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This weekend, explore Changi Airport whether you’re flying or not, watch a 3D musical about a Chinese minority race and welcome the Year of the Rooster in Chinatown.
Have a ball exploring Changi Airport
Changi Airport has long been more than just a place where planes take off. Whether you’re there to catch a flight or spend a lazy Sunday, there are a plethora of family-friendly activities to ensure a fun-filled day for you and the kids. Gaze at planes taking off and landing at The Changi Aviation Gallery at T3 and learn fun trivia about the daily operations at Changi Airport at the adjoining exhibit. If your kids are brimming with energy, let them work it off at Singapore’s tallest slide which measures 12 metres high – just make sure they’re at least 1.3m tall.
Budding artists can also create crayon drawings of local landmarks and culture at the wood block rubbing stations at T1 and T3. Pop by the Butterfly Garden, home to over 1,000 butterflies, and see how the gentle fluttering insects live. Hop on the sky train and shuttle between the different terminals, and buckle down for free movies at T2 and T3. Feeling peckish? Refuel at the many food options; from local delights to themed cafes, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
For more ideas, visit the Changi Airport website.
Watch a theatre show about a Chinese minority race
Making its Singapore debut, this cultural stage performance delves into the history and life of the Dong minority race in China. Directed by Zhang Jigang, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. it’s the first Chinese production to feature a 3D backdrop and special effects. The combination of culture, heritage, song and dance, and technical wizardry promises to be a mesmerising, entertaining affair. The show will be performed in English and Mandarin (a good chance for your kids to brush up on their mother tongue), and proceeds will go towards the President’s Challenge charity.
6 and 7 Jan 2017. More information and ticketing details from Sistic.
Usher in the Year of the Rooster in Chinatown
There’s no better way to get in the mood for Chinese New Year than a visit to Chinatown. Don’t miss the official light-up and opening ceremony on 7 January marking the start of the celebrations. Aside from performances by local and Chinese troupes, you can look forward to a street bazaar, and a firecrackers and fireworks display to usher in the Year of the Rooster. Stroll in the streets as they are illuminated by lanterns shaped like roosters, hens and chicks, and shop for goodies such as pineapple tarts, mandarin oranges and our favourite, barbecued sweetmeat. Bring the whole family down and soak in the festive atmosphere! There’s also a Chinatown Chinese New Year countdown party, the annual Chingay fiesta and other activities throughout January and February.
From now till 25 Feb. For more information and programme lineup, visit Chinatown Festivals 2017.
Build a giant LEGO rooster as a family
In keeping with the fowl theme, bond with your children while building a giant LEGO rooster at Toys R Us at VivoCity. Put your LEGO skills to the test by competing with other families in a battle of fastest family first and stand to win great prizes. Grow closer to your children this festive season through this fun Rooster Challenge!
7 & 8 Jan 2017. Watch the LEGO Singapore Facebook page for updates.
Make your own Chinese opera mask
Crafty kids will love this Chinese opera mask making workshop where they can make and bring home their own mask. Happening at Pasir Ris Library this Sunday, children can learn the culture behind this traditional art, which is drawn and painted on the faces of the actors. Even better: it’s free with registration. Suitable for kids aged seven to 12.
8 Jan 2017. Register here.
Trace the history of man’s thrilling journey through space
Does your little one harbour dreams of becoming an astronaut? Make sure you don’t miss ‘Nasa – A Human Adventure’! Go on a thrilling journey and learn about the history of man’s exploration of space, from the first people to dream of space travel, to the scientists and engineers who invented rockets and turned travel to the stars into a reality. Over 200 artefacts from the US and Soviet Union space programs are on display, including space-flown objects and full-scale replicas. Go behind the scenes of a space mission and discover the special equipment, clothing and food astronauts use, wear and eat on such missions. Take advantage of the guided tours on Family Fridays and check out the one-hour Space Quest workshop, where you can design space mission patches for spacesuits and learn about spatial awareness.
From now till 19 Mar 2017. More information and ticketing details here.