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September 2023: Eat, Play, Shop & More for Families in Singapore this month
We’re right smack in the September 2023 school holidays! If you’re still wondering what to do with the kids this extra-long week, our September School Holidays Activity Guide can help. This month, we’re also looking forward to delicious mooncakes, as well as the roar of supercars at the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Join us as we update you on everything fun to see, do, and feast upon right here on our little red dot, from the newest playgrounds and pop-ups to world-class productions and family-friendly eats, and all the good deals and best buys for families in Singapore.
STEAM Festival 2023
Explore the science of all things yummy at STEAM Festival 2023 — a celebration on the power of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics! In this edition, learn about the STEAM concepts behind food through immersive installations, experiential workshops, and talks. This includes STEAM’s Festival’s Community Mosaic Art Workshops at the Children’s Museum Singapore and Sengkang Public Library. Young learners aged 3 to 8 will have the chance to be part of a community art installation project where sustainability, art and science interact!
Sept to Nov 2023, at the Science Centre Singapore. Get more details of individual events here.
Be a racecar driver at HyperDrive at The Palawan
Asia’s first indoor gamified electric Go-Kart circuit is now open! With three levels and 308 metres of track, 14 hair-raising turns and lengthy straightways, the 5.3m-wide indoor circuit is where racers can go fast and furious, safely. What’s more, this action-packed driving experience is planet-friendly too, as the fleet of 36 eco-friendly electric go-karts have zero tailpipe emission. What they do have – and we’re pretty impressed by these – are industry-leading engines, ergonomic seat designs and pro-level steering wheels that take them to speeds of 30km/h (50km/h for the advanced level). Anyone aged nine years and up, and who is at least 130cm tall, can drive alone. Little ones won’t be left out though as they can join mum and dad on tandem karts for double the fun!
The Palawan @ Sentosa. Opening hours: 12.30 pm to 9 pm, last entry at 8.30 pm (Mon to Fri), 10 am to 9 pm, last entry at 8.30 pm (Sat, Sun, Public and School Holidays). Book your race here.
Be a Junior Aviator at Aeroviation
The sky’s the limit, as they say, and if your child is keen to explore how high he or she can go, Aeroviation is a great place to start. Aspiring fliers aged 7 to 12 years can attend the Junior Aviator Program, then move on to the Young Aviator Program that preps them for Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) licensing.
Prefer to try it out first? Go on a Duo Flight Experience ($158 | 60 Minutes | 2 pax) in an advanced flight simulator, where you can choose your departure and arrival airports, and learn to navigate and land an aircraft. For an elevated experience, go for the Full Experience ($250 | 100 Minutes | 2 pax) where you’ll also get to try being an Air Traffic Controller.
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am – 7pm, at Oxley Bizhub, #01-50, 63 Ubi Road 1, Singapore 408728. Find our more and book here. Minimum age: 7 years old. Children below 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit LKY100 – The Boy Who Became Prime Minister
“For the young, let me tell you, the sky has turned brighter. There’s a glorious rainbow that
beckons those with the spirit of adventure, and there are rich findings at the end of that rainbow. To the young and the not-so-old, I say, look at that horizon, follow that rainbow,” said Lee Kuan Yew in 1996. The kids may not know Singapore’s first Prime Minister, but they can surely identify with his sense of adventure! Perhaps they’ll be inspired by his life story too, and learn how dreams can lead to achievements. In addition to the exhibition, kids can also take part in interactive storytelling sessions, craft workshops, and a unique mystery box challenge
Tuesdays to Sundays till 14 January 2024, at the CMSG Discovery Room, Children’s Museum Singapore. Get tickets and book time slots here.
Check out Now Is Not The Time: An Immersive Art Exhibition celebrating LKY100
See the life and legacy of Singapore’s first Prime MInister immortalised in art. Celebrating LKY100, this immersive exhibition by virtual production and animation house X3D Studio celebrates our nation’s founding leader through multiple forms of media — virtual production, AI, generative art, architecture, sculpture, film, and music — from a pool of global talents including American artist Daniel Arsham.
10 to 24 Sept, 11am – 8pm, 25 Pasir Panjang Road. Admission is free but you have to book tickets and a timeslot to enter here.
Create Narratives for Change with Children as decision-makers
Children have lots of ideas, but adults tend to overlook their contributions, or underestimate them. How can we encourage children to express their creativity and enable them to play an active role in their homes and communities? Through playful workshops and discussions, children and adults can learn when, how, and why we should involve children in decision-making. Sign up for two concurrent runs for this session: (a) Play Workshop for Adults (parents, teachers, or adults who work with children) and (b) Play Workshop for Children aged 5 to 10 years. This is a pay-as-you-wish event.
16 Sept, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Common Ground Civic Centre, 21 Bedok North Street 1, S469659. Register here.
Donate Books for a Good Cause
If you have English-language children’s books that the kids have outgrown, why not donate them to a good cause? Organised by the Sony Group of Companies in Singapore, the South Africa Mobile Library Project (SAMLP) makes a positive impact on South African children’s education. Books collected are sent to South Africa and transported in more than 53 mobile libraries to approximately 850 local schools in South Africa.
18 Sept to 1 Oct. Donate English-language children’s books at the Sony Store, 313@somerset (#02-28 – 37, 313 Orchard Road) between 11am and 9pm daily.
SHOP & EAT
Shell Special Edition Pokémon Dehumidifier Plushies
Gotta catch them all! Every 1st of the month, from September to November, vroom over to a Shell station to get one of these special edition Pokémon dehumidifier plushies activated carbon to remove odours and keep your surroundings fresh. What’s more, each dehumidifier plushie comes with a free Pokémon Trading Card Game Fun Pack and Half Playmat. Use them indoors to absorb moisture and prevent mildew, in cars, on work desks or just as the cutest huggable buddies! New designs will be released on the first day of each month:
- Pikachu and Snorlax: 1 Sept, 10am
- Eevee: 1 Oct, 10am
- Charizard: 1 Nov, 10am
Get them ($18.90 each) with minimum $70 gross spend on Shell V-Power (Pika) | any Shell fuel (the rest) OR minimum $15 nett spend at Shell Select. Note: redeem via the Shell Asia app only; not available with payment via Shell Fleet Card. Other terms and conditions may apply. Find out more here.
Car Boot for Good
Shop a plethora of unused and preloved finds, ranging from clothes, accessories, homeware, books and more — not just from booths, but car boots too. In the process you’ll also support the Apex Day Rehabilitation Centre for Elderly (ADRC) which provides daycare and rehabilitation to the elderly to enable them to stay independent. Pottery and artworks by the elderly will be on sale as well! Admission is free and the first 500 shoppers to make a purchase at the event will receive a free Old Chang Kee snack pack. There will also be 20 Mitsubishi Electric fans and other prizes to be won.
9 Sept, 10am to 4pm, 307 Alexandra Road, Mitsubishi Electric Building, Singapore 159943. Free entry
SuperNature & Glow at COMO Dempsey
If you’ve been going to the Forum outlet for your organic food and groceries, get ready for a bigger, brighter experience at Supernature’s new home at Dempsey. Within the bright, 6,500 sq ft designer-styled space is a collection of seasonal produce, supplements curated by a certified naturopath, and household and personal care items — 70 per cent of which are certified organic. Need some help with your choices? Or have questions about your child’s condition? Ask the in-house certified nutritionist and naturopath (she’s there three days a week). You can also learn more at the SuperNature Insider Series – in-house workshops on health and wellness topics.
8am – 8pm at 26 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249686, or shop online at eshop.supernature.com.sg
#STAYHOME & PLAY
“Bluey: Let’s Play” mobile app game
The Atlantic magazine recently published an article that sang the praises of Bluey, which is described as “the most grown-up television show for children”. Bluey explores complicated feelings in a way that kids can understand and parents will appreciate, David Sims writes. That makes us feel a lot better to share about the first ever Bluey mobile app game. Inspired by the Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning global TV show, the game follows the lovable Bluey who lives with her Mum, Dad and her little sister, Bingo.
“Bluey: Let’s Play” is free to download and gives free access to locations such as the kitchen and backyard, as well as characters Bingo and Bluey.
GO ON A STAYCAY
Find Your Flock at voco Singapore
Did you know that bird watching is a very popular pastime in Singapore? If you’re a beginner, start at the recently-opened Bird Paradise, and let your experience take flight with voco Singapore’s “Find Your Flock” staycation package. You’ll get to borrow voco-branded binoculars (children’s binoculars are available upon request), with which you can watch our feathered friends at the nearby Botanic Gardens, or even at Bird Paradise. Guests will also enjoy an early check-in, and complimentary breakfast. P/S: see if you can spot the hotel’s bird mascots — the finch, the owl, and the flamingo.
Book till 30 Sept for stays from 1 Sept to 15 Oct 2023, at voco Singapore, here.
Sail to Tokyo on Spectrum of the Seas
12 Nights, 4 Countries, 7 Cities, all on one mega ship? Do that on 19 September 2023 on Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the region. With stops at Vietnam and Hong Kong as well, cruisers can explore Vietnam’s imperial capital Nha Trang, see the bright lights of the Fragrant Harbour, and visit Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima in Japan. In between destinations, enjoy the suite life onboard, with specialty dining, world-class entertainment, and activities such as Ripcord by iFLY, FlowRider, and North Star — the tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Book at the Royal Caribbean Singapore website here.
GET TICKETS FOR
SSO Babies’ Proms
Discover the fabulous world of the orchestra and its instruments in this musical day out for parents and kids. All little ones are welcome, and movement and noise is encouraged! So bundle them up and get ready to move along to the music with Babies’ Proms host, Uncle Bill!
7 and 8 Oct, various timings, at VIctoria Concert Hall. Tickets from $28 available here.
Immersive Disney Animation
Embark on a magical once-in-a-lifetime journey through the 100 captivating years of Disney animation. Walk into the worlds of Frozen, Encanto, Zootopia and Big Hero 6 and more, with scenes, characters and songs from Disney animated films of the past and present. Follow a swirling pixie dust ‘wish trail’ through the galleries and see rarely seen exhibits from Walt Disney Animation Research Library, including an interactive drawing table that teaches visitors how to draw their favourite Disney characters. Step into a 360-degree bubble tower, play with interactive floor, and try your hand at creating your own animation too.
From 18 Nov, at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Get tickets (from 1500 on 7 Sept and more details here.
SIGN UP FOR
POSB PAssion Run for Kids
This year’s event theme, Kids Run the World, celebrates every child’s individuality and role as the future caretaker of our Earth. What’s more, all participants will be helping to support the POSB PAssion Kids Fund and make a difference in the lives of children in our community. With six different individual and group race categories, there’s something for everyone. Choose from the 3.5km Family Walk, to competitive races from 800m to 10km. In addition, racers can play at five enchanting carnival worlds filled with fun activities, game booths, contests and craft workshops. Just for kids: register and clock at least 1.2km from 1 Oct to the event day with your Smart Buddy watch. You’ll get to redeem a limited edition POSB Run for Kids Smart Buddy watch strap!
5 Nov, 6.30am – 12pm, The Promontory @ Marina Bay. Find out more and sign up here.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2023 Kids Dash
The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) returns this year, and so does its very popular Kids Dash. The 650m run at the iconic F1 Pit Building is a fun experience for little ones, and they’ll get an event t-shirt, a neck fan, and a surprise goody bag too! The Kids Dash is open to children aged 12 and under. Children aged 6 and below must have one parent or guardian present.
1 Dec, 7pm, at the F1 Pit Building. Register here.
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