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It might be Chinese New Year weekend, but if you have time to spare in-between your visiting rounds and the endless lo hei dinners, consider checking out these activities.
Celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day at Sentosa
Head down to The State of Fun, aka Sentosa and celebrate two occasions at the same time! There’ll be dazzling light shows at night featuring the Merlion, a love story told using lanterns in the shape of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, and a lion dance and LED dragon dance. You’ll also be able to pen your wishes for the New Year and hang them on cherry blossom trees, get your palm read and meet and greet auspicious characters like the God of Fortune.
From now till 26 Feb 2017. For the programme and schedule, click here.
Learn about the history of the chicken
Welcome the Year of the Rooster at the Singapore Philatelic Museum with a special exhibition on the world’s most common bird, the chicken. ‘Chicken And Egg: A Fowl Tale’ looks at the depiction of chickens on stamps from over 200 countries around the world, including faraway countries like Finland and Cuba. It’s not all stamps though – there’s tons of fun hands-on activities to keep kids occupied. Your kids can learn about chickens, in an oversized chicken coop no less. These include the many ways they are cooked, how the practice of selling eggs as a dozen came about and the tradition of cockfighting.
From now till 25 June 2017. Visit the Singapore Philatelic Museum website for more details.
Soak in the River Hongbao festivities
The annual River Hongbao is back! Witness Marina Bay come to life with lights, lanterns, fireworks and performances. Try your luck at the numerous game stalls, go on fun carnival rides with the kids and bring home a traditional handicraft or two. It goes without saying but there’ll be food glorious food to feast on, with more than 40 types of local and regional delights being served up at the Food Street. It’s free admission, so soak in the lively Chinese New Year atmosphere.
26 Jan – 4 Feb 2017. More information here.
Enjoy an underwater dragon dance performance
For a dragon dance performance with an aquatic twist, head to S.E.A. Aquarium where an underwater dragon will entertain audiences as it glides through the Open Ocean Habit. Watch the cheeky monster make way for the crowing rooster to spread good fortune to all gathered. Look out for special lighting effects that will create an underwater atmosphere. Afterwards, pop by the festive crafts corner and let your child unleash his creativity by transforming coloured paper squares into origami artworks.
From now till 11 Feb 2017. Check the schedule and show times here.