What’s on this weekend: 29 – 30 July 2017

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This weekend, walk for a cause, watch an unusual retelling of Pinocchio and explore the Istana grounds.

Watch a unique retelling of Pinocchio
Forget what you know about the tale of Pinocchio – this imaginative retelling spins the classic tale on its head to deliver a unique theatrical experience! Crickets, cats and old magic books all come together to bring to life the story of a puppet who longs to be a real boy. Great for children aged five and above.

25 July – 6 August 2017, various timings, Drama Centre Black Box, National Library Building. Find out more here.

Listen to colourful tales of Singapore’s past
Let the past come alive for your little ones at the National Museum of Singapore’s storytelling session. Through drama and improvisation, the childhood educators will regale your kids with colourful tales of Singapore’s history and heritage. After the session, there’ll be drop-in craft activities so make time for those. Limited to 20 children aged five to 12 on a first-come, first-served basis.

29 July 2017, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, Singapore History Gallery, National Museum of Singapore. Find out more here.

Walk for a children’s cause
The Singapore Children’s Society annual Walk for Our Children is back with the theme ‘Celebrating Every Step Together’. For its 65th edition, join other families this Sunday in walking the footpaths at Chinese Garden and participate in fun activities at the carnival. There’ll also be appearances by your favourite Marvel and Star Wars characters. If you’d like some memorabilia to remember the event by, there are carnival packs for purchase at $20 each.

30 July 2017, 8.30am – 12.30pm, Chinese Garden. Click here for more information.

Indulge in traditional local delights at just 50 cents
Celebrate Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage with a nostalgic trip back in time at The 50 Cents Festival! Held in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll get to sample traditional dishes of yesteryear such as rickshaw noodles, red glutinous wine chicken, hakka abacus seed and ice balls. Besides food, there’ll also be games from the 1980s, a song dedication booth and live xinyao performances.

29 & 30 July 2017, noon – 11pm (Sat) and 11am – 11pm (Sun), Chinatown Food Street. Find out more here.

Check out a beach arts festival
As part of the PAssionArts Festival, Pasir Ris Beach will be turned into a giant candy bubble land for the inaugural Pasir Ris Beach Arts Festival. Art pieces from local artists like Vertical Submarine and Eunice Lim will be on display, and you can look forward to performances by musicians such as Saturdate and Beat Makers, as well as the NYP Piano Ensemble. For the more adventurous, put on a zentai suit and show off some wacky moves!

28 & 29 July 2017, 5pm – 9pm, Pasir Ris Park Area 3. Check the Facebook page for updates.

Have double the fun at Downtown East
Twin it up with your partner or kids at Downtown East’s Seeing Double promotion and enjoy 1-for-1 deals! These include 1-for-1 admission to Wild Wild Wet, 50% off your booking at D’Resort and 1-for-1 bowling games at Orchid Bowl. Kids can join in the fun with a return pass for 1-for-1 eXplorerkid Playtime.

From now until 31 July 2017. For more information, click here.

Ring in the nation’s birthday by getting sporty
Celebrate National Day as one nation at GetActive! Singapore, a week-long sports event aiming to get you and your family moving.

29 July – 9 August 2017, various locations islandwide. Check here for updates.

Make an Eye Weaver with your child
Learn a special form of weaving practised by the Huichol Indians of Mexico’s Sierra Madre, who used flowers, arrows and feathers to create brilliant crafts. Weave your own Eye Weaver using everyday materials like chopsticks and yarn at this fun parent-child workshop! You can also explore using other materials to create your own unique designs. Suitable for children aged five to 12.

30 July 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Playeum, Children’s Centre for Creativity. Click here for more details.

Tour the Istana grounds
With National Day coming up, the Istana is opening its grounds to the public this Sunday. Entry is free for Singaporeans and PRs, and $2 for all other visitors. Tour the selected function rooms in the Istana building and view gifts presented to the President and Prime Minister. There’ll also be guided tours led by volunteers from the Preservation of Sites and Monuments board. If you’re planning to head down, do note that the entrance is via the main gate at Orchard Road.

30 July 2017, 8.30am – 6pm, Istana. Visit the Istana website for more information.

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