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This weekend, support local literature, relax with live beach-side performances and watch a play about Peter Rabbit.
Celebrate local literature at #BuySingLit
Book lovers, the #BuySingLit festival is where you’ll want to be this weekend! There’s plenty of family-friendly fare at LITTLE SingLit with art and craft fun, a diorama installation of SingLit characters celebrating Singapore children’s literature, reading sessions and a special puppet workshop. For the more adventurous, why not take part in a bookshop scavenger hunt around the island? Parent-child teams are welcome to join as long as your child is aged between eight and 12. Looking to stock up the library at home? Check out the SingLit Town at Vivocity from 21 to 26 Feb, and discover more than 200 local children’s titles. Your kids can also take part in book readings and art and craft workshops.
Don’t forget to check out the fringe activities like Poetry on the Sidewalks, where invisible poetry appears on the ground only when it rains, and a talk on fossils and dinosaurs featuring real fossils. It’s an event not to be missed for fans of the written word, both young and old!
24 – 26 Feb 2017. For programme line-up, head here.
Watch a play about Peter Rabbit
Children’s books are a wonderful source of inspiration – just think of all the theatre adaptations which we’ve been covering in previous weekend guides – and Beatrix Potter’s classic book The Tale of Peter Rabbit is no exception. Witness mischievous Peter Rabbit come to life in this charming play by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. When Peter steals from Mr. McGregor the farmer, he’s forced to leave his home and fend for himself in the outside world. If your children have never read the book, this is a great way to introduce them to the beloved tale. Recommended for kids aged two and above.
From now till 14 April 2017. For more information and showtimes, click here.
Enjoy live performances by the beach
Bring your family down to the beach and do your part to support local talent! NParks’ open mike series, ‘Live Out Loud’ or ‘LOL’, features performances by local amateurs and professionals across a variety of arts, from singing and dancing to beatboxing and rapping. Swing by the open plaza at Parkland Green, East Coast Park to catch them in action.
25 Feb 2017. Check the NParks website for more information.
Make merry at a classical music concert with a crazy twist
With his animated antics and comical sense of humour, Sid Bowfin is not your typical stiff, buttoned-up violinist. Hear familiar tunes like you’ve never heard them before with his creative reinterpretations of classics by Mozart, Vivaldi, Pachelbel and other great composers. Don’t be surprised to hear classical pieces mashed up with modern-day pop hits. If you’re lucky, Sid might even pick you and your child to join in the fun! Buckle down for an evening of music and laughter at ‘Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin’ this Saturday. Now, who says classical music is a stuffy genre? Suitable for children aged four and above.
25 Feb till 12 March 2017. More information and ticketing details here.
Get hands-on with recycled materials at a parent-child workshop
Make fun crafts out of recycled materials and styrofoam blocks at this workshop specially designed for parents and their children. The guided session encourage you and your child to collaborate and share ideas, while introducing your child to different artistic mediums. Good for kids aged three to six.
26 Feb 2017. Click here for more information and ticketing details.
See stories come alive with props
Let storyteller Ana Sousa Gavin take your child on a journey in this enthralling storytelling session at Playeum at Gillman Barracks. Ana draws and uses other props to make the stories come alive, turning the session into a fun, interactive experience. The session is free with admission and there’s no pre-registration required, so just turn up and settle down for a cosy time. Afterwards, check out the numerous art galleries around or take a leisurely stroll, and indulge in some ice cream to keep cool in the heat! Great for children aged three to 12.
25 Feb 2017. Visit the Playeum website for more details.