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November 2022: What’s In, Out, and About for Families in Singapore

November is here which means that the year-end school holidays are just round the corner. Now that COVID measures are mostly lifted worldwide, you may already have plans to travel or go on a cruise with the family. If not, may we suggest a staycation, a resort getaway, or a cross-border jaunt?

Join us as we keep you on the radar of all things fresh and fun to see, do, eat, and shop on our little red dot this month. From the newest playgrounds and pop-ups to world-class productions and family-friendly menus, there’s plenty to engage everyone in the family. Read on to find out what else is in store for you and the kids this November 2022!

GET OUT & ABOUT

Slava’s Snow Show

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The clowns have landed in a snowstorm of epic proportions but are they daunted? Not at all! Watch their comic capers and hijinks in this magical and theatrical spectacle that has been described as “poetic”, “timeless” and “enchanting”, where audiences are enveloped in a blizzard, a giant spider’s web, and get to play with oversized balloons!

Till 13 November, various timings, Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from $68 are available at MBS ticketing and SISTC.

Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) 2022

Heads up, young readers! This year’s SWF has a stellar line-up of events for children under the SWF Playground banner. If your child is a fan of the fabulously wacky Treehouse series (which child isn’t?!) they can e-meet Treehouse creator Andy Griffiths in Adventure Architects (it’s free!) and learn how he and illustrator Terry Denton created with their 156-storey treehouse that’s filled with flying eyeball aliens, human pinball machines, giant fighting robots and more. If kiddo’s a space lover, get them talking with real-life astrophysicist, Lisa Harvey-Smith, in Stay Up to See the Stars or touring a floating cardboard city in How Far Away From Home.

What we like too is that this year’s lineup also has inclusive programmes: Come for Dinner, Stay for Supper is a collection of art projects by Superhero Me and children from Kindle Garden, Singapore’s first inclusive preschool; while What If ‘I’ Is Not Me discusses building a platform to strengthen the network of inclusivity with diversity.

There are some awesome programmes for adults too, of course, like the always entertaining Opening Debate, conversations with authors such as Jeanette Winterson, Ted Chiang, and poet Mok Zining, and more. See the full programme here.

4 to 20 November, various times and locations.

The Doraemon Exhibition

Image credit: ©2017 Takashi Murakami Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

The first Doraemon Exhibition held outside of Japan explores the past, present and the future of the iconic Japanese manga character. This multi-sited exhibition includes a contemporary art show, and a showcase of original drawings and sketches by Doraemon creator, the late Mr Fujiko F Fujio. See the cat style robot’s humble beginnings as a character in a Japanese manga series, and its evolution through an anime series and movie features into the hearts of fans all over the world. In addition, there are two specially commissioned works by Singaporean artist Jahan Loh, and photographer Leslie Kee, as well as a Doraemon-themed cafe where visitors can enjoy a Singapore-exclusive Dorayaki set. 

5 Nov to 5 Feb 2023, 10am to 7pm, National Museum of Singapore. Get tickets at http://www.doraemon-exhibit.sg/tickets

KidsSTOP’s Year-End Holiday Programmes

The holidays are starting soon, but learning never stops! Young ones aged three to eight years can explore and discover with KidsSTOP’s plethora of activities that will excite and inspire. Blast off into space with a rocket, build a rover and collect rock samples from Mars, or become an apprentice magician by learning the science of magic tricks. Sign up here.

If they prefer to explore from home, let them can journey through #UNTAMEspaces, an online interactive platform where they can play mini-games, do video quizzes, complete missions and stand to win prizes such as a Nintendo Switch, Apple Airpods Pro, Oculus Quest 2, and even a staycation. Start the journey here.

Waterfront Carnival at PAssion Wave @ Marina Bay

Image credit: ActiveSG Canoe

Gear up for an afternoon of family fun on land and in the water, with activities like kayaking, dragon boating, archery, kin-ball, boccia, and laser air pistol to try out. There’ll also be carnival activities, airbrush tattoos, inflatable obstacle courses, electronic animal rides, popcorn and candy floss, and opportunities to learn more about the importance of sustainability and environmental conservation.

13 November, 10am–3pm, PAssion Wave @ Marina Bay. Tickets at $10/pax (includes a goodie bag) here.

Pokémon GO Safari Zone

Trainers, get ready. Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Singapore is coming this November 2022, with photo ops, giveaways, and more. In addition, ticket holders will also have access to exclusive Pokémon Air Adventures gameplay, no matter where they are in the city! Keep your eyes peeled for Pokémon such as Flying Pikachu and Lapras, and even Maractus. What’s more, for the first time in Pokémon GO, ticket holders will be able to encounter Shiny Purrloin—if you’re lucky

18 to 20 Nov, 12-6pm, Gardens by the Bay. Get tickets here and more details here.

Jumptopia™ Festive Village

Jump into the Yuletide season at a brand-new bouncy castle wonderland! Spanning over a 45,000 square feet, with seven curated zones and 10 giant inflatables that stand as high as nine metres, Jumptopia™ Festive Village will have little ones bouncing for joy this holiday. To add to the festive mood, there are stage performances, a ‘snow’ play area, a Christmas Market, and a delightful pizzeria cafe as well. Children 12 months old and below enter free with a paying adult. Walk-ins, subject to ticket availability, are welcome.

22 Nov 2022 to 3 Jan 2023, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall C. Tickets at $36 per kid/adult | Family of 4 package at $128 are available at Klook. Get early bird prices when you purchase from now till 21 November 2022.

Explore the Woodlands Heritage Trail

Image of Admiralty Park: NHB

What wonders can you find in your own backyard? Bring the kids to explore the northernmost heartland of Singapore: Woodlands. Discover its rich military history, the evolution of its communities and places of worship, and its transformation into a modern estate through three thematic routes. Pro-tip: don’t miss Admiralty Park for some playground fun, the Woodlands Waterfront Park’s elevated rope playground, and the former Malaysian Base Jetty where you can get dinner and sunset views over the water.

Download the Woodlands Heritage Trail’s companion guide and map here.

Finding Wonders: Celebrating 10 Years of Think! Contemporary Student Artworks

See more than 30 artworks by 2,078 primary school students in this exhibition which marks the 10th anniversary of Singapore Art Museum (SAM)’s signature museum-based school programme, Think! Contemporary. Created by students from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School and St. Anthony’s Primary School these are their responses to works by local artists.

Physical exhibition: 4 Nov to 31 Dec, National Library Building, Levels 7 and 8. Virtual exhibition: 4 Nov 2022 to 31 March 2023 on SAM’s website. Admission is free. More details here.

Golden Village Family Carnival: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish!

Enjoy wholesome family-friendly activities, and meet and greet with life-sized Puss In Boots and Kitty Soft Paws too! It’s all happening at the GV Family Carnival: The Puss In Boots: The Last Wish this November. What’s more, you’ll get to be one of the first to catch the movie before its official launch date on 8 December 2022. Get tickets at $39 (Members) | $42 (Public) – which include a goodie bag (worth $60), activities, hotdog combo (worth $10), and $3 F&B credit – and receive an exclusive Puss In Boots character vinyl keychain with every pair of tickets purchased! 

26 Nov, 9.15am–12.15pm (activities), 12.15pm (movie screening), at Golden Village Bishan. Get tickets here

EAT & DRINK

SG Cares Giving Week with Chatterbox

Can eating a plate of chicken rice help spread kindness to the needy? Yes it can, if you’re having Chatterbox’s Mandarin Chicken Rice. In conjunction with SG Cares Giving Week and Chatterbox’s 51st anniversary, every dine-in portion of Chatterbox’s Mandarin Chicken Rice sold sends $5.10 from OUE Limited to Willing Hearts and Food from the Heart, through the Community Chest. Valid for dine-in only.

1 Nov to 7 Dec, 11.30am–4.30pm or 5.30–0.30pm, at Chatterbox, 333 Orchard Road, Hilton Singapore Orchard, #05-03, Singapore 238887. More details here.

Sky High Brunch at CÉ LA VI

Leave the kids at home and party on, mum and dad. CÉ LA VI’s Sky High Brunch is the island’s most lavish day party, an adults-only soiree with groove-laden music and booze-soaked brunch debauchery, including a four-hour bottomless flow of champagne, a plethora of spirits and cocktails, and live buffet stations. There are fun games and prizes to win too!

19 November, 12–4pm, CÉ LA VI Restaurant and SkyBar. Tickets: $198 (pre-sale) / $208 (at the door). More details here.

SHOP AWAY

Hegen PCTO™ 240ml/8 oz All-Rounder Cup

Make it easier for your baby to transition from bottle to cup with Hegen’s new All-Rounder Cup that’s packed with features to develop babies’ oral motor skills while promoting their confidence and independence. A soft silicone disc stays gentle on babies’ sensitive gums as they sip, while regulating water flow and reducing the chances of gagging or swallowing air. And there’s no need to worry about spills as the cup is constructed to minimise mess – yes, even when it’s tipped over. As little ones grow, switch to other Hegen lids to turn the All-Rounder Cup from a weaning cup to a straw cup, snack container or a drinking bottle.

Available in white, blue, and pink at Hegen’s retail locations, online store, Lazada and Shopee.

Get cheak-y with Love, Bonito

Fitspo mums, there’s a new look to spin/run/pump/exhale in, and it’s everything fun and fabulous. Say hello to cheak, a new activewear line from Love, Bonito that promises high-quality affordable activewear with an Asian fit in two fabric options. There’s BaseCore®, for maximum support during high-intensity activities, and BaseFlex®, whose stretchier, buttery-soft texture is perfect for yoga, pilates, and barre work. Our favourites: the bestselling V Bra with thick straps for maximum support, and the Classic Leggings that cinch in the waist and prevent sliding when we stretch, squat, or flow. See the full collection in seven inclusive sizes from XXS to XXL, and 13 colours, in stores and at Love, Bonito online.

Join the yuu Rewards Club

Do you get family groceries and necessities at Cold Storage, CS Fresh, Giant, Guardian Health & Beauty? Buy food and snacks for the kids from 7-Eleven, BreadTalk, Toast Box, Butter Bean, Food Junction, Food Republic, Food Opera? Or love bringing the family to the Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park? Is everyone at home using Singtel? If you answered yes to all that, download the new yuu rewards app (it’s free!) to get more out of your expenditure. Every $1= 1 yuu Point, and points can be exchanged for exclusive offers and deals. Download the yuu app here.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Be a STEMling Agent

A force called the Void has plunged our world into darkness. You need to help eradicate it. Do you accept the mission? Register to be a STEMling Agent and join in the fun at METANU, an immersive game world. Complete all the missions to win prizes! Part of UNTAME Day, this is suitable for families and kids aged six and above. There’ll also be film screenings and a flea market to enjoy.

2 to 11 Dec, 10am–5pm, Science Centre Singapore. Tickets from $15.90 (including admission fee) here.

Upin & Ipin Musical Theatre: Pin Pin Pom!

Five year old twins Upin and Ipin discover a magical scarlet stone in their village. It belongs to the Wicked Witch, whom they have to defeat with their magical powers in order to save their village. Meet the twins and their friends – the bossy Ehsan, the clever Mei, young entrepreneur Mail, and their friends from Indonesia, Susanti – in this thrilling musical that’s performed in Malay. Will the twins be able to defeat the Wicked Witch and restore peace and harmony in Kampung Durian Runtuh?

18 Dec, 3pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $62 available at Trip.com.

Ice Magic: The Great Fantasy on Ice

Break out the coldwear and make your way to this 2,400sqm pop-up winter wonderland, the biggest ever in Singapore! Here, just for one month, you can slide down a 4.5m high figure-8 Ice Slide, cycle in an ice cycling rink, and try ice bowling and ice curling (yes, that Winter Olympic sport). What’s more, with snow created with the same snow-making machines used in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, you’ll be able to build a snowman, make snow angels, bounce off ‘snow clouds’, and experience snowfall! Do note that children aged 2 and above require a ticket for admission. 

1 Dec 2022 to 1 Jan 2023, with three session timings starting from 10am, at the Bayfront Event Space. Tickets from $25 available at SISTIC.

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