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

It’s gearing up to be a stupendous September this year, with loads of September school holiday activities and events happening islandwide. 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 September 2022!

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:: NEW! :: Village Playcation Package at Village Hotel Sentosa 

Village Hotel Sentosa is open and back with a smorgasbord of seriously fun family-friendly activities! The awesomeness starts right from reception, where there’s a kid-only set of steps for little ones to do their own ‘check-in’. But everyone, young and younger, gets a warm welcome with local old-school snacks, and fun activities at the lobby. When we were there, we even got to enjoy Nerf shoot-outs, waffles, gelato, as well as meet and greet sessions with the hotel’s mascots — Village Explorers: Vin and Vee. 

Kid-friendly Activities like Mini Hotelier experiences

Sign the kids up for a Mini Hotelier experience to try out different hotel professions, and check out Playtivities and workshops during your stay. There’s family aqua zumba, resin art, sand art, and pilates for kids. Come sunset, lounge in a beanbag (or a donut float) for movies by the pool. 

Do the family scavenger hunt to explore the rest of Sentosa as it takes you to places like Sentosa Nature Discovery, and the Imbiah Trail. Prefer to stay in the hotel? We understand. It’s tempting to spend an entire day exploring the different themed pool zones within the hotel’s lush gardens. Our favourite? The Lazy River Pool where you can lie back in a float and meander through curves and under what the kid calls “water curtains”. 

The Children’s Play Pool with slides and water spout decks is great for younger ones, and located next to a little play area. There’s also the Adventure Pool where activities such as Aqua Zumba take place. For ultimate sea and sunset views, head to the Pamukkale Pool. Inspired by the thermal pools in Turkey, this infinity pool is the best for laps if you’re thinking of getting some exercise in. 

Breakfast at Native Kitchen is a lovely way to start the day. There’s a good variety of Asian and Western options, from cereals, toast, pastries, and eggs done your way, to congee, Nasi Lemak with blue pea rice, and fried noodles. You may even get a visit from one of the hotel mascots!

(See also: Village Hotel Sentosa: the most Family-Friendly Staycation in the State of Fun)

Book your Village Playcation soon!

Available till 23 December 2022, the Village Playcation room package is priced from $1,180nett, and includes: 

  • 2-night stay in a Family Room
  • Daily breakfast (up to 4 pax)
  • Supersize Kids’ Pack
  • Choice of 1 Mini Hotelier experience
  • Complimentary access to unlimited Playtivities
  • Up to 25% off participating F&B outlets and Sentosa attractions

Book the Village Playcation package and stay from now till 23 December 2022 at this booking link.

:: NEW! :: Marvel x Mayer collection

The new Marvel x Mayer exclusive collection featuring everyone’s favourite superhero, Iron Man, is out in stores now. If you’ve been thinking of giving your home a superhero-worthy upgrade, why not do it with these? 

  • Kitchen: Create your favourite smoothies with the 600ml Personal Power Blender ($89), or a brew comforting cuppa with the 1.8L Electric Kettle ($79).
  • Laundry: Bid farewell to moisture and dust with the 1.2L Tabletop Dehumidifier ($99).
  • Bedroom and living areas: Stay cool with the 6” High Velocity Fan ($148) or the 12” Rechargeable High Velocity Stand Fan ($299).

Dressed in sleek dark hues accented with red, these sleek, Stark-inspired look good in any home. Marvel fans will love them 3000, we’re sure!

Available at Mayer Showrooms, e-Store, official online marketplaces and selected authorised retail Partners like Audio House, Best Denki, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman and TANGS, while stocks last.

:: NEW! :: Triumph Flex Smart 

Underwear that follows the movements of a your body. That’s what Triumph’s new Flex Smart collection does, with new flex inserts that provide support as you move. These come in five designs: vest, leggings, maxi briefs, pull-on bra, and padded bra, in four new dusky shades for almost all the options. Our pick: the bras. The pull-ons hold well enough for yoga or Pilates workouts, and could be your new WFH BFF, taking you with ease from mat to Zoom call, and from grocery run to school pickups. Travelling? The non-wired bras with non-crease cups roll up well, saving luggage space. For an all-rounder, get the leggings, which use the same lightweight temperature-regulating fabric as the other products, in a versatile style that’s both smart-casual, and gym-friendly. 

From $34.90 at Triumph stores and online

GET OUT & ABOUT

Waves Of Change Festival 2022

Discover more about the ocean and what you can do to love, care for, and support its inhabitants at this annual celebration of the big blue. In the process, learn about the impacts of global warming, and how we can combat eco-anxiety together through community and activism through family-friendly workshops:

  • Discover Sharks with Coastal Natives
  • Explore Sungei Buloh Mangroves and Changi Marine Coastal Intertidal virtually with Young Nautilus
  • Story time with Sensmakr Lab 
  • A Marine Adventure with Biogirl MJ
  • Ocean Crafts with Coastal Natives

10 & 11 Sept, various timings, at the ArtScience Museum. Entry to the workshops is free, but pre-booking is essential. Book your slot here.

Splash Paint Squash! 2022

Join artists Glacy and Ying to paint a community art mural for World Squash Day — by playing squash! This novel act of creation, Singapore’s first-ever Splash Paint Squash event, is happening during the September school holidays and it’s free! Sign up at the link below. 

9 and 10 Sep 2022, 10am–9pm, SSRA’s glass show court, Singapore Island Country Club (SICC Thomson). Sign up here.

Moon-LIT! at the Singapore Discovery Centre

Harvest fun this Mid-Autumn at the Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) with a lineup of fun activities for families. These include performances by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (10 Sept, 7.30pm), art jamming, Mid-Autumn crafts and ‘Moon Tales’ storytelling sessions, as well as interactive walking trails in the centre and around the lake. Bring your own lanterns, and don’t forget to make a wish at the Wishing Tree. If you’re posting your photos on social media, tag ​#SDCMoonLIT and #SingaporeDiscoveryCentre for a chance to be featured on SDC’s stories.

3, 4, 9 & 10 Sept 2022, 6:30–10pm, at the Singapore Discovery Centre. Get more details here.

KidsSTOP Academy Activities Week

Have inquisitive young ones at home? Satiate their curiosity at the Science Centre this September with KidsSTOP activities. In Gas What! (3 Sept, ages 3 to 4 years) kids will follow a trail of clues to find out what Rex the dinosaur is up to and learn about gaseous state through fun experiments. Older ones learn to analyse evidence such as fingerprints and discover secret messages using UV light and glow-in-the-dark paint as they try to solve The Case of The Missing Jewels (6 Sept: 5 to 6 year olds; 7 Sept: 7 to 8 year olds).

Get tickets at $65 (includes GST and KidsSTOP admission ticket for 1 child and 1 adult), and more details here.

MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing

When was the last time you asked yourself “how are you?” Mental health and wellbeing is important but we tend to disregard it until something happens to make us face it. MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing explores all that and more through 24 vibrant installations that encourage visitors to interact with them, and reflect upon their own wellbeing. Make a 3D print of your emotions, ‘talk’ to your echo in a photo booth, see what lines of poetry your facial expression conjures in the mirror, and run on a rainbow wheel to get an instant mood-lift.

First presented at the Science Gallery Melbourne in early 2022, this iteration — which opens 3 September at the ArtScience Museum — includes seven artworks by local and Southeast Asian artists that explore mental health issues through perspective from our side of the world, including what caregivers go through, how two sisters (one with schizophrenia) makes sense of their lives, and animation by EYEYAH!, an education platform that uses visual communications to teach children about social issues.

(See also: How Visuals can help Nurture your Child’s Creativity and Critical Thinking)

While you’re here, make your way to Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected, an evocative rendering of a world where animal-human hybrids exist. The hyper-realistic creations may be uncomfortable to view at first, but stay a while, let the questions come (kids will have a lot to ask, we’re sure) and observe what comes to mind. It’s a surreal, but tender, intimate, and empathetic experience that will have you wondering: are we really as different as we think? 

A Flight to Remember at Jurong Bird Park

Image: Mandai Wildlife Group

By now you’ve probably heard that Jurong Bird Park’s last day is 3 January 2023, exactly 52 years after its opening in 1971. The Park and its avian residents will be moving to a brand-new home in Bird Paradise at Mandai Wildlife Reserve. In the meantime, come embark on A Flight To Remember by capturing memories at the park entrance with a re-creation of the park’s old cuckoo clock tower. You can also contribute your favourite memories of Jurong Bird Park to a ‘living’ Memory Wall at the Penguin Coast, and bring home with limited-edition merchandise such as Jurong Bird Park-themed terrariums and medallions. Local residents enjoy up to 20% off ticket prices (from $22.50 for children).

Get more details here.

Sands for Singapore Charity Festival

Image: Marina Bay Sands

Kicking off on 8 September with a special light and water show, the Sands for Singapore Charity Festival is back after a two-year hiatus to shine a spotlight on meaningful causes in Singapore and celebrate the spirit of giving. Shop at the Giving Marketplace and to help raise funds for charity, take part in family-friendly art and craft workshops, and stay on after sunset for free performances by Benjamin Kheng, Tabitha Nauser, and Annette Lee.

Register and buy tickets here and use “SFSF22EARLYBIRD” for a 10% discount (limited slots only). Get more details about the event here.

Central Beach Bazaar at Sentosa

An 80-metre high (as tall as a 24-storey building) Sentosa SkyJet, the tallest fountain in Southeast Asia. A modern rendition of the iconic Sentosa Musical Fountain from the early 1980s. An eclectic International Food Street housed in upcycled containers. Simulation rides and carnival games. These are all part of Central Beach Bazaar, a day-to-night beach experience that’s going to be the most exciting happening in Sentosa this September. Check out its website here.

EAT & DRINK

Little Farms x Country Foods Plant-based Set

#MeatlessMonday just got easier in the east this September, with Little Farms x Country Foods’ new five-course plant-based set that features dishes made using ingredients from plant-based and alternative meat companies like Fable (whose products are made from real shiitake mushrooms), HAPPIEE! (which has a seafood line made from konjac) and v2 (which creates alternative meat products using proteins extracted from legumes). There’s a zero-waste Tepache Twist Cocktail made with pineapple rind too!

Little Farms x Country Foods Meatless Monday set menu ($48++ per person) is available every Monday in September 2022 at Little Farms Bistro Katong Point.

SpongeBob SquarePants Popcorn

Popcorn just got a lot more fun with The Kettle Gourmet’s limited edition set for fans of the Bikini Atoll.  SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star and Squidward Tentacles front these packs of “mushroom” popcorn in Singaporeans’ favourite flavours — Chocolate, Nasi Lemak and Pulut Hitam. Made from premium wholegrain sourced from South Africa and hand-baked to crispy perfection using 100% Canola oil, they are also non-GMO, and Halal certified. 

$25 per party box of three ($8.50 per individual bag), from FairPrice Finest outlets, selected retailers and online.

(See also: What do Chefs and Foodie Parents put in their Child’s Lunchbox?)

Feed9B Singapore Restaurant Week

Part of this year’s Singapore Food Festival, the inaugural Feed9B Singapore Restaurant Week promotes the innovation of sustainable food. This comes in the light of global food supply concerns brought on by the pandemic. Hence 16 restaurants have teamed up with sustainable food providers to showcase new technology foods in Singapore. Think Truffle Beef Mushroom Tart using Thoughtful Foods plant-based meats, Yaki Udon using Kosmode Health’s W0W® Noodle and plant-based minced meat, and Chicken Dumplings in Chilli Oil using Shandi Global’s plant-based chicken, and even the world’s first soy alcoholic beverage. It’s a new frontier in food production and you can be the first to try them out this month!

Available at 16 outlets island-wide from 5 to 11 September. Make reservations and get more details here.

Well Collective

This new family-friendly cafe is a hidden gem that we’re loathe to reveal but #GoodThingsMustShare right? First, there’s its gorgeously Zen-like designer ambiance, with light toned furnishings accented with splashes of greenery and colour. Next are the pretty kids’ play areas in and outdoors (this one’s pet-friendly as well!) where little ones can stay engaged and entertained while parents relax. Finally, the delish dishes from the Japanese-French-inspired menu (with vegan and gluten-free options, and no MSG or preservatives) will appeal to every palate. Our recommendations? The pastries, made daily in-house using French butter, and the fab coffee. For meals, the Barramundi with Miso Sauce, with the vegan Torched Pitan Tofu as an appetiser, are excellent.

Well Collective is at #02-11/12, Northshore Plaza II, 10am–10pm. Find out more here.

Canopy Garden Dining at Changi City Point 

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This is the third Canopy cafe in Singapore and like its predecessors at Bishan Park and HortPark, this outlet is child- and pet-friendly (at the outside patio area). And like the other outlets, you’ll find crowd favourites such as the Crabmeat Aglio Olio, Black Angus Cheeseburger, and Canopy’s signature Smoked Salmon Salad, and vegan dishes such as Truffle Mushroom Pizza and the new Mushroom Burger. What’s new? A Tapas menu (exclusive to Changi City Point) available from 11.30am daily, which features specials such as Grilled Octopus Leg, Prawns Al Ajillo, Cauliflower Steak, and Mentaiko Soft Shell Crab, as well as vegan options that are perfect for meat-free days! 

9am–10.30pm daily, #01-70/71 Changi City Point Singapore 486038. More details here.

SHOP AWAY

Pigeon SofTouch Nursing Bottles

Pigeon’s new SofTouch Nursing Bottles improve on their popular predecessors with a softer silicone nipple that mimics the feeding movements babies make when nursing. Together with a wavy “Latch-on Line”, this encourages babies to latch on as if they are breastfeeding. This means that breastfeeding mums can feed their baby from both breast and bottle seamlessly, without worrying about nipple confusion.

Available at Pigeon online, and authorised Pigeon retailers islandwide.

Trident MINI

It was reported in June that the haze could return this year. If you’re a true blue kiasu Singaporean you should already have your Trident MINI set up and ready for battle. If not, what’re you waiting for? We’ve been using this little but mighty machine created by A*STAR spinoff Plasma Science and we’re totally impressed so far. The tech behind it is impressive, the results even more so. It has a triple threat ability to “hunt, catch, and kill” bacterial, viral, and other microbial species, and remove aerosols fast enough to prevent transmission of infections.

So viruses (including coronaviruses) and bacteria are eliminated by up to 99.8% in 15 minutes, and up to 99.99% in 30 minutes. Furthermore, because it’s virtually soundless at level 1, you can leave it on even when the little ones go to bed, and rest easy knowing that your babies are being protected by a strong, silent ‘warrior’ that keeps them in a “safe air dome” even as they sleep. 

From $799 at the Trident online store, Shopee, and Lazada.

Skin- and immunity-boosting VÖOST effervescent tablets

What if you could add flavour to your daily hydration, and in the process, give your skin health a boost as well? It’s easy — and delicious — with these VÖOST effervescent tablets that are specially crafted to help bring out the glow from within. The strawberry-flavoured Collagen tablets contain 500g of marine collagen to help maintain skin firmness and elasticity, while the Vitamin C one provides antioxidant protection. Furthermore, for overall health and improved immunity, there’s the Multivitamin Variant as well! 

From $9.50 (per tube of 20 tablets) at Watsons, Guardian, Unity, Shopee, Lazada, and major retailers island wide.

TAKE A BREAK

An Otterly Adventurous Staycation with Otah & Friends

KKday and Pan Pacific’s Otah & Friends staycation package is back with even more exciting activities. Follow the new adventures of Otah and his little brother, Chaotah, and hunt for Otah’s missing snacks in the room. This one-night stay at any one of the four Pan Pacific properties in Singapore includes:

  • breakfast for two adults and one child
  • a pair of collectible plushies featuring Otah the Otter and his lil’ brother Chaotah dressed in a themed T-shirt
  • a hide-and-seek game
  • welcome pack, a colouring pencil set, and
  • other otterly-cute memorabilia!

From $498 nett. Booking on KKday from 1 September 2022 to 31 December 2022.
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Celebrate LEGOLAND Malaysia’s 10th anniversary

Everything is even more awesome over the causeway this September. That’s because LEGOLAND Malaysia is celebrating its 10th anniversary with festivities that go on for the entire month! There’s a giant 12-feet tall LEGO Build cake, bubble performances, magic shows, balloon sculpting, dance performances and more. You’ll also get to meet some of your favourite LEGO characters such as Emmet, Ollie The Dragon, and Bricky, build your own LEGO DOTS mosaic, and maybe even win prizes worth up to RM50,000! Get more details and book your visit here.

Featured image: An Otterly Adventurous Staycation with Otah & Friends

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