What’s on this weekend: 20 – 21 May 2017

By Jillian Wong on 18th May 2017

What’s on this weekend: 20 – 21 May 2017 Image from iStock

Immerse yourself in dazzling animated films, bring the kids to Singapore’s newest children’s festival, delve into Pulau Ubin’s rustic charm and more.

Dive into the fantastical worlds of these animated films
As part of Voilah! 2017, six animated French films will be screened at the 6th Animated French Film Festival. Highlights include the Oscar-nominated Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life As A Zucchini), about a boy who gets sent to an orphanage where he learns the meaning of love and trust, soaring rags-to-riches animation Ballerina (Leap!) and the steampunk fantasy Avril et le monde truqué (April and the Extraordinary World). Come spend a delightful couple of hours getting lost in their fantasy worlds!

19 – 21 May 2017, various timings, Alliance Française Theatre. Click here for more details and tickets.

Lighten up with these comedic films about modern life
Also screening under Voilah! 2017 is a retrospective of renowned French director and actor Jacques Tati, who rose to fame with his humorous and experimental films poking fun at the absurdity of modern life. Though they’re not specifically aimed at kids, the films are accessible enough for young audiences to grasp. It’s not just film screenings though – there’ll be a special movement workshop for families on 27 May where you’ll get to learn about physical comedy and take home your own Tati-inspired film! Suitable for children aged eight and above. Register here.

20 May – 4 June 2017, various timings, National Museum of Singapore. View show times and ticketing information here.

Check out the National Gallery Singapore’s inaugural children’s festival
The National Gallery Singapore kicks off its four-month-long inaugural children’s festival this weekend with site-specific installations, interactive artworks, music performances, film screenings and specially designed arts programmes with kids and families in mind. There’ll also be outdoor festivals over the weekends of 21 to 23 July and 28 to 30 July, so pencil those dates down in your calendar.

20 May – 8 October 2017, all day, National Gallery Singapore. Click here for more details.

Check out an open house of Singapore’s remaining rustic island
The annual Pesta Ubin open house is on now and there are tons of fun activities for the whole family, such as map colouring, kayaking and mangrove boat tours, and mountain biking. This week’s highlights include the Pesta Ubin Run which takes you past landmarks on Pulau Ubin, and a reforestation project to enhance the habitats of the island’s native wildlife. Relive the kampong spirit and soak up the rustic vibe of this sleepy island in the eastern part of Singapore!

10 May – 16 July 2017. Find out more and view the programme line-up here.

Watch a comedy play about singing nuns
From the starry lights of Broadway comes the smash hit musical comedy Sister Act! After witnessing a crime, wannabe diva Deloris Van Cartier has her life turned upside down when the police hide her in a convent. As she helps her new friends find their hidden singing talent, Deloris rediscovers her own voice. Let your funny bone be tickled by the hilarious jokes, and be blown away by the witty script and original songs by 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. End your week on a high with this feel-good comedy!

From now until 28 May 2017, Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Get your tickets from Sistic.

Go green and learn about sustainability at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay turns five and to celebrate, it’s throwing Youths Celebrate! Sustainability, a two-day festival this weekend. Learn about energy conservation and sustainable living, take part in the Race to Sustainability run, make your own air plant and give old items a fresh lease of life at family workshops, and catch a special joint performance by local singer-songwriter Charlie Lim and his mentee musician.

19 & 20 May 2017, from 2pm onwards, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay. For programme line-up and schedule, click here.

Have tea with a tiger
What happens when a tiger unexpectedly shows up to your tea party? Find out in The Tiger Who Came To Tea, a delightful stage adaptation of the classic children’s book! Packed with delightful sing-a-long songs, humour and chaos, it’s sure to entertain your kids.

19 – 21 May 2017, various timings, SOTA Drama Theatre. More information and tickets available here.