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What’s on this weekend: 16 – 17 September 2017

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It’s all about play this weekend with a special day dedicated to all things fun and sporty, the F1 race and a new heritage trail in Tampines.

Soak in the F1 atmosphere
It’s that time of the year when the Marina Bay area transforms into a giant glittering night race for the Singapore Grand Prix! As if the trackside action isn’t hot enough, things are equally sizzling on the entertainment front – with pop princess Ariana Grande, electronic duo The Chainsmokers and local acts Vandetta and Shigga Shay heating up the stage, you can be sure of an awesome time. Whether you’re going for one day or attending all three days, there’s bound to be something for the whole family. Remember to bring plenty of water, ear plugs and a sense of fun!

15 – 17 September 2017, various timings, Marina Bay Street Circuit. Check out the event lineup and schedule here.

Play to your heart’s content
Have fun and keep fit as a family at the Sports Hub Community Play Day! Returning for its sixth edition, you can compete in a Warriors Obstacle Course, shoot some hoops with the Singapore Slingers, pick up a new sport and challenge yourself to climb the over 2,000 steps in the National Stadium. Admission is free, so head down for a day of play!

16 September 2017, 9am – 7pm, National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub. Check the event website for details.

Discover little-known and forgotten heritage gems in Tampines
This newly launched trail by the National Heritage Board lets you discover 18 gems in Tampines, such as the watermelon playground at Tampines Central Park and the Tempinis tree after which the estate is named. Comprising three thematic trails, it takes you past notable landmarks like the Tampines Round Market & Food Centre as well as places of worship like the Masjid Darul Ghufan. A highlight is the green spaces cycling trail, which includes Lorong Halus Wetland Reserve and a disused quarry. Learn more about the history of Tampines by downloading this booklet from NHB’s Roots heritage portal.

Visit Roots.sg for more information.

Shop for Mid-Autumn goodies at a carnival
The annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn light-up and opening ceremony only kicks off on 23 September, but if you can’t wait to soak in the festivities, you can head down to the carnival happening in front of People’s Park Complex. With over 300 stalls offering festive goodies like mooncakes, lanterns and handicrafts, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

From now until 9 October 2017, 11am – 10.30pm, open space in front of People’s Park Complex. Visit the official website for more details.

Show off your green thumb
As part of Gardener’s Day Out, NParks has lined up a myriad of activities from storytelling and craft sessions and a garden walk to a butterfly tour. Flex your green thumb and pick up some gardening tips at this free event!

16 September 2017, 9am – 11am, HortPark Exhibition Gallery. Visit the NParks website for more details.

Catch a puppet show
Join veteran puppeteer Christopher Chow Pak Hong as he presents two stories, ‘Who Can Call Back the Sun?’ and ‘The Three Evils’. After the show, try your hand at animating the puppets! Admission is free, so swing by for an entertaining afternoon.

16 September 2017, 1pm, Marine Parade Public Library. Click here to learn more.

Make your own Chinese opera mask
The moods and traits of Chinese opera characters’ masks are symbolised by their colours. In this free workshop held as part of Moonfest, your child can create their own Chinese opera mask using colours of their choice.

From now until 4 October 2017, 11am – 6pm (closed for cleaning from 2pm to 3pm daily), PIP’s PLAYbox. Click here for more information.

Have a blast at an old school carnival
The September holidays might be over but the fun continues at Tiong Bahru Plaza! Let your little one go wild with the rides, inflatables and game booths at Uncle Ringo’s old school carnival.

From now until 17 September 2017, 5pm – 9.30pm (weekdays) and 12.30pm – 10pm (weekends), Tiong Bahru Plaza outdoor area. Find out more here.

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