Taking a family trip to Singapore? There are plenty of family-friendly events where you can enjoy some quality time with your loved ones—from arts and music festivals to marathons and science exhibitions. Pack up those bags and let these events guide your trip.
January – March
Fancy a taste of the dramatic? Bring your budding young thespians to KidsFest, an annual theatre festival for kids that brings world-class theatre to the young ’uns.
Young tots will be treated to lively performances and see characters from their favourite stories such as The Gruffalo, Little Red Riding Hood, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt come to life through exciting re-enactments.
Then, let your little maestros-in-the-making immerse themselves in classical tunes with Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) Concerts for Children series that happens year-round.
Classical music may not be everyone's cup of tea, but SSO makes it fun for the young ones. SSO’s talented professionals teach the kids about all the different instruments, from flutes to bassoons, trumpets to tubas, while serenading them with enchanting tunes.
April – June
Every year, the Singapore Art Museum puts up a contemporary art exhibition for children: Imaginarium. The exhibition is held at SAM at 8Q, the hip, younger sibling to the Singapore Art Museum. There, kids can marvel at intricate works of art or have fun with interactive installations.
Imaginarium doesn’t shy away from, well, the imagination—the exhibition is themed every year, and has taken inspiration from enchanted gardens to the vast, blue ocean.
July – September
Put on your lab coats and goggles, it’s time to head down to the Singapore Science Festival. An especially exciting programme of the Science Festival is three-day carnival X-periment!, which showcases research, innovations and experiments by the brains at the forefront of science in Singapore.
Bring the whole family down for some awe-inspiring science demonstrations and hands-on experiments.
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.
October – December
There’s nothing wrong with being a bookworm, as the folks at Singapore Writers Festival would tell you. The festival’s kids programming branch, SWF3 (also known as Singapore Writers Festival for Families) sees your children’s favourite world-renowned and local authors holding readings, storytelling sessions, educational workshops, and games for tots and teens alike.
Writers who’ve been featured at the festival include AJ Low (the duo behind Sherlock Sam), writer-illustrator Chris Haughton, artist Gemma Correll and Young Adult Fantasy writer Rachel Hartman.
Neon Lights is a one-of-a-kind arts festival that boasts programming for all ages. The festival cranks up the hippest tunes by night, but starts the day with a host of fabulous activities for the family, such as costume workshops, breath-taking performances and stunt-shows as well as graffiti sessions.
Neon Lights also offers family-friendly facilities such as baby changing stations, kid-friendly food, and family stewards to make your day out with the kids as easy and fuss-free as possible.
For budding athletes, the WTA Finals, held every October, is a must-visit. While the world’s best women tennis players conquer the courts at the Singapore Sports Hub, a family-friendly carnival pitches its tents on the premises. Expect tennis-related games and activities, not to mention the chance to score an autograph from the players.
Calling all you sporty types! An annual sporting event by Make-A-Wish Singapore, Santa Run For Wishes is a marathon with a festive twist, held at Gardens by the Bay, where you’ll get to run (or stroll) past wide-open lawns and picturesque scenery. There’s also be a Christmas carnival with game stations, kiddy rides, bouncy castles and more. The marathon’s for a good cause, too. All registration and donation proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Singapore.
Enjoy a winter wonderland in the tropics at Christmas Wonderland during the holiday season. There’s plenty to do for the whole family here—shop until you drop at the traditional Christmas Market, hop aboard the Christmas train and take a spin around the carnival, or head to the Ice Palace for a spot of ice-skating or a friendly snowball fight.
Be sure to capture these warm, fuzzy memories by snapping some family photos—pose with the highlights of the festival, the dazzlingly magnificent Luminarie light sculptures all the way from Italy that tower up to 20 metres in height.