Taking a trip to Singapore with your loved ones? From music festivals to marathons, our city is home to myriad family-friendly events that’ll have you enjoying quality time together.
Mark the dates on your calendar and get ready for a rip-roaring time in the Lion City.
January – March
Hoping to inculcate the love of the stage in your little ones? KidsFest is an annual theatre festival that proudly presents a range of world-class performances, over the span of three weeks.
Your little thespians will be delighted by stage adaptations of some of the world’s most beloved books, including The Gruffalo, What The Ladybird Heard and The Ugly Duckling.
Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for Children
Families that love classical music should also check out the Singapore Symphony’s Orchestra’s (SSO) Concerts for Children Series. Equal parts enchanting and educational, this year-round event has the talented musicians of the SSO serenading your kids, while teaching them about the instruments present in an orchestra.
i Light Singapore
Held annually since 2010, the i Light Singapore is a great way for the entire family to learn about both art and saving our environment. Taking place in Singapore’s historic Civic District and by the waters of Marina Bay, this illuminating event showcases a stunning range of sustainable light art installations.
Singapore Festival of Fun
For an unforgettable day with the entire family, head on down to the Singapore Festival of Fun. With activities for all ages, this buzzing festival features iconic cartoon characters from Nickelodeon, street performers from London’s Covent Gardens, and some of the world’s most hilarious comics.
April – June
Relive the wonder of being a child with your little ones at Imaginarium, a contemporary arts exhibition for children. Held at SAM at 8Q (a wing of the Singapore Art Museum), this annual exhibition changes theme every year, with previous years’ installations drawing from diverse subjects, ranging from nature to time and memory.
Gallery Children’s Biennale
If you’re looking for an artistic adventure, head to the National Gallery Singapore for the Gallery Children’s Biennale. The Biennale aims to nurture a generation of art-loving children, and features interactive art installations, talks, tours and craft workshops.
Other family-friendly sections of the National Gallery Singapore include the Keppel Centre for Art Education, where children can create their own artworks and discover art through play.
July – September
Singapore Science Festival
Proud parents of aspiring Einsteins and Marie Curies? You’ll want to further fuel your child’s love for science at the Singapore Science Festival, an annual event that celebrates the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The science shenanigans run for almost a month, and there’re exciting new line-ups every year. Crowd favourites that return regularly include X-periment!—a three-day carnival that showcases cutting edge research and innovation, and the Science Buskers Festival. The latter showcases science in accessible, exciting ways, with past experiments including snowmaking and the replication of spells from the Harry Potter novels.
Singapore Night Festival
Discover the Lion City after dark with the Singapore Night Festival, a two-week festival that transforms the civic district into a realm of wonderment and unforgettable spectacle.
This annual extravaganza features a kaleidoscope of street art and surreal light sculptures, live music and enchanting performances from international and local artists.
It’s easy to get lost amidst the bustle of activity, so be sure to get your bearings from the Festival Village, which boasts street food stalls and a flea market.
October – December
Singapore Writer’s Festival
Stories help us make sense of the world, and parents who’d like to encourage their children to read can get assistance from some of the literary world’s brightest stars. The Singapore Writer’s Festival is an annual affair that regularly hosts some of the world’s most prominent novelists, poets and storytellers, from Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz to British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
The festival’s kid’s programming branch, SWF3 (also known as Singapore’s Writer’s Festival for Families) has world-renowned and locally loved authors holding readings, educational workshops and interactive activities for tots and teens alike.
Santa Run for Wishes
Teach your little ones the virtue of empathy while running for a good cause with Santa Run For Wishes.
An annual-sporting event by the Make-A-Wish Singapore, this festive marathon is held at the beautiful Gardens by the Bay, and raises money for a worthwhile cause. All registration and donation proceeds from the event will be used to fulfil wishes for children with critical medical conditions.
Enjoy a winter wonderland in the tropics at Christmas Wonderland. You’ll get to celebrate the season of giving with various activities—shop until you drop at the traditional Festive Market, pay St Nicholas a visit at the Santa Grotto and skate under the stars at the outdoor skating rink.
If you’re looking to walk on the wild side with your family, the Rainforest Lumina night trail at the Singapore Zoo will make for the perfect excursion. Part of the Singapore Zoo’s 45th anniversary celebrations in 2018, this interactive media walk merges a compelling narrative with an enthralling, audio-visual spectacle.
The trail itself takes place across ten interactive zones, regaling visitors with the exploits of the unlikely team of heroes known as the Creature Crew. It’s a great way to have a romp with the family while teaching your little ones about sustainability and the beauty of nature.