What’s on this weekend: 18 – 19 Feb 2017

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This week, catch a children’s version of a classic ballet, do your part for wildlife conservation and go camping.

Watch an adaptation of The Ant and the Grasshopper
The classic Aesop’s tale of The Ant and the Grasshopper is back after a sold-out run in 2014! While the hardworking Ant constantly works without rest and stores wheat grains away in her larder, the fun-seeking Grasshopper lazes his time away. But when winter comes, what will happen to Grasshopper? Besides being entertaining, the play teaches your child about friendship, the importance of hard work and using their time wisely. It’s not all child’s play though; while the story seems simple, it raises questions to think about, like Ant and Grasshopper’s different approaches to life and lessons we can learn from both of them. Suitable for children aged three and above.

18 Feb – 19 Mar 2017. Visit the Sistic website for more information and ticketing details.

Flex your green thumbs at a gardening fiesta
Gardening lovers, mark this event down in your calendar. Gardener’s Day Out showcases a gardening market, food bazaar, talks and demonstrations, and great offers on plants and gardening accessories. There’s activities galore for families – dress up an ordinary pencil with Purple Fountain Grass, take part in an interactive storytelling session by the National Library Board, go on a garden walk and learn about the plants on display and in the gardens, and harvest plants with the help of horticulture farmers. Your child will definitely come away with a renewed interest in plants and greenery!

18 Feb 2017. Check out the NParks website for more information.

Make a difference to a rainforest in Sumatra
Most virtual reality programmes focus on the impressive technology used but the ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Into the Wild: An Immersive Virtual Adventure’, goes beyond that by letting you make a difference for real. Through augmented reality, you play the role of a forest ranger and encounter five animals that recount the dangers they face such as poaching and deforestation. You can also plant a virtual seed and pledge a donation to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in real life; it will use your donation to plant a real tree in Rimbang Baling, Sumatra, home to the endangered Sumatran tiger. A collaboration between ArtScience Museum, Google, Lenovo and WWF, the exhibition demonstrates great use of technology while doubling as an innovative way to teach children about wildlife conservation. Bring your kids down this weekend and do your part for the environment and the rich biodiversity of the world.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Watch a kid-friendly version of a classic ballet
From the Singapore Dance Theatre comes a re-telling of the classic ballet Coppélia – it’s been transformed into an hour-long performance specially tailored for children. Coppélia tells the tale of a mysterious doctor and his mechanical doll. Since it’s not as long as typical ballet plays, it’s ideal for introducing your child to this fine art. There’ll be a meet-and-greet with the cast after the performance and audiences are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite costume.

18 Feb 2017. More information and ticketing here.

Run and see animals at the Singapore Zoo
Looking to incorporate some exercise into your routine? Kickstart an active family lifestyle with Sunday’s Safari Zoo Run! This 2.5km fun run takes you around the zoo so your kids will be kept entertained by zoo animals while working their legs.

18 Feb 2017. Click here for more information.

Go camping at this hip BBQ restaurant
Come Sunday, barbeque restaurant Camp Kilo will be turned into Camp Kido, a campsite for children aged five to 10. Look forward to a Nature Station with hands-on activities, interactive storytelling sessions at the Blanket Fort, camping makeovers and a street party. Parents, you can relax and kick back with a drink or two while indulging in cuts of smokey, juicy meat. Kids get to enjoy special Kido platters and mocktails at the end of a long day exploring. It’s a Sunday, so you can be sure the vibes will be chill and casual. Come in your camping best – think boy scout and girl guide get-ups. Bonus: pets are welcome too, so bring your furry friends along for the fun!

19 Feb 2017. Check the Facebook event page for more details.

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