really there. Accompany animals at a watering hole in the African Savannah, perch atop the rainforest canopy in French Guiana, take to the skies with bats as they hunt for food, and swim with a family of giant sperm whales in the ocean. Then visit the educational gallery and learn about the importance of conservation. It also includes stories of nature in our little red dot.
27 May to 29 October 2023. Tickets are available from mid-May at Marina Bay Sands box offices and online.
Skin Inc X Motherswork A Bundle of Joy Collection
You use serums to pamper your skin. Imagine doing the same for your baby, with the world’s first serum-infused baby and kids skincare. Created by the award-winning local brand Skin Inc in collaboration with Motherswork, these lightweight, gentle and non-irritating formulas nourish, protect, and maintain kids’ and babies’ skin while safeguarding their skin barrier with ceramide, Hyaluronic acid, peptides, panthenol, and botanical extracts of elderflower, lotus, and acacia. We love the dreamy names too — Cloud Hair & Body Wash ($39) and Cocoon Lotion ($45) — both of which promise soothing relief to dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone skins as well.
Skin Inc. x Motherswork ’s Bundle of Joy Collection is available online (iloveskininc.com) and at Skin Inc stores and select motherswork’s locations.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Apple Collection: Grow with Creativity
Apple’s Grow with Creativity workshops are fun, hands-on sessions to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day (18 May). Join artists from inclusive arts programme GROW by Superhero Me in exploring augmented reality (AR) and creating animations, stories that they can be the main character in, podcasts, games, and more using the iPad and the iPhone. During the workshops, they’ll also learn how accessibility features on the iPad help those with special needs get creative! These workshops are suitable for children from six to 15 years old.
13 May to 17 June, various timings, at Apple stores. Sign up here.
Here Comes the Breakfast Kakis: Imagine Our Songs!
The Breakfast Kakis love to sing and tell stories, but who’s the best of them all? Deliciously dynamic, this egg-cellent crew of storytellers brings Mandarin nursery rhymes to life with a unique blend of catchy songs, zany tales and engaging performances. Post-show, enjoy an arts and craft session led by the Breakfast Kakis themselves! Here Comes the Breakfast Kakis: Imagine Our Songs! is part of The Nursery Rhymes Project. This initiative reimagines classic Mandarin nursery rhymes through music albums, illustrated lyric books, and live performances.
27 May 2023 to 4 June 2023, Practice Space (54 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187953). Get tickets from $32 here.
GIve one man a few buckets and he turns them into a playful and inventive experience that is both absurd and dreamlike. This whimsical and imaginative collaboration between the Italian Festival and The Esplanade’s Flipside festival is bound to thrill all ages.
8.15pm (1 & 2 June), 7.45pm (3 & 4 June), DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade. Free admission.
CELEBRATE PARENTS’ DAY
Soup Restaurant Parent’s Day Sets
With thoughtfully crafted dishes that remind all diners to take care of themselves and their loved ones, Soup Restaurant’s Parents’ Day Set Menus are a perfect way to celebrate caregivers in the family. Gather round and feast with your loved ones on Abalone with Braised Vegetables and Pumpkin, Double-Boiled Walnut with Prime Ribs Soup, Baby Abalone with Samsui Ginger Pearl Rice, Honey Pork Chop with Black Dates, and Handmade Double Happiness Kaya Baos and Longevity Buns. What’s more, in support of Dementia Singapore, Soup Restaurant will contribute $5 to Dementia Singapore with every Parents Day Set Menu sold.
Dine in with the Appreciation Set (from $88) and Wellness Set (from $118). For delivery, opt for the Celebration set menus for three or five persons. Available from 20 April to 30 June. Order here.
Parent’s Day with Dian Xiao Er
Enjoy a lip-smacking feast with Dian Xiao Er’s special set menu. Look forward to dishes such as Sauteed Scallops and Celtuce with Black Truffle, Crispy Pork Slices with Assorted Mushrooms, Tropical Coconut Deshelled Prawns, and Steamed Ling Fish and Baby Chinese Cabbage in Sweet Milky Broth. Other dishes in the set menu include the Signature Herbal Roast Duck, as well as favourites such as Signature Wheatgrass Tofu with Seafood, Baby Kai Lan with Salted Fish & Lime, and Fish Maw Thick Soup with Seafood
24 April to 18 June, at all Dian Xiao Er outlets, from $99 onwards. More details here.
EAT & DRINK
Where Your Senses Feast
Dine within teamLab’s mesmerising FutureWorld exhibition at the ArtScience Museum, and imbibe in a French Wine Cave at AVENUE Lounge. Over two weeks, gourmands will get to explore more than 30 fabulous gastronomic experiences at Marina Bay Sands. These include an all-out epicurean buffet at RISE with four award-winning restaurants: Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, db Bistro & Oyster Bar, LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar and Mott 32 Singapore, and even a Six Star Dinner by Michelin-starred restaurants CUT, Waku Ghin, and Taian Table for ultimate gastronomic indulgence.
15 to 28 May, Marina Bay Sands. Get tickets and more information here and Facebook.
Caviar and Chocolate Weekend Afternoon Tea
For the ultimate weekend indulgence, how about a lineup of moreish savouries and handcrafted desserts? Look forward to delicacies such as Wagyu Beef Bresaola with Smoked Burrata, Maine Lobster Brioche Roll with Organic Eggs and Black Truffle, as well as sweet treats made using gourmet Valrhona chocolates. Top up $30 to enjoy 10 grams of premium Caivar d’Eden Russian Caviar. This comes served with buckwheat waffles and sour cream, by the way. Finally, finish the decadence with a chocolate-themed cocktail!
Saturdays and Sundays till 25 June, 2 – 5pm, One-Ninety Bar and Garden, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. From $58. All prices are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes. Call +65 6831 7653, WhatsApp 9455 3466 or email [email protected] to reserve.
Ocean Imagineer Hackathon Holiday Camps
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Become an environmentally conscious inventor and build sea vessels of the future this school holiday with ArtScientist-In-Residence Cesar Jung-Harada, who creates machines aimed at solving our climate crisis. You’ll learn to conceptualise, fabricate, and get hands-on to build a working model using everyday materials and modular technology. These 3-day hackathon holiday camps are suitable for those aged 8 years and above.
27 to 29 May | 2 to 4 June | 16 to 18 June | 23 to 25 June, 10.30am–5pm, Rainbow Room at the ArtScience Museum. Get more details, and sign up here.
SNYO in Concert: Symphony of Dance Live with the Singapore Ballet
Come June, the first-ever collaboration between the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) and the Singapore Ballet brings young artistic talents together on one stage. They’ll be performing Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, three excerpts — “Snow Waltz”, “Grand Pas de deux”, and “Waltz of the Snowflakes” from The Nutcracker, as well as Ravel’s Valse nobles et sentiméntales and its ballet Emerald Blue. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” will also feature the Singapore Lyric Opera Youth and Children’s Chorus. As the musicians, who range from 13 to 19 years old, will be onstage instead of in the pit, audiences will get the opportunity to watch them in action as they perform.
10 June 2023, 3pm and 7.30pm, at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Get tickets from $20 at SSO.ORG.SG
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